9.30.2012

PUNK GLOBE REVIEWS THE NEW RUINERS SHAKE RATTLE AND MOAN CD!!!


The Ruiners Shake,Rattle and Moan 

Just got an email from Funky D Producer Tino Gross... Tino and I (and many others) are so excited to see the Ruiners getting their due....

 FROM PUNK GLOBE...

Any band from Detroit has to be mindful of the past musical history of the city. Gods in all that is even remotely fast, loud, and soulful, MC5, Iggy, Alice etc... Now whether a band chooses to ignore, embrace or just bite off it is the question.



The Ruiners have embraced it's hometown rock n roll heros and not only honored them but have made fans of many of the musicians they grew up watching. A Ruiners live performance is the stuff you tell your kids about,and this is where they do things best. The bands last record Happy Birthday Bitch did a wonderful job capturing the bands energy and excitement. How in the heck can producer Tino Gross (Funky D Records,Howling Diablos) expect to top it?

They decided to write songs right in the studio and record em live, fresh off the shelf. Risky approach for most but the end result with The Ruiners latest platter "Shake Rattle & Moan" is in my opinion the best effort yet from the band. You will hear a band let loose with more a vintage sound, wider vocal expanses,deeper grooves,and like everything The Ruiners do, Its loaded with an extra large portion of fun. Quite a few sing alongs here-- Read the Full Review Here

T REX/MARC BOLAN NEWS


Marc Bolan of T.Rex would’ve turned 65 years old today (Sept. 30) had he not perished in a car crash back in 1977, and according to Gloria Jones - his girlfriend and the mother of his child, “He’d still be doing music, films, and videos.” Jones has made it her mission to keep Bolan’s memory alive and she’s partnered with The Light Of Love Foundation and Marc's son Rolan Bolan to start the Marc Bolan School Of Music & Film in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Read more...

BEATLES CARTOON DEBUTED 48 YEARS AGO


by: Sterling Whitaker

47 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play . . .

Actually, that’s not true, but it was 47 years ago — on September 25, 1965 — that ABC first broadcast ‘The Beatles,’ a 30 minute Saturday morning cartoon that became an instant ratings smash for the network. Several years before they all lived in a yellow submarine (or so the song claimed), the legendary British rockers were first immortalized in animated glory, lending their music — but not their actual speaking voices — to the show.



The series used the music of the Beatles to frame the individual episodes, each of which centered around the completely made-up and fanciful adventures of the lads from Liverpool. Perhaps best known as the voice of Boris Badenov from ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle,’ actor Paul Frees voiced the characters of John Lennon and George Harrison, while Lance Percival provided the voices of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Airing from 1965 until 1967 in its original run, and through 1969 in reruns, the show lasted for 39 total episodes that marked the first time an animated series had portrayed real, living people. The series’ executive producer, Al Brodax, and producer George Dunning would also be involved in the production and direction of ‘Yellow Submarine.’


According to the book ‘Beatletoons: The Real Story Behind the Cartoon Beatles,’ the musicians initially hated the show, but later embraced its campy portrayal of the period when they still sported mop tops and suits. “I still get a blast out of watching the Beatles cartoons on TV,” John Lennon said in 1972.


“I always kind of liked [the cartoons]. They were so bad or silly that they were good, if you know what I mean,” George Harrison said in 1999. “And I think the passage of time might make them more fun now.”


‘The Beatles’ series was re-broadcast in 1980 and again in 1987 by MTV, and later by the Disney Channel. Apple Corps, Ltd. purchased the rights to the show in the ’90s, and McFarlane Toys have released a line of Beatles figures based on the animated series. The series’ official web site states that despite popular demand, Apple has no immediate plans to release the show in official DVD versions, though other DVD versions exist.

9.28.2012

INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS RADIO ACT


Hi there,

This is Tim, the founder of Pandora.

I am writing to ask for your urgent help. An important piece of legislation has just been introduced in Congress that could end long-standing discrimination against Internet radio. I'm asking that you contact your Representative to urge them to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.

This bipartisan bill will correct the incredible inequity in how different digital radio formats are treated under the law when it comes to setting royalties. The difference is quite extraordinary. In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of our revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%.

As a lifelong musician, I'm fully supportive of artist compensation, but this situation can't continue. Internet radio is bringing millions of listeners back to music, and is playing the songs of tens of thousands of promising artists who would otherwise never be heard. It should be given a fair chance to succeed.

To voice your support for this initiative, please reach out to your Representative today and say you support the Internet Radio Fairness Act, bill number 6480.

FOR MICHIGAN 

Senator: John Dingell
Washington D.C. Office Number: 202-225-4071

You can also tweet your representative: @john_dingell

If you'd like more information about the Internet Radio Fairness Act you can learn more here.

It's crucial that Congress hears from fans of Internet radio today. Thanks for your support, and thanks

for being a loyal listener.

2012 HARVEST MOON SEPTEMBER 29-30


The Harvest Moon is coming this weekend! The moon has been waxing larger each night, and full moon is the night of September 29-30, 2012. In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox came on September 22. That makes the September 29-30 full moon the Harvest Moon.

