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As Robin, the caped crusading sidekick to Adam West’s Batman on the popular 1960s TV series of the same name, actor Burt Ward helped rescue Gotham from a variety of diabolical arch villains. In real life, Ward, with his wife Tracy, have rescued and re-homed nearly 16,000 dogs in southern California through their Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions organization, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.

The original rhythm section for Heart - one of classic rock’s most successful and revered bands - is still locked in and delivering those iconic songs as faithfully as possible, says bassist and co-founding member Steve Fossen (a member of Heart from 1973 to 1982), of his band Heart by Heart.

Along with former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier (1975-1982), vocalist Somar Macek, Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist, Fossen says Heart by Heart is committed to playing the music with as much reverence and respect as possible.

Thanks to the new biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the popularity of Queen – indisputably one of rock’s most beloved and influential bands – is at its highest point since the 1991 death of front man Freddie Mercury. One of the group’s biggest fans has unknowingly chosen the perfect time to release his musical tribute to the iconic singer.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:25

Opening up ‘The Box of Oddities’

This story could be subtitled “When two freaks meet,” because that’s as good an explanation as any for why and how a little show recorded in the woods on the outskirts of Bangor has become one of the most listened-to podcasts on the web, and a haven for its expanding army of listeners – routinely referred to by the hosts as “beautiful freaks.”

When the band Phish announced summer tour dates last week, revealing a two-night return to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 25 and June 26, many local fans began making plans to attend.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 13:56

Ed Asner misses Maine (but not our weather)

Emmy winning actor Ed Asner shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 89. He’s still touring the one man show “A Man and his Prostate,” which brought him to the Gracie Theatre at Husson University for two performances last October.

Asner is also touring around the country in the political stage show “God Help Us,” which will bring him back to Maine for a performance at the Eastport Arts Center on October 19.

You may know J.K. Simmons as Dr. Emil Skoda of NBC’s “Law & Order,” as J. Jonah Jameson of the “Spider Man” film trilogy, as music instructor Terence Fletcher in 2014’s “Whiplash” (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar), as Mac, the father of the title character in “Juno,” as Professor Nathanial Burke in a creative series of commercials for Farmers Insurance or as Howard Silk of Starz’s “Counterpart” – cited last year by the Chicago Tribune as the best series on television.

However you know him … you know him.

HAMPDEN – A group of music students at Hampden Academy are once again turning their talents toward helping a worthy cause.

“Sometimes we walk into this great facility at Hampden Academy and kind of take it for granted,” says Patrick Michaud, director of bands and instructor of Music Industry and Music Theory for RSU #22. “We’re pretty darn lucky to have what we have and that’s why we decided to help.”

Michaud and his music students are in the final rehearsal stage for “Play it Forward V” – a CD release concert scheduled for January 11 at 7:00 p.m. Funds raised are earmarked for “Hug it Forward,” an organization currently in its 10th year of constructing “bottle” schools in Latin America.

“We were kids who wanted to do something in music,” rock icon Denny Laine told me of his early days in Birmingham, England. That kid eventually became a key member of two legendary rock bands – The Moody Blues, and later, Wings, where Laine was the only consistent member - other than Paul and Linda McCartney – for that band’s decade-long existence.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is planning to bring his Moody Wing band to Portland’s One Longfellow Square for a concert on Tuesday, January 8, to perform two classic albums in their entirety.

As journalist David Moye of The Huffington Post so correctly states in his annual summary of the year’s weirdest Christmas gifts, anyone is capable of shopping for a normal present, but the true spirit of Christmas is in giving gifts that people didn’t realize they needed.

Moye’s recent article “41 Weird Christmas Gifts That Even Normal People Will Love” features some extraordinarily peculiar gift ideas, including a body towel that turns the wearer into a human duck, a Dali-ish melted clock, a beer-holding belt buckle and socks that closely resemble sushi.

Moye learns of the outlandish offertories on his list through multiple sources, including regular readers of his HuffPost year-end weird Christmas gift roundup.

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