December 29, 2011
The following are the Top 10 North American concert tours of 2011. Figures expressed in millions. U2 $156.0 Taylor Swift $97.7 Kenny Chesney $84.6 Lady Gaga $63.7 Bon Jovi $57.1 Elton John $51.8 Sade $48.6 Kanye West / Jay-Z $48.3 Lil Wayne $44.4 Celine Dion $41.2 Source: Pollstar
November 11, 2011 |
"Killing Bono" whips up a frenzied mix of musical jealousy, wishful stardom and farcical lucklessness into a movie too slippery to hold onto. Inspired by the memoir of Irish music journalist Neil McCormick, who as an aspiring musician watched his schoolmates become U2 while he toiled away in failing bands, the movie grafts onto Neil's story the dramatic notion that he prevented his guitar-playing brother Ivan from being part of the original U2 lineup in...
October 29, 2011 |
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the versions of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of "Achtung Baby," coming in November. (The most deluxe of these, the Uber-Deluxe package, which costs upward of $400, also comes with a pair of sunglasses like those singer Bono wore in his guise of the Fly.)
October 13, 2011 |
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will play a rare small-theater show later this month to benefit a local public radio station so marginal its ratings should be characterized not as off the chart, but in search of one. U2 has donated a customized green Gretsch Falcon electric guitar, signed by all four band members, that could fetch $150,000 or more during the station's fall pledge drive. Mick Jagger, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow and other power players also are pitching in. So what's suddenly so compelling about KCSN-FM (88.5)
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October 10, 2011 |
With the announcement early Monday that he had outlawed the public display of handguns in California, Gov. Jerry Brown bucked a national trend toward more lenient firearms laws and placed himself in the political cross-hairs of the state's 2nd Amendment activists. Brown, the owner of three guns, said in a statement that he signed a bill banning the open carrying of handguns at the urging of law enforcement officials, who included Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. It will take effect Jan. 1. "I listened to the California police chiefs," the governor wrote.
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August 14, 2011 |
U2 guitarist the Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and three other Malibu property owners filed separate lawsuits Friday seeking to set aside the California Coastal Commission's denial of their applications to build ridge-top homes above Malibu. The plaintiffs, who own four adjacent parcels of land zoned for residential development in the unincorporated Sweetwater Mesa area, allege that the coastal panel's June 16 denial represented an unconstitutional taking of property without just compensation.
June 21, 2011
The reboot of the "Spider-Man" musical hasn't been hurt by opening-night reviews. The show, which finally welcomed professional drama critics, grossed more than $1 million last week and even beat the popular musical "The Book of Mormon. " The reviews acknowledged improvement over the earlier version but were still poor. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" opened Tuesday. It pulled in nearly $1.28 million for the week ending Sunday. That makes it the third-highest-grossing show on Broadway after "Wicked" and "The Lion King.
June 21, 2011
Heartfelt duty Re "Gates fought, and wept, for troops," June 19 Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates deserves the highest honor our country can bestow for services rendered above and beyond the call of duty. Here we have an individual who, because of the nature of his job, has armored his heart to face the ugly realities of war but could not prevent that heart from bleeding when faced with the precious loss of our country's sons and daughters. I know I would not want to be in his shoes penning all those letters meant to console grieving families.
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June 17, 2011 |
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday rejected a controversial proposal by U2 guitarist the Edge to build five mansions on a rugged ridgeline above Malibu that is home to mountain lions and native chaparral. The 8-4 vote was the culmination of what has become a closely watched property rights battle between the musician, whose real name is David Evans, and the agency that regulates development along the California coastline. "In 38 years of this commission's existence, this is one of the three worst projects that I've seen in terms of environmental devastation," Peter Douglas, the agency's executive director, said in an interview after the vote.
June 16, 2011
MUSIC The Irish rock gods U2 make their first Southland appearance of 2011 with their ongoing 360 tour, which was originally launched in support of their 2009 album, "No Line on the Horizon. " So named because of the 360-degree staging that gives the audience an unprecedented view of the rock 'n' roll action, the show features the band performing atop a massive four-legged supporting rig that has been nicknamed "The Claw. " Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.