The film follows their journey from beginning in the late 50’s and early 60’s up to 1990 being inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. I grew up listening to the Four Seasons since their beginning and still have some of their albums from then. The story is told thru the eyes of the individual members via asides to you the audience. Tommy Devito was the founder of the group. He, Nick Massi and Frankie Valli real name Francis Castelluccio were tough street punks from New Jersey’s rougher neighborhoods in Newark and Belleville. Tommy was the roughest of the bunch and a very street wise tough smart alek type. My wife kept channeling Leo Gorcey from the Bowery Boys. 😀 The band started out as a trio playing bars and clubs in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Later on Joe Pesci (Yes that Joe Pesci the current actor) introduces his friend Bob Gaudio to the group. Bob takes a liking to Frankie’s sound and introduces himself and offers to write songs for them. They start singing as The Four Lovers and then change the name to the Four Seasons after seeing the name in the neon sign of a bowling alley. It is here that the friction starts between the rough talking in charge type Tommy Devito and the more refined, sophisticated, business oriented Bob Gaudio. They do accept Gaudio into the group and the rest as they say is history. The film does an excellent job of recreating that period and you actually think you are there right down to the urban Italian culture they grew up in. Some of the asides are interesting and humorous too. When they meet Bob Crewe who is their producer and has effeminate mannerisms Bob Gaudio turns to you and says, “I knew there was something strange about this man, but then again this is 1959 when people thought Liberace was theatrical.” One night while at Bob Crewe’s house they are watching a Kirk Douglas movie where he slaps a woman.Tommy says “I bet you she cries.” to which Bob Crew replies,”Nah,big girls dont cry.” At that moment Bob Gaudio looks up and raises an eyebrow and the next thing you know they are singing “Big Girls Dont Cry ” on stage. 🙂 John Lloyd Young is superb as Frankie Valli and sounds exactly like him. Young was the original Frankie in the Broadway show when it first opened up. Vincent Piazza is Tommy Devito who is still around today at 83 years old as is Bob Gaudio 72, played by Eric Bergen and Frankie Valli who is 80. Nick Massi died from cancer in 2000 at age 72. The only person I didn’t care for was Christopher Walken as mob boss Gyo DeCarlo who took a liking to Frankie and helps him out. I thought Walken looked the part but was very wooden and just seemed to walk through his part. The rest of the cast is excellent through and the music is recreated to perfection. Any fan of the Four Seasons should see Jersey Boys. I’ve included some interesting links from the movie and an interesting interview with Tommy Devito.
Monthly Archives: June 2014
Have you noticed that every scandal with the Obama administration is designed to cover up from the previous one? First we had Fast and Furious with running guns to the Mexican cartels that resulted in two border guards being killed. Then we had Benghazi to cover that one up. Then we had the NSA scandal to cover that up. Then we had the IRS scandal to cover up the NSA spying. Then we had the VA scandal to cover up that scandal. Then we had the Berghdahl trade to cover up that one, but the VA scandal persisted and still persists. Now we have the influx/invasion of illegals coming in here and the other scandals are fast being relegated to the back pages.
Obama is having more scandals than Clinton did and everyone is criminal. He should be tried and convicted and put away in prison for a long time, but being president I’m sure he is immune. He said he was going to transform America and although I was angered at those remarks I’m sure most people didn’t realize what that transformation was about.
Obama hates America having been brought up to hate it from his training in Kenya and 20 years in Rev. Wright’s church hearing his “G—D—America” speeches week after week. Obama has admitted that it’s not right that we are the No,1 country in the world and related statements. He has members of the muslim brotherhood in his administration and sides with terrorists. He even admitted that in the beginning of his term. Remember this statement: “I will side with the muslims if the wind should take a different direction.”
The recent debacle in Iraq is a direct cause of his pulling troops out quickly without thinking of the consequences. You don’t just pull out in a war, you leave troops behind to help guide the new government and keep them stable like we did in Germany, Italy and South Korea after those wars.
In Iraq they were establishing a democratic government and a close ally to us. Women were able to get jobs and serve in the government there, we built schools and roads and new buildings for them. Now that Obama pulled out, all that is lost. The terror group ISIS is talking over city after city and putting everyone under sharia law again. They bombed everything we built for them. I don’t think sending 300 troops to protect our embassy there will do any good. It’s all smoke and mirrors like with everything else this administration does.
So all that was in vain all because Obama pulled out without realizing the consequences. Well what are we to expect from having a president who hates America and never held a job before this except being a community organizer and a senator for six months where he only voted “present.”
