February 16, 2008 |
"I can only hope these songs are ruined in karaoke bars for years to come," Barry Manilow joked of songs he played for an adoring, near-capacity crowd Thursday at Staples Center. That's a given -- as is the magnitude of Manilow's legacy, which he showed off during a dynamic, 90-minute set. This is a performer, after all, who in the last two years has put out an album each of other artists' hits from the '50, '60s and '70s, including a handful of his own on the latter set.
March 5, 2000 |
Washington insiders call it "silly season," that time when political campaigns are ripping along and strange things happen. Among the oddities this time is use of that nasty school surprise: the pop quiz. George W. Bush got one on Chechnya's leader. David Letterman gave Hillary Rodham Clinton one on New York. The California presidential primary is Tuesday. Here's our test for those who aspire to lead any nation that includes the Golden State: * 1. Who is California's governor?
June 17, 2013
Beach Boys creative leader Brian Wilson will be joined at his Oct. 20 concert at the Greek Theatre by English guitar hero Jeff Beck, who also has been recording with Wilson for a new album that will return Wilson to the Beach Boys' longtime label, Capitol Records. “Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I've ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring, in fact I think we should do an album together!” Wilson said in a statement with the announcement about the show that also features original Beach boys guitarists Al Jardine and David Marks.
February 7, 2007 |
EVERY year, some overwrought song comes along that half the world absolutely adores (at least for a while) while the rest of us pull our hair out every time it plays on the radio. These songs wouldn't seem to deserve trophies, but history shows that when a sappy hit sells like hotcakes, Grammy voters are the first to reach for the syrup.
September 28, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Oh, to be a fly on the wall backstage in London on Friday night at the Beach Boys' final performance of their 50th-anniversary reunion tour, which draws to a close on the jarring note that founding member Mike Love has in essence fired the group's creative leader, Brian Wilson, and two other original members, Alan Jardine and David Marks. Odds are good that the Wembley Arena show itself will go as swimmingly as the rest of the tour, which found the four surviving original members and longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston digging generously and deeply into their vast catalog to serve up as many as 53 songs in a single night.
September 9, 2013 |
Brian Wilson's impending tour with English guitar hero Jeff Beck already includes two other founding members of the Beach Boys -- Al Jardine and David Marks -- and now for at least five of the dates Wilson will be joined by another former Beach Boy, guitarist-singer Blondie Chaplin. Chaplin, who joined the quintessential Southern California fun-in-the-sun band briefly in the early-1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Hollywood, Fla., New York City, Las Vegas, Oakland and the hometown show Oct. 20 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre.
January 7, 2002 |
"Hack a hit" was Barry Manilow's apt introductory description to his concert at the Kodak Theatre on Friday. And to some extent he was right. Still coughing and snorting with symptoms of the bronchitis that forced him to cancel his bookings the previous week at the Kodak (with the exception of an appearance on New Year's Eve), he nonetheless delivered a characteristically high-spirited presentation, repeatedly generating impassioned shouts and cheers from an adulatory, packed-house crowd.
February 12, 1998 |
MOVIES 'Devil's' Delay?: The Al Pacino movie "Devil's Advocate" may not make it to video shelves on Tuesday as scheduled, due to a copyright dispute over a sculpture depicted in the movie. A federal judge has blocked the video release until a jury decides whether the movie illegally copied Frederick Hart's bas-relief, "Ex Nihilo," which stands at the entrance of Washington National Cathedral. Hart and the cathedral sued Warner Bros.
July 2, 1986 |
U.S. Steel, beset by seemingly endless woes in its basic steel operations, is planning to announce a major restructuring that will be accompanied by a name change for one of the oldest and most visible firms in American heavy industry, company officials said. Under the proposed restructuring, the steel operation would likely be separated from the parent corporation, with its own separate corporate staff and balance sheet. U.S.
February 11, 1988 |
Ashton-Tate Corp., trying to capitalize on the booming interest in software for Apple Computer's Macintosh model, unveiled three programs Wednesday designed for the popular personal computer. The Torrance-based company's move is expected to intensify its competition with Microsoft, which long has been the dominant software supplier for the Macintosh. It also could force Microsoft to introduce new products and take other defensive measures to protect its lucrative Macintosh market share.