Friday, January 22, 2016

Episode 236: LIVE Tracks

Episode 236: LIVE Tracks
Pat and Guest Co-Host Geoff Tate dig deep into their iTunes libraries to play their favorite officially released "Live Tracks." This show is guaranteed to be a 10 out of 10 and yes they will play some Tom Petty!
From January 21, 2016

With your host:

Pat Francis

00:00:00 Pat and Kyle welcome us to the show. Today's special guest co-host is returning to the show following his critically acclaimed appearance on the episode Tom "F-ing" Petty. It's comedian Geoff Tate, everybody!

It's only natural that they begin the show talking about Tom Petty. Pat has changed his mind about the soundtrack for "She's the One." Geoff still loves Echo. Geoff also gives a thumbs up to The Dirty Knobs, Mike Campbell's side project. Also, Geoff had the author of the Tom Petty biography, Warren Zanes, on his podcast. What did they talk about? Three guesses.
00:05:00 Geoff and Pat talk about Tom Petty passing on "The Boys of Summer," then the Eagles documentary. They agree that you have to remain in shape if you stay in the public limelight for years and years. That's why Mick Jagger can never get fat, says Geoff.
"That's the one thing he'll never have: the freedom to eat a pizza."
- Geoff, talking about Mick Jagger

Geoff is also rocking a sweet Making a Murderer beard. Oh yah, you betcha. He hasn't seen it, the whole documentary just sounds too depressing. He'd rather just watch Cheers. You won't see Norm on trial for murdering a woman and then burning her dismembered corpse on Cheers, that's for sure.
00:10:00 Geoff is a touring comedian and he's currently on the Make the Rounds Tour with fellow comedian Emma Arnold. She likes Sia a lot, so in the car she and Geoff will switch off between Petty and Sia. But Geoff isn't here to just play Tom Petty or Sia (although we will hear from one of those artists later in the show, hint hint), he's here for today's topic: Live tracks! These are live songs on official releases. No bootleg recordings of concerts, thank you. And we're gonna keep this thing short because we don't want another two-hour Tom Petty epic on our hands. Geoff starts us off with his first pick, "The Dolphin's Cry" by Live off the al-- oh wait...... ooooooooh. "That's what you meant, right?" Geoff asks Pat. "Songs by the band Live?" Geoff, you are the silliest of silly geese. Geoff's REAL first pick is by the band Wilco. Off the album Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, it's the song "Misunderstood".
00:15:00 The boys talk about a little rock and roll. Pat thinks The Foo Fighters are the last modern rock band that can retire comfortably. Everyone else will have to keep touring and touring until they can't tour any more. Jack White will become the new Todd Rundgren. "Are there any bands that debuted in '95 that aren't doing cruise ships?" Geoff wonders.
00:20:00 We switch topics to movies. You might have heard Geoff once or twice (or a hundred times) on the very funny Doug Loves Movies podcast. What was his favorite movie of 2015. He liked Ant-Man a lot. Ditto the new Mission Impossible and Spotlight. Pat's first pick is off the album Queen on Fire -- Live at the Bowl. It's Queen with the super cool fast version of "We Will Rock You". Were there any chants of "We Will Rock You" when Geoff was at school sporting events? No, Geoff went to a Christian school. "You would say the Lord's Prayer," says Kyle." "Yeah, but like loud," responds Geoff.
00:25:00 Speaking of the lord, up next for Geoff is the Christian rock band The 77s. Off the album 88, it's a song called "I Can't Get Over It". Geoff describes as a Christian rock band that wasn't Christian enough, so they were often booted from their labels.
Pat's next pick is the epic Journey. He plays "Stone in Love" off the album Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour.
00:30:00 We go from Journey to Elvis Presley. Geoff plays the King's rendition of "Never Been to Spain" from his album As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. Pat decides to take a left turn and read a listener's email. He is a big fan of the podcast, but he doesn't like Pat referring to prog rock as "prog rock bullshit" because he thinks new fans won't understand Pat's saying it with a wink and a nod. He also doesn't like Yes getting dumped on in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame discussion. Pat explains that he smoothed things over with the listener, it's all good. For the listeners/readers, Pat says "prog rock bullshit" as a joke. After all, no one loves the band Asia more than Pat. Not even me, and I love Asia, people!
00:35:00 Pat plays a track from the Eagles reunion album Hell Freezes Over. He loves the Eagles reunion because it got Joe Walsh sober. Pat and Geoff agree that Glenn Frey is a dick. (Editor's note: This was recorded before Frey kicked the bucket, so keep that in mind.) But personality issues aside, Pat enjoys the Eagles.
"I love the Eagles. Sorry, I love Eagles."
- Pat

