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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Heatherless Headlines

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Crackberry Addiction

My new Blackberry Phone must be charged many times each day, but it's because I love it.

My constant running down of the battery is not a problem.

I don't have a problem. YOU have the problem.

I'm sure a lot of people handle email while they're walking on a treadmill.

Just because I want to use the push-to-talk feature to talk to Craig during meetings when we're sitting next to each other doesn't mean I have a problem.

You people. SO judgemental...


Tuesday Rock Roundup

Jimmy Page said yesterday that he'd love to take Zep out on the road. (Clickity) If Led Zeppelin does tour this year, it won't be until the fall at the earliest. Jimmy Page, in Tokyo yesterday to promote Zeppelin's latest best-of, Mothership, says, "Robert Plant has a parallel project and he is busy with that until September." He is on tour this year with Alison Krauss. As for their reunion last month, which featured Jason Bonham on drums, Page says, "The amount of work we put into it was what you would normally put into a world tour anyway... We wanted people who might not have even been alive in 1980 when we finished to understand what we were... The show was great. It was instant in terms of chemistry." Jason Bonham had this to say: (audio)

Is this the year Neil Young finally releases his long-awaited Archives series? He tells Billboard that the hold-up has been over which format to release it on. "I know it's in technical production now," says Young, who adds that "it's only coming out on Blu-ray and D-V-D. There won't be C-Ds. Technology has caught up to what the concept was in the first place [and] how we're able to actually present it. But there's no doubt it will come out this year."

Former Styx singer and keyboard player Dennis DeYoung has a new record deal for his latest album, 100 Years From Now. He writes on his website that it will be out on Rounder Records. "The record business is in such a state of flux that quite frankly I'm gratified that [the label] has belief in me..."

Jefferson Starship has embarked on what the band calls "a new Jefferson era." A website message says the band Paul Kantner "created 16 years ago today, is new again." Diana Mangano, lead vocalist for the past 11 years, will be leaving the band after their February shows in Sonoma, California as will drummer Prairie Prince. Donny Baldwin, who has worked with the band the last couple of years, becomes the new lead percussionist. The new Starship singer, Cathy Richardson, will make her debut March 20th in St. Louis.

Joe Perry says Aerosmith will resume work on their next album in the spring. He tells the Boston Herald, "We owe Columbia one more record and we're going to probably finish that this year. After that, I don't know how we'll release music. I like the I-Tunes and Internet releases. I may just want to release Aerosmith's songs or E-Ps online after this. There's so many ways to do things now." Aerosmith's last studio album was 2004's Honkin' on Bobo.

The creative team that put together the Beatles-inspired musical film Across the Universe is about to begin work on a project that will use the songs of The Rolling Stones. The animated flick, Ruby Tuesday, will tell the story of a single mother named "Ruby" who seeks happiness in New York City. Co-producer Ian Le Frenais tells Variety, "We're going to use a lot of computer-generated images... It will be some pretty hip animation."

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Junior will hit the road again for another round of dates on their Rowdy Frynds Tour. They first launched the tour last year, which primarily plays on Friday and Saturday nights. This year's tour starts up April 4th in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our closest date so far is two weeks later in Chicago at the Sears Center.

The Eagles have FINALLY made up their minds about the road and, predictably, will tour North America this summer. They have announced the first date, May 14th at the brand new Verizon Wireless Amphitheater nearAtlanta, Georgia.

Journey will reinvent themselves as a virtual band on February 1st when they launch a "Virtual Island" on the popular Second Life website. They're throwing a virtual grand opening party at the "Journey Rock Band" sim and will feature a meet-and-greet with virtual band members. Live D-Js will be spinning many of Journey's classic hits, both live and recorded. The festivities get under way at 10:00 am on Friday. Journey will also re-launch their band website this week. They're also working on a new album with new singer Arnel Pineda, which they hope to release either this spring or summer.
They start a world tour in Santiago, Chile on February 24th, and a full schedule will be announced soon.

Alice Cooper, Richard Simmons and an albino snake will appear together in a Bridgestone tire commercial that will air during Super Bowl 42 on Sunday on FOX.

Van Halen have added two songs to their concert set list -- "I'm the One" from their first album and a cover of The Who's "Magic Bus." These are the first changes they've made since they hit the road last September. Van Halen are in Houston tonight.

The next Genesis box set, containing material recorded between 1970 and '75, will now be released in September instead of May.

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder will finally have his book, Heaven and Hell: My Life as an Eagle, 1974-2001, published in the U-S in May.


