Four Paws

22 Feb 19
heartfelt

Love is blind, but Shiro wasn’t, when we first met her in November 2017. She was an active dog mommy living off the streets with four puppies to take care of. Our friendship started with me giving her some dog food and talking to her about her puppies. Shiro would simply reply with a sound […]

22 Feb 19
AniMeals On Wheels: Feeding Animals in Need

Howdy Followers,  Thanks for joining us on our journey as we aim to help provide awareness and nutrition. This is our first weekly post of many so please continue to come check our blog to stay up to date on our adventure.   Last week we launched and announced our campaign to work through aniMeals […]

22 Feb 19
Fox17

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo police have arrested four suspects over the last six days in three separate investigations that resulted in the recovery of three firearms. The first incident happened around 10 p.m. Feb. 15 in the 1400 block of Fox Ridge Drive. Officers were responded to a tip when they approached a vehicle with […]

22 Feb 19
My Blog

Testimonio is generally defined as a first-person narration of socially significant experiences in which the narrative voice is that of a typical or extraordinary witness or protagonist who metonymically represents others who have lived through similar situations and who have rarely given written expression to them. “Life Beyond Abuse” – by Joyce Meyer I was sexually, mentally, emotionally and verbally […]

22 Feb 19
Tir Na Nog

Ethan Carpenter 2-21-19 Mastery Work 3 Comparative Essay Audience: Dragon Lore Enthusiasts Purpose: To Educate People On Dragons Eastern v.s. Western Dragons Fire, death, and malevolence; or peace, prosperity, and kindness. Whenever the the topic of dragon lore is breached many people don’t realize how different Eastern and Western dragons actually were especially when it […]

21 Feb 19
Grit & Banter

Despite the ugliness that sometimes spawns from a single tweet, I will forever defend the Internet’s overarching positive impact.

So today I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of my very favorite uplifting Instagram accounts.

21 Feb 19
Fox17

[ooyala player_id=”5303db80d4274ad2b2ceadc3cffff2ae” auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ pcode=”MxYjUyOnb8KHXFcDIFgvI4cxtHXW” code=”pkeTFiaDE6LtR4JcrJfd40CNHflAsuzX”] PAW PAW, Mich. — People traveling in Van Buren County got to see a wide. slow-moving sight Thursday: a house blocking off some major roads for hours as it was moved from Mattawan to Paw Paw. The home shut down traffic in both directions on Main Street, Red […]

21 Feb 19
Montgomery the Moose

The Coconut Roger the Racoon was hungry and thirsty. Since arriving in this land, all she could think about was finding her friends, but now her tummy was rumbling. She needed food. The bushes weren’t a kind she recognized, and they were empty of fruit. She couldn’t find any insects either. But up ahead she […]

21 Feb 19
"On The Road of Retirement"

What a beautiful morning.  Warm temperatures, the sun shinning bright, and hardly a care in the world.  I had a restless night and found it hard to sleep.  But that’s what they make naps for during the day. One more month, and one more week and we will be on the road again.  Oh happy, […]

21 Feb 19
BEATNIKHIWAY

Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77 By Harrison Smith February 21, 2019 at 10:58 AM The Monkees, in 1966, featured Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. The made-for-TV pop band spawned a frenzy of merchandising, record sales and world tours that became known as Monkeemania. […]

21 Feb 19
So Fair and Bright

By the time Beulah Counts had come and collected the fretting Mary Alice, Addie’s pains had begun in earnest. Louisa brought in the large pan she had just scalded, along with a stack of freshly boiled towels. “I’m so glad you’re here, Lou,” Addie said after her latest contraction subsided enough for her to speak. […]

21 Feb 19
Three White Dogs and a Pig©

This week is one of my favourite weeks of the year. It combines the past with the future and is full of smiles and laughter as we catch up with family, go on adventures and make new memories. Scotland is not only beautiful but has been part of my story from the time I was […]

21 Feb 19
WrittenCasey

Four nights ride at me like knightless horses. Some of us may be dead. Do not overreact, we shall (re)enliven to you, the dead. And, if you feel restless, Then stand. And, if it lingers, walk. But, you must (not) forget your breath. The Stain of that tree; the mark of that unknown paw. Await. […]

