Today's Millennium Stew --------
by Matt Markovich
Everyone's coming up with Millennium lists...the best of kind of stuff. I found an interesting one from a couple of notable music critics. John Rockwell and Jon Pareles of the New York Times and Robert Christgau of the Village Voice were asked to come up with their top ten tunes of the millennium. Here were their choices:
Millennium Live, the 24-hour live global broadcast set to air New Year's Eve, has announced additional performers including Santana, Aerosmith, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, 10,000 Maniacs and Destiny's Child.
The telecast will also feature live coverage of Latin superstar Ricky Martin's New Year's Eve concert in Paris, via broadcast partner France 2 & 3.
Also, former Baywatch star Carmen Electra has signed on as one of six hosts. Previously announced co-hosts include Chilean model Angelica Castro, South African talk show host Zam Nkosi and French TV host Ramzi Malouki.
Millennium Live has now been signed in 130 countries, most recently China's CCTV. The bulk of the marathon program's content will come from those partners.
Other broadcasters include Australia's Channel 9, Brazil's Bandeirantes, South Africa's SABC and Turkey's NTV. Pax TV is the U.S. affiliate, while City TV/Much Music is airing the special in Canada.
Remember in the move A Bug's Life when all the bugs where sentries looking for the locusts? That's what state officials in California are planning to do on New Year's Eve. A team of state sentries will follow the sun to monitor Y2K blips around the world.
The state of California will dispatch 20 people on New Year's Eve to monitor Y2K-related issues all over the world and report back to California, which will be one of last places on earth to make the change to the new century.
Auckland, New Zealand, for example, will reach the 21st century 21 hours before California. The spotter in Auckland will report what he or she observes, good and bad, back to California as Aucklanders move into the New Year. If Auckland has a problem with its traffic lights, for example, California officials will have 21 hours to make sure the Golden State's lights work.
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