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Happy 6th Anniversary Kilt Man!

IMG_0944Thanks for being a part of this journey for me. I have been writing this blog for 6 years now. In that time, I have written 253 blog posts. They have been seen all around the world, from the United Kingdom to France — all the way to Ecuador. In total, over 50 different countries have visited my blog. That is definitely something to celebrate.

The past year has been an interesting one for me. I have experienced incredible highs — like getting married to my partner. And experienced some lows too having lost my Mom this past year. Then add on all the craziness in the world with all the violence, poverty, and the era of a reality TV president. Life can be overwhelming sometimes. I hope my writing shows that I love life, and want to inspire people to live their lives openly and honestly.

So here are a few of the highlights from the last year. Hard to believe it is almost a year since the massacre in Orlando. The world seems crazier than ever at this point. LGBT rights are still under fire from people who would love to get rid of all of us, and take back marriage equality. So I am glad to see there is a #Resist March happening in early June across the country.

Real men still wear Speedos. I am happy to see a new company called Sluggers out of Australia making some waves in America. I had to ask the question “Are You a Speedo Guy?”. It is time that guys have some option other than boring board shorts.

I got to go to some fun concerts in the past year. I hope I was able to share that joy with my readers. Everything from the triumphant returns of the Dixie Chicks and Gwen Stefani to Boyz II Men and Keith Urban. Plus I even wondered what shows from the past I would have gone to also.

Family played a big part in the past year too. My Dad celebrated his 90th birthday and had a big party in his honor. We also paid tribute to my Mom who passed away after a long illness last fall. I think both of my parents for all their love and support through the years.

I asked the question “Can we be objective” when it comes to arts and entertainment? So much of what we like or don’t like is influenced by our past experiences. I have often said I liked something only because I liked a person’s previous movie, album, etc.

Those are just a few of the highlights for the past year. Thanks for reading. I look forward to many more years of the “Kilt Man” blog.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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Concerts from the Past I Wish I Could Have Attended

 

As a huge live music fan, this is a fun topic for me to talk about. All the performances mentioned happened in my lifetime. I am sure it would have been great to see Elvis or the Beatles during their heydays too, but I am not so familiar with their tours or performances. So that is why they are not included here. So in no particular order, here are performances I wish I had seen in person:

Blondie’s “The Hunter” tour
One of my all-time favorite groups, this was the last tour before they broke up in the 80’s… I think they even broke up during this tour. They were coming off a string of commercially successful albums (Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, AutoAmerican, “Call Me”); and this was the most successful version of the band as far as the lineup of the members. This tour played the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Bee Gee’s “Spirits Having Flown” tour
They had just come off the successful “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, and this was their first album since that breakthrough. This album had hits too: Tragedy, Love You Inside Out and Too Much Heaven. This tour stopped at Dodger Stadium.

Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” tour
Donna was also celebrating back to back hit albums at this point. She had shown the world how great a live performer she was on the “Live and More” album. The tour for this fantastic double album I am sure was amazing. This tour stopped at the Hollywood Bowl.

Madonna’s “The Virgin Tour”
The first tour from the material girl. Tickets sold out so fast… I wasn’t able to get any. These would be the smallest venues she would ever play on a regular tour. And she has been at it for over 30 years now. It was just her, 2 backup dancers and the band, but you could tell from her performance this was someone to be taken seriously… with how she commanded the stage. This tour stopped at the Universal Amphitheatre and the Pacific Amphitheatre too.

Madonna’s “The Girlie Show”
Madonna was on the outs in the US during this tour. There had been a backlash after the Sex book and the “Erotica” album. There were a couple of US dates on this tour, but most of it was outside of the US. It would have been excellent to be there. No Los Angeles area performances.

Live Aid
The bi-coastal concerts to benefit hunger relief in Africa. Simultaneous concerts in both Philadelphia and London, this was the TV event of 1985. Anyone who is anyone was on this show: Queen, Madonna, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and so much more. It would have been great to say you saw part of it in person.

