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Dec. 4, 2013 12:35 pm
Dec. 3, 2013 11:22 am
Today is Santa's List Day and Wear Brown Shoes Day. I have the brown shoes covered but not a list for Santa yet.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1956: Elvis visits the Sun recording studio and jams with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash which would later become known as the "Million Dollar Quartet" sessions.
1980: Led Zeppelin officially disbands following the death of drummer John Bonham.
1988: Roy Orbison gives what would prove to be his last concert, in Akron, OH. He dies two days later.
DONOVAN AT BEATLESFEST! Donovan has been tapped to headline the 2014 Fest for Beatles Fans, February 7-9 in New York City. This year's event will correspond exactly with the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic first visit to America and performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Get more Donovan details.
STARR & STEWART! Ringo Starr and ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart will sit side-by-side for a segment of Stewart's one-hour, music variety show, The Ringmaster, tonight on Bitesizetv.com. Aside from his work with Annie Lennox in the Eurythmics, Stewart is known for producing albums and co-writing songs for artists including Bono, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty and others. Click here for the details.
STONES ADD DATES! The Rolling Stones have added six more shows to their 2014 Australia and New Zealand tour. They'll launch the tour on March 19 in Perth and end on April 5 in Aukland, New Zealand. Get the itinerary.
CHRISTMAS SPENDING INFO-GRAPHIC! What are the most popular Christmas gifts of all time? Click here for the answer and check out other fascinating facts about spending during the Christmas season.
Dec. 2, 2013 9:25 am
Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1961: The Beatles meet Brian Epstein for the first time.
1966: The Monkees make their stage debut in Honolulu.
1967: The Supremes guest star on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.
1968: Elvis' "comeback" TV special airs on NBC
1977: After a record 29 weeks on Billboard's album chart, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours drops from #1.
1979: Eleven people are trampled to death before The Who concert at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum.
1991: Alan Freed is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! A Croatian community organization from France is suing Bob Dylan for racism, stemming comments he made in a recent Rolling Stone interview about racial tension in America. Free speech laws in Europe are much more stringent than in the U.S. If found guilty, Dylan will be subject to a fine and formal sanction. Get the details.
SIR ELTON CONCERT QUANDARY! Elton John's upcoming concerts in Moscow may be derailed by Russia's anti-gay laws if the concerts are proven to violate the "gay propaganda" restrictions that make "promoting homosexuality" illegal. Sir Elton is scheduled to perform in Moscow and Kazan this Friday and Saturday. Or not. Read more violations.
BOWIE & THE BEATLES ON EBAY! A David Bowie 45 featuring the singles "Starman" and "Suffragette City" recently sold on eBay for nearly $2,000. Two dozen bidders battled for the rare, Angola-made disc. See it here. In another landmark eBay auction, a sealed, mint-condition copy of The Beatles' Yesterday and Today butcher album sold for $15,300. Get the details.
RARE BACON! Did you know that the world is quickly running out of bacon? Neither did I. But guess what else is on the verge of becoming extinct? Click here to find out what seven things you should enjoy today before it's gone tomorrow.
Nov. 27, 2013 10:01 am
Today is National Fritters Day. Permission to indulge.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1959: Bobby Darin is the subject on This Is Your Life.
1964: Ringo Starr has his tonsils removed.
1969: George Harrison joins the Delaney and Bonnie & Friends tour.
1969: Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes is kidnapped by her apartment caretaker.
1973: The Who is jailed overnight in Montreal following $6000 worth of hotel destruction.
1979: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge are granted a divorce.
1981: Dreamgirls, loosely based on the life of the Supremes, opens on Broadway.
DEAD DRUMMER! Dick Dodd, singer and drummer for the Los Angeles garage rock band the Standells, died Friday after being diagnosed earlier this year with stage four cancer. He was 68. He got into show business at the age of nine as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club before joining the Standells in 1964. Get the obit.
ELVIS EXHIBIT! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland picked Black Friday, to open a new exhibit dedicated to Elvis. More than 40 artifacts are on loan from Graceland in Memphis, including a 1975 custom-built "SuperTrike" motorcycle. Elvis was among the first-ever class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Read the review.
