Friday, 13 November 2009

Record 'amazing' new songs to Robbie Williams and Take That together


Robbie Williams has secretly recorded several new songs with Take That and described them as "amazing".

Fans disappointed by Thursday night's Children In Need gig, which was touted as the band's reunion but turned out to be nothing of the sort, can be reassured that they do plan to perform together and are working on new material.
Williams said he was "very, very excited about a project that's recently happening".
Speaking about Gary Barlow, Williams said: "Gaz is an amazing, amazing singer songwriter. I'm honoured to be in the same studio as him... erm... when we do, in the future." He then admitted: "Oh sod it, we've been in and the songs are absolutely amazing."
The band were spotted visiting a New York recording studio at the same time as Williams earlier this year. They last performed together in 1995.
The BBC Children In Need concert had been hyped as the setting for a Take That reunion, with tickets costing up to to £250 each.
However, the band performed separate sets and the closest they got to a reunion was Williams and Barlow briefly standing next to one another for the singalong finale of Hey Jude.
Williams said the real reunion was yet to come.
In an interview with BBC Radio 2, he said: "I want to do it because I've always wanted to be in a gang ever since I left that gang.
"And all the bitterness and resentment has gone now and what is left is a load of love, and watching four guys get together and enjoy each other's company and enjoy the process of writing together. For me, I'm envious of the joy that they're having."

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

BEYONCE WINS BIG AT MTV EMA'S


The big winner was the Beyonce at the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at Berlin's O2 World Arena, which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A standing ovation from the roughly 9,000 in attendance met Beyoncé when she emerged from a gigantic red box wearing a scarlet bodice replete with red suspenders. She then went on to receive three awards, best singer, best song for "Halo" and best video for "Single Ladies."
She thanked her husband saying "there's only one person I want to thank and that's Jay-Z, who put a ring on my finger."
Jay-Z appeared as a surprise guest of rock band U2 during their performance in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The rapper won the award for best urban act, to which he responded: "I am looking forward to the time when all the walls fall and it's all only about music."
The show lasted over two hours and provided a spectacular prelude to the celebrations marking the anniversary of German reunification.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Night one at Madison Square Garden to Bruce Springsteen


NEW YORK -- "Tonight, we're gonna do something that's never been done before. Never, ever. I thing we can do it."
With these words, Bruce Springsteen introduced one of the most thirstily anticipated concert segments of his career: all seven songs from his classic album, "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle," played in their original order. He announced, on Tuesday, that he would play that album at the first of his two Madison Square Garden concerts, Saturday, and another album he has never played in its entirety, "The River," on Sunday.
Springsteen has played three other albums -- "Born To Run," "Born In the U.S.A." and "Darkness On the Edge of Town" -- at current shows. But never these two.
Some songs, like "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (with bassist Garry Tallent switching to tuba) and "New York City Serenade" (with percussionist Richard Blackwell, who played on the original session, rejoining the band, plus an added string section), qualified as rarities. Others, like "Rosalita" and "Kitty's Back," have been played fairly frequently on Springsteen's current tour.
Hearing the songs together emphasized how unique that album -- the second of Springsteen's career, released in 1973 -- is, with a free-wheeling, jazzy flavor that he would never actually revisit. The segment peaked with the majestic "Incident on 57th Street," whose tension set up the joyful release of "Rosalita." A Roy Bittan piano solo served as a bridge between these two very different but both intensely romantic songs.

As satisfying as this segment was, it wasn't a surprise. But there were surprises in this three hour show, most notably a guest appearance by Elvis Costello on the finale, a feverish cover of the Jackie Wilson hit, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." Blackwell and the five piece horn section that appeared on some of the "WIESS" songs also joined in.
Springsteen paid tribute to the Yankees' world series win by playing his baseball themed "Glory Days" in response to a fan request. "It must be done, it must be done. Congratulations, New York," he said.
He held up the fan's sign, which said "World Champs 27" (this was the team's 27th championship) in addition to the song title. At the end of the song, Springsteen pretended to use his guitar as a bat after guitarist Steven Van Zandt pretended to pitch a ball to him.
Another request, "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?", was chosen because of its New York setting. Springsteen also mentioned, before performing the "WIESS" songs, that half the album is set in New Jersey, and half is about his ideas and fantasies about New York City.
He kicked off the show with "Thundercrack," mentioning that it is an outtake from "WIESS." Springsteen released the song on his 1998 rarities boxed set, "Tracks."
Here is Saturday's setlist ("WIESS" songs are in bold):

"Thundercrack"
"Seeds"
"Prove It All Night"
"Hungry Heart"
"Working On A Dream"
"The E Street Shuffle"
"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"Kitty's Back"
"Wild Billy's Circus Story"
"Incident on 57th Street"
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"
"New York City Serenade" (with Richard Blackwell)"Waitin' On A Sunny Day"
"Raise Your Hand" (with excerpt from "You Sexy Thing")"Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?"
"Glory Days"
"Human Touch"
"Lonesome Day"
"The Rising"
"Born To Run"
"Wrecking Ball"
"Bobby Jean"
"American Land"
"Dancing In the Dark"
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (with Elvis Costello and Richard Blackwell)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Paul Stewart, Eric Clapton Record U.K. Charity Single "Fly Free". To Be Released 15 November 2009.


Paul Stewart - eldest son of Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart - and Eric Clapton have recorded a charity single, entitled "Fly Free." Recorded in honour of his father's 70th birthday, a film for the song was also produced by Paul's younger brother, Mark. Both will be available for purchase by download when they are released on 15 November 2009. All moneys raised will be donated to the Formula One charity, The Grand Prix Mechanics' Charitable Trust. The trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and others more than 20 years ago. It assists Grand Prix, former Grand Prix mechanics, their wives, widows and children in times of need.
It is not known if the recording of "Fly Free" and the short companion film will be available for purchase outside the U.K.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, they are New Roundup


Bruce Springsteen fans are having a wild year. At Madison Square Garden the Boss announced that for this weekend’s group of gigs, the E Street Band will be playing, for the first time, The River (November and The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle (November 7) in their entirety. The mind boggles. The River, which was released in October of 1980, has 20 songs, and clocks in at nearly an hour and a half.
Head over to Stereogum to hear a new, possibly old Ryan Adams song, the bizarre country ballad “Jimmy Whistlenut” which features the chorus: “You’re in a time machine, and you’re trippin on robotussin and crack/ so here’s to Jimmy Whistelnut, break dancin’, and jumping jacks.”
“Heaven Can Wait,” a duet between Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck, can be heard here. The track is from Gainsbourg’s upcoming IRM album (due out in January), which Beck produced and co-wrote.
The Stooges will reunite with guitarist James Williamson for the first time in almost three decades when they launch a tour in 2010. Williamson is stepping in for the late guitarist Ron Asheton, who passed away in January due to a heart attack. The Stooges are among the bands nominated for this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Reread our 2007 cover story on the band here.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

'Stand On It' in Washington, D.C, Bruce Springsteen play

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street's show at tha Verizon Center began the final three weeks of their tour with a show in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. "Born in the U.S.A" Bruce played. era song "Stand On It" for the first time this tour. It was only played once on the Magic Tour also. Also played was "Pink Cadillac" for only the third time this tour and first time in the United States. Bruce began the show with "Outlaw Pete" and dedicated it to his cousin, Lenny Sullivan, who died last week. Another show Bruce this was played the entire "Born To Run" album. Show began at 8:20 p.m.
1. Outlaw Pete
2. Prove It All
3. Hungry Heart (crowd surf)
4. Working On a Dream
5. Thunder Road
6. Tenth Ave Freeze-Out
7. Night
8. Backstreets
9. Born To Run
10. She's The
. Meeting Across The River
12. Jungleland
13. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
14. Stand On It (tour premiere, request)
15. Seven Nights To Rock (request)
16. Growin' Up (request)
17. Pink Cadillac (request)
18. Lonesome Day
19. The Rising
20. BadlandsEncores:
21. Hard Times
22. No Surrender
23. American Land
24. Dancing In The Dark
25. Rosalita
26. Higher & Higher
Show over at 11 p.m.
Next show: Tuesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Celebrates 25th birthday Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame


New Yorkers have been treated to a rock'n'roll concert like no other. Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame it was the 25th anniversary, and had the line up of a lifetime. The birthday two day bash at Madison Square Garden had Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Sting, U2, Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bonnie Raitt to celebrate the Hall's 25th anniversary on hand ."It's an organisation that has elevated the history of this music," says Raitt - who was inducted in 2000.The hall's US$100 million Cleveland home has become a cultural temple, and sometimes a controversial one. The Hall Of Fame, which now includes a New York annex, has inducted 234 artists over its 25 years, but some prominent performers are still waiting for their invitations.Despite some 40 Top 40 hits, Neil Diamond is not in the hall. "I think the songs and the music and the records over the years have earned me that," says Diamond of the snub.Van Morrison was voted in, but skipped his induction ceremony."Basically, I think its got very little to do with rock'n'roll," he says.Maybe it's hypocritical, but rock, which preaches rebellion against institutions, has become one itself. Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, is co-founder of the Hall of Fame."You have to think of everything else that's institutionalised, you know, Picasso or Rembrandt or Robert Frost - every art, and as rebellious as they were, becomes part of the mainstream."And most artists embrace the honour."I don't put my gold records on the wall or that kind of thing," says David Crosby, "but there is something else involved here, which is the respect of your peers."Rock no longer dominates the radio or music sales, which may make it harder to choose future inductees."It's not going to be as obvious," says Wenner. "You know, obviously, you're never going to replicate Bob Dylan, the Stones or Chuck Berry or Elvis."At the garden, the night belonged to rock's all stars, who unlike sports Hall Of Famers, wanted to show they can still play.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

'cancelled MTV EMA gig due to budget cuts' Robbie Williams


Robbie Williams pulled out of the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards due to 'budget cuts' imposed by the gig's arrengers, it has been reported. 'Bodies' singer a spokesman for apparently told the Daily Mirror his performance would have been "compromised" had he appeared at the bash, which takes place in Berlin on Thursday (November 5). The representative told the newspaper: "He actually wanted to (perform). It is a real shame MTV could not make this happen. He performed a free concert in Berlin last week to 15,000 people."A statement on Robbie Williams' website yesterday (October 30) blamed a "scheduling conflict" for the cancellation.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Liverpool gig in wembley arena,


Sir Elton John recent UK tour at Liverpool's Echo Arena tomorrow night, his has postponed he final date.The singer previously scrapped gigs in Sheffield on Friday, Newcastle on Saturday and tonight's Wembley Arena leg due to a recurrent bout of flu.Promoters are attempting to reschedule the concerts for December, BBC News reports.A spokesman for the 62 year old said that he was "terribly disappointed" at the prospect of not being able to perform.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Worst celebrity influence of 2009, Miley Cyrus voted


Miley Cyrus, one of Disney's hottest stars of the past three years with hit records and hit films, the worst celebrity influence has been voted of 2009 by the very people who made her a star, tweens and teens, according to an online poll on Wednesday.
Cyrus, 16, took 42 percent of votes in the poll for AOL's JSYK.com (Just So You Know) website aimed at 9 15 year olds, pushing Britney Spears and rapper Kanye West into second and third places, respectively, in a section on worst celebrity influences of the year.

The poor showing of the singer actress no reason were going and the popular star of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" television series.
But the ranking follows a year which has seen Cyrus controversially dating a 20 year old model, making "slant eyes" in an informal snapshot criticized as mocking Asians, and being accused of pole dancing on a teen awards show.
Cyrus also came in No. 4 in the category of favorite female artist, behind 19 year old country sensation Taylor Swift, "I Kissed a Girl" singer Katy Perry and R&B star Beyonce. The poll attracted almost 50,000 votes.
"I think Miley is in an interesting space where she is trying to graduate from being 'Hannah Montana' and a Disney channel celebrity and coming into her own and having a career beyond Disney," said Stephanie Cohen, editor of JSYK.com.
"I think her fans still want her to be the sweet Hannah Montana and she is trying to age up...Parents are definitely resisting it," Cohen told Reuters.
Cyrus has been one of the biggest teen idols in the world since 2006, selling more than 7 million albums, starting her own fashion line, and taking $154 million at the worldwide box-office for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" in 2009.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sick Elton John: Pulls out of Wembley show


AFTER cancelling concerts in Sheffield and Newcastle because of illness, Sir Elton John has been forced to pull out of tonight's show at London's Wembley Arena as his flu symptoms have failed to improve.
Fans who hold tickets for the cancelled gigs are being advised to retain them, pending an announcement about the Red Piano tour dates later this week.Promoter Marshall Arts said yesterday they were trying to reschedule the postponed Wembley concert for December and also reschedule the Sheffield and Newcastle dates.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Beyonce to perform with John


As well as Bollywood fans music lover might now get together under one roof to watch the performance of John Abraham and Beyonce at Las Vegas. The hot buster and the sexy singer are raring to set the stage on fire at a gala evening in Las Vegas, US, next month.
Beyonce's melodious numbers, John would match steps.
The concert will have the performers jiving to the pastiche of Indian and Western music.
Well John, we wonder if this Dostana would result in Beyonce working in a Bollywood movie.

Friday, 23 October 2009

'completely out of it' Britney spears


"Completelt out of it" Britney Spears feels because her father is so controlling, it has been claimed.
Friends say the '3' singer is so strictly guarded by dad Jamie Spears she has lost track of the time and days of the week.
A source told FoxNews: "She is so out of it she just doesn't care anymore. She just does what she's told and is totally in her world.
"She'll even call people at all hours of night for a general conversation and acts like it's the middle of the day or something."
Jamie - who took charge of Britney's personal and financial affairs after her emotional breakdown in January 2008 - is so determined to keep his daughter under control he is reportedly systematically firing her staff so she doesn't have the opportunity to get close to anyone.
The source revealed: "He's actually trying to clean up her image. He's making a lot of differents to the people around her. Everyone is a bit on edge they could be the next one to be replaced.
"Britney's family has seen what happens when she gets too close to outsiders and they lose control, they don't want it happening again."
Jamie blames Britney's relationship with former manager Sam Lutfi and paparazzo Adnan Ghalib for his daughter's breakdown.
He has taken out restraining orders against both men.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

"This Is It" opens Tuesday , Michael Jackson movie


Michael Jackson a 12 minute clip new movie "This Is It" shows a strong-voiced King of Pop enthusiastically practicing some of his biggest hits.
Jackson is shown warming up his vocals during a performance of "Human Nature." That's followed by Jackson running through the song in various outfits.
Later, he playfully dances with a woman as he sings "The Way You Make Me Feel," touching her thigh and holding her waist.
Jackson died June 25 at 50. He was preparing for his comeback concerts in London at the time. "This Is It" based on rehearsals for those concerts will premiere globally on Tuesday and run for two weeks.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Beyonce Knowles' concert in Malaysia was postponed


