Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer Sues Band After Being Forced To Audition Again

first_imgAll is not well between longtime bandmates in Aerosmith. According to new reports shared by TMZ, drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against the rest of the rock band saying they’ve unfairly blocked him from rejoining after taking time away for medical reasons in 2019. This comes just days ahead of the MusiCares “Person of the Year” concert in Los Angeles this weekend, where they’re set to appear and perform as the honored recipients.According to the report, Kramer, who’s been with Aerosmith since they formed within the Boston music scene in 1970, claims the rest of the band refuses to let him rejoin for live performances after he took brief time away from their Las Vegas residency last spring for minor, non-music related injuries. Kramer claims he never approved of the new band policy which requires an audition and solo rehearsals alongside a click track to prove he’s “able to play at an appropriate level” to earn his job back.Related: Aerosmith Adds 2020 Dates To ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las Vegas ResidencyThe 69-year-old Kramer also claims the stress of all this had “significant repercussions” to his health and even hospitalized him this past November. The hospitalization was the cause for Aerosmith to find a replacement drummer for their Vegas residency shows at $20k per week–a bill that Kramer had to pay.The band has yet to give Kramer the green light to rejoin playing with them, saying he “did not have enough ‘energy’ in the recordings.” The band is set to appear and perform at the MusicCares “Person of the Year” awards in Los Angeles this weekend where they are the act of honor.The band has yet to comment on the lawsuit.Awkward, right?Kramer shared a statement on news of the suit in saying:“Being prohibited from playing with a band that I have given 50 years of my life to supporting, is beyond devastating. This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers, for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated … I hope our fans can understand that all I’m trying to do is get back to playing with the band that they love – and that’s Aerosmith with all five original members. The greatest magic and success of Aerosmith happens when all the band’s founding members are together in the house … To be removed from my rightful place on stage to celebrate our success – a success that acknowledges my own life’s work, is just plain wrong.”Classic rock star egos never fail to grab a headline, even in 2020, and who doesn’t love some extra drama heading into Grammy Week? Let’s hope the Aerosmith guys can patch this up and get it together for a 50th-anniversary (and possibly, a farewell) tour in 2020.The winter dates for the band’s DEUCES WILD Vegas residency are also set to pick up at the end of the month on January 29th. Head to Aerosmith’s website for tickets and concert info.[H/T TMZ]last_img read more

Lightning Stings Fast-Food Employee

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. — Lightning shocked a fast-food worker emptying the dishwasher in Southern Oregon over the weekend, as a storm knocked out power to thousands of Rogue Valley customers. The Mail Tribune newspaper reported a half inch of rain fell in about 20 minutes southwest Medford. Firefighters say the McDonald’s employee in Central Point was conscious Sunday and was sent to the hospital for observation. They say lightning apparently hit a pipe on the roof.center_img Editor’s Note:Read“When Lightning Strikes” to brush up on how to treat patients who have been struck by lightning.last_img

