October 7, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
September 1 - 10, 2010

Last Update - October 7, 2010 at 7:43 PM EDT

Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for September 1 through September 10, 2010 contains links to some of the places I visted via the internet during the first 10 days of last month. If you missed these posted items, or just want to revist and review them, I hope you find them as entertaining and/or informative as I did.

The topics covered below include films, travel, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

A couple 2010 F1 Italian Grand Prix Preview posts and 2010 WRC Rally Japan Preview posts made it into this list.

September 10, 2010

Classic Alice Cooper Movie Making Its Way To Blu -Ray
September 14th

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Alice Cooper's legendary 1973 concert film 'Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper' is making its way to Blue Ray restored and remastered for 1080p and 5.1 DTS. It's due to be released via Shout Factory! on September 14th.

'Good To See You Again' features the original Alice Cooper Band, namely guitarists Glen Buxton & Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith, captured on three dates of their record setting Billion Dollar Babies tour in 1973...

Uriah Heep To Release Live Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

...To be called Official Bootleg Volume II – Live In Budapest, Hungary 2010. As yet, though, there’s no release date.

Say the band: ”This is an official bootleg recording from our concert in the Petofi Hall, Budapest Hungary, on May 4, 2010...

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- Tyler Sloan
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Tyler Sloan is the Rodney Dangerfield among Caps defensemen. Here is a guy who was undrafted and hooked on with three teams by signing free agent contracts (Columbus in 2000, Hershey in 2007, and the Caps in 2008). He didn’t see his first NHL action until he was 27 years old, and in the first period of his first game drew a nine minute power play for the Caps...

Pre-Monza analysis - Alonso under pressure
Posted at Formula1.com

Fernando Alonso comes to Monza under the greatest pressure to deliver a strong result to keep Ferrari in the hunt for the world championship. And yesterday he admitted here that this race, and the next in Singapore, will have a crucial effect on his and the Scuderia’s chances...

Queen + Paul Rodgers Photo Book
By mdome at Classic Rock

There’s an official photo book on the brief career of Queen + Paul Rodgers on the way.

Titled Rockmos!, it’s to be published on October 1 and chronicles the band’s 22 shows in Europe and North America between 2005 and 2008. The 342-page book has a foreword written by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers...

WRC TV stage gets backing from teams
Posted at WRC.com

The FIA's announcement of a television stage on every round of next year's World Rally Championship has received universal approval from those involved in the sport...

September 9, 2010

The Human Bureaucracy.
By Brian at Rumblings from the Man Cave

...So it's about two ay-em and a slight rain is falling in D.C. The rest of my party ambles on over to the Korean War Veterans Memorial and I park it in the Lincoln Memorial so my camera gear won't get wet.

It's me, Abe, and a few D.C. cops. I strike up a conversation as the gentle mist is falling on the marble steps of the monument. I like standing on this one step; there's a marker stating that this is the spot that Martin Luther King stood when he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. I stand there, getting a little wet as I look out over the Reflecting Pool and imagine how electric that day must have been...

FIA Thursday press conference - Italy
Posted at Formula1.com

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India), Jarno Trulli (Lotus).

Q: Jarno, your home race. Tell us what it means to you. New team and all that.
Jarno Trulli: Yeah, it is always great to be back in a sunny Monza. We know Monza can also be very rainy and wet and no-one really enjoys that kind of circumstance. I enjoy Monza as it is a special atmosphere. It is a home grand prix. We have got the tifosi all around. A big Ferrari support but Italian drivers are always very welcome...

MINI World Rally Car up and running
Posted at WRC.com

MINI's new Countryman World Rally Car has turned its wheels in anger for the first time - successfully completing a shakedown test at Prodrive's private proving ground in the UK...

Really good Geezer Butler Interview
Posted by Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

Short and sweet. If you haven't seen this interview with Geezer Butler, where he talks about the death of Dio, the Paranoid album, and a bunch of other things, you're missing out.

Go read this interview over at bravewords.com!

Ronnie Dio’s Memoirs On The Way
By mdome at Classic Rock

Following the news that Dio are to release a live album in November, now it seems more activity is being planned around the late Ronnie James Dio.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Wendy Dio said that there are plans for the singer’s memoirs to be published. “I’m just going to finish the end parts of it. It’s actually [intended as] a three-book deal – the memoirs of Ronnie, a book of illustrated lyrics and a photo book.”...

