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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rambo IV: Mission Burma

Monday, October 30, 2006

Tuesday Rock Roundup 1031


The nominees for the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Class of 2007 were announced yesterday, including Van Halen, R-E-M, Patti Smith, and The Stooges. The winners will be announced in a few weeks, and the induction ceremony will take place in New York in March. No word as to whether or not Blondie will show up and fight with each other again.

Alice Cooper winds up his 2006 touring schedule with his annual Halloween show, this time in Mashantucket, Connecticut at the Foxwoods casino. Cooper will now turn his attention to a new album, which he plans to start working on in January, followed by another tour in 2007. Cooper will be on the Late, Late Show on C-B-S tonight. And of course, on the air here tonight at ten after Toni.

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has prostate cancer. He writes at [], "Since we've caught it very early, and it's small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery. I am feeling energetic as always, and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned." Phil also has new releases in stores today, which we'll get to shortly.

U-2's music is gaining a whole new audience thanks to the Episcopal church. Over 150 churches across 15 states are playing the band's songs during communion, calling it a U-2-Charist. It started in Maine, but when asked if they are worshiping Bono, Reverend Paige Blair told U-S-A Today, "Absolutely not."

Reports of a Yes and Asia tour next year are news to Yes singer Jon Anderson. Anderson, who's on tour in England with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, tells us he has "no idea about the Yes - Asia tour, not what I would be doing."

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony sat in with the Atomic Punks, a Van Halen tribute band, last week at a party for Yahoo.

Michael's buddy Sammy Hagar is producing a new Cabo Wabo brand of tequila next spring. Cabo Uno will come in a crystal decanter packaged inside a wood and leather box, and will probably be just as far out of my price range as Hagar's first tequila, if not further..

New in stores today on CD:

Phil Lesh & Friends Live at the Warfield (2 CDs + DVD and a 2 DVD version)
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell III
Queensryche Face to Face
And today, a 24-year wait is over for fans of The Who. The legendary band will release Endless Wire, its first studio album since 1982's It's Hard when there were still three members left in the band. There's a special edition with a concert DVD also.

New in stores today on DVD:

John Fogerty Long Road Home: In Concert
Mission Impossible III with that annoying guy.
Kissology which gives us a peek at the world of the band Kiss from 1974 to 1977.

Hall Of Fame Noms

The winners will be announced in a few weeks, but here's the list of nominees, some of whom will make the Class of 2007:

Van Halen (1st nomination)
The Ronettes (1st nomination)
REM (1st nomination) (1st year of eligibility)
The Dave Clark Five
Grandmaster Flash
Patti Smith
The Stooges
Joe Tex

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Two of my Favorite Costumes from The Howl

Two of my three favorites. Pete as Angus Young, and our winner for Best Costume. One of the bravest souls I've ever met.

I also loved the Breathalizer Dude, but my cell phone pic of him came out blurrier than I thought, so we'll have to wait for him to show up on The Peep Show at

Friday, October 27, 2006


Random Stupid News

Captain Underpants Pulled Down!

This sounds like a job for "Captain Underpants!" If the captain's creator were to write the story of the conflict this week at Long Beach, New York High School, it might open like this -- the evil school principal went insane with horror when he saw three girls strolling brazenly through hallways looking like caped crusaders. Naked caped crusaders. Principal Nicholas Restivo had a problem with the way the three seniors were dressed on Superhero Day -- they were dressed as "Captain Underpants." He issued them an ultimatum -- change clothes, cover up or leave school. Chelsea Horowitz, Ashley Imhof and Eliana Levin, all 17, left the school.

--Originally reported by Newsday.

Jockeys Too Hot for Firemen!

A city in Canada, under pressure for alleged sexual harassment within its fire department, has ordered firefighters to wear only boxer-style underwear. Richmond, British Columbia will spend more than 14-thousand dollars to buy six pairs of underwear for each firefighter in a bid to make fire stations in the suburb of Vancouver more gender neutral. A recent investigation of the department described its workplace culture as "characterized by juvenile and hostile behavior" toward female firefighters by their male colleagues. Firefighters strip off most of their clothes in order to don protective gear when responding to fire alarms and some of the men's underwear was deemed a little

--Originally reported by The Vancouver Sun.

License to Kill!

A young woman's goal of getting her driver's license crashed this week -- right into the license branch. The 20-year-old woman was pulling into a parking spot outside the license branch in Portage, Indiana when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The car jumped a small curb and went into the building about 1:30 p-m Tuesday, tearing out a large glass window and damaging a door and low brick wall. The driver and the examiner, who weren't identified, were not injured. The young driver failed the test.

