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Steely Dan’s “Aja” turns 40 as Michael McDonald remembers recording “Peg”: “I was terrified”

ABC RecordsSteely Dan’s classic album Aja was released 40 years ago Saturday.  Before he was a solo star, or even a Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald was one of the musicians who worked with Steely Dan on tour and in the studio.  He sang on many of their albums, including Aja, notably on the hit single, “Peg.”  Michael recalls the day he recorded that song, he felt very insecure about his vocal abilities.

“My anxieties of working with those guys was that I wasn’t going to be able to cut it,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I sing, but I’m not one of those studio kind of singers that has a three-octave range, and all kinds of breath control. I smoked too much and I drank too much.”

That’s why, he recalls, “I remember being terrified by that whole session.” 

Michael was the only one doing all the harmonies on “Peg,” but they were so difficult that he found he couldn’t stay in tune. “If I heard the other part, it was just too close to what I was singing,” he admits. “So I sang all the parts completely solo and then they brought ’em all back [together]…and they sounded great.”

It’s no wonder that Michael was nervous working with Steely Dan, though. The duo’s Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker were notorious perfectionists.

“I always enjoyed working for Donald and Walter, [but] they could be harsh taskmasters,” Michael remembers. “A lot of it was just their sense of humor…their songs are always a kind of a study in irony and sarcasm, and I always thought that was the best part of their music.”

Michael is currently on the road in support of Wide Open, his first new album of original material in more than 15 years.

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Early John Lennon & Paul McCartney demo of “What Goes On” up for auction

Val Wilmer/RedfernsAn unreleased, early demo version of the Beatles‘ classic “What Goes On” could be yours if the price is right.

Online record dealer Parlogram is auctioning off an acetate demo of the song from early 1963.  The band would revive the song two years later for the Rubber Soul album in 1965.

The demo features John Lennon singing and accompanying himself on acoustic guitar with Paul McCartney singing harmony on the chorus.  It also features original lyrics on the verses that differ from those on the later version. Ringo Starr would take the lead on the Rubber Soul version.

The song itself actually predates The Beatles.  Lennon told interviewer David Sheff in 1980, “That as an early Lennon written before the Beatles when we were the Quarrymen, or something like that.  And resurrected with a middle eight thrown in, probably with Paul’s help, to give Ringo a song and also to use the bits because I never liked to waste anything.”

According to Parlogram, George Harrison gave the nearly-two-minute acetate to a family member. It original was sold at auction in 2012 as part of a lot of several items.

The acetate is being auctioned on eBay, and Parlogram has uploaded a snippet of the demo to YouTube. Bidding ends October 1.  As of Thursday night, bidding stood at 2,222 pounds or around $3,016.

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Nancy Wilson’s new band, Roadcase Royale, releases debut album “First Things First” today

Credit: Loud & Proud RecordsNancy Wilson’s rock and roll heart is still beating, but with a soulful twist.

Wilson, founding member and guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Heart, has teamed up with R&B singer Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s New Power Generation, to form Roadcase Royale. The band’s debut album, the aptly-named First Things First, comes out today.

Roadcase Royale also features lead guitarist and Prince protégé Ryan Waters and three other Heart members: keyboardist Chris Joyner, drummer Ben Smith, and bassist Dan Rothchild, the latter of whom produced the album.

Wilson tells ABC Radio the members all have a “similar ethic on how want to sound and how to make it work” and it came together quickly, “sort of like we just got married in Vegas.”

As for the name Roadcase Royale, it comes from life on the road. Wilson says, “It was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany…Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

Their first single is “Get Loud.” Another track, “The Dragon,” was written for late Alice In Chains frontman and fellow Seattle musician Layne Staley before his death.

As for when Wilson will reunite with her sister, Heart co-founder Ann Wilson, that’s still unknown.  A rift between the two prompted an indefinite hiatus.  Nancy tells ABC News she’s waiting for when “me and my sister can actually have a discussion,” adding, “I’ve kind of reached out, but she hasn’t been ready to reach out.” 

Wilson and company have lined up some headlining dates and will be special guests on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s Silver Bullet Tour.

Here are Roadcase Royale’s headlining dates:

9/24 — Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
9/26 — State College, PA, The State Theatre
10/1 — Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre
10/4 — Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre 
10/8 — Nashville, TN, City Winery
10/15 — Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Theatre
10/17 — New Orleans, LA, Joy Theater

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Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani announced as upcoming “SNL” hosts

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — The new season of Saturday Night Live, its 43rd, gets underway September 30 with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest JAY-Z.  Now we know who will be following up the pair of guests in subsequent weeks.

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will hosting the season’s second episdoe on October 7, with musical guest Sam Smith.

The Big Sick and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani will be the guest host on October 14, with musical guest Pink.

This season SNL will be airing live simultaneously coast to coast.

