Michael Cavacini

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Meeting Burt Young & Dr. Ruth

IMG_6993Last Saturday I decided to do the Rocky Run for the first time, mainly because of the cool-looking medals everyone received for completing the 10k run/walk, which you can see in the image below. It’s also worth noting that the money raised by this sold-out event benefited the Special Olympics. IMG_5531I also learned a few days prior to the Rocky Run that Burt Young, the actor best known for playing Paulie in the Rocky films, was going to be doing an art show in Atlantic City the same night as the run/walk. So, I thought to myself: why not do the Rocky Run and then meet an actor from the film franchise in the same day?FullSizeRender (46) (1)Burt was very nice and after my girlfriend took of photo of us together, he said: “Now I want to get a photo with the pretty girl.” And I took a photo of her and Burt. His artwork was interesting, and the art gallery was beautiful. All in all, it was a fun and eventful day. IMG_6997Just a few days after meeting Burt Young, I met another celebrity, the 87-year-old sex therapist and pop culture icon Dr. Ruth. She was at the National Museum of American Jewish History being interviewed by a WHYY reporter about her incredible life and career.FullSizeRender (51)The reporter’s discussion with Dr. Ruth was enlightening because I didn’t know much about her background. It was inspiring to hear about the difficult times Dr. Ruth overcame to accomplish what she has. And, as expected, she delivered these stories with the energy and high-pitched voice she’s known for. FullSizeRender (50)After the event, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ruth, get a photo with her and have her sign a copy of her new book for me. She was as nice as could be and asked me what line of work I’m in. In addition to telling her about my full-time career, I mentioned that I minored in Sociology as an undergrad and that I found her work to be interesting. FullSizeRender (49)Meeting two wildly different celebrities – Burt Young and Dr. Ruth – within a few days of each other was terrific. Both events were enjoyable and informative, and both celebrities were kind and gracious. You can’t ask for more than that.

James Patterson Honored At National Book Awards

IMG_7083Last night I attended the National Book Awards in New York City, an annual event hosted by the National Book Foundation. My reason for going was to see James Patterson receive the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Past recipients of this award include Maya Angelou and Dave Eggers.  Read more…

Undertaker: 25 Years Of Destruction


This year marks the Undertaker’s 25th anniversary in wrestling, so it’s only fitting that DK Publishing should release a beautiful hardback book celebrating this occasion. Below is my review of Undertaker: 25 Years of Destruction.

Music Review – A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-CD Box Set

nightmare_layout_2048x2048With it being Halloween, I figured now was the perfect time to review the recently release CD box set celebrating the original Nightmare on Elm Street films. This deluxe collection contains nearly three hours of bonus tracks and is beautifully packaged. However, it’s limited to only 2,000 copies. If you’re curious about whether or not you should pick one up before they’re gone, watch my video review below:

Book Review – Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films

BondbyDesignWith newest James Bond film, Spectre, about to hit theaters, several new 007 books are hitting the market, including Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by DK Publishing. For a look what’s inside this big, beautiful book, check out my video review below:


Book Review – Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever

W10218I recently picked up a copy of the new WWE book, Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever. Below are my thoughts on it and whether or not it’s worth your time and money.

Ace Frehley Invades PA

IMG_5271I missed Ace Frehley’s concert last week in New Hope because of Philadelphia being under lockdown as a result of the Pope’s visit. But yesterday I made sure I was in Oaks, PA to meet and get my photo taken with Ace at the All Things That Rock Festival. Not only did my photo turn out great, I got to interview “Space Ace” and Ken Kelly, an artist famous for creating iconic album artwork, including KISS’ Destroyer and Love Gun, as well as Ace’s latest solo album: Space InvaderRead more…

A Conversation With Neal “Vortex” Schon

303Neal Schon is my favorite guitarist and, in my opinion, the greatest melodic rock guitarist of all time. He’s written classic songs, played legendary riffs and had a prolific solo career that is unparalleled in the music industry.

On the heels of the release of his latest solo album, Vortex, which is terrific, Neal took the time to grant me an interview. Speaking with him was an absolute honor, and we covered a lot of ground in our discussion. We spoke about everything, including his thoughts on working with Steve Perry, John Waite and Deen Castronovo, as well as how his latest masterpiece, Vortex, came to fruition.

I hope you enjoy the interview. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Vortex. If you’re a classic rock fan, or just someone who appreciates inspired instrumental music, you’ll love it.

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Alive ’75 Rocks Newton

IMG_0134Last weekend I saw one of the greatest KISS tributes ever: Alive ’75. If you read my post from earlier this month, you know what they’re all about.Below are videos and photos I took at the concert in Newton, NJ. It was an absolute blast and has me even more excited for their concert on November 21 at Montgomery County Community College, which is going to be an all-day KISS celebration. If you’re in the Philadelphia-area, make sure to check it out.

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Blue Sky Riders Announce New Album Docuseries

Blue Sky Riders

Photo Credit: Joe Newberry.

The Blue Sky Riders, a wonderful country-rock group with Kenny Loggins at the helm, just announced a new docuseries, All Access Passproviding fans with an inside look at the creative process behind their upcoming album, Why Not, which is officially coming out in 2016.

Stay tuned because when Why Not is release in 2016, I’m going to interview Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr. In the meantime, the full press release announcing the details of the Blue Sky Riders’ All Access Pass is below, as well as the band’s latest tour dates and a video.

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