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David Lovering, Pixies Drummer and Performing Magician

Pixies drummer by night, The Scientific Phenomenalist by day, David Lovering defies preconceived notions of rock stardom. While at times his performances are more scientific than magical, more comedic than awe-inspiring, Lovering knows how to intrigue and humor audiences. He does extraordinary tricks with simple props, which range from smoke and pickles to a chair and Jack in the Box antenna ball. In any case, it’s nice to see a drummer finally getting the spotlight for a change. Roger Daltrey, The Who Singer and Trout Farmer Many know that The Who frontman was in such films as Tommy and The Kids Are Alright – but Underwater World of Trout, Vol. 1? Yes, that’s right – when charismatic rock god Roger Daltrey isn’t selling out stadiums on tour, he likes to relax by doing a bit of trout farming. He even designed and built his very own trout farm, Lakedown Trout Fishery, in England about 30 years ago (which can be seen on Underwater World of Trout, Vol. 1). "When I go fishing," Daltrey claims, "I come away feeling like I've smoked half a dozen joints." Well, that’s enough to inspire any young trout farming enthusiast. Bill Wyman, Rolling Stone Bassist and Treasure Hunter Roger Daltrey’s hobby isn’t the only documentary star – ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman was in a short video, too: one about metal detecting. "Metal detecting is not just for anoraks or eccentrics; it's probably the best and most enjoyable way of learning about our history," he declares on his site. Wyman even has his own signature metal detector - so that’s where Keith Richards gets all of his jewelry. Maynard James Keenan, Tool Vocalist and Winemaker When Maynard James Keenan moved from Los Angeles to Jerome, Arizona, he not only found a lower-key lifestyle, but also fertile ground for his newfound hobby: winemaking. You might think this strange, but wine is in the man’s blood – not from the party last night, but years ago when his great-grandparents made wine somewhere in pre-World War II northern Italy. So naturally, Keenan opened a winery and vineyards and went to town. It’s even said that Puscifer’s latest release, "The Conditions of My Parole," was recorded in part among barrels at Keenan’s winery.

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The String Quartet Tribute to the Pixies Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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A Perfect Circle to Reunite?

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Radio show prep service The Pulse of Radio, is reporting the A Perfect Circle may be reuniting in the near future. The band, which has primarily been a side project started by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan in 1999 during legal battles with Tool’s record company, has been mostly dormant since its last release, 2004’s Emotive. But as Keenan hinted to the Pulse, the band may not be done yet. In 2008 Keenan noted that guitarist Billy Howerdel and he have been working on new tunes for the band, though they’ve no intentions to put a full LP together, or resume touring. Keenan said, "I doubt if we'll do any touring or, you know, do a full album. We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing's right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we'll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore." Howerdel's band Ashes Divide played the other night at Hollywood's Viper Room. Howerdel reportedly told the Antiquiet that a full album and tour were possible for A Perfect Circle, and that the band was working on "something" that is expected to be out later this year. On Rolling Stone’s website a couple weeks ago, Keenan also confirmed that A Perfect Circle material is on its way. He stated for the site, "We've got some riffs and some music. It's just basically playing it over and over again while driving and waiting for things to fall into place." In the meantime, fans will have to contend with a video of Keenan and Howerdel playing together at the recent E3 tradeshow in LA. Here’s the two of them doing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Recommended Listening: String Quartet Tribute To A Perfect Circle

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Maynard James Keenan of Tool Opens Caduceus Wine Tasting Room

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If it's not completely obvious, we are huge Tool fans. When we found out Maynard started a winery in Jermone, Arizona we were thrilled. When his wine became available at a local wine store in Los Angeles, we bought it - and we loved it. Now Caduceus Cellars' Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room is open and we really wish we could pick and fly out there for a visit. Maybe we'll just crack open a bottle here to celebrate.
Another in an endless series of complex puzzle pieces has fallen into place. We are many years away from our goal, but the opening of this tasting room is a very, very important step towards achieving those goals. Thank you all for your steadfast support.
Visit the Official Caduceus website for more information about the wine.

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