September 28, 2012 |
The passing of Whitney Houston was a sad undertone to this year's Grammy Awards show. But several marquee artists -- including Celine Dion, Usher and Jennifer Hudson -- will pay tribute to the pop icon in a telecast special that airs Nov. 16 on CBS and tapes in a concert in Los Angeles. The telecast , "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston," will be taped at the Nokia Theatre on Oct. 11. The event features sets by...
November 27, 2012 |
Chinese artist and outspoken political activist Ai Weiwei has a big fan in pop star Elton John. In a controversial move, John openly dedicated his two-hour Beijing concert Sunday night "to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei," he told the audience at the start of the show. To that, audible shock rumbled throughout the crowd, which typically lives in fear of artistic censorship and the government's tight control of live performances -- officials require performers to submit song set lists for approval before shows.
July 11, 2013 |
Michael Feinstein's work inside the Great American Songbook may seem largely derived from Broadway of the past century, but he is quick to say that the unexplored treasures from Hollywood studios are equally significant. “There are a few movie musicals that we feel we know every note from,” Feinstein said during an interview this spring at his Los Feliz home. “But beyond that there is great composition that has been bypassed coming out of most of the studios in the 1930s-1950s which is now largely unheard.
November 2, 2012 |
Pete Townshend, the Who guitarist famous for his windmill strums and battles with hearing loss, was apparently worried about the latter issue during the kickoff night of his band's latest tour. At the end of his set in Sunrise, Fla., Townshend reportedly walked offstage during an encore performance of "You Better You Bet," gesturing to sound engineers that the on-stage monitors were too loud. Townshend, 67, failed to return, even when the band played live staple "Baba O'Reilly" which closed the night.
January 31, 2013 |
A long, illustrious list of musicians have developed a fruitful connection (artistically and economically) to the Greek Theatre (hello, Neil Diamond). Among the performers with a right to claim a special relationship to the iconic venue are Julio Iglesias, the silky Spanish Sinatra who has sold hundreds of millions of discs over a 45-year international career. It's not surprising that the "deluxe" edition of his two-CD, 37-track upcoming greatest hits collection, to be released in April, is being packaged with a DVD, "Starry Night: Live from the Greek Theatre.
December 12, 2012 |
On Wednesday night a heavyweight lineup of marquee acts will cram New York's Madison Square Garden for a relief concert to benefit areas devastated by October's Superstorm Sandy. Billed as "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief," the event will feature performances by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, the Who, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton. As previously reported , Paul McCartney is expected to perform alongside Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic -- surviving members of pioneering grunge band Nirvana.
July 3, 2004
Dave Grohl, Tenacious D and Liz Phair will give acoustic performances at a fundraising concert for Democratic presidential hopeful John F. Kerry at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday. Tickets and other information are available at www.johnkerryjuly6.com.
August 2, 1997
Regarding Robert Hilburn's "review" of Radiohead's recent Wiltern show ("Radio-head Offers Challenging Messages," July 29), did Hilburn actually attend the concert? In his seven-paragraph "review," there is not one sentence that deals directly with the concert itself. He writes very positively about the band, its latest album, its lead singer and the themes of its songs. While I agree with much of what Hilburn has to say about the band, why doesn't he talk about the show, the event he is supposedly writing about?
August 28, 1986
The Hollywood Palladium concert scheduled for Friday featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Trouble Funk has been canceled. A spokesman for the promoter, Avalon Attractions, said Wednesday that the cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts and had nothing to do with the violence at rap group Run-D.M.C.'s recent Long Beach Arena concert. Trouble Funk, a leading group in Washington's "go go" black music scene, is still scheduled to play Bogart's nightclub in Long Beach on Monday.