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Pop Royalty Shines at We Can Survive Benefit Concert

By Scott T. Sterling P!nk, Harry Styles and Macklemore lead a star-studded lineup at CBS Radio’s fifth annual We Can Survive breast cancer benefit concert last night (Oct. 21) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Related: Kesha Dedicates ‘We Can Survive’ Performance to Fan’s Mother P!nk headlined the show with a high-energy celebratory set, setting the upbeat mood by opening with her 2001 hit, “Get the Party Started.”  The multiple GRAMMY winner dove into the recently released Beautiful Trauma album, channeling the introspective emotions of her new music with the title track, “What About Us” and “Barbies.” Working every inch of the stage and catwalk that extended out into the capacity crowd with her troupe of dancers, P!nk closed the triumphant set with 2010 fan favorite, “Raise Your Glass,” before saying goodnight.
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One Direction alumni Harry Styles took the stage to a deafening wall of shrieks from fans amped to see the star showcase his solo sound. Resplendent in a bright red suit and black ascot, Styles recalled Johnny Cash with a rootsy rendition of “Carolina,” followed by the warm country tones of “Two Ghosts.” A raucous take on “Only Angle” invoked classic Rolling Stones, with an insistent cowbell clanking inside the driving beat. Styles paused to announce that it was his mom Anne’s 50th birthday, coaxing the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to her. “What Makes You Beautiful” galvanized the smitten crowd, which eagerly sang along. Styles ended his successful set with a lovely rendition of “Sign of the Times” before throwing it back to the retro rock sounds of “Kiwi.”
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Macklemore made it clear that he came to party, opening with new song, “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight,” before really setting it off with his breakout hit, 2013 smash, “Thrift Shop.” Sharing the stage with a trio of backing singers, three horn players and a handful of dancers, the Seattle rapper paused to deliver the only overt political statement of the night. “We are in interesting times in American history,” he said. “We are here as a form of resistance. Resistance to those that would separate us.”  Macklemore’s message of acceptance was an appropriate introduction to “Same Love.” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Downtown” delivered a one-two party punch, turning the Hollywood Bowl into a giant dance party. Shouting out his grandmother Helen, a breast cancer survivor who recently turned 100, Macklemore closed his set with “her song,” the Gemini single “Glorious,” with a cameo from Skylar Grey singing the hook. Alessia Cara’s bold and empowered pop was eagerly received by the crowd when she bounded onstage to “I’m Yours.” She turned up the bluesy vibes with “Here,” adding a brand new verse to the delight of her fans. “How Far I’ll Go” from the Moana soundtrack was followed by a heartfelt statement about self-love and understanding as an intro to “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Cara inspired fans to jump to her last song of the night, the Zedd collaboration “Stay.” Harry Styles wasn’t the only One Direction alumni in the house with the appearance of surprise guest, Niall Horan. Marveling at the ornate Hollywood Bowl during his first-ever visit to the venue, Horan conjured early Elton John vibes with songs like “Too Much” before shifting into Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac with the smooth soft-rock track, “On the Loose.” The bump and grind of “Slow Hands” served as Horan’s last song of the night. Sam Smith emerged onstage to a hero’s welcome with a breezy take on fan favorites “I’m Not the Only One” and “Like I Can” before turning to his upcoming album, The Thrill of It All, with new single “Pray.”  “Stay With Me” generates a dazzling cell phone light show from the crowd, soaring right into his recent smash, “Too Good at Goodbyes.”
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Lorde’s cool and moody atmospherics brought a fresh energy to the show, with the young singer charging through her recent single “Homemade Dynamite” before turning back to her first big hit, “Royals,” featuring the nice touch of a giant hand holding up a lighter on the screen behind her. She took a seat at center stage for the emotional ballad, “Liability,” before ramping up the party vibes with another new song, “Perfect Places.” “Team” brought more big beats to the upbeat atmosphere, with Lorde winding up her performance with the late-night euphoria of “Green Light.” Kesha displayed a soulful new feel and big band aesthetics with a slew of songs from her latest full-length, Rainbow. Capturing the crowd with “Woman,” the singer strapped on a guitar to look back at 2010’s “Take it Off” from her Animal album. She welcomed Macklemore to the stage to perform the standout single, “Good Old Days” from his most recent release, Gemini.  Kesha took a moment to recognize a fan named Nick, who she said has been to 50 of her shows. Revealing that Nick’s mom is a breast cancer survivor, she dedicated her performance of “Pray” to the fan’s mom. Sam Hunt confidently straddles the line between country and pop, blasting out of the gate with recent his radio hit “Body Like a Back Road” Thanking the crowd for supporting breast cancer awareness as it’s affected his family, Hunt and his crack band smoothed things out with “Ex to See” and “Drinkin’ Too Much”
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Khalid kicked off the show with an affable energy and big anthemic pop tracks made personal with his warm, soulful vocals. “Another Sad Love Song” and “Location” connected easily with the crowd clearly familiar with his music, with the promising young star signing off with “Young, Dumb & Broke.”

