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July 22, 2014 9:18 am
July 21, 2014 9:06 am
Today is Hammock Day and Ratcatcher's Day, in honor of the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1967: Vanilla Fudge plays its debut concert in New York City.
1968: Elvis begins filming his twenty-ninth movie, Charro!
1972: The Bobby Darin Amusement Company debuts on CBS-TV.
1977: Tony Orlando announces his retirement from show business.
1987: Morris Albert is found guilty of plagiarism for his 1975 hit "Feelings."
1994: Billy Joel and Elton John begin the first of five duet concerts at Giants Stadium.
1996: Donovan is denied entry to the US due to a 30 year old marijuana possession conviction.
HALL & OATES: 80s NOT SO GREAT! John Oates recently admitted in an interview that "The '80s weren't as much fun as you might think." He says he enjoyed the '70s a whole lot better because the duo wasn't as popular but after they became pop superstars and they couldn't go anywhere. Click here to find out how it really was.
BILLY JOEL WINS A PRIZE! Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician "whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin."He'll receive the honor in Washington, D.C. in November. Get the details.
JAMES BROWN BIOPIC! Mick Jagger is one of the producers of the James Brown biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story. The movie had been in development for years until Jagger got involved and helped expedite the process. Jagger was at Monday night's world premiere at New York City's Apollo Theater. The movie opens August 1. Read more behind the scenes.
WATCH YOUR"SELFIE!" A woman accused of stealing a dress from an Illinois boutique on July 11 made the mistake posting a picture of her with it on Facebook. Police were able to identify where she was by the surroundings in the pic and nabbed her a few hours later. It's unknown if her mugshot will also be leaked to Facebook. Get the narcissist details.
MOVIE CARS! When it comes to looking at cars in the movies, I can't seem to get enough. Click here to see some iconic movie and TV cars. My favorite in this info-graphic is the Starsky & Hutch car.
July 17, 2014 2:33 pm
Looks like the mayflies have hatched. There's a huge pile of carnage around the radio station yard light. An I hit a swarm of them on the pike coming back from the Johnny Cash Tribute show at the Moose. A great time had by all but I wish he would have encored.
Today is National Junk Food Day. Grab some Twinkies and enjoy.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1958: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts ends its run on CBS.
1960: Brian Hyland appears as a guest on To Tell The Truth.
1967: Jimi Hendrix begins the first of three nights at Greenwich Village's Cafe Au Go-Go in New York.
1969: Duke Ellington and his band appear on ABC, one day after the historic moon landing.
1973: "Mary Wilson Day" is declared in Detroit.
1983: Diana Ross plays a famous free concert in New York City's Central Park.
1999: Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Simians ruled at the box office again over the weekend. Now two weeks at #1, it kept the new flick, The Purge: Anarchy, from debuting at #1. Two other new movies also debuted in the top 10. Click here for the complete rankings.
DEAD CELEB! Sad news from the world of entertainment that legendary actor James Garner passed away Saturday. He first gained fame in the late 1950s on the TV series Maverick. But he's probably most famous for the 1970's TV series The Rockford Files. Garner's autobiography was published in 2011. Garner was 86. Get the obit and check out his lengthy career on the IMDb.
CLAPTON RETIREMENT UPDATE! Eric Clapton has commented in multiple interviews that he's planning on retiring from touring when he turns 70. Slow Hand now says he's still considering quitting the road in 2015. With regard to coming up with new original songs, Clapton says he has been struggling. But does that mean that Slow Hand ready to slow down? Click here to get the details.
CASEY KASEM LOST AGAIN! First he was lost. Then he was found. And now he's lost again! It seems the whereabouts of the body of the late Casey Kasem is nowhere to be found. At least his adult children have yet to see his body. Kasem's second wife Jean, had apparently collected the body within 72 hours of his death and apparently isn't telling his children where it is. Click here for more drama.
BARBIE APARTMENT! Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to rent Barbie's apartment in some of the major cities in the U.S.? Click here for the shocking answer.
