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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Josh Groban interview next week, Tori Amos and The Arcade Fire announce Seattle concerts, Faith Hill goes mad over hubby crotch-grabbing incident
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Josh Groban interview a week away, Key Arena tickets still available
Get ready. He's on the way. The one and only. Cute and gifted. Tall and dreamy. Josh Groban. The Grammy-nominated artist and international recording star is on my calendar this week for a one-on-one chitchat. A previous phone date, two weeks ago, was rescheduled to Tuesday afternoon. The platinum-selling twentysomething brings his "Awake" tour to Seattle's Key Arena on Saturday, August 18. At press time, tickets were still available priced between $45 and $95. The tour has already swept through various regions of the US and Europe, where Groban performed to sold out crowds in cities that include Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Dublin, and Amsterdam. The classical-pop vocalist has appeared in the Seattle area twice, in 2003 at the Paramount Theatre and 2004 at White River Amphitheatre. If you're a fan and haven't seen Groban in concert before, treat yourself and somebody special to an incredible night of music at Key Arena next weekend. But before you head to the show, pick up a copy of the Seattle Gay News on August 17 and enjoy some quality time with Josh Groban when he steps inside "The Music Lounge".

Tori Amos playing Paramount Theatre in December
Merry X-mas to Tori Amos fans! You can celebrate the holidays early by seeing the Gay-worshipped alt pop diva perform live at the Paramount Theatre on December 5. Amos, fresh from a UK tour with opening act and Seattle Gay News favorite Joshua Radin, is on the road promoting her new album American Doll Posse. Tickets for the Seattle show go on sale tomorrow morning, August 11 (11am) at all Ticketmaster locations priced at $45. All seats are reserved. I've never seen Amos in concert before, though I hear she is fabulous. In a 1998 interview with Yahoo-Launch, the pianist-singer-songwriter credits Gay men for showing her the feminine ropes. She says, "I think there is a deep connection I have to the Gay community because those boys taught me how to sit and how to buy shoes and how to put on the right lipstick". Concert tickets make wonderful gifts, so add Tori Amos at the Paramount Theatre on your holiday wish list.

The Arcade Fire coming to Bank of America Arena in September
I saw The Arcade Fire back in May at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Hall and I am forever changed. It was like a spiritual awakening, in that the multi-member ensemble creates an enlightened, organic environment at their live shows. People are singing, people are clapping, people are bouncing up and down, people are closing their eyes, and everyone is in such joyful spirits. Without a doubt, it's at the very top of my list of live performances this year. The Montreal-based group earned two Grammy nominations for 2004's Funeral, which included the awesome hit "Rebellion (Lies)". You can experience the thrill of seeing The Arcade Fire in person when they perform at Seattle's Bank of America Arena, on the University of Washington campus, on September 24. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations priced at $39.50. Even if you're remotely curious about The Arcade Fire, don't miss this performance. Seattle Gay News selected the band's Neon Bible as one of the best recordings of 2007 ½.

Faith Hill steamed after fan grabs Tim McGraw's privates
Tammy Wynette stood by her man. Faith Hill stood by her man's crotch. The award-winning songbird went ballistic (yep, pun intended) during a concert last week when a fan jumped onstage and grabbed hubby Tim McGraw's egg basket. Hill shouted, "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend." And then followed with "That's disrespectful." Yeah, I agree. It's disrespectful to grope a happily married man, onstage while performing with his wife. But, if given fifteen seconds to do whatever I could with Tim McGraw I would've done the exact same thing. Or, I would've spanked him. Or, rubbed his chest. Or, given him a fat kiss on the cheek. Come to think of it, I'll stick with the balls. So, kudos to the fan that got her country-fried handful. If you happen to saw your hand off and sell it on eBay, I'd be interested in bidding on it.
 

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