Every day on the Today Show Natalie Morales or whoever is at the news desk for the day goes of the news that is trending for the day. They usually cover some interesting, and as expected with online trends some annoying stories. This gave me the idea to do a similar thing here on BloggingInAmerica. So, even though I may not do it everyday I will be doing a post that goes over some of the trending items from the day that interest me.
As the title of the post says, for now I am tentatively calling it Blogging The Trends. We will see if the name sticks or not.
The trending topic I am most interested in today is definitely Van Halen! The band (with original frontman David Lee Roth in place) played their first concert since 2008 at a small club, “Cafe Wha?” in Greenwich Village, New York last night. It was the beginning of their promotional tour for their new album, “A Different Kind of Truth” which is set to be released on February 7th. Fans won’t have to wait till then to hear some of their new material as the first single and video for the song, “Tattoo”, will be released this coming Tuesday, January 10th.
The setlist that the small crowd of about 250 got to hear at Cafe Wha? reads a lot like a greatest hits CD with some lesser hits that in my opinion is just as good if not better than the ones considered to be the biggest hits. They also included one song off the new album, “She’s The Woman”.
Here’s the full setlist:
You Really Got Me
Runnin’ With The Devil
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Everybody Wants Some
She’s The Woman
Dance The Night Away
Hot For Teacher
Ice Cream Man
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
The tour kicks off on February 18th in Louisville, Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center. I will be looking forward to May 1st when they roll into Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center! For a full list of tour dates click here. I am also looking forward to hearing the new album since it is the first studio release with DLR on vocals since the huge hit, “1984″.
Elsewhere on the trending list:
Jersey Shore Season 5 kicked off last night. While I am sure millions tuned in, I was not among them. I did however catch Snooki recently on Leno and Live with Kelly. There was talk about The Situation’s friend “The Unit” appearing on the show this season. From what I have heard, and just from looking at pictures of him I have a feeling it might be more appropriate for him to have “The Tool” tattooed on his bicep than “Unit”.
One other note, I grew up in Jersey, in a Shore town with its own Amusement Park and Beach. I also spent A LOT of time in Seaside and Point Pleasant. While there are quite a few like those seen on Jersey Shore, let me assure you that MOST are nothing like them.
Apparently the video diary of Casey Anthony that was released on YouTube yesterday WAS indeed her, BUT her lawyers are claiming she did NOT post it, nor did she give anyone permission to post it online. Jon Briley, an Ohio man, appeared on Nancy Grace last night and claims he found the video on a pay web site that was charging $3-5 to show the video. He says he then found it for free , downloaded it and then put it on YouTube so it would be free for everyone to view so Anthony would not be profiting from the video.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are now engaged. Happy to see that, they seem to make a great couple, and it should be different than the normal high profile marriage and last. I must say those are going to be some REALLY pretty and talented babies!
A Bluefin Tuna sold for a whale of a price in Japan! The owner of the Tokyo based Kiyomura Co., Kiyoshi Kimura purchased a 593 lb. Bluefin Tuna for a whopping $735,000. It is a bit of tradition that the Tsukiji market auction rings in a new record price in its first auction of the new year. This year’s price indeed broke last year’s record of about $260,000. Last year, and a lot of the time the record tunas head to somewhere overseas. This year however Kimura said he wanted to make sure it stayed in Japan saying, “Rather than having it taken away overseas, I wish for Japanese people to eat good tuna together. Despite the March 11 earthquake and the sluggish economy, I want to lift up Japan’s spirits urging people to work hard together.” By the way, that is $1,247 a pound!
Keri Russell and husband Shane Dreary had their second child on Thursday, a girl. They have named her Willa Lou. She joins her four year old brother River as the couple’s two children. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Long-time Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen’s IFC series Portlandia has its second season premiere tonight at 9PM ET. I didn’t hear about this show until a few days ago. I have to say I will be DVRing it tonight and if it is any good I will get caught up on season one.
Former Mrs. Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren has had a $12.3 Million 1932 estate she purchased demolished, and plans to build her own dream home on the North Palm Beach, Florida locale.
The Cubs have traded Carlos Zambrano to the Florida Marlins. I am thinking it still won’t be enough to put the Marlins atop the N.L. East.
Finally, The Girl Scouts are celebrating their historic 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate they are introducing a brand new Girl Scout Cookie that will be sold alongside long-time favorites like Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and of course the Thin Mints. the new cookie are named “Savanna Smiles”. It is a “bite-sized, lemon-wedge cookie dusted with powdered sugar and bursting with zesty lemon flavor”. They are named in honor of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia. You should start seeing all the cookies on sale in the coming weeks so get your $4 a box ready!
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