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Local Music Notebook: Wayne "The Train" Hancock Derailed

Bloodshot recording artist Wayne "The Train" Hancock hopes to go home on Friday after a motorcycle accident last month landed him in a Texas hospital near his home with a collapsed lung and fractured elbow.

The accident occurred a week ago Saturday (April 26) and was serious enough that Hancock was initially admitted into the ICU.

His tour dates through June 8 are postponed.

"As with most independent musicians," Bloodshot says, "Wayne's income is wholly derived from performances and selling music and merch. Please help him offset growing medical expenses and the additional financial woes of canceling two months of tour dates, by donating on PayPal to"

Here's Wayne at the Westport Saloon in Kansas City on April 4th:


And here's "Looking For Better Days."


Murder Sentence
"A Chicago man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the 2008 gun-slaying of a music producer," AP reports.

"Thirty-year-old Darryl Evans was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting, which occurred during a failed robbery at a gas station. His sentencing was Friday.

"The victim, Michael Phipps Jr., was a music producer with a Chicago hip-hop record label called Meen." [link added]

Here's a Meen Records release from 2012:


Preserving Disorder
Only at the University of Chicago does a college student trying to foil ticket scalping say "What I was basically trying to do was to add as much entropy to the market that I could."


Michael Jackson's Chicago
The first single from the new posthumous Michael Jackson record is called "Chicago." It sounds like a hit.

Alternate audio source:


Zakk's Axe Is Back
"A custom-made, $10,000 guitar stolen in March from heavy metal rocker Zakk Wylde's tour bus outside The Chicago Theatre has been recovered after being sold to a Chicago pawn shop, Wylde's manager confirmed Saturday," the Tribune reports.

The owners of Royal Pawn Shop, 428 S. Clark St., said a man came in to sell the guitar on March 24 - about 10 days after it was reported stolen from Wylde's unlocked tour bus while he was performing at The Chicago Theatre as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour.

The pawn shop had been alerted about the reported theft right after it took place, said Randy Cohen, who along with his brother Wayne owns the Loop pawn shop that was previously the subject of the Tru TV reality show Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.

"I forgot about (the alert)," Cohen said. "That happens every day. To be honest, I can't remember (expletive)."

But the seller's information was recorded as part of the transaction, the Cohens said, and the guitar's serial number and description was entered into an online database accessible by law enforcement across the country.

The guitar then sat in storage at the pawnshop for the 30-day period required under Chicago ordinance, Cohen said.

Cohen said an employee originally paid around $50 for the guitar. But as the brothers took a closer look, they said they started to realize the guitar could be more valuable.

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Chicago police will return the guitar to Wylde when he returns to Chicago for a show later this month, according to the New York Times.


Here's Wylde from that Chicago Theatre show:


Comments welcome.


Posted on May 6, 2014

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SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio & A Blackhawks Proposal.

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