July 19, 1998
MOVIES Jim Abrahams & Co. attack "The Godfather" and its ilk with "Mafia!" The spoof stars the late Lloyd Bridges as a klutzy underworld kingpin who must choose either his psychotic son (Jay Mohr) or his war hero son (Billy Burke) to take over his reins of power. It opens Friday in general release. JAZZ Bill Holman's arrangements are crowded, dense and consistently fascinating--yet they always swing. The veteran arranger utilizes (out of necessity) some of the most skilled jazz musicians around.
February 25, 1996 |
ROAD WARRIORS, '96: This year's concert schedule will likely lack the kind of dominant presence a U2 or GNR can bring. Whispers abound about Barbra Streisand's coming back on the heels of her record-breaking 1994 tour, and even the possibility of Michael Jackson's putting together a series of stadium shows. But those remain rumors. As it stands, no 1996 stadium tour is officially being planned. That's not so bad for the promoters.
July 12, 1989 |
Instead of appearing before their usual audience of "Deadheads"--loyal fans of their band the Grateful Dead--Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart were the headliners at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on Capitol Hill. The veteran rockers spoke about the need to make people more aware of the dangers of rain forest destruction. "I'm an earthling on this planet and it's my problem as much as anybody else's," Garcia said. Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.
November 12, 2007 |
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart says he and other members of the band never really understood the forces that turned them into a 30-year cultural phenomenon. "It was an alchemical thing," Hart said. "It's for other people to decide our fate in history, our place in the culture." That is exactly why fans, followers and some of those who were in the inner circle of the Grateful Dead plan to travel to the University of Massachusetts for three days beginning Friday. This is no music festival.
April 25, 1988 |
The Grateful Dead were their quirky old selves at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Guitarist Jerry Garcia, looking like Father Time in a black T-shirt, was in especially fine form, playing solos that ranged from foot-stomping to caressing--and were always tasteful. No insecure showboating here. With material that spanned their 22-year career, the Dead had the crowd up and dancing from the moment they took the stage until they finished their second set nearly 3 1/2 hours later.
June 2, 1989
John Cipollina, a founder of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service that, with the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, became the heart of the San Francisco rock scene in the 1960s, has died in Northern California of respiratory ailments. Cipollina, who suffered for years from emphysema, was taken to Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae after he became short of breath Monday evening at his home in Mill Valley, but efforts to save him failed. He was 45. He had been hospitalized last year for several months.
September 23, 2006 |
Mickey Hart invoked the percussion gods at the Avalon in Hollywood on Thursday night, and they turned out in formidable grandeur. The combination of Hart, tabla artist Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking-drum virtuoso Sikiru Adepoju and Latin percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo is extraordinary by any definition. Add the great Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, and the potential for percussion heaven seemed more than likely.
October 10, 1998 |
You can take the boy out of rock, but can you take the rock out of the boy? In the case of tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis, who is best known for his forays with Grateful Deadsters Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart and jazz-grunge guitarist Charlie Hunter, the answer is: without a doubt. Opening a four-night run at the Jazz Bakery Thursday, Ellis demonstrated that the impressive straight-ahead playing on "In the Long Run," his new Monarch CD, is no accident.