--Originally reported by The Indianapolis Star.


Researchers are struggling to understand a rare medical condition in which sufferers unknowingly demand, or actually have, sex while asleep. Research into sexsomnia -- making sexual advances toward another person while asleep -- has been hampered as sufferers are so embarrassed by the problem they tend not to own up to it, while doctors do not ask about it. As yet, there is no cure for the condition, which often leads to difficulties in relationships. Most researchers view sexsomnia as a variant of sleepwalking, where sufferers are stuck between sleep and wakefulness, though sexsomniacs tend to stay in bed rather than get up and walk about.

--Originally reported by New Scientist magazine.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Tuesday Rock Roundup 1024

Don Henley will be honored as the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 9th during Grammy week in Los Angeles. He'll be recognized for his philanthropic causes -- from environmental issues through his Walden Woods Project and the Caddo Lake Institute, to artists' rights and his Recording Artists' Coalition. In addition to receiving his award, Henley will be honored with an all-star tribute concert.

Canada's Audio-Visual Preservation Trust has selected 2112, the fourth album by Rush (and my all-time favorite) as a MasterWork -- which means the 1976 album will be preserved for future generations. Similar to what the Library of Congress does in the U-S, the Trust protects classic Canadian works and selects 12 each year. The irony is, that it kind-of ties into the storyline of 2112 itself...where a person discovers music from the old days. Rush by the way are currently working on their first since full-length album since Vapor Trails in 2002.

Peter Gabriel has confirmed he will not be joining his former bandmates in Genesis when they hit the road for a reunion tour next year. Gabriel left the group in 1976, paving the way for Phil Collins to take over as vocalist. Phil quit the band 10 years ago. The management of Genesis will officially announce on Tuesday, November 7th that Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford will reunite for a world tour in 2007.

Pete Townshend of The Who tells Rolling Stone he "wouldn't pay money to go see The Who, not even with new songs." The Who is back out November 4th in Los Angeles.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently became the last band member to become a father for the first time. He and his wife Lani welcomed the arrival of a boy named Angel Ray Keala Hammett. The baby is healthy and already a better guitar soloist.

New On CD Today:

Paul Stanley Live To Win

Butchering The Beatles, with covers by artists like Alice Cooper, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Billy Idol, Alice In Chains and more.

New On DVD Today:

Robert Plant Robert Plant And The Strange Sensations

The Rolling Stones Time On Their Side

An American Haunting

Nacho Libre with Jack Black

Monster House


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tuesday Rock Roundup 1017

Wanna play with a rock star? Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead and Jon Anderson of Yes are both setting up individual rock fantasy camp-type operations. You cough up a bunch of money, and they teach you some of the basics of rock.

The rumors that Eric Clapton is reuniting the supergroup Blind Faith with Steve Winwood are untrue, according to Eric's people.

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, however, have reunited and are working on their first new album in 33 years. Yes, since 1973...

The plaster leg cast that Steven Tyler sported earlier this year following ankle surgery sold for just over a thousand dollars on E-Bay. Tyler will personalize his autograph. It currently says, "Walk This Way! Steven Tyler." Proceeds from the auction will go to the Middlesex Human Service Agency in Waltham, Massachusetts. Tyler chose the hospital because of its substance abuse, homelessness, education, and mental health programs.

New on CD:

Yet another Aerosmith Greatest Hits Collection called Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith. It's a single disc that spans their entire career, and it contains two new songs that have been around for a while, but have always ended up getting bumped off their albums. Keeping track? That makes 17 albums...and 21 Greatest Hits Collections.

The self-titled debut by Tribaljazz, featuring former Doors Drummer John Densmore

Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas

And next week there's a new solo album from Paul Stanley of Kiss.

