The legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York is closing (to be turned into condominiums) and to send off the venue in style, Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows there. I caught her 4th show on April 4, 2014 and it was definitely a spectacle, despite being a paltry hour long! My observations from the show will be coming soon with some pretty spectacular pictures, but to tide you over for now, check out a video of “Born This Way” performed solo with just Gaga and her piano (and of course 3,500 screaming little monsters).
The setlist was:
Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing in America, Morrison Hotel Gallery has a special exhibit of Beatles photos on display curated by Julian Lennon. 25 photos are on display in New York and a further 25 are being shown in Los Angeles.
Paul and George
Many of these photos have never been seen before and as you can see in the above photo of Paul McCartney, it is absolutely stunning.
Paul and John by Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd, who took the above photo of the Beatles circa “The White Album” was in attendance at the opening night reception. More on Pattie in a moment.
The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located in its new space at 116 Prince Street, Second Floor in Manhattan.
As a bonus photo, the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the David Letterman Show now tapes, commemorated the Beatles 50th anniversary by posting this flashback sign above the theater, which I froze my little buns off to photograph for you, my dear readers 🙂
Ed Sullivan Theater
Now back to Pattie Boyd. Pattie was married to George Harrison and was with George on the night that George and John Lennon took LSD for the first time, which is arguably one of the most important events in music history as the night totally changed the Beatles sound into something much more experimental which of course has influenced every band to come out since. She is the inspiration behind tracks such as “Something” and “For You Blue” and as she was later married to Eric Clapton, she is also the inspiration for “Layla.” WOW! She attended the opening night reception and was extremely nice. See what the gorgeous (and still gorgeous) Pattie Boyd looks like after the jump.
Happy birthday to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I think Radiohead’s album “In Rainbows” is one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. It’s not the popular opinion, but I think it is by far Radiohead’s best album. People always cite “OK Computer” as their best, but I disagree. If you’d like to make a case as to how anything can beat the trio of “Reckoner,” “House of Cards,” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place,” we will listen to your pleas now!
Also born today Archbishop Desmond Tutu and rocker John Mellencamp.
How in Jehovah’s name is Prince 53 years old? He still looks like he’s in his 30s and he still sounds like he’s in his 20s. As I’ve been a die-hard fan of Prince since I was 4 years old, I am not too pleased with the creative (or lack of creative) direction he’s taken in recent years. Since it’s his birthday, let’s not celebrate his short comings – and there are MANY topics I could get into as I have an insiders perspective. Instead, let’s talk about some good things that many people don’t know about Prince. Since I get asked this question all the time, Prince is his real name. His dad was in a band called the Prince Rogers Trio and his first and middle name are taken from that. His last name is Nelson.
Also, Prince has careers of studio recordings that remain unreleased. Yeah, I said it – CAREERS! Many songs have leaked out throughout the years and just with the stuff I have (and I know I don’t have all of what I know exists), I’d conservatively estimate that if you made 15 track albums with these songs, we are looking at 40 albums of unreleased music. Remember that a lot of legendary artists have 15 albums or less in their repertoire. Also, I should also point out that the majority of these songs are not just filler either. They are songs as great as the released tracks from the classic albums the world knows and loves. Obviously, he’d oversaturate the market if he released everything he ever recorded, but it seems silly to record this volume of music and then never let anyone hear it. But puzzles like that are part of the reason we all love Prince even when he does something douchey like that, isn’t it?
Happy birthday to the man who doesn’t celebrate birthdays! My love for your music will never die (unless you continue to release albums as shitty as 20Ten).