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The Beatles came to iTunes recently. Finally. It’s seven years too late for many, however, and it brings me to the topic of today’s thought: The Bowl Championship Series.

Sports Illustrated’s cover story recently about why the BCS doesn’t work is a must-read, no matter what side of the battle that you’re on.

This is my fear: we’re wasting time. Sports are at risk for getting cut due to money issues at schools. That hurts the student athletes who can’t afford college and lose the possibility of scholarships to help them pursue the American dream.

I’d like a playoff, but I really could care less what the resolution is.

My bottom line is that a resolution that WORKS FOR ALL PARTIES, and soon. Or else the fate of so many students will continue to rest in the hands of so few.

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Apparently so. Finally. At last. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.

The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd,, according to these people. These people cautioned that Apple could change plans at the last minute.

Time to go buy more Apple iTunes cards!

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You may have seen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band among many artists that were involved in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary shows at Madison Square Garden last year. Some of those performances aired on HBO. Now, this whole thing is coming to DVD on September 28. Here’s the press release:

TIME LIFE BRINGS MUSIC’S BIGGEST EVENT TO DVD WITH THE RELEASE OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS
LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E-STREET BAND; U2; CROSBY, STILLS & NASH; SIMON & GARFUNKEL AND MANY OTHERS
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD ALONG WITH BONUS PERFROMANCES
NOT SEEN ON EMMY-NOMINATED HBO SPECIAL
Los Angeles, CA (July 19, 2010) – On September 28th, Time Life will release a special DVD set featuring the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts. Filmed over two nights in October 2009 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the historic event brought together a stellar lineup of artists spanning from the ’50s through today for groundbreaking performances and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. The Time Life release marks the first time this amazing event is available on DVD, including the full four hour, Emmy-nominated highlight special that aired on HBO along with unseen bonus performances and a collector’s issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring behind-the-scenes stories.
Featuring a who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll, the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary Concerts included sets by Crosby, Stills & Nash; Stevie Wonder; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; Aretha Franklin; Metallica; U2; Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band. Joining this iconic line up on stage were special guests including: Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Fergie and others.
The 3-DVD set, The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts, captures performances from all of these legendary artists over a span of 51 complete performances and an additional 16 bonus performances not seen on HBO. Highlights from the lineup include:
• Mick Jagger and Fergie in a blistering version of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Gimme Shelter” with U2 as the backing band
• Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel on-stage for a rollicking rendition of “Born to Run”
• Sting joining Jeff Beck for the Curtis Mayfield classic “People Get Ready”
• Paul Simon, David Crosby and Graham Nash joining together for a spine-tingling “Here Comes the Sun”
• Ozzy Osbourne singing with Metallica on the Black Sabbath classics “Iron Man” and “Paranoid”
• John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen sharing vocals on Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman”
A complete list of performances is included below.
“These concerts capture the spirit of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognizes the truly outstanding and inspiring artists that have made an impact with their music,” says Jann Wenner, Co-Founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine. “We are grateful to all of the amazing artists who joined together to create one of the best concert events ever recorded.”
The DVD release of the concerts follows the success of another Time Life partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live DVD set. Featuring rare performances and speeches from the past 24 years of Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction ceremonies, the collection was recently certified triple platinum.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again and honored to be releasing such an amazing piece of music history,” said Michael Mitchell, Time Life Vice President Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts captures a truly magical event that brought together an extraordinary lineup of artists, and we are delighted to be able to bring it to music fans.”
The highlight special, originally airing on HBO in November, scored five nominations for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards to be handed out in August. Nominations include: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special; Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special; Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special (Single or Multi-Camera); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts DVD set will be available at retailers September 28th with a Blu-ray version of the package available exclusively at Best Buy for the first 30 days.
THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS
Introduction:
My Prayer
Tom Hanks
JERRY LEE LEWIS
Great Balls of Fire
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
Woodstock
Almost Cut My Hair
Love Has No Pride with Bonnie Raitt
The Pretender with Jackson Browne
Love the One You’re With with James Taylor
STEVIE WONDER
For Once in My Life
The Tracks of My Tears with Smokey Robinson
The Way You Make Me Feel with John Legend
The Thrill Is Gone with B.B. King
Higher Ground/Roxanne with Sting
Superstition with Jeff Beck
PAUL SIMON
INTRO MONTAGE
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Bonus performance not seen on HBO)
You Can Call Me Al
Here Comes the Sun with David Crosby and Graham Nash
The Wanderer with Dion DiMucci
Little Anthony and the Imperials:
Two People in the World
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
The Sounds of Silence
The Boxer
Bridge over Troubled Water
ARETHA FRANKLIN
INTRO MONTAGE
Baby I Love You
Don’t Play That Song
Chain of Fools with Annie Lennox
METALLICA
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Sweet Jane with Lou Reed
Iron Man/Paranoid with Ozzy Osbourne
All Day and All of the Night with Ray Davies
Enter Sandman
U2
Vertigo
Magnificent
Because the Night with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Roy Bittan
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For with Bruce Springsteen
Gimme Shelter with Mick Jagger, Fergie and will.i.am
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of with Mick Jagger
Beautiful Day
JEFF BECK
INTRO MONTAGE
People Get Ready with Sting
Let Me Love You Baby with Buddy Guy
Foxey Lady with Billy Gibbons
A Day in the Life
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
Hold On! I’m Comin’/Soul Man with Sam Moore
The Ghost of Tom Joad with Tom Morello
Fortunate Son with John Fogerty
Oh, Pretty Woman with John Fogerty
Jungleland
A Fine Fine Boy with Darlene Love
New York State of Mind with Billy Joel
Born to Run with Billy Joel
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher with Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Sam Moore, Billy Joel and Tom Morello
BONUS DVD
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
Mexico with James Taylor
Teach Your Children with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor
STEVIE WONDER
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
I Was Made to Love Her
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) with John Legend
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
Mrs. Robinson/Not Fade Away
METALLICA
Turn the Page
Iron Man/Paranoid with Ozzy Osbourne (Full-length version not seen on HBO)
U2
Mysterious Ways
Where Is the Love/One with the Black Eyed Peas
JEFF BECK
Freeway Jam
Big Block
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
London Calling with Tom Morello
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher with Darlene Love,
John Fogerty, Sam Moore, Billy Joel and Tom Morello
(Full-length version not seen on HBO)