DEAD CELEB! Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker was killed Saturday in a horrific car crash. Walker's friend Roger Rodas was reportedly driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at a fast and furious rate of speed with Walker in the passenger seat when he lost control, hit a tree and burst into flames. Walker was 40. Rodas, 38, was also killed on impact. Get the obit.
DEMI DIVORCE DONE! Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's divorce became final last week. The pair wed in 2005 but separated in 2011. It took almost two years to finalize the divorce because Moore apparently wanted spousal support, even though she's reportedly worth more than Kutcher. Get the dirty details.
PINK FLOYD PLAY! A radio play featuring the music of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is now available as a deluxe CD package. Darkside was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on August 26 of this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic album. The new package resembles a hardback book and holds the full 54-minute play on CD. Get the dark details.
PETS & PAWS! Have you ever wondered if your dog or cat favors its right or left paw? According to two studies, just like humans are usually right- or left-handed, cats and dogs are typically right pawed or left pawed. Click here to pause for the paws!
Nov. 25, 2013 9:11 am
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have some time to spend with your loved ones this weekend. The Dave Page will return on Monday December 2nd! Be safe. Dave Kennedy.
TOYS FOR TOTS FRIDAY!
Nov. 22, 2013 9:21 am
Today is your last chance to go hunting with Gunther and a chance to win turkey for Thanksgiving courtesy of Wipfli CPA's & Consultants Good luck! Thanks to everyone who donated to Toys For Tots on Friday and it was a great time Saturday night at the Fall Harvest Dance. Today is one month until Christmas!
1957: Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps make their US TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1961: The Everly Brothers join the 8th Battalion of the US Marine Corps Reserve.
1965: Harrods of London opens after hours to allow The Beatles to do their Christmas shopping.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its stage debut at London's Bag O'Nails club.
1968: Cream plays their last concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1969: John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal.
1972: Allan Clarke announces that he's leaving The Hollies. He doesn't.
JOYFUL JAGGER! Already a grandfather to four, 70-year old Mick Jagger's 21-year old granddaughter Assisi is expecting her first child early next year. Jagger has seven children, and Assisi?s mom, Jade. I wonder if old Mick is looking forward to eventually being a great-great grandfather. Get more bundles of joy.
MAC & McVIE! After nearly fifteen years of insisting she was happily retired, Christine McVie says she would be happy to rejoin Fleetwood Mac. McVie left the band in 1998, and for fifteen years she apparently suffered from the delusion that she wanted to be an English country girl. Get more revelations.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
Only two new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend and one of those hit the top spot. Click here
to see the Box Office Top 10.
Find out how our Thanksgiving evolved from the time of the pilgrims to the present. Click here
to see some fascinating facts and learn some tasty trivia.
Nov. 21, 2013 9:19 am
Join the Eagle all day today in front of the La Crosse Center as we broadcast live and collect toys for the needy kids of the coulee region this Christmas with the La Crosse Jaycees Toys For Tots campaign. Stop by when it's convenient for you. Just pull into the drive up lane and we'll take your new or gently used toys right from your car. Monetary donations are also needed to buy toys for those hard to buy for age groups. Thank you!
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. It's also Go For a Ride Day.
Nov. 20, 2013 9:18 am
Today is World Hello Day, False Confession Day and The Great American Smoke Out. I used to smoke but quit cold turkey on Christmas Day 1993. Best of luck to you if you're trying to quit.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1877: Thomas Edison unveils his new "talking machine," later dubbed the phonograph.
1962: Elvis' 11th film, Girls! Girls! Girls!, opens in US theaters.
1974: Marty Balin reunites with Jefferson Starship, in San Francisco.
1975: Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1990: Mick Jagger marries model/actress Jerry Hall on the island of Bali.
1991: Aerosmith guest stars on The Simpsons.
2003:George Harrison's first guitar is sold at auction for 276,000 pounds.
