August 21, 2013 |
The Beatles tribute musical "Let It Be" has done solid business on London's West End since opening last fall. But the same jukebox production has failed to entice audiences in New York, leading producers to announce this week that they will close the Broadway version of the musical on Sept. 1, four months earlier than expected. "Let It Be," which opened at the St. James Theatre on July 24, had been scheduled to run through Dec. 29. The show is the latest in a line of Beatles-themed musical to have graced Broadway -- a mini-genre that has seen mixed results at the box office.
June 25, 2013 |
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
June 16, 2013 |
Like beauty, sappiness exists primarily in the eye of the beholder, a truism demonstrated perhaps most clearly in songs about being a parent. To people without children, the subject has led to countless instances of emotional extravagance run amok. Yet to moms and dads, raising kids can seem so profound that it justifies - indeed, necessitates! - the kind of language those very moms and dads might otherwise be inclined to dismiss. (Pop & Hiss expects we might be in for some of that language soon from Kanye West, who as you may have read became a father early Saturday.)
May 10, 2013 |
It's a good time for Beatle fans to be collecting cars. First, Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for almost $500,000 in October 2012 . Now bidders will have the chance to snatch up the first car John Lennon ever owned: a 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé. Bonhams announced Thursday that it will put the car up for auction at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The company said it expects the car to sell for between $276,000 and $338,000. Lennon bought the car in February 1965 amid much fanfare, according to Bonhams.
April 30, 2013 |
The Beatles were getting very near the end when John Lennon, in league with his wife, Yoko Ono, turned his attention to climbing another creative ladder - this time as a visual artist. Early in 1970, he made his gallery debut with "Bag One," a collection of 15 lithographs - a handwritten poem and 14 drawings, eight of them sexually explicit - that celebrated his love for Ono and were drawn around the time of their nuptials in 1969. Ono had made her name as a conceptual artist before meeting Lennon in 1966 at one of her London shows.
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April 15, 2013 |
A Costa Mesa man who police believe blew himself up inside his home wrote extensively about his fear of government. He wrote that the government was behind the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and John Lennon, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the death of Righteous Brothers singer Bobby Hatfield. The 17,000-word essay titled “The Pricker: A True Story of Assassination, Terrorism and High Treason” includes references to aliens, the O.J. Simpson trial, the U.S. government and “the pricker,” which it describes as “an assassin's weapon that deposits biological agents into a victim's skin, on contact, without their knowledge.” Although its author, 52-year-old Kevin Harris, apparently killed himself Sunday evening, elements of it are still of concern, Police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman said.