9.25.2018

BEATLES CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WHITE ALBUM!


For 50 years, ‘The White Album’ has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn.

On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages including a super deluxe 7-disc set featuring 50 mostly previously unreleased recordings all newly mixed with 5.1 surround audio as well as the much-sought after Esher Demos.

"We had left Sgt. Pepper’s band to play in his sunny Elysian Fields and were now striding out in new directions without a map,” says Paul McCartney

With their ninth studio album, The Beatles took the world on a whole new trip, side one blasting off with the exhilarating rush of a screaming jet escorting Paul McCartney’s punchy, exuberant vocals on “Back In The U.S.S.R.”




“Dear Prudence” came next, John Lennon warmly beckoning his friend and all of us to “look around.”

George Harrison imparted timeless wisdom in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” singing, “With every mistake we must surely be learning.”

Ringo Starr’s “Don’t Pass Me By” marked his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album.

The album will be available in super deluxe 7-disc, deluxe 4LP, deluxe 3CD and 2LP editions, all with the new stereo audio mixes.

For full details including tracklistings, visit TheBeatles.com.

 deluxe 6 cd set               deluxe vinyl 4 lps                    deluxe 3 cds
  

9.24.2018

SOMETHING ROTTEN! NEW SHOW BROADWAY IN DETROIT!


This week, Something Rotten! will take us back to the '90s - the 1590's - Tuesday through October 7. It's the kick-off for our exciting 2018-19 season of Broadway In Detroit.


In today's preview you can learn more about the show below, watch a preview video, read interviews with cast member & native Detroiter Julian Burzynski, book a dinner & show package in the Bank Of America Spotlight Room or with one of our restaurant partners, and you can save a little on last minute tickets while supporting some great local organizations with our Bank Of America FunRaising program. Get your tickets and make plans to see Something Rotten! at the Fisher Theatre!



SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play.



Watch all of the show videos and more on Broadway In Detroit YouTube Channel

When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

9.23.2018

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION DEBUTED SEPT 23 1994


One of my very favorite films of all time...Teaching lessons of patience and determination the film has lots of surprises and plot twists. Morgan Freeman should have had the Oscar that year instead of Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump in my opinion...

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as Red and Andy

On this day in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, opens in theaters around the United States. Based on a Stephen King short story titled “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

The movie followed the story of a man named Andy Dufresne (Robbins) who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. Behind bars, Andy forms a friendship with Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Freeman), a longtime inmate known for his ability to “get things,” or smuggle contraband into the prison. The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Freeman) and Best Picture (it lost to Forrest Gump).



Frank Darabont, who wrote and directed The Shawshank Redemption, also helmed The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007), both of which were based on books by King.


9.22.2018

AMAZING BLUES/R&B GUITARIST PAUL NELSON TOUR DATES 2018-2019


Blues/Rock Guitar Virtuoso Paul Nelson Announces Fall and Winter Tour Dates

Being blues/rock icon Johnny Winter's hand-picked touring and recording guitarist is just one of the accolades held by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson who has also shared the world's stages and/or recorded alongside Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth, Ben Harper and the list goes on.


With appearances on late night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, Nelson a blues hall of fame artist is known for his amazing tone and playing style by an ever growing legion of fans establishing him as one of today's leading modern guitar trendsetters.

Come see why this guitarist's guitarist and band are packing houses on tour now!


PAUL NELSON TOUR DATES 2018-2019

October
10/06/18 - Hygienic Art Park - New London, CT
10/09/18 - Fanatics Pub - Lima, NY
10/11/18 - Slippery Noodle - Indianapolis, IN
10/12/18 - The Third Base - Springfield, IL
10/14/18 - Buddy Guys - Chicago, IL
10/17/18 - Zoo Bar - Lincoln, NE
10/19/18 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City, MO
10/20/18 - Corner Bar - Freemont, NE
10/21/18 - Byrons - Pomeroy, IA
10/27/18 - Lizzie Rose Music Room, Trenton, NJ

November
11/02/18 - Darwins - Sandy Springs, GA
11/03/18 - Hard Rock Cafe - Nashville, TN WDerek St Holmes
11/04/18 - Lafayettes Music Room - Memphis, TN
11/07/18 - Double Road Tavern - Jupiter, FL
11/08/18 - Leroys - Punta Gorda, FL
11/09/18 - The Barrel Room - Fort Myers, FL
11/10/18 - The Alley - Sanford, FL
11/11/18 - The Little Bar - Goodland, FL
11/14/18 - Englewoods on Dearborn - Englewood, FL
11/16/18 - South Street City Oven and Grill - Naples, FL
11/17/18 - The Funky Biscuit - Boca Raton, FL
12/01/18 - Kettle Works - Columbia, PA
12/08/18 - Woodbury Brewing Co - Woodbury, CT

January
02/22/19 - Third Base - Springfield IL
02/23/19 - TC's Bluestage - Napoleon, MI
02/28/19 - Chrome Lounge, Omaha, NE
02/24-31/19 - Johnny Winter Jamaica "Winterfest" - Trelawny, Jamaica w/Sonny Landrecht,Derek St Holmes, Samantha Fish, James Montgomery & All-Star Band

February
03/07/19 - Englewoods On Dearborn, Englewood, FL
03/17/19 - Blues at The Ranch - Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brookville, FL


For more information:
www.paulnelsonguitar.com

9.21.2018

HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT GAME


How to Find Your Perfect Game

Whether it’s an evening after work or the weekend has finally rolled around, playing games is a great way to de-stress. Gaming has come a long way from the days of handheld systems, and with so many different options available on the market right now, how do you find the perfect one? As a gamer, you must realize that there is never only one option. Keeping your personality in mind is important, but so is trying a variety in order to truly broaden your gaming skill sets. The best choice will also depend on the situation you find yourself in, especially if you are solo or with a few people. Lastly, you need to have money saved, because games and game consoles are not cheap.

Based on your personality

Your personality is the biggest factor to consider when choosing a game to play. Do you prefer something that is adventure-filled? What about a more old-school option? Some may find their luck with gambling games, and in this case, you can also earn a lot of money in the process. Of course, you will have to be very strategic with which type you pick up, and you will want to test your skills first on a few games where you won’t be losing money if you are not victorious. Online websites are often the best option for this, especially since you can do it from the comforts of your home. One example is Unibet, as they offer every casino game option you can think of, giving you the ability to double your savings if you win.

Try a variety

Why not try a variety of games until you find your favorite niche? Different options will provide you with various skill sets that you can also take with you on future gaming endeavors. You will even have a different experience if you are playing alone versus multiplayer. Moreover, once you start collecting different genres of games, you will also have more options available the next time you are looking to play something.

Depending on the situation

Different scenarios and situations will call for a different game. If it’s Friday night and you are looking for something to do as a family, a board game may be the perfect option. The demographics of the crowds will also largely affect the choices being made. Younger kids will not enjoy playing Call of Duty, but Jenga and Twister are a whole different story. If you’re unsure as to which game is most suitable, head to Lifehacker for some help.

Remember to save money

Keep in mind that games are expensive, and you will need to save money if you want to start collecting them. Video games, especially, are costlier due to the various consoles that are needed to play them. Business Insider has some handy suggestions for saving money on video games. Besides purchasing these with money you have saved, you should also opt to look for the cheaper options when available. For instance, if a friend already has the game you are looking for, why not borrow it from them as opposed to purchase a brand new one?

While there is no one perfect, all-encompassing game, there is a game for every occasion and person. Keep in mind that the more you play, the more you are honing your expertise as a gamer. The next time Friday night rolls around, it will feel good to be one that is constantly victorious among your friends and family.

9.19.2018

LEE SHAPIRO PLAYS THE GREATEST HITS OF FRANKIE VALLI!

Lee Shapiro

NEW YORK (Sept. 19, 2018) ― Who loves you, Frankie Valli? Your former musical director, Lee Shapiro, and he’s releasing a tribute album to salute you for 45 years as a friend and mentor.


Though he’s been playing the greatest hits of Frankie Valli on the world’s stages since he helped make them hits as his fellow Jersey Boy’s 1970s musical director and arranger, Shapiro brings an entirely new twist to the iconic vocalist’s music with the Sept. 28 release of Lee Shapiro Plays the Greatest Hits of Frankie Valli (Mink Mitten), a solo piano tribute, interpreted for the very first time as instrumental cocktail music.

Shapiro, who originally arranged two of Valli’s biggest Four Seasons hits in the mid-‘70s, the No. 1 smash “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” and “Who Loves You” (#3), continues to play Valli’s best across the USA these days with THE HIT MEN, his unique Supergroup of classic rock’s legendary side men.



“I always knew his music would be effectively adaptable to a piano solo format,” says Shapiro. “The songs are so harmonically clever and melodically interesting. Although it’s taken 45 years, the time is right.”


With fellow THE HIT MEN band member Jeff Ganz producing, Shapiro came up with a 10-song collection that reflects the set list from the first time they played Las Vegas together, with a big orchestra, at the original Aladdin Hotel & Casino in 1974. The selections span the 10-year period leading up to that moment, from early hits “Dawn” to later classics “Swearin’ to God” and “My Eyes Adored You,” with fan favorites such as “Marlena” and “Silence Is Golden,” and of course, the mid-‘60s ode to Sinatra, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

The Hit Men

Valli launched Shapiro’s career as an unsuspecting 19-year-old Jersey Boy. He would go on to work alongside the likes of Barry Manilow, Cher, Tommy James & The Shondells, Chuck Berry, Tony Orlando, and many other superstars, before forming THE HIT MEN to forge the latest chapter.



TRACK LISTING: LEE SHAPIRO PLAYS THE GREATEST HITS OF FRANKIE VALLI

1. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

2. Dawn

3. My Eyes Adored You

4. Fallen Angel

5. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

6. Save It for Me

7. Our Day Will Come

8. Marlena

9. Swearin’ to God

10.Silence Is Golden

“Frankie threw me in the water and required that I swim,” Shapiro recalls. “Fortunately, I swam.”

Shapiro had been writing arrangements for an 18-piece jazz band in Garfield, NJ, when opportunity knocked. Valli was looking to replace Bob Gaudio in the Four Seasons and got a tip to check out Shapiro at a Jersey jazz club with the big band. That led to his audition in the banquet room at the Fountain Restaurant in Belleville, NJ, where the Four Seasons were rehearsing.


“Frankie came in, they put music in front of me, and said. ‘Play this,’” says Shapiro. “The song was ‘Dawn.’ I played the first chord, Frankie started singing, and I froze. He says, ‘What’s the matter? Why aren’t you playing? And I said to him, ‘Man, you sound just like the radio,’ and that cracked up everybody in the room. I felt foolish, but I continued, and the rest is history. They hired me despite my young age.

“As I look back on it, Frankie believed in me before I did. He provided the vehicle for me to learn everything I know about recording and performing, having put me in the studio with the likes of Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio, Charlie Calello, and Artie Schroeck, as well as top session cats like Steve Gadd, Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Georgie Young, and singing stars Patti Austin, Darlene Love, and Donna Summer.

“The last time I saw Frankie it occurred to me that this album concept was more valid than ever, especially now that ‘Jersey Boys” has brought his music back to the forefront. This is my thank you.”

THE HISTORY OF THE CLASSIC SONG UNCHAINED MELODY


"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained (1955), hence the song title. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack.

It has since become a standard and one of the most often recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. According to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages. Elvis sings it here. Sam Cooke Here



In 1955, three versions of the song (by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, and Roy Hamilton) charted in the Billboard Top 10 in the United States, and four versions (by Al Hibbler, Les Baxter, Jimmy Young, and Liberace) appeared in the Top 20 in the United Kingdom simultaneously, an unbeaten record for any song.

