(Rapid City, SD) – Shiner Beer and country artist Brandon Jones announced a tour sponsorship deal taking the band on the road starting in the spring of 2022.  The Brandon Jones Shiner tour will feature 60+ appearances in 6+ states, from March to December 2022.  The sponsorship deal includes naming rights to the band’s tour… View Article
    (Rapid City, SD) – This year, the HomeSlice Group won seven awards during the AAF Black Hills American Advertising Awards competition in February. This competition recognizes the creativity and excellence of advertising and promotional material in western South Dakota. The HomeSlice Group received six Silver ADDYs: Local Television Advertising, Pioneer Bank & Trust’s Veteran’s Day… View Article
    (Rapid City, SD) –  HomeSlice Artist Management Vice President, Shane Funk, announced this morning that the firm has signed Blacklite District to its roster. Blacklite District is the musical pseudonym of singer/songwriter Kyle Pfeiffer, a Spearfish native, but known all over the streaming world. Blacklite District has a loyal digital following, closing in on 200,000… View Article
    The HomeSlice Group, in partnership with Monument Health and the Children’s Miracle Network, came together to raise over ninety-thousand dollars through the CMN Radiothon. This record high comes in at over ten-thousand dollars more than the previous year’s fundraising and will directly benefit children’s healthcare in the region.The Children’s Miracle Network is a national organization… View Article
    Taryn Edlund has been promoted to Corporate Vice President at the HomeSlice Group.  Edlund is the HomeSlice executive charged with overseeing the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis.  Taryn also plays key roles at the corporate level of the company, including finance, risk management, margin assessment and human resources.  “In a short number of years, Taryn Edlund… View Article


Motorcycle racer dies from injuries sustained in rally crash

STURGIS, S.D. – A fixture in the motorcycle racing world died of injuries sustained in a crash during motorcycle races held in Sturgis this week for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Ron Brefka, or “Ronster,” as he’s known in the industry, was injured in a crash Tuesday at the Flat Out Friday flat track race […]

Sat, 13 Aug 2022

City of Sturgis holds closing ceremonies for 82nd Annual Rally

STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis officially closed the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by holding closing ceremonies Saturday afternoon. The ceremony began with the unveiling of the logo for the 83rd rally, which incorporates the city’s new iconic “S” logo with the number 83 in the middle. Following the unveiling, daredevil Cole Freeman […]

Sat, 13 Aug 2022

Highway Patrol releases Saturday Rally Update

STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported no fatal crashes in their rally update, although one crash left one motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The patrol says the crash happened at 12:21 p.m., Friday, on U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 42, one mile east of Deadwood. A 2009 Harley-Davidson XL883N motorcycle was westbound […]

Sat, 13 Aug 2022

Rally heading into final weekend; patrol reports six injury accidents in latest update

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is heading into its final weekend and the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported six injury crashes on Thursday. Four of those crashes resulted in serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Two of the crashes resulted in the motorcycle riders being air lifted to the hospital in Rapid City. No fatal […]

Fri, 12 Aug 2022

Interstate 90 Exit 37 Reconstruction Project to Continue Near Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. –  The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the second phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the exit 37 interchange on Interstate 90, near Sturgis, will begin Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. The project includes the reconstruction of the exit 37 interchange, eastbound grading on I-90, paving from west of exit 37 […]

Fri, 12 Aug 2022

Music News

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Reunite At South Park's 25th Anniversary Concert


It was a bittersweet reunion for Rush fans as surviving members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson performed together on Wednesday (August 10th) for the first time since the 2020 death of drummer Neil Peart.

Blabbermouth reported the pair took the stage at Morrison, Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater as part of the South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert, and performed their classic "Closer To The Heart," while backed by Primus and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Alex Lifeson told us a while back that Rush's long history is the result of a combination of friendship and creative commitment: "I think, primarily, we really enjoy each other's company. We're very, very close friends. The music has always been very important to us. We've always pushed each other, in terms of our writing and where we want to go as musicians."

South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert is set to air on Saturday (August 13th) on Comedy Central, and then next day on Paramount+.

August 12, 2022

Flashback: August 12th In Beatles History

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Thursday, August 12th, marks the anniversary of several landmark events in Beatles history. . .

ON AUGUST 12th, 1966: It was 56 years ago tonight that the Beatles opened the first show of their final U.S. tour at the Chicago Amphitheatre. The group, who had previously performed dates in Germany, Japan and the Philippines, began the U.S. tour amid controversy. John Lennon was forced to apologize the day before (August 11th) for statements he had made earlier in the year about the state of Christianity. The quote, "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus," was taken out of context and published in a teen magazine called Datebook, which lead to numerous "Beatle boycotts" and bonfires of the group's albums throughout many southern states.

Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson caught the Beatles' third-to-last show on the tour on August 25th, 1966 at the Seattle Coliseum. Nancy Wilson set the scene for what went down at the concert: "Yeah, we got to (laughs) see them. We could actually hear them slightly above the screaming, and it was kinda cool -- the parts we could hear. We were in a band at the time with uniforms that matched the Beatles' uniforms (laughs) that we wore to the Beatle show! We were slightly neurotic. And we weren't screaming; we were absorbing."

The 13-city tour wrapped up on August 29th at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

ON AUGUST 12th, 1964: The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night, opened in 500 U.S. theaters. The movie cost just under $220,000 to make and became the surprise hit of the summer, grossing more than $13 million worldwide.

In addition to the title song, the soundtrack included such Beatles classics as "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," "I Should Have Known Better," and "If I Fell." A Hard Day's Night was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Story And Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen and Best Score, but lost in both categories.

Phil Collins -- who was featured as an extra in A Hard Day's Night during the Scala Theatre concert scene -- admitted to us that he listens to "The Fab Four" with the same sense of excitement even today: "I mean I've been playing drums since I was five, way before the Beatles. But the Beatles were the first things, that when I first heard the albums -- it was melody. It was harmony. That's where you're trying to aspire to. So that sticks with me. I still listen to With The Beatles as if it was made last year. For me, it still sounds fresh."

ON AUGUST 12th, 1960: Drummer Pete Best auditioned for the Beatles in his mother's Liverpool nightclub called the Casbah. Best was asked to join the group, which then included original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, to begin a two-month residency in Hamburg, Germany. Two years later, on August 16th, 1962, Best was fired from the group and replaced by Ringo Starr.

Pete Best was asked if following the audition, he knew immediately that he had the job as the Beatles' drummer: "No. Not at that stage, because at the end of the day, yeah, I'd agreed to go to Hamburg, but the audition was there. I've always queried the fact of the audition. Because in those days people jumped ship from band-to-band so the audition factor was very much a case of like, 'You're making me audition?' But the type of material they were playing, I was playing with my own band as well. So when they turned around and said, 'Do you know this one?' -- it's like, okay, bash that one off, 'Do you know this one?' -- bash that one off."

August 12, 2022