Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seattle Gay News picks Lady GaGa as Hottest Artist of the Year

Seattle Gay News has selected pop-dance diva Lady GaGa as the Hottest Artist of the Year, 2009.

Three music writers - Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price and Shaun Knittel - collaborated on choosing the year's biggest chartmakers and buzzworthy stars for the Best of Music 2009 issue on December 18. Click here to view the full list:

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Seattle Gay News picks 10 Best Albums of 2009

Seattle Gay News is pleased to announce Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by French pop-rock quartet Phoenix as its choice for Album of the Year, 2009. Below is the complete list, numbered from 1 to 10, and a link to an online version announcing our music picks in the December 18 issue.

Best Albums/CDs of the 2009
selected by Albert Rodriguez

1 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
2 Rated R -Rihanna
3 Veckatimist - Grizzly Bear
4 Middle Cyclone - Neko Case
5 Merriweather Post Pavillion - Animal Collective
6 Blood of Man - Mason Jennings
7 Welcome Joy - The Cave Singers
8 Tarot Sport - Fuck Buttons
9 Revolution - Miranda Lambert
10 xx - The xx

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Passion Pit interviews for "Best of Music 2009"

Electro-pop quintet Passion Pit, whose song "Sleepyhead' is heard on the new Palm Pixi television commercial, has interviewed with Seattle Gay News.

Band members Nate Donmoyer and Ian Hultquist are featured in a centerpiece interview for our Best of Music 2009 issue, out tomorrow. The pair disclose their favorite music of 2009, their plans for New Year's Eve, and tell us which fellow group member recycles his underwear while on tour (yes, we went there).

Find out tomorrow which Albums, Singles, Live Performances, and Hottest Artists made our Top Ten lists for the past twelve months, as well as our unfortunate Worst roster of shame. And get familiar with up and coming stars Passion Pit.

Celebrate the year that was on December 18, the Best of Music 2009.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Seattle Gay News to reveal Best of Music 2009 picks on December 18

We're making our lists, and checking them twice. Maybe even a third time just to be sure.

Seattle Gay News will announce its choices for the Best of Music 2009 in the upcoming December 18 issue. Included, our picks for the Best Albums, Singles, Live Performances, Hottest Artists, and also the Worst Music of the Year.

Interviewing exclusively for this year-end spread is Passion Pit, already landing on several critics' lists for their album Manners and single "Sleepyhead". Watch the video for "Sleepyhead" by clicking on this link:

Grab a copy of this Friday's print edition of Seattle Gay News and find out what we selected as the Best of Music 2009.

Pictured: Phoenix (photo courtesy of Press Here Publicity)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rufus Wainwrights interviews with Seattle Gay News, in October 30 issue

Rufus Wainwright has a lot going on right now, including recording a new album and remounting his opera Prima Donna for European audiences next spring. He's also embarking on a brief six-date tour, which includes a performance at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on November 8.

Before his arrival to the Emerald City, he took a few minutes (literally) to speak with Seattle Gay News. In this week's issue (October 30), distributed in metro Seattle later today and going online tomorrow, Wainwright shares his thoughts on Lady GaGa, JoBros, and straight men.

Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on Halloween weekend, or read it online, and check out an exclusive interview with standout singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Monday, October 26, 2009

U2 will play Seattle's Qwest Field in June

Monday morning wake-up call? Here's one.

Seattle Gay News is confirming the live appearance of multi-Grammy winners U2 at Qwest Field on June 20. The rock music icons announced the Seattle stop in its latest round of tour dates, promoting this year's release, No Line on the Horizon.

I've seen U2 three times in concert, and have been blown away each time. I expect the same when next summer rolls around.

Ticket information forthcoming. Stay glued to Seattle Gay News for U2 madness!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bon Jovi to launch 2010 North American tour in Seattle

Hello, Bon Jovi!!!

Minutes ago, the Grammy-winning rock band announced its North American tour itinerary for 2010, and at the very top is a date here in Seattle.

The group, fronted by the always-sexy Jon Bon Jovi, will open their road outing at Key Arena on February 19, 2010. Bon Jovi made the announcement this morning, followed by a special performance outside the new Meadowlands Stadium, which they'll help christen on May 26 and 27.

Stay glued to Seattle Gay News for ticket information on Bon Jovi.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol interviews with Seattle Gay News

Pick up a copy of this week's Seattle Gay News for an exclusive interview with Gary Lightbody of Grammy-nominated band Snow Patrol.

The striking lead singer talks about his home of Belfast, his love for Seattle, and explains why he doesn't remove his shirt as he used to when performing live. An avid book reader, he also recommends a couple of good books to read this fall/winter.

The interview is also available online at in the Arts & Entertainment section.

Snow Patrol performs at the Paramount Theatre tomorrow, October 14. Visit for last-minute tickets.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Snow Patrol interviews with Seattle Gay News

Grammy-nominated rock band Snow Patrol is headed to Seattle, and they're talking to Seattle Gay News before hitting the stage.

The successful UK quintet, who has toured with Coldplay and U2 in the past year, is set to perform October 14 at the Paramount Theatre (, the group's first appearance in the Emerald City since the release of their 2008 album, A Hundred Million Suns.

Gary Lightbody, lead singer and absolute hottie, was kind enough to speak with Seattle Gay News en route to the Northwest, where Snow Patrol will also appear at Portland's Schnizter Hall on October 13 and Boise's Knitting Factory on October 11. Lightbody discusses the band's future, the gay scene in his home of Belfast, the latest books he's read (he's an avid reader), and his comfort level at being a sex symbol for both gals and gents.

Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on Friday, October 9 and wrap your eyes around the tall, cool, and handsome, not to mention unbelievably friendly, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. Remember, they're here on October 14!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kanye West / Lady GaGa tour canceled

Seattle Gay News is confirming that the "Fame Kills" tour, billed as a headlining show with Kanye West and Lady GaGa, has been canceled by the promoter. All dates for the road outing, which had excluded Seattle (lord knows why!), have been scrapped for no apparent reason...however, I can only assume that the negative publicity surrounding West's bulyish behavior at last month's MTV VMA's had an impact.

Now, West has time to be...very, very quiet. And let's hope Lady GaGa arranges a headlining tour as a result of this!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kathy Griffin announces three-night performance in Seattle, January 2010

Gay-adored comedienne Kathy Griffin has announced a three night run at the Paramount Theatre in early 2010, Seattle Gay News can confirm.

The Emmy-winning star is set to perform in Seattle on the nights of January 28, 29, and 30. This is Griffin's first appearance in the Emerald City since late 2008, when she sold out three similar concerts at the same venue.

Ticket information is forthcoming. Think: holiday gifts.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mason Jennings in Seattle Gay News this week

Mason Jennings is a Minneapolis-based artist who just scored a 4-star rating from Rolling Stone for his just-released album, Blood of Man.

The Minneapolis-based father of two is this week's special guest in the weekly column "The Music Lounge". In the exclusive interview, Jennings tells Seattle Gay News that his young sons don't know who Ronald McDonald is and that the first concert he ever attended was Bon Jovi.

Click here to read the interview online:

You can also pick up a print copy of Seattle Gay News at your fave coffee shop or bar in the Emerald City through Friday afternoon, when it'll be replaced with our newest issue.

Mason Jennings performs at The Showbox Market on Friday, September 25. For ticket information, click here:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Bumbershoot 2009: Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, The Cave Singers, and Jason Mraz after-party wrap

I'm moving rather slow this morning, due to Jason Mraz's after-party at The Crocodile last night following his funky, fresh performance on the main stage of the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. Read more about Mraz's surprise appearance at the Belltown club at the end of this blog.

The house doors open at noon today for The Black Eyed Peas, who perform at 3pm, following opening act The Knux. If memory serves me correct, this will be Fergie's third appearance at Memorial Stadium.

Are you a LOST fanatic, as in the TV show? Me too. And thousands of Bumbershoot attendees will be cramming into the Leo K. Theatre for a presentation by the writers of this Emmy-winning series. I have absolutely no idea what will be said, but I hope details about the upcoming season are to be slightly revealed. The line will be long for this one, so arrive super early!

From Jimi Hendrix to Death Cab for Cutie, Seattle has produced an impressive list of artists in modern music. Get ready for The Cave Singers, on the verge of joining that list with their sensational blend of folk-tribal sounds like on the single "Dancing on Our Graves". Supposedly, they packed a full house for an in-store appearance last month at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne. The Cave Singers play at 6:45pm on the Fisher Green Stage.

Let's talk about Franz Ferdinand, shall we? Such a terrific band, lots and lots of energy, perky guitars, electro-infused rock, songs about boys crusing other boys on the dance floor, and snappy onstage outfits. The multi-Grammy nominees have interviewed with Seattle Gay News twice, most recently in December 2008 for our year-end music issue - both Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson sat down with me in the restaurant portion of the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, immediately after sound check for a two-on-one interview (you can find the interview at, in the archive files for December 19).

Franz Ferdinand can really fire up a crowd, and I expect the pit section at Memorial Stadium to bounce heavily throughout the group's set, which will likely include "Ulysses", "Take Me Out", "This Fire", "Michael", "The Dark of the Matinee", "No You Girls", and "Outsiders". It'll be wild, fun, and sweaty - don't enter the pit unless you can deal with the constant pushing and nudging of unruly concertgoers (by the way, Bumbershoot security is the worst).

Modest Mouse closes out this year's Bumbershoot festivities, taking the stage at Memorial Stadium just 30 minutes after Franz Ferdinand. I've seen the Seattle area-based group several times in concert, and they're capable of putting on a great show - though once, at a "Deck the Hall Ball" gala, they sounded a bit flat and exhausted. Hopefully, they'll be revved up for tonight's performance and will probably introduce music from their new album No One's First, and You're Next. I'm crossing my fingers they do "The World at Large".

House doors open at 6:15pm, and please don't trip me as I dash for a front row spot.

Okay, so about that Jason Mraz after-party. He announced twice during his set last night that his band would be playing a midnight show at The Crocodile, and he wasn't joking. Shortly after midnight, he jumped onstage with group members and friends, like Bushwalla, singing and dancing non-stop until 1:40am. Mraz even came out to the crowd several times to dance with fans, pose for pics, and say hello. He noticed me and said hi - after all these years and the millions of people he's met, he still remembers me by name and face. Mraz also went up to The Crocodile balcony to say hello to fans up there - anyone who thought he would just do one song at the show, then split were wrong...he jammed for another hour and a half, following his set at Bumbershoot. It was soooooo much fun! I'll have more to say about this wild little after-party in my September 11 column in the Seattle Gay News.

No Bumber-Tips today, except to arrive early for Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bumbershoot 2009: Jason Mraz, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MSTRKFT, Starbucks VIP, and rain

Day 2 of the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival promises to be...wet.

It's pouring outside and could potentially pour throughout the middle day of Seattle's premiere music event. But, if you think that's going to stop fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from flooding Memorial Stadium, think again. Believe it or not, there are already concertgoers inside the stadium as opening act Cold War Kids (who I met in December backstage at 107.7's "Deck the Hall Ball") go onstage in less than 90 minutes.

The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Grenier (of TV's "Entourage") are set to perform at 3:15pm at Mural Amphitheatre. Best place to catch a glimpse of "Vince Chase" is under the trees and on the bark-laid Starbucks VIP area to the left of the stage - it's free, if you purchase a Starbucks card, and you can enjoy complimentary beverages at your leisure!

MSTRKFT is a digital genius, and will begin their workout at Exhibition Hall at 8:30pm, but it means you'll have to skip the performance by singer-songwriter Brett Dennen who plays at 8:45pm at Mural Amphitheatre, or Grammy-nominated R&B artist Raphael Saadiq on the Fisher Green Stage at 9:30pm.

Another performer worth checking out is funnyman Nick Swardson at 2pm inside the Intiman Theatre.

But the biggie on today's lineup is Jason Mraz, who delivers a headlining set at Memorial Stadium starting at 9:15pm. Fresh from a cool-as-beans appearance at the Outlands Music Festival last weekend in San Francisco, Mr. A to Z re-descends to Seattle since performing here last October at the Paramount Theatre.

