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Aug. 27, 2015 11:35 am
Aug. 26, 2015 9:40 am
The answer to today's FBPQ is: Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street.
Today is Global Forgiveness Day and Just Because Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1961: Connie Francis appears as the "mystery guest" on What's My Line.
1965: Colonel Tom Parker contacts Brian Epstein to let him know that Elvis will agree to meet the Beatles.
1967: While studying with the Maharishi, the Beatles receive news that Brian Epstein has died.
1992: John Lennon's original written lyrics for "A Day In The Life" fetch $87,000 at auction.
ELTON JOHN SPECIES! One of Elton John's outrageous stage costumes has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean. While exploring the remote coral reefs in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas discovered a tiny crustacean, which he named the amphipod L. eltoni for its unusual shape, inspired by the shoes Elton John wore as the Pinball Wizard. Get the wacky details.
ROSIE'S RUNAWAY! Rosie O'Donnell's adopted daughter has left home again. Chelsea O'Donnell, who left home earlier in the month before being returned home by police, recently turned 18 and opted to live with her birth mother instead of the comedian. Click here for a battle brewing.
THE WHO CONCERT FILM! On June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert at Hyde Park. That performance was filmed for a new movie set to hit theaters worldwide October 7. The Who: Live in Hyde Park features that performance plus bonus interviews at the end of the film. Click here to watch the trailer.
NEW DICTIONARY WORDS! Next time you have a brain fart and can't remember the meaning of manspreading, just open the dictionary, mkay bruh? Oxford Dictionaries has added new words to its online dictionary that have widespread, everyday use. Newly added definitions include "Butt dial," "wine o'clock" and ""MacGyver." Click here to see what other new words have been added.
MYTH BUSTING! Do you believe the old saying that you must drink at least eight glasses of water every day? Well stop it, because there's no scientific reason behind it! Basically, there's water in just about everything you eat so just drink when you're thirsty. It's as simple as that. Click here to get enlightened.
Aug. 25, 2015 9:08 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: REO Speedwagon.
Today is National Dog Day and Women's Equality Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: Debbie Reynolds marries Eddie Fisher.
1956: The mayor of Tupelo, MS declares today Elvis Presley Day.
1957: The musical West Side Story debuts on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre.
1961: Bob Dylan lands his first major gig, opening for the Greenbriar Boys in New York.
1969: Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West.
1970: Motown announces that its newest singing sensation, the Jackson 5.
1970: John Lennon begins work on his first solo album, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, CA.
1984: Paul Anka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
FOREIGNER & FORD! Foreigner is partnering with the Ford Motor Company to raise money for high school choirs in conjunction with the automaker's Drive 4 UR School program. The Rock Then Roll 4 UR School will offer one school chorus from each city on Foreigner's Ocotber tour the opportunity to join them onstage to sing "I Want to Know What Love Is." Get the details.
FARMER'S ALMANAC! The Farmer's Almanac predicts this winter may look much like last year's cold, snowy, nearly unbearable season. At least for the Eastern U.S. Meanwhile, the lower part of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Mississippi Valley and much of the Gulf Coast will also see a colder than normal winter. Click here for more bad news. Unless you like cold weather.
DEAD CELEB! Sad news from the world of auto racing. IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. After getting hit, Wilson's car veered into an interior wall at the track. He was 37. Get the obit.
SECRET TO A LONG LIFE! Gossip! That's right, talking behind people's backs may help you live longer. Doing so allows better understanding of who we are surrounding ourselves with. But that doesn't mean you should badmouth people or spread rumors. Click here to see if you're gossiping correctly.
Aug. 24, 2015 9:13 am
The answer to today's FBPQ is: Gilligan's Island.
CELEBRITY BUN IN THE OVEN? Mariah Carey is apparently not pregnant with her boyfriend's baby! Carey had a slew of medical problems when she was pregnant with her twins Roc and Roe, and is in no hurry to have more children. Get the quashed rumor.
Today is Kiss And Make Up Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1967: After a two-year bout with stage fright, Brian Wilson returns to playing live with The Beach Boys.
1970: Elton John begins a seventeen-night run at The Troubadour club in L.A..
1970: Jimi Hendrix throws a party to celebrate the opening of his Electric Lady studios in New York.