In Malaysia Beyonce Knowles' concert was postponed by the singer herself, revealed Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Datuk said that there was no intervention by his ministry on the matter and that Beyonce, 28, who was scheduled to hold the concert on October 18, had decided to postpone the concert on her own, reports New Straits Times Online. According to him, there are many possibilities as to why she decided not to perform on the given date, and cited that one of the reasons could be because of pressure from the arrangers.He also said her refusal to comply with the dress code or simply because the concert would not be profitable could lead to her postponement.But he denied rumours that she had been pressured by threats from certain groups after she announced that Malaysia would be one of the venues for her “I AM...World Tour”. Pas Youth was one of the groups, which had declared to take “further action” over the government’s refusal to ban the concert at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

concert in the Giants stadium, Bruce Springsteen’s


The Giants stabium in the Bruce Springsteen rocked with one last glorious and powerful concert on Friday, before the much loved stadium is unhappy razed to create parking for a new stadium.
It was Springsteen’s record 24th performance at Giants Stadium. He had performed here for the first time in 1985, where according to the time of New York, “the audiences are his most fervent fans: fellow New Jerseyans.”
The super concert went on for more than 3 hours and an estimated 60,000 people attended it. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band performed the entire legendary “Born in the USA” album to deafening cheers.
He kept the tradition alive when, he opened with a new song, this time “Wrecking Ball,” about the soon-to-be-demolished stadium. The song was released only last week but his dedicated and loving fans knew all the lyrics by heart, carried “Wrecking Crew” signs, and wore “I Was at the Wrecking Ball” t-shirts.
During the whole concert, the band played 31 songs and had 7 encores too.

Monday, 12 October 2009

members to debate future of music industry to Radiohead, Pink Floyd


Members of Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Marillion are all group of part to take in a debate about the future of the music industry on October 28. The musicians will speak in a debate entitled 'Survival in the 21st Century', which is being arranged by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), PRS Foundation For New Music's base in Berners Street, London.Marillion's Mark Kelly and rapper Master Shortie are set contribute to the debate for musicians artists only. FAC founders Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and , who allowed consumers to "name their own price" for the 2007 download release of 'In Rainbows'. Alternative revenue streams and the future of the FAC will also be discussed.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

How I saw Bruce Springsteen at Giants Stadium for $15, Born too cheap


As I have noted, I am by nature something of a cheapskate. So is my sailing buddy, whom I will call "the Captain."
The Captain and I have made an art form of attending events at minimum cost. We have perfected our approach at Rutgers football games. Instead of paying to park, we jam a couple of old bicycles into the station wagon. We find free parking just off campus and then pedal past pedestrians as we search out a scalper who will sell us tickets below face value.
So when I read that there were a lot of extra tickets for those Bruce Springsteen concerts at Giants Stadium, I conceived a challenge: Could we get the most coveted tickets, the floor section, for less than $20 each?
First there was the question of where to park. No problem. In researching a prior story, I had discovered a spot on the Hackensack River not far from the stadium.
The last time I’d been to this spot it had been broad daylight. As we approached on Thursday night, however, the headlights illuminated a narrow path through a swamp. This was the spot where the bullet riddled body of Genovese crime family member John DeGilio was found in 1988.
It was a perfect setting to begin a Jersey evening, in other words. We parked and before long we were flying past people who had paid $25 to park in the far lots. We soon met up with the only other cyclist on the scene, a tall guy with long hair who identified himself as "Jerry Garcia."
Jerry was even cheaper than the two of us. As we chatted, he was collecting surplus beers from fans who had to ditch them before entering the stadium. He told us he bikes to the stadium often to buy scalped tickets, and that on this evening we had a buyer’s market.
"I believe that anyone who’s out here holding a ticket is going to have to unload it for five, ten bucks," he said.
Though the scalpers often get rich off Springsteen, this time around the Boss had outsmarted them. At first, his management had announced just three dates, prompting the usual buying frenzy. The frenzy continued when he announced two more dates. But there just aren’t all that many people who want to stand around a stadium on a cold October night.
"The scalpers got burned," said Jerry as forlorn figures walked by yelling, "Anyone need tickets?"
Soon enough we encountered a guy who was stuck with three tickets for the floor, each with a face value of $115. He said he’d take $30 for two, but he then gave us the third anyway. He headed home, but not before offering this word of economic wisdom.
"Scalping’s tough," he said. "Scalpers don’t have a 401k or a medical plan."
Once inside, I was heartened to hear that Bruce has apparently taken the advice I have so graciously offered him over the years. He’s given up on all that folksy stuff and gone back to rock-and-roll. We got our $15 worth.
The next day, I got on the phone with the man who is perhaps the nation’s leading expert on ticket scalping, Steve Happel. Happel, who is an economics professor at Arizona State University, said that if artists really wanted to eliminate scalping, they could do so by either raising their prices or auctioning off the tickets. But they don’t want to eliminate scalping, for the exact reason illustrated by this stadium stand: Sometimes it works in their favor.
"It’s actually quite clever what Springsteen did. He’s not stupid," said Happel. "He must have made a fortune on this one. It was the scalpers who got burned."
Indeed it was. The stadium was packed, but many of those in attendance had no doubt bought tickets at a discount on secondary sites. Springsteen, however, got full face value.
When I told Happel I’d gotten floor seats for a mere 15 bucks, he responded, "That’s great! The free market works."
Well, it certainly worked for us. Having beaten both the parking fee and high ticket prices, we hit White Castle on the way home. It was a tightwad trifecta, and we arrived back at the Jersey Shore justly proud of our accomplishment.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Bruce Springsteen rocks Giants Stadium for the last time


It was the "Born In the U.S.A." album that first made Bruce Springsteen popular enough to headline Giants Stadium, in 1985. Last night, he closed the circle, performing the album -- songs like "Glory Days," "Dancing In the Dark" and "My Hometown," in their original order -- at his last Giants Stadium concert.
He's not preceding, but the stadium is. The building will be dismantled next year, with a new stadium, recently being built next to it, serving as the new home of the Giants and Jets.
Concert goers were welcomed to the show with a message on a huge video screen hanging over the stage: "Tonight is the last concert at Giants Stadium. October 9, 2009. Thank you New Jersey!"
During the show's opening number, a new song called "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen emphasized a line about "our little victories and glories" turning into parking lots. At this time next year, space where he was standing will be used for just that purpose.

Other songs in the setlist included dependable rousers like "Badlands," "Born To Run," "The Rising" and "The Promised Land," the rarely performed oldie "Spirit In the Night" and pop megahit "Hungry Heart" (with the 60 year old Springsteen crowd-surfing). In identification of the gig's significance, he covered the Rolling Stones song, "The Last Time."
Springsteen and his E Street Band announced, ahead of time, that they planned to play "Born In the U.S.A." in its entirety. This stand particular to make in attempt, they have played one of their classic albums at each show: "Born To Run" on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, "Darkness On the Edge of Town" on Oct. 2, and "Born In the U.S.A.," for the first time, on Oct. 3.
Springsteen and the band will also perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 7-8. But last night's gig could be the last home state E Street appearance for quite a while.
Last month, guitarist Steven Van Zandt said in a conference call with reporters that after the current tour ends, Nov. 22 in Buffalo, the band will be off for "I don’t know how long -- a year, year and a half, two years."
In his new book "Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales," E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons wrote that after the recent tour, the band plans to have "a long, long recovery period."

