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Three Minutes With…Dave Rude of Tesla

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Dave Rude of Tesla

This guy is living proof of the benefits of social media! While fronting his own band, The Dave Rude Band, he was spotted via Myspace by Frank Hannon of Tesla. The rest, as they say, is history. He became an official member of Tesla in 2006, replacing Tommy Skeoch. We caught up with Dave via phone from the band’s stop in Phoenix, the night before they hit House of Blues in Las Vegas. He passed along the best advice he was ever given, which really could be heeded by anyone, anywhere, anytime… Check it out!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Be ready! Be ready to take advantage of it when an opportunity arises. A guy I knew back in the Bay Area told me that years ago. At the time, they had just signed this big huge deal with a big major label and you just have to be ready for it – have all your ducks in a row and have everything you need practiced, have songs, have whatever it is. So when that one lucky break happens, you can just grab it!  That was really, really good advice to me. I still tell people when they ask me for advice. It’s kind of how I joined Tesla. It definitely rang really true and is a good piece of advice, and can be applied to any situation.

Speaking of that, even though I know that Wikipedia isn’t always the most accurate source of info, I saw that you got the Tesla gig via MySpace, right?

Yes, I did. It was 2006, and my solo piece The Dave Rude Band had put up a demo. Myspace had only been up for a few months, and Frank Hannon from Tesla just randomly found it. That was kind of my opportunity. He said, “Hey, you wanna come jam, in like two days from now?” “Yeah! I’ll be there!” “Cool!” And my life was kind of structured for my band to make it, its not like I had some 40-hour a week corporate job. I had my whole life structured so I could just kind of leave. About two weeks after I met Frank, I was on tour with his solo band.

Social media rocks!

Yeah, it totally does!

What is the one thing you can not live without on tour?

You know….I’ll be virtuous and say exercise equipment. Which is true. We are out on a mini-run right now and I forgot to bring it with me so I was working out with a shower towel. I do like to work out a lot. On the last tour I went and bought a tiny set of weights and an exercise mat. Sometimes you get a cool gym or if you have enough time you can go get a day pass at some local actual gym around town but most of the time I end up working out in the dressing room or in the hallway or something.

What is the best rumor you’ve heard about yourself?

You know what? Recently I’d heard from a friend of mine back home in Oakland that I’d been kicked out of Tesla for my “bad attitude”. That’s hilarious, considering that I’d just come home from a tour and me and the guys are like the best of friends. That was pretty funny! I was like “What???”  But you’ve got to consider your sources out there! That was a pretty funny one but I normally don’t hear any rumors about myself, but that one definitely came to mind.

The last one I have is – have you ever had any real-life Spinal Tap moments?

I can’t really recall anything too dramatic offhand, but definitely I have been lost in arenas many times. It’s not really funny, but it’s true. That scene is so true to life, when they have the arrows going around and you still get lost. Nothing truly hilarious that I can think of offhand though. 

And now you can promote whatever you want!

Well, my obvious plug is my band – DaveRudeBand.com. We’ve got videos and stuff up that’s pretty fun. Teslatheband.com too – you can check all that stuff out. We’ve got another acoustic tour in February and end up on the Monsters of Rock Cruise, at the end of February. That should be pretty fun!

 Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveRude and LIKE his band on Facebook:

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

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Three Minutes With…Whitney Rosati

November 8, 2011 by  
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You may know her by her stage name, White Rose, especially if you’ve been in Las Vegas or western New York in the last several months. If you don’t know her yet, you will. Whitney is a 15 year old guitar phenom and proves that anything boys can do, girls can do too – if not better!

With only about three years of playing under her belt, she can take on most who’ve been playing five times longer than she has and blow them out of the water! Whitney gave me three minutes early in the Summer when she was here in Las Vegas sitting in with our mutual friends, the Sin City Sinners. Check it out!

 

So, your question is, what are three albums you think everyone should own and why?
One of them is definitely Appetite for Destruction, because the songs are so original. You never hear it anywhere else. Also, the Sin City Sinners’ album. I’m obsessed with it!

