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WEDNESDAY!
Oct. 22, 2014 9:34 am

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer: Def Leppard.

Today is National Nut Day. I guess I'll have to do something nutty today.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1961: Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1965: The Kingston Trio guest star on Convoy .
1969: Paul McCartney issues an official press release 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.

ERIC CLAPTON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Eric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday next year at the Royal Albert Hall in London with four shows running May 14, 15, 17 and 18.
The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964 as was a member of The Yardbirds. Clapton has hinted that he'll stop touring once he turns 70 but has never confirmed it. Get the details.

RECORD STORE DAY! Record Store Day has announced the full lineup of releases for its 2014 "Black Friday" event, and new vinyl releases will include stuff from The Beatles, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Wham. Click here to check out all the releases.

ROCKIN' THE WALL! The Doors' Robby Krieger, Toto's David Paich and members of Vanilla Fudge are among the artists featured in the new documentary Rockin' the Wall, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film focuses on the influence that rock music had in inspiring the anti-communist revolution in the former Soviet Union. Click here for the screening locations.

MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE! Another installment of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People special will air on December 14. Walter ten most intriguing of 2014 include Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, and Chelsea Handler. Additional names will be announced shortly. Last year's Most Fascinating Person was Hillary Clinton. Click here for more fascinating stuff.

THE FACE OF KING TUT! We've all seen pictures of his sarcophagus. But what did the legendary boy king really look like? Click here to see what could be how King Tut really looked.


TUESDAY JUNK!
Oct. 21, 2014 9:48 am

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia Answer: 1996.

Today is Babbling Day, Count Your Buttons Day and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1908: The first two-sided vinyl record is offered for sale by the Columbia label.
1975: Los Angeles declares this "Elton John Week" and Elton gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976: Keith Moon plays what would be his final show with the Who at the Maple Leaf Gardens.
1992: Elvis' first grandson is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
2005: Bob Seger sings the national anthem at the World Series.

NO MORE BILLY JOEL ALBUMS! While Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month fans hoping for a new album will be sorely disappointed. In a recent interview he said that's not likely to happen. He hasn't put out an album since 1993's River of Dreams. Get more excuses.

McCARTNEY Q&A! Paul McCartney took to Twitter on Monday for a Q&A session with fans. McCartney revealed that his favorite concerts are by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint show.
Sir Paul's favorite TV shows include Veep and Family Feud. McCartney also admits sometimes his fans remember the lyrics better than he does in concert. Click here for the entire Q&A.

DEAD CELEB! Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday of complications from cancer. De la Renta was 82. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. In 1965, he launched his own label and was soon designing for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and others on a long list of celebrities. Get the obit.

BLADE RUNNER SENTENCED! Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for culpable homicide in connection with the 2013 shooting death of his 29-year-old girlfriend. He also received a three-year suspended sentence on a separate firearms charge. Get the reaction.

HEARING "AGE" TEST! Do you have problems hearing and understanding what people are saying? Being in radio for over 30 years and wearing loud headphones every time I go on the air has no doubt diminished some of my hearing ability. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my hearing age is that of a 36 year old, with a frequency range similar to a penguin. Click here to take the hearing "age" test.

MONDAY, MONDAY!
Oct. 20, 2014 9:13 am

Today is National Brandied Fruit Day. Brandy and fruit, what a great combo!

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1955: Sam Phillips sells Elvis' contract to RCA for an unheard-of $35,000. Elvis receives $13,500 of it.
1959: DJ Alan Freed is fired from New York's WABC-TV after refusing to sign a statement saying he had never accepted "payola," or gifts in exchange for airplay.
1973: Who fan Scot Halpin fills in for three songs after Keith Moon ingested seven horse tranquilizers and passed out on his kit.

1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon perform on Saturday Night Live.
1984: Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
2002: Stevie Wonder threatens to sue his mother for a passage in her new autobiography where she claims Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.
2003: Michael Jackson is charged with child molestation.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Three new movies debuted in the box office top ten and one took the top spot, knocking last week's number one, Gone Girl, down to #2. One of my favorites for the season came in at #8. Click here for the rankings.