The exact time of the next full moon is:
Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 05:18:36 am
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Moon sign: Aries 07° 22'

There’s also a name for the next full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s called the Hunter’s Moon, and it’ll come this year on October 29.

Officially, the crest of the full Harvest Moon will happen on September 29, 2012 at 10:19 p.m. CDT (3:19 on September 30 Universal Time). Depending upon your time zone, the full moon will be September 29 or 30. But the moon will appear round and full on all the nights around this full moon.

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:

SYDNEY = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 01:18:36 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 12:18:36 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 11:18:36 am (CST)
DELHI = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 08:48:36 am (IST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 07:18:36 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 05:18:36 am (CEST)
LONDON = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 04:18:36 am (BST)
RIO = Sunday * 30th September 2012 * 00:18:36 am (BRT)
NEW YORK = Saturday * 29th September 2012 * 11:18:36 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 29th September 2012 * 10:18:36 pm (CDT)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 29th September 2012 * 08:18:36 pm (PDT)
HONOLULU = Saturday * 29th September 2012 * 05:18:36 pm (HAST)

THE ROLLING STONES BOX SET: CHARLIE IS MY DARLING IRELAND 1965

 

The rarely seen Rolling Stones tour documentary Charlie is my Darling--Ireland 1965 is premiering Saturday at the New York Film Festival and new details have emerged about a "super deluxe" box set version of the movie that will be released in November.



The special box set will include versions of the director's cut and producer's cut of the movie as well as two audio CDs -- a soundtrack CD and a separate CD of previously unreleased, live recordings of 13 songs.



 In addition, the box will contain a 10-inch vinyl version of the live material, a replica poster for the Stones’ 1965 Belfast concert featured in the movie and a 42-page hardcover book containing 14 never-before-seen photos and replicas of contemporary newspaper articles. The set is due November 6 when standard Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie also will be released.

Charlie is my Darling was produced by the Stones' ex-manager Andrew Loog Oldham and directed by Peter Whitehead. Oldham and Steven Van Zandt will also host a screening and Q&A at New York’s 92 Street Y on October 5.


Originally shot on a Stones weekend tour in Ireland in 1965, the revamped movie has been expanded from 35 to 65 minutes including the group’s first stage performances of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” According to a press release, "Charlie is my Darling is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Rolling Stones featuring the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band's long and storied touring career, documenting the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their live performances incited."

Broadcast premieres are being scheduled in November in America and Great Britain as well as worldwide theatrical screenings

STEVIE NICKS FILM "IN YOUR DREAMS" PREMIERS OCT 7

Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has been announced as the subject of a new documentary, ‘In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks,’ set to premiere on Oct. 7 at the Hamptons International Film Festival.



Directed by Dave Stewart — the erstwhile Eurythmic who co-produced Nicks’ 2011 release, also titled ‘In Your Dreams’ — the film delves into the writing and recording process behind the album. According to a press release, cameras followed Nicks as “she holed up in a magical old mansion high atop the hills of Los Angeles with Stewart and a wild cast of characters,” tracking her on what she calls “the best year of my life.”


The film promises to reveal Nicks’ long-secret inner life, which reportedly includes “costume parties, joyous dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations” — and, of course, writing and recording music.

In addition, ‘In Your Dreams’ is said to include cameos from “Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several ‘home movie’ style music videos,” as well as Edgar Allen Poe, who has been dead since 1849.



“I think you see in this film that Stevie just tells it like it is,” observed Stewart. “She is who she is, and she doesn’t change.” There is no word on any home video release plan for this film.

METALLICA: CLIFF BURTON'S DEATH 26 YEARS AGO

 
It’s been 25 years since the horrific bus crash in Sweden that left Metallica without their beloved bassist, Cliff Burton. The musician has been remembered and celebrated by metal fans around the world, and 25 years later his footprint remains embedded into the story of thrash. Adding to the countless tributes, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke with Revolver, offering his memories of the iconic bassist.



Ulrich stated, “My fondest memories of Cliff are his total disregard for convention and his total disregard for playing things out the way you expected them. He was up to challenge the normalcy, to challenge the status quo, to just f— with things musically, attitude-wise—the way he dressed, the way he carried himself, his sense of humor, his relationship with the music that inspired him, the music that he played. It was always very unconventional, and it was very unusual.”


When asked about looking back on it all now, Ulrich said, “He was really cool … I would’ve been interested to see what else he could’ve contributed, because it felt like we were just getting started. And it would’ve been interesting to see what else would’ve been in that vast well of stuff that he could’ve shared with the rest of us. That will forever be the curiosity element. But I’m so glad that I got a chance to play with him for a couple, three years. And got a chance to know him, and got a chance to drink with him, and all the shenanigans that probably shouldn’t be printed in a nice, family publication like Revolver.”



Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986, having just signed their first major label deal and releasing their commercial breakthrough album. But the band’s year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.

The group had cemented their position as the kings of thrash metal with the release of ‘Master of Puppets,’ their third overall LP and first for a major label, Elektra Records. The record heavily featured Burton’s signature playing style, which expanded the bass from its traditional role as an anchor rhythmic element and into melodic territory usually reserved for the lead guitar. It became Metallica’s first gold album, eventually selling more than six million copies, and the group toured extensively to promote it all over the world, including extensive dates in Europe. Those concerts would prove to be Burton’s last with Metallica.

