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FOUNDER Robert Gartside

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chaunce Hayden

PUBLISHERS Jairo Arias Chaunce Hayden

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LeAnne Aciz-Stanton

ART DIRECTOR Mark McNabb

ACCOUNT SALES Chaunce Hayden Jairo Arias Stephanie Anderson

PHOTOGRAPHY Chaunce Hayden

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chantal Cyr Mike Wise Jenny Filicky Chaunce Hayden

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COVER STORY BRIAN “Q” QUINN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Naked Truth: Michael Madsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mancave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Industry Spotlight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Women’s Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Men’s Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Best Outdoor Patios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 20 Percent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Chef Of The Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Industry Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Posh Model. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Motormouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bancshot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Between The Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Music News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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Chaunce Hayden: Where does one begin?

that. And those notes turned into my first book.

Michael Madsen: Well, I’ll tell you, it’s pretty grim being misquoted. Inevitably, whatever I say is only true at the moment. I mean, it’s your ball game, man. Basically, I’m just a simple guy.

Never mind all that, is it true you exposed your penis to Alec Baldwin?

Fair enough. Let’s start with your poems. I’m not particularly a poem kind of guy, but your written thoughts are pretty deep for a notorious tough guy. I’m always in hotels or airplanes and I have a lot of time on my hands, and every once in a while I’ll just think of something. But I’ve never been very good at carrying pens or papers so I end up writing on the backs of matchbooks or shopping bags. I even wrote on my arm one time. However, sooner or later I’ll try to record what I write in a more responsible way. Actually, I was going to burn them all up at one point. I was living in Santa Fe and I had a big box of stuff, and I was going to throw it in the fireplace.

(Laughs) Yeah, it’s true! He hates it when I tell that story, but it’s true, yeah. You can ask him about it sometime. He’ll admit it. Can I ask why? I was just fooling around. We were having a good time and I was breaking his balls a little bit and we were just kidding around. I was just trying to get a reaction out of him for a shot he was doing [“The Getaway”]. I was teasing him about Steve McQueen, telling him he couldn’t react the way Steve did, and that particular day I was in one of those moods. I drank a lot of vodka in those days too! (Laughs). How much vodka does it take before you get the urge to pull it out?

Obviously you didn’t. What stopped you? A young lady I was with at the time suggested that I not do

I’m not sure. But I’ll tell you that in those days I was on the Charlie Sheen diet.


because I was trying to pay the mortgage.

Vodka and beef jerky.

Was it that you didn’t trust the work would always be there, or that good roles would be too few and far between?

I don’t have to tell you that in Hollywood, image is everything. I get the feeling you could give a flying f—k about image. There are a lot of phonies out there. There’s a lot of phony baloney out there, for sure. I guess the problem is that if you are your own person and reflect what you’re really about, unfortunately the powers that be in the film industry don’t really appreciate that. What happens is that you become sort of a threat. An actor with an idea is a threat. The people who make films would prefer to have puppets on a string. If you don’t play the game, you’re a lot less likely to get a job. Are you talking from personal experience? It’s been a tough road for me. I’m really not that hard to get along with, and in fact, there’s not a single person out there who can say I’ve ever held up a [film] production or that I was ever late. But there’s this perception that I’m going to smack somebody or be so opinionated about something that I’m going to cause a problem. But that’s really not the way it is. Some of these things get so blown out of proportion. Is it fair to say you’re old school when it comes to Hollywood? I grew up with Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Kirk Douglas, and Burt Lancaster. Those guys were really respected and they all had an opinion. But these days it’s not the same. I almost get the feeling that you’re ashamed to be in the industry that you’re in.

I mean socially. That really bothers me. There’s a really fine line you have to walk. You can’t stick your ass in everybody’s face, but you’ve got to get out there and to a certain extent you have to be approachable. I guess it goes with the territory, but [acting] is a rather uncomfortable thing to do. But again, it is what I do.

Why can’t you do that?

Because there are usually 150 people counting on you to finish it. So you’ve got to see it through, and at the end of the day you think to yourself, “Well, nobody is ever going to see this and I don’t give a damn.” But what happens is these bad films end up circulating in various markets and they take a film that I was in for 10 minutes and put my name above the title. The distributors see you’re in the film and go out and buy this crap, and later find out you’re only in it for 10 minutes. By the end, everybody feels like they’ve been taken advantage of. Ultimately, whose fault is it?

It comes down to the guys who paid me and the guys who misused my name. For a while, I was out there attached to 10 different projects that I never even heard of. Projects that I had nothing to do with. In fact, I just busted some c--ksucker for forging my name. He forged my name and he forged Christopher Walken’s name on a couple of different films. What made this person think they could get away with it? He never thought that the films were going to go to production. He was planning on making money by selling those names to people, promising them that we were involved in projects that we had nothing to do with. The whole lid got blown off.

How would you describe your career thus far? My career has been very bizarre. My once promising career has begun to show some positive signs of resurrection for sure. It’s heading back where it should be. Where did your career begin to go south? I think I’m misunderstood for a lot of the pictures that I made. People don’t realize that I did a lot of the pictures that I did

I think many people see you as a powerful actor even when the film is horrible. I think in the old days they called that presence. It was called screen presence, and I just don’t see that anymore. I hardly see anyone that can hold a screen anymore. You watch a film today because it’s a story. But guys like Steve McQueen would steal a film from the actors today by just standing there. He really had a presence about him. Brando had that

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What do you mean by pretentious situations?

