It's Tuesday afternoon and I'm minutes away from phoning Matthew Sweet for an interview when I happen to hit Twitter on my phone and see a breaking story that Hank LoConti, longtime owner of the Cleveland Agora has just passed away at age 85.
The news hit me like a ton of bricks because Hank was always a guy who was so full of life that it was hard to imagine that he could actually be gone. He was someone that when you met him, you would be surprised to find out how old he was, because he always looked at least a decade younger than he actually was. And yet he had been sick, battling lymphoma for some time, which I was not aware of.
There are plenty of great stories and tributes that have popped up in the past day offering a proper remembrance of LoConti and what it was that he was all about. For me as a music fan who ended up living in Cleveland, it's hard to even begin to collect the thoughts of all of the many different ways that the Cleveland Agora has made an impact in my life. There were plenty of shows, of course, with my first visit to the Agora happening in November of 1992 to see the Spin Doctors. Say what you will about the Spin Doctors, they were a hell of a band beyond the radio singles and their live performances during that time period were great.
My next trip to the Agora was a free show (!!!) with Brian May of Queen who played a headlining gig at the venue supporting his first solo album Back To The Light. Having missed out on the chance to see Queen back in the day, it was huge getting a chance to see Brian play guitar in such an up close setting, with Cozy Powell on drums, to boot.
As my concert attendance really started to ramp up in 1993, I would spend a lot of time at the Agora starting the following year, first with a gig from Joe Satriani, then Sarah McLachlan (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Tour), Rollins Band with Therapy, Pretenders (a special "small hall" hometown gig on the Last Of The Independents tour that quickly sold out), Joe Cocker (right after he played Woodstock 94), Crowded House (Together Alone tour, with Sheryl Crow opening), The Smithereens and so many more.
1994 was really the beginning of my music collection coming to life in front of my eyes (something which I was reminded of recently when talking with Journey's Neal Schon, when he talked about his feeling that the reason that today's kids want to see their favorite bands live is that "they don't quite believe that it's real unless they're looking at it.") and I had been to enough gigs by that point to know that if I had the chance to see one of my favorite bands play a club like the Agora, that was where it was really at -- with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the bands that I had spent a lot of time listening to by that point.
There was an experience that came with seeing a show at a true rock club like the Agora that you just didn't get in the same way by attending an arena gig. Sure, I had seen some amazing shows at Richfield Coliseum in that same time period (Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton), but having a chance to compare the two, there was no question that the more intimate gigs were better, which is why it was such a thrill to get a chance to see bands and artists like Pretenders, Joe Cocker and Brian May -- folks who I knew had usually been playing bigger places prior to that -- in a place the size of the Cleveland Agora.
To cut to the chase, Hank LoConti was the guy who was driving all of this. He was the man behind the Cleveland Agora, a rock institution that had been around for a long time at that point -- I didn't know the specifics at that time, but when you walked into that place, you could tell that it was a building that had a lot of history. As folks will be quick to point out, the current Cleveland Agora at 5000 Euclid Avenue is not the original location -- which burned down in the mid-'80s, but the Euclid Avenue location, was certainly a worthy successor to the original, housed in a building that had its own important history.
Over the years, I started to unpack the history of the original building as a fan, listening to the various famous concert broadcasts that had been done by WMMS, most of which were from the '70s and '80s. Everybody's got their personal favorite list and many of them can tell you stories about being at the gigs -- since I moved here in 1989, I missed out on that part of things, but the tapes that were left behind certainly tell plenty of great stories. There is of course, the famous Springsteen Agora gig from 1978, a special broadcast celebrating the 10th anniversary of WMMS.
Elvis Costello's 1977 performance is another favorite and when I saw Costello just a few weeks ago, playing a solo show here in town, he had fond memories of playing the Agora, calling it a "smoke-filled den of sin," adding that "sometimes you find true love in a place like that." Costello isn't alone in his memories -- it's a frequent occurrence to hear the legacy acts offer their memories of their first gigs in Cleveland at the Agora -- while performing at Gund Arena on the All You Can't Leave Behind tour in May of 2001, Bono offered his own recollections of an early U2 gig at the Agora.
