Chicago’s Legendary Double Door Coming To Uptown At 1050 W. Wilson

This is big news, folks!


The old Wilson Avenue Theater at 1050 W. Wilson will once again have musical acts for the first time since 1919. The property is owned by Cedar Street.


1050 W Wilson in Uptown

Double Door closed its doors in Wicker Park back in 2017 and has been searching for a new home since. While in Wicker Park, Double Door hosted acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Kanye West and John Legend.


Neighbors first knew something was up when a pop-up Smashing Pumpkins merchandise sale was announced for today at 1050 W. Wilson and a sign proudly announced that patrons were standing in the future home of Double Door. The sale runs today from 1PM-7PM.


In this case, Wicker Park’s loss is definitely Uptown’s gain. This will make an amazing addition to our Uptown Entertainment District. The project will have to navigate a few neighborhood hoops. More as it becomes available…

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Netflix Cancels Daredevil After Three Seasons

Earlier this fall, Netflix canceled both Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which called the future of Marvel’s Netflix series into question. Now, Deadline is reporting that Netflix has canceled Daredevil as well. Marvel confirmed the news with an official statement released to Deadline.


“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix. We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years. While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”


Why has Netflix canceled over half of its Marvel shows? Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, may have played a role in the increasing tensions between Disney/Marvel and Netflix. Deadline suggests that there was also a push from Netflix to reduce the episode count from 13 episodes to 10. Marvel reportedly resisted that. The report also cites creative issues as a possible reason that three Marvel shows are now defunct.


Netflix probably won’t cancel Jessica Jones or The Punisher before their new seasons in 2019. But after that, their future on Netflix isn’t very bright. Given Disney+’s family friendly focus, it’s hard to picture these R-rated Marvel characters making the leap to that streaming service. Marvel’s official statement even says that “the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come.” However, the good news is that “the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.” Perhaps Daredevil could get a big screen debut in the MCU.

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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist’s EMIGRATE Project: ‘You Are So Beautiful’ Music Video

“You Are So Beautiful”, the new video from EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, can be seen above. The song is taken from EMIGRATE’s third album, “A Million Degrees”, which is being released today (Friday, November 30) via Spinefarm Records.


The “You Are So Beautiful” clip was shot in Los Angeles with director Bill Yukich and stars Richard’s daughter Maxime Alaska Kruspe Bossieux.


If there’s a description that, personally and professionally, fits Kruspe like a Savile Row suit, “fired up” would be it… As a member of RAMMSTEIN, the music world’s most explosive live act, Kruspe has been part of a ground-breaking global success story that continues to build and to ignite; along the way, he’s turned his attention to a number of parallel projects, such as constructing a new studio (and a new home) in his native Berlin, but it’s his decision to launch the EMIGRATE setup that has given him the greatest chance to satisfy creative instincts outside of the parent group.


The first EMIGRATE album appeared in 2007 (a self-titled record that went Top 10 in Germany, with single/video “My World” appearing on the soundtrack to the third “Resident Evil” movie); “Silent So Long” followed in 2014, featuring guest vocals from such high-profile artists as Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis, Peaches and the legend that will always be Lemmy.


Featuring 11 tracks, a fresh production team plus vocal contributions from RAMMSTEIN’s Till Lindemann and BILLY TALENT’s Benjamin Kowalewicz, “A Million Degrees” is less a successor to “Silent So Long” and more a re-booted take on the overall concept, continuing Kruspe’s desire to craft something personal. He writes the material, including new single/video “1234” (spotlighting Kowalewicz), sings the bulk of the songs (in English) and works hard — sometimes in the face of adversity — to keep everything rubber-stamped as “special,” fashioning a body of work that will appeal to both existing supporters and those who appreciate the power of a great song delivered from heart above head…


In this respect, EMIGRATE can’t be called either a “side” or a “solo project.” A “passion project” might be closer to the mark — a needed extra outlet operating close to the level of therapy for an artist whose energy, vision and quest for perfection are defining factors, keeping him, well… fired up!


