Category: Other Stuffs

Dave Matthews and Kenny Chesney at CMA's

 Knowing I’m a big Kenny Chesney fan I’ve had quite a few people ask me, “What’s the name of the Kenny Chesney song with Dave Matthews?” I didn’t realize I guess how popular Dave Matthews is and he’s actually pretty good too. “I’m Alive” is a very good song and I think the both compliment each other very well for that song. I’ll be joining the rest in looking forward to the performance at the CMA’s. Who am I kidding, I was already looking forward to it! – Greg

Dave Matthews will perform with Kenny Chesney on the 43rd annual CMA Awards, event organizers announced Monday (Oct. 19). It marks Matthews’ first appearance on the show that will include several previously-announced performers, including Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. Chesney co-wrote “I’m Alive” with Dean Dillon and Mark Tamburino. The song was first recorded by Willie Nelson, but Chesney and Matthews recorded their version for Chesney’s Lucky Old Sun album. It also appears on Chesney’s Greatest Hits II and has already climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard country songs chart.

Garth Brooks Playing in Las Vegas

Ok so when he came out of retirement and played in Kansas City, MO – I was there! Now I’m not a die hard fan, but a fan and he puts on 1 hell of a show! So now he’s going be doing regular performances in Las Vegas at the Wynn. Lynn LOVES Garth Brooks, and I LOVE Las Vegas, so, ready for this, its a Win Wynn situation.. haha Pun intended.  
Playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights, His First Appearance Is Set for Dec. 11
October 15, 2009; Written by CMT.com Staff
 
Garth Brooks will come out of retirement with a solo acoustic show to begin Dec. 11 at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. Brooks and Steve Wynn, chairman of the board and CEO of Wynn Resorts, revealed the series of special engagements during a Thursday afternoon (Oct. 15) press conference at the hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Brooks will be performing one show on Fridays, two on Saturdays and one on Sunday. Wynn is providing a private jet for Brooks to commute from his Oklahoma home where he lives with his three daughters and his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood. The five-year deal calls for Brooks to perform only during specific weeks each year to be announced on a quarterly basis. Tickets are priced at $125 and will go on sale Oct. 24 for the first five weekends. The specific dates are Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3 and 22-24 and Feb. 12-14 and 26-28.

Brooks has only played a handful of concerts since retiring in 2001. His engagement at Wynn Las Vegas evolved from a series of conversations he had with Wynn. He eventually performed an informal concert in the theater for several of Wynn’s friends and special guests, including Bette Midler. Afterwards, Wynn broached the possibility of Brooks performing an extended engagement.

“He said it was something he thought people should hear,” Brooks said. “That was sweet. I told him he couldn’t afford me.” He then added, “I was wrong.”

Brooks reiterated his desire to spend as much time as possible with his daughters, who are now aged 13, 15 and 17.

“I am a fortunate guy that has got to live his life playing music for people, and the people have always taken care of me,” he said. “In 2001, I announced my retirement to go home and raise our kids in Oklahoma. When Steve Wynn approached me about playing, he did something different than anybody else had. He didn’t throw money at me.”

Instead, Brooks said, Wynn understood the desire to devote time to his family.

“Every argument you ever had of why you didn’t do this, he had an answer for,” he said.

Brooks concerts are expected to run 90 minutes and will occasionally include special guest performers.

“It’s a one-man show, so there’s going to be a lot of disappointment after that first weekend,” he joked. “Coming out and just playing — just me and a guitar — takes me back to the first days I got to play. I was lucky enough to do a place called Wild Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater, Okla, before I moved to Nashville and started touring. That’s what this is going to be for me. It’s a chance to slowly get back into it to see what people like, what they don’t like. It’s going to be very intimate.”

Brooks says he’s especially looking forward to performing regularly at the Encore Theater.

“I’m always in buildings that are built for sports,” he said. “I love sports, and I feel lucky to have arenas and stadiums. But I’ve never played in a place built for sound like this. When I hear myself, I go, ‘Who the hell is that?’ It’s a beautiful hall.”

Every time you torrent, God kills a cinema.

Ran across this story on Tom’s Guide today.. thought it was kinda funny as it makes a couple very good points. Torrents may very well put a hurt on cinemas, but aren’t cinemas helping hurt themselves. They charge an arm and a leg for the ticket, popcorn, drinks, and candy. This really is fueling the need for people to find other ways to watch movies. Since downloading a torrent is easy and FREE, why wouldn’t you. Here’s an idea, cinemas should cut their prices by about half, and drop their snack prices. Then you will gain your customers back, I know I like the theater and would rather see a new movie in that atmosphere with the big movie feel than at home with my somewhat decent bootleg. I’m just saying… -Greg

By Jane McEntegart, published on October 13, 2009 at 7:40 PM

In a time when movies and TV shows are just one click away, big movie theatre chains worry about pirates downloading unreleased movies and watching them at home instead of forking over up to ten bucks to watch the same titles in the cinema. For smaller, independent movie theatres, piracy is just as big an issue.

The Prince Charles Cinema in London is the only independent cinema in London’s West End. While wandering around SoHo last night, I happened past PCC and caught a glimpse of the novel way this cinema is trying to prevent torrenting.