Songs About Los Angeles: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYRC4H64EFk[/youtube]I don’t remember where I was when I first heard Los Angeles-based Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” in 1987.  As a student, I was probably either studying, or, more likely, partying.  Not because I partied more than studied necessarily, but because I couldn’t study to music.

Especially this music.  “Welcome to the Jungle” was a hard-edged kick in the ass not only musically, but lyrically and visually.  Welcome to the Jungle of L.A., after the jump

Won’t eat prunes again!

British rockers, The Who are playing a private show at the Orpheum to promote the coming of Mark and Steve’s new favorite game; Rock Band 2! Also, you can download a Best of the Who song pack for Rock Band right now!

From Reuters:

The party and concert, organized by the game’s developer Harmonix Music Systems and publisher MTV Games, will take place at the 82-year-old Orpheum Theatre, which holds about 2,000 people.

The Who’s 1971 anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is among the 58 tracks on the set list of “Rock Band,” which was released to great acclaim late last year.

UPDATE 7/17/2008: Brian Crecente, from awesome gaming site, Kotaku, attended the concert and posted lots of pictures, impressions and even some videos here!

From his article:

Later Townshend said that everyone should buy their children the new Aerosmith Guitar Hero bundle, then a second later added, oh, that’s the other one.

Awesome

MTV Video Music Awards coming to the Kodak Theatre?

Is the Kodak Theatre being considered as a venue for the 24th annual MTV Video Music Awards in early September?

A listing of upcoming road closures in a neighborhood council email had the following item:

UNDER REVIEW – DETAILS ARE BEING DEVELOPED
2008 MTV Video Music Awards
Late August to early September 2008
Streets and sidewalks adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland complex

The last time the event was held in Los Angeles was in 1998 at the Universal Amphitheatre. I remember like it was yesterday… mainly because I escorted Winona Ryder to the restroom before the doors opened (I was a production assistant on the show).

The 3,300 Kodak, however, seems like an unusual choice as opposed to other venues, including the 6,000 seat Shrine that MTV has used in recent years for the Movie Awards. Since 2000, the VMAs have generally opted for larger venues, including Radio City Music Hall (5,933 seats), the Metropolitan Opera House (3,995 seats), and the American Airlines Arena in Miami (5,000 – 20,000 seats).