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Falling like flies

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Such a great pic of David Jones fraternising with Ian Kilmister circa 1970. Too bad it’s photoshopped!

My brother Tim and I grew up listening to the likes of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. At our family lunch on Christmas Day I reiterated to him that I was still undecided about whether or not to go see Black Sabbath play Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on 30 April this year. I mentioned that 30 April is Walpurgisnacht. I also mentioned that it wouldn’t be reasonable just to assume that all three remaining band members will be well enough or even alive four months hence to play the gig, so if I did decide to go ahead ticket insurance would be a must!

I then mentioned that Motorhead’s drummer “Philthy” Phil Taylor had died recently and that Motorhead’s main man Lemmy had only the previous day (Christmas Eve) celebrated his 70th birthday. Rock music’s founders (excepting members of the 27 Club) are mostly still alive but getting well long in tooth and claw.

My brother then morbidly observed that we can expect half of the big rock legends of our youth to die in the next ten years, and the other half to die in the ten years after that. At the rate of about one per week.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

We didn’t care to speculate who would be next, but by a strange coincidence it was Lemmy himself! You can read my co-blogger Tim’s wonderful tribute to Lemmy here.

And then David Bowie! You can read my co-blogger Blair’s wonderful tribute to Bowie soon. šŸ™‚

The day a person dies is better than the day he was born.

It is better to go to a funeral than to a party.

We all must die. Everyone living should think about this. (ICB)

I confess. I’m not even a big fan of Motorhead (or Lemmy’s original band, Hawkwind). But I still enjoy listening to them from time to time, of course, what self-respecting metalhead doesn’t?!

I’m not even a fan of Bowie at all. Well, I thought I wasn’t. But now I’ve been given the opportunity to peruse his back catalogue, it’s amply confirmed what I always knew about David Bowie. He’s out of this world talented. So put me down as a small fan of David Bowie. šŸ™‚

So I just thought I’d share some Bowie gems.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqumHTx2rb0


You can keep up with who’s rockin’ and rollin’ six feet under here. (We’ve lost a few smaller rock legends since Christmas too, inlcuding Stevie Wright, John Bradbury and Robert Stigwood.)

Rock legend and good guy Glenn Hughes pays his respects at Ronnie James Dio 4th year memorial.

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Yesterday in New Zealand is today in the US, and so it was the 4th anniversary of Dio’s death.
His friend and Rock Superstar Glenn Hughes of both Deep Purple and Black Sabbath fame posted a pic (at bottom) on his facebook page of his attendance at Dio’s memorial.

As a long time Fan of both Dio and Hughes I am grateful to Glenn for bring this date back to my mind.

Glenn Hughes is not only a Rock legend, but also a self confessed Reformed arsehole.
He admits that in his younger days he was a Drunken arrogant prick… yet with Age he has also gained in wisdom and humanity, and now is a super Nice guy… who only wants to spread love and peace.

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Facebook is truly a modern wonder as it allows the whole world to connect in a very cool and intimate way.
Glenn takes the trouble to share his daily doings, and what is even more amazing is the fact that he actually responds directly to many of his fans questions.
I had a Buzz one day when I asked him on FB if he had known Rory Gallagher, to which he responded… “Yes. He was a Dear Friend”.
Howz That for Cool!???
I got to chat for 5 seconds with one of my most revered Rockers.
Cheers FaceBook!

I personally am in awe of Hughes contributions to Deep Purple, believing Him to be their greatest vocalist… which is really saying something considering he beats legends David Coverdale and Ian Gillan.

And Hughes is still working Professionally in his New Band California Breed and doing heaps of independent stuff with Guys like Slash.

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I have wanted to write a blog post about Glenn Hughes for some time now as he really is such a nice Bloke these days, and his attendance at Dio’s memorial was the perfect op.
It also gave me another excuse to put up a Dio tube vid on ‘Eternal vigilance’ in Memorial of his passing.
I have enjoyed Dio’s work for decades.

I do worry about where Ronny is now.
I know that ‘RocknRoll Rebels’ Like Dio and Ozzy are Show men acting out a Part for the entertainment of Fans… that these sorts of artists rarely… truly worship Satan, yet it still scares me that they face eternity without calling upon the Name of Christ… the Lamb of God sent to save us sinners.
Satan laughing spreads his wings.

Sadly Dio’s opportunity to receive Christ has passed… hopefully…. secretly… sometime when he was alive he had a moment of clarity… and did ask God to forgive him in Christ’s name.
It is something we all must do.
Ozzy and Glenn still have the opportunity to do so.

Being reformed arseholes is not sufficient to redeem our souls from Divine Judgement for our evil deeds.
We all need to look to the Cross of Christ.
This is not the popular image of ‘Satanic Rebellion’ which so many people have been duped into believing is ‘cool’ … yet it is the *only* way, the truth, and the life.
We can only enter heaven on God’s terms… not ours.

It is my one of my greatest hopes to be able to communicate these truths to my Rock n roll Icons.
Maybe facebook will be the conduit of God’s love, peace, and grace towards them.
Alice Cooper, Dave Mustaine, and Brian Welch all figured this out and are now saved by God’s love and Grace.
I sincerely hope this list grows.

Tim Wikiriwhi.
Christian Libertarian.

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Glenn Huges ‘Today’ and Dio’s 4th anniversary memorial.

Update: 22-5-14
Great News!
Glenn Hughes Confesses Christ!

From Facebook: “I don’t talk about religion on the Internet .. I know who is my saviour – and I walk with him daily .. It’s in my autobiography .. Some people don’t understand about GOD ,or want to know .. You all know my belief”

Wow! That was news to me and so I Googled ‘Glenn Hughes a Christian’…. and this was on one of the hits…

Commenting on his short stint with Black Sabbath…

“I’m a Christian, I’ve always been a Christian; we know about the alcohol and the drugs but that’s another story. And I didn’t really feel comfortable singing dark stuff…”

You can read more about it >>>Here.<<< This is Fantastic news! Read more... Hell is for the Self Righteous, Heaven is for Sinners.

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