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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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AC/DC's highly successful Black Ice World Tour returns to the U.S. on July 28 in Foxborough , MA at Gillette Stadium.

AC/DC kicked off their Black Ice World Tour in late October 2008, crisscrossing North America and Europe garnering raves from critics along the way. The Black Ice World Tour was given the ‘Major Tour of the Year’ award at the 20th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

Tickets for the Foxborough, East Rutherford, Detroit , Grand Rapids and Tacoma shows go on sale Saturday April 11, 2009. Tickets for the San Jose concert go on sale Sunday April 12. Tickets for the San Diego concert go on sale Saturday April 18. Tickets for the Los Angeles concert go on sale Saturday April 25. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster and the band's website,

July 28 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
July 31 - E. Rutherford , NJ - Giants Stadium
August 16 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
August 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
August 30 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
September 2 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
September 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
September 6 - San Diego, CA - Sports Arena

Additional concerts will be announced shortly.

Want to see some great photography? HECK-A-DOODLE, I am sure you have some great photos, so join on in with Roger's Creative Photo Contest! Everything you need to know is sitting right behind that logo above.

This week, we visit Nancy's backyard. There is a bench near the tree line that always catches my eye. It looks different depending upon the time of day and how the light is hitting it.

I took the following picture and did not realize I had my settings a tad f'ed up...

Using the GIMP PROGRAM, I played first with the Hue and Saturation to change the overall feel of the shot. Then I went in and tinkled with the color balance settings, looking for the right combination for what was in my minds-eye. I did a slight crop on the original to cut out the washed out area at the bottom.

Finally, I added just a hint of canvas to the final product and am fairly happy with the overall results. TAAAAAA DAAAAAAA!

“Feel a Change Comin' On”, the previously unreleased track from Bob Dylan’s upcoming release Together Through Life, can now be sampled exclusively on at THIS NEWSWEEK PAGE.

The next installment of Bob Dylan’s conversations with Bill Flanagan, focusing on President Barrack Obama and World War II, can also be found on the website.

Additionally, a new interactive viral tool for Together Through Life has launched on, featuring the rarity of officially published song lyrics for a Bob Dylan composition as well as cutting-edge functionality and graphics.

Together Through Life, Bob Dylan’s 46th album, will be released by Columbia Records on April 28.

18 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jay Says:
  2. When I was in high school and college AC/DC was the group we all rocked out too. They still rock!

  3. Matt-Man Says:
  4. I dunno...With the exception of the sunlight at the bottom, I kinda like the original. Just sayin'. Cheers Vinny!!

  5. DrillerAA Says:
  6. Yep, when you screw up the camera settings, you can always mess with it in post production and tell your friends that it's supposed to look like that. Nice work.

  7. Bond Says:
  8. JAY: They sure do

    MATT-MAN: Well TY Sir, I appreciate it

    DRILLERAA: Post production has saved many a picture!

  9. Fred Says:
  10. I should post a picture or two from D3. She is extremely talented when it comes to photography. So much so, she's one of a few taking Advanced Placement Photo next year as a senior.

  11. BeckEye Says:
  12. I could never get through an AC/DC concert. I imagine if people asked me how it was, I'd say, "They only played one song, but it lasted for 2 hours."

  13. Bond Says:
  14. FRED: You should do so...would love to see them

    BECKEYE: And all they have is nice things to say about you.

  15. Starrlight Says:
  16. AC/DC are killer in concert. They have cannons, and Giant Inflatable Sex Dolls and you can flash your boobs to the jumbotron =)

  17. Tug Says:
  18. Thunderstruck was the song that opened the IHL games in Vegas, LOVED.IT.

    Nice photo...I envy anyone that can actually make a change they LIKE in the photo programs. ;-)

  19. Micky-T Says:
  20. Vinny, Vinny, Vinny......
    Thank You!
    I'm at mile marker 350.....
    September? just might.

  21. That's a very interesting circular pattern made by the greener portion of the grass near the bench's front right leg.

  22. Dana Says:
  23. Well ... HECK-A-DOODLE! I like both of those photos - they have very different feels!

  24. Travis Says:
  25. I think I like the original photo. My folks used to have a bench like that.

    I like the modified picture too, but I like the first one just a bit better.

  26. JohnH985 Says:
  27. I can't wait for the Dylan album.

  28. Your creativity with photgraphs is outstanding.

  29. Roger Says:
  30. Great edits Vin! Those camera setting can get tricky! Hey CP is not a contest anymore but that's OK if you think it is, U Win lol.

    Sorry I just got the tail end of the show last night and then lost the sound. I like that blond haired judge I wanted to hear what she said dammit.

    Have a good'en bud!

  31. Bond Says:
  32. STARR: And what more can you ask for in a concert?

    TUG: hell you don't need to manipulate, you rock straight through the lens

    MICKEY-T: We can hope so

    DOC: It is aliens landing

    DANA: thanks

    TRAVIS: Thanks bud

    JOHN: It is going to be great

    SOUTHERN: are you

    ROGER: I know it is no longer a contest...I will fix that...

  33. Patti Says:
  34. I like the original photo better.
    I have to get back into Creative Photography soon, now that I'm done being a sick pup.

    Hope you are having a wonderful Easter.


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