Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez play the Prudential Center
tonight and tomorrow.
On the Road with Enrique & JLo
Tonight and tomorrow Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez
play back-to back shows at Newark's Prudential Center on their summer tour together. These co-headlining concerts unite two
of the biggest performers in music today in shows where the fans can expect razzle-dazzle production where these international
superstars reprise their chart-topping hit. While preparing for this tour that launched in Canada earlier this week Lopez
and Iglesias talked to DTMP. Here's some excerpts from that interview.
Will you and Jennifer be on stage together for a duet?
Enrique: Yeah, we're planning it. I think it's unexpected, and I think
fans are really going to appreciate that. We'll definitely combine that at one point, both of us together, it's going to be
Whose idea was
the co-headlining tour?
Jennifer and I have known each other for years, and we've talked about it. Obviously, we had to talk to the promoters and
then to our agents, and all of that, but the real decision was Jennifer's and mine because we ‘re the ones that are
going to be on stage..
I think I should go on first and Enrique should close. That way, I can get home in time to put my babies to bed.
Enrique: Look, whatever works well
is what we will do. The thing is, that we're both on the same team and we'll do what works best.
Do you expect the shows to be more exciting if there are more Spanish
speakers in the audiences?
Jennifer: I don't think it matters because we both do pop music. Sure Enrique's done a lot of Spanish music and I've done one Spanish album, bur the shows are
very bilingual. It's a mix -- kind of pop , Latin, everything, and I think any audience will enjoy it.
Enrique: I agree with Jennifer. I think
it's a bi-cultural tour, we sing music in Spanish and in English, but for me, it's all pop.
Jennifer, has your tenure as an "American
Idol" judge made you a better performer?
Jennifer: Absolutely. I think about all the things that I said about being a better performer.
It's essential to sing from your heart and listening to the lyrics. Those are the things that make a great performer but it's
so easy to say that from a chair, harder to remember when you get up on the stage.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Jennifer: I don't really do much. I
stretch to warm up because I have to dance a whole bunch, and do a little singing warm-up, and that's it. Mostly I'm trying
to get dressed, get my hair and the makeup done and check the costumes. For me it's just about getting real warm and getting
ready to go out there and give my best. I don't have any like weird rituals or need to get Zen or anything like that.
Enrique: I don't do anything. I just
like to be by myself in the dressing room, and drink rum.
Jennifer: You don't have you trainer in there, working you out and getting
I don't have a trainer or nutritionist, just a little bit of rum to get rid of the nerves. That's what I do.
Roger Waters performing the wall in the Twin Cities.
Roger Waters building walls
Roger Waters, bassist, songwriter
and co-founder of Pink Floyd, slides into home base
when he returns to New York City expanding the arena edition of
"The Wall" that played Madison Square Garden to fill Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Friday and Saturday nights.
"The Wall," an aural and visual masterpiece about alienation and eventual transformation, will be performed in-its-entirety
in a full band/choir arrangement for this state-of-the-art production.
Speaking about his famous rock opera Waters
says "When I wrote 'The Wall' I was a frightened young man, but in the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe
the story of my fear and loss with its related inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory
for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears
that drove my young life."
Last week, in preparation for the pair of New York shows Waters took part in a
two hour conversation with fans on an exclusive program for The Pink Floyd Channel on Sirius XM hosted by Floyd historian
and Sirius radio personality Jim Ladd. Ladd, who has a comfortable relationship with Water, introduced the man and asked a
few quick questions to get the ball rolling with what was to be a town Hall-style interview where questions were elicited mainly from a panel consisting of two-dozen fans.
sometimes historical, but most often political, were so provoking that Ladd voiced his surprised at the complexity and thoughtfulness.
Waters, one of rock music's thinkers, took all the questions thoughtfully, never balking because a subject was too personal
and he pulled no punches with his answers.
Early in the program Waters was asked if Pink Floyd's original songwriter Syd Barrett's mental illness was the influence for the madness theme depicted in "Dark
Side of the Moon." In answering that Waters got very intimate when speaking about what it was like to see a bandmate
"falling apart in front of your eyes" and "I couldn't do a thing about it." Pausing for words Waters added
"I still feel enormous sadness about his descent into madness, but I feel no guilt."
Waters whose hearing
is slightly impaired after years in front of Marshall amps often had to have questions repeated, but always answered the queries
with passionate opinions that engaging the audience.