1973: Bobby Darin performs what would be his last concert, appearing at the Vegas Hilton.
1976: Frankie Avalon's summer replacement series, Easy Does It, debuts on CBS-TV.
1977: California governor Jerry Brown appoints Helen Reddy to the state's Parks Commission.
1994: Billy Joel is officially divorced from Christie Brinkley after nine years of marriage.
WORLD'S OLDEST SNACK FOODS! What's your favorite snack? It just may be a snack that people have been eating for centuries. My favorite snack is a tasty Saltine cracker. Click here to see if your favorite made the list.
EVOLUTION OF HYGIENE! Click here to learn how people have stayed clean throughout the ages. As they used to say, be sure to take a bath once a week whether you need it or not.
Aug. 21, 2015 6:13 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: they were all bass players.
Today is Vesuvius Day, marking the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius exploded.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1964: Brian Epstein meets Elvis manager "Colonel" Tom Parker for the first time.
1967: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison attend a lecture by the Maharishi.
1967: Keith Moon drives his Lincoln Continental into the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI.
1981: John Lennon's killer is given a sentence of 20-years-to-life in prison.
1983: Jerry Lee Lewis' fifth wife dies of a methadone overdose after three months of marriage.
1998: 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Straight Outta Compton held on to the top spot for a second weekend in a row. The best new movie debut was Sinister 2 landing at three its opening weekend followed by Hitman: Agent 47 was at #4. Click here for the rankings.
ZOMBIES ALBUM & TOUR! The Zombies' will be releasing a new album shortly after they launch a U.S. tour celebrating the influential 1968 record Odessey and Oracle. The new album, titled Still Got that Hunger hits stores October 9. The tour kicks off September 30 in Dallas. Get the itinerary.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! More than a year since he was severely injured in a car crash, 46 year old actor Tracy Morgan tied the knot with his now 28 year old fiancée last night. Meanwhile, Morgan will host Saturday Night Live on October 17. Click here for the wedded bliss.
SAUERKRAUT ASSAULT! A 40-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend with a plate of sauerkraut. The dude apparently "smashed a plate" kraut into the face of his special lady during an argument at a hotel in Sarasota, Florida. Get the police report.
CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Megan Fox has called it quits from filed for divorce from Brian Austin Green, after five years of unpleasant wedded bliss. The couple, who wed after six years of dating, have two children together, Noah, 2, and Bodhi, 1. Get the dirty details.
YOU'RE SEEING THINGS! Click here to see things that aren't really there.
Aug. 20, 2015 9:21 am
Today is Senior Citizens Day.
HOW THE BEATLES GOT THEIR NAME! In case you never heard the story, check it out by clicking here.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1966: The Beatles play under a tarp at the Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis due to heavy rains.
1976: Worldwide sales of Elvis records pass the four hundred million mark.
1980: Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut in The Pirates of Penzance.
1993: Los Angeles police raid Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch searching for child pornography.
1994: John Denver is charged with DUI after he crashes his Porsche near his home in Aspen.
1996: Rick James is released from Folsom State Penitentiary in California.
DAVID GILMOUR'S BEATLES TUNE! A version of "Here, There and Everywhere" by former Pink Floyd member David Gilmour is featured on new CD that serves as a companion to an in-depth interview featured in the magazine. Get the details.
ARETHA BIOPIC! Rumor has it that Jennifer Hudson could portray the Queen of Soul in the upcoming biopic. While Hudson's involvement is so far not confirmed, Franklin revealed in an interview that the she was on her short list of stars whom she wanted to portray her. Get the details.
Aug. 18, 2015 9:45 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: Bad Company.
Today is Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Festival and National Radio Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1920: Detroit, MI's WWJ 950 AM goes on the air as America's first radio station.
1960: Connie Francis begins filming Where The Boys Are, in Ft. Lauderdale.
1968: Bobby Darin sells off his music publishing and production company, TM Music.
1969: The Beatles gather in the Abbey Road studios for the last time to complete work on Abbey Road.
1987: Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac after refusing to tour behind Tango In The Night.
