Jason Aldean’s 2013 Concert for the Cure to Benefit New Orleans Susan G. Komen Affiliate
| Getty Get Entertainment Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: Ed Sheeran , Ed Sheeran You Oughta Know , Matt Nathanson , The Lumineers , VH1 You Oughta Know , Emeli Sande , Haim , Johnnyswim , Lorde , Lorde You Oughta Know , The Lumineers You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know , You Oughta Know Concert , You Oughta Know Show , Entertainment News NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) The Lumineers, Lorde and Ed Sheeran will perform at a concert Nov. 11 to celebrate VH1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign. “You Oughta Know” highlights emerging musicians and launched in 2005. VH1 announced Friday that Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sande and rock sister trio Haim also will perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom for the event. The concert will stream live online and will premiere Nov. 21 on VH1. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson and married duo Johnnyswim also will hit the stage. Past “You Oughta Know” artists include Adele, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Mumford & Sons. New Zealand singer Lorde currently has the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Royals,” and Sheeran and the Lumineers earned nominations in top Grammy categories earlier this year. ____
Branding the British rock singer as “the devil’s work in the shape of a pederast” in remarks published on the website of Kazans Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque, the imam warned that God could rain destruction on cities as revenge for supporting what he dubbed sexual delinquency. Sodomy is what the world-famous homosexual Elton John, who recently wed a man in public, is promoting, the imam said in undated remarks made public in the Russian media Thursday. The imam said followers of Islam should stay away from the music star’s Kazan concert, scheduled for Dec. 8, a day after his show at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall venue. John, 66, has long been a poster boy for gay rights. He is in a British civil partnership with his partner,David Furnish, and the men have a three-year-old son, Zachary, born in California in 2010 via a surrogate mother He has said he will defend gay rights during his Russian tour — a stance that puts him at risk of getting a sentence of 15 days in prison and a 5,000 roubles ($150) fine under newly-adopted laws here preventing the promotion of homosexuality to children. Last week, another Russian religious group, the Christian group Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, called for a ban on John’s concerts. “The statement by this gay guy — Elton John — about his support for gays and other perverts during the upcoming concert in Moscow is an insult to all Russian citizens,” the group’s coordinator said. Another conservative group, the Ural Parents Committee, has called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to keep John from performing the Kazan concert. Madonna, Rammstein and Lady Gaga are among international acts that have made statements supporting gay rights at recent Russian gigs and escaped prosecution. John, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide during his 40-year career.
Russian Imam Calls Elton John ‘The Devil’s Work,’ Urges Concert Boycott
But what if the musicians are playing a song by Metallica? “Strings can do anything,” said composer, arranger and cellist Paul Fleury. “But no one thinks we can do anything different from classical or anything new.” Fleury, joined by fellow musicians from the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, will present “Paul Fleury’s Rock ‘n’ Roll String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Congregational Church of Mount Dora . Also performing will be first violinist Konstantin Dimitrov, second violinist Marius Tabacila and principal violist Juan Carlos Siviero, Depending on the audience’s reaction, Fleury will choose about 20 pieces from a long list of his own arrangements, such as “Every Breath You Take” by Police, “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones and “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns ‘n’ Roses. “It’s not whether you like this music but whether you like classical music with a twist,” Fleury said. This will be the first chamber concert in a series of five. The others will include “Brazilian Beat” on Nov. 10, “Winter Wonderland” with the John DePaola Jazz Trio Dec. 22, “Piano Prestige” with Sten Heinoja Feb. 16 and the Guy Saint-Clair Young Artist Concerto Competition March 30. Tickets are $25 for a single concert of $100 for all five.
Dumb rule: Banning smartphone concert pictures
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and country megastar Aldean is once again doing his part to help support the effort and to take up the cause. The singers eighth annual Concert for the Cure will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 at the New Orleans stop of his sold-out Night Train Tour. Throughout the year, the singer sets aside 50 cents from each concert ticket sold and then selects one show in October and donates all the proceeds to the local Susan G. Komen affiliate in the market in which he is performing. Last year, he donated in Dallas. This year, hes handing the charity pot over to New Orleans. Aldean is not random regarding his choice of city in which to donate. Theres a reason he selected NOLA. Last year the Komen New Orleans team needed a little over $1 million to meet all their needs, but they were only able to fund about half of that, Aldean said in a press statement. If we raise the half a million that we did last year in Dallas, well be able to help these women meet their goal and provide the services the town needs.
Overzealous security While artists are setting these rules, promoters and concert venues should be concerned that photo enforcers are unnecessarily antagonizing fans. Its one thing for security officers to keep the rowdies in check; its another for them to ruin your experience by hovering around and giving you the evil glare and threats of ejection (as I got when I admittedly broke the rules at Dylans show and tried three times to take pictures. I guess I did need a weatherman to know which way the wind was blowing). But at Steely Dan, a fan behind me who wasnt taking pictures kept getting inadvertently flashed in the eye by an overzealous security officer. He let loose with a string of expletives worthy of an audition for a Scorsese movie. His night was ruined. I can guarantee you what he thinks about when he thinks about Steely Dan. So, I would turn it around and ask performers: How does a smartphone irritate you any more than everything else you see at concerts drunks, chit-chatters, random projectiles, people yelling Free Bird for the millionth time? A concert, to a reasonable extent, is about freedom. Letting loose of your cares. Letting your freak flag fly. Ive heard an anecdote that most people only go to one concert a year.