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Frank Zappa’s unreleased archive revealed in Alex Winter’s years-in-the-making documentary

When Alex Winter approached the widow of rock musician and composer Frank Zappa with his pitch to make a documentary on the man and his music, he was thrilled when Gail Zappa said yes. What her agreement meant, though, was an entirely different kind of delight and dilemma. “I didn’t realize that I was going to be getting access to the entire vault,” says Winter, who in addition to directing films is, of course, an actor most famous as Bill S. Preston, Esquire from the “Bill & Ted” comedy trilogy...
Tags: Music, Movies, Germany, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Joni Mitchell, Bobby Brown, Frank Zappa, Magnolia Pictures, Keanu Reeves, Southern California, Ontario, Magnolia, Gail Zappa


Aimee Mann weds ‘Bachelor No. 2’ and ‘Magnolia’ albums together for Black Friday Record Store Day reissue

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann says it was just luck that she was working on songs for the album that became “Bachelor No. 2,” while her friend the writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson was writing the screenplay for “Magnolia.” “We were both starting our creative processes at the same time,” Mann says recently from her home in Los Angeles. “And so we were talking about the themes that we were writing about. “I remember him coming to the studio a couple of times while we were recording,” she says. ...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Paul Thomas Anderson, Coachella, Jimmy Iovine, Anderson, Interscope, Harry Nilsson, Napa Valley, Mann, Jerry Maguire


‘The Voice’ judge Gwen Stefani debuts ‘Here This Christmas,’ Hallmark Channel’s new holiday theme song

For the past few years, Gwen Stefani has taken her career into a holly jolly direction. She released a full Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” back in 2017 and did an hourlong holiday special for NBC featuring her fiancè, fellow “The Voice” coach and country singer Blake Shelton. She was the one to flip the switch and officially turn on the cheery holiday music for KOST 103.5 FM last year and now, she’s back with more winter surprises as she just dropped her new single, “Here Th...
Tags: Music, Nbc, Holidays, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gwen Stefani, Santa Claus, Voice, Blake Shelton, Pomona, Stefani, Ryan Tedder, KOST, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


2021 She Rocks Awards going virtual to honor The Go-Go’s, Cherie Currie, Margaret Cho, more

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) announced the honorees for its annual She Rocks Awards on Tuesday afternoon via a virtual press conference led by founder Laura B. Whitmore. Since 2012, the She Rocks Awards has paid tribute to women in the music industry in conjunction with the annual NAMM Show held at the Anaheim Convention Center in January. Since NAMM announced its 2021 convention will be a virtual one due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the She Rocks Awards will also b...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alicia Keys, Streaming, Margaret Cho, Concerts, Namm, NAMM Show, Cherie Currie, Anaheim Convention Center, Amy Lee, Jane Wiedlin, Lzzy Hale


Foo Fighters will livestream concert from The Roxy to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Fresh off debuting the brand-new song “Shame Shame” during a performance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, the rock band Foo Fighters announced it will livestream a full production set from The Roxy in West Hollywood starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $15 via foofighters.co/roxy. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to career musicians and music industry workers. Sweet Relief is currently helping...
Tags: Music, Foo Fighters, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dave Grohl, Streaming, Concerts, West Hollywood, Anaheim, Jingle Ball, John Densmore, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


Jingle Ball goes virtual as Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Doja Cat top iHeartRadio event

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, Los Angeles radio stations have had to get creative with how to present their large-scale, multi-artist holiday-themed festivals. iHeartRadio and KIIS 102.7 FM announced it would continue its Jingle Ball tradition with a virtual celebration that will include performances by Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith and Shawn Mendes. According to a release issued by iHeartRadio, artists will be performing from their home...
Tags: Music, Holidays, Los Angeles, Sport, Radio, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Cw, Concerts, Pomona, Shawn Mendes, Jingle Ball, KIIS, LA Long Beach, Cwtv


How Rusty Eye made COVID-safe music videos at LA’s legendary Jumbo’s Clown Room

When the pandemic hit back in March, many musical artists pivoted to some sort of livestreaming outlet to perform, chat or release fresh content. Los Angeles-based heavy metal trio Rusty Eye hasn’t gotten in the livestreaming game yet, but the band has been ferociously promoting its new album, “Dissecting Shadows,” which dropped on Oct. 23. It’s a fun and horror-filled record that plays out like a script from a slasher film with cuts like “Mrs. Baylock,” which pays homage to the character from t...
Tags: Music, Mexico, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mexico City, States, Randall, Iron Maiden, Rust, Southern California, Anaheim, Sunset Strip, Mrs Baylock


Peter Frampton talks new memoir ahead of Cameron Crowe virtual event at LA’s Book Soup

