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‘Bon Jovi Arena’ Angers Local Vets

Singer Jon Bon Jovi performs on stage earlier this month in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller, file)

A promotional stunt met community resistance Thursday when unhappy military and civic boosters took to the Web and the streets to protest the temporary renaming of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to the Bon Jovi Veterans Arena. In celebration of an Oct. 6 concert by rock group Bon Jovi, which was announced early Thursday, the Public Facilities District has temporarily renamed the arena. After the concert, the arena will go back to its former name. But some commenters on local media and the arena’s Facebook page called the move disrespectful and extreme, while others praised the district’s efforts in booking the classic rock band/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Is this situation a total brain cramp on the part of the Public Facilities District? Or do you see logic to its move?

Elton John Entertains Packed Arena

During the opening song, music director and band member Davey Johnstone joins Elton john in singing “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” Friday night in front of a sold out Spokane Arena crowd. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Just got in from a happy and celebratory Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena and I thought I'd share a few quick impressions (I'll be writing a full review for Sunday print). Opening Elton stage banter: “Last time I was here I played a solo show. This time we're going to rock out!” Hits left out of this 2 hour 45 minute show: Hardly any, unless you consider “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to be an Elton John hit (see set list below). Best costume: A couple of guys in the front row wearing pink feather boas. Runnerup, Elton's outfit. which consisted of a black formal tailcoat with embroidered musical notes and a “Music Magic” insignia on the back. Call it Nashville meets Hyde Park/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here.

Question (for those who attended the Elton John concert last night): What did you think of the concert?

Elton John To Sing To Sold-Out Arena

The Inland Northwest has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Elton John. At least, John should be happy with it, from a box-office standpoint. His show tonight at the Spokane Arena sold all 11,000 tickets in three days. And that includes the seats behind the stage. In fact, every time, Reg Dwight (yes, that’s his real name) has appeared in the region, the tickets have gone rocketing out of the box office. This will be the fourth time Sir Elton has taken the stage in the Inland Northwest/Jim Kershner, SR. More here. (AP file photo, of Elton John in concert in Germany)

Question: Are you going to hear Elton John at the Spokane Arena tonight?

Elton John Spokane Concert Sold Out

Tickets to the Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena on April 8 are sold out. It took only three days for all 11,000 tickets to vanish, according to Becca Watters at the Spokane Arena. Tickets went on sale Saturday and only a few single tickets were left by Sunday evening. Those sold out by Monday night. Even the tickets behind the stage sold out. Will another show be added? That's what happened in 2008 when Elton's Pullman show sold out quickly. No word on that, yet, but don't get your hopes up/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did you buy a ticket to the concert?

NCAA likes to play the numbers game

Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson, right, shoots over MSU’s Delvon Roe.

This falls in the category of Things to Worry About Later, certainly.

The NCAA basketball tournament games coming our way Friday are version 3.0 of March Madness at the Spokane Arena, and soon enough the din from the bleachers will drown out the inevitable bleating that the committee never sends us a top seed (because those No. 1 vs. No. 16 games are always such good theater) and that the hockey team has to start the playoffs out of town. John Blanchette, Spokesman Review

Read more, including Friday’s game schedule and today’s practice sessions here.

Where will you watch the NCAA action? At the Arena? At home? Your favorite watering hole? Is there anyone who will NOT be watching basketball this weekend?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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