April 23, 1989 |
Marx is a record company executive's dream. He's young, good-looking, talented and has--to use one of the music industry's favorite phrases-- multiformat appeal . Marx blends pop-conscious melody and craft with rock-oriented texture and attitude to produce a sound that suits a wide range of radio formats--and their listeners. His 1987 debut album generated four Top 5 hits and this follow-up--which rocks a bit harder overall--has several obvious candidates. Like Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry in their prime, Marx has a sturdy, elastic voice and a knack for turning out catchy, radio-ready pop/rock songs.
August 20, 1986 |
A faulty propane boiler seal was blamed Tuesday for the carbon monoxide poisoning of 13 people and the evacuation of 500 other patrons of the Stateline Hotel-Casino, a Nevada health official reported. "It turned out to be not as bad as originally thought," said Larry Matheis, Nevada Division of Health administrator. He said the faulty basement boiler used to heat water was directly under an air-conditioning duct that sucked up the deadly gas and pumped it into the resort's casino area.
May 22, 2003 |
Blame classic-rock radio. FM heroes Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon might have been a dream concert for someone in 1980, or for anyone today who can stand to hear the same old tunes yet again. But that fan fantasy came alive Tuesday at Staples Center, roaring on as if punk rock, hip-hop, techno, garage, etc., etc., etc. never happened.
July 20, 2001 |
For better or worse, it's the singer in rock bands who is the focal point. No matter how hot the guitarist may be, or whether the bassist writes the songs, it's the singer who becomes the literal mouthpiece of the band--and usually its best-known member. What happens when lead singers vacate their vaunted slot? Some bands fold, as Nirvana did. In that case, it was in part to honor the memory of Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide.
March 7, 2013 |
The documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" covers a recent - and most unlikely - chapter in the history of the venerable rock band Journey, which has had one of the longer and more unusual stories in rock music. (Call it a journey if you must.) Beginning as something of an instrumental fusion band in the early 1970s, its members later made a concerted effort to play more radio-friendly songs with vocals, eventually striking gold with singer Steve Perry and the now-iconic '80s tunes "Open Arms," "Separate Ways" and, of course, "Don't Stop Believin'.
November 3, 1994 |
Overruling Alhambra Police Chief Russ Siverling, a city commission has voted to reinstate Steve Perry, a school board member who was fired from his job as a police officer in August. Voting 5 to 0 in closed session, the Alhambra Civil Service Commission overturned the firing of Perry but ruled that he should be demoted and suspended for 30 days for reasons that both Perry and city officials have refused to disclose.
July 12, 1992 |
HUGH HEFNER and his wife, Kimberley, have purchased a Malibu retreat. "They're going to use it as a beach house and probably not spend many evenings there," said Dick Rosenzweig, executive vice president of Playboy Enterprises. "It will probably be more of a day house for the family." The Playboy founder and his wife of three years, the 1988 Playmate of the Year, have two little boys. Their Malibu home is on the water and has three bedrooms in about 3,500 square feet.
November 19, 1998 |
Back in the mid-1980s, laughing at the "Rambo" movies wasn't just fun; it was a necessity. The three Sylvester Stallone films represented everything that was wrong with Hollywood at the time. It was the dawn of a new era for commercial pictures: mindless scripts, plenty of explosions, phenomenal overseas box-office receipts. Times have changed, though.