For Peter Frampton, the idea of a memoir was always on his list of things to do, but never today, not this year, that’s for the future. Frampton definitely had stories to tell just from his youth on the outskirts of London: He was friends with David Jones (soon to be known to the world as David Bowie); his teenage rock band was produced by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones; he played in another teen band that toured with The Who. And the stories kept coming: When he was 18, he joined Steve Marrio...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, London, White House, Africa, George Harrison, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, Ford, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie


Tonight’s Billboard Music Awards will feature live performances in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD — Post Malone will carry a leading 16 nominations into Wednesday night’s presentation of the Billboard Music Awards, which will be broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Lil Nas X has 13 nominations, while Khalid and Grammy sensation Billie Eilish both have 12. Post Malone, Eilish and Khalid are all nominated for top artist, along with the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift. Eilish, who swept all of the top Grammy Awards earlier this year, is also nominated for top new artist, alo...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Nbc, Awards, Sport, Kanye West, Things To Do, Soccer, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Ellie Goulding, Kelly Clarkson, West Coast, Killer Mike, Clarkson


The Eagles will premiere new ‘Eagles Live From The Forum MMXVIII’ on SiriusXM

Eagles fans can get a first listen of the forthcoming “Eagles Live From The Forum MMXVIII” live album as SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl channel 26 broadcasts the release starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. Back in September 2018, the Eagles featuring Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey headlined three sold-out evenings at The Forum in Inglewood. Highlights from those concerts were recorded and compiled for the forthcoming “Eagles Live From The Forum MMXVIII” live album...
Tags: Music, Sport, Radio, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Concerts, Eagles, Walsh, Don, Inglewood, John Denver, Gill, Deacon Frey, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


‘Sweet Dreams’ explores the New Romantic scene that launched Duran Duran, Culture Club and more

For Dylan Jones, the paradox of the New Romantic music scene is that this British blend of new sounds and styles became a worldwide phenomenon thanks in large part to American television. “The New Romantics were made by America because of MTV,” says Jones, author of the new oral history “Sweet Dreams: From Club Culture to Style Culture, the Story of the New Romantics.” For those too young to experience it, the scene was one that combined synthpop music with outrageous fashion and makeup. “Withou...
Tags: Books, Music, London, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mtv, United Kingdom, David Bowie, Shirley, Patti Smith, Kraftwerk, Pasadena, Cambridgeshire, Donald Trump


Photos: Eddie Van Halen’s childhood landmarks have become memorials for Pasadena’s guitar god

The childhood haunts of Pasadena’s local guitar god, Eddie Van Halen, have been transformed into memorial sites by legions of fans who have come to the Crown City to pay their respects to one of the world’s foremost guitar virtuosos after his death on Tuesday, Oct. 6. People gather at a memorial for Eddie van Halen near M&S Liquor in Pasadena, Thursday, October 8, 2020. The rock icon who was the co-founder and lead guitarist of the band Van Halen passed away October 6, 2020. (Photo by Hans ...
Tags: Music, News, Sport, Soccer, Obituaries, Netherlands, Obituary, Pasadena, Local News, Van Halen, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Daily News, Larry Wilson, Hamilton Elementary School, Eddie Van Halen, Top Stories LADN


Harry Shearer talks ‘Many Moods of Donald Trump,’ return of ‘The Simpsons’

Throughout his career, actor, musician, comedian and radio show host Harry Shearer has portrayed every U.S. president of his lifetime in some way or another, including Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan on screen. And now he’s assumed the role of President Donald Trump. Using motion-capture video for his videos, Shearer has uploaded a slew of politically satirical songs ahead of the 2020 election. Shearer collects them all on his latest album, “The Many Moods of Donald Trump,” available on Oct. 30....
Tags: Music, Alabama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Hannibal Buress, Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, Van Halen, Trump, Harry Shearer, Burns, Namm, New York New York


Tom Morello talks Chris Cornell, Rage Against the Machine’s first gig ahead of new book

Guitarist, songwriter and political activist Tom Morello has lived a fast-paced and fascinating life. He’s been in bands including Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage and The Nightwatchmen, and he even joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for a while. He’s toured the world many times over, played on 19 studio albums and is currently working on his 20th. Harvard-educated, he’s spoken at protests for human rights and is a virtuoso at shutting down trolls on Twitter. No...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Guantanamo Bay, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harvard University, Nick Hornby, Cornell, Usc, Chris, Southern California, Chris Cornell, Rage Against The Machine


Eddie Van Halen, an appreciation: The musician remade the guitar and made it the star

Eddie Van Halen, the Pasadena kid who ruled the late ’70s and ’80s as the era’s premier guitar god, was that rare musician whose signature style and sound you knew the instant you heard it. And like a rock ‘n’ roll god, Van Halen, who died on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 65, and his music won’t ever really die, not as long as the work he unleashed on stage and in the studio lives on. Related: Eddie Van Halen, guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, dead at 65 Most of his greatest works were made with Van ...
Tags: Music, Valerie Bertinelli, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Brooke Shields, Things To Do, Soccer, Richard Linklater, Jackson, Pasadena, Michael Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Panama, Eric Clapton, Van Halen


Eddie Van Halen, guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, dead at 65

Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Van Halen’s son and current Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang, posted a tribute to his father who died Tuesday morning surrounded by his family in Santa Monica. “He was the best father I could ever ask for,” Wolfgang wrote via his personal Instagram. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so mu...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Obituary, Pasadena, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Santa Monica, Dawes, Anaheim, Roll Hall of Fame, Roth, Wolfgang, Sammy Hagar


Pat Boone wrote a Rodney King inspired song but shelved it until the 2020 protests. Now it’s gone viral.

As Pat Boone watched the protests and clashes nationwide after George Floyd’s death in police custody in May, the 86-year-old singer thought about a song he’d written but never released nearly 30 years ago following the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King. “In some ways, it was worse,” Boone says of the protests that erupted in South Los Angeles before spreading to other parts of the city in the days that followed. “From the window in my office, it looked like ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Florida, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Arkansas, Nashville, Richard, South, Mike Huckabee, Boone, San Bernardino, Nichols


No Doubt talks ‘Tragic Kingdom’ at 25: The tears, tours and triumphs behind the classic album

On Oct. 10, 1995, No Doubt’s third album, “Tragic Kingdom,” was released. The Anaheim-based band — comprised of vocalist Gwen Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, drummer Adrian Young, bassist Tony Kanal, trombonist Gabrial McNair and trumpeter Stephen Bradley — feared that the record would never see the light of day. The label had gone through some changes and they’d been shuffled in and out of nearly a dozen Los Angeles area recording studios during the album-making process. They’d also received les...
Tags: Music, New York, Jay Leno, New York City, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Prague, Things To Do, Soccer, Mtv, Gwen Stefani, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Voice


‘Three-Ring Circus,’ part 5: Kobe Bryant’s first Lakers season ends with air balls, determination

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a five-part serialization of “Three-Ring Circus,” Jeff Pearlman’s book about the Lakers era that featured Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson. The book was released Tuesday. Three-Ring Circus Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty Parts 1 2 3 4 5 The 1996-97 Lakers were a flawed-yet-entertaining-yet-underperforming team. Led by the dominant Shaquille O’Neal, they completed the regular season with a 56-2...
Tags: Utah, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Stockton, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Salt Lake City, Kobe Bryant, Houston, Pacific, Chris Morris, Los-angeles-lakers, NICK


How the team behind Slipknot singer Corey Taylor’s virtual Forum concert aims to make history

Back in 2001, vocalist Corey Taylor headlined The Forum in Inglewood for the very first time with his Iowa-based metal band Slipknot. It was just two weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Now, nearly two decades later, Taylor has played The Forum numerous times with his various bands and will headline the iconic venue once again in a time of uncertainty. This time, he’s going solo and performing with an all-new live band for the venue’s first glob...
Tags: Music, La, Virginia, New York City, Sacramento, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Iowa, Ohio, World Trade Center, North Carolina, Taylor, Slipknot, Concerts, Corey Taylor


Nocturnal Wonderland announces return to Glen Helen Amphitheater in 2021

Insomniac Events’ Nocturnal Wonderland plans to return to Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore in 2021. Founder Pasquale Rotella dropped the news via Twitter Sunday night that the event will take place Sept. 18-19, 2021. In 2019, Rotella announced that the festival would find a new home in 2020. However, due to the spread of COVID-19, dates for this year were canceled and a new location was never announced. “We’re back!” Rotella wrote on Twitter. “With everything that’s been going on in the world, ...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Concerts, DeVore, Rotella, Pasquale Rotella, Glen Helen Amphitheater, Nocturnal Wonderland, Glen Helen, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


How Tom Petty’s death inspired the Flaming Lips’ new ‘American Head’ album

For the Flaming Lips, a feeling is always more important than a plan, singer Wayne Coyne says. “We know that if we don’t go with the thing that we’re feeling then we don’t deserve to be the Flaming Lips,” he says near the end of a recent conversation about “American Head,” the band’s 21st studio album. “That’s the thing that our audience has encouraged us to do,” Coyne says of the idiosyncratic path the Flaming Lips have forged over almost four decades of music. “It’s like, ‘Hey, man, if you fin...
Tags: Mountains, Music, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Harlem Globetrotters, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Wayne Coyne, Oklahoma City, Steven, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa, Fitz


Live Nation laying off more employees as COVID-19 drags on

Live Nation instituted another round of staffing reductions this week as the company continues to grapple with concert cancellations and plummeting revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Beverly Hills-based concert promoter didn’t reveal how many employees are impacted, but the layoffs — first reported by Pollstar — follow a host of cost-cutting reductions in April. That included the furlough of 20% of its employees, salary reductions for senior executives, hiring freezes, a reduction in the us...
Tags: Business, Music, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Music Festivals, Aeg, Coachella, Stagecoach, Concerts, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Anaheim, City National Grove, Pollstar