Bryan Adams played a show at the Agora in 1982 and he would be back for another gig barely a year later in 1983. Both shows were broadcast by WMMS (with the 1982 gig getting a national broadcast via the King Biscuit Flower Hour) and it's interesting to compare the two performances and hear how much Adams had progressed in such a short amount of time. The 1983 performance, which was mixed by Bob Clearmountain, is an unbelievable show from Adams that sounds like a professional live album -- it would make great bonus material for an expanded reissue of the Cuts Like A Knife album someday.
The Police, AC/DC, Bon Jovi....nearly anybody you might want to name off, they all played the Agora at some point. Thankfully, there are so many of those concert memories that have been preserved because they were broadcast.
The Agora is approaching its 50th anniversary and I'm happy that after some rough years, the venue seems to be back on solid ground or at the very least, in a better place. They're back booking a regular schedule of shows again and the shows seem to be doing well. As someone who grew up with the Agora at a time that they had a consistent schedule of shows that made it possible for you to go see live music at the club on nearly any night of the week (and with so much great variety to choose from in those days, too), it means a lot to see the Agora alive again.
As the years went by, I had the chance on a number of occasions to stop and talk with Hank. The first time, I had been sent to the Agora to pick something up. Not knowing Hank, I figured it would be a quick stop to grab what I was supposed to pick up and then I'd be on my way. I ended up being there for a couple of hours, sitting in Hank's office, hearing amazing stories of past Agora shows. That would be the case every time that I stopped by.
He was a walking piece of Cleveland musical history, one of several key leaders who helped to build the Cleveland concert scene as we know it today and he has continuously been one of the people working tirelessly through the years to help maintain it, never afraid to fight for necessary changes. He certainly leaves behind one hell of a legacy. I have no doubt that we'll continue to see that legacy grow in the years to come and hopefully part of that will come in the form of proper releases on audio and video for some of the shows that he was really proud of.
When it comes to live stuff from Tom Petty, there's certainly a good amount of officially available material to choose from. The Live Anthology in particular should be at the top of your list if you don't own it, both for value and because of what's on it.
Going further back, the Pack Up The Plantation live release is one of my personal favorites, crying out for both an expanded edition and an official DVD/Blu-ray release of the companion live video. That's a legacy edition that I'd buy for sure.
But you know what else would be great? An official bootleg series from Mr. Petty. Imagine the possibilities....finally being able to get your hands on some of the really cool shows that they've done, like the '97 run at the Fillmore. Mudcrutch club shows? You name it, we'd buy it.
It would be a nice outlet for purchasing the current stretch of special shows that Petty & the Heartbreakers have been playing. Starting at the Beacon in NYC and zagging over to Los Angeles for the in-progress set of gigs at the Fonda Theatre (which will wrap up tonight), the focus has been on the deeper side of Petty's catalog.
That brings us around to this particular audio snapshot, recorded on June 3rd at the Fonda.
After opening with a relatively safe double shot of "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n Roll Star" and (the always welcome) "Love Is A Long Road" Petty took a moment to greet the Los Angeles crowd and set up the night, telling them "you know, we're doing mostly album tracks tonight." Finishing off the opening moments with a rendition of the tried and true Full Moon Fever favorite "I Won't Back Down," Petty would stick to his word for the majority of the set, pulling out a selection of lesser heard cuts, including "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)," "To Find A Friend" from Wildflowers and a freshly reworked version of "Rebels."
Petty continues to remember the Wilburys side of his career, choosing Dylan's "Tweeter & The Monkey Man" as his Wilbury cut to dust off for this year's tour. The mere mention of the Echo album (released in '99) brought cheers from the audience, which led Petty to quip "we've got the hardcore here tonight, don't we?" He explained the relative absence of Echo album tracks from previous setlists saying that "I've made a lot of trips to the psychiatrist's couch talking about why we don't play anything from Echo very much." (For the unfamiliar, Petty was going through a divorce at the time that the album was made and reportedly, he avoids material from that album and time period for that reason, because of the painful memories associated with the material.) Hearing "Billy The Kid" from that album is a quick reminder of how underrated that Echo album is and it's good to see that Petty has perhaps been able to move past the hard memories previously associated with the songs on that release.
