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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Spiderman, The Musical

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2007
Spiderman, the Musical

Spiderman, Spiderman, U2 digs the Spiderman... that’s right - Bono and the Edge are not merely fans of the Webbed Wonder, but they’re looking to collaborate (well, kinda) with him. The U2 duo will be working with Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor on a new musical based on the Spiderman story. The project is already so far along that casting has started - U2 and Julie are currently working on finding actors to take on the roles of Peter Parker/Spiderman, Mary Jane, Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, and a trio of teenage guys who will serve as narrators for the story. They’ve also added a new Spiderman character, a woman called Arachne who was “turned into a spider for her lack of respect for the gods.” The as-yet-unnamed musical will kick off rehearsals in NYC in July so keep your spider senses tuned in for more info...

MTV’s landmark Unplugged series is set to return this summer, with the show crossing channels in its zest for revival. Unplugged 2007 will be aired on not only MTV, but also MTV.com, VH1, and CMT, and new episodes of the show which, for the uninitiated, features popular musicians performing their songs in a stripped down, acoustic (or nearly acoustic) format will begin airing within the month. Already slated to appear on the latest version of Unplugged are The Police, John Mayer, Mary J. Blige, and a returning (again) Bon Jovi...

Also returning to the music scene are Aussie modern rockers Silverchair, who have just signed on the dotted line with Warner Music to release their fifth studio album. The new Nick (Arcade Fire, Talking Heads) Launay-produced Silverchair set, which has been dubbed Young Modern, is set to hit U.S. stores on July 24th, and will be accompanied by a full North American Silverchair tour, during which the band will also make a stop on the main stage at this year’s Lollapalooza festival the first weekend of August...

And for those of you who prefer to rock out in your own living room, get your virtual strings tuned up for the upcoming release of the videogame Guitar Hero III, which will hit stores late this year. For the first time, most of the songs utilized in Guitar Hero - in which players man a miniature guitar and “play along” with some rockin’ tunes - will be the original versions of the songs, as opposed to the cover versions used in much of the previous Guitar Hero editions. Included in this more modern rock-friendly set (as opposed to the metal-focused earlier versions) will be performances from Weezer, Muse, the Beastie Boys, the Rolling Stones, Tenacious D, and the Smashing Pumpkins, making this game a modern rocker’s must-have...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Wanna get a listen to a little of Stereophonic’s new album before it hits stores? No problem - the band is giving fans a sneak earful of their sixth effort with the freely downloadable single “Bank Holiday Monday.” Check out www.stereophonics.com for the how-to...

MINI BUZZ:
Hot on the heels of iTunes’ new mission to sell DRM-free tracks, Amazon.com has staked claim to becoming an Apple rival by offering paid music downloads as part of its online store; all of the Amazon.com tracks will be free of copy protection, meaning they’ll be playable on any music player or computer...
Gorillaz may be on their way to defunct, but Blur is on their way to a return - Blur guitarist Graham Coxon recently stated that he’s set to reunite with his Blur bandmates to spend a week in London this August, during which they’ll stage a “trial collaboration” to see if the band’s still got it...
Portishead, who haven’t dropped an album or performed live since 1997, are finally working on a new disc, and will also be performing live at an All Tomorrow’s Parties event towards the end of this year...
Pop music/clothing magnate Justin Timberlake is joining the record business in yet another way - he’s set to launch his own record label, Tenmen Records, which will be distributed by Interscope...
Cali-rockers Rooney have announced that they’ll be hopping on the tour bus for a summer tour that will kick off this week in Florida, and will make stops in Chicago (6/10), Detroit (6/13), Providence RI (6/20), and Phoenix (7/19); the band’s new album, “Calling the World,” will hit stores on July 17th...
And actor Elijah Wood has been tapped to play none other than Iggy Pop in a biographical film on the punk icon; called The Passenger, the movie, which has been approved by Ig himself, will hit theaters next summer...
And just in time for this summer are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Paul McCartney’s much-anticipated Memory Almost Full... Chris Cornell’s Carry On... the newly-reissued The Police by (duh) The Police... Velvet Revolver’s Melody and the Tyranny EP... Idle Race’s Back to the Story... and the Afghan Whigs Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006... ON DVD: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built... Leonard Cohen: Under Review 1935-1977... Madonna: The Performance Review... and Moogfest 2006 Live... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com


 
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