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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady!





Hi, I'm Shady Seaweed, the World's Oldest Living Toddler. Welcome to my third annual New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady. Tonight we're going to kiss 2017 goodbye with KISS!


The opening act for tonight's show is Shady's
pick as the greatest band of the 21st century.
We switch live to a bandstand in a foreign
land -  Tokyo, Japan - where you are about
to experience one of the most spectacular
performances in modern rock history.

Image courtesy vvveverka: Elizabeth (Elly) Sevcik @

Making their third consecutive appearance
on New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady is
In This Moment, the Los Angeles based
band fronted by Maria Brink, the most
exciting and charismatic metal maiden
in the business, a mesmerizing siren
with a powerful, compelling voice.
Crank the loudness up to 10 and
experience the full force of
modern metal. Behold the
deadly "Black Widow!"

"Black Widow" - In This Moment
(from Nov. 2014 album Black Widow,
live performance in Tokyo, Japan)



Kiss is in the house!

Actually our headliners are backstage doing
their makeup, ruminating, and getting ready
for their three song set beginning with the
the opening track from their 1989 album
Hot In The Shade. Let's listen in!

"Rise To It" - Kiss (Apr./May 1990,
highest chart pos. #81 Hot 100,
#40 Mainstream Rock, from
1989 album Hot In The Shade)

For their second number of the night, Kiss
performs a song that was recorded in 1982
for their second compilation album Killers.
Here they are, the loudest and hottest band
in the world - Kiss - "I'm A Legend Tonight!"

"I'm a Legend Tonight" - Kiss
(from June 1982 album Killers)

Kiss finishes big now with a song from
Lick It Up, the 1983 album that marked
the beginning of the Kiss unmasked era.
Once again here are the stars of the
show, Kiss, with "A Million To One!"

"A Million To One" - Kiss
(from September 1983
album Lick It Up)


If you're just tuning in, we're spanning
the globe and kissing 2017 goodbye on
New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady.

Now let's switch live to Denmark and meet
Christine Milton, the talented young singer
whose voice bears an uncanny similarity to
that of Britney Spears. It was Christine who
originally recorded "Superstar," a single that
topped the Danish chart for seven weeks early
in 2003 and became an international hit later
that year when covered by Brit bird Jamelia.
Taking the stage now to sing another song
from her 2004 debut album Friday, here
is Christine Milton with "So Addictive!"

"So Addictive" - Christine Milton
(Sept. 2004 single from album Friday,
live perf. on 2004 music show
on Danish TV channel DR1)



These guys were named by Billboard Magazine
as the most successful duo of the rock era and
ranked #15 on its list of the 100 greatest artists
of all time. As they join us to perform one of
their chart topping hits "I Can't Go For That,"
ladies and gentlemen, please welcome two of
Philly's phinest -- Daryl Hall & John Oates!

"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" 
Daryl Hall And John Oates
(Dec. 1981/Jan. 1982,
highest chart pos. #1, from
Sept. 1981 album Private Eyes)

BLONDE feat. 


To wind up the blogcast, let's bop over
to Britain for some deep house beats.

The production duo Blonde fronted by the
lovely and talented English R&B thrush
Karen Harding will perform their top 20
UK dance hit "Feel Good (It's Alright)."

"Feel Good (It's Alright)"
Blonde feat. Karen Harding
(Aug./Sept. 2015, highest chart
pos. #76 UK/#19 UK Dance)

2017 is coming to an end...


Happy New Year, dear reader,

and thank you for another year

of friendship and support!


  1. Several of these acts are totally new to me, Shady. As for KISS.... while I liked a few of their numbers (especially Beth, but didn't every 'hair band' have a great soft ballad?!), they weren't my favorites. Now Hall & Oates - I love SO many of their songs!!