Clocking in at about two hours, the Fonda gig exposes that even when you spend that length of time exploring a good portion of the deep cuts that are in the Petty catalog, there are still so many more that you can think of that weren't played. Some of them, like "Two Gunslingers" from Into The Great Wide Open, for example, have surfaced in the setlists of the other shows.
It seems like the regular tour dates will play things a bit more safe, focusing on the "hits" that the arena and shed crowds have come to expect, but with Petty, it's a strong bet that some of the rarities currently being aired in the smaller venue shows will find their way into the regular setlists. As a bonus, for a handful of dates this summer, Petty & The Heartbreakers will be joined by longtime ATV faves The Smithereens, who have been handpicked to open a series of shows starting in Noblesville, Indiana this coming weekend.
This show is the perfect tuneup to get you ready for those summer shows from Petty & crew and as you'll hear, they're still going at it full throttle.
Anything that's rock and roll....
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Live at the Fonda Theatre
02 So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
03 Love Is a Long Road
04 I Won't Back Down
05 Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
06 Cabin Down Below
07 Good Enough
08 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
09 A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
10 Billy the Kid
11 -band intros-
12 Tweeter and the Monkey Man
14 To Find a Friend
15 Angel Dream
18 I Should Have Known It
20 Runnin' Down a Dream
21 You Wreck Me
22 American Girl
The Tangier provided an odd, but ultimately satisfying venue to watch the Smithereens play their first Cleveland area gig in quite a while. What was the last one? Was it the gig at the Rock Hall, playing as the headliner on an afternoon of band battles hosted by Guitar Center? Or was it their summertime gig at Nautica, playing (I think) Taste of Cleveland? Either way, it's been close to ten years since the band has graced our city with their presence, and their return was welcome and long overdue.
The incredible core of the Smithereens - singer Pat DiNizio, guitarist Jim Babjak and drummer Dennis Diken, remains intact with newer recruit Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion holding down the bass duties these days since original bassist Mike Mesaros retired several years ago. And after 31 years of playing shows, The Smithereens remain as one of the best live bands you'll see on the circuit, delivering a show that's worth every penny and then some....and in my case, worth the drive to Akron.
The band returned to Ohio armed for the first time in 10 years with new music, courtesy of their new Don Dixon-produced opus '2011.' The new material seems to have added quite a bit of vigor to the band's performance of songs both old and new, punching the attack on the older songs up a couple of extra notches. New songs like 'One Look At You' (a Babjak song that already feels classic), 'Keep on Running' and 'Sorry' are a nice heads up to anyone in the concert audience that the Smithereens do indeed have a new album and it is most certainly worth hearing. But in a brief pre-concert survey by radio DJ Jim Chenot, a show of hands demonstrated that quite a few in the audience already had '2011,' so the 'Reens came on stage to a house full of fans that were well aware and ready.
Although Babjak's guitar was missing in action in the sound mix for the first couple of songs, they thankfully quickly got the mix in line and this Akron Smithereens performance was everything that you'd want it to be, with a setlist that covered most of the bases. As far as the venue, once you get past the supper club feel of sitting in the audience watching a Smithereens show, which just feels weird, it actually ended up being a nice room for the show.
I've said this before in several different forms, but there's nothing quite like watching the Smithereens do their thing. Witness Babjak's seemingly effortless guitar playing, the equally impressive Diken on the drums, who as DiNizio notes, is a "great rock and roll drummer" and the new energy from 'The Thrilla,' who ably fills the big shoes of his predecessor. DiNizio leads this rock and roll bunch and every time I see them, I always think about how they shouldn't still be this good. But they are.
And what is that all about? I think it's pretty simple, really. The Smithereens came up at a time when they learned from their idols like the Beatles and the Who that it was all about being able to play live. The Smithereens are a great live band and Friday night's show was once again proof that the passage of time can't take that away. With a new album to promote, chances are good that the 'Reens will be coming to your city sometime soon and my friends, that's a rock and roll trip that's well worth taking.