Italy Preview - Monza make or break for Ferrari?
Posted at Formula1.com

Monza, that wonderful cathedral of sport, could be the turning point of the world championship fight this weekend. Its long straights and the need for minimal downforce may militate against Red Bull, while Ferrari, fresh from no further penalties in their team orders hearing at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday, will decide their strategy for the rest of the season based on their performance here on their home ground...

Team boss Wilson expects strong showing from Ford pair
Posted at WRC.com

Ford team boss Malcolm Wilson says he expects his factory drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala to be competitive in all types of weather conditions on Rally Japan this week.

Hirvonen and Latvala have both highlighted the slight edge the works Focus has on rain-hit stages...

September 8, 2010

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- John Erskine
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

John Erskine is the designated “physical defenseman” for the Caps. In 182 games as a Cap he has recorded 391 hits (2.1 per game) and 294 penalty minutes. But there is another number that lurks ominously among Erskine’s tenure as a Cap – 87. Nope, not the player he’d like most to smear into the glass (ok, maybe). It is the number of games he has missed to injury over his four seasons with Washington...

Bonus points up for grabs on WRC events in 2011
Posted at WRC.com

Motorsport's governing body, the FIA, has announced a number of changes to next year's World Rally Championship, including a bonus stage on every round where drivers will compete for extra championship points.

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council made the decisions at a meeting today (Wednesday) in Paris...

No further Ferrari penalty, team orders to be reviewed
Posted at Formula1.com

The FIA is to review the rules relating to team orders in Formula One racing after its World Motor Sport Council decided on Wednesday to impose no further sanction on Ferrari for their controversial one-two finish in July’s German Grand Prix.

Hockenheim stewards fined Ferrari US$100,000 for imposing team orders and bringing the sport into disrepute after Felipe Massa moved aside to let team mate Fernando Alonso win the race...

New 'Red' Clip: Helen Mirren 1, Armored Cars 0
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Way back in December, "Red" co-creator Warren Ellis offered a great response to one of the coolest additions to the cast of director Robert Schwentke's movie based on the 2003 Wildstorm comic. "Who wouldn't want to see Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle?" he asked.

And while we don't get to see the Oscar-winning actress with a sniper rifle in the new "Red" clip released by Summit Entertainment on Yahoo Movies, we do get to see her taking out a fleet of armored cars with something a little less... subtle...

FIA announces 20-race calendar for 2011
Posted at Formula1.com

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has released the calendar for the 2011 world championship. The addition of the Indian Grand Prix makes for a 20-race season - one more round than in 2010 and the longest in Formula One history.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off proceedings on March 13, followed by the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese rounds, before the championship heads to Europe. The inaugural Indian event will take place towards the end of the year on October 30, with the season drawing to a close in Brazil on November 27...

La Pista Magica - Magical Monza
Posted at Formula1.com

It’s a tough ask to follow Spa-Francorchamps on the Formula One calendar - but Monza can. The legendary circuit, which will host the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, boasts enough history, passion, speed and magic to offer up an unmissable event in front of some of the most fervent fans.

On paper it looks like no other track. Its layout is deceptively simple, but masks what is widely-regarded as one of the toughest challenge on the calendar. Dominated by long straights, but punctuated by slow chicanes, the circuit demands minimum downforce and maximum speed. Affectionately labelled a ‘car-breaker’, nowhere is tougher on brakes and engines than Monza, which boasts average speeds of around 250 km/h and top speeds of 340 km/h...

September 7, 2010

Red Skull Will Be 'Rather Frightening' In 'Captain America' Movie, Says Kevin Feige
By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Earlier this year, Hugo Weaving signed on to portray the villainous Red Skull opposite Chris Evans in "The First Avenger: Captain America".

And while the casting of Weaving has generally been met with fan approval — thanks in part to his memorable turn as Agent Smith in "The Matrix" trilogy...

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- John Carlson
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Since John Carlson was taken by the Capitals with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, John Carlson’s career seems to have been an unbroken arc of advancement and success. After being drafted by the Caps, Carlson joined the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and led all rookie defensemen in that league in goals, assists, overall scoring, and plus-minus; and was an important ingredient in London’s advancing through the playoffs...

Top Names To Perform For ITV Legends
By mdome at Classic Rock

Some of the top names in prog and 60s rock are to play a series of shows at Metropolis Studios in West London, under the banner of ITV Legends.

