This movie is mostly about the rise of Def Leppard until just after the accident that took Rick Allen’s arm. Talk about stopping before the end. This movie does give a great view of the story up to the Hysteria tour and the incredible pressure they were all under to keep topping themselves, but it really only introduces the next tragedy in the band when Steve Clark overdoses. But that would have been a downer to end the movie on. (If you want that story, read Runway Runaway by Lorelei Shellist.) At the end of Hysteria, Def Leppard is on top of the world with a yet bigger selling album than the last having overcome the tragedy that should have destroyed them. Some of the hair and make up is a little distracting, but it was the 80’s, a lot of the actual hair and make up was distracting.
There are a ton of songs (okay, a few), but this is the one I was thinking of. I love the haunting chorus.
This movie is fairly obscure and that makes me sad, because it’s a great little film with a lot of layers. There’s the band layer and the household layer and the twist. Alicia Silverstone really held her own along side Peter O’Toole and Joan Plowright. It’s light and funny with some heartwarming turns. And then there’s that twist that I won’t ruin for you.
There’s a very special place in my heart for AA. I have known a lot of people who belong and it saved their lives. I also live three blocks from AA founder, Dr. Bob’s house, but that was an accident. However, every time I see people visiting the house, it makes me a little misty because I know it was hard work for them to beat their addiction and I honestly don’t know if I would have the strength. Based on my relationship with chocolate, my odds are not good.
This was also my first chance to really dig into a story about recovery. Kensington was not keen on the idea of recovery romance at the time. To be fair, I was not keen on Kensington at the time either. Not after the complete boondoggle they had made of my Drawn To the Rhythm releases. (My loss is your gain though. They have all of those novels priced at bargain basement prices.)
Back to recovery romance. One of the things that happens in that people in recovery have problems with relationships. They need help, but they are surrounded by broken people and people who remind them of their addiction so frequently the relationships they have early in recovery don’t survive. Angie had suffered through a bunch of those and assumed this was another so she might as well take the paycheck. But it wasn’t. Alan was further along.
And then there’s Alan’s parents who were—ill-equiped, shall we say, to handle their son’s fame, addiction, or children. This is the second book in the series and the complete set is only on sale during the pre-order period. Release day it goes back to full price, so don’t dally.
I was trying to see if they were all on the same stage because they swore they would never preform on the same stage after the Hell Freezes Over tour and for a while there they had a segmented stage so that they could keep their word. Petty, rock star style.
This is the movie starring Meatloaf, not the series of the same name (which I, oddly, have not seen.) Blondie, Alice Cooper, Roy Oribison, Hank Williams, jr. It’s worth watching just for the star spotting, but it’s also fun as an artifact of 70’s touring. Certainly worth a rainy spring afternoon.
Then my laptop was stolen. Seriously, on my birthday even. My husband and I had gone out for dinner and when we got back everything looked normal in our hotel room, but why was the window open? And wait a minute, where’s my laptop?
Thieves had broken the window lock and slid it over enough to reach the door lock, then let themselves in. They grabbed my husband’s carry on bag and threw all the cash and valuables they could find in it before hieing off over the hill away from the desk, discarding stuff as they went. We found business cards, receipts, and Seoul subway cards along the path over the crest of the hill. I don’t take my laptop on vacation anymore and my iPad fits in the room safe.
Between the theft and the contest sucking up all my attention, I didn’t get to finish the book until I was in Chile, which is why the scene changed from the Philippines to Brazil. Of course, in chilly Chile, I needed the warm beaches as much as Tara did.
This is the first book in the series and the boxed set will be out in a month. I’m running a pre-order sale so the normally $5.99 boxed set is a mere 99¢ until release day. Grab it now or kick yourself later.