Springsteen shrank from speechifying, but he subtly acknowledged the tough economic climate by pounding home lyrics like “Hard times come; hard time go” in “Wrecking Ball,” and “Cover Me’s” “Times are tough; just getting tougher.” The only odd moment was during the Boss’s band introductions, which didn’t occur until late in the night. When he pointed out the Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the imposing saxophonist pimped his new book, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, by holding it conspicuously so it appeared on the giant video screens.
Shameless self-promotion aside, it was a glorious night it felt like the best Irish wake you’d ever attended. As far as I can tell, Springsteen intends to be around to close Giants Stadium’s successor in 40 years.
Were you there last night? What song were you singing all the way home? (Me? “American Land”) Were you disappointed that the parking lot rumors about special guests failed to be true? How long did you wait after “Jersey Girl” in the hopes that the band would return for another encore? (Me? 11 minutes.)

Friday, 9 October 2009

X Factor, Take That, Coldplay and Britney Spears gig tickets


Millions of music fans may face dearer concert tickets if a mega merger is allowed, watchdogs warned yesterday.
The Competition Commission needs to scupper a £500million tie-up between booking agency Ticketmaster and promoter Live Nation.
It is powerless to block the deal as both businesses are based in the US. But, fearing the move may get the goahead from American authorities, it yesterday revealed ways to limit its power here.
Options include forcing bosses to split or sell UK arms or make them flog tickets through rivals.
World No.1 Ticketmaster has 50% of the UK market, with nearest rival See Tickets about 20%.
Last year Germany's CTS, the global No.2, announced it wanted to expand here.
But that is unlikely if the Ticketmaster deal goes ahead, with the Commission saying: "It could lead to higher prices and lower service quality."
Live Nation is the world's largest concert promoter, with Madonna, Coldplay and U2 among stars on its books.
Singing legend Bruce Springsteen opposed the deal.
But Ticketmaster and Live Nation stated yesterday they "remain optimistic that it will ultimately be approved".

Thursday, 8 October 2009

The Show At Conservative Party Conference U2's Bono Steals


The U2 frontman appeared before leader David Cameron's speech to urge the party to maintain the target of spending 7% of GDP on aid."Hello there, if you can swallow an Irish man saying what's great about Great Britain, indulge me for a minute,” Bono said in a video message.“Because what's happened over the Britain's relationship in the last few years with the developing world has been so inspiring to me.He added: "It's a brave thing: keeping Britain's aid promise to the developing world, but it is the right thing to do and it is what's great about Great Britain.”The singer also deliered a video message before prime minister Gordon Brown's key note speech at the Labour Party conference last week in Brighton. But his appearance at the Conservative conference has triggered speculation the long time Labour supporter is open to working with other parties.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Miley Cyrus to Best bet performs at the Palace


The Miley mania has cooled a bit since the Disney star lit up metro Detroit with a group of dates two years ago, but don't kid yourself: The singer actress remains a hot property "Hannah Montana".
Wonder World tour this stop on her just weeks ahead of her 17th birthday promises 90 minutes of bright colored tween pop, complete all the video and production with frills you'd expect from a millionaire music sensation in '09.
It's not high art, but if her previous shows are any denotation, it won't be the stuff of parental torture, either. Opening is Metro Station featuring Miley's tattoo laden brother Trace on guitar and vocals.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Live in cinemas Robbie Williams


Robbie Williams' comeback concert for the BBC Electric Prom will be broadcast in cinemas around the world.
20 October the concert will be beamed live to almost 200 screens across Europe. It will also be watchen later in Australia and South Africa.
Williams said: "It's very exciting to think that a one off performance I play in London can be seen at the same time by people all across the world".
He currently spoke about how stage fright meant he had no plans to tour.
Williams told BBC Radio 2 host Ken Bruce: "I get tremendous stage fright that's getting in the way of me enjoying it... it's terrifying. I want to find a way around it."
The proms concert will be the singer's first major gig in three years. It will also be broadcast on Radio 1.
Return to form
The High Definition screening is being billed as the largest live music cinematic event of its kind in Europe.
The concert is the opening gig for this year's BBC Electric Proms festival where artists try something different.
A string and horn section and full band will accompany Williams for the gig.
The gig will feature songs from his new album Reality Killed the Video Star as well as classic tracks.
Williams' new CD is being seen as a comeback to form for the singer. His last album Rudebox was sickly received, despite going to number one in 2006.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

GIRLS ALOUD - CHERYL COLE PUTS TRUST IN DOGS


Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole has revealed she struggles to trust people, and finds it hard to gig others how important they are to her.
Cheryl Cole trusts her dogs more than her husband.
The Girls Aloud singer, whose soccer star husband Ashley Cole was accused of having a fling with a hairdresser last year, admits finding it hard to know who is genuine and who is not.
She said: "I've come to the conclusion that I don't trust anybody in life except my mother and my dogs. I'm scared to let people know how much they mean to me, and it's scary that you can love a small hairy thing so much."
The 26 year old star has two pooches, chihuahuas Buster and Coco, and says spending time with them is the main way she relaxes.
Despite her admission, Cheryl insists she and Ashley are glad and have moved on from the reports of his alleged infidelity.
She told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper: "We're glad. You have to go through life. You have to have that learning curve. That pleasure versus pain. In general my life goes s**t s**t **t, amazing amazing amazing.
"I'm on the longest roller coaster ever. I feel like for the past six months I'm starting to level out. I'm sure at some point the nemesis will come back, but I feel like when the bad things happen there'll always be something good coming."

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Robbie Williams' wedding wish


Robbie Williams' girlfriend has refused to marry him.The 'Bodies' singer is said to be desperate to tie the knot with Ayda Field, but she has been too scarred by her mother's divorces to consider Robbie's proposal. A friend explained to Britain’s More magazine: "Ayda loves Robbie with all her heart and would do anything for him apart from walk down the aisle. The topic of marriage cropped up in their first few months together, which is a huge leap on Robbie's part – he finally realised he'd met 'The One'."He'd love a wedding. It actually would make his life complete after all the madness that's surrounded him. But Ayda has seen her mother divorced twice and is all too aware of the pain it's caused. She doesn't want to end up going the same route."Despite Ayda's refusal to walk down the aisle, the couple who have been dating for two years need to have children in the near future. The source continued: "Ayda is planning to be a stay-at-home mother, cooking, cleaning and taking care of Rob. They need at least two or three kids and have names picked out already."It seems like the perfect fairytale. If Ayda would change her mind about marriage, it'd be the icing on the cake for him."

Friday, 2 October 2009

Omaha concert to Miley Cyrus cancels


The 16 year old singer who has been battling strep throat all week has cancelled her concert in Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska, "due to illness," it was announced today. The gig is rescheduled for October 13.
During her September 29 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, the sick star had to take a 15 minute break in the middle of performing before finishing her show. By the next day, Cyrus had a hunch that her sickness may stall her Wonder World tour. she told her fans via Twitter, "Keep your fingers crossed Omaha. I am not feeling to (sic) nice this morning...."

