Letters

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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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U2‘s Bono tapped for newspaper column

Kristi Kates - January 5th, 2009
No exact date has been scheduled yet for the editorials themselves, but U2’s Bono has been invited to write a column for the esteemed New York Times starting later this year. Bono will reportedly be working on the column during his 2009 tour schedule with U2; he’ll cover a range of subjects, of which it’s likely that his charity work causes will be included. And as far as U2 the band goes, their next much-anticipated album is expected to hit stores in early 2009 on Interscope Records...
Modern prog-rockers Muse are set to release a two-part CD/DVD collection of live recordings from their two-night headlining shows at London’s Wembley Stadium last summer, at which both shows sold out the 90,000 capacity venue. Dubbed The Haarp Tour: Live from Wembley, the set will arrive on February 19, and will be released in three formats - a CD/DVD special edition, a regular CD/DVD, or as a stand alone DVD, which features individual tracks from the performances plus an uncut recording of one entire show, backstage vids, and a documentary. If you’re in a hurry for this one, you can get it as an import from the UK, where it’s already in stores...
Following up their Wreck the Halls radio concert performance recently in Los Angeles, The Pretenders have announced that they’ll be embarking on a full-scale tour in 2009 to promote their new album, Break Up the Concrete. “Sleeping on a tour bus with a bunch of guys is my trade-off for not having to wait tables,” singer Chrissie Hynde laughed in a recent interview. They’ll be adding founding member Martin Chambers back on drums for the tour for his “distinctive sound,” even though Jim Keltner was their drummer of choice for recording the album as the band wanted to try a different audio approach for the drums. Tour dates are expected to be announced later this month...
And revitalized 1980’s dream-synth-pop band Ultravox have reunited their original lineup, including singer Midge Ure, and are set to embark on a 2009 tour, marking the band’s first performances since 1985’s “Live Aid” shows (the band itself broke up in 1987.) For now, the live shows are limited to the UK, beginning with an April 10 show in Edinburgh, Scotland, although more dates in other countries are expected TBA...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Heading to England for the big Glastonbury fest later this year? Then you’d best be planning ahead - rumor has it that a handful of “legendary bands” are slated to play the 2009 fest, and half of all Glastonbury 2009 tickets have already been sold. Get yours now before it’s too late at
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk...

MINI BUZZ:
Snow Patrol, whose new album A Hundred Million Suns is already garnering both critical and fan kudos, have set up the first leg of their album-promoting tours, this one taking place in the UK in February and March; their stops will include Glasgow (2/24), Birmingham (3/11), and London (3/14)...
Portishead’s Geoff Barrow has just started up a side project, but it’s not a musical one; instead, Barrow and a pal have opened up Friend & Co., which is a tiny but hip art gallery in Bristol England...
In addition to his work with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay has also just completed his own debut solo album - he’s dubbed it Major General, and it’ll be in-stores next week...
Animal Collective are kicking off a round of tour dates with several shows in the UK and Europe, to be followed by performances in NYC (1/20), Chicago (1/22), and Los Angeles (1/23)...
‘90s funk-rock band Living Colour have a new DVD in-stores - their Living Colour DVD: The Paris Concert is in-stores now...
Portland lo-fi punkers The Thermals have just signed with record label Kill Rock Stars, and are set to release their fourth album, Now We Can See, in March 2009...
And just a few releases for you to peruse this week as 2009’s musical first quarter slowly begins... ON CD: Glasvegas’ Glasvegas... ON DVD: Stevie Nicks’ Live in Chicago... Paul McCartney - In Performance... and Frost’s Experiments in Mass Appeal... 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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