Blondie, Black Sabbath & More Inducted into Hall of Fame

March 13: This Day in Rock History

In 2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage.

In 1970 – Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.

And in 1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.

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Offbeat News: Plastic Fashion, Stupid Criminals & More

“From Drab to Fab”

High fashion brand Céline is jumping on the reusable plastic bag bandwagon and it ain’t cheap. The transparent “shopper bag” is available now at the Céline x Nordstrom pop-up in Seattle for a not-so-chic price of $590.

They’re not the only ones turning plastic bags into plastic fab. Balenciaga took inspo from Ikea’s 99 cent blue plastic “Frakta” tote and made it a $2,145 leather carryall.

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

The moon is about to get cell phone service. Vodafone Germany teamed up with Nokia and Audi to support a mission to put a mobile network on the moon and it will enable high-definition streaming. The companies have worked to create a space-grade network that’s no bigger than a bag of sugar to send up to the moon.

Vodafone Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter says, “The project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure.”

The network will be 4G rather than 5G for its proven reliability. Plus, experts aren’t quite sure if 5G would be stable enough from the moon’s surface. The companies have a launch scheduled on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2019 from Cape Canaveral.

“Broken Pot is No Joke”

A cracked teapot made in South Carolina which originally sold for about $20 in England was just auctioned off for a whopping $806,000. So what gives? Turns out the teapot was made pre-Revolutionary War and is an important previously undocumented piece created by John Bartlam, who was one of America’s first porcelain manufacturers. It’s only the seventh recorded from that time.

“Seeing Double”

One family will be seeing double when identical twin sisters marry identical twin brothers in a joint wedding this summer. Jeremy and Josh Salyers proposed to their girlfriends Briana and Brittany Deane at a Virginia park named Twin Lakes State Park. This, happening six months after they met at the Twin Days Festival in none other than Twinsburg, Ohio. The Salyers met the Deanes on their first-ever trip to the festival. Josh says they “lucked out on (their) first attempt.”


  • A woman from New York was charged with DWI after picking up her brother from the police station, who’d also just been charged with DWI. Scott Vosburgh was charged after crashing his car at an alcohol level of .29 percent. His sister, Kimberly Ledoux drove to the station to pick him up. Police say she appeared to be intoxicated so they did a breathalyzer. She came in at .22 percent. Kim has since been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. Another sober person came to pick them up.
  • Teresa Warren of Florida was arrested after beating up her boyfriend when he interrupted their sexy time to go check on dinner. The boyfriend claims the two were “drinking alcohol, cooking, watching the NASCAR race and having a good time,” when he remembered he was cooking something. He took a break from the “good time” to go check on the food so it didn’t burn and then Warren smashed a TV into the floor. When asked “What’s wrong?” she began swinging at him. He pushed her out the front door and she took off with his vehicle. She was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and her bond was set at $2,000.

Sir Elton John Accepts Libel Damages

2006 – Sir Elton John accepts undisclosed libel damages from a newspaper after they erroneously repeat a false rumor that he acted in a rude manner at a charity ball.

2005 – Kid Rock is arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub.

1991 – Queen scores their seventh UK No.1 album with ‘Innuendo’ .

1992 – Mick Jagger lands in Japan but doesn’t have the proper papers to let him into the country. He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel before the mix-up is resolved.

Beatles Album Art Recovered in Raid

This Day in Rock History (Feb. 13)

In 2007 – Rod Stewart was paid $1million when he performed at a billionaire’s birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

In 2003 – Australian police uncover Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions, which were stolen from the band’s London studio in 1969.

In 1980 – Police raided the home of former Sex Pistol John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, claimed to be for defence against intruders.

And in 1976 – Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phil Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.

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The Police Record First Single in 1977

This Day in Rock History (Feb. 12)

In 2003 – Former Doors drummer John Densmore takes out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said, “It shouldn’t be called The Doors if it’s someone other than Jim Morrison singing.”

In 1997 – David Bowie receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1997 – U2 holds a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York City, to announce their Pop Mart world tour.

And in 1977 – The Police (Sting pictured) record their first single, “Fall Out.”

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Offbeat News: A Squirrel Hunter, A Hungry Dog & More

“This is It”

A Michigan couple is expecting their 14th child. Sounds crazy, but what’s even crazier is that the first 13 were all boys. So why are they going for another? They want a girl. And sure, having a 14th child seems like a huge deal, but to Jay and Kateri Schwandt it’s business as usual.

“If you have three, it’s the same as having 10 at this point, if you ask me,” Kateri notes. “It’s more chaos, more noise. It’s nothing we’re not used to at this point.” As for whether it’s a girl or boy, Jay says, “I would live to have a girl, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards.” And get this – they’ve decided to wait until their new bundle of joy arrives to find out the gender.

If it’s another boy… will they try again? “I’m thinking that this is it,” Jay offers. “”It feels like this is going to be it, and we’re going to enjoy every second of it.”

“Location, Location, Location”

In case you missed it, a brilliant Girl Scout set up shop in front of a pot dispensary in San Diego over the weekend. And for her efforts – the unnamed girl sold more than 300 boxes in six hours…and scored roughly $1,500.

“I think our customers loved it,” says Urbn Leaf’s Savannah Rakofsky. “They went out and bought boxes.” The best part? She’s within the rules… well, mostly. She didn’t set up a booth, and was using a wagon – which is good. But being outside of a dispensary? Yeah… they’re not too thrilled.”

