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Beyonce, Billy Joel rumored to play Key Arena, Josh Groban cancels interview last minute, cocktailing with cute new band Switches
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Beyonce to announce Key Arena date soon
Beyonce fans, be on guard for a possible Seattle concert announcement in the coming days. The Grammy-winning diva is currently on tour and lands her show at Vancouver's GM Place on September 7, which means she could potentially perform in Seattle the following night. Or, she could play here before September 7. Either or, it appears Beyonce is close to announcing a live concert at Key Arena very soon. And if she does make it here, let's hope she doesn't trip onstage. Beyonce and Justin Timberlake nabbed the most nominations for this year's MTV VMA's.

"Piano Man" set to make Key Arena appearance in November
You heard it here first. Billy Joel is likely to announce a Key Arena date in the coming weeks. The concert, the Piano Man's first in-city performance in years, is tentatively slated for November 11. No ticket information was given to me up front, but just make sure your credit cards have wiggle room because ticket prices will probably start in the 40 to 50 dollar range. Visit Ticketmaster's official website (www.ticketmaster.com) for breaking news on Billy Joel's upcoming concert in Seattle. And start practicing "Just the Way You Are" because you don't want to sound rusty at the show.

Groban leaves Seattle Gay News with no interview after several attempts
After three or four (I lost count) rescheduled times, Josh Groban finally axed an interview this week with Seattle Gay News at the last minute. As much as I love the guy, it was a relief when the final decision was made to cancel the interview because I kept having to readjust my schedule around it. As a condolence, Groban's folks airmailed me prime tickets for this weekend's concert and assured me that next time we're at the top of his list. Next time meaning when he tours again, which could be years from now. Sorry to say, next time isn't soon enough. My apologies to you, if you were counting on the big interview.

O' what a hammered night with hot-looking new band Switches
Last weekend, I accepted an invitation to get drunk with a hot-looking, new rock band from England. They're young, just got signed to a major record label, straight but very open-minded, and recently played the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. The band is called Switches and they resemble Franz Ferdinand and Klaxons a bit in sound, and each of the five members is adorable. We met at Elysian Pub for beers before they went onstage at Chop Suey. They played a booming set to an intimate crowd, in advance of their debut US album release. Afterwards, we jabbed for about ten minutes backstage and then headed to Piecora's for pizza and more beers. Tom, who recently joined the group as the keyboardist, constantly gets hit on by both sexes. So says he. Understandably so, he's a doll. He was psyched to be touring America for the first time. I also blabbed with Ollie, my personal favorite, whose parents are both well-known doctors in the London area. He has a girlfriend, but that didn't stop me from checking out the goods.

From Piecora's, we jetted to Cha-Cha for more fun. There, we did shots (of God knows what!) and threw back cans of Modelo. I noted to Matt, the lead singer, that he had huge feet and he laughed it off by saying he was "only" a size 11. Only a size 11? That's a buffet for me! Matt was wearing gold boots, spray-painted by his own father, a western-style shirt and tight red pants. We were all tipsy after hours of cocktailing, and the Switches had to get back to their hotel near the airport. So they left around midnight, each giving me a big hug on the way out and I told them we'd go underwear shopping the next time they come through Seattle, which they were excited about. Asked Tom, "Do I need new underpants?" I said, "Who doesn't?" The band's first single is "Drama Queen" and you can ear-sample it at www.myspace.com/weareswitches.
 
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