Archive for May, 2009


What lens is best for live bands on a Nikon D60?

Hey guys, I've recently bought a Nikon D60 and I love it :) I took it to New York the next day with the lens it came with (18-55) and it was fab (would have got a long lens had I had more time). But I am interested in taking photos of my boyfriends band. Which lens should I buy? x

The fastest lens that you can afford. I use a 70-200 constant aperture F2.8 for most low light work where I need the reach, or even faster primes if I can use something wider.


Unique Wedding Venues - Trains

Want to get married in a unique venue that almost feels like you’re stepping back in time? Consider getting married or having your wedding reception aboard a train! Trains take us back to a romantic, slower-paced era, so it’s a perfect, yet unique venue for tying the knot.

Which trains might you consider for your wedding?

Skunk Train - Mendocino Coast, California

Traveling at 29 miles per hour, the Skunk Train takes you and your wedding guests on the same northern California coastal “Redwood Route” that it has traveled since 1885. Leaving from the train station at Fort Bragg or Willits, California, the train takes your wedding party to either the Camp Mendocino Dining Hall, or the Northspur outdoor reception site, a remote outdoor site set amongst the towering redwoods, for a truly unforgettable wedding adventure.

The Skunk Train staff works with many local entertainers, so you have the option of providing live entertainment for your guests while aboard the train. Local entertainment includes the Skunk Train’s famed “Trainsinger,” as well as jazz bands, big bands, and rock bands. And, for great wedding photos, nothing beats the open observation train cars. Of course, the train pulls covered cars as well.

For those unfamiliar with the Mendocino area, it is truly breathtaking, punctuated by meadows, towering redwood forests and rocky cliffs. For more information about weddings aboard the Skunk Train, call 530-666-6781.

Napa Valley Wine Train - Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California is known as a great wine producing region of California, so it’s only natural that any wedding taking place in the Napa Valley includes wine. If you’re a wine buff, gourmet diner and train enthusiast, you may want to consider a wedding or reception aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train, a three-hour round-trip rail and gourmet dining adventure from the town of Napa to St. Helena. While on board, your guests can be treated to views of vineyards and wineries from restored train cars dating back to 1915-1947. Wineries you will pass by include such fine labels as Trefethen, Clos du Val, Cardinale, Domaine Chandon, Neibaum/Coppola and Grgich Hills.

You have your choice of three dining car experiences: the Vista Dome is a glass-domed rail car which can seat groups up to 56; the Silverado Grill is a casual dining car with sliding windows, which can seat groups up to 54; one of the Gourmet Express Pullman dining cars from 1915 - 1917. If you have a large wedding party you can charter the Gourmet Express, Vista Dome and Silverado Grill for up to 370 people. For Group information, call 707-253-0920.

Roaring Camp Railroad - Felton, California

Yet one more California wedding rail adventure, the Roaring Camp Railroads operates out of Felton, California, which is just north of Santa Cruz. The Roaring Camp Railroad offers wedding events at their camp, as well as Cathedral Grove, located on Bear Mountain, which is accessible by a vintage steam train. While at the Cathedral Grove site, couples exchange their vows underneath ancient, towering redwoods. For more information regarding wedding parties, call 831-335-4484.

Sugar Cane Train - Maui

We’re leaving California now and heading to Maui, a favorite wedding spot for couples around the world. Maui, of course, is famous for its beaches. But, if you’re a train buff you’re also in luck, as Maui is also home to the Sugar Cane Train which can transport your wedding party along a six-mile scenic journey between Lahaina and Kaanapali. You can call toll free at 800-499-2307 for more information.

Spirit of Washington - Renton, Washington

The Spirit of Washington operates out of Renton, Washington, which is southeast of Seattle, and has the distinction of traveling over the historic Wilburton Trestle, which is the longest wooden trestle in the Northwest at 975 feet long and 102 feet high. Should you choose a wedding or reception on the Spirit of Washington, you will be treating yourself and your guests to great dining, as well as a scenic ride along Lake Washington, over the Wilburton Trestle, and into one of Washington’s best wine growing regions, with a winery stopover at Columbia Winery. Call 800-876-7245 for more information on wedding parties on the Spirit of Washington.