On the night of Sept. 26, 1986, Metallica were traveling between tour dates in Sweden when Burton and guitarist Kirk Hammett drew cards to decide who would get to choose a bunk. The bassist drew the Ace of Spades, and chose the bunk Hammett had been occupying. “I said fine, take my bunk,” the guitarist recalled in VH1′s ‘Behind the Music.’ “I’ll sleep up front; it’s probably better anyway.”

In the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 1986, shortly before 7 a.m., the band members were awakened abruptly when the bus began to careen from side to side. The driver later told authorities that he lost control of the bus after hitting a patch of black ice. The bus left the road and flipped over on its side, and Burton — who had been asleep in the preferred top bunk — was thrown through the window. As the bus came down, it landed on top of the 24-year-old musician. Reportedly, attempts were made to rescue him from underneath the bus by lifting it with a crane, but the crane slipped, and the bus crashed down on top of Burton a second time. Band members and onlookers have given different accounts of whether Burton died upon first impact or when the bus came down again, but the promising young star died at the scene.

Metallica front man James Hetfield has said he walked up and down the road in his socks and underwear looking for black ice and found none, and the musicians have speculated off and on over the years about whether drinking or drugs could have played a role in the accident, or whether the driver fell asleep at the wheel. An investigation cleared the driver of any wrongdoing.

Cliff Burton was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at the Maxwell Ranch in California. Metallica’s ‘Orion’ was played at the ceremony, and lyrics from ‘To Live Is to Die’ are engraved upon his memorial stone: “Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me home.” Former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine wrote Megadeth’s ‘In My Darkest Hour’ after hearing of Burton’s death, and fellow thrash pioneers Anthrax dedicated their ‘Among the Living’ album to him.

Cliff Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009 as a member of Metallica.

9.27.2012

ARTHUR PENHALLOW MOVED TO TEXAS BABY!


Arthur Penhallow the most famous voice in Detroit Rock....

Arthur Penhallow (born December 20, 1943) is a radio presenter in Detroit, Michigan who hosted afternoons on active rock station WRIF from 1970-2009. On March 30, 2009, WRIF owner Greater Media announced that the station and Penhallow had been unable to come to terms on a new contract. 



Penhallow was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before beginning his long tenure with WRIF, Art had toured with a band that played with the Mamas & the Papas, among others. Under the name "Cicero Grimes", he worked at WNRZ in Ann Arbor in 1970, and then moved to WRIF's predecessor, WXYZ-FM, which at the time was airing a syndicated progressive-rock format distributed by ABC called "Love".



Penhallow was one of the "Love" format's local announcers and stayed on as WXYZ-FM transitioned to an all-local air staff and moved from progressive rock to the then-new "album oriented rock" format as WRIF.

 Bob Seger and Arthur P

Penhallow's trademark is the saying of his name as "Arthur Penhallow, BABY", and the cry is one of WRIF's most popular bumper sticker slogans.



Penhallow regularly refers to himself as "Big Daddy Arthur P" or simply, "Big Daddy", as do others on the station. Penhallow played himself in the film The Upside of Anger.

 Steve Kostan Arthur P Johnny Bee

In January 2009, Penhallow's contract expired at WRIF and he was off the air for more than a month before finally releasing a statement on March 27, on his Facebook page saying: "It appears that my days in Detroit radio are over for now. Thanks for your support over the last 39 years....I shall return."

After months of negotiations, WRIF management and Mr. Penhallow were unable to come to an agreement on the terms of his contract. "We are disappointed that we couldn't come to a contractual agreement with Arthur," said Greater Media Market Manager, John Gallagher. "He is obviously a legend in the market and his many years of service to the industry are deeply appreciated. He will be sorely missed.”

STEELY DAN'S AJA ALBUM RELEASED 35 YRS AGO

 From ABC

‘Aja,’ Steely Dan‘s sixth studio album, which was the artistic pinnacle of the ’70s jazz-rock movement, turns 35 years old this week.

After 1976′s ‘Royal Scam,’ a solid, guitar-centric album that nonetheless met a lukewarm critical response, studio mavericks Donald Fagen (keyboards, vocals) and Walter Becker (guitar, bass) set to work on a follow-up in January of the following year. They recorded over a six month period in various state-of-the-art studios across New York and L.A.

The result was ‘Aja,’ their highest-selling album (reaching No. 3 on the American charts), and more importantly, their most fully-realized collection of songs. At this point in the career, Fagen and Becker had transformed Steely Dan from a legitimate recording and touring band into a songwriting partnership.

They wrote the material themselves (with production assistance from Gary Katz), aided by a jaw-dropping slew of ace session players. They’d become sonic perfectionists, scrutinizing every overdub until every note was irrevocably in place. But on the pristinely recorded and performed ‘Aja,’ their attention to detail was taken to bold new heights.



