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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
The Police include Key Arena show in reunion tour; Grammy high and lowlights; Jason Aldean interviews with Seattle Gay News
Seattle gets a date with The Police in early June
The countdown begins. On June 6, Key Arena will be filled with thousands of Police diehards. And by Police, I'm talking about the men out of uniform. As in the English trio, called The Police. Fronted by lead singer-bassist Sting, and featuring Stewart Copeland on drums and Andy Summers on guitar, the rock threesome announced a North American tour this week that includes a Seattle appearance in early June. The road outing, the first in over two decades for the reunited band, kicks off May 28 in Vancouver BC. At press time, ticket on sale date and prices were still unavailable. But, Ticketmaster's website should post information about the performance any day now. I'll spotlight the group's discography, early years, and pre-concert must-haves with a "Countdown to The Police" in the weeks leading up to the big night. The Police opened the 2007 Grammy Awards last weekend.

Grammy wrap-up: Dixie Chicks rule, Wolfmother wins, Imogen Heap gets weird
Yes, it's true. Imogen Heap bought her Grammy outfit at a pet feed store. Or, a nursery. Her birdwoman-like costume was a mess and might've paired well with Bjork's swan suit from Oscars past. But Heap wasn't the only laughable thing on the red carpet. John Mayer was apparently channeling Edward Scissorhands with his scraggly hair, pale skin and tux meets sneakers look. Another fashion flop was Natalie Cole, choosing a bow-accented prom dress that was forty years her junior. Jennifer Hudson's tomato-colored gown made her look like a giant bottle of V-8. Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado was a goose down nightmare with a feather-heavy ensemble that made me wonder if she plucked chickens before heading to the Staples Center. And, India Arie should've titled her song "I Am Not My Hair Dresser" because the soul diva's hair-don't was a prickly salute to the tumbleweed. Finally, how many drinks did Quentin Tarantino have before presenting an award? Someone needs a sponsor.

As for the awards themselves, outspoken trio and Gay favorite the Dixie Chicks took home five Grammys, including Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus two additional wins in the country genre. Mary J. Blige claimed three gramophones, Red Hot Chili Peppers received four, flu-bitten Justin Timberlake got two, Carrie Underwood was handed a pair, and Aussie trio Wolfmother accepted their first Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Woman"). I sent a congratulatory note to Myles Heskett, the band's drummer, who interviewed with the Seattle Gay News in May 2006. Also, Christina Aguilera out-heeled her competition in the Best Female Pop Vocal category, John Legend added two Grammys to his growing stash, and Madonna boogied to a victory for Best Electronic-Dance Album. Among the undeserved podium hikers, dinosaur Tony Bennet won for another burped out performance in the Pop Vocal Album category and The Black Eyed Peas' shameless, raunchy "My Humps" snagged the Pop Duo or Group award, which hints that The Recording Academy isn't as credible as it really tries to be.

Many of the hyped performances disappointed. The Police's choice of "Roxanne" was lackluster. Justin Timberlake's first number was somewhat wobbly, yet he came back strong on his second piece with online contest winner Robyn Troup. "Shake it, don't break it" Shakira moved around the stage like an unwound puppet - too much dancing overshadowed the cool single underneath that featured fellow nominee Wyclef Jean. And, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seemed to be trapped in a boring blizzard when they sang "Snow (Hey Oh)". The best performances were turned in by the Dixie Chicks, who made their case for winning the top awards, and r & b queen Mary J. Blige, who nearly blew out her microphone with those powerful pipes. On a final note, my heart goes out to Seattle-based quartet Death Cab for Cutie, who lost twice at Sunday's Grammy ceremony. Regardless, they still rule on my MP3 player.

ACM winner Jason Aldean phones Seattle Gay News from West Virginia
Country hunk Jason Aldean called into the Seattle Gay News last week, on the day he launched a national tour with platinum-selling trio Rascal Flatts. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) winner and Georgia native is currently reeling in the success of his self-titled debut featuring the chart-riding single "Amarillo Sky". Aldean's honey-dipped, deep Southern voice was incredibly sexy to listen to over the phone. And the fact that he's such a polite young man with a sensible attitude makes him even more irresistible. We spoke about the new tour, which comes to the Tacoma Dome on March 4, and about scary movies. Aldean is a fan of horror films, so we discussed some of our favorite creepy flicks. He apparently watches a lot of DVDs when he's on the road. Aldean lives in Nashville with his wife and three year-old daughter these days, but like any touring musician - especially rising artists - most of his time is spent traveling from city to city on a large bus. Stay glued for an interview with Jason Aldean in "The Music Lounge".
 

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