On the Beat Blog
Posted by David Menconi and Colin Campbell on December 5, 2013
With television news cameras in place and an unusual amount of fanfare the sort generally reserved for the likes of U2 and former Beatles Mayor Nancy McFarlane held a news conference Thursday morning to announce that PNC Arena would play host to a 2014 concert by Billy Joel in February.
Joel, who last played Raleigh in 2007, is a venerable pop artist who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and still puts on an energetic, entertaining show. But you could say something similar about 1998 Hall of Fame inductees the Eagles, who will also play PNC in February and who didnt get the mayoral treatment.
One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi have all played PNC this year and drawn big crowds. And U2 drew 50,000 people to its first Triangle show in more than a quarter-century back in 2009 at Carter-Finley Stadium. But there were no news conferences with elected officials heralding the on-sale date for any of these other shows (Dec. 14 for Joel, by the way).
Posted by David Menconi on December 3, 2013
Kinston outsider-art rapper Wild Man Chris (Christopher Clayborne) has an entry in Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest, and a documentary film in the works.
Posted by David Menconi on December 2, 2013
A dozen recommendations for the music afficionado on your list (and half of them are from North Carolina).
Posted by David Menconi on November 23, 2013
The late great Link Wray grew up in Dunn, and he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for many reasons.
Posted by David Menconi on November 18, 2013
Kat Robichaud of Raleigh is in the top-10 of NBC’s “The Voice” and hopes to stay there.
Posted by David Menconi on November 13, 2013
Walnut Creek left Time Warner's name as its title sponsor for 2013 even though the deal had lapsed, but at least it didn't hurt the city's bottom line.