All across the country, hundreds of high schools from across the nation sent in their videos, excited for their chance at the prize. Theyre not the only ones who are feeling the excitement. GMA caught up with Perry at the iTunes Festival in London this week, and the singer was thrilled when she saw some of the contest submissions. The pop star was particularly struck by the diversity represented in the videos. Theres just so many different types of kids coming together to make these videos, and its inspiring to see people just having a great time smiling, being joyful, hopeful, not being kind of weighed down by the potential pitfalls of high school, Perry told GMA on Monday. Colo. High Schools Katy Perry Roar Lip Dub Video Goes Viral While she acknowledged that she didnt go to a whole lot of high school, she added: I imagine from what I went through it can be full of a lot of peer pressure, it can be full of a lot of bullying, it can be full of a lot of rejection and unacceptance, and it seems like through these videos people are being more accepting and just kind of strengthening themselves as a high school body. The high schools have embraced the challenge in different ways: One school did its own unique choreography. Another made its own roars. And one Colorado high schools lip dub went viral when it was posted online. Perry was inspired by the creativity displayed in the videos. Im so encouraged, because theres so much school spirit in these little videos, and everybodys coming together, it doesnt matter if you even like my music or not, youre coming together to roar and everybody has their own interpretation I think its a wonderful exercise, of school spirit and school strength, she said. Perry and GMA will pick the winning video and broadcast the concert live on GMA on Oct. 25 Perrys 29th birthday and the star already knows what shes going to do when she shares her big day with the winning high school.
Def Leppard Talks Cancer, Concert Film, New Music
The 51-year-old musician relied on his bandmates and the thrill of performing to help him through a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma (he started treatment in April). The band hit the road this summer for a monthlong tour that wrapped in July. “We’ve actually been able to work through it,” said Campbell. “We did the shows in Europe while I was doing chemo … and mentally that was a big part of my recovery.” “I’m glad I had the opportunity to work through it instead of stay at home and feel sorry for myself,” he added. After more than 30 years together, Def Leppard isn’t slowing down for cancer or anything else. Fans can get a front-row seat to see the band at local cineplexes on Wednesday and again next week in “Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert.” Filmed during a Las Vegas residency earlier this year, it shows the quintet doing something unprecedented: performing the 1987 mega-hit album, “Hysteria,” live from start to finish. “It was fun, actually, and a totally different way of doing it,” said guitarist Phil Collen. “It was a different dynamic doing the album in full, and it was much more theatrical.” Part of the theatrics came in the form of Ded Flatbird. Singer Joe Elliott suggested the band open for itself during its first-ever Vegas residency, but do it as a fake cover band. “We would actually go out and pretend to be Ded Flatbird, who were supposedly the greatest Def Leppard cover band in the world,” said Campbell. “Joe gave us all aliases. We became different characters, and as the shows progressed, we kind of developed those personalities a little bit more, and that was a fun part of the show…
Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.
Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
In the future, the star or his promoter may be required to carry separate insurance on his entourage. “The biggest stars all have doctors and their own staff,” said Lorrie McNaught, senior vice president at Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services Inc, a large entertainment insurance firm, which has handled many of the world’s biggest tours over the last 12 months. “If you have a security guard who winds up punching someone in the face or kills someone, who is responsible? “Is it the artist, the bodyguard, the promoter? I think promoters will require stars to indemnify their own staff,” said McNaught. “Even if AEG was not held responsible, I still think this case will make attorneys find ways to tighten contracts.” An attorney for Lloyds of London involved in the Michael Jackson case declined comment for this story. The price of premiums also may go up, according to one concert producer who did not want his name used. Currently, promoters pay 3 percent to 5 percent of the value of the policy, meaning that AEG paid between $530,000 and $875,000 for the $17.5 million policy it took out with Lloyds of London for Jackson’s “This is It” tour. AEG, which had initially sought to collect on the $17.5 million policy after Jackson’s death canceled the tour, dropped a claim against Lloyds amid revelations in leaked emails that show AEG executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour. Insurers routinely send doctors to do medical exams — and occasionally hire investigators for background checks– before placing multi-million dollar policies for the stars. After the Jackson trial, the reams of information they need will skyrocket, said Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment, who recently brokered a deal for an 18-show run by rocker Meatloaf at Planet Hollywood in Vegas, starting September 26. “We’re in a high risk business, said Steck.