Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ask your kids if they'll go with you to see Styx on April 6

Okay, this gets a bit confusing, so you'll need to bear with us.

If you saw Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear this past summer in The Perfect Man, you'll probably remember the scene in which Dennis DeYoung plays a Dennis DeYoung impersonator in a Styx tribute band.

Cute, eh?

DeYoung, of course, hasn't played with Styx since the 1999 studio album Brave New World.

And if you listen really, really hard to Brave New World, you can almost hear DeYoung and James Young (shown) squabbling over their diverging musical styles.

DeYoung came down with a virus around that time and the record label pushed the band out on tour with DeYoung left behind, his place filled by Lawrence Gowan.

After that, things got messy.

DeYoung launched a lawsuit over who could use the Styx name, and Chuck Panozzo left, revealing later that he was suffering from HIV.

Playing the Soo on April 6

Well, Kewadin Casino today announced its lineup for the first part of 2006, and the biggest act on the marquee is Styx, set to play an April 6 gig for which tickets will cost US$38.50.

Of course, DeYoung won't be here.

But original Styx member James Young will, and Chuck Panozzo is known to frequently sit in during concerts.

And the band's hometown press in Chicago has been talking recently about how the number of fans with underage bracelets at Styx concerts has been climbing ever since Adam Sandler cranked up Babe on his stereo in his 1999 movie Big Daddy.

Featured on Family Guy

Maybe the kids saw that scene in The Family Guy in which DeYoung trashes KISS on a KISS hotline.

Maybe they caught one of those three Styx references on The Simpsons or heard Eric Cartman butchering Come Sail Away on South Park.

Or perhaps it's part of a much larger trend of young people downloading classic rock tunes they're hearing everywhere, including advertisements and rap-music 'samples.'

"While previous generations bonded with their offspring over fishing or baseball or rolling out the dough for Thanksgiving pies, many of today's parents bond with their kids over classic rock - music born of teenage rebellion," Leslie Baldacci of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote last month.

Vintage rock t-shirts

Baldacci tells of one Chicago-based owner of a retail clothing chain catering to the 14-to-24-year-old suburban crowd, whose best-selling t-shirts are the Doors, Beatles, Hendrix, Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin.

With teenagers discovering classic rock stations and rooting through their parents' record collections, 10 percent of the Styx fans at a 1,500-seat club in St. Louis were said to be under the age of 21.

Over the weekend, the Courier and Journal newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana credited an almost-sold-out Styx concert earlier this month with providing a major shot in the arm to Lafayette's struggling 1,200-seat Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie has also announced two other vintage acts you might want to see with your kids: Rare Earth (the first all-white rock band signed by Motown) and Foghat (the British blues-rockers on whom the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap was loosely based.)

Here's the rest of the lineup announced today by Kewadin Casino:

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January 14

Foghat and Rare Earth, 7 p.m.

Tickets available now

US$18.50

January 28

Taylor Dayne, 7 p.m.

Tickets available now

US$22.50

February 11

Atlanta Rhythm Section & Georgia Satellites, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday December 27

US$18.50

March 9

Garry Allan, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 3

US$22.50

March 18

Rock-n-Roll 70's show

7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 10

US$28.50

March 25

Little Texas and Kevin Sharp, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 17

US$22.50

April 6

Styx, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 24

US$38.50

May 12

Dave Mason, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 31

US$16.50

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Is Hilary Duff’s Weight Loss Aging Her?

Since there was such a ruckus about the last Hilary Duff post I did, I figured I’d do another. I have nothing against Hilary and actually like some of her music. She has just been providing endless fodder for weight loss stories lately.

Case in point: the picture above on the left is Hilary Duff in November 2005. The one on the right is her in 2004. Note the weight loss, but also note that Hilary seems to have aged about 5+ years in one year.

Is her weight loss aging her?

In one word: yes.

Does she look better now? Well, her figure does. Her face does not. There have been rumors and gossip about some sort of plastic surgery-gone-bad. I don’t think that is true, however. I think we can attribute her face change all to weight loss.

There have been rumors lately that Duff has been gaining weight back. As of yet I haven’t seen it, but I will keep my eye on the situation.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hilary Duff is short and pasty

When I was a little girl I'd put on my mom's bra and fill the cups with water balloons. Then I'd put on a pair of her high heels and strut around the house bouncing my big water boobies until they'd pop. That prepared me for my many wins in various wet t-shirt contests throughout the years. Mom's super proud. Anyway, my point is, the more fakes Hilary Duff nude tries to make herself look tall and grown up, the more it seems to have the opposite effect. Those ridiculous orthopedic looking strappy platform shoes she's wearing make her haven't seen the sun in five years legs look even shorter. Well, it's that and the fact that next to Hilary Duff naked fakes, that chihuahua looks huge and a little intimidating.

Lindsay and Hilary are tough

Being the toughest spoiled Hollywood anorexic is like being the tallest midget, and it makes this the lamest "gang" feud of all time. The New York Daily News takes us back to Tuesday night in Hollywood, at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party, where "rival" gang leaders Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff nude divided guests into two factions on opposite sides of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel pool, then exchanged ominous glares all night long, apparently still carrying a grudge over their long-ago misguided rivalry for the affections of Aaron Carter.

On Lohan's side: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Richie, and DJ AM. On Team Duff: Kimberly Stewart, Joel Madden, Haylie Duff, Wilmer Valderrama, Greek shipping heir (and Mary-Kate Olsen boy toy) Stavros Niarchos and the "Laguna Beach" kids. An eyewitness reports:
Hilary Duff naked
"There was a lot of tension, a lot of evil looks. Nobody went into the other's territory."

I just thank god that everyone kept their cool and made it home alive. On a powder keg like that, glaring can turn to frowning or even scowling in a heartbeat, and then who would we have to make crappy Disney products? These people have lived desperate lives and they know the law of the jungle: when you dip your toe into the pool at the Roosevelt, two may enter, but only one will survive.