Tim Bachman dead at 71: Legendary Bachman-Turner


LEGENDARY guitarist Tim Bachman has died at the age of 71, according to a message from his son.

The co-founding guitarist and vocalist for Canadian Rock band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, reportedly passed away on Friday from complications with cancer.

LEGENDARY guitarist Tim Backman has died at the age of 71


LEGENDARY guitarist Tim Backman has died at the age of 71

“My Dad passed this afternoon,” Tim’s son, Ryder Bachman, wrote in a heartfelt Facebook post on Friday.

The musician’s son thanked his father’s followers for their kind words and support during the difficult time.

“Grateful I got to spend some time with him at the end,” he added. “Grab yer loved ones and hug em close, ya never know how long you have.”

Ryder revealed that he had received news that his father was suffering from health complications on Wednesday.

“He had some complications and they rushed him to the emergency unit and found out he has cancer riddled all throughout his brain,’ he wrote.

As soon as he got the news, he headed to the hospital to share some final moments together.

“He was pretty out of it most of the time, but at one point looked up at me with really, big wide eyes and said, ‘I love you Paxton, keep sharing the music…'” Ryder said.

He noted that his father was given treatment to “make him comftorable” in his final days.

Tim formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Randy and Robbie, as well as C.F. Turner, in Winnipeg.

The band was known for their their smash hits Takin’ Care of Business, Hey You and Roll On Down The Highway.

The group played together from 1973 until 1974, selling millions of records over the decade.

The star’s death comes just months after his brother, Robbie Bachman, also passed away at the age of 69.

Bachman was the co-founding guitarist and vocalist for Canadian Rock band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive


Bachman was the co-founding guitarist and vocalist for Canadian Rock band, Bachman-Turner OverdriveCredit: Getty
Bachman's band was known for their their smash hit Takin' Care of Business


Bachman’s band was known for their their smash hit Takin’ Care of BusinessCredit: Getty
Tim's Bachman's son, Paxton Bachman, confirmed his father's passing in a Facebook post


Tim’s Bachman’s son, Paxton Bachman, confirmed his father’s passing in a Facebook postCredit: Getty

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Weed wisdom from Willie Nelson’s birthday concert


From the moment the two-day, star-studded “Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90” birthday bash at the Hollywood Bowl was announced, it promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the cross-generational cannabis crowd to convene and pay tribute to a longtime advocate of the herb.

Organizers seemed to recognize this too, with plant-friendly performers including Snoop Dogg and Billy Strings on the bill (the latter having just released a weed-centric duet with Nelson called “California Sober”) and not one but two different commemorative rolling trays on offer in the merch tents.

The confluence of weed-friendly folks — both on stage and off — at the historic open-air venue (which, having celebrated its centennial last year, is barely a decade older than Nelson) seemed like the perfect opportunity to check in with pot people who flocked to the Bowl for the occasion. As a Times reporter focused on cannabis, I wanted to find out what they were firing up for the evening, what their go-to concert enhancements were and what nuggets of weed wisdom they’d learned over the years.

It’s worth noting at the outset that technically cannabis smoking isn’t permitted at the venue. (Press representatives recently told The Times that it’s because the Hollywood Bowl is L.A. County park land and therefore technically public — not private — property.)

In-bound security checks on the first night of the two-night event seemed unconcerned about weeding out combustible plant material — at least based on the personal experience of the people I polled Saturday afternoon and evening. However, I mention that here because no one I spoke to as I wandered the Bowl was willing to share their last name or show their face in a photograph. They all had a vested interest in being able to enjoy the second night of the two-night extravaganza without being singled out for scrutiny. Also, more than a few cited the ongoing cannabis stigma as a reason for only giving their first names. (Not to mention that while legal in California, weed remains illegal at the federal level.)

Over the course of the evening, something became apparent to me: Although Nelson himself has reportedly stopped puffing pot, part of his legacy for the next 90 years and no doubt beyond will always be about bringing the cannabis community together. Consider the torch — and the joint — passed to the next generation(s).

