Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My thoughts on Kasim leaving Meat Loaf's band

On Facebook, I started For The Love Of Kasim a couple of months ago. I have on my page a discussion board. I started the topic about Kasim leaving Meat Loaf's band. Here is what I posted:

Kasim has been a major part of the band for the last 10 years or so taking over as musical director. That was a big job for him to do having to work with all of Meat's music and be the bass player. I enjoyed seeing Kasim with Meat Loaf two times-1996 and 2005.

Kasim has said "it was time to leave". I agree with him on this decision. When I read he had said that at his show in Philly, I was shocked! Now he can focus more on his career and still work with Todd.

What are your thoughts about him leaving the band?

Kasim's May 2010 solo shows

From Kasim's Mailing List:

- May 15th - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub - www.abbeypub.com 6:30 doors 7pm show, $20 adv / $25 door 3420 W. Grace, Chicago, IL 60618

- May 16th - Ft Atkinson, WI - Cafe Carpe - www.cafecarpe.com 5pm show, $15 18 S. Water St West, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-9391 Kitchen will be open prior to the show. Please contact the venue to make a reservation and guarantee show seating.

- May 18th - Kansas City, Missouri – Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill – www.westportfleamarket.com 7pm doors, 8 pm show, $15 ticket, cash only – All Ages 817 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111 Opening act Alan White - Food and drink available More info contact Diana Parker at Folkommotion, 816-960-3435

-May 19th – Indianapolis, IN – House Concert (I will find out more info about this show next week!)

-May 22nd - Grand Rapids, MI - The B.O.B. - www.kasimstore.com Eve Lounge at The B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave. NW 7pm doors, 8pm show $17 adv / $20 door Special guest Michael Crittenden of Troll For Trout All ages show

- May 23rd - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom - www.beachlandballroom.com 15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 6pm doors / 7pm show $18 adv / $20 door All ages show

- May 25th - Boston, MA - Johnny D's Uptown- www.kasimstore.com 17 Holland Street at Davis Square Somerville, MA 8pm show $18 adv / $20 door Call 800 373-3935 for dinner reservations to guarantee seating Special Guest Jacqueline Francis

Tickets are on sale NOW for all shows at the links provided.

See you soon!

Radio appearances:

- May 1st midnight Sat until 2AM Sun “The Nightlight with Nana” on 90.3 the Core http://thecore.fm

- May 30th 17:00 to 19:00 Belgium time, 11AM EST Interview with Cozy - Rock Connections on Radio Quartz, Belgium http://www.radioquartz.be/

Mini review of Birchmere show

I posted this on the TR Connection forum board the day after the show:

What an awesome show last night! Loved every minute of it. I didn't know most of the Johnson songs. I knew some clips were up on YouTube but I didn't want to see them. I wanted the songs to be a surprise.

I had a fantastic seat right up front and on Kasim's side! (Thanks to my new friend S.B.! )Highlights of the night for me: Bleeding, Mystified, Born To Synthesize, I Saw The Light, Boogies, and a couple of the Johnson songs I didn't know.

The biggest highlight of the night happened right when the show ended. When the band was going off stage, Kasim was going around shaking people's hands and saying hi to them. Before he goes off the stage, he comes over to me and says, "Hi Steph, how are you?" and gives me a big hug! I was like, "OMG! Is this really happening?" I then asked him could I have one of his guitar picks. He reached over to his mike stand and gave me the three that he had on it! He kept throwing picks all night to people and he never threw one at me. I had always wanted one of his picks and now I had three! My new friends saw what had happened and they were so happy for me! I gave my new friend S.B. one of Kasim's picks for being so nice to me and for letting me have the seat right at Kasim's microphone.

It was great to meet some new friends there! That's one of the great things about a Todd show. We all waited outside for the guys after the show. Todd came out first and talked to us, signed autographs, and took pics. I guess he stayed out there for about 30 minutes. He was so gracious to us as always. He got on the bus after that. Jesse came out next and posed for pics and signed stuff. I had only met Jesse once in 1998. It was nice to meet him again. Later, he got on the bus. Kasim came out a little while later and signed things and posed for pics. Only me, my friends, and a couple of other fans were left. He once again said hi to me. He asked me if I was going to be at the show in MD Wed. night and I told him I couldn't go. I never saw Prairie come out of the building because after I saw Kasim, I left to go back home.