Kesha Dedicates ‘We Can Survive’ Performance To Fan’s Mother

Kesha gave an emotional performance at CBS Radio’s 5th annual We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. The Young Survival Coalition and CBS Radio teamed up for the concert to raise awareness for breast cancer. The “Praying” singer dedicated her set to a longtime fan whose mom has been impacted by the devastating disease. Kesha told Radio.com, “I know a lot of people that have been affected by cancer and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I want to be supportive to help find a cure.” She gave advice to those currently struggling with cancer, “I think a good motto is actually what you guys have, ‘We Can Survive,’ just don’t give up on yourself.” In 2012 Kesha released, “Warrior” which was based on her mantra but now five years later, she’s embracing something new, “I have a record called, ‘Warrior’ so that was always like, my mantra, I always told myself that I was a warrior and my new one [Rainbow] is, ’I’m a rainbow.’ Anything that could fill you with hope and encouragement for yourself. It’s different for everybody.” The singer had a heartfelt message for those currently battling breast cancer, “You can survive and just don’t ever give up on yourself.”

Warriors’ Klay Thompson Pledges $1,000 Per Point For North Bay Fire Victims

(RADIO ALICE) – Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson is asking people on social media to join him in pledging money for North Bay fire victims.

The All-Star shooting guard posted a video on his Twitter account and on YouTube, saying he would pledge $1,000 per point he scores over the next three Warriors games to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund.

The fund supports fire victims in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties, as well as first responders, kids and schools in the four counties impacted by the fires.

Last season, Thompson averaged just over 22 points per game, a career high.

“Let’s stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events, properties have been damaged, but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate,” says Thompson in the video.

The posts include a link to Thompson’s at fundraising page, pledgeit.org/klay. The goal is to raise $150,000 between Thompson and individual donors.

©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.
 

ThinkGeek Opens Their First California Store In San Francisco

ThinkGeek purveyors of all things both geeky and collectible have just opened their first California brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco. The store located at 830 Market Street is chock full of item celebrating Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Minecraft, Zelda, DC Comics, Game of Thrones, Marvel, Geek labs, superheroes, and more. The grand opening brought out crowds of people with raffles and more! thinkgeek02 ThinkGeek Opens Their First California Store In San Francisco thinkgeek03 ThinkGeek Opens Their First California Store In San Francisco
 

feet ThinkGeek Opens Their First California Store In San FranciscoBradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find him on Twitter at @bradfordhornsby.

 

Expect More Profanity On ‘Stranger Things 2’

(RADIO ALICE) – It looks as though we’re in for some childhood realism in the upcoming season of Netflix’ hit horror series Stranger Things. In season 2, the profanity will be more prevalent in the show’s dialogue. For the kid actors, they were damn happy about it.

At first, Netflix was concerned about the amount of cussing coming from the children. The show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer were about to cut them out. Which in-turn, upset the actors. So the Duffer Brothers reconsidered.

“We actually gave in and took out all of the bad language,” Matt Duffer tells Wired Magazine. Because the cast felt so strongly about keeping the profanity, Duffer responded to Netflix.

I wrote Netflix saying I’ve got this army of 11- and 12-year-olds and they’re pissed off that we cut all the language,” Duffer said. “At least let us shoot alternate takes. That was, like, the day before we started shooting. And then Netflix said OK.

