The Triple D Motorsickle Events Arena is a 501c(3) Not-For-Profit to help our local disabled Veterans, as well as those afflicted with P.T.S.D. by raising funds via live entertainment, BBQ cook-offs, and assortment of other activities.
A 40′ x 30′ stage under construction, go big or go home!
We as a family have built what we believe will be a continuously growing safe haven, and with the help of local musicians, as well as other festivities and talents, we hope to bring our community closer together thru this bond, and make a significant difference, in not only the lives of the soldiers of whom we are fortunate enough to aid in any small way possible, but leave a profound footprint behind us for others to see and feel safe, knowing that someone of their community is truly right there for them!
Conceived by Troy Searcy, Triple D Motorsickle Events Arena will cater to up to 1,000 people per event. Camping is available, and advised. Though we promote a family-friendly atmosphere, we know many of you will indulge in adult beverages and want you to act responsibly. Tent camping is FREE with event ticket fees, the only “camping charge” is that of campers and toy haulers.
Over 20 acres in the main event field alone! Click image for larger view!
Weekend events are open to vendors of all types.
Crafts and other merch are $25. Food sales are $50 (current food license required). Buy two days, stay for Sunday free.
Number of food spots is limited, call now.
Must be paid in advance. Contact Troy at 785-580-5387
Triple D Motorsickle Events Arena
7533 N.W. Docking Road, Silver Lake, Kansas 66539
AMERICANA, BLUEGRASS, ROCK, HIGH ENERGY, OUTLAW, SOUNDS LIKE A FULL BAND ONSTAGE…
These are just some of the words that are used to describe a Cow Skin Creek live performance. Formed in 2015 by Scott Peters and Anthony Trupia thru a Craigslist ad, they quickly found their own unique sound, a blend of Americana and Bluegrass with a rock and roll edge.
They released “The Kansas EP” in 2016 with four original songs and are currently in the studio recording a full length CD titled “Fall River.”
When not in the studio or writing new songs you will find them out playing shows with artists such as: Fireside Collective, Mountain Deer Revival, Drew Kelly and many more.
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called Chris’s passing ‘sudden and unexpected’ and said his wife and family were shocked by it.
The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Chris was reportedly found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night by a friend (stock picture)
According to the site, Chris was staying at the MGM Grand in Detroit, when he passed away.
The news comes just eight hours after he posted his last message on Twitter, which read:
Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years, and they are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11.
Sharing: Fans of the rocker took to social media to post pictures of the gig, without a sense that anything was wrong
The band: Musicians Chris, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel’s Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012
His love: Audioslave band mates (L-R) Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Chris and Tim Commerford posed for a photo backstage after performing at Teragram Ballroom during the Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles
The Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer also started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.
He told Details magazine in 2012: ‘When I met my wife Vicky’s family, I had to go out of my way to convince them – to show them – that I wasn’t anything like their idea of a musician.’
As for letting his own children date a rock star, Chris told Details: ‘I’ve met many, many musicians that I wouldn’t let anywhere near my daughter. Or my son.’
Cornell was previously married to Susan Silver, with which he fathered daughter Lillian Jean, 17.
Susan was manager of both Alice In Chains and Soundgarden – but they divorced shortly before he married Vicky.
His love: Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis (pictured in April 2012)
Sweet: They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 – with his family in 2010.
The family also all attended the New York screening of The Promise at the Paris Theatre on April 18 this year.
Sweet: Chris shared this picture on Twitter just four days ago as he posted a sweet mother’s day message to his wife Vicky
hing: He also posted a poignant message to his own mother on the day
He was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.
He told Shaun Keaveny during an interview with BBC Radio 6 in 2012 that having the Nirvana and Pearl Jam as friends when Soundgarden were making it big really helped him.
He said: ‘It was an exciting time. We had people we could talk to about this insane experience. It was happening to a few of us. People we had known for a long time.
‘It was all new to us. We didn’t know what to make of it. It helped to have some friends going through the same craziness.’
Ironic: Chris was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.
Upsetting: Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news
He continued: ‘We didn’t have anything close to overnight success but it was still crazy. It was very comic book like. Surreal.
‘It seemed to come out of nowhere and was not something we could have expected.’
Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news.
Posts read: ‘Truly saddened to hear of the death of @Chris Cornell, beautiful man, beautiful voice, outstanding music RIP #chriscornell #rip #legend.’
‘Actually gutted hearing about Chris Cornell passing. Soundgarden records shaped so much of my youth. This is s***.’