The Invasion DVD with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, a body-snatcher-type thriller.
The Comebacks DVD spoofing every sports movie they could think of.
The horribly unneccesary sequel
Daddy Day Camp DVD with Cuba Gooding Jr as Eddie Murphy as Charlie, and Paul Rae as Jeff Garlin as Phil.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Sixth Season
Groundhog Day - Anniversary Edition. I read a quote recently from Bill Murray saying it's the greatest work he'll ever do, and the greatest work writer/director Harold Ramis will ever do either.
Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition
Joe Jackson -
Rain CD

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Chicago Bears

On this date in 1922, The NFL's Decatur Staleys became The Chicago Bears.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I Feel Bad For John Edwards

Despite the fact that I get a serious Children Of The Corn vibe from the guy, because he just creeps me out somehow, you have to wonder how he's feeling today.

He came in third in the state he's from. Obama kicked his ass hard. That's how far we've come, folks: the white guy came in third in an important primary. I think that's pretty telling in itself.

But Edwards...whom I'm starting to really warm to...finsihed THIRD in his own state, because there's two people far more interesting than he is ahead of him. He's the third man in a two-person race. He's Al Gore '88 struggling to be relelvant in the Mike Dukakis/Jesse Jackson race with Gephardt nipping at his heels like an irritating little chihuahua.

So we're looking at the first major casualty after Super Tuesday, because if he's smart, he'll bow out now and choose Hillary or Barack (likely Hillary) to back, so he can vie for a far-more-likely Veep slot again.

As to who I want to see win the Dem nod...I don't know anymore. I just can't bring myself to support Clinton. And Obama's been doing weird shit lately, making me nervous. Attacking Hillary was stupid.

Speaking of stupid, sinking all his nickels into Florida will be the undoing of Giuliani. After he finishes third or fourth in Florida, and Super Tuesday glosses over him like a magazine cover with Britney Spears on it, he's out. Expect Rudy to drop out of the race by March.

And expect me to continue to scratch my head about whom I want to see running the country for the next 4 years.

What do you think?

This Week On Vinyl Monday...

My wife asked me, "have you done Skynyrd yet?", and I realized to my horror the answer was no.
So, we might as well start them off with the beginning of their career.
Monday morning at 9a it's Side One of Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd from the mighty Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The list (for your chance to win) :
I Aint The One
Tuesday's Gone
Gimme Three Steps
Simple Man

Friday, January 25, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish

Things Dads Do With Our Kids' Action Figures:


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Heatherless Headlines

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Roc's Fit Club

Tommie & Craig continue to work on healthy recipes with Chef Pat, and today it's Grilled Chicken with Rice & Veggies.

You'll need Skinless Chicken marinated in lite Italian Dressing for 24 hours. Cook it on an indoor grill until it's 165 degrees inside.

Steam your favorite veggies in a pan in 4 tbsp of water, cover for 5 minutes.

The rice: make 2 cups of rice with 4 cups of chicken stock, and a quarter cup of diced onion, celery, and carrots. Mix it well, cover with foil, and cook for 30 minutes.

Click here to hear the discussion this morning.

Local Principal Suffers Fatal Heart Attack At School

Mark Tulchinsky, "Mr. T", died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday morning at Tarkington School at the age of 60.

The SB Adams graduate and beloved SBCSC educator has been shaping minds for forty years at several South Bend schools, and was well loved. He also worked in the Notre Dame Athletics program.

Visit our friends at for the details on this tragic loss.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger Dead

Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York City apartment yesterday. The Brokeback Mountain star was found naked on his bed by his masseuse, who'd arrived for an appointment at about 3:30 in the afternoon. When nobody answered, she was let in by a housekeeper. Police yesterday said they found pills near the body and suspect a drug-related death. They don't suspect foul play.
TMZ reported that they were contacted by Ledger's family, who emphatically denied rumors that he committed suicide. Ledger was reportedly suffering from pneumonia, which may explain the presence of several bottles of pills reported by police to have been seen around his apartment. Veteran Hollywood reporters have said that Ledger was never known to have a substance abuse issue. Ledger had said that he took the sleeping drug Ambien to help him overcome sleeping difficulties.
There were reports that the apartment where Ledger had lived for the past four months was actually owned by Mary-Kate Olsen.
Ledger starred in a series of movies in his native Australia before being cast in his first major American movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. He went on to roles in Monster's Ball, Lords of Dogtown and The Brothers Grimm before landing his breakout role in Brokeback Mountain. The film earned him an Oscar nomination and a relationship with his co-star Michelle Williams. The two, who moved to Brooklyn, New York together, had a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose, but broke up early last year.
Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, issued a statement about the actor's death. "It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger. It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger's diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the greatest performances by an Australian actor."
Ledger's next big role is as "The Joker" in the next Batman movie The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger was 28.

