December 6, 2003

George Carlin Sets Out On Theater Tour

Geroge Carlin is continuing with what he does best: touring and making America laugh. The irreverent humorist has inked in new dates on his never-ending cycle of theatre tours.
At the end of the schedule, for the time being, is a multi-week run at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Carlin said he does 12 weeks per year at the venue, although we’re only counting 14 shows right now, which means he could possibly expect to return for another round of laughs. Last year, Carlin won a Grammy for his Napalm & Silly Putty book on tape/CD. It was his fourth such award. The book version of the project went on to spend 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. According to a post by Carlin on his self-maintained Web site, he’s working on plans for the “first one-man Broadway show,

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Elvis Costello-Brief Winter 13 Date Tour

Elvis Costello has scheduled a brief winter tour that will kick off Feb. 19 in Clearwater, Fla., and end March 11 in San Francisco. The 13-date trek comes in support of his latest album, “North.”
As was the case for a handful of appearances around the time of the release of the album of ballads, Costello will be accompanied by his longtime collaborator, Attractions/Imposters keyboardist Steve Nieve for the tour.
In addition, three dates Feb. 24 in Nashville, Feb.26 in New York and Feb. 27 in Boston

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Space Invaders -Stand Alone Game Returns

Japanese game machine maker Taito Corp said on Friday it plans to restart sales of “Space Invaders” in the United States, almost 25 years after the game first appeared in video arcades.
The classic arcade game centers on a fleet of invading aliens looking to take over earth, but they must first deal with a lone gunner — the player — holed up behind a fragile set of shields.
It has been one of the most popular video games of all time since it was developed in 1978.
“There has been a rebirth of classic video games in America,” said Taito spokesman Kengo Naka. “We thought it would coincide nicely with the 25th anniversary of its debut in the U.S.”
Taito aims to sell 10,000 of the stand-alone game machines at 300,000 yen (U.S. $2,772) a unit.
While the game will not change in this latest offering, inflation has taken its toll. One play will now cost 50 cents, compared with 25 cents a generation ago.

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