Our business goals are simple: provide customers with easy to use software applications that (a) don’t break the bank; (b) are easy to use and (c) provide useful functionality that isn’t available elsewhere. We have always been a "vertical software" company, choosing to develop software to fulfill a specific niche need that other software applications can’t properly address.
WHY CHOOSE OUR SOFTWARE?
Our software has been used worldwide since 1987. We possess over 30 years of software development, writing software ranging from computer image management, mainframe data manipulation, paperless automation applications to chemical warfare equipment management and Base Service Store inventory software that has been used at forward-located military locations. Novice-level and computer power-users alike will find our software applications to be bulletproof and intuitive to use.
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Uploaded new build + user manual for MP3TrakUploaded new builds + user manuals for: ApptTrak, CCWTrak, DocTrak, MergeTrak, RenameTrakWebsite redesignBrand changed from “Stealthware Software”to “Software by Daughtry” RenameTrak 1.6 releasedRenameTrak 1.5 releasedMergeTrak 1.3 releasedRenameTrak 1.4 releasedMergeTrak 1.2 releasedRenameTrak 1.3 released
Each of the installation programs below are 32 bit Windows executable files. By default, the installation program will default to the PROGRAM FILES folder of your C: drive partition to install the program into. A desktop shortcut will be added to more easily start the program. The Start Menu will have a new group entry created that will contain shortcuts for the application, it’s help file(s) and an uninstall shortcut to remove the application from your compute. Software by Daughtry applications do NOT require Administrator privileges to run; they DO require each user to have MODIFY folder permissions within that folder (because database files require the ability to store information, which cannot be done if your user account has only READ permissions within that folder). Software by Daughtry applications can be installed to a workstation’s hard drive (which can be shared for use by other computers on the same network/HomeGroup) or a network file server.
We have two payment methods: ELECTRONIC (via PayPal) and SNAILMAIL (via personal check, company check or money order). We have links to the PAYPAL method shown at the bottom of this page. Snailmail payments will be sent to: Scott Daughtry, 3415 Yellow Pine Lane SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121; they will be made out to Scott Daughtry. When the check has been electronically deposited I will send the registration information to you via email.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
In order for us to send you/your company the registration information to convert your TRIAL version to the fully-enabled licensed version, we require the following information upon payment:•Licensee name (i.e. company name for commercial use; first and last name for personal use)•Licensee mailing address (i.e. street, city, state, zip code)•Email address for the person who will be contacted by Stealthware Software for product updates
WHAT WE SEND TO YOU
We will send the registered user, via email, the *.LIC license file that will unlock your trial application. That file must be saved into the same folder that the trial version was installed to - at that point the trial mode version is converted to the unlocked/unrestricted version. All data inputted into the trial version is unaffected when the software application upgraded to the unlocked/unrestricted version!
Here are software features inherit in our database applications:•Our 32 bit applications are compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10•Automatically network aware and multi-user capable •All files installed into a single application folder that YOU define•Each database file can store millions of records•Context-sensitive help for the currently displayed screen via the F1 key or clicking the HELP button•A printable user’s manual is included (and downloadable from this web site) •Low memory use - often less than 5 megabytes of memory typically required during use
Listed below are common problems experienced by computer users (mostly because of Microsoft Windows trying to protect itself); potential answers to the problem are provided by clicking on the ANSWER hyperlink:1.FIX: “Could not get write access to <> so trying read-only” error message**ANSWER**2.HOWTO: share a database application throughout your home/office network**ANSWER**3.HOWTO: create a drive mapping to a database application located on your home/office network**ANSWER**4.HOWTO: create a desktop shortcut to start a database application**ANSWER**5.FIX: File Creation Error message popping up when a Software by Daughtry application opens**ANSWER**
Reason: Database programs write information back to ‘database files’ – when the application starts it attempts to open the files in READ/WRITE mode. The folder that the database file(s) are stored inside of aren’t configured to allow the Windows user account that received this error to change data inside of this folder (and the popup error message is displayed).
Tech-Speak: Windows folder permissions default to the MOST RESTRICTIVE to protect against malware. There are different ‘levels’ of permissions for every folder; listed below are the different levels listed in least to most restrictive:
Database applications require WRITE / READ / LIST FOLDER CONTENTS / READ & EXECUTE to save data back to a database file. The “MODIFY” permission has all of these capabilities – this is the folder permission you should use for this database application.Fixing the Problem: Using Windows Explorer (e.g. double-left click the desktop icon named My Computer; alternatively, press the Windows START button, type in EXPLORER and press the OK button), navigate to the folder that the application is installed into (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\TimeTrak). Right click the mouse on the folder name (e.g. TimeTrak) to display a popup menu; select PROPERTIES from the list. A popup window is displayed onscreen; click the tab named SECURITY. At the top of that window portion is a list of Windows user groups/accounts; at the bottom is the list of security permissions assigned to that group/account (which changes when a different group/account name is selected). Click the button named EDIT; a sub-window is displayed to add/remove permissions from a group/account. Click ADD; a sub-window is displayed; within the entry field type EVERYONE; click the CHECK NAMES button; click OK to return to the previous sub-window. The ‘Everyone’ user account is now highlighted (if it isn’t go and left click it once to select it). In the bottom half of the window click the checkbox in the ALLOW column for ‘Modify’ – this will assign MODIFY permissions to the Everyone user group; the screen will resemble this:
SHARING A DATABASE APPLICATION ACROSS YOUR NETWORK
Problem: How to enable multiple employees to use this software application from their own desk.
