Rock and Roll Road Trip: Sammy Hagar Visits Toby Keith

Rock and Roll has a new home with a new platform in addition to radio. Sammy Hagar is a rock music legend taking rock to a new level as host of “Rock and Roll Road Trip” which launched its second season on AXS TV this Spring.  Hagar is a celebrity frontman known for his high energy performances leading top rock bands including Montrose and Van Halen. Season two launched during the Spring of 2017 attracting music fans as Hagar takes viewers behind the scenes with other music stars.

One of the popular interviews in Season 2 took place with Hagar visiting the expansive Oklahoma ranch of country music star, Toby Keith. Good friends off camera, Hagar and Keith spent time on the picturesque grounds of his ranch with Hagar shooting the breeze asking questions that fans want to know about him. Hagar asked Keith if he is a democrat or republican. Keith smiles and replies simply that he is Big Dog Daddy and he does what he wants to do. They also shoot the breeze on songwriting and the stories behind some of Keith’s popular songs. Check out the video clip of their engaging interview.

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Local H takes subtle jab at Trump during Maxwell’s Tavern show

Local H singer Scott Lucas on April 29 told a New Jersey crowd that he felt a bit like the band from Titanic, rocking on as the ship around him sinks. 

After following up with a remark about Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, it was clear Lucas’ “ship” comment was about America, a commentary on the newly-elected president sending the nation spiraling into dark, stormy waters. Was it truly a surprise that Lucas used his singer-songwriter platform to spew hot fire at our nation’s commander in chief? It shouldn’t be.

The 46-year-old has made it no secret that he’s not a Trump fan, as he compared one of his known rivals — Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan — to the billionaire in an interview last year with Alternative Nation. Fortunately, the fans on hand for Local H’s gig at Maxwell’s Tavern weren’t subjected to much political chatter. Lucas kept his between-song banter to a minimum, opting for more rock, less talk.

And when Lucas did choose to rock, his shredding was hard, fast and loud. Perhaps in an attempt to make the set more aggressive in anticipation of the band’s upcoming tour with Metallica, Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding blitzed through a performance that included many of the heaviest deep cuts in their entire catalogue.

Sure there were sprinkles of pop rock, including the band’s 1996 sing-a-long hit “Bound for the Floor,” and the Lorde cover “Team.” But the bulk of the 90-minute show was full on heavier-hitting gems, such as “Hands on the Bible” and “California Songs.” Local H hits the road with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold this June.


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The Austrian President’s Proposal to Fight Islamophobia: Wearing the veil

Reacting to a recent law that prohibits women from wearing a Burkha (a complete veil), the Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen has expressed his wish that all Austrian women would all wear the veil on one day, marking resistance to Islamophobia.

Contrary to what President Van der Bellen believes, the veil forms no part of Islam in its traditional form. None of the Prophet’s wives covered herself with the veil. It was only in the VIII century, in Bagdad, with the Abbasid caliphs, that this tradition appeared. It was then gradually integrated into various schools of jurisprudence.

Despite this, since the Second World War, the Muslim Brotherhood made it the symbol of its political project in Muslim societies. It follows that wearing a veil is not stricto sensu, a religious issue, but a political choice.
Alexander Van der Bellen belongs to the family of ecological politicians which rose in the mid-nineties, around the German Joseph Fischer. De Bellen has provided support to Nato’s illegal intervention in Yugoslavia, siding with the Muslim minority.

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Civilian death toll from coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria rises to 352 – Pentagon

“It is more likely than not, at least 352 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” said a statement from the operation’s Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF-OIR), which analyzes each reported incident, and counts those where civilian deaths seemed “likely.”

“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” it added.

The coalition claims that between August 2014 and March 31, 2017 the bombing campaign comprised 20,205 air strikes that could be broken down into 42,089 separate engagements.

CJTF-OIR states that fewer than 1 percent of all engagements provoked complaints of civilians casualties, and 0.24 percent have produced “credible” casualty reports.

“Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable,” said the statement.

The reported period involved some of the most intense bombing campaigns since the start of the conflict, as the Coalition, which consists of most European and Middle Eastern states, has helped the Iraqi army advance on Islamic State’s Mosul stronghold, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have been trapped.

