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  • 0 50 Ways to Remember Michael Jackson

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/26/2009

    On August 14, 2008, I wrote 50 Ways To Love Michael Jackson, in honor of his 50th birthday. May he rest in peace. Michael Jackson, (1958 -2009), one of the great ones. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Michael Jackson Reschedules London O2 Dates

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/18/2009

    An amusing release appears on Michael Jackson's official website. I don't believe the explanation his spin doctors have dreamed up regarding concert schedule changes, and you probably won't either. Several of his July, 2009 O2 London shows have been moved into March, 2010. Too bad for any jet setters who planned to fly into the U.K. for some of these selected 2009 dates. Place your bets now on how many more "creative" moves will take place through the rest of the posted concert schedule. The Michael Jackson performance series was originally announced on March 5, 2009. Four months seems long enough to plan this comeback production. Do you believe this explanation? "Due to the sheer magnitude of the "This Is It" concerts at The O2 arena promoters and producers AEG Live and Kenny Ortega, Michael's directorial partner and creative collaborator have elected to move back a few of the opening shows in order to meet the challenges presented by such a massive and technically complex show." "Organizers are determined that all Michael's legions of fans attending the opening nights get to experience the same high quality staging that is planned for all of the spectacular shows." "In order to deliver a phenomenal and unprecedented show - the first show on the 8th July will take place on 13th July 2009." "The subsequent shows on 10th July will be moved to 1st March 2010, 12th July will be moved to 3rd March 2010, and the show on the 14th July will be moved to 6th March 2010." "Randy Phillips, President and CEO, AEG Live added, "Kenny and Michael are, at the same time, both creative pioneers and perfectionists." "This show has grown in size and scope, thereby, necessitating more lead time for manufacture of the set, programming the content for the massive video elements, and, most importantly, more time for full production and dress rehearsals in the worlds busiest arena, The O2." "As much as we agonized over this change in the original schedule, we are sure the fans will understand when they experience the level of entertainment Michael Jackson intends to deliver while also ensuring the safety of the musicians, cast and crew and the crisp execution of the production." "It is AEG Lives sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules and travel plans if they are coming from outside of London." "We do not want anyone to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience." "Michael, who is directly involved with all aspects of the styling/choreography/band selection and rehearsals, is working around the clock to ensure this is the show to end all shows!" "Kenny Ortega, Michael's directorial partner and creative collaborator said, ?After directing the Dangerous and HIStory tours, I know what the fans expect and myself and the team want to deliver a flawless production." "We apologize to all disappointed Michael Jackson fans and remain extremely dedicated and focused on creating an exceptional live music experience." "AEG Live stressed that anybody who cannot make the rescheduled dates for any reason will get a full refund of the ticket and booking fee. Fans can log on www.MichaelJacksonLive.com for further information and call the 24hr hotline or email." The Schedule: Jul 8, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Rescheduled to Jul 13, 2009 Jul 10, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Rescheduled to Mar 1, 2010 Jul 12, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Rescheduled to Mar 3, 2010 Jul 13, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 14, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Rescheduled to Mar 6, 2010 Jul 16, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 18, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 22, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 24, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 26, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 28, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jul 30, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 1, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 3, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 10, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 12, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 17, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 19, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 24, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 26, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 28, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Aug 30, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 1, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 3, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 6, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 8, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 10, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 21, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 23, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 27, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Sep 29, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 7, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 9, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 12, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 14, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 16, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 18, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 23, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 25, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 27, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Jan 29, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 1, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 3, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 8, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 10, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 12, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 16, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 18, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 20, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 22, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Feb 24, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena Mar 1, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena *Rescheduled From Jul 10, 2009 Mar 3, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena *Rescheduled From Jul 12, 2009 Mar 6, 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Arena *Rescheduled From Jul 14, 2009 Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Countdown to the 2009 Essence Music Festival

