Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Average White Band Work to Do

 










"WORK TO DO"

The AVERAGE WHITE BAND















And GET CASH BACK







GOING To The AMALFI COAST ?




POSITANO The AMALFI COAST 

TRAVEL GUIDE - COOKBOOK

DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT !
















 

Friday, March 17, 2023

Simply Red STARS

 




STARS

Simply Red






Simply Red

"STARS"

Great Song







POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

TRAVEL GUIDE - COOKBOOK






Monday, March 6, 2023

The Gal That Got Away - Sinatra

 



Francis Albert Sinatra










FRANK SINATRA

"The GAL THAT GOT AWAY"

Live at The MEADOWLANDS

1986

"My First SINATRA CONCERT"

I bought the tickets for my Girlfriend Isabelle, Myself, and our Friend Ilma

Isabelle decides at the last minute not to go. I took my Cousin Tony and his Wife Debbie instead










SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINATRA

alla BELLINO

alla PACINO








Frank Sinatra

YOU & ME

"WE WANTED IT ALL"

Written by PETER ALLEN & CAROL BAYER SAGER

From the TRILOGY Album

DON COSTA Musical Arrangement

1980








Monday, January 30, 2023

Live Nations Sucks

 



"LIVE NATION SUCKS" !!!

So DOES TICKET MASTER

They ar Both BASTARDS !!!





People should BOYCOTT all LIVE NATION EVENTS, and Ticketmaster, which is a Monopoly
should be Broken-Up. Both these companies are a detrement to society, and our country would be a better place to live if both these Horrible Companies Cease to Exist. "We don't need them" ! And we'd all be Better Off without them, especially those of us who are  middle class working people.

Because Live Nation and Ticketmaster exist, many working people can no longer afford to go to concert, a result of the atrociosu prices these two theiving companies charge for concert tickets.

When I was a teenager in the 1970 I could go see a concert for an average price of about $12 .. I saw bands like George Harrison, Humble Pie, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Allman Brothers, Chick Berry and aothers, all for about $12 a ticket, a very reasonable price, that even me, just a teenager who always had jobs and my own money from the age of 12, I could afford to pay for my own ticket, something most middle class teeneagers could not do today. Even though most (90%) of the music in the past 25 years is God awful horrible, so I don't see why teenagers would want to see these Shitty bands anyway, most can not afford the tickets. Heck, even adults can't afford tickets these days, with most tickets for top named musical acts starting at $150 or more, for nose-bleed seats, with tickets costing $500 and more, with an average ticket price in the range of $250 to $300, its absolutely absurd the prices that these THEIVES charge, and they get away with it. Something needs to be done.

After I graduated high school and went out into the working world ( i already was from the age of 12), the eaverage weekly income for most working people was about $300 a week, with concert ticket prices aberaging about $20 ... Today, as of the year 2023, the average weekly income is about $900 ...

Thus if tickets were  priced at a clip equal to the average weekly salary in 1976 when I graduated high school, an increase of 300% then ticket prices for concert tickets should be about $60 to $75 the most, and not the $150 average that they are today in 2023. ... Our salaries have only increase 3 fold, yet the price of Concert Tickets sold by Ticketmaster, and promoted and structured by the BASTARDS at Live Nation have increased not 3 times, but 800 % or 8 to 9 times as the increases in the average American workers salaries in the time period of 1976 to 2022. Why do people put up with this. When will the Federal Goverment put their foot down, and break up these monoplies? We don't get it.

Live Nation Entertainment is an American global entertainment company that was founded in 2010 following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The company promotes, operates, and manages ticket sales for live entertainment in the United States and internationally. It also owns and operates entertainment venues, and manages the careers of music artists.

The company has faced widespread criticism over its central role in the consolidation of the live events industry, allegations that it proactively engages in anti-competitive practices, poor handling of the ticket sale process for highly popular events, and injuries and deaths that have occurred at many of its events.


Besides paying about $12 to $15 for Concerts Tickets when I was a teenager in high school, after I was out of high school, I went to see the late great Frank Sinatra live and in concert on 7 memorable occasions, and I paid between $25 and $40 for thosed tickets. Never more than $40. The last two times I saw Sinatra was two nights in 1990, when Frank was doing a 5 Night Engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. I bought tickets for opening night, and closing night of the 6 night stint. I went to the opening night show with my girlfriend Merceditas. The same night at 3 o'clock in the morning, the great Sammy Davis Jr. passed away. He had been battling throat Cancer at the time. Frank Sinatra looved Sammy like a brother, and posponed the remaining 4 nights of the engagement, so he could attend Sammy's Funeral. A month later I saw Sinatra again, at the rescheduled concerts. As usual Frank was great, and I particularly loved those two concerts at Radio City. They were magical. The tickets for those concerts cost me $40 each, and worth every penny. If the SOBs at Live Nation were running a Sinatra Concert these days, those same tickets woulf most likely be between $250 to $300 a ticket. Thank God those bastards (Live Nation) were not around then.


