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Oct.
30th

Elton John and Billy Joel Face 2 Face shows postponed

Elton John and Billy Joel’s Nov. 4 and 7 stops at KeyArena have been postponed as John battles “a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza,” Live Nation announced this afternoon.

New dates are in the works, though, according to the announcement. Fans who bought tickets for the Seattle shows are being asked to hold on to their tickets until more information is available. Stay tuned.

Oct.
29th

Rascal Flatts returns to the Tacoma Dome (photos and set list)

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

This year, country chart toppers Rascal Flatts come armed with “Unstoppable,” yet another album to top the Billboard 200. But there are signs that the group that sold more albums than any other in 2006 is slowing down. About 10,000 turned out for the trio’s annual stop at the Tacoma Dome tonight, respectable by most standards but several thousand fewer than checked out Rascal Flatts in 2007 and 2008.
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Oct.
29th

Local hip-hop video

Just took a peek at local hip-hop artists Rockwell Powers & Ill Pill’s new video for “Hurricane Bars” and thought I’d share. Warning: Be careful if you’re opening at work since there’s some PG-13 language. It is hip-hop and all.

P.S. Learn more about the artists here.

Oct.
28th

“Michael Jackson” in concert

Michael Jackson’s fans are all rushing to their local cineplex to catch that new “This is It” flick. And as an added bonus for locals, some guy named Scorpio is headlining a couple of tribute shows, one Friday (Oct. 30) at the Cedarwood Dome in Fife, the other Halloween night at Station 56 in Tacoma.

Personally, I’d just rather see the guy break-dance (clip number 3), but judge for yourself.

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Oct.
27th

U2 headed to Seattle in June

U2 at the first U.S. stop of their 360 Tour at the Rose Bowl on Sunday (Chris Pizzello/AP)
U2 at the first U.S. stop of their 360 Tour at the Rose Bowl on Sunday (Chris Pizzello/AP)

It appeared as if U2 had dissed the Seattle-Tacoma market, which wasn’t included on the first leg of the Grammy-winning band’s 360 Tour. But U2 will headline Seattle’s Qwest Field on June 20, 2010, according to schedule updates posted on the band’s fan site this week.
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Oct.
26th

Sixth Avenue rock club Hell’s Kitchen to move downtown

If you’re like me you may have wondered why there were no shows listed on Hell’s Kitchen’s web site for December? Well, it’s because venue owners have found an answer to their little sprinkler dilemma: They’re moving downtown.

The Sixth Avenue location’s last concert will be held on Nov. 28. Then, according to booking agent Ken “Flash” Connel, Hell’s Kitchen will re-open in mid-December at 928 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma, formerly the location of Stephanie’s Gospel and Jazz and La Costa Mexican restaurant.
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Oct.
26th

The Sonics nearly done with four new songs, iconic singer says (audio)

A year ago Saturday, Tacoma garage-rock legends, The Sonics, showed us they still had it with a fierce, swaggering set at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, their first local performance since the Nixon administration.

And as this Halloween approaches there’s more Sonics news that’s so good it’s scary. Lead howler Jerry Roslie tells me his band is close to finishing four new songs with Seattle super-producer Jack Endino.
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Oct.
26th

Tacoma’s KUPS-FM up for a Woodie

University of Puget Sound’s KUPS-FM is up for an MTV Woodie Award for best college radio station. MTVu is asking for music fans to vote “for the station out there breaking the latest, emerging music, acting as pioneers in the industry.” Results will be unveiled on Dec. 4. Meanwhile, and you can put in your two cents right here.