JAY -Z to perform at World Series

Jay-Z to perform at World Series & Joins Alicia Keys for ‘Empire State of Mind’

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have been blasting Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” during their playoff run. Now, the team is having the rap king perform the song live to kick off Game 1 of the World Series.

Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys are set to perform the hit on Wednesday, as the Yankees take on defending World Series champs, the Philadelphia Phillies.

In an interview Monday, Jay-Z was excited about the performance, and said: “Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

He calls the opportunity a “once in a lifetime experience.”

U2 At The Rose Bowl from the Lefsetz Letters

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U2 At The Rose Bowl

Have you seen “U23D”? You should! Can’t think of a better concert film. But the vibe is even better. Shot in South America, in soccer stadiums, you get the feeling of danger, of being outside the law, of being in a nation built by rock and roll.

That’s how it felt last night.

If one person had yelled FIRE, many would have been trampled. You not only had to wait in line to get into the gate, you had to wait in line to enter the tunnel to your seat. And when you got there, the sea of humanity was both inspiring and frightening. All colors, not every age. Even though the Black Eyed Peas opened, the younger, bump your hips in the club to get laid and the barely pubescent I want to be like Fergie crowd was not in attendance. This was the last bastion of the population that believed rock and roll could truly save your life. A bunch of baby boomers, but really fortysomethings. They caught on with “Boy”, and “Joshua Tree” was the soundtrack to their college years.

So why did U2 begin with the new album?

The Claw is far from impressive in real life. After all the hype, it seemed like something created on a whim as opposed to a military operation conceived and erected by the greatest minds in the business.

Let me be clear. It was the Claw itself that was the problem. What was beneath it, the stage, the ring, the video screen, the rotating ramps, they were MESMERIZING!

But the music was not.

Until “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

“I have run

I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls

These city walls

Only to be with you”

Tell someone under twenty one that you sat at home with the TV on all day, waiting to see your favorite video, and they’ll look at you dumbfounded. We live in an on demand world. There may be community online, but it’s inherently niche. Whereas everyone with ears, everyone who grew up with the Beatles and younger was addicted to MTV.

And sure, there were notable transcendent moments, breakthroughs that changed the business forever.

First came the Duran Duran videos. A fortune spent on them, the band became a household world.

U2 came next. With “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from Red Rocks. If the air had been clear, would the video have been as classic? To see Bono run around with that flag, in the mist, was to believe that rock and roll could triumph.

Michael Jackson danced his way into America’s heart.

But there was a parallel story. It was great that MTV became a big tent, but rock and roll did not die. We had U2 marching the streets of Las Vegas, singing “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. An exquisite concoction of electric and acoustic elements, who can forget Edge walking amongst the neon lights strumming his guitar? This was the joy, the triumph, the power that allows Bono to talk to heads of state. U2 led an army of listeners, all based upon these records, these tracks. They believed that via music we could have a better life, a better world.

Is this still possible?

Music is not leading the way. Steve Jobs and Sergey Brin are bigger rock stars than anybody on the hit parade. Still, U2 soldiers on. And we follow, because we want to believe.

That’s what last night was. A celebration of who we used to be. With the hope that we could still be something more.

But the new album has not connected with fans. Most people in attendance seemed to be clueless. Instead of physical writhing, when U2 hit the stage to a slew of new tunes, the audience stood stock still. I was grooving during “Magnificent”, I love that track, but with a million copies of “No Line On The Horizon” sold in the U.S., how many of this 100,000 in attendance had bought it?

We live in an attention economy. And U2 fucked up. They didn’t get their audience’s attention. The album should have come free with the ticket. Doesn’t matter if you make new music, you’re a has-been in the eye of the public if your new tracks don’t catch on.

So, last night the set progressed in fits and starts.

And, picking and choosing from almost every era of the band as opposed to just playing greatest hits, the audience never completely caught fire.

Let’s be clear. They were playing to 100,000. Manipulating that many is difficult. Is Bono up to the task? Absolutely! But when Paul McCartney wants to work in new material, he starts off with “Drive My Car”, he gets heads exploding first.

Don’t get the wrong idea. There were peaks. “Mysterious Ways”. And the ultimate crowd triumph was “Where The Streets Have No Name”. But the rising hands, the unity of the audience during that number, the feeling that you were part of one large, writhing ocean, was absent for most of the rest of the show.

But you could see just fine. Bono was in fine voice. And when the ramps swung around seemingly with a mind of their own, your jaw dropped. And when the video screen expanded, dropped, you said to yourself I’VE SEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!

But it still comes down to the music.

I LOVED hearing “Until The End Of The World”. “Achtung Baby” is my favorite U2 album.

“Get On Your Boots” had a different feel live. Less experimental, more straight ahead rock. But if you didn’t love it already, you wouldn’t be closed.

