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Apr. 23, 2014 9:11 am
Apr. 22, 2014 9:26 am
Today is Secretary's Day, Lover's Day, Take A Chance Day and World Laboratory Day. But most importantly, it's National Zucchini Bread Day! I think I have a zucchini bread loaf in my refrigerator from whenever.
ON THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY...
1956: Elvis begins his disastrous concert stint in Las Vegas.
1960: Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as the Nurk Twins at Paul's aunt's pub in England.
1962: The Beatles make their first appearance on a record, singing backup on Tony Sheridan's version of "My Bonnie,"
1974: Mama Cass collapses from exhaustion.
1985: Liberace guest-stars as himself on Another World.
DEAD CELEB! Late word that soul singer Deon Jackson, best known for his 1966 #11 breakthrough hit "Love Makes The World Go Round," died last Saturday. The cause of death was not revealed. He was 68. Get the obit.
FRAMPTON BOXED! On June 24th, Peter Frampton will release Hummingbird in a Box, a seven-song soundscape inspired by his work with the Cincinnati Ballet. Meanwhile, Frampton's summer tour gets underway June 22 in his hometown of Cincinnati and runs through August 31 in Tucson, AZ. Get the itinerary.
CELEBRITY BIRTH! Drew Barrymore and her husband are the proud parents of their second baby girl. The stork delivered their new daughter, Frankie, yesterday. Their first child, Olive, who is also a girl, is 19-months-old. Get the happy news.
FREINDS REUNION NIXED BY COX! On David Letterman earlier this week, Courtney Cox says that there will never be a Friends reunion because "There's six friends and I have been trying to put together a cast dinner for ten years." Cox explained that "if planning a dinner is any indication of how hard it is to get this group together, there's just no way they'll be able to reunite for a show." Get the unfriendly details.
PIT STOPS THEN & NOW! With the season opener at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway this weekend, I thought I'd share this video of how the common pit stop has evolved over the years. Click here to check out a pit stop from the 1950 Indy 500 and one from last year.
Apr. 21, 2014 1:23 pm
Today is Earth Day, Girl Scout Leader Day and National Jelly Bean Day.
THIS DATE IN ROCK HISTORY!
1959: The Alan Freed "rock and roll movie" Go, Johnny, Go premieres in New York.
1962: Jerry Lee Lewis' three year old dies in a tragic drowning accident.
1966: Bruce Springsteen's band The Castiles wins a battle of the bands contest in NJ.
1967: Elvis' 23rd film, Easy Come, Easy Go, premieres in Hollywood.
1969: A&M signs the Carpenters.
1969: John Lennon has his name legally changed to John Ono Lennon.
1969: The Who performs Tommy for the first time on stage in Dolton, England
1978: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd debut "The Blues Brothers" on SNL.
SANTANA PLAYS VEGAS! Santana will be mounting two tours this summer. The first begins next month in support his new album, and a separate joint trek with Rod Stewart starting May23rd. His residency at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is also a part of his summer plans with 17 shows confirmed. Click here for the schedule.
McCARTNEY'S SELLING BOAT! Paul McCartney reportedly is selling a 52-foot boat on which he and Linda used to spend time together. McCartney is selling the Barnaby Rudge because it was a bittersweet reminder of Linda, who passed away in 1998 at age 56. Money raised by the sale will be donated to the Oxfam anti-poverty charity. Click here for the asking price.
LUGGAGE THIEF! The man convicted of stealing Peter Frampton's luggage at Denver International Airport last July has received a suspended jail sentence and fines totaling more than $8,800. John Allen Papelbon confessed that he stole seven bags from the airport, one of which belonged to Frampton. Thank goodness his guitar wasn't among the luggage this time! Get the sentencing.
EPIC PEN SPINNING! Watch this cool video of two guys making pens do things other than write. Click here to be amazed!
Apr. 17, 2014 9:19 am
Today is Dyngus Day, Kindergarten Day and Patriot's Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1963: The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones backstage after the Stones' gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England
1965: The Beach Boys appear on Shindig!
1967: The Beatles finish work on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1969: Janis Joplin makes her stage debut in London at the Royal Albert Hall.
1970: Elton John makes his debut as a solo act at the Roundhouse in London.
1990: Paul McCartney sets a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist when his tour-ending concert at the Maracana Stadium in Rio draws 184,000 people.
