Journey and Styx will be at Mardi Gras this year, but don’t expect them to toss beads to the raunchiest members of the audience. The classic-rock veterans have signed on to play the classy Endymion Extravaganza
, a black-tie event following the Endymion Parade on Feb. 17th. Or, as the Extravaganza’s website defines it: "A star-studded concert, a dinner dance for thousands, a show that can stack up to anything Las Vegas can offer -- one hell of a good time stretched over eight hours in the Louisiana Superdome where the cost of the parade and show is rivaled only by the cost of the formal finery worn by the 14,000 guests."
So... wow. That should be fun, albeit a little overwhelming. Al Green is scheduled to perform, too, as is American Idol
champion Taylor Hicks (who, along with member of Journey, will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade).
In other news, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher has been talking trash again. Could this be a way to remind that public that Oasis still exists, and – hey! whaddya know? – they’re working on a new record
? Maybe... Or maybe Noel’s just a jerk. Head over to NME
to catch the guitarist’s candid thoughts on U2 and Radiohead. Spoiler: he uses the F-word with more frequency than an uncensored Kevin Smith movie.
Ah! So many band reunions. We’ve got Rage Against the Machine, The Police, Crowded House, Van Halen, Dinosaur Jr.
, and now Genesis
. The group will tour this summer, sans Peter Gabriel, and a free concert will be held at Rome’s circo Massimo on July 14. Also, Phil Collins’ daughter
is attractive all of a sudden, and now we feel all creepy and old...
Finally, it’s time to start the James Brown Countdown
. Dude’s been dead since Christmas Day, but his relatives/lawyers/lovers are still battling over the proper resting place for his gold coffin. Come on, people! Get Up Offa That Thing
and do something, or just Give It Up or Turnit Loose
. Or something.