The Fray's Isaac Slade said filming the music video for "You Found Me" on the streets of Chicago was "really, really surreal," but the 30-year-old singer admitted Chicago was not the piano rock band's first choice.
"To be honest, our first pick was downtown Denver," Slade told me. "We really wanted to shoot it in our hometown. But the (Democratic National Convention) was going on."
The video for "You Found Me" -- the first single off of The Fray's self-titled 2009 album -- features the band performing on a bridge off of lower Wacker Drive. The band rented a taxi and CTA bus for the shoot.
"We shot all night," Slade said. "We started around dinner time and shot until sunrise and basically took over the street. We had a lot of the ('Dark Knight') crew members. All of them wore their Batman shirts to show us how much cooler they were. I was like 'I get it -- (director) Christopher Nolan is much cooler than me.'"
Heads up: "Lost Without U" singer Robin Thicke will perform at The Mid Monday to promote his new album, "Love After War." … The Cubs' Kerry Wood and Marlon Byrd are expected to attend the private screening of "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," hosted by the Bears' Charles Tillman, at ShowPlace Icon Tuesday. The screening will benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. … "Malcolm In The Middle" star-turned-DJ Chris Masterson will spin at the Hard Rock Hotel's "A Starry New Year's Eve" party. Click here for tickets.
On the record: "People have pitched many things over the years. In particular, they have kept wanting to remake the movie. But I think you only remake bad movies. Why would you want to remake a movie that has endured for more than 25 years?" – "A Christmas Story" star Peter Billingsley in an interview with the Tribune.
Sightings: The Bulls' Derrick Rose took in DePaul's game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Allstate Arena Monday. … Florence + The Machine band members stayed at The Wit hotel Sunday while in town for their show at Chicago Theatre. You can read the Tribune's review of their show by clicking here. … The Kansas City Chief's Tyler Palko and general manager Scott Pioli had dinner at The Florentine in the JW Marriott Saturday.