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Bon Jovi And The Buffalo Bills; David Gray Plays Live; Drama At The Metropolitan Opera

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

David Gray's latest album, 'Mutineers,' is out now. David Gray's latest album, 'Mutineers,' is out now. (Jake Walters/Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: The NFL team the Buffalo Bills recently went up for sale – and Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi is one of the prospective buyers. The problem? He might want to move the team to Toronto. Writer Reeves Wiedeman talks about his recent trip to western New York, which is currently under an unofficial yet strictly enforced Bon Jovi ban.

Then: Best known for his song “Babylon,” and his multi-platinum album White Ladder, David Gray is back with a new, lushly orchestrated and produced album. Hear the British singer-songwriter perform songs from Life In Slow Motion and an old favorite in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The contentious negotiations between the Metropolitan Opera and its unions played out in the newspapers this summer. Author and columnist for WQXR’s Operavore blog, Fred Plotkin gives us the story. 

Guests:

David Gray, Fred Plotkin and Reeves Wiedeman

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