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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Guitars Stolen from Public Storage in Gardena, CA - April 2019


Some time between March 30th and April 2nd, the Public Storage unit in Gardena, CA belonging to Kenward Cooper was broken into, 3 of his prized guitars were stolen. The Gretsch guitars (White Falcon II, and Anniversary Model Two-tone Smoke Green) are the instruments he uses on all his music projects - as seen in the Soft Open video for 'My Favorite Records.' 
The Gibson L50 acoustic in particular belonged to his father and is the one thing in his possession to carry him forward with after he’s gone.
We are grateful for NBC News for covering this story. Please share on every social media platform you possibly can to help recover these irreplaceable instruments!!!
Forward any information you have to Kenward or the Los Angeles Police Department:
Kenward/Attn: Glambone
Harbor Station Police Dept
(310) 726-7700

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Dirt - Netflix - Motley Crue

Like an after show party on Clark St. that ends the day after, Crue week on Sirius XM is over. The Dirt has arrived.

As a kid growing up with Motley being my favorite band (1st concert I ever went to was them opening up for Kiss on the Creatures tour), the objective for me was to watch this movie at face
value without trying to scrutinize every detail of the stories and history of my own tattooed beliefs
of this band. If you're able to do that, you're in for a fun ride. The Dirt is highly entertaining and enjoyable. The film makers did a great job recreating all the periods of their career. Looks That Kill particularly looks bad ass. Sure some things are out of sequence in the timeline, such as Doc McGhee managing Kiss after Crue, not before. Or the band playing to a huge crowd for the first time was not The Forum, it was the US Festival. But so what. For the sake of movie making/story telling, it's forgivable.

Applause for giving a nod to Nikki's early band with Lizzie Grey, London. You'll find their poster on Tommy's bedroom wall, and in the narrative as well.

Sure it would've been cool to see Nikki with Blackie Lawless, as it's so colorfully depicted in the book, and give a wink to where the use of the pentagram came from. But this is something only a Cruehead would think about.

First thought of seeing Vince portrayed by Daniel Webber was this guy is playing Jeff Spicoli. As the film progresses, the actor does a good job capturing his stage antics and persona.

Music wise, love the version of Livewire sung by Meghan Kabir. Why this wasn't included on the soundtrack release is a real shame.

The Dirt movie leaves me reminiscing about growing up in the 80's and my days on the Sunset Strip as a young teen. Helluva time. It's a different playground now, and a different business model. The days of building a scene pre-internet no longer exists. I'm not talking about being a band in your hometown and having a fair draw show up when you play out. I'm talking about a community of hundreds of bands in the same city, on the same mission, on the same streets, trying to stay alive and get attention and make it. There were a slew of bands from the same era/same scene that achieved success, Motley however were the leaders. There won't be another like them who lived and breathed the way these guys did. Each member had their own personality. Collectively they were a gang. Something bands today simply lack. Most people today don't even know the names of all the band members in their favorite bands, no matter what the genre. If there was a gun to your head and the shooter was going to pull the trigger if you couldn't name all the guys in Coldplay, ten out of ten would have a bullet in the head because you probably could only name Chris Martin. Forget about The Struts, you don't even know the name of the singer. You're dead kid. But you do know Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Kenward of Soft Open interviewed by Jimmy Thrill 2019

Look What The Cat Dragged In, Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Suede, these records normally don’t belong in the same collection. They do if your moniker is Soft Open, and the single/video is called “My Favorite Records.” It’s only music, and music is a mood, and this single celebrates influences and inspirations. Take a bow.

Who is Soft Open you might ask? This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful wife. How did I get here? Or how did Glambone? Long before this podcast/blog I was a kid in the city of Vegas getting my American kix off with weekly trips to the record shop, buying every LP and magazine in sight, until I started my own called Rockstar. Oh, and Mark Slaughter was my guitar teacher.

Jimmy Thrill knows Rockstar Magazine. He was featured in it. Throughout the years we’ve become bros. In this interview we turn the mic around and Jimmy asks me the questions. Stories and facts you may not have known. The slyest rhymes, the sharpest suits, in miracles made real.

