April 22, 2013 |
It may be the most heartfelt ovation Neil Diamond has ever received. One of the legendary singer's best-known songs, "Sweet Caroline", has served as an unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox the last several seasons. It is played during the eighth inning of every home game, with fans coming to their feet and singing along. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday, and after the two people allegedly responsible for the bombings were found, many Red Sox fans were looking forward to the game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
April 17, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. reveal their favorite baseball singing traditions. Feel free to share yours in the comment section. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times I'm old-school, so my favorite singing tradition at baseball games is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. It reminds me of going to games when I was a kid and, more important, of singing it with my son when he was young. Just don't ask me to sing it now. You'll wind up hating the song forever But in the non-traditional song category I have to go with "Sweet Caroline.
April 15, 2013 |
Faith Hill will no longer be rocking the gridiron in high heels on Sunday nights. The country singer has announced she is leaving her stint as the opening act for NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " Hill has been singing the theme song "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" since 2007, wailing out a country rock version of the reworked "I Hate Myself for Loving You. " "Amazing 2 have been part of SNF--an honor," tweeted Hill. "I've just let everyone know it's time 2 let someone else rock the open.
April 10, 2013 |
Having already dominated the Grammy Awards, late-night television and the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake rode his rolling promotional juggernaut to the White House on Tuesday night, taking part in an all-star tribute to Memphis soul along with Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and Queen Latifah, among others. And, yes, he wore his suit and tie . The invite-only concert, to be broadcast April 16 on PBS, was the latest installment in a series of "In Performance at the White House" events that have seen President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate country music, Motown and the work of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
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April 3, 2013 |
Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, sounded a bizarre note during part of an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday when he broke into song. After talking to Cooper about the medication given to Jackson and expressing his desire to continue his "selfless acts of humanity," Murray then detailed some of the similarities he shared with Jackson. "We had very, very humble lives, and we both experienced pain," Murray said in the segment, a jailhouse interview conducted via phone.
April 2, 2013 |
On Monday night, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon addressed the rampant speculation about the future of "The Tonight Show" the way any of us would: by performing a song from "West Side Story. " In an amusing and effective display of unity, the two hosts teamed up for a duet that aired at 12:36 a.m., just as "The Tonight Show" was switching over to "Late Night. " It began with Leno walking backstage, where he was swarmed by reporters (apparently security in Burbank isn't what it used to be)
March 29, 2013 |
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s decision to violate an injunction forbidding him to pray, sing or march in public in Birmingham, Ala. On Good Friday 1963 (which fell on April 12 that year), King led a march from the 16th Street Baptist Church (where four black children would be killed in a bombing five months later), heading toward City Hall. He was almost immediately arrested, charged with violating a court order and taken to the Birmingham jail.
March 26, 2013 |
The producers at "American Idol" wanted to shore up a dramatic slide in ratings for the show's newest season, so they added three star judges and even allowed viewers to vote online for favorites up to 50 times simultaneously. The changes for the 12th season didn't help. Ratings have plummeted by double digits for the second year in a row, down this season by 18%, to 15.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. In its fifth season in 2006, "Idol's" average audience was more than twice as large.
March 26, 2013 |
If you've managed to keep up with the array of singing competitions on the air without succumbing to exhaustion, kudos. With "American Idol," "The Voice," "The X Factor," "America's Got Talent," "Duets" and more, there's no shortage of series vying for ratings and votes for their would-be superstars. With revamped seasons of "The Voice" - Usher and Shakira are subbing for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera - and "Idol" underway (expect a reboot for "The X Factor" this fall following the departure of half of its judges)
March 21, 2013 |
Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take "The Sapphires," the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam. Already many have taken it, and liked it. If you enjoyed "Strictly Ballroom" or "The Commitments," which is to say if you fell for the slightly pushy charms of those show-business fables (one fantasy Australian, the other Irish, though directed by an Englishman), then chances are you'll go for this true-ish story of an Aborigine singing group entertaining the American troops, enemy fire be damned, in 1968 - like Bob Hope and Raquel Welch, New South Wales division.