TURN THE PAGE! Jimmy Page is still not very optimistic about a Led Zeppelin reunion. In a recent interview will Billboard magazine, he points out points out that the band's last performance was in 2007 in London, and the even then Robert Plant was the lone holdout for an extended reunion tour. Page is currently working on some new music, but hasn't put a band together yet to back him. Get the details.

DEAD CELEB! Tim Hauser, a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer passed away last Thursday after suffering a heart attack. Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles, including their biggest hit, a remake of "The Boy from New York City." Hauser was 72. Get the obit.

MAKIN' BACON! Have you ever wondered how bacon is made? Even if you haven't, here's a short video showing how this delicious food is made. Click here to see how it's made.

FRIDAY FINISH!
Oct. 17, 2014 9:43 am

Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day. I'm wearing it right now!

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1919: The Radio Corporation of America, RCA, is founded by General Electric.
1957: Elvis' third film, Jailhouse Rock, premieres in Memphis.
1960: Dion and the Belmonts' breakup.
1962: The Beatles make their very first TV appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television's People And Places.
1963: The Beatles record the first of their "Christmas Records."
1967: Hair , the world's first hippie rock musical, debuts at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: Phil Spector, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart all guest star on I Dream of Jeannie.
2000: George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the piano on which John Lennon wrote "Imagine."

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Charlie Sheen has announced that he and his fiance have called it quits. They were due to marry in November after Sheen proposed to his porn star girlfiend in Hawaii last February. Get the ugly details.

JOHN DENVER'S STAR! John Denver is slated to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24. The ceremony will stream live via WalkofFame.com. Also on that day, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood. Get more details.

EBOLA PLUSH TOY! A toy company is capitalizing on the fear gripping America concerning the Ebola Virus. Giant Microbes has just announced its new cute and cuddly stuffed Ebola toy. The company already offers fuzzy little characterizations of such nasty microscopic maladies as Bubonic Plague, Typhoid Fever and Anthrax. Click here for the cuteness.

ODD INVENTIONS OF THE PAST! Have you ever longed to have dimples? Back in 1936 someone invented a dimple making mechanism and it looks pretty painful. And for the person who has embarrassing facial imperfections, one could wear the Toilet Mask! Sounds like a great Halloween costume too. My favorite is the People Scooper that conveniently attaches to the front of your car for extra passengers. Click here for the weirdness.

THURSDAY THROWBACK!
Oct. 16, 2014 9:52 am

Today is Bosses Day and Dictionary Day. So give your boss some praise and then ask for that raise!

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1951: Little Richard, makes his first recordings at an Atlanta radio station.
1954: Elvis joins the Louisiana Hayride. He's paid $18 a week.
1962: Motown launches its first "package tour," featuring Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells.
1972: Internal strife leads to the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1993: Aretha Franklin sings the US national anthem at tonight's World Series game.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new "Old Friends" Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Opening nationwide tomorrow, some new movies to check out this weekend include The Book of Life (PG), The Best of Me (PG-13) and Dear White People ®. But my pick of the week has to be Default. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.

STEVIE NICKS ALBUM! Even as she tours with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks' new solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. has debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It's her sixth solo release to reach the top 10 and features songs that were mostly written between 1969 and 1987. Read the review.

U2 NEW DEBUT! It looks like U2's "gift" of giving away their latest album for free via iTunes has backfired on the band. Despite giving away their new album free to more than 5000 million iTunes customers, which many didn't appreciate, Songs of Innocence will likely be their  lowest-charting album since 1984. The band has since apologized for the iTunes debacle. Read moron it.

DEAD CELEB! Elizabeth Peņa, the actress best known for roles in movies including La Bamba and Rush Hour, and who played Sofia Vergara's hot-tempered mother Pilar on Modern Family, has died. Pena, who just turned 55 last month, died Tuesday after an undisclosed illness. Get the obit.


