April 19, 2013 |
In the aftermath of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, sports teams have been playing Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” in efforts to give solace to those affected by the tragedy. “What resonates for me tonight is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow,” Diamond, 72, told The Times on his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in L.A. “Tonight there are so many people getting awards, and sometimes you sense the questions 'Why are we doing this?
July 11, 2012 |
In the Beef n' Roses department comes this little tidbit: During Tuesday's ceremony honoring the placement of guitarist Slash's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , actor Charlie Sheen used his speech to predict a humble future for Slash's former bandmate, Axl Rose. The event featured others praising the former Guns n' Roses guitarist, but it was, somewhat predictably, Sheen who drew the most attention. Discussing his friend and neighbor Slash, Sheen kicked off his speech with a cheap shot: "I think it's very appropriate that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose may some day be sleeping on," said Sheen, whose new show, "Anger Management," premiered last month on FX, as Slash looked down and shook his head.
October 25, 2009 |
In pop, as in the sporting world that provided a model for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one fan's dream is another's disappointment. This is true of the annual artist inductions, which elevate some while ignoring others -- Rush was robbed again ! -- and the pattern will repeat Thursday and Friday in New York at the hall's 25th anniversary concerts. The shows at Madison Square Garden promise everything a classic rock fan desires. The headliners are U2 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, rock's most reliably awe-inducing live acts.
May 8, 2013 |
The classy Spanish-Italian-Panamanian-Colombian pop singer Miguel Bosé never has gained much of a foothold with Anglophone audiences in North America. That's a pity, because Bosé, a Latin Grammy Award winner, has a talent for cranking out well-polished singles such as "Anna," "Te Amaré" and "Sevilla," as well as an experimental streak that has led to collaborations with Michael Stipe and Julieta Venegas, among many others, in the course of turning out some 30 albums. But even if his music remains obscure to most English speakers, at least Bosé will get some love for his extensive philanthropic record this fall, when he'll be honored by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year at a Nov. 20 tribute at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
December 14, 2007 |
The naming of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees always causes a flurry of outcries: the list is "not rock enough"; Kiss or Poco or Connie Francis should have been in there; the induction ceremony should be in Cleveland, not New York; and who cares what Rolling Stone honcho Jann Wenner and his cronies think anyway? All of that's been expressed in the commentary over Thursday's announcement of the hall's 2008 class.
October 16, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Club Stagecoach Country Music Festival, April 25-27 (Fri.) Shrine Expo Hall Steve Aoki, Nov. 15 (now) El Rey Theatre The Mowgli's, Dec. 11 (Fri.); the White Panda, Dec. 7 (Sat.) Fonda Theatre Darkside, Jan. 25 (Fri.); the Aquabats, Dec. 7 (Sat.) The Wiltern Panic! at the Disco, Feb. 16 (Fri.); Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer, Nov. 15 (Sat.)
March 15, 1999 |
In the fall of 1995, some of the biggest names in rock gathered in this working-class city to mark the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on the shores of Lake Erie. Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and other stars capped a weeklong celebration with a seven-hour concert in front of more than 80,000 people at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
December 4, 2012
The saga of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe continues with the singer's being indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan at a 2010 concert. The frontman of the Virginia-based metal band spent five weeks in a Czech prison earlier this year, accused of pushing a fan from the stage during a performance. That fan died from a head injury. Blythe has denied the charges. In a statement Monday, Lamb of God's manager, Larry Mazer, said, "Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show.