WOW this is cool!!!

Hey Guys,

So a few months back I was packing up some internet orders from LTCDS.com and noticed a familiar name. MATT GROENING. Could this be the REAL Matt Groening, the creator of THE SIMPSONS?  Well I am such a HUGE fan I decided to throw in a free Looney Tunes T-Shirt in his order along with a letter letting him know what big fans we all are of the Simpsons. SO….low and behold…..This is what I received in my mail today.

HOW COOL IS THIS!!!!

Karl Jr
Looney Tunes

Record Store Day 2011 Recap

Looney Tunes Record Store Day 2011 Recap

(pictures here on our Facebook page)

It’s Tuesday morning here in West Babylon. I had to take yesterday off after working Saturday and Sunday. I needed time to recoup from the busiest day in our 40 year history.

HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY?

I got to the store at about 7:45am Saturday morning to find about 60 people lined up. I asked them when they got there. The first two people on line arrived at 4:00am to be the first on line. WOW That’s insane I said. They just laughed and said they NEEDED TO BE FIRST! The next few people said they lined up at 6:00am. As we were talking I noticed the line keep growing. Apparently there were about 30 more people in their cars and as soon as they saw me they ran on line. By the time we opened up the doors at 9:00am there were about 200 people already on line. WOW – it just got my juices flowing for what I was sure was going to be a killer day.

Our friends at Blackheart Record were on hand at 8:30 am to hand out free coffee to everyone on line, which was desperately needed.

When the doors opened at 9:00am it was like nothing I have ever seen in my retail history. It was an EXPLOSION. People were flying everywhere and grabbing everything. Most customers purchased 5 or more items. Our average sale for the day was over $70! By 1:00pm we were already ahead of last years sales and it never stopped.

When we closed the doors at 10:00pm we had seen the busiest day in our history.

We had over 850 customers Saturday and sales that were 81% higher then RSD 2010!

I could not have done this alone. I want to thank all the amazing bands that helped share this special day with us: Kevin Devine, Thursday, The Pretty Reckless, Alex Skolnick, Grace Read, Tiger Riot and Hotel of the Laughing Tree. The music was unbelievable all day long and we sold a ton of these artists CDs and LPs. The great people of Island Music Labs came down and donated their time the whole day to do sound and record everyone’s performance. I also want to thank Blackheart Records for the free coffee and our new friends The Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. The Brickhouse Brewery came down at 1:00pm with a keg of their home brew and sold beer for $2 a cup. Together we took 100% of the money and donated it to the American Red Cross Japan Relief fund. We were able to raise $285 for the Red Cross. We also raffled off a pair of tickets to the Broadway play RAIN – thank you to our friends at RAIN for this great promo.

Please visit all our friends at:

http://hotelofthelaughingtree.com

http://tigerriot.comhttp://gracereadmusic.com

www.alexskolnick.comwww.brickhousebrewery.com

www.islandmusiclab.com

www.theprettyreckless.com

www.thursday.net

www.kevindevine.com

www.blackheart.com

http://www.raintribute.com

And a very special thank you to our great staff.

NEXT UP —— LOONEY TUNES 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN AUGUST – STAY TUNED

Thanks Guys!

Karl Jr.

Looney Tunes

DIO “Holy Diver” Limited Edition Picture Disc LP – We got em!

Artist- DIO
Title – HOLY DIVER – PICTURE DISC LP VINYL
Price – $29.99


WAS SOLD OUT!!! BUT NOT NOW!!!!

OK WE FOUND 25 more copies but these are the LAST COPIES WE WILL EVER GET! We had to raise the price to $39.99 each because we bought these last 25 from another CD store and paid full retail for them ourselves. THESE WILL STILL COME WITH 2 DIO REAL PASSES.

CHECK BACK ON TUESDAY JANUARY 4th TO SEE IF WE GOT MORE INSTOCK!

There were only 1000 pressed and it is now out of print!!

Free Item! Also get for FREE 2 real unused backstage pass from one of Dio’s tours!!!

This is a VERY RARE ITEM NOW. There were only 1000 pressed of this Holy Diver LP Picture Disc and we have the last ones available! BUT you also get something very cool for FREE! You will also receive 2 very cool real back stage passes from one of Dio’s tours. These are real back stage passes that were not used. We received the passes from Wendy Dio, Ronnies wife as a free gift to give away to Looney Tunes customers with purchase of this rare LP.

Dio: Ronnie James Dio (vocals, keyboards); Vivian Campbell (guitar); Jimmy Bain (keyboards, bass); Vinny Appice (drums). Recorded at Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California. Despite recording two hit studio albums with Black Sabbath (1980’s HEAVEN AND HELL and 1981’s THE MOB RULES) and playing throughout the world to huge crowds, Ronnie James Dio left the band in 1982-the year of his final release with Sabbath, the in-concert LIVE EVIL. As soon as the announcement of his departure was made official, Dio began to put together his first solo project. Joining him were former Rainbow bandmate Jimmy Bain on bass, former Sabbath bandmate Vinny Appice on drums, ex-Sweet Savage guitar hero Vivian Campbell, and newcomer Claude Schnell on keyboards. HOLY DIVER, Dio’s band debut, was issued in 1983. The album quickly became a favorite among headbangers worldwide and eventually earned the group platinum certification. The somewhat upbeat sounding “Rainbow in the Dark” was an MTV favorite, while the plodding title track proved to be another standout. Other album highlights include the opening anthem “Stand Up and Shout,” “Invisible,” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” HOLY DIVER proved that Dio’s departure from Black Sabbath had not affected his spirits. In fact, he sounds most inspired here, aided by his new, hungry backing band.