So people Pease Have some Balls! BOYCOTT TICKETMASTER and LIVE NATION !!! You are being RIPPED OFF !!! Stand Up to these horrible corporat monsters and maybe we'll get some where? Maybe ticket prices will go down to more reasonable prices. Prices the working man can afford. It's in you Power, but you have to do your part, and Boycott buying any tickets from Ticketmaster. And boycott any concert promoted by those SOBs at Live Nation, and stop getting ripped off !!!







"These People are BASTARDS"

DON'T BUY TICKETS FROM THEM

BOYCOTT Tocketmaster and the SOBs at LIVE NATION

For The GOOD of The COUNTRY




Ticketmaster Responds to Senate Letter Investigating Resale Controversy: Exclusive


Ticketmaster president Jared Smith has responded to a letter from two U.S. Senators asking questions about the company's resale business in the wake of an investigative report by the Toronto Star and…

Ticketmaster president Jared Smith has responded to a letter from two U.S. senators asking questions about the company’s resale business in the wake of an investigative report by the Toronto Star and the CBC into Ticketmaster’s TradeDesk platform.   

In his letter to Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Smith says that Ticketmaster does not offer any tool or program that allows professional resellers to buy up tickets in bulk and says the company’s TradeDesk software does not give resellers an advantage when buying tickets on the primary market.  

“Ticketmaster does not have, and has never had, any product or program that allows ticket scalpers, or anyone else, to buy tickets ahead of fans and circumvent the policies we have on our site regarding on-line ticket purchasing limits,” Smith writes in the four-page Oct. 5 letter.   

Smith then goes on to answer four questions posed by the senators in their Sept. 21 letter to Michael Rapino, chief executive at Live Nation, which owns Ticketmaster, detailing the company’s policies on purchase limits, TradeDesk user agreements and whether Ticketmaster’s Professional Reseller Handbook actually deters resellers from illegal activities. Smith’s letter also discusses how the company enforces sales limits on its primary ticketing platform and the investment it has made in detecting and preventing scalpers from using automated programs like BOTs to buy up tickets.

“Through a combination of data science, enterprise grade software and new technologies, we are now blocking an average of 5 billion bot attempts per month, and over 60 billion per year,” Smith writes, adding that Ticketmaster uses “username, e-mail address, physical address, payment method, computer and/or device used and IP address” to detect users attempting to go OTL — over the ticket limit.

“Over the past 12 months, this process has blocked millions of OTL requests,” Smith writes. “We continue to invest substantially to improve our technology, and in the coming months expect to add new tools and data points to further improve our OTL detection abilities.”

The letter to the senators is part of Ticketmaster’s ongoing response to an undercover video filmed by two Canadian journalists at Ticket Summit, which has led to two class action lawsuits and was a possible impetus for an upcoming Federal Trade Commission workshop in March 2019. 



LEGAL ISSUES AGAINST "LIVE NATION"


The company has faced various lawsuits alleging ticket price fixing, hidden fees and anti-competitive practices. Live Nation has been linked to at least 200 deaths and 750 injuries at its events in seven countries since 2006. From 2016 to 2019, they had also been cited for at least ten OSHA violations, fined for several more serious incidents, and sued civilly at least once for a concert incident.

Destiny's Child manager Mathew Knowles unsuccessfully sued Live Nation in 2011, asserting that the company had spread false information about his business dealings with BeyoncĂ©.

In June 2013, Live Nation was charged with violating Ontario health and safety laws following a stage collapse at a Radiohead concert that killed one crew member. A 2019 inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.

In November 2021, a crowd crushing incident occurred at Astroworld Festival —a concert event in Houston organized and headlined by rapper Travis Scott and promoted by Live Nation—which resulted in 10 fatalities and nearly 5,000 injuries.  Live Nation, Scott, and other parties involved have been named in over 387 lawsuits related to the incident, which in January 2022 were combined down into a single case. In December 2021, the United States Congress House Oversight Committee announced a bipartisan investigation into Live Nation's role in the incident.

In February 2022, Devante Caldwell (Ralfy the Plug) filed a 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the company, after his brother and rapper, Drakeo the Ruler, was stabbed to death backstage of the Once Upon A Time In LA festival in Los Angeles,CA. Live Nation attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, however in January 2023 the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozc rejected the dismissal.

In May 2022, Representative for New Jersey's 9th congressional district Bill Pascrell stated that he had issued letters to the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice calling for Live Nation to be unwound and broken up, citing its safety record and other factors. These calls were repeated in November 2022 after the Taylor Swift (The Eras Tour) Ticketmaster controversy.




Sunday, January 1, 2023

Harry Nilsson Schmilsson

 



Harry Nilsson





Final Scenes of GOODFELLAS

RAY LIOTTA

Music by HARRY NILSSON

"JUMP INTO THE FIRE"




MIDNIGHT COWBOY

Starring DUSTIN HOFFMAN

And JOHN VOIGHT

"EVERYBODY'S TALKIN"

Movies Theme Song by JARRY NILSSON










RECIPES for GOODFELLAS PRISON SAUCE

JOHNNY DIO'S PERFECTLY COOKED ITALIAN STEAK

HENRY'S VEAL and PEPPERS and MEATBALLS

PASTA FAZOOL - LASAGNA

And a WHOLE LOT MORE



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