Monthly Archives: October 2012

Review of Maroon 5 Concert

I went to see Maroon 5 perform for the Citi/AAdvantage Card Love the Journey Concert Series at the historic Orpheum Theater with almost 700 people in the audience. Adam Levine and the rest of the band were all wearing white when they went center stage that was backlit with bright white lights in accordance to the Friday Night Whites tradition.

As the band started playing the first few tunes of “Payphone”, the crowd stood up from their seats and started bobbing their heads and tapping their feet on the ground while singing. No one was sitting down. Everybody’s having a good time. The transition between songs was so smooth and it has a club like feel to it which I like. Every single person in the audience enjoyed the music and dance to their songs. The band’s hit song; “Makes Me Wonder” added a joyful mood to the night followed by Adam Levine’s reaching out to the audience and giving us ideas about his motivation and inspiration of his songs. Adam also shared a story in his life when he was at the point where he knew he could not write anything. But through the melody in his head that he started humming, the melody of the song “Won’t Go Home Without You”, he was inspired again and continued to make great songs. Maroon 5 also performed “The Man Who Never Lied”.
We also danced to the tune of “One More Night”. As the band performed, “She Will Be Loved”, everyone became even more excited as we cheer and also sing with the band. I really love their performance and we participated in every song that Maroon 5 performs.

This is truly an electrifying concert. Not only did I enjoy the music but I also enjoyed listening to the band’s stories as they started their journey in the entertainment industry.

Maroon 5 will be at the Staples Center March 15th 2013.

NBA Suspends Barnes for the Memphis Game

Matt Barnes suspended one game

Matt Barnes suspended one game

Matt Barnes has been suspended by the NBA for one game (without pay) … after the L.A. Clippers forward pled “no contest” to interfering with the duties of a police officer.

According to the NBA, Barnes will serve out his suspension tomorrow — when the Clippers play their season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies

College Football Midseason Report

Halfway into the 2012 college football season, let’s take a look at some of the big surprises, some not-so-surprises, and biggest flops yet so far. After winning a national title and losing four players to the first round of the NFL Draft, Alabama was thought by many to have lost just a little too much to continue their dominance. At the midpoint of the season, the Tide is clearly the best team in the country with a bruising running game, solid QB play from A.J. McCarron, and the nation’s best defense.

Surprisingly, the Florida Gators are not far behind and are looking to make a run through the SEC East in order to take the Tide for the SEC title come December. Coach Will Muschamp, in just his second year, has brought the Gators back into the national title picture with a strong dose of RB Mike Gillislee and what may be the nation’s second-best defense. In a 44-11 blowout win over then No. 7-ranked South Carolina, it was the Florida defense and special teams that forced four turnovers. The Gators are already 5-0 in SEC play, with three of those wins coming on the road against ranked opponents.

Notre Dame (6-0) surely has surprised many sweeping Big Ten rivals Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue, then destroying Miami and beating a very good Stanford team in overtime. And the Irish did all of this with some pretty shaky quarterback play. The Irish still have two big tests remaining on their schedule (Oklahoma, USC), but could find themselves in the thick of the BCS championship picture at season’s end.

Maybe the two biggest surprises are Oregon State and Kansas State. Both are unbeaten, but the Beavers are coming off a disastrous 3-0 campaign a year ago. So far, they have beaten Wisconsin, hammered BYU and have destroyed three Pac-12 opponents. Kansas State, which has always been good under Bill Snyder, has just been phenomenal. Quarterback Collin Klein may be the nation’s best player and the Wildcats play great defense and just don’t make many mistakes. KSU still has some big games remaining, but they are another team that could find themselves in that BCS title picture should they win out.

On the other end of the college football stratosphere is Auburn. Just two years removed from a national championship, head coach Gene Chizik finds his Tigers sitting at 1-5 with one of the country’s worst offenses. Their QB play has been horrendous and the Tigers may have trouble winning another game this season.

Right beside Chizik is John L. Smith at Arkansas. The Hogs were ranked in the preseason Top Ten and after former coach Bobby Petrino’s bout with motorcycle mayhem cost him his job, Smith walked in ready to ride Petrino’s wave to an SEC title. Five weeks into the season, Arkansas stood at 1-4 losing to mid-major Louisiana-Monroe, then getting trounced at home by Alabama the following week. The Hogs are now 3-4 with consecutive wins over Auburn and Kentucky, neither of which is very good.
With the recent success of school’s like Michigan State and Wisconsin, and even Michigan’s 11-2 season a year ago, one would have thought that the Big Ten might rival the SEC for college football dominance. Not so. Michigan and Wisconsin each have two losses thus far and Michigan State sits at 4-4 going into the ninth week of the season. Northwestern has been a surprise, rattling off six straight wins to start the season, but from top to bottom, the conference is nowhere near the SEC or even the Big 12.

