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Reply #45 - Aug 21st, 2005 at 12:48am
 
Yesterday (Friday) we were heading home from up north and stopped for the day in Gaylord to go to the Call Of The Wild museum and have dinner at the Big Buck. Afterwards we went to the Alpine ice cream shop (great homeade ice cream, candy fudge) and noticed that there was a bandstand set up across the street. When I mentioned to my son that I wondered who was playing a woman overheard me and said that it was her husband's band. I asked her what kind of music they play and she said that it was a Beatles tribute band. I asked what they were called and she said "Shout". I couldn't believe it! These guys are a very well known Beatles tribute band. Maybe a notch under 1964 The Tribute but still very good. We ended up staying for their whole show. As a result we got home about two and a half hours later than we had planned but it was worth it. They did a set of early material, took a break, and then came back in Sgt Pepper outfits and did some of the later material including songs that I had never heard a Beatles tribute band perform such as "Penny Lane" Hello Goodbye", Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, and "Magical Mystery Tour". The George character played keyboards on these songs to reproduce the horn parts with sampled horn sounds and it was right on the money.  These guys are also excellent singers with great three part harmonies and voices that did indeed resemble the Beatle that they each played. It was an unexpected pleasant surprise to catch their show and was a great way to wrap up our trip up north.
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Reply #46 - Aug 23rd, 2005 at 10:16am
 
Wow, oldfriend, that sounds like a great show! Sometimes the best ones are the ones found by accident... Smiley
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Reply #47 - Aug 29th, 2005 at 8:37pm
 
I don't know if you would consider this a concert, but I did attend the MTV music video awards last night.  Did anyone happen to see it?

Green Day arrived in the vintage green convertible from their "Boulevard of Broken Dreams'' video, opened the show and won best rock video and video of the year. "It's great to know that rock music still has a place at MTV,'' said lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, speaking of hip-hop's recent takeover.

"The theme of tonight is, anything can happen,'' said Diddy, whose entrance included dancers, pyrotechnics and a cascading waterfall that was definitely a sight to see!  And some sights you did see, while others I'm quite sure you didn't!  
Speaking of anything can happen, did you see Diddy give away his Jacob the Jeweler watch in the beginning?  Well, security actually took it back from the man and returned it to Diddy!  Of course, Diddy said he was serious and gave it back to him.  
Real money at one point in the show was released from up top. I think it was because they really needed to pay the people up front who took a huge soaking at the end of the show with Kelly Clarkson, but I'm getting a head of myself!

One of the biggest surprises was a performance from MC Hammer, recapturing some of his glory while shaking to his '90s hit, "U Can't Touch This."

The evening's most inexplicable moment may have come from R. Kelly, who remains a chart-topper even though he's awaiting trial on child pornography charges. On a bedroom set that looked like a scene from a  Broadway play, R. Kelly deliberately lip-synched highlights of his five-part soap opera infidelity song, "Trapped In The Closet,'' then debuted a new chapter involving a cheating wife, a cheating husband and his boyfriend. All I need to ask is WHY?!!  Was this really necessary??

The much-hyped white carpet was one of the Diddy-designed elements of the show. Another was the "Diddy Fashion Challenge'' in which he vowed to give away $50,000 each to the charities of the best dressed female and male at the event. Amerie, Gwen Stefani and Eva Longoria were the three female finalists; Usher, West and a pimped-out Snoop Dogg were the male finalists. Diddy himself was out of the running, though you wouldn't know it - he made three wardrobe changes in the first half-hour. The winner's were Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg, whom gave the money to his own basketball charity.!  I think the award should have gone to "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria!  Did you happen to see what she was wearing?  For those who didn't, it was a very skimpy one-piece pink bathing suit that featured a plunging neckline reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez's infamous dress,
back when she was dating a guy named Puff Daddy! "Hey Diddy," Eva said,"you said anything goes, and I wasn't going to let a little hurricane prevent me from wearing my bathing suit!"

Not to be outdone, Latin singer Paulina Rubio wore a skintight lace, I believe it was a  Dolce & Gabbana gown, that showed off her thong. She calmly eluded the reaching arm of co-presenter Lil Jon. She seemed a bit uptight anyway!  From where I was sitting, which was behind one the main stages, you could see the presenters and the performers before the went on.  

I also think it was Paulina that announced the Gorillaz as winning for Best Break Through Video.  She announced that the Gorrillaz could not be there to accept their award.  Are they real?  I thought they were cartoon characters!?

There also was quite a Latin flavor to the show, with Colombian songstress, Shakira performing her sexy "La Tortura" with Spanish troubadour Alejandro Sanz. I think she is great!  I loved her performance.  I can watch her dance all night!  I think I may have taught her some of those moves!

