Paul Wilson: The Ultra Sad Finale of Blues Legend B.B. King

BB-King-Homecoming-3Last night I attended the Peter Frampton Guitar Circus at the Kauffman Center

I’ll have a review of the complete show later today, but I’ve been conflicted over the performance of B.B. King, pretty much from the moment he took stage. In short, I was shocked.

Maybe I should have properly adjusted my expectations beforehand.

After all, B.B. is just days shy of his 88th birthday and he probably doesn’t need to do this anymore, yet but plays over 200 shows a year. Because, in his words, “The thrill isn’t gone yet.”

Desiderius Erasmus penned a quote that in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. That applied to last night, sitting in the presence of the great and legendary B.B. King. We are all blind by comparison to what he had done in the world of music, but at 87, King’s not going to be what he once was.

Still I couldn’t escape how sad and pathetic King’s performance was. Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Loses Ugly, 1-0 at San Jose

Heading to San Jose‘s tiny Buck Shaw Stadium has been no picnic for Sporting Kansas City over the years.  In fact, the boys in blue haven’t won a game there since Peter Vermes and Preki roamed the pitch in 2000 to be exact.

So it was no real surprise that Sporting walked away from this one with a loss- especially considering they were without two of their best players, Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi.

The first half was a sloppy, hard to watch affair, with little flow for either side.   Continue reading

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Hearne: The Kansas City Star Suicide & Walter Mitty

Martin Manley

Martin Manley

Suicide may not be pretty but it seems like everybody wants a piece of it…

Including former Kansas City Star sports statistician Martin Manley, a dude who lived his life largely anonymously – in the shadows – all while obviously wanting something more.

Manley got that something after publicly offing himself last week and leaving a pair of websites explaining why.

How inconspicuous was Manley at the newspaper? Continue reading

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Hearne: JJ’s Eyes New Plaza Digs, to Hold ‘Anniversary’ Bash Sunday

JJ's main man Jimmy Frantze

JJ’s main man Jimmy Frantze

Think of it as a match made in restaurant heaven…

Word on the street is that  JJ’s Restaurant is poised to initiate a second coming at 616 Ward Parkway in the space currently occupied by the wine and pizza bar Coal Vines.

Sources say the popular, upscale, off-Plaza eatery – the one that famously blew up last February – has been looking into and may be about to ink a deal to take over the space that once was home to re-Verse, Loy Edge‘s No Name Bar and before that (for 19 years), French bakery La Bonne Bouchee.

Here’s the deal. Continue reading

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Hearne: The Third Coming of ‘Big Sexy’ & Why He Hasn’t Made It Yet in Big Time Sports

whitlock(1)There are reasons why former Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock hasn’t made it yet…

Why he doesn’t appear to yet have cashed his once-rumored $2 million, three year paycheck. And why after blogging in the shadows the past three years since leaving the newspaper, he’s leaving Fox Sports and mounting a new campaign to achieve fame and fortune on ESPN.

“Part of the problem is he just wasn’t that good on television.” says sports scribe and Whitlock pal Craig Glazer. “Or even on radio. He wasn’t horrible but…He spoke real slow and he wasn’t funny.  I mean, he’s clever and smart but…” Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Says, Royals Are Done — Wait Til Next Year

wil-myersGo ahead and uncross those fingers and toes, the party’s over…

It’s time for this year’s Kansas City Royals team to start making plans for next year – like they usually do, says sportaholic Craig Glazer of Stanford’s.

“The Royals are over,” Glazer says. “It’s going to be over this weekend. I said that on The Mix this morning. It’s over – they have no chance – none. By this Sunday they’re out. I mean, there’s nothing these guys can do now. You can’t win without talent.”

Now a little, “I told you so.” Continue reading

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Whinery: Ramblings of a Political Junkie — Part Two

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The Tricky One

And in my case anyway, an unhealthy adoration for Richard Milhous Nixon. His library in Yorba Linda, California became my Mecca, so to speak. I even got lucky enough to meet Pat Nixon at a function there once. She is, was and will always be the classiest woman I ever met.

