February 16, 1998 |
Clumsy chord changes! Weak, raspy vocals! Tepid fretwork! The Bacon Brothers have all this, and more! The vanity rock band of Philadelphia native Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael performed at the Electric Factory Friday night, leaving not even a chalk mark on the timeline of rock history. And the brothers knew it; between songs they shared self-deprecating anecdotes. (For instance, when the band played at Liz Taylor's birthday, Kevin's guitar was screechingly out of tune.) These asides were a lot more entertaining than the music.
February 13, 2009 |
The way Kevin Bacon sees it, being in a rock band pretty much fits into the same category as, say, playing a gay hustler, or a playboy astronaut, or - in the case of best-picture-nominated Frost/Nixon - a very loyal and uptight aide to a disgraced ex-president. "It's all about taking risks as an artist," the 51-year old actor and Philly native said recently by phone. "I find that whole process challenging, but also energizing. " In the more than 14 years since the Bacon Brothers were officially launched at what was supposed to be a one-time gig at the TLA, these two siblings have toured extensively and have put out six albums together (their latest, New Year's Day, features a family photo of preteen Kevin hanging out with his mandolin-strumming big brother, Michael, on the cover)
December 30, 2009 |
IN SOME WAYS, it was sort of an imperfect storm - a bad initial set of circumstances that seems like it is coming out sunny. "We were thinking of ways to promote 'New Year's Day,' which we thought was the most commercial song off our CD," said Bacon Brothers older sib Michael Bacon, from his studio in New York. He is primarily a film-music composer, while his brother, Kevin, is known mostly as an actor. "I came up with a storyboard for a video, and we thought we should get real Mummers into that video.
February 21, 2009 |
Kevin Bacon doesn't play a lot of goofballs. His characters tend toward the intense and unstable, their eerie focus sometimes shading into outright creepiness. But in the Bacon Brothers, his musical duo with his older brother, Michael, he plays a different role. At Camden County College's Dennis Flyer Theatre on Thursday night, he shook his hips and banged on bongos, his lanky frame swaying to the easygoing grooves oozing from the four non-Bacons behind him. Bacon, 50, may be weary of the comparison, but his swinging knees and jutting heels inevitably conjured up Ren McCormack of Footloose, although on stage he burned more cool than hot. With a career spanning 14 years and six albums, the most recent of which is New Year's Day, the Bacon Brothers are well past the vanity-project stage.
June 18, 2009 |
Movie star Kevin Bacon and his composer brother Michael were in a recording studio near Old City yesterday, rocking out to help save the Mummers Parade. The Philadelphia natives, who formed a rock band 15 years ago, were remixing "New Year's Day," the title track from their sixth album. And their backup band? Representatives from the Mummers Association's 16 string bands, who were adding their trademark saxophones, banjos, accordions, and glockenspiels to the mix. Proceeds from the new single will benefit the Mummers, who are struggling to maintain the city's 108-year-old tradition of strutting up Broad Street on New Year's Day. The chorus of "New Year's Day" goes: Here we stand at your door Like we did the year before Give us whiskey, give us gin Open up and let us in Last year, the city, strapped with a $1 billion deficit, suspended the prize money (more than $200,000)
April 11, 1997 |
Under different circumstances, Kevin Bacon might have set his sights on a career in music rather than motion pictures. The determining factor, it would seem, was his older brother, Michael. "I remember hearing Kevin saying that 'music is kind of covered in this family, so I better try something else,' " Michael Bacon said before the Bacon Brothers opened for a weekend engagement at the Sands. That's right. After a successful acting career that includes about 30 films, the 38-year-old Kevin Bacon is back to making music with Michael.
June 2, 1995 |
The stage billing for their Philadelphia debut as The Bacon Brothers is certainly equitable, though Michael Bacon knows "half the people who come out to see us will probably be there to see my movie-star brother Kevin up close. Hey, they'd come to see him open a supermarket. " Yet in a perverse way, Michael sees that as an advantage. Most people expect a movie star's concert turn to be, well, nothing more than a vanity project. The Bacon Brothers are something else. "The first job we ever played a couple months ago was at a small radio station in Connecticut," said Michael.
September 22, 1995 |
In a twist of roles, actor Kevin Bacon will star as himself on Sunday, playing rhythm guitar and singing lead vocals with the Bacon Brothers, a group he and his older brother Michael formed last year. During a recent telephone interview from his home in Connecticut, Kevin Bacon said he calls the band's style of music "Fo-So-Ro-Co," an acronym for folk, soul, rock and country. "I have a very eclectic musical taste. I would say that, probably, if anything, Fo-So-Ro-Co is another word for pop," said Bacon, 37, who grew up listening to everything from Motown groups to the Spinners, and Bruce Springsteen to the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Police.
February 3, 2000 |
A funny thing has happened to the folk rockin' Bacon Brothers on their magical mystery trip. What started out as a lark - their variation on the theme of a rock 'n' roll fantasy camp - has turned into a reasonably successful sideline career for the Philadelphia-born brothers - 51-year-old film scorer Michael Bacon and his 10 years junior brother, the hard-working Hollywood actor, Kevin Bacon. "As the Bacon Brothers, we started out driving around in a station wagon, setting up our stuff, plugging in and playing, then waiting 'til the owner paid us so we could leave," noted Kevin in a call from Orlando, Fla., where their Y2K tour was kicking off at the House of Blues.
June 19, 2002 |
In the middle of an apartment stuffed with memorabilia, 80-year-old Joseph Pollock opened a dark-colored yearbook from West Philadelphia High School dated 1940. "I want to show you one or two things within this book," he said. "It won't take long. " There's a young Pollock reading the daily announcements to his senior class. "I dressed them up. I made them interesting. They paid attention to me. " There's Pollock, senior-class president, standing with the other class officers.