And we had the recent hit “Vertigo”, but we wanted to hear “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”. “New Year’s Day”. Maybe even “I Will Follow”. Last night should not have been an exhibition demonstrating that U2 is still relevant, it should have been a celebration of their career, a restatement of the bond between band and audience, a few more classics and no one would have gone out for a beer, everybody would have sung along, there would have been momentum, the whole Rose Bowl would have levitated.

They’ve got a chance. They can use innovative new ways to get the new music to the live audience. They can restructure the set so there are fewer dead spots, so the audience is riveted, along for the ride the whole time. Playing a stadium is different from doing your act in an arena. Even with 20,000, you can have everybody in the palm of your hand. But once you start singing to forty or fifty thousand plus, you’ve got to throw out the old rules, you’re working with a different paradigm. In other words, the stage was not enough. It all depended upon the music.

But when the music was right…

“I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone”

Live rock and roll, when done right, strips away your regular life, school, work, even relationships. The band is on stage, you’re in the audience, and the music hovers between you, an oil, a lubricant, that allows a certain freedom, a movement that you heretofore did not know you possessed. You’re standing, moving like Gumby, not caring what others think of your moves, even if you’re as bad a dancer as Elaine on “Seinfeld”.

“But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”

I was looking for transcendence.

We can’t get it from sold out politicians.

We can’t get it from tools of the corporate music trade like the Black Eyed Peas.

We depend on a certain breed of artist, not beholden to anyone but themselves. Either so poor or so rich that they just don’t care.

I want Bono to lead us out of the wilderness. I want to tell you that I saw God last night.

I saw God at the Fillmore East, when the Who performed “Tommy” from start to finish.

I saw God at Flipper’s roller disco, when Prince performed “Dirty Mind”.

I saw God at the Sports Arena in 1992, when U2 toured “Achtung Baby” indoors. The visual assault, with lights in Trabants, with TV screens blasting more information than our brains could process, set the stage for the music. It was a band on stage. They were a cohesive unit. Too many times last night, band members were almost furlongs away from each other. Playing to a last row that they just couldn’t seem to reach emotionally.

Good attempt.

Imperfect execution.

I want to believe.

Make me a believer.



This festive season the V&A Waterfront and Hunta Live will take entertainment to a whole new level with the introduction of AQUAFestival, a brand new V&A Waterfront Signature Event. The three-week long music and entertainment festival comprises a multi-disciplined series of world-class local and international performances. This unique celebration of music and movement is set to change the face of the entertainment scene in Cape Town over the festive season.

Set on a floating aquatic stage in a working harbour, with TableMountain providing the most exquisite backdrop imaginable, AQUAFestival will showcase contemporary opera, ballet, jazz, rock, pop, tribute shows and a daily circus from the 15th of December till the 6th of January 2010.

Date: 15 December 2009 to 6 January 2010

Times: 14h00 to 15h00 – AQUACircus

20h00 – evening performances [duration 90 to 100 minutes]

NOTE: a second 22h30 performance is scheduled for 31 December

Venue: NorthWharf V&A Waterfront

Performance Schedule:


15, 16 and 17 December09

53 Piece Orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Richard Cock

4 Soloists performing crowd pleasing arias across various famous operas and popular musicals.

Tenor – Brad Cooper (Australia)

Mezzo – Olesya Patrova (RUSSIA)

Bass – Otto Maidi (SA)

Soprana – Pretty Yende (SA)

100 Minutes – No Interval

The Parlotones

18 December

100 Minutes – No Interval


19 December

90 Minutes – No Interval

Homage to Mariam Makeba

20 & 21 December

50 piece orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Allan Stephenson

12 piece rhythm section.

Soloist – Sibongile Khumalo supported by local artist Nomfundi Xavula

A tribute to one of the continents most celebrated performers by her close friend and another South African legend of the stage.

90 Minutes – No Interval


22 to 24 December

53 Piece Orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Richard Cock

60 Piece Choir – with guest soloist Kimmi Skota (SA)

Audience participation encouraged!

100 Minutes – No Interval

Johnny Clegg

26 to 28 December

Johnny Clegg and 10 piece band

100 Minutes – No Interval

AQUACircus by Zip -Zap

16 to 31 December

A water-themed circus with appropriate marine sets, juggling penguins, high flying dolphins, clown fish and more.

60 Minutes – No Interval


29 to 31 December

NOTE: two performances are scheduled for 31 December [20h00 and 22h30]

20 piece Orchestra – 8 piece Band – plus a DJ

4 well known South African singers

Ground pyrotechnics and Lasers will add a visual dimension.

90 Minutes – No Interval


1 January 2010

18 piece Big Band Jazz featuring the top musicians in Cape Town – conducted by Mike Campbell

Featuring Judith Sephuma, Robbie Jansen and Gavin Minter

100 Minutes – No Interval


2 and 3 January 2010

Cape Town Ballet Company will perform a Three Act Ballet:

Act One – Act Two from Tchaikovskys SwanLake The Dance of the Swans.