CLAPTON CONCERT FILM! This past May, Eric Clapton played a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of his 70th birthday and 50 years in the music business. Now, Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall -- Slowhand at 70, a film featuring performances from one of those concerts, will hit theaters September 14. Click here to watch the trailer.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff hitting the big screen tomorrow include Z For Zachariah (PG-13), Sinister 2 ® and Grandma (R.) Looks like I'll be watching reruns of season 3 of The Twilight Zone. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.
ROBIN WILLIAMS' FAMILY FEUD! Robin Williams' kids have filed court paperwork to fight an attempt by their father's widow to obtain additional money from the Williams' trust. The children argue that Susan Schneider is seeking a "guaranteed income stream" to which she is not entitled, and is holding on to personal items and memorabilia the children claim was left to them. Click for the quarrel.
FAMOUS PRODUCT FAILURES! Everybody remembers the ill-fated Coca-Cola campaign when the company changed the formula and branded it New Coke. But check out some other lesser known product failures over the years that just couldn't get the public's approval. Click here and ask what were they thinking?
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS!
Aug. 17, 2015 9:13 am
The answer to today's FBPQ is: Never talk about Fight Club.
Today is Bad Poetry Day. There once was a man from Nantucket...
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1962: Ringo performs with The Beatles for the first time at the 17th annual fete for the Birkenhead, England, Horticultural Society at local Hulme Hall.
1964: The Beatles arrive in San Francisco, CA, for the start of their first US tour.
1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY, comes to an end.
1977: Elvis funeral is held in at his Memphis estate, Graceland.
NEIL YOUNG TOUR! Neil Young and Promise of the Real have announced a second leg of the Rebel Content tour which off October 1 in Missoula, Montana and concludes October 17 in Berkeley, California, The tour will feature "Neil's Village," an alliance of regional grassroots organizations, advocates and national non-profits." Click here for the itinerary.
BRIAN SETZER CHRISTMAS TOUR! The Brian Setzer Orchestra will hit 31 cities for their "12th Annual Christmas Rocks!" tour, kicking off November 18 in Minneapolis with stops in Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among other cites. Ticket pre-sale for select dates begin this Wednesday. Get the details.
THEATER SECURITY! In the wake of violent theater attacks in recent weeks, some theaters ramped up security for Straight Outta Compton screenings over the weekend. But according to a poll, most people do not want to pay to add more security at theaters. 52% rejected the idea of an extra dollar per ticket to subsidize armed guards and metal detectors. Read more on it.
GOAT MAN! A 34-year-old researcher has spent the past year wearing special prosthetic limbs that allowed him to live and learn among a herd of goats. He reportedly learned to communicate with them and even developed "an artificial goat stomach" to help him digest grass. The guy originally wanted to become an elephant but a shaman told him he was crazy so he became a goat instead. Get the bizarre details.
TRUE PURPOSE OF MICROSOFT SOLITAIRE! Almost everybody has played the games that come with having a Microsoft system on their computer. Endless hours of playing games like Solitaire, Minesweeper and Freecell have wasted untold hours of company time. But their original purpose may surprise you. Click here for the subliminal messages.
TRUMP INSULT GENERATOR! Now you can insult your friends and blame it on Donald Trump! Just type in your friend's name, post the Trump insult to their Facebook page and watch the hilarity ensue. Click here to get started.
Aug. 13, 2015 9:28 am
Rain: Good. Monday: Ungood.
Today's FBPQ answer is: Eric Clapton.
Today is National Thrift Shop Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1960: The Beatles begin the first of 48 nights in Hamburg.
1962: A riot breaks out during a Gary U.S. Bonds performance at the Boston Arena.
1972: Gladys Knight appears as a contestant on The Dating Game.
1977: Thousands of fans crowd Memphis and Graceland to mourn the death of Elvis.
1984: a fatigued Elton John announces his upcoming retirement, which would never happen.
1992: Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over $20 million.
1998: Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004: Dan Fogelberg reveals that he is battling advanced prostate cancer.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which chronicles the rise of the influential rap group, was the top flick at the movin' picture show over the weekend, shoving Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation down to second place. The big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted in third place. Click here for the rest of the rankings.
DEAD CELEB STEP-GRANDDAUGHTER! Morgan Freeman is mourning the death of his step-granddaughter, who was stabbed to death in New York City Sunday morning. Hines, 33, was found lying on a street near her apartment, with several stab wounds to her chest. Her 30 year old boyfriend has been charged with second-degree murder. Get the obit.