“I really want the freedom to collaborate with different people and to explore different kinds of music,” Kruspe explains, “to express myself as both a writer and a singer away from deadlines, timelines and other such restrictions. The idea is to keep experimenting and to keep challenging myself. Plus, EMIGRATE works in an organic way, so musicians can come and go, and it’s still okay, it’s positive…”


After issuing the “Silent So Long” album four years ago, Kruspe considered running with the follow-up sooner rather than later, effectively making it “Silent…” Part 2. He had half a dozen songs up his sleeve, numbers that hadn’t quite aligned with the feel of “Silent So Long”, and in March 2015, he set about completing these using places and personnel he’d called on successfully in the past…


“I decided to go to Los Angeles to work with Ben Grosse, the mixing engineer on ‘Silent So Long’,” he recalls, “but for the first time in my professional life I felt that something was missing. I just wasn’t inspired, I couldn’t give the 120 percent I put into every record I’m involved with, so I decided to stop.


“I had a whole host of issues going on in my personal life, including building the house in Berlin, and then in September 2015 we started thinking about the next steps for RAMMSTEIN…”


Following due discussion, it was agreed that the RAMMSTEIN “kollektiv” would venture back into the rehearsal room; there was no pressure to do anything in particular, just make new music and generally get a sense of how everyone was feeling. Exciting developments for RAMMSTEIN fans, but it meant that EMIGRATE, while never far from Kruspe’s mind, had to be temporarily sidelined… and then fate lent a hand…


“In 2016, my house suffered serious water damage; my studio was flooded and half of the equipment, including the hard disk drive, destroyed, so I had to basically start again,” he says. “All I had of the songs I’d been working on was my memory.”


At the time, this act of God seemed like a major blow; on reflection, however, it gave Kruspe the chance to re-assess the project, to decide just what kind of statement the third EMIGRATE album should be…


“Life gave me a sign!” he laughs.


So… out went the idea of “Silent So Long” Part 2, to be replaced by a bolder, broader view, and the desire to quit any kind of comfort zone. Key to this shift through the gears was the decision to bring in Sky Van Hoff — a young producer / engineer / guitarist from Dusseldorf who had been helping Kruspe to document his RAMMSTEIN ideas. The two found working together both easy and productive, and the result is an enhanced EMIGRATE sound, dripping with detail, that Kruspe describes as “one of the best I’ve ever been involved with. I’m really proud of it…”


From September 2017 onwards, a re-invigorated Kruspe set about the task of re-writing, re-arranging and re-recording the album tracks, handling the production side himself, with Van Hoff focussing on the engineering and the mix. They used the historic Funkhaus in Berlin’s Nalepastrasse (onetime broadcasting base of the GDR) for the drum tracks, with everything else being handled in Kruspe’s own studio; the RAMMSTEIN man took charge of the vocals and the guitars, supported by APOCALYPTICA’s Mikko Sirén on drums and Arnaud Giraux on bass, both reprising their roles on “Silent…”, with Sky also helping out on bass.


Since stepping up to the lead mic back in 2007, Kruspe has been honing his vocals in terms of confidence and power, pushing himself on the presentation side and paying close attention to the lyrics, once again bringing in a friend from the advertising world to act as a sounding board. With fewer guest singers on this new release than its predecessor, his abilities as a performer have ample space to shine, with opening track “War” being a particular case in point…


“I really like the energy, and the heavy, modern, ZEPPELIN kind of groove,” he reflects, “and at one point I was taking to Serj [Tankian] from SYSTEM OF A DOWN about fronting the track. He was excited at the idea, then a day later he called me and said that he thought the song was perfect for my voice, he didn’t really know what to add, so I left my vocals on there. I took that as a huge compliment.”


It’s meaningful for RAMMSTEIN fans, and indeed for Kruspe himself, that Lindemann figures on “Let’s Go”, singing his own lyrics — in German and English — and providing a signature presence; as a performer, he’s not known for “extracurricular” activity, which gives this collaboration the feeling of a box being ticked (at last)…


“We’ve been friends since 1987 and this is the first time we’ve worked together outside of RAMMSTEIN,” confirms Kruspe. “You know, I’ve had that number for quite a while, and it’s about our history and our friendship, which I can sum up like this: I believe I’m the reason he started a career in music, and he’s the reason I’ve witnessed the dark side of life! In two words: beautiful destruction! The song itself is quite different to the world of RAMMSTEIN, though, which I think is a good thing…”


“I have to say, Ben from BILLY TALENT really took things to a new level on ‘1,2,3,4’,” declares Kruspe. “It was my manager who suggested I talk to him; I was more aware of the guitarist in the band, Ian [D’Sa], whose playing I like, but Ben turned out to be an excellent idea, and of course he’s in the promo clip, too — along with Ian, Margaux, my friend Joe Letz [COMBICHRIST], who’s played drums in EMIGRATE videos before, and myself.”


