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The Day I Pumped Gas with Eddie Van Halen

I have an entire shelf of books here in my office — stuff I’ve bought or been given over the years but haven’t had time to read. My “someday” shelf. This Van Halen book is on it. Gonna force myself to read it soon. But first, a story. During my senior year at Pepperdine, I […]

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What Happened with U2, @U2, and Me

I was afraid this question was coming. “Can you put in words why U2 lost their glow?” Jesse Jackson asked me that while we were recording an episode of his Bruce Springsteen podcast, Set Lusting Bruce. Mind you, I’d never met or spoken with Jesse before and we were literally 20-30 minutes into our first […]

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The Alive: The Kids are Alright

I have to tell you about this band I saw a couple weeks ago at the BottleRock festival in Napa. They were the first band of the day, called The Alive. I’d never heard of them and had no intention of paying much attention to their set — but they were gonna play on the […]

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I’m nervous for a band…

In a few hours, Gang of Youths is gonna take the stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix as the opening act for Foo Fighters. It’s the first of seven shows they’re opening for the Foos. Each night, they’ll be playing in big arenas — 17,500 to 20,000 capacity. The buildings won’t be full […]

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I Have a New Favorite Band

I’ve had a lot of second-favorite bands over the years … Boxer Rebellion most recently, Collective Soul before that, etc. But I’m here to report that today, for the first time in 35 years, U2 has become my second favorite band. They’ve been replaced by Gang Of Youths, an Australian band (now based in London) […]

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