October 27, 1992 |
Michael Bolton swears he's a jocular person. Really. But in photos and public appearances, he rarely smiles or kids around . And in press conferences and interviews, he invariably winds up a tad on the defensive side, answering the slings and arrows of music critics who've taken his extremely dramatic ballad style to task.
October 11, 1992 |
Given the knocks and pans he gets from critics old enough to know what these songs are supposed to sound like, it's brave of Bolton to barrel ahead, not caring whether he's culturally correct in recording, among others, soul classics made famous by singers the likes of Sam Cooke, Sam & Dave and the Four Tops. The Tops themselves join him on his version of one of their biggest signature hits, "Reach Out, I'll Be There," and there's nothing to knock here.
July 18, 1992
I attended Michael Bolton's concert at the Hollywood Bowl and couldn't disagree with Robert Hilburn more ("5 Million Fans Can Be Wrong!," July 15). "Bombastic" was one of several nasty descriptive words he used in his review. The general meaning for bombastic is "pompous," and there is nothing pompous about Bolton. It is Hilburn who appears to be pompous. His description of Bolton's performance was actually a very good description, if applied to himself instead of the performer.
May 21, 1992 |
New Haven, Conn., is known chiefly for great pizza and for Yale University, alma mater to George Bush, Cole Porter and the "Doonesbury" comic strip. New Haven also has the dubious distinction of having given the world Michael Bolton, who spelled his name "Bolotin" during his scuffling days on the Elm City club scene. On the plus side of the contemporary pop ledger, New Haven also has produced Miracle Legion, a solid alternative rock contender since the mid-'80s.
May 7, 1992 |
As of a few weeks ago, MTV viewers don't have segment host "Downtown" Julie Brown to kick around anymore--hold your applause, please--but she gets kicked around plenty just the same in tonight's special episode of "In Living Color" (at 8:30 on KTTV Channel 11 and XETV Channel 6), a don't-miss roundup of the comedy show's recent pop music video parodies.
April 29, 1992 |
Michael Bolton will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on July 13 in the first of six pop-rock concerts promoters Bill Silva and Andy Hewitt hope to stage at the facility this summer. The other performers in the series have not been named yet, but the number of events would mark a slight expansion from last year's four pop concerts, which in turn was the most pop shows at the 18,000-seat facility since the late '70s.
January 5, 1992 |
Two years ago, when Nat King Cole received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy ceremonies, who would have guessed that a collection of his songs would be the front-runner to win the 1991 award for best album? It seemed at the time that the trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences were simply remembering an old friend (and a great talent) on the 25th anniversary of his death. But they were, perhaps unwittingly, setting the stage for a Nat Cole revival.
October 19, 1991
I had the pleasure of attending the Michael Bolton concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre on Oct 12. I left the concert feeling upbeat, warm and satisfied that I had gotten my money's worth. I must say that I was incensed by your hatchet-job review ("Bolton's Sob Stories" by Mike Boehm, Oct. 14), and my first reaction was that you couldn't possibly have been at the same concert I was. I am curious about what your expectations were before you got to theconcert. There must be criteria that you as a so-called reviewer use to judge the different phases of a performance to ultimately formulate your opinions.
October 14, 1991 |
Michael Bolton wanted to know: "What are the relationships like around here?" A pretty broad question when you're asking 15,000 or so people, as Bolton did Saturday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. That absurd generality reflected the thinking behind Bolton's dismayingly generic love songs. Never mind the ambiguities and individual twists that make up romantic behavior, the particulars that, when vividly rendered in a song, can say something universal.