April 13, 1996 |
When Fox's "Saturday Night Special" debuts tonight at 11, executive producer Roseanne will be using pop music as a first line of attack. For the show's six-week test, Roseanne has lined up some hot pop acts as ammunition in her challenge to "Saturday Night Live," the NBC series that has had a virtually exclusive weekend franchise for more than 20 years.
December 7, 1995 |
It used to be Janis Joplin. Now Bruce Springsteen has become the most frequently cited point of comparison for Melissa Etheridge. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has taken her music to the heartland on her new album, "Your Little Secret," which employs the Boss' imagery and, on four songs, John Mellencamp's drummer , Kenny Aronoff , to evoke the grand sound and spirit of classic Midwest rock. Fair enough.
May 16, 1995 |
Melissa Etheridge looked a little like Dorothy surrounded by Munchkins as she stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of the audience during her Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre show on Sunday. Having snuck up to this spot while her band played on the main stage, Etheridge was swarmed by throngs of fans as she gave an acoustic, three-song interlude. It's a fitting image for the Leavenworth-raised rocker, who literally and figuratively is not in Kansas anymore.
May 11, 1995 |
In calling her vastly popular current album "Yes I Am," Melissa Etheridge made a strong affirmation but left it open to interpretation just what she was affirming. Some of her fans, and many casual onlookers who knew of Etheridge only through her magazine interviews, probably figured "a lesbian" was the obvious completion to the title's unfinished thought. After all, Etheridge had publicly declared her sexual orientation eight months before the album was released in September, 1993.
September 3, 1992 |
Melissa Etheridge is as exuberant on stage as a grinning kid who's rushing around to show everyone the great present she just opened. What she showed the audience at the Universal Amphitheatre on Tuesday was an indefatigable spirit and plenty of rip-roaring rock songs and confessional pop tunes. Her childlike enthusiasm notwithstanding, Etheridge has matured considerably since she released her debut album in 1988. The L.A.
March 29, 1992 |
** 1/2 MELISSA ETHERIDGE "Never Enough" Island On her first two albums, Etheridge used her throaty, turbo-powered pipes to play a woman oft hurt, deprived and betrayed. Love continues to mess her up on her latest (never enough of what--pain?). But she does find new angles on the same old story, even managing an ironic laugh over love unrequited ("Must Be Crazy for Me") and a coy chuckle over sexual politics ("Meet Me in the Back").
September 20, 1990 |
If it were the movies, rocker Melissa Etheridge would be what is called the strong female lead--perhaps Sigourney Weaver beating up those slimy "aliens." She's got a voice as big as all outdoors, sort of like Pat Benatar on steroids, and Etheridge rocks as hard as any of those guys in leather pants. The Beatles may have sung ". . . all you need is love," but the love Etheridge sings about, nobody needs. It's angst with a beat, rocky relationships that rock.