July 16, 2012 |
Given the efficiency with which commercial success trumps contradiction, it was perhaps inevitable that Pink Floyd's The Wall, an album inspired by Roger Waters' distaste for stadium shows, would find its way back into ballparks, more than three decades after its initial release. At Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, Waters and his 11-piece band were dwarfed by a 40-foot-high "brick" wall that spanned the breadth of the field. As the ensemble played through the album in its entirety, stagehands filled in the gap in the center, oversize imitation brick by oversize imitation brick, until, at the two-hour show's midpoint, Waters and his ensemble were entirely hidden from view.
November 28, 2011 |
WITH AN UNUSUAL MESSAGE for the Thanksgiving season, recently paroled rapper T.I. (a/k/a Clifford Harris Jr.) spoke with Vibe magazine in the December issue about the already-forgotten Tracy Morgan anti-gay-comments controversy. "Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, 'C'mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive,' " T.I. says in Vibe . " 'If you can take a d---, you can take a joke.' That s--- was funny to me. And it's kind of true.
November 21, 2011 |
Danika Shinn, a pink-haired eighth grader at Andrew Jackson Public School in South Philadelphia, dreams of becoming a rock star. Though her cheeks, also pink, perhaps suggested a touch of nervousness, Shinn confidently flipped into her "head voice" last week when she and a dozen other eighth graders in the school's rock band warmed up the audience with the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black," just before a ballet performance at the Wilma Theater....
September 6, 2011 |
Here comes the big one. The BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall, now in their 116th season and the largest classical music festival anywhere, have long been a significant platform for musicians, but never more than now - so much so that the Philadelphia Orchestra, a week after leaving the United Kingdom, will double back from Germany to perform there Thursday. It's worth the hopscotch. "You can't explain it to anybody who hasn't been to Royal Albert Hall," said the orchestra's concertmaster, David Kim. "It's like making it to the playoffs or the Super Bowl.
April 12, 2010 |
"This is not a rock concert," Midlake's Eric Pulido announced midway through its show Saturday at the TLA. "This is a soft folk-rock soiree. " Given that Pulido was one of the seven-piece band's four guitar players, the remark was more than a little tongue-in-cheek. But there's little doubt that Midlake spent much of the four years preceding the January release of The Courage of Others internalizing the sound of British folk-rock giants like Fairport Convention and Pentangle, as well as present-day descendants like Philadelphia's Espers, whose mixture of acoustic fingerpicking and electric power-chords set the scene for Saturday's show.
January 11, 2010 |
How do you distinguish the new solo music of Nick Jonas from his body of work with his older siblings as the Jonas Brothers? It was hard to tell above the insane, incessant caterwauling of his young female fans at the first of two sold-out shows at the Tower Theater this weekend. The girls started screeching as soon as the prefatory theme from Rocky began blaring from the sound system. They did not let up until two minutes after Jonas' second encore, the title track from his debut solo album, Who I Am, scheduled for release Feb. 2. He delivered the entire album Saturday night, plus a sprinkling of Jonas Brothers songs and a few covers.
October 19, 2008 |
Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric didn't rock out on stage during their three-hour show at Jen and Dave's house in Moorestown last weekend.... That was because there was no stage. Instead, there were two microphone stands and a couple of amps set up beneath the wood-beam ceiling in Jen Hilinski and Dave Khanlian's living room, where a full house of 50 or so in-the-know fans sat on folding chairs, sure that they were in on something special. That they were. "I'm just imagining somebody driving by," said Rigby, as the sharp-eyed indie songwriter and her pop-punk cult-hero husband bashed through Eric's "Take the Cash (K.A.
March 18, 2005 |
While it is usually referred to simply as Tommy, the official name of the show at the Media Theatre is The Who's Tommy. The full title says much about the piece. This is a musical-theater work with music and lyrics written mainly by Pete Townshend to be performed by his immensely popular, seminal rock band, The Who, on a concept album released in 1969. It was turned into a musical in 1993, and though it won five Tony Awards in that form, Tommy still comes across very much as a rock concert.
September 30, 2003 |
If this is nothing more than a cheap, sleazy publicity stunt by an attention-starved rock band - well, hey, it's working. Yesterday the city council of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed an emergency ordinance to stop hard rockers Hell on Earth from including an onstage death in a concert. The band had said it would feature the suicide of a terminally ill person during a concert this Saturday to raise awareness of right-to-die issues. The owner of the Palace Theater canceled the show and another venue turned it away.
October 6, 2002 |
Is America willing to spend its hard-earned cash to hear a rock star rail about how craven pop culture has become? Tom Petty is about to find out. On his acidic concept album The Last DJ, which arrives Tuesday, the famously laid-back, Florida-born rocker bemoans an entertainment industry that markets soft-porn "angel whores" and executives whose mantra is "You get to be famous, I get to be rich. " In songs plainspoken and devastatingly direct, Petty laments the corporatization of radio and the greed that stunts artistic careers, the worship of false American Idols, and the profit-at-any-cost orientation that derailed Enron and, he believes, exists throughout the business world.