Act Two – an original African Ballet piece choreographed for AquaFestival

Act Three – a selection from The Nut Cracker

90 Minutes – No Interval

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

4 to 6 January 2010

The Multi Grammy Award winners will perform their most popular songs.

90 Minutes – No Interval

NOTE: the audience will be seated on the banks outside the aquarium, from where they will have a view of the specially constructed stage floating on the sea directly in front of them with TableMountain providing the ultimate backdrop.

Tickets available from Computicket and more info on www.aquafestival.com

Gwen Ironsi

Hunta Live

Tel: 021 425 4020


aqua festival artist rendering

Songs in SA on radio that are getting huge airplay this week

Beyonce – “Sweet Dreams”

Shakira – “She Wolf”

Pitbull – “Hotel Room Service”

Goldfish – “Fort Knox”

Michael Jackson – “This Is It”

Whitney Houston – “I Look To You”

Britney Spears – “3”

Chris Brown – “I Can Transform Ya”

Maxwell – “Bad Habits”

Usher – “Papers”

Boys Like Girls – “Love Drunk”

Alicia Keys – “It Doesn’t Mean Anything”


U2 in Concert from Rose Bowl Pasadena California Live on YouTube in case you missed it look at the pics from new york 24 sept 2009

U2 in Concert from Rose Bowl PasadenaCalifornia Live on YouTube

Rock fans around the world to join in spectacular stadium concert from U2’s world tour

on the world’s leading video-sharing platform, YouTube, live and for free.

California, US: U2 have confirmed via video blog that their sold-out concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, Sunday 25th October 2009 will be streamed free, in full and live on YouTube. It’s the first time a show of this size will be streamed live.

The Rose Bowl show is the penultimate U2 show this year – with more to come in 2010 – and already is set to host the venues biggest ever audience of over 96, 000 fans. The 360 Tour, which has been critically acclaimed and re-invents rocknroll*, will now boast unique access for fans worldwide – as fans in territories yet to be visited by the tour, or not at all, will be able to enjoy the whole show online. Managed in partnership with Live Nation, this sell-out tour has broken attendance records in most venues it has visited – its success due in part to increased capacity coupled with a lower ticket price and great sight lines afforded by the stunning in-the-round stage set. Visit http://www.U2.com or http://www.youtube.com/u2official for details of how to join in this ground-breaking on-line event.

U2 manager Paul McGuinness said – “The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time. As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.”

YouTube will be streaming live across five continents. The show will be available in the usual You Tube way, as video-on-demand, following two full replays – after the live stream – on both U2.com and You Tube.

“YouTube is thrilled to be able to provide our global audience with a live streaming performance from one of the world’s greatest bands” – Chris Maxcy, Director of YouTube Partner Development. “We are always looking for new ways to connect fans around the world with their favourite artists, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

For more information, fans are advised to visit http://www.u2.com or http://www.youtube.com/u2official.

*Rolling Stone magazine

Media Enquiries:

Live Stream Event: Toby Burnham at freud communications: toby@freud.com /+44 7990 555 290

You Tube: Spencer Crooks at YouTube: scrooks@google.com / +1 707-363-6526



Martin Myers for smd tech www.smdtech.co.za will be music director on all shows with Gearhouse being the tech supplier.

Mary Reynolds is doing choreography on the Elle show and the rest of the shows are being produced by Gavin Rajah



Gala Dinner – Gabi Rosenwerth (Jo-Ann Strauss)

Gavin Rajah (Jill Docherty)

Marianne Fassler (Kate Wilson)

Abigail Betz (Jackie Burger)

David Tlale (Lerato Tshabalala)

Jacques Lagrange (Pnina Venster)

Stefania Morland (Michelle van Breda)

Bongiwe Walaza (Samantha Paige)




Country Road (Male & Female)

Trenery (Male & Female)


Re (Male & Female)

Studio W




Gerard Darel/Max Mara


Philosophy/The Safari Club


Intimate Apparel – Maiden Form (Stuttafords)

Wonder Bra (Stuttafords)

Tracey B

Storm In a G Cup





Marion & Linde and Nine West

Guess (male & female)

Guess Kids



Mango & Aldo


Banana Republic (Male & female)

GAP (male & female)

Mina UK



Yarra Trail


French Connection (male & female)

Tommy Hilfiger (male & female)


Hugo Boss



Serge Blanca/Armani

Lacoste (Male and Female)


12h00 DENIM

Apple Bottom (Loft Fashions)

J Brand


Blue Blood (?)



Sissy Boy

Miss Sixty



NN Vintage

David Tlale

Hendrik Vermuelen

Gavin Rajah


Stadium lights on last night for 1st time The Green point 2010 stadium

Stadium lights on last night for 1st time The Green point 2010 stadium

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