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Taylor Swift / Def Leppard - Crossroads!


Tim From Wisconsin

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I'm assuming that Taylor's band which includes our friend Paul Sidoti was included in the taping. If this link below works, it has the info on when it will air. I bet it was a lot of fun for both bands, and I can't wait to see it! happy

Tim

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=106668

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It's a cool music series, and they have had some great combinations in the past! I'm looking forward to it. On the web it references that it will premier on November 8th. If you find out that it will be the 6th Danny, let us know.

By the way... I went to see the Taylor Swift / Rascal Flatts show in Green Bay, WI last Thursday night - What a great show! I didn't get a chance to say hello to Paul, but it was great to see him rocking on stage! I got some good pictures that I will forward to Bernie and maybe he can post a couple of them for me.

Tim

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Yes, we performed the entire set together. All 12 of us onstage the entire time. It was a surreal experience. Having grown up with their music since I was in junior high, to play with some of my heroes was probably the biggest moment in my career to date (along with Raspberries reunion!). Not to mention, to a man, these five guys were some of the most down to Earth, incredible musicians and human beings I've ever been around. We all hung out for five days and the stories I could tell would last for hours.

One of the coolest moments for me is the start of the show. That's all I'll say. Tune in to CMT November 8th (I believe, or the 7th, can't remember but the ads are starting already).

A side note.. A thrill for me was after the taping we all went to a private bar (minus Taylor of course) where I was on guitar, Joe Elliot played drums as well as Rick Allen. We jammed for 4 hours until almost 6 a.m. playing nothing but British invasion hits. Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, as well as almost an hour and a half of AC/DC (Bon Scott era only!). Joe sang most of the time. I hope when everyone sees the show that they can see the love and admiration we all feel towards one another because I think it will be obvious. We all became a very close family. And the Def Leppard guys are as much of Taylor fans as we are to them.

Take care and P.S. Tim, I really wish I could have seen you in WI. Next time, we'll definitely hook up.

Paul

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Tim thanks for posting that link.

DEF LEPPARD'S Joe Elliot says, "How cool is this?! Country's hottest young star wanting to work with us!!"

My reaction to that? It's that I praise the old school. There is NOTHING like the old school tunes that were created in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and maybe part of the 90's.

That Press Release I wrote on Lionel Richie was stating this very thing. Funny that the subject came up now. I'll post the Press Release directly below this post. If you want to read it, fine, if not, that's quite alright too. In it I praise the old school. There is NOTHING like the tunes that were created in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and maybe part of the 90's.

Maybe I'm too full of myself, but if I was an older famous and very successful musician, I'd be saying that the younger school should be grateful to work with the older school. Again, maybe I'm just full of myself but I think that's how I'd feel. Hmmm, maybe I wouldn't announce that fact, lol, but I'd sure be thinkin' it.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

Is Lionel Richie's New Single A Flop?

Lionel's newest single "I Call It Love," insults and neglects his long-time fans. The song is not a bad one, it just does not conform to what his fans expect of him. His fans expect the old school that carried originality, not the new one in which that silky voice is lost in the shuffle of what sounds like a computer generated melody. Fans prefer hearing Lionel sing accompanied by a piano and maybe an instrument or two, but not with distractions added from digital sources. Asked what he thought of the song, Mark Baker, huge fan to Lionel and Program Director for WIKY ( 104.1 FM ) Radio, could not say he was excited about the song. Instead, he stated, "I don't know what I'm going to do with it." The song can be heard by going to http://www6.islandrecords.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=342. The album is due out September 12.

If this new song is any indication of the album, mega commercial success once again, cannot be guaranteed. The song is not what he's known for and what his fans like. If Lionel is attempting to break it in with the younger crowd, he's done a good job, but of course anyone with the success Lionel has can go anywhere they like, and do anything they want.

An important thing for Lionel to always keep in mind is that Program Directors are people too, with likes and dislikes just like the rest of us. If Program Directors do not like this song it means they will not play it on their radio stations. It's as simple as that. Further, no songs promoted on radio stations means less sales of CD's. It appears that maybe Lionel might want to seriously consider going back to the old school where success is always at his fingertips and where many mature Program Directors enjoy the music.

The need for new things is understandable, but traveling outside one's genre is a bit extreme, don't you think? We do not see Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Sting, or Barbara Streisand changing colors, so why should Lionel? More than likely Lionel needs a certain inspiration to get him back to the old school and back to that frame of mind he was once in. One or two experimental new-school tunes on an album are okay, but to create an entire album of new school? That might be a costly switch. It is worth considerable thought.

In an interview with MusicRemedy.com, Lionel stated, "How do we make this interesting and unique, how do we make a record where the 'old' sound is now the 'new' sound?" That's just it Lionel, this new school cannot be put in the same category with the old school. The sounds are completely different.

Your long-time fans hope you make it back to the old road. It was a nice place to be.

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Hi Daisy, I think Joe's quote speaks volume of who he is and it is very indicative of the band. They are extremely humble for having sold almost 80 million records in their career. In conversations with them, they STILL have the point of view that they're just a bunch of 'brothers' who have known each other all their life who happen to play music and love what they get to do. There wasn't an ounce of ego, status, or an element that they were 'better' than any one person in any room.

Paul

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