Tragedy: A statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy
‘Shocked to hear about Chris Cornell. Way too young.’
‘Gutted to hear about Chris Cornell dying. 1 of the finest ever hard rock voices and great albums with #soundgarden #rip.’
‘RIP Chris Cornell. Only recently got into Soundgarden – great voice, powerful music. Sad loss.’
Good friends: Chris shared this picture of himself with Sting and Brad Pitt following the Rock4EB concert in January
‘Really sad to hear the news about Chris Cornell. Another one gone to soon.’
Meanwhile, Cornell faced his own share of personal demons before becoming a clean-living family man.
He said: ‘When I transitioned into adulthood – high-stakes emotional responsibilities – I did everything I could get my hands on. It happened without me really noticing it,’ he confessed.
‘The thing is, when you pick up the pipe for the first time, you don’t know that that’s your fate. The moment isn’t that dramatic. And then that was it – I didn’t want to care anymore.’
Chris Cornell talks his passion for music before his death.
Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012.
When Soundgarden reformed, he said the only real change was the lack of booze on the tour bus after he went tee-total.
He said: ‘The biggest difference I noticed… and we haven’t even really talked about it: There are no bottles of Jack Daniels around or beers. And we never talked about.. it’s just not there.’
Doing what he did best: Chris performing on stage at FOX theatre on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia
Performer: He was also pictured performing during the Prophets Of Rage And Friends’ Anti-Inaugural Ball at Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in LA
The band – also comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, with the run ending in Oklahoma on May 27.
During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell went through a dark period and was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction.
In 2012, Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction, saying at the time: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together.
‘It was a long slow slide and then a long slow recovery, but there was self-discovery too.
‘For me it was mostly alcohol – from my late teens until my late thirties.’
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In 2012: Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction following Soundgarden’s split in 1997, saying: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together’
At his last performance in Detroit, Chris added these words into the song Slaves And Bulldozers during his final song:
‘In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home. Well, well, well, so I can die easy.’
Directed by musician and illusionist Criss Angel in a desert outside Las Vegas, the promo was produced to help raise awareness of Angel’s new cancer charity, HELP (Heal Every Life Possible). It was founded in honour of his two-year-old son, who is in remission from leukaemia.
Angel tells the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, ‘Strong Island’, and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis.
“Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation.”
The mission of the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and provide funds for research, treatment, and – ultimately – a cure. Unlike many other non-profit charities, 100% of your donation will go directly to this fight; NOT one cent will be deducted for ANY expenses, salaries, or overhead. Criss Angel has funded the operations of the foundation out of his own pocket since its inception in 2008. It has now become his life’s mission (after working with childhood causes since 2001) when recently his own child, Johnny Crisstopher was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 at 20 months old.
Gospel legend Carman Licciardello has written a song for President Donald Trump that takes a look back at the grueling 2016 campaign season. “As a cancer survivor from 2014 I’ve learned to look on the brighter side of life and I hope it’s reflected in my music.”
In his Facebook live video on Thursday that has been viewed over 100,000 times, Carman celebrated his birthday by pulling out his guitar, chatting with fans and singing some songs. The 45-minute video ended with a song dedication he wrote for the 45th president of the United States
Since Trump hadn’t been sworn into office at the time the Facebook Live video was broadcast, the singer decided to compile a few headlines and popular Trump quotes and use them as his song lyric inspiration.
The following is the transcribed lyrics to Carman’s song, “President Trump Blues.”
“He came down the escalator/ He said November I’m the man/ Going out to Washington and kicking a few cans/ Trade deals are awful/ Healthcare’s a dump/ Pack your bags, political hacks I’m going to drain the swamp.
I’m T.R.U.M.P/ the biggest upset that you’ll ever see/ The lefts gone crazy/ The media’s stumped, afraid someday they have to say, President Trump
He said Obama is clueless/ and little Marco is small/ he said Lying Ted ain’t never said one thing true at all/ As far as Mrs. Clinton and all her email stuff/ the people still say every day, man just lock her up
Cuz I’m T.R.U.M.P/ The biggest upset that you’ll ever see/ The lefts gone crazy/ The media’s stumped afraid someday they have to say, President Trump
He said I’ll handle Russia/ China ain’t no sweat/ Mexico still don’t know who they’re dealing with yet/ All illegals/ Hear me one and all/ I got news, I’m changing the rules, I’m going to Build That Wall
Now Hillary’s crying/ she’s mad and she’s ill/ she’s blaming everybody and throwing dishes at Bill/ The president’s in a panic, why’s he making us wait?/ While Hillary’s bitter, Donald’s on Twitter making America great.