The best part of the Nixon Library was this room where you could ask the President questions. The curators rigged up a system where they took all of Nixon’s interviews and spliced them with a computer screen where you could pick a question and the footage of Nixon would come up on another screen – and like he was really talking to you – answer your question. I would spend inordinate amounts of time in that exhibit.

However, I did not want to grow up and be like Nixon.

I wanted to be Donald Segretti. Continue reading

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Leftridge: Most Important Series of Royals’ Season Started…Last Night

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 Editor’s note: This post was written last night but went unpublished owing to a communication miscue.

This is it.

This is everything.

No series this season has been more fraught with tangible implications than the upcoming five game show-down with the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers.

Forget October, THIS is the postseason. And as someone who was still watching Sesame Street and occasionally crapping his pants the last time the Royals played games this meaningful, I’m beyond excited. Continue reading

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Sutherland: Up On ‘Brownback Mountain’ or ‘I Just Wish I Knew How to Quit You”

Sam-Brownback-flagThe most consistent criticism of my posts is that I’m airing “ancient grudges as topical political insight.”

And my response is:

 

1)  It’s a Scottish thing, you wouldn’t understand!

2)  Only someone on the receiving end of a politician’s unethical actions is likely to remember them and point them out later.  Since the best predictor of future behavior is the past, prior evidence of some character flaw by a politico can be very relevant to their current doings, even if it’s from years before.

3)  A lot depends on whose ox is being gored, i.e., if it’s someone from your side of the political divide whose previous shady dealings are being revealed, you’re more likely to pronounce:  “What’s past is past!” “No use beating a dead horse!” “Time to move on!”, even though the person in question is still very much in the news. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: The Free Fall of Councilman and Pastor Brooks

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Kansas City Councilman Rev. Michael Brooks pulls a Weiner and sexts his righteousness to a female on Facebook. My first thought; if you’re a person with any level of prominence, how do you think that’s not going to go public?

Actor Hugh Grant parked curbside on Sunset Blvd. with Divine Brown partially in the passenger seat, the President of the United States armed with a cigar and an intern under the desk – you have to know it’s not going to end well.

Why do these men of God fail? Continue reading

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Starbeams: Michael Brooks Affair, Hooters Ban SF Mayor & New York Times Crashes

BROOKS-FOR-WEB_20130605184057_640_480KC Councilman Michael Brooks has admitted to an online love affair. At least, he thought I was a girl! TEEEOOO!!!!!

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KC Councilman Michael Brooks has admitted to an online love affair. I’ve gotta change my name from “Kelly” to “Bob” or something.

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER’—A Powerful Personal Journey

The Butler (2013) Forest Whitaker (Screengrab)I REALLY wanted to like “Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER.”

And guess what, I wasn’t disappointed!

Is it this year’s THE HELP? No. I wouldn’t elevate the film to that level but it does compare favorably to THE COLOR PURPLE.

“Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER” is a historical drama alright. But it’s really a fictional account of the real butler who served in the White House continuously from the early 1950’s right on through the Reagan Administration.

In other words, the storyline here is only inspired by true events. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘JOBS’ Bio-Drama Delivers — Up To A Point

steve-jobs-movie-trailer“Steve, you’re good. Damn good.. But you’re an asshole.”

One of the defining lines thrown at Steve Jobs by an inner circle member of his legendary Apple Computer empire.

JOBS is a small—and I stress SMALL—biographical drama based on the life of the legendary, entrepreneurial visionary, covering a span from the early 70’s until the introduction of the Ipod in 2000.

Matter of fact, the movie begins with Jobs’ introductory remarks for the revolutionary music device—or as he put it, “It’s a thousand songs in your pocket.”

