Maybe this cat & mouse game of the media, jumping the gun on this has softened the blow. Maybe it hasn’t hit yet. In a post about being on vacation with my family as a kid when Elvis died, and how it hit my mom and aunt (they adored him). I touched on how I wasn’t sure how I would handle losing an icon that I cherished in one way or another, whether it was music, sports, an actor, or actress. I said:
Yes, it’s slap in the face, punch in the gut and a kick in the balls all at once.
I think I can pinpoint the first time I ever heard Thomas Earl Petty and his Heartbreakers, and that was watching “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on VHS when “American Girl” Belted out on the first day of school. It jumped out at me. That was somewhere around ‘82 or ‘83 and from that point on I was hooked.
I only got to see him once but you can’get better seats than the front row.
That was a memorable concert.
When I was first processing the potential news which eventually proved to be true, my thoughts drifted to the show “Californication” where Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was either talking to his father or about his father or reading a letter from his father, but his dad in the show was happy that one of Hank’s books was being made into a movie, because it was “permanent”, Hank was dumbfounded a bit, that a movie was better than a book or more permanent, but the in the letter his dad wrote him he was proud of the books, and I started to think of all the music,(Heartbreakers, Solo, Wilburys) the videos, or even the cameo Petty had “The Postman” with Kevin Costner, his time with Mike Judge and Hank Hill on “The King of the Hil”, books, documentaries. . He left a lot of “permanent” fixtures.
Don Mclean wrote about the day the music died in his song “American Pie”, signing about Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and the others that died in that plane crash.
I think for me that day is October 2nd, 2017. I’ll always have the CD’s maybe a tape or two left, a couple of DVD’s Blu-rays, a hard drive full of his music, but it will never be exactly the same.
He will be missed. I’m sure he’s already riding the river with Johnny Cash.
Will look at this again in the morning.. Maybe.. I’ll have to see if it makes sense.
For those interested, if you scroll and scroll, there are some unique audio performances that I uploaded that might be on you tube, but were left over from napster days.
Batman Died last night. Adam West was 88 years old.
There will be others to don the mask and play the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman, The Caped Crusader, but “BATMAN” has died. Nobody will own the character the way he did.
Adam West made an appearance on “The Big Bang Theory” and the following dialog was scripted.
Obviously it was written for the show but there likely is some truth to it. As there have been a number of James Bond’s and for many it will always be Roger Moore, for some it will always e Sean Connery, but for me Batman will always be Adam West with others just playing the role. If I had to rank those, I’d go West, Kilmer, Bale, Clooney, Affleck, Keaton and Lego.
The show was corny and cheesy, but when I was a kid watching in the afternoon reruns it was perfect. I remember being 5 or 6 years old and watching Rocky and realizing Mickey was The Penguin, Burgess Meredith played both roles perfectly.
I watched a documentary within the past couple of years about West and it contained Adam’s plight to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and when you see some of the ones that have been given out, it makes you question why he wasn’t given one in the 70′s. The fact that it took until 2012 is just outright insulting. So damn insulting.
Many feel he was typecast and somewhat blackballed following the show, and if you get saddled with one role, that is one helluva roll to get saddled with.
RIP Mr. West, RIP Batman, and please take care of my car.
The world lost a funny, funny man today(4/6/17) as
Don Rickles has passed away. He’s shown above with Howard Stern(L) and David Letterman® on the set of Letterman’s late night talk show.
I enjoyed him in many things, but one of his less “funny” roles in “Casino” sticks out. I recall Artie Lange saying something and I am paraphrasing, that he looked forward to meeting him on the set of “Dirty World” and wanted to be insulted by him, that would make his day and his late father would really get a kick out of that too.
RIP funny man, go roast Richard, Robin, George and all the other funny people we have lost.