Number 37.     This edition is for the week of December 4--10, 2000.
Mike's Rant
Rock Star accidents, John Lennon, and the Top 10 guitarists list.
Terence's Tirade
   Hello gang!  Hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.  A few notes, my recollections of John Lennon and, since Matt mentioned it, MY top 10 guitarists of all time.
   Last Saturday, Kenny Frank Wilson, who is the drummer for the current Marilyn Manson tour, was hospitalized with a broken collarbone after an on-stage accident.
According to reports, Wilson lost his balance during the bands final number and flipped over his drum kit.  He fell 5 feet to the stage and broke his collarbone.  As the song finished, the rest of the band left the stage.  Wilson lay there for almost a half hour while smoke machines blew over him.  It wasn't until the house lights came up and the crowd was leaving that someone noticed him.
   Or is it?  Last weekend, a local woman attempted suicide by shooting herself in the head.  Before losing consciousness, she dialed 911.  About five minutes later, firefighters entered her house, saw her on the floor, and assumed she was dead. They cancelled the ambulance that was on the way and went back to their truck.  While they were outside, the woman regained consciousness and called 911 again.  The firefighters outside were told of the call.  They went back into the house and administered medical care.  (She mumbled, "I have no insurance" at which point they all left again...---N) The woman lived.
   Scott Smith, bassist for the Canadian band Loverboy, was reported missing at sea this weekend.  Smith was piloting his sailboat when if was hit by a wave so strong it broke the boat's steering wheel.  His friends, who were below deck when the wave hit and were not injured, searched the immediate area with no success.  (Now sing "Everybody's searchin' all last weekend..---N)
   Since Matt is going to list his top 10 guitarists, I'm going to do the same.  I certainly hope the most qualified of us, Nolan, also follows suit.  (Aw shucks, but yeah, on the front page.--N) I don't know what criteria my colleagues will use.  I've had this discussion with Nolan you put Chet Atkins in the same group as Jimi Hendrix? (I would!---N)  Well, I am, because they are among the group that have influenced me with their talent.  My top 10:

 1.  Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
 2.  Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
 3.  Brian May - Queen
 4.  Jimi Hendrix
 5.  Chet Atkins
 6.  Roy Clark
 7.  Stevie Ray Vaughn
 8.  Gary Rossington - Lynard Skynard
 9.  Nolan Canova (my mentor) - The HATS, Blade (I am truly moved by this. I'm not kidding---Nolan.)
10. Ted Nugent

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO....................
   Monday, December 8th, 1980, was a normal day for me.  That afternoon on my lunch break I went to Musicland and bought two records.  One was a four-song EP by Cheap Trick.  The other was "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  That night after work I listened to the first side.  The disc alternated between Lennon and Ono tunes.  When side one was finished, I turned off the stereo and went to dinner.  When I got home I turned on the television and settled down for Monday Night Football.  I think it was right before half time when I heard Howard Cossell say something to the effect that John Lennon had been shot.  Not clearly paying attention, it took a few seconds for his words to sink in.  Later in the game Cossell confirmed the worse............John Lennon was dead at the age of 40.  I turned off the television and just sat there thinking.  I switched on the radio and the local stations were now broadcasting the sad news, following up their reports with blocks of Lennon tunes, both with the Beatles and his solo work.  While sitting there, I began to wonder why I felt so sad.  I had never met the man, certainly.  It wasn't like we were friends.  Then I thought back to the first record I ever bought, "Hello, Goodbye."  I thought to our band jam sessions, playing many a Beatles song.  And I thought back to just a few weeks ago when I had attended a family gathering with my girlfriend.  There were many musicians in the family, and the get together turned into a giant music free for all.  I remembered playing and singing "Imagine," a song I had spent several weeks learning.  Perhaps there was a reason for my sadness.  I then played side two of "Double Fantasy," and came to the song, "Beautiful Boy."  When I heard this obvious tribute to Lennon's son, Sean, I began to cry.  I realized then that this boy would never have his father to look over him again.  The words played through my head.........."the monster's gone, he's on the run, and your daddy's here."  When the song ended, I turned off the stereo and went to bed, with just the sound of the radio breaking the silence.  I remember calling Nolan at the Book Nook the next day, and discovering that he, too, was grieving.  Being a few years older, and an accomplished musician, I'm sure he was even more touched by this tragedy then I.  20 years later, it doesn't hurt as much, but the loss is still there. (Agreed.---N)

Have a great week!  
    Hey Nolan, I saw on your recent letters and commentary that Matt is submitting his favorite guitarists.  I don't know if it is a challenge or what, but I decided to do mine, so here they are.
    I'm not giving explanations for these because, frankly, I don't need to. So here is my top 10 list of my favorite guitarists and I say favorite!!!  Not best of all time!!!!  So, no agurments this time people, because you can't argue with favorites. Oh yeah, and they aren't in order.

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Tom Verlaine (Television)
3. Robby Krieger (the Doors)
4. Pete Townsend
5. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
6. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
7. Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
8. Doug Marsch (Built to Spill)
9. Billy Corgan (the Smashing Pumpkins)
10. Eric Clapton
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