February 28, 2014 in Features

Notes from the 7 Blog: Catch Crüe’s farewell tour

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Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour lands at the Spokane Arena on Nov. 22.
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(Posted Monday) Mötley Crüe is embarking on a farewell tour, and plans a stop in Spokane on Nov. 22 to celebrate. Joining them is fellow metal legend Alice Cooper.

After more than three decades together, the band’s original members – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars – have mutually agreed to go their separate ways after a two-year grand finale tour, pledging this really will be the last tour. As Neil said during a Jan. 28 news conference announcing the breakup, “We don’t want to be one of those bands where one guy is left. We wanted to go out with the four founding members and go out on top.”

The first nine shows of the tour sold out. Tickets to the Spokane Arena gig go on sale through TicketsWest at 10 a.m. Saturday. Prices will be $20, $39.50, $59.59 and $75.

Can’t wait until November? The band will make a stop on the West Side – at the White River Amphitheatre – on July 27. Tickets to that show are on sale now through Live Nation and Ticketmaster, and range from $39.50 to $125.

-Carolyn Lamberson

(Posted Monday) I don’t know much about music. But as the saying goes, I know what I like. And through my occasional trips to New Orleans, I’ve developed a liking for both Cajun and Zydeco music.

I fell in love with Zydeco on a cool December night several years ago. This was at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl, the famous New Orleans bowling alley nightclub. I don’t remember the exact year, but I do remember seeing Peyton Manning there, and this was back when he was still playing for Tennessee, so it had to be before 1998. What I do remember is that Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas were playing, the Rock ‘n’ Bowl was rocking, and I ended up dancing – which doesn’t happen often.

No one danced Sunday night at the Bing Crosby Theater. At least I didn’t see anybody dancing. But the crowd certainly appreciated the Cajun music that BeauSoleil played. Led by Michael Doucet, whose fiddle and accordion playing were amazing, BeauSoleil played a range of tunes, all Cajunized – Doucet’s term – but comprising a variety of styles, from blues to something that sounded almost like jazz.

The Bing isn’t the Rock ‘n’ Bowl. But it’s the best Spokane has. And it’s a damn nice venue to see any group, particularly one that has ties to New Orleans.

I should have danced.

-Dan Webster

(Posted Feb. 17) Here’s some great news, limerick fans! We now have some excellent prizes up for grabs for top contributors to our annual limerick contest.

Auntie’s Bookstore has stepped forward to offer $35, $25 and $15 gift certificates to the first-, second- and third-place winners in the youth and adult divisions. Spokane7 is going to throw in a gift certificate to O’Doherty’s for the top adult winner and a more kid-friendly gift certificate to Boo Radleys for the youth category.

Even better, Auntie’s is inviting all the winners to read their submissions at the bookstore’s 3 Minute Mic night on April 4, part of its First Friday fun.

There’s still plenty of time to enter – we’ll cut off entries on March 7. Submissions can be sent to contests@spokesman.com, uploaded at spokane7.com/contests or mailed to 999 W. Riverside, Spokane WA 99201. Attn: Limerick Contest.

-Spokane7

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