COFFEE: REGULAR OR DECAF? That is the burning question we try to answer today. Which is healthier? Click here to get the answer. I don't care what the "experts" say, I'll always take my coffee caffeinated and black.

WEDNESDAY WEIRDNESS!
Oct. 15, 2014 11:18 am

Today is White Cane Safety Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1955: Buddy Holly opens for Elvis at the "Big D Jamboree" concert in Lubbock.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract for $1 plus 1% of his royalties.
1968: Led Zeppelin performs its first gig under that name at Surrey University.
1971: Rick Nelson is booed at the Seventh Annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1979: ABBA performs its first concert in North America in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney appear on The Simpsons.

JERRY GARCIA ART! Some of Jerry Garcia's artwork is on display at Le Magasin contemporary art center in Grenoble, France. The exhibit titled "Art In Pop" will remain on display until January 4, 2015. Before finding fame with the Grateful Dead, Garcia attended art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and he created more than 2,000 pieces of art during his life. See the art.

CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Gregg Allman is attempting to protect himself from liability in lawsuits in the wake of the fatal accident on the set of Midnight Rider, the film based on his life story. He has filed a claim asserting that the film's producers had agreed to indemnify him from liability stemming from the incident. Click here for the ramblin' story.


INTERACTIVE MAC BOOK! A new eBook based on a long-out-of-print authorized biography of Fleetwood Mac was recently released via Apple's iBooks store and iTunes.Before The Beginning: A Personal and Opinionated History of Fleetwood Mac tells the band's story from its origins to one of the world's most popular pop-rock acts. Order it here.

EVOLUTION OF DRACULA! It's the Halloween season and time for spooky stuff like Dracula. Have you ever wondered how Dracula became such a movie icon? Click here for the terrorizing tale of Count Dracula.

TUESDAY THINGS!
Oct. 14, 2014 11:07 am

Today is National Dessert Day. Feel free to celebrate.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1955: Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley & his Comets in Lubbock.
1964: Charlie Watts gets married. They're still married.
1966: Grace Slick makes her debut with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1977: Linda Ronstadt sings the national anthem at World Series game number 3.
2000: The Beatles' Anthology hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

CRUISIN' WITH SMOKEY! Smokey Robinson along with Journey and Styx are among the acts set to perform on the second annual Carnival Live concert series. Robinson will be performing on April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel. Journey's shows are scheduled for March on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Styx plays in July on Nassau in the Bahamas. Click here for the line-up.

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! It's all over for Richard Gere and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. Work ultimately was the demise of the relationship. Gere is busy producing and starring in Time Out of Mind, while Lakshmi filmed the latest season of Top Chef in Boston. Get the dirty details.

WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS ROADS! Check out some roads where you take your life in your own hands if you dare to drive them. Click here to hit the road.


MONDAY MAYHEM!
Oct. 13, 2014 9:15 am

Today is Columbus Day and International Skeptics Day. Did Columbus really discover America? I wonder.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1962: At London's Prince of Wales Theatre, Don Everly collapses from exhaustion.
1963: The Beatles appear on the BBC TV show Sunday Night At The Palladium.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery.
1998: The box set The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" is released.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Four new movies debuted in the box office top 10 but none were able to grab the top spot away from Gone Girl, now spending second week at the top of the heap. The highest debuting movie was the seasonal Dracula Untold at number 2. Click here for the rest of the rankings.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday to Paul Simon who turns 73 today! Earlier this year, Simon joined forces with Sting for a sold out arena tour. The pair will kick off their 2015 tour of Down Under and Europe on January 30th in Auckland, New Zealand. Get the itinerary.

CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Don Henley has sued the Duluth Trading Company for using his name to advertise their "Don A Henley And Take It Easy" shirt. The lawsuit cites that the company "takes advantage of his celebrity and is likely to cause confusion among consumers about the source of sponsorship." Get the dirty details.

