For many, including me, this was the first time you had seen them live...and chances are you were blown away with the passion, soul, quirkiness, and simply incredible live stage presence. After just two hits, seeing them perform just this one time, and hearing their full album top to bottom just once, I (and hopefully you) may be a fan for life. I can't remember the last time that's happen so instantly.
I only rank Bruno second because we already know knew how good he was live, and he's got a little more "fame" under his belt than Fun.. BUT, to much of America, this was his coming out party. So many watching the Grammy's found out there IS another James Brown, and his name is Bruno Mars. I think in addition to performing, he'll also be receiving a few Grammy's this year!
The innocence of a new band on a national stage, combined with high energy, unique use of instruments, and like Fun., some quirky cool grooves and tunes. Just the BEST! But as much as I love "Pumped Up Kicks," and don't blame music for making bad things happen in our world, I do kind of wonder how they can perform that song live, in consideration of recent tragedies. Not sure how they're coping with it...they must get questioned at every show!
Though her performance was right in the middle of the show, buried, sort of, and probably skipped over by many who DVR'ed, her solo w Piano was OUTSTANDING. 11 minutes long...merging songs together, never stopping playing...so much heart. And how about her new hair...super trendy!
1) Typical clever but slightly snide Sandler lyrics poking fun at major stars to the tune of a Leonard Cohen classic that would be performed in Madison Square Garden by Cohen himself only a week later. Think his "Hanukah Song" mixed with a Hurricane relief tribute. -and-
2) The fact that he planned to perform it w/ his guitar, and Paul Schaffer on keyboard, but had to soldier on without the guitar when the hookup died. Very cool, and pro, of him telling the Techie "I'm good man...I'll go without."
Johna Lindell, wife of Bills' Kicker Rian Lindell, joined us for an informal Better Half of the Bills...kind of a round-up of the season. Johna gives great insight on what its like to be an NFL wife, especially when your best friends, (Brian and Amber Moorman) get unexpectedly released, and how her husband Rian must get her permission to play video games with his friends online! A very serious, and at the same time, hilarious look at the season away from the field.
Santa Claus was not always a jolly old fellow. He did not always have long white whiskers and he did not always wear a big red suit. Like so many other traditions, he's a product of the great American melting pot - a blend of many different cultures and customs.
Long before he lived in the North Pole, and long before his yearly Christmas visits brought joy to all the children of the world, Santa Claus was a child himself. He was once just an ordinary baby boy living in a village in what is now Turkey.
The baby boy was just like any other, but his parents hoped for great things from their only son. They named him Nicholas, which means "hero of the people"
Even at a young age, Nicholas was a kind and generous boy. He often helped the people in his village. He shared his meals with those who had nothing to eat, he was always the first to lend a helping hand, and he brought joy to young and old alike.
At a very young age Nicholas joined the church. Nicolas became well-known throughout the land as a kind and wise young man. He was soon named a bishop of the church. Because Nicholas was still so young people called him the "Boy Bishop".
He wore a long red robe with a red hat, and traveled on horseback. At every village, happy children would spot his bright robe from a distance and gather in the road to greet him.
In one village, Bishop Nicholas heard the sorrowful tale of a poor old man and his three young daughters. It seemed the man could no longer feed his daughters, and he feared he would have to send them away from him. Nicholas knew he could help this family.
That night, while the whole village slept, Nicholas crept up to the hut where they three sisters lived. He climbed up to the rooftop to find the chimney. There Nicholas dropped three bags of gold, one by one, down the chimney stack. Earlier that day, the three sisters had hung their newly washed stockings by the fireplace to dry. Each small bag of gold that Nicholas dropped fell into one of the stockings below.
The next morning, the girls were overjoyed to find gold coins in their stockings. "Father", they called, running to wake him. "We have received a magical gift!"
As the story of these three sisters spread from village to village, other people began hanging their stockings by the fire, hoping to find a secret gift when they awoke the next morning.
Though this was Bishop Nicholas' most famous gift, it was not his first good deed. And it would certainly not be his last.
For all of his good deeds, Bishop Nicholas was named a Saint. He is honored as the saint who looks after all children. Because of his wisdom and sensitivity, many groups claimed St. Nicholas as their patron saint. Children, orphans, sailors, and even thieves often prayed to the compassionate saint for guidance and protection. Entire countries, including Russia and Greece, also adopted him as their patron saint, as well as students and pawnbrokers.
The date of his death, December 6th, was commemorated with an annual feast, which gradually came to mark the beginning of the medieval Christmas season. On St. Nicholas' Eve, youngsters would set out food for the saint, straw for his horses and schnapps for his attendant. The next morning, obedient children awoke to find their gifts replaced with sweets and toys, found their offering untouched. St. Nicholas' Day is still observed in many countries, and gifts are exchanged in honor of the spirit of the brotherhood and charity that he embodied.
After the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century, the feasting and veneration of Catholic saints were banned. But people had become accustomed to the annual visit from their gift-giving saint and didn't want to forget the purpose of the holiday. So in some countries, the festivities of St. Nicholas' Day were merged with celebrations of the birth of Christ…Christmas. And although the gift-bearer took on new, non-religious forms, he still reflected the saints generous spirit.
