May 8, 2012 |
It seems a career path has emerged for rockers looking to transition gracefully into musical maturity once the amplifiers have stopped buzzing in their ears. With Rod Stewart and and even Iggy Pop having lent their voice to the exploration of pop standards in recent years -- Stewart seems particularly enamored with the transition, given his seemingly endless "Great American Songbook" series -- why wouldn't a one-time shock-rocker like Dee Snider follow suit? Released Tuesday, "Dee Does Broadway" finds the one-time frontman for Twisted Sister leaping into the Great White Way's songbook with both feet, albeit with his taste for metal intact with arrangements that recall theater-ready rock operas.
August 28, 1988 |
*** 1/2JANE'S ADDICTION. "Nothing's Shocking." Warner Bros. Life is tough. Everybody is so full of it. Might as well crank things up to a head-rattling, Zeppelin-in-overdrive pitch and get it out of our systems. Life is also odd and interesting. Better take time to cool it and lay back and trip out and roll a few things over in the old mind. Those are the two operative modes on the debut album from Jane's Addiction, the latest band to attempt the transition from big deal on the L.A.
September 23, 2007 |
There's nothing like an 18-foot-long anaconda to upstage a rock star. Never mind it's a marvelously rumpled and completely insouciant Alice Cooper in a tux, doffing a top hat and clutching a cane. It's the 160-pound snake, draped over his shoulders and across his lap, its fat, scaly skin iridescent, that's the show stealer. Talk about putting the squeeze on. Which is entirely the point of John Varvatos' fall 2007 ad campaign.
June 19, 2008 |
When the elements are aligned, the Hollywood Bowl can transform a pop music concert into something larger than life. Take it from someone who's been hitting the hill for 45 years: On certain nights, it's not just good or bad. It's heaven or hell. Start with heaven, please. How about Elton John in 1973, in the full flower of his flamboyant youth and with cash to lavish on an over-the-top extravaganza? It included five grand pianos filled with doves and with a letter of his name on each, "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace as hostess, and a stageful of cultural icons -- Queen Elizabeth, Elvis, Groucho Marx, Mae West (they were impersonators of course, but that was part of the fun)
May 26, 2010 |
It was a night of laughs, tears, jaw-dropping performances and surprise appearances, and even if Season 9 didn't quite get your juices flowing, the 2010 finale pulled out plenty of stops. They didn't all make sense -- Alice Cooper, while entertaining backed up by a herd of Season 9ers wearing their Catholic school best, felt like a stretch. Hall and Oates' medley with the Top 6 guys was a better fit, and Crystal Bowersox's duet with Alanis Morissette drove home a notion we'd long reconciled: that she, more than any other Season 9 finalist, deserved to be standing on that stage.
March 16, 2008 |
A-LISTERS feted the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum a month ago, and now LACMA and W magazine got the fashionistas involved with an Avant-Garde gala March 8 to encourage young philanthropy. 1. My Barbarian took to the stairs to exhibit its own brand of performance art -- feather duster and all -- and magician David Malek set out to shock and awe with his sleight-of-hand handiwork. While the LA Flash slide show documented the city's eclectic 1973 street style, several partygoers opted for similar black-and-white duds, including 2. Brittany Murphy, 3. Rashida Jones, left, with fellow host committee member Ginnifer Goodwin, and 4. Ali Larter.
June 24, 1996 |
For years now, Alice Cooper has lurked on the fringes of musical insignificance. True, he had a cameo appearance in the "Wayne's World" movie, but he hasn't had a hit song since "Poison" in 1989; still has no new record to plug and, until now, hadn't toured the states in five years.
October 31, 1991 |
Life, Sex & Death is a startling new band from Los Angeles that played the Doll Hut here recently and seemed primed at peak moments to burst the little roadhouse's rickety red clapboard walls. The transplanted Chicago foursome left fans reeling from a performance that was searingly visual and physical. It was also, for some onlookers, all too vividly olfactory. "You guys were great," a willowy young woman visiting from North Carolina said to band members Alex Kayne and Bill E.
October 27, 2002 |
Inside the concrete walls of Distortions Unlimited, blood is spilled, decomposed bodies are wrapped in plastic and green ghoulish figures stare in horror. Company owners Ed and Marsha Edmunds don't get scared very often. Good thing, because they are among the top "hauntrepreneurs" in the nation, manufacturing masks, creepy animatronics and frightening set displays for haunted houses and amusement parks worldwide. They also fashioned props and sets for Alice Cooper's current tour.
January 20, 1985 |
At 73, Vincent Price, "The Merchant of Menace," has found a new generation of fans because of his monologue on Michael Jackson's hit song, "Thriller," and the current film festivals and late-night TV broadcasts featuring his old horror flicks. "You really feel ancient when they start showing retrospectives of your work," said Price. "That, and when you're in a wax museum. It all makes you feel as if you've been buried."