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To answer those citing band tension for Josh Stone's recent solo break from the Fifth Wheel, it appears health concerns are more at the root of the matter. The Fifth Wheel, largely inactive over the past few months, has been idle because of the hand injury incurred by bassist Tom Weyand. A broken bone has necessitated surgery involving bone fusion, hopefully a solution to problems that have plagued the bassist for four years. Doctors have counted out the likelihood that Weyand will be able to play guitar again, though the musician is undergoing physical therapy with the hope of defeating the odds.

Until then, it appears Stone's solo shows will continue as the remaining wheels await an upgrade in Weyand's status.

Mark Holan, seventeen-year editor of Scene, who was named associate publisher in mid-October, will speak at the Eastlake Branch of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library this Saturday, November 7. The topic of the discussion will revolve around Holan's twenty-year career in the music industry and life in the world of magazine journalism, as well as hobby and career options in the entertainment field.

Holan also moderated Songwriters' Roundtable: A Discussion of the Aesthetic, Practical, and Legal Aspects of Writing and Pitching Songs, which took place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum November 4. Panelists included Donnie Iris and Michael Stanley.

CD Truth, which just released a new CD, will appear on WRUW's Cleveland Live program today (Thursday, November 5). The band will celebrate the CD's release with a show at Annabell's this Saturday, November 7, along with Cows in the Graveyard.

Melodic Twist's new CD is on the verge of release and will be unveiled at the band's Clubhouse Sports Bar show this Saturday, November 7. The band's new album is titled In My Mind.

A handful of Cleveland music legends recently came together at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, of all places. An October 23 Humble Pie show there reunited guitarist Alan Greene, also of the Alan Greene Band, with drummer Tommy Rich, who was playing with the Burnt River Band. Fellow Cleveland drummer Jimmy Clark (Souvenir, All Sports Band, Blondie) was visiting in nearby Daytona Beach and stopped in to join the jam before evening's end.

The latest CD from the prolific Ockham's Razor will be released at the band's November 7 Chuck's Steakhouse gig with Mr. Harker's Sideshow. The release, the group's second of the year, is a self-titled single featuring the "Whipping Boy" and two other tracks.

Kidd Wicked's CD release party for Thick takes place at Peabody's DownUnder tonight (Thursday, November 5). The album was released to area radio last month, and the single "Freezing" has already gained repeated play on WENZ. The band consists of Billy Morris (guitar), Todd Shelly (drums), Joe Frietchen (bass), and Lance Horwedel (guitar).

Super G, featuring brothers Vince (drums) and Gio (guitar/vocals) Mastro, and Band Drive will also play at Peabody's.

Cleveland State radio station WCSB-FM's one chance to pay the bills comes this week, during the station's 15th annual Radiothon, which runs this Sunday, November 8, through Sunday, November 15. The pledge drive is the station's sole provider of funds to cover expenses for broadcast equipment, music purchases, and technological upgrades. Donations may be mailed to the station or made by phone at 216-687-6900. More information can be found at the WCSB Web site (

Chew's Eye Shop has finished its latest recording project and will release it to the public at its Chamber show this Friday, November 6. The recording, a three-song EP, is titled Incept.

The Jimiller Band and P.L.U.S. Band have revived a tradition that dates to their leaders' days in previous bands. Rock 'N' Reggae, a summer festival that was started by Jim Miller's Oroboros and Carlos Jones's First Light in the early '80s, was held last weekend at the Docksider in Erie, Pennsylvania, and will take place in Cleveland at Wilbert's on November 25. Both Oroboros and First Light disbanded in 1998, though the Rock 'N' Reggae shows--including the original summer installment--will continue.

The Jimiller Band will also be in action this Saturday, November 7, at the Rhythm Room. The show will feature the Cleveland invasion of Buffalo jam band Crunchy Blue Things. Original Oroboros guitarist Bill Cogan will sit in with the band at the show.

In other news, the Jimiller Band is working out plans for a live CD release, likely copped from their monthly Rhythm Room shows.

The Savannah Bar & Grill has reconvened its weekly Blue Sundays series of national blues artists. The series began early in 1998 and returned with Carey Bell's second Savannah appearance of the year last week. Sandra "The Empress" Hall will take the Savannah stage this Sunday, November 8, with Long John Hunter set to follow next week. Blue Sundays gigs are booked through December, with plans in the works for 1999 shows.

Starstruck Johnny, the band formerly known as Fade, will debut new music along with its new bassist at its Peabody's DownUnder gig with the Candyskins this Sunday, November 8. Bill Hartman joins the lineup of Johnny Bacho (guitar/vocals), A.J. Matthews (vocals/guitar), and John Musat (vocals/guitar).

Even tribute bands hit the studio from time to time: Yes specialists Envision recently recorded an eight-song collection of Yes's music ranging from 1971-83, including "Roundabout," "All Good People," and others. The album will be available at all the band's shows, including its Ron's Crossroads stop this Friday, November 6.

Rush tribute band Afterimage will join Envision at Ron's Crossroads.

Ether Net is spending its weekend in New York City, taking part in the annual CMJ showcase series. The three-man electronic outfit, which recently pressed a two-song promotional CD single, will perform at the Westbeth Theatre tonight (Thursday, November 5).

Music from Lint's 1997 self-titled debut earned play on an original Showtime movie, and the band's new twelve-song album, Monsters & Martians, is heading the same way. Three songs from the album have been earmarked for use in The Crow TV series, which premiered in October.

--Erich Burnett

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