July 11, 2014 9:52 am
Today is Peach Ice Cream Day and Yellow Pig Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1946: A thirteen-year-old Petula Clark makes her TV debut on the BBC's Cabaret Cartoons.
1955: Walt Disney opens his amusement park, Disneyland, in Anaheim, CA.
1967: After only seven dates as opening act for the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix leaves the tour.
1968: The Beatles' fourth film,Yellow Submarine, premiers in London.
1974: The Moody Blues open their own 32-track, state-of-the-art recording studio in London, the first in the whole country that can record in the new "Quadrophonic" process.
1974: John Lennon's appeal for US citizenship is denied.
1975: The divorce between Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox is finalized.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks in theaters tomorrow include Planes: Fire & Rescue (G), Persecuted (PG-13) and The Purge: Anarchy ®. But what really sounds like it's worth seeing is Video Games: The Movie. Click here to see the rest of the new stuff.
SIR ELTON NOT RETIRING! Is Elton John hanging up his glasses and getting out of the music biz for good? During a recent performance in France, Elton told the crowd that he plans to retire from the music business to spend more time with his family. But don't panic, Elton fans. He has shows booked through the end of the year, and has talked about future recording projects in various interviews. Read the denial.
DEAD LEGEND! Blues rock guitar legend Johnny Winter passed away Wednesday in his hotel room Zurich, Switzerland, while he was on tour in Europe. Winter, the brother of Edgar Winter, also was a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer for blues great Muddy Waters, and several of his own albums were Grammy nominated. Johnny Winter was 70. Get the obit.
McCARTNEY DOWNLOADS! Paul McCartney has released five of his classic solo albums as apps for Apple's iPad. The five include 1970's McCartney, 1971's RAM, 1973's Band on the Run, 1976's Wings over America and 1980's McCartney II, each priced at $7.99. Promo videos, interviews with McCartney, making-of documentaries, rare photos of Paul and late wife Linda, album art and essays about each record are also included. McCartney gets back on the road August 2nd in Minneapolis. Get the details.
BEATLES DOCUMENTARY! Ron Howard will be directing an upcoming documentary about The Beatles. The film is getting the blessings of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, and will follow The Beatles' career from their first concerts in 1961 at the Cavern Club through their last public show at Candlestick Park in 1966. For information visit TheBeatlesLiveProject.com.
WHY PETS MAKE US HAPPY! Finally an answer to that age old question. Click here for an info-graphic that explains why pets make us happier!
July 10, 2014 10:39 am
Today is Cheer Up The Lonely Day and World Population Day. I'll be taking a vacation day on Monday so the Honorable Paulie P will be in for me.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1946: Dean Martin begins his recording career.
1962: Telstar, the first active communications satellite, is launched..
1966: Elvis begins filming his 24th movie, Double Trouble.
1976: Andy Gibb marries girlfriend Kim Reeder.
1976: Frank Sinatra marries for the fourth time, to the former wife of Zeppo Marx.
1981: Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager are divorced.
1992: Jerry Garcia introduces a series of neckties.
2002: The funeral of John Entwistle takes place in England.
STARR SPECIAL! The Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love tribute concert is coming u pthis weekend. Performers doing their rendition of Ringo's music include Ringo?s brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, as well as Ben Harper, Ben Folds, and R&B queen Bettye LaVette. The special airs Sunday at 7pm on AXS.
RICHARD MARX SEXY MUSIC! Richard Marx's new album Beautiful Goodbye is his first album of all-new material in a decade. But instead of singing about relationships and romantic love, he's taken the sex and lust road with his lyrics. Marx says he never went there in the past because he was married. But now that he and his wife of 25 years have split, he's writing edgier stuff. Get the details on baby making music.
EVERLY BROTHERS HONERED! The Everly Brothers will be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a tribute concert at Playhouse Square's State Theatre in Cleveland in October. Don Everly will appear at the event which will take place during the Rock Hall's 19th annual "Music Masters" series. The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Get the details.