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Radiohead's Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea form supergroup


Flea is one of a handful of musicians recruited by Yorke to help him record solo material and some new songs the singer has been working on.
The band, which will play live dates next week, also includes drummers Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

"In the past couple of weeks I've been getting a band together for fun to play the Eraser (Yorke's 2006 debut solo album) stuff live and the new songs ... to look if it could work!" Yorke wrote on Radiohead's Dead Airspace blog, alongside a footage of the new unnamed band.
The news surprised many Radiohead fans, with some adviseing the story was a hoax.
"Thom Yorke and Flea form supergroup, how bizarre!" posted olliefrancis on Twitter. "Thom Yorke in a band with Flea, and a few more. Flea? Wtf?!" posted domgreenwood.
The band have announced two live dates at the Orpheum theatre in Los Angeles on 4 and 5 October. It is not yet clear if the band intend to write their own material.
The quislingism in an experimental period for Radiohead. In August, Yorke said that his band may not release another album, focusing on downloads rather.
Earlier this month, drummer Phil Selway became the third Radiohead member to embark on a solo route, following in the footsteps of Yorke and Jonny Greenwood.
Selway's new project will be a quislingism with members of Wilco, singer songwriter Lisa Germano and former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Debuts Racy New Single '3' Britney Spears


Britney Spears is making the most of her sex symbol status, again. This morning (Sept. 29), the one time Disney Channel child star whose personal life has at times eclipsed her musical output, premiered "3," a new single about the delight of polyamory, on New York radio station Z-100. The song goes to radio everywhere today and is part of "Britney Spears The Singles Collection," a hits compilation due Nov. 24 on Jive.Produced by Swedish hitmaker Max Martin (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson), "3" finds Spears singing about the racy subject of a ménage a trios with her signature coy delivery. "Three is a charm, two is not the same," Spears coos temptingly on the verse. "I don't look the harm, so are you game?""Britney Spears The Singles Collection" marks 10 years since Spears released her breakthrough debut album, "...Baby One More Time," which spent 103 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 10,554,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Two versions of "The Singles Collection" will be released: a standard one featuring 17 of Spears' biggest hits along with "3," and an "ultimate fan box set" with all 29 of her singles, a DVD of her music videos, and a booklet featuring classic images. Spears wrapped the second North American leg of her "Circus" tour on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas.

Monday, 28 September 2009

B'way ticket availability through Sunday, Oct. 4


By The Associated Press The Associated Press Mon Sep 28, 9:32 am ET
Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of gigs as of Sept. 28. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the gigs listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear at the end.
_"A Steady Rain." Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman star in Keith Huff's drama about two Chicago policemen. Gerald Schoenfeld. Limited engagement through Dec. 6. Telecharge. Difficult.
_"After Miss Julie." Sienna Miller, Jonny Lee Miller and Marin Ireland star in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Patrick Marber's reworking of Strindberg's "Miss Julie." Now in previews. Opens Oct. 22. American Airlines. 212-719-1300.
_"Billy Elliot." A young man in Britain's bleak coal country yearns to dance. A musical based on the hit film. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best musical. Imperial. Telecharge.
_"Brighton Beach Memoirs." A revival of Neil Simon's hit comedy about a young man growing up in Brooklyn. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 25. Will be joined in rep Nov. 18 with another Simon play, "Broadway Bound." Nederlander. Ticketmaster.
_"Burn the Floor." An evening of Latin and ballroom dancing featuring performers from around the world. Longacre. Telecharge.
_"Bye Bye Birdie." John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Bill Irwin star in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the 1960 musical about a rock 'n' roll idol's induction into the Army and the effect on teenagers in a small Ohio town. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 15. Henry Miller's. Telecharge.
_"Chicago." This Kander and Ebb-Bob Fosse creation is Broadway's longest running musical revival and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.
_"God of Carnage." Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden star in Yasmina Reza's hilarious comedy about the volatile meeting of two sets of parents. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best play. Bernard B. Jacobs. Telecharge.
_"Hair." The Public Theater's Central Park production of the '60s rock musical comes indoors. Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.
_"Hamlet." Jude Law stars as Shakespeare's melancholy Danish prince in a production from London's Donmar Warehouse. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 6. Broadhurst. Telecharge.
_"In the Heights." The lively off-Broadway musical about Latino residents in an area of upper Manhattan called Washington Heights moves to Broadway. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster.
_"Jersey Boys." The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four 2006 Tonys including best musical. August Wilson. Telecharge. Difficult.
_"Mamma Mia!" The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best. Winter Garden. Telecharge.
_"Mary Poppins." The world's most famous nanny comes to the stage after her great success as a P.L. Travers book and a Disney movie. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster.
_"Memphis." An interracial romance set in the 1950s when rhythm and blues crosses into the pop mainstream. A new musical. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 19. Shubert. Telecharge.
_"Next to Normal." A family grapples with a mother's emotional problems. A new musical, originally seen off-Broadway last season. Booth. Telecharge.
_"Oleanna." Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles star in a revival of David Mamet's play about a college professor and a female student. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 11. Golden.
_"Rock of Ages." A new musical that celebrates the pop songs of the 1980s. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.
_"Shrek the Musical." DreamWorks' cinematic green ogre makes it to the stage in this show based on the movie and the William Steig book. Broadway. Telecharge.
_"South Pacific." A luxurious, musically splendid revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on one of the short stories in James A. Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." Vivian Beaumont. Telecharge.
_"Superior Donuts." Michael McKean stars as the owner of a rundown Chicago doughnut shop in a new play by Tracy Letts, author of "August: Osage County." Music Box. Telecharge.
_"The 39 Steps." A stage adaptation by Patrick Barlow of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie thriller about a man on the run. Four actors portray more than 150 roles. Helen Hayes. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 10.
_"The Lion King." Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney animated hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. Minskoff. Difficult on weekends.
_"The Phantom of the Opera." The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince's intelligent production, now the longest-running show in Broadway history. Majestic. Telecharge.
_"The Royal Family." Rosemary Harris heads the cast in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber comedy about a legendary acting dynasty. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 7. Samuel J. Friedman. Telecharge.
_"West Side Story." The Sharks and Jets return to New York in a revival of the classic musical loosely based on "Romeo and Juliet." Palace. Ticketmaster.
_"Wicked." An ambitious, wildly popular musical about the witches in "The Wizard of Oz" as young women. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult.
_"Wishful Drinking." Carrie Fisher wrote and stars in this autobiographical solo show detailing the ups and downs of her life in Hollywood. A Roundabout Theatre Company production. Studio 54. 212-719-1300.
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The Telecharge number is 212-239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $7 service charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies from $2.50 to $4 depending on method of delivery.
Ticketmaster is 212-307-4100. There is a $7.25 "convenience" charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies depending on method of delivery.
All theaters owned by Jujamcyn — the St. James, Martin Beck, Virginia, Eugene O'Neill and the Walter Kerr — have a $2 surcharge per ticket for theater restoration. Shows in Shubert theaters have a "facilities" surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.
Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 800-755-4000.
The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line called the Broadway Line for information on most Broadway shows and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a touch-tone phone. The number is 1-888-BROADWAY. The line also will provide information on Broadway touring productions.
The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $4 service charge per ticket. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday evening performances, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT; matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT.
The downtown TKTS booth is in the South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT. Credit cards are accepted at South Street.
Matinee tickets must be purchased at South Street Seaport the day before, meaning Wednesday matinee tickets are available Tuesday, Saturday matinee tickets are available Friday and Sunday matinee tickets are available Saturday.
A TKTS booth in downtown Brooklyn, located at 1 MetroTech Center (the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue), operates Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT for same-day evening performances and next-day matinee performances. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted.
Full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center, located in the Times Square Information Center on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $6.50 service charge per ticket. Information on restaurants, hotels and parking also is available.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Potter's 'Wizarding World' to begin casting its spell in spring