Which Sinners’ album?
The Exile on Fremont Street one. I’m trying to think of the third one…. I love the Joan Jett album. I’m not really sure which one it is, I think it’s her Greatest Hits album. It’s my favorite. I listen to it all the time. I love all the 80′s rock bands. So, they would be Guns n’ Roses, Sinners, and Joan Jett. And, AC/DC of course…. I love the song “Back in Black”!

Want to draw another question?
 SURE!!

If you became President of the United States for a day, what would your first order of business be?
I would probably take away Fridays for school days. I would have a three-day weekend. I think that would be amazing!

 And environmentally correct!
YEAH! You know, running buses and stuff. Save gas. Electricity.

That works for me! Now you can promote anything you want….
Facebook, you can find me there. I have a White Rose page. You can find anything I’m doing there, I will post YouTube videos there, recent ones. Updates, stuff like gigs mostly. I have some opportunities coming up, so stay tuned to the page for details!

Check out her YouTube channel as well

Super BIG Thank You to “Momma Rose”!!

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!) You can also Follow ME on Twitter: @MouthySmurf.

Three Minutes With…Scotty Griffin

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Three Minutes With…Athena Lee

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Three Minutes With…Brent Fitz

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You’ve seen him as the drummer for Union, Vince Neil’s solo band, Theory of a Deadman, Alice Cooper, and currently Slash’s touring band. He’s also played keyboards for Vince and Theory, if my information is correct… He has almost as many albums to his credit as Vegas has slot machines. (His website shows more than 20, and Google shows more than that!) If you’ve been around Vegas for the past couple of years, you may have caught him sitting in with the Sin City Sinners here and there. It was after one of those such events that Brent broke a record with the Sack o’ Questions!

Draw your question, but don’t peek.
I have to answer these really fast? I can’t think about it?

No, the whole premise is that you don’t know what you’re going to get asked, so you can’t give me a canned answer….
Allright…. Uncanny… Here we go.

Your question is – what is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?Well, I live here, so the best thing would be that I get to sleep in my bed at night. The problem is that I never do play here so that’s the bad thing! I don’t play here, I’m always traveling far away from home, so I miss my wonderful girlfriend and I miss my dogs, so that’s probably the worst. The worst thing about Vegas, more elaborately, is that sometimes you’ve got to conform to rules in casinos. It’s a little more strict. I’m not used to it. That’s the only thing. I’m kind of a virgin at the casino thing, so it’s just a little different.

You still have time, want to do another question? There’s three records held. Shortest is one minute, eleven seconds. Longest is seven minutes. Most questions is three in three minutes
 I can do another question.

What is the most memorable point in your career – good, bad, or both?
Well, I think probably more recently, there’s been a lot of great ones, but it was pretty nice to get a phone call from Slash. He didn’t know me, he’d heard a lot about me from some other people so, it was just nice to get a phone call out of the blue one day asking if we could get together and jam. I think it’s been the most important phone call in a long time.   Can I do another question?

Allright…. You’re gonna shatter Louie Merlino’s record! Is there one song you wish you had written? What is it and why?
“Comfortably Numb”, I think it’s a perfect song. It’s got some emotion and it’s kinda eerie. I’m not a huge Pink Floyd fan, but every time I hear it, I’m like, “Man…” It’s got some emotional tugging to it. It’s not sappy. It’s not a disposable song. You can keep listening to it and get something new out of it every time you listen to it. So, it’s the first song that comes to mind. “Comfortably Numb”, Pink Floyd.

Wanna break the record?
Oh God. Of course I do!

If you didn’t do this, what would you do?
The answer is…. I would only be doing this. I don’t know what Plan B is! I only live Plan A lifestyle. That’s the end of the answer.  Four questions….. Allllll riiiiiiiight!

And now you can promote whatever it is you want to talk about. Product. Place. Project. It doesn’t even have to be yours!
Promote? I’m not even a promoter! No! I’m kind of like a team member guy. So, I’m promoting that I just had an awesome weekend playing with the Sin City Sinners, and I’m promoting going back out with Slash. That’s all I need to promote.

For all the latest on Brent and his latest projects visit his official website. (If he doesn’t want to promote it, we will!!!)