The promos for “1,2,3,4′ and “You Are So Beautiful” were shot back to back in Los Angeles by director Bill Yukich, whom Kruspe contacted after seeing a video he made for SHINEDOWN (“Devil”); he was impressed with the flow and the rhythm of the edit, instinctively feeling that Yukich had the range to shoot both the live clip for “1,2,3,4” plus the more expansive, cinematic story he’d put together for “…Beautiful” — a complex piece with connections to Kruspe’s life outside of music…


“With that song, I initially had trouble deciding exactly what it was about, then all of a sudden it became obvious,” he explains. “It was actually for my daughter. So in the video, which is kind of like a movie, set in the ’70s, in the canyons of L.A., I take the role of the father, and you see how relationships can go wrong and how chances to make things better, even for a second time, can be lost.


“Whatever I do with RAMMSTEIN or with EMIGRATE, there’s always a bit of my own story in there; there may be exaggerations, there may be extra color added, but essentially it’s personal…”


“A Million Degrees” track listing:

01. War
02. 1234 (feat. Ben Kowalewicz)
03. A Million Degrees
04. Lead On You (feat. Margaux Bossieux)
05. You Are So Beautiful
06. Hide And Seek
07. We Are Together
08. Let’s Go (feat. Till Lindemann)
09. I’m Not Afraid (feat. Cardinal Copia)
10. Spitfire
11. Eyes Fade Away

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58 Inmates Sue Over Porn Ban in Iowa’s Prisons, Seek $25,000 Each

SOURCE: Des Moines Register


Fifty-eight Iowa inmates are suing state officials in federal court, seeking $25,000 each in damages, claiming they have been denied a constitutional right to pornography in the state’s prison system.


The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, seeks to overturn a new state law that has shut down designated “pornography reading rooms” in Iowa’s prisons. It also prohibits inmates from having nude photos in their cells. This includes Playboy magazine, which has long been allowed in the state’s nine prisons, which hold 8,575 inmates.


The plaintiffs — who are all inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility — are led by Allen C. Miles, 70, who is serving a life sentence for the stabbing death of Cheryl Kleinschrodt on March 3, 1982, in Des Moines. The suit claims the law was enacted under the guise of “morality,” and blames “religious tyrants” who have no regard for the U.S. Constitution or Declaration of Independence.


The lawsuit also contends that if female correctional officers employed in Iowa’s prisons for men can’t handle an environment that includes photographic matter featuring female nudity and related matters that “they should find employment elsewhere.”


The suit was filed in late October and the changes took effect Nov. 14. U.S. Judge Robert Pratt in Des Moines has ordered each of the plaintiffs to pay a filing fee or to request that the fee be waived. He also told them to file a new complaint no later than Friday for the case to proceed.


The legislation — approved by the Iowa House and Senate and signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds — was part of a justice system budget bill approved at the end of the 2018 session. The new law specifically says funds appropriated to the Iowa Department of Corrections shall not be used to distribute or make available any commercially published information or material to an inmate that is sexually explicit or features nudity.


The new law reverses a policy in place for three decades since late Chief U.S. District Judge Harold Vietor upheld findings in 1988 that the state’s prison rules on pornography were unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.


Michael Savala, the Iowa prison system’s general counsel, told state lawmakers during the session the legislation mirrors a policy currently used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Iowa prison officials believe the changes will withstand a court challenge from inmates, he said.


“The department really feels that inmates having access to that kind of material does not lend itself to pro-social thinking and behavior and as far as our responsibilities to change the mindset of the offender as they transition back into the community,” Savala said.


Prison officials also said the elimination of designated prison rooms in which inmates could read sexually oriented material ends a staff-intensive process. Under the old policy, offenders would check out publications and be escorted to a private reading area. When the inmate was finished examining the publication, the magazine would be returned to a staff person, who would inspect it to make sure no pages were been removed and no contraband was inserted into it.


In addition, prison officials said the population of sex offenders has grown significantly in Iowa’s prisons since the 1980s and 1990s and prison officials want to keep sexually oriented publications away from them.


