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May 17, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Ronnie James Dio, a legendary heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and also was lead singer for the bands Rainbow and Dio, has died. He was 67. Dio died Sunday, according to a statement on his website by Wendy Dio, his wife and manager. Maureen O'Connor, a Los Angeles publicist, said Dio died in Los Angeles. No cause was given, but Dio had said last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer. "Today my heart is broken," Wendy Dio wrote. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."
April 11, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
I've been a runner for more than 30 years, but I'm something of a serial monogamist when it comes to fitness classes. (At the moment, I'm hooked on Ken Tietjen's classes at my neighborhood Pilates studio, Whole Body Fitness.) But I know what it's like to be on the prowl for a new class. So we're going to do some of the work for you. Each week, we'll try a new class and let you know what it's like. And, please, let me know if you have suggestions by email or on Twitter ( @mmacvean )
January 21, 2010 | By Randy Lewis and August Brown
The makers of the game system that brought the Beatles to a younger generation of fans and has popularized any number of other veteran acts now hopes to do the same thing for up and coming artists. Rock Band Network, which went public on Wednesday, introduces a platform that allows bands to format and upload their own recordings into the network's music store, where users can -- if they like what they sample -- download them onto their own consoles and get fully interactive with them.
April 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A tribe is preparing to invest more than $100 million in an expansion and upgrade of its Vegas-style casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, tripling the size of its hotel and opening the door to negotiations that could lead to a greater footprint in California's $7-billion Indian gambling industry. But word of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' expansion plan has ratcheted up tension and distrust between the Native Americans and some of their neighbors in Santa Barbara County. "It's huge - a huge expansion," said Robert F. Field, a local resident.
September 22, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Vevo, an online music video start-up, is pressing play on its latest product — a Facebook app that lets bands and musicians showcase their music, sell albums and merchandise, live stream concerts and collect mail addresses from their fans, among other things. The New York company, jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, is the latest player to dive into the crowded do-it-yourself market for apps and services for musicians. Digital start-ups such as ReverbNation, RootMusic, Bandcamp, Topspin and Songkick, as well as established giants such as Live Nation Entertainment, are rushing to be the online broker between bands and fans on Facebook and other digital platforms.
September 28, 1986
The real reason bands like Billy & the Beaters, Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and other bands of equal caliber are ignored by the record companies is so simple and stupid that nobody wants to admit it ("Bar Bands Make the Rounds," by Don Snowden, Sept. 21): No matter that the type of music played by these bands is very popular all over the country in almost every bar in the country, the simple truth is the people who hold the power at the record labels just don't like this kind of music.
June 18, 1992
Somewhere lost in the shuffle of the NEA debates and arguments over what art the government should fund and even if the government should fund art, is the following fact: The Bush Administration, while cutting the overall military budget, has upped the budget for 91 military bands from $194.1 million to $195.2 million. These 91 bands receive $20 million more than the entire NEA budget. These 91 bands are actually getting an increase in budget while bases that have provided the economic backbone for many areas are closed.
November 23, 1997
Re: "Students March to Beat the Bands," Nov. 10. It is always enlightening to read about the great things teenagers are doing, but sadly programs like marching band are the first to feel the sting of budget cuts. The article mentions the opportunity for middle school students to look up to older musicians. Unfortunately, it is the programs in the feeder schools that get cut first. Having a background in music myself, I understand the importance of these feeder programs. It should be mentioned that this budget struggle is constant and vital to the continuance of the great bands that the Los Angeles area is so lucky to have.
September 29, 1989 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, Times Staff Writer
On a sun-drenched USC field, under orders, they stand in a torture drill like unflinching flamingos. Then comes the running of laps while toting pounds of polished brass. Nearby, perched on a platform 20 feet above the lawn, their leader, Arthur Bartner, flies into overdrive, arms waving, hips boomeranging, voice exploding into a microphone: We are in this thing together! We've got one or two guys out there who are not with the program! I'm just not going to accept that! Everyone, again!
July 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
(This story has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.) Converse Rubber Tracks, the musical/marketing concept that the shoe company launched in 2011 with a full-service recording studio in Brooklyn, is coming to Los Angeles in the form of a pop-up studio, and the first roster of bands chosen to participate has been announced. The studio will be popping up at Swing House Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood and will offer no-strings-attached music-making time for young bands and solo artists, who are invited to record a song that will be distributed via Converse's Rubber Tracks website, but which the artists retain the ownership rights to. Those selected for this installment are Holladay, Nola Darling, Rocky Business, Marz Lovejoy, Vince Staples, Def Sound and Coultrain.
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million. Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore , the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994. The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room.
March 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to find the left-field window through which to view the South By Southwest music festival experience. He and the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” crew shot person-on-the-street interviews in Austin, Texas, getting reaction to some of the most buzz-worthy acts at this year's conference - without informing interviewees that all the names they were being asked about represent non-existent performers. SXSW 2014: The scene Nonetheless, declining to be caught unaware of the next big thing, attendees offered remarkably detailed reactions to the music of acts such as Tonya & the Hardings (and their album “Sorry About That, Nancy”)
March 10, 2014 | By John F. Morrison
William Guarnere didn't have to go to war. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service. But Guarnere didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on Aug. 31, 1942, and went to battle. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly included William Guarnere's late wife, the former Frances Peca, in a list of surviving family members.
November 9, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Marc Rose and Med Abrous, owners of Hollywood's the Spare Room bar, like to support L.A. artists and high-minded causes. The Echo Park band Spirit Vine enjoys getting outside its Eastside comfort zone once in a while. And Paul Beahan, owner of the L.A. indie record label Manimal, just loves "freakin' people out. " Fine, you say. But what's any of this got to do with bowling, male facial hair or testicular cancer prevention? Glad you asked. This month, those mix-and-match imperatives are rubbing shoulders in the "Manimal for Movember" live-music benefit at the Spare Room, the neo-Gilded Age gaming parlor and cocktail lounge that threw open its doors in January 2011 on the mezzanine level of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
July 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Entertainment industry veterans, young musicians and fans of emerging bands will gather Aug. 1-3 at the Vegas Music Summit. Various venues in downtown Las Vegas will host a mix of concerts and workshops, all with an emphasis on nurturing and promoting the city's live music scene. The summit kicks off the evening Aug. 1, when various bands will take to the stages of three clubs: Backstage Bar & Billiards , Beauty Bar and Commonwealth . The afternoons of Aug. 2 and 3 will be chock-full of panel discussions.
March 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
February 22, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro held massive demonstrations Saturday in central Caracas and other Venezuelan cities as the unofficial death toll rose to 11 in more than a week of unrest. Leading the opposition demonstration in eastern Caracas was Liliana Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, the former Caracas borough mayor who was arrested this week and charged with inciting violence that has erupted during protests. Lopez and other opposition leaders say armed pro-government vigilantes have been responsible for the deaths and that the opposition has demonstrated peacefully to protest rising crime and shortages.
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