The Dictator, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, RIP Donna Summer [Friday Night Videos]

A range of emotions from the week.
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Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator hit theaters on May 16.  He took to Saturday Night Live in his character Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen to provide rave reviews from noted critics and a special guest, whose identity was spoiled by quite a few dopey websites.

 

On Thursday, word leaked out that Van Halen was postponing concerts scheduled after June 26.  (Whew, I've got tix to see them June 12.)  This naturally led to speculation that David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers weren't getting along, which certainly wouldn't be hard to believe considering their past.  But word is that the band is just fatigued, also not hard to believe considering all but bassist Wolfie are in their late 50s and Eddie has had health issues in recent years, and they need some time off to recharge before continuing. 

I hope it's true that the band isn't fighting but there was some fighting in the crowd during their March 13 show at Manchester, NH.  During their cover of Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman", Roth stops the show to chastise the participants.

Tonight, some friends and I are going to see Roger Waters perform The Wall at the LA Coliseum.  This will be my second time after seeing it in 2010 at the Honda Center (my review), so I am very excited as I know the amazing audio visual extravaganza that awaits.

In London on May 12, 2011, David Gilmour made good on his promise to play "Comfortably Numb" during the tour in exchange for Waters performing "To Know Him Is To Love Him" at the Hoping For Palestine charity event at Kiddington Hall.  On Pink Floyd's YouTube channel, they have released behind-the-scenes footage as they prepared for the day.  The camraderie on display, along with drummer Nick Mason's appearance, will surely fuel fans' dreams of longer reunion. 

May 17 saw the passing of LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known as five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer.  She had a number of hits in the '70s and '80s, with my favorite being "Love to Love You Baby," which reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  Here's the extended version.

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