In late March there were claims from local reports that over 200 civilians perished as a result of airstrikes on areas where Islamic State used the population as human shields.

While almost the entirety of the addition to the death toll comes from the city, the worst listed new incident is the accidental targeting of a parked car bomb that resulted in the deaths of 14 civilians on March 14.

The Pentagon says that it is looking into a further 42 incidents by using “traditional investigative methods” such as site inspections, and pilot interviews, but also “analyzes information provided by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, partner forces and traditional and social media.”

According to Airwars, a UK-based charity-funded NGO, which conducts its own detailed reviews of strike reports, the figures produced by the CJTF-OIR are consistently conservative. The organization says that at least 3,164 civilians have been killed by the Coalition, with deaths spiking to their worst levels ever in the past two months.

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Cheeky Exploits: Tourists bare butts to the world in latest Instagram craze

The good people behind the Cheeky Exploits Instagram account, which has gained a whopping 135,000 followers so far, want you to bare your butt for the camera and upload your snaps to Instagram for our collective viewing pleasure.

People have taken to the new craze with aplomb and uploaded derriere snaps the world over, with surprising inventiveness. Here’s some of the best, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Warfare trumps trade : Donald discusses North Korea, media, politics & Russia

North Korea

Trump described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “smart cookie,” and dismissed the suggestions that his efforts to pressure North Korea had failed in light of Pyongyang’s recent missile test.

Trump said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping would not be happy should North Korea carry out a nuclear test.

“The relationship I have with China, it’s been already acclaimed as being something very special, something very different than we’ve ever had.” Trump said.

He denied the suggestion that by working with China on North Korea he was sending a message that the US would turn a blind eye to its human rights record and trade issues. “North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade.”


When asked what he has learned since taking office, Trump said “how dishonest the media is.”

Trump told interviewer John Dickerson that he referred to Dickerson’s Face the Nation show as “Deface the Nation,” and accused it of being “not exactly correct.”


Trump accused Democrats of being “totally obstructionist” and called Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer a “bad leader.”

“All they do is obstruct. All they do is delay,” he said. “Even our Supreme Court justice, as you know, who I think is going to be outstanding, Justice Gorsuch. I think that it was disgraceful the way they handled that.”

Trump was referring to delays in voting to confirm Gorsuch, who was confirmed nine weeks after being nominated. President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, Merrick Garland, was delayed for a year following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Republicans refused to even hold confirmation hearings for Garland, leaving the Supreme Court with one less judge for close to 14 months.


Trump said, “Obamacare is dead,” but dodged Dickerson’s requests for specifics on how his healthcare bill has been fixed.

“This bill has evolved,” he said. “And we didn’t have a failure on the bill. You know, it was reported like a failure.”

When pressed, Trump said pre-existing conditions would be covered and promised “such competition” with insurers to drive down premiums.

Tax Returns

When asked about his intention to release his tax returns, Trump said he was still under audit, and that his tax return was “very big.”

“I think it’s a very unfair thing because I have been under audit almost, like, since I became famous, okay?” he added.


Trump described stories about ties between Russia and the Trump campaign as “phoney,” and that he doesn’t know if Russia meddled in the US elections.

“You have Podesta [Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair whose emails were hacked] who, by the way, I understand has a company with his brother in Russia. Hillary’s husband makes speeches in Russia. Hillary did a uranium deal with Russia. Nobody ever talks about that. But I don’t know because the F.B.I. was not allowed by Podesta to go in and check all of the records on their servers and everything else that you would normally have to check. That’s number one.”

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“Number two, knowing something about hacking, if you don’t catch a hacker, okay, in the act, it’s very hard to say who did the hacking. With that being said, I’ll go along with Russia. Could’ve been China, could’ve been a lot of different groups.”

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CSKA 1-2 Spartak – Moscow derby sees Spartak edge closer to 1st league title in 16 yrs

Before Sunday afternoon’s game at CSKA’s VEB Arena, Spartak fans unfurled a banner reading “We’ve come for gold” – a reference to their quest for their first league title since 2001.

They left needing just one more victory to secure what has evaded them for 16 years.