Oscar Nominees Announced...Click For List

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Rush have announced the 2008 leg of their Snakes and Arrows tour. It will start with their first ever appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 11th and will hit over 45 cities throughout the US and Canada. Included on this tour are Moline IL on May 20th, Chicago on June 9th (ahem), and Noblesville IN on June 25th (ahem ahem) just three days after my (ahem ahem ahem) birthday. A Snakes and Arrows live C-D will be released in April, continuing their elder-statesmen habit of putting out live product after every album now. Which is fine with me, because I like eventually having seventy versions of Tom Sawyer...

The rumors about Bob Seger touring this summer are true. Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer, who was on Seger's 2006-2007 Face the Promise tour, tells us he was asked if he would be available for a summer tour, but he had to take a pass because he is on tour with Grand Funk. And some new Seger music may make it to stores this year, but nothing has been confirmed.

Wolfie's gonna miss some more school. Van Halen starts the second leg of their reunion tour with David Lee Roth tonight in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with dates through April 4th in Milwaukee. The first leg ran from September through the end of December with 36 shows in 30 cities. This time out they are scheduled to do 34 shows in 32 cities, with repeat visits to three cities from the first leg, including Chicago. Given that they did the same show every night on the first leg, one would hope they would change it up in the towns where they've already played. But the good news is, yes, they're coming back to Chicago, April 3rd.

Def Leppard has set March 18th as the release date for their new album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge. The first single is "Nine Lives," featuring a guest appearance by country singer Tim McGraw. The acts first got together in 2006 when McGraw joined Leppard on stage in Los Angeles.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have just announced that they'll play an August 30th show at the Roadhouse at the Lakefront in Milwaukee to help Harley Davidson celebrate its 105th anniversary. Springsteen's a Harley Rider. The band will make 60-thousand general admission seats available for this show. Other acts at the four-day event -- which runs August 28th through the 31st -- include Z-Z Top, the Black Crowes, Buddy Guy and Foghat.

Meat Loaf, who was forced to cancel his European shows last November due to a cyst on his vocal cords, briefly took to the stage at this past weekend's Bob Hope P-G-A golf tournament in Palm Springs, California. Rock and a Hard Place, the game show Meat Loaf is hosting on Direct T-V, premieres tomorrow.

U2 was in Park City, Utah Saturday for the premiere of a new concert film, U2 3D, at the Sundance Film Festival. Bono admitted that "It's kind of horrific" to see the band in 3-D. "It's bad enough on a small screen. Now you get to see the lard arse 40-foot tall." The film was shot in South America during their 2005-2006 Vertigo tour. It will open in theaters in 30 cities Wednesday.

Ringo Starr will be making quite a few T-V appearances this week to promote his new album, Liverpool 8. Last Night he was on Letterman, this morning he'll be on Regis and Kelly, and on Thursday he'll be back on CBS to do four songs on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, which Letterman produces. In addition to the title track, he'll also do "Photograph," and from The Beatles he'll play "Boys" and "With a Little Help From My Friends." He'll be joined by Dave Stewart, who co-wrote "Liverpool 8." Ringo will, by the way, hit the road this summer with another All-Starr Band. He hasn't announced who'll be in the group, but he always puts together a great lineup. His last All-Starr Band tour was in 2006.

Paul McCartney has been in the news a lot lately -- for everything from his impending divorce to allegedly having heart surgery. He's decided to set the record straight about his health in a post on his website. He writes, "There is one report that is causing concern amongst many friends of mine, which was a recent report about a heart operation that I was supposed to have had... What happened was, over a year ago during a routine medical examination, there was a minor irregularity which I needed to have tests for and which I have now been assured is completely fine. The media have only just recently reported an exaggerated version of this and that is why people have been asking me if I am okay... As usual the media have completely distorted the story, calling it an angioplasty, which is entirely untrue... I feel great and I have passed my most recent medical with flying colors."

Bob Dylan will tour Central and South America starting on February 26th in Mexico City, with dates through March 20th in Uruguay. They won't have any idea what he's saying for TWO reasons...

Triumph will reunite in June for the Sweden Rock Festival. This will be the first performance of the original line-up -- Rik Emmett, Gil Moore, and Mike Levine -- since 1988.


