Sunday, July 22, 2018

Can You Guess Who These Tribute Bands Cover?-- Part 5


Avenge 7X
White Pony
What's Our Age Again
Hybrid Theory
St. Jimmy


The Chain
Beggar's Banquet
Doors of Chicago
Have A Cigar


Avenge Sevenfold
Blink 182
Hreen Day

Fleetwood Mac
Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd

I Got A Lot, But Not All of Them.  --RoadDoggone

Can You Guess Who These Tribute Bands Cover-- Part 4

Answers below.


Midnight Hour
Jak Crowes
Calling Baton Rouhe
Petty Cash  (Cover two performers)


Woodstock Generation / Summer of Love
Who's Next


Lonesome Highway
Flip Flop Dave
Jason Stone


Allman Brothers
Black Crowes
Garth Brooks
Tom Petty and Johnny Cash

Songs from Woodstock
Janis Joplin

Bob Dylan
Jimmy Buffett
Elvis Presley

Which Stage, Which Stage?  --RoadDog

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Can You Guess Who These Tribute Bands Cover? --Part 3

These are bands playing at the Tribute Island Festival at Simmons Island in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this weekend.

I'll give you the name of the tribute band, you guess the name of who they cover.  The stage name will give hints.


Legends of CMA Country Stage

Miranda Church
Gone Country
Smokin' Gunz
No Shirt, No Shoes

Legends of Monsters of Rock Stage

Kings of the Nighttime World
Diver Down

Legends of Henry Maier Fest Grounds Stage

Karen Hart & the Pretenders
Dream Police
Night Train
Bad Medicine


Miranda Lambert / Eric Church
Like Bryant / Keith Urban
Gary Alan & More
Kenny Chesney

Van Halen

Cheap Police
Guns N' Roses
Bon Jovi


Can You Guess Who These Tribute Bands Cover? -- Part 2

And, there sure is a variety of music genres represented in these tribute bands.  Again, I will give you the name of the tribute band.  You guess whose music they cover.  Answers below.  The stage name might give you a hint.

Legends of Lollapalooza Stage

Smells Like Grohl
Big Bang Baby

Legends of Ozzfest Stage

Hellbilly Deluxe
Juda Rising
Hand of Doom
Blizzard of Ozz


Alice in Chains
Foo Fighters
Stone Temple Pilots
Pearl Jam

Rob Zombie
'Judas Priest
Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne

How'd You Do?  --RoadDog

Can You Guess Who These Tribute Bands Pay Tribute To?-- Part 1

In the last post, I mentioned the huge group of tribute bands who are playing this weekend in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at the tribute Island Music Festival.  Sadly, it had been raining in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin most of yesterday and forecast today as well.

I got a kick out of looking at the names of the tribute bands and seeing who they cover.  Let's see how you do.  I'll give you the name of the tribute band and later, who they cover.


Too Bad Company
Jagged Little Pill
Ready Freddies


Bad Company
Led Zeppelin
Alanis Morrissette


Friday, July 20, 2018

Way Too Much Going On Around Here This Weekend

These are the kinds of weekends I really dislike as there is way too much going on around here in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.

Up in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, we have Country Thunder with all those big performers.  That goes from tonight, Friday, to Sunday.  Then in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we have Tribute Island at Simmons Island on Lake Michigan with some 50 tribute bands playing Friday to Sunday.

Then, in McHenry, Illinois, we have Fiesta Days with its Art in the Park and street parties tomorrow.  Liz and I call it Drunk In the Park.  There are several bands playing on the streets.  Also, Antioch, Illinois, has Taste of Summer with food and bands every night, Friday to Sunday.

We Need to do a better job at scheduling all these events.  We'd like to go to all of them, but can't.

Let's Spread 'Em Out Some More.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Good Ol' Ballpark Neighborhoods-- Part 2: A Car Is Required For Pre-Game Food

Continuing with worst to best neighborhoods around MLB ballparks.

24.  CITI FIELD--  If you're in to mufflers and airplane exhaust, you'll love the area around Citi Field.

23.  YANKEE STADIUM--  Hearing "The Bronx" might frighten some, but there is appeal outside it.

22.  GLOBE LIFE PARK--  A car is required to reach pregame food.

21.  GUARANTEED RATE FIELD--  Since Comiskey Park is mt favorite field (well, the old one anyway), I'll write the whole thing they wrote.

Remember when former Governor Jim Thompson (did not go to prison) vowed to save McCuddy's and buy the first round?  Well, we do.

The classic Sox fan hangout was knocked down when old Comiskey Park and never replaced.  Your best bet is a short drive to Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, over there  at 31st and Morgan.

20.  DODGER STADIUM--  One of the few major league ballparks where no tailgating is allowed.

19.  MILLER PARK--  There is nothing within distance of the parking lots., but the traditional pregame tailgating parties are epic.

It Is Still Comiskey Park To Me.  --RoadSox

Good Ol' Ballpark Neighborhood Fun-- Part 1: Nothing In Walking Distance

From the July 19, 2018, Chicago Tribune "Neighborhood fun."  By Mark Gonzales, Paul Sullivan, Phil Rogers, Colleen Kane, Phil Thompson, Teddy Greenstein and Tim Bannon.

Earlier this year they ranked the Major League Baseball parks themselves, but what about the neighborhoods around them?  Well, these guys came up with a list going worst to best.  They say a little more about each than I write.

