It's nearly impossible for me now to pinpoint the exact moment my own dream of pop stardom died. That phase seemed to fade interminably, the way adult contemporary songs do. But I'm sure I've been a better music fan because of it. No longer do I measure my feeble songwriting efforts against my favor ... More >>
Van Halen Kool and the Gang Sunday, June 3, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired. There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the kind of unabashed hedonism -- a "bring me the skull of Sammy Hag ... More >>
It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows. Maybe it isn't that strange, though: When we saw the two bands together earlier this year at Madison Squ ... More >>
Ronnie Montrose, the intense guitarist and songwriter who led the band Montrose and helped bring Sammy Hagar to the world's attention, died Saturday, March, 3, of complications from prostate cancer, according to a posting on his website. He was 64. Throughout a 40-year career, Montrose worked with ... More >>
Hagar would make the raddest B-School prof, ever.Wait, so you think that being in Van Halen made Marin County's own Sammy Hagar wealthy? Not quite. Actually, it was the booze -- Hagar's famous Cabo Wabo tequila brand and Cabo San Lucas restaurant -- and various other business ventures that now ha ... More >>
Chris MacArthur Concrete Blonde June 26, 2010@The Regency Ballroom Better than: Twilight... as good as True Blood. Concrete Blonde first hit the rock scene way back in 1986, debuting on MTV's 120 Minutes with the raucous single, "Still in Hollywood." More punk than metal, the L.A. power trio di ... More >>
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For 10 years, Lewis Peter Morgan impersonated Randy Meisner, an obscure former bass guitar player for the Eagles rock group. Morgan smooth-talked his way into a borrowed lifestyle of guitars, girls, and casinos. He could have checked out of the deception