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Friday, December 28, 2007

Phriday Photo Phinish

Santa Claus arrives at a base in Baghdad


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Heatherless Headlines

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

22 Million Copies

While we wait for AC/DC to record their first studio album since 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, their 1980 classic Back in Black has been certified 22-times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for US sales of more than 22 million copies. Back in Black was AC/DC's first album with Brian Johnson following the death of vocalist Bon Scott in 1980.



For some ungodly reason, the exceptional Sci Fi classic from the 50's The Day The Earth Stood Still is being remade. Principal shooting began December 12th in Vancouver.

Keanu Reeves (whooooa) will be starring as Klaatu, which would be like casting Lindsay Lohan as Maria in a remake of The Sound Of Music.

After the Tom Cruise treatment that was given to The War Of The Worlds, another great 50's Sci-Fi remake that offended the senses (they should have just called it Dakota Fanning Screaming and been done with it...), I'm more than a little nervous about this.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays From Tommie & The Bartender!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Entertainment News

Fans of the "Lord of the Rings" can get excited again, as Peter Jackson has agreed to produce two films based on "The Hobbit". Jackson, who recently settled a dispute with New Line Cinema over income from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, revealed: "I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth." "The Hobbit" films, based on JRR Tolkien's book are set to be released in 2010 and 2011. No director has been announced for "The Hobbit" films as yet, but Sir Ian McKellen says he would be interested in reprising his role as Gandalf.

She can't get her act together on Grey's Anatomy, but in real life, Katherine Heigl has romance down to a science. The Emmy winner swapped vows with musician Josh Kelley on Sunday in private nuptials in picturesque Park City, Utah. The 30-minute ceremony was atended by a small gathering of friends and family.

Chicago police are investigating a vehicle that crashed into the downtown studio of WLS-TV (ABC-7) during the top of last night's evening news, causing no injuries. Just after 10 p.m., a loud noise was heard inside the studio and on the air, startling weekend anchor Ravi Baichwal. A police spokesman, Officer David Banks, said early this morning that the investigation was only in its early stages. Banks said it was not immediately clear why the male driver of a Mazda MPV with Indiana license plates plowed into the studio's reinforced glass wall. ABC 7 President and General Manager Emily Barr said the incident might have been deliberate, but there was no way of verifying that late last night.

Christmas Eve Vinyl Monday!

In Christmas of 1969, while rehearsing for the Band Of Gypsys performance at New York's Fillmore East, Jimi put together three holiday favorites straight to two-track recorder. He paired it with his version of Three Little Bears (recorded in May of '68), and put it out as a goof. This is an exceptional snapshot of Jimi Hendrix just having fun with some friends. This is not a typical polished and produced Hendrix recording, just an intimate portrait of a true artist letting it all hang out on raw tape.

For today's Vinyl Monday, we present both sides of the rare single:

Band Of Gypsys
Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne
Three Little Bears


Friday, December 21, 2007

Phriday Photo Phinish

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tommie's Science Corner

(Take that!)

Galaxy Zapping Neighbor With Deathly Beam

Astronomers have spotted a distant galaxy zapping its smaller neighbor with a deadly, Death Star-like particle beam.
The beam is a jet of particles moving at near light-speed out of a super-massive black hole at the center of the larger galaxy. The beam has smashed into the nearby second galaxy, where it is probably decimating an untold number of planets.
"There will be bad effects on Earth-like planets," confirmed astronomer Daniel Evans of Harvard-Smithsonian Center.
On the other hand, the jet's smashing into the other galaxy's clouds of gas and dust could very well trigger the clouds to contract and give birth to new stars there, explained researcher Martin Hardcastle of the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K..
"Its long-term legacy is that it could produce a new generation of stars in the companion galaxy," said Hardcastle. Both Hardcastle and Evans announced the discovery in a press teleconference on Monday, Dec. 17.
Either way, there's strong evidence that the violence won't last, said Hardcastle.
A wider view of the event shows that there are two hot spots a couple of million light-years apart, on either side of the galactic mugging. These are the ends of the black hole's two polar jets, where they hit other material in intergalactic space.

The fact that the hot spot beyond the smaller galaxy is still lit up means it's still getting zapped with material that was sent flying before the smaller galaxy moved into the way and interrupted the beam.

Since it takes about a million years for light-speed particles to traverse the distance to the hot spots, the still lit-up hot spot means the smaller galaxy has been feeling the heat for less than a million years, Hardcastle explained.


Entertainment News - Spears Edition

Now that her daughter Jamie Lynn has joined older sister Britney in the scandal sheets, Lynne Spears' parenting-advice book has been shelved. Lynne's Pop Culture Mom, in which she shares pointers on how to keep kids on the straight and narrow, was supposed to be out this spring. According to publisher Thomas Nelson, the book has been delayed indefinitely but not canceled." Uh-huh. Sure.

Meanwhile, Britney won't be able to use LA's swanky Four Seasons hotel as a crash pad anymore, because the joint's management has requested she not darken its doorstep again. According to TMZ-dot-com, hotel management is fed up with the paparazzi that show up whenever Brit checks in, as well as by her erratic behavior. Britney's already been banned from the swanky Chateau Marmont hotel after allegedly smearing a plate of food on her face in front of guests. Good to hear she's mellowing...

And younger sister Jamie-Lynn's pregnancy has sent shock waves through her fan base and it's also causing turmoil within her family. This morning there are reports that she's no longer dating the baby's 19 year=old father, but the Zoey 101 star's own dad, Jamie Spears, is said to be "devastated" about his daughter's predicament. Us magazine quotes a friend of the family as saying, "Jamie thinks she's ruined her life." Jamie's also angry at mom Lynne for putting together a deal to give exclusive rights to the tale to OK magazine. The friend tells Us, "He put his foot down and refused to take any money and 'profit off of his children.'"

While Jamie-Lynn and her mom are, in fact, due to collect a cool million from the magazine, the deal is actually for the first photos of the baby that the 16-year-old is due to deliver next year. Lynne Spears kept in touch with the folks at OK after Britney's infamous meltdown at a photo shoot for the mag, and believed the editors treated Brit fairly after that incident. Lynne also told OK Magazine: "I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby."

News flash to Lynne: not all babies are conceived after curfew. Besides, how could she not have known? Couldn't she hear the bumping and grinding in the other room of the mobile home? Maybe Jamie Lynn misunderstood her mom when she said "why can't you be more like your sister?"


Heatherless Headlines

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cooking For Guys Who Can't Cook

No pictures today, failure...

Pat's recipe for Super Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms actually came straight from All, so click and enjoy! Interesting website, by the way.

For the veggie nachos, pat suggests sauteing veggies (he used squash, peppers, and onions) and mixing them with a half a pkg of taco seasoning and 3 tablespoons of water. Put it over taco chips, cover with the shredded cheese of your choice, and melt 'em in the oven. Sprinkle diced tomatoes, olives, and shredded lettuce on 'em when they come out.

The Noodles were incredible, very similar to a recipe my wife makes all the time (if I can manage to save the pictures I will post them later). Here's how he made the meatballs:

1 cup soft bread crumbs, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1.5 lbs lean ground beef, 1/2 ground pork (optional), 1 egg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup water. Combine all the ingredients, then roll raw 1-inch meatballs and simmer gently for 1 hour in a large saucepan or Dutch Oven.

To make the pasta sauce, get 2 15oz cans of tomato sauce, 1 10oz can of diced tomatoes with garlic & herb, 1 chopped onion, 1 green pepper, 1 tbsp each of olive oil, italian seasoning, and garlic. Heat some oil, cook the onion, pepper, and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until it starts to bubble. Place te raw meatballs in the sauce and cook for 1 hour or until the meatballs hit 165 degrees.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cookies from Sandy

Click here to hear the thank-you and to learn more about the cookie place that does this kind of work...


Tuesday Rock Roundup

Happy 64th Birthday, Keith Richards!

Jason Bonham says that there are no plans for the Led Zeppelin reunion to continue beyond last week's show in London. The drummer admits that if they wanted him to fill in again for his late father John, "I would love to do it. And if they'd love to do it, I would be there. But that's something that they have to decide, cause it was only ever decided to do one show." As for a much-talked about D-V-D of the show Bonham says it's up to Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to decide if it's good enough to release. Bonham says that he is one of the millions of fans who watched clips of the show on the Internet. "I kind of watch it back on You Tube to see if it really was okay. And so far, so good."

Graham Nash revealed last night that his C-S-N-Y bandmate Stephen Stills has prostate cancer and is planning to have surgery on January 3rd, which is Stills' 63rd birthday. Nash was on Larry King Live along with Joe Walsh as part of a tribute to Dan Fogelberg, the singer-songwriter who died Sunday from prostate cancer at the age of 56. Nash said, "Unlike Danny, who left it too long to be seriously checked, Stephen's found his at an early stage."

