Various ramblings from the world of entertainment:
・The band on Thursday will headline Packard Music Hall on Friday, but will be part of a much bigger event later this year in Las Vegas.
Thursday is one of more than 60 acts booked for When We Were Young, which will serve up a huge helping of emo nostalgia on October 22 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
My Chemical Romance and Paramore are co-headliners, but the lineup also includes Bring Me the Horizon, Avril Lavigne, A Day to Remember, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, AFI, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional and basically all groups. formed between 1998 and 2008 which had a T-shirt available from Hot Topix.
I’m a bit older than the demographic this show is aimed at, but what seems crazy is that When We Were Young is just a one-day event. Most three-day festivals feature fewer acts than this lineup.
This means one of two things – most artists will play incredibly short sets or there will be so many scenes featuring music simultaneously that it will be impossible to enjoy even a small fraction of the bands there. ‘attach. Information on the website (www.whenwewereyoungfestival.com) says there are only three stages and 13 hours of music (11 a.m. to midnight), so short sets must be the plan.
Tickets start at $224.99 and the festival pre-sale begins Friday.
Tickets for Thursday at Packard Music Hall (featuring Cursive, The Appleseed Cast and Nate Bergman) are $35 and $29. I feel safe guaranteeing that Thursday will play a longer show in Warren than he will play in Vegas in October.
・Millennial Theater Company has announced its upcoming production in the program of its current show, “Heathers the Musical”, at the Hopewell Theater in Youngstown.
MTC will remain at the high school by hosting “Grease” at the Youngstown Playhouse for a two-weekend run starting July 29.
During an interview for the premiere of “Heathers,” MTC founder Joe Asente joked that core members of the theater could be nearing the end of their days playing high school characters. But anyone not currently collecting Social Security will be younger than some of the actors who played teenagers in this musical, whether it’s the 1978 film version or the many (many, many) local productions over the years.
After an adventurous pick like “Heathers” — which is awesome, check out one of the final three performances this weekend — it’s hard to get too excited about this over-the-top title.
The details of the audition will be announced later.
・Cable channel Reelz will air a documentary next month about the 2003 fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI that killed 100 people, including Brookfield High School graduate Ty Longley and Sharon, a Pennsylvania native who played guitar for the group Great White.
“America’s Deadliest Rock Concert: The Guest List” delves into the concert tragedy that occurred moments after Great White took the stage. His pyrotechnics ignited a fire that climbed the walls of the club and through the ceiling. Many died in the fire or in the mad dash as 400 people tried to escape the blaze.
According to a press release, the documentary includes interviews with survivors, first responders and family members of those who died.
Longley graduated from Brookfield High School in 1990 and had been a member of the band Great White, best known for its platinum album “Once Bitten” and hits “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “The Angel Song,” since 2000.
“America’s Deadliest Rock Concert: The Guest List” premieres at 8 p.m. on February 20.