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Natalia Kills

Natalia Kills is the newest English pop princess to burst onto the scene. She has regularly been performing in Chicago as such venues as the Metro, Allstate Theatre and Roscoe’s Tavern on her own as well as supporting such acts as Ke$ha, Robyn and Katy Perry.

Her first full-length album Perfectionist has just been released and she talked to Nunn on the Run about it.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Natalia. It was great meeting you face to face at the Borderline Music signing the other day.

Natalia Kills: Thank you, I loved it. There is nothing quite like meeting people face to face that relate to your music. It makes it all make more sense.

JN: Record stores don’t do signings like that anymore.

NK: Record stores don’t look like that or function like that anymore. If other record stores looked like earthy mom and pop record stores like that one then people would remember how special music really is.

JN: You have been living in the United States for a little while now. You are from England correct?
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Ivri Lider

Ivri Lider is one of the biggest selling music artists in Israel. Being an out musician in our country has paid off with his video playing on Logo television and Out Magazine putting them in his Out 100.

We talked to Ivri when he was visiting Chicago singing at the House of Blues.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Ivri. You played Milwaukee Pridefest this year. It was a lot of fun there wasn’t it?

Ivri Lider: Yeah, it was fun but it was really cold.

JN: Is this the first time you have been to Chicago?

IL: No, I was here about five years ago. I had a show at a university. It was just for one day so I don’t know much about the city. We just arrived here this morning.

JN: After the show you should go out. Do you know about the bar right by here called Downtown?
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Labor Day Weekend

North Coast Festival ends over Labor Day Weekend. Billed as “summers last stand” this electronic music party in Union Park had people dancing until the break of dawn. David Guetta and Fatboy Slim were some of the featured acts. The weather with rain and 92 degree heat proved residents will never know what to dress for. Thank the stars and the temperature boys lost their shirts in the park.
Spring brought people like Ricky Martin to town and kicked things off Puerto Rican style. While his stage set was huge, he got points for bringing an act that flew in the air. Many performers followed suit by using trapezes and limber dancers that put Cirque du Soleil to shame. Large video screens were used at the major concerts with Ricky as well as many other playing themed vignettes. Martin supplied his with gay content and equality.
Rihanna ran laps out to greet the audience. Fans screamed and cheered but were kept back by security. This happened with many shows over the summer. Mexican rock group Mana created a stage in the back of the room as did Glee to make sure what seemed like bad seats magically turned into the front row. U2 gave the audience the perfect view with their 360 Degree Tour.
Britney Spears lip synched much of her show but improved with stronger dancing and more costumes this time out. Her fans seem to follow her everywhere and some paid $1,000 for a meet and greet with the star. She was almost trumped by her opener Nicki Minaj and showed concert goers to need to arrive early or they might miss the next big thing. Lollapalooza with Eminem and Northerly Island with Ke$ha brought the outdoor venues to a new level while crowds danced in the dark. United Center and Allstate Arenas were the places to see this larger acts. Katy Perry surprised many with a combination of many the other musicians concerts tricks. More costumes changes than Cher with five within one song, riding a cloud to back the back of the room and a video montage that included a butcher, showed she cleaned up and  learned from the others.
These were the major highlights and showed even in a tough economy and music market people still enjoy live music.
Stay tuned next week to see what retro concert acts are still going strong.

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks twirled her way to fame with Fleetwood Mac and their album Rumours in 1977. It is the tenth highest selling album of all time. She then tackled a solo career with Bella Donna. After all of these years she just released a seventh solo record entitled In Your Dreams, produced by Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. She makes a stop in Chicago once again on her current tour. Secret Love

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Stevie. I just saw you recently with Rod Stewart and now you are touring solo. Do you get tired of constantly touring?

Stevie Nicks: I am starting to ask myself the same question. You know what I do? I get up in the morning and I go, “Oh my God, do I have to pull those black tights up one more day?” As tired as I get sometimes I wonder how long would I be happy lying around the house watching television? You have to follow a schedule. It’s like in the shower at 1, blow dry at 2, vocal lesson at 2:45, flat iron hair at 3. It’s pretty easy because you just kind of go through and people tell you exactly kind of what to do. Then you go and you do your show. You get all that great feedback. I kind of hang out all day long and then you get to walk onstage and have everybody love your music. Then you get to fly to the next city. I mean it doesn’t really get much better than that.

I really try to look at it as I really appreciate the fact that I get to travel the world. I’m leaving for London tomorrow. I don’t know anybody else who is leaving for London tomorrow. I lead a very, very romantic life, as a writer, a singer, and a songwriter. The traveling part of it is really pretty great. We as artists get more rest when we are out on the road than we do when we are home, because when you out on the road you are on a schedule.
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)


“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

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