LED ZEPPELIN To Reunite For London Gig This Fall? - Aug. 31, 2007
According to This is London, legendary rockers LED ZEPPELIN look set to reform and play the O2 arena in London, England this autumn.
There has been no official announcement that they will perform again 27 years after the group disbanded following the death of drummer John Bonham but advertisements appeared in the U.K. press today with top-price ticket and hotel packages on offer for £369.
A cheaper package from the Premier Entertainments company, including a night in a four-star hotel, is available for £269.
Callers today were told: "It's just about to be officially announced." Speculation had been mounting for some time that the band would get back together soon.
The three surviving members — John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page — reunited at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia in 1985 for a short set with Phil Collins as one of the stand-in drummers. The band's albums and song "Stairway to Heaven" have remained popular and a new best-of album is due this year.
MAN TO BE REBUILT AFTER FIRE (Black Rock City - August 28, 2007)
The Man at the center of Black Rock City will be rebuilt after an overnight fire which damaged the effigy at the center of the Burning Man event. Rebuilding is expected to take about two days.
Black Rock City officials say there was structural damage to the figure of the Man, but relatively little damage to the art and exhibits at the base of the Man. No injuries were reported.
An arson investigation is underway, and one arrest was made shortly after the fire was set. No charges have been announced, and the name of the suspect is being withheld. There has been no discussion of motive in the episode.
"We have the means and the will. The event continues on schedule, and the Man will burn on Saturday night," said Andie Grace, Communications Manager for Burning Man LLC.
A perimeter has been established around the scene, but event organizers say it is likely that participants will be permitted to visit the pavilion while the rebuilding is underway.
This is not the first time the Man has required rebuilding. In 1990, the Man was accidentally cut up with a chain saw while in storage prior to the event. It was fully rebuilt in time to be transported to the desert.
Burning Man annually attracts as many as 40,000 participants in the last week of August. The climax of the event is the burning of the effigy on Saturday night.
Wrigley '07 Vs. Comiskey '83 ... Winner, Everyone!
We've struggled long and hard on just how to approach this review of last night's Police show at Wrigley Field. On one hand, we are unabashed fanboys who believe the core trio of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland, can do no wrong. On the other hand, there were obvious chinks in the band's armor.
So let's get the negatives out of the way first.
For most of the show, The Police seemed to be playing through a viscous fluid, with most of their songs' rhythms being just a half step behind the pace our memories had set. And, to be sure, there was far too much Sting-ish noodling early in the set. "Walking On The Moon," three songs in, had our hearts racing as we believed the band had finally found their pace, only to have our hopes dashed as the composition spun out of control and slowed to a snail's pace amongst the group's jammy tendencies.
(And here is the point that we acknowledge, begrudgingly, that the backing vocals for most of the evening were handled by tapes obviously pre-recorded to reignite of Sting's younger days and broader vocal range.)
So let's say this here and now, and then move on to the more thrilling moments: The Police are a much older band, that gave in to the temptations of stadium excess — be it call and response or extended bass / guitar solos — and you have to be forgiving of that going into the show.
But when they were on, they were on.
Sting, although nearly bald, was almost a dead ringer for the fellow that last toured with the band in 1984. Stewart Copeland was still a monster behind the drum kit, leaping from level to level to handle xylophones, auxiliary percussion, (over-the-top) gong duty, and everything that propelled the group's sound. How that man kept up the pace he did is still beyond us, and should put just about every other modern percussionist to complete shame. Andy Summers was the most static of the three, but he still effortlessly drew out the reggae-pop chords that helped propel the group to the top of the charts in the first place.
The crowd enjoyed the show, but were rarely driven to the point of dancing (well, beyond the usual mega-show arm waving that is commonly driven by 30-somethings revisiting a long dormant love affair with the Mary Jane). But when the band hit on all cylinders (sorry for that cliché) the crowd couldn't resist. They were easily drawn in by the band dropping in the vocalizations of "Reggatta de Blanc" in the midst of "Can't Stand Losing You." And when the stadium met Sting's "eeyay-eeyay-eeyayos" it was truly chilling.
We suspect the band was aware of their faults, because they more than followed through on the promise we all expected with their encore. "King Of Pain," long a song we thought superfluous, was transformed into an anthem that led directly into a transcendent "So Lonely." This was the song we most feared hearing, since it ranks as our own personal #1 song of all time, but the band attacked it with gusto and let it stand on its own without trying to rework it into a Boomer anthem. A flaccid "Every Breath You Take" followed, and the throngs started to stream out.
Because just after "Every Breath You Take," the band launched into a visceral version of "Next To You." All the punk fury we had been looking for all night long — say what you will about the band jumping on the punk bandwagon, but when they spat fire, it burned — exploded over the remaining throngs and literally stopped us dead in our tracks. Copeland made up for Sting's name-checking Comiskey Park earlier in the evening by wearing a custom-made Cubs jersey that both pandered and displayed the band's underdog mentality, even as they surfed a multi-million dollar wave of single-evening ticket sales.
We went in with high hopes expecting the worst, but we came out completely satisfied and feeling like we got our money's worth. The Police are older, and a little slower, but they still managed to give us exactly what we were looking for. Could you ask anything more from a trip down memory lane?
Message in a Bottle Synchronicity II Walking On The Moon Voices Inside My Head When The World Is Running Down Don't Stand So Close To Me Driven To Tears Truth Hits Everybody Bed's Too Big Without You Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic Wrapped Around Your Finger De Do Do Do De Da Da Da Invisible Sun Walking In Your Footsteps Can't Stand Losing You Roxanne
Taste of Chicago Lineup Announced 05.01.2007 in Concert by James
Taste of Chicago will run from June 29 through July 8 at Grant Park and the surrounding streets. For the extended July 4 weekend, the Taste once again brings in some huge names and a few surprises for the free crowds to enjoy. (Don't expect anything like when the Replacements broke up onstage, though.)
This year's July 4 show will be headlined by the abominable John Mayer, but the opening acts may be worth your time. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, who're renowned for electrifying performances, and Ireland via Mexico's Rodrigo y Gabriela, who'll play Chicago for the fourth time in nine months, will open the day at 3PM. Toledo R&B/Soul musician/producer Lyfe Jennings plays July 5. Friday's show features the Black Crowes. And Saturday's lineup is a big Midwestern rock'n'roll revue with Cheap Trick, Soul Asylum, and Cracker. The weekend ends with a headlining set by Los Lonely Boys.>