Sunday Night TV : Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On HBO now, the four hour Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert from October 29 and 30th. Just finished: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steven Stills and Bonnie Raitt (Love Has No Pride). On now: Jackson Browne singing The Pretender; Still to Come: James Taylor, Paul Simon - Simon & Garfunkel, Dion, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sting, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Beck ("Superstition"),Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and many more. Set list for night one here and night two here. Good photos are here.

Watching these rockers, I'm almost convinced 60 is the new 30. Also cool: This automated Springsteen bot on Twitter with links to his videos by song.

Also on tonight: Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters and a new Next Iron Chef. No TV? Amazon has their Cyber Monday Deals up tonight.

I'm so glad I have more than one tivo. This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    I just saw tivo'd Sting special at a friend's (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 07:28:30 PM EST
    house.  Recorded at Durham Cathedral.  I really enjoyed the early English carols.  His extended new compositions reminded me of Yanni.  Excellent sound design and instrumentalists.  

    Wow, I might have to check that out (none / 0) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:43:25 PM EST
    That sounds like fun for the Holidays.

    NPR. (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:46:52 PM EST
    Stevie Wonder and Smoky Robinson (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 07:40:33 PM EST
    were good too. It's great watching in HD, the shots are all close-ups.

    Sting and Stevie Wonder together (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 07:53:52 PM EST
    are really good.  Sting is more animated than usual, but maybe it's the close-ups where you can actually watch their facial expressions.

    I think the concert (none / 0) (#4)
    by NJDem on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 07:56:01 PM EST
    is awesome!  Just wonderful to see all these greats share the stage.  BB King has been my favorite so far--and the man is 82 years old!!

    Paul Simon is really (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:10:14 PM EST
    rocking it. ("You can call me Al") This concert is just so great. Here come CSN&Y to join Simon. The combination of the performers is what really makes it different, you hardly ever get to see these guys perform outside their groups.

    And (none / 0) (#7)
    by NJDem on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:26:59 PM EST
    now Simon and Garfunkel are amazing! And so many greats to come---this is on till midnight... I'm glad I dvr'ed this!

    The offer the Swiss court accepted re Polanski (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:19:33 PM EST
    consists of property, cash, and securities.  Query:  What securities?  link

    Jeralyn (none / 0) (#8)
    by rdandrea on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:38:24 PM EST
    60 is the new 60.

    We're just more tolerant now that we're 60.

    I watched 'Spread' earlier (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:42:27 PM EST
    I'm torn, is Ashton sexier when he plays a filthy dog or a reformed filthy dog.  Now I'm watching a DVR of 'The International'.  We have started doing the bio sensor development with the puppies.  Joshua has a special ribbon on his special puppy.  He always chooses the smallest one and he will hold this puppy a couple of times a day when it is very very little like now and then play with it when it gets older.  Out of four litters now his puppy ends up with the best temperament in the whole litter.  He was reading me a book while I grocery shopped today, 'The Wimpy Kid's Diary'.  He is so infectious that a local woman about the age of what his grandmothers would be if he did have one still living couldn't resist him.  Eventually we ended up invited to her house next month when her spouse leaves for something work oriented and she will be alone till Christmas.

    My tutoree is a huge fan of the Wimpy (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:49:20 PM EST
    series and spotted a display in the bookstore window from the car.  He has never owned any of the books so I bought him the newest one.  He keeps telling me how expensive it is but I think it was about $15.  Well worth it.  Read, kid!

    We just picked up two (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 08:56:09 PM EST
    at his school's book fair.  Everybody was raving about them and now that he's reading them to me, they are very good......funny.  He was reading me the part today where the kid decides to run for student body treasurer thinking he can rent a limo for the cheerleaders and all of his life problems are solved.  But his campaign posters were about the other candidate getting head lice in second grade, so his posters were taken down and his opponent handed out suckers to campaign.  Wimpy kid's political career was over from that point on.

    I read an article explaining how some parents (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 09:23:48 PM EST
    nd ethicists were concerned because no one swoops in to tell Wimpy and his friend they have made the wrong choice.  Mario wasn't worried.

