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 12, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Smart move We applaud Mayor Nutter and the leadership at Shared Prosperity Philadelphia for developing a plan to reduce poverty in the city based on helping all children capitalize on their potential ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet new push for early-childhood learning," June 3). We know what works. Abundant research has found that the preschool years are a critical time for brain development. Early learning efforts that focus not only on skill acquisition, but also on helping children develop positive beliefs about their own potential to succeed, have the power to change the trajectory of their lives.
April 26, 2015 |
McCartney returns! Paul McCartney . Y'know, he did that duet with Kanye West earlier this year? The upstart will play Philly for the first time in five years, taking over the Wells Fargo Center on June 21. Massive Macca fans will be able to see him twice in one week if they plan to hit up the Dover, Del.'s Firefly Music Fest on June 19 in Dover, Del. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, May 1. Trenton man does a...
March 24, 2015 |
Meek Mill is back. The Philadelphia rapper, brand, and all-around hip-hop presence, who marked his "homecoming" Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, made news last year when he violated terms of his five-year probation in connection with a 2009 gun and drug conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley said he failed to get permission for out-of-town gigs, dissed his probation officer and prosecutor on Twitter, and posed for Instagram snaps holding guns. To jail he went, from July to December, leaving a lot of canceled shows in his wake.
March 18, 2015 |
With his deep, talky vocals, grandiose musicality, and catalog of hits, Neil Diamond has a special foothold in the marketplace, on showy display Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was a swinging pop songwriter of the 1960s Brill Building era, a self-conscious post-folkie poet in the late '60s and early '70s, a prince of schmaltz and king of AOR soft rock in the late '70s through the '90s, and a journeyman who returned to his roots in the 2000s. His Melody Road of 2014 recalls his Technicolor arrangements and dramatic anthems of the '70s, the pomp of Hot August Night . He reminded Sunday's audience that that album was from 43 years ago - then launched into the weird, winding baroque of "Crunchy Granola Suite" and the quasi-gospel piano of "Holly Holy.
March 15, 2015 |
At 21 years of age, Ariana Grande - a four-octave light lyric soprano dubbed the "mini-Mariah" - has the world on a string, a notion she blithely, but solidly, embraced while singing and dancing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Grande is a Broadway veteran and has long been a staple of Nickelodeon children's television as Cat Valentine, an adored character in two different series inspiring her young girl fans (and their mothers) to wear lit-up cat ears, just as she does on stage.
March 12, 2015 |
If you have not watched Adam Levine, lead singer for the Maroon 5, as a judge on NBC's competitive singing show The Voice or bouncing around the Academy Awards broadcast, perhaps you might be interested in hearing about what he's doing in his natural habitat: fronting Maroon 5, who sold out the Wells Fargo Center on Monday. The thin, high-haired, immaculately unshaven Levine and his brethren did a dazzling job of making big, rhythmic pop, with a good deal of reggae in the mix, all while remaining absolutely and sensationally soulless.
February 21, 2015 |
If ever there were a complicated male bill of soul-hop singers and MCs, Wednesday's show featuring Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga at Wells Fargo Center was it. Tyga is known for supposedly dating Kylie Jenner of Kardashian/Jenner family fame. If the Bruce Jenner news wasn't bad enough, Tyga got Twitter-dissed by Philly's Amber Rose (ex-Mrs. Wiz Khalifa!) for leaving his baby mama for young Kylie Jenner. It's hip-hop as soap opera. As for soapy drama, Chris Brown is the king: club shootings, Drake disses, his history with Rihanna, etc. Poor Songz - not known for anything but great singing, good abs, and racy lyrics.
December 10, 2014 |
When Q102's annual Jingle Ball blizzards its way into Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, so will some of the biggest names in teen rock, electro-pop, and hip-hop: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, One Republic, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, and Rita Ora. Of particular interest is Azalea, whose steamy singles "Beg for It" and "Black Widow" are part of Re-Classified , a new repackaging of her Def Jam debut The New Classic . And Smith...
November 19, 2014 |
It was a cold and miserable November night, and the traffic getting to the Wells Fargo Center was brutal. And all Stevie Wonder was going to do, anyway, was play a 38-year-old album from start to finish. What's the big deal? Wouldn't it have been easier just to stay home, punch up Songs in the Key of Life on the sound system, and nurse your Eagles wounds on the sofa? That would have been the wrong move, because the show the 64-year-old musical marvel put on Sunday night more than lived up to its billing as the concert event of the season.