SMOKE IN THE STUDIO! Narrowly avoiding a déjà vu scenario eerily similar to the one that inspired "Smoke on the Water," the German recording studio where an upcoming Deep Purple live album was mixed was recently destroyed in a fire. Relive the "fire in the sky."
SPRINGSTEEN SINGLE! Bruce Springsteen will release the new single "High Hopes" next Monday. A previous version of the song was found on Springsteen's 1996 EP Blood Brothers. In addition, sources say a new album could be out as early as January, although that has not been confirmed. Get more high hopes.
COWELL PROPOSAL! Simon Cowell is starting to figure out what is the right thing to do when you knock up your girlfriend. He has decided to make an honest woman out of Lauren Silverman by getting her an engagement ring. She'll apparently join him during the holidays in the Caribbean where he'll hopefully pop the question before she pops. Find out what else Simon says.
SEXIEST MAN ALIVE! People magazine is out with their Sexiest Man Alive for 2013 issue. Stars making the list include: Idris Elba, Jimmy Fallon, David Beckham, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Chris Pine. Who topped the list? Make a guess and click here for the revelation.
WORLD'S FASTEST POLICE CARS! Click here to check out the world's ten fastest police cars.
Nov. 19, 2013 9:09 am
Today is Absurdity Day, Beautiful Day and Children's Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: Sam Phillips sells Elvis' contract to RCA for an unheard-of $35,000.
1955: Bo Diddley defies Ed Sullivan and performs "Bo Diddley" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1973: 19-year-old Who fan Scot Halpin fills in for Keith Moon at their Cow Palace concert.
1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon duet on Saturday Night Live.
1984: Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1994: David Crosby receives a liver transplant.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with first-degree murder in the death actress Lana Clarkson.
BROWN BIOPIC! While The Help director Tate Taylor works on his film of the Godfather of Soul, director Mark Mori says his movie will shed light on Brown's "little secret part of his life." What is this dirty little secret? Click here. No word on when either of the films will be released.
DYLAN VIDEO! Bob Dylan has finally made an official video for his 1965 classic "Like a Rolling Stone." And the clip is no ordinary music video; it's interactive, allowing viewers to switch through 16 television channels to watch various TV personalities lip sync the lyrics. Click here to watch it now!
RICHEST MUSICIANS! Forbes magazine is out with its list of the World's 25 Highest-Paid Musicians for 2013 and Sir Elton John came in eighth place netting $54 million. Paul McCartney pulled in $47M, Roger Waters $44M and the Rolling Stones $39M. So who topped the list? Make your guess and then find out here for the answer.
BILLY JOEL'S GARDEN GIG! Billy Joel has booked a January 27 concert at Madison Square Garden that will mark his first full performance at the historic venue since his record-setting 12-show run in 2006. Joel previously announced a New Year's Eve gig at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Joel hasn't mounted a full-scale tour since 2010 after undergoing double hip replacement surgery. Get the itinerary.
CELEBRITY BUN IN OVEN! After "trying like rabbits", Kelly Clarkson announced yesterday that she and her husband are expecting. The couple only tied the knot last month so they got busy pretty quickly. It will be her first child. Her husband has two children from his first marriage. Get the glowing details.
BEER CAN CAMPING STOVE! If you've ever gone camping and forgotten the stove, now you can MacGyver one with a simple beer can. Watch the informative video.
Nov. 15, 2013 9:11 am
Today is Have A Bad Day Day. The only way it could be a bad day for me is if they run out of coffee atthe radio station. That would be really baaaad!
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1954: Sammy Davis, Jr. crashes on Route 66 and permanently loses use of his left eye.
1960: Elvis pulls a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1965: At the Glad Rags Ball in London, Roger Daltrey, storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly.
1973: Led Zeppelin begins recording the demos for their new album, Physical Graffiti.
1992: Linda Ronstadt is the guest star on The Simpsons.
1995: The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.
1995: Frank Sinatra's all-star 80th birthday tribute is held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
2002: Michael Jackson dangls his newborn son from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin.
2007: At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, Neil Diamond reveals that his hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.
