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Today is the day that John Lennon was murdered by a “fan” in NYC.

Born: 10/9/1940
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

British singer, guitarist and harmonica player for The Beatles. After The Beatles broke up in 1970, Lennon launched a successful solo career, releasing Imagine (1971). Lennon was murdered outside his New York apartment building by Mark Chapman.

Died: 12/8/1980

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iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs

CUPERTINO, California—July 31, 2007—Apple® today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). iTunes is the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies. iTunes recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the US.*

“We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes.

With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as Cover Flow™, integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod® and iPhone™, and the ability to turn previously purchased songs into completed albums at reduced prices, the iTunes Store is the best way for PC and Mac® users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

*Based on data from market research firm the NPD Group’s MusicWatch survey, which captures consumer reported past week unit purchases equivalized so that one CD equals 12 tracks, excluding wireless transactions.

    Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market this year with its revolutionary iPhone.

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    OK, this has been stuck in my head for a few days now. Maybe it’s a sign that Gene Simmons needs me personally to go out and buy Kiss stuff to help him pay for something. 🙂 Or maybe…. just spread the word. OK, I’ll go with that. Alright, everyone go out, right now, and buy at least 1 of something to make Gene happy. I have dibbs on a hat 🙂

    God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You II

    God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
    Put it in the soul of everyone
    Do you know what you want? You don’t know for sure
    You don’t feel right, you can’t find a cure
    And you’re gettin’ less than what you’re lookin’ for

    You don’t have money or a fancy car
    And you’re tired of wishin’ on a falling star
    You gotta put your faith in a loud guitar

    Chorus:
    God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
    Gave rock and roll to everyone (oh yeah)
    God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
    Put it in the soul of everyone

    “Now listen”
    If you wanna be a singer, or play guitar
    Man, you gotta sweat or you won’t get far
    Cause it’s never too late to work nine-to-five

    You can take a stand, or you can compromise
    You can work real hard or just fantasize
    But you don’t start livin’ till you realize – “I gotta tell ya!”

    God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
    Gave rock and roll to everyone
    God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you
    Put it in the soul

    (Instrumental break)

    God gave rock and roll to you (to everyone he gave the song to be sung)
    Gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to everyone

    God gave rock and roll to you (to everyone he gave the song to be sung)
    Gave rock and roll to you, saved rock and roll for everyone
    Saved rock and roll

    chorus repeats out…

    “I know life sometimes can get tough! And I know life sometimes can be a drag!
    But people, we have been given a gift, we have been given a road
    And that road’s name is… Rock and Roll!”

    Copywrite – Kiss

    genesis.jpg   The Genesis UK comeback gigs have sold out in just 90 minutes. All 100,000 tickets for concerts at Old Trafford in Manchester and Twickenham Stadium in London were snapped up by fans eager to see the rockers again.

    Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks are reforming for the Turn It On Again reunion tour, 15 years after they last performed together.

    They play the two UK dates on 7 and 8 July respectively – but minus other founding member Peter Gabriel.

    Fans in Germany and the Netherlands were even more keen to see the rock legends, with almost 400,000 tickets sold there in just 40 minutes.

    The 20-date European tour kicks off in Finland on 11 June and ends with a free gig in front of the Colosseum in Rome on 14 July, before the band head to the States.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6181932.stm 

    metalhead.jpegI found this on a fellow bloggers page. Go visit Alex, Van Tango is a great blog!

    Link – http://strictmochine.blogspot.com/2006/11/flashbax.html

    15 ways to annoy a metalhead:

    1. Tell them every metal band worships the devil.
    2. Ask if all black metal bands are trying to copy KISS or just most of them.
    3. If they’re listening to metal, tell them it sounds like some mainstream band. Doesn’t matter who.
    4. Turn the bass way up on their stereo.
    5. Ask if they’ve given their souls to Jesus yet.
    6. If they’re listening to metal, tell them “These guys don’t have talent. Now (insert any mainstream band here), those guys have talent!”
    7. Tell them it all sounds the same.
    8. Tell them you like underground music too, like (insert the newest overhyped fashionable loud-ish band from the radio).
    9. Point out that just about every genre of music has an underground with bands who have integrity, so metal really isn’t that unique.
    10. Take out the Iron Maiden disc and put in 50 Cent.
    11. Tell them Korn brought metal back to life in the 90s.
    12. Laugh at Slayer for stealing their name from the Buffy show.
    13. Remind them that metal is partially derived from the blues. Then accuse them of being wiggers.
    14. Pine for the good old days when ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ was a big hit.
    15. Tell them that Bon Jovi was the heaviest out of all of them.

    dolphin300605.jpgHuummmmm…. so I know that dolphins are smart.  Really smart.  So smart that I agree with Douglas Adams in his great novel So Long and Thanks For all The Fish that dolphins will be smart enough to leave here when the Vogons come to destroy Earth 🙂  This seems to prove it, they can now do the Batman theme.  They are f’ing with us!  Evil evil dolphins.  Just leave us poor defenseless humans alone…… 😀

    http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1473208.htm