Monday, October 15, 2018

SEXY AND 17

No, not me. Not even the song from the Stray Cats. 17 Birdcage shows..........and it continues



I have a few minutes more of work to complete the 22nd show but 21 is in the can. I'm hoping to get a few more done as I just completed 21 consecutive work days and yes, I'm tired.

I have some ideas for some new shows.......I think you will like them.



The Clash
The Sex Pistols
The Alarm
B Movie
The B52s
New Order
The Pretenders
The Violent Femmes
Howard Jones
Depeche Mode

----}- Bird

Monday, October 8, 2018

SWEET 16

No, not Juliana though she did turn 16 in August......it's the 16th Birdcage show


This coming November 23rd at Stage AE in Pittsburgh there will be a final WXXP reunion. At this point I can't find a way to attend. But you can. Hey, who said life is fair anyway?



Secession
Duran Duran
Wire Train
Concrete Blonde
Janes Addiction
Simply Red
XTC
The Mood
Third World
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Cult Hero (featuring a WLIR clip deication to DJ Slave)
Rare WLIR Commercial featuring Denis McNamara

----}- Bird

Sunday, September 30, 2018

THE BONDAGE BABIES & MORE

I have been really lucky to have learned from some of the best DJs ever to walk the planet.

Slave & Bird at the 1st Paris NY Reunion

Just as I got the gig at Monkey's I found myself with a few free nights on my hands. I took the time to visit these places I was hearing about. Legz was a name that kept coming up. So, I walked in and witnessed The Bondage Babies. A few years later I asked the owners of Paris NY to get Carlene to spin on Sunday nights.

It was the most diverse, punky and flat out cool scene one could imagine. I am forever grateful to Carlene as she along with a list of NY DJs inspired this DJ Bird character I play. I should make a list of all the DJs I listened to that helped teach me how to spin. Some were personally helpful, others I just watched. The NYC, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island area from 1978 thru 1982 was a hell of a group to learn from.

INXS
DURAN DURAN
THE ENGLISH BEAT
THE JAM
X RAY SPECS
JANE'S ADDICTION
DEPECHE MODE
U2
DAVID BOWIE
SOUIXSIE & THE BANSHEES
MISSING PERSONS
SOUP DRAGONS
KISSING THE PINK
MINISTRY

----}- Bird


Monday, September 24, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN JETT

Hello folks, as we celebrate Joan Jett's birthday the 14th Birdcage show aired last night at wlir.fm


During the recording of this particular show I got permission (and an mp3) of the title track to Dare To Be Different. I just happen to check my email on my phone and there it was. So, I quickly switched out the song I had queued up and plugged in Joan Jett's newest song named for the movie.

Later on in the show I also played a band out of Pittsburgh called Leon, featuring Chris who was the lead singer of the Sponges.....one of my favorite local bands in Pittsburgh. "Good Thing" is a really good song and highlights his great vocals.



Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Pretenders
Lou Reed
David Bowie
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Replacements
Elvis Costello
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
Interferon
Echo & The Bunnymen
Concrete Blonde
Leon
Lords of the New Church

----}- Bird

Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE

Hello folks, welcome back to Hockeybird. This show is quite special, On Friday, September 14th 2018 I had the privilege of interviewing Paul Young & Midge Ure before their show at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Since I moved to Florida in 2004 we spent all our time working and taking care of the girls. So I was quite pleased to see that the Culture Room was the kind of place I would look for when seeing a great live band in a more intimate setting.....not an arena show. Not even a 4,000 seat theater. I'm talking club feel....MFP like.




The Culture Room has that great vibe. So I'm parking my car and then looking for a place to eat.....out walks Midge Ure. What a treat. I wish we could have that audio recorded but Midge expressed great enthusiasm for the audience from this tour and we did speak a bit about the movie, Dare To Be Different. I honestly didn't know that Midge had toured with and co-written songs with Thin Lizzy.....you know, the Boy's Are Back In Town.

Later I met Paul Young and we had a really interesting conversation. While I was a pretty big fan....for one reason or another I never did get a chance to meet him back in the day. I was a little intimidated but Paul put me at ease right away and I really enjoyed our chat. There are parts of the exchange, much like outside with Midge that I wish we recorded. I was impressed with both men and the way they appreciate the fans and with Midge....WLIR listeners. Rock Stars, gentlemen and uniquely talented. In addition, I'm in the presence of the VOICE of Band-Aid and one of two who started the whole project! What a treat. After the interview I eagerly awaited the show I was about to see.


Midge Ure is one hell of a guitarist. Now I understand why he was touring with Thin Lizzy here in the U.S. before reforming Ultravox and the rest is musical history. His vocals are even better than the incredible guitar playing. What a delightful treat.

Paul Young came out next to the delight of the audience. It was very pleasing to hear Paul sing live again. The production wasn't like the shows from back in '85 at Jones Beach, no back up singers or dancers and yet because of the intimacy it may have been even better. I got to hear all the hits although my favorite, Everything Must Change wasn't in the set list. Paul still has that stage presence and in my opinion, that golden voice.


All in all it was one hell of a night  and I was very surprised to see many WLIR listeners there. One lady, Joanna was proudly wearing her WLIR shirt. Several guys came over to talk about the movie Dare To be Different. After the show, Paul and Midge came out to chat with and take pictures with the fans. I forgot to get a picture after the interview so I'm glad I stuck around. Honestly, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.



As usual, I thought of a hundred questions I wanted to ask after the fact. I could have done a full hour with each of them. But I knew they had a show to do and then a 300 mile ride for another show in Orlando the next night. I'm quite pleased with the time they did give me.

OK, enough of my stuff.....let's get to the show. Here it is. If you enjoy it half as much as I had doing this, you're going to love it! Thank you to Midge Ure and Paul Young for their time and kindness.

----) - Bird



If I Was - Midge Ure
Come Back And Stay - Paul Young
All Stood Still - Ultravox
Hot Fun - Paul Young
Band Aid "Do they know it's Christmas..."
Wherever I Lay My Hat - Paul Young
Vienna - Ultravox