Cuz I’m T.R.U.M.P/ The biggest upset that you’ll ever see
They even tried a recount/ People went bezerk/ Actors versus electors, man that didn’t work/ They blamed all the white folks in the USA/ They blamed Russia, Putin, Mickey and Minnie and even the KKK/ The students cried, The Liberals tried, but America had its way/
Now we all have to say to our commander and chief today/ Mr. President Trump.”
Once done with the song, Carman ended the video with a final comment on the political divide between Democrats and Republicans. The 61 year old said he learned a lot from watching all of the election coverage, so he called for understanding.
He said that all voters always only look at the good their candidate has to offer, so in return people should look for the best in eachother. Carman declared that regardless of who’s in power, God is the one who is always in control.
“God is still on the throne, Jesus is still Lord, the Bible is still the word of God. Scripture has made its way all down through the ages. As many presidents that have reigned as many rulers that have reigned, no one has ever been able to take away the presence of the Holy Spirit here on the planet. They have never been able to hinder the Word of God from going forth. And ultimately presidents change, rulers change but the Word of God stays the same. It is always the same, yesterday today and forever.”
Turns out the word Eskimo is a racist term. That’s just for starters. Here they are, along with some children’s books and cartoons from the past that are definitely over the top in today’s wonderful PC world.
Hooligan is actually a racial slur to describe a dirty and drunk Irish man.
Vandals is actually a racial term to describe filthy Germans. Vandals were the Germanic tribe that sacked Rome, and that’s where the word is rooted from.
You may be horrified, but Eskimo is a racist term. It is sourced from the word“ashkimeq”, which means eaters of raw meat.
The correct word to describe them is Inuit.
4. Eenie meenie miney mo
These words were from the poem –
“Eenie, meenie, miney, moe
“Catch a tiger by the toe
“If it squeals, let it go
“Eenie, meenie, miney, moe…”
But in the 1800s, Americans frequently replaced the word tiger with “nigg*r“. The next time you use the words to choose, remind yourself of the racist history behind this phrase.
5. Hip hip hooray!
The first part – “hip hip” was used by Germans to control a herd of sheep. They used the same words when they went Jew hunting in Germany too.
6. Rule of thumb
This phrase originated in England where men used canes no thicker than their thumbs to beat up their women. Hence the term – “rule of the thumb”
Feel better now?
7. Long Time, No See
We all know it is the shortened version of “I haven’t seen you in a long time!”
But the term was actually used to mock people who couldn’t use good English and by saying “Long time, no see”
Not so hip anymore, is it?
People use Gyp to describe a person who cheats. But the word Gypsy is used by the Europeans to describe the Romani tribe that travels by selling things across the continent. Even the word Gypsy is racist.
In the olden times, the word barbarian was used by the Greek to refer to anyone who was non-Greek. In that sense all of us non-greeks are barbarians. But it was used as a racist word.
Bugger is actually an abbreviation for “Bulgarian homosexual”. The Dutch used this word to mock the Bulgarian refugees and migrants.
Ghetto is sourced from the Italian word “ghet” or “waste”. It was used in Italy to refer to the residences of low-class people.
This word is extremely racist because Americans in the 1800s used the word “spook” to refer to dark-skinned African American people who would “blend” in the dark night sky and “spook” them.
Jock is actually a racial slur used by the English to insult the Scots. But it can be used as a term to venerate the Scottish royalty too.
14. Mumbo Jumbo
Mumbo jumbo is a word you use when something said to you doesn’t make sense at all. Actually, mumbo jumbo was the beating African tribes gave to their women.
Mumbo jumbo is literally beating a woman.
The cannibals were an indigenous tribe in the West Indies that did NOT partake in eating each other. But they were accused of this cannibalism by an Italian colonist. And hence, just like the Vandals, the name got stuck for a very bad thing.
As they say, English is a funny language, albeit racist too, I guess.
It’s one of the biggest decisions any band will face: what to call themselves. And yet, so many get it so wrong. Fortunately, for every group that comes up with a terrible name and sticks with it, there’s a band that comes up with a terrible name, plays a few shows under it, maybe releases a demo or even an album or two but then finally comes to its senses. Many well-known and successful groups – from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Green Day – have been through the latter growing pains, starting out life cursed with a misguided moniker before landing on a name destined to adorn the T-shirts of millions of devoted fans. The name makes the band, as they say; here are 25 bands that almost didn’t get made.