KEITH RICHARDS ON NETFLIX! The recently announced documentary about Keith Richards will get its TV premiere September 18 on Netflix. But it will hit the big screen first, at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 10 to September 20. Get more on it.
CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Daryl Hall and his wife of six years are calling it quits. Amanda Aspinall, the daughter of late British gambling tycoon and zoo owner John Aspinall, lived in Connecticut with Hall and her two children from a previous relationship. The couple has a prenup. Get the dirty details.
DOG vs iPHONE? Which is better for kids, a dog or an iPhone? Click here to watch an informative video and decide for yourself.
Aug. 11, 2015 9:35 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: The Fire Down Below, Fire, and I'm On Fire.
Today is Left Hander's Day. Today I'll be shaking hands with people using my left hand.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1959: Bobby Darin signs his first movie contract with Paramount Studios.
1963: The Four Seasons switch record labels from Vee Jay Records to Mercury/Philips Records.
1964: The Kinks' first hit, "You Really Got Me," enters the British charts.
1966: A Texas radio station organizes the first of the "Beatles bonfires," a result of John's "Jesus" comment.
1971: John Lennon leaves England to find Yoko Ono's estranged daughter Kyoto. He would never return.
1977: Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce their breakup.
1980: Todd Rundgren is the victim of a home invasion.
1990: Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed when a lighting tower falls from the stage and onto his back.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS!
New movies to check out include something for everyone this weekend. For the kids, Once I Was A Beehive (PG) opens tomorrow. Older kids might want to check out Air (PG-13). And for the adults, Exeter ® might be the horror thriller to see. Click here
for the rest of the new stuff.
The Yardbirds have expanded their upcoming fall U.S. tour to include 15 dates, The tour which kicks off October 30 in Norfolk, Connecticut and wraps November 22 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Get the itinerary
With the September 18 release of Keith Richards' latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, approaching, Keith Richards' first two solo albums will also be made available for digital download for the first time ever.Fans can download 1988's Talk Is Cheap and 1992's Main Offender starting tomorrow. Get the details
GLEN CAMPBELL DOCUMENTARY!
Glen Campbell?I'll Be Me, the 2014 documentary covering his farewell tour and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, will be released as a digital video next Tuesday. A DVD will be released on September 1. The movie includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Campbell's career. Click here
to watch the movie trailer.
You may think you know your cat's personality pretty well. But do you really? Round up your cat and take the Cat Personality Test. Click here
to get started.
Aug. 10, 2015 9:01 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: Good & Plenty.
Today is Presidential Joke Day and Son & Daughter Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1963: The Kingston Trio is the "mystery guest" on What's My Line?.
1964: The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, has its US premiere in New York City.
1966: The Beatles give a press conference in Chicago at which John Lennon attempts to apologize for his recent "bigger than Jesus" remarks.
1969: Diana Ross announces her discovery of the Jackson 5.
1972: The mayor of San Antonio declares today "Cheech and Chong Day."
1973: Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell both quit Wings.
1976: Keith Moon is hospitalized after having a complete mental breakdown.
1987: Rolling Stone magazine declares the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the last twenty years.
1992: Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at the opening of the Mall of America.
1999: KISS is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
ROD EXTENDED IN VEGAS! Rod Stewart's Las Vegas residency has been extended through spring of 2016. Meanwhile, his new album, Another Country, is due out October 23. The video for the first single, "Love Is," was released in June and showing a performance on top of the Capitol Records. Get more Rod.
TOMMY REMASTERED! A remastered edition of The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy will be released on September 11. Tommy features numerous contributions from Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart,Steve Winwood and others, and will be available on CD, vinyl LP and a digital download. Get the details.
DEATH ANNIVERSARY! Today marks the one-year anniversary of Robin Williams' death. Since his untimely death at age 63, Williams was featured posthumously in 2014's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Merry Friggin' Christmas, along with Absolutely Anything, out September 4. He was reportedly in talks to do a second Mrs. Doubtfire movie. Read more on it.
