A Tribute to U2 with L.A.vation at Pasadena Civic Plaza
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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Nearly four years post Rose Bowl, the U2 vibe returns to Pasadena. These days the U2 tribute band L.A.vation looks and sounds better than ever. At dusk Friday, Jason Thiesen Bono Impersonator, Bart Davis, John Classick, and Jorgen Ingmar Alofs stopped the traffic. The show began with its usual 360 intro and the mixed crowd of uber fans and Pasadenians out for a night of summer music. The stage was set similar to a performance by U2 at the Lincoln Memorial, set high up the steps with excellent sound and scenery. The show began with some ambitious attention from the mixed audience , but then something magical always happens during “Elevation” doesn’t it? U2 fans know what I’m talking about. Maybe it was the united sounds of the “Wooooo-hoooo’s” belting out in unison, or the way the lights reflected the beautiful building that set the stage. Whatever it was, it touched the crowd, which was now full of life and spirit. It’s this type of song, similar to “Where the Streets Have No Name,” that deposits the sacred sensation that all U2 fans seek, and music lovers in general. Pasadena began to sparkle. The audience moving, jumping, and singing as one. For many, including me, “Beautiful Day” always is a brilliant piece of enlightenment, smiles all around. “With or Without You,” U2’s first #1 hit in America, sung as the masterpiece that it is and authentic as can be, adding the lyrics at the end… Yeah, we'll shine like stars in the summer night, We'll shine like stars in the winter night, One heart, One hope, One love." At the end of the night, singer Jason Thiesen saluted a number of fans in the crowd, including me. Thanks guys, once again, as you can certainly connect with so many people at once, its almost an art form. Like U2, you do this very well. You create big moments filled with meaning, with a sprinkling of hope. Thanks to you, we are still dreaming out loud.