August 28, 1988 |
Guitar great Les Paul was feted last week at a concert held at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music. The event featured performances by such Paul fans as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Miller, B.B. King, Stanley Jordan and Waylon Jennings. HBO will air highlights in October as a special titled, "Cinemax Sessions: Les Paul--He Changed the Music." . . .
May 31, 2001
7:30 pm Pop Music More and more, it seems, writers who want to describe the excesses, cliches and absurdities of the '70s-vintage hard-rock world are reduced to just two words: "Spinal Tap." The titular subject of Rob Reiner's 1984 mockumentary, the hapless headbangers have endured beyond the screen, and fiction turns flesh once again as the quartet headlines the Greek Theatre. O.C.
January 25, 2001
What's happening the next few weeks: * A revival of the comedy "A Thousand Clowns," starring Tom Selleck, at right, runs Feb. 27 through March 11 at the Shubert Theater, 272 Tremont St. (617) 482-9393. * American Repertory Theater is staging George Bernard Shaw's "The Doctor's Dilemma" at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. It opens Friday and runs through March 14. (617) 547-8300. * The Blue Man Group has an indefinite run at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St.
November 15, 2007 |
Stage producer and director R. Craig Noel, who led San Diego's Old Globe Theatre to national prominence, and Morten Lauridsen, a Los Angeles composer of oft-performed choral music and a longtime professor at USC's Thornton School of Music, are among the nine honorees receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Bush and Laura Bush in ceremonies today at the White House.
September 30, 1990 |
Artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performers and forefathers: 1985: Performers--Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Elvis Presley. Forefathers--Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey. 1986: Performers--the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B.
October 11, 1994 |
Danny Gatton, who long held a reputation among musicians and in the music press as "the world's greatest unknown guitarist," has died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 49. Gatton died Oct. 4 at his home in southern Maryland. The guitarist gained national recognition with a 1991 Grammy award nomination for best rock instrumental performance for the album "88 Elmira Street," but for most of his career languished in relative obscurity. A legend in the Washington, D.C.
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April 24, 1993 |
Along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, two music stores were targeted by looters during the riots. Cheryl Colburn, a shift manager at Tower Records, said looters smashed through the store's back door with a crowbar and made off with about $500 worth of compact discs and a television monitor. "They must have been here awhile, because they were actually picking out the CDs, not just grabbing the first ones they saw," she said.
May 22, 1989 |
A bearded, be-turbaned fellow roller-skating through the parking lot, banging out manic riffs on a battered Les Paul guitar proved more energetic than most of what the Jerry Garcia Band or Bob Weir offered in their Grateful Dead-Lite sets Friday night at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Weir is one of rock's best rhythm guitarists--at his finest as a support player, sparking and coloring other's solo flights. Supplemented only by acoustic bassist Rob Wasserman, Weir and his acoustic guitar found little to underscore.
March 20, 1995 |
There was a guy at the Wads- worth Theatre on Saturday night who looked exactly like Michael Nesmith did in the late-'60s--but that was just a member of a Monkees tribute band who'd come as a fan. On stage, the real Nesmith was having none of that particular nostalgia, playing none of his Monkees hits. He is, after all, the only member of the Prefab Four with a notable post-prime-time body of work and, not coincidentally, the only one who largely abstained from the various reunions.