Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chrissie Hynde Roundup

Rocker Chrissie Hynde is swung through Akron to open her first vegetarian restaurant, Vegeterranean. Chrissie has always been on the short list for Coolest Rock Chick Ever. So cool, in fact that she can make the PETA agenda sound something other than completely ridiculous. How many people can say publicly "I'm just here to save some cows" and fail to elicit howls of derisive laughter? That's a short list indeed.

Needless to say, the return of Akron's favorite wayward daughter garnered plenty of interest. If you are just catching up, here's where to go. Crain's Cleveland and AkronNewsNow each posted video of the press conference in which Ms. Hynde praised the city for restoring the steps where she got high as a teenager.

By the way, I never knew that Chrissie was Jewish, but she cut lose with a mazel tov and a la chaim. So let me amend my initial remarks: Chrissie Hynde is so cool that she can talk about saving some cows without sounding meshugga.

WAKR news editor and new blogger Ed Esposito has had extra fun with the story. He wrote one post about the press conference and another about her anti-meat agenda. His current sidebar poll asks "Will Chrissie Get You Off Meat?" Current opinion is running heavily pro-carnivore with two days left to vote.

More sympathetic to the veggie agenda are Village Green and Radio Free Newport both of whom attended one or both events and turned in great posts.

As has been happening a lot lately, other life demands kept me home wondering how the concert was. But you know me, I love pretending.


Village Green said...

Well of course people who listen to WAKR are going to be meat eaters. They are such dinosaurs over there. Just the other day, the morning jock was giving his Knowledge in a Nutshell moment -- a did you know that bats are the mammals that have the highest percentage of homosexuals. The newscaster made a very inappropriate joke about fruit bats. The days of calling gay people "fruits" is so long past.

Chris Baker said...

Oh wow! I love Chrissie Hynde and I love vegetarian restaurants. Definitely a reason to visit Akron.

Pho said...


Drop a line when you're in the area. We'll do veggie lunch.

Chris Baker said...



Anonymous said...

Chrissie Hynde is not Jewish. She grew up in a Lutheran family.