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June 12, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com : Check out a full photo gallery of the boy bands coming to Philly this summer, reaction from social media, plus a Spotify playlist. LOOK WHO'S BACK on tour this summer! New Kids on the Block. The Backstreet Boys. 98 Degrees. Boyz II Men. Even the Monkees. All started as well-scrubbed, adorable and energetic, young, pop-harmony groups - a/k/a/ boy bands - expected to last only a lunchtime. But, oh, nostalgia lovers, look at them now! Historically, most of these cutie-pies were packaged by corporate entities at casting calls.
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April 4, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are those who say the golden era of boy bands is over, swept away by a flood of lawsuits, solo ambitions, and changing teen tastes. "You'll never see trading cards and cute boys in matchy-matchy outfits doing fancy choreography again," says Zena Burns, music editor for Teen People. "It's morphed into boys who play their own instruments in bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. " But if the boy band is extinct, somebody forgot to tell the boys. "Penny & Me," the first single from a forthcoming CD by '90s sibling sensations Hanson, debuted in the number-two position yesterday on the Billboard Hot 100. On Tuesday, former New Kids on the Block singer Jordan Knight released a set of NKOTB material, remixes of '80s hits such as "Step by Step" and "Cover Girl.
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July 17, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
Who's that girl? If you have to ask, it's probably time to renew that subscription to Glamour . Or GQ . Cosmopolitan . Time . The New York Times . Entertainment Weekly . If Amy Schumer's face looks unfamiliar, you likely don't watch "30 Rock. " Or "The Bachelorette," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," or "Curb Your Enthusiasm. " Comedy Central's definitely not your bag. Then again, maybe you read plenty and watch even more, and you just haven't noticed Schumer, 34, who was nominated for seven Emmys yesterday.
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May 27, 2000 | By Joey Sweeney, FOR THE INQUIRER
It could be the last great twist in the story of punk rock that some of its last true-school purveyors are a trio of pimply nerds who are nearly as clean-cut as the images of the boy bands they set out to mock. That's the epitaph Blink 182 has been writing for itself over hard-touring years that have seen them go from all-ages Sunday matinee favorites to shed-tour headliners with a string of hit singles. But no matter how their fortunes may have increased - and for however short a time may be left before the boom goes bust - success hasn't spoiled the devil-may-care dorkfest that is the Blink 182 punk-rock show.
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July 27, 2001 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In its five years of existence, the Y100 Feztival has become a rite of passage for area fans of rock that's not too hard. You hang out with your teen and back-from-college friends, getting toasted in the sun - or plop down in the Tweeter Center's air-conditioned lobby for relief. And during an 11-hour day, you hear a whole bunch of bands - some good, some not so good - presented by DJs from WPLY-FM (100.3). Ever since Kurt Cobain killed himself, the state of "modern" rock has been uninspired at best, as bland guitar bands have deservedly been pushed aside by rappers, boy bands, nu-metal heads, teen queens, Latin pop stars, knucklehead rap-rockers - you name it. So it's to the credit of Y100 program director Jim McGuinn that every year, he manages to put on a multi-act show that's a little bit better than it has any right to be. Sure, Wednesday's 90-degree-plus marathon had its share of faceless stiffs - Vertical Horizon, Lifehouse and Our Lady Peace were each granted 45 unfortunate minutes.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
Britney & the boy bands I would like to make a comment on the Britney Spears issue. While on vacation in New York at the end of August, my family went to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to see Britney's concert. It was so mobbed we all had to stand for four hours straight. Almost three of the four hours was nothing but opening acts. Britney did not come on until 9 p.m., and the majority of the crowd either left or were sound asleep. Many people wonder if Britney lip-syncs or not. I watched her on the TV screens, and I have the answer: She does!
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May 30, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's physically impossible to blow the doors off the Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden's giant open-air shed. But the teenage girls at One Direction's Memorial Day concert gave it their all. The focus of their frenzy: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson — five flavors of creamy cuteness. Together, this Anglo-Irish quintet make up one of the most enjoyable and charming boy bands of the modern era. The biggest reactions on this muggy Monday were sparked by love notes like "Gotta Be You" and "Everything About You. " But all night long, the crowd was working a great deal harder than the performers were.
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April 16, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Rick Dobrowolski would have loved Popped! Philadelphia, the weeklong festival of local independent bands, bookers and venues culminating in Friday's mixed-bag bill that nearly sold out Starlight Ballroom to an all-ages crowd. Dobrowolski, the co-owner of Tritone who died last weekend at age 40, nurtured that scene, booking indie everything anyplace he could for more than half his life, all while wearing the same black leather vest. Bardo Pond, the bill's second act, had surely played for Rick D during its nearly 20-year career.
