Tournament of Rock IV: Bon Jovi vs. Boston

I expected a closer contest, but I overestimated the Van Hagar fanbase, I guess. Regardless, Eric Clapton spanked Van Halen 2.0 pretty soundly, hauling in 72% of the vote. Slowhand moves on to face the winner of the AC/DC-Phil Collins match in the Great 8.

Maybe this faceoff will generate some drama at the polls: it’s the fifth seeded boys who gave love a bad name vs. #12, just another band out of Boston, on the road to try to make ends meet.

fikshun: Some would argue that the Three Mile Island accident was the most toxic disaster to waft across the Eastern seaboard.  I’m not so sure.

Bonesparkle: Bon Jovi has so adroitly shifted and adapted to address the evolving fancy of the marketplace, from hair metal to housewife rock to country, that I find myself praying for polka to make a major comeback. Seriously, can somebody with Photoshopping skills cobble me together a shot of Jon in lederhosen? On a horse or a motorcycle – either way works.

Me: People say Boston kept making the same record over and over. While this is true, at least it was a good record. Peter Cetera kept making the same record over and over, too, and if you don’t get where I’m going with this I can post some videos for you.

Up first, the Pride of Sayreville, New Jersey. (Thank me – I almost posted their cover of “Hallelujah.” But I decided that this was WAY more fun. As in, almost as much fun as watching Billy Squier dance.)

My friends who saw Boston live say this was the highlight of the show.

Click to vote.

Here’s the up-to-date bracket.

ArtSunday: photography for the holidays (and any other day) from 5280 Lens Mafia

Our sister site, the 5280 Lens Mafia photoblog, launched not long back, and we continue to produce some very nice work. I thought I’d take a few moments to share some recent shots from the team, which I think you’ll enjoy.

Let’s get the show off to a seasonal start with this from Greg Thow (who has featured here at S&R, as well).

S&R mainstay Dr. Denny is the king of the nature macro photo, and two of his latest are absolutely stunning winter shots.

Former S&R staff photographer Dawn Farmer just got back from London. This is from a wonderful light box sequence she shot at the Tate Modern.

Greg Stene (who lived with Denny and me for two years in grad school and who has never quite been the same) offered up this interesting take: a black and white shot of the Painted Desert.

Andrea Frantz took this wonderful pic at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Apparently my colleagues like to travel. Here’s another shot from the road: Kelly Bearden and the Christian Science Plaza in Boston.

Back in October, Michael Pecaut shared this one with us. The vantage: Monet’s window. Yes, that’s the pond you’re looking at.

I freakin’ love this self-portrait from Dan Ryan, which I assume will be used on the cover of the next Dan Ryan & Double Trouble CD.

Stuart O’Steen is simply remarkable when it comes to capturing people. Here’s a great one from around Halloween.

Here’s my favorite shot from Manuela Marin Salcedo’s outstanding series on cheerleaders.

While Tom Yulsman specializes in stunning nature photography, perhaps his most compelling shot of late was this one, taken at an Obama rally in Boulder a few days before the election.

Let’s finish this series up on a big holiday note. Stuart and I went to the Parade of Lights here in Denver last week. And it was just a little creepy, honestly. Take these two, for instance.

Finally, here’s something from our newest member, Dan Chick (who some S&R readers will remember, as he was an integral part of our 2008 DNC coverage team). Ho Ho WHOA!

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Happy holidays from S&R and our friends at 5280 Lens Mafia.