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Jerry Seinfeld says fans shouldn’t expect a “Seinfeld” reunion

NETFLIX(NEW YORK) — Jerry Seinfeld has said it before, and he’ll say it again: don’t expect a Seinfeld reunion.

Despite a Super Bowl ad from a few years back — and a reunion subplot on Curb Your Enthusiasm — Jerry, Elaine, George and the gang will probably never grace the TV screen together again.

Entertainment Tonight recently asked the 63-year-old whether he would capitalize on the current trend of reboots and reunions like Roseanne and Will & Grace.

His response: “Why?”

The legendary comedian has always been outspoken about leaving the show, which ended its run in 1998, alone.

“Maybe it’s nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well,” he explained to ET.

Seinfeld has had major success in the two decades since his show went off the air, touring around the country and hosting the web show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

In fact, Seinfeld returned to the top of Forbes‘ highest-paid comedians list this year, raking in $69 million.

He’s also got his Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, streaming now.


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“Champagne” toast: Jeff Bridges bubbly about “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Giles Keyte(NEW YORK) — While nobody can mistake Matthew Vaughn’s madcap action comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle for Academy Awards bait, its cast is laden with Oscar gold.

The King’s Speech winner Colin Firth reprises his role as suave British spy Harry Hart; Still Alice‘s Julianne Moore plays a homemaking icon/villain bent on world domination; Monster’s Ball lead Halle Berry plays a tech genius akin to “Q” in the James Bond movies, and Crazy Heart‘s Jeff Bridges can be seen as the head of the Statesman group — an American cousin to the very secret, veddy British Kingsman spy agency. 

And there’s one other Oscar winner, too: Elton John.

Bridges tells ABC Radio, “Well, I was a big fan of the first one, and when I was invited to come on board the next one, said, ‘Oh, this is wonderful! Does it have the same director?’ ‘Yep, Matthew Vaughn’s gonna be in it, and Colin Firth, and Taron Egerton, yep!’ ‘OK! Who else?'” and then they started to list the other folks who were on board, you know, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, and my gal Julianne Moore, you know, so it made it easy to say yes.”

Bridges explains of the film, “I play the head of the Statesman organization…My name is Champagne — I don’t particularly like that name, I make everybody call me Champ — but my official name is Champagne, all of the agents in the Statesman organization are named after booze. The Kingsmen, their cover is a tailor shop — you know, they’re tailors, at least that’s what they say. And we’re…distillers.”

The distillery cover made for a bit of product placement: Statesman whiskey, which is actually being made by acclaimed real-life, Kentucky-based Old Forester.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens nationwide today.


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Girl may have helped plot Maryland teen’s rape by fellow classmates

Chalabala/iStock/Thinkstock(FREDERICK, Md.) — A Maryland girl could face charges for allegedly helping plot an acquaintance’s rape, police said.

Just after midnight on Sept. 2, an 18-year-old woman was opening the door to her home when she was grabbed from behind by three males, the Frederick Police Department said in a press release.

The suspects struck the victim, pulled her hair, put her in a vehicle and transported her to an unknown apartment in the area, where they proceed to rape her for several hours, police said.

The attack was not random, Frederick Police Sgt. Andrew Alcorn told ABC News.

A younger girl — an acquaintance of the victim — may have been involved in planning the crime, police said, referencing messages sent by the girl on social media before and after the alleged attack. She could later be charged with accessory before the fact as a co-conspirator to the crime, Alcorn said.

The victim told police she was held captive for several hours and raped by two of the males, whom she identified as high school classmates Edgar Chicas-Hernandez, 17, and Victor Gonzalez Gutierres, 19, police said.

She could not identify the third suspect, who had his face covered while he filmed the events, police said.

Before releasing her, the suspects threatened the victim with additional harm if she reported the crime to police. The victim reported the rape to police three days after she was kidnapped, police said.

Both Chicas-Hernandez and Gutierres were arrested last week without incident, police said. They were each charged kidnapping, first-degree rape, sodomy, and first- and second-degree assault, according to case documents.

Chicas-Hernandez is being charged as an adult, Alcorn said. They have both had their initial court appearances but did not enter pleas, Alcorn said. It is unclear if either of them has retained an attorney.

Authorities are still searching for a third suspect, whose identity remains unknown.

Police are working with prosecutors to decide whether to charge the acquaintance, who is a juvenile and younger than the suspects and victim, Alcorn said, describing the case as “sensitive” and “serious.”

“It’s just as important to rule her out of investigation as it is to bring her in,” he said.

Alcorn said he didn’t know the exact extent of the conversation the younger girl had with the suspects.

The attack does not appear to be gang-related at this point, Alcorn said.

Alcorn said situations like this rarely happen in the city of Frederick and that authorities are “taking it very seriously.”