Now meet several of the colorful characters I crossed paths with on Saturday and take in some nuggets of weed wisdom culled from their collective 277-plus years of cannabis consumption. (It could actually be 300 years’ worth or more, but 74-year-old Tish from Austin, Texas, wasn’t sure of how long she’d been a fan of the herb.)


Lives in: Yakima, Wash.

Age: 66

Cannabis consumer since: “I was 15.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Blue Dream [cultivar]. Because it makes me feel happy and energetic and relaxed at the same time. It’s a beautiful way to feel when you listen to music.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “One, make sure you have the right people, the right time and the right place. Otherwise it can be awkward and uncomfortable [when you get high] and you don’t want that. Number two, I think, is to get high for the right reasons.”


Lives in: Castle Rock, Colo.

Age: 56

Cannabis consumer since: “Just a few years. I took a 20-year break. Prior to that since 15.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Gorilla Bomb [cultivar] flower in a bowl.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Indica means ‘in the couch’ — that helps me remember [the effect].”


Lives in: Scranton, Pa.

Age: 64

Cannabis consumer since: “Since 13 or 14.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Pre-rolls. I got a pocket full of pre-rolls right here. We stopped at the Med Men near LAX and got an ounce of Turbo Diesel [cultivar] right after we got off the plane.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “A friend with weed is a friend indeed.”


Two people wearing Willie Nelson concert T-shirts.

Jeffrey, left, with Allison, at the Willie Nelson birthday concert on Saturday. Neither would give their last names or be photographed.

(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

Lives: North of Sacramento

Age: “I’m nearing the erogenous zone of the late 40s, early 50s.”

Cannabis consumer since: “My mom was involved with the Weathermen so in utero probably, but the first joint I smoked I was probably 6.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Hydration and caffeine.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “I have a real good friend who coined the phrase years ago: ‘Sativas for the sunlight, and indicas for my dreams,’ so I sort of use that as a rubric.”


Lives in: Culver City

Age: 37

Cannabis consumer since: “I was a teenager — 15.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “These days? Vapes and joints.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Around concerts, I think the biggest wisdom that I have learned is don’t overdo it. We were at a Phish show once where I ate way too strong of an edible and honestly just overdid it. You can ruin this thing that you put a lot of time and money and love into. The best [concerts] are the ones where you walk away with the memories, not without.”


Lives in: Austin, Texas

Age: 74

Cannabis consumer since: “Who knows?”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Trying to get backstage.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Know your dosage. I ate this [THC-infused] candy bar once and I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to eat the whole thing. The road was purple. For hours, I kept asking, ‘Can you see the road?’”

A no smoking sign at the Hollywood Bowl.

Smoking is technically not permitted at the Hollywood Bowl.

(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)


Lives in: Minneapolis

Age: 46

Cannabis consumer: “For 30 years.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Usually indica flower — but I have a vape pen tonight.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Weed gets you through times of no money better than money gets you through times of no weed.”


Lives in: Georgia

Age: 45

Cannabis consumer: “For 20 years.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Any kind of marijuana, but vapes are a lot easier. Right now I’m using a Pax Era with a concentrate pod.”

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Just be yourself, you know? Enjoy it. Go with it. Don’t think too hard.”


The view of two men in plaid shirts from the back looking at the Hollywood Bowl.

Bret, left, says his favorite piece of weed wisdom is: “Just dip your toe in the pool and go from there.”

(Booth Moore)

Lives in: Venice

Age: 51

Cannabis consumer since: “Oh my God, this is embarrassing. Mom, are you listening? I have to say the first time was in seventh grade. I made a bong out of a jelly jar and just went to town.”

Favorite concert enhancement: “Probably weed and mushrooms. I use a little one-hitter for the weed — kind of like the one you have.” (Bret pointed to my narrow, metal cigarette-style one-hitter.)

Nugget of weed wisdom: “Just dip your toe in the pool and go from there.”

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OnlyFans Model Christina Ashten Gourkani Dead at


Christina Ashten Gourkani, a model for the porn platform OnlyFans, died at the age of 34 last week after suffering a cardiac arrest following a plastic surgery procedure.

