Def Leppard and Kiss are in top secret talks to team up for a summer (14) tour. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell let the news slip when he was asked about rumours of a tour with Poison and KISS during an interview with TicketsThere.com about possible dates with Kiss and Poison.
He said, "I’d say you'd be half right there, but only half right and half wrong."
Poison bassist Bobby Dall has previously hinted that his group will be touring with Def Leppard, but bandmate Rikki Rockett put down plans last month (Feb14), insisting Poison would not be on the road this summer.
Campbell urges fans to be patient, adding, "There will be an announcement of our tour imminently, we’re talking a matter of days. It has to be announced, because we’re almost at summertime."
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
Summer concert tours did not measure up to what they were supposed to be.
And I say this with bruised feelings (and pocketbook).
As an avid music fan, I was as excited as everyone else when the summer concert guide was released in late May. The biggest names in the music industry would be doing their North American tours this summer and I wanted to be a part of it all.
Eagerly, I jotted the dates when my favorite performers would be in town on my calendar.
Looking back, I should have known better and gotten a good night's sleep instead of spending restless nights counting the days until acts like Ozzfest, Poison and Blink 182 came to town.
The first hint that all was not right in concert-land was my biggest disappointment of the summer, not getting to see 'N Sync perform at Miami's Pro Player Stadium on Aug. 2.
Like any other fan, I purchased my tickets the day they went on sale through Ticketmaster in February. I got 18th row to the side of the stage. Not bad, I thought, but I needed to be closer to my beloved Justin Timberlake.
Call me a freak.
I consulted a ticket broker in Chicago and got 10th row center seats. I was now $200 poorer. The news got better, my best friend would fly over from Arizona to see the show with me. The countdown had begun.
With my luck, tropical storm Barry decided to pay South Florida a visit a couple days before the show. 'N Sync's Pop Odyssey Tour was "postponed until further notice," said a recorded message at the Pro Player Stadium's answering machine.
It wasn't until Aug. 7 that the concert promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment, sent out a press release saying that both the venue and 'N Sync "had made every possible effort to reschedule, but there are no mutually compatible dates available."
With the start of football season, there will be no availability for stadiums to seat the 40,000 fans that purchased tickets for the event.
I missed out on seeing 'N Sync and my frustrated best friend took the plane back to Arizona.
"This is the second time ['N Sync] should be here in Miami and they cancelled. If I was an 'N Sync fan I would be very upset," a spokesman with the South Florida-based Todd'sTickets.com said.
Florida local news reported that night that 'N Sync suffered $90,000 worth of damage to their equipment due to rain while they tried to set up their stage.
Bitterness aside, there hasn't been a single show this summer that has left me exhilarated. Half the artists never showed up while the rest sang their tunes showing no passion for their music.
This year seemed to be the summer where every artist entered rehab or decided to cancel their show, disappointing many of their fans who eagerly anticipated these shows.
Madonna was forced to cancel her Drowned Tour concert scheduled for Aug. 3 at the Continental Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, due to laryngitis. During the same week, the singer postponed her Aug. 6 show in Boston because of "logistical reasons," her Web site announced.
Fans who cashed in $150 for a single Madonna ticket learned that the Material Girl had no desire to relive the past. Most of the songs on her set list were taken from her most recent albums, Ray of Light and Music, leaving out hits like "Material Girl," "Vogue," and "Express Yourself."
The Backstreet Boys postponed the start of their Aug. 24 tour after singer A.J. McLean, 23, entered a 30-day treatment for depression and alcohol abuse on July 9. The group postponed the date two additional weeks when McLean needed more time in transitional care.
Other acts added to the spate of tour cancellations. Janet Jackson postponed the kickoff to her All For You tour on July 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia, because her equipment did not arrive on time for the show. She also postponed her Aug. 5 show in Cleveland due to "a bout with influenza," according to a statement from her publicist.
Poison nixed the final 22 dates of their Glam Slam Metal Jam tour after bassist Bobby Dall underwent emergency surgery on his spine. Godsmack canceled their Aug. 7 show in Atlanta and their Aug. 9 show in Antioch, Tenn., after bassist Robbie Merrill sustained an injury to his leg, Launch.com reported.
At Ozzfest, Black Sabbath played with no energy while Ozzy Osbourne, who I've seen a handful of times, gave the most tedious performance I have ever seen. Needless to say, I left halfway though their set.
Hip-hop acts D12 and Esham were booted off the Vans Warped Tour after their Aug. 3 Camden, N.J., show. In addition, Alien Ant Farm, currently hot because of their cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," bailed out after the last three Warped stops because, they had "some business to take care off" in Los Angeles before heading off for an European tour, Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, told Launch.com.
Even still, good luck guarding your spot at the Warped Tour, which brought together punk rockers filled with teenage angst. I got pushed and shoved around so many times I still have the bruises to prove it. Their artists showed no audience participation as they came and went from the stage performing their mere 30-minute stage show.
Most recently, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have canceled their late-August concert in Israel fearing their safety due to the suicide bombings. According to Launch.com, more than 200,000 tickets had been sold for their Aug. 28 performance in Tel Aviv.
Last but not least, Stevie Nicks has postponed her two Northern California dates due to an undisclosed illness, but the shows will be rescheduled for a later date, promoters said.
Too much hype often creates disappointment, and this summer's tours were no exceptions.
Next time around I will give a second thought before buying tickets to every concert on my calendar. I might as well save my money and take an extended trip to the Caribbean.