Despite the sibling rivalry between Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, Ray recently hinted that a reunion is not completely out of the question as long as new songs are part of the mix and not just the same old songs that their famous for. So are they writing anything new? Click here
to find out.
Following its two-night run in New York City last week, Dylan Fest travels to San Francisco for a show tomorrow night. Artists scheduled to perform Dylan tunes include Sly & the Family Stone's Cynthia Robinson and the Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston among many others. Click here
to find out why these artists are doing this.
STEVIE NICKS DOCUMENTARY!
Stevie Nicks has set a December 3 release date for the DVD of her documentary In Your Dreams. The film is an intimate behind the scenes look at Nicks working closely with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics fame on her first solo album in a decade. Get a preview
RON BURGUNDY COLLEGE!
Boston's Emerson College will rename its school of communications the Ron Burgundy School of Communications on December 4th to honor Will Ferrell's Anchorman character. Ferrell, in character, will be on hand for the renaming ceremony. A special screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in theaters December 20th, will also be shown. Get the details
Which side of your brain is more dominant? Click here
to take the test.
Nov. 14, 2013 9:14 am
Today is Clean Your Refrigerator Day, America Recycles Day and National Philanthropy Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1956: Elvis' first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at New York's Paramount Theater.
1965: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on Hullabaloo.
1968: Janis Joplin performs her last gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1969: The Beatles' last photographic session produces today's cover of Rolling Stone.
1992: The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian all guest star on Married With Children.
BEATLES' 50TH! This February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and to mark the occasion CBS will air a two hour special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. featuring some of the biggest names in music performing the songs the Fab Four performed that historic night. Get the details.
GARCIA'S GUITAR! Jerry Garcia's Travis Bean TB500 guitar will be sold at auction December 6 in Beverly Hills, CA. The guitar, which was exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, was a mainstay of the Grateful Dead musician in the late seventies. How much will it fetch? Get the estimate.
WEDDING BELL BLUES! Looks like Jennifer Aniston isn't in any rush to get married. She and her fiancé have postponed their wedding yet again because, according to sources, she "said she needed to focus on work. She?s also no longer stressing about becoming a mom." Which at her age is becoming less and less likely anyway. Read more disappointing news.
ANDY KAUFMAN HOAX! Barely 24 hours after news hit that Andy Kaufman may still be alive, it's turning out to be a hoax. The woman that Kaufman's brother Michael introduced as Kaufman's 24 year old daughter at the 9th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards on Monday, is actually a 23-year-old actress. Get the fake details.
SEXIEST MAN ALIVE! People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013 issue will be on newsstands next Wednesday. Last year Channing Tatumwon won the coveted title. Other Sexiest Man Alive winners include Bradley Cooper in 2011 and Ryan Reynolds in 2010. So who is it this year? Click here for the best guess.
ORIGINS OF THANKSGIVING FOOD! Why do we eat turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving? Also, how did cranberries and stuffing become staples of the Thanksgiving meal? Click here to get the fascinating answers.
Nov. 13, 2013 9:25 am
Today is Operating Room Nurse Day. I'm feeling a little woozy.
1952: The British music paper New Musical Express publishes its first record chart.
1960: Elvis' latest single, "It's Now Or Never," sells 780,000 copies in the UK during its first week.
1967: Pink Floyd begins their first UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1987: Sonny & Cher sing a tearful "I Got You Babe" on Late Night with David Letterman.
DEAD DRUMMER! Drummer Billy Adamson, who spent nearly three decades holding down the beat for the Searchers, has died. Further details of his passing have yet to be reported. Adamson was a member of the Searchers from 1969 through 1998. Get the obit.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks opening in theaters tomorrow include Best Man Down (PG-13), The Book Thief (PG-13) and The Armstrong Lie ®. Looks like another Alfred Hitchcock DVD movie marathon this weekend for me. Click here to see the rest of the new releases.
RED ROCKER RESTAURANT! The mysterious disappearance of the owner of Sammy Hagar's California eatery Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill has led to its closure. The owner hasn't been seen for weeks and the family filed a missing persons report on Halloween. The restaurant's Halloween party featured Bag of Bones soup in a broth the color and consistency of blood. Coincidence? Get the disappearing details.