2004: Michael Jackson is officially charged with child molestation.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Three new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend but none of them managed to top the list.A Haunted House 2, Heaven Is For Real and Transcendence all landed in the top 5. Meanwhile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the top draw for the third consecutive weekend. Click here for the official rankings.
DON'T JUDGE ME! Enrique Iglesias has revealed why he turns down offers of multi-million dollar offers to judge American Idol, The Voice and the now-canceled X Factor. He says it's because they would've interfered with his tour and recording plans. I'd also venture to guess that he has some standards as well.
Get the details from Billboard.
DISCOVERY CANCELLATION! Out of respect for the 13 members of the Sherpa community killed last week in an avalanche on Mt. Everest, The Discovery Channel has canceled its upcoming special Everest Jump Live on May 11. The jump was to feature Joby Ogwyn gliding down from the summit of Mt. Everest using a wingsuit. Read more about it.
WORLD'S WEIRDEST DRIVING LAWS! Check out some weird driving laws from around the world. Remember, these are laws that are still on the books! Click here for the wackiness.
Apr. 16, 2014 11:00 am
Welcome to Blah, Blah, Blah Day. It's also National Cheeseball Day, National High Five Day and Pet Owners Independence Day.
ON THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1964: Van Morrison makes his first appearance with Them on stage in Belfast.
1964: After an extensive investigation of "Louie Louie," the FBI concludes that lyrics of the Kingsmen's song are incomprehensible.
1965: RCA and LearJet announces the development of the 8-track tape player.
1969: "The Band," plays its first show in San Francisco.
1970: With the release of Paul McCartney's first solo album, it's official: The Beatles are no more.
1975: Elvis purchases the famous Lisa Marie jet.
2000: Gloria Gaynor guest stars as herself on tonight's episode of Ally McBeal.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff to check out this weekend after you get tired of looking for Easter eggs include Bears (G), Authors Anonymous (PG-13) and Redwood Highway (PG-13). Click here to check out the rest coming this holiday weekend.
THE WHO ON TOUR! The Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary with another world tour. The trek will take shape in the UK around Christmas, and should reach North America in 2015. As for recording a new Who album, Pete Townshend says he's sifting through 20,000 hours of music to see if there's enough to make an album. Click here for the clutter.
SIR PAUL ADDS SHOWS! Paul McCartney has added six more U.S. shows to his upcoming Out There tour. New stops include Lubbock, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City. That makes a total of 10 U.S. concerts, starting June 14 in Lubbock and ending August 7 in Salt Lake City. Click here for the entire itinerary.
HEARTBLEED ARREST! A teenager has been arrested for hacking into Canada's tax collection system using the Heartbleed virus. No details on exactly what the teen was able t extract from the system. Hack here for more.
ZOOMED OUT PHOTOS! Check out some famous places with their postcard views zoomed out to include the surrounding landscape. There's quite a lot that the camera doesn't reveal until the picture gets widened. Click here for the photos exposed for what they really are.
Apr. 15, 2014 8:59 am
Today is National Eggs Benedict Day and National Stress Awareness Day. Nothing stresses me out more than trying to follow the recipe for eggs Benedict.
1965: The Hollies make their US stage debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.
1972: Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at Croydon, England's Fox and Greyhound pub.
1973: Paul McCartney's first TV special airs on ABC.
1974: Queen makes their US live debut in Denver.
1996: At tonight's Grammy Awards, KISS announce their reunion.
2003: Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife.
NEW CHICAGO NOW! Chicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW, also known as Chicago 36. The album should be in stored on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats. The biggest one will set you back $98 and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies. Get the details.
CELEBRITY DRUNK TANK! Dina Lohan pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated DWI and speeding in connection with her arrest September 12 of last year. She'll be sentenced on June 3, at which time she'll most likely have her driver's license revoked, be ordered to attend a drinking and driving program, get an interlock device installed in her vehicle for one year and pay around $3,000 in fines and fees. Get the sentencing.
AUTOPSY IN! Former WWE star The Ultimate Warrior apparently died of heart disease. An autopsy last Thursday determined the manner of death as "natural." The wrestler collapsed outside of a Scottsdale, Arizona, hotel last Tuesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was 54. Read more deadly details.
Apr. 11, 2014 9:34 am
Today is Rubber Eraser Day, Titanic Remembrance Day and of course Tax Day!
1958: Buddy Holly's guitar is stolen from the Crickets' station wagon before a concert in St. Louis, MO.
