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A Match Minne-Made in Heaven

So what does it take to coax one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists out of semi-retirement? How about a fellow stud behind the kit playing new music with him?!?!


Rush uber-guitar great Alex Lifeson is teaming with drummer Marco Minnemann on some new music. Minnemann, for those of you who don’t know who he is, is a beast behind the kit (see below for proof)! 

This guy came super close to be becoming Dream Theater’s new drummer several years ago after Mike Portnoy’s departure, finishing second behind Mike Mangini!

He’s played and toured with my favorite guitarist of all time, Joe Satriani!

And he and Lerxst have already collaborated together on Minneman’s last solo disc.

So needless to say I cannot f#(*in’ wait for this collaboration!!

Roy Clark’s Guest Starring On The Odd Couple

Check out this YouTube Video from The Odd Couple!

The Latest: Judge delays ruling over White House press pass

The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A federal judge has delayed until Friday a ruling on whether the Trump administration has to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly isn't offering any explanation for delaying a ruling that had been expected Thursday afternoon. He's set a court date for 10 a.m. Friday.

Kelly is a Trump appointee who heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing CNN and the Justice Department.

The news network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to hand back Acosta's credentials, which grant reporters as-needed access to the 18-acre complex.

Acosta has clashed repeatedly with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. The White House revoked the pass following a combative press conference last week, a day after Republicans lost control of the House in midterm elections.


12:20 a.m.

The Justice Department is defending the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass. The department is arguing that Acosta is guilty of "inappropriate grandstanding."

The White House took the action after a heated confrontation between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a news conference last week.

In a court hearing Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that Acosta deserved to lose his access over "his refusal to comply with the general standards of a press conference."

CNN is seeking a restraining order that would force the White House to return Acosta's press credentials. The network's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, said Acosta is being singled out for his body of work, not his alleged rudeness.

Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Doesn't Care If You're Offended

He's learned not to question inspiration, even when his muse takes the band into uncomfortable places.

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Breckenridge, Colorado, removing divisive giant wooden troll

The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents.

The Summit Daily News reports that town employees started removing the 15-foot (4.5-meter) wood troll in the ski resort town Thursday.

The Town Council cited public safety concerns in its Tuesday decision to get rid of the artwork that Danish artist Thomas Dambo was built for a summer arts festival that ended in August.

The original plan was to leave the troll in place as long it could withstand the elements and wasn't vandalized.

However, throngs of troll-seekers have caused numerous problems for some of nearby homeowners, who have complained about illegal parking, littering and a loss of privacy, among other issues.


Information from: Summit Daily News,

Country musician Roy Clark, of 'Hee Haw' fame, dead at 85

Grammy-winning country musician Roy Clark, best known for co-hosting “Hee Haw,” has died at age 85.

His publicist said in a news release that he died from complications from pneumonia in his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home.

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In addition to work on “Hee Haw,” Clark was a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member. USA Today reported he played multiple instruments, including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica.

On TV, he was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He co-hosted “Hee Haw” for the program’s entire 24-year run.

Related: Photos: Notable deaths 2018

Clark is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, his sons, Roy Clark II and his wife Karen;  Dr. Michael Meyer and his wife, Robin; Terry Lee Meyer; Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart; grandchildren Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark; and his sister Susan Coryell.

Variety reported that a memorial will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A date has not yet been announced.

5 Reasons Rage Against the Machine Should Be in the Hall of Fame

The band's politically charged fusion of heavy rock and rap deserve a place in the Rock Hall.

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WBAB’s First Responder Fridays

WBAB’s Joe Rock will be recognizing Long Island First Responders every Friday. 

We’re asking YOU to nominate a First Responder and give us the opportunity to shine a light on them and the good work that they do.

Thanks to those serving Long Island and to their families for the sacrifices they make.

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.

Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. Started in 1969, the show featured the top stars in country music, including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, as well as other musical greats including Ray Charles, Chet Atkins and Boots Randolph. The country music and comedy show's last episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.

"'Hee Haw' won't go away. It brings a smile to too many faces," he said in 2004, when the show was distributed on VHS and DVD for the first time.

"I've known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer," Charlie Daniels tweeted on Thursday. "Rest In peace Buddy, you will be remembered."

Keith Urban, who won entertainer of the year Wednesday night from the Country Music Association, also honored Clark on Thursday. "My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up," Urban tweeted. "Sending all my love and respect to him and his family for all he did."

Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops. In 1976 he headlined a tour of the Soviet Union, breaking boundaries that were usually closed to Americans.

And of course, he also was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

His hits included "The Tips of My Fingers" (1963), "Yesterday When I Was Young" (1969), "Come Live With Me" (1973) and "Honeymoon Feeling" (1974). He was also known for his instrumental versions of "Malaguena," on 12-string guitar, and "Ghost Riders in the Sky."

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and emotionally told the crowd how moving it was "just to be associated yourself with the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and imagine that your name will be said right along with all the list."

Clark won a Grammy Award for best country instrumental performance for the song "Alabama Jubilee" and earned seven Country Music Association awards including entertainer of the year and comedian of the year.

In his 1994 autobiography, "My Life in Spite of Myself," he said "Yesterday, When I Was Young" had "opened a lot of people's eyes not only to what I could do but to the whole fertile and still largely untapped field of country music, from the Glen Campbells and the Kenny Rogerses, right on through to the Garth Brookses and Vince Gills."

Clark was guest host on "The Tonight Show" several times in the 1960s and 1970s when it was rare for a country performer to land such a role. His fans included not just musicians, but baseball great Mickey Mantle. The Yankees outfielder was moved to tears by "Yesterday When I Was Young" and for years made Clark promise to sing it at his memorial — a request granted after Mantle died in 1995.

Beginning in 1983, Clark operated the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and was one of the first country entertainers to open a theater there. Dozens followed him.

He was a touring artist as late as the 2000s. Over the years, he played at venues around the world: Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, the Grand Palace in Brussels and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow.

Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia, and received his first guitar on his 14th Christmas. He was playing in his father's square dance band at age 15.

In the 1950s, Clark played in bands in the Washington, D.C., area. In 1960, he got the chance to front the band of country singer Wanda Jackson. He also performed regularly in Las Vegas. He got his first recording contract, with Capitol Records, in 1962.

He appeared on Jimmy Dean's TV show "Town and Country Time" and took over the show when Dean left.

Clark and Owens worked together for years, but they had very different feelings about "Hee Haw." Owens, who left the show in 1986, later referred to it as a "cartoon donkey," one he endured for "that big paycheck." Clark told The Associated Press in 2004 that "Hee Haw" was like a family reunion.

"We became a part of the family. The viewers were sort of part owners of the show. They identified with these clowns, and we had good music."

Clark said the hour-long program of country music and corny jokes capped off his career.

"This was the icing on the cake. This put my face and name together."


Former AP writer Joe Edwards contributed to this report.

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