John Mellencamp has picked The Company We Keep as the title of his next album. He and his band played five songs from the disc -- "A Ride Back Home," "Young Without Lovers," "If I Die Sudden," "Jena" and "Troubled Land" -- on the tour that ended Saturday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The disc was produced by T-Bone Burnett at Mellencamp's home studio in Belmont, Indiana. There's no release date set, but more than likely it will be out after Mellencamp is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th.

According to the Billboard Boxscore, The Police's reunion tour was the highest grossing tour of 2007. As of November 13th they had sold one-point-eight-million tickets and grossed 212-million dollars -- figures that will change. The Genesis reunion tour placed second with 129-million, followed by Justin Timberlake at 127-million. Rounding out the Top 10 are Kenny Chesney (71.2-million), Rod Stewart (70-million), Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium (59.4-million), Roger Waters (53.2-million), Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (52.3-million), Christina Aguilera (48.1-million) and Rascal Flatts (41.6-million). Gross concert dollars were down a little over 10-percent in 2007 after a record year in 2006. Attendance was down 19 percent to 51-million. Of course, this is all PRE-HANNNAH MONTANA. (cough)

Ringo Starr insists that The Beatles never forgot their Liverpool roots nor let their hometown down -- even though they eventually settled in London. He tells the Liverpool Echo, "When we left they all called us traitors. We only left because we had to go where the jobs were, and in those days it was London. Now you can live in Liverpool, Leicester [pr: LIE-stir], it doesn't matter where you live, but at the time people were shouting 'traitors, you left us.'" But I think no matter what -- and we're still loved in Liverpool -- that even though we left, we never let Liverpool down and we're always still proud of that heritage." The iconic drummer says he's eager to take part in the city's celebration as Europe's Capital of Culture for 2008. Though Ringo's appearance, to debut his new C-D Liverpool Eight, will be the first time he's performed in Liverpool for 15 years, he's visited his hometown several times in those years. "I've popped up to see the family a couple of times, but I'm not there a lot now. I went walking around once. I took my son to see Madryn Street and Admiral Grove, and all the places Daddy grew up, and some woman just linked arms with me saying 'ooh, it hasn't changed'. I said, 'It's really changed actually. Where's this, and where's that gone?'"

Kansas wrapped up their 2007 tour Friday night in Duluth, Georgia, and they have started to roll out dates for 2008. Their first four shows -- in January and February -- will have them accompanied by symphony orchestras. As of now they have scattered dates through August with more to come.

Van Halen have done no interviews since the press conference announcing their tour last summer. But Alex Van Halen has broken the silence for a story in Modern Drummer magazine, which will on newsstands February 5th. Van Halen is in Anaheim, California tomorrow night and Thursday.

Anthrax has chosen Dan Nelson, a part-time singer and personal trainer from Levittown, New York, as their new singer.


Rod Stewart -
Smiler CD
Soundtrack -
Young Frankenstein: The New Mel Brooks Musical CD (THAT should be interesting...)
Balls of Fury DVD, the saga of Ultimate Extreme Ping Pong
Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween DVD
The Simpsons Movie DVD
Stardust DVD based on a story by Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers, has Michelle Pfieffer and Robert DeNiro in it
Underdog DVD with Jason Lee as the voice of the mighty canine
Blade Runner (1982) - Ultimate Collector's Edition 5-DVD Set
Kiss - Kissology - Volume Three DVD
The Mod Squad - Season One - Volume One DVD
One Tree Hill - The Complete Fourth Season DVD (did people actually WATCH that show? I thought it was just one of those shows that existed for network promos...)
Roy Orbison - Black & White Night DVD

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dan Fogelberg Dead Of Cancer At 56

Yes, I am aware that we do not play Dan Fogelberg. We tend to lean away from the soft rock crowd @ AOR. It's why the song If by Bread is never The Early Morning Eye Opener at 5:45 AM. But I am a fan, and this is a sad thing that should be mentioned, because the guy was one of the best lyricists ever to sit down with a pen:

And balanced on the precipice
The moment must reveal
Naked in the face of time
Our race within the wheel
As we hang beneath the heavens
And we hover over hell
Our hearts become the instruments
We learn to play so well.
Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight
Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright
Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light.
"Nexus" -Dan Fogelberg, The Innocent Age CD

Dan Fogelberg -- the singer-songwriter who made his mark with such ballads as "Longer," "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" -- died yesterday (Sunday) at his home in Maine after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 56.