CREEPY CLOWN! Cops in Hickory, North Carolina are looking for a clown-masked man who swung an ax at his girlfriend. The suspect appeared at her window at four in the morning and asked the victim to come outside, which she did. He swung the ax at her repeatedly, but missed. Get the police report.
SPACE TRAVEL! How fast can humans travel in space? Take a journey into the future of space travel and how humans will withstand tremendous speeds of travel. Click here to get on board.
FRIDAY FINISH LINE!
Aug. 7, 2015 6:55 am
Today is National S'Mores Day and Lazy Day.
DEAD CELEB! Legendary football player and sportscaster Frank Gifford has died. Gifford played 12 years for the New York Giants and later became a play by play commentator on Monday Night Football. He was 84. Get the obit.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1959: Four members of the Platters are arrested and charged with "aiding and abetting prostitution.
1970: Jim Morrison goes on trial in Miami for allegedly exposed himself at a recent concert.
1975: The Manhattan Transfer debuts their summer variety series on CBS-TV.
1976: Elton John begins his record-breaking ten-night run of concerts at Madison Square Garden.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Fantastic Four did not do too fantastically over the weekend, opening in second place behind Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, holding on to #1 for a second week in a row. Meanwhile, Ricki and the Flash debuted at a disappointing in seventh place. Click here for the rankings.
GHOSTBUSTERS REBOOT! Bill Murray will appear in the upcoming installment of the franchise. The new all-female ghostbusters include Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon,Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth and is due in theaters in July of 2016. Get the details.
CAMPBELL'S CHRISTMAS! Two holiday-themed episodes of Glen Campbell's old variety TV show are headed to DVD this fall. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Christmas Specials will be released on October 13. The DVD is available for pre-order for the discounted price of $16.96. Click here for details.
HOW IT'S MADE! Have you ever taken apart a Rubik's Cube in order to cheat and solve the darn thing? Back in the 80's I actually bought the solution book. Forget about trying to solve the puzzle, the story of how it was created is a bit more interesting. Click here to check it out.
Aug. 6, 2015 10:24 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: Dust In The Wind.
Today is National Lighthouse Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1957: The Quarrymen, minus Paul McCartney, away at Scout camp make their debut at the Cavern Club.
1957: Paul Anka makes his US TV debut on American Bandstand.
1963: The first of the Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello "beach movies," Beach Party, opens in theaters.
1970: Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac.
1974: J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf marries Faye Dunaway.
1991: Paul Simon gives a free concert in Central Park, much as he had in 1981 with Art Garfunkel.
2003: The Osmonds are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff to check out this weekend in case you can't find anything to do include Ricki & The Flash (PG-13), Fantastic Four (PG-13) and Cop Car ®. Looks like a slow weekend at the box office coming up. Get the rest of the new flicks by clicking here.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Finally! Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are reportedly married. They tied the knot Wednesday in a secret ceremony in Los Angeles. The couple had known each other for some time before their relationship turned romantic. They began dating in May 2011. Click here for the details.
JOHN STAMOS vs THE OLSEN TWINS! Apparently John Stamos tried to get the Olsen twins fired from Full House when the show first started. His reason? Because they "cried a lot" on set when they were less than a year old. These days, Stamos is working on a Full House spin-off for Netflix, Fuller House. But these days the twins just whine a lot. Get the dirty details.
HARRISON FORD PLANE CRASH UPDATE! Harrison Ford's vintage plane likely crashed because of a carburetor problem that caused the engine to lose power after taking off from Santa Monica Airport last March 5. The carburetor was last checked in 1998, when the plane underwent extensive restoration and an engine overhaul. Get the official report.
A WORLD WITHOUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS? In Ethiopia they apparently don't believe in traffic lights. So here's what happens at the intersections. Click here for the confusion.
Aug. 4, 2015 9:37 am
Today's FBPQ answer is: Saved By The Bell.
Today is Wiggle Your Toes Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: The Alan Freed movie Rock! Rock! Rock! goes into production.
1960: The Beatles invite Pete Best to join the group.
1960: Chubby Checker demonstrates The Twist on American Bandstand.
1964: Rod Stewart makes his TV debut on The Beat Room.
KEEF'S CANDID COMMENTS! Although Keith Richards thought highly of the Fab Four, he says he wasn't a fan of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Keith voiced his unabashed criticism of the album in a recent interview saying "Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish." Click here to find out what else Keith has to say.
