lifeblood: listlogs: 2007-031


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date:    wed, 21 mar 2007 16:02:12 +1100
from:    sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: article from wilmington de news journal

hi,

here's an article from the news journal (wilmington de).  you can read it=
online
at:
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=3d/20070320/life/70320=
0311
/1005/life

from the article, it looks like ig's only stop on the true colors hrc tour=
will
be las vegas.

cheers,
sherlyn

---begin forwarded article---
indigo girls share spin on differences
folk-pop duo make a stop at the grand and lend voices to tolerance-building=

'true colors' tour's las vegas show
by ryan cormier, the news journal

when the indigo girls got the call that cyndi lauper was holding a "true=
colors"
tour to aid the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, they=
didn't
have to think twice about participating.

joining the likes of lauper, debbie harry, dresden dolls, margaret cho,=
rufus
wainwright and rosie o'donnell sounded like a great idea, says emily=
saliers,
who along with amy ray makes up the indigo girls.

"to support the lgbt community and to have a mixture of people from the=
queer
community, the straight community and the who-knows-what in between=
community
come together, that's just going to be fun," says saliers, who, like ray,=
has
been openly gay for her entire career. "we're all about trying to create=
equal
rights for queer people."

the recently announced 15-date tour stops at the borgata in atlantic city on=

june 15, but the indigo girls will be guests at only the june 8 show in las=

vegas.

but before that big show, the folk/pop/rock duo will take the stage at the=
grand
opera house in wilmington saturday night.

we talked to saliers recently about her collaborations with pink and meeting=

justin timberlake, her thoughts about the 2008 presidential election and the=

legacy of the lilith fair.

you're playing the grand opera house. that's a pretty nice room for a
self-described bar band. is it weird for you playing places like that?

that's a good question. i don't think anyone's asked us that. we've played=
so
many different kinds of venues over the years that the energy of the shows=
seems
the same no matter where we're playing. we are affected by environment, but=
the
music and the energy and the crowds seem the same unless they feel=
restricted by
it.

it's been 10 years since the lilith fair. what's the lasting legacy, if any,=
of
that tour?

i think there is a legacy just in the fact that you're asking that question.=
it
still gets brought to mind all these years later especially in regards to=
women
artists and what they're able to accomplish. not only in terms of the music=

business and up-and-coming women artists, but also for the artists who
participated. for me it was one of the highlights, if not the highlight of=
my
career.

the indigo girls and pink have appeared on each others' albums recently. how=
did
that come about?

pink asked us to sing on her record on the song "dear mr. president." she
actually lived in atlanta for four years or so, and we found out she likes=
our
music, which is really flattering because both me and amy are big fans of=
hers.
when she called us and asked us, we were thrilled. she was recently in=
atlanta
and we went to see her open for justin timberlake. she's so powerful. we saw=
her
in a big arena, and her energy translated across. the thing about justin was=

that it's really weird to see someone who's that famous up close in real=
life.
it was more like, "god. what the media and marketing can create!" it's a=
really,
really strange thing culturally. that's what i was really struck by. that=
and
the fact that he's super talented.

your most recent album, "despite our differences," was your first for=
hollywood
records after 20 years with epic, selling 12 million albums for them. what=
were
the differences after recording in a bit of a comfort zone for so long?

it was very exciting and invigorating to get signed after all these years.=
when
we first got signed with epic, so many things were happening. the record=
really
took off. we had a successful single by our standards, we won a grammy, and=
we
played madison square garden. it was a lot of heady stuff. and then over the=

years, things mellowed out, people get less interested in older artists and=

you're left with your core following. thankfully we're a grass-roots touring=

band and have maintained this fantastic following without having to rely on=
the
record company to sell records or promote hits for us. and when it came to=
the
end of our time with epic, there wasn't any excitement there. there were a=
lot
of empty promises and the feeling that this has run its course. and when
hollywood came along, it felt really gratifying to have some excitement=
about us
as if we were a new thing and not two women who have been around for 25=
years.

in the liner notes for the new album you thank mary j. blige for "blowing my=

mind." are you referring to her album "the breakthrough" or is there=
something
else there?

i've always been a fan of hers, but "the breakthrough" was it. yeah. i've=
seen
her live a couple of times, and i'm just riveted by her. there's something=
about
her soul connection to her music. she's just so real to me, and her voice=
just
kills me.

i was out the other night -- it was a sleepy tuesday night out -- and i told=
a
friend i was going to be talking to you and he played "closer to fine" on=
the
jukebox. all of a sudden, two women at the bar shot to their feet, started
dancing and singing along at the top of their lungs. it must be nice to have=
a
hit song like that that stands the test of time.

[laughs.] that's awesome. we play that song virtually every night, and=
everyone
always sings with it. just to see people happy like that really, really=
makes me
feel good. we never get tired of playing it. it's just one of those songs=
that
hit a happy nerve with people, and they've carried it along with them. you=
can't
ask for more than as a songwriter.

let's talk some politics. how optimistic are you for 2008? do you see the
pendulum swinging as you sang on this latest album?

i see it swinging for sure. i see a lot of changes happening. the president=
is
totally beleaguered ... and republicans are coming out against the=
president.
that's a real swing. everyone used to tow the party line. for the democrats,=
i
haven't made up my mind who i'm going to support yet. i even have hopes that=
al
gore will join the race, in which case there's not going to be a bad=
candidate
because they're all strong. on the other side, i have a lot of respect for=
john
mccain and rudy giuliani.

for you personally, is there anything positive you can look back at and pull=
out
of george w. bush's presidency?

it's been a devastating loss. i can't think of one positive thing. the only=

thing that feels positive now is that it was so horrible that people have=
come
to their senses and need a change.

finally, you're from georgia. how big was the smile on your face last week=
when
your friend and sometimes collaborator michael stipe, along with the rest of=

r.e.m., were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame?

those guys deserve that. they're a wonderful band with a great history. any=
time
something good happens to a band from georgia, we all feel it. we're really=

proud of them.

contact ryan cormier at 324-2863 or rcormier@delawareonline.com. read his=
pop
culture blog at www.delawareonline.com/pulpculture.

if you go

with three5human
when: 8 p.m. saturday
where: grand opera house, 818 n. market st., wilmington
tickets: $37
info: www.grandopera.org

copyright =a92007, the news journal.

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date:    wed, 21 mar 2007 07:18:17 +0000
from:    greg flamer <gflamer@hotmail.com>
subject: re: article from wilmington de news journal

>  from the article, it looks like ig's only stop on the true colors hrc
>tour will
>be las vegas.
>
>cheers,
>sherlyn
>
>the recently announced 15-date tour stops at the borgata in atlantic city
>on
>june 15, but the indigo girls will be guests at only the june 8 show in las
>vegas.

sherlyn!--thanks for posting this fantastic news.  i could kiss you!  sorry
to the rest of the true colors tour dates who have no ig.  this may be the
only chance i get to see ig in vegas.  i am feeling very lucky and am doing
the gay guy dance as we speak.  now to hit up all my hrc buds for backstage
passes....so happy!  greg

anyone else planning to be in town?

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