However, during Senate debate on the bill, Sen. Rich Taylor, D-Mount Pleasant, a retired Iowa State Penitentiary employee, opposed the legislation. He contended the changes ignore the fact that male inmates have a sexual drive.


“That is just a fact and you have to have some way to relieve that,” Taylor said. “This gives the inmates no release point except another offender, and don’t think that it doesn’t happen. This will make it worse. They will have no other alternatives for their relief. I think that this is a bad idea.”


Cord Overton, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections, said incarcerated individuals were advised in July that the changes would take effect in mid-November. That gave inmates four months to stop subscriptions to sexually explicit publications and to make arrangements with family and friends, he said.


“Operationally, department leadership advised the incarcerated individuals and staff that after the 14th of November, we would not be ‘shaking the institution down,’ but any pornography found during the course of a routine search might lead to discipline. We have had no real issues so far,” Overton said in an email.

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FOO FIGHTERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED will headline the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The three-day event, set to take place May 17-19, 2019 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, replaces the perennially popular hard-rock fest Rock On The Range, which ended its run in 2017 after being held in Columbus since 2007.


Tickets for for Sonic Temple will go on sale on Friday, November 30 at noon EST. Prices are as follows:


* Weekend VIP: $379.50 plus fees
* Pillar Premium VIP Package: $1,949.50 plus fees (accommodations for 2)
* Weekend Field General Admission: $199.50 plus fees
* Weekend Stadium General Admission: $99.50 plus fees


* RV Camping: $250.00


In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage options celebrating local Columbus flavors.


VIP package amenities include: early entry into the festival and access to the VIP lounge, which features LED screens with feeds of the main stage sets, seating areas, heating/air conditioning, premium cash bar, elevated food experiences for purchase, free WiFi, access to charging stations and lockers, and dedicated VIP bathrooms.


Pillar Premium VIP Package amenities include two weekend field VIP wristbands for the entire weekend, with access to the VIP lounge, plus access to the Upper 90 VIP Club, which includes catered lunch and dinner, access to side stage viewing platform, two Sonic Temple festival t-shirts, two exclusive Zippo lighters, and two commemorative laminates.


“I am so proud of what we accomplished with Rock On The Range, and with the debut of Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, we’re excited to bring our devoted rock fans and the city of Columbus a one-of-a-kind, world-class event that expands on the festival experience,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents. “The idea behind Sonic Temple is walking into something bigger than yourself, where YOU belong, or where you were always meant to be. The crowd is unparalleled, and the energy is electrifying, like going to a place of worship. We want this festival to be a temple of rock ‘n’ roll. We want this to be the ultimate rock experience for the true fans who love the genre as much as we do.”


SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian said: “Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong; it made total sense for us to be involved. One could argue that it was a long time coming. We’ll see you all in Columbus this May.”


David Draiman of DISTURBED added: “We are honored to share the stage with all of our amazingly talented friends and colleagues at the upcoming Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Are You Ready?!?!”


Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival billing is shaping up as follows:




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L.A. GUNS Outline What Will Have Been Involved To Complete ‘The Missing Peace Tour’

L.A. GUNS have outlined a taste of what will have been involved to complete their tour in support of their critically acclaimed studio album The Missing Peace (2017) in their Never Enough News e-mail newsletter.


The newsletter states:


“Over 150,000 miles traveled (which would circle the earth 6 times !)


180 shows on 4 Continents


19 countries visited


3240 bottles of beer


900 lbs of cold cuts


12980 bottles of water


4320 sodas


1500 bottles of beer


375 bottles of wine


150 fifths of Jack Daniels


1300 hotel rooms”


Remaining 2018 US dates for ‘The Missing Peace Tour’:
Nov. 23rd — The Coach House Concert Hall — San Juan Capistrano, California
Nov. 24th — Marquee Theatre — Tempe, Arizona
Nov. 29th — XR Bar Downtown — Amarillo, Texas
Dec. 1st — Jake’s Sports Cafe — Lubbock, Texas
Dec. 3rd — Herman’s Hideaway — Denver, Colorado
Dec. 5th — Aftershock Live Music Venue — Shawnee, Kansas
Dec. 6th — The Royal Grove — Lincoln, Nebraska
Dec. 7th — The State Theatre — Harrah, Oklahoma
Dec. 8th — Idl Ballroom — Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dec. 28th — Counts Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill — Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec. 29th — Counts Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill — Las Vegas, Nevada

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