Mraz likes to mix things up, so don't expect a repeat set list from any of his most recent performances, although look for his Grammy-nominated smash "I'm Yours" to be played towards the conclusion, and a groovier rendition of "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)".

I met briefly with Mraz backstage at the Paramount last fall, and he's in the best shape ever - sticking to a raw food diet and regular sessions of yoga (he even grew a couple of inches!). We love him at Seattle Gay News; he's interviewed with us three times and we always look forward to welcoming this dear friend back to Seattle - so, welcome back Jason!

Not sure if I'l get a chance to say hello to Jason today/tonight because he's on a tight schedule, but we'll see - his peeps know how to get a hold of me, but most importantly they know I'll be there along with thousands of his closest, most faithful gay fans at Memorial Stadium who'll brave out this shitty weather to come see him.


1 Monorail is the easiest method of getting downtown to/from Seattle Center. Also, look for a Toyota Prius Hybrid tent in front of Westlake Center - they'll shuttle you free of charge just for filling out a quick form. A complimentary ride to Bumbershoot in a new Prius? Loves it!

2 The Starbucks VIP area, which I already mentioned, to the left of the Mural Amphitheatre is an excellent spot to watch a show and sip on fresh-brewed coffee. It's free, just purchase a Starbucks card at your nearest Starbucks location (there's one inside the Seattle Center food pavilion), and you're allowed entry to the VIP area with complimenary beverages and electronic gadget outlets (Blackberry, iMAC, etc.).

3 Take warm clothes, or help support numerous local/regional clothiers by purchasing items for sale at the festival. Also, the Bumbershoot "souvenir" shops have sweatshirts and hoodies in stock.

4 Feet need soothing from a long day? The massage station behind the Fisher Green Stage is a great place to splurge on a 15-minute massage ($19). Yes, it's pricy - but, you're going to spend that money on coffee anyway, which you can get free inside the Starbucks VIP area.

5 Don't miss the "Flexion by Wise Fool New Mexico" peformance at the Rockstage Energy Drink Vert Ramp, north of the International Fountain - these women will astound you, in a show describablly comparable to Cirque du Soleil.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bumbershoot 2009: Clouds, drizzle, Katy Perry, and Old 97's

In the several years that I've covered Bumbershoot, our city's premiere music event at Seattle Center, I've never awoken to as much cloud coverage as today.

Will it clear up? Will it begin to pour midday? Will the glitter I've evenly sprinkled in my hair be blown away by this late-summer wind? Who knows! But, the show(s) will go on regardless of the weather. Read my Bumber-Tips at the bottom of this blog entry.

Katy Perry goes on stage at 1:45pm this afternoon at Memorial Stadium. If you want to be towards the front, good luck and hurry - the house doors open at noon, and from experience it's a mad dash (a la The Amazing Race) to get up towards the foot of the stage.

Perry opens for The All-American Rejects, fronted by the sexy Tyson Ritter, who kindly posed with my business card backstage at Key Arena a few years ago. They're a hit with younger gay boys, so paired with Katy Perry this concert promises to draw a very mixed crowd.

Matt & Kim and De La Soul are two artists to catch in the evening portion of today's festival lineup, but don't miss the Old 97's at Memorial Stadium (7:45pm) fronted by the totally hot Rhett Miller, who interviewed with me a few years back. They'll play a great, energetic rockabilly set before headliner and multi-Grammy winner Sheryl Crow closes things out for the day.


1 Take Metro, monorail, or a combination of light rail/Metro/monorail to Seattle Center. Parking is a nightmare, so take the #8 bus from Capitol Hill or #'s 1,2,3,4,13 from Downtown to the event area. Or, if you happen to live on Beacon Hill as I do, take light rail to Downtown and transfer to a Metro bus - ditto for those in Columbia City, Mount Baker and Pioneer Square.

2 Withdraw cash before going to Bumbershoot, saving you the hassle of long lines at the ATM machines and ridiculous fees added to your overall transaction. There's a Bank of America just a few blocks away on Mercer, fyi.

3 Take warm clothes, especially with today's gloomy weather. Even if it clears up, the evening tends to bring a light chill after sunset.

4 Eat elsewhere. Unless you want sloppy food, get a re-entry stamp at the North Entrance of the grounds (near the Intiman Theatre) and enjoy a better lunch and/or dinner nearby at the Meccca, Pagliacci, Dick's, Taco del Mar, Kid Valley, Thai Heaven, or several of the other restaurants in close proximity. Also, Metropolitan Market and Safeway are within walking distance for deli-type purchases.

5 Wear comfy sneakers. If you're planning to see mutiple acts at various venues inside Seattle Center, leave the fashionable shoes at home and bring a sensible pair instead - your feet will love you tomorrow.

Have fun at Bumbershoot!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Grammy-nominated Ledisi interviews with Seattle Gay News

A year ago, little-heard-of Ledisi received an invitation to "music's biggest night", the Grammy Awards, by way of her peers, earning a coveted Best New Artist nomination and an additional nod in the R&B field.

A week ago, she celebrated a #14 debut on Billboard's top album charts for her sophomore release, Turn Me Loose. This diva is on fire, and she's headed to Seattle tomorrow - performing at Benaroya Hall (inquire at box office for tickets), as part of a local jazz series.

Before Ledisi goes onstage, catch her in the newest issue of Seattle Gay News. An interview with the two-time Grammy nominee will appear in "The Music Lounge" column. Get familiar with this very talented, new singing sensation!

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Beatles first trip to Seattle, 45 years ago - Edgewater Hotel hosts tribute

It was 45 years ago when The Beatles made their first-ever appearance in Seattle, performing at the then-Seattle Coliseum and staying overnight at the now-legendary Edgewater Hotel (

Some of us weren't even born yet when the Fab Four cannon-balled to worldwide fame back in the early 60s, yet ask older family members and they might reveal stories of dancing to "Twist and Shout" on their prom night or jamming to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" en route to the nearest drive-in movie.

The Beatles shared one room at the Edgewater Hotel, located on the Seattle waterfront - suite 272 - and to this day, it draws fans from all over the globe. In fact, a phone call made to hotel management this morning confirms the second floor room is occupied for the night.

For those wanting to celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Beatles visit to the Emerald City, and specifically anyone that might resemble John, Paul, George or Ringo, the Edgewater Hotel is hosting a look-alike contest tonight in their lobby lounge, beginning at 9pm. It's free of charge, but seating is on a first come-first serve basis - so arrive early to be part of the wild fun, and know that 45 years ago on this exact day The Beatles had pleasant dreams - and stuck fishing poles out of their window - at this very spot.

Watch a short documentary on The Beatles inaugural visit to Seattle here:

Friday, July 31, 2009

Seattle Gay News headed to free Blitzen Trapper show - tonight, Seattle Center

What's better than a cool band playing under a hot sun right smack in the city? Not having to pay to see them.

Local radio station KEXP has partnered with Seattle Center to bring several great concerts free of charge throughout the summer to residents of this music-appreciate city. Tonight, Blitzen Trapper who're signed to Seattle-based Sub Pop Records (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords) will perform to a crowd already assembling at the Mural Amphitheatre.

Concert begins at 6pm with an opening act, followed by Portland-based Blitzen Trapper going onstage around 7'sh - you still have time to dart there. In the crowd, Seattle Gay News - of course! Killer rock bands, we're all over it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jazz newbie Spencer Day interviews with Seattle Gay News

He's the freshest face of America's most vintage genre, and the opportunity to meet him is a newstand or mouse click away.

Spencer Day, a Utah-born singer-songwriter brought up in rural Arizona by a single mom who still teaches music, is being compared to Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. His vocals are smooth and seductive, his arrangements are sophisticated and dreamy, and his looks...well, you can arrive at your opinion.

Day gives his first headlining appearance in Seattle with back-to-back performances at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley ( on July 28 and 29. Visit the venue's website for admission price and show details. This is your chance to see a young star at a very early point in his career, and we should point out that film scripts are already being sent his way. Interesting sidenote: Peter Cincotti gave his first headlining performance at the Jazz Alley.

Pick up a copy of Seattle Gay News at your favorite bar or coffeeshop or visit and look for "The Music Lounge" column for an interview with Spencer Day. You can also ear-sample his songs at

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cupcake Royale giving free cupcakes at new Capitol Hill store today

It's raining cupcakes on Capitol Hill, specifically at 1111 Pike Street (between 11th and 12th avenues)!

Local favorite Cupcake Royale is celebrating the opening of its new store by offering free Strawberry 66 cupcakes all day long (July 22 only), while supplies last. Simply go inside the store and say the magic words "Legalize Frostitution" and voila, a cupcake lands in your hands!

While you're at the shop, grab a cupcake or two from the many other flavors to take back to your partner, colleagues, or friends. They make wonderful little birthday treats, or if heading down to Portland to visit friends or relatives, surprise them with a dozen - a unique taste of Seattle.

Help welcome Cupcake Royale to Capitol Hill by dropping by today!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kelly Clarkson coming to Seattle, in November!

Don't make those Thanksgiving plans too early, as you might want to stay in the Jet City for the return of Grammy winner and American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson.

Seattle Gay News is happy to report that the pop diva will perform November 24 at WaMu Theater, adjacent to Qwest Field and now accessible by Seattle's new light rail service.

More on Clarkson's upcoming visit coming soon in the Seattle Gay News.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Seattle Gay News picks hottest musician: Followill, Kravitz, Shimabukuro, Roth make list

You want some heat with that pop?

Seattle Gay News unveiled its picks for the "Hottest Guys in Music" in a special Pride feature on June 26. Among the hunks and hotties selected, Kings of Leon's bassist Jared Followill, Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz, openly gay dance artist Sam Sparro, country star Billy Currington, and newbies Jake Shimabukuro and Asher Roth.

For a full list of these striking, talented men click here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Seattle's own Fleet Foxes on Mojo magazine cover

Congrats to Seattle-based folk geniuses Fleet Foxes, on scoring the cover story in the August issue of Mojo magazine!

The group's stunning debut was selected as the "Best Album/CD of 2008" by Seattle Gay News, and it be can't be recommended any higher for those who love organic Americana/folk music.

Read more about Fleet Foxes in "The Music Lounge", in the July 17 issue of the SGN.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Arctic Monkeys and Grizzly Bear announce Seattle concerts

The best shows keep coming to Seattle, and we're not complaining.

Two incredible noisemakers have announced upcoming concerts this fall, Arctic Monkeys and Grizzly Bear.

The Grammy-nominated Arctic Monkeys will perform September 19 @ The Showbox Market, while Grammy hopefuls (pay attention NARAS voters) Grizzly Bear play October 16 @ the Moore Theatre. Veckatamist, the new release by Grizzly Bear, landed on the "Best of 2009 1/2" in Seattle Gay News' mid-year music section (June 26 issue).

Look for details on the Arctic Monkeys and Grizzly Bear concerts in "The Music Lounge" column inside the July 17 edition of Seattle Gay News.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tori Amos tour launch tonight, Seattle Gay News is there

This is it, this is the night Tori Amos launches her newest tour in Seattle!

Exactly a week after Green Day opened their 2009 road schedule in the Emerald City, Amos will do the same - but at WaMu Theater, located in the SoDo district next to Qwest Field and across the street from Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle Gay News will be there for Amos' initial date of her anticipated big tour, but first we're heading to Hotel 1000 (1000 1st Avenue) for a pre-show "Tweetup" to mingle with fellow fans. The event runs from 5 to 8pm with special cocktails, starters, and cool giveaways (study up on that Tori Amos bio!).

You can walk to WaMu Theater, or take an inexpensive cab ride over. One Eskimo will open the concert, so Amos isn't expected to go onstage until 8:45pm at the earliest, giving you PLENTY of time for pre-show cocktails - at Hotel 1000, of course!

Look for a full review of the concert in the July 17 issue of Seattle Gay News.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tori Amos launching tour in Seattle tomorrow, pre-show Tweetup at Hotel 1000

It's Albert from Seattle Gay News, on a bright and sunny afternoon in the Emerald City.

