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Picozzi is a legendary Hartford personality, having been part of the huge morning team “Picozzi and the Horn” and instrumental in the rise of WCCC. Picozzi drives you to work every morning on 102.9 The Whale. He mixes in your favorite classic rock with his unique brand of humor as well as the sports, weather, rock news, and prizes to get you up and running every morning.

  • That's a good thing
    Queen + Adam Lambert are back on the road starting tonight with their first North American tour since 2014. They are in Arizona tonight. They are the band that would not go away. Every time you thought they were done…they were not. Brian May spoke on that subject and Adam Lambert:
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  • I can picture it
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  • Nickelback loses
    Nickelback started out as a hugely popular band, with good rock songs. Maybe it was the ballads, maybe it was when Chad Kroeger cut his hair but the public turned on them.  They became a joke punchline.  Someone on Facebook started a page where you could vote for who was more popular Nickelback or a pickle.  Pickle won. Chad Kroeger then reportedly sent a terse notice to the pickle-backers.  Kroeger wrote: "Your page will be closing in two weeks." The response? "I still whooped your ass, Chad! :)"
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  • Spiderman of course

    The story just gets better and better. Gene Simmons caused an uproar over his application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the devil horn gesture he alleges to flash in concert and when posing for photos, now he fully admits he did not invent it. He says; "it came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’" (That would be gene backtracking now, as if he knew he was doing it wrong all along)

    Simmons also recalls the late Ronnie James Dio telling him that he started it. "I mean him no ill will, but I think he’s wrong... We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that’s us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with KISS.” Let me translate KISS invented EVERYTHING!

    Meanwhile, not only are Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio and Nikki Sixx questioning Simmons's motives, but now the band Coven -- known for the 1971 hit "One Tin Soldier" featured in the film Billy Jack -- is also claiming ownership of the sign.

    Singer Esther "Jinx" Dawson says, "I did the Sign of the Horns when Coven started in late 1967. Again this sign was pictured on our first album released in 1969, and on our 1971, 1974 and 2013 albums. This information is in more than 25 books... I never trademarked MY sign because it was meant for all to do, though it is legally ‘grandfathered in’ to me for use in music by all the history. Gene does not even DO the sign properly. He is doing the deaf sign for ‘love’. I think Gene and The Hollywood Reporter should get their story straight… Write the Reporter and tell them what YOU think. If he dares to go through with his application, I shall sue on behalf of us all… Horns Up and Many Hails to you all…"

    I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this…Gene likes to keep his name in the news.

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  • Gene Simmons
    Yesterday we spoke of Gene Simmons of KISS attempting to trademark the devil horns that metal bands put up at concerts on stage.  He claims he was the first but clearly he was not.  The band Coven could claim it, and even John Lennon could (although he was trying to do the sign for I love You in sign language)(which ironically is what Gene is mistakenly trying to trademark, because he’s doing it wrong.)  
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  • well, just the horns
    GENE SIMMONS has done some questionable marketing things for KISS, and they usually work, but this?  Gene has filed an application to trademark the heavy metal "horns" hand symbol. Really. He wants the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to extend his forefinger and pinky in the name of metal rock and roll. His application says he wants it for, quote, "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist. So if this brash craziness gets approved, then no other music act would be able to throw up the horns onstage or after a band’s personal appearance at Walmart, without the threat of being sued by Gene Simmons.
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  • Kind of
    Who would want to punch Eddie vedder of Pearl Jam?  Nobody, he might be the only grunge god left.  But if he's got to be punched, wouldn't it be great if it was Paul McCartney?  Well it was.  It happened but not in the cool bar fight way. A story came out from Eddie Vedder that Paul McCartney punched him in the face…in a Seattle bar.   Paul was telling a story of how he hit someone and the demonstration had him accidentally hitting Eddie in the face. Here's Vedder's account:
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  • David Crosby ta;ls
    The subject returns every once in a while with all the older band anniversary reunions going on.  The question of Crosby Stills and Nash came up again. David Crosby says the toughest decision he had to make in his long career happened a few years ago when he left Crosby, Stills and Nash. Why did he leave and will he join them again for a show or tour?
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  • Foreigner's 40th
    There has been speculation and conjecture.  Foreigner is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year.  Mick Jones is the only original member.  Lou Gramm and he were not getting along a while back which Mick attributed to drinking and substance abuse.  Lou hasn’t been the singer since 2003. They have made up and have been communicating but neither had an answer for a 40th reunion.  Finally the band announced a 40th anniversary tour on July 11th.  And Lou and other original members will show up for a few of the dates. Mick says;
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  • Not Quite Fleetwood Mac but a simulation?
    The wait is over as Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie release their first non-Fleetwood Mac album together today (Friday).
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