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June 11, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sound system blared Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," the 20th Century Fox fanfare and then the "Star Wars" theme, to which Robbie Williams and his six bandmates strode onto the Mayan Theatre stage Wednesday, launching into the majestic, "Quadrophenia"-like opening of the English phenom's boisterous manifesto "Let Me Entertain You." And for the next 75 minutes he did just that, with--as that opening salvo trumpeted--the style of a natural-born showman and the drive of a man on a mission.
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May 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-songwriter Robbie Williams has sold his home, guest houses and soccer field on the Westside for $3,278,355. The gated main home, built in 1947 and recently remodeled, features high ceilings, wood floors, three bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-bedroom guest house sits off a swimming pool. Another guest house is near the soccer field. The grounds total about an acre. Williams, 39, is a solo artist and a member of the band Take That. With a strong following in Britain and Latin America, he has sold some 70 million records around the world.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Dismiss Williams, if you must, as a teen-pop refugee or as a calculating climber. It's your loss. This compilation from his two U.K. albums more than makes up for his Take That past and sufficiently justifies his ambitions. Even without the sly, knowing wit of his concerts and videos, the unexpected depth and personality in such songs as "Millennium" (a humanist meditation on our fin de siecle condition) and "Let Me Entertain You" (an unabashed mission statement) stand on their own.
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November 10, 2009 | Ann Powers; Mikael Wood; Jeff Weiss
Robbie Williams "Reality Killed the Video Star" Virgin Records "This is a song full of metaphors," Robbie Williams sneers over some dusted-off mid-1970s guitar crunch in the party anthem "Do You Mind," which comes right in the middle of this bullishly diverse album. What song isn't? Dwelling on the obvious is an easy pop star move, but the witty Mr. Williams is usually sharper than that. Perhaps he's decided that being obvious is his only hope. The attitudinal crooner and former boy band star remains a novelty stateside, though in England he's basically Justin Timberlake minus the grace.
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April 29, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Robbie Williams was Queen for a Day recently on a Universal Studios sound stage. Uh, make that a member of the band Queen for a day. And the English pop phenom may well be spending more days with Queen. Discussions have taken place about his signing on for a tour, while several other projects are also in the planning stages for what in the next year or two could be the first ongoing activity for the band since the 1991 AIDS-related death of singer and showman Freddie Mercury.
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May 2, 1999 | GEOFF BOUCHER, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer
For Robbie Williams, the United States is a vast, mystifying realm of malls, swanky hotels, bizarre landscapes and people who, for some reason, don't seem to recognize him as the rightful king of British pop music. "I'm in Minneapolis, I think," the European superstar mutters into a cellular phone. "Minneapolis is the place and Minnesota is the thing, right? I like it though. I go to breakfast and nobody stares at me."
SPORTS
November 1, 1987 | CHARLES SIFUENTES
Western Christian 14, L.A. Baptist 6--Robbie Williams returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lead Western Christian in an Alpha League game at Charter Oak High. Western Christian (5-3, 3-0) held L. A. Baptist to 70 yards in total offense. L. A. Baptist (4-3, 1-2) took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on Cliff Robinson's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN
*** Robbie Williams, "Sing While You're Winning," Capitol. Williams' second U.S. release builds on the Elton John-George Michael model that's made him a superstar nearly everywhere but here--brash, bright pop with personality to spare, from the lush, upbeat Beatles-isms of "Let Love Be Your Energy" to the playful Euro-beat of "Rock DJ" to the dreamy "Love Calling Earth." But it's time he move past Elton and George, and build an artistically distinctive Robbie.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2003 | Phil Sutcliffe, Special to The Times
For British music in America, the times are hard to read. Superficially, the mid-December U.S. album chart looked encouraging: 13 albums in the Top 100, counting U2 under British Isles. However, most were veterans ranging from Paul McCartney to Phil Collins. Apart from Coldplay, the post-2000 successes -- Craig David, David Gray -- were tailspinning commercially. Then consider an absent friend: Robbie Williams, British pop's MVP. He's doing great, honestly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2009 | Ann Powers; Mikael Wood; Jeff Weiss
