May 29, 2012 |
Diva, ironist, actress, comedian, serial David Letterman guest - she does so many things, it's hard to describe who the real Sandra Bernhard really is. But anyone who attended last year's "I Love Being Me, Don't You?" at REDCAT had to come away with the impression that her mix of comedic rants, political rants, autobiography and glam rock 'n' roll was as bracing as ever. Bernhard, who was born in Michigan in 1955 and raised in part in Scottsdale, Ariz., comes to REDCAT Wednesday to open "Sandrology," which will, like the previous program, show Bernhard's musical chops.
January 4, 2009 |
You should still be talking about: Ike and Tina Turner Yes, Tina put her abusive marriage with Ike far behind her and became a music icon all by herself. But to love Tina is to love her roots, and "Collection," a 10-CD box set, brings back all the goodies: "River Deep, Mountain High," "Proud Mary" and many, many more.
October 15, 2008 |
Nearly A century before Tina Turner's current and possibly final tour, Sarah Bernhardt, the greatest actress of her time, made a similar journey. At 71, Bernhardt did not possess the remarkable health the 68-year-old Turner displayed Monday at the Staples Center. Instead of flashing two still-mighty legs for everyone to admire, Bernhardt hid one under her skirts; the other had been amputated after an infection, and she sat in a chair to deliver her soliloquies. Yet the Divine Sarah's voice and physical charisma still enraptured audiences in the U.S. and beyond, and the very fact of the tour, so seemingly defiant of mortality, added to an already considerable legend.
May 9, 2008 |
Proving the adage that old pop stars don't ever really retire (they just fade away until the time is right for a comeback), iconic soul/R&B diva Tina Turner announced that she would return to the road for the first time in eight years. The 68-year-old Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer will embark on a North American tour scheduled to reach Staples Center on Oct. 13. In 2000, Turner played a farewell world tour marking the end of her career as a live performer. But her part in a well-received duet at this year's Grammys lured the singer back to the touring circuit.
January 1, 2008 |
The pop world has focused for so long on the remarkably sensual energy and excitement of Ike & Tina Turner's old live show that it is often easy to forget the duo also made some dynamic records. But even if you have wanted to go back and check up on the pair's records from the 1960s and 1970s, it was difficult to know just which "best of" collection to buy because the Turners recorded for so many labels.
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December 22, 2007 |
The memorial service Friday for R&B stalwart and rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner was much like the life of the troubled star himself -- rich in music and applause, reflexively defensive about the nature of his legacy and, for good or bad, most memorable for its moments of controversy.