Tomorrow night is the official kickoff of Tori Amos' "Sinful Attraction Tour" at WaMu Theater, located adjacent to Qwest Field in the SoDo district of Seattle (SoDo = South Downtown, next to Pioneer Square).

If you're heading to the concert, stop by Hotel 1000 ( for a special Tori Amos "Tweetup" to enjoy special apps and cocktails en route to the show - in fact, it's about a 10-minute walk to WaMu Theater from Hotel 1000 or an inexpensive cab ride, so it's a perfect spot to mingle with fellow fans and get your drink on before going to the venue. When you arrive at Hotel 1000, pegged by Seattle Gay News as the city's "Best Luxury Hotel", go to "Studio 1000" from the lobby/foyer.

I'm planning to be at both Hotel 1000 and the Tori Amos concert, hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Green Day awesome in first show, Billie Joe kisses male fan on lips

Happy 4th of July, it's Albert Rodriguez from Seattle Gay News slightly recovered from a booming performance by Green Day at Key Arena last night.

It was the start of the rock trio's world tour, and it was a blast - literally! You can't imagine the amount of pyrotechnics in this show - one bang after another, flames everywhere, and a really colorful display of lights mixed with indoor fireworks.

I can't give away too much because a full review of Green Day's concert will be in Friday's issue of Seattle Gay News, and I don't want to spoil any surprises for fans awaiting the punk threesome in their own hometowns - BUT, what I can say is that Billie Joe Armstrong kissed a male fan on the lips. It was hot, entertaining, and lent itself to the spontaneity of a Green Day performance. The fan was pulled onstage to sing along with the group, and immediately went for Billie Joe's mouth - and Seattleites being the very open-minded, laid back folks that they are just cheered, laughed, and hooted.

I can also share with you that the Bay Area unit is playing music representing their entire catalog - so you'll not only hear songs from the new album, 21st Century Breakdown, but also selections from American Idiot, Dookie, and Nimrod.

My favorite part of the show was when Green Day did "21 Guns", which I think is the best cut from the newest CD - in concert, the piano at the end was brilliant and Billie Joe's vocals were absolutely stunning on it.

The crowd was restless, especially on some of the band's well-known hits. The main floor was jam-packed, and they just kept bouncing up and down throughout. I've been in a Green Day pit twice during the American Idiot tour, even suffered bruised ribs on both occasions, so I was pretty stoked to have an actual seat this time around in the section just to the left of the stage.

I have no rants about last night's concert whatsoever, but I was hoping for an image switcheroo from Green Day - maybe a mohawk, a change of attire, something. But, it was as if they walked from the American Idiot tour to this one without even looking in a mirror - they not only look the same, they pretty much wear the identical clothes from their previous road outing. I really was hoping to see Billie Joe in a pair of super skinny purple Levi's instead of his usual choice, the somewhat roomy black ones.

Anyway, overall it was a killer show and if they're coming to your city I suggest definitely checking them out. They play for a solid two hours, and then some, and it's high energy all the way, plus a really good set list. Also, bring a pair of ear plugs if you don't like the sound of loud bangs because there are plenty of them during the whole performance.

Bottom line: I was very entertained last night, and glad to see that Green Day brought their A game to the start of their new tour in Seattle!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Green Day launching world tour in Seattle tonight, Seattle Gay News is there

Hey, it's Albert from Seattle Gay News on a very hot afternoon in Seattle. Watching an intense battle o' the Andy's (Roddick vs. Murray, Wimbledon). I'm cheering for both, as one is American and the other is tall, sexy, and has a British accent (and, thank you Andy Murray for wearing tight shorts).

More importantly, today is GREEN DAY. I'm impatiently awaiting my ticket to be delivered via UPS from the record label - as soon as it's here, I'm jetting to Seattle Center to take advantage of the clear blue skies and Seattle International Beer Festival.

I know nothing about tonight's show, as the label and tour promoter have kept mum on details - all I've been told is that Green Day chose to rehearse for it in California leading up to the moment they headed to Seattle. But, tonight's performance marks the world tour launch of Green Day's newest live production. I'm hoping and expecting to be wowed, especially after seeing the dazzling American Idiot concert twice at two separate venues.

Scattered tickets remain for the concert this evening, and it appears you can still purchase them online at Ticketmaster ( Though, at a certain point very soon all remaining tickets will be transferred and available only at the venue.

If you're heading to Seattle Center, the massive complex housing Key Arena, Space Needle, Experience Music Project, as well as several other performance halls, take note that the popular Beer Festival is also taking place on the grounds right now. Add to this: the many tourists zipping up the Space Needle or sundrenched locals cooling off at the International Fountain.

So, my best recommendation is to take Metro or a combination of Metro/Monorail to the show. From downtown, take the #1, #2, #4 or #13 to Seattle Center, or from Capitol Hill take the #8 (on John Street). The monorail is a quicker trip to/from downtown, and you board it at the top level of Westlake Center (3rd and Pine) - it will drop you off inside Seattle Center. If you must drive, parking is limited. If you arrive early and don't wanna get your drink on right away, then make a pit stop at Easy Street Records (on Mercer).

I'll have a brief wrap-up of the concert here tomorrow morning, and a full review of the band's performance in next week's issue (July 10) in the Seattle Gay News.

Besides the gorgeous holiday weekend in Seattle, let's also celebrate the return of GREEN DAY!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Seattle Gay News attending Green Day's tour launch on Friday

Grammy-winning rock trio Green Day chose Seattle as the starting point for its newest tour, set to perform Friday night at Key Arena.

Seattle Gay News will be among those in the audience, listening to live versions of the band's fresh material from 2009's highly-praised 21st Century Breakdown, as well as songs from previous releases. The album, certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has sprouted two hit singles already, "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns" (SGN's Top Ten Recordings, 2009 1/2).

We'll be at Key Arena on Friday to catch Billie Joe, Mike and Tre in action as they launch their big tour, circling North America and possibly extending overseas in the months ahead. Look for a mini review of the concert at this blog site on Saturday morning, with a full review in the July 10 issue of Seattle Gay News. Also, we'll update you on the traffic situation getting to Seattle Center on Friday afternoon, as the grounds will be packed to host both the Green Day concert and Seattle International Beerfest.