When you have four sons and the bills that I have and you’re not getting any calls to work and someone is going to make a film and they’re offering you a role … (Pause) If I was a bricklayer, for God’s sake, I would go out and build a building. If I was an auto mechanic and I had cars to fix, I would fix them. But when you’re an actor, you don’t have that option. When you make a film, you don’t know if that film is going to be any good or not. Also, a lot of things that are promised to you by filmmakers and the way they tell you they’re going to tell a story doesn’t end up being the way that it is on the finished product. Plus, once you’re in the middle of the Goddamn thing and you know it’s going to hell, there’s just nothing you can do. It’s not like you can throw up your hands and say “This film is a piece of crap and I’m leaving!”

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Well, yeah. It’s not really the most masculine thing to do. I do find myself quite often feeling very uncomfortable by some of the self-promotion of it and the pretentious situations you have to sometimes be in.

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“Reservoir Dogs” is a timeless classic. Anyone who’s seen the film remembers the powerful scene where you cut the ear off a policeman. Has that scene defined your career?

How many times have you watched it?

Is there a problem between you and Oliver Stone? I’ve never been able to figure out what that was. The last time I saw Oliver was in an airport and he acted like he didn’t even recognize me. He looked at me like I was from Mars. I think he tends to get preoccupied, but if he needed me for anything, I would be around. For whatever people have said of our relationship, I think it’s been misunderstood. Honestly, I don’t know what his problem is with me. For a while we had the same manager and agent, and maybe that was the problem. I’m not sure. I’ve heard so many stories about Oliver over the years I just don’t know what to think anymore. He’s a good filmmaker and he should have used me for “Natural Born Killers,” but that was his fault. He made that decision.

That leads me back to your earlier question, if you could hit somebody, who would it be?

Well, you know, if you hit somebody today you’re going to end up in court and be sued for it. Back in the Brando days it was different. Because of the number of lawsuits in this country, if you really want to fight somebody, you have to go on “Celebrity Boxing,” which is a circus. Have you ever actually punched somebody out?

I’ve clocked a few people in my life, and they definitely had it coming. Would you be willing to share one of those moments?

I smacked a guy in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel because he wouldn’t stop … let’s just say he was annoying my wife. I warned him twice to stop it, and when the police finally came, the valet guys at the hotel stood up for me and told the cops what happened. So I wasn’t the one who went to jail. Things happen, sometimes you invite them and sometimes you don’t. You just have to be careful. It doesn’t pay to take swings at people these days. Not to change the subject, but is it true you get stoned and watch reruns of “Starsky and Hutch”? (Laughs) I did once! It was a very strange experience when I started trying to figure out which one was more emotional. I wouldn’t recommend watching that show stoned because you can really start to feel like you’re going to lose your mind! (Laughs) Finally, how would you like to be remembered? I don’t think I’ve made the best pictures that I’m going to make yet. I don’t think I’ve put together a bunch of films yet that will stand up by themselves. I guess I would probably like to be remembered most as a good father and as a person who at least tried to be honest in this lifetime. MN

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I recently saw a screening of it in New York and that was only the third time I watched it from beginning to end. It’s a damn good movie, but it’s really disturbing.

It all came down to money and Warner Brothers. It was about a bigger payday for everybody to use Woody Harrelson. It is what it is, man. It’s a part of history and I know the truth behind that story, and nobody is ever going to tell me anything different.

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The funny thing about “Reservoir Dogs” is that it gained steam over time. It really wasn’t that popular when it first came out. “Reservoir Dogs” was reinvestigated when “Pulp Fiction” came out. Then it started to get some attention, and people’s interest in the picture began to increase over time. Over time it got to the point where “Dogs” became the movie where the guy got his ear cut off. But it wasn’t like that in the beginning. I can tell you for sure that Harvey Weinstien had a conversation with me at the Toronto Film Festival when we were there with “Dogs” that I was going to get the “Best Supporting Actor” nomination. That was the first time that I even thought for a second that I had done something effective in that film. But “The Crying Game” became the nominated [independent] film that day and everybody forgot about “Dogs.” But now I see the film as a very nice thing to be a part of past. I’m proud of it.

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We’ve got movie-themed bars (like NYC’s Will Ferrell-themed Stay Classy New York) popping up with cult classic movie quotes imagined in cocktails and TV shows that inspire their own liege of cocktails (looking at you, Mad Men). And in recent decades, craft brewers— particularly in the U.S.—have quietly begun a revolution, pushing new extremes with the way people drink and think about beer. From double IPA’s to barrel-aged beers that soak up flavor for months, we’re starting to see dedication to the craft of brewing that rivals Europe’s enthusiasm for wine. With a helping hand from realbeer. com, we’ve broken down 10 styles and nominated the top five in each. Beer freak or not, these beers need to be on your bucket—or pint—list. 

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2. 60 Minute Dogfish - Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE From the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, this IPA is hopped with 60 different Northwest coast hop flowers over the course of a 60 minute boil (hence the name). Needless to say, this IPA is super hop forward with notes of bright lemon, pine and cedar.

5. Brew Free or Die IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery,. San Francisco, CA Brewed with “some serious west  coast attitude” according to the maestros over at the 21st amendment Brewery, “this aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone.”

