The (Light) Show Must Go On

Right on schedule, the public debates over Christmas lights on private property is intensifying. Today’s story comes from Manchester Township in York County Pennsylvania. This report from the York Dispatch tells the sordid tale: Todd Witte’s winter wonderland in Manchester Township is not going silently into the night. Despite objections by some neighbors to Witte’s spectacular [...]

The Munsters Scary Little Christmas

Are we mixing our seasons? Munsters fans know the original 1964 series was followed by two films (now out on DVD) starring the original cast. After that came the second series, The Munsters Today (a.k.a. The New Munsters) in 1988, then the telefilms Here Come the Munsters in 1995 and The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas in [...]

Todd Agnew and NewSong to Headline Christmas Tour

Todd Agnew will co-headline a Christmas tour with group NewSong this year, following his 2006 critically-acclaimed Christmas album Do You See What I See?. Agnew will also prepare for the Christmas season by creating a collection of performance tools for churches, using music from the Do You See What I See? project. The resource collection will be available starting 11 September along with a repackaged retail version of the album. In this 2 CD-ROM set, the package will include a Full Listening and Split Trax Audio with rehearsal ID points. The Listening disc will contain, as an enhancement, sheet music and chord charts both in PDF form and narrations in document form. The Split Trax contains the visual backgrounds and lyric text files for all of the songs. The image backgrounds are designed to help visualise and support the powerful lyrics of the songs, invoking thoughts of what each song means, causing listeners to consider what God might have them interpret as they meditate on the story of events that happened so many years ago. Commenting about the resource and Agnew’s creativeness, Tim McCarty, Pastor of Worship Ministries at Edgewoods Baptist Church in Edmonds in Washington says, “When I first heard Todd Agnew’s Do You See What I See?, I was just blown away. Besides the stirring music and great vocal lines, I quickly noticed how the entire CD is more of a story than just a bunch of songs. Through the well-thought-out lyrics, Agnew is able to retell the story of Christ’s birth in a fresh, exciting way. I am thrilled to see this new resource set available and I look forward to being able to use this collection in our church.” Along with the release of the resource disc, Agnew will be touring across the US as he co-headlines “The Christmas Promise Tour” with NewSong beginning the last weekend in November and running through mid-December. The tour will also feature US radio-favourite Matthew West and new Ardent Records’ singer/songwriter Joy Whitlock. Eddie Carswell, founder of NewSong, reflects, “Last year we had the honour of touring with Todd and the enthusiastic feedback we got was overwhelming. Some of our pastors said this was among the very best combinations of artistry and content they had ever experienced in a Christmas event. This year looks to be even more promising!”

Wham! fan fined for Christmas revel in May

A fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! tormented neighbours by playing their hit song Last Christmas all night.

Brian Turner repeatedly played the song at full volume from 1am onwards one night in May this year.

Now he has been silenced after becoming the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle city council’s night watch team.

Magistrates fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to pay £215 costs.

Gosforth magistrates were told that he was visiting friends in a nearby flat in the suburb of Walker on May 15 when he began playing the Christmas single, to the annoyance of the residents.

He played the hit by George Michael, whose hits with Wham! included Bad Boys and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, relentlessly from 1am to 4am.

Finally a neighbour snapped and called in the council noise squad, who eventually gave residents some peace by seizing the stereo.


Christmas Spirit!!!…of some sort…

What Goes Around, Comes Around

More than 18 million Mattel toys on recall world-wide Fisher-Price recalls almost 1 million toys Thomas & Friends toys recalled for lead poisoning And thats just a few headlines and in one part of industry; toy manufacture. And its not just the fault of the factories in China and the companies who readily outsource to them. All in [...]