DIO LIVE CD with FREE REAL OLD BACKSTAGE PASS!!

Artist- DIO
Title – Dio At Donington Uk: Live 1983 & 1987
Price – $14.99
Free Item – A real unused backstage pass from on of Dio’s tours!

Pick up the new CD live double CD set and get a FREE Dio backstage pass! These passes are REAL unused passes from some of Dio’s old tours. This is a VERY VERY cool free item and the CD is absolutely amazing. If you are a DIO fan you gotta have this one!

The first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio, will be “Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987”. Due on November 9, the two-CD deluxe digipak comes with a booklet filled with rare photos from both concerts. It also includes both “All Access” backstage laminates from 1983 and 1987.

1983 was the first time DIO played in the United Kingdom and the band’s first show just happened to be the legendary Monsters Of Rock event.

“Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987” features material that was recorded on two different tours — the “Holy Diver” trek from 1983 and the “Dream Evil” tour from 1987.

“Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987” track listing:

CD 1: 1983

01. Stand Up and Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Rainbow In The Dark
05. Holy Diver
06. Drum Solo
07. Stargazer
08. Guitar Solo
09. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. Starstruck
12. Evil Eyes

CD 2: 1987

01. Dream Evil
02. Neon Knights
03. Naked In The Rain
04. Rock ‘N’ roll Children
05. Long Live Rock ‘N’ roll
06. Rock ‘N’ Roll Children (reprise)
07. The Last In Line
08. Holy Diver
09. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. All The Fools Sailed Away ~ The Last In Line
12. Rainbow In The Dark


KICK ASS CD!!!! Black Country Communion!

Band: Black Country Communion
Album: Black Country Communion
Label
: JNRA
Release Date
: Out now
By Karl Jr.

CD – $14.99

LP – $29.99

Hey Guys,

Are you ready to rock? Then RUN to Looney Tunes and get this CD. Better yet get it on VINYL! Black Country Communion is Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian.

Black Country Communion is a devastating head-on collision between American and British rock influences—a true supergroup that delivers a titanic rock experience greater than the sum of its supremely talented parts. The seed for Black Country Communion was planted when legendary frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and master blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa combined forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event.
The brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), the band added to its rock lineage with powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). Named after the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, Black Country Communion began rehearsing and recording tracks written by both Bonamassa and Hughes at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010. Their new Album, which has yet to be named, will debut in September 2010. The band is planning a tour of select venues in 2011.

Black Country Communion is a devastating head-on collision between American and British rock influences—a true supergroup that delivers a titanic rock experience greater than the sum of its supremely talented parts. The seed for Black Country Communion was planted when legendary frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and master blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa combined forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event.
The brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), the band added to its rock lineage with powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). Named after the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, Black Country Communion began rehearsing and recording tracks written by both Bonamassa and Hughes at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010. Their new Album, which has yet to be named, will debut in September 2010. The band is planning a tour of select venues in 2011.

Black Country Communion band members:

Glenn Hughes:
‘The Voice Of Rock’ is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer, with 80+ gold and platinum albums and collective sales of over 100 million units to his name. Glenn has been at the forefront of the music scene since first achieving success in 1970 with his band Trapeze, before going on to worldwide recognition in 1973 when he joined one of the most popular bands in the world, Deep Purple. Hughes’ R&B-infused bass lines and explosive vocal range blazed throughout the band’s hugely successful world tours and albums, including their classic 1974 release, Burn.
Following Deep Purple’s split in 1976, Hughes made countless guest appearances as a vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter on other artists’ albums, including Black Sabbath’s Seventh Star.
Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and South America in support of solo albums, including the acclaimed Soul Mover and his most recent release, First Underground Nuclear Kitchen, both featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Joe Bonamassa:
Part prodigy, part virtuoso, (the rest being mercilessly honed guitar skills and tireless work ethic) Joe Bonamassa has been building his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players since his career started, at age 12, performing with B.B. King.
Heavily influenced by British and Irish rock legends like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Rory Gallagher, Bonamassa went on to tour and perform with artists including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Bad Company, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman before beginning his recording career in the early ‘90s with Bloodline, a hard-charging rock-blues band with the sons of Robby Kreiger (The Doors), Miles Davis and Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers Band). Going solo as a singer/songwriter, Bonamassa recorded his critically acclaimed debut album, A New Day Yesterday, with legendary producer Tom Dowd.
Barley into his 30s with twenty years of experience in the music business and recorded a total of ten albums on his own independent label J&R Adventures (six of which debuted at 1 on the Billboard’s Blues Chart), Bonamassa sold out London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall in less than a week in 2009 for a stunning performance filmed for the DVD Joe Bonamassa: Live From Royal Albert Hall, featuring a guest appearance by Eric Clapton. “Always on the road,” Bonamassa performs his transformational live act at more than 200 concerts around the world each year including touring during 2010 in support of his most recent release, the Billboard blues 1(and 39 on the Top 200 Chart) album Black Rock, and plans to reunite with Eric Clapton for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.

