February 27, 2013 |
“Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction,” billed as “the first ever major exhibition” on the group long-ago dubbed “the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band,” will open May 24 for what is slated to be a 10-month run at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland , officials announced Feb. 27. The show will span the group's half-century career and include “personal items and extraordinary collections that have never...
November 27, 2012 |
This post has been updated, see below for details. No one knows whether Prince's latest single, "Rock and Roll Love Affair," ends with a pancake breakfast . But it sure begins in classic Prince fashion -- a backing band of lissome ladies providing an exquisite disco-funk setting for his ageless coos. In his new video for the single, Prince does what he always does -- exudes impossible sex appeal for all persuasions, leading his charges...
November 14, 2012 |
In the beginning, there was "Hot Rocks," a double LP of Rolling Stones gems from 1964-1971 that over four sides collected essential hits from England's greatest rock and roll band. It was released in 1971, and I found it at a yard sale about half a decade later in southern Illinois when I was 11, bought it for $2 and started listening to it on my older sister's stereo when she wasn't obsessively playing the Beatles. "Hot Rocks" was my first spontaneous music purchase of thousands to follow, and within its 21 songs -- all but a few of which are represented on the Stones' new 50-track hits collection, “GRRR!
October 4, 2012 |
The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday night. That and the following fact are perhaps the only two things we'll all agree on over the coming few minutes. The nominees are: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A, Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer. Now let's get this straight. Joan Jett without the Runaways?
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April 14, 2012 |
Shortly after being hired about a decade ago to up the ante of musical talent offered at the Orange County Fair's summer concert series in Costa Mesa, veteran talent buyer Ken Phebus rolled out his schedule for the fair's board. But one of the performers on the list was given a thumbs-down. A board member "didn't recognize the name and neither did any of her friends," said Jim Washburn, a writer who covers pop music in Orange County and became friends with Phebus. "It was Norah Jones, and that was right before she took home a boatload of Grammy Awards," Washburn said.
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January 28, 2012 |
Pioneering R&B singer Etta James was saluted at her funeral service Saturday by fellow musicians, including Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera, and eulogized by the Rev. Al Sharpton as an artist who not only "changed the world of music [but] the cultural paradigm of the United States. " Best known for the rapturous joy or primal ache she brought to ballads of love and heartbreak such as "At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "All I Could Do Was Cry," James, who died Jan. 20 at age 73, also was lauded for overcoming adversity and persevering long enough to see a career renaissance that included multiple Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a hit Hollywood film based on her life and numerous other accolades.