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announces Holiday Tour Dates

One of the biggest arena attractions in rock music, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), will once again take to the road this holiday season for what will be its largest-ever tour, more than 90 cities coast-to-coast over a ten-week period beginning November 1st. Established in 1996 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, TSO has been a true rock mega-success, both on record and the concert stage. The band's four CD releases, including the holiday-themed “Christmas Eve & Other Stories (1996), The Christmas Attic (1998) and The Lost Christmas Eve� (2004), have sold more than 5,000,000 units, over 900,000 in 2006 alone. TSOs 2001 DVD release, The Ghost of Christmas Eve, also achieved platinum status. TSO's 2006 Winter Tour was its most successful to date, playing to over 1,000,000 fans at 80 concerts, generating revenues in excess of $40 million. Since its first Winter Tour in 1996, TSO has been one of the concert businesses' most successful acts, consistently rating in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance. For ticket sales and more information on TSO, please visit: Tour Dates for TSO's 2007 North American Winter Tour are as follows: Date City Venue 01 Nov. 2007 Youngstown, OH (Chevrolet Center) 7:30pm 02 Nov. 2007 Youngstown, OH (Chevrolet Center) 8:00pm 02 Nov. 2007 Lakeland, FL (Lakeland Civic Center) 8:00pm 03 Nov. 2007 Youngstown, OH (Chevrolet Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 03 Nov. 2007 Lakeland, FL (Lakeland Civic Center) 8:00pm 04 Nov. 2007 Hershey, PA (Giant Center @ Hershey Park) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 04 Nov. 2007 Sunrise, FL (BankAtlantic Center) 7:30pm 05 Nov. 2007 Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena) 7:30pm 07 Nov. 2007 Manchester, NH (Verizon Wireless Arena) 7:30pm 07 Nov. 2007 Knoxville, TN (Thompson-Boling Arena) 7:30pm 08 Nov. 2007 Manchester, NH (Verizon Wireless Arena) 7:30pm 08 Nov. 2007 Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena) 7:30pm 09 Nov. 2007 Portland, ME (Cumberland County Civic Center) 8:00pm 09 Nov. 2007 Biloxi, MS (Mississippi Coast Coliseum) 8:00pm 10 Nov. 2007 Worcester, MA (DCU Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 10 Nov. 2007 New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena) 8:00pm 11 Nov. 2007 Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena) 2:30pm & 7:30pm 11 Nov. 2007 Jackson, MS (Mississippi Coliseum) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 14 Nov. 2007 Dayton, OH (EJ Nutter Center) 7:30pm 14 Nov. 2007 Lubbock, TX (United Spirit Arena) 7:30pm 15 Nov. 2007 Dayton, OH (EJ Nutter Center) 7:30pm 16 Nov. 2007 Ft. Wayne, IN (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) 8:00pm 16 Nov. 2007 El Paso, TX (Don Haskins Center) 8:00pm 17 Nov. 2007 Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena) 7:30pm 17 Nov. 2007 Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 18 Nov. 2007 Pittsburgh, PA (Mellon Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 18 Nov. 2007 Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Events Center) 7:30pm 19 Nov. 2007 San Diego, CA (Cox Arena) 7:30pm 20 Nov. 2007 Providence, RI (Dunkin Donuts Center) 7:30pm 20 Nov. 2007 Anaheim, CA (The Pond) 7:30pm 21 Nov. 2007 San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion) 7:30pm 22 Nov. 2007 Montreal, QC (Bell Centre) 7:30pm 23 Nov. 2007 Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place) 8:00pm 23 Nov. 2007 Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center) 8:00pm 24 Nov. 2007 Hamilton, ON (Copps Coliseum) 8:00pm 24 Nov. 2007 Reno, NV (Lawlor Events Center) 8:00pm 25 Nov. 2007 Buffalo, NY (HSBC Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 25 Nov. 2007 Sacramento, CA (Arco Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 26 Nov. 2007 Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre) 7:30pm 27 