October 18, 1990 |
Rock promoter Bill Graham says he will stop landing his helicopter on his basketball court because of neighbors' complaints. "I didn't know people were disturbed because no one lives near me," Graham said Tuesday. "I know I'd be upset, too. I live very quietly and I'd complain." Police Chief Phil Green said residents near Graham's secluded estate first complained in June. Graham said that he will have his pilot land at the Novato airport and that he'll drive the 15 miles to his home.
November 3, 1991
How saddened I was to read about Bill Graham's untimely death in the same issue in which Hilburn quotes him on the condition of the rock business and to hear that he was already planning a benefit for the scorched people of Oakland. Graham was a remarkable man in many ways. I personally will miss his interesting entrances to the stage every New Year's Eve in San Francisco when the Grateful Dead would be playing live. Should they decide to rename the annual music awards, I submit "Grahamies" for your approval.
November 9, 1991 |
The huge Golden Gate Park memorial concert for rock promoter Bill Graham was a grand success--except for the grass. Park officials say that the estimated crowd of 300,000 mauled and compacted the polo field so badly that it will be closed to public use for up to a month. The crowd gathered last Sunday to honor Graham, who was killed Oct. 25 in a helicopter crash. The crowd crushed gopher burrows that honeycomb the ground under the field.
June 1, 2000
* Theater. Legendary rock promoter Bill Graham as played by Ron Silver, right, waits for phone calls and talks his demons away in playwright Robert Greenfield's solo play "Bill Graham Presents," closing Sunday at the Canon Theatre, 205 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. Today-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 and 7 p.m. $30 to $50. (310) 859-2830. * Art. Wilderness photos create the illusion of painting in "Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best," closing Sunday at the J.
April 30, 2000
Theater Eric Idle's new stage extravaganza, "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python--A Rather Stupid Evening of Skits and Songs," plays Universal Amphitheatre Friday. It includes the Rutland Sympathy Orchestra, Australian Drinking Quartet the Bruces and other wackies, and the most creatively dressed Python fan in the audience will be invited to play "Spot the Looney." * Ron Silver stars as rock impresario and humanitarian Bill Graham in the world premiere of "Bill Graham Presents."
April 26, 1992
Although until now I never paid a great deal of attention to the celebrities who endorse an endless array of products, your article on the fight for the Olympic advertising dollar ("Mr. Robinson vs. Air Jordan," by Edward Kiersh, March 22) struck a nerve in my wallet. I was raised to believe that the quality of merchandise was usually tied to the quantity of money one had to spend. Now it seems that instead of getting what you pay for, one must pay $75 to $150 for a pair of tennis shoes so that their makers can pay ridiculous sums to athletes and their agents.
March 15, 1992
Neil Diamond's first No. 1 single (at least as listed in Billboard magazine) was "Cracklin' Rosie" in 1970, not "Song Sung Blue," as Diamond recalls in the story. I was program director at CKLW in Detroit from 1967 to 1970. Our music director was Rosalie Trombley. She was always eager to add Neil's records to the playlist, and we did. Neil and Rosalie developed a professional high regard for each other. The "Rosie" in "Cracklin' Rosie" was his dedication to her. In 1984, Roz Wyman, chairperson for the Democratic National Convention, and I visited Bill Graham to enlist him to produce the entertainment for the party's San Francisco convention.