And the American people voted for this “great destroyer,” as David Limbaugh’s book title says, twice. America you reap what you sow!!!!
REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group’s best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold.
The band was first formed by Neal Doughty who is the lead singer and plays guitar, piano and synthesizer and is the only original member starting in 1967. Other members include Kevin Cronin lead vocals and rhythm guitar 1976-present ,Bruce Hall bass guitar 1977 –present, Dave Amato lead guitar and vocals 1989 –present and Bryan Hill drums 1989 –present.
Most people are familiar with their mainstream hits such as “Take It On the RUN” (I heard it from a friend who / heard it from a friend who / heard it from another you were messin’ around), “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” but hearing them on the radio doesn’t do it justice as hearing them in person.
I was very much surprised at seeing them as I didn’t realize they were like this. I was expecting a soft rock band and was pleasantly entertained. Although they are mostly played on soft rock stations their music in person is hardly that. They are loud, but extremely energetic and more hard rock with heavy emphasis on long guitar licks and jumping around on stage. Their drummer Dave Amato is one of the most hard driving, energetic drummers I’ve seen in a long time who doesn’t stop and moves with lightning speed. When they burst into their hit songs which you can hear below they are rocked up and louder and really gets your heart pounding and hands clapping even inviting the audience (which I found very well behaved and appreciative) to sing along. They had an impressive back drop that appeared to be a paved road going thru some sort of tunnel with small lights giving the impression of perspective. My wife thought it reminded her of something out of Star Wars.
Lead singer Neal Doughty is a charming and interesting fellow who is very lanky and wirery with a full head of white hair that stops short of the neck and has a very distinctive voice that can best be described as a husky, high pitched, nasally, mid western accent sound. He’s constantly smiling and looks like he’s saying, “Gee I’m glad you’re here tonite” as he tells humorous stories about himself and the band throughout the years. The band is from Champagne, Illinoise.
At one point Neal sounded like a rebel rousing crowd instigator as he inspired people to never give up. He refers to his band as “the self appointed Kings of classic rock” and said, “It wasn’t easy to become the self appointed kings of classic rock. When we started people said we wouldn’t make it and to turn back, but we persisted and here we are today and you can do it too.” He also praised America and said , “This is America and we don’t turn our backs on anybody.” While he says all this the band is playing softer in the background with a heavy drumbeat really motivating everyone.
The three front men Neal, Kevin and Bruce constantly brought out new guitars to play from double neck to single neck. They changed guitars faster than Cher changes clothes at her shows. 😀 ( If anyone has seen Cher performance in person or on TV you know what I mean.)
REO Speedwagon is definitely a fun and entertaining group to see. If you are a concert goer like my wife and I are be sure to check them out if they come to a venue near you.
Back in 2007 George Bush said ”To withdraw troops from Iraq before our commanders told us to would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States and leaves the future of Iraq to Al Queda. It means we’d be risking mass killings on a terrific scale. It would establish the terrorist s to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan and cause Americans to return at a later date to confront an enemy that is more dangerous.”
In 2009 Obama released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from Camp Bucca and he later became the leader of ISIS today telling his guards then “See you in New York.” I guess he didn’t read a book on the Dali Lama or want to have a milk and honey farm or attend Yoga classes like the five dangerous Taliban leaders Obama released said otherwise they would have considered him a non threat too.Around that time Obama announced he was going to pull out of Iraq and gave a date and timeline.
Fast forward to today and what do you see happening? We are risking mass killings as ISIS is beheading their way to Iraq and taking over 16 cities so far. They are lining people up and shooting them. Nearly 12,000 Iraqui soldiers we trained have surrendered to an army of 800 insurgents and ran from them. Now Obama is returning there with a minimum number of troops to protect the embassy there. Many of these Iraqi people consider ISIS worse than AL Queda and Al Queda themselves have said ISIS is more militant than them.
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.
The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.
In fact, The Fiscal Times lists five ways the collapse of Iraq could hurt the United States.
First, an Islamist state would pose a grave security threat to the United States and other Western nations. The Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has already seized much of the northern part of the country and is moving toward Baghdad.
ISIS could use Iraq and Syria as a springboard for terrorist attacks abroad, just as al Qaeda used Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as a base for its 9/11 attacks.
Second, the turmoil could derail the U.S. economic recovery if Iraqi oil production plummets. Oil prices might skyrocket, which would then kill the recovery and even cause a recession.