ARCHIE MUSICAL! The man behind Anchorman is set to bring the Archie comic to Broadway. It's not the first time Archie Comics characters have inspired numerous spin offs. including Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch and Josie & the Pussycats, a number of TV movies, a TV series and a theatrical film. Click here for the details.
KARDASHIAN BOOK FLOP! Kim Kardashian's latest book, Selfish, which features hundreds of selfies is apparently a huge flop! Only a meager 32,000 copies of the book have sold in the U.S. since its release on May5. Selfish features nothing but selfies of Kardashian and her gal pals, including Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. Click here for more unbridled vanity.
CHRIS FARLEY AS SHREK? Did you know that Chris Farley was originally supposed to play Shrek? In fact, before his overdose death in 1997, Farley had recorded much of his dialog, but producers decided to recast the part, which Mike Meyers eventually got. What would've Shrek sounded like with Farley's voice? Click here to listen now.
Aug. 3, 2015 9:11 am
FBPQ answer is: The Color of Money.
Today is U.S. Coast Guard Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1957: The Everly Brothers perform "Wake Up Little Susie" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1958: Billboard creates the "Billboard Hot 100" chart.
1963: The Beatles make their first inroad to the American charts when "From Me To You," debuts at #116. 1966: South Africa bans all Beatles music as a result of John Lennon's recent "bigger than Jesus" comments.
1975: Robert Plant and his family are injured in a car accident.
BILLY JOEL'S LAST CONCERT!
Tonight, Billy Joel will be the final performer at the Nassau Coliseum, in his home base of Long Island, New York, before it closes down for a major renovation. The show will be his 32nd at the arena, which will re-open in December of 2016. Joel's very first show at the Coliseum was in December of 1977. Get more concert details
JAMES TAYLOR IN 15 SONGS!
James Taylor is the subject of the latest installment of "My Life in 15 Songs," in Rolling Stone magazine. His new album Before This World looks back on his entire career. Unknown to some of his fans, some of his songs were inspired by his 20 year addiction to drugs. Click here
for the backstory.
DON HENLEY TOUR DATES!
Don Henley will launch a a fall tour starting October 3 in Phoenix in support of his new album, Cass County, which arrives September 25. It's his first solo effort in 15 years and only his fifth ever. Meanwhile, Henley will be honored by the Americana Music Association on September 16 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Get the fall tour itinerary
EVOLUTION OF GAME CONTROLLERS!
If you've ever played Atari, you are well familiar with the joystick and red button. Game controllers have become increasingly more sophisticated. Click here
for the fascinating evolution of game controllers.
July 30, 2015 9:11 am
FBPQ answer: the grass, the hall and the singer's head.
Today is National Watermelon Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1959: The Kingston Trio is featured on the cover of Life magazine.
1963: The Beatles play their last headlining gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
1971: Paul McCartney announces the formation of Wings.
1974: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join the Doobie Brothers.
1999: Patsy Cline is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Tom Cruise cruised to an easy victory in the latest movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Rogue Nation opened in first place while the weekend's other new film, the comedy reboot Vacation debuted in second place. Meanwhile, Ant-Man crawled back to third place. Click here for the numbers.
DEAD CELEB! Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 hit "Rose Garden," died of a heart attack Thursday night in a Nashville hospital after suffering from pneumonia following a trip to Italy. Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville. She was 67. Get the obit.
JOHN FOGERTY VOICE MENTOR! John Fogerty is set to appear on season nine of the The Voice as a mentor to Adam Levine's team. Meanwhile, Fogerty's current tour wraps up with an August 9 concert in Albuquerque. Get the details.
VALERIE HARPER RUMOR! Valerie Harper wants everyone to know that she's not in a coma! She was hospitalized Wednesday after being found unconscious backstage during a performance in Maine where she was starring in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. Get the prognosis.
SOCIAL MEDIA & MENTAL HEALTH! A news study has found that Generation Z, notorious for being glued to their phones and spending countless hours on Facebook and the like, have frequent mental health issues related to social media. Research found that teens who spend more than two hours on social media each day are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts. Get the alarming results.