Each of the shows will be filmed by ITV, and there will only 140 tickets per gig. Not only does everyone there get to see the concert (surprise, surprise), but also meets the band after the performance, and has photos taken with them. In addition, you’ll get your name on the DVD, which is to be commercially released (as well as getting a free copy)...

Ford in search of victory hat-trick in Japan
Posted at WRC.com

After winning the last two versions of Rally Japan in 2007 and 2008, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team heads to Hokkaido this week intent on sealing a third consecutive win there...

Sordo and Raikkonen team up again for Rally Japan
Posted at WRC.com

After making their team debut together on Rally Finland, Dani Sordo and Kimi Raikkonen will be Citroen Junior team-mates again this week in Japan, round 10 of the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship.

With Sebastien Ogier promoted to the main factory team for the remaining gravel rounds in Japan and GB, Sordo is back in the number two squad alongside WRC new boy Raikkonen. But with the same C4 WRC machinery at his control, Sordo is determined to get stuck into the battle with the frontrunners...

Sandy Denny Box Set In November
By mdome at Classic Rock

The late Sandy Denny is to have a massive box set released by Universal on November 1.

Self-titled, it will have 19 CDs, 11 of which will showcase all her commercially released music with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, Strawbs, Alex Campbell, John Silvo and also as a solo artist...

BMW Sauber retain Kobayashi for 2011
Posted at Formula1.com

BMW Sauber announced on Tuesday that Kamui Kobayashi will continue to drive for the team next season. Kobayashi has scored 21 world championship points so far this year and has made it into the top-ten qualifying shootout on three occasions.

“We enjoy having our rookie as part of the team - both as a driver and a person,” said team principal Peter Sauber. “We never had any doubts about working with him again in 2011. Kamui has definitely fulfilled our expectations in terms of his speed and fighting spirit. Plus, his work with the engineers and his technical understanding has also developed very well...

September 6, 2010

Chandhok samples Korean Grand Prix circuit
Posted at Formula1.com

Karun Chandhok became the first man to drive a Formula One car around the all-new Korean International Circuit (KIC) on Saturday when he got behind the wheel of a Red Bull as part of a special demonstration event.

In front of 4000 spectators, Chandhok - on loan from regular team HRT - completed 14 laps of the Yeongam venue, which will host the inaugural Korean Grand Prix on October 22-24. The ‘Circuit Run 2010’ also included demonstration laps by Formula BMW and Korean touring cars...

Dio To Release Donington Live Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Dio are to have their first release since the death of Ronnie James Dio in May.

It’s a double live CD titled Dio At Donington UK: Live in 1983 & 1987. To be released by Niji Entertainment Group, this is due out on November 9...

September 5, 2010

Freddie Mercury
Posted here by Dan, Jr. of Junior's Eyes

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara), the greatest Rock 'N Roll singer of all time in my opinion, was born on September 5, 1946.

Since he died of bronchial pneumonia (resulting from AIDS) on November 24, 1991, it doesn't seem like a time to say "Happy Birthday!". However, September 5th is a day I usually spend revisiting all my fond memories of Freddie and his band, Queen. The music, the concerts and the man - as much as I knew of him.

Let's enjoy one of those fun old tunes now. How about his cover of "The Great Pretender" (November 24, 1992)? Yes, it was released a year after Freddie passed away.

Freddie Mercury - "The Great Pretender" Extended Version (1992)

September 4, 2010

Halford: New Album This Month
By mdome at Classic Rock

Halford, fronted bny Rob Halford of course release their new album on September 27.

It’s called Halford IV – Made Of Metal, and was produced by Roy Z. The full track listing is:...

September 3, 2010

wrc.com countdown to Rally Japan
Posted at WRC.com

After a two-year absence, Japan returns to the World Rally Championship calendar for the first time since 2008. After several years based in the smaller city of Obihiro, the last running of Rally Japan took place in the metropolis of Sapporo - which hosted the winter Olympics in 1972 as well as the football World Cup in 2002...

The Latest Classic Rock Podcast Is Live!
By gbarton at Classic Rock

The Classic Rock Podcast is back with its latest instalment – come inside to have a listen.

Geoff Barton, Malcolm Dome and sultry newbie Kylie Olsson discuss the Classic Rock awards nominations, Axl Rose’s volatile behaviour, the dearth of modern-day rock superstars and a whole lot more besides. Go here for an epic hour-long earful!

Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Good stuff, this!

