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  1. Judas Priest is again playing a concert not terribly far from where I live, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and I shall be at that concert! At this point, there is not much to say about the concert that I have not already said, but 2019 shall now the first year in which I shall see seven concerts, which is a new record for me.

    As usual, when the concert approaches, I shall make further posts in this entry.
  2. Slayer shall once again be playing a concert in my area, on May 25, 2019, and I am again seeing them live! This time, they shall be playing in an open arena, so I will not need to worry about the concert being too loud for me, and, thus, needing to leave early.

    They are on tour with Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, and Cannibal Corpse; I saw Amon Amarth live in 2016 on tour with Megadeth and Lamb of God earlier this year (2018) with Slayer, but this shall be my first time seeing Cannibal Corpse live. In complete honesty, I am not a major fan of Cannibal Corpse, because I find their vocals to be too guttural for my liking and their music lacking in rhyme and rhythm (I was raised listening to Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and so forth), but I still shall enjoy seeing them, nevertheless.

    The concert is still far away, but I shall post about it as it draws closer.

    Wow, 2018 is not yet over, but I have already purchased tickets to six concerts in 2019, tying with this past year and 2018 for the most concerts that I have seen in a single year, so I wonder if I can surpass the record and see a seventh concert in 2019?
  3. The Rolling Stones shall be playing a concert on Saturday, June 8, 2019, and I will be seeing them! I actually purchased two tickers; one for myself, and one for my mother, who has been wanting to see them for many years, but never has been able to do so, before. The tickets were expensive, but we may never have a chance to see them, again, so I could not afford to miss this opportunity.

    The Rolling Stones have so many great songs that I will not bother mentioning which songs I hope they play, as doing so would take far too long, but I am very glad that I shall be seeing this legendary band at least once in my life, since I likely would regret it every day for the rest of my life if I never saw them live at least once.

    The concert is still many months away, but I shall post about it, again, as it draws closer.
  4. A common adage that I have heard said is “respect is not given; it is earned,” sounds like a very wise creed to follow, but, I recently conducted an internet search for it, and I discovered a series of articles that denounce that adage, saying that it is ridiculous, because all people deserve respect, regardless of their station in life.

    Those articles have a very noble intention with their message, for which I respect them, but they all miss a very vital point: there are two types of respect, one of which is, indeed, freely given, and the other of which must be earned.

    First, there is the type of respect that is given: this is the form of respect that all people are expected to demonstrate toward all other people, they are expected to be polite and courteous to others, including, but not limited to, receptionists, secretaries, waiters/waitresses, flight attendants, grocery baggers, cashiers, or other menial positions that are clearly at or near the bottoms of their hierarchies. I imagine that very few people ever willingly wish to be in such positions, so giving respect to such people shall help them to feel better about being in such positions.

    Second, there is the type of respect that is earned: this is the form of respect that people are expected to show toward doctors, lawyers, judges, airplane pilots, police officers, high-ranking military officers, CEO’s, politicians, or other people in positions of expertise and/or authority. These people have worked very hard to achieve the positions that they have, sometimes for many years, and they have endured great hardships and accumulated a great wealth of knowledge about their fields. That type of respect is not freely given, it must be earned through hardships and countless hours of effort and experience.

    What does everyone else say about this? Do you agree that there are two types of respect?
  5. Iron Maiden is touring in my area, again, on August 1, and I shall be attending that concert!

    At this point, I do not feel that I need to give a detailed comment about what songs I hope that they shall play, as I have already seen them live, so I shall say more about them as the concert draws closer.
  6. The hard rock band Kiss shall be playing in concert on Saturday, March 23, and I shall be there! Having never seen them live, before, there was no way that I could miss this opportunity, especially since it shall be my only chance to ever see them live.

    I believe that it is safe to presume that the band shall play songs from their first six albums, which are widely regard as their best, including Rock and Roll All Night, Detroit Rock City, Calling Dr. Love, Christine Sixteen, God of Thunder, Strutter, Love Gun, Hotter than Hell, and Shout it Out Loud, but I also would like to hear lesser-known songs, such as I Was Made for Loving You, Nothing to Lose, Going Blind, Parasite, Room Service, Beth, Great Expectations, Hard Luck Woman, Baby Driver, I Stole Your Love, Shock Me, and Tomorrow and Tonight. It also would be nice to hear some songs from their glam metal albums in the mid-1980's, such as Creatures of the Night, Lick It Up, or Heaven's On Fire, as well as music from Psycho Circus, which was the reunion of the original members. Of course, it also is safe to presume that they shall play songs from their two most recent albums, the albums that feature their current lineup.