Grand Canyon Railway – Williams, Arizona

If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, you absolutely must. And if you’ve already been, go again, this time by train. You embark The Grand Canyon Railway at their depot in Williams, Arizona for the 2-hour, 15-minute train trip to the Grand Canyon, all the while being entertained by cowboy characters and strolling musicians. This unique wedding venue is definitely one to consider if you have children in your wedding party.

You have the option of chartering a car on the train for your wedding party, and have the choice of five classes of train service, rim tours, entertainment and food options. Prices start at $2,000 for seating of 88 people in coach class, and $7,500 for a seating of 65 people in luxury parlor car. Call 1-800-843-8723 for information on group seating.

If you want a unique wedding venue your guests will talk about for years to come, you definitely should consider train travel. It’s romantic, relaxing, and nostalgic, and suitable for guests of all ages.

Shari Hearn


Rod Stewart Tickets -

Rod Stewart tickets are once again available, and this rock and roll legend is hitting the road once again, much to the delight of millions of fans. Stewart has been lighting up venues all over the world for nearly five decades, and his latest tour is sure to provide fans with the same exciting show that he’s been known for since he got his start. A look at Stewart’s life will shed some light on how he became such a musical legend.

Early Life

Roderick David Stewart was born in London on January 10, 1945, and he literally came into the world with a bang. Stewart was born in the late stages of World War II, and just minutes before he arrived, a German V-2 rocket scored a direct hit on the Highgate Police Station that was located just down the street from Stewart’s hospital.

Stewart was born into a nationally-mixed family, as his father and four siblings are all Scottish, while he and his mother are English. Stewart grew up loving music, women and sports. In fact, his musical career was not his first pursuit, and Stewart only turned to music as a “fall-back” after his initial aspirations ended.

As Stewart reached his teen-age years, he pursued his first love, which he now calls his second love - football, or soccer, as it’s known in the United States. Stewart had trials with two famous football clubs, Celtic and Brentford, but soon realized he’d never quite make it in the top professional league. As a result, Stewart, whose musical skills were still very raw, had to take a job as a grave digger.

Musical Beginnings

Stewart certainly did not want to pursue a career in manual labor, so he began to explore his musical options. He began by touring with folk singer Wizz Jones in the early 1960’s, but that was not a successful run. In fact, he was kicked out of Spain during this tour for vagrancy.

Stewart then moved from band to band, including a failed stint as the first lead singer of the group that would ultimately become known as The Kinks, but again, he failed to succeed in any of these ventures. After a few more years of bouncing around, Stewart finally found a suitable band in the Jeff Beck Group, which he joined in 1968. The Jeff Beck Group released two albums, and both were successful, but the band broke up in 1969. After a few more short stints with unsuccessful bands, Stewart made a career choice - it was time to go solo.

Musical Success

This decision turned out to be a good one, as Stewart finally began to gain notice for his efforts. Although his initial album releases were not wildly successful, his live act gained notice, and Rod Stewart tickets became quite popular in the UK. The stage was set for Stewart to hit the big time.

That’s exactly what happened when Stewart released Every Picture Tells a Story in 1971. The album rose to the top of several charts and contained the legendary single “Maggie May,” among other hits. Including this release, Stewart has released 10 albums that reached number one on the charts in either the US, the UK or both. It’s estimated that he has sold over 200 million copies of his records, and he remains an icon to this day.

Stewart spends his present days doing several things, but he’s never lost his live touch. Rod Stewart tickets are still guaranteed to provide you with a night to remember, and you’ll never regret seeing this legend live.

Jay Nault–97464.html


The Police - Roxanne live 1979

The(very young)Police at Pinkpop 1979

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A Bigger Box

Last Monday, I attended a birthday party for a musician/studio-owner friend of mine. The party was held at a fairly rowdy honky-tonk in historic Gruene, Texas.

