A canceled concert costs lots:
I'm absolutely outraged at the Dixie Chicks for canceling their concert on June 1. Don't those girls have any idea what some folks have to do to get to a concert? I mean, you had people flying in or driving in, and paying outrageous amounts of money to park. They should have come out, explained the situation, called out for some local community gals who can sing, and just jammed. I'm sure people are sick of Natalie Maines opening her mouth, anyway.
On the flip side, I remember Frank Zappa braving a terrible Cleveland winter storm to perform here. Now, there was a class act. I can still hear those words from his song "Montana": "Moving to Montana, gonna be a dental-floss tycoon." Now, that's real country.
Support your local restaurateur:
I just wanted to thank Elaine Cicora for her comments about supporting local restaurateurs ["Side Dish," May 21]. I know it will be an uphill battle for small dining establishments to educate the public away from big-budget restaurant corporations. Elaine's observations and up-front comments encouraged us to continue our quality and professional foodservice efforts.
Greg Jurcisin, Owner
Beach Club Pizza Bistro
Sour grapes from pissed-off Napster nerd:
Hey Phil, your St. Anger review was quite laughable. Sounds like you were more pissed off that you didn't get an advance copy than that you are probably one of those Napster nerds who are pissed off because you can't steal music anymore. Watch everyone embrace Metallica again. Watch them conquer the world again. Watch them sell 10 million records, while you sit on your fat ass in an office, writing critiques about bands who you wish you had half the success of.
Wave a flag, support Metallica:
Is Phil Freeman insane? I haven't heard the whole album, but I guarantee you that St. Anger is the rebirth of metal. First off, let me clarify that I hate nu metal. But what you have here is Metallica taking the very thing they invented (melodic, time-changing metal) and showing the new kids how it's done. Maybe you got addicted to the sugar-coated chorus. You probably have an American flag stuck somewhere on your car.
Look, your opinion on the new album was coherent and well researched, but somewhere your bias about politics came in. Metallica is finally doing what they have always done best: pointing out the injustices of this country. You, my friend, need to respect that, the same way you do our veterans.
Better bands end up at McDonald's:
I couldn't agree with Phil Freeman more on St. Anger. What makes me sad is that 90 percent of reviews are positive. I still can't work out why. Has Metallica just hired agents to go everywhere and promote the new album, or are all the reviewers deaf? It annoys me that Metallica is still going to sell millions of copies, whereas some other band with a 100 times better album will have to work in McDonald's to make a living.
Expand those retail horizons:
There's one thing missing in your magazine: reviews and listings of local stores. The arts and entertainment listings are great, but perhaps you could include a retail review and a focus on specific areas each week -- e.g., Coventry, Lakewood, Ohio City. A few months ago, The PD's Friday! did a review of independent clothing stores around the city, and it really helped me expand my horizons beyond the East Side. Shit like that, you know?
Oh, and this whole Free Times vs. Scene thing is getting fuggin' crazy. It's like watching the WWF, only not so entertaining.
It's like a disease:
I attend many shows in Cleveland, from electronic to hip-hop, indie to emo. It seems to be a major epidemic that kids pigeonhole themselves in one particular group.
If you go see a band like Onelinedrawing, you'll see 100 kids that look the same. They're like robots: greasy black hair, sideburns, and super-tight thrift-store tees covering their 80-pound bodies. They seem shocked when someone enters the club with a shirt featuring another genre's band.
It's the same on the opposite end of the spectrum. Go see Jay-Z, and you'll see 99 percent of the crowd wearing FUBU and baggy pants. They find it equally shocking when a rock kid shows support for Jigga.
Haven't they heard of variety? And what's with the dress codes? I've heard lots of "indie" kids making fun of the rap-rock fans for wearing backward hats and Adidas. How are they any better for wearing skin-tight thrift-store tees with school names for schools they didn't even attend?
Any conforming is bad.
Stop trying to be part of a scene, and just enjoy music for what it is and how it makes you feel -- not because the lead singer looks like you and your friends. Music is more than that. We're never going to have our own scene, until we stop trying to be everyone else.