Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By ROD HARMON Deputy Managing Editor
I don't know about you, but last weekend's Record Store Day was like having a second Christmas in my house. (Or would that be an early Christmas? Whatevs.)
I managed to snag all the limited-edition releases on my list for the first time in my RSD-going experience; I met some very nice, very cool fellow music geeks; and I got my copy of The Doors' 1997 "Box Set" autographed by John Densmore. (Who, by the way, is one of the nicest guys I've ever interviewed, both famous and non-famous. If you missed that interview, you can still read it online at tinyurl.com/harmondensmore.)
One thing did take me by surprise, however. When I looked at the limited-edition EP "Live from Bull Moose" by Mumford & Sons, the credits on the back cover read "Recorded at Bull Moose in Portsmouth, N.H."
As anyone who was in Maine last summer can attest, Mumford performed at Bull Moose in Scarborough, not Portsmouth, as a primer for their much-publicized "Gentlemen of the Road" festival on the Eastern Prom. The front cover of the EP even shows the band performing in the Scarborough store. Which means someone at the record company has some splainin' to do.
But look at the bright side: If it's recalled and/or reissued with a correction, those early copies will become instant collectors' items.
I COULDN'T HELP but think of Densmore and his years-long fight to keep The Doors' legacy intact when I heard Quiet Riot was playing Memory Lane Music Hall in Standish on Saturday.
What's the connection? Well, Densmore sued his bandmates to keep them from using The Doors' name and logo when they toured without him and the late Jim Morrison. Quiet Riot is currently touring with only one member from its "Metal Health" heyday -- drummer Frankie Banali -- and without lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow, who died in 2007.
Granted, I don't think Quiet Riot is in the same league as The Doors, and I don't begrudge someone wanting to make a living off his one-hit album. But whenever I see a band performing with only a fraction of its classic lineup, it feels like a tribute band rather than the real deal, and it would be better if it billed itself something like "featuring Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot." (Axl Rose, are you reading this?)
At any rate, I hope whoever goes to Saturday's show has a good time. You can get details at memorylanemusichall.com.
MARK MAY 4 on your calendar, because it's the first Saturday of May, and you know what that means: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Since its debut in 2002, this annual giveaway has grown into a true event, and not just for comic book collectors. It's such a big deal, in fact, that some of the major publishers are keeping their Free Comic Book Day releases under wraps, which they only do if there's a major launch, plotline or character introduction. Expect to see people dressed in costume and looking more excited than when Sheldon got a mint-in-the-box "Star Trek" transporter toy on "The Big Bang Theory."
For more information, check with your favorite comic book retailer and visit freecomicbookday.com.
Deputy Managing Editor Rod Harmon may be contacted at 791-6450 or: