Coinciding with the retail chain’s 50th-year anniversary, Guitar Center Times Square is in final rehearsals.
The 28,000-square-foot location opens Thursday August 7 with a free evening concert by The Roots at the Best Buy Theater across the street. Free tickets for the show are being given away at various New York GC locations:
Housed in the original New York Times building at 44th & Broadway, the Times Square location fosters a hands-on environment and offers unique features including a Fender custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to specifications, a boutique pedal selection in a 360-degree display and The Platinum Club, which showcases top-of-the-line, high-end luxury guitars.
Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.
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U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.
Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Cao is chief executive of Edelman’s China arm and also runs Pegasus.
The company secured backing from the Pilot Group, a venture capital fund headed by former AOL CEO Bob Pittman. It amalgamated North American Hunter, PGA Sports and other media assets from Pittman’s North American Membership Group. And this week, it welcomed a very recognizable executive chairman – former Guggenheim Media CEO Ross Levinsohn:
Levinsohn will once again be teaming up with James Heckman, Scout’s CEO and founder. Heckman had exited as head of global media strategy for Yahoo shortly after new CEO Marissa Mayer nixed his plan to aggressively remake the company.
Interesting interview with Adam Lambert by Curtis M. Wong, deputy editor of HuffPo Gay Voices. Framed by the fact that in six, vertiginous years, Lambert has gone from auditioning on American Idol with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to fronting this summer’s Queen tour.
The bulk of the article is about how it was basically impossible for Mercury to talk publicly about his sexuality:
“From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality, and once he did… He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits,” said Lambert…
Today is Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz’s 50th birthday, and to help him celebrate, AARP created a special cover.
Sadly, the AARP cover is ruined by Duritz’s unusual (and slightly worrisome) dedication to his misguided attempt at dreads. If ever there was a case for Photoshopping, this is it.
Moms and dads of boy-band fans everywhere: the ante has been raised. Per an item today from Albany CBS-TV affiliate Channel 6:
When Fly 92.3 FM’s Morning Rush show announced they would be giving away front row seats to see the band One Direction play at MetLife Stadium, Ron Deutsch knew he wanted to make his daughter’s dream to see her favorite band up close a reality. But, in order to do that, he had to get a softball-sized tattoo of One Direction, on his upper thigh, live on the radio.
The idea created backlash on social media, and now Ron is speaking out against critics and says he’d do it again. “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my daughter and I guess the tattoo will last forever but so will our relationship, so I think it’s worth doing,” he says.
Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s chief content officer, is not afraid to speak his mind. When Time began selling ads on its cover, Pearlstine brushed aside the notion that the practice was a bad thing, even though it broke ASME’s number one guideline.
On the future of Time, EW, SI and People:
You can’t just reprise the news. You have to have journalism that makes a point and you have to be in sync with your audience. When I think about Sports Illustrated, when I think about People, Entertainment Weekly, Time — all four of them have editors who are very much in touch with their readers and that’s a comfort to me.
We’re just going to make this a site dedicated to Self news. Hope you’re cool with that. Joyce Chang and Mary Murcko, editor and publisher of the magazine, respectively, have announced… Wait for it… New hires! Alex Postman has been named deputy editor, and Maureen Dempsey has been named site director.
Since Chang and Murcko took over in April, they’ve let more than a few people go, and hired the following:
- Eric Johnson
- Barbara Reyes
- Suzanne D’Amato
- Rebecca Sinn
- Melissa Ventosa Martin
- Dania Ortiz
- Lori Cohn
- Tammy Cohen
- Lexie McCarthy
- Postman and Dempsey
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