The Illinois native's death was announced in a posting on his website. "Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a-m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

In a 2003 interview with us, Dan discussed his musical genre, one which placed him alongside fellow acoustic rockers Carole King, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. "Our generation, the whole generations of singer-songwriters especially from the late-'60s and early-'70s, were a pretty exceptional class. That the musical quality was really up there. And they were not just selling a product, these were people writing experiences. And these experiences translated into a whole generations of experiences."

While best known for his own compositions, Fogelberg occasionally performed songs made famous by others. Cascades leader John Gummoe recalled for us such a show in LA. "I had the great thrill of seeing him perform at the Greek Theater and was able to go backstage and meet him and thank him personally for doing my song, 'Rhythm of the Rain.' I was so nervous to be standing in his presence, and he was so gracious. What a wondrous talent and I will miss him greatly." --Mike McCann, Premiere Radio


Ho Ho Ho

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sheila and Kathy's Zep-cellent Adventure

Shiela Niedzgodski, our winner of The London Leap To Led, called the concert one "a real once-in-a-lifetime experience", and she came back with some keepsakes.The program was actually a bound book, and cost $45. It had a fantastic history of Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and stories on each of the acts that performed at the show.Here's the actual ticket to paradise. The back of hers was autographed by Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who was in line in front of her for T-Shirts. She bumped into a lot of celebs.Sheila also brought us some of the London papers from last Tuesday, which were buzzing about the show (and rightfully so). She even brought us some London keychains, which was sweet of her, and one of the papers. I'm now kicking myself for not buying a copy of Tuesday's London Times over at the the bookstore. Dumbass dumbass dumbass. Anyway...

...what's the Next Big Things at AOR? Because, there is ALWAYS a Next Big Thing.

Stay tuned...


This Week On Vinyl Monday

Side One of The Beatles' 1966 Masterpiece Revolver
Track List (for the Goodwill contest):
Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
Love You To
Here, There, And Everywhere
Yellow Submarine
She Said She Said

Friday, December 14, 2007

Santa In The Studio This Morning


Phriday Photo Phinish

Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Army Strong Award Presentation

WAOR Basic Training will be back at the end of Summer '08. By then, I should be sufficiently healed...


Saturday's Event at Pinnacle...

...was a lot of fun. Red vs. Green, mixed teams of members and Marines, all to raise Toys For Tots with the USMC. And Tonya from our sales team whupped me in an improvised game of H-O-R-S-E shortened to W-A-O-R. (groan)
Don't forget: donate to Toys For Tots at Pinnacle thru the 24th, and you can join without an enrollment fee. Pinnacle has 50 pieces of cardio equipment in their newly expanded cardio area...and each has it's own TV screen. They offer Pinnacle Playhouse Daycare, 3 weight rooms, and more. Stop by and see what Jim's crew can do for you.
I'm looking forward to a new project with Pinnacle in 2008. Details will follow. For now, here's some shots from Saturday:

Team Green dominated the tug-of-war event.

Big thanks to everyone who came out, including Sarah Rice from WSBT TV

Led Zep Rumors Continue To Ramble On

The Led Zeppelin rumor mill continues to crank out possibilities for the band to continue the reunion that happened on Monday night. Now London's Sun newspaper is reporting a "backstage source" as saying there is talk of them playing New York's Madison Square Garden. "The band were really fired up and were talking about their late drummer John Bonham and what he would have thought about it -- it was a time for reflection. Then the talk went to, 'What next? Was this it or would there be something else?' One of the guys started talking about their three concerts at the Garden. There was a consensus of, 'Why not?'" The Garden is where the band's concert film The Song Remains the Same was filmed in 1973. No official announcements have been made about a possible tour and Robert Plant has already committed to a tour with Allison Krauss in the spring. Their episode of CMT Crossroads will debut on February 11th.


Ike Turner Dead at 76

The lingering hurt from their years together is evident in a statement issued by Tina's publicist. "Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made."