Robbie Williams "Reality Killed the Video Star" Virgin Records "This is a song full of metaphors," Robbie Williams sneers over some dusted-off mid-1970s guitar crunch in the party anthem "Do You Mind," which comes right in the middle of this bullishly diverse album. What song isn't? Dwelling on the obvious is an easy pop star move, but the witty Mr. Williams is usually sharper than that. Perhaps he's decided that being obvious is his only hope. The attitudinal crooner and former boy band star remains a novelty stateside, though in England he's basically Justin Timberlake minus the grace.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2003 | Phil Sutcliffe, Special to The Times
For British music in America, the times are hard to read. Superficially, the mid-December U.S. album chart looked encouraging: 13 albums in the Top 100, counting U2 under British Isles. However, most were veterans ranging from Paul McCartney to Phil Collins. Apart from Coldplay, the post-2000 successes -- Craig David, David Gray -- were tailspinning commercially. Then consider an absent friend: Robbie Williams, British pop's MVP. He's doing great, honestly.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Robbie Williams was Queen for a Day recently on a Universal Studios sound stage. Uh, make that a member of the band Queen for a day. And the English pop phenom may well be spending more days with Queen. Discussions have taken place about his signing on for a tour, while several other projects are also in the planning stages for what in the next year or two could be the first ongoing activity for the band since the 1991 AIDS-related death of singer and showman Freddie Mercury.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN
*** Robbie Williams, "Sing While You're Winning," Capitol. Williams' second U.S. release builds on the Elton John-George Michael model that's made him a superstar nearly everywhere but here--brash, bright pop with personality to spare, from the lush, upbeat Beatles-isms of "Let Love Be Your Energy" to the playful Euro-beat of "Rock DJ" to the dreamy "Love Calling Earth." But it's time he move past Elton and George, and build an artistically distinctive Robbie.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sound system blared Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," the 20th Century Fox fanfare and then the "Star Wars" theme, to which Robbie Williams and his six bandmates strode onto the Mayan Theatre stage Wednesday, launching into the majestic, "Quadrophenia"-like opening of the English phenom's boisterous manifesto "Let Me Entertain You." And for the next 75 minutes he did just that, with--as that opening salvo trumpeted--the style of a natural-born showman and the drive of a man on a mission.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1999 | GEOFF BOUCHER, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer
For Robbie Williams, the United States is a vast, mystifying realm of malls, swanky hotels, bizarre landscapes and people who, for some reason, don't seem to recognize him as the rightful king of British pop music. "I'm in Minneapolis, I think," the European superstar mutters into a cellular phone. "Minneapolis is the place and Minnesota is the thing, right? I like it though. I go to breakfast and nobody stares at me."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Dismiss Williams, if you must, as a teen-pop refugee or as a calculating climber. It's your loss. This compilation from his two U.K. albums more than makes up for his Take That past and sufficiently justifies his ambitions. Even without the sly, knowing wit of his concerts and videos, the unexpected depth and personality in such songs as "Millennium" (a humanist meditation on our fin de siecle condition) and "Let Me Entertain You" (an unabashed mission statement) stand on their own.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-songwriter Robbie Williams has sold his home, guest houses and soccer field on the Westside for $3,278,355. The gated main home, built in 1947 and recently remodeled, features high ceilings, wood floors, three bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-bedroom guest house sits off a swimming pool. Another guest house is near the soccer field. The grounds total about an acre. Williams, 39, is a solo artist and a member of the band Take That. With a strong following in Britain and Latin America, he has sold some 70 million records around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2000
* American Pearl, "American Pearl," Wind-up. The debut album from an L.A. band that has become a fixture on the city's Scream scene. * Dave Aude, "Rush Hour," Moonshine Music. A DJ mix set from a core figure in the Moonshine electro-empire. * Jim Brickman, "My Romance: An Evening With Jim Brickman," Windham Hill. The popular pianist's first live album. * Joe Cocker, "No Ordinary World," Eagle. The Sheffield shouter looks to modernize with producer Steve Power, a Robbie Williams collaborator.
SPORTS
November 1, 1987 | CHARLES SIFUENTES
Western Christian 14, L.A. Baptist 6--Robbie Williams returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lead Western Christian in an Alpha League game at Charter Oak High. Western Christian (5-3, 3-0) held L. A. Baptist to 70 yards in total offense. L. A. Baptist (4-3, 1-2) took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on Cliff Robinson's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown.
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