Defending league champions CSKA lost playmaker Alan Dzagoev in the warm-up before the game, which was delayed by 15 minutes due to a television broadcasting overlap with the Sochi Grand Prix.

When the game did start, CSKA began the brighter. A long range shot from defender Aleksei Berezutski forced Spartak goalkeeper Artem Rebrov to fumble the ball, and the follow up hit the post before Aleksandr Golovin shot straight at Rebrov.

That set a precedent for much of the first half as CSKA pushed for an opener. Occasionally Spartak did manage to break away, the ever-dangerous Ivelin Popov crossed to Roman Zobnin on 19 minutes who cleverly controlled the ball but the Russian’s shot was weak.

Then, with just over half an hour played, the game saw its first goal, coming undeniably against the run of play.

In the midst of heavy CSKA pressure, Spartak broke away through Popov, who drove into the CSKA box and squared to Luiz Adriano. The Brazilian calmly slotted the ball through the legs of Akinfeev before wheeling away to celebrate in front of the joyous section of away fans.

First blood to Spartak.

If CSKA were disheartened by the goal then they did not make it apparent. Their relentless pressure eventually paid off when just before half time, a header from Berezutskiy ensured the scores were level going into the break.

But CSKA’s brave resolve was to be in vain. Just nine minutes after the restart, they became masters of their own downfall. Defender Viktor Vasin was tackled attempting to dribble clear Ze Luis’ blocked attempt. Captain Denis Glushakov was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net.

After the goal, CSKA’s resistance appeared to wane and Spartak could sense a dip in morale. Akinfeev kept CSKA in the game by touching a shot from Zobnin onto the post, and then saving the rebound off the goal line.

Twice during the second half the game was paused for several minutes due to flares lit in the CSKA end behind the goal that created a cloud of opaque smoke on the pitch. The disruptions to the match were to have no bearing on the outcome.

Spartak could have put the game to bed through Promes five minutes from time, but the Dutchman’s shot hit the post. The game stayed at 2-1 and Spartak extended their lead at the top of the league to a seemingly unassailable 10 points.

Just one more win will see them crowned champions.

Upon the final whistle, Spartak players and staff flooded the pitch and danced in front of the travelling away fans. They knew that now only something special could stop them from the coveted RPL championship.

Spartak manager Massimo Carrera praised his players following the win. The Italian, who worked as assistant to current Chelsea coach Antonio Conte at Juventus and then the Italian national team, was appointed Spartak boss after the resignation Dmitry Alenichev in August.

“I’m grateful that I am with players who are suited to my ideas. They try in earnest to fulfil what I demand of them. It’s a sign of why we have been the leaders of the Russian Premier League since last year. ” Carrera said in his post-match press conference.

“I only try to encourage the team to give one hundred percent and we have become a team. As regards the level Russian football – I think it is improving,” he added.

Spartak came for gold, they left with the opportunity to carve their names into Russian football history.

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‘Very last option’: McCain skeptical about preemptive strike on N.Korea

When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if Donald Trump is considering a preemptive strike against North Korea over its ongoing nuclear tests, McCain replied: “I don’t think so.”

The Republican Senator, who dined with the president on Monday, said the key to solving the crisis in the Korean Peninsula is China.

“The Chinese can put the brakes on this [Pyongyang’s nuclear program]. I do not believe that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un is going to do that by himself. I don’t think he’s irrational, but I don’t think he’s concerned about the welfare of his people to say, the least,” he said.

“We got to tell the Chinese that there’s a whole lot at stake, unless they bring that to a halt. Because if they (North Korea) get the weapon and they have the missile – we can’t afford to have that threat to the continental United States,” McCain added.

As for a preemptive strike against Pyongyang, he stressed that “we have to consider that option as the very last option.”

“One of the reasons is because there’s artillery on the [demilitarized zone between North and South] that can strike Seoul, a city of 26 million people, and the carnage would be horrendous,” the senator explained.

READ MORE: uterte says N. Korean leader Kim ‘wants to end world,’ warns Trump ‘not to play into his hands’

Earlier in April, McCain, who opposed Trump during his campaign for the White House, praised the president for ordering a missile strike on the Shayrat airbase in Syria.

