Looks like I’m gonna be without a gym for a while longer thanks to douchebag Cuomo…

Everybody kept thinking that gyms were going re-open in NY ’cause of Phase 4 but Gov. Cuomo was never clear or not on if gyms were a part of phase 4 re-opening in NY state. Then Cuomo responds claiming that gyms are not part of Phase 4 which is bullshit since Phase 4 clearly falls under education, recreation, arts and entertainment. I mean, you would think that “gyms” would fall under “recreation”, right? Then Cuomo claims that’s not he what he meant, huh??? This also includes malls and movie theaters staying closed that would fall under “arts” and “entertainment” in Phase 4.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/06/30/omitted-from-phase-four-reopening–gym-owners-gear-up-to-sue

I’m not gonna lie that NY being without gyms during this stupid lockdown is getting to me a little bit. I am going a little crazy, honestly ’cause if it weren’t for this stupid lockdown, I would have been going to the gym all summer continuing to get those bodybuilding gains and bringing up pr’s in powerlifting.

As you can see in the article I posted above, 100’s of gym owners are angry about it too and they’re suing the state to fight back… hoping to get the gym’s re-opened.

There’s no reason to keep gyms closed ’cause it’s all about control and power, in my opinion. Keeping gyms closed and forcing people to not get any exercise is not cool. A lot of us can’t have our own home gym ’cause of no space or can’t afford our own home gym.

This really sucks for weightlifters. Not being able to lift weights and lose all your progress and lose all of your years of hard work? Ugggggghhh… I’m not ready for that. It would suck that we had to go without gyms for the rest of the year but we can get gyms back open… we just gotta keep pressuring Cuomo so I’m glad all those NY gym owners filed lawsuit and fighting back.

I hope the gyms get back open this year ’cause as soon as it does, I’m going right back on the first day and I’ll be working harder than ever on the weightlifting. Yeah, I probably lost some muscle and strength but I’ll work really hard to get it all back.

There really is no reason to keep gyms closed as long as masks and social distancing works. Lefties can go out there and protest and destroy things but we can’t get in a good workout??? Yup, you can’t get covid-19 rioting and looting but you can get it going to the gym. Fucking unreal. Liberalism is getting more and more insane.

I miss the gym badly though ’cause it’s like my 2nd home really. My home away from home. It’s what I do to get away from everything. Weightlifting my passion.

Kev

Finally got around to watching “The Mule” and thought it was great… Clint Eastwood still got it with acting after all these years…

Over the weekend, I finally gotten around to watching Clint Eastwood’s latest acting role, “The Mule” and which he also directed. I’ve been wanting to see this film for a long while since I’ve never gotten a chance to see it in theater although I wanted to. So I figured I would order the BluRay from amazon since NY State is in strict lockdown still.

I watched this over the weekend and thought it was another winner for Eastwood. Freakin’ loved it actually. This film has gotten mixed reviews but I thought the whole film was fine to me. I don’t have any complaints at all… the film had good acting by the whole cast all around, good direction by Eastwood and good writing too.

“The Mule” was inspired by the real life story of Leo Sharp, who was actually an old man who smuggled drugs for a Mexican cartel. Of course, Clint’s version he plays Earl Stone, a horticulturist and Korean War veteran who got himself into drug smuggling for a Mexican drug cartel ’cause he was desperate for money and Earl didn’t know what he was getting himself into after all that time.

The film is a crime drama yes but it’s so refreshing and different to see a crime drama that doesn’t include a lot of violence and tough guy cops. You won’t see any of that in this movie at all. Seeing crime dramas with tough guy cops and intelligent detectives that can solve difficult crimes quickly can get old and tiresome. In this film, “The Mule”, you’ll see something that can happen for real.

While the entire cast did a great job with the acting, I was of course most impressed with Clint. Oh man, Clint can still act even at 90 years old. People always questioned his acting skills at an old age but he can still do it and he can prove them wrong each time. Clint can still do leading roles pretty well. I was kind of shocked to see that Clint had a lot of screen time as you’ll see him throughout the entire movie pretty much. I don’t think this will be his last acting role either as I think he’ll keep acting as long as he’s still alive. What I’m saying is Clint still got it. He can still play the grumpy old man kind of role really well.

