June 8, 2009 |
Elvis Costello first made his mark in the 1970s with songs of acidic wit and melodic sneer, so it's no surprise that he approached a new career venture as a talk-show host with something less than sunny optimism. "There was no provable reason to think that it would succeed," Costello said of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...," the 13-part series that aired on Sundance to rave reviews for its mix of music and conversation as well as its archival sensibility.
March 30, 2009 |
Partnerships between pop superstars usually deliver less than the sum of their talents. Nostalgia isn't always enough, but a surprising collaboration between Elton John and Billy Joel, who play nothing more than their best-known hits from the '70s and '80s, has been going strong since 1995. That was enough to land the singer-pianists in front of a full house at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday as part of their latest "Face 2 Face" tour.
February 26, 2009 |
A&E / Bio's "The Chris Isaak Hour" is the second new hourlong music performance and interview series to show up on cable TV in recent months, coming on the heels of the Sundance Channel's "Spectacle," hosted by the ever-provocative Elvis Costello. "Spectacle" is really the brainchild of Elton John and his life-business partner, David Furnish, two of the show's executive producers. John also was Costello's first guest when "Spectacle" premiered last fall, and it was obvious from his impassioned remarks about fellow musicians Laura Nyro, David Ackles and Leon Russell that he was a man on a mission.
February 24, 2009 |
A good Hollywood party these days combines certain indispensable elements: a beautiful room filled with beautiful people, good food and drink, efficient valet parking -- and a cause. At this year's Oscar parties, the cause element was especially important. (Oscar host Hugh Jackman wasn't the only entertainer who noticed that Oscar was throwing a glittering bash in hard times.) But that didn't mean forgoing glitz.
December 17, 2008 |
Elton John is looking to whip up a little something special for his upcoming Face 2 Face tour with fellow '70s piano man Billy Joel to make it more than just a greatest-hits outing. Returning to the concert trail together starting next spring for the first time in six years, John and Joel want to inject some new music into the mix. "We're thinking about recording three songs together," John told The Times on Tuesday. "Definitely not our own songs, or oldies, but we're interested in getting some people to write new songs for us. I've got Raphael Saddiq and Nile Rodgers working on something, so we're booking some time to go into the studio and record."
November 25, 2008 |
Some major artists have provided songs to help launch (Red)Wire, a new digital music service working in conjunction with (Red) and Product Red, all aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight AIDS in Africa. On Monday, World Aids Day, songs and videos from artists such as Coldplay, Death Cab for Cuties, the Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, John Legend, U2 and Elton John will be showcased during the (Red)Wire unveiling at red.msn.com. (Red)Wire subscribers will download a special custom player for their computer and will receive a weekly digital music offering, including an exclusive song from a major artist, a less well-known song that (Red)