APES IN THEATERS! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide today. This time the genetically-evolved primates are pitted against humans who've survived a deadly virus. Andy Serkis returns as the leader of the apes, Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is also in 3D and rated PG-13. Read the synopsis. I still prefer the original Apes movies from the late 60's and early 70's.
CAR CEMETERIES! That's a nice way to say "junkyards." Call me weird, but I love looking at pictures of old cars in junkyards. So when I found this website featuring junk cars in Belgium, I just had to post it for others who appreciate old steel. Click here for the junk.
July 9, 2014 8:59 am
Today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1950: The Victor Talking Machine Company trademarks its slogan "His Master's Voice."
1959: Alan Freed's Go, Johnny, Go!opens nationwide.
1964: The Beatles A Hard Day's Night film has its Liverpool premiere.
1967: Rogers leaves The New Christy Minstrels and forms the First Edition.
1968: Eric Clapton announces the breakup of Cream.
1969: Brian Jones, is laid to rest.
1974: Mac Davis debuts his own summer variety music TV show.
1975: Gladys Knight and the Pips debut their own summer variety music TV show.
1989: The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Looks like the movie to see this weekend is Dawn of The Planet of The Apes (PG-13). Other iffy movies you might want to check the reviews on include Boyhood ®, Land Ho! ® and A Long Way Down ®. Click here for the reviews.
ROCK TO THE RESCUE! Styx, Foreigner and the Rock to the Rescue organization have donated $10,000 to the Philadelphia Fire Department to the Local #22 Widows Fund. The gift is a thank you to the firefighters who put out a fire that damaged the bands' two road crew buses. Click here for the damage. Meanwhile, The Soundtrack of Summer tour continues with a stop at the Target Center on July 17.
DEAD MUSICIAN! Remember the '80s band, The Outfield? They had a one hit wonder with the 1986 tune "Your Love." Well, John Spinks, the man who wrote that song, died of liver cancer Wednesday. He was 60. "Your Love" was covered most recently by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. Get the obit.
PRIMETIME EMMYS! I have never seen the much talked about HBO show Game of Thrones, but apparently it's really good because it has just earned 19 nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The show got a nod for Best Drama and acting nods for stars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. The Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air Monday, August 25. Get the full list of nominees.
CELEBRITY DREAM HOME FOR SALE! If you have some chump change that you don't know what to do with, you might want to consider the home of celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They never even moved into the home they've been renovating for over a year, and they're already thinking of putting it back on the market. The 9000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion has been under construction since early 2013. The couple bought the house for $11 mill. Get the listing.
MORBID TOURIST TRAPS! Check out some crime and punishment museums for the morbidly curious. I'd like to see the Bonnie and Clyde museum some day. Click here for seven places featuring crime or punishment.
July 7, 2014 9:07 am
Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. You have my permission to indulge.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: "Rock Around The Clock," hits #1, officially kicking off the rock and roll era.
1956: Dick Clark debuts as host on the TV dance show, Bandstand, in Philadelphia.
1957: Elvis' second film, Loving You, 'premieres in the U.S.
1968: David Ruffin leaves The Temptations.
1958: Johnny Cash leaves Sun Records to sign with Columbia.
1999: Elton John has a pacemaker installed due to an irregular heartbeat.
1999: Mick Jagger's common-law marriage to Jerry Hall is annulled.
BAD COMPANY-LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOUR! Bad Company is set to launch a new tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd tomorrow in Bangor, Maine. It's the second time in two years that they're are hitting the road together, after celebrating their respective 40th anniversaries with a co-headlining trek in 2013. You'll have to catch them where you can because they only have ten dates. Click here for the itinerary.
RINGO FASHION! His on his birthday Monday, Ringo Starr signed on as the face of an ad campaign for fashion designer John Varvatos. Besides promoting Varvatos' high-end apparel, the campaign also will serve to raise awareness about the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund that supports the teaching of meditation techniques to people battling chronic stress and various disorders. Get the details.
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES! It's not hard to believe that there are still some unsolved mysteries of science. Check out the top 10.