ANDY ALIVE! Is late comedian Andy Kaufman actually still alive? We've all heard the rumors that Kaufman faked his death, but on Monday, at the 9th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards, Kaufman's brother revealed that he once found an essay in which Andy laid out plans to fake his death (he allegedly died from cancer in 1984). He then proceeded to introduce who he claimed to be Kaufman's 24 year old daughter. Click here for more strangeness.
IDOL HELL! Mariah Carey says that being a judge on American Idol "was like going to work every day in hell with Satan." Mariah never mentioned who exactly was "Satan" but it?s no secret she clashed with fellow judge Nicki Minaj during the entire season. Read more revelations from Mariah here.
STAR WARS FURNITURE! Check out some furniture made to resemble stuff from Star Wars. My Favorite is the C3PO leg lamp. Click here to see the best Star Wars furniture that Imperial Credits can buy.
CREEPY COMPUTER KID! Check out a mechanical boy that can write. It was built by a Swiss watchmaker in the 1700s and is considered a distant ancestor of the modern computer. Although fascinating, it's a little creepy. Click here to see how it works.
Nov. 12, 2013 9:18 am
Today is National Indian Pudding Day, Sadie Hawkins Day and World Kindness Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1961: Hank Ballard of the Midnighters is the guest contestant on To Tell The Truth.
1967: Brian Jones buys the former home of Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne.
1968: The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film premieres in New York.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis' son is killed in an accident near Hernando, MS.
1974: An imposter posing as Ritchie Blackmore crashes a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City, IA.
1992: 90,000 people attend Elton John's Mexico City concert, his first in the country.
2005: Astronauts on at the US space station are woken up by Paul McCartney, singing "Good Day Sunshine."
REMEMBERING REED! Lou Reed fans will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on his passing at a public memorial scheduled to take place tomorrow at Lincoln Center in New York City from 1-4p ET. The event feature "Lou's voice, guitar, music & songs, playing the recordings selected by his family and friends." Get the memorial.
NICKS CAMEO! Though details remain sketchy, Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks will be making a cameo appearance on a future episode of the FX Network series American Horror Story: Coven. Nicks will appear in a cameo yet to be determined. Get the mysterious details.
COPS CATCH KIM KARDASHIAN! After cops pulled over Kim Kardashian for speeding in LA, the paparazzo that was following her jumped out of their vehicles in the middle of the freeway causing a major traffic snarl. Most of them got away before cops could do anything about it but Kim got a citation for speeding. Read the traffic report.
BACON BODY WASH! If you love bacon, now you can smell like it even when you haven't had any to eat! Click here to find out how you can get covered in the awesome smell of bacon.
Nov. 11, 2013 9:14 am
Today is Chicken Soup For The Soul Day and National Young Readers Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1931: Abbey Road recording studios open in London.
1955: Billboard begins its "Top 100" chart.
1957: The rock and roll movie Jamboree premieres in Hollywood.
1965: Marc Bolan, later of T. Rex fame, performs on Ready Steady Go!
1968: Jimi Hendrix' third album, Electric Ladyland, is released.
1979: Kenny Rogers begins filming the TV movie The Gambler.
1990: Ron Wood is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs.
1997: Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer.
ABBA REUNION? Professionally dormant since their 1982 album The Visitors, ABBA is reportedly considering a reunion next year to mark their 40th anniversary. Agnetha Faltskog told a German weekly that "There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can?t say at this point what will become of them." Get the teaser.
KEITH MOON BIOPIC! Keith Moon's wild side will appear to be the obvious focus of an upcoming biopic. The future film has received support from Roger Daltrey who is collaborating with producers of the as-yet untitled project. Moon died of an overdose in 1978 at the age of 32. Get the preliminaries.