1960: Dick Clark's movie Because They're Young, premieres in New York.
1964: After a long day of filming for "A Hard Day's Night", still titled Beatlemania!, Ringo declares that it's been "a hard day's night," which inspires John to write the title song.
1966: Buffalo Springfield make their live debut at the Orange County Showgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.
1969: Archie Bell of the Drells is discharged from the US Army after serving in Vietnam.
1971: The Illinois Crime Commission releases a list of "drug-oriented rock records" that include Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
1971: The Beatles win their only Oscar, for Original Song Score for the title track to the film Let It Be.
1996: Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate bridge.
BOX OFFICE RECAP! Three new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend but none topped the chart. Rio 2 got close, debuting at #2. Other new flicks include Draft Day and Oculus. Click here for the rankings.
CROSBY, STILL & NASH ADD DATES! The trio will add at least 25 additional dates after expanding their upcoming summer U.S. tour by that many performances. They embark on their road trip on July 2 in Bethlehem, PA and wind down in L.A.on October 4. Click here for the itinerary.
STEELY DAN ADDS DATES TOO! One day after Steely Dan announced it had stretched its North American summer "Jamalot Ever After" tour to 14 dates, the group has now stretched the trek to include 47 cities. The run will now get underway July 2 in Portland, OR and wrap with a September 17 performance in Baltimore. Click here for the dates and cities.
PHELPS COMES OUT! Apparently he just couldn't stay out of the pool. 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement. The 29-year-old will test the waters by competing in Arizona, April 24th-26, racing in three events. Phelps announced his retirement after the 2012 London Olympics. Get the details.
FLYING CAR! A man who drove off an 80 foot cliff and crashed into the sea credits his survival to having just consumed a Red Bull. He claims the energy drink made his car fly. Yup, right off a cliff. Click here for the carnage.
Apr. 10, 2014 9:10 am
It's finally Friday and time to look forward to the weekend. Tomorrow I'll be live at Festival Foods Crossing Meadows where the Freedom Fest gang will be selling general admission tickets for $30. They go to $40 on Monday so come out and get yours tomorrow!
LETTERMAN REPLACEMENT! Just one week after David Letterman announced his retirement, CBS has chosen Stephen Colbert to be his successor. Colbert has signed a five-year agreement with the network. His premiere date will be announced after Letterman figures out his end date sometime next year. In the meantime, Colbert will continue on his Comedy Central show through the end of the year. Get the details.
ABBA SET TO PERFORM! Well at least two members of the band will. The two B's of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeushave will perform with the cast of the worldwide hit stage musical Mama Mia! at this Sunday's Olivier Awards in London. There is still a chance that ABBA will get together to do just a recording, but won't reunite for a tour. Get the details on the London gig.
FAB FOUR FAN! Check out a teenager's tribute to The Beatles on the April 9th anniversary of their 1970 breakup. The kid has posted a YouTube video of himself performing side two of Abbey Road in 15-second increments. Click here to watch it now!
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are planning a tropical wedding in Hawaii in front of a small group of around 20 guests. However, in true Jennifer Aniston form, no wedding date has been set. Get the details.
BRITISH BAKED BEANS: BAD? A climate change minister in England recently urged Brits to curb their baked beans intake because of the impact that "smelly emissions" are having on global warming! Scientists are already concerned about the effect of methane coming from cow flatulence, and now human farts might be harming the environment, too! England has the largest consumption of baked beans in the world. Get the smelly details.
Apr. 8, 2014 9:08 am
Today is Golfer's Day and National Siblings Day. I only have one sibling that golfs and he lives in Chicago so I guess I won't be hitting the links today.
1953: Eddie Fisher is discharged from the US Army.
1956: Leo Fender patents the successor to his "Telecaster" electric guitar, the "Stratocaster."
1957: Ricky Nelson, performs his "I'm Walkin'" on his family's TV show.
1961: Del Shannon is the guest on American Bandstand.
1968: Mickey Hart to joins the Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1970: Paul McCartney makes the Beatles' secret breakup public by issuing a press release to announce that he has left the group.
1970: Emerson, Lake and Palmer is formed.
1991: Peter Noone guest stars on Quantum Leap.
2007: Johnny Cash's last residence in Hendersonville, TN, burns to the ground.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Something for the kids this weekend is Rio 2 (G), opening in theaters tomorrow. Also opening this weekend is the new horror flick Oculus ® and Draft Day (PG-13). Click here to get the rest of the new stuff here.
