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I’ve Been Everywhere: The End of the Blog Tour

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has followed me around the blogosphere and internet for the last two weeks as I embarked upon my first ever blog tour.  I can honestly say it was quiet the experience, and involved a lot less risk taking then the rock ‘n’ roll tour […]

The March 12, 1973 Showdown at the Mosque: Bette Midler Emerged Victorious

“You’re going to pay for this, Mr. DiCesare! You think you pulled something over on me! We’ll see about that, young man!” That was the threat I received 42 years ago today from Miss Steele, the rigid, no-nonsense manager of Pittsburgh’s Syria Mosque performing venue. She was reacting to the behavior of Bette Midler and her […]

“Hit the Road Jack” Blog Tour ’15

While I was doing the research for my next book, I stumbled across many interesting ways authors can promote themselves in today’s day and age of technology.  With the growing popularity of blogging and the increased use of social media, there is room for a variety of ways to promote oneself online.  One of these […]

Pittsburgh’s April 4 Rockin’ Reunion Show Triggers Memories of the Music Business – Then and Now

Lou Christie, one of the greatest singers, performers and songwriters ever to come out of Pittsburgh, is returning home to perform in Pittsburgh’s Rockin’ Reunion show on April 4, 2015. The concert, which also stars Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, Donnie Iris, Chuck Blasko’s Vogues, Jimmie Ross’s Jaggerz, and The Marcels, takes place at the beautiful Benedum […]

My Dad, Grand Funk, and Eggplant Parmigiana

In the fall of 1971  I was promoting a Grand Funk Railroad concert at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena. The band had just broken The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out one of their venues in just 72 hours. Rock stars were becoming self-styled Gods, and started adding “riders” to their one-sheet contracts. These riders stipulated […]

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