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Alec Baldwin, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Alec Baldwin, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Alec Baldwin, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Th 5/13: Alec Baldwin, the National tonight on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS  Alec Baldwin, was born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, to Catholic parents Alexander Rae Baldwin II and Carol Newcomb Martineau. His brothers are Daniel, Stephen, and William Baldwin, all of whom are actors; he also has two sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. The Baldwin siblings attended Alfred G. Berner High School in Nassau County. Alec (Class of 1976) and Daniel (Class of 1979) played football there under Coach Bob Reifsnyder, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame. Baldwin is frequently described as Irish American, though his background includes English and Irish ancestry on his father’s side and distant French and Canadian ancestry on his mother’s. His maternal grandmother was born in Nova Scotia; his Irish ancestry comes from his paternal great-grandmother, Helen Irene McNamara. When Baldwin was young, he worked as a busboy at the famous New York City disco Studio 54. Baldwin attended George Washington University from 1976 to 1979, where he was known as “Alex.” After losing a student body president election, he transferred to New York University to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute under Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne. He then returned to NYU in 1994 and graduated with a BFA that year. The other Baldwin brothers, Daniel Baldwin (Homicide: Life on the street), William Baldwin (Backdraft), and Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects) all followed him in becoming well-known actors. Watch tonight Alec Baldwin, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Days Difference Joining All Time Low Tour, Release New Single

days-differenceDAYS DIFFERENCE will be joining All Time Low on a short U.S. tour starting July 9th in Richmond, VA. The pop rock quartet recently signed with Universal Motown who fell for the band’s infectious material which has listeners comparing them to the likes of The Fray and Something Corporate. Originally formed in 2004, Days Difference spent several years honing their propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin, and Yellowcard when those artists came through Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, Numbers, then embarked on a nationwide tour, in which everything that could have gone wrong did: a tire on their trailer fell off, a show was canceled when the promoter got hit by a car, Jonathan got a concussion playing soccer, Micah broke his collarbone playing football, they received a $500 parking ticket, and to top it all off, the owner of the club where the band were to play one of their final dates died on the day of the show. “I never really believed the whole ‘earn your keep’ thing, but we’ve really paid our dues,” Jeremy says.   The tour may have been grueling, but “it taught us a lot,” Jeremy says. “We really grew as a band and as friends. We had some tough times, but we never doubted ourselves.” You can hear that confidence and camaraderie in the songs on their debut album, an all-killer, no filler set that brims with fresh-faced enthusiasm and the wide-ranging talent of this young group of musicians. To help bring out their best, the band’s team enlisted the talents of several veteran co-writers and producers, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield), Andrew Frampton (Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue), Stefanie Ridel Fair (Fergie, Pussycat Dolls), Michael Smidi Smith (Pussycat Dolls, Tupac), and Tim Myers, former bassist for OneRepublic. Myers and Jeremy co-wrote four key tracks: the irresistible first single “Radio Song,” the touching ballad “Imperfections,” and the radio-ready “Falling Into You” and “Magnetized.”

The band just released “Radio Song,” their first single since being signed which they’ll be filming a video for later this week.

Days Difference will be released in fall 2009 on Universal Motown Records.

Tour dates w/ All Time Low and We The Kings
7/09 – Richmond, VA @ The National
7/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
7/11 – Towson, MD @ Towson Center
7/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/13 – Wantagh, NY @ The Bay Stage (Jones Beach)
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
7/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
7/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Riverplex Ampitheater
7/18 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café

More about Lion OBrien

lion-obrienLion OBrien Formed in 2008, from London, England, United Kingdom Genres:Pop, Rock, Indie Lion O’Brien write songs about love, work, robots, vampires and other aspects of common everyday life. Blending sharp lyrics with infectious melodies and anthemic choruses, Lion O’Brien are striving to forge their own original brand of feel-good music. Originally started by James O’Brien (ex-Costar – Only Ever Records) as a side project in the summer 2008, Bermondsey based Lion O’Brien soon took on a life of its own. After writing an album’s worth of majestically melodic pop songs, James recruited pianist/ backing vocalist Teresa Kelly, and bassist Mike Jones through the small ads. After a host of successful acoustic shows they recruited the Isle of Wight’s best drummer, Eve Barnes, and went electric. Lion O’Brien are currently gigging around the UK, and have been championed by the likes of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and DJ Alex Zane (MTV and XFM). http://www.myspace.com/lionobrien

Lion O’Brien editors pick

lionobrien2Formed in 2008, from London, England, United Kingdom Lion O’Brien write songs about love, work, robots, vampires and other aspects of common everyday life. Blending sharp lyrics with infectious melodies and anthemic choruses, Lion O’Brien are striving to forge their own original brand of feel-good music. Originally started by James O’Brien (ex-Costar – Only Ever Records) as a side project in the summer 2008, Bermondsey based Lion O’Brien soon took on a life of its own. After writing an album’s worth of majestically melodic pop songs, James recruited pianist/ backing vocalist Teresa Kelly, and bassist Mike Jones through the small ads. After a host of successful acoustic shows they recruited the Isle of Wight’s best drummer, Eve Barnes, and went electric. Lion O’Brien are currently gigging around the UK, and have been championed by the likes of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and DJ Alex Zane (MTV and XFM). http://www.myspace.com/lionobrien

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