By now most everyone who follows the Vancouver music scene has heard the sad news about the passing of local concert-biz legend Drew Burns. The longtime proprietor of the Commodore Ballroom died on Saturday, leaving scores of friends and fans feeling down--until memories of him got them up again.
Vancouver entertainment legend Drew Burns has died.
While there are no details beyond his passing suddenly Saturday in his apartment, the former Commodore owner’s Facebook page has been flooded with messages and tributes.
Burns bought the Commodore in the fall of 1968 and then spent the next 28 years turning it into one of the world’s premiere concert venues. Bands that made their North American debuts at the Commodore included the Clash, U2, and the Police. Under Burns’s tenure, the room hosted such future legends as the Dead Kennedys, X, Talking Heads, Pantera, Ice Cube, Kiss, Joan Jett, and too many others to list here.
Blueprint Events and Live Nation have announced the full artist lineup for this year's CONTACT Winter Music Festival. The electronic music event will take place at BC Place over two days on Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27.
The festival's lineup features performances from headliners Armin van Buuren and Zedd, with support from W&W, Showtek, Nervo, Gramatik, Griz, Morgan Page, Kaytranada, TJR, DVBBS, What So Not, Thomas Jack, Lunice, and more.
This promo video for writer-director Kris Elgstrand's film Songs She Wrote About People She Knows exhibits an uncanny insight into my state of mind at the moment, and maybe yours, too.
"Every one of you should be set on fire"? Sing it, sister!
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows screens at the Rio Theatre on Saturday (September 27) and again at the Vancity Theatre on Tuesday (September 30).
Yesterday AC/DC announced on its website that it would be releasing a new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2. The band also made it known that founding rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young would no longer be performing with the group, as he had fallen ill with an undisclosed condition.
Now comes word that Young, 61, has been admitted into a nursing home in Sydney, Australia, suffering from dementia.
As reported here yesterday, Conan O'Brien is celebrating the release of a new George Harrison box set with a week (well, four days, actually) of guest artists performing songs by "the quiet Beatle".
On Monday, Beck performed "Wah Wah", a track from Harrison's 1970 All Things Must Pass triple-album, which is among the discs remastered for the new The Apple Years 1968-75 package.
Then last night Paul Simon showed up and--because he can--said "Screw the solo catalogue, I'm gonna do one of my fave Beatles tunes!"
Well, he didn't exactly say that, but you get the drift.