See where your favorite ballpark ranks.

30.  TROPICANA FIELD--  Too far from downtown

29.  MARLINS PARK--  Forget about tailgating here.

28.  KAUFFMAN STADIUM--  Nothing in walking distance.

27.  ANGEL STADIUM--  Few stadiums feel more suburban -- and not in a nice, quaint way.

26.  OAKLAND COLISEUM--  The Coliseum is easy to hate, but at least an experience.

25.  MINUTE MAID PARK--  The B.U.S. and Home Plate Bar and Grill across the street  are the only places to wait out traffic.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Just Some Road Stuff of Interest: The Ferry and the Relic

**  The Fort Fisher-Southport Ferry will be raising vehicle rates on August 15 to take the ferry across the Cape Fear River between those two points.  This is the first increase in 15 years.

And, the price goes from $5 to $7.  That is not a bad price for a great twenty minute trip on the water across an area where blockade runners, Confederate and Union warships traversed during the Civil War.  And, that is not to mention the three or four hours you save if you go up the river and cross at Wilmington, N.C. (and that Wilmington traffic and photo-enforced stoplights).

**  For you Route 66ers, there is a piece of the USS Arizona coming to the Amarillo War Museum in Texas.  This, of course, is the famous battleship sunk at Pearl harbor in the attack December 7, 1941 attack.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Big Red" Returns to Route 66

From the June 6, 2018, LaClede County (Mo.) Record by Gary Sosniecki.

Janet McAllister stopped driving "Big Red" -- her red 1973 Cadillac El Dorado convertible -- in the Lebanon Christmas parade several years ago.  She knew that her late husband, Dr, Jack McAllister would like to have her drive it in parades, "But, I couldn't see over the hood."

However, Janet and "Big Red" will be in the 2018 Lebanon Route 66 Festival.

The festival was Saturday, June 16.  We would have liked to have been in Lebanon for it, but we had already been there earlier in June for three days.

Her late husband had been quite the classic car collector, mostly convertibles, owning "a dozen or tow."

But after his death, the others were sold off.  Someone else will be driving "Big Red."  Remember, Janet can't see over the hood.

Go "Big Red.  --RoadDog

Monday, July 16, 2018

R.I.P. Rick Selle

A good friend of mine from the old Puppet Bar days has passed on.  Rick Selle died at age 64, on July 12 after a short illness.

He used to be quite the partier.  One time his boat, a small fishing skiff, sank while tied to a pier at the Puppet Bar.  I was deejaying and kept telling him his boat was sinking, but he wouldn't believe me.  When we finally went outside to look at it, the boat was about 2/3 submerged and there were a whole lot of empty beer cans floating by it.

He was also very interested in anything dealing with history and had quite a collection of old stuff in his basement.

The last time we saw him and his wife was on an Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour when I recognized a sign with "R.A.S. Concrete" on the side of a truck.

We'll Sure Miss You Rick.  --RoadDog

Along 66, June 2018: An Arch and a Motorhead

JUNE 13--  There is a new welcome arch in Kingman, Arizona.  I love arches.

JUNE 14--  Route 66 Motorheads bar in Springfield, Illinois, has been offered a sales tax rebate of up to $250,000 for being annexed to Springfield.  This is to help offset the cost of a $48,000 waterline to the city.

The new place is at 600 Toronto Road, south of Springfield and used to be a Stuckey's.

The bar opened Friday and they hope to have the restaurant serving food next month.  We dropped in for a drink or two on Saturday during the Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour.  Definitely a place 66ers will want to see.

The place has an auto racing theme and Route 66 memorabilia, including Bill Shea's entrance to his former museum.

There is also a Bel-Air Motel sign, a Springfield Tops Big Boy sign and Art's Motel sign from Farmersville.

This Is One Really Good Place.  --RoadDog

Saturday, July 14, 2018

And What About That New Gas Station in DeKalb in 1918?

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The new garage at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway to be use as a Ford service station and garage, is rapidly nearing completion, inside and out and should be ready for occupancy within the next few weeks."

This building was started in the fall of 1917 and still isn't finished.  I would imagine labor and material shortages because of World War I was the reason for the long delay in its completion.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Picking Up the Ford Cars in Chicago in 1918

From the April 18, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Perry Fisk, Charles Broughton and several others went to Chicago this morning to drive out a number of new Ford cars for delivery to customers here,

"The boys expect to get back here some time during the late afternoon."

Perry Fisk was one of the owners of that gas station at First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb that was seeming to take forever to finish.  He also must have owned the Ford dealership.

A Rich Man--RoadDog

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Along 66, June 2018: June 8-10 Lots Going On Along Illinois Route 66

JUNE 8-19  Illinois was the site of a whole lot of 66in'.  Edwardsville had their annual Route 66 Festival which attracted thousands.  We went by it on both the 8th and 9th.

There was also the Blue Carpet Corridor Festival held between Edwardsville and Litchfield and Carlinville.  Several towns had events going on during the day of June 9.

Plus, we had the Illinois Route 66 Association annual motor tour where we crossed the Chain of Rocks Bridge twice, going both west and then east.  Then we had lots of interesting stops and ended up in Springfield for the banquet.

The next day we drove from Springfield to the Launching Pad in Wilmington.

Lots of Fun in Illinois.  --RoadDog