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February 16, 1998 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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February 13, 2009 | By Nicole Pensiero FOR THE INQUIRER
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)
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December 30, 2009 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
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.
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February 21, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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June 18, 2009 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
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April 11, 1997 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
June 2, 1995 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 22, 1995 | By Pheralyn Dove, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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February 3, 2000 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 19, 2002 | By Nora Achrati INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 17, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum on the beach. Lady Gaga and Kiss at Boardwalk Hall. A jazz fest in Cape May - and a Beardfest in the woods. All this and more awaits the Jersey Shore music fan this summer. That's on top of a wide range of Atlantic City casino headliners, including superstar DJs (Paul Oakenfold, June 6 at Revel), young country stars (The Band Perry, May 31 at Caesars), Motown legends (Smokey Robinson May 24 at Harrah's, Diana Ross June 20 at Caesars) and classic rockers (John Fogerty July 19 at Borgata, Rod Stewart Aug. 23 at Taj Mahal)
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January 22, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THE GRAND Old Lady of Broad Street has surely learned how to get down for her anniversary Philadelphia Orchestra concert and ball in recent years, pumping up the traditional symphonic soiree and after-party with guest talents as diverse (and unexpected) as Billy Joel, Sting, Diana Krall, Blue Man Group, James Taylor, Paul Simon and, last year, Hugh Jackman. For this Saturday's fundraising (and fun-raising) 157th anniversary Academy of Music bash, organizers are going over-the-top with homegrown entertainment connections, including the top-billed Jill Scott, the Bacon Brothers and (in the great tradition of Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn)
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July 3, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
In X-Men: First Class , one of the summer's box-office hits ($320 million worldwide and counting), Kevin Bacon stars as a maniacal mutant super-villain. Later this month, the Philadelphia born-and-bred actor can be seen with Steve Carell in the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love . "I've always mixed it up," Bacon says on the phone from Los Angeles, where his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, is shooting the final season of The Closer . "That's been my MO. I don't want to do one kind of movie.
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October 26, 2010 | By Dan Gross
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden will speak Nov. 14 at the grand-opening ceremony of the National Museum of American Jewish History. NBC News' chief foreign-affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell , a former KYW NewsRadio and KYW-TV reporter, emcees the event at the museum's new home, 5th and Market. Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler perform Nov. 13 at the museum's grand-opening gala. The 10,000-square-foot museum cost $150 million to build, $25 million of which was donated by fashion mogul Sidney Kimmel 's charitable foundation.
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December 31, 2009 | Don Harrison
IT'S YEAR No. 2 in the Age of Obama - Are times better? Perhaps, but the lingering trauma Gives us pause as we brace for a new year again, A new decade, in fact - it's 2-thousand-and-10! Happy New Year to all (our hearts are a-flutter) - To our embattled mayor, Michael Nutter, And his harried predecessor, the guv, Lame-duck Ed Rendell. Heavens above. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), is that really a D? (Will Joe Sestak add "ex-" in the spring prima-ry?
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December 30, 2009 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
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.
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October 8, 2009 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
When I was a kid, my dad advised me not to hold grudges. He saw revenge as a powerful but ultimately empty motivator. Dad was the exception in our clan. Most of my family never forgets even the smallest slight. (My grandmother is still sore over all the times I whipped her in Scrabble.) We just file the snubs away and dust them off when the time is right for reprisal. I believe most therapists would find that approach entirely healthy. It's been two years since the Phils were unceremoniously dismissed from the playoffs by the then-sizzling Rockies.
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June 18, 2009 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
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February 21, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2009 | By Nicole Pensiero FOR THE INQUIRER
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)
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