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April 19, 2001
I was highly offended by David Kittrell's letter (April 14) about the Backstreet Boys' appearance on the VH1 special, "Divas Live. " "Talentless factory-made bands" don't perform with legends like Sir Elton John (often, and by his request, not theirs), including the Grammy Awards. They don't work with Lionel Ritchie either. This is at least the second time the Boys have been insulted in your newspaper. Why must critics bring them down? ANGELA BRIGHT, Haverford If the "Diva" (Aretha Franklin)
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September 10, 2000 | By Rashod D. Ollison, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three years have passed since the last Boyz II Men album. In that seemingly short time, a generous crop of boy groups has muscled onto the airwaves - all trying to emulate or extend the caramel-smooth, doo-wop-tinged harmonies of the Philadelphia quartet, whose new disc debuts Tuesday. Those boy bands - Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and 98 Degrees among them - are storming stages around the world and selling lots of CDs, not to mention hamburgers. Does Boyz II Men, the Grammy-winning group that clearly inspired all this, feel a little slighted?
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July 17, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
Who's that girl? If you have to ask, it's probably time to renew that subscription to Glamour . Or GQ . Cosmopolitan . Time . The New York Times . Entertainment Weekly . If Amy Schumer's face looks unfamiliar, you likely don't watch "30 Rock. " Or "The Bachelorette," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," or "Curb Your Enthusiasm. " Comedy Central's definitely not your bag. Then again, maybe you read plenty and watch even more, and you just haven't noticed Schumer, 34, who was nominated for seven Emmys yesterday.
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August 16, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When your night begins with a subway ride filled with screaming young girls and their happily hollering mothers, you know what you're in for: Wednesday's meeting of Great Britain's platinum-plated boy band, One Direction, and Australia's power-pop sensations, 5 Seconds of Summer, at Lincoln Financial Field. The first of two sold-out shows continued Thursday, surely with the same level of cheery mayhem in the stadium as well as the subway. For the most part, you got what all the yelling and crying (several young girls were in tears)
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June 27, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Piercing, dizzying, catlike yowls and screeches. Handmade posters draped with flashing Christmas lights held up by tireless young arms. Thousands raised from their seats with cheering mouths, singing and flailing away - it had to be a boy band. And it was. One Direction hit the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, drawing a crowd of many who had bought tickets a year in advance - this show was sold out before 1D played the Susquehanna Bank Center in May 2012. The London-based 19- to 21-year-old pop band - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson - were modestly dressed in T-shirts and jeans.
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June 12, 2013
* The Package Tour, with New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $92.50-$20, 800-298-4200, comcastTIX.com. * The Rolling Stones with "surprise" guest, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 8 p.m. Tuesday and June 21, $597-$67. 800-298-4200, comcastTIX.com. (Note: Watch for last-minute ticket availability at reduced cost, the concert promoters' new "dynamic pricing" strategy.) * One Direction, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. June 25, sold out, but tickets available from secondary market.
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June 12, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com : Check out a full photo gallery of the boy bands coming to Philly this summer, reaction from social media, plus a Spotify playlist. LOOK WHO'S BACK on tour this summer! New Kids on the Block. The Backstreet Boys. 98 Degrees. Boyz II Men. Even the Monkees. All started as well-scrubbed, adorable and energetic, young, pop-harmony groups - a/k/a/ boy bands - expected to last only a lunchtime. But, oh, nostalgia lovers, look at them now! Historically, most of these cutie-pies were packaged by corporate entities at casting calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's physically impossible to blow the doors off the Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden's giant open-air shed. But the teenage girls at One Direction's Memorial Day concert gave it their all. The focus of their frenzy: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson — five flavors of creamy cuteness. Together, this Anglo-Irish quintet make up one of the most enjoyable and charming boy bands of the modern era. The biggest reactions on this muggy Monday were sparked by love notes like "Gotta Be You" and "Everything About You. " But all night long, the crowd was working a great deal harder than the performers were.
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March 10, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
Nickelodeon's made-for-TV boy band, Big Time Rush, stretch their skinny legs, graduating to a movie format with a London setting, an espionage plot, and even a sprinkling of Beatles songs. All served up with their usual goofy mirth. The premise is that James, Carlos, Kendall, and Logan are scheduled to launch their world tour at Hyde Park. (The group's actual summer tour brings them to Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center on Aug. 10.) But before the guys can even order room service, they're being hotly pursued both by the bobbies and by a small army of sinister spies.
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January 14, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
S TEVEN HIRSCH , the co-founder of adult-film company Vivid Entertainment, has a serious hard-on for Octomom Nadya Suleman . One of those 4-plus-hour Viagra models. He's offered Octo $1 million to have sex on camera, he's offered less to her to not have sex on camera, and now he's offered to make Octo's February mortgage payment while he considers whether to buy her La Habra, Calif., home. Hirsch said yesterday that he's looking into whether it makes good business sense to pay off the $450,000 that Octo owes and to assume the note.
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September 10, 2010
Rich Cronin, 36, whose band LFO sang the breezy summer hit "Summer Girls" whose lyrics boosted Abercrombie & Fitch, has died after struggling with health setbacks, including leukemia and a stroke. Mr. Cronin - who cowrote "Summer Girls," LFO's biggest hit - died in a Boston hospital Wednesday, former bandmate Brad Fischetti said. "Last summer, when we did our reunion tour, he was certainly having health problems, but he was cancer-free at that time," Fischetti said Thursday. Mr. Cronin's manager, Melissa Holland, said he died of complications from leukemia.
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