There was bar-b-que, chips and hot sauce, and adult beverages. The focus of the party was a free-for-all jam session.

Who else, but musicians, gets together and “works” for fun? I’m trying to imagine a bunch of accountants, getting together over bar-b-que and beer, with spreadsheets and green visors. For fun.

Not gonna happen.

Back to the party.

It was a blast- but I left early. As much fun as playing guitar can be, I felt the pull of my laptop. I had a couple of promotions going on, some coaching clients who needed help.

The internet marketing game is addictive. I’m hooked.

But, I got an internet marketing lesson between sets at the jam session. It was fascinating.

There was a guitar player there who was just amazing. Played rings around everybody else there. He sang like a country Otis Redding. He’s a nice guy.

He’s trying to live like I used to live- playing bars in Texas for $30/$50 a night.

I took him aside, and asked him if he’d like to break into the next level. I offered to introduce him to my European agents. I might as well have been talking to a brick.

His vision extends just about as far as the next bar gig. He’s about as likely to fly to Europe and tour as he is to fly to the moon on a motorcycle. It ain’t gonna happen.


Why can some musicians make the transition to recording artists and touring acts while others, who are just as talented, spend their lives playing bars for no money?

It’s the size of their “box.”

Bill Hibbler and I were talking about this today, and we realized that the same thing is true of internet marketers.

Why do some internet marketers just “take off” and build successful businesses, while others, who are just as talented, continue to struggle?

Bill’s the one who said it, “It’s the size of their box.” Your world can be as big or as small as you let it be. That’s your box. You can succeed as much as you let yourself succeed- that’s your box, too.

You attract what you focus on. Focusing on concepts and objects that expand your box will make your world bigger.

I hang out in several internet marketing forums, and help run one (HERE). When I read threads posted by successful marketers, they’re almost always positive in tone, and energetic. When I read threads by those who are struggling, they’re almost always negative, limited, and dull.

My guitar playing buddy would do great in Europe- he’s the perfect combination of blues and country.

He just can’t visualize doing it. He focuses on how hard it is to “make it” in the music business, how club owners don’t want to pay very much for bands, how the audience doesn’t appreciate his music. And that’s what he attracts.

I laid it out for him in plain English- and he just couldn’t see it. He could be touring in Europe next month, making plenty of money, and getting the appreciation he deserves.

He could be, but he won’t be. He’ll still be playing in dives for drunks who don’t appreciate him, and taking home just enough money to get to the next gig.

That’s not romantic, or noble. That’s living in a tiny box.

One thing I’ve learned, from studying Joe Vitale’s “The Attractor Factor,” and several other books, is that we create our own world. We attract what we focus on.

We can have, do, or be anything we want- and what we have, do or are is the result of our inner landscape. It’s actually one of the most profound discoveries I’ve ever encountered.

And it leads to a word of caution. Think about it- you attract what you focus on. If you carelessly focus on failure, scarcity, poverty, failure, and unhappiness, then that’s what you’ll attract.

What do you see when you watch T.V.? What do you hear when you listen to the radio? What is the story in the books you read?

What are the topics of the conversations you have?

That’s what goes into your mind, and that’s what you’re focusing on.

That’s what you’re going to attract.

The magic happens when you realize that you’re responsible for your own outcome, and start doing what it takes to achieve the outcome you want.

When you start focusing on what you want to attract, you’ll attract what you want.

When you write down your goals, and look at them every day, and take the action necessary to achieve them- you will achieve them.

Since you’re creating your world, and since you have to live in it, doesn’t it make sense to create a world of prosperity, success and happiness?

Can you allow yourself a box that big?

Pat O’bryan


Make music with Ableton Live

Ableton Live is about making music. When you’re writing and composing, Live is quick and responsive. When you want to record and develop your ideas, Live has the depth and toolset for intricate production. It’s got the features to take your DJ skills to the next level and it’s stable and flexible on stage, whether you’re playing in front of 10 or 10,000 people. However and wherever you make music, whatever music you make, Live will inspire you.

