Saturday, May 21, 2011, is the day of the rapture — Judgment Day, when Jesus Christ will return to earth to rescue the souls of believers and vanquish the rest — at least according to some people around the world.
But if you're not one of the believers - or maybe you're just done maxing out your Costco card on bulk supplies and have time to spare - how do you plan to spend your last day on Earth?
And better yet, what are the songs you will listen to on your own personal apocalyptic playlist? Here are our Top 5 suggestions:
1. R.E.M. "It's the end of the world"
It's an obvious choice, but that's why it's perfect.
2. Prince "1999"
Hey, remember when a bunch of people thought the world would go beserks when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000? Well, let's party again like it's 1999 and let the excitement (anxiety?) begin again!
3. Memphis "Apocalyptic Pop Song"
It's right in the lyrics: "I know why it's the end of the world today. Because we said so." Hmm, who said the world was going to end again? Something about this sounds familiar...
4. Sam Roberts "Love at the End of the World"
Even Canadian musicians know how to bring in the rapture with the right tune. Montreal's own Sam Roberts sings: "Smoke rising from an open field. Don't you know that the threat is real?" But so far, there are no signs of impending Armageddon.
5. Muse "Apocalypse Please"
This is the ultimate song to listen to as the world implodes while you watch from your backyard. Have fun.
Neil Young kicks off a two-night concert stint at Toronto Massey Hall on Tuesday night.
Not only do the shows come on the 40th anniversary of Young's famed Massey Hall performance from January 1971 (which was made into an album and DVD), they will also be filmed by director Jonathan Demme for a documentary on the singer. It will be the filmmaker's third film about Young (he previously released Heart of Goldin 2006 and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009).
In honour of Young's Toronto stints, here are six of Neil Young's best live performances.
Massey Hall (1971)
Young sang 18 songs at his Massey Hall concert — but only eight of them had previously been released.
Live Aid (1985)
Young performed in Philadelphia as part of the U.S. half of Live Aid (the British concert was held in London). Comments made by Bob Dylan would help lead to the creation of Farm Aid, of which Young was an organizer.
Farm Aid (1985)
The first Farm Aid was held Sept. 22, 1985. It was organized by Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. It continues to be held every fall. Last year marked its 25th anniversary.
Tribute to Heroes (2001)
Young's performance of John Lennon's classic was a perfect fit for the celebrity telethon held after 9/11 and was one of the most-talked about performances of the evening.
Who would have guessed that Young would have been the first person to call Conan O'Brien when the news hit that his version of The Tonight Show was to be cancelled? While the rest of O'Brien's show featured humour, this was one of the best, most moving moments of the night.
2010 Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremony
Once again, it was a performance of "Long May You Run," but it was a good fit for the closing of the 2010 Games. While Young sang, the Olympic flame was extinguished.
What was your favourite Neil Young performance? Let us know in the comments.
(George Clooney arrives for the 80th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in this Feb. 24, 2008 picture. Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo/file)
Nifty, nifty look who's 50.
George Clooney, a two-time People magazine Sexiest Man alive turns the big 5-0 today. And while he's definitely hot stuff now, Clooney, who was born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, KY, didn't always look this good.
Here's a look back at five of his biggest "misses" over the years (both in regards to roll-choices and his appearance):
"The Facts of Life" (1985-87)
The audio quality on this clip is a little low, but Clooney joined the Facts of Lifein 1985 as a regular cast member playing George Burnett.
His part was cut to recurring the following season, before he was fired from the series (or so he says).
Clooney played Booker Brooks in the first season of Roseanne, who was the manager of the factory where the ladies work and also, eventually, dated Jackie.
Clooney's stint only lasted one season.
"Baby Talk" (1991)
The hair, the quasi-New York accent, it all makes you shudder. Baby Talk was in response to the success of Look Who's Talking. The TV show, which also starred Tony Danza as Baby Mickey's voice, last less than a season. I think it was Clooney's hair.
Clooney played Detective James Falconer, the love interest of Sela Ward's Teddy for a season on the hit drama.
This time his hair's doing the '90s with a classic flop (also worn in that decade by teen hearthrobs like Dawson Creek's James Van Der Beek).
Clooney's character was killed after 19 episodes. (We're starting to sense a pattern here.)
Dr. Doug Ross was Clooney's breakout role, catapulting him into the star he is today.
Not only did Clooney receive multiple award-nominations during his ER run, he also set a fashion statement with his new hairdo in 1994, "The Caesar."
When Clooney left the show, many worried he was "pulling a David Caruso" (who left NYPD Blue for movies stardom, but failed to find it), but Clooney managed to find success on the big screen as well, eventually even winning a best-supporting actor Oscar for his role in Syriana.
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