Monday, August 13, 2018
Garth Brooks has a lot going on. A Live album
and a studio album, a appearance at the Grand Old
Orpy, a concert at Notre Dame stadium, are all
suppose to be coming up in the next few months.
His Live Anthology is the thing that may end up
defining his legacy, it all depends if Garth has the
balls and integrity to show respect to what an
Anthology should be.
An Anthology just can't be like a greatest hits,
or a box set, or a collection, he's done plenty of
those in the past, it has to be a complete unaltered
history of his career, he doesn't get a second chance
to do his own Anthology of his early days of touring.
The Live Anthology due for release in the next few
months, will be based on Garth's first two tours,
1991/1992 and 1993/94, 1994 being the only world
tour Garth Brooks has ever done.
Garth has two options, he can produce a Faux Live
Anthology which may just contain, what the 1998 Entertainer
Box set had, and that is a DVD of his four big TV specials
This is Garth Brooks, This is Garth Brooks 2, Ireland and
Back and Garth Live from Central Park, with just a fancy
booklet talking about those shows.
Or he can produce a Live Anthology that contains countless
hours upon hours of never released concert footage from
concerts from Germany, Norway, Spain, Scotland, New
Zealand and Australia, they were all filmed, he can release
footage from concerts in Phoenix, Seattle, Boston, from
his early days where he was such a wild man on stage and
nothing was out of bounds.
The Dream Chasers, and Crazy Duck Productions, the
people he hired to film his early days must have a mountain
of archival footage that Garth owns the rights to, that
will fit in perfectly with an Live Anthology.
Because that is what a Live Anthology should be,
the raw footage, the footage that shows that time
period in the early 90's where the fans were just
as crazy as he was, that time in music history
where no matter what genre you loved, it was
Garth that you most wanted to see.
I know the footage exists and Garth has the rights
to it, I only hope that he has enough courage to
include it in the Live Anthology and it
just doesn't end up being rehashed TV specials.
Garth gets one chance to do a Live Anthology of
his early days, one chance to show the world
what he was like as a performer then, one chance
to show the world, footage that they have never
Will he take that chance?
Time will tell.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
I have seen Garth three times in concert. 1994 in New Zealand
1996 in Phoenix and 2010 at the Wynn.
Thanks to social media I was able to see various clips
from the 2014/2017 USA/Canada tour. I know
artists mature as they get older, their show changes,
but you know, I do kinda miss the crazy.
Even his 1996/1998 USA/Canada/Ireland tour
when he was young, was a tad less crazy than
his 1993/1994 World tour, dont get me wrong
the house keeping clips blow my mind, and
he is still the best entertainer out there.
But I do miss the crazy, I miss the rope
swinging, ladder climbing,the water tossing, the sprinting
from one side of the stage to the other, high
fiving people, getting pulled into the crowd,
the foot stomping, finger pointing, arm waving,
thrasing head from side to side, all which made
him the artist people wanted to see the most
from any genre.
Lets face it, mid 50's isn't old, it's not like he's
in his late 60's, early 70's. I know he self mocks
about his fitness, but Garth should still be able to
do some of the crazy that he used to do in the
I guess it was the rawness of it all, the spontaneous
element of it all, where you didn't know what this
wild man would do on stage next.
If he came to New Zealand again, I would love
every second of it, it will be the highlight of the
decade for me, I guess I just miss the crazy side
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
First off, let me state, I'm just a basketball
fan, I have no connection to any NBL team,
player or coach.
I'm originally from Canterbury and now living
in Nelson, so of course I support the Giants and
I have a niece who was a member of the 2016
Junior Tall Ferns who plays in NCAA D1.
That's my sole connection to anyone invovled
in Basketball New Zealand.
IMHO the allegations of match fixing between
Taranaki and the Rangers are not cemented in reality.
For the following reasons, players on a Jeff
Green coached team would die for him on court,
the passion and pride he has shown for every team
he has coached is beyond belief. If he had any sense
that a player was trying to match fix, he would be the
first to report it.
Trent Adam's team has had a hard season thru injuries,
he's coaching the last game of the season, the game is
virtually over, but the other team calls a timeout, then
hits a last second three, to win by double digits, well
Trent of course is going to be frustrated.
To call this match fixing though is beyond belief. First you're
trying to fix a match by winning by a lot of points?????