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Three Minutes With…Ron Keel

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Ron Keel

With a career spanning over a quarter-century and more than 50 albums to his credit, Ron Keel is possibly best known for his eponymous band Keel. Now living in Vegas, he hosts a weekly open mic, acoustic jam session known as Las Vegas Stripped, which is streamed live all over the world via the internet. I managed to catch up to him after one of those such sessions, and he was cool enough to take on the Sack O’ Questions and answer one that’s NEVER been asked before…..

The question you drew is – where do you see the future of music heading?
Music is a reflection of society, and the people who live in that society. It’s a reflection of our emotions. Sadness, happiness, loneliness… The future of music is the future of our people. I would like to think that we could still keep a postive message in the music. Sing songs about life, love… Keep a positive attitude. Music is my best friend. It’s always been certainly a reflection of my life and my activities and what I feel. The songs that I write, and the songs that I play, I think the future of music will reflect the future of mankind. Hopefully it will be postive.

Now you can promote whatever you want to talk about!
I’m Ron Keel. Ronkeel.com I’m the lead singer in a band called Keel. I’m also a Las Vegas singer, songwriter, performing Las Vegas Stripped, which is the acoustic jam that I host, which we’re at tonight. I just hope that the fans around the world that are listening and watching will enjoy it too, and stay in touch with me at Ronkeel.com, and you can hit my Facebook. Keep it real, and stay safe, and I love my fans, the people who have carried me this far. I look forward to whatever the future holds!

Check out Las Vegas Stripped sessions live, with special guests weekly, on Monday nights starting at 8pm Pacific Time: www.ustream.tv/channel/las-vegas-stripped-live

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Three Minutes With…Louie Merlino

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Louie Merlino

With a musical resume that reads like an encyclopedia of rock n’ roll, Beggars & Thieves vocalist, “The Voice of Vegas”, Louie Merlino recently set a brand-new record when taking on the Sack O’ Questions. He went not one, not two, but three rounds – something that has never been done before!

Your question is – what drives you to do what you do?
 Singing.

Okay…. That’s your prime motivation? Care to elaborate?
It’s motivated me my whole life! It’s brought me more pain and more joy than anything else. If I wasn’t a singer, I’d be in deep trouble. It’s the only thing that’s kept me out of trouble! It drives my passion.

Wow. Well, since we’re under time, you want to draw another question?
 Sure!

Here goes Round Two. What is the wackiest question you’ve ever been asked?
What drives me to do what I do…

<laughter>

That’s pretty funny!
Wow… That’s a hard one to answer….. Nothing sticks out in my mind… <pause> What do your songs mean? They mean a lot of things!

They mean something different to everybody!
That’s exactly right. Allright! Let’s try one more!

Okay! You’re setting a new record! Your third question is – what are three albums you think everyone should own and why?
Oh God… Wow. First Beggars & Thieves record…. Because it’s mine! <laughs> Second one, Love It To Death by Alice Cooper. Third one, Smokin’ by Humble Pie.

Why on the last two?
‘Cause they’re great records…. Great singers. I mean Alice Cooper was  the first concert I ever went to, such charisma onstage. Him and Sinatra are the only two that could walk out onstage, not say a word, and have the whole audience captivated.

 Now you can plug whatever you want!
The ne
w Beggars & Thieves record We are the Broken Hearted is coming out hopefully this May…

Tour to follow?
God willing!

Stay tuned to They Will Rock You – if we get word of any Beggars & Thieves shows, we’ll let you know!  Otherwise, you can catch Louie doing some gigs with Jimmy Crespo around Vegas, and word has it he’ll back to fill in with the Sin City Sinners for some shows in July.

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Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

*Super huge THANKS goes to Jason Green for setting this up!

Three Minutes With…The Disparrows

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Hailing from LA, but sounding like they could just as easily have Southern roots, all four members of rock band The Disparrows (Daniel “Dirrty” Weber- Guitar/Vox, Michael Brasic- Drums/ Vox, Stephen Tecci- Bass/ Vox, Grant “DR” Loosvelt – Piano / Vox)  took on the Sack O’ Questions when they did a mini, three night tour of Las Vegas recently. Listen to one song they play, and you’ll quickly learn that this ain’t yo’ Daddy’s blues band! You’ve also probably never met a band that actually encourages fans to bootleg their shows! I kid you not, they actually don’t mind it. (They’d probably also dig it if you shared the footage with them. Just sayin’….)