And a tip of the hat to Ashton Kutcher who got Steve Jobs’ looks and mannerisms down to a tee. Continue reading

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Hearne: Will Jason Whitlock Finally Get the Paycheck He So Richly Deserves @ ESPN?

ku-mediumWhat goes around comes around…

Three years back when former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock imploded and left town amidst a flurry of acrimony and accusations (ranging from editor Mike Fannin having an affair with a married subordinate to W nearly landing a gig as co-sports editor at the newspaper) he managed to convince 610 Sports Nick Wright and a handful of sports bloggers that he was leaving town with a $2 million three year deal.

Which maybe seemed reasonable were Whitlock to have been able to pyramid his part time blogging on Fox Sports into some additional radio and/or TV gigs.

Never happened. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Kaplan Update – The Wheels of ‘Justice’ Go Round & Round

Image-Eric-KaplanFor those who didn’t follow the story back in May – either on KCC or local news – Leawood teen Eric Kaplan is a Blue Valley North graduate accused of stalking two women…

He followed one woman from an Overland Park grocery store. As she was leaving the store, Kaplan was walking in, made eye contact with her, turned and went back to his car. She thought that odd and, within moments realized she was being followed.

Smart enough to not drive down the street to her home, she intentionally turned down a cul-de-sac to determine if her suspicion was correct. When doing the requisite U-turn at the end of the street it gave her not only confirmation she was being followed but also his alleged intention as she could see he was wearing a ski mask while driving a late model BMW.

This might be considered normal behavior in Raytown, not so much in Joco. Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Kurt Vile @ Granada, Bob Mould @ Bottleneck

As many of you probably know, a couple weeks ago Chad Rogers went missing when heChad Rogers went out for an evening run.

He was found dead about a week later at a construction site, so his former colleagues at 96.5 the Buzz put together a concert to help benefit his family.  The show features The Old Crows, Jake Turner, Atlas, Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids, We Are Voices and Six Percent and goes down this Saturday, August 17th at the Midland.

Tickets are just $10…

 

 

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Hearne: Star Shows Political Hand, Closes Ranks on Rodeo Clown Story

o-PRESIDENTIAL-HALLOWEEN-MASKS-facebookUptown Theater main man Larry Sells isn’t the only conspiracy on the loose…

When it comes to what passes for the “mainstream press,” there are plenty of people convinced that the deck is stacked against Republicans and conservatives with liberal leaning reporters and columnists itching to lay the pipe to them whenever they get the chance.

And after spending 20 combined years at the Pitch and Kansas City Star I can tell you that for the most part those fears are generally warranted. As evidenced by the closing of ranks at 18th and Grand yesterday on the Obama Rodeo Clown Controversy.

Starting with the front page story with a headline noting that the incident had been “widely condemned” and that the event’s sponsor would be required to take “sensitivity training” if it wanted to take part in future fairs.

On and on the Star story and handwringing went with anybody and everybody who wanted to weigh in with their outrage getting their say in a “news” story that not only piled on, but made no effort whatsoever to offer a balancing voice.

Not one. Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Bullish on Royals Despite Ups & Downs

A-rollercoaster-ride-001Roller coaster ride, anyone?

It’s not easy being “The Scribe.” There are hotties to bed, football teaser bets to be sorted out, nasty comments section dudes to be dealt with and – oh yeah – Royals and Chiefs teams to be divined and fretted over, comics to be promoted, a new midtown club to be opened.

All in a week’s work for Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer.  

It’s good work if you can get it. Continue reading

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Hearne: The Z Man – Bob Zuroweste – Returns to Kansas City

Puddle-of-Mudd-002One of the wildest guys in Kansas City radio history is back in the saddle again…

Former Entercom chieftain Bob Zuroweste – the honcho who killed off KXTR FM and Smooth Jazz and launched 610 Sports – has returned to Kansas City,

“We moved back five weeks ago,” Zuroweste says. “We’re living in South Leawood, – basically at 143rd and State Line – in a little maintenance-free villa.”

But instead of babysitting Rock 98.9 FM bad boy Johnny Dare, contemplating the demise of former album rock station 99.7 KY or gnashing his teeth over WHB’s Kevin Kietzman, Z as he is called in the trade is something of a traveling salesman for Cumulus, that operates KCFX “The Fox” locally. Continue reading

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