Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on



As we begin a new year, it's always good to read a really nice "feel good" story about friends.

Today, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted helps to provide the storyline for that story.

If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting him or interviewing him, he comes off as a good dude. But what is he like in private?

From reading this, it would seem that he's that same good dude and that's pretty cool to read.

2011 was a challenging year for many. I guess my read on it is that there's some element of every year that brings plenty of challenges with it.

I've had one of those "best of" lists brewing in my head that I'd like to get out related to the albums that rocked my world and perhaps they rocked yours too. Of course I'm not going to do that right now.

For the moment, I'm grateful for the friends too numerous to name, both online and real life and otherwise. (Let this serve as an official shout out to @MikeDuquette - thanks for not beheading me during our New Jersey meeting earlier this year. You're awesome. Yes, @hndinglove and I will expect to hang out with you sometime this year!)

I had the chance last week to go to a rock show (The Smoking Popes) with my old high school buddy who had been my show going comrade for a number of years. This show was our first show outing together since the '90s and appropriately enough, even though he had been a Smoking Popes fan for years, he'd never seen them live. So we were once again experiencing a band for the first time together.

The art of shared music discovery/enjoyment and the camaraderie that comes with it isn't dead. I didn't think it was, but it was certainly nice to confirm that and it was nice to have my friend back after quite a few years away (he's been living out of state).

Friends...whoever you are, wherever you are - I'm glad to know all of you.

Here's to another great year of rock and roll music.

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