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/06/2009

    More music, more voices, and more culture will be jammed into the 15th anniversary of the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, July 3 - 5, 2009, than ever before. The celebration promises to delivery a bayou full of music, motivation, and merry-making. Beyonce', Teena Marie, Al Green, Anita Baker, Salt-N-Pepa, and John Legend lead the evening performance schedule. Dozens of other acts are also on the bill. Daytime events include a big tribute to Bishop T.D. Jakes. 270,000 people attended in 2008. Over 200,000 attended in 2007. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 1 Al B. Sure comes Home for Honey

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/02/2009

    When Al B. Sure entered a Sony Music sponsored song contest in the 1980's, luck with talent attracted the ear of judge Quincy Jones, who picked Al B. to receive the top honor from among 50 finalists. With some grooming, Sure eventually went on to release the successful 1988 hit In Effect Mode, featuring his anthem "Nite and Day." On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, Al B. Sure leaps ahead 21 years to release Honey, I'm Home, a brand new album featuring 10 original songs. 2022 Update: Sadly his love blog referenced below is gone, but you can keep up with Al B. Sure on his official website. Laura Krier in southern Spain has a great new audio conversation with "Mr. Nite and Day." You can hear it by visiting the official Al B. Sure love blog and clicking on the "interview with Laura Krier" link. During the interview, Al B. has a great tip for up and coming artists. Sure says, in effect, forget about the technology, it's all about the song. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 AWB - Hall and Oates Box Set Bonanzas

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/29/2009

    New box sets paired with massive vintage catalogue reissues just keep on comin' for many seasoned legacy artists. The complete Average White Band catalogue of 12 albums released from 1973 to 1982 are now recast as four 2-CD slip-cased sets on Edsel Records, under the supervision of original AWB band members Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre. Listen to my classic AWB interview from 1974 with Malcolm Duncan and Hamish Stuart from the band. The group was in New York City appearing at the Bottom Line Club. Our conversation was recorded at NYU's radio station in the Washington Square Loeb Student Center in downtown Manhattan. Straight From Philadelphia is another new box set from Daryl Hall & John Oates scheduled for a June 2, 2009 release. For a pretty hefty price, fans will be able to relive "Sara Smile," She's Gone," and their other soulful sounds. Learn more on their official websites as Hall and Oates and AWB roll on. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Diana Ross Rolls into Foxwoods Country

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/12/2009

    A now somewhat rare Diana Ross concert appearance is always a treat. Mashantucket, Connecticut, Motown legions will be thrilled to check out Ms. Ross, live, Saturday, May 16, 2009, for an 8 pm show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Lionel Richie Roams through Deutschland

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/23/2009

    Lionel Richie's European tour rolls on with May, 2009 dates in Switzerland, Austria, and several cities in Germany. "Forever" "Just Go" "Nothing Left To Give" "Forever And A Day" "I'm Not Okay" "Good Morning" "Through My Eyes" "I'm In Love" "Think Of You" "Into You Deep" "Pastime" "Face In The Crowd" "Eternity" These are the tracks on Just Go, the new album with a revised international release date of Tuesday, May 19th. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Funk Legends Invade Houston

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/16/2009

    The Legends of Funk tour 2 touches down in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Arena Theatre. Con Funk Shun, the Bar-Kays, Slave Funk Band, and Sugarfoot's Ohio Players are scheduled to perform. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Stevie Wonder Does DVD at the O2 in UK

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/02/2009

    I've seen Motown Stevie Wonder twice, live at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. I'm sure I don't have to convince you of how good Stevie Wonder is live. On March 9th and 10th, 2009, UK and USA retail outlets received Stevie Wonder Live At Last: A Wonder Summer's Night. This performance, on DVD and Blu-ray, was recorded at the O2 Arena in London in 2008, the same place where Prince set concert attendance records, and where Michael Jackson will attempt to make his 2009 comeback in July. Here are the songs Stevie sings on his DVD Stevie Wonder Live At Last: A Wonder Summer's Night: "Intro / All Blues" "As If You Read My Mind" "Master Blaster (Jammin')" "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me" "All I Do" "Knocks Me Off My Feet" "UK Medley" "People Make The World Go 'Round" "Higher Ground" "Spain" "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" "Visions" "Living For The City" "Part-Time Lover" "Overjoyed" "Lately" "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life" "My Cherie Amour" "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" "Sir Duke" "I Wish" "Isn't She Lovely" "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" "I Just Called To Say I Love You" "You Are The Only One For Me" "Superstition (So What The Fuss)" "As" Previous Post | Next Post  