HAPPY DOGS! If you have a dog, do you ever wonder why your pet is always so glad to greet you when you arrive back home? Click here for the interesting answer?
Today's FBPQ answer is the name of the character to the left.
July 29, 2015 9:38 am
Today is National Cheesecake Day, National Father-In-Law Day and International Day of Friendship.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: Elvis debuts as a solo act, opening for Slim Whitman at a concert in Memphis.
1986: RCA records fires John Denver over the controversial song "What Are We Making Weapons For?"
2003: To prove that the city is still safe to visit after a recent SARS outbreak, Toronto puts on the largest concert in the country's history featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers with total attendance around 450,000.
2004: Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke and is admitted to a local hospital. He fully recovers.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks to throw money at this weekend in case you can't find anything else to do include stuff like A Lego Brickumentary (G), The Seventh Dwarf (PG), Jenny's Wedding (PG-13 and Extinction ®. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.
AND SPEAKING OF NEW FILMS! A new Janis Joplin documentary will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival September 2-12th. The film, titled Janis, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27. Click here for the details.
BEN AFFLECK'S NEW SQUEEZE? Is Ben Affleck dating his children's former nanny? The Benster says don't believe the rumor. According to US Weekly, the actor had been the nanny but when Jennifer Garner found out, she was fired. Get the tabloid trash.
FART FILTER! The company that makes a line up underwear designed to hide the fact that you just passed gas has expanded their clothing line to include pajamas and jeans infused with the same cutting edge wind-breaking tech. But remember. The company hasn't yet invented a silencer for your farts. Click here to get the stink.
July 24, 2015 9:11 am
FBPQ answer: the lungs.
Today is National Lasagna Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1961: Dick Clark presents his very first Caravan of Stars in Atlantic City, NJ.
1965: The Beatles' second movie, Help!, premieres in London.
1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident.
1966: Cream makes their stage debut, in Manchester, England.
1968: Gram Parsons leaves the Byrds on the eve of a South African tour.
1970: The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca expires, and the group splits with manager Allen Klein.
1980: David Bowie makes his stage debut in The Elephant Man.
1987: Michigan governor James Blanchard declares today "Four Tops Day."
1987: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream introduces their new flavor, Cherry Garcia.
VACATION REBOOT! The new Vacation reboot opens in theaters today. Ed Helms stars as is a grown-up Rusty Griswold who decides to take his wife, played by Christina Applegate, and their two sons on a cross-country trip to Walley World. Click here for the review.
FRAMPTON FALL TOUR! Peter Frampton will head out on an acoustic 12-date tour this fall kicking off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, through October 24th. The tour will mark the first time Frampton will play entire sets unplugged. Meanwhile, he's currently on ta joint tour with Cheap Trick through August 29. Get the itinerary.
HOW INDIANA JONES CHANGED ARCHAEOLOGY! Discover how the movie broadened the scope of archaeology and made the field more relevant. Click here to check out the traveling exhibit that combines movie memorabilia with actual artifacts.
July 22, 2015 10:24 am
FBPQ answer: 1982.
Today is Amelia Earhart Day and Cousin's Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: After ten years to the day, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis break up their comedy act.
1967: The Beatles take out a full-page ad in The Times calling for the legalization of marijuana.
1978: The musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens in New York.
1985: A stretch of Detroit's Washington Boulevard is renamed "Aretha Franklin's Freeway Of Love."
1987: The movie La Bamba, opens in the US.
BILLY JOEL AT NASSAU! Billy Joel will be performing a show at Nassau Coliseum on August 4 to close out the arena before it undergoes a massive overhaul. Joel says his set will be tailored to the local Long Island crowd. Joel also played the last concert at Shea and more stadium shows coming up include Wrigley Field, Philadelphia?s Citizen Bank Park and San Francisco?s AT&T Park. Click here for the dates.
NEW STONES ALBUM! Keith Richards has revealed that The Rolling Stones will hit the road for more tour dates this year and, after that, will begin work on a new album. The Stones started discussing a new recording project before they launched their recent Zip Code Tour. Get the album details. In the meantime, Keef's new album Crosseyed Heart hit stores September 18.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! If the rumors are true, Sofia Vergara will be getting married on November 22 in Florida. Vergara and her beau, Joe Manganiello, got engaged last December, and celebrated with a party in Hollywood last month. Click here for the wedding planner.