GHOST TOWNS! In this month of October, why not check out some of America's ghost towns? Click here to discover the unique stories behind the reasons entire towns were evacuated.

FRIDAY!
Oct. 10, 2014 1:57 pm

Today is National Angel Food Cake Day and World Egg Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1978: An audience member tosses a "cherry bomb" firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. Thereafter, the band performs behind a chain-link fence.
1979: Fleetwood Mac gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1979: The film The Rose premieres in Hollywood.
1999: Elvis memorabilia is auctioned off, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.

WHO TOUR! The Who recently recorded its first new song in eight years, "Be Lucky," which will be released as part of the new compilation The Who Hits 50! due in stores October 27th. Roger Daltrey says he and Pete Townshend are working on a new album as well. Meanwhile, The Who's 50th anniversary tour will launches November 23rd in Abu Dhabi. Get the itinerary.

DYLAN LYRICS! A book containing the lyrics of Bob Dylan songs since 1962 is coming out. The Lyrics: Since 1962, which will be published October 28. The book contains more than 1,000 pages, weighs more than 13 pounds and will set you back $200. Fifty signed editions will cost $5,000 each. Read the review.

WORLD'S LARGEST VEHICLES! Check out an info-graphic that puts into perspective the world's largest land, sea and air vehicles. Click here for the hugeness.


THURSDAY THINGS!
Oct. 9, 2014 9:57 am

Today is Curious Events Day, Fire Prevention Day, Leif Erikson Day and Moldy Cheese Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1959: Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer to headline Las Vegas' Copa Room.
1962: The BBC bans Bobby "Boris" Pickett's hit "Monster Mash," feeling that it may be tasteless to some listeners.
1964: Bobby Darin begins filming his eighth movie, That Funny Feeling.
1967: Doc Severinsen replaces Skitch Henderson as leader of the Tonight Show band.
1973: Priscilla Presley finalizes her divorce from Elvis.
1975: On father John Lennon's 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Lennon.
1980: Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1984: The children's show Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends begins its run on BBC-TV.

FLEETWOOD MAC ADDS DATES! Fleetwood Mac has added 28 more shows to their current tour. The dates include shows beginning January 16th in St. Paul through a March 31 performance in Wichita. Tickets will go on sale on October 20 via the Live Nation mobile app and LiveNation.com. Fleetwood Mac's current tour leg continues tomorrow in Boston. Get the new itinerary.

GHOSTBUSTERS REBOOT! Paul Feig, who directed the female-centric comedies The Heat and Bridesmaids will direct the next movie in the franchise and co-write the script with Katie Dippold, who wrote the action-buddy comedy The Heat. The movie will feature an all-female Ghostbusters team. The leads have yet to be chosen. Get the latest.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks to check out in theaters beginning tomorrow include Where The Devil Hides (PG-13), Meet The Mornins (PG) and Kill The Messenger ®. But my pick of the week is the new horror flick The Houses October Built. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.

HALLOWEEN DOGS! Check out some dogs with cooler costumes than yours. Click for the costumes.


TUESDAVE!
Oct. 7, 2014 3:13 pm

Today is Bald And Free Day. Fortunately I won't be celebrating.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1952: The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, later American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1957: Elvis' first Christmas album goes gold in pre-orders nine days before its release.
1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) on Shindig!
1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein offers The Beatles one million dollars to perform at Shea Stadium.
1968: Jose Feliciano performs the national anthem at game three of the World Series.
1976: Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving the Temptations.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform "Beast Of Burden" on Saturday Night Live.

HARRISON HOME AUCTION! A house where George Harrison lived while growing up in Liverpool will be auctioned off on October 20 at the Cavern Club. But you'll need to shell out $161,000. Harrison and his family lived there from 1949 until the early 1960s. The Quarrymen frequently held its rehearsals at the home. Click here to see the pad.