Scenario: Stealthware database applications are multi-user capable, meaning your entire office can use this software at the same time. While the application can be installed onto a file server, a more common scenario is one office computer has the software installed; the folder containing the software is SHARED and other machines in the office have a drive mapping created to that SHARED folder and a desktop shortcut placed on the other machines to start the program at the remote desk.
Primary Machine: Log onto the office computer that has the database application installed onto its internal hard drive. Start Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder that contains the database application. ). Right click the mouse on the folder name (e.g. TimeTrak) to display a popup menu; select PROPERTIES from the list. A popup window is displayed onscreen; click the tab named SHARING. Click the button named ADVANCED SHARING; a popup window is displayed. Click the ‘Share this folder’ checkbox so a checkmark is displayed inside it; the Share Name can be changed if desired (it defaults to the folder name). Click the PERMISSIONS button; select the Group/User account name ‘Everyone’ and then ensure checkmarks are displayed inside of the CHANGE and READ checkboxes in the ‘Allow’ column (as shown below, far right popup window):
Click the OK button to close the ‘Permissions’ sub-folder. Click OK to close the ‘Advanced Sharing’ sub-window. Click the Close button to close the Properties window. This folder is now being shared by that computer on your office’s internal computer network. The next step is visiting each workstation whose occupant needs to use this shared software application to (a) create a drive mapping to the share you just created and (b) create a desktop shortcut for the application. DONE
Creating a drive mapping to your network application
On a computer different than the one the database application was installed onto, have the employee log into their machine; start Windows Explorer. For Windows 10 machines click the HOME button; click the EASY ACCESS button which will display a drop list menu – select MAP AS DRIVE:
A popup window is displayed to assign a Drive Letter to a shared folder located elsewhere on your office network. The drive letter can be any unassigned drive letter; use the default or select one from the droplist. Click the BROWSE button to select the workstation name that the database application is installed on (note: for this example, the workstation name is SCOTT-ALIENWARE); left click that workstation name to expand the list of shared folders. Left click once on the share name (for this example, the shared folder name is ‘TimeTrack’) and click OK:
When the OK button is clicked the network path (that you just selected via the popup menus) is automatically entered into the folder name entry field:
Click FINISH. Drive letter X on this workstation is now mapped to the TimeTrak folder located on the Alienware computer in this office. Repeat this process for the other employees/computers in your office. DONE
Creating a desktop shortcut to start a database application
PROLOGUE: This instruction assumes that (a) the employee has logged onto their computer and (b) has already created a drive mapping to the database application located on a computer located elsewhere in the office. If this has not been done yet please refer to this FAQ.1.Return to the Windows desktop by holding down the START menu button and then pressing the letter D2.Move the mouse cursor anywhere on the desktop that is unoccupied by an icon3.Right click the mouse4.From the popup menu select NEW, then SHORTCUT5.Click BROWSE6.Left click the entry titled ‘This PC’7.Scroll down until you locate the drive letter that was mapped to the database application located elsewhere on the network; if you’ve been following this web site’s FAQ examples drive letter X is left clicked on once 8.A list of files located in that remote folder are now displayed; scroll down until you see a filename with a .EXE file extension:
9.Click the OK button after selecting the correct .EXE file (for this example the TimeTrack.exe file is correct). The path to the executable file is inserted into the location entry field. Click NEXT10.You can either change the Shortcut’s Name or leave it to the filename (default). Click FINISH. 11.The new desktop shortcut icon is now added:
Problem: After starting a Software by Daughtry software application, Windows displays a popup error box:Reason: The software application is trying to create a new file or modify the contents of an existing file and can’t because the current Windows user account lacks sufficient Security Permissions inside of that folder to complete the taskSolution: Add the default Windows group “Everyone” to that network folder and assign it MODIFY Security PermissionsSteps: Execute the following steps to resolve this Windows security permissions problem:1.Start Windows Explorer (click the START button, type in File Explorer, select that displayed option)2.Navigate to your C:\Program Files (x86) folder3.Right click the folder that contains the Software by Daughtry application (e.g. ApptTrak); click the Security tab:4.Click the EDIT button:5.Click the ADD button:6.Within the entry field (the cursor is already placed inside that box) type in the texteveryone7.Click the CHECK NAMES button that is now active:8.When Windows locates the Everyone user account that text (that you typed into the entry field) is underlined9.Click the OK button to close the ‘Select Users or Groups’ window; the user group Everyone is now listed:Notice the checkbox for ‘Modify’ for ‘Everyone’ is currently unchecked - this means that the Modify security permission is currently being denied within this folder for Windows user accounts that are a member of the Everyone user group.10.Left click the Everyone entry to select that Windows user group, then left-click the empty checkbox under Allow for the Modify line; your screen now has checkmarks under the ALLOW column for Modify, Read & Execute, List Folder Contents and Read:11.Click OK to save the changes; click OK in the next window to close the Properties window12.Done. Now, any Windows user account for this computer should be able to create/modify data files within this hard drive folder with no more error messages (as all Windows user accounts are automatically a member of the Everyone user group)
PURPOSE: Manage a small-to-medium sized business’ appointments
BACKSTORY: A friend owns several businesses that are largely comprised of computer novices. Using expensive software suites or cloud-based applications reliant on Internet connectivity were non-starters for her store’s business model BENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Intutive, simple user interface that can be learned within minutes•Data stored locally instead of the Internet “cloud”•Multiple appointments can share an appointment start time•Generate a “quick report” to show a specific day’s appointments•User-definable time increments for the appointment grid (e.g. a 15 minute spread)•View all stored appointments to help resolve customer issues; assist with a business analysis of the busiest times of day or the most common/least common types of services provided to customers
