Monday, February 12, 2007

Dixies/Grammys, Police, Genesis, Vince Neil TV show, White Stripes,

By Art Shimko

-- Music notes, news for Monday, February 12th...

-- It's funny how life evolves throughout twists and turns, sometimes changing fate in the blink of an eye. Musicians, like any other public figures, can be loved and admired one day and hated the reviled the next. A little over three years ago country act The Dixie Chicks, a group who seemed to march to their own beat, faced extreme public scrutiny and criticism after band member Natalie Maines said, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President is from Texas," at a concert in London on 3/10/03. This statement pretty much gave the Chicks a one way ticket to Siberia. The group were seen as traitors by ignorant people in America who forgot about the first amendment and free speech, in fact that one statement and stance against George W. Bush (AKA "President Dummy") and the Iraqi War cost the group financially and was boycotted by country music fans and country radio stations.
On Sunday night in at the Staples Center in Los Angeles the Chicks prevailed winning five Grammy awards including record and song of the year for "Not Ready To Make Nice" and album of the year for "Taking the Long Way", which was a response to critics and fans' disdain towards their comments and stance against Bush. It was a nice reward for a group of musicians who in this day and age weren't afraid to speak their minds and play music that challenged not only themselves but the country music establishment. As stated in Time Magazine last year: "I apologized for disrespecting the office of the President," says [Natalie] Maines. "But I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever." Nice.

-- A complete list of Grammy winners can be seen at the Grammy site.

-- This year's awards ceremony was viewed by 20 million television viewers which is 18 percent more than last year which tanked in the ratings due to running up against American Idol. Fools.

-- The Police, who opened the Grammys on Sunday performing their classic track Roxanne, announced on Monday during a rehearsal at L.A.'s Whiskey-A-Go-Go club their first concert tour in over twenty years to commemorate the band's thirtieth anniversary. The group begins a North American tour on 5/28 in Vancouver, other stops include New York, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Montreal, they will also headline this year's Bonnaroo festival. Expect to shell out between $50-$225 for a concert ticket.

-- Study: P2P effect on legal music sales "not statistically distinguishable from zero"

-- Genesis will be concluding their European tour this summer when they play a free concert for an expected 400,000 fans at Circo Massimo in Rome, Italy on 7/14. Two dates have been rescheduled: 6/19 in Linz, Austria Gugglestadium and 6/20 in Prague, Czech Rep Strahov Football Stadium.

-- From MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil is working on the pilot for a new A&E reality-TV show. According to Vince, the program will follow the singer and his family after his parents have moved in with him. Neil told Eddie Trunk of the "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM last night (February 9), "My wife [Lia] hasn't talked to my mom since the wedding," which took place January 9, 2005 in Las Vegas.

-- Intergalactic bump disciples Trap Door play the Tin Angel in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

-- YouTube, Digital Music sign deal for content: WSJ
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