June 1, 2014 |
The first time I saw New Paradise Laboratories' 27 , back during its 2012 Fringe Fest premiere, I thought it was mostly form over function. This dance-theater meditation on purgatory and the "27 Club" - those rock icons who perished directly or indirectly by their own hands at age 27 - was pretty but inconsequential, elegantly wasted. I'm not sure what has changed since. Me? The show? Or is it just that Plays and Players gave it a distance that the Painted Bride's scrappier stage does not?
March 1, 2014 |
Former Methacton star Ryann Krais and Chester coach Jamie Wharton are among the six locals and 14 athletes, coaches, and contributors who will be inducted into the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday. Gary LeJambre, a 1984 Bristol graduate, also will enter the Hall, along with Jim Morrison (Pennsbury, 1972), former West Catholic coach Jack Glascott, and contributor and former coach Harry Lewis. Krais, who graduated from Methacton in 2008 and went on to win the 2011 NCAA heptathlon title for Kansas State, set 11 state records and won nine PIAA state championships.
May 22, 2013 |
Ray Manzarek, 74, the keyboardist and founding member of the Doors, who had a dramatic impact on rock and roll, died Monday. Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Mr. Manzarek died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. Robinson-Fitzgerald said his manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death. Mr. Manzarek had bile duct cancer. Mr. Manzarek founded the Doors after meeting Jim Morrison in California. The band became one of the most successful rock acts of the 1960s and continues to resonate with fans decades after Morrison's death brought it to an effective end. The Chicago native remained active in music after Morrison's 1971 death.
July 26, 2011
When the headline "Amy Winehouse found dead at 27" came barging into our Saturday afternoon, the word dead felt like a long-promised punch to the gut. It may not have surprised anyone, but it still hurt like hell. And then there was the "27" - rock-and-roll's most dangerous number. It's the age that took Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and now a singer whose battles with drugs, drink, and depression were nightmarishly publicized in a mediascape her forebears never could have imagined.
June 20, 2011 |
Some famous musicians died at age 27, and the recent antics of English singer-songwriter-rehabber Amy Winehouse have observers worried if she could be the next. Radio yakker Danny Bonaduce raised the grim fear on his CBS3 commentary this morning, following news about problems on her concert tour. On Saturday she was booed in Serbia for staggering, mumbling, looking lost, forgetting lyrics and disappearing from the stage, then on Sunday, without further explanation, she canceled dates this week in Istanbul and Athens.
June 11, 2011 |
PARIS - The walls of the Paris bar are plastered with images of Jim Morrison and the Doors, and a bust of the lead singer presides over the beer tap - all reflective of the owner's lifelong passion. But an attorney for the group doesn't love it madly. Christophe Maillet said he received a letter from a lawyer in Beverly Hills, Calif., warning that "The Doors do not want to be seen as having approved of your establishment and also the consumption of alcohol. " The April 21 letter - signed by Anthony Keats, the Doors' intellectual-property lawyer, and shown Friday to the Associated Press - urged Maillet to remove images of the group within three months.
December 11, 2010 |
Miley Cyrus , only 18, appears in a video taking bong hits of salvia at her L.A.-region crib. She acts all stoned and that. Salvia is an herb legal in California, takes less than 30 secs to get you high, and is called a cross between pot and LSD, very un-similar drugs, so we're confused. Most horrifying: In the background, "Take It Easy" by the Eagles . A hers and hers year It was a big year, says the Daily Beast, for celesbians, those who play lesbians, those who have fun with supposedly lesbian behavior, and those who, like me, say they are not lesbians.
December 10, 2010 |
SIRIUS FINALLY got serious. Howard Stern , who's perhaps more responsible than anyone else for the continued existence of satellite radio, said on his morning show yesterday that he had signed a five-year deal that will keep him with Sirius XM. By that time Stern will be almost ready to start collecting Social Security - not that he's going to need it. His last five-year deal with Sirius was worth $100 million a year. This deal's dollars were undisclosed. Stern's announcement drove Sirius XM stock up about 20 percent in early-morning trading.
December 9, 2010 |
WHILE HER FRIENDS Smokey Robinson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson have called Aretha Franklin 's recent surgery a success, with the Queen of Soul recovering nicely, there has been no official explanation of either Aretha's condition or prognosis. And when there's nothing official, the unofficial starts. An unnamed source told the Detroit News yesterday that Aretha is suffering from pancreatic cancer. The National Enquirer - which unfortunately makes diagnostic calls as accurately as Dr. House - broke a similar story first.
April 9, 2010 |
Devotees of Jim Morrison and the Doors probably already know this, but here's one of the goofier revelations to emerge from Tom DiCillo's terrific documentary, When You're Strange: "Mr. Mojo Risin," a line repeated over and over in the hit "L.A. Woman," was an anagram for . . . Jim Morrison. Whoa. Heavy, dude. The Doors and Morrison, alias Mr. Mojo Risin, alias the Lizard King, were together just 54 months - less than five years. The band, formed in 1965, sold more than 80 million albums.