8. Guinness - Guinness Ltd., Dublin, Ireland A long time and international pub favorite, Guinness has been soothing souls with it’s rich creamy taste for generations. With a velvety run on the tongue and a slight bitter finish, this imported irish stout has become a staple of any self-respecting pub. 9. Left Hand Milk Stout - Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO A creamy stout that’s supple and dark with a mouth-filling heft. The sweet finish brings back childhood memories of oreos and milk that’s “udderly delicious.” 10. Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI Cave aged for a year in oak barrels, check, heaps of choco-love and coffee beans, double check. Whisps of bourbon rising from the bottom of the glass, checkmate. The wizards of the craft brew alll seem to agree that this beer is a giant among men, giving it high marks as one of the world’s greatest time and time again.

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4. Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company San Diego, CA Though it takes its name from a poisonous fish with spikes that can deal a nasty sting, the Sculpin craft IPA couldn’t be more different from the nasty bugger it’s named after. The bite from the hops is gentle, giving way to a more subtle balance of lush fruit- mango, peach and lemon.

7. Founder’s Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI This stout is a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate flavors and has an equally elegant balance of sweetness and bitterness. It’s brewed with flaked oats, Kona coffee and chocolate. Breakfast in a bottle? Maybe not quite so literally, but more than enough flavor to tickle the imagination.

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3. Bell’s Hopslam Ale Michigan - Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI A lot of time and precision hopping goes into this aromatic double IPA. Six carefully selected north-western hop varietals are added as the brew process unfolds, finally culminating in a “dry hop” (adding hop flowers after the beer has cooled from the cooking process), bestowing a slight bitter and flowery finish to the beer. You’ll also find hints of grapefruit, honey, stone fruit and delicate malt.

6. Deschutes The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR Deep and dark with rich molasses, licorice, vanilla and cherry. The Deschutes brewery is serious about their beer, aging the Abyss in oak barrels to unlock mature bourbon flavors. This imperial stout is for the hardcore beer enthusiast looking for grace in a glass.

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1. Pliny the Elder - Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA The stuff of legends, this double IPA can be a hard find, but off and on has been argued to be one of the greatest in the states. It’s named for the ancient Roman naturalist “Pliny the Elder” who first studied the hop plant. The Russian River brewers in Santa Rosa, CA keep supply tight to ensure freshness, but if you can get your hands on the Elder, a world of well-balanced malt, hop and citrus is sure to be a mouth-watering experience you won’t soon forget.


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The saying “less is more” is very accurate when talking about neutral tones in fashion. Using the color sand, for example, can be incredibly versatile in many different looks. Neutrals work perfectly with black and brown, so having a few staples in neutral colors offers you quick, stylish outfits. When in doubt, grab a sand or taupe colored t-shirt with a black pair of jeans. You will look season-appropriate and on-trend with minimal effort. Textured Sweatshirt,

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The ones who don’t appreciate you the most, as harsh as it seems, are your bosses. It’s all about money and cutting costs. That’s why restaurant pay is two or three dollars, because they bet on you making tips and somehow its been approved. Coffee house girls and pizza boys make tips, and minimum wage. How the hell does that fly? Besides the money factor, your boss genuinely doesn’t care about you too much because these jobs turn over so fast. They don’t feel it’s important to invest time and energy

building up some sort of relationship when they know you’ll leave at any minute. People do this to put themselves through school or as a side job, it’s never anyone’s career. This is the part where I have to take a step back and applaud my company. Without a doubt we all have our ups and downs and scream at each other and so on. Yet at the end of the day we truly are a family. Most of the bartenders are actors and musicians and we always go and support them in their endeavors because that, right there, is their real life. Not the version you see behind the bar or hidden under a cocktail tray. Last night we went to see one of the waitresses sing in her band, and let me tell you this girl could wail. Not what you would expect from our shy little cocktail server. Among all of us kids, on a slow Monday night, my general manager comes in. There’s a million things he could be doing and he doesn’t even live in Manhattan, but he came to support her because he knew it was important. I was floored. How many of your bosses would care enough to show up for you?

