If you havent seen Prince yet, here is a review of the show:
Absolutely everything I had hoped for, and more. Truly a “Funk-fest” of major proportions. I have been a Prince fan since his early days and have seen him perform several times. He continues to be a huge dynamo in a diminutive package. His vitality and vigor are unmatched among performers in his age group — No, make that, of ANY age group. He simply has no peer. Except for having matured gracefully, it is remarkable how he appears to have aged little in the past 30 years. His energy is infectious, and he can still “bust a move” as well as any 16 year-old. The show was exhilarating (“Baby, I’m a Star” & “Let’s Work”) and sensually stimulating (“Beautiful Ones” , “Adore”). Prince hasn’t missed a beat in creating contemporary music (“Guitar”). Yet he pays due homage to hits of the past, both his own (his remix of “Kiss” was funky & inspired) and of those who inspired him (Sly & Family Stone’s “Everyday People” and “I Want to Take You Higher”). Having said all that, it should be mentioned that his skills on his instruments are truly virtuoso.
Matt Cittos – Los Angeles
Maroon 5 and Train will be playing the Hollywood Bowl on July 25th 2011.
The Grammy-winning artists have sold over 22 million records worldwide, and promise to deliver a combined set list of over 20 hits each night. The tour will stop at the Hollywood Bowl in California, which will mark the first time either band has headlined a show at the illustrious venue.
Train has enjoyed years of success as a multi-platinum artist, thanks to songs like ‘Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),’ ‘Meet Virginia’ and their latest smash, ‘Hey Soul Sister,’ which hit No. 1 in the US, as well as in 15 other countries. Maroon 5 recently released their third studio album, ‘Hands All Over,’ featuring the Grammy-nominated single ‘Misery,’ and frontman Adam Levine will make his debut on NBC’s new series ‘The Voice’ on Tuesday.
To those of you who aren’t familiar, March Madness means as technically defined by Wikia “is a disease outlined by the American Medical Association as “a brief, yet sudden panic, where individuals who are otherwise regular, sane humans find themselves constantly screaming about topics such as ‘pools’, ‘brackets’, and something simply referred to as Gonzaga”.
At March Madness, any and all distinctions between celebrities, college students, and even vice presidents are no longer recognized. The world becomes a blur of die-hard, middle aged college alumnu and college students furiously rooting for their respective teams.
It is an exciting time of year and as always is enhanced with the drunken, whiskey filled odes to Ireland that defines St. Patty’s Day. So here we are yet again with the 64 cream of the crop of the NCAA announced March 13 and kicking off March 15th. Today we finish up the second of five rounds and then we go to the exclusive Final Four. If you’re brackets are busted we aren’t surprised! And the precious remaining schedule is as follows:
Second Round: Ends today!
Third Round: March 19-20, 2011
Fourth Round: March 24-25, 2011
Fifth Round: March 26-27, 2011
Final Four: April 2 & 4, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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Bruno Mars and Keri Hilson have been asked to perform at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game during the T-Mobile magenta carpet pre-game show. Singer, Nick Cannon will host the special event. The pre-game show concert will happen just prior to the game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles
After his smashing performance at the Grammys Bruno Mars is sure to be a big show when he comes to Los Angeles this summer. You can sign up now for Bruno Mars Tickets and be first on the list to get the latest information about his performance dates in Los Angeles.
Bruno Mars will be playing the Gibson Ampitheater on June 12th with Janeelle Monae
1. Kobe Bryant
Give Kobe his props. Another complete player. 5 NBA titles and surprisingly, will likely end his career with only 1 MVP award. His current career averages: 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists/game.
How far will he ascend on this list after the completion of his career. He might barely crack the Top 5.
2. Magic Johnson
He also revolutionized the game. Over his career, he averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds and was still playing at an incredibly phenomenal level when he was forced to retired after 13 seasons. For some reason as a young teenager, I cried when he announced his retirement.
5 NBA titles and 3 MVP awards. 6 foot 9 inch point guard that could do everything including playing the center position with a baby hook.
3. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
He’s one of the most under-rated players in history – even at #3. People don’t quite know how great he was over his expansive 20 year career. He averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.57 blocks, and 3.6 assists. Total career numbers: 38,387 points & 17,440 rebounds. 6 NBA titles and 6 MVP awards, 19 All-Star appearances, and 5 NBA ll-Defensive Team (+ 6 2nd team).
4. Wilt Chamberlain
Just consider his career average: 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. Just think about that. Yes, it’s true that he didn’t have many direct competitors at the center position but just consider those numbers. Think about the one season when he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds – per game. 2 NBA titles and 4 MVP awards.
5. Shaquille O’Neil
O’Neal’s individual accolades include the 1999–00 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 5th all-time in points scored 6th in field goals, 12th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks
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Ray Allen scored 12 first quarter points–including two three pointers to move past Reggie Miller into sole possession of first place on the career list for three pointers made–as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 27-20 first quarter lead over the L.A. Lakers. The Celtics eventually pushed that margin to 15 points but then Kobe Bryant erupted for 20 second half points and the Lakers emerged with a 92-86 win, their first victory of the season against a legitimate championship contender. “Statement game” is a somewhat overused phrase but, whatever you call it, at some point before the playoffs began the Lakers needed to prove that they could summon up the necessary concentration and effort to beat a top level squad.
Pau Gasol contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He looked soft and tentative early in the game–bobbling the ball every time Kendrick Perkins touched him and settling for some fadeaway shots–but eventually Gasol provided some much needed paint presence. Miller (who was one member of TNT’s three man announcing crew) even called Gasol “Iron Man” (surely the first time that appellation has ever been applied to Gasol)–not in response to Gasol’s solid play but rather because a freak collision between Gasol and Lamar Odom left Gasol unmarked while opening a gash on Odom’s head that required several stitches to close. Odom shot just 4-12 from the field for 10 points but he snared a game-high 12 rebounds (though several of those boards were his own misses). Andrew Bynum tallied 16 points and nine rebounds.
Bryant worked hard to get his big men involved while he scored just three points on 1-3 field goal shooting but even though Gasol and Bynum each scored 12 points the Lakers trailed 53-45. TNT’s Charles Barkley has repeatedly said that Kobe Bryant has “slowed down a lot” and at halftime Barkley added that he knows from personal experience what Bryant is going through.
Allen’s three point milestone is a significant accomplishment; his 2562 career three pointers are not only two more than Miller’s old record but they are more than 800 ahead of Jason Kidd’s third place total. The 35 year old Allen is in excellent condition and is shooting a career-high .459 from long range this season, so he probably will ultimately obliterate Miller’s standard. However, amidst the quite deserved appreciation that is being shown for Allen (and for Miller) it would be nice if some recognition were given to the league that popularized the three point shot and to the player who held the career three point field goal record even longer than Miller did.
The Lakers took command in the second half as Bryant poured in 20 points on 8-14 field goal shooting. The Lakers’ bench did a solid job of maintaining a slender lead while Bryant rested during the first part of the fourth quarter and then Bryant returned to action with guns blazing, bagging three straight buckets in less than two minutes (and eight points in the final 4:49 overall, plus a great dish to Gasol for an easy layup after the Celtics triple-teamed Bryant) to hold off a late charge by the Celtics. It is obviously true that the Lakers enjoy a size advantage against many teams but it is befuddling that many people do not recognize that a major reason that the Lakers can so effectively exploit this advantage is that it is very difficult to double team the Lakers’ bigs because of how much Bryant threatens the defense. Gasol and Bynum receive much more single coverage than they would if they played without Bryant. It is also worth remembering that the Lakers’ big man-focused offense in the first half resulted in an eight point deficit; however, the advantage of getting the big men the ball early is two-fold: it keeps them mentally involved in the game at both ends of the court and, as long as the score is reasonably close, it preserves Bryant’s energy so that he can close out the game at the end (whether or not Bryant’s heroics fit the definition of “clutch” prescribed by various “stat gurus”).