Luther Vandross
One of the greatest soul singers of the last century — he was one of those people who could sing practically anything. I never followed his career that closely… so I can’t single out a single tour from him. But when he died, I regretted never having the chance to see him perform live. Performed Hollywood Bowl, Universal and more in Los Angeles area.

Diana Ross “Concert in Central Park”
I remember seeing this performance on TV… the day with the rain and the makeup show too. Diana was a true trouper and definitely made sure the show went on. I have seen Diana a few times at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, but that show would have been fun to be at.

So that’s my list. What performers and tours did you miss? I would love to hear from you.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Concerts I Am Looking Forward to in 2017

As a life-long live music fan, I always look forward to which of my favorite music stars will be coming in concert soon. Have I seen them a few times before, or are they someone I will be seeing for the first time? Do they have a long catalog of hits, or are they just starting out? Here’s who I look forward to seeing on stage in 2017:

Ariana Grande
She’s had a few successful years with “My Everything” and “Dangerous Woman.” She has the vocal chops for sure, and her personality is starting to show more. Plus she kills it every time I see her perform on TV.

Lady GaGa
It’s time to get back to her day job. After a few detours (Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett and American Horror Story: Hotel), she is back with her new album “Joanne.” I have seen her first 2 tours, it will be fun to see her again. She is definitely one talented, multi-faceted woman. Plus she is headlining the Super Bowl half-time show this year.

Bruno Mars
After a break of a few years, Bruno is back with “24 K Magic.” So far the single is just OK to me, but he always kills it with his live performances. And he has a decent amount of hits too, so even if the new songs suck, we’ll get “Uptown Funk.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Mr. and Mrs. McGraw head back out for a big arena tour in 2017. Tim has continued to record and tour regularly. Faith hasn’t done much since her album “Fireflies” in 2005. Not sure the reason why, but I welcome her back. I saw them on an earlier version of the “Soul to Soul” tour and it was a great show.

Alicia Keys
She will be touring in support of her new album “Here.” I previously saw her on the “Diary of Alicia Keys” and “As I Am” tours. I started to watch “The Voice” again because of her and Miley. She has such a wonderful spirit and I love her energy. And she gives her all to the performance. The album is just OK, but I still love her.

Sting
The veteran artist is back with his first rock album (“57th & 9th”) in a long time. He’s been making the rounds with appearances on everything from “The Voice” to the “American Music Awards.” With more and more singers dying young these days, I say catch him while you can.

Justin Beiber
He is still riding high off his album “Purpose” and it’s string of hit singles. Plus he got some big love in the form of some Grammy nominations this year in major categories. Plus from what I have seen he really puts himself out there in his shows. Catch him on his stadium tour this summer.

New Kids on the Block
Their chart-topping days are long behind them, but they can still fill arenas. They have found a successful formula and are sticking to it. They put themselves as the headliners on a bill with a couple of other retro acts, and the tickets keep selling. This year’s The Total Package Tour includes Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.

Ed Sheeran
No tour has been announced yet for him, but if there is one I am sure it is going to be huge. He just released two new singles from his upcoming album “Divide” and they both debuted into the Top Ten (one even went to #1). I have seen clips of his concerts online, and he is an amazing performer. I would definitely go to see him.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
The two superstars are teaming up for Lionel’s “All the Hits” Tour. This show is playing on my birthday at the Hollywood Bowl, so I already have my ticket. Mariah needs to redeem herself after the New Year’s Eve fiasco. I haven’t seen Lionel since he opened for Tina Turner on her farewell tour. It should be fun.

So that’s my concert wish list for 2017. Did I mention your favorite? Who do you want to see live and in person at your local concert venue? Sound off in the comments below.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Happy 5th Anniversary Kilt Man!