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Billy: THE CONCEPT OF ANNABELLA’S - WAS TO CAPTURE THE FEEL OF THE “OLD SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN DELI” AND TAKE IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL... WE’VE BEEN DOING JUST THAT FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS AND AT OUR NEW EXPANDED LOCATION ON PATERSON PLANK RD WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE’VE ALWAYS HAD AND SO MUCH MORE. IT BLOWS MY MIND EVERY TIME I WALK IN. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE SEEING OUR CUSTOMERS WALK IN FOR THE FIRST TIME AS THEY ARE  GREETED WITH A REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL ANNABELLA’S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR 140 SEAT RESTAURANT.  OUR 20 SEAT BAR, WHICH SERVES AS THE NEW ANCHOR. IT’S IS A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY EITHER A PERONI OR A GLASS OF ANNABELLA’S 5 BLEND WHILE YOU DECIDE ON TODAY’S HOT SPECIALS TEMPTING YOU THROUGH OUR STEAM TABLE WINDOW. WE ALSO OFFER AN ANTIPASTO BAR LOADED WITH HOT SELECTIONS WHILE YOU CATCH UP ON THE LATEST SPORTS AND HEADLINES ON ONE OF OUR 9 SIXTY INCH TVS. WE EVEN HAVE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN THE EVENINGS WHERE I OCCASIONALLY MAKE AN APPEARANCE CROONING OUR FANS! YOU HAVE TO FINISH YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH A CAPPUCCINO OR ESPRESSO AND A DESERT FROM OUR CAFE. IT TRULY IS MORE THAN JUST A TYPICAL DELI. WE ARE A DELI ON STEROIDS! IT IS “AN EXPERIENCE.” I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE AN AD, BUT THAT IS WHAT WE OFFER.  Let’s talk about your Mozzarella. You take great pride in it. What makes it special? I TAKE PRIDE IN EVERYTHING WE DO. FROM DAY “ONE” MOZZARELLA HAS BEEN MY CHAMPION.  I WANT THIS TO BE THE ONE THING IN THE STORE THAT IS STRAIGHT FROM MY HEART! MY MASTERPIECE! I LEARNED TO MAKE IT FROM ONE OF THE BEST MOZZ GUYS IN THE BUSINESS AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I WAS HOOKED.  I WAS DEAD SET ON PERFECTING IT AND FROM THE FEEDBACK THAT I RECEIVE FROM MY CUSTOMERS, I THINK IT’S BEEN WORTH THE DEDICATION. You seem to be very close with the people who work for you. MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME “ IF YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU DO YOU’LL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE”  THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS IS DEFINITELY HARD WORK - THE HOURS SPENT WITH YOUR STAFF EQUAL AND SOMETIMES RIVAL THE TIME YOU SPEND WITH YOUR FAMILY - SO YOU NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF YOUR STAFF AND THEIR SACRIFICES.  ANYONE WHO HAS WORKED IN A RESTAURANT KNOWS THAT NOT ONE PERSON CAN DO IT THEMSELVES. IT ABSOLUTELY TAKES A TEAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL!

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Chaunce: What is the concept of Annabella’s?

You are located under the shadows of Giants Stadium. Are you looking for those customers? ABSOLUTELY! - THE MEADOWLANDS AREA IS SUCH A GREAT SPOT. WE ARE RIGHT UP THE ROAD FROM THE STADIUM AND RACETRACK. WETHER THEY’RE ON THEIR WAY TO A GIANTS GAME, JETS GAME, OR A CONCERT, WE HOPE PEOPLE STOP IN AND CATER THEIR TAILGATE PARTIES WITH US. WE ARE OPEN  SUNDAY  thru WEDNESDAY 9AM-10PM AND THURSDAY thru SATURDAY 9AM-12AM. So who is Annabella?

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I LIKE TO JOKE WITH EVERYONE THAT IT WAS MY NAME IN A PREVIOUS LIFETIME (LOL)... BUT THE STORY GOES LIKE THIS.... WHEN I WAS WORKING ON OPENING THE ORIGINAL DELI, I KNEW THAT THE NAME HAD TO BE GOOD. ALL OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS ARE ETHNIC ITALIANS WITH LONG ITALIAN. What’s your signature dish? OUR SIGNATURE DISH IS OUR ROASTED PORK LOIN SANDWICH (ADD MOZZ). it’s got its own day baby pork tuesday! Finally, what’s the secret to your success. Respect from your employees and respect from your customers. We’re a family.

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JR CIGARS Whippany Location 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981 (973) 887-0800 • www.jrwhippany.com

What is the biggest misconception about cigars? One of the misconceptions is that cigars are only for your father or grandfather. There are many brands and blend profiles that suit a wide array of adult premium cigar smokers Cuban cigars are often thought to be the best in the world Do you believe they are? It is all about perception and personal preference. In a way, you can relate it to wine. In years past, people viewed French wine as the best, even though there are many varietals around the world that make excellent wine. Although Cuban cigars are popular worldwide, there has been a growing trend in cigars coming from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Honduras. Each country has its own characteristics on their tobacco. There are excellent cigars that are being made in these countries and they have received tremendous accolades and ratings. It is up to the adult consumer as to which varietal they prefer. Has the Vape culture hurt the cigar industry OR has it exposed more people to wanting to try cigars? The vape culture has seen growth in recent years, but I am not sure this correlates too much with the premium cigar consumer. Potentially the increase in popularity of vape relates more to machine made cigars and other tobacco products, as premium cigars are a completely different segment of the market.

Paramus Location 184 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201) 261-7988 • www.jrparamus.com


We pride ourselves on selling a vast array of products with a great assortment. Additionally, our stores are the ultimate modern tobacconist, tailoring to the customers’ needs and working to elevate the cigar experience and lifestyle. Customers can be assured of a memorable cigar experience with every visit. There are also exclusive products available that can only be purchased with us. Smoking a cigar can be intimidating at first. What would you tell someone who walks into JR Cigars for the first time? Understandable, but the best advice would probably be to ask the retail staff for recommendations and preferences. If you are new to cigars, I would recommend something mild and creamy that is not too strong. I suggest a Montecristo White or Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real which would be an excellent cigar for even the most novice adult premium cigar consumer. What is the biggest mistake people make when cutting a cigar? Probably the biggest mistake would be cutting too much of the tip of the cigar; you really only need to cut off the tip in order to have enough air to draw. Our retail staff is available to assist customers with cutting and lighting the cigars they purchase. Would you agree that more women are smoking cigars than ever before? Why do you think that is?

Are there such things as cigar snobs? How would you define a cigar snob?

What advice would you give to someone who has always wanted to smoke a cigar and is ready to take the plunge? I would say be open minded and willing to explore all the excellent information available on different products. I would visit a local JR Cigars store and ask questions, learn about the different brands and their characteristics and educate your palate on what you enjoy. There are no right or wrong answers, but up to the adult consumer of what they enjoy.

