Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mel Tillis Still Going Strong At 83

Chief Jack and Mel Tillis  There are legends still touring in America. Some do it for the money and some do it merely because they love their fans. Mel Tillis does it for the latter. After a career that spanned decades in country music, Mr. Tillis has also become an author and actor, seen in various Burt Reynolds movies because Burt is himself a big Mel Tillis fan.

Mel is very well set financially, with ranches in California, Tennessee, and Florida, yet he keeps a rugged schedule of almost 200 appearances a year. Why? Because his fans, bless them, love his act. His concerts are now about an hour or less to account for his age, unlike the two or three hour marathons he regularly did twenty years ago.. What may be lacking is time, the country legend makes up for it by involving his audience. He has a pocketful of guitar picks he hands out during his performance, and shares personal light-hearted tales of his friends and family to evoke genuine laughter.

During his latest show at a local  casino here in Washington, he even left the stage and roamed among the crowd, handing out books, CDs, and DVDs, as well as the signature guitar picks. After the show, Mr Tillis came out to greet the fans, but unlike some stars, he kept away from his merchandise stand and made sure his band announced that he would be there for small talk and photos even if you bought nothing, and stayed until every fan in line had a chance to meet him.

I don’t know what kind of supplements he’s taking, if any, but they work. At 83, Mel Tillis is still a dynamo with boundless energy. His hair may be white, but he still looks the same as he did when I last met him in Nashville in 1975. He may not have as long as others in this business to go, but he’s making every minute count, and taking us along for the ride.

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The Transporter Refueled

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Transporter Refueled 3 The Transporter Refueled  fairly begs the question “Why did he need refueling?” Yet, the action is so fast and furious that you soon don’t care about that question .It opens up in 1995 in the French Riviera as we witness a Russian mobster literally taking over the Cote D’Azur prostitution business with a heavy hand. We fade out on a pretty young girl crying as she has to start her new life. Fast forward to fifteen years later as that same girl has devised a plan to clean out her boss’ bank account and hires Frank Martin (AKA The Transporter) to unwittingly be her partner in crime.

From there it’s a nearly non-stop melange of car chases, furious fights, and explosions, with a healthy dose of double dealing as Frank’s dad (Ray Stevenson) gets dragged into the web. Die-hard “Transporter” fans will lament the fact that Jason Stratham, the original Transporter, doesn’t show up, but Ed Skrein as Frank, although in his first major motion picture role, carries it off with applomb. He has the right mindset, takes this seriously, yet plays off Stevenson’s semi-comedic father figure perfectly.

About those car crashes…most of them involve police cars, the economical and not too seemingly well-built Peugeot hatchbacks favored by the French police, as well as police motorcycles. A few people get shot but when they die it’s off-camera. The film is rated R for violent action and several reveals of barely-dressed women. All told I’ve spent worse two hours in theaters than this film gave us. If you crave action, “Refueled” will fill the bill.

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Vince McMahon Finally Goes Crazy!

Vince 6 Vince 7 In an unprecedentd move, and truly one idiotic as well, Vince McMahon in one fell swoop changed the history of the wrestling world to suit his mind, which as I’ve been telling you for a few years, is wickedly warped. His edict is that his company has no history before today in 2002. On that date, the WWE broadcast Smackdown featuring John Cena, and the claim is that this was their first broadcast.

What about the years before that of RAW on USA and the Monday Night Wars against WCW? What about Bruno Sammartino, Lou Albano, and Gorilla Monsoon? The Road Warriors, Andre the Giant, and Bobby Heenan? This is so similar to Adolph Hitler, who ordered all books burned and destroyed because they clashed with his beliefs. Many fans will have to spread the word manually about these historic people, because according to Vince, they don’t exist. He said, when asked about this:

The WWE begins and ends with John Cena. That’s all the fans need to know because I’m Vincent Kennedy McMahon dammit!

What wrestling fans need to do now is boycott the WWE until they reverse this stupid decision. Naturally, Vince did this as a result of a recent event where former WWE superstar Jimmy Superfly Snuka was arrested and accused with murdering his girlfriend in 1983. Vince has tried to interfere with this investigation and even tried to bribe the girlfriend’s family to change their story. Vince is afraid that company records might show how he’s responsible for the deaths of such stars as British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith, Owen Hart, and Chris Benoit because they tried to help me prove Vince’s father had ordered my dad, Chief Don Eagle, murdered, then bribed people to make it seem to be suicide.

Vince McMahon, as I’ve been saying for years, is a deranged monster who masquerades as a humanitarian to hide his real personality traits. Most of the people working for him truly hate him but won’t speak publicly because he’s so ruthless he might blacklist them, ruining their lives. One need only see how he mercilessly recruits and pays talent to see things his way, including a man who openly professed disdain of him for years, Bruno Sammartino. How about Sting, who once told McMahon he could kiss his ass, yet now just signed a contract with WWE?. How will those two react to the fact that they don’t exist in the mind of the god, Vince McMahon?

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