The National Football League, or NFL, is the most popular professional sport league in the United States and almost every major city has its own team to cheer for. However, there is one big exception and that exception happens to be Los Angeles. It may seem unbelievable, but Los Angeles has not had its own NFL team since 1994 when the Raiders moved to Oakland, and that is a big loss not only for the residents of this major metropolitan area, but also for a team.
The Los Angeles market is a big one and any team that moves here would reap all the benefits. This includes having a large fan base, modern stadiums, big contracts from advertising that would bring in good money or the sale of NFL branded items in this mainly well to do city and having great weather all year round that only invites more people to come and watch games. The move to Los Angeles would not pose many problems for a team, because the city is already home to other professional sports teams and has the capacity to take on a team from the NFL.
The big question that remains, though, is what team should make the move to Los Angeles. There are presently several teams in the NFL that are struggling in their hometowns and the following five teams are the top ones that should consider making L.A. their new home.
The Jacksonville Jaguars is one of the top five teams that should move to Los Angeles. This team is definitely under-appreciated in their hometown and when they play in Jacksonville, the attendance at the games is very low. This is unfortunate, because the Jaguars don’t even have bad players on the team and a move would definitely be a good financial move. Another team that would be great for the L.A. area is the Buffalo Bills. This team presently plays several games in Canada and even though this team does have its share of fans, the move would mean more profits for the team. New York also has two other major teams and many people of Buffalo are already rooting for the Jets or the Giants.
One team is already going through changes in ownership and this provides a unique opportunity to make a move. This team, the St. Louis Rams, used to play in Los Angeles and only plays against West Coast teams. Moving to Los Angeles would mean less traveling, a revival of team spirit and a large fan base, since many people still remember them from before the move to St. Louis.
As already mentioned, the Raiders had a long stint in Los Angeles before moving back to Oakland. Moving back to L.A. would make a lot of sense for this team that has been going through a long losing streak. So many bad seasons have turned off many fans and locals even target the decisions made by the team’s coach and owners. Residents of Los Angeles would surely welcome back their former team and there is a good possibility that a different atmosphere would give the team what they need to start fresh.
Finally, the Sand Diego Chargers would be a great match for Los Angles. The distance between these two southern California cities is not enough for present San Diego fans to lose interest in this team should it move to Los Angeles. However, since L.A. is larger, much more money could be made by moving and a move would not even cost the team its fans.
Monday’s “exciting” Blink-182 news turned out to be an announcement that the group will headline KROQ’s Epicenter festival in September, (link so on Tuesday, Mark Hoppus decided to up the ante, taking to his blog to break a genuinely exciting bit of news.
“Blink-182 is full-steam ahead!” Hoppus wrote. “In June and July we will be at the rehearsal spot, getting ready for the European tour this summer, and writing new songs. When the European tour is finished, we head back and play ONE SHOW in Southern California. Then that is IT for live shows for the rest of 2010. Why? Because we’ll be in the studio recording the new Blink-182 album. Until it is finished.”
Hoppus then added: “I cannot be more clear on this: New Blink-182 music is on the way.”
So after so much talk about tentative release dates and recording sessions, it appears that things really are entering the home stretch, and that the wait for long-suffering Blink fans might actually be coming to a close.
Hoppus also used his blog to address some of the confusion over the KROQ announcement, writing:
“There was some confusion this week about a new track being premiered on KROQ here in L.A. On a segment where the station was announcing our performance in their concert, they hinted to ‘be prepared for the premiere of a new song,’ but they were referring to another band,” he wrote. “I understand how people would be confused (and angry). Believe me, when we have new Blink-182 music for you all, we will make it LOUD AND CLEAR. We’ll be screaming about it. You won’t be able to get away from us talking about it. And that moment is on the way. All of us have ideas from before and after the tour last summer, and are excited to get into the studio and see those ideas come to light. Simple as that.
“The future is very exciting and very near! Thanks to all of you who have and continue to support Blink-182 and everything we do,” he continued. “You are the best, and we’re doing all we can to make it well worth the wait. May the force be with you.”