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Friday, August 6, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Carl Palmer drives the beat for Asia at Penn's Peak Thursday evening.

Asia has been defined as a supergroup, since it is comprised of members from other British progressive rock bands.

Fans of the genre sometimes don't reserve the reverence for Asia that they do for Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music and other bands that preceded it, but Asia continues to chart its own path and shouldn't take a backseat to anyone.

The secret to Asia's commercial success, upon the release of its multiplatinum debut album in 1982, is that the quartet create a whole even greater than it's the sum of its formidable parts.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Guitarist Jake Cinninger of Umphey's McGee delivers a guitar riff onstage at Penn's Peak last year.

Leave it to Umphrey's McGee to find a way to combine football and improvisational, progressive music.

After all, the band has its roots in South Bend, Indiana, at Notre Dame, in the shadow of the Golden Dome and all that gridiron tradition.

In addition to its usually busy schedule of touring, including some of the biggest festivals in the land, the Chicago-based jam band found the time to come up with the first UMBowl on April 24 at their hometown Lincoln Hall.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Asia, featuring original members (from left) Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Geoffrey Downes and John Wetton, will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday evening.

By now, it is obvious that the reunion of the four original members of Asia has taken on a life of its own.

To borrow the title of one of the British supergroup's songs, it has been beyond their wildest dreams.

"I don't think anyone envisioned it," said Asia keyboardist Geoffrey Downes, in a phone interview from Alexandria, Virginia, prior to the soundcheck for a concert on the band's current tour, which includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday night. Doors open at 6 p.m., with showtime at 8 p.m.

Monday, August 2, 2010
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Kyle Agnew of Pottstown, son of Michelle and Jon Agnew, gives a high-five to George the Bear, the official mascot of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, next to railway's souvenir car. The Agnews said Kyle loves Thomas so they brought him for a ride on the Jim Thrope train. They said they rode the train last summer and enjoyed it, so returned again this year.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill swirls his hair while delivering a riff at Penn's Peak Friday night.

Prior to Skid Row taking the stage at Penn's Peak Friday night, two songs were blared over the speakers.

One was "The Star-Spangled Banner", which Skid Row plays before every show as a tribute to U.S. troops serving overseas.

The latter was Rainbow's "Long Live Rock'n'Roll", featuring the late, great Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Guitarist Paul Barrere of Little Feat sings on stage at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

There have been some changes with Little Feat since the band's last appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in December, 2008.

For one, the band has gone from a seven-piece to a six member unit, as it parted ways with female vocalist Shaun Murphy last year.

Also, drummer and original founding member Richie Hayward has been battling with liver cancer and has been replaced on the road by former drum technician Gabe Ford, the nephew of blues guitarist Robben Ford.

Monday, August 2, 2010

In writer-director Christopher Nolan's "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio falls asleep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt falls asleep, Ellen Page falls asleep and I nearly fell asleep.

I can barely stay awake just thinking about "Inception" in order to finish this movie review.

"Inception" is officially the 2010 summer blockbuster season's worst movie, given its $160-million budget and advance hype. It's, arguably, the most ludicrous movie since "Dune" (1984).

It's Nolan's first original movie since his feature film debut, "Following" (1998).

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Randy Bachman (left) and C.F. "Fred" Turner brought their reunion tour to Penn's Peak Thursday night for an evening filled with Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits plus some new songs.

As the Penn's Peak crowd waited for Randy Bachman and C.F. "Fred" Turner to take the stage Thursday night, a video played on the screens showing two huge tractor-trailers colliding, with one marked "Bachman" and the other "Turner".

That kind of power-packed wallop is just the kind of impact the Bachman and Turner reunion produced once they came onstage and began their hit-filled trip down memory lane.

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Salt" is one of the summer blockbuster season's best movies.

The nifty, slick and satisfying espionage action-thriller is James Bond meets Catwoman. Forget Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and other movie macho men, Angelina Jolie is the new action hero.

Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a United States CIA agent accused of being a Russian agent. Liev Schreiber plays her CIA colleague Ted Winter, who says she's not.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The next week-and-a-half are going to be busy ones at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Five concerts are scheduled between tonight and Aug. 6.

Tonight, Bachman and Turner will be in concert starting at 8 p.m.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner originally were part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their hits include "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Tomorrow, the venue will be rockin' when Skid Row and Firehouse team up for a twin-bill.

Little Feat will be at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

The schedule for Penn's Peak is as follows: