On August 8, 2013, British singer Sam Smith played one of his first solo gigs in the United States – an epic sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge. Backed with a 3 piece band, they kept it intimate and very soulful! The track “Latch,” which you are about to see, is quickly becoming a dance floor classic around the world. Sam Smith lends his vocals to the Disclosure track and it’s a great track! We were treated to a stripped down version of the song, that really showcased how amazing Sam Smith’s voice is. I told him after the show that there is no doubt that he is going to be a huge star and he couldn’t have been nicer. Never change, Sam and best of luck – the world is about to latch onto YOU!
On August 8, 2012, Bloc Party played their second of 3 sold out shows at New York’s Terminal 5. Changing the set list from the night before, the show which was streamed live on You Tube included classics like “Mercury” (coincidentally on the last night of Mercury being in retrograde), “Positive Tension,” “Like Eating Glass,” “Flux,” “Ares,” “This Modern Love” and “Helicopter.” Bloc Party has a new record coming out in a few days called “Four” and they played five songs from it (“Octopus,” the show opener “So He Begins to Lie,” “Kettling,” “Truth,” and “Real Talk”). The show was definitely one of best I’ve seen in 2012. It started off with a great opening set by The Drums, who seem to drastically change personnel every time I see them. Bloc Party’s lead singer Kele is so soft spoken if you get the opportunity to talk with him in real life and when he takes the stage, he’s just a monster of energy.
I love Kele’s solo album “The Boxer,” and in fact, I discovered his solo music before I became a fan of Bloc Party (yeah, I know, I did it backwards!). I was pleasnatly surprised that Kele performed a bit of the solo track “Tenderoni” before launching into the classics “Song of Clay” and “Banquet” and as you will see in the video below, the moshing crowd LOVED IT and Kele and Bloc Party kicked so much ass! Bloc Party finishes off their trio of sold out shows at Terminal 5 tonight (August 9, 2012). Don’t miss it!
As much as I steer clear of trying to read tabloids, it’s hard to escape seeing pictures of Katie Holmes on a weekly basis splashed across the front page. She’s married to Tom Cruise and they have a baby together. Apparently, that is interesting to people these days (read: if you had a life of your own, you wouldn’t have time to poke your nose into someone else’s business). I went to an advance screening of the new Guillermo Del Toro produced film “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” in which Katie Holmes stars. It was my first time seeing her in person. She’s extremely beautiful up close (and as you know I am not even into that sort of thing, so I really mean it!) Just knowing how mobbed she can be and the fact that most of the things that are said about her are negative, I thought when I met her she’d be over it. It was in fact, the exact opposite! She was extremely nice and polite! She was happy to pose for a photo with me and when I saw her a little while later, we caught eyes and she smiled and nodded!
So now I am sitting here puzzled as to why the paparazzi is so frickin’ rude to her?! If she was a jerk, I could almost understand it, but she’s just a sweet lady who is living her life. In the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death and how many horrible things are STILL being said about her, it just makes me realize these nasty things are being spoken by people who never bothered to find out for themselves if the stories were indeed true. People! Wake up and stop reading this garbage! Even if all the rumours turn out to be true – SO WHAT! Is your life going to be any different? Doubtful. After thousands of in-person celebrity encounters, it takes a lot to impress me and I have to say, I’m very impressed. Thanks Katie!