    I have never seen Kiss live, but I have heard that their concerts are amazing, so I am eagerly anticipating this concert; it still is months away, but I am certain that I shall enjoy it!
  7. Disturbed shall be playing on Saturday, February 23, and I shall be seeing their concert! I have never seem them live, before, so this will be a very nice experience.

    I prefer classic heavy metal bands from the 70's and 80's over newer heavy metal bands, but Disturbed is an excellent band, so I would very much like to see them live at least once.

    Since they are touring in support of their new album, Evolution, it is safe to presume that they shall play songs from that album, but I also am certain that they shall play some of their best-known songs, as well, such as Down with the Sickness, Stupefy, Voices, The Game, Prayer, Indestructible, Inside the Fire, and The Vengeful One.

    The opening act is Three Days' Grace, of whom I have heard but with whom I am not especially familiar, so I shall see if I enjoy them.

    The concert is still many months away, but I expect that it shall arrive fairly soon, so I definitely am excited about seeing it.
  8. My brother is now married, and I was the best man at his wedding; part of the speech that I gave included a poem, which I have decided to post here, for everyone to read:
    Spoiler: Brother's Big Day
    Brother's Big Day
    By DemonDragonJ

    This is your day,
    My dearest, sweet brother;
    A day of great joy,
    A day like no other!


    This is a day
    When all is right in the world;
    When the sun shines so bright,
    And your dreams are unfurled.

    The sky is all clear,
    And no clouds are in sight;
    This is the day
    When you are wedded in white.

    Your friends are all here,
    And your family, too;
    To witness your union
    Under the sky so blue.

    A new day begins
    At this point in your life;
    Go forth and be brave,
    As husband and wife.

    Things will be tough,
    It will not all be sweet;
    But you will give it your best
    And accept no defeat.

    You are a team;
    Two work as one;
    If you give it your all,
    Even work shall be fun.

    We are so proud
    Of all that you’ve done;
    You are the best,
    And second to none!

    Our blessings to you
    As you walk down the aisle;
    Hold your heads high
    As you do so with style!

    Let us enjoy
    Our time here together;
    As we share all this food
    In the wondrous great weather.

    Let us all dance
    To the music so fine;
    And partake of this cake
    And bread, cheese, and wine.

    This is your time
    To stand in the light;
    And share in this dance
    Into the night.

    We give your our best
    Blessings this day;
    You stand from the rest,
    So we all say!

    Congratulations, again
    To you and your wife;
    We wish you a wondrous
    And long, happy life.

    A gentleman, you are
    From one to another;
    Congratulations to you,
    My dearest, sweet brother.
    What does everyone else think of this poem? Do you like it, I hope?
  9. Heavy metal musicians Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson shall be performing on Wednesday, August 8, and I shall be there! I have never seen either of these musicians live, before, so this will be an excellent experience for me.

    I have only slight familiarity with Manson, but I know enough of him to say that it will be a fair presumption that he shall play The Beautiful People, which is likely his best-known song, but I would also like to hear Cryptorchid, Astonishing Panorama of the End Times, and Get Your Gunn, as well as his versions of I Put a Spell on You and Sweet Dreams are Made of These.

    I have several albums by Zombie, so I am more familiar with his work, and I believe that it is very safe to presume that he shall play some of his best-known songs, including Superbeast, Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Demon Speeding, Dead Girl Superstar, Foxy Foxy, American Witch, and House of 1000 Corpses, but I also would like to hear Demonoid Phenomenon, Spookshow Baby, Meet the Creeper, Never Gonna Stop, Iron Head (however, given that that song was originally recorded as a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, he may not perform it live without Osbourne), Feel So Numb, Scum of the Earth, and The Devil's Rejects. I believe that it is doubtful that he shall play any songs from his time in White Zombie, but it would be nice to hear More Human Than Human, as that was certainly one of the best songs that his original band recorded.

    Obviously, the concert is still far away, and, by pure coincidence, it is also on my brother's birthday, but he is not interested in this type of music, so I will not bother to invite him along. As the day draws closer, I shall post about it further.
  10. Ozzy Osbourne shall be performing in concert on Thursday, September 6, and I shall be there! I have already seen Osbourne twice with Black Sabbath, this will be my first time seeing him solo, which means that he shall be performing different songs from what he performed with Black Sabbath.

    It is safe to presume that Osbourne shall perform such classic songs as I Don't Know, Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, Bark at the Moon, Flying High Again, Over the Mountain, and No More Tears, but I also hope to hear You Can't Kill Rock and Roll, The Ultimate Sin, Never Know Why, Killer of Giants, and Shot in the Dark, as those are all excellent songs, as well.