Green Day + Seattle = It's on!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tori Amos speaks with Seattle Gay News, June 26

Seattle Gay News is very pleased to include a special interview with Tori Amos in our Pride weekend issue, out tomorrow afternoon (June 26).

The Grammy-nominated diva, who launches her 2009 tour schedule at Seattle's WaMu Theater on July 10, speaks out against Proposition 8 and reiterates her support for Gay marriage. She also discusses her new album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, and the close connection she's had over the years with her non-hetero fans.

Grab a copy of tomorrow's Seattle Gay News, and celebrate Pride with us - and with Tori! For concert tickets, visit

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Judge weighs gay employees privacy issue

Seattle City Light employee Philip Irvin wants the names of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) city employees who are members of a city-sponsored club working on issues of concern to their community.

The City of Seattle concedes that they may have to release the names. Members of the LGBT club have sued to keep their names from being disclosed. They claim there is no legitimate public interest to granting Irvin's request and will infringe on people's privacy.

Irvin claims to have been discriminated against because of his conservative anti-LGBT views. He once attempted to form a city-sponsored group for "ex-Gays."

A city light veteran, who is heterosexual and spoke on the condition of anonymity, told this writer that it is not a matter of discrimination but honoring a city ordinance and internal employee policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation among other protected groups. Irvin's actions are contrary to this ordinance and policy which puts him at odds with his co-workers.

King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick could decide the case on Thursday.

Snow Patrol headed to Seattle in October

Snow Patrol, fresh from opening a series of dates on Coldplay's massive "Viva la Vida" tour, announced yesterday their North American fall itinerary, which includes an October 14 performance at the Paramount Theatre.

Seattle Gay News has an upcoming review of Snow Patrol's concert at Vancouver's GM Place from last weekend, and we look forward to welcoming and covering the band again in October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Paramount show, 10am, at all Ticketmaster locations or try

Stay glued for all things Snow Patrol at Seattle Gay News!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

SGN on the floor at tonight's Coldplay/Snow Patrol concert

It's Albert from Seattle Gay News, in Vancouver BC for tonight's Coldplay concert with opening act Snow Patrol at GM Place.

The first of back-to-back performances took place last night, and I'm told by a father and teenage son - who are staying at my hotel (L'Hermitage Hotel, fab place to stay in Vancouver!) and went to the gig - that it's an early show - supposedly, Snow Patrol goes onstage around 7:30 or 7:45, then Coldplay jumps on at 8:15 or 8:30. Last night's concert was also being taped, as part of an upcoming Coldplay DVD special or release - not sure if tonight's show will be taped as well.

I'm told there are two excellent places to pre-funk before any concert in Vancouver, the Granville Room (957 Granville Street) and Chambar (562 Beatty Street) - so I'm hitting both on my way to the concert.

Coldplay is one of the world's most popular bands, and photos of the show were available on the Vancouver Sun's website just minutes after their performance last night. The Grammy-winning rock band is currently still touring their top-selling album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Meanwhile, Snow Patrol has kept low-key since its third US release, A Thousand Million Suns, and has ignored the West Coast almost entirely on their 2008 and 2009 tour itineraries.

I've got a floor seat for tonight's big show at GM Place - so I'm very excited. Look for a review of Coldplay and Snow Patrol's performances in the June 26 issue of Seattle Gay News!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Seattle Gay News heads to Coldplay/Snow Patrol concert in Canada

Hey, it's Albert at Seattle Gay News on a drizzly late morning in the Emerald City (after a month of no rain, it's a nice change).

I'm heading to Vancouver BC tomorrow to catch one of Coldplay's back-to-back shows at GM Place, with fellow UK rockers Snow Patrol slated as the opening act.

Safe travels if you're also headed up north this weekend. Tomorrow's outbound train to Vancouver is completely sold out, but there are Amtrak charter bus spots available. Check the "rideshare" on Craigslist for last-minute carpool opps.

If you're looking for a hotel to crash at, and not on a tight budget, I recommend Opus, Loden, Pacific Palisades, Listel, or L'hermitage. Again, these aren't budget hotels but some of them are offering great summer and/or economy-strapped specials. Tell them Seattle Gay News sent you.

I'm pre-funking at the Granville Room and Chambar right before Sunday night's performance - both are cool places to hang before or after a show.

Look for a review of Coldplay and Snow Patrol in the June 26 issue of Seattle Gay News.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Seattle Gay News attending the B-52's show

It's Albert at Seattle Gay News, excited about this evening's performance by the B-52's at Woodland Park Zoo.

The concert will take place, rain or shine - and I expect the overcast clouds to clear by this afternoon, often the case in June here in Seattle. The show is sold out, so you'll have to find any loose tickets on your own.

I'm told the B-52's will hop on stage at 6:50pm, and because of the Phinney neighborhood's noise ordinance, the concert needs to be completed by 9pm. Line-up to get into the show begins at 4pm, opening act is the 88's.

If you haven't yet been to a show at the Zoo, I recommend the following:

1 Ride the bus. Parking is limited and because the Zoo is in a residential area, post-concert traffic will be a mess. Take the #5 bus from downtown Seattle instead. You can also walk to the East side of the Zoo and catch the #358 on Aurora Ave./Int. 99.

2 Bring your own food. You're not allowed to bring alcohol into the grounds, but outside food is permitted - and with the long waits and only a few vendors, I suggest stopping at a grocery store or your favorite take-out place and bringing it in with you.

3 Warm clothes and blanket. Because the concert area is surrounded by giant trees and sunken deep into the Zoo grounds, the temperature will drop significantly no matter how hot it gets today. Come prepared with adequate clothing and a blanket, if you plan to sit on the lawn.

4 Can we dance? I hope so, though I've never been to a pop concert at the Zoo - only folk or singer-songwriter performances. It's possible that in order to not obstruct the view of anyone, those near the front of the stage will have to find an alternate location (side of stage?) to shake their groove thing. My recommendation if you wanna dance: get there early and stake a spot as close to the stage as possible to give yourself maximum options.

5 Is beer and wine available for purchase? Yes, bring cash in the event cards are not accepted.

See you at the show tonight!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black xxx-posed

Dustin Lance Black, who gave an emotional acceptance speech at this year's Academy Awards ceremony, is the latest Hollywood celebrity figure to be xxx-posed in a pec-torial spread.