BREATHING BOOZE! Wish you could get a buzz without filling up on booze? Now you can, courtesy of a new store set to open in the U.K. where you can actually inhale alcohol by walking through a cloud of misty cocktails. Click here and inhale deeply.
FREAKY FLYING MACHINES! Check out four freaky airplane designs that re-imagine the golden age of air travel. Click here to take flight.
July 21, 2015 8:47 am
FBPQ answer is: Ray Liotta.
Today is Hammock Day and Ratcatcher's Day. Does anyone ever tie a hammock to two trees anymore?
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1967: Vanilla Fudge makes its concert debut in New York City.
1968: Elvis begins filming his twenty-ninth movie, Charro! on location in Arizona.
1972: The summer variety replacement TV series, The Bobby Darin Amusement Company, debuts.
1987: Morris Albert is found guilty of plagiarising his song "Feelings" from a French song called "Pour Toi."
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 decades-old marijuana possession conviction.
ANN WILSON THING! Ann Wilson's new solo project, The Ann Wilson Thing, will release an EP next month. Meanwhile, the tour has six dates scheduled at small venues beginning September 21 in Solana Beach, California. Some of the shows will feature guest performers. Click here for the itinerary.
VANILLA FUDGE TOUR! Their new album, Spirit of '67, salutes the music released during the year they became famous with their psychedelic version of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On." The vinyl edition of Spirit of '67 will be in stores this Friday. Meanwhile, the Fudge is going on tour starting August 7th in St. Charles, IL. Click here to check out the dates.
HISTORY OF ALIENS IN FILM! Our depictions of aliens in films has evolved dramatically over the past 112 twelve years. Click here to watch a time lapse video of alien evolution in films.
SHARKNADO 3! The third installment of the franchise premieres tonight on the SyFy channel and this time the killer sharks are wreaking havoc and mass destruction up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No also stars David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek and numerous cameos.Click here for the scathing review.
SKIN-FO-GRAPHIC! It's summer, and we've heard time and time again about the dangers of not protecting our skin from the sun. But just how strongly does the sun affect our skin? Check out this skin-fo-graphic for a technical explanation and more nagging.
FBPQ answer: Tumbling Dice.
Today is National Junk Food Day. Time to get the Twinkies out of storage.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout airs its final show on CBS.
1960: Brian Hyland appears as a guest on To Tell The Truth.
1967: Jimi Hendrix begins the first of three nights at the Cafe Au Go-Go in New York.
1973: "Mary Wilson Day" is declared in Detroit in honor of the Supremes member.
1977: Linda Ronstadt, who's just released a cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," hops onstage at the band's Tucson, AZ concert to sing it with them.
1999: Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
ZOMBIES ON TOUR! The Zombies will launch their first U.S. tour since the late 60s. This fall, the band will hit the road for 18 dates beginning September 30th in Dallas featuring the original surviving members. Get the itinerary.
MARIAH'S SHOES! Mariah Carey's extravagant taste knows no bounds. And to prove just how crazy she is about shoes, she posted an Instagram photo of her massive shoe closet, which features 24 shelves filled with boots and strappy sandals in an array of neutral shades. She puts Imelda Marcos 3000 shoe collection to shame. Click here for Mariah's hoard.
McCARTNEY'S NOTES! Heather Mills reveals in a recent interview that she taught their 11 year old daughter how to play saxophone because Sir Paul doesn't know how to read music. Mills also claims Beatrice also is "a brilliant poet," something that she "obviously gets that from him." Click for the interview.
CELEBRITY SEX SCANDAL! Bill Cosby detailed his extensive extramarital affairs in a full deposition from a 2005 civil case in which he admitted to having encounters with at least five women whom he met on the set of The Cosby Show. Cosby danced the line between permission and rejection during the encounters. Click here for the dirt.
DO YOU DRINK TOO TOO MUCH...water? It's summer and it's good to stay hydrated. But is it possible to drink too much water? Apparently, yes. Too much water can lead to overhydration which dilutes the blood. Click here to bust some myths about water intake and the truth about staying hydrated.