Flew back from a sunny Berlin to a sunny warm London, ended up circling over London for an hour got plane sick something I never get.
Came home and have been playing the new Soundgarden cd LIVE ON I - 5 good cd terrible cover it seems as if no one cares. The last one with the silly wolf was rubbish as well.
In sunny Berlin at the very happening Soho house hotel hanging out with Oliver Halfin, Brian Wheat, his bodyguard, partner Brian Clausmanstein, Bonna Bernal and Ulf Zick and the weather is glorious. Had a spa day steaming Hamman with my son, old school Turkish baths which my father would always do in the East End of London.
All the TV is full of Elizabeth Taylor dying and people on Facebook crying. Come on she had a good go she was about a hundred and ten years old and she's now with her good friend Wacko Jacko in the Beverly Hills hood eating some KFC and washing it down with a bottle of pills for desert.
I saw her once at the Freddie Mercury tribute show at Wembley Stadium she was being heckled by the crowd and she went right at them and held her own she was impressive and formidable.
Dinner in East Berlin with my posse... lots of schnitzel and potato and ho's from the Berlin hood.
Found a Soundgarden cd I have of Rarities, been playing it stuff like Cop Killer - Thank You the Sly And The Family Stone cover - Nowhere But You. A good Friday morning record.
Some Classic Metallica....
Spending today doing interviews for my book Ross Halfin Travels, set up by my son who tells me I had better be nice. 'Nice' when am I not nice?
More Steven Tyler.... the ones with the 'Beard' are from Miami .... I remember thinking I'll hang out with Aerosmith and take lots of drugs - as you do when you're young and stupid - and what did they do like all druggies? Kept them for themselves locked away in their rooms. Vicki Rovner from Leber Krebs who looked after them even said 'What do you want to hang out with them for?' she was quite right in hindsight. I ended up with Sandy Einstein Journey's PR had a great time.
The shots of Steven in the studio are recording Pump in Vancouver. See more...
I'm dying with a chest infection - ok I'm not dying but I'm run down... feel slow and lethargic.
Bill McCue has sent me some records all in mint condition - Mark, Don & Mel 1969-71 with printed inner bags and poster, Grand Funk may not be great content I know, but good art work and it reminds me of being fourteen.
The Wild Bunch and Five Easy Pieces soundtracks and I've been playing the first John Prine LP plus The New Age Of Atlantic the best ever Atlantic sampler.
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Some classic 'Tallica from the Black album tour.
The new issue of So What which I have loads of photos in and have only just got, the magazine is impressive.
Spent the weekend sorting out my cds-records put everything in alphabetical order, found it therapeutic cleared the head.
Played The Jon Butcher Axis on LP who I saw a lot supporting Def Leppard in 1983. Pat Moran who has just died produced the record, I met Pat in LA at the time very nice man. I shot Jon Butcher around 1985 at the Capitol Records building and he was strange, would not make eye contact and was distant. The last I heard he's ended up in a mental hospital - I don't know if this is true.
I watched Neil Young's 1974 film Journey Through The Past - it has good live footage of Buffalo Springfield and CSNY the rest is meandering rubbish of footage of Neil Smoking dope... It was shot on 16mm then transferred to 35mm and cost $350,000 it looks like it cost $3.50 a load of old shit. Funny how people worship Neil... a waste of an hour and a half.
Been playing Steppenwolf Live and Molly Hatchet's Dreams I'll never see which is better than the Allman Brothers version. Plus the new Kings Of Leon cd which is good.
Finished last night watching The Who and Canned Heat at Woodstock on Blu-Ray-just got one, it looked nearly 3D the detail is amazing.
A couple of books I recommend Waiting For The Sun - Barney Hoskyns the story of the Los Angeles music scene and for a quiet day How Snow Falls-Craig Raine.
Been digging out various photos heres more of the late Gary Moore...
Some vintage Anthrax...
Funny old world - I looked at Mojo and there is a review by Paul Elliott of my book, The Ultimate Metallica. I've known Paul since he wore shorts to school. He has some interesting views on my relationship with Metallica and according to him, "Halfin attached himself to them [Metallica] with leech-like tenacity. As a result, he gained unparalleled access." Leech-like tenacity? Hmmm, Paul... Funny how people show what complete wankers they are. A, it is not true, and B, Paul knows it.
At first I thought I'd misread this and was taking it too personally, but then my son Oliver read it and said, 'What's his problem? I thought he was a friend of yours.' Friend or not, I don't care if someone doesn't like a book I do, I'd just like the review to be factually correct.
Apart from this hiccup, its a beautiful day in London...
Here's Chris Cornell from sunny Los Angeles. See more...
The Foo Fighters from elegant Camden. See more...
and some new magazines from France and Classic Rock