Sammy Hagar Has a Posse
Aerosmith sucks: Apparently Sam Prestianni doesn't remember Aerosmith from the '80s when they were all so wasted they couldn't tie their own shoes or show up for a performance ["Sammy vs. Steven," Music, 7/21]. Yep, that's a band I want to idolize. During their comeback after the entire band spent multiple stints in rehab, they were swallowed up by the corporate machine, which spoon-fed them their songs. They surely didn't write those songs themselves. John Kalodner is responsible for their success, not the members of Aerosmith. They couldn't write a song worth a dime in the early '80s until Kalodner scooped them out of the gutter. They are no more bona-fide rock stars than Axel Rose is, and he is a giant piece of garbage who single-handedly ruined one of the greatest bands ever.
Sammy Hagar took down Van Halen? Excuse me, but they sold way more albums with Sammy at the helm than they did with David Lee Roth. But Prestianni probably doesn't know this, because he's still got his DLR poster that he got in 1980 hanging above his bed. He probably would have been happier with Lady Gaga opening for Aerosmith, since his definition of a rock star is a drugged-up drunk who needs to go to rehab every six months or is fresh out of doing a stint in Chino.
Sammy Hagar is a first-class performer and is there for the fans, not to be a poser who looks like he hasn't showered in two weeks. Go to the show and see who the crowd wants to party with. It certainly isn't going to be Steven Tyler or Joe Perry.
Future employee: Obviously SF Weekly needs to hire me to write about rock 'n' roll, because the author of this article wouldn't know rock 'n' roll if it bit him in the ass. Hagar has been a viable act for the last 15 years, and certainly anyone with his body of work deserves more respect than this. I am an Aerosmith fan, too, and consider this concert to be a classic.
I am available to write a concert review.
Seeing Red Over Green Initiative
Just for show: Bingo; exactly right. GreenFinanceSF is all about press conferences and appearances, slick as a certain hair-do ["Seeing Green," Matt Smith, Column, 7/21]. But real money is being spent, and it will add to the rates people pay for water for decades to come. SFPUC finances green programs from one pocket, while going deeply into debt to make the water system more reliable.
Funds slip and slide like quicksilver.
Snitch Blog Comment ofthe Week
In response to a post about the killing of 250,000 bees at a community farm: The perpetrator must be ignorant, stupid, or malicious. Doesn't he or she realize the importance of bees to our survival? Security cameras, which have dropped in price in recent years, may be the only way to find who did this and prevent further destruction. This would require some sort of potentially sacrificial bees to be placed in a new hive in the same spot to catch this person at work.