PURPOSE: Manage a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) instruction business
BACKSTORY: A friend owns a CCW business, typically instructing 12-20 students per class. He was using a spreadsheet to track customers and manually typing certification forms via a typewriterBENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Intutive, simple user interface that can be learned within minutes•Data stored locally instead of the Internet “cloud”•Generate a daily class sign-in roster with a mouse click•Create/modify/print state CCW forms for attendees•Create/modify/print documents required of CCW instructors by the state for mandatory Federal recordskeeping purposes•Create/modify/print form letters that can be mailed to previous class attendees to remind them of pending CCW license expiration and notify them of future CCW classes they can attend
PURPOSE: Manage a small-to-medium sized cleared company’s classified holdings
BACKSTORY: A business acquaintance wanted to replace a speadsheet -based tracking system of her company’s classified holdings with a database application that could generate transmittal forms and track classified holdings her company received/created/transmitted from cradle-to-graveBENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Intutive, simple user interface that can be learned within minutes•Data stored locally instead of the Internet “cloud”•Automatically network-aware; permits multiple users to access data simultaneously•Color-coded main screen immediately identifies where classified holdings are maintained•Pre-configured Document Control Record reports can generate a report with 2 mouse clicks•Generate a Transmittal Record Report for mailing classified material with 1 mouse click•A powerful Query-By-Example module permits rapid filtering of the main browse screen to reflect a subset of classified holdings. Queries can be saved for re-use
PURPOSE: Merge subfolder(s) file(s) into the currently selected hard drive folder
BACKSTORY: I often need to combine the contents of a nested directory into a parent folder. Very few software applications provide this flexibility (most are MsDos applications), and none of them provided a ‘safety net’ to ensure you don’t merge a directory tree of hundreds (or thousands) of files. BENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•User-definable ‘safety net’ of the total number of files contained within the nested folders that can exist before a popup warning confirmation message is displayed to continue/cancel•User-definable popup message that can be displayed before EVERY merge operation•Merged files are renamed with an auto-incrementing numeric prefix to protect data•Optionally rename files as all lowercase, UPPERCASE, Proper Case or unchanged•Emptied folders are automatically deleted after its contents are merged •Works with most popular file managers (e.g. Total Commander, FreeCommander)•MergeTrak is DONORWARE - if you like it, send a donation to help continue its development
PURPOSE: Manage a digital music library that isn’t reliant on MP3 tags to categorize music
BACKSTORY: Music collectors tend to possess large collections of recordings of Independent Origin (ROIO), which encompasses radio broadcasts and audience recordings. ROIO music typically lack MP3 tags, which makes traditional music management software (e.g. iTunes) a no-go. BENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Rapidly scan a directory tree of music files to populate MP3Trak databases•Two different ways to view the music collection (tree and list):1.List mode displays all folders alphabetically by folder name in a browse screen2.Tree mode displays the artist/band name in the left panel and a linked browse panel that displays their recordings in the right panel•Powerful database filtering that enables users to save/reuse filters•Included a report builder that reuses browse screen filters; output can be saved to a .PDF•Text files (*.txt) automatically imported into the Mp3Trak database and fully viewable onscreen
PURPOSE: Rename data with predefined text case formatting options
BACKSTORY: Some Windows file management tools (e.g. Total Commander) don’t display a popup window to rename a file/folder. RenameTrak provides this functionality with additional options/functionalityBENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Works with any file management tool that passes the highlighted file/folder as a parameter to an external Windows application•You can Alt-Tab between RenameTrak and another Windows program while renaming data•Ensures the new name is Windows compliant (259 characters or less - path included)•Can change the case of the new name via a droplist (UPPER, lower, Proper Case, none)•Can automatically modify the passed filename (replace semicolons with spaces; replace a period with a space; replace underline with a space; capitalize the letter following a semicolon character)•Configure RenameTrak to place the cursor at the start or end of the rename entry field
PURPOSE: Manage a small-to-medium sized business’ timecards
BACKSTORY: Our family owned a small restaurant - an easy method of capturing work hours was required that busy/non-computer users could learn in two minutes. BENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•Intutive, simple user interface that can be learned within two minutes•Data stored locally instead of the Internet “cloud”•Each employee controls their own password to clock in/clock out•Accommodates employees working a split shift and clocks out 2x a day•Each employee can view their workhour history to ensure their paycheck is accurate•Separate menu options for Supervisors to view all work hours, adjust timecard mistakes (e.g. an employee fails to clock in/clock out of their shift)•All Supervisor edits to existing entries are logged to a file that cannot be edited to ensure the Supervisor isn’t making unauthorized changes that would affect payroll•Reporting options included to assist your bookkeeper with generating payroll checks
PURPOSE: Manage a digital film library that is stored on a USB hard drive or a computer network hard drive
BACKSTORY: DVD movie libraries are now obsolete - many (former) DVD fans have digitized their movie collection to digital movie file formats (e.g. *.AVI; *.MKV). Managing a collection with a spreadsheet becomes very tedious and inefficientBENEFITS: Primary benefits of our solution include:•FAST! Scans a 16TB USB hard drive containing > 10,000 movie files in two minutes to rebuild the VidTrak database•You decide what file formats (e.g. *.AVI, *.MKV) are added to the VidTrak database when it rescans a hard drive•User-definable file size values are used to display an icon next to the filename to visualize low quality movie files •Ability to rename or delete a movie file from within VidTrak via a popup window•Create reusable filters to display only desired information on the main screen•Export your collection information to an Excel spreadsheet or a HTML web page
When I reorganized this website I had decided to keep its content 100% business oriented - I’ve rethought that idea and concluded that there was still a need for me to post personal content, as my website has been a conduit for interacting with like-minded individuals since I started this web site in the early 1990s.