Third, the crisis, a U.S. foreign policy debacle, might damage American prestige. The United States spent enormous sums in Iraq. The Obama administration pulled out of the country in 2011, apparently thinking Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki could handle the situation. Turns out it was wrong. If Iraq collapses, “it would arguably be one of the worst foreign policy disasters in the history of the country,” The Times notes.
Fourth, the conflict might damage military morale. More than 4,400 Americans died fighting in Iraq and almost 32,000 were injured, many seriously, The Times reports, citing Pentagon figures. One in five soldiers has post-traumatic stress disorder. American veterans could become dejected and angry if they believe their efforts were done for nothing.
Finally, the war might frighten financial markets, sending stocks tumbling, especially if the war spreads. Shiite Muslim Iran may enter the war to oppose the Sunni ISIS, and the conflict could cause a humanitarian crisis, as huge numbers of refugees attempt to flee the violence.
This is Jihad for world domination by Muslims. First the Mid-East, then Europe, then the US of A. This is NOT just about civil war within Iraq. They are come to a country, state and city near you and I. If you believe anything different, your head is in the sand.
Meanwhile John Kerry is talking with Iran to help them fight the Sunnis in Iraq. He wants to use drones to fight the insurgents. Donald Trump has weighed in saying that would be a bad idea saying “The United States should beware of Iran’s offer to work on solutions to Iraq’s internal conflict. Secretary of State
John Kerry on Monday expressed an interest in working with Iran on the Iraqi crisis.
Iran is “not even thinking about the United States right now. They have no respect for the United States. And they have no respect for our president. They do whatever they want. And that’s the way it is,” Trump said.
Another Master Sgt. Reponded with this comment:AF_MSgt •
Sorry… I think I’m with Trump on this one. When we have thousands of illegals flooding over our southern border every day, I think we need to focus on that and let Iraq worry about what happens in Iraq. As some have already mentioned, we did our part to free Iraq from their dictator. Now it’s up to them to decide what they want for themselves. If they’re not willing to fight and die for their own freedom, then they don’t deserve to be free.
“The only caveat I would add to this is the following. The current administration and every administration to follow needs to put the world on notice. If our country is every attacked again like we were on 9/11; and if we can trace the attack back to your country; you will cease to exist as a country. Prepare to be vaporized. Kill yourselves and your countrymen all you want!! But leave us the hell alone.”
In past wars we always left troops behind to guide the current leaders to help govern a safe country. In Iraq we stopped guiding Maliki, announced a timeline to pull out and now you see the results. We should never have pulled out pre-maturely and never announced a pull out date. Now Obama wants to leave Afghanistan which was the one war he supported. So where is Obama during all of this? Why he’s hitting the golf ranges, but says his advisors are keeping him informed.
Well now the world is reaping what Obama has sowed.
Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and Central and South America are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.
Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more.
Illegal immigrants are overwhelming border patrol agents .When asked why they are coming here they respond to get away from gang violence and escape poverty, but agents say these are just talking points they were coached to say. Texas is averaging 500 immigrants a month and hundreds of thousands of youth are coming across on their own. Agents say they are apprehending 300-400 kids per day at the border. Where are we going to put all these people and what do they think they’ll do and stay when they get here. Some curriers are being paid $100 to take people across the river on their jet skis and just dumping them on U.S. soil. Currently they are being stacked up in military bases and empty warehouses in squalid conditions. Meanwhile the WH has no clue what to do.
When Obama came into office he vowed to end the war in Iraq “YAY” the people shouted ”Bush’s war. Bush lied and thousands died. Get us out of here oh great one.” Obama said he was going to close GITMO and end the Afghanistan war.
Now five years later after pulling out of Iraq and having more deaths in Afghanistan than Bush, Obama is facing a new crisis. He’s considering going back into Iraq.
In the past several months, radical Islamist militants have been on the march in Iraq, securing the bulk of the western Anbar Province in January and just this week taking control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. They are now on the march to Baghdad to take control of the country and have declared an end to the border between Syria and Iraq. Iraqis are fleeing Mosul and other cities by the hundreds of thousands. The Islamists are reportedly beheading some of those left behind.
The primary actor behind the instability is the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, or ISIS, originally an al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for such heinous atrocities in Syria that even al-Qaeda has publicly distanced itself from the group.
