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Rockers weigh in on Dave Mustaine comments about President Obama

by on Aug.17, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rockers weigh in on Dave Mustaine comments about President Obama

A few rockers have now weighed on on the recent statements made in Singapore on August 7th by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue/Sixx A.M., Craig Locicero of Forbidden, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, Testament's Chuck Billy and more have shared their feelings in regards to Mustaine telling the concert audience "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." Then adding "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

Nikki Sixx posted a link on his Facebook page to a Los Angeles Times article about Mustaine's coments and added these comments: "Dave Mustaine is a fucking asshole. I can't even imagine how deep this cuts the victims' families of these shootings. He owes every family an apology as well as our great country. Hey, Dave, if you think America is turning into 'Nazi America,' as you are quoted saying... Then move the fuck out..."

Craig Locicero of San Francisco Bay Area band Forbidden posted this on his Facebook page, which takes a different angle on the comments:

"So everyone wants to pile on [Megadeth mainman] Dave [Mustaine], who definitely has douchy tendencies.

"I don't know of anyone that has all of their facts straight on [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre], but I STRONGLY believe there is the possibility that he was a patsy. But not summoned by Obama himself. That is where I think Mustaine was ignorant and gives him too much credit/blame. But used by those who control the ebbs and flows of society.

"Take a long view of this upcoming dog-and-pony show called our 'free' election. If you do, you can see where the lines of division on race, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and our rights to assemble are being drawn.

"Things are uglier than they have been in any recent history.

"Whichever side wins the fake election in November, there will be a backlash from the polarized extremists on the other side. This government and military are fully anticipating it as a certainty.

"So what does that mean in this very subject?

"These shootings are a possible catalyst to eradicate the right to bear arms in this country. It makes most people say, 'Hey, enough is enough. Let's make guns illegal here!' That sounds dandy to some folks, but it's beautiful music to the ears for those who crave division amongst our citizens.

"Take away the guns from all of the radicals and eradication becomes much easier. But nowhere near everyone with a gun is a radical.

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"So while Dave supposedly shoved his feet into his mouth once again, I say he's close to the truth. A lot closer then most people want to accept.

"One thing is certain. People suck.

"Watch these videos for a little more [insight] and go ahead and hate the messenger if you wish."



Testament vocalist Chuck Billy told the New York Daily News, "I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense. There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth." Testament has toured many times in the past with Megadeth.

Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner said, "I'd like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them. In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.

"I'm one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut," added Wagner.

"I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value," former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. "I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don't sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string."

“ To speak in such a way is to take focus off of the true face of this problem - the victims,” says Eye Empire’s Donald Carpenter. “It is ignorant, irresponsible and a part of the problem.”

Mustaine, who once wrote the lyrics to the anti-George H.W. Bush administration song "Foreclosure of a Dream," has swung sharply to the right since he ditched alcohol and drugs and became a born-again Christian.

"This is why people should never get sober,” deadpanned Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small.

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Charm City Devils/John Allen Interview – August 8, 2012

by on Aug.12, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Charm City Devils/John Allen Interview – August 8, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils just released their rockin' new album 'Sins' featuring the Top 20 rock track 'Man of Constant Sorrow,' last Tuesday. The band has been opening shows for Theory of a Deadman of late, but made a headlining stop in San Luis Obispo, California, where I sat down with him to talk about the new album and much more. Check out the full interview below.

John talks about his transition from drumming in previous bands to fronting Charm City Devils, his connection and admiration for fellow Baltimore band KIX, the place Nikki Sixx has in the band's history, the decision to cover the great track 'Man Of Constant Sorrow,' recording with Skidd Mills in Nashville, the kick ass new album and next single, the best and worst part of touring, what inspired him to rock, upcoming touring plans and even some Baltimore sports talk. John is an engaging and articulate interview and I appreciate him taking the time. The band put on a great show that night, and you will be seeing and hearing much more from them in the future. Get the band's amazing new album 'Sins,' wherever you buy your rock or hit up their website: www.charmcitydevils.com

Thanks to Bill Meis at eOne Music

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Upcoming Charm City Devils tour dates:
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA (w/Stone Temple Pilots Three Days Grace, Seether, Buckcherry, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Black Stone Cherry, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise, Daughtry)
Sep. 15 - Hagerstown, MD
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD (w/Seether, Kyng, Sick Puppies & Young Guns)
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD (w/L.A. Guns, Days of the New, Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg & Laughing Colors)
w/Thory of a Deadman & Adelita's Way:
Oct. 29 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 31 - Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
Nov. 3 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Nov. 4 - Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
Nov. 9 - The National - Richmond, VA
Nov. 14 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY

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Motley Crue News: ‘Sex’ single available as free download, Vince Neil future pilot?

by on Jul.16, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Motley Crue News: ‘Sex’ single available as free download, Vince Neil future pilot?