I thought “The Mule” was one of his best new films for sure.

It’s going to be interesting to see what’s next for Eastwood now that he’s got “Richard Jewell” and “The Mule” out of the way which are both excellent movies. No new film has been announced by Clint yet but I’m sure he will find something. I love Clint Eastwood movies as I’ve always been a massive fan and trying to watch as many as I can. There’s so many older Eastwood movies I’ve never seen before and trying to get to them. Keep in mind, though, I don’t enjoy every Clint film I’ve seen… he did make a few stinkers like I said in a post before but he is an amazing talent for the most part.

It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll do next. With America in a pandemic and I’m sure Clint is stuck at home like the rest of us, I’m sure he has a lot more time on his hands and I’m sure he’s going through a bunch of scripts to choose his next project. I’m sure Hollywood will get back to work real soon, hopefully.

Kev

Just think if David Bowie performed live again if he didn’t pass away, I think he would have still had it for sure…

Doing all these David Bowie songs for my tribute for him, got me thinking about this. What would it have been like if Bowie didn’t pass away and he didn’t have that health decline. What if he was able to perform again? If he got to perform live again, I’m sure he would have still got it. I’m sure he would have killed it on stage like usual.

If I remember correctly, Bowie stopped performing on stage in 2004 for a few reasons. 1) He had too many heart attacks due to his heavy smoking, heavy drinking and his past drug use. Those were also the reasons why he couldn’t sing high anymore as he got older but he still could sing, though. 2) He also had a daughter with his wife Iman so he looked at as retiring from touring as an opportunity to spend more time with his family.

Even though he hasn’t performed a full show before he passed, he did a few special guest appearances with David Gilmour and Alicia Keys, that’s about it. After those two performances, you never saw him on stage again.

About 10 years after the release after “Reality”, he came out with a new album “The Next Day” and the follow up album after that, “Blackstar”. Why did Bowie release two new studio albums after years of no touring and no releasing new music? Well since he couldn’t perform, he could still sing and make music so he thought he would quickly make a few new albums before something was coming for him ’cause he knew death was coming. He just knew it and predicted it earlier so he released new music ’cause he knew his fans were wanting something new musically from him. Since he couldn’t perform live and couldn’t tour anymore, he thought he would give them something, ya know? I think David just really appreciated the fans support and he loved his fans so much so he gave back to them by giving them new music.

If he got to perform live and tour again, IF HE DID, I’m sure he would have killed it like usual. I’m sure he would have been performing his greatest hits and his new material.

Bowie never got to perform his new songs from “The Next Day” and “Blackstar” albums but I guess the closest you’ll get to see him perform his new stuff was that Michael C. Hall performed “Lazarus” on TV in honor of him. Michael’s performance of that song was dead-on, though, it was amazing and he killed it… Bowie would have been proud of that performance I’m sure. Go youtube it if you haven’t seen it before. Just think if Bowie himself got to perform “Blackstar” and “Lazarus” live if he had the opportunity, I’m sure he would have floored a lot of people. Bowie never got to perform on TV again so I guess they had Michael C. Hall do it instead.

I’ve been a die-hard Bowie fan for years ever since I was young. He’s definitely an inspiration/influence for my own singing, songwriting and guitar playing for sure. It was pretty much him that made me want to start writing my own music really and a lot of my own originals were Bowie inspired.

I got two more Bowie songs for my online tribute and I’ll get them online at some point this weekend. Just rehearsing them to death and I’ll get them online when I can.

Kev

Sammy Hagar in hot water for saying he’d rather get sick and die than not playing live….

Sammy Hagar is one brave man and has a lot of balls for saying this that’s for sure. Ya know, I think Sammy has had it with this “stay at home” order and he’s had enough with it. I think a lot musicians out there had enough and getting fed up so now they’re finally starting to vent about it.