Spokeswoman for the unnamed girl’s troop, Alison Bushan says it’s a “gray area.”

For the record, the rules vary by state on whether scouts can take advantage of legal weed stores. In 2014, Girl Scouts of Colorado made it clear it’s not allowed – but for scouts in Oregon? Totally okay. Either way, the idea to sell in front of dispensaries seems to be catching on. “After the news story ran,” Rakofsky adds. “We had more Girl Scouts show up.”

“Hound with a Hankering”

There’s an old saying about if a tree falls in the woods – and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? So if no one’s home except the family dog – how do you know he’s the one who started a fire? Thanks to a little thing called home surveillance cameras.

That’s what a family in Southwick, Massachusetts learned when local firefighters responded to put out the flames. Thanks to a home surveillance cam, we get to see the unnamed family’s golden retriever home with a second golden retriever. Apparently hungry, the dog went to the stove and got up on his hind legs to snatch the flapjacks. That’s when he hit the ignition button on the gas stove.

The good news? The alarm system was working, and it alerted emergency responders who saved the day. There was also minimal damage. As the department points out, “If you have pets or young children in the home look into safety covers for your stove controls.” Bad boy! Good call!

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

A Virginia man’s dream led him straight to the lottery jackpot. Victor Amole dreamed about the numbers 3-10-17-26-32 and decided to use them on four identical Cash 5 tickets. The number proved lucky and at $100,000 a pop, Amole earned $400,000. He plans to invest his winnings.


  • If you’re hunting squirrels, it’s best to stay away from schools. A York County Pennsylvania elementary school was placed on lockdown Monday after a squirrel hunter armed with an air rifle came on the property. Police say one person was taken into custody and made it clear that students were not in danger. No word on the squirrels, though.
  • Even though he’s “embarrassed” and “regretful,” Adam Stalmach, better known as the ‘Waste Management Phoenix Open streaker,’ says “It was worth it.” His reason? He made people laugh. He was jailed after the incident on Jan. 31 and was released Monday. Stalmach says, “It sucked. Jail is not fun. It’s not a good idea.” We agree, dude. Stay out of jail.

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Rolling Stones Take Super Bowl by Storm

On this day in Rock History: In 2006 – The Rolling Stones (pictured) perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XL.

In 2004 – Former Sex Pistol/PiL frontman John Lydon walks off the U.K. edition of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

And in 1969 – The Move were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blackberry Way’, the groups only UK No.1. Later, Jeff Lynne would join the group and with a couple of other personnel changes, they would become ELO.

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This Day in Rock History

In 1987 – Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with ‘Graceland’, the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks.

In 1967 – The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’.

And in 1978 – Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’.


Prince Makes Debut This Day in History

This day in Rock History

In 1980 – Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand.

In 1977 – Patti Smith falls off stage whilst opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Fla., injuring her vertebrae and requiring 22 stitches to her head.

In 1966 – The Animals’ Eric Burdon sings lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert.

In 1977 – Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarists, is committed to an English mental institution. Cause? He fired a pistol at a messenger who was trying to deliver a check for his portion of song royalties. In his heyday, Green was one of the all-time great guitarists of British blues, on par with (some would even say better than) Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck.


Offbeat News: A Cadillac, Couch Potatoes, & More


A 1969 Cadillac De Ville was converted into the “World’s Fastest Mobile Hot Tub” according to Guinness. It has now been sold at an Arizona auction for $26,400. The “Carpool De Ville” can reach speeds of 160-miles-per-hour.

The car uses its v8 engine to heat the water in the passenger area to 102-degrees. It was even awarded Guinness World Record status earlier this month and became the most attention-grabbing vehicle to hit auction. There’s only one catch, the vehicle cannot be registered or driven on any public roads. Bummer!

Calling all couch potatoes! There is now a spot for you to go to so you don’t feel ostracized by the active people in your life. Unfortunately, its in Germany. Founded by German entrepreneur Torben Bertram, the Sofa Sports Association found it’s feet after Bertram got fed up with colleagues who kept pressuring him to join workout sessions during lunch.

The Sofa Sports Association lets like-minded lazy people participate in sofa sports like sitting, eating cups of chips without using hands, and yelling like Tarzan (no idea why on that one…sounds like work). Bertram says he founded the association because he just didn’t like the “constant pressure to improve himself.”

The club has been meeting for about a year at bars and clubs and now has 25 members including Bertram’s wife, who originally thought it was “nonsense.” The club is geared towards non-vegan, non-career-obsessed and the non-overachieving masses. That’s the spirit!


  • Apparently, 344 arrests is not enough for one man who found himself back in court this week. Richard Powell has been arrested on a “spectrum of charges” throughout the years and landed himself back in court for violating a ban from Miami Beach. He was arrested there for yelling in the middle of the street, carrying a beer, oh and he had marijuana stuffed in his shoes.
  • Oliver Montgomery had one job, and that was to help clients get their social security payments. Instead, he allegedly stole them. In all, he’s accused of swiping $37,000. It gets better. He reportedly owed an ex-girlfriend money and she threatened to take him to court. He shot a selfie with the stolen money and told her to “show the judges  that stack,” implying he had the money. She showed the feds the photo instead and he was later arrested.


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