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U2 Concert Postponed

Via, the official band site:

Vertigo ’06: Final Dates Postponed.

It is with great regret that tour promoter The Next Adventure announces the postponement of the final ten dates of U2’s Vertigo ’06 tour. This action is unavoidable due to the illness of an immediate family member of one of the band. The effected dates are listed below.

‘Any fan of U2 will realise that this decision has not been taken lightly’, said TNA President Arthur Fogel. ‘We will announce further details as soon as we have them.’

The effected shows, which are all sold out, are: March 17th & 18th, Ericcson Stadium AUCKLAND; 21st, Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre BRISBANE; 24TH & 25TH, Telstra Dome, MELBOURNE; 28th, AAMI Stadium ADELAIDE; 31st & 1st April, Telstra Stadium, SYDNEY; 4th, Nissan Stadium YOKOHAMA; 8th Aloha Stadium, HONOLULU.

We’ll bring you more news on U2.Com as we get it.

My boss just talked to his friend who was hired to set up the stage and lights…yes, it is definitely postponed.
Bummer, but I wish the band well as they go through this.

Something to do this Sunday

Don’t have plans for Sunday night? Here’s an event you can add to list of options:
Featuring Missing Dave, Black Square, Linus and MVA and The Crud
1877 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
Cost: $7

This is gonna be a pretty huge show, with some great bands — Come out and party on this President’s Day eve!!!

Hopefully I’ll get some photos to post up later. Should be an interesting night.

Jack Johnson Hits #1

Singer songwriter Jack Johnson, a Hawaii resident had his newest album, the soundtrack from the film Curious George debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts today. The CD has sold more than 130,000 units on its first week out. It is the first time any Hawaii musician has made a debut at #1 on the Billboard magazine main album charts. The lead off single, “Upside Down” is #1 on Honolulu radio station Star 101.9 FM (KUCD).

  • Johnson’s Soundtrack for “George” #1


  • Star Bulletin Rock Showcase

    If you were unfortunate enough to miss out on last night’s Star-Bulletin Rock Showcase, I’m posting some photos from this first-time event. There were 6 bands that played at Anna Bannana’s. A very fun time indeed! Bands were (in order of stage time): Honolulu Blue Devils, The Crud, Mad Theory, Malcongnitas, Ekto Gamat, and MVA. Each band has a connection with the Star-Bulletin. Some band members are employees, one is Corky’s (the cartoon guy) kid, and some work for Midweek or the Military newspaper. Much talent within the SB community!

    There are more pics in the extended entry. (Unfortunately photos of some of the bands did not turn out well. So I’m short 2…)

    Live music in Waikiki.

    JZ1.JPGTurns out that Zanuck Lindsey & John Valentine are both playing a gig at the Sheraton Poolside Sand Bar (not to be confused with the locals’ favorite Sand Bar… unfortunately.). The last time I saw Zanuck play was at The W & he did this acoustic jazz version of ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” that was simply amazing. On top of that he let me sit in & sing Blues Traveler’s “Runaround,” & rolled beautifully with me when I screwed up, so that automatically puts him in my Top Ten Guitarists list.

    And then there’s John, described by my critic friend Bin as “one of the best male vocalists in Hawaii.” I recently managed to get squeezed in for vocal lessons with John (Bin: “Lauren. Do whatever it takes to make him happy. Ok?”) & he’s been busting my balls (figuratively speaking, thanks.) but I’m learning a ton. So I definitely want to see this guy on stage.

    It Pours

    flava!You know, we often go half the year without a really good show coming to town, and then when we finally get someone great, we get several all at once. That really sucks. Public Enemy’s going to be performing at Kapiolani Community College two weeks from tonight, and that would normally be an automatic, but who wants to see PE at KCC?

    The Ultimate 80’s song

    I have an almost unhealthy dependance to my iPod. It goes with me everywhere, and I spend far too much time creating playlists on it. I was fiddling with my 80’s playlist tonight when I got to thinking, “What song is the ultimate 80’s song?” For me it’s either “If You Leave” by OMD or “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen. One of my friends countered that it’s actually “Supersonic” by JJ Fad. Anyone have something to throw into the ring?


    The Mayor’s new eTransit began service Thursday. I checked it out Sunday.

    As you know, this thing is the skeletal remains of the Bus Rapid Transit system which is now dead, thanks to poor planning and weak support from the local government. The BRT, which would have added a mass-transit option for Honolulu’s beleaguered commuters, lost funding and rapidly lost support, due in large part to grouchy drivers whose drives through Waikiki were inconvenienced.

    The Voters Were in the Dark

    I was grateful for the chance to read Wendell’s experiences on election night, because I was so toasted after working at the precinct all day that all I had the strength to do was crawl home, cover my head, and hope the printouts looked better in the morning.

    Don Tiki at Kapono’s

    Call it lounge, call it exotica, call it kitsch, it’s all Don Tiki. This local band draws their musical heritage from musicians like Martin Denny (who was at this event), Arthur Lyman, Augie Colon. It’s all fun and definitely campy. Because of Hawai`i’s isolation few bands make it outside of the state. It’s rare to find a Braddah Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo`ole) or a Cecilio & Kapono that have broken into the mainland market. Not to say Don Tiki has, but they are certainly trying to expand their audience. Their gig at Kapono’s at the Aloha Tower Marketplace was a warmup performance for a couple of weekends in Las Vegas where they will play at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on the Strip. They’re schedule to be the headliner on Saturday, Oct. 16th and 23rd.

    In typical fashion, the musicians, great as they are, remain in the background and give the show up to the Don Tiki Dancers. So, if you happen to be in Las Vegas and in the mood for some Tiki Lounge Culture, Margaritaville is the place to be.

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