July 27, 2001
[W]eren't we finally done with these guys? Despite respectful nods - such as the dutiful placement of Sgt. Pepper's, that largely unlistened-to and virtually unlistenable record, at the very top of lists of "greatest rock albums" - Beatlemania had finally become as worn out as . . . Father McKenzie's socks. Now it's back. Nick Gillespie, "The Long and Whining Road" Reason, June 2001
July 22, 2014 |
ONCE UPON a time, Atlantic City's casino showrooms hummed and buzzed year-round. Classic gaming-hall venues like the Claridge's Palace Theater and the Trump Plaza showroom were dark only when one midweek presentation had ended and another was preparing to open. Today, extended-run presentations, much like the city itself, are pretty much warm-weather attractions - somewhat odd when you consider that summertime is AyCee's peak season and thus less-dependent on such attendance-growing lures.
July 28, 2013 |
Half a century ago, the Beatles were really busy. After Beatlemania broke out in 1963, they played more than 1,200 shows, recorded 12 LPs, and appeared in five movies. Some followed the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or admitted to trying acid, or spurned royal honors, or claimed to be more popular than Jesus. Then, in 1970, they broke up. But that didn't end Beatlemania. In 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appealed to the band on the air, offering them $3,000 to reunite.
November 4, 1996 |
Some bought little plastic Ringo Starrs to hang on their Christmas trees. A few signed up for a five-day, four-night Imagine cruise through the Caribbean. There were 5,000 of them - fans of the 1960s band that they say revolutionized everything. And they showed up at the Ramada Inn this weekend to pay tribute to England's phenomenal pop combo. It was the third annual Philly Fab Four Fest, an event jam-packed with Beatlemania, and one that sent even organizer Lauren Kane home with a decision to keep John Lennon out of the tape deck for a while.
February 27, 1988 |
Nineteen-eighty-eight is shaping up to be another banner year for Beatlemania - in movies, records and television. Fans can look forward to an animated musical titled Strawberry Fields Forever. Produced by Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax, the film's soundtrack features new artists singing "Blackbird," "Hey Jude" and other Beatles favorites. Michael Jackson, who owns the Beatles song catalogue, is reportedly investigating the possibility of making feature-length films based on Fool on the Hill and Eleanor Rigby.
July 10, 2010
'Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" So says Albus Dumbledore, grand wizard of Harry Potter's world. This wizened soul knows the joy of a well-conjured tune, one that keeps the heart, mind, and spirit young. Just look at some of the musical graybeards still performing. Ringo Starr hit 70 this week. Yeah, the oldest Beatle, who's been touring with his All-Star Band since 1989, longer than he spent as part of the Fab Four - almost as long as he's been a grandfather (since '85)
April 15, 1996 |
Saturday night's show at the Spectrum was the Dream Team of R & B: multiplatinum crooner R. Kelly, hard-hitting rap vet LL Cool J, sassy up-and-comers Xscape and rookies Solo. The nearly four-hour extravaganza featured elaborate visuals, multiple outfit changes, plenty of sweet-talking romance for the women who dominated the capacity crowd, and enough bravado for their dates. Main attraction R. (as in Robert) Kelly was introduced on a giant movie screen that showed a short, animated 1930s gangster flick starring our hero.
September 4, 2016 |
NOTE: Due to Tropical Storm Hermine, you are advised to check in advance on weekend events. BARNEGAT LIGHT | SUN. 10 A.M.: If you're the artsy sort, you can spend Sun., Sept. 4, perusing fine arts pieces, ceramics, handmade jewelry, and other creations at the Viking Village Art and Craft Show (East 19th Street and Bayview Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. See vikingvillageshows.com or call 609-361-8039. OCEAN CITY | SUN. 7:30 P.M.: Through his sweeping film scores, John Williams has taken us to Jurassic Park, Hogwarts, and a galaxy far, far away.
July 29, 1989 |
NBC makes a small effort at offering fresh programming tonight, but that effort - an unsold pilot and wrestling matches - don't add up to much. WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS (4:30-6 p.m., Ch. 6) The sports series will show the Mike Tyson-Carl Williams fight of July 21 in its entirety - all 93 seconds. ABC. THIS OLD HOUSE (6-6:30 p.m., Ch. 12) - Tips on selecting wallpaper. Just thought you ought to know. PBS. COPS (8-9 p.m., Ch. 29) - The Cops film crew is in Portland, Ore., these days, and guess what?
December 11, 2000 |
Enjoy this latest wave of Beatlemania all you want. Continue to gnash your teeth over the 1980 murder of John Lennon. But whatever you do, don't ask Julian Lennon about it. "How are you supposed to define your own character when all people want from you are answers about someone else's life, a life that you don't have answers for," the singer and son of the late Beatle complains on his Web site. "I am not John Lennon, I never will be! I have never lived his life and never will do!