24 HOURS WITH MICK! Mick Fleetwood is set to host a series of TV specials titled 24 Hours with Mick in which he will spend a day with each guest probing their thoughts, interests and ideas. The series will showcase an eclectic lineup of interview subjects from a variety of fields, including music and entertainment to technology and politics. Click here for the details.
ABBA NEW MUSIC! The member of Abba recently got together to talk about what they should do for their 40th anniversary. But not even the offer of a billion dollars will get them to tour again. Fans are still hopeful for at least a new album. Get the rumor.
DEAD CELEB! WWE wrestler the Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday in Arizona. Apparently he was walking to his car and collapsed without warning. He was transported to a hospital but pronounced dead. The ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before WrestleMania XXX just this past weekend. He was 54. Get the obit.
ALF FUN FACTS! How much do you know about the TV show ALF? I used to watch it all the time but some of these facts I had never known before. Click here for 25 fun facts about the A.lien L.ife F.orm to impress your friends.
Apr. 7, 2014 9:10 am
Today is All Is Ours Day and Draw A picture of a Bird Day.
1963: John and Cynthia Lennon become proud parents of their first child, Julian.
1968: Petula Clark's only TV special airs on NBC.
1971: Chicago becomes the first rock group to play Carnegie HalL.
1989: American Bandstand moves to the USA network with host David Hirsch. The show would be canceled for good six months later.
2003: NBC airs the concert special Cher: The Farewell Tour.
DEAD CELEB! Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches was found dead Monday at her home. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but police are classifying it as "unexplained and sudden." She had battled with substance abuse in the past, and her mother died of a drug overdose in 2000. She was 25. Get the obit
BARBARA WALTERS ANNOUNCES EXIT! Barbara Walters will leave The View on Friday, May 16th. A two-hour special about Barbara's life and career will also air on at 9pm that evening. ABC also revealed that their New York City headquarters will be named after her. Read the exit interview.
STAR WARS STARTS PRODUCTION! Star Wars fans will be happy to know that the cast is pretty much in place for the seventh installment in the franchise and filming has all ready begun. The movie is set 35 years after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It opens December of 2015. Get the recap.
CAT NAPS! What does your pet cat dream about? Apparently scientists have been able to get into a cat's head to find out. Check out the top 10 dreams of our feline friends.
Apr. 3, 2014 9:09 am
Today is World Health Day, No Housework Day and Caramel Popcorn Day. Saturday was not a good day for the Badgers who lost a heart breaker and thus won't be playing in tonight's championship game.
1956: Alan Freed's Rock 'N' Roll Dance Party debuts on the CBS Radio Network.
1956: The Platters make their TV debut on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show.
1958: Capitol officially abandons issuing 78 rpm records.
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet a young guitarist named Brian Jones.
1967: San Francisco's KMPX becomes the first FM station to play "deep cuts" from albums, rather than merely singles, a "free-form" non-format that will soon transform rock radio.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow.
1988: Alice Cooper is nearly hanged in a stage stunt when the safety rope breaks.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only one new movie debuted in the box office top ten over the weekend and it took the top spot. Make your guess and then click here for the complete list to see how the rest did.
DEAD CELEB! Legendary actor Mickey Rooney has died. The last surviving star of 1930's Hollywood passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Get the obit.
FALLON'S ROCK HALL GUESTS! Jimmy Fallon will celebrate Thursday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with some of the inductees appearing on his show. John Oates of Hall & Oates, Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic and Kiss are all slated to appear throughout the week. Click here to get the lineup.
LEGENDS CRUISE! The already star-studded lineup for the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise III floating festival has added former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and War to the the 24-act lineup that already includes the Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band and many more. Royal Caribbean?s Liberty of the Seas sets sail February 19 and returns on the 23rd. Get the lineup.
DUNG SLIDES! Michigan authorities are looking for the person who's been taking a dump on children's slides in the play area of a park in Ypsilanti. Police have installed a hidden camera to try to capture the "mystery pooper" in the act, and with any luck he'll be "flushed" out. Get the stinky details.
Apr. 2, 2014 9:08 am
Today is Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day and Tweed Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1956: Elvis makes the first of two appearances on the Milton Berle Show.
1960: The Everly Brothers make their UK stage debut in London.
1961: Paul Anka guest stars on Make Room For Daddy.