With another eight weeks to go, there is still plenty of football left. What remains to be seen is how the BCS title picture plays out and, who will move to the forefront in the race for the Heisman Trophy.

Taylor Swift Concert Tour

Taylor Swift to return to Los Angeles

Taylor Swift-coming to the Staples Center

Taylor Swift-coming to the Staples Center

Taylor Swift to return to Los Angeles August 19th 20th Staples Center. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can sign up now to get all the information sent to you.

Kicking off March 13, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska, the tour is set to reach 45 cities in 29 states and three provinces (don’t worry Canada, there’s enough Taylor Swift to go around) for a total of 58 shows. Tour stops include Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
Keep on reading!

Morrissey has postponed his Staples Center Concert

Morressey Staples center Concert

Morressey Staples center Concert

Morrissey has postponed the remainder of his scheduled fall U.S. tour, including a Nov. 24 stop at Staples Center, to remain in England because his mother is ill, according to a spokeswoman at concert promoter Goldenvoice.The singer plans to reschedule all affected shows, and Goldenvoice advises that fans should hang onto their tickets. Details on the new dates are expected shortly

LSU Honey Badger Arrested

LSU Honey Badger

LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu — aka the Honey Badger — was arrested earlier today on drug-related charges … this according to the Baton Rouge Police Dept

According to the police report, cops were called to an apartment around 3:30 PM after an alleged confrontation. When officers arrived to the scene, Honey Badger answered the door … and cops say they could smell a strong odor of weed.

Honey Badger was with 3 other guys –Jordan Jefferson, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher — all former members of the LSU football team. In fact, Jefferson was the starting QB for LSU last season.

Cops say they searched the apartment … and found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade marijuana. Cops say 7 of the bags were found inside Bryant’s booksack

NFL Football in Los Angeles – Deja Vu all over again or something better?

From 1946 to 1980, the Los Angeles Rams roamed LA’s Colleseum with players like Rosey Grier, Merlin Olsen, and Deacon Jones stalking opposing quarterbacks. The Ram’s Eric Dickerson rushed for a then NFL record 2,105 yards in the 1984 season. The Rams appeared in the 1980 Super Bowl XIV, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams remained close by in Anaheim from 1980-1994. In 1982 the Raiders joined the Rams in LA. The Raiders won the 1984 Super Bowl XVIII as the Los Angeles Raiders.

But by 1995 both teams were out of Los Angeles. The Rams relocated to St. Louis, and the Raiders moved back to Oakland. Now football is on the cusp of being back in L.A. The questions is, will it work this time?

Recently significant progress in building a privately financed football stadium in L.A. has been made. The city counsel approved a plan to build Farmer’s Field, a $1.5 billion dollar stadium. The new project will connect to and expand the Los Angeles Convention Center. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement, “We are a giant step closer to bringing NFL football back to Los Angeles.”

The NFL Network reported that NFL league offices sent letters to all 32 franchises advising teams of the potential time-line for moving a team into Los Angeles. The NFL advised teams to apply for relocation by February 15th, 2013. It’s been rumored that the San Diego Chargers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the St. Louis Rams, among others are in the mix relocate to Los Angeles.

The St. Louis Rams are unhappy with their stadium and would consider a move back to Los Angeles. Presumably, the Rams already have a fan base in Los Angeles leftover from the Ram’s long stint in the city. However, bitterness from the Ram’s relocation to St. Louis remains among some fans.

Perhaps more importantly, Los Angeles is a notoriously fickle city when it comes to supporting its sports franchises. There are underlying reasons that both the Rams and the Raiders left Los Angeles that go beyond the stadium facility issues. Gaining and keeping fan interest has proven difficult in the past. Hollywood is a unique and formidable competitor that no other sports city must face. The lure of Hollywood attracts a large population from all over the country that is either uninterested in sports or maintains loyalties to other sports teams outside L.A. Additionally, Los Angeles is far from a blue collar town which typically supports sports franchises as in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

The L.A. Lakers have a rabid following and are considered by many to be the only game in town. The L.A. Dodgers have long standing tradition and have made gains in previous years. U.S.C. is very popular among southern California sports fans. Competition and general apathy towards sports in L.A. raises attendance concerns for the NFL and potential owners. T.V. blackouts were a problem in the past.

Why is the NFL desirous of moving not only one, but potentially two franchises back to Los Angeles? The question is likely answered by the $3.1 billion dollar average annual television rights the league receives annually. That’s more than enough to withstand some poor attendance issues. The NFL is king of the hill when it comes to television. Unlike other sports leagues that are more dependent on attendance for revenues, the NFL makes the majority of its revenue from television. Having a presence in the second largest television market not only makes sense, but increase the value of the NFL’s TV package for the next round of negotiations with broadcast networks.

