June 29, 2007 |
Observations from Paul McCartney's concert Wednesday at Amoeba Music in Hollywood: Best Hollywood Karmic Moment: Michael Eisner walking past scores of scruffy music journalists and other record industry grunts to find the end of the VIP line in front of the store.
May 8, 2007 |
After the Beatles arrived on the scene, Frankie Avalon, whose hit "Venus" was the last No. 1 song of the 1950s, watched sadly as fans ditched syrupy pop for rock 'n' roll. "I figured that was over," the 66-year-old crooner said about his recording career. Avalon went on to star in movies of the beach party genre. His music was relegated to discount bins in record stores and the playlists of oldies stations.
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April 25, 2007 |
At one point during jury selection for Phil Spector's murder trial, defense attorney Bruce Cutler clutched his client's shoulder to emphasize the distinction he was about to draw between the 67-year-old record producer and Paris Hilton. It's "an example of talent ... versus celebrity," Cutler said. That may be true. But as attorneys today begin to deliver their opening statements, one of the odd undercurrents is that the defendant's fame takes some explaining. Unlike O.J.
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March 15, 2007 |
YOU won't hear George Treadwell harmonizing on any of the classic hits by the Drifters, not "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk" or the song that declares "the neon lights are bright on Broadway." But whenever Tina Treadwell listens to those old tunes, she hears a sound that her father pieced together some 50 years ago, music she considers her birthright.
January 25, 2007 |
A 19-year-old named Wayne Gretzky didn't score any points in his first NHL All-Star game, in 1980, and he managed to withstand the disappointment and enjoy a fairly decent career. So Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, the heir apparent to Gretzky's Superman cape and also 19 in his All-Star debut, need not be panicked over his inability to light the red light or set up a goal for the East stars in their 12-9 loss to their West counterparts Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
December 30, 2006 |
The 2006 concert landscape looked a bit like a pop music rest home, shaped for the most part by artists who have been at it for three decades and more, according to the 2006 North America tour rankings released this week by the trade magazine Pollstar. The Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand topped the list, and the Top 20 was littered with old-timers, including Elton John, Billy Joel, the Who, Def Leppard, Journey and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And the biggest thing on the 2007 horizon?
December 1, 2006 |
You have to give Bill Cantos credit for aiming high. The pianist-singer-songwriter's new album bears the challenging title "Love Wins: New Standards for the New Millennium." But in the opening set of his one-nighter Tuesday at the Jazz Bakery, Cantos was quick to note that choice of the title was based on inspiration rather than any boastful sense that he rates with the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and the other architects of the Great American Songbook.
May 11, 2006 |
Meltdown Justin Roberts Carpet Square Records CD: $15 Ages 4 and up www.justinroberts.org Pop this one in the CD player and it won't come out in a hurry.
November 10, 2005 |
Not only were two players undefeated after the first two days of the season-ending WTA Tour Championships at Staples Center, but they happened to be the two oldest in the field. Who ever said you had to be a teenager to dominate women's tennis? Twenty-nine-and-over has rarely looked so good. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, 29, has not dropped a set in two matches, defeating Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-3, 7-5, on Wednesday night in 68 minutes, hitting seven aces.
September 30, 2005 |
Universal Music Group is betting that what worked for Ginsu knives and Thigh Masters will work for Earth, Wind & Fire. The nation's largest music company is preparing to announce next week that it is getting into the infomercial business, launching a new division devoted to producing and distributing half-hour documentaries aimed at selling the company's catalog of past hits.