    I'll have one more music post before the end of the year, then quite a few in the coming months. You've been a good (bad?) influence on me. :D

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for popping in, dear friend!
      Yessum, just like the original Shady Dell hangout, Shady Dell Music & Memories is open for business throughout the holidays. So far, you are the only customer to pass through the turnstile and I appreciate your business! :) (Please spend lots of money at the concession stand. :)

      Yessum, I am aware that girls liked cuddly Kiss drummer Peter Criss and helped make his ballad "Beth" the highest charting Kiss single. "Beth" along with the band's discofied "I Was Made For Lovin' You" are the only two Kiss singles certified gold. Shady prefers the band's hard rockin' stuff like the three numbers included in this post, but then again please remember that my mental age is 15-16. :)

      I do like the Kiss ballad "Forever" and several other hair band power ballads including "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue, "Nobody's Fool" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" - both by Cinderella - and "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Kix.

      I'm pleased that you are a fan of blue-eyed soul singers Hall & Oates. Great as they are they came under criticism from hardcore rockers for being too soft and commercial.

      I am enjoying your Musical Interlude feature and I look forward to hearing all you have to offer in the coming year.

      Thank you very much for joining my circle of friends this past year, Kelly. Let's keep our friendship going and growing in 2018!

  2. KISS was soooo good in their prime. I love them but never saw them live which is so crazy. My husband have seen them often. In fact, when I was a little girl saving money to go to the record store, their double album was one of the first ones I owned.
    Now , Gene Simmons is much too cocky. I'm sure you saw earlier this year, he actually wanted to claim the rock n roll hand gesture. Craziness!! Then there was the whole mess with the Rock n Roll hall of fame a few years ago.
    They should bow out gracefully while they were on top but now ,its too late. I still appreciate what they did though.
    I was Made for loving you was used in the old movie with Brooke Shields Endless Love. Do you remember that? I love that song and of course Beth.
    Very fun post Shady!!! You're a master at the craft of blogging about music.
    Hope your Christmas was Merry.

    1. Hi, Holli-berry!

      I am pleasantly surprised to see you, dear friend. Welcome back to SDMM!

      As you can plainly see, the dance floor is already jammed. :) People are packed like sardines and I predict you will need a shoehorn to find a spot to boogie. :) Seriously I am delighted to see you back here, Holli. Thanks for coming!

      I agree with you about Kiss. Boy did they ever milk it dry with marketing and I agree they overstayed their welcome. Don't forget about Gene's rampage at Fox News a couple months ago.

      I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go back stage with my camera crew and meet Kiss in the first few days of 1986 when they were still in their prime. We interviewed their little drummer boy Eric Carr (who died a few years later). We also met their opening act W.A.S.P. along with assorted groupies that were roaming around the corridors. Then we caught the Kiss show. The loudness almost deafened me! I don't remember their big disco hit used in that Brooke Shields film because I don't think I ever watched it.

      Holli, you are one of my most treasured friends. Thank you again for paying me a visit as I end 2017. I hope you will be back in 2018. I promise it will be a year of big surprises. Stick around! Happy new year to you, dear friend Holli!

  3. Happy New Year, Shady Seaweed! I've been here off and on today, and finally got the chance to say hello!

    I am so impressed and flabbergasted...I have to confess I just didn't follow Kiss in the early 80's, although I knew who they were. I was working and raising a young child, and, was still listening to the oldies, with not much time to sample heavy metal.

    After watching "Rise to It", what can I say? Is 'I'm in love' appropriate? I mean I've heard some of their songs, but HOW GREAT WAS THAT? Such power and fun! And, what a coincidence-Gene Simmons was on Steve Harvey's show today, so I stopped to watch that segment. He still rocks! "I'm a Legend Tonight" gave me chills, and "A Million To One" was so musically and vocally sound-their voices blend with so much ease. This was really great, Shady!

    Great video with Maria Brink! "Black Widow" is pretty wild, and she commands the audience with her power, and theatrics!

    Christine Milton is so cute with her 'down to earth' appearance. I like her song, "So Addictive", and her performance made a great video.

