October 3, 2012 |
Elvis Costello's been part of the pop music landscape for so long now, and has written and recorded so much, it can be hard at times to remember what it was like before he elevated the game with his razor wit, impeccable compositional skills and kiln-hot passion. The pre-Elvis age probably feels like another era to many -- as indeed it was before his explosive debut in 1977 -- and that may be the inspiration for the cheeky title of his current solo tour that stopped Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre: “2054 -- the Centenary Tour.” But even though 100 years haven't passed literally for the often-brilliant, engaging English singer and songwriter, he did tip his stylish raffia boater hat to nearly a century's worth of musical tradition.
September 8, 2012 |
“Rockabilly filly” Rosie Flores returned to her Southland stamping ground Wednesday for the unveiling of a project obviously near and dear to her heart, “The Blanco Sessions” album she produced for '50s rockabilly singer and songwriter Janis Martin. The album comes out Sept. 18, but showcasing the material Martin sang for her first new recording in more than two decades falls to Flores. Shortly after working on the album in 2007 with Flores, Martin, then 67, learned she had cancer, and died a few months later.
August 16, 2012 |
In recent years, The Times has been out front in its coverage of the deaths of iconic performers, including Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston . But perhaps no artist's death was as big a story as the death 35 years ago of Elvis Presley of a heart attack at Graceland, his mansion in Memphis, Tenn. "Elvis Presley didn't invent rock n' roll, but he was its most important figure and primary symbol," then-Times' critic Bob Hilburn wrote in an appreciation.
August 16, 2012 |
Elvis Presley fans numbering in the thousands outside Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of his death got quite the surprise Wednesday evening when the King's former wife and daughter -- Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley -- showed up for the annual candlelight vigil at the cultural icon's estate in Memphis, Tenn. Mother and daughter have largely avoided the hoopla surrounding the Aug. 16, 1977, death that has turned into an annual celebration of all things Elvis but remains a personal time of pain for them.
August 16, 2012 |
Elvis Presley 's death 35 years ago today jolted the nation. The singer was just 42 when he was found by his manager in the bathroom of his already iconic mansion Graceland. He had been scheduled to start a nationwide tour. Join Times rock critic Randall Roberts and music writer Randy Lewis at 4 p.m. as they talk about why Elvis' persona continues to loom so large in pop culture. Like Marilyn Monroe , who died 50 years ago this month, Presley remains relevant. FRONT PAGE: L.A. Times coverage of Presley's death Why the fascination with a man The Times described the day after his death as "the one-time truck driver whose swivel-hipped singing style made him an entertainment legend"?
July 31, 2012 |
An hour's worth of film shot by a fan during Elvis Presley's 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be included in a new 40 th anniversary deluxe reissue of the live recording from that show. The package also includes two of Presley's complete performances among four he gave over the course of three days in June 1972. The film will get its world premiere Aug. 17 in Memphis, Tenn., a free event that's part of Elvis Week activities commemorating the 35 th anniversary of the singer's death in 1977.
June 7, 2012 |
Elvis is coming back from the dead, thanks to some digital wizardry. Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Academy Award-winning studio that created visual effects for the "Transformers" films and "Tron: Legacy," has signed an agreement with Core Media Group to jointly develop and produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for a range of entertainment projects, including appearances in shows and film and TV productions. With studios in Los Angeles; London; Vancouver, Canada; and other cities, Digital Domain created the computer-generated likeness of the late rap artist Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre's recent show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
June 6, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Just a few months after wowing Coachella Valley Music Festival audiences with a virtual Tupac Shakur, visual effects company Digital Domain Media Group has announced plans to bring Elvis Presley back to life virtually. Actually, make that Elvis Presleys -- plural. "We are looking to develop several versions of Elvis," said Ed Ulbrich, chief creative officer at Digital Domain, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
June 3, 2012 |
C.J. Wilsonand Yu Darvish, the key pieces in a rotation chess match between the Angels and Texas Rangers last winter, squared off for the second time this season Saturday night, and though both pitched well, neither figured much in the outcome. What left a bigger impression on a crowd of 44,227 in Angel Stadium were five errors - three by the Rangers - a bizarre play in which a shortstop failed to throw to first on a routine grounder, and a controversial play at the plate that led to a heated argument and ejection.