Mike Dow

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:55

Sherri Shepherd of The View' she's everywhere

As one of the co-hosts of ABC's daytime talk show 'The View,' Sherri Shepherd has become known as one of television funniest and most revealing personalities. Her charismatic 'keeping it real' likability landed her a role on 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and a contestant spot on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2012. A frequent guest on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Shepherd holds the record for the greatest number of appearances. In addition to duties on 'The View,' Shepherd can be seen as Angie Jordan on NBC's '30 Rock' and is hosting her third season of 'The Newlywed Game' on GSN.

'Recording was a tremendous passion for him. He created this huge backlog of work.'

John McDermott, catalog manager and producer for Experience Hendrix

We think of him as the ber-cool, eternally youthful ultimate guitar hero, but next year will mark what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday. For some fans, that's kind of a shocking thought. Even more incredible is just how much music he managed to record between his arrival in London in 1966 and his death in Sept., 1970 at the age of 27. It isn't merely the volume of music he committed to tape in those four years that is amazing, but that so much of it is of a consistently high quality.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:20

The surreal saga of Dave's gutted Gibson

It's a story that could easily have ended on anything but a high note. A traveling musician walks up to an airport baggage claim to the screeching sound of metal on metal and the horrific sight of his beloved 1965 Gibson ES-335 guitar (valued at $10,000) being mangled. For guitarist Dave Schneider, it was the most painful part of what turned into a surreal 20-hour journey from Maine to Florida.

Schneider has been 'Captain' of The Zambonis for more than 20 years. The band has released seven albums of infectious rock songs devoted to hockey, life and love.

On her hit TV Land show 'Happily Divorced' (Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.), Fran Drescher plays Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband of 18 years comes out as a gay man. Drescher didn't need to do much research for her role - she lived it.

Drescher's real-life former husband, writer and producer Peter Marc Jacobson, came out in the 1990s while the pair were in the midst of producing new episodes of 'The Nanny' for CBS. After the couple divorced in 1999, they remained close and eventually decided that their story made a promising premise for a new series.

'It's better to burn out than to fade away' Neil Young (1979)

'If Neil Young admires that sentiment so much, why doesn't he do it?' John Lennon (1980)

British author Jeremy Simmonds admits that he has had an obsession with death, and in particular rock star deaths, for many years. 'A very unhealthy obsession ever since I was young,' he told me in a recent phone call from his home in South London. 'I've followed rock and roll for 40-odd years. I felt that there was a history that one could look at from six feet under.'

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:51

2013 in music: Forthcoming releases

Over the next several months, expect to see some familiar names returning to the 'New Releases' section of your favorite music outlet.

Jan. 8 will mark the release of 'SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD' the eighth studio album from Dropkick Murphys and their second with producer Ted Hutt. The band's Ken Casey calls the record 'catchy, fun and as sing-song as can be.'

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn't need to think about it for very long.

Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:29

Lynyrd Skynyrd crash survivor looks back

Band's former manager offers new book Turn it Up!' free to veterans and military personnel

Oct. 20, 1977 is a date that Ron Eckerman has thought about nearly every day for the last 35 years.

Eckerman was tour manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd - at the time, one of the biggest bands in America. On that particular Thursday, the group and their entourage were flying from Greenville, South Carolina to their next concert, scheduled for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In 2010, Robby Benson ('One on One,' 'Ice Castles,' 'The Chosen' and the voice of Beast in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast') was lying in a hospital bed in Cleveland waiting for personnel to wheel him into surgery in a fourth attempt at repairing a congenital heart defect.

While waiting, he was staring at the ceiling and wondering how many patients before him had gazed at the same tiles, 'morphing them into images and faces' as he describes in the preface of his new book 'I'm Not DeadYet!'

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:41

John Slattery From Mad Men' to Millinocket

As Roger Sterling on 'Mad Men,' AMC's chronicle of the inner workings of a high-pressure New York City ad agency, John Slattery plays a hilariously sly heart attack-prone, heavy smoking and drinking womanizer. But in real life, he is nothing like Sterling, right? 'I'd like to think so, but there's probably a lot of me in that character,' Slattery says. 'Half the things he does would land you in jail right now. It's a lot of fun to play.'

Slattery plays an altogether different character in his latest film, 'In Our Nature,' in theatres Dec. 7. The movie centers around two couples. Slattery is Gil, the estranged father of Seth. Father and son unexpectedly come together with their respective girlfriends for a weekend at the family cabin. 'When dad and his son see each other, they immediately want to leave, but the two women persuade them to stay,' Slattery told me.

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