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Wow did it get cool here in New York City!
But there was an awful lot of heat coming from that picture.
My memory is that for months after, when I would pass the remains of the World Trade Center, it was still burning in certain areas.
Those rescue workers went through a lot- brave and uncomplaining.
This time out I will tell you how I feel about the proposed community center and mosque near Ground Zero.
Want to take a guess?
And there will be songs with that.
But first, another musical visit to another section of the city, heading way uptown this year- and taking a famous train on the subway to get us there.
We will conclude this year with a celebration of our Branches Of The Military from a Marine Corps base in Iraq by a legendary Hard Rock band, consistently voted among the Best Ever, that was ironically formed here in New York City.
Listen to their performance on a USO tour- and their rousing renditions of some very familiar songs that would hardly be called Rock & Roll, but in their hands...
That's it- I did my best again this year to make sure you never forget what happened on Sept.11, 2001 with the music of my unconquerable city.
Terrorists take heed!

Here's the link for this year's 2010 finale, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on September 14, 2010 at 12:06pm
Hey man, that was TOO fast a reply, lol!
Later tonight we go on an End Of Summer Cruise Pt.1!
Get a Kiss for me, lol!
Your still friend,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 14, 2010 at 11:59am
I'm still a friend...when's the next show?

I guess I'll just have to listen to some Kiss today.
Comment by Mike Pell on September 14, 2010 at 11:56am
Dear RJ,
You came to the ballgame during the 7th inning stretch, lol!
No it's not there at Rockollections.
I may have it on cassette or mini-disc, but back then we did the show in mono.
So I wouldn't even bother- the sound would be so inferior.
Your still friend? LOL!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 13, 2010 at 4:11pm
Oh well, I tried. Story of my life though, coming late to the ballgame...I wonder if that Kiss show is in your archives on the Rockollections site?
Comment by Mike Pell on September 13, 2010 at 1:50pm
Dear RJ,
The second half did have more familiar songs, but I did start the Harlem segment with Duke Ellington from WAY back!
Hahahahaha- damn, I didn't think of the Harlem Globetrotters theme.
Brilliant! And I should have!
That's what I enjoy most, jogging memories- I thought I might with that Sting song.
Glad that you agree with my take on the mosque, although MOST Americans feel our way.
But that imam or whatever the hell he calls himself is now starting to piss me off.
Oh baby, would I like to talk to him privately!
As for the Kiss military medley, that was sent to me as a video and I took the music off it, so I really can't say- it LOOKED like the band, lol!
That is real nice and patriotic of them to donate to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
There are still folks who love their country, and since I am one of them it does my heart good to hear about that.
I have done Kiss already- I have been on for over 12 years and used to feature an artist or group each week, and occasionally do the Theme thing.
Now that seems to have flip-flopped and I do Themes more.
Thanks but no thanks for the Kiss offer...just kidding, LOL!
Proud American infidel,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 13, 2010 at 11:17am
And I forgot to mention the Kiss part of the show. One question, was it Kiss as a band or just Gene Simmons? Just curious. I've never heard that before so thanks for playing it.

FYI...Kiss is donating 1 dollar for every ticket sold on their current US tour to the CSRA Wounded Warriors Foundation that is based right her in Augusta, Ga. So far, they are in the 3-4 hundred thousand dollar range. What a great band...I personally think they deserve a Rockollections show all to themselves, and I for one would be more than happy to provide you with the music for it...just saying.
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 13, 2010 at 11:13am
Another great listen Mike. The Stones, U2 and Argent are all well known but good tunes.

The Sting song was awesome. I've heard it before, but had forgotten it. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I loved your commentary on the mosque situation. I agree with your assesment 100%. It's not a matter of those who oppose it knowing the constitution, it's a matter of respect to all the families affected 9 years ago. Not wanting a symbol of the Muslim religion near that site is not a disrespect for the religion itself. I don't think folks are saying don't build it, they are saying don't build it there. I've never been to New York City and I lost no loved ones in that attack, but I am on your side in this argument. Thanks for doing this show series every year. It's a great tribute to those folks and to the city itself.

Finally, I can think of only one thing you left off on your trip to Harlem....the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters. LOL.

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