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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Pink headlining KISS 106.1's 'BFD'; Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz confirm Marymoor date; Seattle Gay News presents Snow Patrol CD listening party at Liberty; Elton John rumored to play Key Arena soon
Pink, Rihanna, Teddy Geiger tapped for KISS 106.1 concert at Key Arena

Pink is badass. A pop star with brains, attitude and guts. Her new single "Stupid Girls" thrashes untalented media sluts like Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton. Remember that awful Pizza Hut commercial starring a daisy-duked Simpson? Yeah, well I immediately switched to Domino's. She's an idiot. Pink, on the other hand, is not. She's worlds apart from the aforementioned bimbettes. She's a multi-Grammy winner who began her career on the safe side, delivering bubblegum radio hits to the masses and then changed course to create in-depth, mature songs about life's grandest and suckiest moments. Her re-vamping of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Lil' Kim was nothing short of fabulous.

I could go on and on about Pink, but I won't. What you need to know is that she's coming to Seattle on Sunday, June 25. Our friends at KISS 106.1 announced the lineup this week for their annual "Big Freakin' Deal" with Pink slated as the headliner. The show also features All-American Rejects, Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Ashley Parker Angel, Teddy Geiger and Aly & AJ. Tickets, priced between $35 and $75, go on sale tomorrow morning (10 o'clock), April 29, at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone or online. I met Pink five years ago backstage at a KISS 106.1 concert, when she only had one album under her belt. She was amazingly friendly and bubbly cute. She gave me a kiss on the cheek, put her arm around my neck, and posed for a picture. Awwww. Fucking sweet! Pink, at Key Arena. June 25. Get tickets. And make it snappy.

Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz set to play Marymoor Park in July

Last week I spilled the espresso beans on a possible Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz concert this summer. Actually, it was already in the works but the date hadn't been confirmed. Now it has. The pop-rock cutie pies will perform at Marymoor Park in Redmond on Wednesday, July 12. Tickets, priced at $49.50 (general seating) and $79.50 (reserved seating), go on sale tomorrow morning, April 29 (9 o'clock), at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone or online. Don't put off buying tickets if you're dying to see either of these guys in person because their respective previous outings in Seattle, both at the Paramount Theatre, sold out in a day. Even if you think people might contemplate the ticket price, I forewarn you that Thomas and Mraz fans will pay any dollar amount to see them perform live. Get tickets immediately. Marymoork Park concerts this summer include INXS (June 3), Ani DiFranco (August 18), and Grammy-winning folk trio Nickel Creek (August 11). The full artist roster can be viewed at www.concertsmarymoor.com. And yes, of course I'll be at the Thomas-Mraz show. Lord knows I've been pimpin' for Mraz since day one.

Ear-sample Snow Patrol's new CD and win cool stuff at Liberty

Attention Snow Patrol fans. This is for you. Get a sneak listen to the group's forthcoming release Eyes Open at Liberty bar-restaurant Thursday night, May 4 from 8 to 10 pm. Seattle Gay News joins Sonic Boom Records and Wake Up Productions in bringing you this cool event, where you can possibly score a Snow Patrol prize package that includes a pair of tickets to their Paramount Theatre performance in mid-June, copies of the band's Final Straw CD and Acoustic EP, and an opportunity to meet the band in person. Not too shabby for just showing up and listening to their latest album. Plus, you can mingle with other Snow Patrol followers at Capitol Hill's grooviest new hangout, Liberty (517 15th Ave. East). No cover charge. Bring some pocket change for a nice cocktail and some damn good sushi, but you're not obligated to. I, however, love spending money on good drinks and will probably be tipsy Thursday night. You can count on it. Another thing you can count on is Snow Patrol's new disc sounding incredible. I've listened to it several times already and this one's a keeper. And if you haven't heard yet, lead singer Gary Lightbody is very, very close to asking me to marry him. I shit you not. I think the Sideways DVD I gave him last year, when they performed at the Moore Theatre, sealed the deal

Sir Elton John eyeing Seattle for late summer, early fall concert

You heard it here first. Sir Elton John is on his way to Seattle this fall, or possibly late summer. Dates are still being tossed around and it's not 100-percent confirmed. But between you and me, it's probably going to happen. Key Arena will likely be the venue. John played the Tacoma Dome on his last area swing-through with Billy Joel back in 2001. That show was sensational! The Gay, married icon appeared and sang on Ellen Degeneres' show a week ago. He sounded fab-riffic. I'll have updated information on Elton John's concert in Seattle in the coming weeks. Hang on.
 

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