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Robert Plant To Play Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

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A heavyweight pre-opening concert!

Robert Plant, Band of Joy, June 24, 7 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Événements spéciaux TD series) - Nostalgists, keep moving, because there’s no looking back here. Yes, Band of Joy was the name of one of Robert Plant’s very first bands-accompanied by a certain tub-thumper of note named John Bonham-but that’s where the flashback ends. Flashback? Perhaps to an era when this particular British singer cut his chops singing songs by previous legends, and above all expressed the freedom of a 17-year-old with his own legendary future ahead of him. Because Band of Joy is an expression of freedom, the singer’s own songs, and his versions of songs by others (Los Lobos, Low, trad songs…). However, can we truly speak of “other people’s” songs when the unique voice and incredible interpretive skills of this former Led Zeppelin singer give them such wonderfully renewed life? An extraordinary pre-opening concert by an absolute legend who plays Montreal far too seldom.

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If I could take Mutsumi Takahashi to this concert all my dreams would come true. :P Perhaps she'll interview Robert Plant.

Top 5 Montreal news celebrities - #2 Mutsumi Takahashi CTV Montreal anchor

  • April 2nd, 2010 3:55 pm ET

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Mutsumi Takahashi - CTV Photo: CTV

Montreal has an enthusiastic relationship Mutsumi Takahashi and for the last 24 years has invited her into their homes every night as one of the most popular news anchors in CTV history.

Born in Shiroishi, Japan, Mutsumi Takahashi immigrated to Canada with her family and spent a brief amount of time in the Toronto area before moving across province to Montreal.

Mutsumi's interest in the news world began at Concordia University on the Radio Sir George broadcast where she served as a reporter. Graduating in 1979, she had worked her way up the ranks quickly and become the News Director of RSG before her graduation.

As reported by Vanier College in Montreal, Takahashi was, "Never one to do be satisfied with doing just one job well, Mutsumi looked for more challenges. During her time at Concordia she was a reporter for the student newspaper The Georgian, and hosted a series of interview programs for Concordia University TV (CUTV) in conjunction with CTV Montreal, then known as CFCF."

Takahashi first entered the professional arena as an intern at CKGM and shortly after moved over to CJFM as a newsreader and interviewer. It was in 1982 that Takhashi finally arrived arrived at CFCF as a news reporter. It was only another 4 years later in 1986, and with an impeccable record as a reporter for the network, that she was called up to the big leagues as anchor of the evening news along side then co-anchor Bill Haugland.

After 10 years of sharing the desk with Haugland, his retirement made room for Takahashi to share the anchor seat with her current counterpart Todd van der Heyden.

Over her career Mutsumi Takahashi has become a trusted and well respected member of the media in Montreal, and has been voted several times by the Montreal Mirror's Best of Montreal polls as "Best Local Newscaster."

Behind the camera in her personal life, Takahashi devotes a great deal of her time as an active volunteer for various AIDS organizations, only pulling herself away to spend time playing piano for her dogs, and knitting up a storm while diving into a new book.

Mutsumi Takahashi is the living realization of what can happen when passion, persistence, and personality are brought together to realize a personal goal.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Robert Plant is jazz now?

The FIJM is going downhill (nothing against Plant). Oh well, anything for a quick buck...

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Robert Plant is jazz now?

The FIJM is going downhill (nothing against Plant). Oh well, anything for a quick buck...

I hate to break it to you, but he's playing the New Orleans Jazz Fest too, as he did in 2009.

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Here's a list of artists playing the festival, quite a few aren't what I'd refer to as "jazz". For that matter, everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Steve Earle have played the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jazz Fest in New Orleans has also always featured a diverse roster of artists that don't necessarily come from the jazz field. I think that's the point, jazz is a fusion of styles and the line up of these festivals is an effort to reflect that.

A

Ana Moura

Anat Cohen

Angélique Kidjo

The Artie Shaw Orchestra

B

Bob Walsh

Brad Mehldau

Brandi Disterheft

Bruce Cockburn

Bryan Lee

Buddy Guy

C

Caravan Palace

Charlie Hunter

Chick Corea

D

Dave Leibman

Diana Krall

Dianne Reeves

E

Émilie Clepper

F

Femi Kuti

Frank Gambale

G

George Wein

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Guy Bélanger

H

Holly Cole

Howard Alden

I

Ibrahim Maalouf

J

Jean-Luc Ponty

Jenny Scheinman

Johnny Clegg

Jordan Officer

Joshua Redman

L

Lenny White

Lew Tabackin

Lewis Nash

Lizz Wright

M

Madeleine Peyroux

Maurane

Milton Nascimento

P

Paco de Lucía

Peter Frampton

Peter Washington

Pink Martini

R

Randy Brecker

Regina Carter

Return to Forever

Robert Plant

S

Sade

Salif Keita

Shad

Sophie Beaudet

Sophie Hunger

Stacey Kent

Stanley Clarke

Steve Rowe

Y

Yael Naim

Youssou N'Dou

Edited by Jahfin

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On Lemon Squeezings, it lists ten dates in Europe and is saying the North American tour is over? Does anyone know if that's really true and he won't be coming back to the states after all the festivals this summer?

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On Lemon Squeezings, it lists ten dates in Europe and is saying the North American tour is over? Does anyone know if that's really true and he won't be coming back to the states after all the festivals this summer?

He's still got some US dates coming up. Don't forget he toured the states this past summer, winter and soon into Spring.

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On Lemon Squeezings, it lists ten dates in Europe and is saying the North American tour is over? Does anyone know if that's really true and he won't be coming back to the states after all the festivals this summer?