The bombardment was carried out in response to an alleged chemical attack in Idlib on April 4, which Washington indiscriminately blamed on the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.

“The president of the United States last night showed strength,” the senator said of the strike, urging greater US assistance the so-called moderate rebels and establishment of a no fly zone in Syria.

In February, McCain called on Trump to send weapons to Ukraine which has been conducting a military operation in its rebelling south-eastern regions since 2014.

He again blamed Russia for supporting the self-defense units in Donbass, saying the “violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response.”

Earlier on Sunday, Trump also addressed the issue of possible military action against North Korea, telling CSB he “will not be happy” if North Korea conducts another nuclear test.

When asked to clarify, the US president said: “I would not be happy. If he (Kim Jong-un) does a nuclear test, I will not be happy.”

CBS host John Dickerson then asked Trump directly whether US military action was possible, the president replied: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”

The US leader again acknowledged the important role of Beijing in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. Trump expressed belief that Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has been “putting pressure” on North Korea to bring a halt to its nuclear tests.

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Fifield’s electric fat tire bike is available with mid- or rear-drive

Normally, rogue waves are something to avoid, but this one might be something you’ll want to experience.

Massachusetts-based electric bike builder Fifield is making its first foray into all-terrain e-bikes with a fat tire model named Rogue Wave, which comes in two different configurations for conquering snow, sand, mud, or just plain old asphalt. The company, which makes two beautiful hand-built mid-drive electric bikes, as well as a folding e-bike and a few other front-drive e-bikes, is now offering its Rogue Wave model to backers of a Kickstarter campaign, which promises delivery of the new electric fat bikes in May of 2017.

Founded by Ed Martin (“e-Biker-in-Chief”), Fifield Electric Bikes has been making and selling its e-bikes for the last few years, and attributes its great bike designs to master frame builder Ted Wojcik, “a Yankee tinker turned e-bike design-build guru,” while preaching the benefits of e-biking as an effective method of getting more people on bikes. One of the FAQs on the company site is the misinformed question of “Would I exercise less on an e-bike?” to which Fifield’s answer is “This is your conscience talking. With an e-bike, you’d actually get out there more often. Hills would suddenly feel flat and distances seem shorter.”

While its current electric bikes are mostly geared toward riding around town or commuting on pavement, Fifield’s new Rogue Wave features 4″ fat tires for rolling over everything with ease, and offers an aggressive MTB-style frame and riding position. It doesn’t have a front suspension fork, but with 4″ tires, perhaps it really doesn’t need it, and although it’s called an “all-terrain” bike and it might look right at home on a singletrack, fat tire bikes aren’t necessarily just for off-road riding, as they offer a comfortable ride on pavement as well.

The Rogue Wave is being offered in two different configurations, either mid- or rear-drive, both at the same early bird price of $1399. Both models include a 9-speed Shimano Alivio gearset, dual hydraulic disc brakes, and a weatherproof dashboard for displaying ride and bike stats (current speed, average speed, top speed, trip distance, odometer, pedal assist level, and battery level).

Fifield Rogue Wave fat tire e-bike (rear-drive)© Fifield Electric Bikes (rear-drive Rogue Wave)

For the rear-drive model, a Bafang 500W motor is coupled with 48V 14.5Ah lithium ion battery, and has a peak output of 750W and a range of up to 40 miles per charge. The mid-drive model (top photo) uses a Bafang 350W motor and a 36V 14.5Ah battery for a peak output of 600W and the same range per charge, and both bikes have a top assisted speed of 20 mph and a charge time of about 3 hours. The choice of mid- or rear-drive depends on the rider’s preference, as the company says the mid-drive “delivers smooth power and fantastic balance in the center of the bike,” while the rear-drive model “gives incredible torque to get you over those rocks and roots in the woods.”

Here’s a quick look at the bikes from Fifield’s Kickstarter page:

The crowdfunding campaign for the Fifield Rogue Wave is offering both the rear- and mid-drive models to backers at an early bird price of $1399 (MSRP $2300), or as a combo pack of both bikes for $2699, and the company estimates delivery of the bikes to take place in May of 2017. Check out the Fifield Electric Bikes website for more information on the company and its other bicycles.

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