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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Heat, Rain & Kanye disappoint Bonnaroo

Kristi Kates - June 23rd, 2008
The seventh annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest took place last weekend, on 750 acres of farmland near Nashville. The much-anticipated event wasn’t a sellout, probably due in part to high gas prices, and served up a mix of good times and disappointments for festival attendees. Extremely high temperatures alternating with rain made the general outdoor atmosphere less than pleasant, but fans - paying around $210 to $250 for tix - stuck it out to see such bands as Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic, Jack Johnson, Raconteurs, Ben Folds, and Death Cab for Cutie. 158 bands in all were on the Bonnaroo bill, and the fest report stated that there were “fewer arrests and no deaths this year” - er, always a good thing. The biggest fan disappointment, however, occurred when Kanye West moved his show from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. (to better accommodate his “glow in the dark” stage set), and then didn’t even show up on stage until almost 4:30 a.m., leaving fans standing around for over 2 hours, waiting for the prima donna to show up, chanting “Kanye sucks” and throwing glow sticks in the meantime. West didn’t offer an explanation or an apology when he took the stage. Hopefully next year’s Bonnaroo will occur under better circumstances (and with more considerate musicians)...
In other festival news, a plethora of groovy bands have been tapped for the upcoming San Diego Street Scene festival, scheduled for September 19-20; headliners Beck and The Black Crowes will serve as the “big acts” of the event, while other performers are slated to include Hot Chip, Spoon, TV on the Radio, The National, Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Ghostland Observatory, and The Hives. Tix are on sale now for $75, and the shows will take place on four stages set up in San Diego’s village area...
Bob Geldof and U2’s Bono have presented a new report to world leaders that indicates that the Group of Eight of the world’s wealthiest countries have only given a small portion of the amount they pledged back in 2005 to donate to Africa by 2010. A mere 14% of the financial goal has been achieved at this point. “How tragic is that?” Geldof said in a recent statement. The funds are slated to be distributed by DATA, an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty in Africa; Bono is one of the members of their board of directors. Out of the Group of Eight, only the U.S. and Britain appear to be on track to meet their target amount by 2010...
Coldplay’s critically-acclaimed new album is out now - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends is being hailed as a strong growth album for the band, with influences from South America, Chris Martin singing in a lower register, and arrangements - helmed in large part by producer Brian Eno - changing things up from the band’s usual song structure. The band are now expected to track their first ever number one UK single (for the album’s title track, “Viva La Vida”) according to early sales figures; they already currently top the UK album chart, and are picking up sales very quickly in the U.S....

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Ten years before “real” rock and roll hit the world, guitar pioneer Les Paul made a guest appearance as a guitarist in an early B-movie about a Hollywood-bound jazz band. Check out the link at www.gibson.com to see Les Paul in Sarge Goes to College...

MINI BUZZ:
This year’s Lollapalooza schedule has finally been posted, so hop online (www.lollapalooza.com) to start making your festival plans - but beware of Kanye again, as he’s scheduled directly opposite Nine Inch Nails on the fest’s closing night, a position that probably isn’t going to make him too happy...
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has announced that he’s been selected by the Labour Party in England to run for Parliament at the next general election, which probably means he’ll be too busy for a Blur reunion, as earlier discussed...
Rolling Stone and Wenner Media have embarked on an interested marketing ploy regarding subscriptions to the classic music mag - they’re selling classic Rolling Stone magazine covers from the past 40 years in t-shirt form for $36 per t-shirt - oh, yeah, and a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone is included with your t-shirt purchase...
Franz Ferdinand are set to criss-cross the UK the end of this month, playing a half-dozen gigs in smaller venues...
The revived The Zombies are kicking off a 21-date North American tour on July 3 in Detroit, and have even written a couple of new Zombies songs for the occasion...
And 23-years-legendary UK club Turnmills has closed its doors for the last time, with Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, XFM’s John Kennedy, Sister Bliss, and Tall Paul taking over the decks for the Last Dance Weekend celebration...
ON CD: Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue... Morten Harket’s (former A-Ha singer) Letter from Egypt... Amos Lee’s Last Days at the Lodge... Sigur Ros’ Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust... Shinedown’s The Sound of Madness... and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Wall-E... ON DVD: Various Artists: All You Need is Love... The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself... Neil Diamond’s Thank You Australia Concert 1976... and Sesame Street: Elmo’s World - Summer Vacation (c’mon, you know you’re a fan of the little red guy)... 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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