Nostalgia is a powerful, inexplicable beast. Images, movies, and even words can instantly take you back to the most memorable portions of your life in vivid detail, evoking just about every type of emotion. And while Saturday night at Starland Ballroom looked and sounded as it did during any other musical evening at the venue, the screams, chills, and tears of everyone present for The Early November’s reunion show proved just as vital to the night's energy as the band's own sounds and words.
The night began with a diverse bill of opening bands who all fit nicely into the musical realm that The Early November were once at the forefront of. The folky, honest pop-rock of Young Statues held the crowd’s attention just as much as the progressive, dazzling indie of A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Ohio pop-punkers Hit the Lights have been a staple in their scene for years, and the audience’s shouty reaction to their material old and new proved that they still are.
It was August, 1988. After a string of twenty-four hit singles, six top albums and international superstardom that took them all over the world, The Cars - Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton, David Robinson, Benjamin Orr - broke up. It was a sad day for guitar driven, synth-pop. When their last album, Door to Door, didn't have the expected acclaim they had hoped, the band called it quits to pursue solo careers.
With his solo success it might surprise some that Cee Lo Green is planning on reuniting with Goodie Mob. Goodie Mob is an Atlanta based hip hop group comprised of Big Gipp, T-Mo, Khujo, and Cee Lo.
There was tension between the foursome when Cee Lo left the group to go solo with Atlanta Records. Time healed the wound and Goodie Mob, a backronym for the Good Die Mostly Over Bullshit, and Cee Lo have collaborated on a few songs since his departure.
Cee Lo and Big Gripp have said in past interviews that the four were back in the studio recording material for a future album.
In New York City, in the summer, cross-island ferries shuttle tourists and leftover stud ents from Manhattan to the beaches of Governor's Island for free concerts and festivals as locals hop on the next train out of town for the calmer and cooler sands of The Hamptons and Fire Island. Even a trip down to the Jersey Shore isn't out of the question, especially on a holiday weekend. And, then there are those of us who sweat it out in the heat of the Manhattan solstice and keep the party alive on the steamy city streets.
Come join Joonbug for Re-Vamped Friday's to celebrate the opening of ReUnion Bar, formerly known as Union Bar. Redone and revamped, Reunion's trendy and chic ambience makes it a hot spot on Park Avenue South. Its stunning décor and the 50s mahogany bar from the infamous Astor Hotel adds rich New York history to ReUnion Bar. Enjoy a night of dancing and drinking with two open bar specials. From 10 P.M to 12 A.M it's $40 and an extra 10 bucks can give you an additional hour of drinking! Get your drinking caps and dancing shoes on for a night of live DJ music and drink specials galore!
For the last ten years, Union Bar has been the face of Park Avenue in Union Square, attracting one of the hottest nightlife crowds in Manhattan. And now it's going to heat up even more, just in time for the summer season.
This Friday, under the name ReUnion, the mesmerizing horseshoe shaped bar will take on an entirely new decor complete with high-tech lighting systems, African imported chandeliers, and stylishly crafted banquettes. New wall sconces and an array of multi-colored paint schemes will welcome a well-dressed crowd into the newly converted space free of cover charge.
In an epic band regrouping comparable to that of the post-Joliet Blues Brothers' “mission from Gawd,” grunge-rock fans are furiously typo-tweeting and updating their dismally life-affirming Facebook profiles with the news that genre-defining angst-therapy band Soundgarden will be officially reuniting in 2010. Word came as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve via lead singer Chris Cornell’s Twitter feed that, “The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” He then provided a link to the new official band website where fans can keep updated on all upcoming news and sign up for email updates.
As we find ourselves well into the “digital age” and a vast majority of people find themselves using the internet as their primary source for news, it sometimes pays off to pay the required pocket change for an archaically fast-fading newspaper, even for the super thick Sunday edition. In England’s Sunday Times newspaper, the week-end feature-ette of the London Times, loyal print patrons received a special bonus by way of a free CD by the former Brit-pop superpower Blur. The ten-track addition, made exclusively available for the November 22 issue, is a composite of live performances of classic Blur tunes that the group performed during their short-lived 2009 reunion. The paper also included an opportunity for an extra five songs that can be downloaded from itunes for free on November 29.
Fans of the 90’s indie group, Pavement, can finally show a hint of enthusiasm as Matador records announced that the influential college radio mainstay will be reuniting for a long-awaited show in 2010. Tickets go on sale September 25, 2009, with pre-sale tickets already on sale (check the Matador records website for the password).
The record label announced that this will be a one-time show on September 21, 2010, at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Matador is insisting that this is a one-time event, but rumors are already circulating about future shows at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and even the possibility of a world tour. So far, only the performances at Rumsey Playfield have been confirmed, but pent-up fandemonium released throughout the coming year might dictate otherwise.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris) had said that he felt that Fallon put them “under the gun.” The cast are all interested in reuniting, but “it has to be under our terms.” I guess People met those terms. Yay!
According to NYMag, the 90s stars would only agree to doing a cover, if Dustin “Screech” Diamond, the sex-tape-maker, and Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins, the creep, were excluded, which they were.
I hope all you 20-something year olds who grew up in the 90s are as excited as I am!