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July 31, 2008



Yesterday I had my headshot taken for this Virgin Mobile Festival preview we're working on.

What do you think?

Now, of course, I doctored it a little.

Don't wanna give up the anonymity just yet, ya know?

(Note to self: Ride this whole 'what I look like thing as long as you can, Sessa.')

Thanks, self. I will.

Also, while we're on Virgin Festival, I'm curious: Since two headliners are playing at the same time on different stages, who wins? And who would win in a fight?

1) Jack Johnson or the Foo Fighters?

2) Chuck Berry or Wilco?

3) Stone Temple Pilots or Bob Dylan?

4) Nine Inch Nails or Kanye West?

Here's what I think ...

1) I say the Foos have the bigger crowd. They would steal Johnson's guitar and smash it on his surfboard. Double whammy!

2) Chuck Berry probably loses the popularity contest to Wilco. But my money's on Berry's killer right hook. Jeff Tweedy looks soft. He's the flight type. I say Berry duck walks all over him.

3) I really hope Dylan has a bigger scene, but I think STP will win. But I dunno about the fight. I'm tempted to bet on Dylan. Old, yes, but codgery. He's got nothing to lose. When backed into a corner, people with nothing to lose fight dirty. And I like that.

4) In terms of crowd size, Kanye trounces NIN. But West is a wimp. Reznor takes a few sips of the Perfect Drug and hammers him into a pulp.

(Photo of me by Lloyd Fox/Sun photographer, with some doctoring by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:19 PM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Random stuff


1) This ones a tough call. I think crowd sizes will be fairly equal, as would a fight between them. Dave Grohl is a nut, but a scrawny nut. Jack has surfer strength...I say it's a draw

2) Wilco will have the bigger crowd b/c most of the festival-goers probably have no idea who Chuck Berry is. I agree with Sam that Tweedy looks soft. Old Man Chuck wins the fight

3) STP will have the bigger crowd, even though Scott Weiland has been known to mumble through shows just like Dylan does these days. No question about the winner of the fight though - " time he could-a been
the champion of the world."

4) I think Kanye will have the bigger crowd even though I think he's one of the most overrated artists of the decade. Kanye might win the fight...if it was a slap fight. Trent Reznor would destroy him. Have you seen his guns lately?? Trent's been hitting the weights. Plus "he'd rather die than give you control"

Greg S. makes good points. But what if Rhymefest jumps in to back up his boy Kanye? He'd go postal on him. It would be dynomite.
(Rhymefest featuring Kanye West doing "Brand New." There is some naughty language, of course, so possibly not for blasting at work.)

I'll be watching Foos/Berry/STP/Kanye

Should have flipped Wilco/Johnson on the first night. I hate that Foos/Jack Johnson overlap

JD -- call me asap. 410.332.6689.

Bueller? Bueller?... Bueller?

Nine Inch Nails > Kayne West Obviously.

Why isn't Jack Johnson playing with uh Dave Matthews Band or something...

Kicking shirt, SS.

awesome link for the perfect drug video.

i think jack johnson would be waaaay too full of banana pancakes to put up a decent fight. although he might be sticky from all the syrup.

still don't have a clue

still don't have a clue

hee hee

*ahem* since Live Tab prints a day early, your photo is already up on the JukeBox Browser......


I think that is Ryan Reynolds? then again I still don't have a clue Sessa! Will your headshot be with the lovely Aimee by your side?

he's the main action between a rashod ollison and mary hartney photo sandwich.

Careful, Allan, or I'll go into The System, find your photo and post it on Midnight Sun for all to see!

lol, touche'. i can see when I've overplayed my hand, i concede.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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