Paul Simon and Arthur Garfunkel were just 15 years old when they started shopping their songs around the Brill Building in 1956. Realizing they didn’t have the most marketable names in the world, Paul became John Landis (after a girl he had a crush on, Sue Landis) and Arthur became Tom Graph, because he loved to graph the progress of hit records on graph paper (really). They called themselves Tom and Jerry (apparently fearing no lawsuit from Hanna-Barbera) and actually scored a minor hit with “Hey Schoolgirl,” which they played on American Bandstand directly after Jerry Lee Lewis did “Great Balls of Fire.” (Sadly, no video survives.) They failed to land a follow-up hit and soon focused on college, and by the time the duo reconvened in 1964 as a folk act they decided to use their real names, even though they risked alienating segments of the country that weren’t amenable to openly Jewish entertainers. “Our name is honest,” Simon said. “I always felt it was a big shock to people when Bob Dylan turned out to be Bobby Zimmerman. It was important that he should be true.”
The Roots originated when Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) and Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) were high school classmates in Philly. They called themselves Radio Activity for a school talent show in 1989, which became Black to the Future, then the nerdiest of the handles yet, the Square Roots. Black Thought explains why on the song “Anti-circle”: “Yo, I’m tha anti-circle. . . Never comin’ twice in one form. . . so hip that I’m square.” True to the lyrics, the band didn’t come twice in that form once they discovered that there was already a Philadelphia folk group by the name, instead shortening their moniker to the less mathematical the Roots.
In October of 1990 a new band from Seattle played their first concert at the Off Ramp under the name Mookie Blaylock, a New Jersey Nets player whose basketball card wound up in the tape case of one of their early demos. “It was kind of goofy,” admitted Eddie Vedder. “But that first week we were too busy working on songs to think about a name.” This was fine for a completely unknown local band, but when they started to attract national attention and record an album they couldn’t continue to have the same name as a popular NBA point guard. Among many other problems it posed, they couldn’t exactly trademark it and sell merchandise. The story of how they came up with Pearl Jam has been much-mythologized over the years, largely due to the fact that Vedder claimed it was after his grandmother Pearl who created hallucinogenic jam, but the real story is far more mundane. Bassist Jeff Ament randomly thought of the name Pearl, and the rest came to them after they saw Neil Young and Crazy Horse play a killer set at the Nassau Coliseum on the Smell the Horse tour. “Every song was like a 15-or 20-minute jam,” said Ament. “So that’s how ‘jam’ got added on to the name. Or at least that’s how I remember it.”
The five members of Radiohead first came together when they were high schoolers at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. They rehearsed after school let out for the week on Friday nights, inspiring them to call the band On a Friday. Gigs were extremely infrequent – perhaps because their moniker seemed to limit their availability to just one day of the week – until the early 1990s when they became regulars on the Oxford circuit and even cut a demo featuring future Radiohead songs “You,” “Thinking About You” and “Prove Yourself.” It wasn’t a hit but did grab the attention of EMI Records, who signed the band and suggested they think of a better handle. The group were all huge fans of the Talking Heads, so they took their new name from the super obscure 1986 song “Radio Head.”
The sallow goths who would become the Cure might not seem like the sort of blokes to name themselves for a large phallic monument, but that’s just what they did when the then–middle school students got together in the early Seventies. Robert Smith, pre–mop top and raccoon eyes, was a background figure in the Obelisk, playing piano, but he soon moved up front and took charge of the group’s moniker. After a few more lineup changes and a couple transitory names, Malice and Easy Cure (the latter of which the singer found too “hippyish”), Smith dubbed them the Cure. For more than a few lovelorn sad sacks, they would live up to billing.
More benignly forgettable than truly offensive, the name Smile simply cannot approximate the power of the music that the group’s guitarist, Brian May, and drummer, Roger Taylor, would record with their next band: Queen. In his book Queen: The Early Years, author Mark Hodkinson wrote that the group’s bassist and vocalist, Tim Staffell, “adopted the concept of a group called ‘Smile’ as part of a college project and built a graphics campaign around it.” When Staffell quit the group, May and Taylor formed a new group with singer Freddie Mercury who gave them the name Queen. “The concept of Queen is to be regal and majestic,” he once told Circus. “Glamour is a part of us and we want to be dandy. We want to shock and be outrageous.”