Given he will have already toured across North America three times with Band of Joy and played festival dates it's doubtful he'd return with them again until they have new material to present.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Robert Plant is jazz now?

The FIJM is going downhill (nothing against Plant). Oh well, anything for a quick buck...

Well, last year, the headliner was Lionel Richie..... I'd say they're going uphill... :lol:

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Jahfin! LOLLLLL. Just hoping Robert at LEAST comes to Atlantic City. He ALWAYS does??? What's up this time? And we Philly fans trudged through horrendous ice and snow to get to the Tower and PACKED the house. Come on Robert??!!!

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I have no way of getting to any of his shows on this tour anyway, so it doesn't really matter where he goes. It was the same way during the Now and Zen, Principle of Moments, Manic Nirvana and Fate of Nations tours.

Edited by Silver Rider

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Silver Rider WHERE do you live? I think you seriously have to consider moving. THAT's terrible.

Oh I live close enough if he tours Las Vegas, but the circumstances here are difficult.

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I was just talking to someone about how he, so far, has not done Atlantic City nor Las Vegas both of which he ALWAYS does? Do you have any idea why this tour is so different from the others? Nothing seems to be the way Robert usually tours. Maybe it has to do with the other band members' schedules? Not liking it.

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I was just talking to someone about how he, so far, has not done Atlantic City nor Las Vegas both of which he ALWAYS does? Do you have any idea why this tour is so different from the others? Nothing seems to be the way Robert usually tours. Maybe it has to do with the other band members' schedules? Not liking it.

He visits Las Vegas once in a while, but not always. This tour he has scheduled time for songwriting, so by the time he finishes that project and the other tour dates it could easily be summer and 115 degrees in Las Vegas nearly every day in July. Las Vegas is a good location for concerts in autumn, winter and spring. Last year everyone tried to escape Las Vegas in the summer because it was usually way too hot for anything but survival of the fittest during that season. He will tour eastern Europe in areas that are more easily accessible during summer, Saint Petersburg, Russia, for instance, which is a bit of a drive to Atlantic City. Winters in Saint Petersburg are forbidding, so that explains why he will go there in the summer.

He is pretty well booked through April. On May 1 he goes east to Wilkesboro, North Carolina, which is close to Atlantic City. Then depending on his schedule in May and June, I suppose that he could squeeze Atlantic City into his calendar.

On June 12 he will travel to the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, and then to Telluride, Colorado in June 16-19. Then he has a date on June 24 in Quebec, Canada. There may be room in his schedule for Atlantic City before he goes to Rome, Italy on July 19.

July and August are all about Italy, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium. There are more dates to be announced, so you can hope for Atlantic City.

Las Vegas had highs up to 116 degrees last summer. The highest record high in Las Vegas was 118 degrees in July. According to the Las Vegas Sun last year, "July in Las Vegas entered the record books as the warmest month in recorded weather history." Temperatures are expected to rise this week in mid-March towards 80 degrees in Las Vegas. Last year in October it cooled down to 100 degrees. Or maybe that was November. If he comes to Las Vegas in the summer he should check the weather first and book at the last minute. And bring an icicle with him.

The average low temperature in July was 85.7 degrees, which set a record for the warmest average low during any month in the city's recorded history. The month also set a record for having six days with lows of at least 90 degrees.-Las Vegas Sun, Monday, August 2, 2010
Edited by Silver Rider

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I was just talking to someone about how he, so far, has not done Atlantic City nor Las Vegas both of which he ALWAYS does? Do you have any idea why this tour is so different from the others? Nothing seems to be the way Robert usually tours. Maybe it has to do with the other band members' schedules? Not liking it.

His tours have not been consistent as far as playing all the same cities every time. I think it's great he's done several gigs in Florida as he's not toured there for several years and nice those folks get the chance to see him.

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I think after he's had to breathe such foul air in casino's from the cigarette smoke, maybe he's decided to start skipping those towns as I'm SURE they still allow smoking at those places. ALL gamblers I've ever seen smoke and at least Buddy has had a heart attack and would be foolish to continue to play in those dens of iniquity. I hope they're smart enough.

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Oh hallelujah for the clear air! I was wrong, some casinos have banned smoking ! I can't believe it. This was from an article about 3 years ago.

Yesterday, USA Today reported that smoking will no longer be allowed on the gambling floors of Atlantic City's casinos. Effective October 15, the only place you'll be able to light up in an Atlantic City casino is inside a smoking lounge.

While many casino employees are thrilled with the smoking ban, casino owners aren't so happy. In fact, Donald Trump, whose company owns three Atlantic City casinos, is urging New Jersey casino owners to sue against the new law, according to MSNBC.com. Owners fear profits will fall once the smoking ban takes effect.

What do you think? Should the Atlantic City Council be able to decide whether gamblers can smoke in casinos? Take our poll or leave a comment.

Seems as though it's still allowed in Nevada. I know some game rooms are half and half. That's like saying "I'll pee on this side of your drinking cup and you can just drink from the other side ! :lol:

Maybe smarter heads have prevailed and banned it in theatre type settings, and I mean hermetically sealed not an 'area' for smoking that doesn't contain it.

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Oh hallelujah for the clear air! I was wrong, some casinos have banned smoking !

Not all of the casinos have banned smoking. A few of them still feature plenty of tobacco smoke.

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Silver Rider thanks for that great breakdown of Robert's schedule and for giving me hope that maybe he'll come still to Atlantic City. I'd even go to NYC if he could possibly squeeze in one of his "special" shows like the Bowery. Still kicking myself for blowing off the NYC dates. I guess I was sure he'd come to the shore. All I can do is wait and see. VERY excited about the new music though.

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