New on DVD:

The Cars Unlocked

The Breakup with Vaughn & Aniston

The Omen remake that I have no urge to see

Over The Hedge

Season One of HBO's Big Love, which I highly recommend

Season Six of Charmed

Season Two of CSI: New York

Season Five of That 70s Show

Monday, October 16, 2006

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet-high marijuana plants.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wal*Mart Finally Completes Conversion To Evil

Assessing Wal-Mart's Controversial Christmas-Present Website


> BACKGROUND: Wal-Mart's launch of a new kind of "wish list" Christmas site for children has drawn the ire of consumer advocates. "If you show us what you want on your list, we'll blast it off to your parents," says an animated holiday elf named Wally who guides children through a seemingly endless conveyor belt of toys on the retailer's website. Children who click a "yes" button to have a product e-mailed to their parents hear a round of applause. If they click the "no" button, the rejected toy gets boxed up and unceremoniously sent to a dump truck. The animated Wally, and his elf friend Mary, characters with quirky accents and irreverent attitudes, are also the stars of an upcoming 60-second, 3-D spot that will run in cinemas this holiday season, and they will also appear in TV spots and in a special comic book that will be sent to children who visit the website of the nation's largest toy retailer. Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood is launching a letter-writing campaign among its 7,000 members asking Wal-Mart to close down the site. "Families have a hard enough time navigating holiday commercialism without the world's largest retailer bypassing parents entirely and urging children to nag," said Susan Linn, co-founder. "For a company that purports to be family-friendly and promote family values it's very disrespectful of both parents and children." What do you think?

> THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Did Wal-Mart overstep its bounds with a holiay website that allows children to build a toy wish list that the retailer e-mails to their parents?

Mr. T Video

This is so painful...

Note how the rude comments were fine until Mothers were invoked. Classic.

Here's a taste of the new show, which premiere's tonight:

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Tuesday Rock Roundup 1010

Phil Collins has become the first member of Genesis to announce that the group is reuniting. He told a Las Vegas Newspaper "I put my hand on my heart here -- I don't know what we're doing. I know we're going to get together to do some playing around, just to see how it feels." Hopefully he'll be careful in that process, because it's the same way I ended up engaged to be married when I was 21...

A source close to the Bob Dylan song inspired musical The Times They Are a Changin' tells FOX News that it could lose up to 10-million dollars by the time it opens on Broadway on October 26th.

Joe Walsh says he'd like to carry on with The James Gang now that their reunion tour is over, but the Eagles take precedence over anything he might do with the Gang. Walsh says that it's pretty much a sure thing that there will be an Eagles album next year, and that a James Gang D-V-D is also a possibility.

Jon Bon Jovi has been named Habitat for Humanity's worldwide ambassador.

Blondie's Deborah Harry and Chris Stein will do an acoustic set at C-B-G-Bs on Saturday. The legendary New York punk club will close its doors on Sunday after 33 years.

Rod Stewart celebrated today's release of Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time, by doing a show last night that was simulcast in 117 movie theaters, as well as the Nokia Jumbotron in Times Square. He's the subject of an A-and-E Biography tonight, and tomorrow hits both the CBS Early Show and Dancing With the Stars. Which is just sad...

Jimmy Buffett had a run-in with French authorities last week at an airport after a vacation in Saint-Tropez. Authorities allegedly claimed they found Ecstasy in his luggage. Buffett denies the charge, saying, "What was strange was that the search was being conducted as we were leaving, not arriving. No big deal -- I thought. I carry a few prescriptions, including a B vitamin supplement called Foltx. Well, that's the one that deflated the party balloon, for when they examined them you could see a heart on the pill. 'Ecstasy,' they said. I have never taken it and couldn't tell you the difference between a hit of Ecstasy and Excedrin P-M. Jimmy's new album, Take The Weather With You, is out today.

Also out on CD Today:

Sting Songs From The Labrynth
Eric Burdon Tobacco Road

New on DVD Today:

Adam Sandler's Click
Waist Deep with Tyrese Gibson
Season Four of Scrubs

Monday, October 09, 2006

Stories & Links 1009


Jim Thome Named AL Comeback Player of the Year

White Sox slugger Jim Thome is the American League recipient of the 2006 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award presented by Viagra.

Thome led wire-to-wire in the voting to win the award, re-establishing himself as one of the game's elite by hitting 42 home runs and driving in 109.

Robin Williams says he'd never run for political office himself, but he does have a few Hollywood friends he'd like to see elected. Williams tells us, "Dennis Miller at one point wanted to run for office, may even, and I think an interesting idea. He's a bright man and very opinionated, but also he believes. And Al Franken, I think he is or was thinking of running for office in Minnesota, and after Jesse Ventura, why not. You've had a wrestler, now a comic and after that a porn star. The Italians did it."

  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are planning a wedding for sometime in the first three weeks of November, before Thanksgiving. Finally, our long national nightmare is over.

  • Cat Lovers Lining Up for No-Sneeze Kitties
Published: October 6, 2006

A small California biotech company says it is ready to deliver the Holy Grail of the $35 billion pet industry: a hypoallergenic cat.

