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Paul McCartney is reissuing another batch of Wings albums – including an outtake number featuring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
This fall’s “The Wings at the Speed of Sound” reissue includes an alternative version of “Beware My Love” with Bonham.
Of course, Bonham also played on two tracks on Wings’ final album, 1979’s “Back to the Egg.”
In case you don’t get enough Wings live this weekend when Sir Paul plays at Target Field, “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound” will be reissued Sept. 23 with demos, previously unreleased tracks and, on the 3-disc edition, an interview with McCartney and a booklet of photographs..
Celebrities from near and far are expected to attend the Starkey Hearing Foundation's 14th Annual "So the World May Hear Gala" this Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre. A handful of A-listers usually come to town for the event, which raises money to provide hearing aids to people in need around the world.
Some of the confirmed stars who will be in St. Paul include: former first lady/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adrian Peterson, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Greg Jennings, Shannon Elizabeth, Verne Troyer and Marlee Matlin among others.
John Legend, Rob Thomas and Sammy Hagar are a few of the VIPs scheduled to perform throughout the evening. Comedian Norm Crosby is hosting the event.
Gala organizers usually keep the names of a few famous faces under wraps, so there's no telling if other stars plan to grace the red carpet. Want to catch of glimpse of the star-studded hoopla? The celebrities will be walking the red carpet outside the Kellogg Boulevard entrance from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The Starkey Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The annual fundraiser raised more than $8 million last year.
(Photo above by Jeff Wheeler: Actor Forest Whitaker arrived on the red carptet before the gala in 2013.)
“Ironic” seems to be the theme of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game experience in the Twin Cities.
After we finally build a gorgeous outdoor ballpark, we land the Home Run Derby during a record cold-day for July. Nice.
And the timing of this all-eyes-on-Minneapolis event couldn’t be better. The Twins biggest star, Joe Mauer, can’t qualify for the All-Star Game because he pulled his obscure, er, oblique muscle. An extraordinary injury for Above-Average Joe, whose only weaknesses are bilateral.
To add insult to injury, the Home Run Derby gets delayed on Monday by an hour because of rain, and then the contest provides all the drama of a Brazil-Germany World Cup soccer match.
After Monday's snooze fest at Target Field, MLB tapped Aloe Blacc for its post-Derby All Star Gala at Mill City Ruins and Museum. I guess they couldn’t find Alanis Morissette to sing “Ironic.”
So they got the voice (and songwriter) of Avicii’s worldwide smash “Wake Me Up.”
And that’s exactly what Aloe Blacc did to the crowd of a few thousand ticket-holding partiers outdoors behind the Mill City Museum – and to untold residents on the opposite side of the Mississippi River.
With show-time temperature hovering at 57 degrees, the pop-soul star played a 50-minute set that featured his big hit, “The Man,” which has become something of a theme for All-Star Game promos, and a slow-downed, almost jazzy reading of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
“I apologize for doing a Michael Jackson song in Prince’s city,” Blacc, who lives in Southern California, said after the tune. “But we don’t know any Prince songs.”
There were plenty of Minnesotans in the crowd, judging by all the Twins gear (people still love Kirby Puckett and Justin Morneau). There were a few faces well-known to local baseball fans: Clark Griffith, Dick Bremer and Frank Viola. But there were many out-of-towners showing their love for the L.A. Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and, of course, the Yankees. Too bad it was so chilly that the visitors were ignoring the fabulous Izzy’s ice cream desserts set up next to space heaters on the riverbank.
The out-of-towners seemed captivated by the fireworks above the Stone Arch Bridge – which started at 12:20 a.m. and lasted for 13 minutes. But the fireworks seemed like an impossible-to-ignore snooze alarm for nearby residents who didn’t abide by Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up.”
We imagine the Twins, Major League Baseball and Minneapolis officials might be receiving some uncomplimentary phone calls, emails and Tweets.
Notable deals from a couple of local filmmaker types.
Screenwriter Nick Schenk (of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”) has another Warner Bros. star project due in theaters Oct. 10. Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton and Vera Farmiga star in “The Judge,” Schenk’s story of a hotshot criminal defense lawyer who must defend his estranged father on a murder charge. David (“The Wedding Crashers” ) Dobkin directs.
Eric D. Howell, whose Minneapolis- shot short “Anna’s Playground” was shortlisted for a 2009 Oscar is slated to make his feature debut with the psychological thriller “The Voice of the Stone.” Emilia Clarke from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will star as a nurse in 1950s Italy helping a boy traumatized by the sudden death of his mother, a famed opera singer. She discovers that the family’s Tuscan castle harbors a malevolent force. "It's a ‘Sixth Sense’-like tale of how she’s ensnared, a slow-burn haunting,” Howell said. “Is it real or is it not?”
Clarke is a fast-rising star, slated to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator: Genesis” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. The independently financed ghost story is scheduled to begin production near Siena in October, Howell said, with an eye to a debut on the following year’s fall film festival circuit.
The Dude is coming to Minneapolis. Don’t know if he’ll abide, drink White Russians or bring the Coen Brothers with him. But he will sing his “Crazy Heart” songs and other material.
Jeff Bridges, the Oscar-winning actor who does music on the side, will appear Aug. 24 at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis – one of 14 concerts on his summer schedule.
Bridges has released two solo albums as well as the soundtrack for 2009’s “Crazy Heart.” He won an Oscar for best actor for his performance of washed-up country star Bad Blake in that movie.. His most recent album is 2011’s “Jeff Bridges,” produced by T Bone Burnett. Bridges is reportedly working on a new album.
He does have a new film, “The Giver,” due on Aug. 15. It’s a sci-fi drama based on the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry.
Bridges earned raves and award nominations for his work in such movies as “The Last Picture Show,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Contender,” “True Grit” and “The Big Lebowski.”
Bridges will perform with his band, the Abiders. Ticket details for the Pantages show have not been announced yet.
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