EAGLES 6 PACK! The Eagles will take their History of the Eagles tour to the UK for six shows, starting with a May 28 performance in Birmingham, England. The trek will also touch down in Glasgow, Dublin, London and Leeds before winding down in Manchester on June 25. The band's current U.S. tour resumes tomorrow in Knoxville, TN and runs through January 29 in San Jose, CA. Get the itinerary.
ANCHORMAN CONTEST! Will Ferrell appears as Ron Burgundy in a new video for a contest to raise money for charity. The video has the Anchorman star giving the Top Ten reasons why fans should enter to win an exclusive opportunity to join him, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Jack Black for a live, on-stage reading of the original Anchorman movie. Watch the contest promo video.
TEA FOR YOU TOO! Drinking tea may be healthier than drinking water. Today we answer the question: Why is tea so healthy and how can can you get the most from each cup? I can't get used to the taste of tea, being the coffee addict that I am. Get the healthy details.
Nov. 4, 2013 9:06 am
Once again I'd like to thank everyone who called in and donated during the Children's Miracle Network Radiothon. With your help, we raised over $121,000 that will be used for the kids and their families.
Today is Veteran's Day. Let's all salute our veterans and active military, and remember those who gave their lives for the price of freedom.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1944: Frank Sinatra signs with Columbia as a solo recording artist.
1967: Van Morrison appears on American Bandstand.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release the album Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins.
1970: Bob Dylan publishes his first novel, Tarantula.
1994: Christie's auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia.
1994: Micky Dolenz, Rick Neilsen and Billy Vera guest star on Boy Meets World.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only one new movie debuted in the box office top 10 and it took the top spot on the list. Last week's #1, Ender's Game, dropped to #5. Click here for the top 10 list.
LEGEND AWARD! Dionne Warwick received the prestigious Legend Award at Friday's Soul Train Awards. Warwick co-hosted the very first Soul Train Awards show back in 1987. The 2013 Soul Train Awards will air December 1 on BET at 8pm ET. Click here for the recap.
MILEY DOES DOOBIE! At last night's MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, Miley Cyrus shocked everyone again when she got up on stage to accept the Best Video award for "Wrecking Ball" and lit up a joint. Marijuana is legal in Amsterdam and Cyrus took full advantage of it by toking up backstage as well. Organizers were not amused. Get the backlash.
COFFEE BREAK! When is the best time to have a cup of coffee? It turns out that the answer is not "early in the morning." But that's not gonna stop me because I also enjoy the taste. Click here to find out the optimum time to get your caffeine intake.
Nov. 1, 2013 9:15 am
Today is King Tut Day. I'm gonna have to dig up the old Steve Martin tune for today's Drivin' Home Forgotten Oldie.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1963: The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother.
1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1989: Elton John scores his record 50th UK chart hit with his latest single, "Sacrifice."
1990: The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.
1997: Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions
1998: Michael Jackson announces that wife Debbie Rowe is pregnant with his first child.
JAMES BROWN BIOPIC! Dan Aykroyd has been added to the cast of Get on Up, the upcoming biopic focusing on the life of James Brown, often called Soul Brother No. 1. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of the agency that represented the Godfather of Soul for four decades. So who will play Brown? Click here for the details.
DEEP PURPLE BOXED! On November 13th, Deep Purple will release Deep Purple: The Audio Fidelity Collection, a four-disc box set that features 24-carat gold editions of the albums In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are. Just 5,000 sets will be available for $130 each. Makes a great gift for the consummate Deep Purple fan on your list. Click here for the nitty gritty details.
DEATH WISH COFFEE! No, it doesn't have anything to do with Charles Bronson. Apparently it's the world's strongest coffee! I'd be willing to try a cup. Or twenty. Click here for the jittery details.
Oct. 22, 2013 9:06 am
Welcome to November! November is Aviation History Month, Child Safety Protection Month, International Drum Month, National Adoption Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Month, National Model Railroad Month, National Novel Writing Month, Native American Heritage Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Real Jewelry Month and National Sleep Comfort Month.
Today is All Saints Day. But most importantly, it's Friday!
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1959: Due to Army duty, for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
1964: The Dave Clark Five makes its US television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show:
1964: The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1970: ABBA plays their first-ever concert at a Swedish restaurant.