UNCHAINED MELODY LYRICS
Oh, my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me
Lonely rivers flow
To the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh
"Wait for me, wait for me"
I'll be coming home, wait for me
Oh, my love, my darling
I've hungered, for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love

The Bobby Hatfield solo version obtained a second round of popularity when it was featured in the hit film Ghost (1990). In 2004, it finished at number 27 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.



In 1954, North was contracted to compose the score for the prison film Unchained (released in 1955). North composed and recorded the score, and then was asked to write a song based upon the movie's theme.

North asked Hy Zaret to write the lyrics, but Zaret initially declined, saying he was too busy painting his house. North was able to convince him to take the job, and together they wrote "Unchained Melody."  Zaret refused the producer's request to include the word "unchained" in his lyrics.

The song eventually became known as the "Unchained Melody" even though the song does not actually include the word "unchained". Instead, Zaret chose to focus on someone who pines for a lover he has not seen in a "long, lonely time". Read More

  

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES THE UNABOMBER'S MANIFESTO 9-19-1995

Ted Kaczynski 

The Washington Post published a 35,000-word manifesto written by the Unabomber, who since the late 1970s had eluded authorities while carrying out a series of bombings across the United States that killed 3 people and injured another 23.

After reading the manifesto, David Kaczynski's wife realized the writing style was similar to that of her brother-in-law, she convinced her husband to notify the F.B.I.


On April 3, 1996, Ted Kaczynski was arrested at his isolated cabin near Lincoln, Montana, where investigators found evidence linking him to the Unabomber crimes.

There is a great series on Netflix MANHUNT: THE UNABOMBER it is relly good and explains just how little evidence the FBI rally had on Ted.



Theodore John Kaczynski was born May 22, 1942, in Chicago. A talented math student, he entered Harvard University at age 16. In 1967, after receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Kaczynski was hired as an assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley.

However, he resigned abruptly in 1969 and eventually began living as a hermit in a small Montana cabin that lacked electricity and running water. Kaczynski received occasional financial support from his family.

FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald who figured out the linquistics link to Unabomber

From 1978 to 1995, the Unabomber carried out 16 bombings and mail bombings across the U.S. and became the subject of a massive F.B.I. manhunt. The F.B.I. code named him UNABOM because his targets included universities and airlines. Over the years, his victims included professors, scientists, corporate executives and a computer store owner, among others.

On September 19 of that year, after discussions with the F.B.I. and Attorney General Janet Reno, the Post, in collaboration with the Times, published the manifesto, which railed against industrialized society.

    

SEPTEMBER HARVEST FULL MOON 9-24-2018


Most years, the September Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, but this particular name depends on the autumnal equinox. It is also called Full Corn Moon or Barley Moon.

The next full moon will be:
Monday * 24th September 2018 * 10:52:25 pm (EDT)
Moon sign: Aries 1° 59'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Tuesday * 25th Sept 2018 * 2:52:25 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 12:52:25 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 11:52:25 am (JST)
BEIJING = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 10:52:25 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 9:52:25 am (ICT)
DELHI = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 8:22:25 am (IST)
DUBAI = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 6:52:25 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 5:52:25 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 4:52:25 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 3:52:25 am (WAT)
LONDON = Tuesday * 25th September 2018 * 3:52:25 am (BST)
RIO = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 11:52:25 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 11:52:25 pm (CLST)
NEW YORK = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 10:52:25 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 9:52:25 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 8:52:25 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 7:52:25 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 6:52:25 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Monday * 24th September 2018 * 4:52:25 pm (HAST)

9.18.2018

RETRO KIMMER HITS 4000 POSTS TONIGHT!!


Yes we hit a big landmark tonight!! 4000 posts on my blog in just under 10 years! RK will be 10 November 1 2018 another big day for me! Thank you to all you RK readers and friends out there! I love what I do and entertaining and informing the fans is what I live for....Here are my top 10 stories of the past year!  

*Special* thanks to my MOM, daughter Lesley and my dear friend Dennis Thompson for your support throught this endeavor!! xoK


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