When asked how he balances the social commitment of the music
with the intrinsic entertainment values necessary for a stadium sized tour Waters was succinct answering "I am what I
am and I do what I do." But he did acknowledge how he and "The Wall" have evolved. Speaking for himself he says "You just have to get older, there's no substitute for the passage of time
- it helps us get wiser."
As for "The Wall," Waters says, "the piece has definitely changed."
He added when he wrote it, the themes he had in mind centered on the "loss of dad in the war," "nasty teachers,"
and "authoritarian rules." Waters says now he sees how "walls separate people into us and them."
That spurred the conversation toward the political when Waters was asked about the message of "The Wall" and his
performances in context of the current state of current Middle East affairs. That setting the tone for the greater portion
of the program . The political questions prompted Waters to offer his thought on class politics, the military industrial complex
and war as a means of generating profits, the loss of freedom paid for under the guise of national security. "Homeland
Security are a scary lot, they are totally unaccountable to anyone."
At the Yankee Stadium, the politics
of "The Wall" will be pictured forty-two high-definition projectors onto the actual wall built in place during the
show that stands three stories hight and is more than a football field wide. As for the music helping Waters are Snowy White
(guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), GE Smith (guitar & bass), Jon Carin (keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond organ), Graham
Broad (drums), Robbie Wyckoff (vocals), Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon (backing vocals).
Redfoo and SkyBlu,
a.k.a. LMFAO play Nassau tonight and the Prudential Center Friday.
LMFAO's Red Foo and SkyBlu Party Rock into New York and Jersey
They shared the stage with Madonna at the Super Bowl halftime show, now LMFAO is ready to take
their party rock anthems on the road with stops at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY tonight and the Prudential Center
in Newark, NJ on Friday, June 29. The band principals RedFoo and Skyblu spoke to DTMP while still in rehearsals for the tour
explaining what fans can expect and what’s really behind the LMFAO shuffle.
What do you want the fans to experience and what can they expect from this tour?
Um, you know they can expect um, what you would expect from a LMFAO show. You know a, a lot of shufflin'. Um, you know, a
lot of what's in the videos. You know bringing the videos to life and just um, some crazy energy.
Yep. You could use this as your excuse to let loose. You know what I'm sayin' no matter what job you got, no matter what people
are tell- telling you, when you come to the concert you can just let it all go and just have some fun, get some champagne
spray, you know what I mean and have a good old time baby.
You know and dressing up is a plus. You know put on your favorite party rock gear, LMFAO gear. Get some no-lenses glasses
and just have a good ol' time. Kinda like Halloween, but it's party rock LMFAO.
What’s the groups favorite live song on this tour?
I love “Champagne Showers” man. I think the energy of that is just unreal.
I mean it's almost spiritual.
Yeah baby, if you're comin' to the show, uh, bring your umbrella, 'cause he's right man, “Champagne Showers” is
really exciting. We also love songs like "Party Rock Anthem" which you know, has the shufflin'.
And you got "Sexy and I Know It" which has the wiggle. Still “Champagne Showers” comes at
the show’s climaxl.
Do you have any pre-show concert traditions?
RedFoo: Yeah yeah yeah, I mean we, we
do a group huddle. give a little chant. we might take a couple shots. We might even do some pushups. Um, you know, SkyBlu
might be doing some pilates.
That’s Bikram yoga baby. I'm getting my 26 poses on. You know we're all ready and, and in shape for
this tour and it's gonna be unreal 'cause the energy we got is serious.
What goes on after the show?
SkyBlu: The after party baby!
We usually have a celebration. We usually have a little locker room scene where we discuss the show and
then it gets right to the party.
up with the props and costumes in your shows?
We want you to feel like you’re in a dream. There could be an inflatable palm tree, a shuffling zebra.
That's the main thing with the costumes and the colors. Some things are random. Sometimes you might see a big hot dog shufflin'.
A shufflin' hot dog. A guy in a hot dog suit. Why? Because there is no reason why. That’s exactly
why it makes you feel like you're in a dream. What the hell is a hot dog?
Don’t you have a song called “Hot Dog”?
SkyBlu: That too.
True, but the hot dog man doesn’t come out on “Hot Dog,” he comes out on “I'm in
Miami.” I mean we have one rule: no rules.
you guys invent the “shuffle” dance steps in your videos?