MIAMI — It sounds like a new book in the Harry Potter series, but “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” will be a high-tech ride and the marquee attraction at the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” a new theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.
The “Forbidden Journey” ride was named by author J.K. Rowling and described last week by Universal officials in a Web cast revealing details of what the Potter park will look like.
The ride will take guests through scenes and rooms from the blockbuster movies inside a richly detailed remake of Hogwarts Castle made to look 700 feet tall. Hogwarts is where Harry attends a boarding school for witches and wizards.
Guests will enter the “Wizarding World” through a station archway named for Hogsmeade, the magical village near Hogwarts. A plume of steam and a train whistle will sound the arrival of the Hogwarts Express. The goal is to make the experience immersive, so nothing outside is visible after guests pass the Hogsmeade station archway.
Rowling, known for carefully guarding the Potter franchise, hasn't yet journeyed to Orlando, but the design team has made several trips to London to consult with her.
Other rides include the “Dragon Challenge,” a twin high-speed roller coaster themed after the “Triwizard Tournament” and the family roller coaster “Flight of the Hippogriff,” named for a creature with an eagle's head and a horse's body.
“Along those journeys they're going to be swept up into the greatest parts of the movies and the books. We've pushed every technology available to us to give guests a theme park experience unlike any they've had before,” said Paul Daurio, producer of the Potter area.
The Harry Potter park will be part of Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Art and set directors from the films, including Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig and art director Alan Gilmore, were hired to translate the movies into the park.
Every shop and eatery is Potter-themed. Honeydukes sells chocolate frogs and “Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans,” Ollivander's peddles magic wands, Zonko's joke shop has Sneakoscopes, and the British restaurant Three Broomsticks pours Butterbeer.
At The Owl Post, guests can send letters with a certified Hogsmeade postmark. Magical instruments and equipment are available at Dervish and Banges, including everything needed to play Quidditch — a game like soccer played on flying broomsticks.
The Potter area will be Universal's third big-ticket addition in three years. SEC filings from the company estimate the combined cost of The Simpsons Ride, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Wizarding World at between $275 million and $310 million.
The Potter park is sure to prove popular not just with American fans but also with visitors from the United Kingdom, Potter's home and already the largest source of international tourism to Orlando, with about 1 million arrivals a year.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Path of success


CORPUS CHRISTI The orange and white airplanes flying over 1950s Robstown were Capt. Juan Garcia Jr.’s ticket to an education, to see the world and to a better life.
When pilots from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi visited his science class at the old St. John’s High School, he was hooked.
“Those student aviators will never know the impact they had on our family,” said Garcia’s son Assistant Secretary of the Navy Juan Garcia III. “Mikey and I went into the Navy because we wanted to serve. We wanted to fly, and we thought girls would like it. But mostly because we wanted to be like Big Dad.”
Garcia Jr.’s story is South Texas, Garcia III said.
It’s about the son of a Mexican immigrant who picked cotton. It’s about a boy who saw his way to the American dream and grabbed it.
Garcia Jr., 69, became a Navy pilot, flying attack jets and never looked back.
“There were Navy airplanes flying all over the place, and it just triggered something in me,” Garcia Jr. said. “I think maybe that’s the beauty of it. I had this passion for flying. And it kind of guided me to where I went.”
Along the way, he and his wife, Pat, raised a family that includes two Navy pilots, Lt. j.g. Michael “Mikey” Garcia and Garcia III who was recently confirmed as assistant secretary of the Navy.
“He earned a place at the American table through service to the country and passed that love of country on to the next generation,” Garcia III said.
Garcia Jr. is quick to point out that in America, if you work hard enough you can do anything.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

L.A. independent record shop is still in a groove


Don't tell brothers Wayne and Gary Johnson the CD business is dead or that the brick-and-mortar record store has gone the way of the five-and-dime.Or go ahead. Tell them. They'll just smile. That's because they run Rockaway Records in Silver Lake, one of the longest-surviving independent record stores in Los Angeles. It has successfully been trading since 1979 in various forms of music technology pronounced dead or dying in most other corners of the ailing music industry."I feel more confident than ever," Wayne Johnson said during an interview in the back office lined with memorabilia that reflects his lifelong love of the Beach Boys and their music.As the bottom fell out from under the retail music business, the Johnson siblings witnessed the demise of Rhino, Aron's and other local independent record stores as well as onetime behemoths such as Tower Records and Virgin Megastores.About 3,650 stores that sell music have closed nationwide in the six years since the Studio City-based Almighty Institute of Music Retail marketing research firm began collecting data. During that period, about 2,000 new stores have opened, but 70% of those have been big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy or chains including Borders and Barnes & Noble. That leaves about 600 free-standing music retailers.Rockaway has sidestepped that fate with a combination store and online business where customers can find music as cheap as 99 cents or spend thousands for coveted pop music collectibles such as a copy of the Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me," signed in 1964 by all four band members and on display in a glass case. Cost: $28,500.The Johnsons have survived, they say, thanks to a simple philosophy. "You have to know what you're doing," Wayne said. "You can't wing it anymore. It used to be easy to buy collections and turn them around and sell them for more than what you paid. But now, there are so many avenues -- people can go on Amazon or EBay and find out what stuff is worth. Now you really have to know the market."Rockaway's calling card is collectibles, the same thing the Johnsons started out selling in the '70s out of the basement of the house they shared in Brea. Back then, they could pick up items in thrift stores or yard sales for 25 or 50 cents each and then sell them for $5 to $10 apiece to collectors around the country -- or the world, for that matter. (Last year it sold some acetates of unreleased Frank Zappa music to a collector in Andorra for $12,000.)But, to the delight of sellers, Wayne said, "we pay as much as we can." They bought a collection of 100,000 albums from a collector in Hollywood several years ago for $600,000, their biggest purchase. "There are some collections I've seen that I'd be willing to pay $1 million for."Their thinking since the early days: Word would spread among collectors that they pay fairly. It seems to work: Wayne said five or six local collectors approached Rockaway after hearing about the $600,000 outlay. Rockaway finances big-ticket purchases either through the seller or with help from a bank, Wayne said.Several years ago Rockaway stopped selling new CDs when Best Buy, Wal-Mart and other major merchants began selling them for $9.99 or cheaper. That's $2 to $3 less than independents such as Rockaway could buy them for wholesale. But the Johnsons have kept Rockaway afloat by taking in used CDs, LPs, 45s and DVDs -- items that don't reach the "collectible" threshold but still create enough profit to make them worth stocking."A few years ago I was thinking the used-CD business would just go away," Wayne said. "But that has kind of changed, and the CD business has gone way up. A lot of that is because of what has happened to the competition. So many stores went under; there are not many places to buy used CDs."Another such place is Amoeba Music in Hollywood. Amoeba, which opened in 2001, at first dealt a blow to Rockaway because of its massive size. But Rockaway recovered and in some cases has even benefited from the misfortune of other independent stores that went out of business and had inventory to unload.For example, the Johnsons paid $150,000 for the entire inventory of 75,000 CDs from a store in Clear Lake, Iowa, that went under. "That kept our CD bins stocked for a long time," Wayne said.Independent music retailers such as Rockaway and the mammoth Amoeba account for only 7% of all album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared with about 14% in 2001. Nontraditional outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Starbucks, which represented just 3% of the market in 2001, now account for 29% of sales. Chains such as Best Buy, together with Wal-Mart, Target and other mass merchandisers, capture 65% of album sales today, although that's down from the 82% they commanded eight years ago."Even in this economy, we're still doing pretty well," Wayne says. Rockaway has logged annual sales in the low-seven figures in recent years, and Wayne said they planned to add 1,200 square feet to the 3,500-square-foot store.The store carries about 75,000 CDs, 20,000 LPs, 20,000 45s, 10,000 DVDs and thousands of vintage magazines, books, posters and memorabilia, an inventory that Wayne said is worth at least $1 million. On Sunday Rockaway will hold a 30th anniversary parking lot sale with 30,000 CDs on sale for 99 cents each.In the last four years, he said, sales have turned around and have been growing steadily again, despite the industry's overall double-digit annual drop in music sales.Trafficking heavily in albums benefits Rockaway in the iTunes age that favors singles, Wayne said.Additionally, the Johnsons don't have to worry about downloadable versions of offbeat items Rockaway sells, such as Frank Zappa's hand-written score for his "Low Budget Symphony" ($5,000), alenticular3D rendering of a Cream album cover that was a record store display piece created in the 1990s ($1,500) or a Michael Jackson "Thriller" display piece. That one had been listed for $700 to $800 before his death in June, jumped to $3,500 shortly after and is now priced at $2,200.That reflects the ever-shifting collectibles market."People like to think that every year their collectibles will go up in value, but look at prices for houses, look what's happened to the stock market," Wayne said. "Why should collectibles be any different?" And at the top?"The Beatles are the blue-chip stock in [pop music] collectibles," Wayne said. "It doesn't get any better."Rockaway has a copy of the much-sought-after original cover for the group's 1965 "Yesterday and Today" album -- signed by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- in its display case with a $12,000 price tag."If I had the fourth signature, I'd add another zero to the price and it'd be gone like that," Wayne said, snapping his fingers.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