AUTOGRAPHED BOWLING PINS! This Thursday, if you make your way to the Celebrity Rock N' Bowl Tournament at Pinz Bowling Center in Los Angeles, you'l be able to bid on autographed bowling pins donated by Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Yes and others. I wonder if Pinhead signed one? Get the details.

CELEBRITY SEX SCANDAL! The New York Police Department is investigating allegations that former 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins inappropriately touched at least one underage girl in multiple incidents that occurred over 40 years ago. Get the dastardly details.

THE EYES HAVE IT! I'm a big Alfred Hitchcock fan so I highly recommend checking out a video montage of scenes from Hitchcock films featuring actors' frightening eyes. Click here to see the eyes.


FINALLY FRIDAY!
Oct. 3, 2014 9:22 am

Today is Techies Day, Virus Appreciation Day (unless it's Ebola) and World Smile Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1901: The Victor Talking Machine Company is incorporated, later to become RCA-Victor.
1952: The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet debuts on CBS-TV.
1955: The Mickey Mouse Clubdebuts on ABC-TV.
1957: ABC-TV premieres The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom variety show
1964: John Lennon writes "I Feel Fine."
1980: Bruce Springsteen forgets the words to "Born To Run" at a concert in Ann Arbor.
1987: Lithonia, GA declares today "Brenda Lee Day."
1988: Hollywood premiers the acclaimed documentary Imagine: John Lennon.

FRENCH FRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD! Join us now as we take a little trip around the world and see how other countries prepare this delicious potato treat. Click here for the eats.

McCARTNEY GETS GUITAR! On his recent concert tour visit to Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas, Sir Paul was presented with a custom-made acoustic guitar that contains a fret from Holly's original guitar inside the sound hole. The next stop on McCartney's Out There tour is October 11th in New Orleans. Get the story.


WEDNESDAY WHACKY!
Oct. 1, 2014 2:44 pm

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Pass the red meat please.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1962: The Beatles sign with Brian Epstein. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group's earnings.
1964: The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night becomes the first movie to debut behind the "Iron Curtain."
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1967: Traffic makes its stage debut at London's Saville Theatre.
1967: Mick Jagger's apartment in London is burglarized.
1968: John Sebastian leaves the Lovin' Spoonful.
1970: Jimi Hendrix is laid to rest at Seattle's Greenwood Cemetery.
1970: Curtis Mayfield leaves the Impressions.
1977: The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, Elton John.
1982: Sony introduces the world's first cd player. It sells for about $650.
1998: John Fogerty is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

FLEETWOOD MAC BACK! Last night in St. Paul, Fleetwood Mac kicked off their first tour with Christine McVie since 1998. Click here to check out last night's set list. The tour continues tomorrow night at the United Center in Chicago.

VINTAGE MICRO CARS! Check out some vintage micro cars that meant certain death if you ever got into an accident in them. But they sure are cute! Click for the cars.


TUESDAY STUFF!
Sept. 30, 2014 4:03 pm

Today is the last day of September. It's also National Mud Pack Day. Click on the link for the mud packing.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: James Dean dies in a car accident.
1965: Elvis is introduced to Tom Jones on the set of Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
1987: Roy Orbison engineers his comeback with the taping of the HBO special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night at Los Angeles' Coconut Grove.
1988: John Lennon is posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989: Neil Young performs on Saturday Night Live.
1991: Liza Minnelli is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993: David Crosby and George Harrison appear on The Simpsons.

WHY IS COFFEE BITTER? Coffee may taste bitter to the non-coffee drinker. But to the rest of us it tastes delicious. Especially if you don't add stuff like cream or sugar. Today we attempt to answer the question all non-coffee drinkers have. Grab a cup of joe and click here for the scientific reason for coffee's bitter taste


MONDAY RECOVERY!
Sept. 29, 2014 9:18 am

Oktoberfest is over for another year. Today Hopefully you got to experience this legendary La Crosse festival. Next up - Halloween!

