Winner – Elvis Costello – I'm gonna call him the Magus from now on. On Thursday of last week, Elvis Costello performed a 45 minute concert at the Theater at Madison Square Garden that magically rolled back time to the late 1970s (without the bile) and unleashed a dynamite set ranging through his first two albums as well a s couple from Get Happy! and Armed Forces. Anybody who was lucky enough to be there won't forget it soon.
Loser – Justin Bieber – Boy my boy, this kid is going through his Miley Cyrus stage with a vengeance, though his record company owes him much more than Bieber owes them in 2013. A source tells the Daily Mirror: "Being amidst a barrage of abuse is uncharted territory for Justin. Understandably he is finding it hard to take … His erratic behavior and antics are not what his young fans expect of him. After an emergency meeting in the US, Justin's people had him on Skype to bosses and he was given a serious talking-to. 'It was suggested he start staying in more and basically cleaning up his act … Justin took the news well and has promised to go back to putting his fans first.'' I remember myself at 19 years old and trust me, if all Justin is doing is partying and smoking pot, the man is an angel. having said that, showing up two hours late for a show on march 4th at wembley probably, how you say, annoyed a lot of adults and left a lot of fans in tears. Poor fans.
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”
his best song since “I Will See You In Far Off Places”
expected series of punk veterans
I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1980 (Volume 12, Number 6)
an almost indefinable purity