UAE Charity ship helps traumatized Pinoy seamen


Filipino seamen traumatized over incidents at sea in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are getting much wanted help from a Dubai charity headed by an Anglican priest. A result on UAE based Khaleej Times said the charity, “Angel Appeal," has helped many Filipino seamen, special those whose vessels are stranded off Fujairah.“It is an unnatural position, where they are concered onboard a ship with nothing to do and miles from their families. In many cases, people become lonely and depressed. It can be torture for them," said Stephen Miller, the Anglican priest who heads the charity, in the result. Some of the Filipino beneficiaries were crewmembers of the “Heredia Sea," whose Filipino chief engineer committed suicide last Christmas. Many of the crew had been at sea for nine months, detached from their families, with the compass of their daily lives limited by the amenities onboard the ship.“We all thought that we were to blame. I had to see a psychologist," said Jay Martin, a 29 year old sailor from the Philippines onboard the ship.The “Angel Appeal" operates the charity ship “Flying Angel," which provides Internet access and phones for sailors to call their loved ones back home.“Emotional exchanges on webcam or on the phone are commonplace on board the Angel, as sailors exchange tresured words of consolation with their wives and children," the report said.Among the ship’s more current beneficiaries were the mostly Filipino crewmembers of the “Taxiarchis 1," a Panamanian registered oil tanker operated by Greek firm AK Shipping and Trading.The mostly Filipino crew were visibly elated at being able to use the Internet, phone, and buy supplies from the shop onboard the charity ship.“When you become a seaman, you sacrifice your freedom for your family," said Captain Rene Maloto, who acknowledged that the “Flying Angel" plays a vital role in boosting morale of the crew.He said the ship is like a floating prison, particularly when there is no work and they cannot go out on shore.“You can become very depressed and very lonely. This is why this ship is important because it provides a place where sailors can get in touch with their families. Then we are reminded that the money we send back home is being used to pay for our children through college. It’s then that it looks worth it," he added. Maloto said that the average crew salary is around 3,600 dirham (P46,751) a month, most of which are sent home as sailors rarely had the chance to go ashore.Many of the other crew members visited by the “Flying Angel" had not been paid for months.Miller said that the worst case he had seen was of a crew who had not been paid for four years.“In cases like those, we provide the crew with food and water every day. However sometimes we have to get their passports back from their employers and buy them a plane ticket home," he said. Miller said that more than 10 percent of ships in the Middle East region were in a similar situation, as falling rates of shipping due to the financial crisis affected the ability of operators’ to pay their crews.“When they are cutting budgets, oftentimes the first thing to go is usually the salary of the crew," he said. Because the sailors do not have UAE visas, they are not protected by the country’s labor laws and often have little power to negotiate with their bosses, Miller said. The costs of maintaining the Flying Angel which runs 11 hours a day, seven days a week amounts to around 2,750 dirhams (P35,713) a day.To make ends meet, the charity arranges fundraising activities the latest which saw a group of 16 hike up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Alexi Trenouth, a key fundraiser at the charity, said that they hoped to raise 1.5 dirhams (P19.48) million this year, but a lot would depend on the goodwill of UAE residents.“These people bring in 99.3 percent of the goods we have in this country. They provide the clothes we wear and the food we eat," she said.According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are about 350,000 Filipino seafarers deployed all over the world, most of them on board ships that transit African waters, specialy the Gulf of Aden in the Horn of Africa

Monday, 21 September 2009

B'way ticket availability through Sunday, Sept. 27



Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of Sept. 21. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear at the end.
"A Steady Rain." Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman star in Keith Huff's drama about two Chicago policemen. Now in previews. Opens Sept. 29. Gerald Schoenfeld. Limited engagement through Dec. 6. Telecharge. Difficult.
"After Miss Julie." Sienna Miller, Jonny Lee Miller and Marin Ireland star in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Patrick Marber's reworking of Strindberg's "Miss Julie." Now in previews. Opens Oct. 22. American Airlines. 212-719-1300.
"Billy Elliot." A young man in Britain's bleak coal country yearns to dance. A musical based on the hit film. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best musical. Imperial. Telecharge.
"Burn the Floor." An evening of Latin and ballroom dancing featuring performers from around the world. Longacre. Telecharge.
"Bye Bye Birdie." John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Bill Irwin star in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the 1960 musical about a rock 'n' roll idol's induction into the Army and the effect on teenagers in a small Ohio town. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 15. Henry Miller's. Telecharge.
"Chicago." This Kander and Ebb-Bob Fosse creation is Broadway's longest running musical revival and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.
"God of Carnage." Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden star in Yasmina Reza's hilarious comedy about the volatile meeting of two sets of parents. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best play. Bernard B. Jacobs. Telecharge.
"Hair." The Public Theater's Central Park production of the '60s rock musical comes indoors. Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.
"Hamlet." Jude Law stars as Shakespeare's melancholy Danish prince in a production from London's Donmar Warehouse. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 6. Broadhurst. Telecharge.
"In the Heights." The lively off-Broadway musical about Latino residents in an area of upper Manhattan called Washington Heights moves to Broadway. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster.
"Jersey Boys." The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four 2006 Tonys including best musical. August Wilson. Telecharge. Difficult.
"Mamma Mia!" The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best. Winter Garden. Telecharge.
"Mary Poppins." The world's most famous nanny comes to the stage after her great success as a P.L. Travers book and a Disney movie. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster.
"Next to Normal." A family grapples with a mother's emotional problems. A new musical, originally seen off-Broadway last season. Booth. Telecharge.
"Rock of Ages." A new musical that celebrates the pop songs of the 1980s. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.
"Shrek the Musical." DreamWorks' cinematic green ogre makes it to the stage in this show based on the movie and the William Steig book. Broadway. Telecharge.
"South Pacific." A luxurious, musically splendid revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on one of the short stories in James A. Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." Vivian Beaumont. Telecharge.
"Superior Donuts." Michael McKean stars as the owner of a rundown Chicago doughnut shop in a new play by Tracy Letts, author of "August: Osage County." Now in previews. Opens Oct. 1. Music Box. Telecharge.
"The 39 Steps." A stage adaptation by Patrick Barlow of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie thriller about a man on the run. Four actors portray more than 150 roles. Helen Hayes. Telecharge.
"The Lion King." Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney animated hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. Minskoff. Difficult on weekends.
"The Phantom of the Opera." The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince's intelligent production, now the longest-running show in Broadway history. Majestic. Telecharge.
"The Royal Family." Rosemary Harris heads the cast in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber comedy about a legendary acting dynasty. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 7. Samuel J. Friedman. Telecharge.
"West Side Story." The Sharks and Jets return to New York in a revival of the classic musical loosely based on "Romeo and Juliet." Palace. Ticketmaster.
"Wicked." An ambitious, wildly popular musical about the witches in "The Wizard of Oz" as young women. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult.
"Wishful Drinking." Carrie Fisher wrote and stars in this autobiographical solo show detailing the ups and downs of her life in Hollywood. A Roundabout Theatre Company production. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 4. Studio 54. 212-719-1300.