July 1, 2014 9:10 am
Today is Chocolate Day and National Strawberry Sundae Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on the Grand Old Opry.
1956: Elvis'18th film, Tickle Me, opens in the US.
1968: Peter, Paul & Mary appear as the "mystery guest" on What's My Line?
1968: The Yardbirds disband after a gig in Luton, England.
1971: Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA are married.
1971: The Carpenters summer series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, debuts on TV.
1989: Compact discs begin to outsell vinyl records for the first time.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! I had friends who went to see the new Four Seasons biopic Jersey Boys over the weekend. The movie managed to stay in the top 10 although it fell from #6 to #8. Meanwhile, three new movies debuted but none debuted in the top spot. Deliver Us From Evil, Earth to Echo and Tammy were the new ones. Click here to see how they ranked.
DIRTY THINGS! You're probably are aware that some of the things you touch every day are really dirty. But you probably don't stoop to think about it because it's too gross to ponder. Here's an inoformative reminder of just how dirty some of the things you touch every day really are. Click here for the info-graphic.
June 27, 2014 10:08 am
Today is Canada Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors International Joke Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1956: Elvis appears on the Steve Allen Show and sings Hound Dog to an actual basset hound.
1956: An 11-year-old Brenda Lee signs her first recording contract with Decca Records.
1962: Gene Vincent plays the Cavern Club in Liverpool, opening for The Beatles.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with Julian and Yoko's daughter Kyoko.
1969: Sam Phillips sells Sun Records.
1970: Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland Studios open for the first time.
1970: Casey Kasem counted down his very first American Top 40.
1975: Ringo Starr divorces his first wife Maureen Cox after a decade of marriage.
RINGO'S BIRTHDAY BASH! Ringo Starr will celebrate his 74th birthday on July 7th by hosting a public gathering outside of the Capitol Records Building in LA. At noon local time, Ringo will ask attendees to join him in sharing "a Peace and Love moment. "Meanwhile, his All Starr Band's current summer tour leg, which runs through a July 19 concert at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Get the birthday details.
BRIAN EPSTEIN HONORED! Late Beatles manager Brian Epstein was honored with a commemorative plaque in London on Sunday. The historical marker was awarded by the English Heritage Foundation, and is located on the site of Epstein's NEMS Enterprises. His offices were on the fifth floor from 1964 until shortly after his death at the age of 32 in 1967. Epstein would have turned 80 this year. Get the details.
MEMPHIS MUSIC HALL! The 2014 honorees have been announced for induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The annual induction ceremony will include Carl Perkins, Ann Peebles and others. A Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum and exhibit is slated to open next year. Click here for the class of 2014.
CYBER ATTACK MAP! Check out a real time map of all the cyber attacks going on all over the world. See where they're originating from and their target country. Click here for the map
June 24, 2014 9:08 am
Today is Sunglasses Day. I don't know how much you'll be wearing your sunglasses today with rain in the forecast.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1963: Brenda Lee signs a million-dollar contract with Decca Records.
1968: Elvis tapes an informal jam session on center stage at NBC's Studio 4, a performance many consider his best of all time.
1970: " The Jackson 5 becomes the first rock-era group to score #1 hits with its first three songs.
1971: Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East.
1976: John Lennon finally gets his "green card" allowing him to stay in the United States.
1978: Kansas, the band, is named the first musical Ambassadors of Goodwill by UNICEF.
1989: Tom Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989: The Who performs their rock opera Tommy in its entirety for the first time since 1972.
MICK JAGGER'S SON! Mick Jagger's son James is joining the cast of an upcoming HBO series that Mick is executive producing along with movie director Martin Scorsese. James will play Kip Stevens, the lead singer of a fictional early punk band named The Nasty Bits, in the as-yet untitled drama, set in the sex-and-drugs-fueled record business of 1970s New York. Get the details.
GHOSTBUSTERS ANNIVERSARY! This month marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Ghostbusters on June 7th 1984. Click here for an info-graphic of some fun facts to impress your friends with.
