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Friday, September 28, 2012

Rock Hall expands American Music Masters concert line-up

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has already announced the schedule for Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, this year’s annual American Music Masters Series. As always, the week-long event culminates with a gala tribute concert. The line-up for the tribute concert, which takes place on on Oct. 27 at the State Theatre, already includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels, Joe Bonamassa, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, Lemmy Kilmister, JD McPherson, Chuck Prophet, Duke Robillard, Earl Slick and M. Ward. Chuck Berry himself will be on hand and is scheduled to perform. And now the Rock Hall has added guitarist Rick Derringer, rockabilly star Ronnie Hawkins, country icon Merle Haggard, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and singer-guitarist Ray Sharpe. The Rock Hall also announced that jazz guitarist and banjoist Bucky Pizzarelli will not perform due to a scheduling conflict.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Christopher Watts, Thirsty Akron Man, Smashes Through Store Wall for Beer

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Im here for the beer. Yeah, all of it.
  • "I'm here for the beer. Yeah, all of it."

When a man gets thirsty, he's likely to do some strange things. 45-year-old Christopher Watts of Akron proves this point. The other night, he had the suds pangs something bad. The problem? The Marathon station nearby wasn't open. It also didn't have a drive-through.

So he decided to give the building one.

When police arrived at the scene at around 2 a.m., Watts was trying to bust inside the gas station with a sledge-hammer, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Although the report says Watts declined to talk to officers, he still managed to drop some of the most memorable one-liners uttered in a police report in awhile. Somebody get this guy a Twitter account. Or fuck it, give him an FX show. Emphasis ours:


“How can I be charged with breaking and entering? I didn’t even get in yet,” he reportedly told the officers.

Watts was arrested without a fight and declined to speak to officers. However, at one point, he said the business needed “to have a drive-up window,” the report shows.

When the owner arrived to survey the damage, Watts said to officers: “I told him I was gonna come back for the rest of that beer.”

The wit is currently facing charges of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and vandalism.

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Video: Tribe Bullpen Kills Time Juggling

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

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They're as bored with the game as you are.

(Via Deadspin)

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Fox 8 Got Fooled by a Meat Loaf Impersonator in Kent

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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Fox 8 scored a nice little story Tuesday when they stumbled upon evidence a rare celebrity sighting in Kent. Turns out Meat Loaf was in town for the Kent State Folk Festival. Hey, it's Meat Loaf, you guys!

You'd think he'd have better things to do with his time, but there he was, taking pictures with fans, shaking hands, and being Meat Loaf, which, judging by the pictures posted by the Water Street Tavern, meant looking vaguely like death.

Except it wasn't Meat Loaf. Whoops. The story got pulled, but thankfully screengrabs were made for posterity.

Meat Loaf himself chimed in on his Facebook page just to clear everything up.


To everyone in Kent, OH
Some of you have very kindly sent me thank you's for being at the bar this weekend and for having my picture taken with you. Fox news online even ran a story on my surprise appearance!
I've seen the pictures and you all look great!
However, you were all had......whoever is with you all WAS NOT ME!!!
I'm still on set shooting Stage Fright and we're nowhere near there!
Here's a shot of my view right now, Ohio it is not!
Sorry guys!!! I hate to see my fans fooled like this but I thank you all for the love the ensued anyway!

And in some house-cleaning business: We'd previously bestowed Fox 8 with a Best of Cleveland nod for newscasting last year. Dear Fox 8: We'll be by your offices to take back the trophy. And while we look like a younger, 16% more handsome Ryan Gosling, don't be fooled.

(Hat tip to Ohio Media Watch and these guys.)

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Power Rankings

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 9:24 AM

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A weekly roundup of the most important newsmakers in town.

1. Dan Gilbert: The Cavs owner joins other bajillionaires in pledging to donate half his wealth to charity. By proxy, via your casino losses, you'll also be donating half of your wealth to charity, so feel good about that.

2. Mustaches: American Greetings announces a new greeting card line that will have fancy mustaches spewing audio greetings to recipients. Sadly, rat-tails are still waiting for their moment in the sun.

3. Marcia Fudge: The congresswoman seeks the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus. Meanwhile, Dennis Kucinich will seek chairmanship of a group of stuffed animals at his house.

4. Jim Brown: The former Browns running back manages to thrust himself into the media spotlight by giving a few interviews and making nice with the team. In exchange, the media once again kindly refuses to call Jim Brown a woman-beater.

5. Machine Gun Kelly: Cleveland's favorite rapper is touring Europe. See, kids, your parents are wrong when they say hanging out in the food court at the Strongsville mall will get you nowhere.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Quality of Cleveland Life Report

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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Cleveland City Council likely to give go-ahead for an office park on the lakefront. Half the space to be operated by Sam McNulty, the other half by Michael Symon.

New Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins Airport will let visitors pay tribute to the city's role in creating the Man of Steel, and let TSA employees pay homage to the patron saint of X-ray vision.

Case Western Reserve University receives $20 million for new medical school facilities. Tri-C will be happy if you promise to have your broken-down 1998 Taurus towed from the parking lot by the first snow.

This Week's Index: You're Greg Little, dropping almost every pass thrown to you and celebrating manically when you manage to snag one. And your boss would like a word with you.

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The Horseshoe Casino Would Like You to Know the Horseshoe Casino is Generous

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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The Horseshoe Casino has been open for four months now and Rock Caesar would like to remind Cleveland that it is a participating member of the community, not simply a relentless suck on the wallets of those fond of blackjack and vintage chandeliers. Sure, it's made some money since the doors flung open on the glitzy Higbee's complex where Dan Gilbert prints money, but it's given some back, because the owners are mensches.

More to the point: Selling the casino as a civic improvement that will line the pockets of everyone within a chip's throw of Public Square is a promise that couldn't go unfulfilled. Trickle-down wealth, like a slot machine spewing coins – that's what the Horseshoe is about.

And so General Manager Marcus Glover went to visit Cleveland City Council on Monday to update them on just how generous, magnanimous, and mensch-y the casino owners are.

Two million dollars. That's what the casino has given back to the city. Sort of.

Actually, it's the grand total of perks given to gamblers for surrounding attractions: $1 million in tickets to sports events and the Rock Hall, according to the Plain Dealer; $250,000 in free meals at local restaurants; and $700,000 in hotel rooms. All grand gestures, and all meant to keep you downtown, close to the action over at Pit 2.

Glover also noted that the Horseshoe is on the verge of welcoming its 2 millionth customer. Which means a whopping $1 per visitor is being funneled back into the economy. In other words, exactly what you tipped your cocktail waitress.

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