Cult Heroes No. 28: Rock Goddess
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Without wishing to come across all pompous and highbrow on you, the time has come for a serious reappraisal of Rock Goddess, three (occasionally four) hard-rockin’ girls who sashayed out of the seething musical hotbed of Wandsworth, south London, in the early 1980s...

September 2, 2010

Gordo’s Goal: Health
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Caps center Boyd Gordon is in town preparing for his seventh NHL season. The longest-tenured Capital from the standpoint of continuous service, Gordon was a first-round (17th overall) selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has been here through the highs and lows of the 2000s, and has seen his own career plagued by a back injury that he thinks is finally under control...

Capitals On The Hot Seat
By J.P. at Japers' Rink

It goes without saying that expectations headed into this coming season for the Washington Capitals are sky-high. The team was the NHL's best through 82 games a season ago before imploding in the first round of the playoffs after taking a commanding 3-1 lead over the Canadiens.

Most of the team's players are back, a year older, a year wiser, and a year hungrier... you'd hope. That combination of talent and disappointment, built up over a couple of years, results in a few organizational pressure points - men who are on the hot seat, as it were...

Gronholm to test for Mini
Posted at WRC.com

Two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm will make a return to the wheel of a Prodrive-run rally car for the first time in over a year, when he tests the new Mini Countryman WRC in Portugal next week.

The eagerly-anticipated car had an initial shakedown test at the British firm’s proving ground in Warwick this week, but the forthcoming Portugal test marks the first serious running that the Mini will carry out on gravel...

Italy preview quotes - Bridgestone, Ferrari, Virgin,
Force India & more

Posted (Last update on September 9, 2010) at Formula1.com

With average speeds of 250 km/h and top speeds of 340km/h, Monza is one of the quickest circuits on the calendar, as well as one of the oldest. Also home to the Tifosi, the track isn’t short on atmosphere either. The drivers and team members explain why they love Monza and discuss their prospects for the Italian Grand Prix...

Deep Purple: Two More Reissues
By mdome at Classic Rock

Deep Purple are to have two more albums reissued by EMI on October 25.

The first is Come Taste The Band, the sole studio album from the MKIV line-up and originally put out in 1975...

...The other is the compilation Deepest Purple, which was first issued in 1980...

Pirelli ahead of schedule after French test
Posted at Formula1.com

Pirelli’s preparations to return to Formula One racing in 2011 as the sport’s sole tyre supplier continued apace this week, thanks to a successful test at France’s Paul Ricard circuit. The firm’s official test driver Nick Heidfeld was again on track following his debut outing for the tyre manufacturer at Mugello in Italy last month...

The Secret Life of Jarno Trulli
Posted at Formula1.com

He’s Italian but he’s never driven for Ferrari; he’s scored 246.5 points over the course of his 14 year Formula One career; his first - and only - victory came at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix; he has raised almost 670,000 Euros for Abruzzo since a devastating earthquake hit the region in April 2009; and he owns a vineyard. These are just some of the things you probably do know about Jarno Trulli. Now find out a few you don’t, with the help of the latest installment in our Secret Life series...

September 1, 2010

Lisa Hillary’s Greatest Hits
Posted by The OFB Team at On Frozen Blog

Via CSN Washington:...

Austin circuit layout revealed
Posted at Formula1.com

Race organisers for the forthcoming United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have released a draft layout of the new circuit that will stage the event from 2012, when Formula One racing returns to the country for the first time in five years...

Hard Rock Hell Tickets Are Selling Fast...
By gbarton at Classic Rock

...But there’s still time to grab a piece of the action, with day tickets still available. Click here to get your Hard Rock Hell tickets.

The fourth annual Hard Rock Hell festival takes place December 3-5 at Pontins Holiday Village, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales.

The line-up is as follows:...

Alonso: Ferrari's fortunes must improve at Monza
Posted at Formula1.com

He arrived at Ferrari amid much fanfare, but Fernando Alonso has endured more downs than ups during a fraught 2010 season. However, as the dust settles on a particularly tough Belgian Grand Prix, Alonso is determined to stay positive ahead of the Italian team’s home event at Monza next weekend - a race he says could prove critical to his dwindling title hopes...

F1 in Schools gears up for 2010 World Finals
Posted at Formula1.com

Students from around the world are putting the finishing touches to their model Formula One cars ahead of the 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals, which will be held in Singapore next month.

The global educational challenge, which is privileged to have the support of the Formula One fraternity, draws together the best young engineers, business minds and designers, as they compete for the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy as well as Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships to City University London...

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