    The name of this tour implies that Ozzy shall soon be retiring, or at least not touring any more, so I am very glad to have another chance to see him live while I still can.
  11. Once, again, I shall be seeing Alice Cooper in concert, on March 8 of this year. This will be the first time that I have seen any artist four times, but I have not grown bored of seeing him live, since he always delivers an amazing performance. At this point, I am familiar with the majority of his songs and his acts for each one, but he usually has a slight variant in each concert, and, this time, I shall be on the floor directly before the stage, so hopefully I shall actually be able to catch the money that he throws out during Billion Dollar Babies this time around. That would be very nice, indeed.
  12. The heavy metal band Slayer shall soon be retiring, and, therefore, embarking on their final tour, and I shall be seeing them in concert on June 1! I have never seen them live, before, so I am glad that I shall have this chance before the are gone forever. Their music is very fast and intense, very different from most mainstream music, but I definitely shall enjoy it.

    I believe that it is very safe to presume that they shall play Angel of Death and Raining Blood, two of their best-known songs, but I also would like to hear Aggressive Perfector, Piece by Piece, Chemical Warfare, and War Ensemble. I am not as familiar with Slayer as I am with some other bands, but I know that I shall enjoy this concert very much.

    The concert is still many months away, so I shall post again about it as it draws closer.
  13. Judas Priest will be performing on March 22, 2018, and I shall be attending that concert! I have never seen Judas Priest live, before, so I will definitely enjoy this event. Although I am not as familiar with Judas Priest as I am with some of the other bands whom I have seen live, I certainly am familiar with some of their better-known songs. I believe that it is safe to presume that they shall play such well-known songs as Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, Painkiller, Rapid Fire, and You've Got Another Thing Coming, but I also hope that they shall play lesser-known songs such as Dissident Aggressor, East Me Alive, Electric Eye, and Parental Guidance, and it is very safe to presume that they shall also play songs from their new album, Firepower, which this tour is promoting.

    The concert is still several months away, but I am looking forward to it, so I am certain that it shall be a great concert.
  14. In one week, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper shall be playing in concert, and I shall be there!

    I have already seen Alice Cooper in concert twice, so this shall be my third time seeing him live, making this the first time that I have seen any artist three times. Since I have already seen him twice, there is no need to comment on what songs I expect and hope for him to play, since I now have a general idea of the songs that he usually plays live.

    I have never seen Deep Purple live, so this shall be a new experience for me. It is very unfortunate that I could not see them live while they still had both Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore, but I am certain that they shall still be amazing. I am certain that they shall play staples such as Speed King, Highway Star, Bloodsucker, Black Night, Smoke on the Water, Space Trucking, and Hush (which is not originally a Deep Purple song), but I also hope to hear lesser-known tracks such as Maybe I'm a Leo, Pictures of Home, When a Blind Man Cries, Knocking on Your Back Door, or Woman From Tokyo. Given that this tour is to promote their newest album, I presume that they shall play songs from that album.

    Those two artists shall also be joined by the Edgar Winter group, with whom I have less familiarity, but I know enough about them to know that they are another highly-regarded band. The only songs by them that I know are Free Ride and Frankenstein, which are perhaps their two best-known songs, so I presume that they shall play those songs.

    The concert is still many months away, but I know that I shall enjoy it, so I am eagerly looking forward to it.
  15. Today is my thirtieth birthday, and I certainly am excited to celebrate it, but this day also serves to remind me that, as I have now lived for three decades, I am not as young as I once was and will not be alive forever.

    I still feel young and vigorous, and I shall maintain an active lifestyle, to keep myself in great physical condition, because I wish to remain healthy as I grow older. While I fondly remember both high school and college, most especially due to having formed many new friendships during both of those eras of my life, I feel that the past several years have been some of the best years of my life, because it was during those years that I have held some of the best jobs that I have ever had and I have greatly expanded my social circle. In the past several years, I have made many new friends outside of my original group of friends, I have been engaging in many more social activities (not the least of which is attending one or more concerts each year since 2012), and, most significantly of all, after numerous failed relationships, I have finally met a woman whom I believe is an ideal match for me. I cannot overstate the significance of that particular occurrence; I will not go as far as to say that meeting her was the best thing that ever happened to me, but it certainly is in my top five.

    It is somewhat saddening and humbling to realize that I am now as old as some of the people who guided me and instructed me were when I was younger, and to realize that many of the movies and television series that I enjoyed when I was younger are now twenty, or even thirty, years old, but I would like to believe that the experience I have gained during those years of my life has helped me to grow and develop as a person, and I hope that I can live for another thirty years, gaining further knowledge and wisdom from everything that I may experience.
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