Loverboy’s Mike Reno talks new music, playing live and obsessive fans

After nearly four decades as a band, Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno says the group is taking a DIY approach to getting their music to fans. Instead of relying on record companies, Loverboy is releasing a new song each month for free through their website. The latest is “Stop the Rain” and it’s accompanied by a fan-produced video that is out of this world. Mike Reno checked in last week to discuss the present, past and future of Loverboy.

TME: The new single “Stop the Rain” sounds like it could have come from one of your classic 80’s albums. What is the story behind this song?

Reno: We have a lot of songs that we recorded but couldn’t find a home for and we’re starting to put them out now. It’s a song that we’re very proud of and we’re doing something new with our music. Instead of putting out a new album, we’re putting out a new song every month on our website – You can get it for free, enjoy it and come see us in concert.

TME: The video for the song features the members of Loverboy getting beamed aboard a UFO. Apparently, aliens have good taste in music.

Reno: We held this video contest and it was fun to see what some of our fans came up with. You know, we’ve done the million dollar videos in Hollywood with the best directors and we decided to just have fun and do something tongue-in-cheek. You can imagine there were some weird and wacky videos submitted but we liked this one because it was a little more mainstream but also creative. Last week, we met the guy who produced it (David Napolillo), in Texas, and we gave him an autographed Fender guitar. He and his family came backstage at the concert and it was a joyful experience.

TME: It seems like with all of the changes in the music business, you’ve put together a new business model to get your music out there. Have you moved away from the tradition of recording and selling albums and CDs?

Reno: The record companies have let us all down. They don’t know what to do anymore and people seem to just want to do things on their computers so we put together an official Loverboy flash drive containing everything we’ve ever done. It has all of the TV shows we did in the early days, all of the promo videos, tour magazines, newspaper articles and every album we’ve ever recorded. It’s a $10 item and you can watch it and listen for days. For people who prefer CDs, we have those too.

TME: I’ve heard you say that some nights are better than others. When Loverboy is performing, what constitutes a good night for the band?

Reno: Mike, I don’t want to sound like we’re too full of ourselves but every night is a good night. It’s just that some nights are magical. If we’re all exactly on the same wavelength, it makes for a magical night. We’re five guys standing on stage playing everything you hear. There’s nothing pre-recorded. Some nights, there’s magic in the air and it happens about every seventh show. You can’t predict it. You just hang on and enjoy the ride.

TME: The band has some very dedicated fans that have been there from the beginning. Have you ever had fans who crossed the line and took that fandom a little too far?

Reno: The coolest interactions with fans are when we’ll just have a discussion, maybe sign an autograph, take a photo, meet their family – that kind of thing. We’re a public band and that kind of thing is great. We love our fans. There were a few instances in the early days where things got a little out of hand. We had some people who were stalking us. They would come to every show, stand behind the stage and try to vibe us out with weird stuff. One night in my hotel room, I went to take a shower, closed the shower curtain and saw they had written their name and number in lipstick. That was a little freaky. You can imagine there was some very weird stuff that happened.

TME: Do you have special plans for the band’s 40th anniversary in 2019?

Reno: Maybe we’ll take a run at old Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We’ll have to see.

Written by Mike Dow

Edge Staff Writer

Face Book Murder posted Live

Should Facebook be held accountable

Facebook Killer

The manhunt is on for Steve Stephens, a man who posted a clip of himself killing an elderly man live on Facebook today. The Facebook account with the killing video has since been taken down, but NBC News reports they have archived them before that was able to happen. Another website, not only saved the graphic clips, but they have posted them for others to view.

People are also posting this video to their social media sites, so this disturbing clip it is still out there being viewed by the masses. The authorities are in high gear trying to hunt down this cold-blooded killer, who was driving in his car and pulled up to the curb near an elderly man walking along the sidewalk. Stephens got out of the car and shot this man with the same amount of emotion one would use to go grocery shopping.

According to NBC News Steve Stephens is considered armed and dangerous as police and the FBI embark on a manhunt after viewing these clips. Stephens killed this unidentified elderly man live on Facebook and he bragged about numerous other murders he had recently committed, which were as recent as today. So far, police have only found one victim, none of the others he has bragged about have been located.The homicide, which Stephens broadcast live on the social media site, occurred in northeast Cleveland near the shore of Lake Erie. Police also found a series of posts on Facebook coming from Stephens, who sounds like a very disturbed and disgruntled man.

