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Prince's Twitter and Facebook accounts suddenly go dark

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:50 AM

As if it were of his many beautiful but long-gone protégés from over the years, Prince’s brief, flirtatious relationship with social media may suddenly be over. For reasons not yet explained, the mini-giant of Minnesota music took both his Facebook and Twitter accounts off the grid overnight, and he has also taken down most of the recent videos that were on his YouTube channel.

The move seems conspicuously timed to the news out of Ferguson, Mo. It looks as if the now-shuttered Twitter account, @3rdEyeGirl, tweeted some kind of peaceful plea over the situation based on responsive tweets, such as this one from @Lizziebvicious: “you are right! Music! Heart! Soul!!! When we are violent!! They control us!”


A screen grab of the (now shuttered) Prince and 3rdEyeGirl account.

That scenario cannot be confirmed, though, because all of the @3rdEyeGirl tweets are no longer viewable. The same goes for all postings on the 3rdEyeGirl Facebook page and the official Prince page on Facebook, which had garnered 1.75 million viewers in just about two months. Prince was supposed to take a personal approach to the page with a much-ballyhooed fan Q&A when his two new albums were released in late September, but he only wound up answering one question (and his answer was merely a link to an article). He also hosted a "Global Party" via YouTube that was heavily promoted via his social-media outlets, but similarly wound up being a bust.

Other fans are guessing that the move might be because Prince is already ready to move on and focus attention on a new project. A new Twitter account that may or may not be officially affiliated with the little big guy, @PurpleEssence, sent out a tweet that read, “B PATIENT FRIENDS,” and linked to a blog post that mentions a new jazz/funk/soul album under the moniker NPRQ.

Requests for an explanation from a variety of Prince representatives have not yet been returned. The singer has repeatedly voiced his dislike and all-out distrust of the internet, but he seemed to be turning a corner around these latest albums. Or was it a dead-end?

Chesney, Aldean tickets for Target Field on sale Dec. 5

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:13 AM
The view of the stage the first time Kenny Chesney took over Target Field in 2012. / Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

The view of the stage the first time Kenny Chesney took over Target Field in 2012. / Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

Although they announced the concert a month ago, the Twins just issued ticket info for the July 18 double-header with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean at Target Field. The seats will go on sale next Friday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. through the team’s in-house ticket system and range from $46.25 for the nose-bleeds to $279.75 for the Chesney-branded “Sandbar” section, with $182.75 the going price for other floor sections. Click here for the seating map and other info on the Twins’ site. Some extra bro mojo for the show, Brantley Gilbert and Cole Swindell were announced as the openers.

 

'Let It Go' singer Idina Menzel coming Aug. 13 to Northrop

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: November 24, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Whether or not John Travolta knows how to say her name yet, the rest of America knows Idina Menzel well enough now for her to announce her first concert tour next summer. The star of Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack will perform Aug. 13 at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus. Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. through Northrop’s in-house ticket system for $75-$100.

Menzel sang the Oscar-winning “Frozen” mega-hit “Let It Go” at the Academy Awards in March, where Travolta infamously flubbed her name. She is better-known on Broadway, having won a Tony Award for her role as Elphaba in “Wicked” and another Tony nomination for her current onstage role in “If/Then.”

Some Minnesotans got to see her this past summer when she sang the national anthem and homeboy Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" at the MLB All-Star Game at Target Field. Here's a video of another winning performance she gave earlier this year.

Taylor Swift adds third show at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center

Posted by: Tim Campbell Updated: November 21, 2014 - 4:10 PM

 

 

Taylor Swift, performing last month in New York. (photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

She's nowhere near Garth Brooks territory, but Taylor Swift now has three shows scheduled at Xcel Energy Center next fall.

Swift had announced two concerts Sept. 11-12, but when tickets went on sale Friday morning, demand was heavy enough that promoters added a Sept. 13 date.

Tickets for that show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the arena box office or via Ticketmaster. Limited seats remain for the two earlier concerts.

Xcel Center has been Swift's Twin Cities home ever since she opened for Rascal Flatts there in 2008. Since then she's headlined the arena five times, with two-nighters in 2011 and 2013. All were sellouts.

While Brooks set a North American single-city sales record with his recent 11-show run at Target Center in Minneapolis, he is no match for Swift on the record-sales front. His new record "Man Against Machine" made its debut at No. 4 on Billboard's albums chart Thursday while Swift's latest, "1989," held the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row.

Brooks' album -- his first studio release in 13 years -- sold just 130,000 compared with 312,000 for Swift, bringing total sales for "1989" to 2 million. While Garth's disc did top the country chart, he was outpaced by new discs from the Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd (!).

D4, Rivethead head up memorial Saturday for the Crush's Andy Richardson

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: November 20, 2014 - 9:14 AM
Andy Richardson, who played in the Crush, the Dirty Hits and many other bands, was found dead in early September. / Photo courtesy Richardson's family

Andy Richardson, who played in the Crush, the Dirty Hits and many other bands, was found dead in early September. / Photo courtesy Richardson's family

It’s going to feel like 2004 all over again at the Triple Rock on Saturday night, and for good reason. Bush-era punk favorites Dillinger Four, Rivethead, Song of Zarathustra and members of the Crush are all getting together to pay homage to one of their own, guitarist Andy Richardson of the Crush, whose sudden death in September at age 36 still has the local music community reeling. Money raised from the concert will go directly to Richardson’s wife and three-year-old son.

Travis Bos with Song of Zarathustra back in the day.

Travis Bos with Song of Zarathustra back in the day.

The benefit show is a rare chance to see most of these bands. It will be Rivethead’s one and only reunion since 2004, members of which now play in Banner Pilot and Off With Their Heads. The members of the Crush are saying this will be their last time performing their songs. Song of Zarathustra has been on hiatus since 2010. D4 is still alive and kicking, of course, but doesn't play often enough. The lineup will also include sets by another band Richardson played in, the Dirty Hits, plus the SoZ offshoot Blackthorne.

No surprise, advance tickets to the show have been gobbled up, although some might be available at the door. However, there are still a couple ways to help Richardson’s family around the concert. Last month’s big fundraiser auction -- featuring items donated by the Black Keys, Spoon, Har Mar Superstar and many others -- has ended, but a new memorial sale has been set up featuring all kinds of musical gear, featuring a lot of Richardson's personal equipment and a lot of guitar pedals from Minneapolis’ ZVEX Effects, where he worked. A general memorial fund was set up via YouCaring.com soon after his death and is ongoing.

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