Nov. 2007 Salt Lake City, UT (Energy Solutions Arena) 7:30pm 28 Nov. 2007 Toledo, OH (Seagate Center) 7:30pm 28 Nov. 2007 Boise, ID (Idaho Center) 7:30pm 29 Nov. 2007 Toledo, OH (Seagate Center) 7:30pm 30 Nov. 2007 Lansing, MI (Jack Breslin Student Events Center) 8:00pm 30 Nov. 2007 Vancouver, BC (GM Place) 8:00pm 01 Dec. 2007 Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 01 Dec. 2007 Seattle, WA (Key Arena) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 02 Dec. 2007 Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 02 Dec. 2007 Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 05 Dec. 2007 Albany, NY (Times Union Center) 7:30pm 05 Dec. 2007 Colorado Springs, CO (World Arena) 8:00pm 06 Dec. 2007 Albany, NY (Times Union Center) 7:30pm 06 Dec. 2007 Denver, CO (Pepsi Center) 7:30pm 07 Dec. 2007 Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall) 8:00pm 07 Dec. 2007 Wichita, KS (Kansas Coliseum) 8:00pm 08 Dec. 2007 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 08 Dec. 2007 Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 09 Dec. 2007 Hartford, CT (Hartford Civic Center Coliseum) 2:30pm & 7:30pm 09 Dec. 2007 St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 12 Dec. 2007 Greenville, SC (Bi-Lo Center) 7:30pm 12 Dec. 2007 Omaha, NE (Qwest Center Omaha) 7:30pm 13 Dec. 2007 Hampton, VA (Hampton Coliseum) 7:30pm 13 Dec. 2007 Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena) 7:30pm 14 Dec. 2007 Uniondale, NY (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) 8:00pm 14 Dec. 2007 Grand Forks, ND (Alerus Center) 8:00pm 15 Dec. 2007 East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 15 Dec. 2007 Minneapolis, MN (Target Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 16 Dec. 2007 Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 16 Dec. 2007 Milwaukee, WI (Bradley Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 17 Dec. 2007 Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Field House) 7:30pm 19 Dec. 2007 Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum Complex) 7:30pm 20 Dec. 2007 Raleigh, NC (RBC Center) 7:30pm 20 Dec. 2007 Memphis, TN (Fed Ex Forum) 7:30pm 21 Dec. 2007 Charlotte, NC (Crickett Arena) 8:00pm 21 Dec. 2007 Bossier City, LA (Century Tel Center) 8:00pm 22 Dec. 2007 Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 22 Dec. 2007 Oklahoma City, OK (Ford Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 23 Dec. 2007 Columbia, SC (Colonial Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 23 Dec. 2007 San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 26 Dec. 2007 Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 26 Dec. 2007 Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center) 7:30pm 27 Dec. 2007 Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 27 Dec. 2007 Houston, TX (Toyota Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 28 Dec. 2007 Cincinnati, OH (US Bank Arena) 8:00pm 28 Dec. 2007 Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 29 Dec. 2007 Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena) 8:00pm 29 Dec. 2007 Little Rock, AR (Alltel Arena) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 30 Dec. 2007 Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena) 3:00pm & 7:30pm 30 Dec. 2007 Nashville, TN (Gaylord Entertainment Center) 7:30pm 31 Dec. 2007 Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena) 3:00pm & 9:30pm 31 Dec. 2007 Birmingham, AL (BJCC) 3:00pm & 9:30pm 03 Jan. 2008 Erie, PA (Erie Civic Center) 7:30pm 03 Jan. 2008 Peoria, IL (Peoria Civic Center) 7:30pm 04 Jan. 2008 Syracuse, NY (OnCenter) 8:00pm 04 Jan. 2008 Moline, IL (The Mark of the Quad Cities) 8:00pm 05 Jan. 2008 Wilkes-Barre, PA (Wachovia Arena) 3:00pm & 8:00pm 05 Jan. 2008 Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center)3:00pm & 8:00pm 06 Jan. 2008 Baltimore, MD (1st Mariner Arena) 7:30pm 06 Jan. 2008 Green Bay, WI (Resch Center) 3:00pm & 7:30pm

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