Behind The Wall of Sleep
Top of the Pops
Miles from Nowhere
One Look At You
Room Without a View
Only a Memory
Since You Went Away
Drown In My Own Tears
Keep On Running
House That We Used To Live In / Sparks (The Who)
Time and Time Again
Blood and Roses
A Girl Like You (snippet of Get Together) into Behind Blue Eyes
By now, hopefully you've managed to obtain your very own copy of the excellent new Don Dixon-produced Smithereens release 2011. I've been keeping uncharacteristically mum regarding my thoughts on the album, because I'm working on an interview to dig deep into the 2011 album via conversations with the band. But that won't stop me from telling you about the band's new video for "Sorry," the lead single from Smithereens 2011.
The Smithereens will be out playing shows in support of 2011 and perhaps they're coming to a venue near you! For Cleveland fans, we'll get our first Smithereens show in a long time on Friday, April 29th at the Tangier in Akron. If you're in the mood for a road trip, the band will also be in Pittsburgh the following night at Diesel.
I'd like to say I'm sorry for posting this video, but I won't.
I read with amusement yesterday the tale of bloggers that are hanging it up because the visions of fame, book deals and company cars never came around. I thought it was interesting on a couple of levels - 1) the fact that somebody actually took the time to track down enough of these people to craft a story (that's either fine journalism at work or a slow day in the newsroom) and 2) we're supposed to feel sorry for these guys as we read their tales of woe? Depending on your point of view, they either had reasonable expectations that didn't come through or alternatively, they were looking to get too much out of it. Sure, there are book deals and similar things that can happen out of a blog or even a Twitter account if you're one of those guys that can be really funny in 140 characters or less.
So where does that leave the rest of us who are interested in just having a new way to interact with people that happens to bring with it the possibility of a few perks? I guess that leaves us right here on sites like this one, which I've always looked at as a way to digitize the normal music geek conversations that I have with my friends (some of whom might never want to hear me talk about music ever again). Every cool thing that happens to come my way on top of that (like a Lemmy screening, for example) is merely a nice bonus. So if you're looking to get into blogging, I guess some good advice would be to manage your expectations appropriately so that you don't end up as a featured player in a unintentionally funny story like the one linked above.
It's just some food for thought, not that you asked me. Now that we've got that out of the way, here' s a few things that have brought excitement to my not-so-inner musical geek recently:
Damnwells on vinyl
As The Damnwells prepare to release their new album No One Listens To The Band Anymore (which is my early candidate for greatest album title of the year) in March, they've announced that the album will be available on vinyl in several flavors and you'll also be able to get the previous Damnwells album One Last Century on vinyl as well. Both are priced modestly at $20 each and are available now for pre-order via Clifton Motel (also a cool name!). The vinyl will be released day and date with the regular edition of the new Damnwells disc, which will be available on March 15th.
Smithereens vs. Don Dixon = new Smithereens album!
Smithereens front man Pat DiNizio delivered the exciting news that the band have finished recording their new album with producer Don Dixon. This represents a reunion for the band and Dixon, who previously produced the Smithereens albums Especially for You and Green Thoughts way back when and it will be the first proper Smithereens studio release of new original material since God Save The Smithereens in 1999 (since then, there have been solo albums, tribute albums and a live album). Dixon is currently mixing the 13 track album which will be released on April 15th on E1/Koch Records. For vinyl fans, I understand that there's a good chance you'll be able to buy this one on black wax. I had the opportunity to preview "Sorry," one of the tracks from the new album when the 'Reens gave it an official first airing at DiNizio's birthday show this past October in New Jersey. (You can watch Youtube footage of the song here.) A classic Smithereens rocker, "Sorry" finds the band turning up the amps once again and from what I'm hearing, there will be plenty of rock and roll for everyone's enjoyment on this new album. Bring it on!
(And could this image posted on DiNizio's Facebook page be the new album cover?)
The Gathering Field, live in concert and live on disc in your living room!
I've been a fan of Pittsburgh-based rockers The Gathering Field for quite a few years now and although the band has been mostly dormant in recent years, they have played a few reunion shows in Pittsburgh. The band's 2007 show at Station Square left me speechless, wrapping up with a signature cover of Matthew Sweet's "Divine Intervention" and a few choice catalog cuts that were about the only remaining songs that I was hoping that they'd play on the night. A short time later, I made contact with Dave Brown, longtime producer and guitarist for the band and asked him if they had any live shows professionally recorded in the vaults and at the time, all he had were some audience recordings that they had made through the years, which I guess would fall into the category of "professional bootleg." I was disappointed to hear that, because the Station Square gig proved that they hadn't lost a step and made me think that their live show really needed to be documented officially for the masses.