“It is with deep sorrow and an immensely heavy broken heart that we have to share the most shattering, unfortunate and unexpected passing of our beautiful beloved daughter and sister Christina Ashten Gourkani….” the model’s family wrote in a post on her Instagram, which boasts 628,000 followers.

The post included an image for a GoFundMe page soliciting the public for funds toward apparent funeral and medical expenses.

The GoFundMe page explained that Gourkani’s family received a phone call at about 4:30 a.m. on April 20 and heard another family member on the other line “frantically screaming” that the model was dying.

The phone call “instantly shattered our world and will forever haunt our family for the rest of our lives,” the statement said.

“After arriving at the hospital shortly after the phone call our family continued living a nightmare as we were informed that her health and wellbeing had continued to decline in a downward spiral for the worse after suffering from a cardiac arrest,” the family explained.

There have been reports that Gourkani’s death could be related to a medical procedure gone wrong, but her family says they will not be providing more details at this time.

“Her sudden and tragic passing is currently being investigated as a homicide related to [a] medical procedure that took a turn for the worse,” they said. “For the privacy of Christina Ashten, our family and the investigation no other details will be shared at this time.”

The family is now trying to raise $40,000 for Gourkani’s funeral and memorial services.

“We are grateful for the support that you are able to provide to our family as we lay Christina Ashten Gourkani to eternal peace,” they said.

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, and on Instagram.

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Physics and Nicki Minaj make for fun college class


Mount Union physics professor Robert Ekey conducts students in his "Science, Sound and Music" class. Students performed the Nicki Minaj song, "Starships" recently using their homemade musical instruments constructed as part of the course.
  • “Science, Sound and Music” is a fun, unique class at the University of Mount Union combining physics and musical instruments.
  • Professor Robert Ekey has taught the class periodically since 2011.
  • Around 20 students built musical instruments, learned about the science of sound, and then performed a snippet of a Nicki Minaj song.

ALLIANCE − University of Mount Union professor Robert Ekey pulled a hot pink wig over his head and donned glitzy sunglasses as he readied to conduct a symphony of more than 20 physics students.

These weren’t ordinary musical instruments — each one was homemade, constructed from raw materials and spare items. Collective parts included plastic pipe, a wooden spatula, flip-flop shoes, chopsticks and drywall screws.

And this wasn’t your ordinary musical performance. A clear giveaway was Ekey’s funky combination of wig and shades, an ode to music superstar Nicki Minaj and her song, “Starships.”

Moving his hands and a baton with the precision of a maestro, the professor led the students in a snippet rendition of Minaj’s song, lasting roughly a minute.

After the tune ended, boisterous applause broke out from around 40 parents, students and staff who had gathered for the mini-concert inside the Peterson Field House on campus. Smiles beamed from both performers and the audience.

This was the final project in Ekey’s class, “Science, Sound and Music,” which transforms physics curriculum into an enlightening and unorthodox classroom experience.

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When the Grateful Dead invaded German television


The Europe 72 tour was already well underway when the Grateful Dead pulled into the Bremen, West Germany. They had experienced a two weeks worth of hijinks, travel, and music by that point, but their biggest trip was about to take them into the strange confines of the legendary German music programme Beat-Club.

“We drive to Bremen tomorrow to tape a TV show called ‘Beat Club’ which is shown all over,” organist and vocalist Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan wrote in a letter to his family. “It’s sort of Germany’s American Bandstand but done a lot more tastefully, except there’s some law that says ya can’t dance in the studio, but we’ll get around it, and we have almost all the time we want, all afternoon & evening, so we can probably edit the tape and get the best performances for air-play.”

The Beat-Club was a landmark in television, providing most continental Europeans with their first look at major artists like Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart, Fleetwood Mac, and David Bowie. The show was nearing the end of its run by the time the Grateful Dead arrived, and so it was decided that the group would play a quasi-set in front of the cameras. The audience was the band’s entourage and any station workers who happened to be floating around.

To try and get the blood flowing in the confines of a television studio, lyricist Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s partner Mountain Girl began to dance. “He and I both did that. But they didn’t want us in the studio,” Mountain Girl explained on the Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast. “That was the thing — the vibes were just kind of, ‘Get those people out of here.’ I think Bob may have stuck it out longer than I did. But we were trying to bring a little bit of life in there. It was pretty sterile.”

