the Music Lounge

April 29, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 17

Sat, Feb 27, 2016


the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer


So there I was. At the Moore Theatre. In the basement. Sitting down with Tegan and Sara. Wrapping up a good interview with the Canadian twins and giving them my best wishes for a great performance that night. And then he appeared. Brandon Flowers, the boyishly cute lead singer of The Killers. Mr. Brightside himself. I almost freaked out, but I didn’t. Instead, I fumbled through my backpack and found the CD sleeve for my Hot Fuss CD. I brought it just in case. I was trying to say good-bye to Tegan and Sara at the same time Brandon was circling the area we were sitting at. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He’s a beautiful guy up close. Very beautiful.

Brandon had a lot of makeup on. A lot. Like...a lot. Whoever put it on him though, possibly himself, did a fabulous job. He looked flawless. He wore dark pants and a greenish-blueish color blazer. He was so nice and signed my CD cover. Sara showed him a picture of The Killers in Sunday’s entertainment section of the Times/P-I and told him that the band was also included in the Seattle Gay News. He said, “Cool.” I can’t remember my exact words, but I think I said something foolishly cliché like “I love your music Brandon.” Ugh...I’m so lame! But I met the dude and that’s what matters.

Tegan and Sara said farewell, as they went to get ready for the show and Brandon looked around for the lounge or waiting area to hang out before the concert. He was told by security that there wasn’t one besides the dressing rooms. I looked at Brandon, pointed to the couches Tegan and Sara and I had been sitting on and said, “That’s it.” He smiled, grabbed the Times/P-I, excused himself politely and walked away. I smiled in return, scooped my tongue up off the floor and caught a taxi to the U2 concert. I had to choose between the two shows that night and I just couldn’t miss U2. Plus, I just saw The Killers in December. Now, about that makeup. I think it’s cool if guys, whether they’re rock stars or not, want to wear it. If we can accept tomboys in our society, then we can accept guys who use lipstick and mascara. And if you’re a sexy mofo like Brandon Flowers, you can magic marker your face til’ Kingdom Come and I’d still have no problem with it.

For every Gay boy and girl who likes Britney Spears and J-Lo, there’s one who digs Franz Ferdinand and New Order. For this very reason, the Seattle Gay News and Manray are teaming up for a new weekly club event called “Alternative Tuesdays” at Manray Video Bar (514 E. Pine St.) between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. It’s an opportunity to watch videos from some of the hottest alternative music makers, both old and new. Here’s a short list of the artists we’ll be playing: The Killers, The Cure, Beck, The Donnas, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, Muse, Keane, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Fiona Apple, Linkin Park and Green Day.

Tuesdays aren’t big party nights on Capitol Hill. Or anywhere really. So don’t expect the place to be jam-packed. But I, along with the Seattle Gay News and Manray staffs, hope you will help us spread the word that “Alternative Tuesdays” are a great place for Gay non-pop music fans to have cocktails, watch cool videos, talk about their favorite alternative bands and win free stuff. We’ll select a “feature artist” each week, and we’re proud to announce Snow Patrol as our chosen artist for Tuesday, May 3. We’ll play snippet’s from the band’s DVD Live at Somerset House and give away a few goodies. We’d love to see you there and encourage you to bring your straight friends and colleagues.

Grammy and Oscar-winning rap star Eminem is heading this way soon. The controversial hip hop artist will perform at the White River Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 17. But he won’t be alone. Joining him are 50 Cent and Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz. Billed as the “Anger Management Tour 3,” the concert also features performances by D12, Obie Trice and Statquo. There are those in the Gay community who still hold a grudge against Eminem for his homophobic lyrics from two albums ago. But there are a number of us who’ve accepted his apology, accepted him as an artist and really love his music. His latest release Encore is certified quadruple-platinum and the ballad “Mockingbird” is on VH1 and MTV countdowns now. The CD features interesting homoerotic and borderline bisexual lyrics. Tickets for Eminem, and his posse, go on sale tomorrow, April 30 (11:00 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket prices are $63 and $73. If you buy them at the White River Amphitheatre box office between 10:00 am and 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, you won’t have to pay any processing fees.

Also making a trip to White River this summer is pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne. The Canadian youngster is promoting her multi-platinum effort Under My Skin, featuring the hit singles “My Happy Ending” and “Don’t Tell Me.” Lavigne’s last visit to the Puget Sound was in December, taking part in KISS 106.1’s “Jingle Bell Bash” at the Tacoma Dome. She gave an energetic performance and wowed the thousands of fans who packed the place to a near sell-out. I like her attitude. She’s gritty and lots of fun. Lavigne will be joined at White River on Monday, August 8 by special guests Gavin DeGraw and Butch Walker in what’s being called “Bonez Tour 2005.” Tickets for Avril Lavigne, and friends, go on sale tomorrow at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket prices are $38.50 and $43.50. If you buy them at the White River Amphitheatre box office between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, you won’t have to pay any processing fees
TEGAN AND SARA Next week in ‘The Music Lounge’
In between their sound check and performance at the Moore Theatre last weekend, Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara sat down for a chit-chat with the Seattle Gay News. The duo were polite and talkative, as usual, and had lots to say about their music, Gay culture, their acceptance as Lesbian artists in mainstream music and being on the road with The Killers. Guess which “Killer” is their favorite? You’ll know next week. So grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on Friday to hear what Tegan and Sara had to say when they stepped into “The Music Lounge.”

Leslie Robinson

Madelyn Arnold

Paula Martinac