Police did not release the identities of the victim or the acquaintance who may later be charged.

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Police shoot and kill Oklahoma City man as neighbors shout that he is deaf

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — An Oklahoma City man was fatally shot by police as neighbors shouted that the man could not hear officers’ commands to drop a metal pipe he was holding, police said.

The incident occurred Tuesday evening after an accident led officers to a house where Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was outside on the porch, Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a press conference Wednesday.

The pipe Sanchez was carrying had been fashioned into a fairly large weapon, resembling a club, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. The pipe had been tied to Sanchez’s wrist so that it wouldn’t come out of his hand when used, Citty said.

Officers were acting on information from a witness who told police where they could find a green truck allegedly involved in the accident, in which the truck hit something and drove off. No person was struck in the collision.

Sanchez’s family has hired Oklahoma City lawyer Melvin Hall, who represented the family of police-shooting victim Terrance Crutcher in 2016, to represent them, according to local ABC affiliate KOCO-TV. Hall plans to hold a news conference with the family, as well as local Catholic and Hispanic organizations, Friday afternoon to bring more attention to the incident.

The shooting took place after police Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the location identified by the witness and found a green truck allegedly matching the description from the accident parked there.

Sanchez was on the porch of the home when he advanced to the front yard holding what Mathews said was a pipe in his right hand.

The police officer called for backup, and another officer, Sgt. Christopher Barnes, arrived, after which both officers shouted to Sanchez to drop the pipe he was carrying as he proceeded forward, Mathews said.

The officers didn’t hear neighbors at the scene yelling to them that Sanchez couldn’t hear them, Mathews said.

“As he started going toward these officers with a pipe in his hand, the officers discharged their weapons,” Captain Mathews said.

Lindsey fired his taser at the suspect, and Barnes shot his gun, hitting Sanchez.

Mathews said Sanchez received medical attention after he was shot, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanchez’s father, who had allegedly been the driver of the green truck in the accident, confirmed after the shooting that his son was deaf, Mathews said. The son was not involved, he said.

Barnes, the officer who used the gun, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Mathews said.

KOCO-TV obtained cellphone video from a neighbor of Sanchez who said the footage was taken moments after the shooting. The neighbor, Julio Rayos, told the station that he screamed at officers that Sanchez was deaf. Rayos said he believes Sanchez may have been confused by the encounter with police.

Rayos told The Oklahoman on Wednesday that in addition to being deaf, Sanchez was developmentally disabled and didn’t speak, communicating mainly through hand movements. Rayos said he believes Sanchez became frustrated by trying to communicate with the police.

“The guy does movements,” Rayos told the newspaper. “He don’t speak, he don’t hear; mainly it is hand movements. That’s how he communicates. I believe he was frustrated trying to tell them what was going on.”

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Marine Corps to have 1st female infantry officer

mj0007/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — For the first time in its nearly 250-year history, the United States Marine Corps will have a female infantry officer, after she graduates from an infantry officer course on Monday, a U.S. official confirmed.

The Marine’s completion of the course was first reported by The Washington Post. Her identity is not yet public.

In 2015, then–Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the decision to open all combat roles to women, ending a ban on their service on the front lines. At the time, the Marine Corps formally advised that women should continue to be prevented from working in combat units.

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Blind football player on helping lead his team to victory: ‘It was emotional’

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A blind football player at the University of Southern California (USC) helped lead his team to victory earlier this month, and now he’s opening up about his remarkable story.

Jake Olson, 20, the team’s long snapper, made his debut as a Trojan in a game against Western Michigan University.

Late in the fourth quarter, Olson snapped for an extra point. The Trojans won the game 49-31.

“It was emotional,” Olson said Friday on Good Morning America.

He added, “Just the pure bliss and just knowing that I accomplished a goal. I was able to give Trojan nation and, really, the entire sports world a message of inspiration and hope.”

Olson, now a junior at USC, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was 1 year old and lost one of his eyes. The cancer came back eight times.

In 2009, at the age of 12, doctors told Olson he would lose his other eye.

Before he completely lost his vision at age 12, Jake told his parents that he wanted to see one last USC Trojans game. His wish reached then-Trojan head coach Pete Carroll, and Olson became a part of the Trojans family long before he joined the team.

Olson set a mission to play on his high school football team and tried out in his junior year at Lutheran High School of Orange County.

“I wanted to be out there so badly, and so I started thinking what position could I play that wouldn’t require me to have sight,” he said. “And then came upon long snapper. I was like, ‘Whoa, okay, yeah, it’s all feel.'”

After relentless practice, Olson landed a spot on the team.

His teammates supported him by clapping to let Olson know the distance of the snap, and then tapping on his leg to let him know when he could snap.

Olson walked on the USC team in 2015 as a freshman.

He is also the author of a book about his experience, Open Your Eyes to a Happier Life.