    How can anyone miss the ring (none / 0) (#25)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 08:26:31 AM EST
    of "failure" when a bad choice is made in the book?  To the people who are frightened that children won't get it I would like to share some real life childhood stories where the wrong choices were made and then the children making the wrong choices were further rewarded by the majority of adults around them for years.  Do people really think our kids are this stupid?  In my ethics class in college there was much time dedicated to the teaching and discussion about how human beings tend to grasp a universal understanding of ethics without being taught ethics.  Apparently we are hardwired for it, or most of us are.

    Mick Jagger and Gimme Shelter (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 09:43:34 PM EST
    was my favorite by far. Fergie was terrific in the Lisa Fisher role. Having him sing it with U2 doing the music was a great touch.

    Bono ducked under Fergie's arm and kissed.. (none / 0) (#19)
    by magster on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 11:24:42 PM EST
    her waist/side after the song.  Is that an Irish expression of gratitude?

    Cool! That means 50 is . . . (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 11:06:11 PM EST
    the new 20!!!{grin}

    Concert just ended with (none / 0) (#18)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 11:06:41 PM EST
    a very long and excellent set by Bruce Springsteen.

    The executive producers: Jann Wenner and Tom Hanks.

    I also really liked Patti Smith, John Fogarty and Jeff Beck (who has the best toned arms I've ever seen on someone born in 1944.)

    Jeff Beck... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 08:18:13 AM EST
    was on fire...what a player...loved the instrumental "Day in the Life".

    Is this current problem of targeting (none / 0) (#20)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 12:47:44 AM EST
    police officers escalating in other communities besides the Puget Sound area? Four more officers ambushed and murdered today...suspect was someone sentenced to 95 years, but Mike Huckabee commuted his sentence.

    it's more complicated than that (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 01:44:16 AM EST
    I've read all of the court opinions on the individual tonight (available on Lexis.com). We also don't know that he's anything but a "person of interest." A "person of interest" is not a "suspect."

    The crime is awful, tragic and inexcusable, but we don't know who did it or what his or her mental state was at the time.

    It's too late for me to write a whole post on this, but the guy was 17 and got 60 years for a burglary and in a habeas action attacking several of his convictions,  the federal court said this was the one that should be reexamined because his attorney was ineffective for failing to seek the recusal of the judge who before trial accused Clemons of threatening him. The case got sent back to Arkansas which upheld the conviction and sentence, saying essentially, the lawyer decided to trust the judge to be fair and believed the judge would give  concurrent sentences but it turned out he was wrong and so be it, people make mistakes, the 60 year sentence (30 years per each of two counts) stands. That might be enough to send any 17 year old over the edge.

    I think we need to know more before we go after a Governor for granting clemency. We need more clemency grants, not more governors who are afraid to grant it due to a single wacko.


    I was wondering about the length of (none / 0) (#22)
    by nycstray on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 02:25:13 AM EST
    the sentence. It seems pretty extreme in my non-legal knowledge mind. How does someone get sentenced to 95 yrs for a burglary?

    By burglarizing a state trooper's house. (none / 0) (#26)
    by Cream City on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 08:30:52 AM EST
    By the 11:00 PM News last night, (none / 0) (#27)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 08:33:02 AM EST
    The "person of interest" who was under house arrest was barricaded in a Seattle home surrounded by police.



    Oh, and missing from the article, (none / 0) (#28)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 08:40:28 AM EST
    but, included on the broadcast last night was the police found his ankle bracelet, which was supposed to be on his ankle...he's out on bail awaiting trial on some alleged problems.

    They still haven't gotten him out of the house, but according to current news, the swat team is now inside.


    House was empty (none / 0) (#30)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 09:09:22 AM EST
    He's still running....without his ankle bracelet.

    The before coffee (none / 0) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 07:35:07 AM EST
    word look up due to Wintermute's Taibbi diary at Orange is........meretricious.  Whew....well at least it won't mess with any of the filters that Jeralyn readers must deal with.

    Chelsea Clinton ENGAGED to (none / 0) (#29)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 09:03:10 AM EST
    her long-term boyfriend!! They make a really cute couple.

    Nice to have some good news today :)

    Great concert, but I couldn't help noticing... (none / 0) (#31)
    by huzzlewhat on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 09:45:13 AM EST
    Just six woman, total, over two nights? And just two women to get headliner status? Representing the history of Rock and Roll? Pretty depressing.