If a fan film like Rafael Segnini's can produce results like this, why hasn't someone turned Shogun Warriors into a film franchise yet?
The short is a fan-film for the 1985-1986 Japanese tokusatsu series Space Wolf Juspion. The title of the video in English, “Juspion 3D: Transformation of Daileon/Mad Gallant – Definitive Preview,” also refers to Daileon, the massive ship that turns into a robot, and Mad Gallant, the evil metal man whom Juspion fights later in the short.
And if it seems like Juspion’s look is familiar to you, it’s because it’s part of Toei’s larger series Metal Heroes, some of which Saban adapted into VR Troopers and Big Bad Beetleborgs. He even uses the Daileon song, as sung by Akira Kushida.
Will probably take a few years for everyone to forget the Pacific Rim movies anyway! 😁
I've told this story to a few people over the years but I don't believe ever in public and definitely not online. Prepare to be chilled to the bone as I reveal to you a real life example of how impulsive actions could have dire consequences.
Today marks my 25th year working for the leader in drums and percussion, Pearl Corporation. A LOT has happened during that time and I couldn't begin to cover it all in a single post (it would make a great book though) but here are a few thoughts. Growing up in TX, I would listen to albums while pouring over drum catalogs and listing out my massive imaginary kit. It was a thrill to see the latest models, finishes, configurations, hardware, technology, and which artists would be featured. Because of my affiliation with Pearl, I'm part of the team that brings the latest and greatest gear to drummers all over the world and I've had the privilege of working closely with some of the drummers I grew up listening to... and meeting a ton of new incredible players along the way. Thanks to the long list of people who are and have been a part of the Pearl crew over the years... you guys are the best!
In celebration, I got a wrap job on one of my kits in preparation for when live performances are a regular thing again. It's a 2012 prototype kit so there are no badges but it is essentially the current MCT thin 6-ply maple shell spec but now in Blue Abalone wrap.
24x18 / 22x18 / 10x8 / 12x9 / 13x10 / 14x14 / 16x16 / and I'm working on a very special component to go with it.
This was stitched together from 3 separate Polariod pics in order to show the entire drumline. I believe this is from a '86 or '87 lot rehearsal for our out of town performance for State Football Championships. Because drumlines are mostly made up of right handers, I had to lead with my right (or find double stroke cheats) so that we have the same sticking visuals... a good lesson to learn early on.
My POV while in the sound booth with Dennis Chambers at NAMM 2005... 🐐🥁
I setup kits for the scheduled artists and teched while they played just in case something went wrong or a microphone fell. While doing this, I had a camera in my right hand that broadcasted the feed to a giant screen on top of the booth... for those who couldn't get close... and sound was blasted through a large PA system. In my left hand, I had my old Olympus point-&-shoot camera taking stills throughout the performances and that's where this pic is from. I'd get a few good shots out of the 50 I blasted out but that's the way it is even in the best of scenarios.
I've been a lot of performances with Dennis over the years and it is ALWAYS a complete thrill to see him in action... living history right in front of your face!
On This Day In 1999: I saw 'Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace'
AKA 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Slow and Carefree Decline of the Movie Franchise'.
The first 'luxury' item I bought for my apartment in the mid-90's was a nice pillow from Pier 1. That brought the total to a couch, 13" tv, mattress, stop sign, and a nice pillow.
The retailer announced that it is closing all 540 of its stores in the US and Canada in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in February, but was unable to find a buyer.
I'm always looking for new 'soundcheck beats' or intro ideas so I made a list on Spotify and it's over 900 songs now. It covers a lot genres and types of intros from a one bar of toms Phil Collins-style to a Questlove flam that has a ton of attitude.
I recommend listening on Shuffle mode to not only get inspired but also discover some new music... or relove some once familiar ones.
Send me a message if I forgot that one song you need to have on there...