Drugs and a pattern of physical and emotional abuse destroyed the Turners' marriage. And while Tina blossomed into superstardom as a solo artist in the '80s, Ike became a rock and roll pariah and all-too-frequent butt of comedian's jokes. He found sobriety by the 1990s, when he began piling up career honorarium - such as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, more recently, the Hollywood Rock Walk. At the Rock Walk ceremony in 2005, he said his biggest regret from his more than 50-year career was giving the producers of Tina's bio-pic to portray him as they wished. With that opportunity, Ike said they "assassinated" his career.

Ike Turner on his 2005 induction into Hollywood's RockWalk:

"It was a just really a shock, you know. Like it was a shock when they put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You know, most times you hear about different things about a person after they die. I'm glad I got to see this happen."

Ike Turner was 76.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Random Photos To Share

First chance to clean out the phone this week, and here's stuff I'd planned to post but hadn't yet:
Our buddies at the Southside Walmart brought the Santa Sack Wednesday Morning, stuffed with DVD Trilogy Sets of different movie sets like Spiderman, Shrek, Pirates, Bourne, etc. We'll be giving these away, thanks to Wal-Mart. For they are mighty...

The MDA Telethon actually gave Craig and I trophies last week for our efforts in the Labor Day Telethon on the air this year. It was our pleaure, and everyone who puts that broadcast together on the national and local levels behind the scenes are the REAL award winners...

Craig in a pimp fur. Heh.

Here's the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Specialized Staffing Solutions location with Elkhart's Mayor-Elect Dick Moore. I did this broadcast live Wednesday on WAOR. Big thanks to Jacqueline and the staff for a great time. And those awesome Oreo Balls...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Brett Favre Boogie

First it was the Lions guy. Now this...
At least this Eddy J guy has a nice strat!
Check out his website, eddyj dot com


After The Reunion: Now What?

Following Led Zeppelin's reunion last night at the O-2 Arena in London, many of the celebs in attendance headed over the Indigo room in the O-2 complex for another performance -- from Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, who also opened the Zeppelin show. They were joined on stage by two other legendary Atlantic recording artists -- Sam Moore and Percy Sledge. Many of the artists in attendance were buzzing about Zeppelin's performance. Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford told us, "[To use] an English term, 'Not too shabby'," adding that "Kashmir" was a personal highlight. Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones agreed with Rutherford, telling us, "It was like a trip back through time. There were some moments that were just so powerful." U-2 guitarist The Edge said, "They weren't playing it safe, they were going for it." And while Wyman thought Zeppelin was good, he did not care for the sound, saying, "They made my ears bleed."
Now that the long awaited Led Zeppelin reunion show has happened, what's next? Rumors of a tour have been swirling for weeks, but Led Zeppelin manager Bill Curbishley says nothing's been booked or even been talked about. "Everybody's been pushing for that, [so] I guess the subject's going to come up. And it's entirely up to them. You know, they're at a stage in their life where's misery's optional." Randy Phillips of A-E-G Live, the concert promotion company that runs the O-2, tells the L-A Times that he planned to meet with Curbishley in London this week "and hand him a huge offer." Robert Plant, who has seemed to be the most reluctant member about a tour, said in an interview with London's Sunday Times, "It wouldn't be such a bad idea to play together from time to time." But he then backtracked a moment later and said, "No, no, no. Somebody else inside me was saying that. Not the bloke from Wolverhampton, the bloke from the land of the ice and snow, the bloke with his shirt unbuttoned down to his waist -- and he can shut up. We're not having any more of that. It was great, but I've got to go down the highway now." As of now, all Plant has lined up is a tour in April with Allison Kraus to promote their duets album Raising Sand.


Last Night's Zep Set List:

"Good Times Bad Times"
"Ramble On"
"Black Dog"
"In My Time of Dying"
"For Your Life"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Nobody's Fault But Mine"
"No Quarter"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Rock and Roll"