In Germany, he appeared as Weihnachtsmann, in England as Father Christmas, and in France, as Pèrè Noël, who left small gifts in the children's shoes.
Immigrants to the New World brought along their various beliefs when they crossed the Atlantic. The Scandinavians introduced gift-giving elves, the Germans brought their decorated trees and the Irish contributed the ancient Gaelic custom of placing a lighted candle in the window.
In 1822 in the now-classic poem by Dr. Clement Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas," gave an Arctic flavor to Santa's image when he substituted eight tiny reindeer and a sleigh for St. Nicholas’ normal horse and wagon. It is Moore's description of Santa that we most often think of today: "He had a broad face, and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."
St. Nicholas' evolution into today's happy, larger-than-life Santa Claus is a wonderful example of the blending of countless beliefs and practices from around the world. This benevolent figure encompasses all the goodness and innocence of childhood. And because goodness is his very essence, in every kindness we do, Santa will always be remembered.
One of my co-workers (Vanessa M...if you know her, you know she's Christmas Crazy!) gave me the coolest gift...Justin Beaver! If you're looking for it...she got it through Avon! Wouldn't it be cool if 18,000 came to FNC and this is what was on stage!
Every one loves a good cup of hot chocolate, but did you ever feel like your hot coco was lacking something? Maybe freshness or ACTUAL chocolate flavor? Well fear no more of pre-package powdery "chocolate" drink because the folks over at Buzzfeed.com have theTen Commandments of Awesome Hot Chocolate.
Finally! Rob has an excuse to make a mess in the kitchen.
What's up with the water at One Bills Drive? Jill Williams, wife of Bills Nose Tackle Kyle Williams, joined us this morning to talk about having 3 kids under 5, with a fourth due soon! She joins at least 4 other Bills wives who are about to be moms again. She paints a great picture of what it's like to be an NFL family, mocks Kyle for his "bicep flex" and what it's like to visit Hawaii while pregnant (of course!) And OMG! Is there anything better than her southern accent?!
It was an incredible 3 days for the 2012 SPCA Radiothon! Thanks so much for all your stories of what the SPCA means to you, and for all your donations! $210,000+ allows the SPCA of Erie County to continue to spread the "animal love," and be the best IN THE NATION at what they do! For more SCPA Radiothon pics and videos (including Layla having 11 puppies!), scroll the rest of our blog, or click facebook.com/star1025. Thank you Buffalo!
If you've been listening to our 9th Annual SPCA Radiothon, you've heard the story of Layla, the pregnant pitbull mix who was shot in the head while carrying with her six puppies. She went into labor this morning and has been delivering her pups since 8 a.m.
Remember! You can donate by calling the Dunkin' Donuts phonebank at 873-SPCA (873-7722) or online atyourspca.org. Follow along w/ pics from the stories we tell, and animals we feature at facebook.com/star1025.
The 9th Annual SPCA Radiothon is underway! Donate by calling the Dunkin' Donuts phonebank at 873-SPCA (873-7722), or online atyourspca.org. Follow along w pics from the stories we tell, and animals we feature at facebook.com/star1025. If you've got a special story of what your pet means to you, e-mail it to RobLucas@mystar1025.com, and listen for it to be featured! And don't forget to donate $1 to The SPCA at Dunkin' Donuts to get a free donut!
The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy relief rolls into New York City tonight, with a lineup featuring The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and The Who. They're expecting it to be the biggest charity concert ever. Read more from the New York Daily News!
This Saturday The Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary concert. To help kick things off, Mick Jagger delivered a hilarious Top Ten list on Letterman.
Mario Williams's fiance checks in with us and what's been a whirlwind year for her! She's been balancing living in a new city, helping plan weddings for girlfriends back in Texas, and figuring out that Buffalonians really ARE that friendly.
Just announced...Justin Bieber adding 30 dates to his "Believe" world tour...and Buffalo is one of them! July 15th at First Niagara Center! Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14th at 10am. Just added Buffalo ticket information:
Tickets are $95, $69.50, $59.50, and $39.50 (includes $2.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at the First Niagara Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.com or by calling 888-223-6000.
A number of VIP packages will also be offered on the upcoming tour. In addition to great seats, VIP packages can include Meet & Greets and photo opportunities with Justin Bieber, autographed memorabilia, exclusive VIP merchandise and much more! For more information on VIP packages, please visit www.aeglive.com.
Additionally, $1.00 from each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children. Details at www.pencilsofpromise.com.
Stuck on what to get your favorite wino for Christmas? While they would probably love another bottle of Riesling or a novelty wine glass, try one of these great gift ideas from Buzzfeed.com. They're pretty creative and guaranteed to put some blush in their cheeks.
Maybe Rob will get Sue O'Neil the Wine Glass-Holder Necklace for the Star Christmas party.
Houston Texans Wide receiver Andre Johnson spent nearly $20,000 at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Houston for 12 at-risk kids. The kids were given 80 seconds to grab as many presents for themselves, as well as their siblings and relatives. Maybe next year Rob will take Penny and her K9 pals for their own shopping spree at PetSmart.
You’ll fall in love with the Tennessee accent of the wife of Bills tight end Lee Smith! Alicia joins us to talk about balancing 4 kids over their two year NFL career, how the season has been in her eyes, and how she can’t wait for it to SNOW in Buffalo!