August 7, 2016 |
Out in Indio, Calif., in the middle of the Coachella Valley, they'll put on a festival Oct. 7-9 that - if it were 1975 - would be one of the greatest lineups in the history of pop music: the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan (Oct. 7), Paul McCartney and Neil Young (Oct. 8), and Roger Waters (once of Pink Floyd) and The Who (Oct. 9). And I am not going. And I would not go. It's not that it won't be fun. The audience will know all the songs. May they dance all weekend. May they get the cosmic feel-goods all over.
July 14, 2016 |
In times of trouble, you could find yourself in far more unpleasant places than South Philadelphia on a breezy summer evening listening to Paul McCartney sing Beatles songs. Which is what a privileged-to-be-there sold-out Citizens Bank Park crowd got to do Tuesday evening, finding refuge from the 24-hour bad-news cycle with the master of the cheerily melodic pop song just three nights after Billy Joel had filled the Phillies-stadium-turned-senior-citizen-rocker showplace, which will also host Bruce Springsteen later this summer.
July 2, 2016 |
July is upon us! Big-name concerts hit the city and, as you may have heard, likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her buddies will hang out in South Philly. Here are some can't-miss events in July: Billy Joel Bucks County native Christina Perri ("Jar of Hearts") will open up for Long Island's favorite son. Billy Joel has made it a habit of playing Citizens Bank Park every summer - this is his third year in a row playing the Phillies' home turf. As of press time, tickets were still available.
June 1, 2016 |
Before he played the first of three Friday night sets at the Riddle Ale House in Media, Charlie Gracie worked the crowd, stopping at each table to hug, kiss, and chat up his fans, some of whom have loved him since his 1957 rockabilly hits, "Butterfly" and "Fabulous. " Small, thin, and nimble in a lime blazer over a black T-shirt, silver hair combed straight back, Gracie had turned 80 this month. But through three hours of blistering guitar riffs, his fingers seemed to get only younger.
December 25, 2015 |
The Beatles - or at least the folks who publish the hallowed band's music - are giving a big holiday gift to the universe. It's all too much. On Wednesday, the official TheBeatles.com website announced that as of 12:01 a.m. Philadelphia time on Christmas Eve, the band's entire catalog will be available for streaming on nine of the major streaming service providers, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, and Amazon's Prime Music....
December 4, 2015 |
Ah, the holiday season is upon us. And perhaps the best way to usher it in is with a drunk Bill Murray. Murray leads A Very Murray Christmas , a new hour-long Netflix special that streams Friday. It's unlike the cloying TV so prevalent around the holidays. It's also positively Murrayesque, featuring a cabal of Murray's celebrity buddies, and it's, well, weird. But anything normal from Murray would be a disappointment in and of itself. A cult of personality has developed around Murray, largely because he, unlike so many other famous people, can see how positively ludicrous his celebrity is. Yet, seldom too detached or too cool, he can still be utterly earnest.
June 24, 2015 |
With the exception of the cult favorite "Temporary Secretary" from 1980's McCartney II , the song least familiar to Paul McCartney's fans during his sold-out 2 hour, 45 minute show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday was called "Hope for the Future. " His baby boomer fans - on average a good three decades older than the youngsters who sang along at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., two nights before - may not know it, but Sir Paul has been writing music for video games. Specifically for Destiny , a sci-fi first-person shooter for which he penned "Hope," a song that (naturally)
June 22, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - It doesn't get much cheerier than the scene round about midnight on Friday at the Firefly Music Festival. The world's greatest surviving Beatle was bringing his headlining set at the largest music fest on the East Coast to a crescendo by leading thousands of fans - most more than 40 years his junior - in a sing-along, dance-in-the-mud version of "Hey Jude. " For Paul McCartney, who turned 73 on Thursday, the celebration had begun two hours earlier when he opened at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway, singing an exultant, rocked-out rendition of his former band's "Birthday" before a sold-out crowd of 90,000 spread over Firefly's sprawling grounds, soaked with heavy rains earlier in the week.
June 18, 2015 |
That Paul McCartney souvenirs will be on sale at Sunday night's concert here is hardly newsworthy. Most bands peddle "merch" at their gigs. But the inventory inside the Infinity Live! complex on Pattison Avenue east of Broad Street will include some rather out-of-the-ordinary items - limited-edition prints of some of Sir Paul's paintings. These and more will be on display and sold from 4 p.m. until an hour after the concert ends. "He has only released seven signed works," explained Scott Segelbaum, president/curator of RockArtShow.com.
June 18, 2015 |
LET'S FACE it: No one 50 years ago could have envisioned that Paul McCartney - the "cute Beatle" - would, in 2015, reign as one of the world's most famous and successful entertainers. After all, the mid-'60s was a time when teen-oriented pop acts were seen as here today, gone tomorrow commodities. (Come to think of it, some things don't change.) And it was a time when even the biggest names of that era - Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and the like - hadn't put in anywhere near 50 years, much less at the pinnacle of show business.