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Led Zeppelin's first public performance in 19 years took place last night in front of 20 thousand screaming fans at London's O-2 arena. Zeppelin was the headlining act for a tribute concert in memory of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The group's set opened up with "Good Times Bad Times" from their debut album and wrapped up just about two hours later with "Rock and Roll". The sold out crowd were somewhat subdued until the stage lights went down at 9pm London time. The stage long video screen behind the band's simple stage set up played a clip from The Song Remains the Same of a news report saying Zeppelin broke The Beatles' attendance record for a gig, and then introduced each member -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were all dressed in black as they broke into "Good Times, Bad Times." Robert Plant didn't speak until just before their fourth song, and he just uttered a simple "good evening" before they did the Physical Graffiti track "In My Time of Dying." After the song, Plant told the crowd, "Thank you for the thousand and thousands of emotions we've been going through for the past few weeks." He introduced "For Your Life" by saying, "This is the first adventure for this song in public". Bassist John Paul Jones switched to keyboards for "Trampled Under Foot," and ended up playing keyboards on half of the remaining songs. Before "Dazed and Confused," Plant said, "I don't know how many songs we've recorded. It was tough choosing which ones would make a dynamic evening, but there are certain songs that have to be there and this is one of them." During the 10-minute epic, Jimmy Page played his guitar with a bow. The legendary "Stairway to Heaven" got a nice ovation when the band started playing it, but not as loud as perhaps it would have been in the U-S. After "Kashmir," the four band members came to the front of the stage and took a bow and left the stage to an ovation that lasted for five minutes. The band came back on stage and did "Whole Lotta Love." They went off again, with crowd applauding for five minutes until they came back. Page took the mic and said, "This has been a great night for all of us." They broke into "Rock and Roll" while vintage footage of the band played on the screen behind them. At end of song, all four took a bow and then Bonham got on his knees in front of Plant, Page and Jones and starting bowing, imitating the famous "We're not worthy" scene from Wayne's World. The audience was star-studded, with Paul McCartney, Queen's Roger Taylor, U-2 guitarist The Edge, Marilyn Manson, David Gilmour, Steve Winwood, Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Bob Geldof, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Oasis' Liam and Noel Gallagher, Naomi Campbell, Heart's Ann Wilson, Styx's James "J-Y" Young, and the Presley clan -- Priscilla, Lisa Marie, Lisa Marie's daughter Riley Keough and Riley's beau Ryan Cabrera, all in attendance.

An electric guitar once owned by Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones was recently discovered after having been missing for more than 40 years. The Harmony Stratotone model, which Jones used on the band's early British single "Come On," is supposedly the one on which he taught Keith Richards to play. Back when the Stones were still struggling musicians, Jones gave it to his dentist to settle a bill. The family of Doctor Basil Wilson has held onto the now-classic instrument since the '60s and last week revealed its existence to the media. They plan to let the public see the instrument soon. Thought to be worth a half-million-dollars, the guitar is on loan to a new museum dedicated to Jones at the Wheatsheaf pub near Cheltenham, England, where the rock star first performed in public.

Arguably Bob Dylan's most famous concert appearance, the night he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, provides the dramatic conclusion of the Dylan documentary The Other Side of the Mirror, released last week by Sony. Filmmaker Murray Lerner, hired to capture the music and mood of Newport through the 1960s, found an even more compelling storyline -- Dylan's evolution from a rising voice in folk music to his embracing of rock and roll while he was becoming one of the dominant voices of his generation. Lerner says, "I didn't use any narration, any talking heads. [I] just let Dylan take you on a trip through the drama of his imagination and the changes in his artistic sensibility." "It Ain't Me Babe" and "Mister Tambourine Man," performed in 1964, show the direction in which Dylan was evolving -- followed his electrified performance of "Maggie's Farm" and "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1965. Though small portions of the footage were used in Lerner's 1967 documentary on Newport, Lerner estimates that 70 percent of The Other Side of the Mirror has never been seen before.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams sat in with the Tampa, Florida-based A-C/D-C tribute band Highway to Hell Saturday night in Sarasota, Florida. Williams and Johnson both make their homes in the area.
In his latest column for the Detroit News, Ted Nugent argues that the world would be a safer place if everyone carried a gun. The gonzo guitarist points to the recent Omaha mall rampage, in which a gun-toting teen killed eight people before taking his own life. He writes, "What helped cause the tragedy is the liberal dream known as 'gun-free zones.' Get rid of politicians who support gun-free slaughter zones. Get rid of gun-free zones. Get a gun, learn to use it and do the right thing."
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler turned in an acoustic set to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County in Florida on Friday night, but that wasn't the evening's most exciting happening. The highlight -- or lowlight, depending who you ask -- came after the stage was cleared and Tyler's girlfriend, Erin Brady, got into a fistfight with a woman who apparently got too friendly with the singer. Club owner John Surgent said, "Tyler and security broke them up and everyone had a good time till 5:30 a.m."
Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin Dubrow's death is being ruled an accidental cocaine overdose. Toxicology results that were received by the Clark County, Nevada Coroner, and reported on the website T-M-Z-dot-com, revealed yesterday the high levels of cocaine in Dubrow's system. Dubrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home on November 25th. He was buried last week next to his father in Corona del Mar, California.
A water main break sent thousands of gallons of water into the backyard of Eddie Van Halen's Los Angeles house Monday morning. The guitarist, on tour with Van Halen, was not at home at the time of the flood. Firefighters placed sandbags around the house to prevent water from coming in, but mud and debris filled up the pool.
After more than 100-thousand people downloaded their new song "Say It's Not True," Queen and Paul Rodgers have decided to release their first studio recording on C-D in England on December 31st. There's no U-S release date for the disc as of yet. All proceeds from the sale of "Say It's Not True" will go to Nelson Mandela's 4-6-6-6-4 campaign.
There is now an official site for U2's 3-D concert film, U-2-3-D-Movie-dot-com.