June 23, 2014 9:15 am
Today is Swim A Lap Day. Yeah, like that's gonna happen.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1966: John Lennon's second book, A Spaniard In The Works, is published in England.
1966: The Carpenters wins the Hollywood Bowl's "Battle of the Bands" contest.
1967: Pink Floyd makes their TV debut on BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1967: 5th Dimension makes their TV debut on American Bandstand.
1967: Zal Yanovsky quits the Lovin' Spoonful.
1999: Eric Clapton auctions off one hundred of the guitars in his collection.
2000: KISS auctions off their quarter-century of band memorabilia, netting $876,000.
2004: US President George W. Bush awards the Medal of Freedom to Doris Day.
IDOL SUMMER TOUR!
American Idol's annual summer tour kicks off Tuesday night in Binghamton, NY. The set list is essentially a "rehash" of this past season, and champion Caleb Johnson says he's looking forward to personally meeting people who voted for him to win. Click here
to see all the stops on the tour.
BOB DYLAN LYRICS!
The original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" are going up on The Sotheby's auction dubbed "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk." The lyrics are written in pencil on four pages of letterhead paper from the Hotel Roger Smith in Washington, D.C. So how much will you likely have to fork over to add them to your Dylan collectibles. Click here
for big money.
NIGHTMARE IS OVER!
Gordon Ramsay has announced he is ending Kitchen Nightmares. The show features Ramsay attempting to help failing restaurants. Ramsay says he will continue with his other two TV series, Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef. Get the details
ICE CREAM HEADACHE MYSTERY SOLVED!
We finally have the answer to the burning question: What causes an ice cream headache? Click here
for the tasty details and the preventative measures you can take to avoid the awful feeling of an ice cream headache.
June 20, 2014 5:44 am
Today is National Columnist Day and National Pink Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1960: Paul Anka becomes the youngest act to open at New York's Copacabana.
1963: Del Shannon's cover of the Beatles' "From Me To You" becomes the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.
1972: Smokey Robinson appears with The Miracles for the last time in Washington, DC.
1975: Alice Cooper falls off the stage during his Welcome To My Nightmare tour stop in Vancouver, breaking six ribs in the process.
1976: Paul McCartney wraps up the Wings Over America tour. He wouldn't tour again until 1989.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only two new movies cracked the box office top ten list over the weekend and one of those debuted in the top spot. Was it Jersey Boys or Think Like A Man Too? Click here to find out. I might spend money on Jersey Boys. But only after it becomes available on DVD.
RINGO'S ALL STARRS! Ringo Starr says he loves the latest incarnation of his All Starr Band saying that this group of musicians is the first he's played with since The Beatles that feels "like a real band." The All Starr Band is a couple weeks into a 30-date North American tour. Click here for the love.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Katie Couric got married to John Molener on Saturday. Couric's first husband died in 1998 of colon cancer. Couric, 57, dated Molner, 51, for two years before the two got engaged last September. Get the blissful details.
BATMAN 25TH! Today marks the 25th anniversary of the movie Batman starring Michael Keaton. While Keaton was fondly remembered, it was Jack Nicholson's portrayal of The Joker, that stole the show. Made for a reported $35 million, Batman went on to make more than $400 million dollars. Read more on it.
June 19, 2014 9:10 am
Today I'm lucky to be filling in for the camping Keith Anderson. Today is Ice Cream Soda Day and Take Your Dog To Work Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1948: CBS-TV debuts its new variety show, Toast Of The Town, hosted by Ed Sullivan.
1966: Capitol records begins gluing a new cover over the The Beatles "butcher" album
1972: The Tallahatchie bridge, immortalized by the 1967 hit "Ode To Billie Joe," collapses.
1973: American Bandstand airs its 20th anniversary special.
1987: Teddy Pendergrass marries his first and only wife, Karen Still.
1995: A Los Angeles judge rules that the Kingsmen are entitled to back royalties for their hit "Louie Louie."