    I love Hall & Oates! "I Can't Go For That" was highly popular, and a great #1 song-they deserved it. It has a cool, smooth tempo and great vocals...the sax player was very good also. My favorite Hall & Oates song is "Maneater"! I guess Karo, my son and I all felt like it applies to a certain female we know, lol! Nevertheless, "I Can't Go for That" is a very cool video.

    I'm not going to say you outdid yourself, Shady, because you have so much more up your sleeve, but you did a fantastic job of getting me off the couch, with these great numbers, and cool guys!

    It's very cold and drizzly today, and we are expecting more tomorrow with wintry weather a bit farther north. I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas day. We had a nice day, but, quite frankly, I'm glad to get this one over with.

    Thank you so much for brightening up my day, I'm going to check into a CD of Kiss-thanks very much! If I don't get a post on one of my blogs by the end of the week, I wish you and Mrs. Shady a very blessed and safe New Year. Hugs to you both, dear friend, for a great 2018! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thanks a million (to one) for coming by, dear friend! :) I am very happy to see the Shady Dell filling up with my favorite people as my annual New Year's Rockin' Eve gala gets underway. I'm sure Kelly and Holli will be happy to make room for you out on the floor.

      That Kiss video for "Rise To It" was a heavily requested hit that ran for a long long time on the MTV station where I worked at the time. The other two videos are YouTube uploader created "sync videos" which use archive footage edited to studio recordings. There are dozens of these homemade videos for Kiss and other artists on YouTube. They enable us to imagine ourselves in a live concert setting and at the same time listen to high quality studio sound - the best of both worlds.

      In This Moment is my favorite band of the 21st century and this specific clip recorded in Tokyo on their Black Widow Tour is one of the finest, most electrifying performances I have seen by ITM or any other band - ever - 100% pure adrenaline!

      Yessum, Hall & Oates had a groove going there with a string of highly listenable blue-eyed soul hits. This one - "No Can Do" - is one of my top favorites. I know exactly who you are referring to when you mention the song "Maneater." "Look out here she comes..." :)

      We had a nice cool down for a week, then it started getting too dang warm again. Last night it got chilly overnight and we turned on the heating, but we were back to running the a/c by this afternoon. Bah - humbug! :)

      Yessum, I have a lot more up my sleeve in 2018, Suzanne, and I want you to be the first to know that a major surprise is coming around mid year. In fact it is the biggest surprise in the history of Shady Dell Music & Memories. Please stick around.

      Like you I am happy that the stress of Christmas is behind us now and I look forward to wiping the slate clean and getting a fresh start in the new year. I wish you a safe, happy and prosperous 2018, dear Suzanne. Thank you very much for your continued friendship and support!

      God bless!

  4. Tom,

    I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas. I've been away from blogging for last 5-days since DH had a long holiday weekend. It was super to unwind with him.

    I can't believe it's time to kiss 2017 goodbye and yet here we are in the home stretch with the new year bearing down on us in five days. WOW, did this year ever zip by blinding fast! I for one am looking forward to better things to come when the calendar flips over to January 1. :)

    Even though I wasn't a huge Kiss fan during their heydays, they were an awesome band and can sing rings around most of today's bands. I think of the Kiss featured songs, I may recall "Rise To It".

    Christine Milton does sound like Britney Spears but I think Christine's vocals are better.

    Hall & Oats is one of my favorite groups from the 80s. I vividly remember, "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)". They really had some hits in the day. Fabulous dance mewsic!

    I enjoyed listening to Blonde with ft. Karen Harding. I'm not sure if I've heard her before or she just reminds me of someone. Which ever it is, I liked it. :)

    Well, dear friend....we had a good time bonding this year through our love for mewsic. I pray that the new year brings nothing but continued good health and happiness to you and Mrs. Shady, as well I hope that prosperity and success in all that you do follows you. Thanks for being such a good friend and I'm looking forward to sharing with you in 2018. Happy New year to you!!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming to my annual New Year's Eve bash starring Kiss along with some of my other favorite mewsical acts old and new.