Like many software developers, I am a music fan. I particularly enjoy collecting ‘Recordings of Independent Origin’ (ROIO), which is a music category consisting of FM radio recordings, audience recordings and non-commercially available studio outtake recordings . My music interests span thousands of bands/artists spread across dozens of music genres. I finally realized that I couldn’t continue buying CDs or DVDs as I was running out of space to store them - at one point I had over 10k movies that occupied five floor-to-ceiling bookcases <g>. I finally came to the following conclusions to (a) maintain my sanity and (b) stop running out of space in my home to continue enjoying my hobby:•The overwhelming majority of ROIO recordings are NOT pristine sounding recordings - audience recordings are very rough sounding, and even FM broadcasts can sound pretty poor. They are NOT going to sound like a Mobile Fidelity Gold disc or a Japanese remastered recording, so fighting over file format (FLAC versus OGG versus MP3) sound quality at some point becomes a moot point (although some collectors get REALLY bent out of shape discussing this topic). •A ROIO lossless recording, converted via dbPowerAmp and the LAME MP3 codec (using the highest quality setting at 320bps) for my home stereo (Marantz separates, Focal Arias or my Beyer T1 headphones + DAC) is pretty much indistinguishable from a lossless source. I’ve done the A/B comparisons.. MP3 works for me. I won’t convert MP3 back to CD though. My vehicles support USB thumb drives to play music and my iPod Touch loaded with MP3 files works fine for the gym.•Trading has evolved from snailmail trades to torrent sites/Youtube downloads. Most tapers nowadays are posting their self-recorded video content on Youtube that you cannot find elsewhere (most often at 720p or 1080dpi). This is the absolutely the wave of the future.I stopped collecting CDs (with the exception of the occasional Elvis CD); I ripped every disc in my collection using dbPowerAmp + Lame and then migrated the 320bps files to my music server. I stopped chasing concert DVDs - I find dozens of video concerts each week on Youtube and can download them within minutes straight from the taper (often at 720i or 1080i resolution) and watch them from a USB hard drive that is plugged into my TV’s HDMI port. You can store 1000s of high quality AVI/MP4/MKV shows on a single inexpensive USB hard drive. I’ve not had time to rip my ROIO concert DVDs to *.MKV files yet (it is a time consuming process); listed below are the physical ROIO music DVDs that are currently in my collection:•DVD Collection (0-G Bands): click HERE to download the PDF report•DVD Collection (H-P Bands): click HERE to download the PDF report•DVD Collection (Q-Z Bands): click HERE to download the PDF report
Click HERE for a list of concerts that I’ve attended
3 Aug 2019, Route 66 Casino (Styx) Setlist was changed up this year to include songs from their last CD release, but the keyboard player’s voice absolutely grates on my ears and JY should never sing. Tommy is phenomenal – sings and looks 40 years younger and has tremendous energy and playing ability. 29 Jun 2019, Route 66 Casino (REO Speedwagon) Setlist had no surprises; Kevin still sings well and the band is always tight, but Kevin’s acoustic set was a snoozer and the bass player’s voice is fading fast. 27 Apr 2019, Route 66 Casino (Sammy Hagar and the Circle) Wasn’t sure to expect, as Sammy is 71 now - the new songs in the setlist were mediocre at best, but the remainder of the songs (Montrose, solo material, Van Halen songs) were KILLER. Sammy exhibited more energy than a 20 year old; Vic’s guitar playing was astonishing. Tons of hit songs and a REALLY long show.. a definite must-see if he comes through town again.3 Oct 2018, El Rey Theater (Stryper) This was the To Hell With The Devil anniversary tour, so the album was played in full + bonus songs. KILLED IT!!!! This time Mike’s voice was in full strength. As we stood outside waiting to enter the theater, Robert Sweet walked past us, down the sidewalk and returned 15 minutes later with a bag of food… and whatever he ate went straight into his drum sticks, as I’ve never heard him play the drums harder than he did tonight. Perry on bass was a new experience, having seen Tim on bass since the beginning (1983) . One of the best shows I’ve attended.. and the cover songs were phenomenal!11 August 2017, Route 66 Casino (Queensryche/Skid Row) Todd kills it on vocals… and sounds so much like Geoff that this band iteration simply ‘works’. Much better Queensryche experience than the last time I saw them with Geoff on the microphone - you could see the band was much happier playing on stage with Todd.28 July 2017, Route 66 Casino (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Unfortunately this was a greatest hits tour with every song coming from the 1970s-era setlist. Amazing show regardless, and you know you are witnessing a true musical legacy/event when they play. 13 Aug 2017, Isleta Casino (The Brian Setzer Orchestra) One of the most amazingly melodic guitarists on the planet. Probably the tightest band touring in the world.. a must-see!21 Jan 2017, Route 66 Casino (Vince Neil) Vince’s backing band is 75% of the band ‘Slaughter’. which is a very good thing. Vince can still hit the notes, but he is so out of shape and sings maybe 50% of the lyrics that it is not nearly as enjoyable as it could be. Zoltan on drums is ‘the show’ - an absolute maniac to watch. 8 Oct, 2018, Route 66 Casino (Hells Bells AC/DC Tribute) Wow, this was a shocker! Never heard of this tribute band, but WOW - the lead singer killed it on every single song. I would see them again in a heartbeat.. I’ve never seen that showroom rock that hard (before or since) .. sheer pandemonium in that room.10 Jul 2015, Route 66 Casino (REO Speedwagon) What an amazing string of hit songs that their setlist is comprised of! Growing up in the midwest in the 1970s, REO was a constant staple of the song rotation. Kevin’s voice is a bit weak, but he’s not a spring chicken and he still did justice to the music. 