February 9, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Surprisingly, the cries of “Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!” that echoed through the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala came much later than expected. The deep-voiced call, familiar to most fans of honoree Bruce Springsteen, normally arrives the moment he enters a venue. Friday night it didn't begin until well into the evening's many tributes to the Boss, and was uttered by a wild-eyed singer/guitarist Neil Young during his and Crazy Horse's distortion-drenched performance of “Born in the U.S.A.” But symbolically, we'd been repeating Bruce's name all night long.
September 17, 1989 |
Mavis Staples, famous as part of the gospel-cum-secular soul group the Staple Singers, had met and sung with Prince on a number of occasions. But she was wholly unprepared last year when her father, Pops Staples, called and told her that the Purple Batguy's manager was trying to track her down to offer her a solo contract with his Paisley Park Records.
January 15, 1994 |
Now may be a more appropriate time than ever for mainstream music fans to tune in to that annual celebration of gospel, "The Stellar Awards" (at 11 p.m. Sunday on KCAL-TV Channel 9). Not because black gospel has been making inroads commercially, but because R&B as a genre has so been tipping its hat to its roots lately--and, conversely, gospel growing so contemporized--that a lot of this stuff won't sound all that foreign to anyone who skips church to listen to hit radio.
April 22, 2007 |
What you should be talking about: New music from old friends. Even our pop critic Ann Powers couldn't explain why there are so many albums actually worth buying being released this week (though she suspects that it could be because "many releases are timed to big tours and the spring touring season might be kicking people into gear"). Whatever the reason, we're not complaining.
March 2, 1996 |
If either Mariah Carey or Joan Osborne was feeling that she didn't get due Grammy Award recognition, she would have done well to have stopped in at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday to see some musicians who really haven't gotten their due. But that's just what the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Awards show is designed to rectify--at least in small and belated measure.
June 28, 1994 |
The Scene: Sunday's first VH-1 Honors at the Shrine Auditorium. A party for 2,100 followed the 2 1/2-hour live concert. Since VH-1 is the adult contemporary sibling of MTV, the party was like an opulent ($200,000-plus would be a ballpark figure on cost), 20-year high school reunion. Who Was There: Honored for their charitable work and performing were Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Michael Bolton, Melissa Etheridge, the Rev. Al Green, Kenny G and the former Prince.