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Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 11:33 PM
ATLANTA, Ga. — While the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide battled for college football supremacy under the closed roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, rap luminary Kendrick Lamar combated damp, chilly weather at nearby Centennial Olympic Park.
Expectations were high for Lamar’s appearance, which will be footnoted as the first-ever halftime performance at the College Football Playoff National Championship. The musical showcase aired live on ESPN, but not inside the stadium, where the university bands received the spotlight.
The 30-year-old native of Compton, Calif., took to the massive stage and catwalk as the game tilted in Georgia’s favor with a 13-0 lead.
A few thousand fans led a chant of “Ken-drick La-mar” until the cerebral rapper was illuminated in white light, crouched at the back of the stage.
Pops of pyro and a haze of smoke blanketed the background as Lamar, clad in a black coat with fur-ringed hood and gloves, blasted through favorites including “DNA” and “Humble.”
The vivacious audience sang along heartily and pumped their fists to the choruses as Lamar stalked the stage alone.
Lamar nimbly spit his rhymes, leading the crowd in a hand bounce, but kept the focus solely on his music.
With his nine-minute performance completed, he strode to each end of the stage, saluting the audience, which waved its smartphones (despite the pre-performance announcement that phones were not permitted) in a desperate attempt to coax him into one more song.
Lamar’s presence was a notable draw. A few minutes before kickoff, music and football devotees filled about half of half of the park – most of them crowded toward the massive video screen broadcasting the game, with many others hanging back, clearly not interested in anything to do with pigskin.
“Chappie” Chapman was waiting with a beer in her hand and one at her feet for Lamar’s performance. When asked if she had any interest in the game, she smiled.
“Not. At. All,” she said.
Chapman lives near the park and said when she heard at work today that Lamar was playing, she knew how her night would be spent.
“When you have Kendrick Lamar for free…,” she said, her voice implying the “no-brainer”-ness of the opportunity.
Likewise 19-year-old Decatur resident Branden Smith, who came to the park with his football fan brother. Smith, however, was only there for the halftime show.
“I’ve never seen (Lamar) live, and I like his music,” Smith said, citing “Damn” as a favorite.
Lamar, who performed in Atlanta last summer with a sold-out show at Infinite Energy Arena, is poised to have a big night at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28 in New York.
He is nominated for seven awards, including album of the year and best rap album for “Damn” and record of the year for “Humble.” He’s already received seven Grammy awards in his career.
Lamar’s prestige factor also received a boost last week with the announcement that he and his Top Dawg Entertainment record label chief Anthony Tiffith will curate and produce the soundtrack to Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
The film arrives Feb. 16; the soundtrack will feature the newly released Lamar single with labelmate SZA, “All the Stars.”
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
— The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.
The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Pumpkins’ formation and will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, with material from “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina.”
Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also participate in the live shows, as the band will present a three-guitar lineup to “better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”
Earlier this week, the band hinted at the upcoming tour with a statement regarding original bassist D’arcy Wretzky:
“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”
Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates
July 12, 2018 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena
July 14, 2018 Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16, 2018 Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
July 17, 2018 Houston, Toyota Center
July 18, 2018 Dallas, American Airlines Center
July 20, 2018 Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
July 21, 2018 Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
July 22, 2018 Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena
July 24, 2018 Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25, 2018 Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
July 27, 2018 Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena
July 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
July 29, 2018 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31, 2018 Boston, TD Garden
August 01, 2018 New York City, Madison Square Garden
August 04, 2018 Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
August 05, 2018 Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
August 07, 2018 Montreal, Centre Bell
August 08, 2018 Toronto, Air Canada Centre
August 11, 2018 Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
August 13, 2018 Chicago, United Center
August 16, 2018 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
August 17, 2018 Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19, 2018 St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
August 20, 2018 Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
August 21, 2018 Sioux Falls, S.D., Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24, 2018 Seattle, KeyArena
August 25, 2018 Portland, Ore., Moda Center
August 27, 2018 Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
August 28, 2018 Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 Center
August 30, 2018 Los Angeles, The Forum
September 01, 2018 San Diego, Viejas Arena
September 02, 2018 Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
September 04, 2018 Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 05, 2018 Denver, Pepsi Center
Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
— Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.
Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London.
“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”
He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.
“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”
Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”
The following tour dates were announced Monday:
|May 16||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Rogers Arena|
|May 18||Seattle||Key Arena|
|May 19||Portland, Oregon||MODA Center|
|May 22||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|May 23||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|May 25||Oakland, California||Oracle Arena|
|May 27||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|May 30||Denver||Fiddler’s Green|
|June 1||Dallas||American Airlines Arena|
|June 2||Houston||Toyota Center|
|June 4||Austin, Texas||Frank Erwin Center|
|June 6||Chicago||United Center|
|June 8||St. Paul, Minnesota||Xcel Energy Center|
|June 10||Detroit||DTE Energy Center|
|June 12||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Air Canada Centre|
|June 13||Montreal, Quebec, Caada||Bell Centre|
|June 15||Boston||TD Garden|
|June 16||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center|
|June 19||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum|
|June 20||Nashville, Tennessee||Bridgestone Arena|
|June 30||Stockholm||Ericsson Globe|
|July 1||Oslo, Norway||Spektrum|
|July 3||Copenhagen, Denmark||Royal Arena|
|July 5||Antwerp, Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|July 7||Amsterdam, Holland||Ziggo Dome|
|July 10||Manchester, United Kingdom||Manchester Arena|
|July 11||Glasgow, United Kingdom||SSE Hydro|
|July 13||Dublin||RDS Arena|
|July 15||London||Hyde Park, BST Festival|
Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”
Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— Musician Ed Sheeran is engaged to childhood friend Cherry Seaborn.
Sheeran announced the news of his engagement Saturday on Instagram. The engagement took place just before the new year. The couple have lived together for over a year, The Telegraph reported.
The pair have been longtime friends and attended school together, but were not childhood sweethearts.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 1:01 PM
— Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child, and she broke the news to her fans via Instagram.
Spears, the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears, delivered the news about her growing family on Christmas Eve. After sharing the news that her 9-year-old daughter Maddie would finally be a big sister in 2018, Spears said that 2017 had brought some of the biggest challenges of her life. In February, Maddie was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone...sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister👶🏼2017 was filled with some of the biggest challenges of my life, as well as some of the biggest blessings, so I made a choice to lay low this year to focus on truly becoming my best self as a person and as an artist. During that time, I continued working on my music and telling my story, which has created some of my most honest work and I CANT wait to share that with you all very soon. 2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally. I appreciate each of you for your patience and support through it all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY........ #12DaysofJLS
In the Instagram photo, Spears shows off her baby bump while holding hands with Maddie and husband Jamie Watson. This will be the couple's first child together. Maddie's father is Spears' ex-fiance Casey Aldridge.