Sunday, July 21, 2019

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HOME, BUT YA CAN'T STAY HERE

Episode Twenty Four concludes this years collection of the Birdcage 2019. If I have to go out.....it only makes sense to do so the way we got started. So it's mostly new music featured in the final entry.



We get started off with two songs from the new Stray Cats LP, "40". I remember seeing Brian Setzer at Heckle & Jeckles in Massapequa doing an Eddy Cochran show. The Cats had to move to England to find an audience for the Rockabilly they did only to come back to the states a hit.We played 'em in the clubs and on WLIR but MTV made them main stream. Brian and I bumped into each other many times and while he and I didn't hit it off, I have only respect for him and the Cats.





You will hear two songs from Howard Jones' new record which reminds me of a time Howard visited the studio at WLIR in Beautiful downtown Hempstead NY. It may have been his first time there....Barry Ravioli asked Howard who played bass on the album. The look on Howard's face was priceless.

Over the years, Mike Peters & the Alarm received huge support in the NY area from us. I think the show at Pier 84 with U2 established a connection that continues today. You will hear a new song that features Billy Duffy from the Cult on guitar. I'm still a big fan so it was a real treat to have the Alarm play at the Dare To Be Different premier in Tribeca.

40 years ago I began to champion a band from Dublin, Ireland. Bono's son Eli fronts a band called Inhaler. Yes, he sounds like his dad. You will hear two songs from them. I'm tickled to play these guys 40 years after pounding U2 sets in every club and almost every radio show. There's just something that feels right about it.

Special thanks to Iain Slater of APB for his special contribution to the show.

The show ends with a song that I adopted as sort of a personal anthem. Like a lot of you, I lived the "Dare To Be Different" lifestyle. I didn't really care about my bad reputation back then. It's different now.....I now really appreciate the once in a lifetime opportunities I was given. Looking back I do wish I treated people nicer. My apologies for being a jerk.

I'll be off the grid for a while. This dumb kid from Levittown, Long Island needs to regroup and regain my health. It's fair to say that I have been incredibly blessed, lucky beyond imagination so anything good from here on in is just icing on the cake. Thank you for letting me take this fantastic journey........I had a blast! I may be going through some tough times now but when this all comes to an end, no one can say we didn't DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

May I just add that family is the most important thing we have. Having lived such a public life it does feel like you are part of my family. If you get the chance, please look out for my two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Juliana. I expect them to make a positive impact on the world. I hope I was a positive influence on them.........they both have made me very proud.The only thing bigger than my love for you is my love for them

----}- Bird

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

D-Day 2019

75 years ago the youth of America, Canada, England, Australia and others gathered on the waterfront of an English port. They boarded ships bound for occupied France. Others boarded planes bound for the same place. What they did is something we can never fully repay them for. This is the only way I can think of to honor them.

For what they did........and this can't be overstated, they secured our freedom by literally enduring hell on earth and so many of them never came home.


The Sgt. pictured with me above was on Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944. I met him two years ago while attending an honor flight. I feel bad that I didn't record his name.

Our Military has answered the call all over the world so that we may live free. With that in mind, I hope that everyone will scroll down and download any or all of the Birdcage shows. It's my way of saying thanks. I was lucky enough to enjoy the freedom won for us by those brave souls. I used that freedom in the 80s to become the DJ Bird guy and do all the dumb stuff I did. The last two years, I created these shows to sound like what it used to sound like on WLIR & WXXP.

I want to thank Paul Cramer from XX Radio wxxp.com and Bob Wilson from WLIR.fm for playing these shows. Since I don't know how long these will be here, please.....I encourage you to download and share. It's the only way I have to say thanks.

With all that's happened, I can only say that this dumb kid from Levittown, NY was really lucky and truly blessed. May God bless you all.

----}- Bird


Sunday, May 19, 2019

SWAN SONG

I am not sure what will happen but due to some bad decisions on my part, I'm in a real bad spot. I hope things turn around but just in case, I'm posting the rest of the Birdcage shows today.



I think I will record a 22nd show at some point.....but for now, here are the final episodes of the Birdcage 2019. 

15 

16

17

18

19

20

21


It's been a labor of love doing these shows. I hope in some small way I make you smile as you listen and enjoy them........just know that I am very grateful for your support over the years. Thank you!

----}- Bird 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

For those of us who have lost their mom, this is always a hard day. But we all love our moms and I hope that my mom knows just how much I miss her.


I tried to do a live stream last night on Facebook but some very powerful record companies decided that I wasn't allowed to use their music. So, it was a good idea but I can't afford to tick off anyone. In fact, I can't afford anything right now.

If I can find a way to do it without getting anyone in trouble, I'll let ya know.

Episode 14 includes the following artists:

The Cure
Secession
Ministry
Echo & The Bunnymen
Prince
The Fixx
Figures on a Beach
Haircut 100
Robert Hazard
A Tribute to Paris NY
Adam & The Ants
Gerard Blanchard
Yellowman
Wayne/Jane County & The Electric Chairs


----}- Bird

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A BAKER'S DOZEN

One of the things I miss about Long Island is leaving a club after 4am and on the way home, stopping off at the bagel place off the LI Expressway. You buy a dozen and get 13 hot bagels. They were so good.


Normally, I'd have something clever or informative to put here. Currently, I got nothing.

WAIT! I can't believe that I forgot. Tonight's show is for Alex. WELCOME HOME!

Sorry......I'm a very proud GATOR DAD

For now, here are the artists included in episode thirteen:

Three Doors Down
The Wallflowers
Creed
The Gin Blossoms
The Black Crows
David Bowie & Nine Inch Nails
Tim Scott
The Ramones
U2
The Go Gos
The Psychedelic Furs
The Tubes


----}- Bird