The Telecharge number is 212-239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $7 service charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies from $2.50 to $4 depending on method of delivery.
Ticketmaster is 212-307-4100. There is a $7.25 "convenience" charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies depending on method of delivery.
All theaters owned by Jujamcyn — the St. James, Martin Beck, Virginia, Eugene O'Neill and the Walter Kerr — have a $2 surcharge per ticket for theater restoration. Shows in Shubert theaters have a "facilities" surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.
Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 800-755-4000.
The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line called the Broadway Line for information on most Broadway shows and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a touch-tone phone. The number is 1-888-BROADWAY. The line also will provide information on Broadway touring productions.
The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $4 service charge per ticket. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday evening performances, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT; matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT.
The downtown TKTS booth is in the South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT. Credit cards are accepted at South Street.
Matinee tickets must be purchased at South Street Seaport the day before, meaning Wednesday matinee tickets are available Tuesday, Saturday matinee tickets are available Friday and Sunday matinee tickets are available Saturday.
A TKTS booth in downtown Brooklyn, located at 1 MetroTech Center (the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue), operates Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT for same-day evening performances and next-day matinee performances. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted.
Full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center, located in the Times Square Information Center on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $6.50 service charge per ticket. Information on restaurants, hotels and parking also is available.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

After Oval Test Flintoff to undergo knee surgery



LONDON - England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, playing the last Ashes collection Test at The Oval, will undergo a major rehabilitative surgery on his knee after the match, which could pressure him out of cricket until next summer.
Flintoff has been booked in for surgery Tuesday to cure a chronic knee problem that has even brought an end to his Test career, said the Daily Telegraph.
Flintoff will undergo a surgery similar to the one carried out on former England captain Michael Vaughan, which involves creating micro-fractures of the bone to stimulate tissue growth and replace worn away cartilage.
The procedure will be carried out in London by Andy Williams, a surgeon who has acted upon Premier League footballers.
If his improvement goes according to plan, Flintoff will be out for around six to nine months but any minor setback will see that date revised.
The surgery will rule him out of the Champions Trophy as well as one day array in South Africa and Bangladesh. It will also place major doubt over his attendance in next year’s Indian Premier League where he earns $1.5 million playing for the Chennai Super Kings.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Strauss lauds Flintoff

Andrew Strauss believes the retiring Andrew Flintoff cannot be judged on statistics alone - and hopes there is one final match-winning display remaining.
Flintoff is due to begin his 79th and final Test against Australia at the Brit Oval on Thursday, where England must win to regain the Ashes.
His troublesome right knee will be assessed before England name their XI but his anticipated return will provide its usual lift in the home ranks.
"I don't believe you rate someone purely on their stats, you rate them on their contribution to team victories and to the game of cricket - and in those two senses Fred has been a massive player for us," said Strauss.
"He's obviously a huge character as well and I don't think the bare stats do justice to the man.
"He's earned the right to be considered one of the best players in my generation and he's earned it because he has put in big performances at just the right time. Hopefully he can do that once more and lead us to victory."
Flintoff missed Headingley due to injury but with the Ashes still alive, Strauss wants him to bring control rather than distraction in his farewell to Test cricket.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Golf's cult classic of Rich Beem


Rich Beem was a relative unknown when he won the PGA at Hazeltine in 2002. The achievement still reverberates among friends and Minnesotans.


John Goodrich, Greg Johns, Ed Anderson and John Butterworth are four friends from El Paso, Texas, who scored insrrance access to a village of five hospitality shack along the right side of the 10th green overlooking Hazeltine Lake. ¶ On Wednesday, they will appear in Chaska on the eve of the 91st PGA Championship. An old friend will meet them, go to dinner somewhere near his hotel, the Sofitel Minneapolis, and talk about how much fun it was seven years ago when the PGA Championship was last played at Hazeltine National Golf Club. ¶ The old friend doesn't have a ticket but says he might drop by for an adult beverage or two, especially if things go his way on Sunday evening. Access shouldn't be a problem. After all, the village is named in his satisfy. ¶ "The Rich Beem Village!" said Rich Beem, the amazement champion who beat Tiger Woods at his Sunday best in 2002. "Now that's scary!"
Beem's buddies from El Paso Country Club can't wait for the first barrel to be rap
"Usually, when we're on the golf course with Rich, we got a beer in one hand and a golf club in the other," said Goodrich, 44, who runs a highway account company. "This time, there won't be a golf club. There might just be a braught in each hand."
Beem's everyman select is what made him so berserkly popular here in 2002. He was the fun-loving, hard-drinking, flag-hunting former assistant club professional. He was the former underachiever who quit the Dakotas Tour in 1995 to peddle cell phones and car stereos for $7 an hour for Magnolia Hi-Fi in Bellevue, Wash. He was the subject of the 2001 tell-all book "Bud, Sweat & Tees" that was accuracy the life of a PGA Tour party boy. He was the rebel who spent most of his formative years not living up to the expectations of his father, Larry, a teaching professional whose accomplishment in golf as a metter of fact turned Rich away from the game.
In other words, Beem basically was the anti-corporate, anti swoosh, anti Tiger.

Friday, 31 July 2009


Singers Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston are set to make their respective comebacks at the O2 Arena in London, England, next year.In case you’ve been living under rock, that’s the same venue where Michael Jackson was set to perform.According to London’s Evening Standard, AEG has been looking for some big names to fill the 23 dates in early 2010 that Jackson was supposed to perform.Both Williams, 35, and Houston, 45, are releasing new albums this year.“Whitney Houston has been on the o2 arena wish-list for a while—she has the voice and hits to sell the arena out several times over,” a source told the Standard.Williams new album, Reality Killed the Video Star, will be released in October.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

T in the park 2010 Tickets on sale now.

T in the park the best festival in the world,the best location the best bands the best fans.
T in the Park has now extended into a three day event attracting 80,000 revellers to the beautiful location of Balado Kinross-shire.
Scotland's biggest festival is renowned for it's wide selection of genres with a traditional ceilidh dancing tent. Rock and pop's biggest names sit side-by-side with world-class DJs,hip hop masters,dance supremeos and local talent that's given the chance to shine.
And the now legendry campsite isn't just a place to sleep the campsite is a hub of after dark activity with the duracell powerhouse,monster bus and its very own bars to keep the 60'000 campers partying into the night
T in the Park is all about Community - the legendary campsite neighbourhood atmosphere, watching the best music in the world standing right next to your best friends - making new friends on the bus, in the campsite, and on the big wheel. Bumping into the love of your life as you dance all day in the Slam Tent, or joining the crowd at the TBreak stage.

T in the park Tickets are on sale now.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Robbie Williams is Rumoured to have a UK Tour

ROBBIE Williams is rumoured to be planning a £10 million UK comeback tour and a brand new album next year.
The Potteries-born superstar is said to be in talks about a 10-date appearance at London’s O2 Arena and other venues in the UK. He is rumoured to have ditched plans to rejoin Take That and will instead concentrate on reviving his successful solo career.
He is said to be working with Angels songwriter Guy Chambers and producer Mark Ronson to put together the last album under his £80 million EMI contract ahead of the tour. Get notified as the tickets are on sale onTheOnlineTicketExchange by Subscribing toRobbie Williams Tickets Now.