March 11, 2004
Heartbreakers come in both sexes ("To Avoid the Broken Heart, Simply Avoid the Heartbreaker," by Samantha Bonar, March 4). What would you call a woman who becomes, over the period of two months, increasingly intimate while the hapless "boyfriend" respects her wishes to "go slowly" and not press these intimate encounters to the point of going upstairs to her bedroom? And, once the happy couple finally do decide to head upstairs, what would you call a woman who takes her "boyfriend" to the brink of half-clothed excitement and says, "I'm sorry; I'm not ready yet," leaving the "boyfriend" to put on a happy face and reassure her that "he could wait as long as she needs to," only to, five days later, be dismissed, told, "I just don't feel the same here.
November 26, 2009
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "The Live Anthology" Reprise It's invigorating to see musical veterans make the most of new opportunities. Earlier this year Neil Young issued the "Archives, Vol. I," a massive box set that utilized Blu-ray technology to give fans comprehensive access to 10 discs' worth of Young's early material. Tom Petty, another classic rocker, has assembled an impressive collection of his live work with his band the Heartbreakers that's similar in spirit to Young's remarkable anthology if not quite as expansive.
June 9, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' concert Saturday night at the Fonda was cut short when fire marshals declared the venue overcrowded and shut it down. The concert was the fourth of six Petty gigs at the theater, which has a capacity of 1,300, and the move infuriated fans, who refused to leave amid howls and boos. The concern became apparent when a little after 10:30 p.m., the singer informed the crowd of a problem: City officials had told management that "about 100" people either had to move to the balcony or leave the concert, or the gig might be cut short.
February 13, 2012 |
What flies between an athlete or owner and his/her significant other/others, theoretically, is none of anybody's business. Derek Jeter break-ups are best limited to double-play situations near second base. "Dennis Rodman on the rebound" is an announcer's call, not life after Carmen Electra. After all, when it comes to sports, what's love got to do with it? Well, only everything if your ace pitcher can't throw a strike because he lost three houses in a divorce settlement.
April 11, 1999 |
If Petty is one of the most predictable artists around, he's also among the most reliable. On his new album (due in stores Tuesday), the 46-year-old singer-songwriter and his longtime band serve up taut, guitar-driven songs that are as instantly familiar, utterly unsurprising and easily satisfying as a good steak dinner. That's not to say that this music could or should be dismissed as a guilty pleasure.
August 16, 1999 |
In middle age, "damn the torpedoes" typically turns to "darn the torpedoes." Certain compromises become necessary--especially if the midlifer is a touring superstar baby boom rocker trying to balance the hot fires of fresh creativity with the nostalgic glow that a good part of his audience expects from a concert. Playing Friday in the first show of a two-night stand at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers made some compromises that were livable, if not entirely thrilling.