"I'm outside a strip mall in Stockton, Calif. It's got a big Asian grocery store, a pet shop, and a secondhand store, called D. Thrift. There are about 50 kids my age — all in their late teens and early 20s — talking and smoking in front of an empty storefront. It used to be a cellphone shop and before that a place that sold diet pills, but tonight it's the best underground rock show in town."
You might have imagined that money explains, in the words of Matthew Perpetua, "why so many bands play the absolute worst major venue in New York City": Terminal 5, over at 56th and 11th. You would be correct, as youngish and mid-level bands get a bigger cut there: "Because it's owned by a local promoter, Bowery Presents, much of the infrastructure — stage hands, lighting, sound, security, things a band would have to pay for elsewhere — is in place." (In a completely random sidebar, another Terminal 5, an actual terminal, at Heathrow airport, was also supposed to be more cost-effective, due to keeping out [...]
U2 and Christina Aguilera have both postponed their summer tours, thus reducing the number of big-name tours with headliners who don't have to be referred to as "nostalgia acts" to an even-smaller number. (No, really, have you looked at the roster for your local shed? Scorpions, Foreigner, Yes, Chicago — it's like 1983 never ended up.) U2's jaunt, which included a headlining stint at the Glastonbury Festival, has been moved to 2011 because of frontman Bono's back surgery; the Aguilera tour has been ditched until next year because the singer "needed more time to rehearse the show," according to a statement from Live Nation, the concert megapromoter that's [...]