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How Cleveland’s Balloonfest ‘86 Became a Public Disaster

Written by on 27 September 2020

On Sept. 27, 1986, approximately 1.5 million balloons were released into the air above the city of Cleveland in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. But what started as a fundraising stunt designed to benefit the United Way of Cleveland turned into a disaster. At the time, the record for Biggest Simultaneous Balloon Launch […]

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Evel Knievel’s Son Sues Disney Over ‘Toy Story 4’ Character

Written by on 27 September 2020

Evel Knievel’s son is suing Disney and Pixar over alleged similarities between the famous stuntman and the character Duke Caboom from 2019’s Toy Story 4. Kelly Knievel — whose company K and K Promotions filed the federal trademark infringement lawsuit in Las Vegas — has maintained publicity rights to Evel Knievel’s name since 1998, The Associated Press […]

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Original Van Halen Bassist Mark Stone Reportedly Dies

Written by on 27 September 2020

Van Halen‘s original bass player, Mark Stone, has reportedly died at an unknown age after a battle with cancer. The news was reported by his brother David on Instagram. Stone played alongside drummer Alex Van Halen and guitarist Eddie Van Halen in pre-Van Halen bands named Genesis and Mammoth, and was a member of Van […]

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How ‘Casino Royale’ Rebooted James Bond for the 21st Century

Written by on 26 September 2020

In one of the most successful franchise reboots in movie history, 2006’s Casino Royale transformed James Bond into a brutal, wounded, cynical action hero for the new millennium. Gone were the gadgets and the Bond girls with silly names. Gone were the grinning double entendres and the plot lines that seemed to come from the […]

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Bill Murray’s Lawyer Responds to the Doobie Brothers

Written by on 26 September 2020

A lawyer representing Bill Murray‘s golf clothing company has responded to the Doobie Brothers‘ claim that they were using “Listen to the Music” in commercials without authorization. The letter to Peter Paterno by Alexander Yoffe was posted to Twitter via William Murray Golf, with a lyric from the song in question — “What the people […]

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Ace Frehley Already Plotting ‘Origins Vol. 3’ Covers Collection

Written by on 26 September 2020

Having just released Origins, Vol. 2, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is already planning to make a third covers album. He broke the news to AXS TV while talking about his new house in New Jersey, where he lives with his girlfriend. “I’m really excited because we just bought a 6,000-square-foot house with a 3,000-square-foot […]

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Queen’s Brian May Describes ‘Long Climb Back’ from Heart Attack

Written by on 26 September 2020

Brian May is still on the mend from the heart attack he suffered earlier this year. Telling the Times that his recovery has been a “long climb back,” the Queen guitarist explained, “I’ve had complications due to the drugs I’m on, one of which was a stomach explosion that nearly killed me.” “The heart attack […]

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Why Rush’s Record Label Changed the ‘Caress of Steel’ Cover Art

Written by on 26 September 2020

As Rush‘s art director since 1975, Hugh Syme designed some of the prog-rock band’s signature images: the glowing Red Star of the Solar Federation that adorns 2112, the visual puns of Moving Pictures, the scene of cheerful destruction on Permanent Waves. But in retrospect, he isn’t completely satisfied with his work on Caress of Steel, […]

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Listen to Van Morrison’s New Anti-Lockdown Song ‘Born to Be Free’

Written by on 25 September 2020

Van Morrison has released the first of his anti-lockdown-themed songs. The single, titled “Born to Be Free,” features lyrics criticizing government response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Don’t need the government cramping my style / Give them an inch, they take a mile / Take you in with a phony smile / Wouldn’t you agree,” Morrison […]

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‘The Partridge Family’ Blends Music and Family

Written by on 25 September 2020

The Partridge Family premiered on Sept. 25, 1970, and turned the concept of a pop band into mainstream American family-friendly entertainment. The ABC sitcom was based on the true story of the Cowsills, a clean-cut Navy family from Rhode Island that hit big in the late ’60s with a series of delirious pop singles, including “The Rain, […]

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