daydreaming by 110%" (a phrase coined by a fellow cruiser friend of mine). Facebook friends, that I have made from all over the world as a result of this cruise, statuses are afire with cruise related postings covering everything from packing, the days in Miami before the cruise, after the cruise, layouts of the ship, pics from years past, chatter about fave bands, advice for first timers to getting into "cruise shape". The latter is certainly a big one, many are surely worried about getting into "cruise shape" and I know that I should be as well. Normally being one of those "night before" style of luggage packers, let's face it most guys need only a plastic shopping bag with change of underwear, pair of shorts and a couple t-shirts (unless of course you're one more fortunate than I, still have your long hair and therefore require those style products) I caught the fever and dug the shorts out of the drawer. OMG!!! I knew that I had slipped in the healthy eating and gym attendances, but I didn't even notice that I had succeeded beyond my wildest dreams at packing on a staggering 20lbs! Time to put a regiment into action and shed this winter blubber prior to cruise time.....who knows my future wife may be aboard.....lol. Never-the-less the camaraderie on the MORC Facebook page is awesome to see and I'm proud to be a part of the community spawned by the greatest floating party vacation ever!
Let's go over a quick re-cap of some of the bands returning for their third Monsters of Rock voyage, this year aboard the MSC Divina at the end of March.
|Jeff Keith-2013's Sail-away|
|Snapped at 2013's Tesla sail-away|
Cinderella is back for their third voyage....well almost their third. Last year Tom Keifer, afflicted with illness (Strepthroat, maybe, I can't really remember) did not make the boat. I was rather disappointed as Cinderella was a favorite of mine in my youth, the Long Cold Winter album being a staple in the soundtrack of my car and having seen them several times in their appearances in Toronto. Not having seen them since my youth, I had only been able to catch parts of both of their performances during the premiere excursion in 2012 and was looking forward to a full show. In a testament to the phrase "the show must go on", something magical took place in Cinderella's time slot. Many of the other artists aboard all pitched in featuring a couple of surprise guests in what turned into an all star jam
|Cinderella & Friends - MORC 2013|
Maryland USA born band KIX are returning for their third voyage again this year. I was originally not a huge KIX fan, mediocre I guess you could say, only possessing the Blow My Fuse and Hot Wire albums. All that changed in 2012 when I saw them play live for the first time as the vessel gracefully floated away from the port of Key West. KIX were absolutely incredible live led by charismatic front man Steve Whiteman. That performance had me searching for and acquiring their entire CD collection in preparation for 2013's shipboard shows which I'm happy to say only served to solidify my new found KIX mania. KIX were formed in Hagerstown Maryland by guitarist Ronnie Younkins, guitarist Brian Forsythe and bassist Donnie Purnell in 1977. By 1979 vocalist
|"Girl Money" - MORC 2013|
|Meniketti-Pool Deck 2013|
|A drink with Dave Meniketti|
|Faster Pussycat @ The No Name Saloon 2013|
Ted Poley in my humble opinion could easily be nick named "Mr. Cruise", there's just something about his charisma, persona and performances that this Monsters of Rock Cruise would just not be the same without. As I mentioned in my Tesla paragraph and probably on many more occasions, I'm not a big fan of the acoustic performances, but there are
|Ted Poley in Toronto by Brain Ronald|
John Corabi became a household name when he filled the front man/vocalist shoes in Motley Crue left vacant by Vince Neil's departure. Corabi was with the Crue for two releases in 1994, the full length Motley Crue, and an EP, Quarternary, both showcasing a departure from the band's traditional sound.
Heavy Mellow is back aboard with their Spanish flamenco guitars. They were aboard in 2012, but then sailing under the moniker of Flametal and now switched to Heavy Mellow, playing metal classics on Flamenco guitars for 2013. I purchased Flametal's 2008 release, Master of the Aire, to explore their music in preparation for that 2012 cruise and I'm sorry to say it's not my flavor at all. This is in no disrespect to the musicians or their obvious talents it's just not my personal preference or choice of poison. I am however in the minority as they are quite popular amongst many of my cruise friends/fellow cruisers and I have taken some flak for saying different. In any case I say that if you're unfamiliar with them, they definitely warrant checking out their set aboard the MSC Divina and let me know what you think.
And now in what could be considered a "saving the best for last" move is Keel. I'm cheating a little here maybe as for the first two years we had the thrilling experience of the entire Keel band and this year Ron Keel is performing an acoustic solo gig while the rest of the band stays home. In
|Singing "Right to Rock" with Brian Jay|
Those are the bands that are making their three-peat alongside The Meister on the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014: Escape to Monster Island.
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