From the zine, to my own bands, and projects along the way.  Listen to the interview by
clicking here.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Soft Open

New Year for new music. Check out the single "My Favorite Records" by Soft Open.
Produced by Rick Parker, and featuring Michael Lockwood on guitar. The closest thing
to a Lions & Ghosts reunion you're gonna get!

Watch the video here, guest starring
Charlie Overbey. :)           

How many of your favorite records can you spot?

Download available on iTunes.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Great to see these guys after so long. Pretty Boy Floyd, last night in Pasadena.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Party In Hollywood/Blackboard Jungle reunion 6/1/18

Just having a good time. Blackboard Jungle giving Hollywood rockers a reason to reminisce and party on the Sunset Strip like it was 1989. The band conducted its annual show at Viper Room on Friday, June 1st, 2018.  Swingin' Thing did the opening honors and performed all the faves you'd expect, "Groove Of Love," "Let's Do It With The Lights On."
Blackboard took stage with its finest gem, Kenny raising the question of what he might've found - if he went to Chicago. The answer, it doesn't matter, you found it in Hollywood man - friends that have your back and a band that people support and love. Some LA scenesters made guests appearances, Dazzle from Stars From Mars joined the band on stage. Later in the night, Charlie Overbey who you all know from BBB did a country-esque version of Bon Jovi's "Bed Of Roses," that only Charlie can pull off.
A stellar night, two great bands continuing the tradition, and keeping Sunset Strip alive.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

GBThrills2018 - Interview with Jimmy Thrill

Some bands leave a mark, some continue to. Jimmy thrill is a brother, someone I relate to. He keeps going, keeps finding ways to do new things, and acheive goals. No one is gonna tell him different. You know it when you see it, and the first time I saw Jimmy was when I was a young teen visiting L.A. and just starting to do Rockstar Magazine. A trip to British Imports Rock and a number of records stores on Hollywood Blvd., I picked up my first copy of LA Rocks. Of course all of these shops were littered with flyers and street rags of bands playing the Strip. As a kid and a music lover, I was blown away at how many bands existed in one city. In those pages, one guy in particularly really stood out. That guy for me was Jimmy Thrill, and its because it wasn’t put on, his hair wasn’t sprayed up ten miles high, he wasn’t over doing any of it, instead, it came across authentically. Cool as can be.
I was fortunate to be there at that time and saw his band Rattlesnake Shake at The Roxy, on a bill with Electric Angels and Faster Pussycat. I bootlegged that show, tape recorder in pocket, because I knew I was going to capture something great.  The moment happened as soon as the band launched into “Shooting Daggers.” That song still fucking rocks today. And boy was Jimmy a performer.
Throughout the years we’ve gotten to be good friends. We’ve talked many times about doing projects together - start a record label, produce bands, make movies.
A number of years ago, I told Jimmy I had written a screenplay, without missing a beat he said “I’ve written one too, send me yours I’ll send mine.” Next thing I know, Jimmy was on a plane, and we met in Vegas.  We hung out poolside, trading stories. Fast forward a couple years , a couple screenplays later, and I had optioned a script and in the pursuit of trying to attach A List talent to the project. The status remained at a stand still.
Meanwhile, Jimmy was plotting away. He said to me one day “fuck it, I’m just gonna get a camera and do it my way.” And he did. He’s a hustler.
When his film was complete, I was one of the first people Jimmy sent the movie to, to screen before anyone else.
The result is a highly enjoyable rock n roll ride. Think of those after hours, midnight flics.
What’s it about - essentially it’s kinda about Jimmy’s life, but if he had made it in the  80’s. A rockstar trying to make a comeback, but totally out of sync with the times. It tackles the absurdities of fame, addictions. But for all its rock n roll swagger, it is not misogynistic. There’s comedy relief, and kick ass music. In the end, you’re rooting for his character Jonny Coyle to make that comeback. In real life, I’m rooting for my friend Jimmy to get this film sold.
“Shooting Daggers,” his epic Rattlesnake Shake song finds its way into the story as the defining song of Jonny Coyle’s career. Thrill sees the humor, he can poke fun at himself. Off The Record is also about guys our age that are still fucking creative and have the drive for adventure.
Listen to the adventure here in this all new podcast interview with Jimmy.