This month marks the 5th anniversary of this blog. There have been 226 blogs written over the last 5 years. That is an incredible accomplishment if I do say so myself! In honor of this momentous occasion I will look back on some of the highlights from the past year.Dan-5Year

I celebrated my love of all things entertainment with quarterly recaps of what I am watching and listening to. See Summer Entertainment Roundup Part 2, Entertainment Roundup 2016 Part 1 and 2, plus Spring Entertainment Roundup Part 1 and 2. Don’t worry, I am already working on one for Summer 2016.

I attended some high-profile concert tours and invited you to experience them through my eyes. See reviews of Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson, the B-52s and more. Plus check out my Facebook page for A View from the Cheap Seats for more photos and reviews of live music shows through the years.

I voiced my frustrations about not having a TV (Living Without TV), and what songs are played on radio these days (Radio Playlists [Stagnation]). As well as weighed in on gun control too (All Lives Matter). I also complained about the frustrations of collecting all the music of one particular artist (Complete Collections).

I gave my predictions on who would win at the Oscars and on the final season of American Idol. I also celebrated all the fantastic albums/songs by American Idols through the years.

I highlighted the hunky actors and singers that I would to see in kilts in Guys I Want to See in a Kilt Part 3. Surprisingly I didn’t write any more on kilts this year, or on Speedos for that matter. Look for new blogs coming on those topics in the coming months.

Thanks for being a part of my incredible journey on this blog. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, feelings and interests with you for many years to come. Please sound off in the comments if you have any topic suggestions. I would love to hear from you.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Concerts I am Looking Forward to in 2016

As the big music fan that I am, attending concerts is one of my favorite things in life. There is just something about being there in person that cannot be duplicated by watching a show on DVD or listening to it on CD/MP3. So what shows am I looking forward to in 2016? Read on:

Demi Lovato/Nick Jonas
The former “Camp Rock” co-stars are co-headlining the “Future Now” tour. Both were part of the Disney child-star machine that has produced Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Demi is touring behind her most recent album “Confident” and Nick is stretching out on his first major tour without his brothers since he hit the big-time with “Jealous”. It should be a great show — I hope they do a few “Camp Rock” tunes too.

Rihanna
This one I have been patiently waiting for. Now it is finally happening. The “Anti” tour is her first since the joint tour with Eminem. It is named after the album of the same name that is still to be released, though we did get a few singles last year like “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.” One of the best female singers of the 2000’s in my opinion.

Adele
This will be one of the biggest tours of the year for sure. She is touring behind her latest blockbuster album “25”. You will get chills hearing her hit those high notes live on songs like “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep.” Plus, she has a good sense of humor and is known to drop an F-bomb or 2 too.

Bryan Adams
Eighties Canadian rocker Bryan Adams brings his sing-along anthems to theaters this coming summer. He is touring behind his latest release “Get Up.”

Dixie Chicks
It’s been 10 years since they last toured. It is about time. Hopefully a new album will come out before the show. I saw them 2 times previously and they put on a great show — beautiful harmonies and fantastic songs. The tour is dubbed the “DCX Tour MMXVI” and includes a stop at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl.

Kenny Chesney/Miranda Lambert/Sam Hunt
This triple threat tour is going to be one of the hottest shows of the year hitting stadiums across the country. Dubbed the “Spread the Love” tour, it will also feature Old Dominion; as well as Little Big Town and Jake Owen subbing for Miranda and Sam on select shows. Still waiting for a Los Angeles show to be added.

Carrie Underwood
Former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood is heading out behind her recent “Storyteller” album. After seeing the Blown Away tour on DVD, I can definitely say she puts on a great show.

Justin Bieber
This guy has really impressed me this past year: with his music and his performances. He is definitely back and will be hitting the road in support of his chart-topping album “Purpose.” Hopefully he won’t be playing “Baby Baby Baby.” He’s moved on and is showing us the true star he is.

