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Andy Austin

Thanks for the click! While new to the Augusta area, I’m a native Mainer. After having the opportunity to broadcast from various parts of the country, I made the decision on a return to Maine for good in 2008. It’s a way of life, and clearly something the “from away” crowd do not get. I’ve heard “Maine is kinda boring, what do you do?” Well, beach, mountains, endless county roads, and some of the best restaurants are a great place to start. Speaking of roads, cycling allows to the leisure to find even more of them, as I try to get a ride in most days. During lunch, you’ll probably find me adding a few miles on the Kennebec River Rail Trail. Racing’s always been a thing, and for NASCAR in your back yard, stop down to Beech Ridge in Scarborough this summer. You’ll hear me talk about cars/trucks/whatever go around in circles. I also enjoy consuming entire family size bags of pretzels in a single sitting. The health insurance people really don’t like to hear about that. Remember that expiration dates are merely the company’s suggestion, and charcoal whenever possible. I’ve never met a hot sauce I didn’t like.
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Foreigner Reunite With Lou Gramm

2017 has been another big year for the reunion. Guns 'N Roses have stolen much of the spotlight with round 2 of the Not In This Lifetime tour, and the 30th anniversary of Appetite For Destruction. Since 2003, the Mick Jones led Foreigner have been filling concert halls with someone other than the singer who was the voice of hits like "Juke Box Hero," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded." While former Hurricane singer Kelley Hansen has done an admirable job in the role, die hard fans still longed for the original lead singer. Last week, they got it.

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Appetite For Destruction at 30 – Andy Austin Looks Back [VIDEO]

I was in the 8th grade. Struggling in class, the English teacher assigned us to write a short story for a lesson I've likely long forgotten. Vaguely remembering the project, it had a story-line which one day wouldn't be unlike that of Tom Hanks's Cast Away. In this story, when the main character eventually returned to the mainland, he only knew how much time had past since the "DJ on the oldies station played Sweet Child 'o Mine, the #1 song 25 years ago." I remember reading the story in class, and thinking how far 25 years was. Plus, laughing at the absurdity of an oldies station playing a Guns n' Roses song. The class laughed, and now I'm writing about them again. This time, to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.

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Are Guns N’ Roses Planning A 30th Anniversary Show?

 

This Friday (July 21st) marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Appetite For Destruction. Last year, the band grossed $100 million in North America, and this year are 2017's highest grossing tour. So, what could top that?

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The Heroes of Woodstock Perform At Route 66
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Throwback Thursday: 1980 – Jefferson Starship Plays Maine

 

This week in 1980, Jefferson Starship played the Cumberland County Civic Center. By this time, they were about 110 degrees towards what would be a 180 degree steer from Jefferson Airplane to Starship. I say 110, because even after they reformed the band as Jefferson Starship, some of Airplne's style was retained the first few years. By 1980, both Marty Balin and Grace Slick had left, and Mickey Thomas entered the picture. The band were riding newfound success with a streamlined sound on Freedom at Point Zero.

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Why Are There Doughnuts In Mill Park?

Yesterday, I stopped down to Mill Park for another one of out great Prize Patrols. Lots of folks were already lined up for the weekly Farmers Market. After wheeling the Capital truck around, I found an odd discovery. Two or three random doughnuts scattered on the ground. Thinking nothing of it, I continued. This is when things took a turn for the strange.

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