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As with many handmade premium products, there are always experts and consumers that pay particular attention to many of the nuances of the product. I think there are Cigar Snobs or Aficionados in the market and would define them as people who appreciate the product and pay particular attention to all components of the cigar. They are not just interested in profile or price, but want to know more details on the cigar: such as tobacco origin, possible cigar pairing, and education on the tobacco characteristics.

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I think the breath of audience has increased in premium cigars. The cigar lifestyle is not defined to one specific demographic and think many women enjoy the premium cigars and the lifestyle associated.

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NO JOKE… THIS IS THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TELEVISION! Interview by Chaunce Hayden

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BrIAn “Q” Quinn

Known as the New York comedy troupe, The Tenderloins, are made up of four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – who are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its 6th season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks. At the end of its 4th season, the series celebrated 100 episodes in the US with a live television event, The Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special. Hosted by Howie Mandel, the special drew in 3 million viewers with an impressive 150 MM social media impressions. The Troupe have toured steadily nationwide over the last three years with their highly successful truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour Starring the Tenderloins, playing to thousands of fans per market including a 3-night sold out run at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall. The new tour, “Santiago Sent Us,” continues on The Tenderloins’ success on the road, broadening the live show’s reach in the US and the United Kingdom, selling out 4 shows at The O2 Arena in London in January 2017. Natives of Staten Island, NY, Sal, Joe, “Murr” and “Q” met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Brian “Q” Quinn about the remarkable success of 4 normal guys from Staten Island… who just like to bust balls. Chaunce Hayden: “Impractical Jokers” has become a cultural comedy masterpiece of sorts. How has life changed for you since the show began 5 years ago? Brian “Q” Quinn: I don’t pay for drinks in bars anymore. That’s probably the biggest change. We do a lot of touring and people are always coming up to us to say how much they enjoy the show. It’s been really amazing! More importantly, nobody has tried to kill us or stab us…yet.

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(Laughs) That’s a good question. It was actually pretty easy. We shot a mini episode of the show on our cell phones. We spent one day in Manhattan going into places and shooting stuff. We than brought it to the Tru TV Network and the president of network said, “We love it! Don’t show it to anybody else.” It was showing what we could do and someone liking it. It was way easier to get a TV show than I thought it would be. I things are more likely to happen if you just do them on your own rather than rely on other people. I think a lot of it also has to do with the chemistry of the cast. You guys play off each other so well. Has success changed any of you? We are still the same guys. We’ve been friends our whole life and we never fight. If we do argue it’s very, very rare. We know our strengths and we know our weaknesses. I know what the other guy is going to do before he does it. We all feel that way. We just have great chemistry like you said. We are all really cool guys who get along.

you’re trying to do a public prank. Has it become difficult? Not really. If it ever got to that point where everyone knew what we were doing it would be no fun. We do a lot of our production in Manhattan where over 14 million people live and work. Trust me, there’s a vast amount of people that don’t know who we are in New York City. The only bad thing that can happen is if we do a great bit and the person doesn’t want us to use it on TV. That can happen from time to time. We also travel outside of New York to film the show. In fact, we just got back from Hawaii. We also shot the show in Orlando and Universal Studios and in Texas. We went to London last year and that was a blast! Isn’t there a British version of you guys? Yeah, there’s a UK version of the show on Comedy Central. They are really nice guys and very funny. I saw a couple of episodes and I thought they did us proud. They did good. I think there’s something like 17 versions of the show around the world all with different casts. I know there’s a Mexican one. There’s a bunch of them. I hope you own the rights? Not really. We get some back end money, but very little. Unfortunately we don’t own the show. Tru TV owns it. Are their “Impractical Jokers” groupies? Yes, I think. It depends on your definition of a groupie. It’s not like hot girls are lining up along the side of the wall at the end of the show to get backstage. It’s more like nice ladies who bring us sandwiches. If that makes sense?

Where to you come up with the ideas for the show? Is there any topic or story line that’s off limits? We’ll spend a few weeks before the season begins working out of an office in Manhattan tossing ideas around. We brought in a bunch of our friends to help with the story lines and at this point we’re a pretty well oiled machine. The show has become so popular that I would think it’s become nearly impossible not to be recognized when

Yeah. We don’t like being mean to people. We don’t want to do anything that would upset anybody. The best shows are where we push ourselves to the point where we almost do it but don’t. At the end of the day they’re my friends and I don’t want to hurt them. We’ve known each other or so long we know how far we can go. We’re pretty good at that. We


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would be in a lot of trouble if we didn’t have that sense of when to pull back.

Is it true you started out as a fireman? Yes, I did 8 years with the FDNY.

Has there been any talks about a sitcom or something more scripted in the “Impractical Jokers” future? People have pitched us sitcoms and stuff like that, but to be honest with you we’re having so much fun doing what we’re doing we really don’t have the time. We do the TV show plus over 100 live shows every year. We would have to stop doing something for anything to happen. We just enjoy everything we’re doing right now to stop and do something that’s scripted. Plus, I don’t even know if we’re good actors. I’m not too sure any of us can act. You guys have a remarkable celebrity fan base. Does it surprise you that people like Howie Mandel, Bully Ray, Rosie O’Donnell all want to be a part of the show? It’s pretty crazy! The fact that someone like Jeff Daniel is a big fan of the show is absolutely insane to me. He’s a legend. We just had dinner with Adam Sandler the other night. I still can’t believe it. Shit man, he was my favorite guy on Saturday Night Live. It’s so surreal. It’s really mind blowing. Howard Stern was talking about us and I was blown away by that. I grew up listening to the guy. It’s really weird.

