At this point in Leon Russell’s illustrious career, there are few things the man hasn’t seen or done. Between his work as a session musician and producer for the likes of Bob Dylan, Herb Alpert, George Harrison and, in 2010, a collaboration with Elton John, the 72-year-old has established himself as one of blues rock’s […]
Think of it as the OC Fair warm-up—Brea's SummerFest rolls back into town as the largest North OC community event drawing an estimated 20,000 people. This weekend, delight in fried Twinkies, margaritas, popcorn, funnel cakes, and all those other wonderful fair foods we wait three long seasons to indulge in. Then test the limits of […]
Movies usually ruin a good story. They find something great in a play or a book, then they stink it all up with their dumb camera angles, fake explosions and drug-addicted actors. But Billy Elliot did the opposite—in this instance, theater imitated film and the results are anything but stinky. The 2009 Tony Award-winning Best […]
“Rock Harbor,” as the damn liberal media always mistakenly calls it) is all grown up. The Costa Mesa church that was the hippest among Orange County church hoppers when it exploded on the scene in 1997 has settled into a comfy-cozy multi-generational ministry that serves up standard evangelical fare. White people? Check. Mood lighting? Check. […]
On a planet bombarded with daily stories of horrific violence and cruelty, there is one true Valentine Day's tale that proves once bitter, seemingly eternal enemies can reconcile and fall into passionate, puppy love. Think: Hezbollah soldier hooking up with an Orthodox rabbi. Think: Gazillionaire, Mormon Republican presidential candidate hooking up with a dirt-poor, illegal […]
On Sunday, Madonna, the aging goddess of pop music (okay, we kid) will be embarking to where many of her younger counterparts have already performed: the Super Bowl Half-Time Show. The 53-year-old has made no qualms about being nervous about the mega show, telling Jay Leno that it's “the most nerve-wracking thing” she's ever done. […]
The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off today in the final mission of NASA's shuttle program. The mission: run supplies to the International Space Station, and bring home as much trash as can fit in the shuttle. Exciting stuff. To lively up this otherwise dull swan song, here are five tracks to bid farewell to the […]
If Tommy Davidson looks familiar to you Gen-Xers, it may be because you remember him from the zany but paramount ’90s sketch-comedy show In Living Color. As a cast member, Davidson worked alongside the Wayans brothers, Jaime Foxx and Jim Carrey. Now, the Washington, D.C., native brings his standup act to the Brea Improv for […]
Demographically, a community college in Mission Viejo may not seem to be the most natural choice to stage a musical about the forbidden romance between a Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. But this is nothing too radical—it’s Aida, specifically the Elton John/Tim Rice musical based on the 1871 Verdi opera of the same name. […]
] Like his (middle) namesake, little Zachary Jackson Levon was born on Christmas Day, although there's no word of the New York Times on whether God is dead just yet. Here's hoping that the young Furnish-John is as talented as his father–and plays the piano like a champ.
Elton John and Leon Russell November 5, 2010 Citizens Business Bank Arena See the slideshow here! When Elton John announced he was recording an album and touring with Leon Russell, long-time fans rejoiced. How often do you get to see one of the biggest rock stars in the world perform with his own musical hero? […]
About three minutes into “The Story,” the single that launched Brandi Carlile onto the national charts, the singer/songwriter goes for the high note. The orchestrations build, then filter out, allowing Carlile to be front and center for the big, anthemic finish. But then her voice breaks. And she doesn’t so much hit the note as […]
Disney animated features were never really the same after 1994’s The Lion King. It’s just impossible to imagine Treasure Planet being adapted into a Broadway production—especially one worthy of the Tony Award for best musical, which the stage version of The Lion King picked up in 1998. Luckily, the touring version keeps chugging along, returning […]
Elton John recently said he thinks “Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.” Playwright Terrence McNally had a similar vision and turned his ideas into a play—and ended up receiving numerous death threats and a condemnation by the Catholic League. Ferociously protested by religious conservatives, Corpus Christi , the story of […]
Foo Fighters to Record with 'Nevermind' Producer, M.I.A. New Album Update, Green Day Musical Movie(?), Lady Gaga and Elton John Reunite for Benefit
Foo Fighters to record with Nevermind producer Butch Vig. M.I.A.'s new album is “weird and heavy”–sounds good to us! ] Tom Hanks wants to make movie of Green Day musical. Lady Gaga, Elton John, Sting to perform at Rainforest Fund benefit concert–no word yet on if Gaga and John will pull a Grammy-style duet.
Today in Music News: Elton John Rumored to Perform with Lady Gaga at Grammys, Neko Case, Jakon Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Ke$sha
“Elton John Rumored to Perform With Lady Gaga at Grammys,” reports Spinner. Neko Case, Kelly Hogan join Jakob Dylan on new T-Bone Burnett-produced album Women and Country. Country hottie Carrie Underwood–who does a pretty mean “Sweet Child O' Mine”–to sing national anthem at Super Bowl. Ke$ha is such a slut.
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If I still drank alcohol, would I ever be raising a glass to this fucking idea! Punk Rock Karaoke isn't just some funny theme night in which there's more Sex Pistols than Elton John (although that would be fine because the juxtaposition of “God Save the Queen” and those Korean stock-footage videotapes with the lyrics […]
PETER GALLAGHER 7 DAYS IN MEMPHIS EPIC Oh, Sandy, where did you go wrong? It was one thing to profess your love for soul legend Solomon Burke while lounging in the hot tub with Kirsten. And you were just adorable crooning Burke's “Don't Give Up On Me” to her for your wedding anniversary. But who […]
In olden times, Rod Stewart was not a cartoon tragedy; a depleted figure of contempt and ridicule; a tabloid fogy to be squawked over by middle-aged frumps who'd once lustily polished their pearls to his voice and image as hormones flooded their pubescent pudenda. True, today the former Rod the Mod is widely renowned for […]
Stacy: Hey, Matt . . . you don't still want me to interview Micky Dolenz, do you? [Silence.] Stacy: I can tell from your enthusiasm that's a big “yes.” Matt: I was drinking water. What's your angle? Stacy: I don't know. I'm not really that into it, so if you don't want it, that's okay. […]