March 2, 2013 |
Starting Monday, classic rock fans can tune to the AXS cable channel, drizzle buttery flavoring over lite popcorn, pop open a near beer and watch a new weekly series of live concert performances by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd ... tribute bands. “The World's Greatest Tribute Bands” starts with a salute to the Fab Four by - not the Beatles tribute band that goes by that name - but the ersatz-Beatles group Britain's Finest. On March 11, it's the Ultimate Stones, then the Who Revue on March 18. Subsequent Mondays will feature performers approximating the look and/or sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Van Halen, Queen, the Doors, U2 and others.
June 7, 2012
MUSIC On "A Different Kind of Truth," the first studio album from Van Halen to feature original lead singer David Lee Roth since "1984," the charismatic front man sings about trying to land that "stone cold sister soccer mom" he's chasing in "Honeybabysweetiedoll. " But hooking up is the least of the challenges facing Diamond Dave and his bandmates in this year of their comeback. Can they pull off this reunion moment without killing each other? Can they convince their fans that bassist/son-of-the-guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen really has earned his place in the band and can lock in with drummer/uncle Alex Van Halen?
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March 5, 2012
Steve Bridges Impersonator of George W. Bush Steve Bridges, 48, a comic actor and impersonator who was best known for his mimicry of President George W. Bush and appeared alongside the chief executive at the 2006 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, was found dead Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. Bridges had recently returned home from China, where he had been performing, said his brother Phillip. He appeared to have died of natural causes, but an autopsy is scheduled.
February 24, 2012 |
After a year of singing the blues in 2010, concert and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. had cause for a modest celebration, posting a 6% uptick in revenue and narrower losses in 2011 despite a tough global economy. Propelled by strong sales of concerts from Jimmy Buffett, Van Halen, Roger Waters and others, the Beverly Hills company on Thursday said sales for the year that ended Dec. 31 were $5.38 billion, compared with $5.06 billion in 2010. Meanwhile, its net loss narrowed to $83 million for 2011, from $228.4 million in 2010, as Live Nation de-emphasized its less profitable amphitheater concert venues and focused on its higher-margin arena events.
February 5, 2012
UNDERRATED Joe Henry's 'Reverie' : An in-demand producer who collects Grammy nods the way some collect stamps, Henry may be best known for the warm glow he's cast on award-winning records by Solomon Burke and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But he deserves as much notice for his own work as a singer-songwriter. Colored by rich acoustic instrumentation and Henry's lyrical literary flourishes, this 2011 album is a great place to get to know Henry's voice. 'How It's Made' : A fixture on the Science Channel, there's something strangely meditative about this program's steady diet of bustling factories churning out random ephemera, including artificial eyes, scuba gear and hockey skates.
January 31, 2012 |
Promoters of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival raised eyebrows in the concert business last fall when they decided to clone the three-day gathering and make it a six-day, two-weekend affair, but doubters fell silent as tickets sold out shortly after going on sale earlier this month. And that's not the half of it. "There were enough buyers in queue online that we probably could have added two more Coachella weekends and another Stagecoach weekend," said Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, the concert promotion giant that works in conjunction with Goldenvoice to put Coachella and its country cousin, Stagecoach, on each year in Indio.