16 Jan 2015, Isleta Casino (Styx) A greatest hits show; too much of Dennis’ replacement on vocals for my taste. Tommy’s voice still sounds amazing; JY can definitely play that Strat, and the drummer is phenomenal. 4 Jul 2014, Camel Rock Casino (Ted Nugent) Man, Ted was on fire for the holiday! There were protesters outside of the small casino - the gig was in one of their largest general purpose rooms. The in-between song commentary was priceless, and Ted plays with ferocity that is just not seen anywhere else. His control of his guitar is simply unbelievable.. say what you will about his politics or his song lyrics, but the man wields an axe like no other.19 Nov 2013, Isleta Casino (Pat Benatar) I love watching Pat perform, and her vocals are still extremely strong, but you can’t help feeling that every word stated between songs is the same passage she said at the previous show. 25 Oct 2013, Route 66 Casino (Foreigner) A greatest hits show - Kelly always delivers as a showman with great vocals and high energy, but there is always something ‘missing’ with this iteration of the band. 29 Jun 2013, Sky City Casino (L.A. Guns/Skid Row/Dokken) Three killer bands… all three sets were great. Didn’t think I would care for Solinger singing for Skid Row but he surprised me. Phil’s voice sounded identical to the original L.A. Guns records of the 80s; unfortunately Tracii Guns wasn’t back in the band yet, but the Oriental guitarist in his place was extremely good. As a bonus, when we were eating in the casino’s buffet most of the band were eating there at the same time - I chatted up the drummer for a bit at the serving line - a down to earth dude. 10 Sep 2011, Sky City Casino (Bang Tango/Nelson/Loverboy) Bang Tango was horrible - one of the worst sets I’ve ever experienced. Nelson killed it - great harmonies and great music. Loverboy doesn’t know how to put on a bad show. As an extra bonus, the Nelson twins did a free meet/greet after the show, so we got to meet them. Very nice, but one of the brothers certainly enjoyed my wife’s attire a little too much <g>.1 Sep 2011, Malarky’s Pub (Shit Happens/Bulletboys) It took forever for Shit Happens to finally hit the stage, which pushed the start time for the Bulletboys back to nearly midnight. Marq’s voice hasn’t faded a single bit, and he killed it on lead guitar (I never knew he played that well) - a high energy frontman who delivered the goods, but we had to leave during the set as our batteries ran out.2 Jul 2011, Hard Rock Casino (Rock Sugar/Tesla) I had never heard of Rick Sugar, whose career is mashing up two songs from two different artists into one song. Rather unexpected but some of their versions were clever. Tesla played their hits.15 Apr 2011, Buffalo Thunder Casino (REO Speedwagon) This concert was a warm-up for a late night talk show appearance where they had to perform a two-song medley within a time limit, so within the set they took a stab at it - a unique happening for a concert (in my experience). 21 Mar 2010, Isleta Casino (Loverboy) Amazing how tight the band was and how well Mike Reno could still sing. The jazzy bass solo was astonishing.11 Nov 2009, Sunshine Theater (Stryper) Mike was suffering from a cold so his vocals were a bit strained and he didn’t attempt the high notes. 13 May 09, Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM (38 Special, Styx, REO Speedwagon) 38 Special's sound was pretty low and the lead guitarist's volume was buried in the mix. Donnie VanZant was a bit over enthusiastic with the "Rocky punches" in the air and his vocals were shot on "Get Right With the Man", but overall a good performance with a non-changing setlist (pretty much the same as 2005; please lose the greatest hits medley) - they played for roughly 45 minutes. Styx played pretty much the same setlist as their 2007 Albuquerque show - solid but no surprises. REO Speedwagon was a surprise - amazing that after 70 minutes of songs that every one of them was hit after hit. Hard to believe they have been around for 33 years! Styx came out to jointly play "Can't Stop Rockin" and then disappeared so REO could finish their encore. Kevin Cronin looked old and frail but still moved around stage with authority and his voice sounded about 90% - the lead guitarist was excellent (and has been with the band for 20 years now) . 8 May 09, Sky City Casino Showroom, Acoma, NM (Firehouse/Skid Row) A bingo room served as a concert hall for this concert (a first for me!) - supposedly the show was sold out. Firehouse put on an excellent show - amazed that the lead singer could hit all of the high notes after all of these years and the crowd was very appreciative of their set. Wasn't aware the lead singer also played keyboards - he did use a playback device so he could harmonize with the songs (as they were released that way originally with dual harmonizing vocals) - the machine screwed up a few times but he recovered quickly. I wasn't 100% looking forward to Skid Row - after all, how can someone fill Sebastian Bach's shoes - but was pleasantly surprised by Johnny Solinger's stage presence and vocal ability. He isn't Sebastian (who is?) but was a whole lot better than I expected. Scotti on guitar was a maniac - he looked like a man possessed or high on crystal meth, but he hit every single chord as expected and really interacted with the crowd - it was hard to tell if he was simply putting on an exaggerated show for the crowd or if he was stoned. Both setlists covered all of the hits - Skid Row was a whole lot rowdier (duh) and the show was well worth $25.19 Sep 07, Journal Pavillion, Albuquerque, NM (Styx/Scorpions) Styx, in my opinion, aren't the same without Dennis DeYoung - they choose to not