Today's Millennium Stew --------
by Matt Markovich
The English are so into this millennium stuff, there is now a squabble over the last song played in the Millennium Dome just before midnight. The contenders include songs from the Beatles, Queen and Robbie Williams.
The New Millennium Experience Company, which runs the Dome -- centerpiece of Britain's year 2000 celebrations, said the winning title would be a rock anthem that everyone knew and could sing the words to. The song would be played before Queen Elizabeth opened the Dome minutes before midnight.
The full list is John Lennon's "Imagine," "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles, "Millennium" by Williams, Pulp's "Disco 2000," Prince's "1999," Queen's "We Are The Champions," "Don't Look Back In Anger" by Oasis and "It's Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It)" by the Rolling Stones. The song could be decided at final rehearsals on New Year's Eve.
Hallelujah! Here are some Christmas and Millennium mixes.
Dublin was the birthplace of the Messiah - Handel's Messiah, of course, in 1742. Given the suitability of the theme to the overall millennium celebration, Ireland will premiere a new version of the great masterpiece: MESSIAH XXI. This new rock 'n soul version will star Gladys Knight, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne, The Visual Ministry Gospel Choir and the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
An additional feature of the production will be an original dramatic
overlay written by top Irish playwright, Frank McGuinness, and performed by
Irish-American heart-throb actor, Aidan Quinn. The gala performances will
take place in the grounds of the Royal Dublin Society on December 4th and
5th and will be filmed and recorded for worldwide TV and audio release.
Details available from Ticketmaster or the producers on:
Leave it to The Donald to come up with a Millennium "Tree". He's not calling it a Christmas Tree, but it looks like one from the 23rd century. The 45-foot Trump Millennium "Tree" is a perforated metal, gold-coated display mounted in front of the Trump Tower's central 75-foot marble Atrium WaterWall.
The tree has more than 14,500 individual points of fiber optic light strung through the perforations that sparkle in white light with hints of peach and amber. It contains 33 miles of optical fiber. A gold star mounted on top will also be lit with fiber optic end points.
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