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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will play his classics from The Lovin' Spoonful and solo hits.

This Saturday night, Nov. 3, the Winthrop Performing Arts Center will be filled with sing-along songs that have been part of our lives for nearly 50 years when John Sebastian, former leader and principal songwriter for The Lovin' Spoonful, performs a solo concert.

During the show, fans will take a trip through American music history when Sebastian performs blues, folk and jug band classics intermingled with stories and the classic hits he recorded in the '60s with his legendary group.

Since late July, millions of classic country music radio listeners across America have wondered what happened to their friend, Rowdy Yates, longtime host of 'Country Gold Saturday Night.'

The hugely popular syndicated show - a staple of Saturday night radio for nearly 25 years airs on 150 radio stations around the country, including Brewer's WQCB Q 106.5. The show underwent a surprising shakeup when Rowdy was replaced by country singer Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama. With 42 number one country singles and more than 60 million albums sold, there is no denying Randy's country pedigree - but as a radio personality, Rowdy he is not.

The first question many Jeff Lynne fans might ask after hearing his two new albums is, 'Where are the new songs?' Not that we aren't happy to finally have some new Jeff Lynne music 11 years after Electric Light Orchestra's 'Zoom' (essentially a Jeff album with cameos) and 22 years after his excellent 'Armchair Theatre' solo record, but fans who were hoping for an album of all-new Jeff Lynne compositions will need to wait until next year.

As a young boy growing up in New Jersey, Eric LeGrand had a dream of one day receiving a call from the NFL saying, 'We want you.' Part of that vision included seeing himself on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated.' The circumstance surrounding both of these dreams coming true over the last 12 months is something that LeGrand could never have imagined.

In the fall of 2008 , Eric LeGrand attended his first semester at Rutgers University, where he had been recruited as a defensive tackle for the school's Scarlet Knights. In his first two seasons for Rutgers, Eric played in 25 of 26 games and quickly became a heavily-touted linebacker prospect.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:30

Legendary in-concert meltdowns

The in-concert meltdown: an unfortunate spectacle usually activated by the rigors of a life on the road sparked by exhaustion, chemicals, a fragile emotional or physical makeup and the general demeanor of the 'artiste' in question.

Audience reactions to the meltdown can range from anger to amusement - from disbelief to delight. The end result for the performer varies, but it could include a vaguely-worded apology and a trip to the ER, rehab or both.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:59

Nancy Wilson of Heart

New book, new album and the joy of plugging in

There are few bands of Heart's stature and longevity who can lay claim to a year like this one. June saw the release of 'Strange Euphoria' - a box set containing a wealth of previously unheard material across three discs, along with a DVD of a 1976 Heart performance.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:48

Mike Reno of Loverboy Ready to rock Bangor

 80's rock band to appear with Journey and Pat Benatar

After 32 years, more than a dozen hits and sales of more than 20 million records, Loverboy is still going strong. Lead singer Mike Reno says the group's longevity can be attributed to the fact that they retain the bond that brought them together.

Loverboy's lineup has endured one change in its three decade history: the death of longtime bassist and Mike Reno's best friend Scott Smith in a boating accident.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:14

Coming soon in music

P!nk and No Doubt have struck deals with Target to offer exclusive deluxe editions of their upcoming albums. P!nk's 'The Truth About Love' will be released on Sept. 18 and features four new tracks exclusive to the Target release. A longtime fan of the retailer, P!nk recently told Billboard, 'My entire house looks like Target threw up on it.' P!nk wrote and recorded 35 new songs for 'Truth' and will offer 17 of them on the new Target edition of the record.

No Doubt follows on Sept. 25 with 'Push and Shove' their first new LP in 11 years. While most retailers will offer an 11-track version of the album, Target gets an exclusive eight-song bonus disc five of them exclusive to the Target disc. Included among the extra tracks are acoustic versions, remixes and a cover of Adam and the Ants' 1981 single 'Stand and Deliver.'

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:24

The other Boston Tea Party

In the mid 80s, a friend gave me a cassette containing live recordings of a February 1970 Fleetwood Mac performance (the original Fleetwood Mac - with Peter Green on guitar and lead vocals) recorded in Boston. The tape was labeled 'Live at the Boston Tea Party,' and to this day, that tape contains some of the best live rock recordings I've heard.

In those pre-internet days, information about The Boston Tea Party was hard to come by. That tape instilled an ongoing curiosity for me about the venue itself. Where was it? Who played there? What is currently occupying that space? That's where it gets a bit complicated.

Beginning in the early 1980s, actress Diane Franklin portrayed an array of diverse roles on the big and small screens. She was the innocent Karen in 'The Last American Virgin' in 1982.

Franklin famously portrayed Monique, the sexy French foreign exchange student who gave John Cusack the will to live in 'Better off Dead' (1985).

Shortly before stepping away from the spotlight as a new decade approached, Franklin appeared as Princess Joanna in 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.' Throughout the decade she appeared in episodes of 'Matlock,' 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Charles in Charge.'

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