MICHAEL JACKSON: BAD25 This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking Bad album, and Legacy Recordings has put together for the occasion a commemorative box set that will have fans once again shrieking with delight over the Gloved One. Bad25 contains a re-mastered version of the original album plus two additional discs holding a treasure trove of mostly previously unavailable material, including a CD of rare tracks like Spanish and French versions of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a demo of “Smooth Criminal” with the working title “Al Capone,” an Afrojack remix of “Bad,” a Nero remix of “Speed Demon” and eight other cuts. What puts this set completely over the top is the inclusion of a DVD of Jackson’s 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London. The film is sourced from Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the full show and contains songs from Bad and a healthy selection of other hits like “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock with You” and super oldie “I’ll Be There.”
SHIPROCKED CRUISE CONTEST Monster Energy is the sponsor of ShipRocked, “the ultimate rock music cruise vacation,” and they’re giving two lucky fans a chance to enjoy the sea going festival for free. ShipRocked takes place November 27 – December 1 aboard the MSC Poesia as she sails from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and Nassau, the Bahamas and features headliners Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel and many others. ShipRocked also promises “insane parties,” meet-and-greets, artist-hosted events, games, contests and more. The Grand Prize package includes a balcony cabin aboard Poesia and VIP passes for two, roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations on the night before sailing. Get your entry in at www.monsterenergy.com by October 8.
IRVINE’S GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL For some Orange County fun, check out the Global Village Festival taking place at Bill Barber Park in Irvine on September 29. The festival celebrates cultural diversity and will feature a wide variety of musical acts and dance exhibitions including Brian Young & The Blues Station, Kerry & The Surftones, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, the Funnelheads, the U.K. Beat, the Cambodian Family Dance Group, Mexikas Aztec Group and many others. Admission is free, food-tasting coupons range from $1 to $3 each, and you can take a free shuttle to the event from the UC Irvine campus. More info at www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage
ELENI MANDELL CAN SEE THE FUTURE Singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell bought her first record at Aron’s Records when the shop was still located on Melrose Avenue. Her first concert was Oingo Boingo at the Universal Amphitheater and her first real kiss was shared with a fellow named David outside the Straw Hat Pizza parlor on Van Nuys Boulevard. But what you really need to know is that Mandell is performing a hometown show at the Troubadour on October 3 in support of her recent Yep Roc release I Can See the Future. The legendary Nick Lowe headlines the show.
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