21 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a teeny-bopper sensation as a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, died Feb. 21. He was 77. His death was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, who did not say where or how he died. Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer affecting his tongue, in 2009. If the Monkees were a manufactured version of the Beatles, a “prefab four” who auditioned for a rock ‘n’ roll sitcom and were selected more for their long-haired good looks than their musical abilities, Tork was the group’s Ringo, its lovably goofy supporting player. On television, he performed as the self-described “dummy” of the group, drawing on a persona he developing while working as a folk musician in Greenwich Village, where he flashed a confused smile whenever his stage banter fell flat. Off-screen, he embraced the Summer of Love, donning moccasins and “love beads” and declaring that “nonverbal, extrasensory communication is at hand” and that “dogmatism is leaving the scene.” A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Tork mostly played bass and keyboard for the Monkees, in addition to singing lead on tracks including “Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again,” which he wrote for the group’s psychedelic 1968 movie, “Head,” and “Your Auntie Grizelda.” #gallery-1736479-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1736479-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1736479-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1736479-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ This June 4, 1967, photo shows the Monkees with their Emmy at the 19th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The group members are, from left, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz. (AP file photo) The Monkees, left to right, Davy Jones, Peter Tork,Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith. (File photo) “It was the critics who didn’t take their music seriously. But their music had legs,” says Rosanne Welch, a lecturer at Cal State Fullerton who has written a book on the Monkees and its television show. (AP file photo) ** FILE ** In this Jan. 26, 1987 file photo, Peter Tork is photographed at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Tork, a former member of the 1960s pop group the Monkees, said Thursday, March 5, 2009 that he has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but the prognosis is good. (AP Photo) In this July 10, 1989 file photo, The Monkees, from left: Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill) American pop band "The Monkees", are seen beneath a poster with sketches of themselves, during their press conference in London, England, Thursday June 29, 1967. They are from left to right: Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz.. The band arrived yesterday and will give their first concert tomorrow at the Empire Pool, here in London. (AP Photo/Eddie Worth) FILE – This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.The Monkees will perform its first live shows since its star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29. The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.”The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones “in the show’s multimedia content.” (AP Photo/Ray Howard, file) At age 24, he was also the band’s oldest member when “The Monkees” premiered on NBC in 1966. Not that it mattered: “The emotional age of all of us,” he told the New York Times that year, “is 13.” Created by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, “The Monkees” was designed to replicate the success of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!,” director Richard Lester’s musical comedies about the Beatles. The band featured Tork alongside Michael Nesmith, a singer-songwriter who played guitar, and former child actors Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, who played the drums and sang lead, respectively. Like their British counterparts, the group had a fondness for mischief, resulting in high jinks involving a magical necklace, a monkey’s paw, high-seas pirates and Texas outlaws. “The Monkees” ran for only two seasons but won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy and spawned a frenzy of merchandising, record sales and world tours that became known as Monkeemania. In 1967, according to one report in The Washington Post, the Monkees sold 35 million albums – “twice as many as the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined” – on the strength of songs such as “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” which all rose to No. 1 on the Billboard record chart. Almost all of their early material was penned by a stable of vaunted songwriters that included Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, David Gates, Neil Sedaka and Jeff Barry. But while the band scored a total of six Top 10 songs and five Top 10 albums, they engendered as much critical scorn as commercial success. In one typical review, music critic Richard Goldstein declared, “The Monkees are as unoriginal as anything yet thrust upon us in the name of popular music.” Detractors pointed to the fact that the band, at least initially, existed only in name. While the Monkees appeared on the cover of their debut album and were shown performing on TV, their instruments were actually unplugged. The songs were mostly done by session musicians – much to the shock of Tork, who recalled walking into the recording studio in 1966 to help with the group’s self-titled debut. He was “mortified,” he later told CBS News, to find that music producer Don Kirshner, dubbed “the man with the golden ear,” didn’t want him around. “They were doing ‘Clarksville,’ and I wrote a counterpoint, I had studied music,” Mr. Tork said. “And I brought it to them, and they said: ‘No, no, Peter, you don’t understand. This is the record. It’s all done. We don’t need you.’ “ After the release of the band’s second album, “More of the Monkees” (1967), Tork and his bandmates wrested control of the recording process and wrote and performed most of the songs on records including “Headquarters” (1967) and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” (1967). They also started touring, playing to sold-out stadium crowds and backed by opening acts that briefly included guitarist Jimi Hendrix. But as Tork’s musical ambitions grew, leading him to envision the Monkees as a genuinely great group of rockers, he began to clash with bandmates who saw the Monkees as more of a novelty act. He left the group soon after the release of “Head,” a satirical, nearly plot-free film flop that featured a screenplay co-written by actor Jack Nicholson. Tork seemed to have taken his cue from musician Frank Zappa, who made a cameo in the movie, telling Jones’ character that the Monkees “should spend more time” on their music “because the youth of America depends on you that show the way.” For much of the 1970s, Tork struggled to find his own way. He formed an unsuccessful band called Release, was imprisoned for several months in 1972 after being caught with “$3 worth of hashish in my pocket,” and worked as a high school teacher and “singing waiter” as his Monkees wealth dried up. He also said he struggled with alcohol addiction – “I was awful when I was drinking, snarling at people,” he told the Daily Mail – before quitting alcohol in the early 1980s. By then, television reruns and album reissues had fueled a resurgence of interest in the Monkees, and Tork had come around to what he described as the essential nature of the music group, which he joined for major reunion tours about once each decade, beginning in the mid-’80s, in addition to performing as a solo artist. “This is not a band. It’s an entertainment operation whose function is Monkee music,” he told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper during a Monkees tour in 2016. “It took me a while to get to grips with that but what great music it turned out to be! And what a wild and wonderful trip it has taken us on!” He was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 1942. His mother was a homemaker, and his father – an Army officer who served in the military government in Berlin after World War II – was an economics professor who joined the University of Connecticut in 1950, leading the family to settle in the town of Mansfield. Both parents collected folk records and bought him a guitar and banjo when he was a boy. Peter went on to take piano lessons and studied French horn at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he reportedly flunked out twice before settling in New York City. At coffee shops and makeshift folk music venues, he performed with the shortened last name Tork, which had been emblazoned on one of his father’s hand-me-down sweatshirts, according to the Los Angeles Times. Tork played with guitarist Stephen Stills before moving to Long Beach, California, in 1965. Stills moved west as well and auditioned for “The Monkees” after the show’s producers placed an advertisement in Variety calling for “4 Insane Boys, Ages 17-21.” When Stills didn’t get the part – purportedly on account of his bad teeth – he suggested that Tork audition. “I went, ‘Yeah, sure, thanks for the call,’ and hung up,” Tork later told the Los Angeles Times. “Then he called me a few days later,” finally persuading Tork to try out. He later appeared in episodes of television shows such as “Boy Meets World,” playing the love interest Topanga’s guitar-strumming father, and in recent years performed with a band called Shoe Suede Blues. Tork also released a well-received 1994 solo album, “Stranger Things Have Happened,” and partnered with folk singer James Lee Stanley for several records. Tork’s marriages to Jody Babb, Reine Stewart and Barbara Iannoli ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Grapes; a daughter, Hallie, from his second marriage; a son, Ivan, from his third marriage; a daughter, Erica, from a relationship with Tammy Sustek; a brother; and a sister. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Many of the Monkees reunion tours were conducted without Nesmith, who inherited a fortune from his mother, the inventor of Liquid Paper, and largely dropped out of public view after the band first split up. Nesmith returned to performances after the death of Jones, the Monkees’ singer, in 2012, which helped spur a 50th anniversary reunion tour and album, “Good Times!,” four years later. And while the Monkees were dogged by reports of squabbling and frequent tensions – Tork was once head-butted by Jones and said he dropped out of a 2001 tour because he had a “meltdown” and “behaved inappropriately” – Tork insisted that they were at their best when they were together. Their musical chemistry was special, he said, even if it was the result of a few producers looking to cast a few handsome men for a television show. “I refute any claims that any four guys could’ve done what we did,” he told Guitar World in 2013. “There was a magic to that collection. We couldn’t have chosen each other. It wouldn’t have flown. But under the circumstances, they got the right guys.”
21 Feb 19