The personnel list for ‘Aja’ reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in ’70s jazz/R&B session musicians: drummers like Steve Gadd (on the explosive title track) and Bernard Perdie (whose infamous ‘Purdie shuffle’ perked up the funky ‘Home at Last‘), longtime bassist Chuck Rainey, vocalist Michael McDonald, and sax legend Wayne Shorter (whose effortless solo on ‘Aja’ ranks among the band’s most epic moments).

Fagen and Becker’s obsession with getting the absolute best performance transcended perfectionism and landed somewhere in the neighborhood of Stalin-esque. As legend has it, the duo filtered through dozens of failed guitar solos from outside musicians on the infectious ‘Peg’ before eventually settling on Jay Graydon’s Polynesian-influenced take.

Reflecting on his contribution to the track for the 2000 documentary ‘Classic Albums:


Aja,’ drummer Rick Marotta said, “That’s one of the best tracks I ever played on. As far as drums were going at that time, if you had a club in your left hand and a club in your right hand and clubs for feet, you could play. I just opened my hi-hat a hair, every couple of beats with what I was playing on my right hand on the hi-hat, and it created this little sound. I had done that but never ever heard it on a record I’d done because (with the) engineers and sounds at the time, it was a nuance, and those things didn’t exist.”

Reflecting on the duo’s relentless quest for the perfect combination of players, Marotta noted, “It wasn’t like they played musical chairs with the guys in the band; they played musical bands! Whole bands would go, and a whole incredible other band would come in!”

‘Aja’ (which won the 1978 Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording) is indeed a triumph of engineering. The surfaces sparkle with sophistication, capturing every performance in full clarity. Listening to ‘Aja’ now, it still sounds like the greatest album ever recorded — as if you’re hearing the music from inside the amps and drum heads. But ‘Aja’ is also a masterpiece of performances, and of the nitty-gritty details (like Rainey’s slap-bass harmonics on ‘Peg’ or the subtle, steady climb of horns and synths on ‘Black Cow‘).



In addition to ‘Peg,’ the album also spawned such classic radio singles as ‘Deacon Blues‘ and ‘Josie.’ Reflecting on ‘Deacon Blues,’ which takes its name from the Wake Forest football team, Donald Fagen told Rolling Stone, “Walter and I had been working on that song at a house in Malibu. I played him that line, and he said, ‘You mean it’s like, ‘They call these cracker a–holes this grandiose name like the Crimson Tide, and I’m this loser, so they call me this other grandiose name, Deacon Blues?’ and I said, ‘Yeah!’ He said, ‘Cool, let’s finish it.’” ‘Josie,’ meanwhile, continues the pristine goodness of the record. The song about a girl who turns all the guys heads, does the exact same thing musically to the listener every time.

“By the time we did ‘Aja,’ we’d figured out sort of what it was we sort of wanted to do, musically,’ Fagen noted in the ‘Classic Albums’ documentary. “I think the ‘Aja’ album has so much great playing in terms of what we were trying to do with combining session players and soloists and so on to produce these little ideal tracks for our songs,” Becker reflected. “That was sort of the best, most consistent, and most successful example of that.”

RON WOOD'S EX ...AUCTIONING HIS STUFF!!!


Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is denying involvement in an auction of art and memorabilia organized by his former wife Jo. According to BBC.com, Wood says he is "staggered" and "shocked" by the event, adding that some of the items are "clearly his personal belongings."

A rep for Wood released a statement to the BBC saying Wood is "shocked and disappointed that this auction is being misrepresented as a joint sale. This is not the case. Ronnie feels saddened that Jo has taken this course of action and wants the public to know he has not teamed up with Jo on this outrageous sale."

The couple separated in 2008 after 24 years of marriage and their divorce was finalized in 2011.

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills announced on Wednesday that the were holding an auction of "property from the collection of Ronnie and Jo Wood," including art created by Ronnie, in part to benefit MusiCares, the Grammy Awards charity that offers benefits needy people in the music industry.


Auction house President and CEO Darren Julien tells ABC News Radio, "Ronnie did know about the auction in advance and these are items that were part of his divorce settlement with Jo Wood. They have always been close friends and I am sure it will be the same after the auction as well. Divorce and separation are never easy."

Featured music items include a Mick Jagger handwritten note to Wood, a Rolling Stones poster signed by Jagger, original John Lennon and Steven Verona cartoon drawings used in The Beatles’ first music video, as well as Wood's painted portraits of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan.

Also up for auction are two Fender Stratocaster guitars custom painted by Wood, one with the body depicting a Rolling Stones recording session. Fine antiques, furniture and decorative art that the Woods collected from around the world are also available.

The auction is scheduled to be held at live and online October 26 and 27.

NEW BOOK ON MICK JAGGER/KEITH RICHARDS


Just when you though you knew all there was to know about the Rolling Stones, a new Mick Jagger biography reveals details of his love life and his complex relationship with band mate Keith Richards.



Publisher Ecco, a Harper Collins imprint, describes the bio, simply titled Mick Jagger, as "The real story of how a shy economics student became a modern Antichrist...of the beautiful women from Chrissie Shrimpton to Jerry Hall, whom he has bedded but not always dominated...of the enduring but ever-fraught partnership with his "Glimmer Twin," Keith Richards. Mick Jagger, above all, explores the keen and calculating intelligence that has kept the Stones on their plinth as 'the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band' for half a century." You can also enjoy a generous preview of the book at the publisher's website.

Author Phillip Norman has written three previous biographies of the Stones, as well as what the New York Times calls the definitive book about the Beatles: Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles.

Mick Jagger will be available October 2.

HEY ST JUDE CAMPAIGN


 Famous faces including Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Jordin Sparks, Betty White and Jon Hamm are featured in the clip crooning to the Beatles’ hit “Hey Jude.”



Since its founding in 1962, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped save countless lives affected by catastrophic juvenile diseases — and they’re marking their 50th anniversary by deepening their commitment to the cause with a new donation campaign, dubbed ‘Hey St. Jude.’

Promoted with a heartwarming video set to the strains of the Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude,’ the campaign — which has its own Twitter hashtag, #heystjude — seeks to drum up donations for the hospital by offering a #heystjude t-shirt to anyone who contributes $35 or more.

You can see the shirt on Betty White in the still from the video at the top of this post — as well as on a dizzying array of celebrities who turned out to sing ‘Hey Jude’ in the clip, including Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Robin Williams, and Jennifer Aniston. No matter how many times you’ve listened to the song, you’ve never heard it like this.

Dedicated to the belief that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” the hospital has consistently provided treatment to patients regardless of “race, religion or a family’s ability to pay,” as well as dedicating a substantial portion of its funds to medical research. Visit the Hey St. Jude website for more information.

9.26.2012

EARLY ROLLING STONES FILM: CROSSFIRE HURRICANE



The Rolling Stones, the rock 'n' roll icons who have defined creativity, daring and durability, are to be chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film that documents the key periods of their career and their incredible adventures.

The film will be broadcast live by satellite to over 250 cinemas across Europe, from the London Film Festival Premiere on Thursday 18 October and include live coverage from the red carpet before the film screening begins.




'Crossfire Hurricane', directed by Brett Morgen, provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60's to rock royalty. It's all here in panoramic candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to 'Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.

With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as another generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. 'Crossfire Hurricane' places the viewer right on the frontline of the band's most legendary escapades.

Taking its title from a lyric in 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Crossfire Hurricane' gives the audience an intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it's like to be part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors. It's the backstage pass to outdo them all.


The odyssey includes film from the Stones' initial road trips and first controversies as they became the anti-Beatles, the group despised by authority because they connected and communicated with their own generation as no one ever had. "When we got together," says Wyman, "something magical happened, and no one could ever copy that."

From the outset of the film, viewers know they're in for a white-knuckle ride. No sooner had the early Stones line-up first played live under that name in the summer of 1962 than they were bigger than the venues that tried to hold them. Wyman remembers how the crowds were soon inspiring manic behaviour, especially among screaming girls, whose uncontrollable excitement was obvious as stardom beckoned for the band already earmarked as the bad guys with press headlines -- 'Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?

Riots and the chaos of early tours are graphically depicted, as is the birth of the Jagger-Richards songwriting partnership. The many dramas they encountered are also fully addressed, including the Redlands drug bust, the descent of Brian Jones into what Richards calls "bye-bye land," and the terror and disillusionment of 1969's Altamont Festival.

The film illustrates the Stones' evolution from being, as Mick vividly describes it, "the band everybody hated to the band everybody loves": through the hedonistic 1970s and Keith's turning-point bust in Canada to the spectacular touring phenomenon we know today. Richards also reveals the song that he believes defines the "essence" of his writing relationship with Jagger more than any other.

Asked in a formative interview in the film what it is that sets them apart from other groups, Jagger says with quiet understatement: "A chemical reaction seems to have happened." Keith Richards added, "You can't really stop the Rolling Stones, you know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way". It's been happening ever since, and the life and times of the Rolling Stones have never been as electrifyingly portrayed as they are in 'Crossfire Hurricane.'

Worldwide distributors of 'Crossfire Hurricane' are Eagle Rock Entertainment in London, with Tremelo Productions and Milkwood Films as the production companies.

As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach. 'Crossfire Hurricane' has taken over a year to make and produce with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and will be released in November.

RIP ANDY WILLIAMS


By Stephen M. Silverman
09/26/2012

Andy Williams, whose corn-fed good looks, easygoing charm and smooth rendition of "Moon River" propelled him to the heights of music stardom in the early '60s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., following a battle with bladder cancer, his family announced.

He was 84, and 2012 had marked his 75th year in showbiz. Williams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.

With 17 gold and three platinum records to his name, Williams enjoyed his golden years playing golf and dividing his time between La Quinta, Calif., and Branson, where he appeared at his Andy Williams Moon River Theater since 1992.

It was on the stage of that theater, in November 2011, Williams announced he had bladder cancer. At the time, he assured fans the disease was no longer a death sentence and that he had every intention of being a survivor.


Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, the son of a railroad worker, Howard Andrew WIlliams sang in his family's church choir with older siblings Bob, Dick and Don. In the late '30s, the boys built up a name for themselves regionally on Midwestern radio stations as the Williams Brothers quartet.