even play the songs that he performed on, which is a huge chunk of hits. The new keyboardist sang about half the set list and was good; performed a great Beethoven medley during his solo and even played backwards at times. Tony Shaw still sounded/looked 30 and was very enthusiastic. James DeYoung's voice is still irritating but can play the hell out of the Stratocaster. Scorpions blew Styx out of the arena with their long set - close your eyes and you'd swear that you're listening to Blackout-era Scorpions! The new songs from Humanity Hour 1 were very well received. Great concert .17 Jul 07, Sandia Resort Casino, Albuquerque, NM (Pat Benatar) An outdoor event; concert area similar to a crater, so high notes bounced around for the first portion of the show and obliterated everyone's eardrums. Pat wasn't happy at all with the sound guy and frequently made it known to him. Neal played great and Pat sounded great - she chose not to attempt many high notes but when she did they were spot-on; maybe she has to save her voice? She played her new Jello commercial song, which was a pop-type of song but not bad. Claimed they were working on a new CD (turned out to be false)!9 Jun 2007, Route 66 Casino, Rio Puerco, NM (Slaughter/Ratt) What a killer set! Slaughter put on a great show - I'm a fan of Jeff Blando's (lead guitarist) as he has that Randy Rhodes vibe to his playing/appearance. Mark hit every high note, which was astonishing (he isn't a spring chicken anymore and those are HIGH notes!) . Ratt were the stars of the show - this was their first show of the reunion tour and the roof nearly caved in from crowd response! Pearcy's voice couldn't hit high notes and wasn't strong but 'good enough'. Great to hear Ratt back together again; Blotzer is still a monster behind the drum kit!16 Oct 2006, Journal Pavillion, Albuquerque, NM (Journey/Def Leppard) No idea why Journey (featuring the fabulous Jeff Scott Soto on vox) warmed up for Def Leppard. JSS, aside from being one of the best front men in the biz, absolutely ENERGIZED the band - a MUCH better show than the Aug 05 Journey concert in the same venue. Non stop show; JSS hit every high note and resembled the Energizer bunny as he occupied every inch of the stage. Def Lep's show was decent but the new material REALLY slowed down the pace (and crowd's enthusiasm) ; Joe Elliot's inability to hit high notes or maintain a note very long was the other detraction. Stage show was great. Sucks seeing Vivian Campbell playing rhythm guitar - he belongs playing lead guitar (ala: Dio) . Didn't even bother to stay for the last 2-3 Def Lep songs.18 June 2006, Journal Pavillion, Albuquerque, NM (Huey Lewis/Chicago) Huey's voice was a little strained on the high notes but otherwise sounded great. Played all the hits and the crowd was into it. Chicago's set suffered when the played the earliest material (jazz-flavored) ; Huey came out onstage a couple of times to accompany their set with great crowd response. Ended up leaving a few songs early as boredom set in - as luck would have it we could hear the songs we most wanted to hear as we approached the parking lot. The tickets were free from the base so nothing lost.5 Aug 2006, Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, NM (Thund-Her-Struck/Foreigner) While eating inside the casino restaurant we sat down behind a table of four women and a couple who looked out of place. Turned out the ladies were the warm up act and the couple were from a local radio station who conducted a recorded interview after eating dinner! The ladies put on a GREAT show, playing Bon Scott era Ac/Dc songs. The lead singer is dating Foreigner's current lead singer (Kelly Hansen, who also produced their first CD) . We had decent seats (center stage, about 30' from the stage) . Foreigner's show was excellent (again) , but the set list was identical to the Mar 2005 show that we saw in the same venue. I bought both band's autographed CD's after the show; the Foreigner disc contained two extra live tracks that the commercial release didn't have from the Las Vegas 2005 concert!21 Jul 2006, Isleta Casino, Albuquerque, NM (? Opening Act/Pat Benatar) After waiting 20+ years to see Pat her performance was everything I hoped for and more. The casino had set up metal chairs in the part-time bingo hall (aka: low rent) ; we sat on the floor, stage left, about 15 rows back from the stage. Normal drunks around us that wouldn't shut up. Stage was decorated with a tropical theme. Pat & Neil looked great and performed just as well - Pat's voice is STILL phenomenal and Neil is one of rock's greatest unappreciated guitarists. GREAT show!6 Dec 2005, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM (? Opening Act/Dokken) One of the BEST Dokken shows I've attended! Don played guitar for two songs; John Levin played acoustical guitar for the opening to "Alone Again"; Don chose to sing off-harmonies with great effect instead of blowing out his voice with high notes (which he still pulled off) . An unusual assortment of songs was performed during the long set. When the show was finally over, Don stayed on stage to continue singing acapella with the crowd. Wow!12 Oct 2005, Cowboys, Albuquerque, NM (No Opening Act/.38 Special) This show was depressing. Having seen the band fill an arena in the mid-80's and this small C&W bar was barely half full (< 200 people?) . The show started VERY late and the band was missing Donnie Van Zant, which made for some interesting song interpretations. The band played the hits, to include the infamous hits-medley that .38 Special has included with their live set since the 1990's. Don Barnes voice hadn't changed since the 80's, and the drummer was phenomenal. Deserved a much better turnout from Albuquerque for the great show that they performed.3 Aug 2005, Journal Pavillion, Albuquerque, NM (No Opening Act/Journey) Played a 3 hour show with an intermission. First