Secondly if you're trying to do this and achieve this goal,
I would say the players involved wouldn't jump up and down
and celebrate, they would be more laid back.
It's more believable that the players were celebrating
their departing team mate going out on a high.
Having followed this league since 1983, I'm shaking
my head at these allegations. I'm pretty sure there is
New Zealand doesn't really have a huge Basketball media,
Mike Lacey is by far the best Blogger/writer and fairest
writer of them all, he has not reported on these allegations.
The NZHoops writers, have thru their twitter account and
NZ Herald pieces.
I'm not saying this because they haven't replied to any of
my tweets the past couple of years, and they do some great
reports on Basketball in New Zealand, but they sometimes
come across as being very insular towards certain players
and coaches in their reporting. A couple of other tweeters
connected to them also seem to be of the same mindset.
Anyway I digress, just let me say these allegations will
be proven false, and hopefully the New Zealand Basketball
community will get back together and start reporting on
everything else that is going on in New Zealand Basketball.
Oh and if you want to follow a great Basketball blog and
Twitter account follow Mike Lacey the writer of the
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Garth Brooks is taking a few weeks off of Studio
G, he is expected to return August 27th, his
announcement will be made, a week later,
on his second show back.
So that makes September for his Announcement.
Monday, July 30, 2018
After what must be a year of hinting, Garth
Brooks should finally be able to reveal at
least partly what he has been talking about
since the end of 2016.
Yes it's announcement time, on Studio G
tomorrow, we should finally have it, some
information about what Garth's big plan
Its connected to his upcoming tour, and his
upcoming, Live and Studio album but there
is also expected to be another side to this
Garth's fans have been so patient, they have
waited and waited expecting the announcement
to be made thru various dates during the past 12
months, but now the time has come.
Who knows what it will be???
Time will tell.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
The parents of Child Actor, Jeremy
Maguire who plays Joe on Modern
Family, runs his social media account.
As the tenth and final season of Modern
Family is due to hit screens in two months,
they recently did a post on Twitter and
Instagram with the hashtag....
Now the post was tongue in check, I'm
also guessing it was done to test the social
This will be a terrible idea for a show, because
of one main reason, the finale season of
Modern family would concentrate on keeping
this child actor in the spotlight, thus taking
away story lines from the core original cast.
They deserve better, and the long term fans of the show
Disney has given this kid, a contract, so it's also in
their best interest that he has a lot of screen time during
the final season, they need to keep him in the public eye.
This will be so unfair to the viewer. When you have a child
actor, so young, in a comedy, the story lines become more
Disney like, and G rated.
As a viewer virtually from day one, I find it quite insulting
that Modern family for the last two season's sole purpose
seems to be Disney/ABC thinking ahead for the next five years,
with who they can promote on the public, and who better than
a cute kid.
This is nothing against Jeremy, but a spin off show, means
season ten of Modern Family must as well be renamed
"The Joe Pritchett Show" and the humor might as well
be Jeremy speaking baby talk into the camera.
I will give Season Ten, two episodes, but if it goes
the way I think it will, then I'm done with it.
He's hoping the writers will show respect to the cast
and the viewers and won't read memos from the
corporate offices of Disney.
Time will tell.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Garth Brooks is set to make a special Announcement
from a special location tomorrow.
He is celebrating two years of Studio G thru facebook
I'm guessing the location will be Facebook headquarters,
not sure what the announcement will be.
Studio G will be on earlier than usual, 4pm est/ 8am
New Zealand time.
Where it will be and what it will be?????
Time will tell.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
He's currently at 148 Million.
In the next 12 months we will have...
A Live Album.
A Studio Album.
The Live Anthology
The Diamond Series Boxset.
That should be enough to put him over the top,
by April 2019, which will be the thirty annivesary
of his debut album.
I wonder if he will make an announcement for it?
Time will tell.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
I was just thinking back to a clip I saw of
Garth Brooks, not sure if it was Studio G or not,
but it was from a couple of weeks ago I think.
In the clip he mentioned places he hasn't played before,
that he would like too, Moscow and Paris.
In Previous statements he has mentioned he would love to play,
Tokyo and Beijing.
Even going back to his Wynn Show in 2010, he also mentioned
he would love to return to Australia, in a AOL show in
2016 he said he would love to return to New Zealand.