20 years in, Mastodon lightens up for ‘Bill & Ted,’ delivers sizzling ‘Medium Rarities’

Drummer Brann Dailor of Mastodon struggles for a moment to find the right words to describe what it feels like to reach the band’s 20th anniversary this year. “It’s not something that pops in your head, like, ‘We’ll probably be the same four dudes in 20 years,’” he says by phone from his Atlanta home. “I mean, I didn’t think we wouldn’t. But I tend to think of Mastodon in two-year increments. That’s about as far ahead as I can.” Early on, as Mastodon recorded its second album “Leviathan” in Seat...
Tags: Music, Japan, Hbo, New York, Atlanta, Sport, Ted, George Carlin, Things To Do, Soccer, Metallica, Bill, Seattle, Serena Williams, Scott Kelly, Pantera


Drive-In Dance series will bring back live LA Dance Project performances

The L.A. Dance Project announced it would carry on with its 2020-2021 season by presenting its shows via a Drive-In Dance series. The shows will also be live-streamed. The series features two different shows including “Solo at Dusk,” which is choreographed by Bobbi Jean Smith and Or Schraiber, and “The Betweens,” choreographed by Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge. Performances will take place in the area surrounding the LADP studio at 2245 East Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles. “I strongly bel...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Dance, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Concerts, Fortunate Youth, Benjamin Millepied, Dusk, LADP, Top Stories LADN, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


How the pandemic and protests led to the creation of super group Fear No Empire

After the coronavirus canceled the touring plans of Southern California bands Zebrahead, Death By Stereo and The Adolescents, the players in these bands found themselves quarantined at home with idle hands. It didn’t take long for Zebrahead vocalist Ali Tabatabaee to turn his frustrations into song lyrics. “We had been on tour with Sum 41 in Europe and we came home and the pandemic hit and then George Floyd was killed,” Tabatabaee said during a recent phone chat. He called up Zebrahead bassist B...
Tags: Europe, Music, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Pedro, Concerts, Los Lobos, Rage Against The Machine, UC Irvine, Fortunate Youth, Dan Palmer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Drive-in events: What you need to know before attending live Southern California shows

Who would have predicted drive-ins would be all the rage in the year 2020? Drive-in style events have been popping up all over Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic shut down activities as varied as concerts, festivals, theater productions, haunted houses, stand-up comedy shows, movie screenings and more. Out of a tragic situation has come some ingenious workarounds, however, as event producers have pivoted to providing live entertainment while also following safety and social dista...
Tags: Music, Cdc, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Pedro, Concerts, Los Lobos, Dodgers, Yasiel Puig, Costa Mesa, City National Grove of Anaheim, San Dimas, Los Angeles Daily News


LA’s Greek Theatre is selling off its iconic red seats, and you can buy a pair

This year was slated to be a big one for the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The iconic Griffith Park venue was ready to celebrate its 90th anniversary and had a full line-up of shows, but with the spread of coronavirus, the season was over before it began. However, the venue has gone on with some renovations and recently posted an aerial photo on social media showing that its terrace seats had been removed during construction. Now those seats are up for grabs on the venue’s official website along...
Tags: Music, Mexico, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Jonah Hill, Ringo Starr, Dick Van Dyke, Concerts, Don, Anaheim


L.A.’s Greek Theatre is selling off its iconic red seats, and you can buy a pair

This year was slated to be a big one for the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The iconic Griffith Park venue was ready to celebrate its 90th anniversary and had a full line-up of shows, but with the spread of coronavirus, the season was over before it began. However, the venue has gone on with some renovations and recently posted an aerial photo on social media showing that its terrace seats had been removed during construction. Now those seats are up for grabs on the venue’s official website along...
Tags: Music, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Jonah Hill, Ringo Starr, Dick Van Dyke, Concerts, Don, Anaheim, Fitz


‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ turns 30: Don’t call LL Cool J’s classic a comeback

“Hey, it’s the 30th anniversary of ‘Mama Said Knock You Out,’” my editor texted. “Would you get LL Cool J on the phone to talk about that?” I liked that idea, and I liked it even more when he said the legendary rapper had put his phone number online back in March so fans could give him a call about anything during the pandemic. So I did. “Hey LL! Or, should I say, Mr. Cool J?” I texted him at 917-540-5512, which, in actual fact, is a real number for him. I got an auto-reply, and yes, that was di...
Tags: Music, New York, Mexico, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, James Brown, Things To Do, Soccer, Nissan, Todd, Don, Anaheim, Fitz, Peggy Lee, Radio City Music Hall



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