Was it a tough call to make the leap from fighting fires to being a television star? It started out as a 4-year leave of absence. So up until last year I was still officially a member of the FDNY. But this gig was so unique and time consuming, it just seemed like I had no choice. So as of last June I’m officially retired. I have to admit I was a little depressed about it because I loved the job so much. But I hit 41 and the fire department is a young man’s game anyway. It’s tough to compete with a 21 year old kid who works out everyday and runs 5 miles. So it’s okay. I think the FDNY will be fine without me. Also, once you’re on the fire department you’re always on the fire department. It’s like a family. All of you guys are from Staten Island. What is it about Staten Island that makes people smile followed by a joke? Well Staten Island was a garbage dump for so many years. It was also an old school, republican city that was just so much fun to joke about. That dump did a lot of damage to us. That’s all the city was known for, for decades. So it’s hard not to make fun of Staten Island. I get it. But it’s a great place with great people and that’s why I still live there. I have no


a little bit more people kissing up to us.

No Hollywood Hills in your future?

What would you say to fans who want to copy what they see you do on television?

Not at all. I’ll probably never leave Staten Island. You guys must be God’s in Staten Island? You would think, but no. Not at all. I could use a little bit more worship from the people of Staten Island to be honest with you. Honestly, when we started the show we promised ourselves we would never make fun of Staten Island. We go to great lengths to say how much we love it and great the people are. Are you able to sit in a bar and be left alone or is that impossible?

Just have fun and not give up where others might. Keep in mind; we didn’t get on TV until we were 36 years old. Even our own agents were telling us we’re too young to be on television. If we had quit when people had told us to quiet you and I wouldn’t be talking right now. So anyone can be an impractical joker? Absolutely. My favorite thing to hear is when people tell me we stole a bit of theirs. That makes me laugh. I say, “Yeah, I know. That’s how simple it was.” 10 years from now where are you?

It’s gotten pretty hard to do that if the four of us are hanging out in a place. It’s difficult to just relax and have a beer. But it’s not so bad having people coming up to you and saying nice things about you. Nobody comes up to us and tells us we suck or anything like that. So we deal with it. We do a great job of keeping each other in check. Even are crew is like family. We’re all equal and just looking to have a great time. There’s nothing glamorous about what we do, so there’s no reason to have a big head. Like I said, I could use

We want to do a movie. I think that’s the next thing for us. Even if you can’t act? I don’t think I could see myself 20 feet high. I don’t even like seeing me on television. But we’ll see. We’re working on a movie script right now. As soon as I know what it’s about you’ll know. MN

left to right: James Murray, Brian Quinn, Joseph Gatto & Sal Vulcano

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SPORTS Many players who graced our fields here in the New York City area have been enshrined in their sports’ respective Halls of Fame. Here are five, including Joe Klecko, that have gotten left behind. New York Sports has seen many of its athletes receive the honor of being inducted into their sports’ hall of fame, but there are always a few stragglers that don’t make it, and for no good reason, either. Joe Klecko, DL, New York Jets It is simply a travesty that Klecko is not in Canton. It’s more than an oversight, in my opinion. This man was a tremendous football player and well-respected by teammates, peers, the media and, especially, the fans. I realize any campaign is political in nature. There’s a lot of work to generate a buzz and a groundswell in order to launch it to the next level. You basically have to sell the candidate to the voters. Klecko’s candidacy should not require such arduous impetus. His record and his reputation should speak for itself. He is the first player in NFL history to be elected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions. Contemporaries such as Hall-of-Famers Joe DeLamielleure, Anthony

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was Super Bowl XXI in which he went 22-for-25 (a SB record) for 268 yards and 3 TD for a QBR of 150.9.

Gil Hodges, 1B, Brooklyn Dodgers

Tommy John, P, New York Yankees

Hodges was a staple for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their glory days of the 1940s and 50s making the MLB All-Star team eight times and driving in over 100 runs for seven consecutive seasons (1949-55). He hit over 30 HRs six times and over 40 twice. Hodges also won two Gold Gloves.

John had a stellar career. Actually, he had two of them. One before his surgery and the other afterward. His 288 wins are 26th all-time. He led the AL in shutouts three times and his 46 shutouts are 26th best in baseball history. He had winning records in both leagues, pitched in three World Series and only 19 other pitchers in the history of the game have pitched more innings.

His legacy continued as a manager, leading the New York Mets to the most improbable World Series championship in baseball history in 1969. The only reason we can figure why Gil hasn’t been enshrined in Cooperstown is because there are already too many players from that Dodger team in Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese.

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What is remarkable about TJ is the fact that his name is mentioned today more than any other non-active player because of the experimental surgery he had on his arm in 1974 and the success he was able to endure afterward. Had he not agreed to be the test subject of Dr. Frank Jobe’s experiment, we may not be where we are in sports medicine these days. For that alone, John should be in Cooperstown.

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Phil Simms, QB, New York Giants

George Young, GM, New York Giants

Anyone who watched Simms play in his heyday will tell you he threw the football as well as any QB of his era. He threw for over 33,000 yards in his career and the closest thing he had to an NFL Pro-Bowl receiver was TE Mark Bavaro, who he only played a few seasons with.

