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RUSH – Walk of Fame, Time Machine Tour and New Album

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Billy Corgan, vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Smashing Pumpkins, will pay tribute to the band as they accept their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billy joins Donna Halper, former radio personality at WMMS Cleveland where Rush received their first radio airplay with Working Man participate as well.

The ceremony will take place in front of the Musician’s Institute at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard at 11:30 AM in Los Angeles this Friday, June 25th.

Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood is going to have special screenings of ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’ at their theatre this Friday in honor of Rush getting their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just blocks away. They’re giving special screenings at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm in their biggest auditorium.

Rush is “a little more than halfway done” recording “Clockwork Angels” with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also helmed 2007`s “Snakes & Arrows.” Two of the songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” have been released online, and four others were recorded during sessions at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. The new album is due out Spring of 2011.
Rush hopes to finish recording during the fall in time for a release in the spring of 2011, followed by a more extensive world tour. Meanwhile the group is now busy gearing up for the summer shows, which kick off June 29 in Albuquerque, N.M., and finishing October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL with stops along the way in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Holmdel, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, and more (complete tour itinerary follows). The tour will feature performances of the 1980 album “Moving Pictures” in its entirety.
The tour will also give a push behind the award-winning documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” which premieres on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia at 9 p.m. EST on June 26 and is released on DVD three days later.
Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place RUSH third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.
Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favorites Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ.

Rush comes to Atlanta, Georgia on September 29th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. If you cant make the show in Atlanta here is a list of the full tour itinerary.

June 29, 2010 United States Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion
July 1, 2010 United States Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
July 3, 2010 United States Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
July 5, 2010 United States Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
July 7, 2010 United States Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
July 9, 2010 Canada Sarnia, ON Sarnia Bayfest
July 11, 2010 Canada Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 13, 2010 Canada Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
July 15, 2010 Canada Quebec City, QB Quebec City Summer Festival
July 17, 2010 Canada Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
July 19, 2010 United States Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 21, 2010 United States Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 23, 2010 United States Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24, 2010 United States Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
August 5, 2010 United States Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
August 7, 2010 United States Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
August 9, 2010 United States Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 11, 2010 United States Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
August 13, 2010 United States Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 14, 2010 United States Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 16, 2010 United States Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18, 2010 United States Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 20, 2010 United States Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
August 22, 2010 United States St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 25, 2010 United States Omaha, NE Qwest Events Center
August 27, 2010 United States St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
August 29, 2010 United States Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
August 31, 2010 United States Allentown, PA Allentown Fair
September 2, 2010 United States Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
September 3, 2010 United States Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
September 14, 2010 United States Boston, MA TD Garden
September 16, 2010 United States Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
September 18, 2010 United States Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
September 21, 2010 United States Tulsa, OK BOK Center
September 23, 2010 United States San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
September 25, 2010 United States Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 26, 2010 United States Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
September 29, 2010 United States Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 1, 2010 United States Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
October 2, 2010 United States West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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