LENNON HOME SOLD! The Liverpool house where John Lennon lived until the age of 5 was sold at auction earlier this week for $770,250, purchased by an anonymous American buyer who has made sure original features have been preserved. What kind of digs did that money buy. Get the closing details.
DYLAN GUITAR FOR SALE! One of the most controversial guitars in rock history is going on the auction block. The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan went electric with at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival will be auctioned off at Christie's in New York on December 6. It's expected to fetch as much as $500,000. Read the description.
SAD STATE FOR JON & KATE! Jon Gosselin opens up to Oprah in an interview airing Sunday about the his relationship with his ex-wife Kate. While they are co-parenting their eight children, Jon says they barely even talk. He says "There's two different totally parenting styles, two different totally everythings." Get the preview.
BILLY JOEL GIG! Billy Joel is set to perform for the first time in over five years when he takes the stage New Year's Eve in Brooklyn. Joel left performing in 2010 to recover from double hip replacement surgery. His last concert was in the summer of 2008 when he closed down the old Shea Stadium. Ring the details.
TOW TRUCK FAIL! Check out this video of an inept tow truck driver. This sure ruined somebody's day.
Oct. 21, 2013 9:17 am
Well, we finally broke down and turned on the heat at the Kennedy Compound for the first time this season. I'm not looking forward to my heating bill this winter.
Today is National Nut Day. Well, the shoe fits. How about you?
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1961: Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1964: The High Numbers fail their audition with EMI, but later sign to Brunswick Records as The Who.
1969: Paul McCartney issues an official press release stating that he is not, in fact, dead.
1993: Annette Funicello is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998: Bob Dylan plays a "homecoming" show in Duluth, MN.
2000: George Michael pays almost three million dollars for the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote "Imagine."
BOWIE SHUNNED! Despite being nominated in half a dozen categories, David Bowie walked away empty handed at Britain's Q Awards last night. He was in the running for Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, Best Album, Best Track, Best Video and Best Event. Click here to find out who did win.
TOTO TIRADE! The way we listen to music these days has changed radically since the advent of iTunes and streaming sites. Toto member Steve Lukather argues that the experience has been diluted when he recently opined, "Gone are the days of loving, dissecting, discussing the inner workings of 'AN ALBUM' sitting in silence while it plays, looking at the liner notes and the few photos in the studio" This guy needs to wake up and smell the present!
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Kelly Clarkson tied the knot with her manager at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee. The two got engaged in December 2012 and had originally planned to have an outdoor wedding. but by the summer they decided to opt for something more low key. Get the wedded bliss.
WINING CATS! Does your cat feel left out during the holidays? Now they can be a part of the celebrations with a little cat wine in their bowl. Click here for the bizarre details. Makes a great Christmas gift for the cat on your list.
AUTOMATED RESTAURANT! Imagine a restaurant where you can order your food and have it delivered to your table without ever seeing a waiter. That's the new concept developed by a restaurant in Japan. Click here to see how it works.
Oct. 11, 2013 9:13 am
Happy Monday! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Team Jason & Cory CMNH fundraiser event at American Home Fireplace & Patio on Saturday. It was a great day for grilling.
Today is Babbling Day, Count Your Buttons Day and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1975: Los Angeles declares this "Elton John Week" and awards him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976: Keith Moon plays what would be his final show with the Who at Maple Leaf Gardens.
2004: Bobby "Boris" Pickett re-records "Monster Mash" as "Monster Slash" to protest President George W. Bush's environmental policies.
2005: Bob Seger sings the national anthem at the World Series game between the Tigers and the Cardinals.
JAMMING WITH DEAD LEGENDS! The Music Hall of Fame in London will offer fans an unprecedented opportunity to "perform live" with some of rock's dead legends. Fans will get a chance to perform with fully interactive holograms of the the likes of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and Kurt Cobain. Get the creepy details.
SIR PAUL SURPRISE! Lately, Paul McCartney has been popping up, well, here, there and everywhere to perform unannounced mini concerts to promote his new album, New. It happened again on Friday when Sir Paul surprised his fans at New in London's Covent Garden. Get the surprising details!