Bourne Trilogy Set DVD
Harry Potter Limited Edition Giftset of the 1st Five Movies
Big Love - The Complete Second Season DVD
Frasier - The Tenth Season DVD
High School Musical 2 - Extended Edition DVD
Lost - The Complete Third Season DVD

Monday, December 10, 2007

Thanks, MDA...

...for the nice awards you gave us for goofing around on TV during the Telethon over Labor Day Weekend. A HUGE thanks to our friends at Fox 28 as well.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Next Up On Vinyl Monday

Before they become HUGE thanks to Rumors...Fleetwood Mac hit it BIG in 1975 with their eponymous album. Fleetwood Mac. It was mostly a Christie McVie-dominated set, and gave the band their first taste of the superstardom to come.

Plus, I've always thought that the cover for Rumors was a leftover from the shoot for this cover, since they're so similar. But I digress...

So we salute Side 1 of this masterpiece on Vinyl Monday. Here's the list:
Monday Morning
Warm Ways
Blue Letter
Over My Head

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Random thoughts for Monday

Barbara Walters, famed for celebrity interviews, says she's tired of Britney, Paris and the tabloid trend and she wants to move on to more serious topics. You know, like Lindsey Lohan.

The Today Show's Ann Curry promises to bungee-jump, live, off the Transporter Bridge in Manchester, England, on December 17th if enough people pay her. She wants to raise $10,000 for two charities.

Ray Liotta plead no contest to a reckless driving charge, after smashing into two cars. He's now on 3 years probation.

Last month, Miss Los Angeles was crowned Miss California but after recounting the ballots, it turns out Miss Barstow should have actually won and so now she wears the crown.

Starting in January, Dell is going to sell PCs at Best Buy.

The Super Bowl has sold 61 of it's 63 commercial slots at $2.7 million a commercial. We're a lot cheaper, for the record, and have a fabulous sales team that are usually pretty sober when the phone rings. And I'll never expose one of Craig's nipples at halftime, I promise.

The "Dancing with the Stars" tour kicks off December 18th in Seattle with Sabrina Bryan, Marie Osmond, Joey Lawrence, Wayne Newton and Monique Coleman, and Marie’s smelling salts.

Britney Spears is mad at Paris Hilton for stealing the spotlight at her birthday party last week. The way she’s handled the spotlight recently, I’d think Britney would appreciate someone taking it from her.

The Whopper turned 50 last week and was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City. Experts say the taste was unaffected bu the waxing process.

The Associated Press asked major presidential candidates to name the worst job they ever had. Among their replies: John Edwards said working at a textile mill; and Barack Obama said scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins and eating too much of it. Republican Fred Thompson listed a string of menial jobs but said he was thankful for them at the time; Mike Huckabee said washing windows at JC Penny; and Mitt Romney said sawing through a sewer pipe on an Idaho ranch. Hillary Clinton answered, "Sliming fish in a fish cannery in Valdez, Alaska." Now we know why Hillary has fishy campaign funds, slimy donors and canned answers. found 60% of online participates would rather go to the dentist than go on a blind date. Imagine the horror if their friends had set them up on a blind date with a dentist!

The worst soda for your teeth is RC Cola, followed by Cherry Coke and Coke. That's the word from a new study by the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine that concludes that exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Phriday Photo Phinish

thepete says: Awesome! I did a week's worth of basic in high school ROTC and I don't remember having to push a Humvee--that's kick-ass, dude. I do remember going into the gas chamber and taking off my mask. That was one of the most exciting things I've ever done. I know it seems weird to say it, but it's true.Good for you, man! Well done!

