No, Plant fans, it’s not what you think – we are saying happy birthday to the zeppelin aircraft – you know, the blimp.
And the reason is, it carried the first paying passengers in the air back in 1909 so it officially gets credit for being the first air travel conveyance – plus, because it is now 2009, that means all this happened 100 years ago which is a nice, round anniversary-type number – so you, dear readers, get a post out of it.
By the way, this was not cheap travel: a jaunt from Duesseldorf to Lucerne set one back about $1,860 in today’s dollars, but that wouldn’t have been a problem for that lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold.
Goodness gracious, weren’t we just talking about the Snoopster and his penchant for airport hijinks?
Well, it’s happened again – at Beirut International. Seems, rapper Snoop Dogg was there, heading out after a concert in Lebanon, when he was stopped by security.
Mr. Dogg was wearing a necklace of old bullet casings – no, no, it’s not what you think – this is the latest thing from a company called Bullets 4 Peace, which sells artistic ammo pieces (like the one at left – price: $275). Some of the money is said to go to charity but I don’t know how much or to what charities (though the site does feature a logo for one of Madonna’s pet causes).
Anyway, hard to believe, but bullets are still no laughing matter in Lebanon, so there was a bit of an “issue” and the Doggalator’s necklace was confiscated.
Wonder why a guy with his airport history doesn’t just break down and get a private plane?
You probably heard about this: Scott Weiland of the reconstituted Stone Temple Pilots was flying from LA to Miami last week (no private jet – it was an American Airlines flight) when, he had a seizure.
His folks have tried to downplay it, but it was serious enough for American to make an unscheduled stop in Dallas and have the frontman taken to a hospital.
But he proved his resilience – yet again – when he was back performing 24 hours later.
All the reports noted that Weiland has “a history of seizures”. Ah.
An eye for an eye is so boring. That’s why I love Dave Carroll (he and his brother Don make up the Canadian band, Sons of Maxwell). When this guy is wronged, he gets even - creatively.
It seems Dave and Don were on tour last year – and while in Chicago, sitting aboard their United plane, one of the guys spotted baggage handlers tossing guitars in the air. Their guitars – including Carroll’s $3,500 710 Taylor guitar.
So, Carroll, who seems like a pleasant and engaging fellow, begins the process of getting reimbursed for the damage to his instrument. A process that goes on for weeks. Then, months. Bottom line? Nothing. United won’t cough up any money. (And United, if you’d just respond to my email, I’d be happy to give your side of the story).
[UPDATE! According to the Los Angeles Times, United spokesperson Robin Urbanski has made contact with our hero, and said "This should have been fixed much sooner". Duh.]
Eventually, Dave says the heck with it (but I gotta say, he hung in there a lot longer than I would have), but at least he gets a little payback. Take a look at this Sons of Maxwell video called,“United Breaks Guitars”. Terrific song, lots of zingers and – best part – watch for the guitars flying through the air!
Nice story on the Beatles in the Los Angeles Times today – which reminds us that they began touring America 45 years ago.
One of the things I liked best about the piece is the photo – there are the boys in front of an old Pan Am plane (a Pan Am Boeing 707-321to be precise). Notice John clutching his little Pan Am bag – the sort of thing airlines used to give away as part of their, ahem, customer service.
Not many know this, but some airports have “theme songs”. Los Angeles International Airport, for example, has the cleverly named, “LA International Airport”, a country hit back in 1971 (hum along with me: “LA InternationalAirport, where the big jet engines roar…”)
Ooh, the goose-bumps! Anyway, this was the subject of a snappy article in USA Today. And it got me to thinking…
Help me out here, people. Let’s find airport homes for The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”, Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”, and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”,“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Paint it Black”.
Clearly, Jagger & Co. have spent some time in airports.