STEVEN TYLER'S NEW JUDGE GIG! Steven Tyler has been confirmed to be one of the judges at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant on November 9th in Moscow. Meanwhile, last week, news broke that Tyler has teamed with South Korean pop star Psy of "Gangnam Style" fame to record a new song. Get the details.
HOW FRENCH TOAST GOT ITS NAME! Today we answer that burning question. Along with how did Brussels Sprouts and other foods get their name. Click here to gain some useless knowledge.
Oct. 10, 2013 9:21 am
Tonight we'll find out who will be driving an oldie, Valley View Rotary's classic '66 Mustang Convertible. Be sure to join us at Brenengen Chevrolet on Theater Road in Onalaska starting at 5pm with a silent auction until 7pm, followed by the drawing at 7:30. See you there and good luck!
Today is It's My Party Day, Take Your Teddy Bear To Work Day and World Egg Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1958: Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls, a member of Cooke's backup band, are badly injured in a car crash.
1966: British newspapers break the news that the Beatles will indeed refuse all future offers to tour.
1967: The Beatles film three separate videos for their new single, "Hello Goodbye."
1968: Grace Slick gives the "black power" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1975: The Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior during a storm, killing all 29 men.
2002: On tonight's episode of The Simpsons, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer operate a rock and roll fantasy camp.
SIR PAUL SECOND SURPRISE!
Paul McCartney gave New Yorkers a treat by putting on an impromptu 15-minute performance in the heart of Times Square yesterday afternoon. Sir Paul managed to perform four songs from his upcoming album, New, before telling the crowd the city had only given him permission to play for 15 minutes. Get the surprising details
YOKO ONO ICE QUEEN!
Yoko Ono has just received a very cool honor after being made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland. Despite having been given the cold shoulder by millions of Beatles fans who still hold her responsible for being the ice princess who broke up the band, her honorary citizenship is in recognition of her tireless work to thaw hardened relationships by promoting world peace.Get more puns
KRIS JENNER DATING?
Kris Jenner isn't wasting time crying over her failed marriage. Cougar Kris, 57 has her eye on 31-year-old former Bachelor contestant Ben Flajnik. Kris will have her work cut out for her as Flajnik is already in a relationship. Get the juicy details
PING PONG WITH KNIVES!
Don't try this at home! The video is fake anyway but it's pretty cool how they did it. Watch it now
Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1959: The last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown is fired from the group.
1959: Brenda Lee is diagnosed with thyroid deficiency.
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1979: Los Angeles declares it "Fleetwood Mac Day" and is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1979: The film The Rose premieres in Hollywood.
1999: Las Vegas' Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars' worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS!
New flicks to check out in theaters starting tomorrow include Captain Phillips (PG-13) and Machete Kills ®. Looks like I'll be saving some money again this weekend.
McCARTNEY SURPRISE CONCERT!
Students of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in New York were called into the school's auditorium and treated to a 13 song concert by Paul McCartney. The set included Beatles classics as well as new material from his upcoming album "New." Get more Paul
GRATEFUL DEAD BEER!
The Grateful Dead is putting the finishing touches on the first batch of its own "American Beauty" pale ale beer. The brew is said to contain components of granola, honey, toasted grain, oats and fruit, and will be available in bottles and on draft later this fall. No word on where it will be available. Click here
for the barley pop.
During a recent interview, Ted Nugent spewed some harsh words for the current state of political affairs saying "The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. The American government today will go down and the American people, it breaks my heart to say?will go down as the dumbest, most unappreciative society in the history of humankind." Read more ranting
Although Kris and Bruce Jenner announced their separation Tuesday, they apparently have no plans to file for divorce anytime soon. There was no pre-nup, which means their fortune, said to be worth over $125 million, will be split down the middle. Get the nasty details.
TELEKINETIC COFFEE SHOP SURPRISE!
Check out what happens when a patron accidentally spills coffee all over another coffee shop customer. Click here
to watch the hilarity ensue.