Atomic Mass is defined, first, as the mass of an atom and, second, as a really bad idea for a band name. That notion did not deter a group of rockers from Sheffield, England, including bassist Rick Savage, guitarist Pete Willis and singer Joe Elliott, from using that nonstarter of a moniker, despite the fact that it never landed them a paying gig. Eventually Elliott snapped out of it and told his bandmates about posters he’d designed in art class at school for a fake band called “Deaf Leopard.” The group played around with the name’s spelling to avoid being compared to punk bands and stumbled on one of the most memorable-looking monikers since Led Zeppelin.
Adam Levine and Co. had to start somewhere, and they started as a suit-clad Nineties alt-rock outfit called Kara’s Flowers – a name that referenced a groupie who had a crush on all of them, but sounds like a Lilith Fair–ready girl group. Under that unfortunate moniker, the band released two albums, the self-released We Like Digging? and the major label flop (surprise, surprise) The Fourth World prior to dubbing themselves Maroon 5 for 2002’s funkySongs About Jane. In a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Jesse Carmichael claimed that before Kara’s Flowers signed to Reprise, their fuzzy guitar pop was akin to “Fugazi and System of a Down meets Sesame Street – the Sesame Street part was in our lyrics, which were nonsense.” Likewise, the band’s name.
When Brian Wilson began writing songs about surfing in 1961 he’d hardly ever even touched a surfboard, so to get some credibility he called his new group the Pendeltons after the plaid, wool shirts favored by the surf community. Just three months later, Los Angeles–based independent label Candix Records agreed to release their debut single “Surfin’.” But they hated the stuffy-sounding name and changed it to Beach Boys (after almost going with the Surfers) without even telling the band. It’s as generic as it comes, but the group had no choice but to go with it. In the early 1970s, tired of being known as a Beach Boy, Wilson suggested they change their name to Beach. The others didn’t go for it. They knew they were destined to be Beach Boys for life.
When Green Day took the stage at Cleveland’s House of Blues days beforetheir induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, everyone but the most hardcore fans in attendance were confused by the name on their drum riser: Sweet Children. The faithful knew this was Green Day’s original moniker, and they were using it again for one night only as a celebration of their earliest days. Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt started playing local shows around the Bay Area as Sweet Children in 1986 when they were just 14 years old. They gained a tiny following and even got signed to Lookout! Records under that name, but they switched it to Green Day soon afterwards to avoid confusion with fellow California rock outfit Sweet Baby – and perhaps because being “sweet” ain’t so punk rock, even if it’s meant ironically. They took their new name from one of their early songs, which refers to a day when not much is done outside of smoking marijuana. Much more punk rock.
The Georgia rock band led by battling brothers Chris and Rich Robinson played a ragged mixture of garage rock and alt-country for about five years under the name Mr. Crowe’s Garden – reportedly inspired by Johnny Crow’s Garden, an early 20th century children’s book by Leonard Leslie Brookes – before changing it to something a little more in sync with their newfound Humble Pie/Faces obsession. As limp as their original moniker was, though, it could have been much, much worse: According to Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, Def American head honcho Rick Rubin once told them, “‘I think you should be the Kobb Kounty Krows and spell it [like] the KKK.’ And we all laughed, and he goes, ‘No, I’m serious. . . I think that’d be marketable.’ We told him to go fuck himself. I mean, it was completely insulting on every level.”
The most melody-soaked rap act of the Nineties came together as junior high school kids in Cleveland when the city was a rap desert. Anthony “Krayzie Bone” Henderson crashed his moped, his crew came to school with bandages in solidarity and the Band Aid Boys were born. It’s unclear if he had broken any bones, but if he did, then maybe they would have arrived on their name a little sooner.
Before the Beastie Boys were reciting regrettable rhymes about objectifying women (and apologizing for it), teenagers Michael Diamond and Adam Yauch were misappropriating other cultures with the name of their early hardcore group called the Young Aborigines. “We came up with the idea that the music should be primitive in some way, which is how we came up with the Young Aborigines as the name of the band,” bassist Jeremy Shatan explained. “I even bought a record of Australian Aborigine music for inspiration.” Eventually, Shatan moved away for a summer and the group adopted the name Beastie Boys. “It was the stupidest name we could come up with,” the rechristened Mike D told Rolling Stone of the new name. Not quite.