Good news comes to those who wait and in a recent email blast to fans, front man Bill Deasy revealed that the band's November reunion show was recorded and will be released this spring as a double CD live album (and presumably, available as a digital download like the rest of their catalog). I missed the show due to a schedule conflict, but Deasy reports that the full 20 song set will be released and that it "really seems to capture the spirit of that time and that band and that whole GF experience, which is to say, I think you're really going to like it." Fair enough. The band's 1996 release Lost in America is a true piece of treasure for those who were lucky enough to hear it and if you haven't had the chance, there's still time.
I'm glad that magazines like Tape Op find a way to continue to exist in these choppy waters for both publications and journalists. The ultimate resource for producers, recording geeks and gear hounds, the latest issue is especially cool, featuring R.E.M. producer Scott Litt, interviewed by Chris Stamey of the dB's and also an interview with legendary producer Reinhold Mack, both of which are must-read geek out material for music fans of all ages. You can acquire the new issue here and sign up for a free (!!!) subscription here as well.
I'll leave you with a concert remembrance from my pal Adam, who spends some time looking back at his DLR (that's David Lee Roth....did I really need to tell you that??) concert experience at the Richfield Coliseum in 1986. I haven't seen DLR solo, but I came close to seeing him in the mid-90s when he played a show at the Cleveland Agora on the Your Filthy Little Mouth tour.
Enjoy, y'all - we'll talk soon!
Our new original SMITHEREENS album is nearly completed and our tentative release date is May 2011! We are now putting together a national coast-to-coast summer tour, and need your suggestions and ideas. Let's say that it will be THE SMITHEREENS, plus two other bands as a three-band live concert event. Please help us by putting together your own favorite, or "dream" 3-band touring line-up, something that you think folks would enjoy seeing and bands that would all compliment each other! I like the idea of THE SMITHEREENS, THE GIN BLOSSOMS, but I can't think of a great third band, perhaps a headliner. Help us out, we need your ideas as soon as possible! Please email with your ideas at email@example.com, THANKS! Best regards, Pat D.
Good question! I like the idea of the 'Reens and the Gins. For the third band, how 'bout Toad The Wet Sprocket?
What do you think?
While we're on the subject, dig this news about the new Smithereens album with Don Dixon. Bring it!
Hopefully it isn't too early to start thinking about the weekend on a Monday, but if it is indeed too early, I guess that's too bad!
Scotch Plains, NJ, will be the destination for this weekend with tickets in hand for THIS show. Color me stoked.
I'm looking forward to my first Smithereens show in a while and perhaps the chance to pick up Confessions of a Rock Star (what are the chances that a certain slacker might finally get his hands on a copy?) and just in case the setlist gods happen to be watching, I'd be perfectly happy if "Now and Then" found its way into the setlist.
But really, I'll be happy just to be at the show - this one's been on the rock and roll bucket list for a while now...
Tickets are $50 and there are still some tickets available, so perhaps you should make plans to join me on Saturday night in Jersey? C'mon....
Going to the show? Here's an important update from Pat:
I JUST DISCOVERED THAT THERE IS A MISPRINT ON THE HARD-COPY CONCERT TICKET.
THE ADDRESS ON THE TICKET FOR THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB IS INCORRECT.
THE CORRECT ADDRESS IS:
1976 VALLEY AVENUE
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
I've heard good things about The Smith Bros, and can you pass up the chance to see Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio with The Smith Bros as his backing band for $5 on a Thursday night near Columbus? More importantly, can I pass up that chance?
The Smith Bros are hosting "Rock on the Road" presented by Pop Garden Radio on Thursday, April 29th and headlining the event is Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens. The Smith Bros. will be hosting this show at The Lazy Chameleon. They will also be performing with Pat Dinizio as his backing band and playing their own original music. The Vague from Columbus, Ohio will also be performing that evening!
Of course if you're in Columbus, for five bucks, this one's pretty much a no-brainer.
Here's some bio information for The Smith Bros, and you can stream tunage via their Myspace page.