2004: Paul McCartney plays his 3,000th in the Palace Square of St. Petersburg, Russia.
INJURED ACTOR! Harrison Ford is recuperating after suffering a broken leg on the London set of Star Wars -- Episode VII. Ford underwent surgery and is now slated to enter rehab for the injury. Hopefully he'll have a good feeling about about it after he returns to the set. Get the prognosis.
DEAD CELEB! One half of the legendary songwriting team, Goffin and King is dead. Gerry Goffin, also the former husband of Carole King is dead of natural causes at age 75. The team wrote hits like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Up on the Roof," "One Fine Day," "A Natural Woman" and "The Loco-Motion." Get the obit.
JERSEY BOYS! The film version of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opens in theaters today. But Frankie Valli has yet to see the movie. He apparently wanted to wait to see it at the same time as the general public. He says he' probably have to see it a few times before he forms an opinion. Get more on the movie.
June 18, 2014 11:33 am
Today is World Sauntering Day. Excuse me while I saunter over to the coffee maker.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: Buddy Holly has his first solo recording session.
1960: The Kingston Trio radio show premieres on CBS.
1963: For the first time, Ringo Starr uses his new Ludwig drum kit.
1967: Paul McCartney admits on BBC TV that he's taken LSD four times.
1973: The Rocky Horror Show opens in London.
1973: Roberta Flack's only TV special airs on ABC.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks to check out this weekend include the much anticipated Jersey Boys ®, the romantic comedy Think Like A Man Too (PG-13), and Third Person ®. Click here to see the rest of the new stuff in theaters starting tomorrow.
QUEEN TOUR LAUNCHES! Huge Queen fan Adam Lambert will be living the dream tonight in Chicago when he kicks off a North American tour as the frontman for the band, whose iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, died in 1991. The tour runs through July 28th, then heads to Australia in August and September. Get the itinerary.
PIANO MAN IVORY BAN! Although he's "tickled the ivories" many times, Billy Joel says he's against having piano keyboards being made of actual ivory. Joel is supporting a bill that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory and rhinoceros horns. Click here to read Joel's comments.
CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Gregg Allman and the producers of Midnight Rider, the biopic based on his life story, have been hit with yet another lawsuit in the wake of the fatal on-set accident last February. A makeup artist claims that she suffered "serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income and mental and physical pain and suffering." Get the details.
June 9, 2014 9:11 am
Today is Go Fishing Day, International Panic Day, International Picnic Day and National Splurge Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1948: The Columbia label becomes the first to mass-manufacture the new "LP" record.
1967: The Apple record label is formed.
1967: Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar at the Monterey Pop music festival.
1984: Dolly Parton's movie flop, Rhinestone, opens in US theaters.
2002: Billy Joel is admitted to rehab to get his drinking under control.
2004: Ray Charles' funeral is held, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Glen Campbell, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, and Willie Nelson.
IDOL AUDITIONS! American Idol Season 13 concluded less than a month ago, but auditions for season 14 are getting underway in Minneapolis today. This year the show is bringing back former contestant Carly Smithson to the American Idol audition team. Auditions continue in New Orleans on June 25, Uniondale, NY on July 23, Nashville on July 30 and San Francisco on September 29. Click here for the details.
HENDRIX TOUR! A 2014 installment of the Experience Hendrix Tour will return to the road this fall beginning with a September 19 show in Clearwater, Florida and finishing October 18th in Oakland, California. The lineup will include former Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, the lateStevie Ray Vaughan's backing group, Buddy Guy, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others. Get the itinerary.
CHICAGO PREVIEW! On July 8th, Chicago's latest studio album, Now: Chicago XXXVI, will hit record stores. But fans can get a sneak peek at the video for the title track, "Now" at Billboard.com. Click here for the preview. This summer, Chicago teams up with REO Speedwagon for a tour that gets under way on July 31 in Concord, California.