Two years before they formed Kiss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley played in a rather generic New York rock band bearing the certainly not generic, if totally ridiculous, name Wicked Lester. “There were all these three-part harmonies that sounded like Doobie Brothers,” Simmons wrote in his memoir Kiss and Make-Up. “And there wasn’t nearly enough guitar.” Determined to create a more unique and bombastic band, Simmons and Stanley split from their bandmates and looked in the Rolling Stonesclassified ads to find new drummer, which is where they found Peter Criss. He mentioned he was once in a band called Lips, inspiring Stanley to propose they start calling themselves Kiss. “Get the fuck out of here,” Criss complained. “That’s a terrible pansy name.” As would happen many times in the future of the group, things did not go the way the drummer wanted, though he learned to live with Kiss. “Good kissing makes for good laying,” he wrote in his memoir Makeup to Breakup. “It’s sexual, it’s cool.” And it’s infinitely better than Wicked Lester.
“Screaming abdabs” (also spelled “habdabs”) is old-timey British slang for a mystery ailment along the lines of the heebie-jeebies and possibly tied to the idea of delirium tremens. It’s also the goofy-sounding and internationally inscrutable name of an early version of Pink Floyd. Examples of usage of the term include: “Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright were architecture students at London Polytechnic when they joined a band called Sigma 6, which later became the Screaming Abdabs,” and “The thought of spending one more second as a member of Pink Floyd gave Waters a case of the screaming abdabs.”
Soft White Underbelly
Final name: Blue Öyster Cult
While Blue Öyster Cult may not be the world’s greatest band name, it’s still a damn sight better than Soft White Underbelly, the moniker that founding BÖC members Buck Dharma, Albert Bouchard and Allen Lanier performed and recorded under during the late Sixties. It took the exit of original lead singer Les Braunstein – who was replaced by Eric Bloom – and a particularly scathing review of one of their shows at the Fillmore East to convince band manager Sandy Pearlman that Soft White Underbelly needed a new name. After initially recasting them as Oaxaca and then the Stalk-Forrest Group, Pearlman came up with Blue Öyster Cult. . . and the rest is cowbell-clanking history.
EW&F leader Maurice White cut his teeth as a session drummer in Chicago during the Sixties, for everyone from Betty Everett (“You’re No Good”) to Etta James to the Ramsey Lewis Trio (“Wade in the Water”). In 1969 he formed his own trio, and its name was pure Sixties cheese: the Salty Peppers. “I was still in a jazz state at that time,” White told Vibe in 1999. A move to L.A. and seven more bandmates later, White turned to astrology for a bigger, better name: as a Sagittarius, his elements were earth, air and fire.
Introduced to each other by psych-rock icon Skip Spence, guitarist Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman formed Pud in San Jose. They slowly picked up the other two Doobs and changed their name from a childish weiner reference to a slightly-less-childish pot reference. They pulled Pud and released their Doobie debut in 1971.
“You’re automatically stamped with ‘Evil’ on your forehead with a name like Burn the Priest,” Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe said in 2000 of why his band changed its moniker the year before. The Virginian neo-thrash outfit had slogged it out for five years with that inflammatory moniker and even released an album, 1999’s self-titled full-length, under the name; needless to say, the over-the-top handle, which at first helped garner the group attention, soon began to get in the way, especially as the five-piece found people increasingly assuming that they played satanic black metal. When a 1999 lineup change gave them the perfect excuse to rechristen themselves, they took on Lamb of God, which Blythe described as “a little less of a sledgehammer in the face,” and since have become one of the leading metal bands in the world – though, ironically, they’ve been banned from playing numerous venues because of their current name.
Rainbow Butt Monkeys
Final name: Finger Eleven
Before they were the post-grunge hitmakers behind 2003’s “One Thing,” the members of Finger Eleven were students at Lester B. Pearson High School – mature enough to know that there’s only so far a band with the profoundly stupid, Wayne’s World–friendly name Rainbow Butt Monkeys can get. Back then they were a hard-groovin’ Chili Peps–style thrash-funk clone that eventually got signed to Mercury and released one album under that moniker, Letters From Chutney. Their cryptic new name came with a moody new sound in 1997 and we were, sadly, denied the chance to hear Jay Leno have to say “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” on national TV.
