ETTA JAMES disses Beyonce & Obamas (MP3), offends & apologizes ++ 2009 TOUR DATES (BB Kings, Jazz Fest)
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Etta James @ BB King's in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
This is not a joke: 71-year-old Etta James actually threatened to beat the crap out of Beyoncé Knowles -- and it's caught all on tape!
The war is all over Etta's song, "At Last " -- Beyoncé sang the tune at Obama's 1st Inauguration Ball on Jan. 20th ... but last week at a concert in Seattle, James was still pissed.
While on stage, Etta told the crowd, "Your President, the one with the big ears ... he had that woman singing my song. She gone get her ass whipped."
She continued, "The great Beyoncé ... I can't stand Beyoncé," according to audio from Crown City Media.
Ironically Etta didn't kick up this sorta fuss when Beyoncé portrayed her in "Cadillac Records." [TMZ]
TMZ later pointed out that the song is not even an Etta James song. She covers it too. The Chicago Sun Times says that "both Beyonce and President and Mrs. Obama were stunned by music legend Etta James' strong verbal whiplashing." Etta James told the Daily News she was just trying to get a laugh and meant no harm. Etta is definitely known for her between song banter at her live shows. Speaking of which...
Etta James returns to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC for three shows in May. Tickets are on sale.
Etta is also one of many artists who will be Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year...
American rock superstars Bon Jovi have been added to the already star-studded music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, organizers announced today. Making their first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, Bon Jovi will perform on Saturday, May 2. The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Bon Jovi joins Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Etta James plus hundreds of others previously announced to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.
Etta James also has a show scheduled in Atlantic City. All tour dates below...
Etta James - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 18 - Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
Mar 19 - Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Apr 25 - Houston, TX House of Blues Houston
Apr 26 - New Orleans, LA Jazz fest
Apr 30 - Chicago, IL House of Blues
May 01 - Detroit, MI MotorCity Casino Hotel
May 05 - Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort & Casino Showroom
May 11 - New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
May 12 - New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
May 13 - New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
May 15 - Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal
May 16 - Alexandria, VA Birchmere
May 17 - Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House