After the war, in 1947, they joined entertainer Kay Thompson in her innovative and sophisticated nightclub act. In his 2009 memoir Moon River and Me, Williams admitted he had a long affair with Thompson, who had been a legendary vocal coach at MGM (she taught Judy Garland and Lena Horne to sing for the screen) and was 18 years the senior of her handsome young protégé.

In 1952, when the brothers' act broke up, Andy launched his solo career, only to find himself broke and without bookings. Giving himself one last shot, he wisely switched his repertoire from clever Noël Coward ditties to the latest pop hits, and his New York club appearances soon included singing spots on the Tonight show (which was in Manhattan at the time), then regular TV shots and a Columbia Records contract.

By the early '60s he had an easy-listening hit under his belt, "Can't Get Used to Losing You," though it was his romantic take on the Best Song Oscar winner from 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's, "Moon River," that landed him on the map – and kept him there.


The smash hit recording led to NBC's 1962 launch of The Andy Williams Show, which remained on the air until 1971 and then returned as an annual Christmas special. It was on the variety weekly program in 1963 that Williams introduced to America a group of young singing siblings from Utah, The Osmond Brothers.

Despite his own clean-cut good looks – the Williams signature look was a turtleneck under a brightly colored pullover sweater – scandal did touch Williams's life. In the mid-1970s, his ex-wife, French dancer Claudine Longet, went on trial in Aspen for the fatal shooting of her lover, international skiing star Vladimir ("Spider") Sabich.

In the end, Longet, who claimed the shooting was an accident, was found guilty of misdemeanor criminal negligence and received only a 30-day sentence, which she served on and off at her convenience. In his 2009 memoir, Williams, who during the trial had accompanied his ex-wife to the courtroom on a daily basis, continued to defend her innocence.

Longet and Williams were married from 1961 to 1975 and had three children together: Noelle, Christian, and Robert. They survive him, as does his second wife (since 1991), Debbie Williams.

9.25.2012

ROD STEWART 2013 LAS VEGAS TOUR DATES



Rod Stewart has lined up the first set of 2013 dates for his Las Vegas show Rod Stewart: The Hits.



Stewart will appear at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on January 23, 26, 27 and 30, and February 1,2, 6, 8 and 9. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 28 at 10 a.m. Las Vegas time.



The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's final Caesars Palace show for 2012 will be on October 7, but as previously reported, he will be a special guest at Cee Lo Green's benefit show, Cee Lo and Friends, at Planet Hollywood in Vegas on the 10th. Rod and Cee Lo appear on each others' Christmas albums, which are both due out the same day: October 30.

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ELVIS, FRANK, DEAN, CASINO AND OLD LAS VEGAS....


July 31, 1969 Elvis played Las Vegas and I like this gig the most as he hadn't started wearing those crazy white jumpsuits. Sorry folks but I have never liked those suits on E... Liked him best in Black Leather or in this black mohair suit in the photo above...


The coolest signs ever made were hanging on the Las Vegas strip in 1950's-1960's..sadly they are gone now..


The film Casino is one of my very favorite Martin Scorsese films.  I did a story awhile back on the real people/players of that film.  Here is a link to it.. Casino the True Players

Then I found a very cool old time Las Vegas photographs and 2 cool slide shows... The one below is colorful and quite historic...


This slide show is incredibly cool check the entire story.... Las Vegas Slide Show


The Rat Pack is my favorite of all Las Vegas entertainers...I did a story I love on Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.. ck that one out too if you are a huge fan like I am..

THE DEATH OF JOHN BONHAM 9-25-1980


On Sept. 25, 1980, at 32 years of age, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away, inadvertently bringing an end to one of rock’s greatest bands.

The group’s final studio effort ‘In Through The Out Door’ had been released in Sept. 1979 after many delays. In May 1980, the group performed what would be their last European tour. That September, the band was in rehearsals at guitarist Jimmy Page’s house in advance of an American tour.

Bonham reportedly began drinking early in the day, continuing to consume copious amounts of alcohol well into the evening. Not long after the group’s rehearsals had wrapped up for the night, Bonham passed out in a drunken state and would never wake up.



In the weeks following Bonham’s untimely death, London newspaper The Guardian reported that Bonham had consumed “about 40 measures of vodka in 12 hours.” At the inquest of Bonham’s death, his assistant Rex King told the authorities how he and Page’s assistant Albert Hobbs had put Bonham to bed that evening.

On the morning of Sept. 25, Led Zeppelin’s road manager Ben Lefevre attempted to stir Bonham but noticed that something was indeed wrong with the drummer. After unsuccessfully searching for a pulse, Lefevre called an ambulance. A sample taken from Bonham’s bladder showed an alcohol level of 276 milligrams per hundered millilitres. Bonhams’s death was ruled accidental after it was determined that he died after inhaling his vomit.


Pathologist Dr. Edmund Hemstead reportedly said, ”This indicated he inhaled the vomit but didn’t die immediately as the result of that, and that he died some hours later due to the shocked state on inhaling vomit, during which time the alcohol in his blood would have broken down.”

