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Roger Waters campaign angers Elliott Smith fans; Taylor Swift adds a second D.C. date; Unrest plays reunion gigs

waterssmith4.JPGRoger Waters's tour marketing campaign is under fire for defacing the Elliott Smith memorial in Los Angeles, above. (Photo from Gustavo Turner's LA Weekly blog)

By Ally Schweitzer

- Elliott Smith fans are steaming after street artists hired to promote Roger Waters's "The Wall" tour (coming to DC October 10th) painted postered over a well-known Smith memorial in Los Angeles. The campaign's artists spray painted pasted a promotional poster over the Sunset Strip memorial, which pays tribute to the musician who committed suicide in 2003. Some are calling it a crass defacement; others say it's an organic evolution of the memorial, which has been painted over numerous times. Got an opinion? Leave it in the comments.

- Taylor Swift has added a second D.C. date to her "Fearless 2010" tour. The country pop star will play Verizon Center June 1st and 2nd. The June 2nd concert is sold out; tix for the 1st go on sale this Friday.

- Beloved local indie band Unrest will reunite for a few East coast gigs this summer, including a slot at the Teenbeat label's 26th anniversary show at the Black Cat on July 10th. Unrest, best known for the 1992 album "Imperial F.F.R.R.," is one of Teenbeat's best known bands and easily Anderson's Mark Robinson's most famous. The musician (and Teenbeat founder) has been in a bunch of groups since the '80s but none whose reunion would create as much buzz outside of Washington. We heard about Unrest's reunion tour on Brooklyn Vegan.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 5, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Elliott Smith, Roger Waters, Taylor Swift, Unrest  
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Is it just me, or does it strike anyone else as odd that news of a reunion by "beloved local indie band Unrest" appears first on a Brooklyn web site?

On a similar note, have you seen the lineups of bands doing free shows this summer in the Central Park series and the Celebrate Brooklyn series? Holy cow! I guess if we're lucky we'll get a few bands that are going nowhere fast at Fort Reno, the usual high school orchestras at the Millennium Stage, and concerts by the various military ensembles.

Posted by: MyPostID27 | May 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"Anderson"?...don't you mean, 'Robinson'? I think you have Positive Force on the brain.

Posted by: neithernor | May 5, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Crass debasement. It's a marketing tool for a major corporate entity, 'nuff said.

Posted by: MzFitz | May 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Many famous 'sons here in D.C. Thanks for the catch.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | May 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Roger's Facebook note (they're doing similar things in other cities):
Some of you may have seen a story going round, claiming that I paid person or persons unknown to deface a mural featured on the cover of the 2000 album, Figure 8, by the late Elliott Smith, intentionally disrespecting his memory. What a load of crap! I’m told the mural in question has been there for ten years and has been tagged many times. What possible motive could I have for targeting it?

However, I’m also told that there are fans of the late Elliott Smith who look upon that particular piece of ‘Wall’ as a memorial to him, I respect their feelings and would not wish to offend them for the world, so I shall ask my guys to remove our biodegradable Wheatpaste a.s.a.p.

– Roger

PS. Elliott Smith fans, check out the Wheatpaste text, I think Elliott would have approved.

Posted by: Hemisphire | May 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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