25 Years Ago Today…

Posted by The G on January 11, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Pet Shop Boys

25 years ago today, January 11, Pet Shop Boys scored their first #1 single with “West End Girls.” Since then, the Boys have made so much music that has enriched my life, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude!  Congrats Boys, and thank you for consistently making great music, b-sides, remixes and deluxe packaging for your die hard Petheads.

In other amazing music anniversary news, The Whisky a Go Go turns 47 today.  The legendary LA concert venue gave starts to Led Zeppelin and The Doors!  Thanks to Worley Gig for the great news!

An Encounter with Aidan Quinn

Posted by The G on September 25, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

Photo taken with my hand.

Actor Aidan Quinn and G

At the 25th anniversary screening of “Desperately Seeking Susan,” I met Aidan Quinn who played “Dez.”  He was nice enough to pose for a photo with me.  Thanks Aidan!  He still has those blue eyes that can melt ice.

Desperately Seeking Susan Turns 25!

Posted by The G on September 24, 2010 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

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Desperately Seeking Susan stars Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn

The Queen of everything cool and I attended the 25th anniversary one-night-only screening of “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and it was a blast!  Blog confession:  somehow, someway even though I was a huge Madonna fan and I grew up in the 80s, I realized tonight that I’d only seen clips of this movie in the video to “Into The Groove.”  I would have remembered the scenes with Laurie Metcalf going out with Steven Wright, Madonna’s priceless facial expressions, a less than finished mix of “Into the Groove” that plays in a club scene and over the end credits, Aidan Quinn’s hot bod, and the scene where Madonna smokes a joint!  The movie definitely has some bad hair and fashion decisions by today’s standards, but it really holds up well and it serves as a nice time capsule of a New York that doesn’t exist anymore now that it has been gentrified.  Most of the cast and crew assembled at the Walter Reade Theater for a special screening that included a Q&A session afterward.  Sadly, Madonna did not turn up, but as you can see after the jump, Rosanna Arquette (Roberta), Aidan Quinn (Dez), Mark Blum (Gary Glass) and Director Susan Seidelman were in attendance.

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The National live at Terminal 5

Posted by The G on July 30, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Matt Berninger of The National

On July 29, 2010, Ohio’s The National played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York to celebrate Spin Magazine’s 25th anniversary.  The National hit the stage around 10:30 after Kurt Vile and Suckers (more on both bands coming soon).  The band has been around since 2001 and this was my first time seeing them live.  The post-punk/indie band played both of their Barack Obama inspired songs “Mr. November” and “Fake Empire” as well as my favorite “Anyone’s Ghost.”  A video of that song will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.  I am merely one person with tons of experiences to write about!  Lead singer Matt Berninger has a fun stage disposition where he is pretty subtle about getting into it, but when he finally lets loose, it’s hard not to watch with a smile.  The audience loved every minute of the show, not only for the music and the crowd sing-a-longs, but perhaps because we were treated to seeing them perform at a much smaller venue than the last time they were in town, performing at Radio City Music Hall.  The National also played a generous portion of their latest record “High Violet,” and judging by the clouds of marijuana smoke that were all around the venue, I think that pretty much sums up the night.

The National

See two more pictures and the set list after the jump.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Night Two

Posted by The G on October 31, 2009 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

Last night, at the first of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, my mind was blown with seeing some amazing artists performing some amazing duets.  Tonight, my head exploded!  Because there is so much to absorb, please settle for an abbreviated review and a few pictures.

Over the course of a much shorter show (4 hours instead of 6), history was made again.  Tom Hanks introduced the show and first act Jerry Lee Lewis (who sang Great Balls of Fire).  Aretha Franklin then took the stage and sang New York, New York plus Respect and then was joined on stage by Annie Lennox for Chain of Fools.  Lenny Kravitz then joined for Think.  Jeff Beck played some killer guitar next and was joined on stage by Sting and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.  Beck finished off his set with an amazing instrumental version of A Day In The Life by The Beatles.  Metallica went on next and they were joined by Lou Reed (for Sweet Jane and White Light/White Heat); Ozzy Ozbourne for Paranoid and Ray Davies of the Kinks for You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night.  Before exiting, a killer rendition of Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy and Metallica’s own Enter Sandman was played.  Finally, U2 took the stage and played Vertigo, Beautiful Day before being joined by the biggest surprises of the night – Bruce Springsteen (for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For).  Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and U2 played Because The Night, but did several takes to get the lyrics right.  The Black Eyed Peas joined next for a medley of Mysterious Ways and Where is The Love.  The Peas exited the stage but Fergie stayed and started singing the opening bars to Gimmie Shelter, the Rolling Stones classic.  All of a sudden, Mick Jagger emerged to sing the song!  They also did U2’s Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.  It was a night of magic!

UPDATE:  Here’s the set list:

Jerry Lee Lewis:
Great Balls of Fire

Aretha Franklin:
Baby, I Love You
Don’t Play That Song
Make Them Hear You

Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox:
Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin:
New York, New York

Aretha Franklin and Lenny Kravitz:

Aretha Franklin:

Jeff Beck:
Drown in My Own Tears

Jeff Beck and Sting:
People Get Ready

Jeff Beck:
Freeway Boogie
Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers

Buddy Guy with Jeff Beck:
Let Me Love You

Jeff Beck:
Big Block
Rice Pudding

Billy Gibbons and Jeff Beck:
Rough Boy

Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons:
Foxy Lady

Jeff Beck:
A Day in the Life

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Turn the Page

Metallica and Lou Reed:
Sweet Jane
White Light/ White Heat

Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne:
Iron Man

Metallica and Ray Davies:
You Really Got Me
All Day and All of the Night

Stone Cold Crazy
Enter Sandman


U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith with Roy Bittan:
Because the Night

U2 and Bruce Springsteen with Roy Bittan:
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 and Black Eyed Peas:
Mysterious Ways/Where Is the Love/One

U2, Mick Jagger, Fergie and Will.i.am:
Gimme Shelter

U2 and Mick Jagger:
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

Beautiful Day

A severely edited version of the show will air on HBO in November, but for now, some pictures after the jump.

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