Stephens claimed he had lost everything to “gambling” and he requested specific people by name to talk to. In one of his earlier posts he claimed that he “killed 12 people today,” then later on, in another post, that number jumped to 15, according to NBC News.

The website The Heavy has also downloaded the video, which is extremely graphic and disturbing. In the video you hear Stephens talking as he approaches an elderly man that is seen on the screen. Stephens asks the man if he knows a woman and then he names her by name. He also asks the man how old he is as he points the gun at the unsuspecting gentleman.

Before Stephens pulls the trigger he tells this elderly man that the reason this is happening to him is because of the woman, and he names her once more. The expression on the victim’s face turns to horror and he holds up a shopping bag as if to protect himself from what is about to happen. The gun goes off and the video shows this elderly man lying on a blood spattered sidewalk.

Triple Threat In Da House

You go Triple T- JC Aka Triple Threat

Its been a long week, I just interviewed a great guest on Thurs.  Fri morning came  6 AM PST, My mind wonders how can I give JC a great interview, I say that because I consider JC family which makes me just wanna have fun and your glad they came. The problem with that is you might miss an opportunity for JC to promote something, so you go in as if he is someone you don’t know and try to find out what’s he doing. You take away JC good looks, quick wit, Talent, what you have left? you still have one special dude with a will to make things better. 7A.M  is here fri morning it’s showtime, JC comes in the studio and you can feel the energy fill the studio up. ( My coffee even says: Damn I wish I had that energy) JC came on like a pro, He promoted his songs,tours, merchandise  which is cool.

JC aka Triple Threat

But I wanted to go deeper, His fears his wants his flaws, JC came in with another Agenda, a passion he connected  himself with, A charity to help stop bullying, I tried to bait him by talking about I think bullying is a good thing, JC didn’t waver ignored my dumb ass and gave a true heartfelt answer. You can listen to the podcast by hitting the link Hammer & Ellen in the morning Triple Threat in The House.  JC came in as a  professional & left as family. What does he have when you take away his Good Looks Wit, & Talent? You got parents like Lady T Mr T and you still got one special dude.  Lady T (JC MOM) she is a shark, Sure she is sweet,looking all fashion model Ms Thang. She is a no nonsense business woman and she will let you know it if you step out of line. She also one of the most beautiful lady inside and out you will meet. What about (Mr.T) Now we are talking.  I ask Mr T have you seen the bad side of Lady T? He thought for a moment and said back in the 90’s ( I’m thinking you are a brave man and I will remember you at your funeral) He continued He said just  i saw just a bit a  little bit of her halo slipped….. Oh man…

Triple Threat Dancers

But I couldn’t argue because I know he was right in his thinking.

It’s been a long day without,  You my friend. and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. ( Listen to the podcast hit hammer and Ellen in the morning above)

One more thing, Dip It Dance

Learn it & send it to Jc  lets go viral   Check out the interview by hitting Hammer & Ellen in the Morning link..  If you want to contact Jc  hit this link

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Mitchell talked about a number of topics. Here are a handful of topics we focus show on: How can anyone write a book in 8 hours How can your audience become Thought Leaders What are the 5 top Thought Leadership practices today Why do organizations need more Thought Leaders How is business changing and will continue to change How can you create a content machine that shows your Thought Leadership How can you take 1 piece of content, turn it into 5 on 10 platforms How can you do social media effectively with only 5 minutes a day What is a social media enabled eBook How can I quickly make physical and eBooks part of my Thought Leadership.

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10 Shrewd Tax Moves For 2017

Looking to lower your tax burden? As April 18th approaches, here are 10 strategies you may want to consider before you file.

The good news for tax filers this year is that no sweeping tax law changes took place last year. However, taxpayers may see some sweeping changes between now and next year, as President Trump has signaled that tax reform is one of his priorities in 2017.

This year, the estate tax will stay at a maximum of 40% and has an exemption of $5.49 million in 2017. In addition, the annual exclusion from gift taxes remains at $14,000 per donee for 2017.

That said, the IRS did adjust federal income tax brackets and increased some tax exemptions, deductions and credits so consult with your Financial Advisor and tax professional for possible tax savings strategies. With that in mind, here are 10 tax strategies to consider this year.