The shuffle originates from the Charleston, and that hasn’t been used in popular music for a while not since the roaring
20s. And we like this sound it has a celebratory feel like when you win the game, uh or you win the car race and you spray
champagne and things.
Is there anything to the rumors that you two were splitting up?
It's completely false. I mean we're family and thats a very strong bond. Blood is stronger than anything.
Yeah, exactly. When you’re a success these rumors come with the territory. We grew up in a musical
family um, and Papa Berry [Gordy] taught us this thing he called the cycle of success. Part of that is some high class problems.
When you get famous you become a target for things. There’s lawsuits, and you might even be tempted to take advantage
of your fame – there lots that come with success. Then there’s the tabloids wanna say stuff
to, you know cause controversy. There's all these things, and I think you know the best way to, to look at it is like it's
all part of the game.
What else has Berry Gordy taught you guys?
RedFoo: Well the business
lessons like the cycle of success, and that direction is more important than speed because you can go fast,
in the wrong direction. What
else Sky? Two plus two is four?
SkyBlu: Yeah, two plus
two is four is one of my favorites, how about logic is the boss.
SkyBlu: If something
don't make sense, no matter who's throwing down the orders, you shouldn't do it. You have to remember logic is the boss.
How important is humor to LMFAO?
SkyBlu: The humor in our music stems
from us being class clowns growing up and coming up with that clever joke that everybody can relate to. Sometimes it's just
observations, you know what I'm sayin'? Things that are very true are funnier.
RedFoo: Being funny is just something
at our core, something that’s natural. It would be that way even if we weren’t doing music.
But like music, humor is a tool to make people happy.
Billy Corgan (center) with the latest edition
of the Smashing Pumpkins.
Corgan finds high ground with "Oceania"
Whether he’s right or wrong, Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan
never thinks small.
Pumpkins’ 1995 epic “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” remains an alt-rock masterpiece that launched
the band with a series of hit singles.
Always musically restless, Corgan expanded his sonic pallet with a symphonic
accents in the Pumpkins’ ``Siamese Dreams.’’
While some of Corgan’s more recent projects
have been less than successful the man, 45, and a new edition of the Smashing Pumpkins have found their musical fire with their new record “Oceania” releasing Tuesday. “Oceania” currently streaming
for free at iTunes.com/SmashingPumpkins) is the band’s 7th studio record and according to Corgan it is “an album within an album.”
of it as a suite within the more ambitious and troubled 44-song work-in-progress called “Teargarden By Kaleidoscope.”
Speaking about his artistic frustration from his Chicago home Corgan told Dan The Man Press “I wasn’t getting
the kind of results I was looking for.’’
The reason, he says, was he’d lost passion for music
adding “I knew I had to reinvest myself in my musical life or I needed to get out.’’
Corgan’s artistry was the accidental death of his pal Mark Tulin, the legendary bassist for the seminal psychedelic
rock band Electric Prunes who’d been writing with Corgan.
``Losing Mark [in a scuba accident] made me look
at my life and I was shaken. His death woke me up. I have a commitment level to music that hasn’t been there for a long
“I’ve had my success in rock and failures” Corgan
says ``what Mark’s passing did was show me you don’t fade away, you have to go out swinging.” Corgan doesn’t
fear artistic mortality, with a laugh he says ``I’ve lived and died in rock ’n’ roll a few times, and unfortunately,
over the last 10 years I’ve been more dead than alive.”
That self-admitted decade of doom has included
the failed alt rock offshoot act Zwan, and a solo record called “Zeitgeist.” ’ The new edition of the Pumpkins,
also help recharge Corgan. “This is the band I’ve always wanted” he says. “They’re confident
and we like and respect each.”
Very big kudos from a rock star who’s often been accused of being ultra-bossy
and dismissive of the musical contributions by his bandmates. “I’m finally in a situation where the
band is there for me so I don’t have to do their job for them” Corgan says. “When I was a kid I was scared
of failing so I was willing to cover for my band because I thought it was either that or going back to work in the record
store. I didn’t care what people thought.”
Recalling the original Smashing Pumpkins Corgan asked “Do
you think it was fun being inside on a summer day because I was recording James Iha’s guitar parts, parts he hadn’t
even written, parts I had to write for him that people would credit to him? It wasn’t.”
this new Pumpkins project is definitely a group effort and how he loathes how “the critics who write about Smashing
Pumpkins as if I’m on stage with three mannequins, it’s so disrespectful of these human beings who are committed
to the band.”