TO HONK OR NOT TO HONK! In a recent survey, 58% of motorists admit that they've had the urge to use their car horn, while nearly 40% said that they don't even think twice about actually doing it. 54% of horn users said they're quick tappers, 38% make a medium-length beep and 8% lay on it. The best place to get maximum use out of your car horn is on northbound Hwy 35 just past the Onalaska Main St. light where people try to cut in when the right lane ends, like a Nissan Versa driver that cut me off today!
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW WANNABES! So you think you might like to be on the show? You'd better have something good and have a good strategy because it's not easy. In California recently, over 22,000 people tried getting on the show but only less than 50 made it. Click here to better your odds.
FIVE POPULAR ADDICTIONS! What are you addicted to? And I'm not talking about drugs or alcohol here. Click here to check out five of the most popular addictions almost everyone has. Of the five, I guess I'd have to pick the Internet.
June 3, 2014 9:37 am
Not a good weekend at the Kennedy Compound. A nice big tree landed on the roof during the Friday storms. Other than that, a pretty nice weekend for Butterfest. Thanks to everyone who came out for the parade yesterday.
Today is Donald Duck Day. Quack quack!
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1959: Bobby Darin plays his first Las Vegas gig, opening for George Burns.
1962: Tony Bennett plays his first concert in Carnegie Hall.
1963: Andy Williams is the "mystery guest" on What's My Line?
1966: The Beatles debut a "promotional film" of "Rain," on Top Of The Pops.
1969: The Rolling Stones invite Mick Taylor to join the group to replace Brian Jones.
1972: Elvis begins the first of an unprecedented four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
1977: George Harrison is divorced from Pattie "Layla" Harrison, his wife of eleven years.
1989: The Doobie Brothers reunite to begin their first tour in eight years.
1993: The Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It? opens in US theaters.
CHOCOLATE TO THE RESCUE! Apparently chocolate is more than just tasty. It may save the planet! Click here for the shocking details on how eating chocolate could save the planet.
ACTOR ACCIDENT UPDATE! Tracy Morgan is improving following an accident between his limo and a Walmart truck early Saturday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. The crash killed one of his colleagues and left Morgan in critical condition. Get the prognosis. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck involved in the crash is accused of having not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash.
May 30, 2014 10:08 am
Today is Repeat Day. Today is Repeat Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1949: Elvis gets a C for his final grade in his 8th grade music class.
1949: Hank Williams makes his last appearance on Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride.
1959: Billboard Magazine splits its album chart in two: one chart for mono, one for stereo.
1964: The Rolling Stones perform on Hollywood Palace.
1964: Ringo Starr is diagnosed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
1967: American Bandstand features Jefferson Airplane.
1970: Ray Davies records the words "cherry cola" for a alternate release of the song "Lola."
1982: Graceland is opened to the public.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only two new movies debuted in the weekend box office top 10 and one topped the chart. Was it A Million Ways To Die In The West or Maleficent? Click here for the rankings.
ACCIDENTAL INVENTIONS! Check out some inventions that happened by accident but changed the world. Discover what the inventor was trying to make when he accidentally discovered that he made something even better than his original intention. See how stuff like the Slinky and microwave ovens were accidentally invented. Click here to be enlightened.
May 22, 2014 9:07 am
Today is Water A Flower Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1969: "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," is banned at many radio stations in America due to its supposedly blasphemous lyrics mentioning Christ.
1978: Led Zeppelin begins recording In Through The Out Door.
1992: Paul Simon marries his third wife, Edie Brickell, in New York.
2002: Diana Ross voluntarily enters rehab.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS!
New flicks at the movin' picture show include the comedy The Grand Seduction (PG-13), Maleficent (PG) and the comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West ®. Click here
to see what else is new.
SMELL OF BACON!
Today we try to answer the age old question, why does bacon smell so good? Watch a two minute video
to discover why bacon smells so delicious!
DAVE IS HERE!
May 20, 2014 10:12 am
Today is Buy A Musical Instrument Day. I could use an extra guitar.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1954: Bob Dylan gets barmitzvahed.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis shows the press his new bride -- his 14-year-old third cousin, Myra.
1967: Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with the Supremes on the Tonight Show.
1970: Elvis signs a three-picture deal with MGM.
1997: Fleetwood Mac reunites for the show MTV Unplugged.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New movies to waste time away from your family this holiday weekend include Blended (PG-13), X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) and The Love Punch (PG-13). Click here to see the other new flicks opening nationwide tomorrow.
THIRD TIME LUCKY! After two previously unsuccessful tries, Caleb Johnson was crowned the new American Idol champion, possibly out of sympathy, last night. For his efforts, he'll receive a recording contract and will release an album on August 12. If you think he's really that good, you can pre-order it now on iTunes. Get the recap.
MICHAEL JACKSON RECORD! Michael Jackson's new single, "Love Never Felt So Good," his posthumous duet with Justin Timberlake, has jumped from #22 to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Jackson the first artist ever to score top 10 hits in five different decades. He also set a record for the longest span on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: 42 years, six months and one week. Get the record from Billboard.
HEART SUE-AGE! Bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi, who played in Heart from 1982 until 1993, are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because their likenesses were used in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they themselves were not inducted. They are seeking unspecified damages. Get the dirty details.
LANGUAGE OF THE STATES! What are the most common languages in your home state? Check out an info-graphic that breaks down all the different languages spoken throughout the states, from the most common overall to Native American and more. Click here to be educated.
STAR IN STAR WARS! How would you like to have a part in the new Star Wars 7 movie? J.J. Abrams is giving fans a chance to be in the production if they make a $10 donation to UNICEF. Get the details here and may the force be with you!
May 16, 2014 10:35 am
I'm back from some rest and relaxation after taking the day off yesterday. Thank goodness for telecommuting or I wouldn't have gotten any work done from home. Thanks to Paulie P for filling in for me. I'll be filling in for Keith this Friday as we head into a Memorial Day weekend.
Today is Be A Millionaire Day and Pick Strawberries Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1960: Johnny & the Moondogs change their name to the Silver Beetles.
1964: Elvis' 15th movie, Viva Las Vegas, premieres in Hollywood.
1966: When Keith Moon arrives late for a gig in England, Pete Townshend hits him over the head with his guitar.
1967: The Beatles premiere their new album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, on BBC radio.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signs with the Reprise label.
1978: The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, premieres in Lubbock, TX.
1988: Priscilla Presley holds a press conference to confirm that Elvis is indeed dead.
McCARTNEY CANCELLATIONS! Paul McCartney has cancelled his four concerts Japan due to illness. Two shows this past weekend were canceled as well. McCartney's next stop on his Out There tour is a May 28 concert in Seoul, South Korea. As of now, he is still scheduled to perform. Get the latest.
CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Led Zeppelin may soon be facing a legal challenge over a claim that the opening of "Stairway to Heaven" was stolen from a tune by the group Spirit. Late Spirit member Randy California has claimed for years that the opening for "Stairway to Heaven" is copied from an instrumental track titled "Taurus," that appeared on Spirit?s 1968 debut album. Click here for the litigation.
WHY DO WE AGE? Finally an answer to the age old question. Click here for the scientific answer.
Today is Love A Tree Day, National Bike To Work Day, National Sea Monkey Day and Wear Purple For Peace Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1963: Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" wins Record Of The Year.
1970: Randy Bachman leaves the Guess Who.
1975: Tonight's episode of The Midnight Special is a retro tribute hosted by Chubby Checker.
1980: The Carpenters' last TV special.
2002: Cher is the guest star on Will & Grace.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS! Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead all nominees for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Each act has nominations in 12 categories, including Top Artist. Both acts are also set to perform and the show will be hosted by rapper and actor Ludacris. Click here for the nominees.
WEALTHIEST UK MUSICIAN! Adele is the richest young musician in the U.K. But she's not #1 on the list of rich people in the U.K. under 30 years old. People like Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe are ahead of her. However, she is the highest-ranked musician on the list, coming in at #14 with over $75 million. See who else is stinking rich. Paul McCartney is still the richest U.K. musician overall.