These Days: Friday, June 16th, 2017

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Concerts: Here are the Queens Of The Stone Age onsale dates…

Onsale to General Public
Thu 06/22/17 10:00 am EDT
Ticketmaster Verified Fan – Group A
Start: Tue 06/20/17 10:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Ticketmaster Verified Fan – Group B
Start: Tue 06/20/17 11:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Artist Presale
Start: Tue 06/20/17 12:00 pm EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Citi® Cardmember Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Chase Preferred Cardmember Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Live Nation Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Live Nation Mobile App Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Spotify Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT
Local Presale
Start: Wed 06/21/17 09:00 am EDT
End: Wed 06/21/17 11:59 pm EDT

Not to pick on QOTSA, however are they so popular that they need all these presales? It’s a little wild, they have both Chase and Citi presale, Live Nation, Live Nation Mobile App and Spotify and local presales and artist presale. How much ginning up does this stuff need? I don’t think all these presales do anything to harm ticket brokers with bots, and I don’t think Josh and the boys are big enough to not just have a simple presale. If you wanna know what your best chance is, buy the new up and go all the way up to Verified Fans Group A. Essentially they are making a presale fury for a dream of exclusivity?

More Concerts: Neil Diamond was very good except for 20 minutes or so near the end where he sang three songs off Jonathan Livingston Seagull and immediately followed it with endless band introductions (I see no reason to listen to the saxophonist solo) and immediately followed that with a band instrumental. Grade: B+

More More Concerts: Tom Petty today with Joe Walsh opening…

New Music: The new Arcade Fire sing, “Creature Comforts” is spectacular modern AF as electronic dance rock band, Grade: A. The new Lorde is a terrific autobiographical flaunting of wealth and sadness and one night stands. Grade: A. The new Jason Isbell is terrific, better than I though. Grade: A-

Old Music: For Neil Diamond, two songs shine as a certain possibility. “Brooklyn Roads” (Grade: A+) and “I Am… I Said” (Grade: A) are autobiography, on the latter Diamond takes an unblinking look at his childhood and in the latter, the coastal warrior finds fame a lonely business. The frog verse is brutal self-knowledge.

Sports: Sometimes you’re the statue and sometimes you’re the pigeon. The A’s took three out of four as the Yanks came from behind again and again (and again) and still lost. Luckily, so did the Red Sox. Mets lost.

US: How soon before Mueller is fired? Once memo’s like this to the transition team are making the rounds, keep your eyes on the watch: “Please immediately suspend any deletion, modification, overwriting, or other possible destruction.”

POTUS: Why did Obama not do more to get Otto Wambier out of North Korea? By the time Trump raised the noise level it was way too late. It looks as though as a form of torture the North Koreans cut off the oxygen to the 22 year old American victim, imprisoned for no reason (though who goes and tours North Korea?), now he is in a coma.

The Cosby Trial: Looks like a hung jury and I am so happy I have nothing to do with these deliberations. I will say this, social mores change and the 70s were not the 10s when it comes to seduction.

The London Highrise Fire: I wasn’t paying close attention when it first happened. I read Kensington (a posh area of London) and assumed the money class got unlucky. Actually, it was a national assisted building whose tenants had been warning about conditions before the sucker burnt down. The filth who own have given a statement that they will help in all inquiries. I hope they rot in jail.

 

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