Do312 Celebrity Kickball 2012

Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game

Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game

It was a controversial game this year! Teams fought over who the real winners were and will be reviewing the tape for bragging rights! It was a close game though, whether it was a tie or really was 7-6 I can’t say. What I can say is it was a great game!

This was Do312’s 3rd year running their Celebrity Kickball game at Lolla. The line-up was amazing! Many celebrity kickballer’s came back to dual over this year’s trophy from Fender made from a real guitar. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Har Mar Superstar and Greg Corner of Kill Hannah came back for a 3 peat. A couple of my favorite newbie’s who came out to play were Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl.

Guy was hilarious on the field. Dying to make his way home he yelled “We’re green, we’re mean! Some of us are lean….” It was awesome. He even took over one of the JBTV’s cameras to get a live perspective of the game. He carried it while up at bat and ran around getting shots of the crowd.

This year was the first time fest goers could actually watch the game. It was great to see Lolla fans talk and take pictures with the celebrities. Aaron Paul got to sign an old (not that old) High School year book for a fellow classmate.

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signing ’96 school year book

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signing ’96 school year book

Do312’s Celebrity Kickball games are always a great time. If you missed out this year make sure you come by next year!

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Do312’s Celebrity Kickball Game at Lollapalooza This Saturday!

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2012
Time:11:15 a.m.
Place: Grant Park/Lollapalooza Grounds
Who:  Many celebrities

do312 celebrity kickball game

For the past 2 years the Celebrity Kickball game at Lollapalooza has been quite entertaining.  Most observers that arrived at Lolla early on Saturday ran into the game in full kick-ass mode.  Some walked right past as the likes of Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) and Aaron Paul (Prison Break) showed the crowd their kickball skills, or maybe lack of. This year Aaron Paul is back and will be joined by Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee from Gossip Girl and more!

So where do you find the kickball game? The game starts at 11:15 a.m. and last year it took place in front of the North side stage, which would be The Red Bull Soundstage this year.

FYI this year the game is presented by Groupon and Fender donated a trophy for the winning team!

do312 celebrity kickball trophy

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Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester Hits the Road with Check in the Dark

Leighton Meester Check in the Dark 2012 Tour posterGossip Girl just wrapped up its 6th season on the WB this past Monday, but that’s not stopping one of its stars from working.  Leighton Meester is hitting the road on a 5 city tour starting on May 29th in Seattle, Washington at the Showbox and ending in Anaheim, California at the House of Blues.   Check in the Dark will be supporting Meester on all the tour dates.

Leighton was signed to Universal Republic in 2009 and released her first single “Somebody to Love”  featuring Alan Thicke and then “Your Love’s a Drug,” but no full album…yet. To stay on top of everything Leighton Meester follow her on Twitter. Universal hasn’t kept up with updating her website, which is a pain.

Leighton Meester Tour Dates:

5/29  Seattle, WA  Showbox at the Market
5/30  Vancouver, BC, Canada  Vogue Theatre
5/31  Portland, OR    Hawthorne Theatre
6/1  San Francisco, CA    Slims
6/4  Anaheim, CA   House of Blues

Cobra Starship Brings ‘Hot Mess’ to Chicago

Cobra Starship
The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
October 18, 2009

Cobra Starship The Riviera Theatre

It was so weird observing the fans at last night’s Cobra Starship concert in Chicago. Having been a fan of this New York City synthpop alternative dance band since July 2006, it was interesting to see how one hit song from the group’s third studio album has graced the fivesome with mainstream success. Yours truly has seen Cobra Starship perform live in concert every time the band has played in Chicago for over three years. Neither of their first two records spawned any radio singles, but still the shows would sell out with fans singing along to every single word to all the non-hit songs. I was surprised upon discovering that Cobra Starship wasn’t headlining the show last night at The Riviera Theatre. That coveted spot on the tour went to Boys Like Girls. Both bands have two big songs to their name. However, I believe that Cobra Starship has the bigger fan base and should have closed out the show last night. Do you agree?