1. Max out retirement plans. It may make sense to fully fund your employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), since contributions can be made on a pretax basis. If your taxable income is lower, the amount of income tax you owe for that year might also be reduced. And because this is a tax-deferred account, you generally do not pay income taxes on any earnings on your investments until you withdraw funds.

2. Make an IRA Contribution for 2016. Another way to maximize your retirement savings is to make annual contributions to an IRA. The deadline to make an IRA contribution for 2016 is April 18, 2017, so there is still time to make a contribution to a Traditional IRA which may be tax deductible or to a Roth IRA for potential tax-free income, subject to IRS eligibility requirements (including any applicable age or income restrictions). The maximum contribution is the lesser of (a) your taxable compensation for 2016, or (b) $5,500 (or $6,500 if you are age 50 or older) for 2016. These limits apply to all your IRAs combined.

3. Consider a Roth IRA conversion. While income limits may preclude some investors from contributing to a Roth IRA, anyone can do a Roth Conversion by converting eligible funds from a Traditional IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan to a Roth IRA. Roth IRA contributions are made with after-tax dollars, and qualified distributions are federal income tax free. ¹ When you convert, you must pay taxes on the amount converted as ordinary income for the year of conversion distribution (or deemed distribution), except to the extent the amount converted is treated as a return of your after-tax contributions, if any.

Subject to certain requirements, after-tax money in an employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan (e.g., 401(k)) may be directly converted to a Roth IRA tax-free. Taxpayers who have potentially taxable estates should consider the Roth IRA conversion option, as it could make a potentially significant future wealth transfer more tax efficient. Consult with your tax and/or legal advisor regarding your individual situation as a Roth IRA conversion may not be for everyone. A number of factors should be considered before converting, including (but not limited to) whether the cost of paying taxes today outweighs the benefit of income tax-free qualified distributions in the future.

4. Review highly appreciated assets. The capital gains rates for most taxpayers are still significantly less than ordinary income tax rates. Consult your tax advisor about whether shifting to investments that generate capital gains instead of ordinary income would be a good strategy. Be sure to weigh the risks of having a large concentrated stock position or highly appreciated position. If gradual diversification is needed, trim before year-end to spread the capital gains impact over multiple years.

5. Give increased attention to buy-and-hold strategies. With increased capital gains tax rates, buy-and-hold strategies may be attractive; the higher the tax rate, the more valuable the strategy. Similarly, it becomes more important to harvest tax losses to shelter gains that otherwise would be taxed at the higher rate.

6. Augment your tax-advantaged investments with municipal bonds. Municipal bonds, the interest on which is typically free from federal, state and local taxes, are one of the most efficient investments available for defending against current and potentially higher tax rates. Even though income tax rates rose for high-income taxpayers, interest income earned on municipal bonds remains largely unaffected. (Capital gains from the sale or exchange of municipal bonds typically is not tax free.)

7. Consider redeploying assets to a variable annuity. In a rising tax environment, the tax-deferral feature of annuities becomes increasingly attractive. Diversifying your retirement portfolio with a variable annuity may provide tax-deferred growth potential, guaranteed lifetime income, increased retirement savings, equity upside potential and a death benefit for named beneficiaries. Remember, though: withdrawals from variable annuities will be taxed as ordinary income and, if made before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% early distribution penalty tax. Please consult your tax advisor about whether variable annuities are appropriate for you.

8. Consider professionally managed and tax-advantaged investment strategies. Now is a good time to evaluate the overall tax efficiency of your investments. Beyond municipal bonds, consider tax-efficient mutual funds or separately managed accounts that aim to limit the number of taxable events within your portfolio.

9. Review dividend distributions of your current portfolio. Qualified dividend tax rates are still lower than ordinary income tax rates for most taxpayers, so consult with your financial and tax advisors about whether you should adjust your investment holdings to achieve greater income tax efficiency.

10. Engage in legacy planning and gifting. All investors should have an estate plan that reflects their wealth-transfer goals and objectives. Taxpayers with taxable or potentially taxable estates who are in an economic position to do so and would like to benefit their heirs should consider making lifetime gifts to those heirs now, which may be a potentially more tax-efficient wealth-transfer strategy. Also, consider making gifts under the annual gift tax exclusion and charitable gifts before year-end. Please consult your tax and legal advisors to review your current estate plan and insure it reflects your goals and objectives.