Robin Trower/Jack Bruce Seven Moons CD
Reissue of Emerson Lake And Palmer's Works Vol. I & II
The Game Plan DVD starring The Rock
Sydney White DVD starring Amanda Bynes for the kids
Hawaii Five-O - The Third Season DVD
Thunderbirds - Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset

Monday, January 21, 2008

Manned Cloud

A dirigible-hotel concept. Clickity.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

This Week's Vinyl Monday

He's getting ready for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame:
Indiana's own John Mellencamp

We'll celelbrate with Side One of The Lonesome Jubilee:

Paper In Fire

Down And Out

Check It Out

The Real Life

Cherry Bomb

Friday, January 18, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish


Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tommie's Science Corner

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Roc's Fit Club

In our continuing effort to get healthier, we've created Roc's Fit Club with Roc's Sports Cafe, the home of both Craig The Bartender and Pat (The Official Chef Of The TATB Show).

Wednesday Mornings for the next month, Pat will come in to discuss a simple, healthy recipe you can make at home...and it will be a special that day at Roc's as well.

Today we kicked things off with: Pesto Penne Pasta...

1 tbsp pre-made Pesto
8 oz Penne Pasta
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp garlic
chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms, whatever vegetables you like

Cook pasta

Sautee the vegetables in butter

Add garlic

Cook veggies for 2-3 minutes

Add pesto sauce

Toss with cooked pasta

My neighbor's dogs are missing


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Ringo Starr is back in stores today with Liverpool 8, his first studio album for Capitol since Goodnight Vienna in 1974. Ringo co-wrote and recorded 12 songs for the disc, and the title track tells an encapsulated version of Ringo's biography.

15 unreleased songs The Beatles recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in 1962 will soon be made available online one song at a time by Fuego Entertainment. The original tape of this live recording -- made just before the Fab Four signed with E-M-I -- was "lost" for 33 years in the record and tape collection of music producer and promoter Jeffrey Collins. Among the songs are "A Taste of Honey," "Hippy Hippy Shake," "Money," "Twist and Shout," and "I Saw Her Standing There." There are also eight songs not available on any previously released album or single, including Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues," George Harrison doing Maurice Williams' "Do You Believe," and McCartney and John Lennon duetting on "Ask Me Why." A spokesman for the Beatles corporation, Apple, was unavailable for comment.

The Eagles will follow up the huge success of their first studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden, with a world tour that will start in London with four shows at the O-2 Arena on March 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 26th. These shows will debut an all-new stage production, but no word on when the tour will hit North America.

Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman says he needs to work. He tells Britain's Telegraph newspaper that when he left the Stones in 1992, the "big money wasn't there yet. I had a small nest egg and I can live nicely but I can't rely on Stones royalties to support me. I have to work and I'm not in the same league as the boys who stayed on." In addition to his band, the Rhythm Kings, Wyman also owns the Sticky Fingers restaurant in London and has written numerous books. He starts a U-K tour with the Rhythm Kings on January 24th.

Gene Simmons was the keynote speaker last week at the Small Business Hawaii Business and Investment Conference in Honolulu. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann presented Simmons with a proclamation declaring January 9th "Gene Simmons Day" in Honolulu. Also, according to his website, Simmons has filed to protect the trademark Gene Simmons Wet in relation to "bottled spring water, bottled drinking water and bottled flavored water drinks."

And...God help us all...American Idol kicks off its seventh season tonight with those auditions we love to hate. Judge Paula Abdul tells us about the most-sung, and most-feared, tunes she heard on the audition trail. "It's not that we don't like the songs -- it's just that we don't want to hear them anymore. It's a toss up between Etta James's 'At Last' and R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly.' Or this season we heard so many of, believe it or not, Gnarles Barkley's 'Crazy.'However, they were some of the best auditions, because, believe it or not, the liberty that some of the creative contestants took with that song will surprise you."


Good Luck Chuck DVD with Jessica Alba and Who Cares Because It's With Jessica Alba
Mr. Woodcock DVD with Billy Bob Thornton and Stifler
The Ten DVD which is a suggestive comedy based on The Ten Commandments. Also has Jessica Alba.
Family Guy - Blue Harvest DVD
The Rockford Files - Season Five DVD
Spice Girls - Greatest Hits [2 CDs]
Soundtrack - The Bucket List CD
Ringo Starr - Liverpool 8 CD

Dungy To Make A Decision This Week

Coach and his wife are debating another season after an emotional couple of years. Clickity.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Today's Vinyl Monday

...oh HELL yeah...
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Side 1
Proof that you don't need more than two songs,
if they're the right two:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V
Welcome To The Machine

Friday, January 11, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish


Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Half Pint Jones

Crojo from Half Pint Jones stopped in this morning to talk about his band's involvement in the upcoming Coaches Against Cancer benefit in February. He needs corporate sponsors for this excellent cause, so click above and get in touch with him.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Ah, Michiana...