Despite the troubled past history of Los Angeles football, look for at least one NFL franchise to reappear in L.A. as soon as the 2012 season.

Mike Knapp

Lady Gaga in Concert

Review Lady Gaga Concert in Singapore

Lady Gaga In concert

Lady Gaga In concert

It was one of the stunning concerts that I’ve seen as Lady Gaga rocks Singapore Indoor Stadium for her Born This Way Ball. The first sold-out night of her three-night tour in Singapore (May 28, 29 and 31) was attended by thousands of fans of all ages; female, male, young and old. The stage was dazzling with a castle and the design setting was changing as different songs played. Her opening song was “Highway Unicorn (Road to Lov,” as she appeared on the stage on the top of a black unicorn prop.

Lady Gaga’s powerful music, extreme dance moves and not to mention her unique sense of fashion were showcased during the concert. She had costumes of a futuristic soldier, meat dress outfit and strange costumes with sequences that added entertainment to the extraordinary event. She even played on a piano that was designed like a motorcycle for her performance of the song, “Hair”.

What overwhelmed me the most was the part where she shared her stories of her youth. How she struggled to survive from the mean boys in high school and how they made her feel like a loser. She had words of encouragement to the fans whom she often calls, ‘Little Monsters.’ Her speech moved me, and some of the audience were even in tears. It was a touching night, and everyone enjoyed the show as she also stated that we all deserve to be happy. As the concert was about to end, she also said that she wakes up every morning and pinch herself because she can’t believe that she’s a star. She ended the show with an encore version of “Marry the Night”, and everyone was enjoying it. The concert was worth watching with a full blast of unique and extravagant entertainment. I can’t wait to see her next concert tours!

Lady Ga Ga will be rocking the LA Staples Center Jan 20,21.

iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse Muse Review

The trio from Teignmouth, Devon, wrapped up the iTunes Festival last September 30 at the Roundhouse, and what a finale it is. The series of concerts hosted by Apple lasted all throughout the month of September and the British rock band delivered an exceptional performance to a capacity crowd at the North London venue.

Muse played a 16-song set which was comprised of songs that are well known as well as seven songs from their latest album, the 2nd Law. The venue was limited to the stage setup from the usual larger-than-life and extravagant concert that I attended. Once again, I was impressed by Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard for their electrifying performance.

They opened their set with Supremacy, a song from their new album, and steadily worked up the crowd with slow but powerful guitar riffs and wailing vocals. After the first song, they gave a shout out to Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page who watched the performance; I was surprised that Page was there as well. From there, Muse showed why they endured as one of the premier UK bands starting from their inception back in 1994 up to this day. Some of my favorite songs such as Supermassive Blackhole and Knights of Cydonia are the best performance for me. Their mellow songs such as Save Me set a contemplative mood to us fans, rendering a more intimate emotions for the band. The song Madness also made apparent the influence of dubstep to their latest album which shows the continuous evolution of their music.

To close the event, Muse encored with the singles New Born, Starlight, and concluded the night with the 2012 London Olympics theme song Survival ending the performance with cheers from the audience as we all enjoyed the show of this epic band.

Muse is currently on tour for in the UK to promote their album, 2nd Law. You can purchase Muse Tickets for their Los Angeles Staples Center show in Jan now.

Preview of Giants Vs Tigers World Series Game 1

Neither the Cincinnati Reds nor the St. Louis Cardinals were able to put away the San Francisco Giants when they had the chance. The American League champion Detroit Tigers get their opportunity beginning Wednesday, when they take on the National League champion Giants in Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park. San Francisco was on the verge of being swept by Cincinnati in the best-of-five NL Division Series before rallying to win the final three contests. St. Louis captured three of the first four games of the NL Championship Series before the Giants went on to become the 12th team in major league history – and fifth NL club – to overcome a 3-1 series deficit as they won the franchise’s 22nd NL pennant. San Francisco’s starting pitchers were outstanding during the comeback, allowing only one run in 20 1/3 innings over the final three NLCS games. The Giants, who are appearing in their 19th overall World Series, fifth since moving from New York to San Francisco and second in three years, will face a Tigers team that has been resting since completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS on Thursday.

Detroit is making its 11th trip to the Fall Classic and first since 2006, when it lost to the St. Louis Cadinals. The Tigers have not won a championship since defeating the San Diego Padres in 1984. Manager Jim Leyland, whose roster includes reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, said ALCS MVP Delmon Young will play left field in Game 1 with no designated hitter in the NL park. Young, who appeared in left field in only 31 regular-season games, batted .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six RBIs in the ALCS, recording the game-winning RBI in all four contests. San Francisco’s Marco Scutaro was named the NLCS MVP as he went 14-for-28 (.500) after hitting only .150 (3-for-20) in the NLDS. Scutaro, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 26, tied the LCS record with his 14 hits while setting an LCS mark with six multi-hit performances.

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX