These Days: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Second Degree Murder: “Will the next case be a Facebook posting in which someone is encouraged to commit a crime?” In one of the saddest stories you ever heard, 17 year old Michelle Carter urged Conrad Roy III, 18, to kill himself through texts and when he got cold feet, called him and told him to go back in the garage, turn on ignition and die. He did. And Carter, now 20 years old was found guilty of second degree murder. This is borderline thought crime, and the natural next step in the litigious insane, PC world we live in. It’s like all that stuff where “Tom And Jerry” was blamed for children’s violence becomes law. The story itself took place over two years with two High School kids figuring out the worst possible way of dealing with the harsh reality of a world that isn’t noticing them. According to the New York Times, Roy called himself “minuscule little particle on the face of this earth” and “no-good trash,” “an abortion” and “a joke”. Perhaps, but who isn’t? Carter is appealing and well you should. This is a terrible and sad story.
Concerts: This was the white man’s rock and schlock week for me, Neil Diamond I saw on Thursday (Grade: B+) and Tom Petty And The Heartbreaks yesterday (Grade: B+) and the shows were mirror images of each other: 1 – Greatest hits plus not greatest hits 2 – mini set from an album that doesn’t quite deserve it and 3- Interminable band introductions. Streamlined staging and boilerplate interaction with the audience. As for Nick Cave on Tuesday (Grade: B+), another white man but with a smaller audience and more messianic qualities. All three were good shows and none of them were great.
More Concerts: News that Springsteen is performing a residency at the Walter Kerr in November for eight weeks, five nights a week, will drive the entire city insane. The tiny 975 seat Kerr means that the entire audience will get the best seats ever for the solo run of show…. if they can get tickets. Here is a question, when can we expect
New Music: So far so good, Jason Isbell (Grade: B+), Beth Ditto (Grade: B+) and Lorde (Grade: A) are all fabulous. Especially Lorde who did manage a hit single off Melodrama, “Green Light” managed 135M streams -that’s not sympathy streams and while it isn’t 400M that Royals ended up with, it is pretty awesome. I might overestimate her because I loved the Governors Ball set so much, and because it’s a New York City album, but right now it is blowing me away.
Old Music: Coming up, Prince’s Lotusfire, Presley’s Good Times, and McCartney’s old school rock and roll Back In The USSR.
Sports: The Yanks are not allowed on the West Coast ever again, they’ve lost four in a row and are in first place by a single lap. The Mets lose another. However, the New York Liberty are the slim as humanly possible 0.5 games out of first place.
Business: Amazon bought Whole Food for $13.4B.
Death: Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who presided over the reunification of Germany, dead at 87 years old age. John Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” is dead at 81.