Sammy says he’s willing to sacrifice himself and get covid-19 if that’s what it’ll take to get him to play live again. The liberal world is attacking him for this.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/sammy-hagar-performing-coronavirus-despite-risk?fbclid=IwAR2T8EdYk5cJ8YYuHdB3dMLLg9boDn_sPz5-7aOxtL0rosG4X816vbpWpJc

Ya know, I can’t blame Sammy for saying that ’cause he’s a musician. A musician’s job is that they can’t be staying home… they gotta be out there on the stage performing live in front of people ’cause it’s a lifestyle and it’s what they do. It’s also a passion for them and it’s what they do for a living. That’s what these musicians become musicians for is for them to play live in front of people.

A lot of venues like arenas, small theaters, stadiums, etc. are still closed and a lot of bands/musicians are out of work for that reason. If they aren’t allowed to play live then their careers could be over for good.

Well, I’ve seen somewhere that they’re starting to play around with the idea of “drive-in” concerts. Ya know, like how you go watch a movie at the drive-in theaters but instead you’re watching bands in your vehicles at concerts. Most are saying that’s a dumb idea and I think so too.

Like most, I’m kind of worried about the future of music myself. I don’t go to concerts anymore but I still love live music. I think live music will make a comeback somehow.

Why can’t they do what professional wrestling is doing? Ya know, they perform wrestling shows with a crowd of a small capacity and that’s an idea with the national music industry. Why don’t they play concerts for small crowds at the smaller clubs? The band can perform behind plexi glass as a way to protect themselves. I think that’s a better idea than “drive-in” concerts.

Yeah, Sammy is in hot water for saying that but I can’t blame him once again. I just hope he doesn’t back down from his comments and apologize to the easily offended. Hopefully he sticks to his guns on this.

Kev

RIP: Joel Schumacher 1939 – 2020…

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Joel Schumacher movies aren’t for everyone. He’s another one of those directors who you either loved or hated. His movies over the years either got mostly positive or negative reviews. I’m sure a lot of you forgotten that he gave us a lot of movies that we all loved especially the classics, “The Lost Boys” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” those two movies which are part of the Brat Pack in the 80’s.

“The Lost Boys” a cult classic 80’s vampire film that starred Corey Feldman and Corey Haim in the leading roles… the film also starred Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and a young Alex Winter. The film was a smash hit in the box office when it first came out and it is still the most loved horror/comedy type of film even to this day. The DVD/BluRay sales of that film sold pretty well over the years. If you’re a huge horror fan and don’t like “The Lost Boys” then what’s wrong with you? It’s definitely one of Joel’s best films in his career.

Joel was also responsible for taking over the Batman franchise as he directed “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin”. He took over the franchise after Tim Burton and Michael Keaton no longer involved. I thought “Batman Forever” was pretty good but hated “Batman & Robin” like everyone else.

Joel gave us other great movies too like “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas, “8MM” with Nicolas Cage, “Phone Booth” w/ Colin Farrell and he did another classic “Flatliners” with Kevin Bacon. He also did a few films based on John Grisham books. He also did the 2004 remake of “Phantom of the Opera” which was also pretty cool.

Schumacher was a great talent and he was one of those who wasn’t afraid to make the movies he wanted. I thought his best films, in my opinion were probably “The Lost Boys”, “Falling Down” and “8MM”. I’d like to add those three films to my BluRay collection at some point.

Another sad loss in Hollywood. Schumacher was great.

Kev

Thinking of doing a live virtual show for my original songs too… probably will…

I’m now thinking of doing a live virtual show/concert for my originals too. If I’m going to do that, it means I’ll probably have to go back and re-listen to all my older songs and re-learn them all again. I’ve probably forgotten how to play most of ’em. I’ll play a lot of my older songs that I used to do when I used to gig a lot and I’ll try to write some more new ones too.

I know my listeners/fans want to hear my originals ’cause there are people that actually do like to listen to my originals despite the many critics and haters that I have.

Maybe I should bring the old songs back ’cause admittedly, those old songs did help get me out there gigging a little bit. I’ll bring back “Evil Fred”, “Time Bomb”, “Mr. Tough Guy”, “Suicide or Murder”, etc. All of it.