How Our Golden Retriever Lost Her Sight — But Kept Her Love of Life

first_imgSARDS I hoped her blindness might be an immune mediated inflammation of the optic nerve, which could have been treated and might have been cured. But in the back of my mind, I feared that it was something called SARDS, or Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome. SARDS strikes female dogs more frequently than males and is more commonly diagnosed in the winter, although no one really knows why in either case. What we do know is that there is no treatment for SARDS and the condition is permanent.Our Shakira is now, and will always be, blind.I’ve treated many blind dogs over the 31 years I’ve been a veterinarian, dogs who’ve lost eyesight from causes ranging from diabetes (common) to progressive retinal atrophy (very common in some breeds like Miniature Schnauzers and Shelties) to shotgun blasts (fortunately, less common). When Teresa and I were first married, our first “child,” a Miniature Schnauzer named Bode, also went blind in just a couple of days during a bout of pancreatitis. But Bode was an indoor dog who knew the paths of our home very well; unless we moved the furniture, he got around just the same as when he could see.Shakira’s life is very different. She lives on a 150-acre horse ranch, and for her there’s nothing as important as our twice-daily routine of my throwing the tennis ball for her down our lane, across our lawn and into the woods until she’s panting tired. Without her eyesight, I worried that the thing that made her happiest would be something she could no longer do.Overcoming a DisabilityI am happy to report that I was wrong. And I should have known better – I can’t tell you how many times in this veteran veterinarian’s career that I’ve seen someone’s beloved pet adapt to a challenge and live just as fully as before.So it is with our Shakira. She can no longer see the tennis ball, but she still finds it every time – and on a dead run! When I throw it, she waits and listens for the “whoosh” in the direction my arm is moving, stands still until the ball hits and then runs for it. She knows our ranch so well that she runs along well-worn paths and ducks under the fence with ease. She then uses her keen sense of smell to find the ball.I’ve thrown for her at least 200 times now, and she has retrieved her ball every single one of them. I do throw the ball in areas that are safer for her (not in heavy brush or in piles of rocks), and I talk to her more so she knows where I am, but that makes her adaptation no less amazing. If you didn’t know she was blind, you’d never notice it as she makes her way around our ranch.My whole life I’ve been aware of the power of what I call “The Bond,” that special connection we have with our animals, and the many ways they help us live our own lives. Seeing our Golden Girl take in stride what would send many of us into mourning is just another reminder of how many ways our animals help us.Her message is clear: Enjoy what you have, and don’t worry about what you don’t have. There’s joy in every day, if you just look for it. Or smell for it, in the case of Shakira, who will not let her handicap slow her down for a is a pet website written by top veterinarians, pet health experts and professional journalists dedicated to giving you the most accurate information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy. The key is a well-informed owner and an expert veterinary care team.RELATED– Are Tennis Balls a Dangerous Toy for Dogs? – Yes And No (by Dr. Marty Becker)MORE FROM VETSTREET–  Most Unique New Pet Products That We LoveMinistry Pups: A Different Kind of Service Dog__________________________AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor years, our Golden Retriever, Shakira, had the ability to track an incoming missile – a yellow tennis ball, I mean – better than the air defenses of most of the world’s countries. Her ability to lock on to a target and pull in the prize, coupled with her speed in the 100-yard dash, would have made NFL scouts drool like a Bloodhound, sure they’d found the next hall of fame wide receiver.Shakira is an athlete, a hard-bodied, golden phenom who never has an off day. If you threw it, she would retrieve it. And beg you to throw it again. And again. My arm would fall off long before my tail-wagging retriever would allow me to put down the ball.These days, though, she wouldn’t notice if I stopped throwing the ball because she can’t see what I’m doing anymore. In just two days, 12-year-old Shakira went from being able to track an airborne tennis ball at a dead run to not being able to see a spoonful of canned dog food held two feet in front of her nose. (Read more of the article by By Dr. Marty Becker, below)last_img read more

The Amazings: Join a UK Website to Teach Your Skills and Get Paid

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEveryone has a skill. Now retirees and other talented individuals in London are invited to share their passions by joining “The Amazings”, a new social enterprise that helps people with skills to teach others by way of group classes and activities.The website explains, “We handle the advertising and payments – all the Amazing has to do is decide when they want to run their experience, turn up, be amazing, and then collect the cash.”Upcoming scheduled classes include “Introduction to Crochet,” “Steel Pan Drumming” and “Cooking Hungarian Food”.The website, run by a trio of young entrepreneurs, offers gift vouchers for classes, which start at just £10. They see it as a way for people to make a bit of extra cash, and in the process enrich the lives of others.“She gave great advice,” one pupil said of the teacher in her “Alterations Workshop” in February. “In the process we also transformed three items of clothing.” Co-founder Katie Harris told the website HowToHome, “We initially were just going to work with the retired but when we started doing the on-street research what we found was a variety of amazing people who wanted to share their skills.”Katie says it’s all about community, and there are more ideas planned for branching out. “The thing is we want it to be a real social thing, and we’re going to try running a social evening for the current Amazings, where we meet in a different pub each time – the Amazings can come together, people that might want to go on the course can come and chat to the Amazings, new Amazings can come and learn about the experience of other Amazings.”Interested Londoners should check the website often for more classes in foraging, dancing, Thai Chi and more, at by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Game day operations run smoothly despite storm

