Happy New Year from Back2Stonewall.com!
Well 2016 took one last victim, artistically that is as Mariah Carey suffered through a performance train wreck in Times Square on New Year’s Eve as technical malfunctions left her at a loss vocally during her hit song “Emotions,” struggling to reach notes and to sync the lyrics and music.
It was a rare live meltdown on national television by one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. as Mariah was the final pre-midnight act on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” She had just finished “Auld Lang Syne” when her star turn began to spiral out of control and crash and burn.
We can’t hear,” she said in the opening seconds of “Emotions” after she sashayed down the stage before more than 1 million people gathered to watch the ball drop in Manhattan.
Standing still with her left hand on her hip while music played, Ms. Carey told the audience that there had not been a proper sound check before her performance. Then she said, “We’ll just sing,” and noted proudly of her song, “It went to No. 1.”
But she could not manage the notes that followed, and she either forgot lyrics or did not want to deliver a subpar performance.
“We’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is,” she said. “Let the audience sing.”
ABC cut to shots of the Times Square crowd as Ms. Carey tried to perform some of her choreography. She continued suggesting fixes from the stage, and at one point seemed to defend herself. “I’m trying to be a good sport here,” she said.
When the number ended, the crowd cheered her on. “That was — ” she said, pausing for effect, “amazing.”
She seemed to recover at first with “We Belong Together,” but there appeared to be another malfunction, and Ms. Carey again stopped singing. But this time, the prerecorded number kept playing.
“It just doesn’t get any better,” she said, and then left the stage.
After her performance Ms. Carey too to Twitter to say: Shit happens.
Yes it does Mariah. Yes it does.
On January 1st an unknown man poured gasoline over a staircase inside the gay bar Neighbours and lit it on fire as the nightclub was packed with more than 750 New Years Eve revelers. The blaze was quickly discovered and extinguished before it could spread, and the bar was safely evacuated and miraculously one was injured. Detectives from SPD’s Arson/Bomb Squad, along with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, have since been investigating the case.
Yesterday Musab Mohamed Masmari was arrested as police say he was on his way to the airport. Masmari, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson, according to police.
Masmari has a record of Seattle assaults and arrests that increased in frequency starting last spring. Since the January 1st incident, several business owners in north Capitol Hill told CHS they have had run-ins with the man.
Last April Masmari put a cigarette out in a man’s cheek as he entered the Lookout bar, “He was trying to come in with a cigarette, and the guy just told him he couldn’t do that, so he put it out in his cheek,” said Stevie Gayle, who was bartending at the Lookout that night.
A fight broke out outside the bar, but Gayle said Masmari fled before the police arrived.
Other gay business owner said that he and others were forced to “86″ Masmari from their venues after run-ins in recent months.
Here’s is the report on the arrest from SPD:
Seattle Police made an arrest this morning of a 30-year-old suspect wanted for the arson at Neighbours on January 1st.
This morning, Seattle Police arrested the 30-year-old man near Seattle as he was enroute to the airport. Detectives from our Arson/Bomb Squad, working along with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), have been investigating this case since the early morning hours of January 1st. Detectives would like to thank the public for all the tips they have received on the person of interest. Following his arrest, the suspect was interviewed by detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Arson.
Two gay men were brutally beaten after leaving a bar on New Years Eve in Santa Barbara, California
The two men were attacked at around 1:45 am after being follwed by three white males with shaved heads who attacked the men because they thought the two were gay.
A police spokesperson said the two victims were walking toward their car parked near Ortega and Chapala Streets when they were confronted by three men they had never met. One of the suspects made a derogatory comment and the three proceeded to punch the victims. One of the victims suffered a broken jaw and a severe head injury that required staples to close.
Police Chief Cam Sanchez issued a statement that read, “Hate crimes like these will not be tolerated and those responsible will be held accountable.” The SBPD is investigating the assault and asks the public to help identify the suspects by calling Detective Kushner at (805) 897-2345
The attack was caught on videotape.
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