1978: Cher's first solo TV special, Cher... Special, airs on CBS.
1991: Paul McCartney tapes his episode of MTV's acoustic showcase Unplugged.
2008: Mariah Carey's single, "Touch My Body," goes to #1, beating Elvis' old record of 17 chart toppers.
EVERLY BROTHERS CLOWN! The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry announced it will induct The Everly Brothers 1960 single "Cathy's Clown." The track was chosen because it represents "an important part of America's culture and history." Creedence Clearwater Revival?s "Fortunate Son" and others will also be inducted. Click here for the rest.
CREEDENCE REUNION? For two decades Creedence Clearwater Revisited veterans Doug Clifford and Stu Cook have been performing the music of CCR and still have no desire to revive their relationship with John Fogerty. In a recent interview, Clifford said, "I like the guys that I?m working with now. So, I wish him [Fogerty] well and he's got his band and we have ours, and we're happy where we are." Get the latest.
DEAD ROCK STARS REVIVED!
What would Elvis look like if he were still alive? Or what about John Lennon, or Jim Morrison? Click here
to see aged computerized images of what your favorite rock and roll stars would look like if they were still living.
Miley Cyrus is mourning the loss of her dog, Floyd, who passed away while she was on tour. She wrote Tuesday, "I am broken. I know I don't mean it but I wish he would've taken me with him." No comment. Get the obit.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS!
Willard Scott is a married man. After 11 years together, the 80-year-old finally made a decent woman out of his longtime girlfriend. The two tied the knot it in Fort Myers on April Fool's day. Get the happy news
TEN COOL CARS!
With Italian design house Bertone on the verge of bankruptcy, here's a look back at some of the most iconic designs to ever come out of the company over the years. Click for the cars
APRIL FOOL'S DAY!
Apr. 1, 2014 9:17 am
Today is National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day, International Children's Book Day and Reconciliation Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1957: Elvis appears for the first time outside the United States, performing at the Maple Leaf Gardens.
1966: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass place a record four albums in the Top 10 albums chart.
1967: Steve Winwood forms Traffic.
1993: Robert Flack guest stars on "Loving."
1993: Bill Wyman's son gets engaged to the mother of Wyman's 22 year-old ex-wife.
UK BLUES FEST! Britain's fourth annual BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall this fall will feature Van Morrison, who will be making a second straight appearances at the festival. Morrison will perform October 28. Click here for the six day lineup.
POWERBALL WINNER! A man claiming to be the $425 million California lottery winner came forward yesterday, April Fool's Day, but it wasn't a joke. He actually was the sole winner of the Powerball jackpot. The guy showed up to collect in a Yoda t-shirt, so he may have used the Force to win. Get the details.
CHAINSAW NECKLACE! Check out an x-ray of a chainsaw embedded in a guy's neck, after a freak accident while he was tree trimming, nearly lopped off his head. The guy lived to tell the tale with no permanent damage. Click here for the miracle.
FINALE DUD! Approximately 12.9 million people tuned into Monday night's How I Met Your Mother finale (the show's highest-rated episode ever), but were disappointed with the ending. But series creator Craig Thomas defended the ending saying "We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens...but THANKS!" I'm glad I never even heard of this show to be disappointed by it. Get the details.
Mar. 31, 2014 7:20 am
Don't get tricked today. Today is also Fun at Work Day and International Tatting Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: George Martin becomes head of A&R for Parlophone.
1957: Frankie Lymon becomes the youngest act to ever headline London's Palladium.
1959: James Darren guest stars on The Donna Reed Show.
1960: Elvis tapes his post-Army comeback special, Welcome Home, Elvis.
1969: The Beach Boys leave the Capitol Records.
1970: Woodstock, the documentary of the happening, premieres in Hollywood.
1970: Ringo enters Abbey Road alone for what would be the very last Beatles session.
1975: The Bay City Rollers' UK variety show Shang-A-Lang premieres on ITV.
2008: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich declares today "Cheap Trick Day" in honor of its native sons.
STONES RESCHEDULED! The Rolling Stones will get back on tour next month following the tragic death of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The Stones' first concert since postponing a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the waGet the itinerary.
ke of the tragedy is scheduled for May 26 in Norway. The postponed dates have been rescheduled for October.
PAT BOONE WANTED MAN! Heavy Metal rocker Pat Boone missed a court date last week tied to a dispute over a condo that he purchased on a luxury liner, so a judge issued an arrest warrant for him. He was on vacation in Hawaii and during the court hearing tied to a lawsuit between a construction company and the project investors. Get the bad boy details.
CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENT! Johnny Depp has finally confirmed that he and Amber Heard are engaged. During a press conference for his new movie Transcendence, Depp was asked about his engagement and he replied, "The fact that I?m wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle." Get the revealing details.
NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM?! A new Michael Jackson album is scheduled for release on May 13th. Xscape will include eight never-before-heard tunes from the King of Pop. The Michael Jackson estate must really be hard up for cash. Get the details.
GREAT HOAXES IN HISTORY! This being April Fool's Day, check out some of history's greatest hoaxes that prove you can fool a lot of the people all of the time. Click for the fools.
Mar. 24, 2014 9:10 am
I'm filling in for Keith this morning. Paulie P. covers me this afternoon from 2 to 6pm.
Today is Bunsen Burner Day and Clam On The Half Shell Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1949: The first 45 rpm record is introduced by the RCA Victor.
1956: Brenda Lee makes her US TV debut on Ozark Jamboree.
1959: The Jimmie Rodgers Show debuts on TV.
1967: Jimi Hendrix lights his guitar on fire for the first time at a concert in Finsbury Park, England.
1972: The official Beatles Fan Club disbands.
1982: The Doobie Brothers announce their breakup.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
Noah rode the wave to the top of the box office heap over the weekend. It was also the biggest opening weekend of any Russell Crow movie. Divergent was shoved to #2. Meanwhile, Sabotage was the only other new flick to debut in the top 10. Click here
for the rankings.
A letter written by John Lennon to Phil Spector in the early '70s sold for big bucks at auction last week. Lennon and Spector were working at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles along with Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson when Lennon informed Spector: "Should you not yet know, it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console! We left at 11:30?" Get the winning bid
McVIE MISSED MAC MUSIC!
Christine McVie recently revealed why she chose to rejoin Fleetwood Mac. She told Rolling Stone that since she quit in 1998 admitting that she missed the music, and to be able to create again. Click here
for the comments. The Mac's On With The Show tour begins September 30th.
Actress Kate O'Mara, who played Joan Collins' sister on Dynasty, died Sunday in after a short illness. O'Mara appeared on the soap for two seasons, playing the manipulative Cassandra "Caress" Morell. She was 74. Get he obit
NOT SO INNOCENT HAND GESTURES!
The OK hand gesture may be OK in America, but don't flash it in France or Brazil! Click here
for more hand gestures that could get you into trouble in foreign lands.
Mar. 21, 2014 9:02 am
Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. Time for a snack with the little red box.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Three new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend and one of them unseated last weekend's champ, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which fell to #3. Click here to see the complete top 10.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1945: Billboard begins publishing its first album chart.
1958: Elvis reports to the offices of Memphis' Local Draft Board.
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards take the stage as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys.
1965: Bill Wyman is shocked by a poorly grounded mic stand and is instantly knocked unconscious.
1966: The first major US bootleg law is passed in New York State.
1973: A male fan climbs onstage during a Lou Reed concert and bites him on the butt.
2001: The segment of Hwy 19 in Macon, GA, is renamed Duane Allman Boulevard.
RECORD STORE DAY! Get ready for some classic vinyl to be issued on 2014 Record Store Day. Vinyl albums include Otis Redding's Pain In My Heart 50th Anniversary Edition, the Doors' double-LP vinyl 1972 compilation Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine and the Ramones' Meltdown with The Ramones on either navy blue or pink 10" colored vinyl. Record Store Day is April 19th. Click here for more.
WOULD YOU LIKE CLOTHES WITH THAT? A 52-year-old Pennsylvania man is accused of going naked through a fast food drive-thru. After pulling the stunt three times, he was arrested and charged with three counts each of open lewdness, disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, as well as driving with a suspended license. Apparently the only thing he was hungry for was attention! Get the exposed details.
We live in a sue happy world. Check out what some people's crazy to sue. From the woman who injured herself while using the clapper, to a guy a sued Dial soap because it didn't attract women like promised. Click here
for more sue-age.
THAT THURSDAY SPRING THING!
Mar. 20, 2014 9:11 am
Today is Fragrance Day. Here at the radio station there is a rotting smell of dead mouse coming from somewhere in the building. Not a good fragrance.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1952: DJ Alan Freed holds what is today considered the first true "rock and roll concert," as his Moondog Coronation Ball.
