RINGO!

RINGO!

2012 Ringo All-Star Band. Photo ©Mark Walton With a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr cranked up the 13th-edition All-Starr Band last week in Niagara Falls, gassed it up, and is taking it on the road… The sumptuous 2012 model All-Starr Band includes “newcomers” Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey) alongside veterans […]

The Bangles: Still Rock’s Sweethearts

The Bangles:  Still Rock’s Sweethearts

Hailed as the undisputed queens of ’60s-inspired garage rock, The Bangles are back. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their eponymous first EP this month, the Los Angeles-based trio will be performing at the U.S.A. Festival in Allen, Texas on June 30. With their catchy, bright melodies, Beatles-esque hooks and jangling guitar riffs, […]

Colin Hay: Man (Still) At Work (Interview)

Colin Hay: Man (Still) At Work (Interview)

Reggae-influenced Aussie rock band Men at Work made headlines again just last month, although not for reasons they would have wanted:  Original member Greg Ham – best known for playing the fluttering flute riff in the band’s hit Down Under – was found dead in his Australian home. Men at Work frontman Colin Hay said of […]

From Banshees to Vampires…

From Banshees to Vampires…

It’s an unsettling tale of terror and tormented humanity.  A small village has fallen under a vampire’s curse, and the boundaries between the real and unreal have blurred. Steven Severin, co-founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, has composed a new score for Vampyr, the 1932 horror movie by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.  Severin […]

Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and Me (Caroll Spinney Interview)

Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and Me (Caroll Spinney Interview)

Caroll Spinney may be the most unknown famous person in America… “It’s the Bird and Grouch who’s famous, not me,” says Spinney, the man who has spent the last 43 years in a bird costume (and a trash can) as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Muppets creator Jim Henson once acknowledged Spinney as “the […]

Daniel Lanois Heads to the Hall of Fame…

Daniel Lanois Heads to the Hall of Fame…

In the liner notes to Daniel Lanois’ 2003 album Shine, the musician and producer writes: “What a privilege to be able to make music. And what an honor to have it received and appreciated.” “Appreciated” may be something of an understatement, given Lanois’ legendary reputation in the music industry and the ample praise heaped upon him by […]

Actress Juliette Lewis is Also a Hard Lovin’ Singer

Actress Juliette Lewis is Also a Hard Lovin’ Singer

In the song Hard Lovin’ Woman, Juliette Lewis belts out: “You better look around and get a hold of yourself, woman, and embrace what you’ve become.” What Juliette Lewis has become (apart from a Hollywood actress) is a bona fide rock star, touring summer festivals and nightclubs around the world.  Blender magazine hailed her as one of the […]