  • 0 Bobby Womack, Little Anthony, and Run-D.M.C. are New Kings of Rock

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 03/12/2009

    Bobby Womack, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Run-D.M.C. join other new honorees on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame freshmen. Here are some excerpts from the biographies of these new inductees, courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. An Artist becomes eligible for induction in the Hall 25 years after the release of their first record. Bobby Womack has thrilled through his music as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The son of a steelworker, he was born in Cleveland, where he and his siblings formed a gospel group. While touring with the Soul Stirrers, the Womack Brothers met that group's lead singer, Sam Cooke. Under Cooke's tutelage, they crossed the bridge from sacred to secular music, recording for his Sar label as the Valentinos. The Womack brothers cut two R&B classics as the Valentinos: "Looking for a Love" (later covered by the J. Geils Band), and "It's All Over Now" (a song that became the Rolling Stones? first U.S. hit). Womack also played guitar in Cooke's band. Womack has written songs recorded by Wilson Pickett "I'm a Midnight Mover," George Benson's "Breezin," Janis Joplin's "Trust Me," and many others. Wilson Pickett recorded 17 of Bobby Womack's songs. Womack made his greatest mark in the 70's and 80's racking up 33 charting singles, including the Top 10 classic R&B hits "That's the Way I Feel About Cha," "Woman's Gotta Have It," "Check It Out," and "If You Think You're Lonely Now." His first gold single was "Harry Hippie," a meditation on wasted lifestyles written specifically about his brother and more generally about the counterculture. Womack topped the R&B chart in 1974 with his remake of "Lookin' for a Love" and reached #2 in 1973 with his interpretation of the blues standard "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out." Little Anthony and the Imperials are Anthony Gourdine, Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Glouster "Nat" Rogers, Sammy Strain, and Ernest Wright Jr. Little Anthony and the Imperials were one of the best vocal groups to emerge from New York City. They outlasted their peers by virtue of "Little Anthony" Gourdine's powerful, soaring vocals and the consummate professionalism of the Imperials, who mastered a broad range of material and knew how to work a stage. Legendary dj Alan Freed, an influential New York disc jockey and concert promoter, christened Gourdine "Little Anthony," for the youthful quality in his voice. Freed and fellow dj/promoter Murray Kaufman ("Murray the K") enjoyed the sound of Little Anthony and the Imperials and helped launch their career with airplay and concert bookings. "Tears on My Pillow," their first single for Gone Records, was one of the biggest hits of 1958, reaching #2 on the R&B chart and #4 on the pop chart. In 1960, the group scored again with the danceable "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop." Little Anthony and the Imperials had the Top 10 classic soul hits: "Goin" Out of My Head," and "Hurt So Bad." The Letterman covered "Goin' Out of My Head" and made it a Top 10 hit again in 1968. Linda Ronstadt did the same with her cover of "Hurt So Bad" in 1980. Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell (died October 30, 2002) are Run-D.M.C. They changed the sound of rap, hip hop, street fashion and popular culture in general. Run-D.M.C.'s first release was the 12-inch single "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s." Run-D.M.C. gave rap its first gold album Run-D.M.C. in 1983, and its first platinum album King of Rock in 1985. They were the first rap act nominated for a Grammy Award (Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group), for 1986?s Raising Hell. A 'born again' Christian, "Run" now known as "Rev. Run" stars in his own family-based television reality series, Run's House. Previous Post | Next Post

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