SoCal party animals Sugar Ray originally called themselves the Shrinky Dinks (and later Shrinky Dinx), after the oven-heated children’s arts and crafts kit of the same name, allegedly because it was the most useless toy they could think of. But once the group got hot themselves – landing a deal with Atlantic Records in 1994 – their impressively un-badass band name aroused the ire of Shrinky Dinks manufacturer Milton Bradley, who threatened to sue. Mark McGrath and Co. then renamed themselves for boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, who by that point was too dead to give a shit.
Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem
“That’s was how we wanted to play, majestic and chaotic” explained Anthony Kiedis of a name somehow more unwieldy than the six-syllable Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 1983, a friend suggested that bassist Flea, guitarist Hillel Slovak and local character Anthony Kiedis play a song before his band’s gig at the Rhythm Room in Los Angeles. Soon, Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem appeared for two shows in February 1983. “I was wearing a paisley corduroy three-quarter-length robe and a fluorescent orange hunting cap,” remembered Kiedis about the first night. “Oddly enough, I was totally sober.”
Black Sabbath is pretty much the most perfect name for the world’s first heavy-metal band, but it didn’t come to them immediately. When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first came together in 1968 they were doing blues rock numbers under the name the Polka Tulk Blues Band, though one day early on Iommi told Osbourne it was terrible. “Every time I hear it, all I can picture is you, with your trousers around your ankles, taking a fucking dump,” he said. “It’s crap.” His big idea was to rebrand themselves as Earth, though they soon discovered they weren’t the only English band with that name. Butler eventually saved the day when he saw a crowd of people lined up to see the Boris Karloff film Black Sabbathand convinced his bandmates to try it out.
The hirsute white boys in Creedence Clearwater Revival turned their passion for black music and Southern culture into a distinctive California-soaked choogle that had Tina Turner covering their songs and Bruce Springsteen inducting them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, they would probably be remembered as the Vanilla Ice of the Vanilla Fudge era had they stuck with the racist path they started as the Golliwogs — a band in frizzy white afro wigs, a whiteface reversal of the minstrel-like caricature of their namesake. Though they were working as the Visions, Fantasy Records owner Max Weiss changed the name of the embryonic band for its first single, 1964’s “Don’t Tell Me No Lies.” “I think, at least to Max anyway, ‘Golliwogs’ sounded sort of British,” said rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty. “We always hated the name – still do – but Max owned the label and we were new and wanted very much to make records, so we went along with things.” The same corporate meddling that got them into that mess, also got them out: When Saul Zaentz bought the company in 1967, he made them find a new handle.
Perhaps through some act of fan mercy, the words “Naked Toddler” do not currently appear anywhere on Creed’s Wikipedia page. But the fact is, when the group first came together in the mid Nineties, guitarist Mark Tremonti presented his bandmates with a newspaper clipping he kept in his wallet containing a story about an abducted “naked toddler” and convinced them it would a good moniker. “The name didn’t go over well,” singer Scott Stappwrote in his autobiography. “Girls hated it and said it made them think of pedophilia.” The band eventually adopted Creed as a shortened form of the name of bassist Brian Marshall’s previous outfit Mattox Creed. And yet, the group apparently aren’t totally ashamed of their NAMBLA-esque original name. In 2012, they posted a piece of “Creed Trivia” to their Facebook pageasking fans if they knew the band’s original name. About 600 fans have replied so far, all confident in typing “Naked Toddler.”
ABC’s newest sitcom The Real O’Neals is described as “just your typical all-American, Catholic, divorcing, disgraced, law-breaking, gay family” and continues on to say their family is “a perfect mess.” It is now airing on Tuesday evenings at 8:30/7:30 p.m. CT.
The Real O’Neals mocks Christianity and insults Catholicism. One Million Moms (1MM) recognizes this show ridicules people of faith, and Christians across America are offended by it.
The Parents Television Council, which has also taken issue with the program, recently released research it conducted about the graphic content on the series, which is rated PG.
“PTC research has found that the first three episodes of ABC’s new show, ‘The Real O’Neals’ were saturated with adult content,” noted PTC.
“Children watching were exposed to either sexual dialogue or bleeped profanities on an average of once every 43 seconds — in spite of the fact that the show is rated TV-PG and airs as early as 7:30 p.m. in half the country.”
PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement that “ABC has essentially inserted explicit and adult-themed humor into a PG-rated, primetime program that is about a family, created for families.”
“Even worse, much of the sexual and expletive-laced dialogue is delivered by characters who are children. Simply put, the network is defrauding parents by rating this show as appropriate for young children,” continued Winter.