More Tix Released For Blind Faith In New York

Three Nights Only at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York
February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008

Previously SOLD OUT Shows Release Select Tickets For Sale Friday at NOON

(New York, NY) – After a quick initial sell-out, the historic three-nights only Winwood-Clapton shows at Madison Square Garden have released a limited amount of tickets previously held by the production staff for sale to fans on Friday, December 7 at NOON EST.

On the heels of a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July of 2007 and after much speculation, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced these three eagerly anticipated concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. In what will be one of the must see shows of this decade Winwood and Clapton will perform together February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008.

Both Winwood and Clapton have long and prestigious musical careers with countless honors and awards to their names. Their musical paths connected in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, a group that pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted July 12 at Madison Square Garden and ended August 24th in Hawaii. Since that final show, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends, but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows will be the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years. The duo has said that no set list has been discussed and they will spend rehearsal time deciding which songs will be featured at these shows.

Steve Winwood is currently signed to Columbia Records and will have a new album out in early 2008. Eric Clapton’s current album Complete Clapton is available now on Reprise Records. The duo’s captivating performance at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago can be seen in a 2-disc DVD available now from Rhino Entertainment.

These shows will be produced by Ron Delsener for Live Nation. Tickets will be available in advance to American Express cardmembers.

Tickets will go on-sale TODAY at NOON EST. Tickets can be purchased via


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Heatherless Headlines

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wrapping Up Boot Camp 2007

Craig and I had a blast (a very long, painful blast) doing the Basic Training work with the Army. Visit the Army Recruitment Station at 413 West McKinley Avenue or call 574-252-5319.
Pictured is the victorious Team Sapper, spearheaded by Sgt. Darty and myself. We ended up beating Sgt. Grimaldi and Craig's Team Airborne in the overall by a mere 7 points.
A big thanks again to our own Tonya for putting this together with Capt. Fore, the sick fiend who made us push the Humvee on Tuesday. Heh. Thanks also to all the soldiers who came in and out of the two teams, helping teach us how to do proper soldierin'...
Hear our talk with Sgt. Darty Wednesday morning here.
The pictures from all four weeks are at and my flickr account.
The videos of the last comeptition are right here: (they have no sound)


Cooking For Guys Who Can't Cook

Chef Pat, fresh from yesterday's culinary triumphs at the Roc's Sports Cafe 7th Anniversary Party, brought us breakfast and not breakfast for breakfast this morning. And the recipes are so simple that even us guys can do 'em!
Apple Glazed Pancakes...oh Hell Yeah!
Make pancakes according to the instructions on the package.
For the glaze, do this: Core, slice, and peel an apple, cook it in 1 tbsp of butter for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of apple juice, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, and cook another 2 minutes. Mix 1 tbsp of corn starch and 3 tbsp of apple juice together and then add it to the mixture. Cook it to the desired thickness.

Beef Burrito
Cook a chuck roast in the oven at 375 degrees or a crock pot on high until the internal temperature is 185. Pull the meat out and let it sit until it's room temperature. In a different pan combine the meat with a packet of taco seasoning. Andd 1/2 cup stock from meat and 6 ounces of enchalada sauce. Mix well - stuff it how you like it, top with one ounce of sauce and cheese.

Delays, Delays...

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Puss In Boots fr. Shrek The Halls

In case you missed this was choice...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Heather @ MNC says:
News Note: St. Joseph County fire crews are fighting a house fire on Ireland Road near 331. Drivers, You may want to avoid that area. No information yet on whether anyone's injured or anyone was home.

TRR Audio Cue

Audio: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones talk about playing with John Bonham's son Jason. OC:...proud of him. Ah yeah. :27 (from PREMIERE)

Jimmy Page: "There's one common denominator with the Bonhams, he loves the music too. He's not just going through the motions. He loves it. He understands it. He knows it."

John Paul Jones: "He grew up with it. I mean really grew up with it."

Jimmy Page: "It's really great that we can do this with Jason. Quite clearly there isn't anybody else that should do it. It's really right to be doing it with Jason. As John says, he's a great drummer, isn't he? He's bringing a lot to the party in every way."

John Paul Jones: "He is. And his dad would be very proud of him."

Jimmy Page: "Ah yeah."