George Young was the man who was handpicked by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1979 to put the Giants back on the map. The once proud franchise was suffering through a 15-year postseason drought spurred on by its bickering owners, Wellington Mara and his nephew, Tim.

Simms’ career had a rocky start in 1979. Playing for a team with no weapons to speak of, including a porous offensive line, he was injured often and his career didn’t really take off until 1984. He also was at a disadvantage because he played for a head coach, Bill Parcells had a run-first, smash-mouth mentality and took the air out of the football instead of letting Simms strut his stuff. This is why Simms only had a few occasions where Simms was turned loose. One of those games

Young went right to work, drafting such players as QB Phil Simms, LB Lawrence Taylor, CB Mark Haynes, TE Mark Bavaro, RB Joe Morris and promoting Bill Parcells as the head coach. Young was named NFL Executive of the Year five times and won two Super Bowl championships. He was a fine a GM as there ever has been in this game and is well-deserving of enshrinement in Canton.


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SCREAMING FOR

VENGEANCE Alan Tecchio /alan.tecchio

Having been an MSF RiderCoach for 13 years now, I can’t help but constantly think about ways to stay safe while riding. It’s one thing to avoid distracted drivers who may do the unexpected but wildlife can of course be even more unpredictable. As a result, I am often reminded of motorcycle safety guru Larry Grodsky who had eerily predicted that he would likely die (if riding) as a result of a deer strike. Larry wrote the Stayin’ Safe column in Rider Magazine for 18 years, had his own moto-training school and sure enough in 2006 he did indeed hit a deer and as a result was in fact, killed. As if destiny had come knocking on my own moto-door, I happened to randomly meet fellow motorcyclist Bill Pereca while filling my bike up with gas one day. Bill is the man behind The Deer Screamer, a deer whistle that you can quickly mount to your motorcycle (or any vehicle for that matter) The device emits a sound that can be heard by wildlife but barely by the rider, when travelling over 40 mph. Bill is pictured here with his 2008 BMW K1200S. The Deer Screamer’s volume increases at higher speeds and projects approximately 200 yards in front and to the sides of your machine. But don’t confuse The Deer Screamer with older useless “ultra-sonic” whistles that have been proven not to work primarily because wildlife cannot actually hear them. You only need to mount one Deer Screamer on your bike for it to be effective and here is the real kicker– it only costs

$8!!! Hell, even if you are skeptical that such a device might save you from a deer strike, isn’t $8 a small price to pay in case it actually does work?! To reassure you, the NJ State Police, Colorado State Patrol and Iowa State Patrol use Deer Screamers to help lower their vehicle/deer collision rate. The sound that cars and trucks make are very familiar to animals but the sound that The Deer Screamer makes (though it thankfully does not scare them) is unfamiliar and makes them curious. The usual reaction is for them to freeze in place as they attempt to determine what the sound is. This applies not just to deer but also to raccoons, groundhogs, fox, crows and wild turkeys. All of these animals could have a very negative impact on your ride as you might imagine, should you impact them. Insurance groups estimate that about 1 in every 100 drivers will be involved in a deer/vehicle collision at some point in their life. And of course the more miles you ride, the higher your possibility of striking an animal goes. Over 200 people are lost each year to wildlife collisions, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of poor animals also killed. Don’t be a party to this if you don’t have to. I am certain Larry Grodsky is looking down from Heaven right now wishing all of you modern day riders do not have to end your ride the way that he did. Do yourself a favor and click deerscreamer.com to learn more. If you choose to buy one, Bill suggests you mount the unit in a direct and clean line of air contact on your moto. The front grill is a great place to put it as the picture here of my own FJ09 illustrates.

Bill Pereca pictured here with his 2008 BMW K1200S


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A mutual understanding

BY ANGELA POMPELLI-BUTLER betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com

“Everyone in the world masturbates and if they say they don’t they are lying!” Mutual masturbation is a normal, healthy and all-around awesome practice. And yet, it’s rarely discussed between couples. Men do it, women do it, and they even do it to each other, but why don’t people openly talk about it. Should masturbation be something that is done in private, or is it more of a spectator sport??? Everyone has different views, and here is mine:

teenager to experiencing what the world has to offer today are two completely differently things, so it may be a bit intimidating. You can opt for the good old mutual stimulation with just your bodies, or you can opt for a little more adventure and try a few fun items that will make both you and your partners job just a little bit easier.

Everyone in the world masturbates and if they say they don’t they are lying! It is human nature to want to be satisfied, even if that means taking matters into your own hands.

When it comes to men, there are more visual learners and it doesn’t take much to turn them on. With this in mind, you can either show him what to do yourself or let him enjoy the show. They love a front row seat from every angle.

If you are good at what you do and you know exactly what pleases you, why not share it with your partner. Women and men alike all have different needs, and this is a sure fire way to figure them out. So if you’re currently in a relationship, chances are the both of you are doing at least a little self-loving on the side. And why wouldn’t you? Masturbation has so many benefits, from stress reduction to sleep aid to higher overall sexual confidence. Solo sex sessions also enhance your coupled sex life, helping men improve their sexual stamina and women become more orgasmic. Things have come a long way from being a horny little curious

Women love to be touched and paid attention to. Keep it simple and let her know it’s all about her. Whether you are doing the touching or she is just watching and learning, remember to always keep the focus on her. Mutual masturbation is one of the newest trends and can surely enhance your sexual relationship. Both parties are satisfied, and each time is a learning experience. It’s like your very own porno without the audience. If you haven’t’ experienced this, or don’t think you’d be into it, at least give it a try.. — Kisses Angela

If you have a story, comment or question you would like to share with BTS, please email me at betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com.