After reviewing the first and second episodes, Netflix agreed to keep the profanity. According to Ross Duffer “They’re much more foulmouthed in Season 2 than in Season 1, but in real life it’s far worse. I’m like, I cannot believe that came out of your mouth,” he said.

The foul-mouth second season of Stranger Things premieres October 27th on Netflix.

©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.
 

‘Veep’ Stars Lip Sync Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

By Scott T. Sterling Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons made a video of themselves lip syncing Katy Perry’s “Roar” in a show of support for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she battles breast cancer. Related: Katy Perry Got Stuck on a Floating Prop During Nashville Show: Watch “How lucky am I that these bozos have my back? What a moving inspiration to my day,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter, posting the clip. “Chemo #2: finito. We are NOT f—ing around here,” Louis-Dreyfus declared on Instagram after her second round of chemotherapy. “I’ve got the eye of the tiger. The Fighter dancing through the fire cuz I am a champion and you’re going to hear me ROAR,” she added, thanking her Veep co-stars and Perry. See the post below.

Watch Nancy Cartwright Voice 7 Simpsons Characters In Less Than a Minute

(RADIO ALICE) – Best known for her voice talents on The Simpsons, Nancy Cartwright put together a cute little video for the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys that has gone viral.

The video has Cartwright in front of the mic, going over seven of her famous Simpsons characters. From Bart to Ralph Wiggum, check out her amazing talents on this video:


Cartwright was nominated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her work in the “Looking For Mr. Goodbart” episode of the long-running animated series, The Simpsons.

©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.
 

KFC’s Twitter Only Follows 11 ‘Herbs and Spices’

KFC’s Twitter game just got a little bit more “meta” when you see that the account only follows 11 accounts. Those 11 accounts are literally all either “Herbs” or “Spices”. Spices are all five former Spice Girls – Geri Horner (née Halliwell), Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Victoria Beckham. The “Herbs” are all verified accounts of men named Herb like Herb Scribner (writer/producer), Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (LA Councilmember), Herb Waters (Green Bay Packers), Herb Dean (MMA fighter and trainer), Herb Sendek (Santa Clara University Head Coach), and Herb Alpert (musician). Well played KFC.
 

feet KFCs Twitter Only Follows 11 Herbs and SpicesBradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find him on Twitter at @bradfordhornsby.

 

Alice Scares Up Tickets To Six Flags Fright Fest

ALICE SCARES UP TICKETS TO
SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST This weekend, Alice scares up tickets to Six Flags Fright Fest Presented by Snickers. Winning is every hour this weekend (10/21 and 10/22) from Noon to 5 PM! When you hear the cue to call and win, caller 9 at 1-800-400-FM97 wins a pair of tickets! Experience Six Flags Fright Fest Presented by Snickers. Thrills by Day – Fright by Night! Thrills by Day with roller coasters and rides, animal shows with Halloween themes and “Twick or Tweet Twail”. Fright by Night with the NEW Saint Hades Hospital, Carnevil, Arsenic & Arania’s Nightmare Manor, scare zones with zombies and more! * Please note additional fee required for some haunted attractions. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday thru October 29, Monday, October 30, and on October 31 for Halloween. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2018 Season Passes are on sale now! Buy four or more and they are low as $59.99 each, Plus get FREE Upgrades to Gold Combo Passes that includes FREE season Parking at Six Flags and a FREE season Pass to Waterworld Concord. Hurry… must buy and process by November 5, 2017! Go to www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.

Linkin Park Will Live Stream Chester Bennington Tribute Concert

By Scott T. Sterling Linkin Park fans around the world will now be able to take part in next week’s Chester Bennington tribute concert. Related: Linkin Park Fans Create Message of Support Ahead of Chester Bennington Tribute
Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington will stream live free of charge exclusively on YouTube Friday, October 27th at 7:45 p.m. PT. Among the artists joining Linkin Park for the show include Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, Jonathan Davis from Korn, Kiiara, Zedd, members of No Doubt, System Of A Down, Yellowcard, Avenged Sevenfold, and many other surprises. This historic concert celebration will be the first time Linkin Park performs on stage together since Bennington’s death on July 20.