Dirrty – if you could put together your dream project – band, tour, album, who would be involved?
Dirrty: Me… Elvis…  Garcia… Melvin Steels…. Mike Brasic… and, maybe Evan (Seinfeld, of Biohazard and The Spyderz, Dirrty’s other band) No… not Evan. That’s probably it. We don’t need a drummer. We’d go out as an acoustic thing.
Mike: No, wait, you said my name.
Stephen: You mean, I’m not playing bass?  I didn’t make the all-star band?! I quit!
Dirrty: Hold on! I need a bassist! Geddy Lee!  And I think stylistically, I’d make it country-bluegrass, just to throw it off!

Mike- you’re up!
Mike:
I’ll take Politics for $200.

You’ve got the newest question in there! What is the best rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?
Mike:
That I’m a good drummer! And…..
Dirrty: You don’t have to go on!
Mike: And, the rumor is not true! I don’t hate puppies! And I do know how to get blood out of a clown suit!  Think about that one for a minute….

I’m not even sure how that one came about…. Moving right along! Stephen… What’s the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?
Stephen: The best is usually when the dressing room refrigerator is unlocked and we get free beer. But the worst thing is when you walk into the dressing room and the refrigerator is locked, and you don’t get free beer! But, driving home on Sunday with a hangover is bad too. That’s probably the worst part about it. The best part about it is probably the good free vibe. But how we mitigate the problem is that we leave at midnight on Sunday! But when it’s a fun crowd, with people from all over, that negates the drive. When people leave Vegas, they go back home to all over the world, so you’re hopefully sending people back home remembering the band. Or, at least if they remember me, that’s all I care about!
Michael: We get treated better in Vegas than anywhere else! Like gold here. Everyone is great!

Grant, draw your question, but don’t peek!
Grant: The answer is… YES!

The question is…. What is your best hangover remedy?
Stephen: Wacking….
Michael: Oh, that’s weird!

 I can’t even take credit for this question!
Grant: Best hangover remedy is just a good blow job.

Okay guys! Time to make your plugs!
Dirrty:  There’s this really great lube… no noo, today I’m going to promote something different! TheDisparrows.com. Go to it. You can find all our social networks there, YouTube, and everything else you need to see about us. Probably more stuff about us than you ever want to see.
Grant: Flossing twice daily!

You can’t make these answers up, folks! LIKE them on Facebook ,  and follow them on Twitter. Links to their YouTube channel (where you can check out their stuff) and iTunes is on their site.

 Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Three Minutes With…Brent Muscat

February 28, 2011 by  
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Since this is my one year anniversary of squeezing “Three Minutes” outta several musicians, I figured I’d go back to where it all began…. to my boys, part of my extended family, the Sin City Sinners. I first brought you them as the Spotlight Band for February 2010, right before the release of their debut CD Exile on Fremont Street, then singer Todd Kerns and bassist Doc Ellis took on the Sack O’ Questions later that spring, right before Todd left on tour as Slash’s bass player. I now cornered the last remaining holdout from that original interview – guitarist Brent Muscat.

Okay Brent, your question is – what is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?
The best thing about playing in Vegas is playing in the casinos. They can actually afford to pay you, and there’s no “pay to play” like LA. In LA, you can’t make any money. If you’re a new band, you even actually have to pay to play, which really sucks! I love being here, playing in Vegas, I think it’s the best scene in the whole world.

Is there anything bad about playing in Vegas?
Bad? Hmmm…. Well, not that I can think of really. There’s bad things about Vegas, but not about playing Vegas.

 Alright! Now make your plug!
Sin City Sinners! Every Friday and Saturday at Station Casinos! Fridays at Sunset Station. Saturdays at Santa Fe Station. Come out. Hang out. Have a good time. See what Las Vegas is about!

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“Three Minutes With”…. Year In Review:

As an added bonus, I also caught up with some past subjects to find out what they’ve been up to lately….