Today is Confucius Day. But most importantly it's National Coffee Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1963: The Rolling Stones begin their first British tour, opening for Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and the Everly Brothers at London's New Victoria Theatre.
1967: The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
1967: Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead as its new drummer.
1976: At his 41st birthday party, a drunk Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shoots his bass player in the chest. Twice.
1994: The Pointer Sisters are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

BACON SCARF! Do you need something new in your wardrobe? Do you like bacon? Now you can combine your love of bacon and clothing accessory with a fancy bacon scarf. I'm not sure if it's edible. Click here for the sodium scarf.

HAPPY OKTOBERFEST!
Sept. 25, 2014 2:39 pm

Today begins Oktoberfest in La Crosse. Today is also National Comic Book Day and Johnny Appleseed Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1956: Elvis' "Love Me Tender" becomes the first 45 to reach one million in pre-orders.
1964: Brian Epstein is offered $3.5 million pounds for the group's contract. He declines.
1965: The Beatles' self-titled animated TV series debuts on ABC.
1970: The Partridge Family's self-titled TV show debuts on ABC.
1975: Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack on stage and lapses into a coma.
1981: The Rolling Stones concert at JFK Stadium is recorded for the flop concert pic Let's Spend The Night Together.
1993: A Patsy Cline commemorative stamp is issued.

BOB SEGER TOUR! Bob Seger will hit the road for a North American tour in support of his forthcoming album, Ride Out. The 34 date road trip kicks off November 19th in Saginaw, Michigan. In addition, the J. Geils Band will support the band on select dates. Get the itinerary.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New stuff to catch between all your Oktoberfesting includes the likes of Believe Me (PG-13), Field Of Lost Shoes (PG-13) and Jimi: All Is By My Side. But the one that sounds the most interesting to me is Mas negro que la noche ®. Click here to view the synopsis' of all the newflicks in theaters this weekend.

BEATLES SIGNED STAGE! The Fest for Beatles Fans will return to Los Angeles for the first time since 2000 next month. Numerous Beatles items will be for sale including the famous piece of stage backdrop signed by them right before going on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. How much will you have to shell out to get it? Click here for the asking price.

SPREADABLE BEER! Just in case you have a hankerin' to eat your beer this Oktoberfest now you can with spreadable beer. Click here for the beer.


WEDNESDAY JUNK!
Sept. 24, 2014 3:01 pm

Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1955: Judy Garland makes her TV debut on Ford Star Jubilee.
1957: Alan Freed debuts his fourth movie, Mister Rock And Roll, at The Paramount in New York.
1966: Chas Chandler changes his name to Jimi Hendrix.
1971: The Jackson 5 appear on the cover of Life magazine.
1977: the first national Elvis convention takes place in Memphis.
1988: James Brown is involved in a hour-long, two-state car chase with police in Augusta, GA.

CAFFEINE TEST! If you take in massive amounts of caffeine, you just might have super human abilities. Click here to take the caffeine test to see how your intake affects your abilities. I took the test and apparently I'm "Cracked Out, Paranoid." I thought for sure I'd be "Near Death."


THURSDAY APPLEFEST!
Sept. 18, 2014 8:58 am

Today is National Cheeseburger Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1922: The BBC is founded in London.
1957: Paul McCartney joins the Quarrymen on stage for the first time at a  Liverppol gig.
1957: The Frank Sinatra TV Show debuts.
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces.
1969: Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at Madison Square Garden.
1969: The Jackson 5 make their TV debut  on Hollywood Palace.
1975: Paul Simon reunites with Art Garfunkel on Saturday Night Live.
1990: Los Angeles declares today "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day."

ARETHA ALBUM! The Queen of Soul will debut a new album, a collection of cover tunes, on September 30. Franklin will appear on Late Show with David Letterman the night to perform one of Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas features covers hits by Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and and others. Get the diva details.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff to check out this wekend between your Applefesting include The Maze Runner (PG-13), Tusk ® and the one most interesting to me, Autumn Blood ®. Click here for the rest of the new releases in theaters tomorrow.