Throughout their time at the studio, the Grateful Dead wound up playing for around 80 minutes. That would make it one of the shortest Dead concerts of all time, but it greatly exceeded the average amount of time other bands would spend in the studio. The group played nine different songs, including two takes of ‘Playing in the Band’ and a full ‘Truckin’ > ‘Drums’ > ‘The Other One’ suite. In the end, only their performance of ‘One More Saturday Night’ made it onto television.

European viewers were getting a version of the Grateful Dead that wasn’t quite the real deal. The extended vamps that run through ‘One More Saturday Night’ are tempered down slightly for television consumption. Three of the band members have their names misspelt in the credits: the final “n” in Bill Kreutzmann’s is missing, Keith Godchaux’s surname has an extra “o” that makes it “Goodchaux”, and Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan’s last name was misinterpreted to become “McKerney”.

Check out the performance of ‘One More Saturday Night’ down below.

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‘We will forever be grateful to him’: Former


ROSWELL, Ga. — The former mayor of the city of Roswell has died, officials told Channel 2 Action News.

According to officials William Lee “Pug” Mabry, the 34th mayor of Roswell died Friday, April 28 at the age of 95.

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Officials said Mabry served the city for 31 years from 1966 until 1997.

“Mayor Pug Mabry devoted his life to Roswell and to bettering our City in extraordinary ways,” said current Roswell Mayor Kurt Wilson. “We will forever be grateful to him and his legacy of leadership and public service. I extend my deepest condolences to Pug’s wife, Sandra, to his family and friends, and to all those who loved and respected him.”

Under Mabry’s tenure, the city of Roswell grew from about 3,000 residents to almost 60,000 residents.


A public celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m., at Roswell First Baptist Church, 710 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. A private, family, graveside service will follow the church service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Pug Mabry to Roswell First Baptist Foundation at

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‘What An Embarrassment’: As John Daly Turns 57,


Golf is a sport with deep traditions and a rich history. However, once in a while, a surprising fact or statistic comes to light that shocks even the most dedicated golf enthusiasts. This is one such statistic – John Daly, a two-time major champion, has never been selected to play in the Ryder Cup.

Yes, you read that right.

The man who won two of golf’s biggest tournaments in 1991 and 1995 never got the opportunity to represent his country in the most prestigious team event in golf. This wild stat has sparked a debate among golf fans and analysts. Now, let’s dive deeper into this topic and see if we can shed some light on what really happened with John Daly and the Ryder Cup.


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John Daly not chosen for the Ryder Cup – an enigma of the Golf world

John Daly, the legendary golfer, recently celebrated his 57th birthday. His fans and the golf world were astonished by a wild stat from his career.

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Flushing It golf page tweeted, “John Daly is the only player to have won 2 majors and never get chosen for a Ryder Cup side. Both wins were during Ryder Cup years, too. That always blows my mind, as he was custom-made to wear the red, white, and blue in a team event! ”

John Daly achieved so much in his career, winning two major championships and several other tournaments. However, he never got the chance to represent his country in the Ryder Cup, and it’s hard to understand why.

One fan replied on the tweet, “What an embarrasment”

It’s a puzzling fact that’s leaving even the most dedicated golf enthusiasts scratching their heads.

Another fan said, “That’s a wild stat.


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Daly was a crowd favorite with his impressive long drives, quirky personality, and undying passion for the game. He was the perfect fit for the Ryder Cup team.

Golf – a sport judged by performance or personal life?

Many fans and analysts believe that Daly’s off-course antics might have prevented him from being selected for the Ryder Cup.

USA Today via Reuters

Daly’s partying and love for alcohol and cigarettes were well known. Some considered his behavior on the golf course inappropriate, as he was often seen smoking.

However, many fans argue that Daly’s behavior should not have been a factor in his selection for the Ryder Cup team. Golf is a sport, and it should be judged on a player’s ability on the course, not their personal life. John Daly was a talented golfer who deserved to play in the Ryder Cup.


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What do you think is the reason why John Daly was never chosen to play in the Ryder Cup?

