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“Smack it! Flip it! Rub it down, oh noooo!”

Bell Biv Devoe will headline Ladies Night Out vol. 2, Ocean Records’ big R&B extravaganza that will also bring Al B. Sure, SWV, Jon B, Tacoma’s Ralph Porter and more to Kent’s Showare Center Thursday night. My Q & A with Ronnie Devoe ran in last Friday’s GO section. And now here are some bonus audio clips from the interview about …

… the origins of “Smack it! Flip it! Rub it down! Oh noooooooo!” (and something about big butts and smiles.)

… making the transition from New Edition to BBD.

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Reunited Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland make it to Kent for hit-filled show

Scott Weiland: Well dressed and fully functional in Kent (photos by Ernest Jasmin)

The usual speculation about what could go wrong for Stone Temple Pilots was greatly amplified after the reunited band postponed several tour dates in September following bizarre behavior from embattled front man Scott Weiland. Surprise!

But Weiland made it to Kent’s Showare Center Wednesday night, along with drummer Eric Kretz and the brothers DeLeo, Dean and Robert on guitar and bass respectively. Weiland looked pretty dapper, in fact, in tailored coat and tie. He didn’t ramble incoherently or otherwise seem under the influence, reserving most of his minimal banter for calling out the new cuts from the self-titled album (starting with that one that blatantly rips of Nirvana.) And the guy didn’t appear to be lip-syncing, as alleged after another tour mishap this year. I was looking and listening for it, and a pitchy delivery on “Still Remains” suggested authenticity.

Nope, there were no train wrecks in Kent as STP delivered grunge era hits to a sparse but enthusiastic crowd. Click the more button for a set lists and a few more shots I snapped during the band’s set.
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Stone Temple Pilots dates postponed (but not the one in Kent)

The good news for local Stone Temple Pilots fans is that the band’s Nov. 3 stop in Kent is still on the tour schedule. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, as a matter of fact (info here.) The bad news is this report on front man Scott Weiland’s latest meltdown from Rolling Stone. Folks at the ShoWare Center must be thrilled at the timing.


Stone Temple Pilots are headed to Kent

Stone Temple Pilots are headed to Kent. The Showare Center just announced a Nov. 3 date with the resurgent alt-rock band, best known “Sex Type Thing,” “Creep” and other hits (not to mention front man Scott Weiland’s crazy antics – this incident, for example.)

The show will kick off at 7:30 p.m. that day. Tickets are $25 to $49.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. Find more info here.


Backstreet Boys review

Backstreet’s Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter in Kent (photo by Keegan Prosser).

By Keegan Prosser
Staff writer

I remember the days of pop music like they were yesterday. There I am, sitting in my living room, when mom walks in and tells me about some song she heard on the radio.

“It’s by this group called Boys in the Backyard,” she said.

Oh mother, how dare you call them that.

Yes, I admit. I was the 12-year-old who loved everything pop and found no embarrassment in writing “Mrs. AJ McLean” all over my school notebooks.

I even attended the “Black & Blue” concert in 2001.

So, when E.J. offered me the chance to cover last night’s Backstreet Boys “This Is Us” concert at the ShoWare Center in Kent, I had only this response:

“Hell yes.”
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Backstreet Boys headed to Kent’s Showare Center

The Backstreet Boys’ North American tour will drop in on Kent’s ShoWare Center on August 5, organizers announced today.

The show will kick off at 7:30 p.m. that day. Tickets are $29.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 30. Packages are available by visiting the resurgent boy band’s fan site.