December 19, 2009
Top North American tours of the decade Band Gross Band Gross 1. Dave Matthews Band 529.1 26. Barry Manilow 173.9 2. Celine Dion 522.2 27. Bob Dylan 161.1 3. Kenny Chesney 455.6 28. "American Idols Live" 156.8 4. Bruce Springsteen 444.3 29. Ozzfest 154.9 5. Rolling Stones ...
October 17, 2009 |
Brandi Carlile speaks with a little bit of a twang. "It's just a way folks talk to each other when they're close together," said the 28-year-old songwriter and musician, who plays the Wiltern Saturday in support of her third album "Give Up the Ghost." "It's my default. Like, when I first meet somebody, or feel uncomfortable, I get really down home." The molasses in Carlile's diction signifies Southern. But anyone who gets past first impressions knows that Carlile grew up in the geographical opposite of the South.
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September 19, 2009 |
Guy Graham Babylon, 52, a Grammy Award-winning musician who played keyboards with Elton John's band for more than 20 years, died of arrhythmia Sept. 2 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Babylon, an Agoura Hills resident who swam competitively during his youth in Baltimore, was stricken while swimming and later pronounced dead at the hospital. "I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon," John wrote in a tribute on his website. "He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel -- and I loved him so much."
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.