DVD giveaway – Win the Rolling Stones – Stones in Exile


In case you haven’t heard, the new Rolling Stones’ documentary titled Stones in Exile arrived in stores last week. And thanks to the kind folks over at Universal Music, one lucky retroblog reader will receive a brand new copy of the Stones in Exile DVD.

Interested? well, here’s how to enter the drawing:

Just simply post a comment below with your personal top five favorite Rolling Stones songs. Also be sure to leave a legitimate email address so that I can contact you in the event that you are selected. Don’t worry, your name/email address will not be sold or used in any other manner. You can also earn an extra entry by posting the following on twitter. Be sure to post a followup comment here about your tweet in order to receive your bonus entry in the drawing.

This contest/giveway ends at 11:59pm July 11th, 2010. A winner will be picked randomly from all entries and will be contacted by me via email by July 13th. Once the winner provides a mailing address, it will be forwarded to Universal Music who will be sending out the prize.

No purchase necessary and the contest/giveaway is only open to U.S. residents age 18 or older. By participating in this RetroBlog contest, you agree to allow RetroBlog to post the winner’s name and city on this site.

Journey to appear live in New York City – August 28th


Journey fans in and around New York City should head over to 59th and 5th Avenue on Friday, August 28th to see the band perform forthe Early Show. The concert will be taped on that day and a select number of songs will be shown on the September 4th edition of the Early Show on CBS. The band will be playing an abbreviated set but as a treat for the live audience there, they’ll be playing more than what will be shown on air. Here’s the lowdown:

Journey at the Early Show

when: Friday, August 28th 2009 at 11:30AM

where: 59th and 5th Avenue NEXT to the Apple Store, New York City

if you need more info, contact the Early Show at BRGuest @ cbsnews.com with the subject line: JOURNEY QUESTION This is a great opportunity for the band to get some exposure so be sure to get on out there to show your support for the guys! for more info on the current summer tour, see my previous post. and while we’re on the subject of the band, here’s a recent youtube clip of Journey performing “Only the Young” in Memphis (08Aug09 – Mud Island Amphitheatre).

A worm invades the oil rig on TruTV’s Black Gold


The second season of truTV’s Black Gold kicked off last night with a lot of changes. The first season featured three competing rigs vying to be the first among the group to hit oil. But this time around, the show focuses solely on the crew of Rig 28 with a huge dilemma. They need to find oil in 50 days or end up losing the lease on their plot of land. Basically, if they don’t hit crude, the crew will lose their jobs and cost the company millions of dollars. The pressure is definitely on and viewers will be riveted in watching to see if the hardworking roughnecks will make the deadline. I like the fact that the new season will be focusing on one rig this time around since it’ll allow us to get to know the crew members and dig a little deeper into what makes these men tick. I mean, really, can you imagine CHOOSING to be out in the 110 degree heat, working on a 15-story rig and getting all muddy like that?

The new season’s opener which premiered August 19th, introduced a newbie to the rig named Cheston. Cheston is a great addition to the show since viewers can see through his eyes how hard it is to learn this job. The veterans really don’t want to be bothered with a new trainee or “worm” as they call ‘em and so we get to see Cheston having a real tough time figuring out what he’s supposed to be doing. Check out this video clip of his on the job training.

To make matters worse, daytime driller Pee-Wee doesn’t want the newbie around and is actually gunning for him to get fired. Hopefully Cheston will be able to survive this trial by fire especially since viewers will be drawn to this underdog. I, for one, can identify with Cheston because we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Whether we’re a new kid at school or working our way up the corporate latter, we know how it feels to be the lowly peon. So Cheston should hang in there and not take all the abuse personally. I don’t think it matters who it is, every worm on the rig would have to go through this “rite of passage”. They’ve obviously got to earn their right to be on the rig. Not everyone is cut out for this type of work. It’s labor intensive, physically draining, hot, dirty and I’m pretty sure it’s smelly too. I can’t imagine going through what Cheston’s going through on the job but I could see myself getting the same expletive-filled “employee review” that he got in the following video clip.

But beyond all the in-fighting and name calling, the show should be an eye-opener for the nation. As a country filled with gas-guzzling SUVs and minivans, most folks don’t think twice about the fuel that they pump at their local gas station. The show gives us all a rare glimpse beyond the gas pump and into the lives of these roughnecks that are simply trying to provide for their families while helping supply our nation with some crude.

Oh, and one other neat little tidbit I’d like to point out is concerning the pipe supplier on the show. His name is Michael Patrick McConaughey who happens to be Matthew McConaughey brother. The two even appeared together in a movie titled “The Newton Boys” back in 1998.

Anyway, Black Gold is definitely a “must see” in my book. And when a show like this is run by the geniuses behind “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers”, you just know there’ll be some heart-pounding drama on hand. To get a taste of what the show is about, be sure to check out the truTV’s Black Gold trailer up on youtube. Watch for new episodes of Black Gold every wednesday night at 10pm on TruTV.

Hot Leg – Red Light Fever – Justin Hawkins


It really boggles the mind why Hot Leg’s Red Light Fever never got an official release in the United States. This is probably one of my favorite albums of the year and from what I can tell, you can’t purchase the CD anywhere in the U.S. except as an import. WTF? The album is a great comeback effort by Justin Hawkins and the songs are pretty much an extension of what he was doing with his former group the Darkness. All the hard rockin’ elements from the Darkness are present here – crunchy guitar riffs, catchy hooks and Hawkins’ trademark falsetto. Thankfully fans outside the U.K. can at least purchase mp3 downloads from the band’s website. But it’s sad to see that the band never got the promotional backing they certainly deserve here in the States. According to their website, the band is planning on recording their second album and then releasing it in early 2010. Hopefully they’ll find a U.S. record label to back them this time around. Come on, this is *Man-Rock* at its finest!

RetroGrade: A

Personal favorites off the album include: Trojan Guitar (fantastically epic!!), Whichever Way You Wanna Give It (reminds me of the Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” ),You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore and Ashamed (love Hawkins’ take on reality TV)

Artist: Hot Leg

Album: Red Light Fever

Released in the U.K.: February 2009

Label: Universal UK