Time to have some fun.

Kev

WWE is running out of longtime veterans… soon we won’t have any at all…

Since the Undertaker is done with WWE, I’m realizing now that the business is running out of WWE veterans/legends. All the long time WWE icons have either retired, been fired in real life or have died. We no longer have Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, JBL, HBK Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, etc. The list goes on… Triple H is still around but he only performs occasionally and it’s looking like he’s about to step back. It’s also looking like John Cena is on the brink of retirement too. Same with Rey Mysterio.

We’re running out of the veterans and well-known icons now that the Undertaker is thrown on the list. We still have Randy Orton who still performs in WWE full time even to this day but sooner or later Randy could end up retiring… I’ll give it more time. Edge came back to the WWE but he’s in it for one more run and that’s it for him.

Kind of a good thing, though ’cause there’s a lot of new and young talent that deserves a chance to shine and become big icons later in years.

It kind of sucks but it is what it is. Wrestling changes over the years. Wrestling companies get new and different rosters all the time.

There are quite a few new talent today that are becoming top stars already like AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey… to name a few.

I do miss the old days of wrestling, though especially the Stone Cold years, that was the best. I don’t think we’ll get another Stone Cold and Undertaker again; although, I do know the WWE is gonna try. Stone Cold and ‘Taker can’t be replaceable.

Kev

The Undertaker announces retirement from the ring for good after AJ Styles “Boneyard” match…

I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the Undertaker documentary “The Last Ride” on WWE Network and I need to finish the rest of it still now the final episode of the show is on there.

The Undertaker (real name: Mark Calaway) announced exclusively on his documentary “The Last Ride” that he’s done wrestling for good after the AJ Styles “Boneyard” match at Wrestlemania 36. Originally, The Undertaker and AJ Styles were supposed to have a regular match in the ring at WM-36 but covid-19 forced them to do the match differently. Instead, they made the match “Boneyard” style… filmed like an action/horror movie. Yup, looks like that’s the Undertaker’s last match for sure.

The reason Undertaker is hanging it up is ’cause he feels that he has nothing left to accomplish… there’s nothing more for him to conquer and he also feels that he wants to step away to give the new talent in the business a chance to shine.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2897095-the-undertaker-i-have-no-desire-to-get-back-in-the-ring-after-aj-styles-match

I’m sure another reason he’s done is because his body can’t take it anymore and he had way too many surgeries over the years like his documentary showed.

The Undertaker is definitely one of the most recognizable and most respected stars of all time. How can you not like the Undertaker? Even non-wrestling fans aka people who aren’t even into wrestling at all find Undertaker likeable. He’s the most respected wrestler in the industry for sure. The word “legend” gets thrown around a lot but I think that term belongs to ‘Taker and no one else.

Even though he was a huge man, he was a great wrestler and great mic worker too. He was also known as a locker room leader. Have you noticed over the years, not one other wrestler said something negative about ‘Taker? You know how other wrestlers talking trash at each other in the press in real life? Point me out where a wrestler said something bad about Undertaker? You’re not gonna find much of anything ’cause everyone in the business loved him. ‘taker was like a father in the wrestling business, ya know? Everyone looked up to him and respected him. Even the most hated wrestlers in the business loved him.

‘Taker had a great career for sure… he had matches against everyone in the business pretty much. While he did have a great career ride, I wished the long talked about match against WCW’s Sting could have happened but it never did. Sting, the guy known as a scorpion and wears makeup was dying to make his match happen with ‘Taker at a Wrestlemania but it looks like we’ll never see it happen at all. Looks like Sting’s in-ring career is about over for good too ’cause he has a bad neck.

My favorite Undertaker match of all time, though, was his Hell in a Cell match with Mankind at King of the Ring ’98. That match is such a classic and will go down in history too.

Now that it looks like Undertaker is done, hopefully he gets in the WWE Hall of Fame finally. That will probably happen next year ’cause the Hall of Fame inductees were already announced for this year.

I agree, though that there is nothing left for Undertaker to do. Wrestlemania is never gonna be the same without him.

Kev

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