For many, including me, this was the first time you had seen them live...and chances are you were blown away with the passion, soul, quirkiness, and simply incredible live stage presence. After just two hits, seeing them perform just this one time, and hearing their full album top to bottom just once, I (and hopefully you) may be a fan for life. I can't remember the last time that's happen so instantly.
I only rank Bruno second because we already know knew how good he was live, and he's got a little more "fame" under his belt than Fun.. BUT, to much of America, this was his coming out party. So many watching the Grammy's found out there IS another James Brown, and his name is Bruno Mars. I think in addition to performing, he'll also be receiving a few Grammy's this year!
The innocence of a new band on a national stage, combined with high energy, unique use of instruments, and like Fun., some quirky cool grooves and tunes. Just the BEST! But as much as I love "Pumped Up Kicks," and don't blame music for making bad things happen in our world, I do kind of wonder how they can perform that song live, in consideration of recent tragedies. Not sure how they're coping with it...they must get questioned at every show!
Though her performance was right in the middle of the show, buried, sort of, and probably skipped over by many who DVR'ed, her solo w Piano was OUTSTANDING. 11 minutes long...merging songs together, never stopping playing...so much heart. And how about her new hair...super trendy!
1) Typical clever but slightly snide Sandler lyrics poking fun at major stars to the tune of a Leonard Cohen classic that would be performed in Madison Square Garden by Cohen himself only a week later. Think his "Hanukah Song" mixed with a Hurricane relief tribute. -and-
2) The fact that he planned to perform it w/ his guitar, and Paul Schaffer on keyboard, but had to soldier on without the guitar when the hookup died. Very cool, and pro, of him telling the Techie "I'm good man...I'll go without."
Usually I am looking back at the year and hoping that the coming year will be better! Not so this year...I think what it comes down to is that I really appreciate the little things now. You know like my health, family, friends...I have all ofthat, what more do I need. A million dollars-well sure-but not imperative. A Bentley-well sure but not imperative. Health, family, and friends-yes thats imperative. Happy New Year my friends and good health!
Johna Lindell, wife of Bills' Kicker Rian Lindell, joined us for an informal Better Half of the Bills...kind of a round-up of the season. Johna gives great insight on what its like to be an NFL wife, especially when your best friends, (Brian and Amber Moorman) get unexpectedly released, and how her husband Rian must get her permission to play video games with his friends online! A very serious, and at the same time, hilarious look at the season away from the field.
One of my co-workers (Vanessa M...if you know her, you know she's Christmas Crazy!) gave me the coolest gift...Justin Beaver! If you're looking for it...she got it through Avon! Wouldn't it be cool if 18,000 came to FNC and this is what was on stage!
Every one loves a good cup of hot chocolate, but did you ever feel like your hot coco was lacking something? Maybe freshness or ACTUAL chocolate flavor? Well fear no more of pre-package powdery "chocolate" drink because the folks over at Buzzfeed.com have theTen Commandments of Awesome Hot Chocolate.
Finally! Rob has an excuse to make a mess in the kitchen.
What's up with the water at One Bills Drive? Jill Williams, wife of Bills Nose Tackle Kyle Williams, joined us this morning to talk about having 3 kids under 5, with a fourth due soon! She joins at least 4 other Bills wives who are about to be moms again. She paints a great picture of what it's like to be an NFL family, mocks Kyle for his "bicep flex" and what it's like to visit Hawaii while pregnant (of course!) And OMG! Is there anything better than her southern accent?!
It was an incredible 3 days for the 2012 SPCA Radiothon! Thanks so much for all your stories of what the SPCA means to you, and for all your donations! $210,000+ allows the SPCA of Erie County to continue to spread the "animal love," and be the best IN THE NATION at what they do! For more SCPA Radiothon pics and videos (including Layla having 11 puppies!), scroll the rest of our blog, or click facebook.com/star1025. Thank you Buffalo!
If you've been listening to our 9th Annual SPCA Radiothon, you've heard the story of Layla, the pregnant pitbull mix who was shot in the head while carrying with her six puppies. She went into labor this morning and has been delivering her pups since 8 a.m.
Remember! You can donate by calling the Dunkin' Donuts phonebank at 873-SPCA (873-7722) or online atyourspca.org. Follow along w/ pics from the stories we tell, and animals we feature at facebook.com/star1025.