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The Mac Attack Cometh!

The new incarnation of Fleetwood Mac will play the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday, February 18. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10am – with a presale starting the day before, at midnight Thursday, May 3.  EVENT DETAILS

Now that guitarist/singer/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham has been ousted from the band, Fleetwood Mac has hired two musicians to fill his very big shoes.

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS

Guitarist/songwriter Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn are now members of Fleetwood Mac.

As the tour was announced today, the band gave several interviews where, obviously, they were asked why they parted ways with Buckingham. Their answer: He didn’t want to start touring for another year.

Almost a full year ago, the band had started promising to announce tour plans this spring. So that kind of delay presented a problem.

Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone:  “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019],” says Nicks. “That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

 

Heartbreakers Play for First Time Since Petty’s Death

It’s been over 6 months now since we lost Tom Petty (on October 2).

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM

This past Saturday night, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone played together, along with other musicians Patti Smith, Beck and Stephen Stills, who invited the band to play the “Light Up the Blues” event in Los Angeles, an autism awareness benefit.

 

 

 

FULL STORY HERE. 

Visit 1 of 7 Mom & Pop Record Shops Tomorrow on Record Store Day!

For a music-lover, there’s nothing that can replace a real, brick & mortar record store.

There are 8 in our area: 5 in Orlando, 2 in Deland and 1 in Sanford. (Store locations, links and hours listed below.)

You can spend hours in a record store, browsing the vinyl or the stacks of CDs, for treasures. And, perhaps the best part of the experience is the music that is played while you’re shopping. 9 times out 10, you’re gonna be turned onto something new by the staff members who are blasting music of every genre.

Sadly, so many people are buying music online that independent, brick & mortar, Mom ‘n Pop record shops are having a tough time keeping their doors open.

Enter: Independent Record Store Day!

It started 10 years ago and because of the great experiences music-lovers and musicians remember having in record stores over the years, the most popular bands and artists in the world support this musical holiday by offering up exclusive releases only available at independent, brick & mortar, record shops.

You need to get there early as these treasures will be snatched up quickly. But really, the day is more about enjoying the experience of a REAL record store.

GO! – and bring your kids with you. Find the albums, CDs and cassettes you forgot you loved in high school. Bargains await and you’ll be supporting your neighbors’ businesses.

GO! and ROCK OUT!

Rock and Roll Heaven – 1814 N. Orange Avenue (Ivanhoe Village, downtown Orlando)      Opening early, at 9:30am Saturday

Retro Records –  59 N. Bumby Avenue (downtown Orlando)                                                         Opening early, at 9am Saturday

East West Music & More –  4895 S. Orange Avenue (Orlando)                                                       Opening at 10am Saturday

Uncle Tony’s Donut Shoppe  – 703 N. Orange Avenue (downtown Orlando)                             Opening at 11am Saturday – will have a selection of rare records, rather than           promotional stuff

Park Ave CDs –  2916 Corrine Dr, Orlando                                                                                          Opening early at 8am Saturday

Steve’s Downtown Music –  108 S. Woodland Blvd #A (downtown Deland)                                Opening early at 9am Saturday

Groovy Records – 212 N. Woodland Blvd (downtown Deland)                                                       Opening early at 9am Saturday

Maya Books and Music –  204 E. 1st St. (Sanford)                                                                             Opening at 10am Saturday

 

 

 

Scorpions Presale Code!

Scorpions are bringing their Crazy World Tour back to Florida and we’ve got your Live Nation presale code for their show at the Amalie Arena on September, 14th!   Head over to livenation.com for the Live Nation presale that starts on April, 19th at 10am and ends April, 19th at 10pm.

Live Nation Presale Code:

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Tickets go on sale to the general public at livenation.com on Friday, April 20th at 10am!

Parking & Shuttle Info for Eagles/Buffett

If you’re going to the Eagles/Buffett show at Camping World Stadium Saturday –  leave EARLY – come party with 98.9 WMMO on Tinker Field at the stadium and skip the traffic!

We’ll  have beer and food available, great picture opportunities and LAST CHANCE EAGLES TICKETS!

Seriously, the stadium holds up to 65,000 so traffic is definitely gonna be a thing.