That’s all for my concert wish list for 2016. Which singers and bands are you looking forward to seeing live this year? I would love to hear from you.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Remember This: Female Singers

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This past summer’s Taylor Dayne concert got me thinking about all the great dance-pop women of the 1980’s and 90’s. All had a couple of hits, and they were good at the time. I want to know (other than Madonna and Janet Jackson — who are superstars), who you miss the most from that era and what were your favorite songs from them? The choices are:

Paula Abdul: Straight Up, Opposites Attract, Forever Your Girl, Rush Rush, Cold Hearted

Lisa Stansfield: All Around the World, Change, All Woman

Jody Watley: Looking for a New Love, Real Love, Friends, Still a Thrill, Most of All

Karyn White: The Way You Love Me, Superwoman, Romantic

Pebbles: Girlfriend, Mercedes Boy, Giving You the Benefit

Stacey Q.: Two of Hearts, We Connect, Insecurity

Laura Branigan: Gloria, Self Control, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

Shiela E.: The Glamorous Life, Love Bizarre, Hold Me

Samantha Fox: Naughty Girls (Need Love Too), I Wanna Have Some Fun, Touch Me

Irene Cara: Fame, Flashdance…What a Feeling, Breakdancing, On My Own

Sheena Easton: Morning Train (9 to 5), Strut, Sugar Walls, Telephone (Long Distance Love Affair)

Tiffany: I Think We’re Alone Now, Couldv’e Been, I Saw Him Standing There

Debbie Gibson: Shake Your Love, Lost in Your Eyes, Only in My Dreams, Electric Youth

Cherelle: Saturday Love, You Love Good to Me, Artificial Heart, I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On

Amber: This is Your Night, One More Night, Sexual (Li Da Di),

CeCe Peniston: Finally, Hit by Love, I’m in the Mood

Kylie Minogue: Locomotion, It’s No Secret, Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Cathy Dennis: C’mon and Get My Love, Too Many Walls, Just Another Dream

Gloria Estefan: 1-2-3, Can’t Stay Away from You, Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Conga, Don’t Wanna Lose You

Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, She Bop, True Colors, Time After Time

Grace Jones: Pull Up to the Bumper, Slave to the Rhythm

Shannon: Let the Music Play, Give Me Tonight, It’s Over Love

Evelyn Champagne King: Shame, Love Come Down

Amazingly I have met 3 of them now: Taylor Dayne, Amber and Stacey Q. (Plus Janet too.) Who were you favorites and why? And who do you want to see make a comeback?

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Country Hunks 2

Country music is filled with good-looking men. This is my sequel to my previous post on Country Hunks. A lot of these guys are new to the scene, but I am sure they will be breaking hearts and selling music for years to come.

Brantley Gilbert
This singer-songwriter from Georgia is engaged to country beauty Jana Kramer. He has also written songs for Jason Aldean. Essential songs: “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”

Hunter Hayes
This cutie from Louisiana, was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2013. His debut album “Hunter Hayes” earned him an opening gig on Carrie Underwood’s tour. Essential songs: “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”

Jake Owen
This hunk from Florida looks like he could have been a male model. He has toured with Kenny Chesney and has released 3 albums. Essential songs: “Eight Second Ride” and “Alone with You.”

Florida Georgia Line
This country duo get its name from the 2 states the guys are from: Brian Kelley (FL) and Tyler Hubbard (GA). After releasing 2 EPs, the guys finally released their first full-length album in 2012. Essential songs: “Cruise” (remix w/ Nelly) and “Get Your Shine on.”
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Easton Corbin
Another signer-songwriter from Florida, he once worked at a hardware store in Nashville before making some contacts through a cousin. Essential songs: “A Little More Country Than That” and “Lovin’ You Is Fun.”

Love and Theft
They started off as a trio, but they are now a duo made up of Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. Stephen even inspired a song on one of Taylor Swift’s albums (“Hey Stephen”). Essential songs: “Runaway” and “Angel Eyes.”

Dustin Lynch
This hunk hails from Tennessee. He is opening for another country hunk, Keith Urban, on tour this summer. Essential songs: “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor.”
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Luke Bryan
This man has been raking in the awards lately, including winning Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. Plus he seems like a nice guy too. Essential songs: “All My Friends Say” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”

Chris Young
A winner on the reality show Nashville Star, he recently released his 4th album “Neon.” Essential songs: “Tomorrow” and “You.”

