Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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When your debut album ships gold (a half-million in sales), you know you’re onto something.

Such was the case for Kingdom Come with their 1988 self-titled debut featuring the radio hit “Get It On.” Four original members of the band have reunited for a 30th anniversary tour with new lead vocalist Keith St. John, formerly of Montrose. Former front man and founding member Lenny Wolf has declined to participate but has given his blessing for the reunion.

The band is set to perform at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH, on October 21.

Being a fan can sometimes be a painful experience. Whether you’re a fan of a TV show that suddenly jumps the shark, a band that releases a stinker of an album, or a sports franchise that is seemingly incapable of winning, fandom can take an emotional toll. Is it possible to suddenly transfer your fandom to a former rival?

According to 33-year old Evan Perlmutter of Hoboken, New Jersey, it is. He just auctioned his fandom to a once-hated franchise on eBay.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:36

Uriah Heep's Mick Box is 'Living the Dream'

Since their debut in 1970 Uriah Heep has consistently delivered a proprietary blend of prog-rock and metal filtered through the various influences of each member of the band.

While the lineup has undergone a number of alterations over the years, Uriah Heep’s founding member, and lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, has been the kingpin.

The band’s 25th studio album – titled “Living the Dream” - was released in mid-September in multiple formats, including CD, CD/DVD, and colored vinyl. From the blistering opening track “Grazed By Heaven” to the thematic closing “Dreams of Yesteryear” (the deluxe version has a bonus track) it’s clear that Uriah Heep was determined to deliver a record they were proud of and one that could stand tall with their storied catalog.

Box checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about “Living the Dream,” a relentless tour schedule, being one of rock’s “nice guys,” and upcoming 50th anniversary plans.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Lodge of The Moody Blues says he had so much fun touring America last autumn that he scheduled another trek with his 10,000 Light Years band to begin next week. The iconic bassist, singer and songwriter’s new tour will encompass 10 shows, including four New England dates, starting in Nashville on October 12.

BANGOR - 1994 was an unforgettable year. We became smitten with Forrest Gump and were captivated by Disney’s “The Lion King.” “Friends” signaled a seismic shift in situation comedies and we said farewell to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and Kurt Cobain.

And that fall, a humble gathering of dog lovers, accompanied by their canine companions, took part in the first-ever “Paws on Parade” fundraising dog walk to benefit Bangor Humane Society.

The 2018 edition of “Paws on Parade” is subtitled “25 Years Unleashed” and is set for Saturday, September 29, beginning at the public parking lot on the Bangor Waterfront.

This year’s event will feature a few tweaks and improvements, including a central staging area, a slightly altered route and a restructuring of participating teams. The alterations will provide better visual and aural access and an opportunity for participants to decide how they would like to see their funds utilized.

As funny as ever, Rita Rudner has returned with her tenth stand-up comedy special, titled “A Tale of Two Dresses.”

Filmed at The Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, the show finds Rudner mining laughs from her real life as she’s always done.

She takes on life in Las Vegas (Rudner has Vegas’s longest-running comedy show, with more than two million tickets sold), parenting (Rudner and husband Martin Bergman have a young singer-songwriter daughter named Molly, who performs during the special), parents, the preponderance of prescription meds hawked on TV and coming to the realization that she is an “older woman” in America.

“A Tale of Two Dresses” is available from all digital platforms (including Amazon, iTunes and Google Play) and physical audio retailers.

Currently in the midst of performing in the new musical comedy “Two’s a Crowd” in Laguna Beach, California, Rudner was up at 6:00 a.m. her time to check in with The Maine Edge for a conversation about “A Tale of Two Dresses” and bonding with her daughter over music.

One of the things I’ve always admired about The Guess Who is the band’s dedication to songcraft.

You can hear it in their classic singles, from timeless hook-filled rock ballads like “These Eyes,” “Laughing” and “Share the Land” to the jazz-influenced “Undun” and the straight-up rock of “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” The Guess Who have given us a wealth of carefully-crafted gems that still sound fresh five decades later.

That commitment to strong songwriting is all over The Guess Who’s new album released last week. “The Future is What It Used to Be” is the first collection of new material released under the band’s name in decades.

Cofounding member Garry Peterson – the only original member of The Guess Who in the band today, has surrounded himself with a powerhouse group that includes lead singer Derek Sharp, guitarist Will E., Keyboardist Leonard Shaw and bassist Rudy Sarzo. They’re top-flight players that also have a lifetime of songwriting experience behind them.

“This album is what I think the original Guess Who lineup would sound like today had we stayed together,” Peterson told me during an interview from his home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:35

Elayne Boosler - saving animals through comedy

We have legendary comedian Andy Kaufman to thank for convincing Elayne Boosler to enter the field of stand-up in the early 1970s after the two became close friends when they met at New York City’s Improvisation comedy club.

A veteran of seven cable comedy specials, Boosler was the first woman to land her own one-hour comedy special on cable when Showtime aired her self-financed “Party of One” in 1986. That show and three other classic Elayne Boosler comedy specials are included in her new box set “Timeless, as is her brand-new CD “The 50/50 Club,” recorded at venues around the country.

Boosler checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about how the new box set is helping to save the lives of animals around the world through her “Tails of Joy” not-for-profit animal rescue foundation.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:30

Get to know Roc Babi

ELLSWORTH - Roc Babi is a band but it’s also the musical identity of a 22-year old vocalist originally from Southwest Harbor and currently based in the Ellsworth area. The band is in the process of recording their debut album at Main Street Recording Studios in Brewer. 

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:07

Teenager describes near-death lightning strike

When doctors told 13-year-old Josiah Wiedman that his heart had stopped beating for 15 minutes, he says he was in disbelief. “All I know is that I was dead,” Wiedman told me, about a lightning strike that sent him nine feet into the air.

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