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Posted 29 May 2009 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

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Posted 26 May 2009 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

ChickenFoot!!! Oh Hell Yeah…   Leave a comment

Chickenfoot Debut In Toronto

The Mod Club

Toronto, ON

on May 24 2009

Kevin September (CHARTattack)

Who are Chickenfoot, you ask?

They’re touring in advance of their June 9 release, which is said to be “packaged in heat sensitive artwork,” and they have a lineup so whack it works. The mix includes former Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, two former Van Halians in Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, and a lead guitar player who’s been Surfing With The Alien and recently sued Coldplay, the ever-inventive Joe Satriani.

While Anthony had been working with Hagar on-and-off since their split with Van Halen, Smith joined the two rather organically via jam sessions frequently held at Hagar’s famous Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Satriani, who for some time “really wanted to be a part of a big vocal-oriented rock band,” completed the foursome. Recording began.

Those hoping for career retrospectives at the show would have been disappointed, but folks who came out curious to hear what these four musicians sound like after leaving their egos outside of a Toronto nightclub certainly got their money’s worth. Come to think of it, even Chickenfoot’s swag was kept outside to allow more room for fans to shoehorn into the very sold-out venue.

Surely, Chickenfoot’s label bosses were pleased, as were rock fans lucky enough to score ducats, as this uber-tight rock band made a great argument in the neverending album versus singles debate. The band treated fans to a special kind of listening party and played their self-titled debut from start to finish, in the order it was recorded — breaking only to share a few laughs, drinks and their obvious admiration for each other’s talents.

The lyrics to “Soap On A Rope,” the second song on the disc and of the nearly two-hour set, includes the verse “Got money, got fame, fast cars and everything… I want to dance, got to sing… rock soul, blues… sing anything.” These words rang true as a mantra throughout this entertaining show, as the four rock stars got down to the business of simply having a blast. They even included a Hagar/Montrose classic in “Bad Motor Scooter” and covered Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” to round out the party.

In a uniquely Hagar bonus, the tequila empressario told a story about the previous night on the town with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, whom Hagar addressed while looking side-stage, with a tribute to hardworking single mothers.

The only way this show could’ve been more fun was if it was in your backyard, during a BBQ, and I was drinking your tequila (Cabo Wabo of course).

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Posted 25 May 2009 by chrismmm in music videos

No Weed !?   1 comment

Aspirin vs. Marijuana

References: http://www.onmarijuana.com/2007/03/24/marijuana-is-safer-than-aspirin/

and http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/32/

This is a repost with a few edits…

When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

History:

Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin
The Law:

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.
Marijuana side effects and dangers:

The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. (It makes you stupid for a little while.)These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.

Hunger
Paranoia
Depression
Laughter
Introspection
Creative Impulse
Euphoria
Tiredness
Forgetfulness
Aspirin side effects and dangers:

When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
People with hemophilia can die.
People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
Heavy sweating
Irreversible liver damage
Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
Nausea and vomiting
Abdominal pain
Lethargy
Hyperthermia
Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.

In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.

“Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.

 

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Posted 24 May 2009 by chrismmm in Uncategorized