As long as there is country music, there will be good looking men in cowboy hats and jeans singing the songs. So did I leave any one out? I would love to hear from you.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Top Ten Places to Wear a Kilt

As long time readers of this blog, you should know that one of my favorite items of clothing is my kilt. I am often seen around town wearing it. Yes, it took some getting used to… but now I barely give it a second thought when I put it on. So hear are the Top Ten places to wear a kilt:

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  1. Concerts: You can be as dressy or playful with it as you want. I have worn it to fancy Christmas concerts (with sweater, shirt and tie), and to big arena rock shows like Lady GaGa too (with my mesh shirt). Great for dancing, and shows that you like to have a bit of a edge too.
  2. Nightclub: Did I mention it is confortable? And again shows off a man’s legs nicely and gets people guessing about what you are or are not wearing under it. I have heard of plenty of women buying drinks for guys in kilts. (Somebody’s got to be into that… now if it was cute guys… now that’s another story)
  3. Dinner Party: Dressier than jeans, but not as dressy as slacks, with a nice shirt and tie, you will be good to go. A great conversation starter, people take notice and love to ask what it’s all about. Hey, it’s comfortable, I’m artsy… I’m Scottish, etc.
  4. Wedding: Only did this once, and it was a gay wedding too. But it was a nice warm day, and I made sure that I coordinated the outfit with my partners. If they ever bring back gay marriage in California, I want to be married in one.
  5. The Mall: This I do on the regular…. Window shopping, going out to the movies/dinner, maybe even doing some real shopping too. I look good, and know that I make it work.
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Concerts I Am Looking Forward To In 2013

Here’s my list of the shows I am looking forward to this year:

Lady GaGa
Lady GaGa has been on tour with the “Born This Way” Ball for awhile now (She was on my list last year). It is finally hitting the US in the first half of the year.Lady GaGa

Rihanna
Well, the tour in 2012 never developed. And she was in the flop movie “Battleship”. She is touring behind her new CD “Unapologetic”, and is sure to include hits from the “Talk That Talk” album too. The new tour called “Diamonds” tour is set to hit the states in March.

Taylor Swift
Her latest CD “Red” is flying off the shelves… and so are the tickets to her latest tour which includes stadium shows in select cities. With her move fully into pop music with this latest CD, I am sure it will be a very theatrical and entertaining evening.

Maroon 5
I tried to get tickets for the 2013 tour, but they sold out very fast. They have been hotter since Adam Levine has been on “The Voice”. Plus supporting acts Owl City and Neon Trees should add to a great evening of live music.

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A View from the Cheap Seats

Remember the first concert you went to and how you were blown away by the performance? How the performer had the whole world in the palm of their hand and the crowd on their feet singing and clapping along? So do I.A View from the Cheap Seats

This is the beginning of my first eBook, A View from the Cheap Seats. This book, has been a labor of love for me. When I started going to concerts about 34 years ago, putting a book together was probably the last thing on my mind. But as time went on, I started going to more shows and compiling the set lists as well as reviews of each show. I realized how much material I had and thought about how I could present it to the music-loving public.

This book contains reflections and reviews from 30+ years of concert going

to over 300+ shows — everyone from Peter Paul & Mary to Wynonna Judd to Madonna to Journey and much more. It also includes my thoughts on the music and concert industry. For example, is it best to see someone when they are hot or not, or how about cheap seats v. down in front. What about the times I actually touched the performer? Or experienced something interesting happening… like Patti Labelle’s meltdown at the Hollywood Bowl.

Going to concerts is one of my favorite things in life. For a few hours, I can forget my troubles and be swept away in the performance. I am the type of guy who is singing, and dancing along the whole show. Believe it or not, I actually have made my hands bleed because I was clapping so much! I didn’t even know it until after the show!

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