Jason Bonham:
The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep’s legendary John Bonham. Inheriting the best of his father’s skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique, Bonham blasted onto the world stage at age 17 with the band Air Race, opening for huge draws like Queen, Meat Loaf and AC/DC. In 1988, Bonham took his father’s spot in the televised, first-ever Led Zeppelin reunion at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Concert. Later that year, Bonham toured with Jimmy Page and recorded his album, Outrider.
Earning a gold record on the track “Wait for You” from his solo album The Disregard of Timekeeping, Bonham went on to team up with Paul Rodgers, Slash, David Gilmore and Jeff Beck to record the Grammy-nominated album, Tribute to Muddy Waters.
Bonham has made a career of stunning audiences around the world, touring with The Healing Sixes and Foreigner and rejoining his late father’s band members for the most anticipated concert of all time, 2007’s Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 Arena. In 2006, Bonham recorded the year’s top billboard blues album, You and Me with Joe Bonamassa.

Derek Sherinian:
A versatile keyboardist who mixes technical proficiency with distinctively raw power, Derek Sherinian has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in rock. Sherinian got his big break in 1989, touring with legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper in support of the multi-platinum albums Trash and Hey Stoopid.
In 1991, Sherinian caught the attention of Gene Simmons, joining Kiss for their Revenge tour and recording Alive III. Moving into progressive rock, Sherinian joined Dream Theater in 1994, recording three albums and performing on two world tours.
Going solo in 1999, Sherinian has recorded six albums, teaming up with legends including Billy Idol, Slash, Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather (Toto) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne) to create a catalogue of music that fuses hard rock intensity with dynamic, jazz-infused flair.

Peace…Karl Jr.

Roger Waters – THE WALL CONCERT

Hey Guys!

So one of my good friends, Frank, calls me two weeks ago on Sept 12th and asks me…

“HEY- WHAT ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT?”

I tell him I am working at Looney Tunes until 7pm. He says…..”NO YOU’RE NOT I’M COMING TO GET YOU NOW TO TAKE YOU TO A SHOW”

I asked him what show and he tells me he can’t tell me it’s a secret……….I say….”OK SEE YOU SOON!”

You have to understand my friend Frank. He is the head of the college marketing department at SONY MUSIC. If Frank says he has a cool show for me to go to, I usually believe him. So here comes Frank with a big smile on his face and he throws me in his car to drive to the IZOD CENTER in NJ. Once we get in the car he tells me.

“WE ARE GOING TO SEE ROGER WATERS – THE WALL CONCERT’

Frank and I are HUGE Pink Floyd fans and I almost loose it! I say to him…Dude that tour has not started yet, I have tickets for that at Nassau Coliseum on Oct 13th… He tells me we are going to a PRIVATE DRESS REHEARSAL ONLY OPEN TO SONY FRIENDS AND FAMILY

OH S*&T!!!!

Needless to say as soon as we walk in I see the set up for the show. WOW! OMG THIS IS SICK!!! Roger Waters comes out and does the entire show from beginning to end with all the bells and whistles for about 700 people.  If you remember the original show from 1980 this is about the same show with all the technology of 2010. The Wall gets built up during the entire show and then gets destroyed at the end. There are lasers, huge screens, actors running up and down the aisles, 200 ft balloon characters. THE SHOW IS UNBELIEVABLE!

I BEG YOU ALL – GO TO THIS SHOW!! IT WILL BE THE BEST CONCERT OF YOUR LIVES!!!

ROGER WATERS IS PLAYING NASSAU COLISEUM ON OCTOBER 12th and 13th. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

BUY TICKETS HERE

It was 3 years ago today that I thought it was all over….

Dear Friends,

August 29th 2007 was one of the worst days of my life. Its the day Looney Tunes burnt down to the ground. I remember receiving the phone call from an employee at midnight telling me that there was a fire at the store and I better get to the store quick. I arrived at the scene to see our entire building up in flames. As I sat on the curb watching my store burn to the ground, a fireman came up to me and said…”No one was hurt, that’s the most important thing…and something GOOD will come of this”. It was dificult to see what good could come from my 36 year old store burning to the ground. BUT HE WAS RIGHT! Our store now is better then ever. I miss the old store for sure, but I am very proud of what we have accomplished in these 3 years. Next year will be the 40th anniversary for Looney Tunes…Just wait to see what I have in store! LOL!

Thank you to everyone for supporting us over the last 39 years and the last 3!

Karl Jr.
Owner

The old store.
Store burning on August 29th, 2007
We did rebuild.
Hard at work on the new store
We hand built everything inside
Moments before the grand re-opening
Re-Grand Opening day Dec 1st, 2007 - we had over 1000 friends stop by that day. Its a day I will remember with great joy for the rest of my life.
The new store front