STONES RELEASES! Two vintage Rolling Stones concerts are set to be released in November. Hampton Coliseum -- Live in 1981 will be released November 4th release, followed by L.A. Forum -- Live in 1975 on November 18th. The Hampton Coliseum show is from the December 18, 1981 stop in Virginia. The 1975 L.A. Forum show is from the group's Tour of the Americas '75, the first trek with newcomer Ronnie Wood. Click here to roll the details.

DAVID BOWIE DAY! Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23rd, "David Bowie Day. The date coincides with the opening of the upcoming "David Bowie Is" traveling exhibit at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit showcases Bowie's life and his career. Read more.

JOAN RIVERS BIOGRAPHY! The currently untitled biography will spotlight the late comedienne's "life story was?characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving," according to the author. Rivers' biography will hit shelves in 2016. Click here to "grow up!"

BLACK BURGER! Would you eat a cheeseburger made with black buns? What is the cheese was black too? Apparently they eat these in Japan. Click here to check out the deliciousness.


TUESDAY!
Sept. 16, 2014 11:06 am

Today is American Legion Day, Mayflower Day, Step Family Day, Mexican Independence Day, Working Parents Day and National Play-Doh Day. But most importantly, it's Collect Rocks Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1959: Dick Clark's first "Caravan of Stars" tour opens in New York.
1963: Currently the #1 song in England, the Beatles' "She Loves You" is released by the tiny Swan label in America, but the single fails to chart.
1965: NBC-TV premieres The Dean Martin Show.
1966: Pete Quaife quits The Kinks after injuries from a car crash threaten his ability to play.
1970: Jimi Hendrix plays in public for the last time at a concert in London.
1970: After eight years, The Beatles are replaced by Led Zeppelin as England's top act in the Melody Maker fan poll.
1972: Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig, opening for the J. Geils Band in New York.
2006: At 65, Bob Dylan becomes the oldest musician to have a #1 album, Modern Times, on Billboard's album chart.

BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM! Babs' new CD, Partners, features the aging singer in duets with famous artists, including Elvis. The CD is in stores today. Meanwhile, she and husband James Brolin. recently marked their 16th Anniversary, but that hasn't sopped tabloid rumors of an impending divorce. Take a run through the rumor mill.

GENE SIMMONS' REALITY SHOW! In his latest idea for a reality TV show, Simmons explains that "Coliseum is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favor of Rock Caesar" aka Simmons himself, who will vote thumbs up or down as the bands in the arena compete to win. Get the details.

GEORGE HARRISON WEEK! Beginning next Monday, Conan O'Brien will celebrate the music of George Harrison on his show by featuring performances by artists doing their takes on Harrison classics. The tribute coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, available on CD and digital download September 22. Read more on it.

ANCIENT ADVICE! Check out the website "Ask The Past" to get historic advice for such things as "How To Behave In School" (1595) or "How To Play With A Cat" (1658). Click here for humorous advice from days gone by.


RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS!
Sept. 15, 2014 9:57 am

Today is Make A Hat Day and Felt Hat Day. Hats off to you.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: Buddy Holly opens for Elvis at the "Big D Jamboree" in Lubbock, TX.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract.
1968: Led Zeppelin performs their first gig at England's Surrey University.
1971: Rick Nelson is booed at his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds the DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1979: ABBA performs their first concert in North America in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: Abbey Road Studios auctions off equipment once used on Beatles recordings.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney appear on The Simpsons.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Finally a new movie has debuted in the top spot at the box office. Was it Dolphin Tale 2, No Good Deed or The Drop? Make your guess and then click here to get the answer and see the entire top 10 rankings.

DOG EXTINCTION! Check out some breeds of dogs that no longer exist due to extinction. Click here for the dead dogs.


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