Smith Bros is a power pop quartet that formed under the bond that Pat Dollenmayer and Mike Clark had over the love of A.M. pop radio. Hearing anything from The Hollies to The Raspberries on A.M. radio fueled a love for power pop and hook laden songs that drove Mike and Pat to form a band to play in that style. Smith Bros is now influenced by many power pop bands that are out today as well as the power pop groups that played in the 70's and 80's. Mike plays bass and sings, Pat plays guitar and sings, and they are rounded out with Kris Phillips on drums. The Smith Bros. are often joined by Eric Fritsch on the guitar. They write original music that is compared to anything that is Brit Rock to Teenage Fanclub and Fountains of Wayne.
Tuesday afternoon, I happened to check the ATV email account and found an email that sent my personal geek-out meter soaring sky high, and if I lived in a Looney Tunes cartoon world, I'm pretty sure that the meter would have snapped right off. I had an interview request from a media outlet that you could call slightly high-profile.
Before you get concerned, I assure you that you won't be subjected to my music loving mug on television any time soon (perhaps that's the next email), but chances are good that you'll likely read a few words that will be attributed to me sometime in the next few weeks. It was my second interview in the past week (I spoke with Overnight America last Monday for the fine folks at Popdose), which found me spending a nice half hour on Thursday afternoon talking about various music mediums and my own personal preferences.
I always get a little bit amped up going into something like this, wondering what kind of questions will come up. For this interview, after we had been on the phone for quite a while, talking about nearly everything I've ever wasted spent money on as it relates to my music collection, he had one more question that caught me a bit off guard:
What do you collect?
Where to begin? We'd talked about vinyl, CDs, cassettes, hard drives filled with music, and the things that I loved about each. But at this point as a lifelong music fiend, what do I really collect? I'm constantly acquiring new media, whether it is vinyl, books, DVDs, CDs, etc. But this far down the path, my attachment to any of it is minimal. I've become more of a file guy in the past few years, probably as a result of moving all of this heavy musical stuff that one accumulates from one house/basement/attic to the next.
How often do you go to a record store to buy new music?
This was starting to feel like an intervention. I realized at the top of this new year, that in the past year, I've acquired/purchased the musical collections of two different friends. Because I need more CDs, right? The most recent acquisition was partly to help a friend, and also motivated by my desire to take the collection and do something with it, instead of watching it slip away via an under-valued sale as a single lot on Craigslist. My friend realized this, telling me last week that she was really happy that I had ended up with her collection, because I'd take the time to sell the stuff that I didn't want, while enjoying the really choice items that were worth holding on to.
There were things that I knew, and things that I had forgotten. She's a soundtrack nut, so I now own nearly every soundtrack that came out in the '80s and '90s, which is only a slight exaggeration. Score of the lot for me personally - finally grabbing a copy of the Encino Man soundtrack with The Smithereens' cover of "Wooly Bully," an oddball track that at this point remains unavailable on any 'Reens collection. Another discovery within the stacks of CDs - she apparently really liked Billy Idol a lot, or perhaps just got a copy of his CD catalog for free. With former radio folks, it's hard to be sure, but I'll choose to believe that she still carries a torch for 'ol Billy.
Things I still need: a copy of the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack - anybody have a penny that I can borrow?
I'll keep ya'll posted when the interview goes online. In the meantime, you might enjoy checking out my recent interview (+ "outtakes") with David Lowery of Cracker, and also my thoughts on that new-fangled Heritage Dr. Pepper stuff.
I'm going to save you some money with this week's pick for show of the week - let me just put that out there front and center for you to ponder for a moment. Part of the proceeds from this week's show also go to benefit a very good cause - more on all of this in a minute.
My good pal CB, who normally writes up these show posts has been tragically AWOL for the past couple of weeks. I'd say that he is missing, but I actually saw him this past Sunday during my first-ever visit to the Beachland Brunch. After uttering a few choice and very unprintable obscenities at him, I made my way inside the Beachland to enjoy some severe brunch action that was every bit as delicious as you might have heard that it is.
For this week's show of the week, I'll return to the scene of the crime on Saturday night (11/7) for a 90s rewind featuring two of my favorite singer-songwriters - Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio and Freedy Johnston!