Terrorists have become a full blown army and Islamists are taking over and there are mass beheadings by Al -Qaida. In spite of what Obama said Al -Qaida is not on the run Obama and his lib dem co-horts were warned this would happen if we pulled out, but Obama bending to his liberal ideology that war is bad and if we pull out all will be right with the world if we’re only nice to them they’ll be nice to us and all sing cum-by-ya has now caused chaos and ruin in Iraq and millions of people put under Sharia law where democracy was once taking over and women could hold jobs and drive cars. Now all that is reversed and Obama is considering using military help again .In other words he’s going back in to the very thing he was against. “What we’ve seen over the last couple of days indicates the degree to which Iraq is going to need more help,” Obama said. “It’s going to need more help from us, and it’s going to need more help from the international community.”
He added: “We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq, or Syria for that matter.”
What people don’t understand is that the goal of Islam is world domination. The Islamic religion has been hijacked by radicals who want to make the mid-east one big caliphate and from there they will take on Europe and eventually the United States mostly by infiltrating and establishing mosques everywhere and using violence by any means if possible to achieve their ends.
This guy is so incompetent in everything he does. He hates America and thought he could change it and is doing a good job destroying it. He’s acting like a dictator and bypassing congress in everything he does making us like a banana republic. Charles Krauthammer summed Obama’s incompetence up best recently saying: “Obama’s ruling by executive order and making us like a bananna republic. It’s the worst recovery since WW11 he’s shown incompetence in Obamacare. He can’t even get a website to work and it cost us 17 million dollars, he’s shown incompetence and banality in running the veterans affairs, there’s abuse in the IRS, he’s re-written drug enforcement laws unilaterally, he’s rewritten Obamacare 38 times unilaterally an d nobody lifts a finger and now he’s doing climate change through government regulation which no one has done before. He’s on autopilot and liberalism will suffer and so will the country.”
I found the following comment very telling and truthful:
I guess it is NOW obvious our well educated, charismatic, Rev Wright indoctrinated, Christian con man does not care about our military personnel or their families.
After over 10 years, in 2 wars, knowing that all military personnel/their families were incredibly stressed out, from long/repeated/deadly tours of duty, STILL, Commander in Chief Obama inflicted his sexual/social engineering experiments on the American military. The RESULTS of his experiments have been devastating.
Highest number of suicides (double) in military history..
Highest number of yearly divorces in military history .
Highest number of PTSD cases in military history.
Highest number of sexual assaults and rapes against men AND women in the history of the military.
Forced the largest number of officers/commanders out of the military, that did not agree with his ideology, during ANY PREVIOUS Commander in Chiefs term. All that is left is YES military men at the highest levels, that want to keep their jobs until retirement.
Stabbed the military in the back by offering at Congressional Sequester negotiations, that 50% of Sequester cuts would be taken by the military.
Approved the mention of God be taken out of the Air Force Academy oath.
Demanded Pentagon make plans to close as many military commissaries as possible, critical to soldiers and their families.
Commanded Secretary of Defense Hagel to make plans to allow Transgenders into the military.
Bragged during his first Presidential election that the VA was broken and he would fix it (2008).
Responsible for the deaths of 45 plus Veterans deaths from HIS VA administrations incompetence.
What has the Commander in Chief done, ON HIS WATCH, to reverse this ongoing, terrible destruction of our military society? PLAN TO SEND THE MILITARY BACK TO IRAQ WITH ALL THE GITMO TERRORISTS he has let loose
God help/save our Military personnel and their families from this diabolical President
We got just what we deserve for having twice elected this moron
In an interview with Diane Sawyer and later Robin Roberts when they asked Hillary why she charges so much for speeches she said she knows what it’s like to be broke. She claims that she and Bill were dead broke when they left the whitehouse . Didn’t they lose 6 billion dollars they couldn’t account for? Didn’t they take the whitehouse dishes and furniture that was donated? She says she understands the hard life. Give me a break!!!! I’m sure she doesn’t lie awake at night wondering how she’s going to pay the next cable bill, electric bill, gas bill and rent. She has a lot of damn gall comparing herself to the average American.
She claims they were heavily in debt (well there were a lot of lawsuits and investigations under them that they caused themselves with Bill’s scandals.) and had mortgages to pay on houses (note plural) and had Chelsea’s education to pay for ,etc. What a liar and bamboozler and these people like Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts swallow everything she says hook line and sinker.
She also says that Benghazi qualifies her to be president WHAT??????
Her role in the Benghazi controversy is no reason she shouldn’t run for president, Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview aired Monday. On the contrary, she said, it’s the very reason she should run.
The former secretary of state under President Barack Obama told Sawyer she views the continuing controversy as a diversion from the work Congress should be doing.