Led Zeppelin issued a brief statement declaring they would not continue as a band without their departed drummer, and apart from a handful of charity shows they have kept their word. The most recent of these events, a full-length 2007 concert at London’s O2 arena, is headed for November 2012 release as the live album ‘Celebration Day.’



HEART GETS STAR ON WALK OF FAME TODAY


Heart's busy fall continues, as Ann and Nancy Wilson receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. Their star, number 2,481 if you're keeping track, will be located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of The Musician's Institute. If you can't make it in person, you can watch it stream live at WalkofFame.com starting at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Comparing this particular accolade with the others they've received in their long career, Ann Wilson tells ABC News Radio, "It's a good one. We've never received an honor like that before." Nancy, meanwhile says, "We don't have to try to figure out where to put it in our house 'cause it's already on the street over there by the Musicians Institute."

But while they don't have to ponder where to keep the award, they do have to make a decision about something equally important. "I gotta figure out what to wear [to the ceremony!]," says Ann.

Nancy tells ABC News Radio that one thing they think is special about getting a star on the Walk of Fame is that it's a permanent piece of the landscape that their descendants can visit. "It'll be really fun for our kids and their kids, y'know, future generations...to just be able to walk by there and go, 'Ooh, yeah I'm related to those sisters,'" says Nancy. "I think that's the coolest thing about it."

The sisters don't even mind that people from all nations will be stepping on their names for all eternity. "Just walk all over us! I don't care! Go ahead!" they laugh. (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

Heart's new album Fanatic will be in stores October 2. Their memoir Kicking & Dreaming is in
stores now.

9.24.2012

KID ROCK NEW RELEASE "REBEL SOUL"


Kid Rock will release Rebel Soul on November 19 via Top Dog/Atlantic Records. Produced by the Kid himself, the new album is described in a release as "a return to form for Rock who with this album cements his place as the premier genre-hopping rock and roller of all time." The lead single, "Let's Ride," will land at radio soon...

ART AND STEVE GODOY PLAYING IN ANN ARBOR DEC. 14


The Godoy twins, (The Last of the Badmen) Art and Steve are great friends of mine... I adore them both (all the girls do.. :)

Spoke with Art last night and they want to come out and play Ann Arbor... so we booked a date for December 14, 2012 in Ann Arbor. . Art,  Steve, Danny Creadon (!!) and Troy Zak.  If marvelous guitarist Deniz Tek is not booked in Australia...he may be here as well.. stay tuned for more details....









INSIDE OUT/RUINERS GIG AT SMALLS



Legendary and seminal all-female Detroit punk trio Inside Out is reuniting for a special show at Small's Bar in Hamtramck. INSIDE OUT is Karen Neal (Vocals/Bass/Songwriter), Lynda Mandolyn (Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter) and Cathy Carrell (Drums). 

MY GREAT FRIENDS  THE RUINERS will open the show along with pop/rock band Betty Cooper.

$8 (plus $1 service charge) in advance, $8 at the door. 18+ - 8p.m.


RETROKIMMER: OCTOBER 5TH IN ANN ARBOR!!

RED STONE SOULS

THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED!


Ian Kirwan - Vox & Lead Guitar
Kevin Bernard - Bass
Travis Erickson - Drums
Beau Felix - Guitar

Red Stone Souls – Hard Blues, Garage and Psychedelic Rock and Roll tossed into a blender and turned on high. Red Stone Souls, formed in early 2010, have busted down the doors of the “New Generation” rock scene. The band layers Ian Kirwan's (the NiNeS) vintage “Dirty” guitar work and road-seasoned vocals with dynamic riffs and lyrical stories to create a genre defining sound chocked full of rock for a new generation of fans. The band also features, Beau Felix (Dangerous Pursuit) guitars, Kevin Bernard (the NiNeS) on the bottom end and Travis Erickson (Squeeze Tina) shotgun style on the kicks. This potent combination cranks out, blistering micro-anthems embodying that basic Rock and Roll steamroller aesthetic. Ultimately, it's “Red Stone Souls” live show that generates the most enthusiastic reviews.

This energetic hot band is from our area and they are killer! Come out and party with us....




SOLEIL MOON

Larry King, 
Khari Parker, 
John Blasucci, 
Lamar Jones 
Chris Siebold.

Soleil Moon blows me away... so tight like a jazz band with killer pop flair...love all these guys...

Soleil Moon, a band comprised of top-shelf music-biz pros – producers, writers, and first-call session musicians, released ​Worlds Apart​ in 2000, making a big impact on Adult Contemporary radio with "Willingly," "Never Say Goodbye," and the title track, all of which ranked high on the national radio charts inside the top 10.​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​

A decade later, Soleil Moon has finally returned to unveil the long-awaited follow-up album, ​On The Way To Everything​. And the lead single, "History Repeats Its Pages" has been working its way up the National Adult Contemporary Charts and is now poised at number 10. ​​



9.23.2012

PAUL MCCARTNEY IS DEAD HOAX 44th ANNIVERSARY



This story is in the news again today....The Paul is Dead Story started with a guy named Tom calling in to WKNR FM disc jockey Russ Gibb (the famous Grande Ballroom owner)..