“I’d argue that most parents would not agree that the kind of content found in ‘The Real O’Neals’ is anywhere near acceptable for family audiences.”
Catholic League President Bill Donohue seems optimistic that a similar fate may meet The Real O’Neals, arguing that the series was already failing in the ratings.
“ABC is in a jam and they know it. Even they must admit that last night’s episode of ‘The Real O’Neals’ was just plain stupid. The ratings show it: once again, it trailed the competition on CBS and NBC,” wrote Donohue.
It is almost impossible to describe the depth of depravity found in the sitcom The Real O’Neals. It is impossible to list them all, so here are a few scenes from this TV – PG – D rated show:
Jesus appears where only the gay son can see and talk to Him, and He is annoyed by the mom’s strict guidelines for her family.
The daughter steals money she is supposedly raising for charity.
The daughter “attempts to prove” that there is no God in a science fair project.
ABC network refers to this highly dysfunctional family as “the perfect Irish-Catholic family.”
A statue of Mary is kept above the O’Neal’s toilet to remind the boys to put the seat down.
The first jab at Jesus comes only 52 seconds into the first episode.
The mother encourages her 16-year-old gay son to “try sex” with a girl.
The mom makes pancakes shaped like the face of Jesus to guilt trip her anorexic son into eating.
One of the show’s producers is anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage, and the show is said to be loosely based on his life.
The most recent episode claims that 10% of Americans are gay. Maybe in Hollywood!
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At 85 and still going strong, William Shatner is more than an iconic television and film actor: he’s a living pop culture legend.
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Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan (hard as that may be to imagine), you know William Shatner. The actor of stage and screen has been on the scene for almost 65 years, effortlessly immersing himself in pop culture. His portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series is as fun and engrossing today as it was 50 years ago. Shatner has created a legacy anyone would be proud of—and at 85, it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Celebrate his birthday with these moments that make William Shatner the icon he has become.
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Some of the best parts fell on the cutting room floor!
Some things simply defy description. William Shatner performing Elton John’s “Rocket Man”is one such thing. Although this event has been parodied throughout the years (most memorably on Family Guy), the original has to be seen to be believed. Shatner’s strange, somewhat unsettling rendition of the song will leave you spellbound and speechless. It’s a disaster (and a good example of why his music career never quite took off), but easily one of the most mesmerizing disasters you’ll ever see. Shatner has taken all the ribbing with much good grace, and even poked fun at his own performance. It’s proof that a bad rendition can still become a classic.
Shatner Owns The Studio!
In the recording Studio with some junior director. The guy should have kept his mouth shut.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zonewill go down in history as one of the most disturbing shows on television. Instead of relying on cheap shocks and gore, this iconic program preferred to plumb the depths of the human psyche and feed on our deepest fears. In this classic episode, we see a young Shatner terrified of flying and the recesses of his own mind. The effects are outdated, but the terror remains palpable—helped in no small part by Shatner’s panicked performance.
Let’s be clear: Star Trek was a revolutionary television show that featured political commentary lightyears ahead of its contemporaries, had a level of diversity onscreen that is still all too rare, and set the stage for some legendary careers (and lifelong friendships, including the one between the late Leonard Nimoy and Shatner). It remains one of the best and most beloved science fiction franchises ever, and it all started with the original series.
That being said, it had some unbelievably corny moments and jaw-droppingly bad effects. The fight between Captain Kirk and the Gorn in the episode “The Arena” highlights everything comically awkward about this classic show. Don’t worry, they reunited years later to settle their differences.
Sarah Palin’s Tweets
Actors and politics don’t always mix, but William Shatner providing a dramatic reading of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin’s Tweets is a thing of beauty. His ultra-serious, intensely dramatic rendition was hilariously on-point, both mocking his own overblown style as well as the sometimes incoherent Tweets she was sharing with the world. Whatever your political affiliation, it’s almost impossible not to appreciate this deadpan performance.
Shatner plays a white racist in this excerpt from the 1962 Roger Corman movie, Intruder is often hailed as Corman’s best movie.
With all the humor and self-deprecation, it’s easy to forget that William Shatner is indeed a consummate actor and professional. His role as Denny Crane in the hit show Boston Legal allowed him to stretch his acting chops as well as tickle our funny bones. And in this classic scene where his best friend and colleague played by James Spader is held at gunpoint, Shatner reminds everyone that he can still kick butt and take names—no matter what his age may be.
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