segment was 1970-1980; second segment was 1980-recent. Free copy of "Generations" CD provided to all ticket holders. Guitar solo included Voodoo Chile and Third Stone From The Sun medley. Drummer, keyboardist shared vocals with Steve Augeri.20 Jul 2005, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM (Shurman / Ted Nugent) Shurman sucked bad.. Ted was on FIRE! Ted was in great spirits, and was extremely funny at the expense of the Democrats that walked out of the venue! Played 20+ minute version of "Baby Please Don't Go". Barry Sparks sang vocals on two songs; Mick Brown played drums.26 Mar 2005, Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, NM (No Opening Act / Foreigner) Great inside venue with large screen TV's. Jeff Pilson (Dokken) on bass; John Bonham on drums; Kelly Hansen (Hurricane) on vocals. Kelly was fantastic - came into the crowd several times! Played a medley of Led Zeppelin songs. Mick Jones played keyboards and guitar - he looked pretty old, but sang and played like it was 1979!19 Mar 2005, NM Expo Grounds, "Blarney Bash",Albuquerque, NM (Hit Parade / Shit Happens /L.A. Guns /Dokken) An amazing 13 year old boy played guitar solos between sets with his dad - brought down the house! Hit Parade was an excellent covers band; same with Shit Happens, which ought to have a record deal - they were THAT GOOD! L.A. Guns were far better than I thought they'd be; the lead guitarist smoked, and the lead singer, aside from his gut hanging out, was able to hit 95% of the high notes. Dokken was a disappointment, with Don being the problem. His voice was off, and he couldn't remember lyrics (Escape, one of my favorite songs, was ruined) . John Levin played great, and Barry Sparks was all over the stage.27 Feb 2005, Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM (Enuff Znuff / Mike Tramp's White Lion) I didn't care for Enuff Znuff's music (too much like the Beatles for my taste) , but the lead singer/guitarist had some of the fastest fingers on a fret I've ever seen. During the White Lion set he autographed a picture using my chest as a backdrop for some guy standing next to me - I then got his autograph. White Lion ROCKED! The lead guitarist was certainly no Vita Bratta, but he didn't try to be. The entire band waited at the sales table to sign autographs; I got a drum stick from a roadie and several autographs; Mike was very personable and appreciative. GREAT SHOW!25 Oct 2004, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM (Fireball Ministry / Dio) I had never heard of Fireball Ministry; the lead singer/guitarist was horrid and kept making "evil eyes" while singing to the crowd, which looked ridiculous. The bass player was a short Asian woman who was KILLER! She was the star of the band; apparently her band mates didn't think so, as she was recently fired (big mistake) . Dio was AMAZING! Lead guitarist still has little stage personality; having Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot) on bass was extremely cool - Rudy goofed a couple of times, and he and Dio just smiled at each other. Very long show, several encores. Sound problems irritated Dio several times during the show (sound guy behind keyboardist, stage right) 13 Mar 2004, NM Expo Grounds, "Blarney Bash", Albuquerque, NM (Suicide Solution / ? Local Band / Booger / Queensryche) Suicide Solution was an AMAZING Ozzy Osbourne tribute band that ROCKED! The second local band was also killer, but I don't recall their name - they played quite a few original songs, but their cover songs were fantastic. Booger is a local band that features a local rock DJ - they were pretty good and played mostly cover songs. Queensryche did a great job, with Geoff Tate hitting more high notes than I though the could.21 Aug 2003, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM (Motorhead / Dio) Not much of a Motorhead fan; drummer and lead guitarist were certainly impressive. Dio SLAYED the crowd, which unfortunately were a typical Albuquerque crowd (rude, drunk, mosh pit) . Some a-hole threw something at Dio 2/3 into the set; I thought the show was over but Dio forged ahead like a pro. Sound problems plagued the show, which pissed Dio off immensely. Lead guitarist has the stage presence of a stick.13 Jul 2003, Midnight Rodeo,Albuquerque, NM (Vince Neil) Vince was a little overweight but his voice was dead-on, hitting every high note. Backup band wasn't anyone I recognized but did an admirable job. 80% Crue songs, 20% solo material. Vince got pretty upset several times with the sound guy (stage left) , and I thought he was gonna chug a beer bottle at the poor guy several times.3 Jun 2003, Journal Pavillion, Albuquerque, NM (Kenny Wayne Shepherd /Ted Nugent / ZZ Top) KWS played a solid set with Double Trouble (ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan) backing him up. Ted played a short set (60 min or so) - I got his autograph at a book signing event earlier that day at Winrock Mall (his wife Shemane was present also - both very pleasant) . Ted played his butt off! ZZ Top seemed a little sluggish, and the crowd didn't respond well to material from the last 2-3 albums, but older hits tore the house down. Billy played some really cool guitars; Dusty's voice was pretty rough sounding.16 Dec 2002, Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, NM (Brian Setzer Orchestra) Unfortunately the set list revolved around the new Christmas CD instead of the earlier releases - while eating dinner in the casino buffet we sat next to most of the band who were eating a small meal before the show!20 Dec 1998, The Outback, Tucson, AZ (Dokken) A solid show; didn't really care for Reb Beach on guitar (loved him in Winger though) . Got into the club early with my dad; as we walked in Jeff Pilson was walking next to us, so we struck up a small conversation. Jeff sat down next to Mick and Reb - I got their autographs on a small flyer before the show