Winter Olympics

POSTCARD FROM SALT LAKE CITY

Salt Lake City 2002

February 21, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

The MTV generation is alive and well in Utah, mostly in the form of sassy teen-agers who wait in line to take turns singing on a tiny stage to the latest pop tunes from Total Request Live.

At night, a star-studded lineup of performers - including Macy Gray, Barenaked Ladies, Train, Nelly Furtado, Goo Goo Dolls and Creed - has gyrated well past curfew, but despite Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson's best efforts, the events were forced to remain alcohol-free because they're on Mormon church property.

As one local said, renting the property for the concerts, then asking to serve liquor, is the equivalent of "asking to borrow a grill from the local rabbi, then using it to cook pork chops."

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