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The 2011 induction class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was announced yesterday, boasted a few welcome surprises and at least one serious head scratcher.

Among those entering the Hall on March 14 during ceremonies at New York’s Waldorf Astoria will be Dr. John (cool), Tom Waits (double cool), Alice Cooper (OK, I guess… certainly his early ‘70s albums were groundbreaking), Darlene Love (a powerhouse pop voice for over 40 years), Neil Diamond (what the…) and Leon Russell (though only for the “sideman” honor known as the Award for Musical Excellence).

In interviews published yesterday at www.rollingstone.com, Dr. John and Waits expressed surprise and gratitude for the induction.

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Waits said the honor made him think of his late mother.

“I wish she was alive to hear the news. She didn’t respond to rock and roll per se, but she would have loved to have a reason to get all dolled up… And the idea of having a Waldorf salad at the Waldorf Astoria, would for her have been the cat’s pajamas. Actually, my mom made a pretty mean Waldorf herself.”

Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, said the Hall induction, while immensely gratifying, won’t push him any closer to retirement.

“I think it’s only proper that I play until the last note of a set, then fall over and die. The band won’t have to play an encore and they’ll still get paid for a gig.”


The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) August 22, 1998 | Oliver Staley Staff writer A 25,000-square-foot Barnes and Noble is coming to the NorthTown Mall in time for Christmas 1999.

Or maybe it isn’t.

Depending on whom you ask, Barnes and Noble has or has not signed a letter of intent for its second Spokane store.

“We have a signed letter of intent,” said Laurent Poole of the Sabey Corp., which sold the mall two weeks ago but is still handling leasing duties for the mall’s expansion. website barnes and noble coupon code

“No letter of intent has been signed as of yet,” said David Kuryk, Barnes and Noble’s director of editorial services.

What gives?

The only concrete evidence that Barnes and Noble is headed to NorthTown is a logo painted on the side of the building.

Poole said the logo is on the wall only because Barnes and Noble asked for it.

“On our letter of intent, it said we had to put up a sign,” Poole said.

However, Kuryk said Sabey may have been overly enthusiastic about the prospects of Barnes and Noble signing and jumped the gun.

“Developers love to say they’re talking with us,” he said. “It drums up trade for their property.” But it’s more than just talk, Poole said.

“We’re all moving forward,” he said. “We’re all spending a lot of time and a lot of money moving on that.” Kuryk did confirm that Barnes and Noble – which in November opens its first store in the region near the Spokane Valley Mall – is in discussions with NorthTown.

“We’re working with them,” he said. “It’s almost a done deal.” David Sabey sold the NorthTown Mall Aug. 6 to Salt Lake City-based JP Realty, but the construction arm of his company is still under contract to build a $54 million expansion, in which the Barnes and Noble would be located.

In addition, the Seattle-based Sabey Corp. also is the leasing agent for the expansion, which includes 50,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, Poole said. web site barnes and noble coupon code

“We were doing it for so long, it wasn’t efficient for JP (Realty) to jump in and start again,” he said.

In addition to the proposed Barnes and Noble, the Sabey Corp. is talking to an undisclosed apparel retailer to lease 21,000 square feet in the expansion.

Other confirmed tenants include a 13-screen Act III movie theater and a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant.

While a department store has been discussed as a future additional anchor tenant at the mall, that leasing would be handled by JP Realty, Poole said.

Barnes and Noble has been rumored to be looking both downtown and in North Spokane, for another Spokane location to complement its Valley store, but the logo at NorthTown is the first indication that the company has picked a location.

Poole said Barnes and Noble’s reluctance to say they have committed to the space is not worrisome.

“Nothing is a done deal until it’s done, but it’s nothing we view as problematic,” he said.

Oliver Staley Staff writer

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