March 4, 2013
Johnny Marr The Messenger (ADA **1/2) Johnny Marr has built up so much goodwill over the years - as the guitar genius who gave musical shape to the Smiths, as a sideman with everyone from Tom Jones to Talking Heads - that it feels a bit mean to give The Messenger a lukewarm review. In fact, the 49-year-old jangle-pop master's first proper solo album is pleasant, polished, and full of the clean, understated playing that's been Marr's hallmark for decades.
February 12, 2013 |
The "Jersey girl" who paid $250,000 after Bruce Springsteen sweetened a deal at a Grammy charity auction reportedly is Tracy Powell, sister of Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene. "It turns out that Laurene was at the MusiCares dinner on Friday with Tracy, and - according to people at their table – she egged her sister on to bid the big money," according to Showbiz411.com. Springsteen put on quite a performance at the event - after all sorts of singing was done by the likes of John Legend, Elton John, Neil Young, and Mumford & Sons.
February 6, 2013
Reg Presley, 71, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including the garage-rock classic "Wild Thing," died Monday at his home in Andover, England, after a yearlong bout with lung cancer. Mr. Presley and the Troggs scored their breakthrough hit in the early days of the British music invasion. The song, a cover of a version by Jordan Christopher and the Wild Ones, was later picked up not only by garage bands the world over - the lead guitar riffs were easily copied - but also by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.
December 20, 2012 |
WHEN THE senior generation of arena rockers (the Rolling Stones , the Who , Bruce Springsteen , Paul McCartney ) stops performing, how will we ever raise money in a charity concert? Who's going to perform with Bon Jovi ? Matchbox 20 ? Maroon 5 ? Will any bands from the '80s and '90s still be rocking when their fans hit their disposable-income years? Billie Joe Armstrong better straighten himself out because the charity concert of 2030 may depend on Green Day . Well, and the Stones.
December 5, 2012
1. "This Christmas," Donny Hathaway. The groovin' soul original we all remember Hathaway by, that every young artist still aims to cover, 40-plus years later. 2. "Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt. Oh, did the woman raise a fuss with this steamy and materialistic come-on! 3. "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Ray Charles and Betty Carter. While written in 1949 by Frank Loesser, this 1961 version was first to chart and remains "the standard. " Revealed Brother Ray's lecherous side. Arguably made Carter's career.
November 7, 2012 |
KEANSBURG, N.J. - And on the seventh day after the storm, President Obama called Gov. Christie from Air Force One and put Bruce Springsteen on the phone. Although the Democratic rocker has a notoriously frosty relationship with the Republican governor, Springsteen apparently appreciated the love Christie displayed last week for their battered home state. Not only did they chat from Obama's campaign trail Monday, according to the governor, but Springsteen gave him a hug at the Sandy benefit telethon Friday night.
November 6, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH IT'S UNCLEAR whether Britney Spears has ever read a novel, the Hollywood Reporter says she's in discussions to write one. Following many Americans' obsession with celebrity, the publishing industry has essentially given up on actual writers in favor of "names" - thus have come novels by Lauren Conrad , Bethenny Frankel , Snooki and more. Britney's book would reportedly be a fictionalized account of portions of her own life, from child star to jailbait to bald umbrella-wielding hot mess to judge.
November 4, 2012 |
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band closed out the show with "Land of Hope and Dreams" on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, the telethon broadcast live from New York on Friday night. The TV fund-raiser, produced by NBC and shown on a variety of outlets, including HBO, also featured Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Mary J. Blige, and a host of celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Stewart. The telethon was hosted by Today 's Matt Lauer. It came together after Lauer took a tour Tuesday of a neighborhood in Rockaway Beach, Queens, that had seen 50 first-responder residents die in the Sept.
November 3, 2012 |
Bruce Springsteen , Jon Bon Jovi , Billy Joel , Sting , Christina Aguilera, and now Mary J. Blige will be among the acts performing on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together , a one-hour telethon hosted by the Today show's Matt Lauer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday. The event (on Comcast-owned NBC channels) will also feature NBC's Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon (and The Roots ?), and will be shown on Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, SyFy, USA, and NBC.com.