first_imgFor the second time this season, intense storms changed the course of game day activities. But this time, Saturday’s severe weather was brief and almost completely unpredicted. Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations and associate vice president of Campus Safety, said officials had been tracking the weather going into the weekend and that all information pointed to “cool and clear” until about 10:30 a.m. on game day. “[It] kind of popped out of nowhere, was intense [and] short in duration,” Seamon said. “As quickly as it came, it left.” He said Notre Dame issued the first campus-wide announcement of the day around noon, warning people that a storm was approaching and advising them to find shelter. “About 12:30 p.m. or so [the storm] hit campus and covered the ground in hail and snow and sleet,” Seamon said. “People who were tailgating had to seek shelter. It was really, really unusual.” The storm passed campus by 1 p.m., Seamon said, and the University issued an all-clear message over the loudspeakers at 1:10 p.m. He said soon after the announcement, fans resumed tailgating, and the sky was clear for the rest of the day during the Notre Dame victory over Navy. Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police, said police made only one arrest inside Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Outside the stadium, police issued four citations for underage drinking. One man was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and his case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Johnson said. Despite the brief storms Saturday, Seamon said the Game Day weekend was a success overall. “It was a really good weekend, minus the little weather incident we had,” he said. “Everything worked really well. It was a great victory.” Seamon said 8,000 people attended the pep rally Friday. Over 3,300 visitors walked through the tunnel, and 1,000 attended the football luncheon. The LaBar practice field had 1,035 visitors on game day. “[There was] a lot of excitement [with the] Halloween weekend and home game. People were ready to go, which I thought (was) great,” Seamon said. Seamon said that as usual, Notre Dame fans showed great support for the team and a high level of respect for Navy. “I thought it was a great atmosphere. There was a lot of respect for the rivalry with Navy,” Seamon said. “People were fired up to get back to winning.”last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda Honored with Actors’ Equity’s 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award

first_img Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda has been named the recipient of Actors’ Equity’s 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award. Presented by Equity’s National Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee, the award honors an individual, theater or producing organization with an exemplary record in the hiring or promotion of people of color, women and actors with disabilities through diverse and inclusive casting. Miranda was presented with the award by EEO Chair Christine Toy Johnson at Equity’s office on April 23.Miranda first burst onto the Broadway scene as star and Tony-winning songwriter of In the Heights. He won a pair of Tony Awards as book writer and composer/lyricist of Hamilton. Miranda’s other stage-writing and acting credits include Bring It On The Musical, West Side Story, Tick, Tick…BOOM! and Merrily We Roll Along. He is slated to appear in the upcoming feature film Mary Poppins Returns.Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union for professional stage actors and stage managers.  Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Equity’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Chair Christine Toy Johnson(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Zachary Quinto, Jill Paice & Christopher Fitzgerald to Appear in Off-Broadway’s Nassim

first_imgZachary Quinto, Jill Paice & Christopher Fitzgerald(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Barrow Street Theatricals has announced a starry lineup of rotating guest actors for the American premiere of Nassim by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian. Among the latest group of stars is Emmy-nominated Broadway alum Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, The Boys in the Band), Jill Paice (An American in Paris) and three-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress). The full list of upcoming guest stars is below. View Comments Related Shows Nassim Christopher Fitzgerald Zachary Quinto Nassim uses theatrical devices to explore the power of language, with a special guest star appearing at every performance. Barrow Street Theatricals, formerly Barrow Street Theatre, has moved uptown to City Center just for this production, which began previews on December 6 and opened on December 12.Additional rotating guest actors will be announced soon. Star Files Saturday, March 9 at 2:30pm—Nick Westrate Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm—Clark Middleton Sunday, March 10 at 2:30pm—Jill Paice Sunday, March 10 at 7:30pm—Adam Feldman Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm—Alex Moffat Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm—Christopher Fitzgerald Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm—Zachary Quinto Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm—Tedra Millan Saturday, March 16 at 2:30pm—John Ahlin Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm—Michael Stahl-David Sunday, March 17 at 7:30pm—Kathryn Grody Show Closed This production ended its run on April 20, 2019last_img read more