The brand new song from Motley Crue, is available for free download for 24 hours only at Motley.com. So get on it! "Sex" is the first studio track from the band since 'Saints Of Los Angeles' in 2008. The song was recorded at drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.

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Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has taken flight training classes with the possibility of receiving a pilot’s license. While that may not be the greatest idea considering his history in automobiles, he apparently has found a way to make a buck out of it, or at least get the training for free as it will be part of a TV show called 'The Aviators.' Vince will appear in the series’ third season, which premieres this fall on PBS. Check out pics from his training here: www.facebook.com

 

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Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Aerosmith, ZZ Top, L.A. Guns, The Offspring, Charm City Devils, Dead Sara

by on Jul.07, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Aerosmith, ZZ Top, L.A. Guns, The Offspring, Charm City Devils, Dead Sara

Here I am, still playing ketchup on my rock picks of the week, with Aerosmith kicking things off with their number one rock track 'Legendary Child.' The song was originally written and recorded in 1991 during the early sessions for the group's 1993 album 'Get A Grip' but had remained unreleased. I really like the new track, but it didn't hit me as hard as I hoped by the buildup to its release. It is a quality cut, but one that I think could have been taken to an even more rocking level. I know it is a radio track however, and must play to the masses as it toes the line between long time fans and a new generation being exposed to Aerosmith.

The group's upcoming studio effort, 'Music from Another Dimension!' was originaly scheduled for an August 28th release, but has now been pushed back to November 6th. Steven Tyler said of the delay, "Too many [other notable acts] are releasing [their new albums] those weeks. We don't wanna step on their release dates. So we said, 'You know what?! We've got the goods…ain't no doubt about it. We'll wait another couple of months.'"

Aerosmith's North American leg of the band's 'Global Warming' Tour with Cheap Trick is well underway having kicked off a couple of weeks ago in Minneapolis. Bass player Tom Hamilton recently told Billboard that fans attending the shows likely will get treated to a preview of the new album. "It's gonna be, like, a 14-song album, so it's got a lot of range. I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries -- the 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience. It's all there."

Hamilton reveals that while the initial plan was for Aerosmith not to perform any new tunes save for lead single "Legendary Child" on the trek, he says, "We're probably going to say 'To hell with it' and play 'em because they're fun. We're chomping at the bit to play a bunch of these live," while noting that having new material to introduce in concert "really makes you feel like you're walking out there with a loaded weapon."

Hamilton also shared some details about the upcoming album: "I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries," he maintains. "The 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience."

Hamilton says 'Music from Another Dimension!' will include "songs that have been written over the course of our lifetimes," as well as a rendition of the vintage R&B number 'Shakey Ground,' which was a 1975 hit for the Temptations though Aerosmith based its version on Etta James' rendition. "We needed extra songs for Japan and Europe," Hamilton said, "and we thought, 'OK, we're struggling to get all our own songs written. Maybe we should cover a couple of songs.' I forget who brought ('Shakey Ground') in, and we tried it out and in the course of recording we just had so much fun with it that we wanted to put it on the album. We like to show off our funk roots and show we can get people's butts shaking."

'Music From Another Dimension' track listing:
1. What Could Have Been Love
2. Beautiful
3. Street Jesus
4. Legendary Child
5. Oh Yeah
6. We All Fall Down
7. Another Last Goodbye
8. Out Go the Lights
9. Love Three Times a Day (Hello Goodbye)
10. Closer
11. Shakey Ground
12. Lover A Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up On The Mountain

Texas rock legends ZZ Top are back with their first new studio recordings in nine years, as the group have recently released the four-track teaser digital E.P. The four-song EP features all new tunes, and was produced by Rick Rubin, who also helmed the sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which is due out in late summer/early fall. Check out 'Consumption,' 'I Gotsta Get Paid' (which premiered last month in an ad campaign for Jeremiah Weed) and 'Chartreuse' below:

Listen to 'Chartreuse' on rollingstone.com here


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'Texicali' is available at itunes and all digital retail outlets. ZZ Top just wrapped up their 'Gang of Outlaws' tour with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson on June 29th, and are now will play gigs in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Norway for during July. The band returns to the U.S. for headlining dates starting August 14th at Bakersfield's Fox Theater, followed by co-headlining dates later this summer with Lynyrd Skynryd.

