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By Christopher Spata
People are literally seeing the signs of the Rolling Stones announcing a concert in Florida, but will it be Orlando or Tampa?
Mysterious billboards are being spotted across the U.S. this week featuring the iconic Rolling Stones lips logo and referencing Thursday in what’s widely believed to be the day of a big U.S. tour announcement.
By GEOFF FOXTribune staff
Eugene Hutz was covered in sweat, and claret from bottles of burgundy.
A founding member of gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, which headlined the Gasparilla Music Festival’s Sunday lineup, the hyper-kinetic Hutz appeared unwilling to leave the stage — even after the band’s manic three-song encore capped a torrid 90-minute set.
Dressed in black boxing trunks with red trim, his build reminiscent of both Gollum and Iggy Pop, Hutz played a slicing, percussive acoustic guitar throughout. He was expertly backed by bass, drums and other percussion, as well as an electrified accordion, electric violin and electric guitar.
A 10-year-old boy was a little nervous when he came face-to-face with his idol Adam Levine on Monday, but the Maroon 5 singer handled the encounter beautifully.
Christopher Warner, who has down syndrome, got to meet Levine backstage in Washington, D.C. after his teacher created a now-viral video of Christopher singing, talking about and showing his overall daily obsession with Levine and the band. That teacher sent the video to the hosts of 93.3 WFLZ’s “Kane Show” morning show who were able to set up the meeting.
Late night host Conan O’Brien’s historic trip to Cuba last month will air at 11 tonight on TBS and the cable network has released a preview.
O’Brien recorded the episode — the first American talk show to shoot there since 1959 — over Presidents Day weekend.
The video from TBS shows O’Brien dancing with a local, singing karaoke, shopping and generally going unrecognized by people on the street. Even when he tries to explain that he has a TV show in the U.S., people don’t believe him.
By Christopher Spata
Self proclaimed “fake news” anchor Jon Stewart is branching (way) out since announcing his departure from the “Daily Show” last month.
Weeks of smack talk between known WWE fan Stewart and pro wrestler Seth Rollins came to a head on Monday’s “WWE Raw,” where Stewart took aim at a much lower body part.
Stewart may have looked a little out of place entering to the “Daily Show” theme music and stepping into the ring wearing a suit, but his trash-talk game was championship belt worthy as he compared Rollins to a “SWAT team stripper, with Lady Gaga’s hair.”
Most skits on “Saturday Night Live” make us laugh, but one this past weekend made some cringe and wondering if the NBC show may have gone a little too far.
The skit, featuring cast regular Taran Killam and guest host Dakota Johnson of “50 Shades of Grey” fame, is a takeoff on a Toyota commercial, in which a tearful father bids his daughter farewell as she leaves to serve in the armed forces.
Killam and Johnson mirrored that commercial, but with the controversial twist — rather than joining the military, Johnson was leaving to join ISIS.
“Dancing With the Stars” has revealed the stars for its upcoming 20th season, and, no offense, but the list left most of us around here asking “who?”
Obviously it’s a challenge to find a dozen celebrities in that sweet spot of being famous, but not too famous to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” year after year, and maybe the challenge is starting to show.
Or maybe we’re out of touch with the “stars” of today? We won’t rule that out.