Both of these were taken right from the corner of the TV during our morning show.
First, January 4th:
And here's January 8th:
Zero to Sixty in four days, baby.

Joe Gibbs Resigns

Joe Gibbs resigned as coach and team president of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday.
The Redskins said in a statement that Gibbs will remain part of the Redskins family and serve as a special adviser to owner Dan Snyder. Gibbs was to discuss his decision at a 3 p.m. news conference at Redskins Park.
The Redskins will begin a search for a new coach immediately. Among the certain candidates are two former head coaches on Gibbs' staff, Gregg Williams and Al Saunders.


Tons of standing water all over the place this morning...

Heather @ MNC says:
Traffic Note: Lusher Ave. is closed west of Main Street in Elkhart because of high water... City Street Department supervisor Mike Shane says the viaduct on Oakland Ave. at Indiana Ave is temporarily closed... as is the viaduct near Central H.S. ( Richmond between Division and Middlebury)... Trever Wendzonka (Elk. Co. PD) says parts of CR 13, 38, and 44 are barricaded because of high water.

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Dave Davies continues to insist that the original Kinks line-up will not be reuniting this year, despite the wishes of his older brother, singer-guitarist Ray Davies. He cites the stroke he suffered more than three years ago as one of the factors prohibiting him from being part of any reunion. "Having a stroke was a life-changing experience," says Dave, who has not spoken to Ray in more than six months. "Not only hasn't a tour been planned, it hasn't even been discussed. I am focused on my solo career right now, and that's all I'm concerned with at the moment." Dave hopes to tour on his own next year. He is also working on a DVD film series tracing his life and spiritual journey. Part one of Mystical Journey will be released later this year. The last time the Kinks toured was in 1996. Ray Davies will release his second studio album, Working Man's Cafe, on February 19th.

Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of two exhibits at the Experience Music Project in his hometown of Seattle. The museum, named after the Hendrix album Are You Experienced, will unveil Message to Love on January 26th. Two of his guitars will be on display, and visitors will be able to write their thoughts and comments about Hendrix on the gallery's slate walls. The second exhibit, An Evolution of Sound, will open on April 26th and focus on the visitor experience and how Hendrix indelibly affected popular music with his unique talents and innovative sound. The first exhibit will run through April 6th, and the second until February 2010.

One of last year's most successful tours was Def Leppard and Styx (with Foreigner on a number of dates). The two bands will get together again this year, along with REO Speedwagon, for arena and amphitheater dates starting in late March. There will be 20 dates on the first North American leg before Leppard heads over to Europe in May. The shows include an April 18th date in Grand Rapids.

The Scorpions will release a new concert DVD today. Live at Wacken Open Air 2006: A Night to Remember -- A Journey Through Time was filmed in front of 60-thousand people at the annual German heavy-metal festival. The German band runs through 26 songs, and along the way they are joined by three former members -- guitarists Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth, and drummer Herman Rarebell. The Scorpions plan to tour the U-S later this year.

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, the principal writer of "Light My Fire," turns 62 today. He says he began writing the song when Jim Morrison suggested they needed more original material. But each of his bandmates had some influence in shaping it into the classic it became. Also, David Robert Jones...better known as David 61. This was also Elvis Presley's birthday. Or is, if he's really working at that Burger King in Kalamazoo, MI.

Steve Miller plans to tour in 2008 with dates to be announced soon.


3:10 to Yuma DVD with Russell Crowe
Dragon Wars DVD
Sunshine DVD
Zodiac (2-Disc Director's Cut) DVD
Gunsmoke - The Second Season - Volume One DVD
Two and a Half Men - The Complete Second Season DVD
The Waltons - The Complete Sixth Season DVD

Monday, January 07, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Side III of Rattle & Hum from the mighty U2
Angel Of Harlem
Love Rescue Me
When Love Comes To Town


Rolling Stone Mag Founder Birthday

Jann Wenner, the man who started Rolling Stone just over 40 years ago turns 62 today.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish

The snow that formed on the little table I keep my little grill on (yes I grill in the winter, don't you?) has crafted some kind of bizarre "sleigh effect".
Look at the snow around it: this is untouched. And weird as all get-out...


Batman Lite Is 48 Today

(also known as Michael Stipe from REM)


Britney Admitted To Hospital This Morning

She went in only a couple of hours after her father, and just before her son Jayden.
Three generations of the same sad, sad family admitted in the same night.

Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy B-Day John Baldwin!

We know him better as John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin.
He's 62 today.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Holy crap is it snowing...