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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Rockin‘ Katmandu for charity

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2007
In order to help benefit cancer and leukemia sufferers all over the world, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook, The Alarm’s Mike Peters, Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Nick Harper, and The Fixx’s Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram are planning to head to Katmandu in order to climb Mt. Everest and perform the highest acoustic concert in history. Fourty musicians in all will travel up the mountain, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital; Peters himself, has an especially close tie to the project, as he is a cancer survivor and is one of the founders of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Tilbrook will follow up the Mt. Everest show with a UK tour with his band Squeeze...

The Killers have picked out a name and release date for their upcoming B-sides collection; now dubbed Sawdust, the set, which will include “When You Were Young” B-side “All the Pretty Faces,” movie soundtrack tunes from “Control” and “Spiderman 3,” and a cover of Mel Tillis’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” will hit stores on November 13th. Several songs that were written for the band’s album Sam’s Town will also be included on the disc, as will a special track (“Tranquilize” guest-starring the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed...
Electronica band VHS or Beta, currently promoting their latest studio album, Bring on the Comets, have pushed their current headlining tour on into December, and have also added their new guitarist, Mike McGill, into the live mix. They’ll also be sharing the stage as co-headliners with L.A. indie rockers Moving Units through the end of November; current dates scheduled on the tour so far include Detroit (10/19), Bloomington IN (10/20), Mexico City, Mexico (10/26), Toronto (11/21), Chicago (11/23), and Los Angeles (12/2)...

A new documentary on Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett has just been released. Simply titled The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, the film, directed by John Edginton, features emotional interviews with Floyd members David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright, including insights about how Barrett both influenced his fellow band members and how he influenced Pink Floyd’s music. The film is currently being screened in major cities, but you can snag it yourself to watch on your own, as the release is already out on DVD...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Too lazy to drive over to your local CD store, and want quick access to James Blunt’s latest album? No problem - just hop onto Blunt’s MySpace site (www.myspace.com/jamesblunt,) where Warner Music is selling the album for $9.99, or you can stream it for free...

MINI BUZZ:
The Mars Volta’s new album, The Bedlam in Goliath won’t be out when expected; the album has been delayed until late January of next year, although you should be able to hear the album’s first single, “Goliath,” on radio starting in mid-November...
Got HDNet? Then you’ve also got Sound Off with Matt Pinfield, the music interview series helmed by one of the best-known former MTV VJs; Pinfield’s series began on September 30th with the Goo Goo Dolls, and continues with guests Avril Lavigne and Lindsey Buckingham...
Velvet Revolver are set to return to Australia for their second Aussie tour this upcoming December; interestingly, they’ve pepped up their setlist to include songs from the members’ former bands, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n’ Roses...
Cali band Oslo will be offering up their new sophomore album next week - The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate is in stores October 23rd, and the band will be touring the U.S. West Coast to promote the disc...
Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty is also hitting the road with his Question Jar Show tour trek, which kicks off on November 2nd at the South Padre International Music Festival in Texas, and then continues on through U.S. clubs...
And Beck has just released his newest single, “Timebomb,” both digitally and on vinyl (the vinyl being available on October 22nd); the single is his first release since last year’s The Information album in October, 2006...
And here are this week’s new releases on both kinda discs for your listening and viewing delight... ON CD: The Hives’ The Black and White Album... Band of Horses’ Cease to Begin... She Wants Revenge’s This is Forever... Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II... Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells... and former Semisonic singer Dan Wilson’s Free Life... ON DVD: R.E.M. Live... U2’s Dublin... The Cult: Irving Plaza, New York City... and Stax/Volt Revue Live in Norway 1967.. and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
 
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