At the start of next year, the first kittens...which the company calls "lifestyle pets"...will go home to eager owners who have been carefully screened and have been on a waiting list for more than two years.

Since it announced the project in October 2004, the company (Allerca, of San Diego,) says it has received inquiries from people in 85 countries seeking to buy the cats. They are bred so that their glands do not produce the protein responsible for most human cat allergies.

Cats ordered now will take 12 to 15 months for delivery in the United States, 15 to 18 months in Europe. Cost: $4,000. And owners must pass Allerca's finicky screening tests...which include interviews for motivation and warmth. It's an approval process similar to adopting a child.

A new study by Indiana University suggests the popular "fake news" program, which last week featured Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as a guest, is just as substantive as network news coverage.


CBGB's in NYC is closing it's doors at the end of this month.

That blows. Clickity.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Topics for Monday:

  • North Korea conducted a Nuclear Weapons Test late last night
  • Bears slaughter Bills
  • Joe Torre out of work? A-Rod?
  • Colts eek out another close one...Lions look worse and worse every week
  • Craig is now 0-5 on the year for the Upset Special on The Pigskin Picks.
  • Tommie wins BOTH Fantasy Free For Alls
  • Irish beat Cardinal 31-10
  • Ravens/Broncos tonight on MNF...two of the leagues best teams
  • The Tuxedo is 120 years old today

About The Tuxedo

The tuxedo was invented by Pierre Lorillard IV of New York City according to one school of thought. However, some historians believe that the tuxedo was invented by King Edward VII.

Pierre Lorillard
Pierre Lorillard's family were wealthy tobacco magnates who owned country property in Tuxedo Park, just outside of New York City. At a formal ball, held at the Tuxedo Club in October 1886, the young Lorillard wore a new style of formal wear for men that he designed himself. He named his tailless black jacket the tuxedo after Tuxedo Park. The tuxedo caught on and became fashionable as formal wear for men.

British Origins
According to English clothing historian James Laver, the idea of wearing black for evening wear was first introduced by the nineteenth century British writer, Edward Bulwer-Lyttonn who wrote in 1828 that "people must be very distinguished to look well in black."
A resident of Tuxedo Park, James Brown Potter vacationed in England in the summer of 1886. Potter and his wife, Cora were introduced to the Prince of Wales {who later became King Edward VII} at a court ball in London. Potter asked the Prince for advice on formal dress. The Prince sent Potter to his own Saville Row tailor, Henry Poole & Co. Potter was fitted with a short black jacket and black tie that was unlike the formal tails with white tie that was worn in the United States for formal occassions.

The new tailless formal wear was said to have been designed by the Prince of Wales. The Prince and his tailor drew inspiration from the British military uniforms of the time, which used short jackets with black ties.

This is where the two origins meet. James Brown Potter took the design back to the Tuxedo Club, where Pierre Lorillard modified it, named it, and made it popular during the Autumn ball.

(for your James Bond Tuxedo Moments)

3 oz gin
1/2 oz MARTINI & ROSSI Extra Dry vermouth
Stir MARTINI & ROSSI Extra Dry vermouth and gin over ice cubes in mixing glass.
Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Big Doin's

I'm back from my little break, and I bring news:

  • I'll be live today from 5 to 7p at Martin's in Erskine Plaza to give away a Tailgate Package...and a pair of tickets to an upcoming Notre Dame home game!
  • GAS GAS GAS GIVEAWAY PARTY: Friday Night we're at Club Landing on Lincolnway in South Bend! Each of our $100 Gas Card winners has a shot to be the winner of a free year's supply of gas from Marathon and WAOR!
  • If you didn't win a gas card...come anyway. You'll have a chance to win two seats on the Rolling Stones Party Bus to Soldier Field October 11th.
  •'ll be your first opportunity to score exclusive invites to the Halloween Howl!
  • Speaking of which (or witch, in this case), The WAOR HALLOWEEN HOWL 2 is Friday Night October 27th at The Riverfront Cafe in Niles!
  • Get details on all of this WAOR.COM!

Sure sign of Bad Weather

Monday, October 02, 2006

Rock Roundup 1003

New Releases Today:


Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire
John Popper - John Popper
Lindsey Buckingham - Under The Skin


X-Men: The Final Stand
Thank You For Smoking
The remastered 2 DVD set Platinum Edition of Scarface
and if you have kids...the reissue special 2 DVD set of The Little Mermaid is out today.