Keillor plans 26-city 'Radio Romance Tour'
MINNEAPOLIS — Humorist Garrison Keillor won’t be taking a summer vacation.
Instead, the creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” will kick off a 26-city “Radio Romance Tour 2013” next month.
Keillor wraps up the current season of his popular public radio variety show on Saturday from Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Then he’s launching his coast-to-coast bus tour July 8 in Spokane, Wash.
Keillor plans 27 concerts, from Washington state to Maine. The shows will not be broadcast.
Keillor will be joined by comedian Fred Newman, who does sound effects, and pianist Richard Dworsky and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band featuring guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist and mandolinist Richard Kriehn. The shows will run more than two hours and will offer duet singing, with either singer Aoife O’Donovan or singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins.
There also will be such “Prairie Home” staples as commercials for fake sponsors, like Powdermilk Biscuits, Guy Noir Private Eye and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
“The summer tour is a show that I carpenter together from things that I remember liking a lot over ... the last 20 years or so, and piecing these all together” Keillor told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday.
Keillor said that during intermissions, he and either O’Donovan or Watkins, depending on the date, will stroll into the audience with hand-held microphones to sing duets.
“Some people sing with us and other people just go to the toilet,” Keillor said.
Keillor has done previous summer tours and said he likes the activity.
“Sitting on the porch with a lemonade is a very nice idea. But what will I do on the porch after 15 minutes that is less interesting?” he said.
The tour wraps up Aug. 6 in Interlochen, Mich., the day before Keillor’s 71st birthday. The next season of “Prairie Home” opens in mid-September at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
“A Prairie Home Companion” draws more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. The show will celebrate its 40 anniversary next year.
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LONDON — Mick Jagger thinks his original career plan to become a schoolteacher might have provided plenty of satisfaction.
The Rolling Stones frontman told BBC Radio today that his music career has not been challenging intellectually and that teaching might have been “gratifying” instead.
He also said he had considered becoming a politician or a journalist when he was a teen.
Instead he has become one of the most successful rock singers in history.
Despite his interest in other careers, Jagger says he’s “very pleased” with how things have turned out.
The band is marking its 50th year together with a series of concerts that will also include a first-ever appearance at the Glastonbury festival this weekend and a return in July to Hyde Park in central London.
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NEW YORK — Will.i.am says a trademark that Pharrell’s company tried to register is too similar to his “I AM” trademark.
Will.i.am has owned the “I AM” trademark since 2001. He filed objections in March and May against Pharrell Williams’ company, i am OTHER, that launched in 2010.
Hertz said that because of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s deadlines, will.i.am “had no choice but to lodge his objection at the time he did.”
Pharrell said in a statement that he was disappointed and surprised by will.i.am’s objection.
“The plain truth is that Will has obstructed every overture made by Pharrell to amicably resolve this matter and has steadfastly refused to engage in a dialogue,” said Pharrell attorney Brad Rose in a separate statement.
Will.i.am uses “I AM” for his businesses, including his charity foundation I AM ANGEL.
Pharrell’s i am OTHER produces the hit Web series “Awkward Black Girl” and other Web series.