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Nothing like messing up a perfectly laid plan, but that’s what happened to me today:

The U2 concert previously scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2009 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey has been moved to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2009. The performance on Thursday, September 24th will proceed as scheduled.

The change was necessitated by the rescheduling of the New York Jets football game on Sunday September 27, 2009 from 4:15pm to 1pm out of respect for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts that evening. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The spectacular staging installation for the U2 360° tour requires up to 2 days to disassemble. The original 4:15 PM game time scheduled by the NY Jets provided enough time for the band to load out the set. The change to 1 PM was logistically impossible for U2. In order to accommodate the New York Jets, the NFL and the state of New Jersey, which owns the stadium, and out of respect for U2 and Jets’ fans of Jewish faith, U2 agreed to move their show rather than pursue other options.

‘We regret any disruptions this may cause U2 fans.’ said Dennis Robinson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Thad Sheely, Executive Vice President – Stadium Development and Finance of the New York Jets. ‘Out of respect for the religious holiday it was critical that the game time was changed. The NJSEA, along with the Jets, want to thank U2, their management staff, their fans and Live Nation for their immediate response in helping us remedy this situation.’

Tickets for the Friday, September 25th performance will be honored at the newly announced show date of Wednesday, September 23rd. Refunds, if necessary, will be available starting Friday, August 28th (through September 22nd) at point of purchase for U2 ticket holders of the September 25, 2009 show who cannot make the September 23rd date.

The U2 360° Tour scheduled for Thursday, September 24th is not affected and will proceed as scheduled.

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Yes, it’s a great album. U2′s new release, “No Line on the Horizon” is a great album — back to the old, classic U2 sounds to me…a lot of Edge’s guitar and less “techno-ish rhythm” stuff — just good, plain old rock and roll.

My favorite tracks so far are “No Line on the Horizon,” “Moment of Surrender,” and “Stand Up Comedy.”

Go buy it.

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I Just Can’t Wait!!!

My musical tastes are various, from Bruce to JT to the Top 40 to the weird and bizarre, like some stuff from “The Lion King.” No, I’m not exactly a Elton John fan, but “Circle of Life” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” are two fine pieces of musical art, in my opinion.

However, the “IJCWTBK” (yeah, us Bruce fans like to abbreviate) version that I’m speaking of is not the one directly from the movie. In fact, it’s the alternative, rock version from Elton that I love. Here it is for all to enjoy:

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My buddy is a sick DJ. He really is. He’s put his mixes on Myspace to share them all with you and make your day that much sweeter.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy, and if you can, go see him DJ, he’s ill.

DJ Tannerjams

Oh, and VOTE TOMORROW!!!!

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