      I'm happy to learn that DH had a string of days off and that you and he had a nice Christmas. I agree with you that 2017 raced by. I am looking forward to wiping the slate clean and getting starting on 2018.

      I think it was their showmanship and the spectacle of their stage performances that attracted me to Kiss as much as their mewsic. That's why I also love the LA metal band In This Moment. They put on a spectacular show and give the crowd their money's worth.

      I'm pleased that you enjoyed the sweet, feminine vocals of Danish singer Christine Milton, best known for her original recording of "Superstar." I'm glad to know Hall & Oates is one of your favorite acts of the 80s. As you might recall I featured English sparrow Karen Harding in one of last year's posts singing her top 10 UK hit "Say Something." I love Karen's soulful voice.

      Cathy, it was indeed a great pleasure to build upon and further solidify our friendship during 2017. I look forward to you and I sharing a lot more mewsic and memories in the coming year. I promise that the biggest surprise in the history of SDMM is coming in 2018, so please stay tuned.

      Thanks again for coming to my annual rockapalooza, Cathy, and happy new year to you and your family, dear friend!

    2. Tom,

      I guess I'm remembering Karen Harding from your previous post feature of this artist. I sorta figured you might have shared her on your site before now and that's why she seemed familiar.

      I certain will stick around for the annual rockaplooza event, as well as another new year of growing our friendship. Thank you for being such a loyal pal and may God bless you throughout 2018!

    3. Thank you, dear Cathy!

      Brit thrush Karen Harding is an artist who reminds us that you don't need to be born in Detroit to have soul and perform in an authentic R&B style. My current collection of post-disco, dance-pop, electro and jazz funk actually contains more foreign artists than domestic and I import 90% of my mewsic from European record companies who are doing a superb job of assembling, remastering and remixing the catalogs of artists from the UK and elsewhere.

      Thank you again for being a true blue friend since 2015, dear friend Cathy. Prepare for a major surprise as we head through 2018 here on SDMM.

      Happy New Year!

  5. I have to wonder how long it takes KISS to put on their makeup. I'm sure a lot longer than I take!

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Have a Happy New Year. Best wishes for 2018!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming over as I wrap up another year of blogging with my New Year's Rockin' Eve feature. I am very happy to see you, dear friend!

      I actually had the good fortune to stand right next to Gene Simmons in the Kiss dressing room and watch Gene and the others apply their makeup. I was there with my camera crew to interview drummer Eric Carr prior to the band's live show. It took quite a while for the Kiss band members to put on their faces, and keep in mind, this was 1986 when they no longer applied their character makeup - only regular stage make-up.

      I wish you a happy new year as well, dear friend Sherry. Please stick around for more fun and big surprises coming in 2018!

  6. I'm at work and at lunch so cranking up the volume wouldn't be appreciated! I'll be working until midnight, I'm sure, so I'll check out the tunes later. I just want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope 2018 brings wonderful surprises!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming to the New Year's Eve party, dear friend! I was hoping you'd have your priorities straight and ditch work so that you could hang out with me all day and night! :)

      I predict that someday very soon the OR surgeons you work with will be playing a medley of In This Moment songs when patients go under the knife. :)

      I'm sorry you need to work until midnight. I hope you can sleep in tomorrow.

      Thank you very much for spreading cheer, dear YaYa. I very much appreciate having you as a friend all these years and I hope you will stay with me in 2018. I guarantee the biggest surprise of my blogging career is coming up at the midway point of the year.

      Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family, dear friend YaYa!

  7. Saying goodbye to 2017, I can do but I have never liked the band Kiss, just saying

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Welcome to my last post of 2017, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      I'm sorry to learn that you don't like Kiss very much. Does that mean you prefer the heavy metal madness of In This Moment? :)

      Thank you again for attending my annual New Year's Eve celebration. I wish you and your family all the best in the coming year, dear friend Jo-Anne!

