Minimum Gauge: Billy Murray Goes Classical? Sure, Why Not

Billy Murray is going on a tour with a chamber music trio; Kenny G involved in latest airline debacle (albeit with a happier ending than most); Chainsmokers' graphics person forgets to spellcheck "Pittsburgh."

click to enlarge Bill Murray is also the rare person who gets a pass for wearing shorts on stage (put some pants on Clap — you're a freakin' Rock Star!) - Photo: Truejustice (published under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 license)
Photo: Truejustice (published under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 license)
Bill Murray is also the rare person who gets a pass for wearing shorts on stage (put some pants on Clap — you're a freakin' Rock Star!)

HOT: Murray Goes Classical

Bill Murray has a rare legacy of bulletproof cool bolstered by some classic comedy films, epic appearances on talk shows and tales of random hangouts with everyday folks across the country. Not even playing the voice of Garfield put the slightest dent in Murray’s reputation. That also means that many people who couldn’t tell a cello from a viola are getting pumped for an upcoming chamber music tour. Murray is reportedly touring with a classical trio for a show created with cellist Jan Vogler that includes music ranging from Bach to Van Morrison, and literary readings from the works of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and others. Fittingly, the project came about when Murray and Volger met when they were seated across from each other on a transatlantic flight in 2013 (aka the plot to Lost in Translation 2). Another sign of Murray's epic coolness — no one even remotely questioned whether this was true or not when it was reported on.

WARM: Another Reason to Never Fly

As if airlines weren’t having enough PR nightmares in regard to treatment of passengers, musical cloud puff Kenny G recently sashayed up and down the aisles during a Delta flight, subjecting other passengers to his sax torture without being dragged off the plane. Like getting a tooth pulled, it was ultimately for a good cause — G agreed to play if passengers collectively ponied up $1,000 for a cancer charity. How much to make it stop?

COLD: Also, You’re Never a Stripper’s Fave Customer

Pop duo The Chainsmokers have been maligned as an EDM version of Nickelback, but at a recent show in Pittsburgh, the twosome had an onstage moment that more resembled an EDM Spinal Tap. While the ’Smokers were performing their encore at an April 22 concert, the backdrop behind them displayed their love for Pittsburgh by spelling the name of the city wrong. The big “Thank You Pittsburg” message came after the duo had reportedly told its audience that Pittsburgh’s crowds were better than most other city’s, which is quite disillusioning for anyone who believes big touring acts legitimately prefer certain flyover cities to others. Note to Chainsmokers' graphics person regarding this week's show in the Queen City: It's "C-I-N-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-T-I.."

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