U2 Will Play Salt Lake City first, then Anaheim

February 17, 2010

U2 fans who thought they would catch the first show of the band’s return to North America in Anaheim might be disappointed to learn they will see the second show of U2 360’s third leg, according to U2.com. We think it’s a chance to satiate fans in Utah and fine-tune the show before it hits California.

Current U2.com paid subscribers who still possess an active presale code can use it beginning Thursday, Feb. 18.

Here ‘s a taste of the show in case you missed them last year:


Update on Doug Fieger Post

February 17, 2010

Here’s a final note on the passing of The Knack’s lead singer, Doug Fieger. Entertainment Weekly interviewed Sharona Alperin — yeah, that Sharona — and gave an update on what Alperin is up to these days: she’s a real estate agent in Los Angeles. You can read more about her, and maybe find your dream home, here.


A Gift for the Ultimate Beatles Fan

February 16, 2010

You bought the stereo and mono box sets of The Beatles’ catalog. And every other remastered edition of their original 12 studio albums, plus the numerous hits and singles collections released over the decades. You also have DVDs of every feature film and documentary, Beatles T-shirts, bed sheets, blankets, etc. Oh, and you were among the first in line to purchase The Beatles Rock Band game.

So, where do you go from here? Well, if you have the capital, you could declare your love and ultimate Beatles fandemonium by purchasing Abbey Road. No, not the record or a the remastered CD.

We’re talking THE Abbey Road Studios. According to an Associated Press story, music company EMI Group Ltd. is hard up for cash and looking for a buyer for the fabled studio, where The Beatles recorded most of their music at the studio. Abbey Road is also where Radiohead recorded “OK Computer” and Pink Floyd recorded “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Apparently, Terra Firma Capital Partners, the private equity firm that purchased EMI in 2007 for 2.4 billion p0unds, needs to raise some big-time cash by June to avoid defaulting on its Citigroup loans. The AP story said the firm may need more than $165 million to survive through this year.

As the AP story noted, the famous black-and-white crossing is not included in the deal.


We Beg to Differ….

February 15, 2010

Oh, Lord. According to Billboard magazine the sexiest song ever is …….. Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” As reported by Reuters, Billboard came up with a list of the 50 most popular songs about sex just in time for Valentine’s Day. Each song earned points according to how well it performed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart from 1958 until January of this year. Because “Physical” spent 10 weeks at No. 1, it earned the honor of the sexiest song ever.

To which we say ….. really?

Here’s the Top 10 songs, according to Billboard:

1. “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John

2. “Tonight’s The Night” – Rod Stewart

3. “I’ll Make Love To You” – Boyz II Men

4. “Too Close” – Next

5. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye

6. “Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer

7. “Do That To Me One More Time” – Captain and Tennille

8. “Like A Virgin” – Madonna

9. “Kiss You All Over” – Exile

10. “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Rod Stewart

Now, some might say, what about this song or that song? According to the Billboard release the songs selected were chosen because the subject matter of each song is directly related to sex. If we ignore the obvious requirements of  Billboard’s list (and some of the lyrics)  here’s a list of songs, both romantic and sexy, we’d put on our list, in no particular order:

“All I Want Is You” – U2

“Yellow” – Coldplay

“Crash Into Me” – Dave Matthews Band

“Bolero” – Maurice Ravel

“Claire de Lune” – Claude Debussy

“Your Body is a Wonderland” – John Mayer

“Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

“The Secret Marriage” – Sting

“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

“Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen

“Unchained Melody” – U2’s cover version

“Dancing Barefoot” – Patti Smith

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Fallin'” – Alicia Keys


Rest In Peace, Doug Fieger

February 14, 2010

Sad news, as reported by the Associated Press:

Doug Fieger, the 57-year-old leader of The Knack died Sunday. Valentine’s Day.  According to the story, he died at his Woodland Hills home after battling cancer.

Music fans might recall The Knack’s biggest hit, “My Sharona.” The Knack produced the kind of fun, bouncy music that could provide the soundtrack to any teenager’s summer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fieger’s family and friends.


(Sigh) Still a Little Sick But Not Totally Down

February 13, 2010

Sorry for the hiatus. We were/are sick and couldn’t muster the strength to turn on the computer. Anyway, don’t know if you caught the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games but if you did, hopefully you stuck around long enough to hear k.d. lang‘s rendition of the great Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.” lang’s beautiful vocals on this beautiful ballad was a highlight of the ceremony. And if you liked the version you heard on the Olympic broadcast, you can buy it on iTunes.

Not the 2010 Winter Olympics version, but you’ll get the idea how lang sounds on this classic song:

How she keeps her voice so clear, strong and perfect after 25 years of singing in a mystery to us, but bless her all the same.  Hearing lang sing “Hallelujah” we couldn’t help but think of our favorite version of the song (sorry, Mr. Cohen) by the wonderful Jeff Buckley. Buckley, unfortunately, is no longer with us. Thank goodness we have his music to keep us company.

The wonderful singer-songwriter – who left this earth far too soon – recorded what we consider the best cover version of “Hallelujah.” The song, found on Buckley’s debut album, “Grace,” is a tender, tentative ache whose haunting, delicate vocals will break your heart. Buckley died in 1997 and we can only appreciate the musical gems he left us and ache for those we’ll never hear. If you don’t have “Grace” we recommend you buy a copy for your music collection.

Not surprisingly, the song has been covered by many, many artists including Bono, Rufus Wainwright, Allison Crowe, Justin Timberlake and John Cale.

Of, course, we can’t let any post about the 2010 Winter Olympics pass without a mention of the tragic death of 21-year-old athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luge competitor who was killed hours before the opening ceremony. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We wish his team well.


MTV Now Officially Empty TV

February 9, 2010

According to The Wrap, MTV dropped the “Music Television” tagline from its logo. Just in time, we guess. MTV will turn 30 next year.

And you know what they say about people over 30.

We like this quote from the Los Angeles Times’ coverage: “The people who watch it today, they don’t refer to MTV as music television. They don’t have the same emotional connection that, say, the people who are writing about [the logo change] do,” MTV’s head of marketing Tina Exarhos said.

Sorry, Tina, but the the people who watched MTV even 15 years ago stopped referring to it as music television. MTV used to be a place to discover new music. That ended many, many years ago.

BTW, the original image was designed by Frank Olinsky and  his team at Manhattan Design. According to Olinsky, the his original design did not include the “Music Television.” Rather, that was one of those executive memo suggestions. Rolling Stone included a link to Olinksy’s Web site history.