A Backstage Point of View from a Real Live Jew
Currently Planet Earth seems to be in a not-so-great Depression, yet today, I am in heaven. I'm backstage in the Staples Center happily toiling away on the script for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards -- Sunday night on CBS, in case you have not heard.
Remember Music's Biggest Night? Well, our Music's Biggest Night is bigger than your Music Biggest Night. We'll have performances from U2, Lil' Wayne, Coldplay, Rihanna, Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl on drums, Kenny Chesney, a historic hip hop super group that includes Jay-Z and Kanye West, Taylor Swift with Miley Cyrus, T.I. with Justin Timberlake, and Robert Plant with Alison Krauss to name a few. Literally, we've got Radiohead and Jonas Brothers on the very same show -- and come on now, everybody, isn't it time those crazy kids finally patched things up?
There is so much more where that came from -- including one late-breaking addition to the bill very close to my heart, the Recording Academy's 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year, and my hero, my Jewish Elvis, Neil Diamond. For more on this, please see my book He Is... I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond -- or, better yet, start a shiny new stimulus plan and buy one.
In fact, this very evening I shall be leaving Grammy rehearsals and walking fully fifty yards to the Convention Center to be on call to help the brilliantly funny, Neil-loving Jimmy Kimmel who is hosting this gala MusiCares event that benefits a great cause. Believe it or not, the lineup there is spectacular as well.
Even if our music world -- or our world generally -- really is winding down, I'm a believer that Sting would still want us all to make the best of what's still around. So watch the show, bitches. Watch three and a half hours of free entertainment for the whole family. And afterwards, why not buy a little music? Yeah, that's right -- pay for it. That's the kind of stimulus plan that just might work.