While parking lots directly at the stadium are now sold out, try the Geico garage and many other downtown parking garages.

Click the following links for to find out where the free shuttle will stop to pick you up and to help you navigate around closed roads.

Purchase parking in advance

Road Closures Map

Shuttle Map

 

Tom Keifer Of Cinderella Talks Upcoming Leesburg Show, Latest Album & More

Former Cinderella singer Tom Keifer is rocking hard out on the road.

You can catch him when he plays Leesburg Bikefest on Friday April 27th.

Tom and I talked about what the show will be like, his solo album “The Way Life Goes” and so much more.

Give a listen below and check out a few tunes from Tom as well.

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Buckingham Leaves Fleetwood Mac

The end of an era – again.

Lindsey Buckingham is no longer a member of Fleetwood Mac. For the second time in the their history, the guitarist has left the group, according to Variety.

The band has announced that Heartbreakers’ guitarist/songwriter/producer Mike Campbell will be joining the band for the upcoming tour.

Stevie Nicks and Mike Campbell are tight, as she has been called an “honorary Heartbreaker.”

No details have been shared to shed light on what brought this about – just yet.

FULL STORY HERE.

KANSAS BASSIST BILLY GREER TALKS SHOW COMING TO Ruth Eckerd Hall & MORE

Kansas is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their “Point of Know Return” album by playing the album in its entirety at the shows on this tour.

They will be in the area playing Ruth Eckerd Hall on December 8th.

I had the chance to speak with Bassist and Vocalist from the band Billy Greer.

We talked their latest studio album “The Prelude Implicit”, their live album “Leftoverture Live & Beyond” and the upcoming show in town.

Give a listen to the interview below.

David Ragsdale and Billy Greer

Richie Sambora To Perform BEFORE Rock Hall Induction

EX-Bon Jovi guitarist/songwriter Richie Sambora has been slated to kick off Rock Hall induction week in Cleveland April 7.

Photo by Peter Still/Redferns

Sambora will be performing with his on and off-stage partner, guitarist Orianthi.

This is seen as a good indication that Sambora will also be re-joining his former band of 30 years as they are inducted to the Rock Hall at the April 14th ceremony.

Many fans are hoping these events lead to a permanent reunion between Sambora who stopped performing together in 2013.

Sambora’s role in the band was significantly more than “guitarist”. He provided key backing vocals and created some of the most well-known guitar riffs for huge hit records he co-wrote with Jon Bon Jovi – including “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

Highlights of the Rock Hall induction ceremony will be shown on HBO at a TBD date.

It’s National Puppy Day!!!

Hear Billy Joel’s Original Band The Lords of 52nd Street Talk Their Show In Clearwater Plus Studio & Road Stories

Richie Cannata, Liberty Devitto and Russell Javors together with their late friend Doug Stegmeyer were the band that recorded Billy Joel’s biggest hits with him in the studio.

They are known as The Lords of 52nd Street.

The band is still together and touring.

Friday March 30th they will play Blast Friday a free show in Downtown Clearwater.

I sat down backstage before one of their shows and spoke with the guys and their piano player David Clark.

The guys talked about the upcoming show, how they got their name and some funny stories of traveling the world and being in the studio with Billy Joel.

Give a listen to the interview below.

What Should Our “Official” State Dog Be?

12 of our United States have named an “official” state dog.

Some are no-brainers.

Maryland’s state dog is the “Chesapeake Bay Retriever,” for instance.

Florida does not yet have a state dog. So we’re collecting your suggestions…

 

Steven Tyler Announces Solo Tour!

Last we heard, Aerosmith was planning a North American tour at some point this year and now this…

It shouldn’t derail tour plans, however, as Steven’s solo dates end in early August.

Unfortunately, none for us but if you’re looking to see a great concert in a cool spot, several opportunities for a rock’n road trip here…

FULL STORY AND TOUR DATES HERE.

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Talks Jamming With Journey, Bruce Lee, Hendrix & More

Def Leppard hits The Amalie Arena with Journey on August 18th.

Guitarist Phil Collen and I discussed him having said that they may do some jamming with Journey during the shows.