Since about 2010 he has mentioned returning to Scotland and Spain
and Norway, even after the Ireland debacle he has mention in various interviews all
these places he would love to play.
So he does seem to have a desire to play countries
around the world, some he wants to return to, some
he wants to visit for the first time, his problem seems to be....
How to Freakin get there, how to organize it all, and whats
involve with traveling overseas, when he can go, he seems
to have no idea whatsoever, how this works.
So here's my travel advice for Mr Garth Brooks.
There is an invention called an Airplane, that takes you to these places.
You just need a Passport, and your on your freaking way.
If you don't want to take a whole freakin stage with
you, then don't, most venues would have a stage.
There is no law saying you have to play a big Mother freakin arena
or Stadium, plenty of artists have played town halls and theaters,
its quite easy, Im sure there is a bus schedule that takes you and
your band mates to a venue.
Most these venues in these countries are in town and
indoors so you don't have to put up with a bunch of beer belly,
Brown boys watching, Brexit leaving, inbreed gimps, like those
that live in Croke.
The rest of the good people of Ireland won't care if
you do a small concert somewhere else.
Now I know, you said the world part of the tour was
delayed, because one concert turned into five, and what
was suppose to be an 18 month tour turned into three years
(funny enough) you said the same thing about your 1996-1998 tour,
kinda thought you may of seen this coming, but anyway I digress.
Ya see, when you say, you would love to go/play these cities
around the world and then you don't, you come across like that
guy/girl at work who is always saying "I would love to go to
(Insert country name here)" But you know full well, if you bumped
into that person in 40 years time, they haven't been
anywhere, it's just all talk
Every single artist of every single genre has managed
to get on a plane and traveled where they wanted to go,
Dixie Chicks played in a field in NewZealand, Carrie Underwood
played an arena in Europe ,Steve Earl played in a bar in Aussie,
Willie Nelson has traveled a lot and most of the time he is goofed on skunk weed.
So there is really no issue at all, why you cant do something,
you really want to do, none whatsoever.
You could get anyway you want to go in 12 hours.
So Hop on one of those new airplane thingy's.
Take Jimmy, Dave and Trisha with you, walk into a local
town hall in Russia or Croatia that may only seat
2000 people and have a blast. You will create memories for yourself.
But if you decide this is not for you, maybe just maybe
its good idea to stop saying.....
"I would love to play (insert country name) but its too difficult"
That isn't a freaking good look, since traveling
is quiet easy, not that hard.
So get ya passport, take ya hat, and start singing ya fav songs, the world is waiting,
and don't forget to announce it in time!!
On the last studio G, Garth Brooks said there
will be announcements on that show, he
didn't end up announcing any, the feed
cut off before it ended, he also said there
will be an announcement in four to five weeks
and another announcement around October/November.
So the countdown is on again, this time with no actual
hope, as I sort of mention in my last post, so who
knows, one day Garth might actually announce something,
time will tell.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Are we too critical of Garth Brooks and his
habit of making Announcements of future
Since he has come out fully of retirement in
2014, Garth has a peculiar habit of making
an Announcement, that he is going to make
an Announcement at a later date.
When he ends up making an Announcement
it's normally just to Announce the date of what
the future Announcement will be.
This has been ten fold, the past nine months,
and his fanbase has started to call him up
on it, including myself.
So are we too harsh on Mr Garth Brooks.
He has a new college stadium tour coming
up, a live album, a studio album and a live
anthology in the works.
But inbetween all these, he continues to
make Announcements that something
Major, earth shattering is in the works
and he also keeps putting off making
the actual Announcement, so fans
in the end have no idea what he is
Are these Announcements just about
the new album or tour and how we can
buy the album or purchase tickets?? Or
is it something else.
Today on Studio G, he actually looked
drained with it all, like he knew that he
has to make an Announcement, but
couldn't because of various factors
out of his control.
So despite me being one of his more
vocal critics of the Announcement to
make Announcement policy, I'm
going to cut him some slack, and will
wait patiently for the new albums, Live
and Studio, I will hope that he comes to
New Zealand, and if he ever does make
an actual Announcement, I will enjoy it
for what it is.
I just hope an Announcement does get made
this year, for all the work Garth has put in and
for all the fans who are have waited nearly a year,
because we deserved a great Announcement, and
fingers are crossed that Garth will deliver.
Time will tell.