May 26, 1989 |
For its local debut Wednesday at the Whisky, King Swamp lugged along enough dry ice to fill one of the arenas it so clearly aims to play. Everything about this English band's debut album reeks of shrewd calculation, and the slickness of the Whisky show confirmed that the musical maneuvering may pay off in dollars, if not sense. With King Swamp, it would seem, Product is King. The quintet (expanded to six members for touring purposes) didn't do much of anything to excess, but it was plenty INXS-ive, all right.
December 15, 1992 |
Yes, Adam Ant, there is a Santa Claus. The second night of the KROQ-sponsored "Acoustic Xmas" on Sunday proved something of a "Miracle at the Universal Amphitheatre" for the former new-wave teen idol. Making his first concert appearance in nearly five years, the English singer-turned-actor seemed genuinely overwhelmed by the wild response of the young fans, who had sat politely through the three preceding acts on the 10-act bill.
August 18, 1999 |
The testosterone was flowing fast and furious at the House of Blues on Monday. At the first of seven sold-out nights, the reunited Cult strutted through a fast-paced set heavy on supercharged rock riffing as at least three all-out brawls erupted on the dance floor. "It's a game," declared singer Ian Astbury. "It's about us coaxing you to lose your inhibitions and be free. Can you do it?" Apparently so.
July 26, 2005 |
Members of the late Jim Morrison's family and the drummer for the band the Doors have a message for two other former bandmates who have toured under the name "Doors of the 21st Century": This is the end. Speaking out Monday, drummer John Densmore, a founding member of the Los Angeles band of the 1960s and early 1970s, praised a court injunction issued last week that blocks the neo-Doors collective from moving forward with its sound-alike name.
May 21, 1989 |
When England's the Cult transmogrified itself from an alternative group to a metal band with its previous album, "Electric," it turned out to be more than just a good joke: Album-rock thumpers like "Lil Devil" and "Wild Flower" were dumb, raunchy fun that even non-metalheads could bring themselves to enjoy if for no other reason than the--shall we say--higher pedigree of the band. Though they've run a bit short on good riffs this time, it's possible to put "Sonic Temple" on and have a perfectly fine time with the big beat (this was cut with studio drummer Mickey Currey before new drummer Matt Sorum joined)