L.A. Guns are back with their first new studio album in seven years, 'Hollywood Forever,' which features the awesome new track, 'You Better Not Love Me.' The track brings forth the best of that sleazy, dynamic L.A. Guns sound we all know and love. The album is the fourth L.A. Guns record produced by the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, and many more), and he definitely brings out the best in the boys on this one.

Former L.A. Guns member Kelly Nickels makes a special appearance on the album, playing bass on 'Venus Bomb' and providing backing vocals on other tracks. Phil Lewis, Steven Riley, Stacey Blades and Scott Griffith are poised to make this L.A. Guns offering a big success. Order the new album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/hollywood-forever/id524457881


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'Hollywood Forever' Track List:
Hollywood Forever
You Better Not Love Me
Eel Pie
Sweet Mystery
Burn
Vine St. Shimmy
Dirty Black Night
Underneath The Sun
Queenie
Crazy Tango
Venus Bomb
I Won’t Play
Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
Araña Negra (originally recorded by The Bicicletas)

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L.A. Guns U.S. tour dates
Jul. 7 - Enfield , CT - 4th of July Town Celebration
Jul. 14 - Howland, ME - Sebois Stream Campgrounds/ MudRun Concert Series
Jul. 15 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Jul. 20 - Tuscon, AZ - AVA Ampitheater- Casino Del Sol (w/Warrant & Skid Row)
Jul. 21 - Tempe , AZ - 910 Live (w/Forming Stories, Ethan 103 & Sunset Strip)
Aug. 17 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Aug. 18 - Santa Ana, CA - Malone's
Aug. 24 - Englewood, NJ - Begen Performing Arts Center (w/Skid Row)
Aug. 25 - Amityville, NY - Ollies/Revolution (w/Skid Row)
Oct. 13 - Centerville, MD - Island Bay Day

Huntington Beach, CA. rockers The Offspring are up next in Rock Picks with their great new track 'Days Go By.' It's the title track from their new album, which was released on June 26th. The track has that distinct Offspring sound, with a party vibe video behind it. It's good to have the guys back in a big way, as this new track is already top 10 on multiple rock charts. The band will be hitting the road starting with a couple of Canadian dates starting July 14th, then will continue through the summer in North America, wrapped around a lone date in Russia on August 5th. Offspring will also be a part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood on August 18th, which this year pays tribute to Sunset Strip legends The Doors. Check out these interview clips with Dexter and Noodles. They'll give you all the lowdown on what's happening with the Offspring.


Order the album here: iTunes - http://smarturl.it/daysgobyalbum Amazon - http://smarturl.it/dgbamazon

Offspring Tour Dates:
Jul. 14 - Quebec, CA - Festival d'ete International de Quebec
Jul. 15 - Sarnia, Canada - Bayfest
Jul. 17 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Jul. 18 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Commons
Jul. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Fair St. Louis
Jul. 21 - Milwuakee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Jul. 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Jul. 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Jul. 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
Jul. 28 - Rochester, NY - Bonzai 2012 at Highland Bowl Amphitheatre
Jul. 29 - Syracuse, NY - WKRL's K-Rockathon
Aug. 5 - Anapa, Russia - Kubana Festival
Aug. 10 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club - Seaside Stage
Aug. 18 - West Hollywood, CA - Sunset Strip Music Festival
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Sep. 9 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
Sep. 16 - Charlotte, NC - Live Nation
Sep. 29 - Auburn, WA - KISW's Pain in the Grass

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils are up next with a cover of a track that is a rocking version of a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. It became well-known in the 2000 film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' with that version by The Soggy Bottom Boys. 'Man Of Constant Sorrow'

Charm City Devils were originally formed in 2007 by singer/song writer and former SR-71 drummer John Allen. Besides Allen the band includes Anthony Arambula (bass), Jason Hesier (Drums), Victor Karrera (Guitar) and Nick Kay (Guitar). After signing with Eleven Seven Music, Mötley Crüe bassist and Eleven Seven Music chairman, Nikki Sixx, suggested the band's current name Charm City Devils. Their debut album 'Let's Rock-N-Roll' was released in 2009, and two singles from it, 'Let's Rock n' Roll (Endless Road)' and 'Best of the Worst' garnered airplay around the country. They were named best new rock band by iTunes for 2009. Now, the band will release their sophomore album "Sins" on new label Fat Lady Music this July 31st. The band worked with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central) on this new offering, and you can pre-order from Newbury Comics and get a limited autographed CD Booklet with your purchase!

