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DEVO suing Mickey D's - Q: Are we not Litigious?

By malcolm Published: June 30, 2008

A: We are DEVO.

McDonald's had made an enemy of D-E-V-O and their L-A-W-Y-E-R-S.
The Akron born band is suing the Burger Behemoth over a happy meal toy given away last spring as part of an American Idol related promotion. The toys were little plastic figures with outfits that correlated to various musical genres including Disco Dave, Rockin’ Riley, Soulful Selma and this little slice of copyright infringement dubbed New Wave Nigel.

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Alicia Keys goes retro at B.E.T. Awards

By malcolm Published: June 26, 2008

I have to appreciate the love Alicia Keys showed a few of the R&B girls groups the early 90s at the '08 B.E.T. Awards held Tuesday night.
After performing her current hits Superwoman and Teenage Love Affair (with a band!) Keys brought out SWV. to perform their hit ballad Weak followed by a fully reunited Envogue who performed Hold On and then the surviving members of TLC (Chili & T-Boz) came to give us a little bit of Waterfalls out and get a little love from an artist and from the crowd, most of whom actually seem to remember the groups.

I'd embed the Youtube video here but Viacom doesn't play when it comes to copyright infringement, so instead you'll have to go to B.E.T.'s web site and search around a bit. Conversely, you could just wait a couple of days because I'm sure there will be several "encore" presentations of the show.

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Jack Johnson grooves & soothes Blossom crowd

By malcolm Published: June 18, 2008

In a recent Saturday Night Live skit, resident goofball Andy Samberg plays singer/songwriter Jack Johnson as host of a talk show called “The Mellow Show” where he talks about being mellow to fellow mellow artists Dave Matthews and John Mayer and laments the passing of his many pets including a mini-gortex wearing iguana who died of neglect and “extreme mellowness.”

It’s the kind of silly/funny parody of the Hawaiian-born, ex pro-surfer’s image and music that should make both his detractors and fans chuckle and obviously Johnson has a sense of humor, as the skit is the featured video on his web site.

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Carrie Underwood coming to Wolstein Center

By malcolm Published: June 17, 2008

American Idol's biggest winner to date and budding country music superstar Carrie Underwood is bringing her slick country sounds to CSU's Wolstein Center on Tuesday, September 23 with opening act Little Big Town.

Tickets for the really big show go on sale Saturday, June 21st and will cost you $55, $45, $35.

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Cinderella show at TWC cancelled

By malcolm Published: June 15, 2008

Bad news for lovers of 80/90's hair rock,

The concert by Cinderella (whose look was more hair metal than their straight-forward rock sound), Warrant and Lynch Mob at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater in Cleveland on July 19 has been canceled.

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Iron Maiden rocks Blossom

By malcolm Published: June 13, 2008

Goodness how times have changed.

A quarter century ago British metal pioneers Iron Maiden’s American tour drew picketers across the country and piles of the band’s albums were burned by Christian activist groups offended (and perhaps a bit frightened) by the band’s macabre image and subject matter.

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Coldplay's Cleveland date changed

By malcolm Published: June 10, 2008

Due to production delays the first two weeks of british rock band Coldplays North American tour have been changed.

For North East Ohioans that means that instead rocking with the band on July 6
they will have to wait to Viva La Vida with Chris Martin and the gang until Tuesday, October 21.

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R.I.P Bo Diddley

By malcolm Published: June 3, 2008

Rather than wax philosophic, I'll just let the man and his awesome conk/pompadour hairdo speak/sing/play for himself.

Hey, Bo Diddley and Bo Diddley

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Eric Clapton opens Blossom season with The Blues

By malcolm Published: June 1, 2008

Eric Clapton is a living rock legend.
He's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's only triple inductee and a guitarist who used to be called God and influenced a few generations of guitarists and has a 40 year catalog of hits and classic rock radio staples.
But the 63 year old rock God and part time Ohioan has no new material to push (beyond yet another compilation) and brings with it the freedom to play what you want when you want, and Saturday night at Blossom Clapton wanted to play the blues and play them he did.

With a near sellout crowd ensuring that concert promoter LiveNation could crow about the venue's season opening numbers, Eric Clapton & His Band, a sextet, casually took the stage and and got the crowd on its feet with the funky blues shuffle of Motherless Children the opening track from Clapton's 461 Ocean Blvd.

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