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Cleveland 4, L.A. Angels 1
Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 1
Kansas City 1, Toronto 0
Minnesota 12, Detroit 1
Chicago White Sox 3, Houston 1
Texas 4, Seattle 2


L.A. Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 4
St. Louis 8, Cincinnati 5
Atlanta 3, Washington 2
Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 3, 10 Innings
San Diego 3, Colorado 0

L.A. Kings 5, Vancouver 2
Boston 2, Philadelphia 1
New Jersey 4, Montreal 1
Minnesota 1, Winnipeg 0
Chicago 6, Detroit 1
Colorado 5, Dallas 1
San Jose 5, Vegas 2

(21) South Florida 43, Temple 7

Los Angeles 41, San Francisco 39

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Nebraska fires AD Eichorst

Getty Images(LINCOLN, NE) — The University of Nebraska has fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, the school announced Thursday.

In a statement, university chancellor Ronnie Green said “”Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that drives the highest levels of competitiveness, as well as excellence across all facets of Husker athletics” and that Eichorst’s “efforts have not translated into on-field performance.”

The Huskers started the season with a 1-2 record, most recently losing to Northern Illinois 21-17 last Saturday.

“While I am deeply disappointed in the decision today, I am grateful for the wonderful years that my family and I have spent at Nebraska,” Eichorst said in a statement. “I am proud of how our student-athletes, coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska athletics.”

Eichorst was hired from the University of Miami in 2012.

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Tillerson: If North Korea uses H-bomb, Trump to make ultimate decision on US response

ABC News(NEW YORK) — If North Korea follows through on its latest threat of setting off a nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean, it will ultimately be up to President Trump whether the United States will respond with military action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News on Friday.

ABC News Anchor David Muir asked Tillerson in an interview on Good Morning America about North Korea’s warning that it could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific in response to Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week.

“If we see this detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific, what will the U.S. do?” Muir said. “Will there be military action?”

“That will be the president’s decision,” Tillerson said. “There is, assembled on a standing basis, a National Security Council that meets on each of these issues to advise the president. Ultimately, it will be his decision.”

The secretary of state defended Trump’s blunt rhetoric in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, in which the president threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States is “forced to defend itself or its allies,” prompting astonished gasps from some in the audience. Trump also mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the speech, dubbing him “Rocket Man.”

Kim responded in a statement Thursday saying Trump will “pay dearly” for his address to the U.N. and that North Korea is considering the strongest possible response to what he called the U.S. president’s provocation.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, said Thursday evening that his country could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, but also told reporters, “We have no idea about what actions could be taken, as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”

Trump responded to Kim’s threats on Twitter on Friday morning, calling him a “madman” who “will be tested like never before.”

“Does it work?” Muir asked Tillerson about the “escalating rhetoric.”

Tillerson said, “The president obviously takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously.”

“But we’re not in this alone,” he added. “We have developed strong allies and strong alliances internationally.”

“We are engaging with North Korea’s most important supporters; economic supporters; their friends, China and Russia, to have them also engage with Kim Jong Un on this issue,” he said.

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Trump tweets angry response after being called ‘deranged’ and ‘dotard’ by Kim Jong Un

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump responded early Friday after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said the United States would “pay dearly” for new sanctions on his country and called Trump a “dotard.”

Trump called the leader a “madman” and said he “would be tested like never before” in an early-morning tweet.

“I will surely and definitely tame the deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim said on Thursday, according to reports. Dotard is a word used to describe an elderly person in a state of senile decay, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

The latest war of words between the two leaders began when the United Nations passed new sanctions on North Korea unanimously earlier this week in response to the growing nuclear threat posed by the country.

In his address to the U.N. on Tuesday, President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the president said in his address. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.”

Responding to the speech, Kim released a statement saying that Trump will “pay dearly” for his address to the U.N. and that North Korea is considering the strongest possible response to what he calls Trump’s provocation.

“I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world,” Kim said, according to reports.

North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, said Thursday evening that North Korea could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, but also told reporters, “We have no idea about what actions could be taken, as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”

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Kim Jong Un says Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for UN speech

STR/Getty Images(PYONGYANG) — North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said President Donald Trump will “pay dearly” for his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.

In the statement released Thursday, Kim also said North Korea is considering the strongest possible response to what he called Trump’s provocation.

Trump responded to Kim’s threats on Twitter Friday morning, saying he “would be tested like never before.”

On Tuesday, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, referring to Kim as “Rocket Man.”

“No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,” Trump said. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

Trump also called on all nations to isolate the Kim regime in light of its “reckless pursuit” of nuclear weapons and treatment of its citizens.

In his lengthy response, Kim slammed Trump as “mentally deranged” and said the American president had “made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history.”

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying” North Korea, Kim said.

Kim added: “Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire.”

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