See the Entire Starry Return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show Right Here

first_img View Comments Illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Star Files She’s back! On March 22, Rosie O’Donnell hosted a one-night-only return performance of The Rosie O’Donnell Show from her garage. The three-and-a-half hour show, which rivaled the Oscars in length, included performances from Patti LuPone, Darren Criss, Kelli O’Hara, and so many more, plus words of wisdom from Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda and a whole bunch of other Broadway stars—who all called in via their homes (the power of technology!). The benefit show raised more than $500,000 for The Actors Fund’s relief efforts for out-of-work theater professionals. Yes, it was epic! The Rosie O’Donnell Show benefit was produced by Erich Bergen with and Revelations Entertainment. It was directed by’s Paul Wontorek and livestreamed on and’s YouTube account. Watch the entire broadcast below. And please donate to this excellent cause! Rosie O’Donnelllast_img read more

LOOK is Official Pedal Partner of Dirty Kanza gravel events

first_imgLOOK and Corima USA have confirmed that LOOK has become the Official Pedal Partner of all Dirty Kanza gravel events in a three-year deal lasting from 2020-2022.The new partnership will see LOOK offer product support for Dirty Kanza camp attendees, technical expertise on-site for all Dirty Kanza events, and give competitors and supporters the opportunity to try and buy their own LOOK pedals at the Dirty Kanza Expo. This includes the recently released X-TRACK Gravel Edition pedal.LOOK notes that the partnership will establish the French brand as a fixture at one of the most popular off-road events in the world.The Dirty Kanza, produced by Life Time, is a premier endurance gravel event in the USA, held in Emporia, Kansas, with appeal to riders worldwide. It includes the original Dirty Kanza 200; as well as the Dirty Kanza Extra Large, a 350km ultra-endurance race; Dirty Kanza 100; Dirty Kanza 50; and the Dirty Kanza 25, alongside the High School Race and the Lunar Kanza.The 2020 event will be held on Saturday, May 30.Brad Cole, Marketing Manager for LOOK & Corima USA, said “LOOK are already very well established around the world in road cycling, with nine 2019 Tour de France teams riding with LOOK pedals, for example. This new partnership with Dirty Kanza is a statement of intent and confidence in our off-road expertise, as well as the excellence of our X-TRACK pedal and the fast-developing gravel market.“We’re very excited to provide our technical knowledge and services to competitors and supporters at one of the most popular gravel events in the world, offering up a new and exciting touchpoint for LOOK with riders.”Jim Cummins, Dirty Kanza Founder, said “We are excited to add LOOK as our new official pedal partner. LOOK’s new X-TRACK line of off-road pedals, with their Lateral Contact Support system, provides the gravel enthusiast with unparalleled performance and comfort during those long days on the bike – just what our riders need for their long ride through the Flint Hills of Kansas.” Relatedlast_img read more

SM East soccer remains perfect on the year with win over Olathe South

first_imgJunior goalkeeper Collyn Lowry anchored a Lancer defense that earned its fifth shutout in seven games. Photo by Carrie ArmstrongBehind a hat trick from senior Clayton Phillips, SM East beat Olathe South 4-0 in boys soccer Tuesday evening to improve to 7-0 on the season. The win sets up a showdown Thursday evening against Olathe Northwest, which is 7-1-1.Phillips started the scoring with 14 minutes to play in the first half when junior Cooper McCullough sprung him open on a back heel assist. Phillips scored again one minute later off a cross from junior Sam Thompson.  Junior Tommy Nelson scored in the second half when senior Oliver Bihuniak headed a long throw in across the box. Phillips completed his hat trick with four minutes to play off an assist from Bihuniak.Junior goalkeeper Collyn Lowry made several big saves and the Lancers’ solid defense held their opponent scoreless for the fifth time this season.Thursday’s home game to keep pace with Olathe Northwest and Olathe East for control of the Sunlfower League is at 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.By David Morantzlast_img read more