The openly Gay screenwriter of Milk is now an Internet sensation for his other work, starring in a private sex tape with an unknown male. Queen-y gossip guru Perez Hilton broke the news on his popular website with edited and non-edited pics of Black in action - you can view them at your discretion at

I can honestly say now that I love everything about Dustin Lance Black.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Rufus Wainwright to play Benaroya Hall

This just in: Seattle Gay News has learned that Rufus Wainwright will perform November 8 at Benaroya Hall, home of the famed Seattle Symphony. It's an excellent venue in downtown Seattle with some of the best acoustics of any modern concert hall in the country.

The Grammy-nominated artist has interviewed twice with us before, and we'll try to snag him for a third chitchat closer to show date - by then, we'll return to sipping hot coffee rather than iced.

For the freshest music news, pick up a copy of Seattle Gay News - printing every Friday.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Adam Lambert "officially" comes out

What many suspected has now been confirmed, by the actual source. American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert confirms he's gay in the newest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (, thus marking the first time he's openly discussed his sexuality to fans and media.

Lambert and the nine other finalists of last season's popular TV show are scheduled to perform at the nearby Tacoma Dome on July 7. Seattle Gay News looks forward to bringing you coverage of Lambert's initial performance in the Seattle area - stay glued.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California high court upholds Prop 8

The Califonia Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, which amended the state consitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

...[W]e conclude that each of the state constitutional challenges to Proposition 8 advanced by petitioners and the Attorney General lacks merit. Having been approved by a majority of the voters at the November 4, 2008 election, the initiative measure lawfully amends the California Constitution to include the new provision as article I, section 7.5.

However, the court said the marriages of approximetly 18,000 same-sex couples shall remain valid.

Applying well-established legal principles pertinent to the question whether a constitutional provision should be interpreted to apply prospectively or retroactively, we conclude that the new section cannot properly be interpreted to apply retroactively. Accordingly, the marriages of same-sex couples performed prior to the effective date of Proposition 8 remain valid and must continue to be recognized in this state.

Proponents of equal marriage rights will rally at 5:30 PM at Westlake to protest the decision.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Taking Back Sunday in this week's Seattle Gay News

Major label rockers Taking Back Sunday are the musical guest in this week's edition of Seattle Gay News, currently in bars, coffeeshops, bookstores, and other establishments around the Puget Sound.

Bassist Matt Rubano phoned in from the road, as the band makes their way to Seattle on May 29 ( Get an inside scoop on the quintet's upcoming album, New Again, and find out what Rubano likes to cook in his very own Big Apple pad.

To read the Taking Back Sunday interview, grab a copy of Seattle Gay News at your favorite drinking spot or coffee house or visit (Arts & Entertainment section).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Taylor Hicks in this week's Seattle Gay News

American Idol champ and current Grease star Taylor Hicks speaks one-on-one with Seattle Gay News in the May 8 issue, available at many local bars, restaurants, coffeehouses, and Bailey Coy book store on Capitol Hill.

The season five winner of America's most popular reality competition program is en route to Seattle for a three-week run of Grease at the 5th Avenue Theater. In addition, he'll give a one night solo performance at The Triple Door on May 27.

Grab a copy of this week's Seattle Gay News, or look for it online, and get to know the "Soul Patrol" man himself, Taylor Hicks.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Seattle Gay News travel section online

Going somewhere? Start your trip with Seattle Gay News.

Our newest special travel section is now online at - just click on the travel icon with "BOSTON" in giant letters. Our latest travel spread contains exclusive features on Boston, Austin, Vancouver BC, Whidbey Island, and Portland. Let us tell you about great places at these destinations to stay, eat, mingle, and relax.

Bon voyage!

Pictured: Mini fritters with white chocolate dipping sauce at Trattoria in Vancouver BC.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Chris Cornell in Seattle Gay News this week

He's one of the hottest rock stars on the planet, and he's ours this week.

Chris Cornell
is featured in an exclusive interview with Seattle Gay News (April 24 issue), in which he recalls the early days of the grunge scene in the Emerald City and speaks bluntly about being hit on by men.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman released his third solo album this year entitled Scream, a collaboration with hip-hop giant Timbaland. The project adds to Cornell's career resume, which also boasts Grammy winner, Bond theme composer, John Varvatos model, father of three, restauranteur, and head-to-toe hottie.

Get to know Chris Cornell in our interview by clicking the link below - this marks the second interview he's given us in back to back years. We love you Chris!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Green Day launching tour in Seattle

Whatever you do, don't leave town on 4th of July weekend!

Grammy-winning, gay-friendly trio Green Day will launch its upcoming tour in Seattle on July 3. Ticket details coming soon, so stay glued to Seattle Gay News for more news. The band is currently set to release its eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown featuring the single "Know Your Enemy".

More on Green Day soon.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Record Store Day - support independent music stores

Hi, it's Albert Rodriguez at Seattle Gay News on a beautiful spring morning (just watched a fab Kathy Griffin special on Bravo).

Today is national Record Store Day, when we show our support to independent record stores like Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom, Silver Platters and Cellophane Square - or whatever is in your neck of the woods. It's not that we don't like the corporates, it's just that we want the small retail stores to survive along with the big ones.

If there's a CD or music item you've been waiting to buy, please purchase it today at one of the above listed stores. There are some really great new releases by Neko Case, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Silversun Pickups - or maybe an authentic Seattle record shop T-shirt for out of town friends.

At Easy Street Records today, local rock group the Moondoggies (pictured) will perform at the Queen Anne location at 5pm.

Show your support of independent record stores today, April 18!

Friday, March 27, 2009

City files suit against Pride organizers

The Seattle Gay News first broke the news that Seattle Out and Proud, organizers of the downtown Gay pride parade, still owed the City of Seattle for its use of the Seattle Center for post-parade festival in 2006.

Now, the city has filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on Monday seeking repayment, interest and attorney's fees. The total sought thus far is approximately $125,000 but could rise as the city incurs additional legal expenses.