Later, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee and Tego Calderon presented quick snippets of their songs showcasing the growing musical genre, which combines Caribbean rhythms with Spanish-language rap. I can remember them playing "Gasolina" in Mexico, Spring Break 2005, ALL NIGHT LONG!  Or else, I probably wouldn't  have even have known who those guys were!

Joss Stone and Ricky Martin, another 2 of my favorites, made an appearance as presenters.  However, their appearance did not go off without a hitch.  They rose up from the main stage a bit prematurely!  Continuing to hug at center stage, they still did not realize that they weren't "on camera".  They were ushered off back to their original positions just in time to be lowered again and then brought back up!  What did you see on television?

The awards show was briefly overshadowed by Hurricane Katrina, and an early Sunday morning shooting, when rap mogul Suge Knight was shot in the leg at a Kanye West party. I didn't really know who he is, but I found out that Knight, is the Death Row Records founder who has been at the center of some of hip-hop's most violent moments.  I think he even hung Vanilla Ice out of some hotel room years back!  Maybe Ice was getting his revenge!  Just kidding, no arrests were made.  I don't think they even know who did it and Knight's injuries were not life-threatening. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is doing  just fine.  

Which brings me to the main highlight of my evening!  The commotion that you probably, definitely, did not see!  While presenter Fat Joe was talking, 50 Cent walked across the middle of the stage.  Fat Joe made a comment that the beefed up security was needed because of 50 Cent.  Was that cut out, or did you catch that?  Well, after 50 Cent's appearance, he decided to tell Fat Joe exactly what he thought of him and called him the character that got whacked on the Soprano's  a few years back!  That's right, Big, P---Y. That caused quite a reaction!  People were flying over each other to get to the stage!  Police and security came out from all over and ran backstage.  I couldn't see anything except for  mass pandemonium and nothing else was even mentioned.  I feel another shooting in the air!

MTV maintained the water theme throughout the show, with Mariah Carey and The Killers performing from swimming pools located at The National and another South Beach hotel that I can't remember.

To end the show, Clarkson performed "Since U Been Gone" all while being soaked by a torrent of water!  I'm not really sure that she was supposed to do that, it seemed pretty spontaneous and I'm not sure that her make-up was waterproof!  Also, can microphones get that wet and still be safe?

That's my recap of the evening's events!  I didn't go to any parties afterward, that was enough for me!



Here is the complete list of winners:


Video of the Year: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best Male Video: Kanye West, "Jesus Walks."

Best Female Video: Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone."

Best Rock Video: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best R&B Video: Alicia Keys, "Karma."

Best Dance Video, Missy Elliott f/Ciara & Fat Man Scoop, "Lose Control."

Best Rap Video: Ludacris, "Number One Spot."

Best Hip-Hop Video: Missy Elliott f/Ciara & Fat Man Scoop, "Lose Control."

Best Pop Video: Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone."

Best New Artist: The Killers, "Mr. Brightside."

Viewer's Choice Award: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best Group Video: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

Best Editing: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best Cinematography: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best Direction: Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

Best Choreography: Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl."

Best Art Direction: Gwen Stefani, "What Are You Waiting For?"

Breakthrough Video: Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc."

Best Special Effects: Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc."

Best Video Game Soundtrack: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.

MTV2 Award: Fall Out Boy, "Sugar, We're Going Down."
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Reply #48 - Aug 30th, 2005 at 4:16am
 
Wow!  That sounds pretty exciting.  I caught about the last half of the show.  The MTV awards shows are always by far the most entertaining of all the award shows--most of the other networks award shows are unwatchable to me.  I do wish the rap crap got less airtime, though.  They mostly all sound the same to me now...(I must be gettin' old.)  I saw the Killers performance (liked it) and Eva Longoria's outfit (liked it!), and I'm glad Green Day dominated.  I even liked the Kelly Clarkson thing with the rain shower that soaked the crowd, even though she kinda lost her voice halfway through it.  You're right, her eyeliner was all over the place, kinda Alice Cooperish.  Solodka, did you get to rub elbows with any music big shots, or were they all completely segregated?  Give us the inside scoop!
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Reply #49 - Aug 30th, 2005 at 5:34am
 
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 Solodka, did you get to rub elbows with any music big shots, or were they all completely segregated?  Give us the inside scoop!  


It's funny that you should ask that.  It is a comment that was made last night.  They way everyone is placed, when the cameras pan the crowd it actually looks like you are really close to the celebs.  I can assure you that you are not that close!
I ran into a few of the rappers and people that I couldn't even tell you who they were!  I'm not one to recognize people or even pay that much attention.  I know, hard to believe because I am such a stickler for detail.  But with people, I do not really have much eye contact!  I would rather now be bothered!  So, I'm sure that they wouldn't either!  Shaq is quite nice though! Smiley
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Reply #50 - Aug 30th, 2005 at 6:17am
 
not quite sure what Billy Joe's swipe was at MTV word for word but when I heard the excerpt on the news, i was so glad he said it!
also glad to hear green day dominated.
and for those of us who might be wondering:
what does eva longoria have to do with music anyway?
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Reply #51 - Aug 30th, 2005 at 7:17am
 
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what does eva longoria have to do with music anyway?