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Why are some bands better or worse live?

Alice In Chains is the worst possible band to see live. I'm going to my first Aersomith Concert along with ZZ Top but I haven't seen Aerosmith live. Will they be any good cuz I got tickets in the Mosh Pit?

I would assume because in studio they edit it to make them sound better for why some bands sound better in the studio.


Why do all the Live Earth bands suck?

Are the believers in global warming as clueless about music as they are about science?

,Most likely. They follow whatever new thing some crap filled radio station or moron VJ on MTV or greedy record company throws at them and calls great , hot , new, the must have item of the week. Hell, The Spice girls, Paris Hilton, the crap rappers and boy bands and now it EMO crap that have ruled the airwaves for the past 15 yrs or so should give you a clue. No talent crap, fed to non thinking under educated babies and you get this Live Earth bunk billed as something Wonderful and meaningful. It only means more money for them and more idiots who will swallow the rhetoric and propaganda. Also don't believe the crap figure of 2 billion either it's easy to throw out a number like that and make an impression on idiots just look at Al Gore's erroneous statistics in his bullsheet movie.


What are some bands whose live performances are consistently bad?

You know BC, I wasn't impressed with Queens of the Stone Age either. I like their music enough, but they just stood there.
The Strokes- I've seen My Chemical Romance live and I thought they put on a good show. Even if you don't really like their music, there is plenty going on to keep you amused.

Actually MCR aren't all that bad live, they know how to work the crowd and have a lot of energy. The worst part of the show is the mass of 12 year olds screaming in your ear. I saw them when Muse opened for them.
I've seen Queens of the Stone Age 3 times opening for other bands (NIN and Zwan) and I wasn't impressed with their performance at any of the shows.
When MTV had their joke of an awards show this year I saw FOB on there and they were horrendous. I couldn't watch more than 5 seconds of it. The guy can't sing AT ALL.


Crowded House Tickets - Australian Pop-rock Band Returns To The Stage In 2007

Crowded House tickets, for at least a decade, were some of the most sought-after concert tickets in the world, as the rock band that proudly represented Australia with their pop-rock style and chart-topping hits. After several years apart, the band is getting back together for another tour, and that’s got music fans excited all over the world. A look at the band’s history could help explain this high degree of anticipation.


The origins of the band began to come together in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. The band was originally called “The Mullanes,” and they gained notice around Australia and New Zealand by banging around in local clubs and perfecting their fresh rock style. These live shows soon garnered them notice, and they signed a record deal and relocated to Los Angeles to get to work in the studio.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 1986, and unfortunately, Capital Records did not see a lot of potential with the release, so it didn’t get a lot of support or publicity. However, the band continued to tour aggressively, and their live style resulted in a loyal following. Crowded House tickets became a hot item, especially after their single “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was released and became an international hit.


After a mildly successful follow-up release in 1988, Crowded House gained worldwide fame with their 1991 release, Woodface. The album climbed inside the Top Ten on the charts in both Australia and the UK, and set the stage for their subsequent releases to all enjoy significant commercial success.

The band continued to grow in stature, and their real acclaim came as a result of their intense and engaging live performance style. They have always toured relentlessly, and their fans even adopted a name for themselves. “Crowdies” could be seen at every stop on every one of their tours, and this fan base is what inspired the members to continue on within the industry.

Going Forward

On November 24, 1996, the band played a farewell concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera house, and the estimates for the size of that crowd range from 120,000 to 250,000. The band from there quietly went their separate ways, but years later, rumors began to surface that they were considering a reunion.

Those rumors proved true recently, as Crowded House will once again embark on a tour. It’s been over 10 years since their last foray onto the stage, which means that Crowdies everywhere will be lining up in anticipation of their shows. If you want to see this band, you’ll be one of millions who will use Crowded House tickets in the near future.

Jay Nault