WHO BURIED PAUL MCCARTNEY: THE STORY THAT SWEPT THE WORLD 1969

Paul McCartney is alive and well, but a well-placed rumor in 1969 had some thinking otherwise. On September 23, 1969, 43 years ago, the Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University published a story claiming that McCartney had been killed in a car crash a few years earlier and had been replaced by a look-alike. A radio station in Detroit picked up on the story and ran with it. Within a month, the story had gone global and Beatles fans worldwide were collectively scratching their heads.

The intrigue led fans everywhere to search for ‘clues’ on album covers and in songs. A few of these included Paul wearing a black rose in the clip of ‘Your Mother Should Know’ from ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ walking barefoot and out of step on the cover of ‘Abbey Road’ and appearing with his back to the camera on the back of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sleeve. There are, naturally, deep meanings behind these and the countless other ‘clues’ conspiracy theorists found. Most famously, one theory suggested that if you played the song ‘Revolution 9′ backwards, it sounds vaguely like “Turn me on dead man.” Try playing your MP 3 backwards and see what happens!

Though initially amused by the story, McCartney finally decided to clear the decks. “Do I look dead?” he asked a reporter visiting him at his farm, “I’m as fit as a fiddle.” Good news for us all, Paul was just fine … still is for that matter, and still out there rocking!

THE JETSON'S DOG ASTRO....


Astro is a canine character on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons. He was designed by Iwao Takamoto, and originally voiced by Don Messick.

Astro, despite being clumsy and dim-witted, was very loyal (to a fault) to the Jetsons. He was more advanced than present-day dogs, in that he had a rudimentary grasp of the English language, albeit with r's in many places they shouldn't be, or replacing other letters.

For example, "I love you, George" would be "I ruv roo, Reorge". Astro was found by Elroy in the fourth Jetsons episode, "The Coming of Astro". When Jane, Judy, and Elroy proposed keeping him to George, he was against it claiming that an Apartment is no place for a dog.


However, when trying to escape, The Cat Burglar put the mask on George. Electronimo then proceeded to chase after George. It was Astro who was trying to run from The Cat Burglar that inevitably caught the criminal by accident by crashing into him. This prompted George to decide that Electronimo was not the way to go. They gave Electronimo to the police and kept Astro as part of their family.



In the fifteenth episode, "Millionaire Astro", Astro is discovered to be Tralfaz, the long lost dog of zillionaire J.P. Gottrockets and The Jetsons have to do the right thing and return Astro to his rightful owner. In the end Mr. Gottrockets realizes how unhappy Astro is and allows him to go back home with The Jetsons. Astro hated the name and always repeated it as "Tralfaz...Yuck," or in Astro-speak: "Ralfaz....Ruck!"


Astro also appeared as the main star in Astro and the Space Mutts, a segment of Space Stars.

Astro's signature expression was "Ruh-roh!" (or "Ruh-roh, Reorge!"), supposedly the canine variant of "Uh-oh!" (expression of dismay). Scooby Doo, who was also designed by Iwao Takamoto and voiced by Don Messick, had a similar signature expression: "Ruh-Roh, Raggy!" (Uh, Oh, Shaggy!)

A running joke (literally) at the end of each episode in the 1960s run shows George Jetson walking Astro on an automatic dogwalker outside his apartment. Astro chases a cat causing the dogwalker to go fast; George loses hold of the dog leash; Astro and the cat jump to one side and both watch George forced to run for his life on the out of control dogwalker screaming for Jane to "stop this CRAZY THING!".

George eventually falls and is carried by the treadmill's belt around its path, under the machine and back up again, while Astro and the cat look on in amusement.

HECKLE AND JECKLE!!


Heckle and Jeckle are postwar animated cartoon characters created by Paul Terry, originally produced at his own Terrytoons animation studio and released through 20th Century Fox. The characters are a pair of identical anthropomorphic magpies who calmly outwit their foes in the manner of Bugs Bunny, while maintaining an aggressively mischievous streak reminiscent of the early Woody Woodpecker or Screwy Squirrel.

Unlike Bugs Bunny, their comic aggression is often unprovoked, and in a number (perhaps most) of their cartoons (Moose on the Loose, Free Enterprise, The Power of Thought, Hula Hula Land) their foes win in the end.

According to Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (1980) and Don Markstein's Toonopedia, Paul Terry considered the Heckle and Jeckle series the best cartoons his studio ever made.




Although identical in appearance, they are differentiated by their voices. Jeckle speaks with a slightly falsetto English accent, and his dialogue is somewhat more refined. Heckle is more rough around the edges, and speaks with a more informal, slangy vernacular and gruff New York dialect.

However, the two magpies are far more alike in temperament than they are different. The characters seldom referred to each other by name, leading to some confusion as to which one was which.


Heckle usually refers to Jeckle familiarly, as "chum" or "pal", while Jeckle often calls Heckle "old chap", "old thing", "old boy" or "old featherhead", indicating a close friendship between them.

Both characters were voiced at different times by Sid Raymond (1946–47), Ned Sparks (1947–61), Roy Halee (1951–61), Dayton Allen (1956–66) and Frank Welker (1979–81).
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