The words camaraderie and Corgan don’t quite dovetail. Corgan says “I understood
when people used to say `the Smashing Pumpkins is really just Billy Corgan,’ but that isn’t the case anymore.
The musicians that created “Oceania” are a band, there’s no way I did this all by myself.”
Dustin Bath, Nathan Blumenfeld-James and osh Mervin
(not pictures) are Early Morning Rebel.
trio are Rebels without a pause
The Early Morning Rebel, a L.A. rock trio, have a plan that has three-chord simplicity
and built-in brilliance.
Write some songs. Sign a
record contract. And get somebody to listen.
They only raised their Rebel flag last fall
and their full length album isn’t due until the end of the summer, yet their single “Life Boat” has had
national exposure and they are the must-have music booking at international Fashion Week events.
Some may grumble these rebels without a pause are a flash in the pan and
have gotten too much, too soon -- but the apparent overnight success is years in the
Josh Mervin, the band’s
drums/keys switch-hitter, is the new guy. The two other Rebels, singer Nathan Blumenfeld-James and guitarist
Dustin Bath, have been pals and musical partners since freshman year in high school. More than a decade after
their graduation, the pair has written and polished an album’s worth of songs including that irresistible ballad “Life
Boat” that rescued the boys from obscurity. It’s a moody, atmospheric piece that dissects love and loss.
“Life Boat” is already sailing happily on the internet and it’s gained real
chart traction after it was tapped for the music savvy medical TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
In Manhattan on a stop during their inaugural national tour, the band snuggled in a small Lower
East Side bar next to the Rockwood Lounge where they were booked.
The Rebels looked perfectly at home decked out in hipster chic. In a half hour, at 6 p.m., they
were going to play a late afternoon showcase featuring a handful of their best songs in a semi acoustic format.
They were relaxed, but the trio projected a tightly wound energy that was more focus, than
According to Nathan the bare bones history of the band
is “Dustin and I’ve been writing songs and producing for years, we had other bands and projects but
they just didn’t work. About eight months ago we hit a musical wall and we wanted to start totally fresh. That’s
when met Josh -- he was the missing part of the puzzle. After we found each other we
holed up at our recording studio in Venice and it all just came together.”
Josh admits initially he was wary of the marriage saying “You can’t help but feel
a little outside. These guys are best friends with an unbreakable connection. But the LA rock scene is small enough that we
knew about each other and when we met we really clicked. I listened to the songs they’d written and I liked
what I heard.”
Dustin, the band’s lead guitarist
who has an older-than-his-years introspective quality interjected “Josh’s talent was never a question. He’s
a really good player, what was really important was his vibe. He seemed like the kind of guy who was going to mesh with us.
And that we were going to be able to collaborate with him.”
Dustin added “It’s tough
enough being in a band, so you should at least like the people you’re working with.”
For Nathan who’s the
principal songsmith for the Early Morning Rebelthat inner-band chemistry is also important because his bandmates are the first
line of critics judging his tunes. “You write something and you think it’s
good and you have to depend on somebody else to let you know if you’re right” Nathan says.
Both Josh and Dustin smile when Nathan adds “I take criticism well because I try to detach
myself from the piece. I try to keep ego out of it. I want to write something that’s bigger, more important than me.
I depend on these guys to let me know what will complement the song to make it better."
Then it’s Nathan’s turn to smile saying “It can’t
be about sparing my feelings.”
Josh adds “it all about communication for us and a common
goal to make a song better. I think we all avoid being negative and we all understand that sometimes things work and sometimes
they don’t. . . and often, the best ideas comes from collaboration. ”
Despite the band’s desire for strict quality
control when it comes to tunes, there was no question about the built-in goodness of the power ballad “Life
What is interesting is how
such a simple tune has had such varied interpretation of its meaning. “I love that,” says Nathan.
“I love that after I write a song it doesn’t really belong to me anymore. It’s owned by the
listener and it takes on a unique role in their life. The same song can be about healing to one guy and about a breakup to
somebody else. I write from personal experience so my songs have my baggage in them, but I hope the words are universal enough
that people see themselves in them.”
As artistically giving as
that may sound, on a slightly more selfish level Nathan says he wants to create something that will last longer than he will.
“I know that’s partly a need for fame, but as an artist I want to create something that says ‘I
was here.’ ”
With “Life Boat”
and the rest of their upcoming album. band not only says they’re here, with a
rebel yell they declare we’re here to stay.
Excerpts from Jack Whites's NPR Music interview
In a National Public radio interview, former White Stripe Jack White talked about his upcoming solo album, "Blunderbuss"
(due April 20) with "All Songs Considered" Host Bob Boilen. The acclaimed and prolific musician sat down with Boilen
at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, TX, during last month's South By Southwest Arts and Music
Festival. A 30-minute video of this conversation, is available at npr.org/2012/04/13/150593292/jack-white-how-i-made-blunderbuss. Here are a few excerpts from that chat:
How do you react to the critics? "When you put something
out there into the world there's all these words you kind of don't want to hear, that you hope people don't say. I don't like
anything that starts with "re" – like retro, reinvent, recreate – I hate that. It's always like living
in the past – copying, emulating. Collaboration. I hate the word collaboration. It's
like, if I produce a record with Tom Jones I'm not collaborating with Tom Jones. It makes you think you're up in a cabin writing
together. Anyways, I love when you hear different things from different people, then you know you're getting somewhere."
What's it like being the Boss? "I came up from growing up with a lot of Catholic guilt, a lot of punk rock, hipster guilt in
the later years, where I think people have thrown a lot of things on me. Where I always felt like
I'm not supposed to tell the horn section what to play or I don't want to come off egotistical or like a control freak to
tell that piano player to change the rhythm to waltz time now because it will make this thing happen. But now I'm in a position
where I own the studio and the people are coming in to work on music. They want to make something beautiful happen and somebody
needs to direct it, and I feel like forget all that guilt."
are you releasing on Columbia when you have your own company? "[Columbia's]
history is amazing. They're the first record label. The very first. They invented the album. They have an incredible history.
So I always thought if I did a solo record it'd probably be a great idea to do it with them and I just hadn't done one 'til
now. Some of my friends say 'why didn't you just put it out on Third Man? You have your own record label, just do it.' And
I think the thing is about Third Man is that, yeah, we can put this thing out on iTunes and we can put things out on vinyl.
We got those things fine. We can produce tons of them like that, but if you want to put out a million CDs and sell them and
get them played on the radio, and even videos, or whatever, if that still exists, that kind of muscle can only come from a
label like Columbia. And I really didn't want to do this album a disservice. I ain't got nothing to prove about being indie
or anything like that."
Excerpts from Madonna's chat with SiriusXM
Madonna, our lady of perpetual motion, keeps up the momentum leading
to the launch of her new release "MDNA" next week with the announcement of additional shows on the European leg
of the supporting world tour as well as a radio interview with Sirius XM's Larry Flick. In this first North American interview
regarding "MDNA," Madonna tells Flick how good it felt to “get back to the basics . . . play
a guitar and sing” and how the muse of recording these songs was akin to “an animal getting let out of its cage.
Here are a few of the choice cuts from Flick's Madonna interview that aired on his daily show The
Morning Jolt on SiriusXM’s channel 108.
The meaning of life
The journey is to get close to the answer. And the education that you have is your journey. You push yourself down this road,
trying to get to the heart of things, trying to understand the nature of things. And while you're striving to find the answer
to "What is the meaning of life?," "What is the meaning of love and happiness?" and "Why are we here?"
you're getting a hell of an education and you're learning how to be a human being.
On being the
Madonna: I hate to use the word "control" so much, because people bandy that
word about with me, when it comes to my creative life. Everyone [says] "Oh, you're a control freak and you like to be
in control." The thing is, everything I do—even my songwriting—I'm collaborating at all times, and I value
input from people, and I want it. I can't work on my own. I am not Prince or like a lot of artists who can go in and play
every instrument and record a track and not hear from people. I need to hear what people think all the time.
On her get-even ode "Gang Bang"
Madonna: It's the ultimate revenge song. And It's nihilistically romantic. The song is full of layers
because of the one hand it sounds like I'm telling someone to go f--- themselves, on the other hand….I took on this
character and the whole idea of telling somebody to drive, just to keep driving. And taking charge and calling a man a bitch.
For a woman to call a man a bitch is to me, the ultimate diss.
On her daughter
Madonna: Yeah, she has an incredible voice,
she'll never admit it herself. She's definitely going on tour with me. I have to keep my eye on her. She's 15. But she hasn't
decided what she wants to do yet. This is how we roll. This is how a Libra rolls anyway—they can never make up their
minds. She plays the piano beautifully. She's an incredible singer.