“Actually, it’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor-league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton said in a portion of the interview, aired on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
“I view this as really apart from – even a diversion from – the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world,” she said.
Clinton told Sawyer that as head of the State Department at the time, she takes responsibility for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, but added that she did not have the expertise to make decisions such as where walls should be secured against bombings.
If she didn’t have the expertise then she shouldn’t be in that job just like Obama has no business being in his job with no experience. This is called shirking responsibility and sweeping it under the rug. She’s taking lessons from Obama in shirking responsibility while taking blame for it in hoping it would go away. I agree with the comments below that she’s delusional from the bump on the head when she had that fall and her own quest for power and her own narcissism.
Hilllary has since back tracked on her statement saying :”Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was forced to explain — and recast — what she meant when she complained of her family’s financial struggles after leaving the White House.
The subject was broached on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” when host Robin Roberts asked Mrs. Clinton if she could understand America’s head-scratching reaction to her claim that the Clintons were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House and needed to hit the lucative speaking circuit to build their bank accounts.
“Yes I can, but everything in life has to be put into context,” she said, The Hill reported. “As I recall, we were something like $12 million in debt.”
Mrs. Clinton then recalled how her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had been born into poverty and had to work hard for his money and career advancements, all the while paying off student loans, The Hill reported.
“We understand what that struggle is because we had student debts — both of us — we had to pay off, we had to work, I had a couple jobs in law school, he had lots of jobs,” Mrs. Clinton told ABC. “We have a life experience clearly different in very dramatic ways from every American, but we also have gone through a lot of the same challenges as many people have.”
On Monday night, to ABC News, she said: “We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Her speaking fees sometimes hit the $200,000 level, while Bill Clinton routinely pockets $500,000 per 45-minute pep talk.
I think she’s delusional. Maybe she needs a ride in a nice happy wagon to a happy-happy place where they wear white coats and make sure you take your medications on time.
It was that bonk on the head that started her delusions
She said she was responsible, then shouldn’t she be paying a price? I love it when someone says they are responsible but they don’t suffer any consequences. Just empty words, just like her, an empty pants suit.
After several weeks of wanting to see the new Godzilla movie and not being able to for various reasons, I finally got to see it this week. It made 93 million dollars the first week it was out right behind Captain America. I was always a fan of the original Godzilla from the 50’s and always got a kick out of the many Japanese ones released which were much bigger in Japan than here. This Godzilla is CGI and not a guy in the suit (a good read is about the guys in the Godzilla suit in Japan and how they sweated profusely in it and had to drink lots of water to keep from getting dehydrated) and is the biggest, baddest one yet. I agree with some of the Japanese reviewers that said he is fatter than the original and his head does seem to go straight into his body.
I thought a lot of the production scenes were great, but you don’t get to see Godzilla in full until about an hour and a half into the movie. Up until then you catch maybe a dorsal fin or a glimpse of his tail for about two seconds. The story is bland as is the acting and there is too much dialogue and flashbacks with the young kid and his father who later grows up to be a lieutenant in the army and a main character.
There are two other monsters attacking here that look like gigantic roaches with six long dangling legs and they are laying eggs all over the town. One is female and the other a male. My friend kiddingly said they were on their honeymoon. 😀 These two destroy Honolulu and make their way to San Francisco and do a lot of damage there before Godzilla makes the scene. At first they think he is a threat as he is knocking down buildings too to fight these other two which is a continuation from a fight from the early 50’s when they were first spawned from atomic testing. The army sends out missiles and fighter jets to him which of course do not phase the mighty lizard. There are excellent shots of him coming up in front of you and behind people all of a sudden so you get an idea of his mammoth size.
My one criticism is the whole fight between him and the two creatures one of which is female and one male (only the male can fly) takes place at night so it is hard to see what is going on. When Godzilla finally uses his fire breath that is really great to see at night and my friend and I said “finally” as he fights for a long time before using it.
I read they were making a sequel so I knew he probably doesn’t die and after he defeats the two other monsters and a building collapses on him just when you think he’s dead an eye opens and he rises and slinks back into the ocean with a banner on TV saying “Godzilla Savior of our city.” This whole fight scene take place in the last half hour of the movie and I felt they could have cut out at least 30 minutes out to make a faster paced movie. It is still worth seeing though if you are a fan of the Godzilla movies and this one takes place here so he is not destroying Tokyo for once. As one commnent I saw said,”only Barack Obama’s Hawaii, Harry Reid’s Nevada, and Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco are destroyed. 😀