The Stranger reports that SOaP made 13 payments totaling $10,200 and that the organization tried to negotiate a workable payment plan with the city for the last two and a half years.

The post-parade pride festival at the Seattle Center is now run by a private company.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lady GaGa talks to Seattle Gay News on March 13

The hottest artists talk to Seattle Gay News - and this means, of course, a chat with music's hottest new diva Lady GaGa.

Since mid-summer of 2008, the dance-pop star has been on an international roll with her everlasting single "Just Dance" and its follow-up, "Poker Face". A Grammy nomination, current top ten Billboard album and sold out concerts in every city, including her upcoming show in Seattle on March 16, have incredibly boosted the radar status on this dynamite recording artist and live performer.

Her gay fans love her, and we're happy to share this brief-yet-cute exclusive with them. Our interview with Lady GaGa prints on Friday, March 13.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dierks Bentley interviews with Seattle Gay News, February 27

Seattle Gay News is very pleased to announce an upcoming interview with country superstar, CMA award winner and multiple Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley.

The Phoenix native, who now resides in Nashville with his wife and young daughter, recently performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Norway, hosted the CMT network's NASCAR-themed "Supercharged Weekend", and appeared on that same channel's version of the reality series "Cribs".

Bentley's latest full-length effort, Feel That Fire, debuted atop Billboard's country albums chart and landed at #3 on the top 200 albums chart in its first week of release. "What Was I Thinkin'", "Every Mile a Memory", "Come a Little Closer", and "Settle for A Slowdown" are among the singer-songwriter's arsenal of hit singles.

On tour with Brad Paisley, Bentley visits the Seattle area with a performance at the Tacoma Dome on February 28.

Seattle Gay News is excited to feature a unique, one-on-one interview with this talented (and undoubtedly striking) musician a day before his live appearance. We invite you to get familiar with country great Dierks Bentley in our next weekly issue, printing February 27.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Seattle Gay News announces Spring Travel issue, out now

Going somewhere? Let Seattle Gay News interest you in several regional and island destinations to travel to in the near future.

Our Spring Travel issue is out now with original travel pieces all written by Seattle Gay News writers, and they include features on Maui, Las Vegas, Oregon coast, Vancouver BC, and a "Staycation" option here in Seattle.

Grab a copy of our Spring Travel issue, out February 20, and let us assist in planning your next great getaway.

Pictured: Lahaina Harbor in Maui.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Franz Ferdinand to play Seattle in April

As reported in Seattle Gay News two months ago, Franz Ferdinand will include The Emerald City on its upcoming spring tour itinerary. The Scottish band is set to perform April 13 at the Paramount Theatre with tickets going on sale February 7.

Look for details in this Friday's issue of the Seattle Gay News.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Haggard appologizes to gays

In a matter of a couple days in 2006 Ted Haggard went from being the founder and pastor of Colorado’s New Life Church and president of the Association for Evangelicals – a man with a hotline to the President of the United States – to the biggest pariah on both sides of the gay equality question.

Haggard’s community of evangelicals – his whole world – dropped him faster than a lead balloon. A common tactic when one of their so called “ex-gays” comes to their senses regarding their own homosexuality or bisexuality. So much for love the sinner, hate the sin!

The gay community wasn’t very keen on picking him up either because while his evangelical buddies were claiming gays were responsible for everything from the decline of heterosexual marriage and, even, Hurricane Katrina, Haggard sat back smugly and said nothing. In addition, he condemned homosexuality at the same time he was hooking up with a male prostitute and seeking methamphetamine.

As a caring compassionate human being, I don’t like to watch people implode. However, I must admit to experiencing some mild pleasure from the events that transpired that November of 2006. Hypocrisy was on display for the world to see and was a reminder for any others who sought to live their life under a similar cloak.

Now, Haggard’s talking publicly about his big secret and answering new allegations that he took advantage of a young church volunteer who was questioning his sexuality. I don’t question his intentions, although many do.

I watched his appearances today on CNN’s Larry King and ABC programs Nightline and World News on Wednesday. In each he apologizes to the gay community. He basically says that he thinks being gay is a sin “for me” and that he doesn’t think being gay is any more a sin than other sins. His wife Gail told Larry King that if they had a gay child they would talk it through.

Until Haggard comes the realization that being gay or “mostly straight with complications” is not only NOT a sin, but a blessing from the creator, than he is not truly free to be who God intended. Furthermore, I refuse to accept his apology until it comes without conditions.

I couldn’t care less if Haggard chooses to remain in his marriage. I think he’s on the right track by cutting back on the lies he once told to himself about his feelings. I am concerned that he may have surrounded himself by spiritual advisors and counselors who adhere to the view that homosexuality can be cured or is a disease like Alcoholism which only abstinence can cure.

In 2005, I attended the Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conference at the Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell aimed at helping gays to leave their “lifestyle.” The speakers talked about parental attachment disorders and the power of God to heal one’s “sexual brokenness.” All I saw was a lot of scared kids being misled by unqualified and discredited “counselors” who knew more about fundraising than the practice of counseling. Everyone was hawking a book, a self-help system or retreat/treatment center.

The truth is that life is only worth living when we have the ability to just be who we are, who God intended us to be. So my advice to Haggard and anyone wrestling with their sexuality is to lose the cloak, forget the money-grubbing “ex-gay” folks, and hire yourself some real spiritual advisors who will help you get closer to God and a licensed therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist who will help you understand yourself.

If you haven't heard enough from Haggard, he is the focus of a new HBO documentary that airs this month titled, "The Trials of Ted Haggard." If you've seen it, let us know what you think?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Marc Broussard interviews with Seattle Gay News, tomorrow

Seattle Gay News is pleased to announce an upcoming interview with talented songwriter-musician Marc Broussard. The Louisiana native is an active recording artist, touring performer and philanthropist - having donated all proceeds of his Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina to post-disaster relief efforts.

On the road promoting his new album Keep Coming Back, Broussard is set to perform January 24 at The Showbox Market ( His interview with Seattle Gay News, the first with our publication, prints in tomorrow's issue, January 23.

Grab a copy of the SGN tomorrow or this weekend and get familiar with Marc Broussard, and ear-sample his music at