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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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February 18, 2013 |
A disagreement over a well-known slice of the Southern California coast is threatening to drive a wedge between Marines and surfers, groups that had recently set aside differences and become political allies. At issue is the 2.25-mile stretch of surf and sand known as Trestles, between the San Onofre nuclear plant and the San Diego County-Orange County line. The name comes from two train trestles that parallel the ocean. To wave riders, Trestles represents seven of the primo surf breaks in the world.
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.
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November 30, 2009 |
Bob Keane, who founded the West Coast independent label Del-Fi Records in the 1950s and is best known for discovering and recording rock legend Ritchie Valens, has died. He was 87. Keane, who survived non- Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosed when he was 80, died of renal failure Saturday in an assisted living home in Hollywood, said his son, Tom Keane. "He was like the original independent record man in those days," said Tom Keane, a songwriter and record producer. "He was the guy going out and finding talent and developing it and getting it out to the masses.
August 9, 1993 |
The Scene: Capitol Records' celebration of the release of a new five-CD boxed set, "Good Vibrations," by label stalwarts the Beach Boys Thursday night. Opting not to have the party at a real beach, the company trucked 650 tons of sand to the parking lot of its famed Vine Street tower. The faux beach was crammed with classic cars, surfboards, bodybuilders and volleyball games.
February 11, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. On the night the Beach Boys won the first performance Grammy Award of the group's half-century long career, it was the spirit of another artist's song that Brian Wilson invoked backstage after collecting the award for historical album bestowed on “The Smile Sessions” on Sunday: We are never, ever getting back together. Like ever. Asked whether he anticipates another round of Beach Boys reunion shows following the successful 50th anniversary tour the group mounted in 2012, Wilson told reporters “No, I don't think so.” Wilson's manager, asked to confirm the report, told The Times: “Truer words were never spoken.” GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Show highlights | Winners and nominees The tour, which made Pollstar's list of the Top 100 highest-grossing tours of the year, notoriously ended on a sour note when singer Mike Love announced he would resume touring with his own lineup of the group, including longtime member Bruce Johnston, but without founding members Wilson, Al Jardine and guitarist David Marks. Love's move set off a firestorm of media coverage and fan comments, much of it critical of Love, who years ago was granted sole permission to use the Beach Boys name by Wilson, Jardine and the estates of deceased members Carl and Dennis Wilson.