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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

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Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Friday, April 08, 2005

    U2 in San Jose

    The other day I had the opportunity to talk to Adam Clayton, bassist for U2. Check out my story at this link.

    He gave me a ring while he was on the way to sound check at Los Angeles' Staple Center.

    He called as scheduled with a lovely lilt in his voice, the Irish accent. Clayton was sweet, unassuming and very humble.

    He said they planned to keep U2 together as long as it goes somewhere. I told him it's more than going somewhere right now.

    Clayton laughed.

    I asked him why the others in the band had nicknames and why he didn't. He said, "it just never came up"

    And, he took the time to have a conversation with me, instead of me just outright drilling him with questions. He was a gentleman about it and made me like U2 even more.

    Ch-check out my Q&A with him on Saturday, along with a huge package of U2 trivia.

    This weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    Swerve's Spring Solstice
    WHERE: Circolo, 500 Florida St., SF
    WHEN:
    10 p.m. tonight 4/8
    TIX: Free before 10:30 p.m.; discount before 11 pm.

    WHY:
    new swanky venue

    And...

    SATURDAY

    Battlefest Live 2005
    WHERE: San Jose State University Student Union Ballroom
    WHEN: 7 p.m. Sat. 4/9
    TIX: $12 advanced; $15 at the door
    WHY: Hip Hop Dance competition expecting anywhere from 800 to 1200 people

    80's New Wave
    WHERE: Tom Tom Club in Agenda's Cellar, 399 South First St., San Jose
    WHEN: Saturday night 4/9
    TIX: Free with a U2 ticket
    WHY: Continue the ‘80s love all night long.

    Spectra Ball
    WHERE: San Francisco's Old Mint, 88 5th St., SF
    WHEN: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sat. night 4/9
    TIX: $40 advance; $50 at the door
    WHY: Everything from trapeze artists to hip-hop.

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