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John Waite performs at the Rock To The Rescue Concert to benefit the victims of 9/11 at the Continetal Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 10/19/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

John Waite is an obvious subject for a new documentary. He has a long history in the music world, both as a solo artist and member of a band. The new film will cover all of his five-decade career. Including his work with The Babys and as part of the 80’s supergroup Bad English with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. The documentary, called “JOHN WAITE – THE HARD WAY” was announced by Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company.

The footage from the documentary was mostly shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, when many artists, including Waite, couldn’t tour. There are lots of candid interviews with Waite, taken while he was dealing with the social isolation that came with the shutdown. Rockatnight.com says the interviews are raw, emotional and very personal. The documentary focuses on the effects of a nationwide shutdown when your life revolves around live music.

In “JOHN WAITE – THE HARD WAY”, Waite recalls his struggles in the commercial music business. In trying to convey the authenticity of the film, Waite said “Opening the front door at the crack of dawn in my boxers to a film crew signified how the documentary would go. It’s an unvarnished take on my life, just the cold hard truth” (Rockatnight.com).

Mike J. Nichols is the writer, director and co-producer of “JOHN WAITE – THE HARD WAY”. Nichols is known for the films ZAPPAEcho in the Canyon, and The Play at Shea. When talking about his work on “JOHN WAITE – THE HARD WAY”, Nichols says “the underscore of The Hard Way is about ‘shared experiences or, more specifically, the ‘lack’ of shared experiences due to our recent times. To have something so human, raw, and beautiful come from such an ugly situation makes me so proud to finally be sharing this film with audiences. You don’t need to be a John Waite fan to enjoy this film, but I bet you’ll be one by the final credits” (Rockatnight.com).

The documentary will be out December 6 on various streaming platforms. It will also be available for purchase on DVD and Blue-Ray (ahem….Christmas gifts). Check out the trailer.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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7 Amazing Pumpkin Drinks That Don't Come From Starbucks

If you’re like me, you get seriously excited the first time you see that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is coming back around. It’s like the Labor Day of the culinary world. An unequivocal sign that fall is here. Of course, Starbucks has had the monopoly on the PSL. They’ve been serving up that delectable drink for almost 20 years.

But other franchises eventually got on board the PSL train and started offering their own versions of pumpkin drinks. And in the modern age of DIYers, a lot of people started making them at home. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get the one I make at home taste as good as the Starbucks one. Well, there’s a reason for that.

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has more fat, sugar and salt than you’d probably allow yourself to put into one cup at home. It’s easy to drink all that up when it’s delivered as a single drink out a drive thru window. Today.com once reported that a 16-oz PSL at Starbucks contained 18 grams of fat and 50 grams of sugar!

……What happened? Sorry I fainted. But seriously, that’s your whole day’s worth of sugar allowance. In one 16-ounce drink. Yikes!

So we CAN make our sacred Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. It just takes a combination of milk, coffee, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices. How you sweeten it is where the calories can add up. Some people use plain old sugar. Others get creative with agave or maple syrup. And don’t get me started on all the fancy extras like vanilla bean or homemade caramel.

But what about those of us who want to branch out from the Starbucks PSL and don’t have the time (or patience) to make one at home? Well, there are many other places in Las Vegas where you can find pumpkin drinks that might become your new favorite. Here are a few. We even threw a couple non-coffee pumpkin drinks in there for the caffeine-free weirdos…I mean people.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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