1961: The Beatles play their first evening gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
1963: Barbra Streisand marries her first husband, actor Elliott Gould.
1964: Dean Martin immortalizes his handprints in the cement of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
1967: John Lennon takes his first LSD trip and freaks out in the recording session of "Getting Better."
1984: Yoko Ono, dedicates a section of New York City's Central Park as Strawberry Fields.
1990: Tony Orlando is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS!
Brand new flicks opening in theaters today include the kid friendly Muppets Most Wanted (PG), Divergent (PG-13) and God's Not Dead (PG). Looks like I'll be spending time with Mr. Hitchcock this weekend. Click here
for the rest of the new flicks.
URINE FOR IT!
A letter written by John Lennon to Phil Spector fingering Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson for peeing on a recording console back in the Seventies is going on the auction block today. The incident took place when Lennon was working on the 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll. How much will it fetch? Click here
EAGLES TOUR EXTENDED!
The Eagles have added 14 more shows to their History of the Eagles U.S. tour. A new round of concerts will start August 25 in Tacoma, WA and run through October 4 in San Diego. They'll be in Des Moines on September 6th. Click here
for the itinerary.
KERMIT THE FROG'S MANSION!
With the new Muppets movie opening in theaters today, someone thought it would be fun to figure out how much Kermit the Frog's Beverly Hills mansion would cost. Click here
for the breakdown.
Mar. 18, 2014 9:13 am
Today is the First Day of Spring. Spring officially arrives at 11:57 AM our time. And it's about time! Now we just need the nicer weather to go along with it. It's also International Earth Day, Extraterrestrial Abductions Day and Proposal Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1959: Bobby Rydell makes his first TV appearance on American Bandstand.
1961: Elvis begins filming his ninth movie, Blue Hawaii.
1964: The Beatles make their first appearance on Ready Steady Go!
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono get married at the Rock of Gibraltar in Spain.
1976: Alice Cooper marries his only wife, Sheryl Goddard, a 19-year-old dancer on his tour.
1977: T. Rex plays their last concert before Marc Bolan is killed in a car accident.
1989: After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces his retirement from American Bandstand.
1991: Eric Clapton's four year old son dies after falling from the 53rd story window of his mother's apartment in New York.
JAGGER GIRLFRIEND UPDATE! Why did Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott take her own life on Monday? We now learn from former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, L'Wren Scott's one-time boss and close friend, that Scott was planning to close her business. The mystery deepens. Click here for the latest.
DEAD DRUMMER! Joe Lala, who played drums on the 1970 hit "Ride Captain Ride," by Blues Image, has lost his battle with lung cancer. After Blues Image, Lala became a successful session drummer and played on albums by the Bee Gees, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Chicago, Eric Clapton, the Eagles and the Allman Brothers Band. Lala was 66. Get the obit.
THAT'S ALL, YOLKS!! Justin Bieber may soon be off the hook for egging his neighbor. He'll be charged but will likely receive a restitution deal for the damage. The Biebs will likely have to anti up $20K and be placed on informal probation. His neighbor admitted that he likes scrambled eggs. But not when they're scrambled on his house. Click here for the sentencing.
DOGGIE CAM! See what a dog does when the owner is not at home. The dog is not allowed on the bed. But when the owner is away, the dog must play. Click here for the naughtiness.
FINNGENERATOR! What would your name be if you were from Finland? Click here to find your inner Finn. Apparently I'm Touko Rouhola.
St. PATRICK'S DAY!
Mar. 17, 2014 9:25 am
Hopefully you didn't celebrate St. Patrick's Day by consuming too much green beer yesterday. Today is Goddess of Fertility Day and Supreme Sacrifice Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis becomes the first artist to perform three songs on American Bandstand,
1960: Rio Bravo starring Ricky Nelson opens in US theaters.
1965: The Standells guest star on The Munsters.
1967: Steve Winwood forms Traffic.
1975: The film of the Who's rock opera Tommy premieres in New York.
1976: The Man Who Fell To Earth starring David Bowiepremieres in London.
1982: Teddy Pendergrass is permanently paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident.
1992: Donna Summer is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1994: Darryl Jones replaces bassist Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.