More photos of Cobra Starship after the jump…

Set List / Chicago

The City Is At War

Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We’re Famous

Nice Guys Finish Last

Smile For The Paparazzi

Wet Hot American Summer

Bring It (Snakes On a Plane)

Guilty Pleasure

Hot Mess

Good Girls Go Bad

Cobra Starship The Riviera TheatreVictoria Asher (keytar, backing vocals)

Cobra Starship The Riviera TheatreRyland Blackinton (lead guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals)

At one point during either the first or second song of Cobra Starship’s set, lead singer and main songwriter Gabe Saporta caught a fan’s bra and proceeded to rub it on his face. But that’s not all. Saporta then continued to scrunch the girl’s bra up in his fist and shove it down the front off his pants. Yup, right down into his crotch. That’s rock star behavior for you. If anybody knows the truth, I would like to know if Saporta and keytarist Victoria Asher are dating. My friend Becky asked me in the middle of the band’s set if Gabe and Vicky were together due to the simply fact that he was biting and licking her neck sporadically throughout the performance. I mean, that could just be the way Gabe is, which is a little out there for me. On the other hand, she is the only girl in the band. I’m just saying…

Cobra Starship fans got a treat last night when the band played their new single “Hot Mess” as the second to last song of their set. Apparently, Gabe Saporta and Co. have only performed the song live in concert once before. So if you were at the show last night, you witnessed Cobra Starship play “Hot Mess” for only the second time live in concert. Before launching into the title track off Cobra’s latest record Hot Mess, Saporta informed the crowd that the group had not played it live before because they simply didn’t know how to play it. My guess is that it had been so long since the band played it for the album’s recording that they honestly couldn’t remember how to play it. Not unusual, as this happens all the time with artists going out on the road to promote a new LP. Hence the weeks and weeks of rehearsal that huge artists commit to when preparing for a nationwide or worldwide tour. Seeing as how “Hot Mess” is the new single from Cobra Starship, the group better be able to play it with their eyes closed!

Cobra Starship The Riviera TheatreGabe Saporta (lead vocals)

As expected, Cobra Starship closed out their set with the song that brought them millions of new fans. I’m talking about “Good Girls Go Bad.” Normally, the song features Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester sharing lead vocal duties with Saporta. However, when performed live Vicky takes the spotlight for a bit. Asher probably does a better job singing every night than Meester could ever pull off without the assistance of good old reliable Auto-Tune to keep her in key and on pitch. Watching the tween fans go crazy singing their hearts out and jumping up and down during “Good Girls Go Bad” was amazing. I am so proud of Cobra Starship for not giving up on their career. It took the NYC band more than three years to get a song on the radio, but they never stopped touring and playing their music to any kids that would listen. There’s no way in hell anybody can call Cobra a bunch of sell-outs at this point.

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*Not photographed: Alex Suarez (bass, synthesizer, backing vocals) and Nate Novarro (drums)

Cobra Starship Brings the Sass to Chi-Town

Cobra Starship
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
May 9, 2009

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaGabe Saporta (lead vocals)

Cobra Starship always leaves me speechless when I see the band perform live in concert. Seriously, I am left at a loss for words. I don’t know what to say about this five-piece from New York City. Having been a fan since the launch of Cobra’s career in the summer of 2006, I’ve seen Gabe Saporta and Co. too many times to count. It never gets old, though. I never tire of seeing Cobra Starship and singing/dancing along to their catchy tunes. Cobra has come a long way from their massive hit “Bring It (Snakes On A Plane),” which was the official theme song from the 2006 film Snakes On A Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Performing “Bring It” during Cobra’s set is a given. However, Cobra happened to play my favorite track off of their sophomore release Viva La Cobra!: “Kiss My Sass.” The song’s album version features a rap verse courtesy of Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes. Unfortunately, Travis did not make a special guest appearance at this show. To be honest, I cannot remember who came out on stage to rap McCoy’s verse with Cobra Starship. Probably some guy from the tour crew.  Cobra also performed “The City Is At War,” yet another favorite of mine from Viva La Cobra!.

For those who don’t know, Cobra Starship just released a new song entitled “Good Girls Go Bad,” which features Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester. I bought it on iTunes this morning, actually. The track was written by Kevin Rudolf and Kara DioGuardi and produced by Rudolf. Once you hear the song, which is the first single from the band’s upcoming album Hot Mess, you will be able to recognize the sound of Kevin Rudolf. The track’s guitar riff (especially in the chorus) is completely reminiscent of Rudolf’s hits “Let It Rock” and “Welcome To The World.” I can totally imagine Rudolf singing “Good Girls Go Bad.” It just sounds like his style of music, but with Gabe Saporta and Leighton Meester sharing lead vocals. Cobra Starship treated fans to another new song called “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous,” written for the band’s next record (due in August). In my opinion, this is the perfect title for a Cobra Starship song. Why? Because it is 100% true. Cobra Starship is signed to Wentz’s label Decaydance. Enough said.

More photos of the members comprising Cobra Starship after the jump. Make sure you look closely at the necklace that lead singer Gabe Saporta wore during the show. Yes, that is a picture of Justin Timberlake…

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaNate Novarro (drums)

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaAlex Suarez (bass, vocals)

Cobra Starship Allstate Arena

Ryland Blackinton (guitar, vocals, synthesizer)

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaVictoria Asher (keytar, vocals)

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