These strategies might help minimize the impact of current tax laws on your portfolio. Contact your Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor or Private Wealth Advisor to determine which strategies might be appropriate for you. If you don’t have a Financial Advisor, find one near you through the locator below.

The Clueless Guy’s Guide to Buying Lingerie

Buying lingerie for women is one of the hardest things a guy can do. It’s right up there with asking that special someone out for the first time or trying to find the correct feminine hygiene product.

It seems that lingerie is designed to be as confusing as possible for men. There are numbers and letters that don’t make sense. Some lingerie pieces look the same but have different names. And there are at least 10 different shades of blue you’ve never heard of before. Of course you can save yourself a lot of personal embarrassment and a panic attack by doing one simple thing before trying to buy lingerie: raid her panty drawer.

A woman’s panty drawer is like one big cheat sheet when it comes to buying lingerie. It has all the information you could possibly want – provided you know what you’re looking for in the first place. There are four key things you need to figure out before trying to buy lingerie.

Her Lingerie Size
The absolute worst mistake you can make when buying lingerie is getting things that are too big for her. Check multiple pieces as sizes can vary from one lingerie label to another. Make sure they’re pieces she’s worn recently. You don’t want to pick up an old piece that no longer fits her by mistake! And be sure to write everything down. All those numbers and letters can be confusing, and you don’t want to spend the next month on the couch if you get something wrong.

Her Personal Taste in Lingerie
Does she favor tight-fitting pieces like corsets or chemises or looser items like baby dolls? When you’re shopping, pick something she already likes and wears instead of trying to stuff her into some fetish corset you saw in a porno movie.

Her Favorite Colors
If she favors one or two colors, then you should probably stick with those instead of something that matches your favorite football jersey. Take your color cues from her wardrobe instead of her panty drawer. Good lingerie deserves to be shown off and not hidden.

Lingerie Fabric and Material
Does she wear a lot of lace? Does she go for fishnet or something soft and sheer? Stick with things she likes, and she’s more likely to actually wear the lingerie you buy.

After doing your research, you should have a pretty good idea of what type of lingerie you should buy for your woman. Just remember not to buy her anything with the words “control” or “reducing” in the label!

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Bill O’Reilly apologizes after making racially charged joke about congresswoman

James Brown Wig

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized Tuesday after coming under fire for mocking a black congresswoman’s hair.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” O’Reilly reacted to a clip of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly said of Waters. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”

“If we have a picture of James Brown — it’s the same wig,” he added.

The remarks were widely denounced as both racist and sexist on Twitter, where O’Reilly’s name was trending Tuesday morning and afternoon. VIDEO 

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, O’Reilly expressed regret for the remarks.

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

The top rated host on cable news, O’Reilly actually drew some pushback before he even left the “Fox & Friends” set.

While one of the program’s male co-hosts, Brian Kilmeade, laughed heartily at O’Reilly’s comment, the lone female host — Ainsley Earhardt — stepped in to back Waters.

“I have to defend her on that,” Earhardt said. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O’Reilly said. “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair!”

He later called Waters a “sincere individual” and said she should be commended for speaking her mind.

“Whatever she says she believes,” O’Reilly said. “She’s not a phony, and that’s old school.”

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The congresswoman’s office declined to comment.

As clips of O’Reilly’s remarks made the rounds online, some media watchdogs noted that Waters found herself on the receiving end of another racially charged remark from a different Fox News personality years earlier.

In 2012, Fox host Eric Bolling said that Waters should “step away from the crack pipe.”

O’Reilly himself has faced charges of racism and sexism in the past. And in his bid for laughs, he has been known to crack wise about the physical appearance of some high-profile women.

At a comedy program in Long Island in 2015, O’Reilly made fun of the weight of both Rosie O’Donnell and Hillary Clinton.

In his joke about the former secretary of state, O’Reilly imagined a farcical scenario wherein the Clinton Foundation was forced to return thousands of pantsuits to the Chinese government.

“We don’t want them back,'” O’Reilly said, adopting a fake Chinese accent. “‘They don’t fit anyone here in this country.'”