We also had the chance to talk about his side project Delta Deep and their new release as well as a Def Leppard Record Store Day release, Bruce Lee, Jimi Hendrix and a lot more.

Give a listen to the interview below.

Gainesville Asks: How Best to Honor Tom Petty

As soon as Tom Petty passed, the Gainesville artists, residents and students created tributes on the famous 34th Street Wall and the walls of businesses all over town.

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The City of Gainesville would like to do something more permanent, on a larger scale.

They’re asking the public what they think would be most fitting.

You can take the survey here.

Skyrocketing Cost of Insulin, Kills…

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been a Type 1 diabetic for most of his life.

He is in the fortunate position of being able to afford the expensive drug that keeps him alive – insulin.

Many are not so fortunate. Of course, this applies to sufferers of many different diseases who cannot afford insurance coverage and/or medication.

After hearing the heartbreaking story of a 26-year-old restaurant manager who died, trying to stretch his insulin supply to make it to his next paycheck, Bret Michaels released the following statement:

“As an individual living with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 6, the story of  Alec Raeshawn Smith in  Minneapolis, Minnesota moves me. To start, my prayers & condolences go out to his family. As a brittle diabetic myself who is insulin dependent with a varying intake of 5 injections per day, I am committed in working towards a resolution to pull all parties together so that this never happens again. Like many others, my very life depends on the availability of insulin. In order for a resolution, we need to begin the conversation & I will personally make every attempt to discuss with President Trump as well as Secretary Of Health & Human Services  Alex Azar in an effort to pull together the appropriate parties to begin this conversation.

I have lived with diabetes mostly all of my life & I have seen it claim the lives of family members & friends. It is the reason I fought so hard to win Celebrity Apprentice & it is the reason I continue to raise large sums of money for the American Diabetes Association & JDRF. It is the reason I raise diabetes awareness & the reason I send children to diabetes summer camp through my Life Rocks Foundation where they can learn to manage their diabetes, make friends with a common bond & so they can “just be kids”. –  Bret Michaels”

Read the full story here.

Watch Foreigner Rock Live With An Orchestra From New Album/DVD

Foreigner seems to be on a hot streak these days.

The current line up of the band is hot and add in appearances by original members and the shows are something to see.

On April 27th their new album/DVD “Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus” will be released.

This is a chance to see the band in great form and rocking hard with the additional players.

Watch a video of the band doing a killer version of “Double Vision” from the release below.

I’ve had the chance to speak with founding member  Mick Jones and current singer  Kelly Hansen, click their names to hear those interviews.

You can catch Foreigner at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras Saint Patrick’s Day.

NHRA Driver Leah Pritchett Talks Gatornationals, Going 334 MPH And More

Leah Pritchett drives the 777 car for  Don Schumacher Racing with partners Papa John’s Pizza, MOPAR, and Pennzoil.

She will be racing at Gainesville Raceway when the Gatornationals are there March 15th through the 18th.

Leah took some time out a very busy schedule to talk to me.

We discussed what it takes to drive a car doing over 330 MPH, past wins, future goals and more.

Leah had some great stuff to say and we had some laughs too.

Listen to what she had to say below.

There are also a couple videos you can see of Leah on the track.

If you want to win passes to The Burn Out Zone at the Gatornationals click here to enter.

 

 

Bon Jovi’s David Bryan And Tico Torres Talk Rock Hall, Upcoming Tour & More

From the very beginning of Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres were there.

After all these years and so many shows and albums they are still with the band.

As they are about to be inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and follow up the induction with a lengthy tour, we had the chance to talk.

We discussed the hall, the live shows, studio work and more.

Bon Jovi hits town April 18th at The Amway Center.

Give a listen below.

The Olympics Get a Dose of AC/DC

You know we were JUST talking about how we’d like to see some Olympic skating routines use some rocking music and here comes Hungary’s Ivett Toth last night in the Ladies’ Short Program .

Not only did she set her routine to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and “Thunderstruck,” she did it while rocking the black pants, studded belt, and a leather vest with Angus Young on the back! No frilly costumes for this rocker!

This girl is my new hero! Love it.

 

 

 

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