DEAD DESIGNER! L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead in her New York City apartment on yesterday of an apparent suicide, according to theNew York Daily News. A spokesperson for Jagger was "completely shocked and devastated" by the tragic news. The two met at a photo shoot in 2001. Scott was 47. Get the obit.
CROSBY STILLS & NASH TOUR! Crosby, Stills & Nash will hit the road this summer on an 11 stop tour starting July 2 in Bethlehem, PA. It wraps up in Highland Park, IL on July 19. Advance tickets are available through the official CSN website. Click here for the details.
REPLICA RUBY SLIPPERS STOLEN! A wicked witch of a woman stole a replica pair of The Wizard of Oz's Ruby Slippers. The $2,000 heels, which were on display in the lobby of a Staten Island hotel. Cops are asking anyone with information to notify them! No worries, they can just wait until they show up on eBay and then arrest eh chick. Get the police report.
PEOPLE HOLDING BABY NICOLAS CAGE! Just like it says, check out some funny pictures of people holding a baby Nic Cage. Click here and try not to laugh at your desk.
Mar. 13, 2014 9:08 am
Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day all Kennedys can appreciate. Pass the corned beef and cabbage and down some green beer. It's also Submarine Day.
1956: Carl Perkins makes his TV debut on Ozark Jamboree.
1956: Rock Around The Clock premieres in Washington DC.
1957: Elvis purchases Memphis' Graceland mansion for $102,500.
1962: Ray Charles starts his own artist-owned record label, Tangerine.
1968: The Bee Gees make their US TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1975: Cher makes the cover of Time magazine.
1978: American Hot Wax premieres in Cleveland.
2006: Michael Jackson closes his Neverland Ranch in California.
BEE BEES BOXED! Four Bee Gees albums released on Warner will be included in a box set titled The Bee Gees ? The Warner Years 1987-1991, available April 18. The collection includes E.S.P., One, High Civilization and the live two-album set One For All, recorded in Melbourne, Australia in 1989. Click here to get the track listing.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Three new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend but none managed to grab the top spot. Instead, Mr. Peabody & Sherman climbed into #1 after debuting at #2 last weekend. The highest position any new movie reached was #3. Click here for the rankings.
BEATLES BIG SCREEN! The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night, is set to make its return to theaters and Blu-ray. The 1964 feature is scheduled to reopen in theaters and be available for download on July 4, with a limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray release reportedly set for July 21 in the UK. Get more Beatlemania.
MERCURY MOVIE! The Freddie Mercury biopic has hit yet another snag after director Dexter Fletcher walked away from the project just weeks after joining the production, citing "creative differences." Last year, Sasha Baron Cohen, originally hired to Mercury, jumped ship. And if a new director isn't found soon, Ben Whishaw may have to bail due to his commitments on the next James Bond film. Read the details.
TAXI CAB GRAVEYARD! Check out where old taxis go when they've outlived their usefulness. Click here to mourn the loss.
Today is Ear Muff Day, Jewel Day and Popcorn Lover's Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America launches its Gold Award Program to honor one million units sold of a single 45 rpm record.
1959: On Friday the 13th, the Kingston Trio is nearly killed during an emergency landing.
1962: James Darren guest stars on Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
1964: According to Billboard, over 60% of all US singles sold are Beatles records.
1965: Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds.
1966: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass make their UK concert debut at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1968: Elvis Presley begins filming his 28th movie, Live A Little, Love A Little.
1975: George Jones and Tammy Wynette divorce after six years.
1987: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Some new movies to throw money at this weekend include Need For Speed (PG-13), Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (PG-13) and Veronica Mars (PG-13). Click here to get the latest movies opening nationwide tomorrow.
STONES EUROPEAN FESTIVALS! The Rolling Stones will start a seven-show swing through Australia and New Zealand next Wednesday. The Stones confirmed two European festival performances; a set at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland on June 7 and a gig at the TW Classic Festival in Belgium on June 28. Get the itinerary.
SNUBBED SIMMONS STILL SEETHING! It appears Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will never get over the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's decision to induct just the four original members of the band and not longtime current members like Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thus they decided not perform at the induction ceremony on April 10. Get the sour grapes.
CELEBRITY STEALING! Police believe a member of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians crew could be behind the robberies at Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian's homes. $250,000 worth of jewelry was recently stolen from Khloe, while $50K in cash was taken from Kourtney. Read the report.
UNMAKING OREOS! Check out a machine that unmakes Oreo cookies. Click here to see how it's done.