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Jim Fox dead at 81: Tributes paid to British


JIM FOX, the former modern pentathlon Olympic champion, has died at the age of 81.

The Brit won team gold at the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada, alongside compatriots Danny Nightingale and Adrian Parker.

Ex-army sergeant Jim Fox won gold in Montreal and caught out a cheating rival


Ex-army sergeant Jim Fox won gold in Montreal and caught out a cheating rivalCredit: Getty

The Wiltshire-star famously exposed the cheating of Soviet Union Red Army soldier Boris Onishchenko, who was disqualified after it was discovered a switch had been hidden in his fencing sword to register false hits.

While they duelled, a light came on early to indicate a hit for Onishchenko.

Fox later told the BBC: “All I could think about was that Onishchenko had a weapon that was not properly working.

“And then over a period of minutes, because he was going to put it back in his bag and because of the way he he wanted to put it back in his bag, I felt there was something dramatically wrong.”

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Onishchenko’s cheating was soon exposed.

Montreal 1976 official Carl Schwende revealed at the time: “The weapon had definitely been tampered with.

“Someone had wired it in such a way that it would score a winning hit without making contact.”

Fox was an army sergeant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and represented Team GB at four successive Games.

He finished fourth in the individual event in Munich in 1972, having been dissuaded from retiring by coach Ron Bright after the 1968 Mexico City Games.

When he did officially hang up his sports equipment, he served as chairman of Pentathlon GB.

The governing body said: “All at Pentathlon GB send their condolences to Jim Fox’s family and remain grateful for everything he has done for our sport.”

British Army Sport stated: “Very sad news indeed and our sincere condolences to his family and friends. An outstanding athlete and supporter of Modern Pentathlon in the British Army and for his country.

“RIP Jim and thank you for your service.”

And sports fans on social media added their tributes.

One posted: “So sad. A very charming man and great sportsman.”

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Remembering Tony Markellis’s With His Final “First Tube” From ‘The Beacon Jams’ Closer


On this day in 2021, the music world mourned the loss of Tony Markellis, the decorated bassist best known for his decades of work with Trey Anastasio and his various non-Phish projects.

Following Tony’s passing, countless fans, friends, and peers shared heartfelt written tributes to the musician, including a pair of thoughtful but emotional reflections from Anastasio. Many people noted his earnest humor and wit in addition to his musicianship, and both of those elements of Tony Markellis were on display for the final number of The Beacon Jams back on November 27th, 2020.

With the eight-week residency down to its final song—a song everyone knew would be a mighty “First Tube”—a giddy, grateful Trey issued a slew of “thank yous” to everyone he could think of, and he got a lot of them. It seemed that the one name he had failed to mention was the name of the bassist that had held The Beacon Jams together for the past wight weeks, Mr. Tony Markellis. Fortunately, that fact was not lost on Tony.

When Trey looked over to the rhythm section to count in “First Tube”, he was met with a curios Markellis not quite ready to play. In his friendly, soft-spoken manner, Tony piped up from the bandstand, “Trey, can I ask you one question? Who was that playing bass for the last eight weeks?” The rest of the band joined in, clearly having registered the accidental omission as well.

“I don’t know,” a sheepish Trey responded before turning to the mic once more for a proper homage. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he smiled, “Holdin’ it down, we’ll all say it at once…”

“Tony Markellis!” the whole ensemble cried. “I always save the best for last,” Trey added.

Blushing from the attention, Tony quipped, “Thank you so much for that unsolicited tribute.” Then, he dove into “First Tube”, “holdin’ it down” like always. The performance marked Tony’s last-ever with Trey Anastasio Band, the ever evolving outfit he helped found decades ago.

As Trey noted in a post along with the Beacon Jams “First Tube” video, “Tony’s final song with TAB, and the first song we ever wrote and performed together. We love you Tony.” Watch the Beacon Jams “First Tube” video below.

Trey Anastasio – “First Tube”, Thank Yous, Tony Markellis Banter – The Beaccon Jams Night 8 – 11/27/20

[Video: Trey Anastasio] [Originally published 5/6/21]

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