"They're not The Eagles?"
- Geoff

"No, that's in the documentary."
- Pat

"Idiots. Those fucking idiots."
- Geoff

Pat plays the song "In the City".
Geoff's next pick is a guy named Todd Snider. Off the album Live: The Storyteller, the song is called "The Devil You Know".
00:40:00 The next band on Pat's list is The Police. He plays "Truth Hits Everybody" off the album Live!. Sting certainly doesn't play that fast anymore. All those tantric sex sections can really wipe a man out. How is the guy supposed to play "Next to You" at full speed after eight hours of love making?
Up next for Geoff is another country act, Robert Earl Keen. The song is "The Road Goes on Forever" from the album No. 2 LIVE Dinner.
00:45:00 Geoff goes off on Toby Keith for allegedly lifting the song for one of his own. He is not a fan of Toby Keith or his restaurants. Pat switches the subject to a band that Geoff can actually stomach, Heart. It's their absolutely incredible performance of "Stairway to Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors for Led Zeppelin. The song brought a tear to Robert Plant's eye and Jimmy Page almost leapt out of his seat in excitement. Geoff thinks Page should tour with Heart.
00:50:00 Well it had to happen eventually. Geoff has some live Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for us all to enjoy. Off of The Live Anthology, it's "My Life/Your World". Pat goes back-to-back with some live Petty of his own. This time it's "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" off the album Pack Up the Plantation: Live!. Geoff has Kyle look up a live EP on Spotify and Kyle takes forever to find it, the young gun.
00:55:00 Kyle finally finds it. Geoff plays the Heartbreakers' version of "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" off the EP Live 2013. There is some brief Guns 'n Roses talk. Geoff has no interest in a reunion. Pat saw them ten years ago. And this was Buckethead-era GNR. "Buckethead sucks!" Kyle says. I guess he's a Popeye's Chicken fan.
Pat is trying to get his next pick on the show. It's Peter Frampton with "Show Me the Way" off the big album Frampton Comes Alive!. Geoff was very disappointed to see how the talk box works. You mean a robot man doesn't steal your voice for his own musical adventures? No son, you just blow into this tube.
01:00:00 Geoff opens up the Delorean doors and takes us back to 1966 with the album The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert. This is the infamous concert where Bob Dylan performed the first half of the concert with his acoustic guitar and the second half with an electric guitar and a backing band. The crowd turns on him. We hear that in Geoff's pick "Like a Rolling Stone". Before the song starts, you can hear someone in the audience shout "Judas!" Dylan's response: "I don't believe you. You're a liar." Then he turns to the band and commands, "Play it fucking loud." BANG! Straight into "Like a Rolling Stone." Fuck, I love that so much.
01:05:00 We go from one Bob to another. Pat plays "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band off the album Live Bullet. Wise words from Mr. Seger: If you're gonna talk to a girl above your station, always look her in the eye. That way, when she spits in your face and calls you an ugly bastard, you know she means it. Thanks Bob!
01:10:00 Geoff decides to bring some Fleetwood Mac to the table. Off the album The Dance, it's the song "I'm So Afraid". Meanwhile Kyle just yawned. Hey, the guy works all day at America's Funniest Home Videos, let's cut him some slack. Geoff is not a fan of Alfonso Ribeiro, the current host. He preferred Tom Bergeron.
01:15:00 The conversation takes a weird turn, talking about a fictional Blackjack game show on the Hustler Network that Geoff would host. Like I said, a weird turn. Thankfully Pat saves us with the almighty Black Sabbath. He plays "Neon Knights" off the album Live Evil. Pat warns everybody that this thing is ending at 90 minutes. Hard out, everybody, hard out.
Geoff plays one more song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Off of Pack Up the Plantation: Live!, he plays "The Waiting".
01:20:00 Geoff wonders what happens with the leftover video footage of AFV. Kyle explains. Geoff just wants a TV show of the aftermath of AFV videos. Guy gets hit in the nuts? Show what happens after! Grandma falls into the pool? Show what happens after! Anyway, Pat plays his next pick. Off the album The Kids Are Alright, it's The Who with "Baba O'Riley".
01:25:00 Hard out at 90 guys, get your songs in now. Geoff plays "Army" by Ben Folds off the album Ben Folds Live.
Pat plays one from his favorites, The Kinks. He plays "You Really Got Me" off the album To the Bone. Pat gives apologies to Simon & Garfunkel, Pretenders, Rick Springfield, and Kiss. Geoff apologizes to the five Tom Petty songs that he couldn't get to.
Geoff has two websites to promote. The first is his own, Go there for Geoff's tour dates, march, and other fun stuff. The second website is for an organization that Geoff supports called Speak Your Silence which provides pro bono counseling for adult survivors of child sex abuse. Oh, and remember when I said this episode has a hard out at 90 minutes? Well, it ends at 90 minutes exactly. Right in the middle of Geoff's sent-
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Misunderstood (Live) Kicking Television: Live in Chicago Wilco Geoff
00:20:00 We Will Rock You (Fast) [Live] Queen on Fire — Live at the Bowl Queen Pat
00:25:00 I Can’t Get Over It (Live) 88 The 77s Geoff
00:25:00 Stone in Love (Live) Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour Journey Pat
00:30:00 Never Been in Spain (Live) As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley Geoff
00:35:00 In the City (Live) Hell Freezes Over Eagles Pat
00:35:00 The Devil You Know (Live) Live: The Storyteller Todd Snider Geoff
00:40:00 Truth Hits Everybody (Live) Live! The Police Pat
00:40:00 The Road Goes on Forever (Live) No. 2 LIVE Dinner Robert Earl Keen Geoff
00:45:00 Stairway to Heaven (Live) Single Heart Pat
00:50:00 My Life/Your World (Live) The Live Anthology Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Geoff
00:50:00 So You Want to Be a Rock ’n’ Roll Star (Live) Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Pat
00:55:00 (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Live) Live 2013 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Geoff
00:55:00 Show Me the Way (Live) Frampton Comes Alive! Sammy Hagar Pat
01:00:00 Like a Rolling Stone (Live) The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert Bob Dylan Geoff
01:05:00 Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (Live) Live Bullet Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Pat
01:10:00 I’m So Afraid (Live) The Dance Fleetwood Mac Geoff
01:15:00 Neon Knights (Live) Live Evil Black Sabbath Pat
01:15:00 The Waiting (Live) Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Geoff
01:20:00 Baba O’Riley (Live) The Kids Are Alright The Who Pat
01:25:00 Army (Live) Ben Folds Live Ben Folds Geoff
01:25:00 You Really Got Me (Live) To the Bone The Kinks Pat

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