February 24, 2005 |
Indie rock is certainly on a roll. With such products of the scene as Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire getting huge media exposure and even selling some records, this alternative to the major-label system has become an increasingly viable, thriving place for bands to develop and prosper. Given that flowering, it was easy to imagine a delegation of prominent indie musicians assembling at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Tuesday to bow down in gratitude before the evening's headliner, Paul Westerberg.
May 8, 1989 |
The debate about whether the Replacements should get serious like a great rock 'n' roll band or keep fooling around like a great rock 'n' roll band has pretty much run its course. But if straightening up was the foregone decision, Friday's Hollywood Palladium concert showed that it doesn't mean dulling out. How dull could a panorama of brilliant Paul Westerberg songs delivered with hurtling, headlong intensity by a guitar rock 'n' roll group with a pure vision and youthful unruliness be?
June 29, 1987 |
"Is there a drummer in the house?" How'd you like to be the drummer in a band and hear your lead singer make that crack after the show's first song? It didn't seem to faze the Replacements' Chris Mars Friday at the Variety Arts Center. He obviously knows how to deal with the wit of Paul Westerberg, so he kept leaving the stage and letting the drummer from the opening band take over. The Replacements, clearly, are still untamed, even after making it through a second LP for a major record company.
November 10, 1985 |
"TIM." The Replacements. Sire. Followers of the Replacements figured that the rambunctious quartet's signing with major-label Sire Records would lead to some colossal test of independent vs. corporate wills. Would the Minnesota mavericks sneak into the board room and give hotfoots to the directors? Would the button-down businessmen lobotomize the wild impulses of the underground heroes? There's no evidence of any such face-offs on the Replacements' big-league debut.
May 8, 1989 |
The Replacements have matured to the point where their live shows hardly ever collapse into drunken tantrums anymore, but that doesn't mean they have outgrown their capacity for chaos. There were times during their concert Saturday night at UC Irvine's Crawford Hall when the rock band from Minneapolis sounded like a loud, formless, lurching ball of confusion--drums thumping stiffly, guitars scraping and blaring at cross purposes and singer Paul Westerberg barking with all the melodiousness of an overexcited basset hound.
May 5, 1989 |
There were several mundane but pressing questions facing Paul Westerberg as he sat in a hotel room in Phoenix earlier this week. What was he going to do about the headache that had been bothering him since he got up? And where was he going to get a clean shirt to wear, now that everything he had packed for the road was all grubby? And would either of the above be resolved before he had to go off with the three other members of the Replacements for a promotional visit to a local radio station?
February 3, 1991 |
P aul Westerberg is a rock star worth believing in, though it's taken him almost a decade to accept it himself. As leader of the Replacements, he wrote tuneful tales in the '80s about insecurities and desires with the intensity and insight of a young Pete Townshend. Yet the raw, raspy singer was the victim of his insecurities--leaving the widely acclaimed cult favorite unable to follow through on industry predictions of mainstream success.
November 5, 1993
Paul Westerberg's concerts at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday and at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego on Monday have been postponed due to a back injury suffered by the singer during a show last week. The shows are expected to be rescheduled for late December. Tickets for the postponed concerts will be honored on the new dates.
August 28, 2011 |
At Glen Campbell's house in Malibu, a large framed painting of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt hangs over a baby grand piano in the living room. Campbell is proud of the portrait of the musician who quite possibly is Campbell's biggest hero on the instrument with which both men came to fame, happily showing it off to a visitor on an overcast morning recently. "I was walking down the street -- not this one...," he says, prompting his wife, Kim, to remind him: "Rodeo Drive.