SCNG
Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a teeny-bopper sensation as a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, died Feb. 21. He was 77. His death was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, who did not say where or how he died. Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer affecting his tongue, in 2009. If the Monkees were a manufactured version of the Beatles, a “prefab four” who auditioned for a rock ‘n’ roll sitcom and were selected more for their long-haired good looks than their musical abilities, Tork was the group’s Ringo, its lovably goofy supporting player. On television, he performed as the self-described “dummy” of the group, drawing on a persona he developing while working as a folk musician in Greenwich Village, where he flashed a confused smile whenever his stage banter fell flat. Off-screen, he embraced the Summer of Love, donning moccasins and “love beads” and declaring that “nonverbal, extrasensory communication is at hand” and that “dogmatism is leaving the scene.” A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Tork mostly played bass and keyboard for the Monkees, in addition to singing lead on tracks including “Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again,” which he wrote for the group’s psychedelic 1968 movie, “Head,” and “Your Auntie Grizelda.” #gallery-1640368-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1640368-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1640368-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1640368-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ This June 4, 1967, photo shows the Monkees with their Emmy at the 19th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The group members are, from left, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz. (AP file photo) The Monkees, left to right, Davy Jones, Peter Tork,Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith. (File photo) “It was the critics who didn’t take their music seriously. But their music had legs,” says Rosanne Welch, a lecturer at Cal State Fullerton who has written a book on the Monkees and its television show. (AP file photo) ** FILE ** In this Jan. 26, 1987 file photo, Peter Tork is photographed at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Tork, a former member of the 1960s pop group the Monkees, said Thursday, March 5, 2009 that he has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but the prognosis is good. (AP Photo) In this July 10, 1989 file photo, The Monkees, from left: Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill) American pop band "The Monkees", are seen beneath a poster with sketches of themselves, during their press conference in London, England, Thursday June 29, 1967. They are from left to right: Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz.. The band arrived yesterday and will give their first concert tomorrow at the Empire Pool, here in London. (AP Photo/Eddie Worth) FILE – This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.The Monkees will perform its first live shows since its star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29. The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.”The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones “in the show’s multimedia content.” (AP Photo/Ray Howard, file) At age 24, he was also the band’s oldest member when “The Monkees” premiered on NBC in 1966. Not that it mattered: “The emotional age of all of us,” he told the New York Times that year, “is 13.” Created by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, “The Monkees” was designed to replicate the success of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!,” director Richard Lester’s musical comedies about the Beatles. The band featured Tork alongside Michael Nesmith, a singer-songwriter who played guitar, and former child actors Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, who played the drums and sang lead, respectively. Like their British counterparts, the group had a fondness for mischief, resulting in high jinks involving a magical necklace, a monkey’s paw, high-seas pirates and Texas outlaws. “The Monkees” ran for only two seasons but won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy and spawned a frenzy of merchandising, record sales and world tours that became known as Monkeemania. In 1967, according to one report in The Washington Post, the Monkees sold 35 million albums – “twice as many as the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined” – on the strength of songs such as “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” which all rose to No. 1 on the Billboard record chart. Almost all of their early material was penned by a stable of vaunted songwriters that included Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, David Gates, Neil Sedaka and Jeff Barry. But while the band scored a total of six Top 10 songs and five Top 10 albums, they engendered as much critical scorn as commercial success. In one typical review, music critic Richard Goldstein declared, “The Monkees are as unoriginal as anything yet thrust upon us in the name of popular music.” Detractors pointed to the fact that the band, at least initially, existed only in name. While the Monkees appeared on the cover of their debut album and were shown performing on TV, their instruments were actually unplugged. The songs were mostly done by session musicians – much to the shock of Tork, who recalled walking into the recording studio in 1966 to help with the group’s self-titled debut. He was “mortified,” he later told CBS News, to find that music producer Don Kirshner, dubbed “the man with the golden ear,” didn’t want him around. “They were doing ‘Clarksville,’ and I wrote a counterpoint, I had studied music,” Mr. Tork said. “And I brought it to them, and they said: ‘No, no, Peter, you don’t understand. This is the record. It’s all done. We don’t need you.’ ” After the release of the band’s second album, “More of the Monkees” (1967), Tork and his bandmates wrested control of the recording process and wrote and performed most of the songs on records including “Headquarters” (1967) and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” (1967). They also started touring, playing to sold-out stadium crowds and backed by opening acts that briefly included guitarist Jimi Hendrix. But as Tork’s musical ambitions grew, leading him to envision the Monkees as a genuinely great group of rockers, he began to clash with bandmates who saw the Monkees as more of a novelty act. He left the group soon after the release of “Head,” a satirical, nearly plot-free film flop that featured a screenplay co-written by actor Jack Nicholson. Tork seemed to have taken his cue from musician Frank Zappa, who made a cameo in the movie, telling Jones’ character that the Monkees “should spend more time” on their music “because the youth of America depends on you that show the way.” For much of the 1970s, Tork struggled to find his own way. He formed an unsuccessful band called Release, was imprisoned for several months in 1972 after being caught with “$3 worth of hashish in my pocket,” and worked as a high school teacher and “singing waiter” as his Monkees wealth dried up. He also said he struggled with alcohol addiction – “I was awful when I was drinking, snarling at people,” he told the Daily Mail – before quitting alcohol in the early 1980s. By then, television reruns and album reissues had fueled a resurgence of interest in the Monkees, and Tork had come around to what he described as the essential nature of the music group, which he joined for major reunion tours about once each decade, beginning in the mid-’80s, in addition to performing as a solo artist. “This is not a band. It’s an entertainment operation whose function is Monkee music,” he told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper during a Monkees tour in 2016. “It took me a while to get to grips with that but what great music it turned out to be! And what a wild and wonderful trip it has taken us on!” He was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 1942. His mother was a homemaker, and his father – an Army officer who served in the military government in Berlin after World War II – was an economics professor who joined the University of Connecticut in 1950, leading the family to settle in the town of Mansfield. Both parents collected folk records and bought him a guitar and banjo when he was a boy. Peter went on to take piano lessons and studied French horn at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he reportedly flunked out twice before settling in New York City. At coffee shops and makeshift folk music venues, he performed with the shortened last name Tork, which had been emblazoned on one of his father’s hand-me-down sweatshirts, according to the Los Angeles Times. Tork played with guitarist Stephen Stills before moving to Long Beach, California, in 1965. Stills moved west as well and auditioned for “The Monkees” after the show’s producers placed an advertisement in Variety calling for “4 Insane Boys, Ages 17-21.” When Stills didn’t get the part – purportedly on account of his bad teeth – he suggested that Tork audition. “I went, ‘Yeah, sure, thanks for the call,’ and hung up,” Tork later told the Los Angeles Times. “Then he called me a few days later,” finally persuading Tork to try out. He later appeared in episodes of television shows such as “Boy Meets World,” playing the love interest Topanga’s guitar-strumming father, and in recent years performed with a band called Shoe Suede Blues. Tork also released a well-received 1994 solo album, “Stranger Things Have Happened,” and partnered with folk singer James Lee Stanley for several records. Tork’s marriages to Jody Babb, Reine Stewart and Barbara Iannoli ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Grapes; a daughter, Hallie, from his second marriage; a son, Ivan, from his third marriage; a daughter, Erica, from a relationship with Tammy Sustek; a brother; and a sister. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Many of the Monkees reunion tours were conducted without Nesmith, who inherited a fortune from his mother, the inventor of Liquid Paper, and largely dropped out of public view after the band first split up. Nesmith returned to performances after the death of Jones, the Monkees’ singer, in 2012, which helped spur a 50th anniversary reunion tour and album, “Good Times!,” four years later. And while the Monkees were dogged by reports of squabbling and frequent tensions – Tork was once head-butted by Jones and said he dropped out of a 2001 tour because he had a “meltdown” and “behaved inappropriately” – Tork insisted that they were at their best when they were together. Their musical chemistry was special, he said, even if it was the result of a few producers looking to cast a few handsome men for a television show. “I refute any claims that any four guys could’ve done what we did,” he told Guitar World in 2013. “There was a magic to that collection. We couldn’t have chosen each other. It wouldn’t have flown. But under the circumstances, they got the right guys.”