CoasterBuzz Podcast #115 posted

Posted Monday, June 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Cedar Fair early season and the rising cost of fuel. Gonch thinks the expense of a driving vacation is relative. The plan for CF was diversity to reduce risk.
  • No seriously, Wild West World has been sold for real this time, to a Florida developer. Gaming is on the radar for the site.
  • Geauga Lake auction is complete with drama, suspense, an attention whoring auctioneer and the appearance of a leadership failure among coaster enthusiast and preservationist leadership.
  • We drop a little nostalgia about the place, and point out that the biggest winners are Schlitterbahn, who bought a bunch of the old slides.
  • Long dark water slides are scary. Water and dark is associated with drowning.
  • Anheuser-Busch is under siege by a foreign buyer. What might happen to the parks?
  • Jeff sings the praises of AirfareWatchdog.com in looking for flights to goofy destinations like Richmond, Virginia.
  • Buckeye Lake was a big deal back in the day. Jeff saw the WOMAD festival there.
  • Jeff went to Waldameer finally, and Ravine Flyer II is a sweet ride. It has charm. And a lot of bad tattoos.
  • Gonch does a whirlwind tour of Eastern Pennsylvania and Jersey. Dorney has grown in and has more charm, he was not that impressed with Fahrenheit at Hersheypark, the Dark Knight at Great Adventure is better than most people are saying, Great Nor'easter is still a crappy SLC, the Jersey piers are a dump.
  • Vegas brief: How'd we get on that topic again?
  • CoasterBuzz Club events coming up this year: The Fall Affair at Holiday World, and BooBuzz at Cedar Point. Visit the CoasterBuzz Club page for more information.

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Monday, June 23, 2008 9:08 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar From ACE's website.

http://www.aceonline.org/AceNewsNow/?article=72

In addition, even if it were offered, ACE couldn't afford to move it on their own.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:48 AM
I haven't had a chance to listen to the podcast yet, but I'm glad someone else doesn't like those long dark waterslides. I never understood the appeal of sliding through an enclosed tube in absolute darkness. I'm somewhat okay with an enclosed tube as long as they let a little light in. Schlitterbahn has an interesting enclosed tube that lets in a narrow band of light in at each seam. If any of you are old enough to remember the TV show Time Tunnel--it's kind of like going through that.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 4:26 PM
john peck's avatar Jeff...

"James" are back together and putting out a new CD in September.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 4:30 PM
Jeff's avatar Really? No kidding. That's awesome to hear.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:07 PM
john peck's avatar ^ Yup.. Its called "Hey Ma" and will be out on the 16th of September.

Let me ramble a bit here.... Not sure if you picked it up yet, but in 2002 they put out a great Live Cd called "Getting away with it... Live" which was at the time their "last" concert and its fantastic. It features good mix of their career's songs. Also, Tim Booth has come out with a solo called "Bone" since James ended.

And the Cure are coming out with one in September, too... if you're interested.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 7:46 PM
Jeff's avatar Yes... I recently picked up the live album. That super long version of "Sound" is absolutely awesome. One of my top five favorite songs of all time.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 7:35 AM
kpjb's avatar I have their live DVD... pretty good. Saw them at the WOMAD festival back in the mid-90's. Still haven't written a song better than "Sit Down", though. :)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:31 AM
Jeff's avatar Was it WOMAD at Buckeye Lake near Columbus? I was there!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:19 PM
kpjb's avatar No, it was in Pittsburgh. Peter Gabriel headlined.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:45 PM
john peck's avatar ^ That was a tour i never did get to see.

A band i saw a few years ago, and I actually had a topic on here about it was Tears for Fears.. and they had a really great show. That was 2004.. time sure has flown.
They never played "woman in Chains", but as Jeff said before, why even bother without Oleta Adams?

I do like some newer music Shiny Toy Guns, Panic at the Disco and The Killers have stood out as of more recent bands I've enjoyed, and now im getting more into the Female Fronted Goth Metal Bands (Nightwish, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil)

But give me Depeche Mode, James, Morrissey and Pet Shop Boys anytime

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 7:19 PM
kpjb's avatar I saw Shiny Toy Guns last year. They put on a great show. They did a cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" with a female singer, only a little insturmentation, and really pounding drums.

If you're lucky enough you'll see one of their videos on the Kennywood CCTV system. (Rainy Monday)

*** This post was edited by kpjb 6/25/2008 7:26:44 PM ***

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:04 PM
Jeff's avatar I saw TFF in 1990 I think it was, with Oleta Adams. Absolutely brilliant. "Badman's Song" must've been 15 minutes long. They never did put anything out after that I could get in to.

I was working in college radio at the time of WOMAD, so I bumped into Peter Gabriel (he's a little fella) and Lenny Kravitz (he's enormous) among others. Kravitz was surprisingly down to earth.

Just looked up the "Stripped" cover on Amazon MP3. Not bad. Always one of my favorite Douche Mode songs.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:01 AM
kpjb's avatar IIRC, Crowded House and Sinead O'Connor were part of that WOMAD show, too. Pretty damn good lineup.

Never saw TFF live. Still find it odd that of all their songs, Mad World has seen a resurgence. Yes, I know it was covered for a video game, but if I had to pick the top 10 songs from them that would get popular again, that probably wouldn't have even made the list.

I love it when threads get hijacked for new wave discussions. It's usually just me and John, so it's nice to have another as part of it, too.

Looking forward to the new Cure record. Flew out to San Fran to see them with a friend last fall. They went on for almost three hours, and were heavy on Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me tunes. Great show. Robert still sounds perfect, and was having a really good time. The hair's getting a bit ridiculous, though. ;)

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:34 AM
Jeff's avatar They played about three hours when I saw them in Cleveland in the late 90's as well. Really got your money's worth.

Yeah, Crowded House was on that tour, about the time Together Alone came out. Great album, love the title track.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:40 AM
john peck's avatar I saw the Cure in 96 on the Wild Mood Swings Tour down here in C-Bus. They went for about 2.5 hours with no opening band. We were about 12 rows back or so... really good seats.

Another great concert was Depeche Mode on the Exciter tour and Poe as the opener in 2001 and my virgin concert was Cranberries/Toad The Wet Sprocket both held at Blossom in 1995... I'm starting to date myself.

I still need to see Morrissey before I die, and I had the chance last year and didn't.

Yeah kpjb, its always great to talk music with you.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:21 AM
Jeff's avatar I was at that Cranberries/Toad show. I thought Cranberries sucked, but I was so glad to see Toad before they broke up. Great show, even though Hootie showed up. :)

I saw Douche Mode on the Violator tour, front row.
*** This post was edited by Jeff 6/26/2008 12:57:22 PM ***

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:44 AM
kpjb's avatar I was at that Violator tour. Good show. Nitzer Ebb opened. It rained. No front row, but I was front row for the Cure on the Wish tour.

The Wild Mood Swings tour was great in Pittsburgh, too. They went on for about an hour and a half doing all obscurities, no hits. Great for a long time fan. Never thought I'd hear "Piggy In The Mirror" live. Now I have. When they came back for the encore, it was another hour and a half, this time hit after hit. I swear they played every single they ever recorded. I've seen them four times, they never dissapoint.

Morrissey sucks. :) Had tickets to see him in the 90's, big letters on the front of the ticket "RAIN OR SHINE". It sprinkled, he canceled. As people were already at the venue. About 5 years ago, he's back. This time Moz has a headache. Cancels the show, again as people are already in the venue.

Saw the Cranberries open for Duran Duran before they were anybody. I enjoyed their set more than D2.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:58 PM
Jeff's avatar Ugh. I meant to say the 'Berries sucked. Toad was awesome. I feel so ashamed.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:33 PM
Charming podcast. ;)
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