August 12, 1991 |
Band names are like brand names. The recently regrouped Lynyrd Skynyrd, which played the Spectrum on Friday night, proves the point. Though the band's lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, and guitarist Steve Gaines died in a plane crash 14 years ago, the group remains as popular as ever. Like Pink Floyd or Fleetwood Mac (which both have lost their key members but continue to release records and tour to sellout crowds), Lynyrd Skynyrd knows that the death of a chief executive doesn't necessarily spell the death of the company.
December 27, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Steve Carell; Ronda Rousey; Ziggy Marley performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Matt Damon; Martin Freeman; J.D. McPherson performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Ted Danson; actress Emilia Clarke; Larry Gee performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Ethan Hawke; Lynyrd Skynyrd performs. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Keira Knightley; Dave Matthews; Dave Matthews Band performs.
June 29, 2013
Film New This Week: 20 Feet From Stardom (***1/2 out of four stars) Morgan Neville's documentary tells a shadow history of rock-and-roll from the perspective of the African American women who sang backup for stars from the Rolling Stones to David Bowie to Lynyrd Skynyrd. PG-13 (language). - Dan DeLuca Music Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra The orchestra is an awesome force to behold: 12 men and women wearing smoking jackets and fezzes while strumming and plucking their delicate instruments and crooning the most playful of early pop songs.
November 22, 1996 |
Wynonna Judd doesn't pussyfoot around. Most Nashville artists bent on reaching a pop audience make a show of their country pride, donning a Stetson or mixing an occasional steel guitar in with the synthesizers and smoke machines. But as her star turn at Valley Forge Music Fair made clear on Wednesday, Wynonna - one name will do, thank you! - is one red-headed diva who doesn't bother with pretense. Sure, she got started peddling aw-shucks traditionalism with her mama Naomi, and an unplugged Judds segment on Wednesday went over big - particularly the Nutrasweet nostalgia of "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)
June 20, 2003 |
"It [stinks] when you wake up one day and realize you're living a bad rock cliche, without any of the good rock cliches that are supposed to go with it," Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood says, laughing. Relationships frayed among band members and their significant others during the struggle to complete Southern Rock Opera, 2001's acclaimed two-disc magnum opus about Southern identity interwoven with the saga of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Athens, Ga., band survived, but most of the marriages didn't, and much of the new Decoration Day (New West)
July 26, 1987 |
La Bamba (Warner Bros. ) is the sound-track album to the movie of the same name about early rocker Ritchie Valens. The record features eight Valens hits performed by Los Lobos, and all sound terrific - lively, loose, yet true to the spirit of the originals. There's also a stand-out version of Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping " by Marshall Crenshaw, as well as lesser performances by Brian Setzer and Howard Huntsbury. All in all, one of the few sound-track albums worth hearing.
September 21, 2010
Leonard Skinner, 77, the basketball coach and gym teacher who inspired the name of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died Monday at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor in Jacksonville, Fla., his daughter Susie Moore said. He had Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Skinner was working at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in the late 1960s when he sent a group of students to the principal's office because their hair was too long. Those students later formed a band, using a variation of Skinner's name for their own. During a 2009 interview, Mr. Skinner said he was always bothered by the way the legend grew to say he was particularly tough on the band members or that he had kicked them out of school, according to the Florida Times-Union, which first reported his death.
August 3, 2000 |
True story from the Republican convention. Newt Gingrich (you remember him, right?) is addressing a throng of adoring young Republicans, some as young as 17, most of them in college, over a luncheon at the Ballroom at the Ben on Chestnut Street. He is trying to impress upon them the importance of events such as these. "Networking," he says, hitting each syllable hard. "And I'm not talking about the kind you did between midnight and 4 a.m. last night. " And here, the one-time speaker of the House paused for the inevitable guffaws.
October 9, 1987 |
"People should not confuse what we're doing with a reunion," says guitarist Gary Rossington of the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert happening at the Spectrum on Sunday. "This is a tribute to the fans and our band's music. Ten years after we broke up the group, our music is still getting a lot of airplay and our catalogue is selling stronger than ever. So we decided that if the fans were this loyal for so long, we'd do it for them, just one more time. " "We went out on a very sad note," adds drummer Artimus Pyle, jumping into the phone conversation from the band's rehearsal studio in Jacksonville, Florida.
January 27, 1991 |
Dellaquila's Restaurant in Phoenixville is signing up local bands and comedians for the new club Spotlight, which will open at 8 p.m. Thursday with a local rock-and-roll lineup. The bands scheduled to perform are 2.3 Children, Mirage, and Jody and The Rhodies. 2.3 Children, which formed about a year ago, plays top 40 rock, classic rock and originals. "Our originals try to spotlight everyone in the band. They are not your basic bubble gum originals. They're more artistic but still appeal to most people," guitarist Steve Rauco said.