Todd Kerns/Doc Ellis (June 2010) – The Sin City Sinners released their second CD in December 2010, an acoustic EP titled Broken Record. Pick it up at their live shows and their website and there’s been some autographed copies put on Ebay by their manager to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for those special auctions! Todd is also putting out a solo disc Go Time and the limited run is now available on his website.  

Phil Varone (July 2010) – is Playgirl’s Mr. December. If you missed it on your local newsstand, he has some copies available on his website: philvarone.com

TJay (April 2010) – had has a huge year! Since we spoke to him, he’s opened for Blues Traveler again, along with Little Feat and The Neville Brothers. He also won the Relix Magazine Jam Off contest and had his song “Goldfish” featured on their compilation CD in their Jan/Feb edition – which put his tune alongside those by Gregg Allman and Keller Williams.

Jani  Love – the Rock N Roll Jeweler (September 2010) – Jani is currently at work on a new line of jewelry she will release for spring. She also is hoping to add a few surprises to add to the mix with fashions and accessories that fall into more than just the jewelry category. More to be released on that in the coming months. Suzy Sins Studio is turning three this July and will be throwing a celebration showcase sometime between May and then. Jani would just like to thank all of her supporters and Jessica Messina for spotlighting her company in her column on They Will Rock You. More of her work and contact details can be found at www.suzysinssstudio.com. (business only please!) Also- become a fan on Facebook and mention this story and Jani will give you 30% off your next quote for custom jewelry!

Andrew Freeman (First One! February 28, 2010) – Andrew is now the lead singer for the reformed band Hurricane, replacing Kelly Hansen. They’re gearing up for the release of some new tunes and a tour soon, and for updates, check ‘em out on Facebook.

I just wanted to thank my readers and my subjects and everyone who’s helped me out over the last year. You are all awesome! I look forward to snagging “Three Minutes With…” many more! xo

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Three Minutes With…Mark “Gus” Scott of Trixter

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Mark “Gus” Scott of Trixter

In 2010, we had Pete Loran take on the Sack ‘O Questions – and he went two rounds. Not to be outdone, drummer Mark “Gus” Scott also went two rounds after Trixter played a sold-out show in  Teaneck, NJ last fall.

Your question is – What is the wackiest question you’ve ever been asked?
Metal Edge used to ask some wacky questions, because she tried a little to hard to make it wacky. It was like “What was the most embarrassing moment” or something like that…one of the most embarrassing moments I had was when I ended up coming back after my first tour to this restaurant I visited in Paramus and there were these two girls that were with my other two friends, and I happened to sleep with both of them. That was a little embarrassing. It was like, “Hi. I’d like you to meet my girlfriend.” “Oh, I met her before! Kinda didn’t work out so well!” <laughs> What about you? When are you back in Vegas? I wanna come see you.

I leave Sunday (two days after this interview)
So. What, are you gonna take me to the Bellagio? Venetian? Or what?
I spend a lot of time at Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station.
Green Valley Ranch? Is that like the Bunny Ranch auxiliary?
Ummm. No.
C’mon. Everybody’s doing it! – Okay. Gimme another one.

Okay. What is your best hangover remedy? (Thanks to Mario for the question!)
I don’t really get hangovers. It’s my understanding that Vitamin B and iced tea is very good. That’s part of it. Number one. Number two is that I think you should eat something. Two nights ago, we were in Maine and LJ (one of my friends) got real f-ed up, and I asked him, “How do you feel?” He’s like, “Dude. I feel terrible.” I asked him, “Well, what’d you eat today?” “Nothing.” KEY PHRASE!  I believe that if you truly eat something it absorbs the crap inside of you and gets your body back to normal. It may be a problem getting there, but you really have to do it. Otherwise, Vitamin B and unsweetened iced tea. Maybe a little sugar. But I do unsweetened.

Right on! Now you can plug whatever you want.
Check out
The Copper Bottom Restaurant in Florida, New York. That’s my restaurant. Zagat rated for the fourth year in a row. Very good to Excellent. It’s www.thecopperbottom.com. Rock n’ roll!

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at ThreeMinWith@yahoo.com. (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

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