LOCAL TIDBITS: SCIENCE ROCKS, FRANK EXITS & MORE STOOGES...

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Just a reminder that Wonder Twin Laura Witkowski is the brains behind yet another "Science Rocks" extravaganza -- the second one, actually -- tomorrow night, March 18th, at the Detroit Science Center. The local musical faves appearing include Silverghost, the Prime Ministers, Darling Imperial and the Electric Fire Babies. I promised Ms. Witkowski that I'd pimp it here on the blog...but you can read all about it in my cubicle neighbor Megan O'Neil's own stunning prose by clicking here. As for me, I always sucked in both science and math...so it's nice to see that Laura's bringing something to the center that a dunce like me can at least relate to. Hell, if they'd have had these when I was young, maybe I'd have been a doctor or an engineer instead of a, um, "high-paid" music writer.

We were sorry to hear of the exit of our friend Dianna Frank from the local Live Nation organization after 14 years. It was a corporate restructuing decision. But Dianna's always been a gem, as far as we're concerned...so we're certain she'll be back in action somewhere sooner than later.

Still searching the Internets for clips of the Stooges at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the other night...but Fuse is being awfully damn stingy with those clips thus far. If we can boast for a moment, though, we did receive a very kind e-mail yesterday from Danny Fields, the man who "discovered" and signed both the Stooges and the MC5 and was later the Ramones ' original co-manager (in addition to working at the legendary 16 Magazine as a Gloria Stavers protege when he was still a kid), among so many other amazing accomplishments...and he said that our blog post on the induction was...well, here's what he wrote: "I'm so glad it was you who wrote what will be, I think and no matter what else comes, definitive about last night's event." Ah...damn, we're blushing. Anyway, we did manage to find just a brief snippet of the acceptance speech on New York Magazine's site and a clip of the entire "I Wanna Be Your Dog" performance -- which was terrific but "Search & Destroy" was even better. Also Billie Joe's induction speech, which you'll find below. We'll keep searching (and mentally destroying -- because there are a lot of Genesis and ABBA clips to be found! go figure...) until we find a decent version of the Igster's speech...

The "I Wanna Be Your Dog" clip doesn't allow embedding but you can see it by clicking here....

And here's a clip of a backstage interview that also features Iggy as he famously flipped off the bigwigs when taking the stage...

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