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  9. Love how in the In This Moment clip you have the scantily-clad girl thrusting the knife at Jason. Turnabout in fair play!

    Since Kiss was heard on the radio back in the 1970s, I would have to believe it wasn't JUST the makeup that accounted for their popularity. Nobody remembers this but me, but back then they were more popular with pre-teens than teens. It was actually uncool to like Kiss by the time I was in, say, the 10th grade or so, for that very reason. I think both the makeup and that they had their own Marvel comic book were strikes against them, as far as us sophisticated high schoolers were concerned (though I personally never had a problem with them. I love "Rock n Roll All Night" "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and the uncharacteristically mellow "Beth".) I wonder if they didn't eventually take off their makeup because they felt they had lost that older crowd and wanted them back. Of course, the makeup, while it lasted, was a great gimmick. What they really looked like was supposed to be this humongous secret (one that would have been impossible to keep in the Internet Age)

    Good to hear Hall and Oates again. I wasn't really a fan of them at the time, but they certainly wear well.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks so much for coming over to Kiss 2017 goodbye! I'm delighted to see you, good buddy!

      I'm thrilled that you seemed to enjoy In This Moment and their spectacular stage performance of "Black Widow," the title track from their 5th studio album released near the end of 2014. The clip in this post, recorded on the Japan stop of the band's Black Widow Tour, illustrates their desire to bring each song on the album to life with its own set, light show, props and choreography. Maria Brink is my favorite iron maiden and this ITM live performance is one of the greatest in all of rock.

      Popular as they were decade after decade, Kiss was an underrated band in my opinion. Most critical reviews I read over the years state that their singing and musicianship were average or good but not great. I strongly disagree. Kiss sounds great on the radio and their live shows were pure dope. Put the two together - studio HQ sound married to exciting vintage film clips - and you can understand the popularity of these custom made "music videos" that are available on YouTube. I also remember Kiss being mocked for choosing to unmask themselves, some critics saying they should have left the make-up on because they didn't look good w/o it. In my opinion the naysayers were merely revealing their own ignorance. Kiss ruled with or without make-up. They are my favorite band of the 20th century.

      I agree that the highly listenable blue-eyed soul, pop-rock recordings of Hall & Oates have stood the test of time and still sound fresh today.

      I'm very pleased to see you Kirk. Thanks again for joining the fun and for your friendship and support during 2017. I invite you to stick around for more fun and big surprises coming in 2018.

      Happy New Year, good buddy Kirk!

  10. Great wrap up for 2017.
    Kiss drove me crazy with all that makeup. I remember Hall and Oates and I rather liked them.
    I am sure you will start 2018 off with something interesting.
    Happy Happy New Year.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Mandibles of Doom!

      Thank you very much for coming by for my last post of 2017, the annual New Year's Eve rock fest starring those lovable lads of Kiss.

      I'm happy to know you found an act that you like in this batch, namely the blue-eyed soul duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates.

      You wrote:

      << I am sure you will start 2018 off with something interesting. >>

      Ha! You must have psychic abilities, dear Gayle. My New Year's Day post has been in the can for weeks now, and the operative word is indeed "interesting" as you will soon see.

      Thank you very much for your continued friendship and support, Gayle. I invite you to stick with me in the coming year. I promise there is a big surprise coming around the halfway point and you don't want to miss it.

      Happy new year to you, your handsome square dog Winston, your catties and your loved ones overseas, dear friend Gayle!

  11. Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year, friend Shady ... Love always, cat.

    1. Lubbins lubbins lubbins, cat!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend. Happy New Year to you, too. I would be honored to have you join me on my journey through 2018, a year that will include the biggest surprise in the history of Shady Dell Music & Memories. Stay tuned to find out what it is, dear cat.

      See you next year! :)

    2. Curiosity might kill da cat, but me will take dat chance ... meouws and purrs ... Love, cat,


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