August 21, 2000 |
It was, as many audience members kept repeating Saturday at the Great Western Forum, the performance of a lifetime in the comeback of a lifetime. Googoosh was back after more than 20 years of silence. Googoosh, the legendary Iranian singer whose appeal reached across generations, whose every move set fashion styles in the years before the revolution brought her career to a sudden halt.
October 5, 2000
ANAHEIM 8:30pm World Music Iranian singing sensation Googoosh was such a big hit at her back-from-retirement performance in August at the Great Western Forum that she returns to the Southland this week to play the Pond and then again Oct. 21 at Staples Center in L.A. Considered the Elvis of Iranian music for her hit records blending Persian poetry with Western pop rhythms, Googoosh nonetheless heeded the 1979 Islamic fundamentalist ban on female performers and retired.
September 14, 2000 |
* 'N Sync, right, invades the Southland for shows Nov. 26 at Staples Center and Nov. 27 at the Great Western Forum (both going on sale Sunday) and Nov. 30 at the San Diego Sports Arena (on sale Saturday). . . . Tickets go on sale Monday for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's teaming Oct. 7 at Staples Center. . . . Also due at Staples is Googoosh, who plays there Oct. 21. Tickets will be available Friday. The Iranian star also sings at the Arrowhead Pond Oct. 7. Tickets are on sale now. . . .
December 25, 2002 |
The Irish republican rallying cry, "A Nation Once Again," has been named the world's favorite song ever, after a global poll by the BBC. The ballad, performed by the group the Wolfe Tones, was among a minority of Western songs in the top 10 list and only narrowly triumphed over Indian patriotic song, "Vande Mataram," the BBC said.
January 5, 2001 |
What a year it was! The Southland was a cornucopia of world music in 2000. It actually began, appropriately, in far wider fashion, via the millennium coverage on PBS, with its amazingly colorful sequence of music from every part of the globe. It was an impressive tribute to the great diversity that exists in the 80% or so of the world's music that is not American or English pop or European dance rhythms. Fascinating as it was, however, the telecast had its downside.
January 28, 2001 |
Shahrzad Sepanlou's cell phone rings. At her office desk on a Tuesday morning, the 28-year-old event coordinator at UCLA considers her silver Samsung. She usually leaves its calls to the answering service, but she's already checked her boss' e-mail, arranged his schedule, paid some bills and sorted the mail. She may as well see who's calling on the line she uses for her real business. On the other end is a man from Ahvaz, a large city in southwestern Iran.