started! Great show.2 Jun 1997, The Outback, Tucson, AZ (Dokken) Last time I'd see George Lynch with the band. Great show; could hear them rehearsing Shadowlife material while we stood in line. George swapped out guitars often from his son (standing behind him, stage left) . Solid show - Don in great voice!13 Aug 1995, Fort Bliss Army Field, Summer Fest, El Paso, TX (Ann Wilson (from Heart) , Dokken, George Thorogood) Don't recall Ann's set. Dokken played a short set - guy standing next to me ruined the tape recording due to non stop yelling. George Thorogood played a long set.20 Mar 1995, Sneakers, San Antonio, TX (Stepchild / Cinderella) Don't recall opening act at all; Cinderella were excellent!13 Mar 1995, Sneakers, San Antonio, TX (Blackfoot) WOW! A killer show! Played all the hits, great crowd interaction.12 Mar 1995, Sneakers, San Antonio, TX (Warrant) This show surprised me - Warrant rocked a LOT harder than I thought they would. Encore included Queen songs, with several band members changing instruments.13 Aug 1988, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (Cinderella / Judas Priest) Don't remember Cinderella's set at all; Judas Priest was AMAZING! Started out with a blacked out stage with Rob above the stage singing Electric Eye to start the festivities. Amazing high notes!12 May 1988, The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA (Ted Nugent) Remember having trouble finding the venue, which was an old warehouse next to the ocean. Ted was on fire - halfway through the set the power was shut down, which REALLY made Ted mad - when it was restored he promptly walked to every amp onstage and maxed the volume to every one and resumed the concert. My ears never rang as bad as that EVER! Killer show!1 April 1988, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (? Opening Act / George Thorogood) Don't remember the opening act; I do remember George standing stage left on the floor next to the stage enjoying them though (I was about 6 rows up from George!) . George's set was KILLER! The whole coliseum was rocking BIG TIME!20 Jan 1988, Norfolk Scope, Hampton Roads, VA (Ted Nugent / Kiss) Ted Nugent was killer! Played quite a few songs from his just-released "Ted Nugent" album (black cover version) . Kiss was their normal "over-the-top" self and owned the show. Gene Simmons used a bass guitar that shot fireworks across the stage when a string was plucked during his solo.16 Nov 1987, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (Dokken / Aerosmith) I went to see Dokken, whose songs were EXTREMELY popular on MTV's Headbangers Ball at the time - they put on a killer, but short, set. Aerosmith put on a great show, whose set was broadcast over local FM radio (and widely bootlegged) . Unfortunately the Dokken set hasn't turned up in collecting circles; I have several versions of the Aerosmith show on CD.7 Oct 1987, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (Tesla / Def Leppard) One of the "in-the-round" shows; security kept walking around scolding those who stood up, which ended about 10 minutes into the show (crowd ignored security!) . Don't recall much about Tesla's set; Def Leppard had an amazing light show that was displayed onto the coliseum roof; played all the hits, and were spot-on for every song.30 Aug 1987, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (Whitesnake / Motley Crue) I went to hear Whitesnake, whose "1987" album was #1 on the charts (and Headbangers Ball) . Motley Crue BLEW ME AWAY - Tommy's drum set was insane (drum kit went backwards/forwards over the first dozen rows of the crowd) .20 Sep 1986, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA (? Opening Act / .38 Special) Don't remember the opening act. Dual drums onstage for .38 Special with a huge stage setup - great show!10 May 1987, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, CA (? Opening Act / Bon Jovi) Remember the Bon Jovi VERY well, as my room mate and I helped out quite a few ladies see the stage from our shoulders. One of the top 5 concerts I've EVER experienced!8 Mar 1984 or 1 Aug 1985 (possible dates) , Tucson, AZ (Loudness / Ratt) I had no clue who Loudness was - THAT changed after the set, as the lead guitarist was phenomenal! The lead singer's English wasn't that great. Ratt was KILLER, with Juan Croucier bouncing all over the stage like a madman.15 Jan 1984 (possible date) , Tucson, AZ (Jeff Healey / ZZ Top) Jeff's set was jaw-dropping.. to see a blind man bouncing all over the stage, playing his heart out - WOW. ZZ Top's stage was amazing, with elevator tracks on the floor to move them side-to-side, and a huge crane behind them that moved cars and other items all over the stage while they played. They brought out the white fuzzy guitars that spun 360 degrees for a few songs!6 Feb 1985, Phoenix, AZ (? Opening Act / Kiss) Another great Kiss show.1983?, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ (Blackfoot / Ted Nugent) Two KILLER sets from two killer bands! Remember driving home with my dad in his 240Z - the music was so loud that we were literally screaming at each other in the car, but were only 2' apart! Ted opened his set with massive guitar feedback while standing on top of a 7' high speaker stack.. he also wore his loincloth (and nothing else) with the tail sticking out the back.26 June 1977, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN (Sweet Inspirations / J.D. Sumner & The Stamps / Elvis Presley) To witness Elvis' final performance as your first ever concert experience - what a way to start! We had nose-bleed seats that my grandmother (who had seen Elvis in Indiana in the 1950's!) gave to our whole family. Dad took pictures (which I have, along with the concert book and ticket stub) . The entire arena lit up like it was daylight when Elvis walked onstage, and the craziness never stopped. Widely acknowledged as one of Elvis' finest 1977 concerts...