While working on the new album, Charm City Devils were discussing classic songs and if they should incorporate something into their set. Frontman John Allen explains, "There were many ideas kicked around, but which one? 'Man of Constant Sorrow' came up and we decided to give it a try. It’s an incredibly powerful song, but it was a challenge to develop and arrange it in a way that captured the essence of the song but would also ROCK! We all loved the version from 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' Skidd and I built a foundation and with much tweaking and editing, and I think we delivered a great version of the song. The song transcends generations. It’s a timeless classic and it’s been around a long time. I’m excited to bring it to a whole new group of rock fans."

I'm looking forward to seeing these guys in San Luis Obispo on August 8th, and hope to lineup an interview as well.

Charm City Devil 'Sinner's Ball' Tour 2012:
Jul. 14 - Chesaning Showboat RockFest - Chesaning, MI
Jul. 16 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Jul. 19 - L'Auberge Casino Resort - Lake Charles, LA
Jul. 20 - Club La Vela Gulfside Amphitheatre - Panama City Beach, FL
Jul. 21 - Carlisle Bike Fest - Carlisle, PA
Jul. 22 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 25 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 26 - Station 7 - Laurel, DE
Jul. 27 - David Ulrich City Courtyard - Lockport, NY
Jul. 29 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 31 - The Brick - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
Aug. 3 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Aug. 5 - Boomer's Garden - Lewiston, ID
Aug. 7 - Modesto Centre Plaza - Modesto, CA
Aug. 8 - SLO Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug. 10 - Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
Aug. 11 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD

John Allen taped a Musicians Opposed to Bullying PSA during their recent tour stop at Rocklahoma. Courtney Campbell of Earplugs Required conceived the idea for Musicians Opposed to Bulying to help spread a message of tolerance, understanding and inclusion. Get more info here: www.musiciansopposedtobullying.com

Los Angeles' own Dead Sara's are up next with their track 'Weatherman.' Fronted by singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley, the band are carrying the torch for female fronted rock bands, which we need more of. The ladies have garnered praise from female rock legends including Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, who was recently asked by the Wall Street Journal which female rock singers she admired, Slick namechecked Armstrong, citing her "strong, urgent sound."

Rounded out by also bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, Dead Sara are rocking on the Vans Warped tour through August 5th in Portland, Oregon. They are also slated to perform on the main stage at this years Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood, CA. on August 13th. The festival honors Sunset Strip legends The Doors, so there is a possibility we will see Dead Sara covering a song from the L.A. rock legends.

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Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch dead at 65

by on Jun.08, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch dead at 65

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch, who also had a solo career, sadly has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Nashville, TN. Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 65 year old Welch was found dead with a chest wound by his wife at their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Thursday (June 7).

Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently and that he left a suicide note. Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, and a part of the albums 'Future Games' (1971), 'Bare Trees' (1972), and 'Mystery to Me' (1973). Those albums weren’t immediate commercial successes, but eventually they went achieved Gold or Platinum certification in the U.S.

After leaving Fleetwood Mac, he formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, then had solo hits including 'Sentimental Lady' in 1977 from the album 'French Kiss.' 'Sentimental Lady' was originally recorded as a Fleetwood Mac song in 1972, and his solo version included Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham on backing vocals. He also had a solo hit with 'Ebony Eyes' in 1978.

Welch was not included among the members of Fleetwood Mac when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. At the time he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "It was an important period in the history of the band. Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with 'saving Fleetwood Mac.' Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts."

Many musicians have paid tribute to Bob via Twitter, including Nikki Sixx, Michael DesBarres, Bryan Adams, Foghat and the Roots’/Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's ?uestlove:

Welch below:

RIP Bob Welsh.Fleetwood Mac spoke for itself but your band PARIS was one of my all time favorite bands.

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7 Jun 12

Bob Welch RIP

I am saddened by the passing of Bob Welch. We were contemporaries.Suicide is unfathomable to me.I know life can... http://fb.me/1OlljslR9

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damn man. of all the smooth rock Bob Welch was the smoothest Sentimental Lady was my jawn! rip http://youtu.be/jE9CW-QHoUo

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Welch.  He was a very talented guy and when we knew him in the 70's... fb.me/1Kf5zqZ87

R.I.P. Bob and thanks for all the wonderful music and memories. Our heartfelt condolences go out ot his family and friends.
Here's Bob from a BBC documentary in 1995 talking about his time in Fleetwood Mac and meeting former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green
Here's video of Bob performing 'Sentimental Lady' with Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood


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'Ebony Eyes' with Stevie Nicks at Cal Jam II in 1978 and from The Roxy in 1981

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Fleetwood Mac footage form 'The Midnight Special' in 1973

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'Precious Love' from 1979

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