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Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning festivals to check out! If you’re looking to get away but not splurge an expensive vacation, hop on a plane or take a road trip to these festivals located all over the map! There is no better time to enjoy music than in the sun with friends and a cold one in your hand — regardless of where you are! Shaky Beats Festival | May 5th-7th | Atlanta, GA | shakybeatsfestival.com

Shores, AL | hangoutmusicfest.com

Get ready to dance the night away with music by Kaskade, Flosstradamus, The Chainsmokers and Girl Talk, among many others at Centennial Olympic Park in Georgia!

Hangout Fest, a festival that takes place on the beaches of Alabama, has a perfect combination of indie and rap in store: Weezer, Chance The Rapper, Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots and Frank Ocean!

Shaky Knees Music Festival | May 12th–14th | Atlanta, GA | shakykneesfestival.com

Governors Ball | June 2nd-4th | New York, NY | governorsballmusicfestival. com

The week after Shaky Beats Festival, mellow out and enjoy some rock music by Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, Cage the Elephant, The Shins and Phoenix, also at Centennial Olympic Park!

The East Coast’s version of Coachella, I had one of the greatest times of my life at Governors Ball — and I didn’t have to jump on a plane to get there! This year, there is a huge variety of musicmakers from Lorde to Wu-Tang Clan to Tool to Wiz Khalifa. It’s unlikely that anybody in your crew will be bored!

Hangout Fest | May 19th-21st | Gulf

Bonnaroo | June 8th-11th | Manchester, TN | bonnaroo.com A list of festivals to attend wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Bonnaroo! The camping experience alone is reminiscent of what Woodstock was like — and this year’s lineup includes U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is basically all you need to know. Mountain Jam | June 16th-18th | Hunter Mountain, NY | mountainjam. com. Mountain Jam is one of the best rock festivals that we are lucky enough to have in our area. With a lineup that includes Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band,


Firefly | June 15th-18th | Dover, DE | fireflyfestival.com A great festival only a short ride away from New Jersey is Firefly, where you can see Bob Dylan and Muse. Again, all you need to know! Essence Music Festival | June 30July 2nd |New Orleans, LA | essence. com/festival Nobody NEEDS a reason to go to New Orleans — you’ll have an amazing time either way — but Essence Music Festival is a great chance to see your favorite R&B crooners like Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, John Legend and Mary J Blige! Panorama | July 28th-30th | Randall’s Island Park, NY |  panorama.nyc Another festival right in our backyard, this year’s Panorama festival will bring Nine Inch Nails, Spoon, Vance Joy and A Tribe Called Quest together to entertain the masses! Lollapalooza | August 3rd - 6th | Chicago, IL | lollapalooza.com

End your summer with Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival — guests to be announced! Riot Fest | September 15th - 17th | Chicago, IL | riotfest.org Pssst…going through festivalwithdrawal already? Get your last one in before fall starts by going to the alt-rock Riot Fest where Queens Of The Stone Age, Taking Back Sunday, Dirty Heads and Paramore will be performing at Douglas Park!

But lately, the once-humble-man-called-The-Boss has been coming under fire for his relentless intolerance for Donald Trump. Most recently, he released a song called “That’s What Makes Us Great” — hailed as an anti-Trump anthem — which he collaborated on with friend Joe Grushecky. With lyrics like “Don’t you brag to me / That you never read a book / I never put my faith / In a con man and his crooks,” Springsteen unapologetically throws daggers at the POTUS. While most musicians respectfully try to sidestep their political allegiances in the hopes of not alienating or offending their fanbases, Springsteen dives right in by broadcasting his opinions — a move that is beginning to cost the legendary rocker some admirers. This wasn’t the first time Springsteen insulted legions of fans: in February, he outrageously remarked that he was ashamed to be an American — which, if you’ve been a loyal fan of his since he played at Capitol Theatre, his admittance probably made you ashamed too. Many Springsteen fans have acknowledged that their support in the musician has diminished because they feel as though he is shoving his views down their throats — even if they quietly agree with him. “He should shut his mouth about politics,” one fan lamented. “And just keep playing music.” While its respectable to be honest about your views, at some point the constant complaining begins to come off as almost obsessive. With the kind of platform he has, he could be doing a lot more to help unite our country. Just remember Bruce, America didn’t do anything to you but give you somewhere to fulfill — and live — The Dream! Put that energy towards something that will help instead of contributing to this country’s distress — and maybe you’ll get the change you seek!

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Made In America | September 2nd - 3rd | Philadelphia, PA | madeinamericafest.com

As New Jerseyians, it’s basically in our DNA to respect Bruce Springsteen, even if you’re not necessarily a fan of his music. Between his pride for America, his familiar beginnings or the fact that he randomly jumps up on stage at the Stone Pony, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride when his songs come up on the radio.

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One of the few founding fathers of festivals left standing, Lollapalooza has a great lineup this summer that will tug at your nostalgic heart-strings: Blink 182, The Killers and Liam Gallagher are slated to perform.

The Boss Bashes Trump… Again!

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Peter Frampton and Matisyahu, you really can’t go wrong!


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