Who really cares?!  She was a decoration and looked amazing!  We should all look half as good as she does and did in that bathing suit!
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Reply #52 - Aug 30th, 2005 at 8:24pm
 
Yes.

We should.
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Reply #53 - Sep 2nd, 2005 at 11:09am
 
Agreed. Eva is fine! Went to see the Stones on Wednesday. Simply awesome. These guys can still rock the socks off of anyone out there. Jagger is amazing. His voice is still top notch, and how a 62 year old guy can keep moving and dancing for 2 hours without slowing down is beyond me.  Sure Keith looks like he has some miles on him, but his guitar playing was right on and his style is all his. From what I heard of the new album that night,  I am definitely going to pick it up. Some great straight forward raw rock kind of like the Exile period and some get down gritty blues. The sound was amazingly clear and REAL loud. I loved it. The real surprise was when the middle of the stage broke away from the main stage and came clear out to about second base from center field. It more than cut in half the distance we were away from them and we could actually see them pretty good from there. The whole band was real tight including the horn section and back-up singers. The second half of the show was just one hit after another with the encore being "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "It's Only Rock And Roll". We only heard about the last three songs by Maroon 5 who opened the show, and from what I heard, I'm glad we missed the rest of their set. BORING!  Saw a guy there in an old Romantics T-shirt and told him his shirt was real cool. He was a young guy maybe 23 or 4 and was pretty knowledgeable about the Romantics music. Talked to him for several minutes before we went to our seats. I told him that I grew up with Wally in Hamtramck in the 60s but he was more impressed when my wife told him that Rich is her brother. Told him it was nice talking to him and he seemed to be a pretty cool guy. Will look for him at the next Romantics show because he said he would love to meet the guys. Anyway, the Stones were great and I would check them out for sure if they come to your town and if the price of tickets isn't a problem. To be honest, I probably would not have gone if I didn't win the tickets because my seats were priced at 160 bucks each. Glad I got lucky and had the chance to check it out. They rocked!
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Reply #54 - Sep 11th, 2005 at 10:25pm
 
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Went to see the Stones on Wednesday. Simply awesome. These guys can still rock the socks off of anyone out there. Jagger is amazing. His voice is still top notch, and how a 62 year old guy can keep moving and dancing for 2 hours without slowing down is beyond me.  Sure Keith looks like he has some miles on him, but his guitar playing was right on and his style is all his. From what I heard of the new album that night,  I am definitely going to pick it up. Some great straight forward raw rock kind of like the Exile period and some get down gritty blues.


I just heard the new CD, A Bigger Bang.  As I am not a huge Stones fan I was hesitant, but your Blues comment made me curious about it.  I think it is amazing! It was loaded with double-entendres and raunchy,dirty talk ('I was your rooster, but now I'm just one of your c***s' - "Rough Justice") . I wouldn't have expected a 62-year-old to write amazing lyrics, but all lyrics are in total compliance with the music. The slow tracks like Streets Of Love and Laugh I Nearly Died have more meaningful lyrics compared to the rock songs.
There is a lot of diversity contained in this CD. Not only rock and roll, but  blues numbers (Back Of My Hand) ,dance numbers (Rain Fall Down) and ballads (This Place Is Empty). 
I love the fact that in this album there are so many tracks!  I think it makes it more appealing to everyone!
I am a revived Stones Fan now!

http://www.detnews.com/2005/cdreviews/0509/08/cd-307027.htm

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/_/id/7590942/therollingstones?pageid=rs.Artistcage&rnd=1126453489046&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.857
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Reply #55 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 3:00am
 
solodka, How hard is it to get tickets the the VMAs? Were they a lot of money?
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Reply #56 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 3:53am
 
It's hard for me to answer that question.  I'm a girl!  I didn't have to pay! 
Seriously, I don't know.  I heard that they were hard to come by.  There were a lot of vacant seats.  I guess due to Hurricane Katrina.  I would imagine, where there is a will, there is a way!   Smiley
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Reply #57 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 5:05am
 
Got to see Hard Place last night with Pas/Cal in Detroit at the Magic Stick.

It was fun! Smiley 

I didn't actually hear the 2nd band play because I was talking to the guys from Hard Place...

But... I scored another T-Shirt to my collection Smiley
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Reply #58 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 10:42pm
 
OK, if we see any hurricane evacuees on the news with "Hard Place" t-shirts, we'll know..........
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Reply #59 - Sep 15th, 2005 at 2:09am
 
this saturday i am going to see alkaline trio and my chemical romance.
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