Despite my best efforts, it was awfully hard to walk into Lilith Fair on Saturday with an open mind. I was initially jazzed for this summer’s return of the “celebration of women in music,” but then the underwhelming day-to-day lineups got announced and the show dates started to get cancelled and some big-ticket artists decided to drop out, and by the time Lilith rolled into Irvine, Calif.’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, it felt a little bit like attending the funeral of something that wasn’t quite dead. But festival co-founder Terry McBride asked us critics to check out Lilith for ourselves, and “then see if you want to criticize it afterwards.” So off to Irvine I went, through the Lilith looking glass on a beautiful, sunny, SoCal day. What did I find there, between sets from Sarah McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, local fave Jenni Rivera, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, and ever so many more? Hmm. You mean besides the free tampons?
Tag: On the Scene (51-60 of 70)
Anyone doubting the seemingly eternal appeal of the boy band era needed only to scope out the line wrapping around the block outside Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom shortly before 6:30 p.m. last night, hours before a Backstreet Boys show. In the battle of fans’ evolved musical taste vs. nostalgia, nostalgia will always come out on top. The man behind me in line was so bemused by the fans braving the rain for a chance to be eight inches closer to Nick, Howie, A.J., and Brian that he turned to his girlfriend to say, “There are going to be crazy girls, of course. It’s a boy band.”
His statement echoed in my head as I walked ever-so-confidently into the general admission ballroom. Having been to three Backstreet Boys concerts in my youth (if you consider five years ago “my youth”), I felt like I had grown up since those days. I was sure that much of the obnoxiousness, fan bickering, and “crazy girls” I had encountered in the past would be subdued, if not completely absent. I was wrong. It was, in fact, worse than before. READ FULL STORY
It’s the eve of the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Nashville has blanketed Vegas with its twang: Gary Allan played poolside at the Mandalay Bay; Sugarland did a Dr. Pepper-sponsored show at the MGM; Miranda Lambert rocked Fremont Street. But the night’s most anticipated event was the premiere of Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D, the concert film shot as Kenny blew up America’s biggest football stadiums last year, opening nationwide April 21.
Celeb friends like Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, and Dierks Bentley were on hand — as well as Chesney’s fun-loving crew and touring band — and the audience packed two theaters at a local multiplex. Kenny appeared in both to personally introduce the screenings. “Everybody in these two theaters has been a part of our life,” he said. “This film documents our life, and thank you for being a part of it. I’m glad we documented something that shows the relationship with the fans, and I’m really proud of it.” READ FULL STORY
Saturday ACM Rehearsal Not-Quite-Live Blog: Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Tim & Faith & Brooks & Dunn
Welcome back to the final day of rehearsals for the Academy of Country Music Awards! The one and only Randy Travis has been added as a presenter, and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s not dally! In today’s post: Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, a press conference with Sugarland, and a quick chat with Darius Rucker. Onward!
9:40 a.m. Bright and early (for Vegas) Saturday morning here in the MGM Green Giant Arena, and they’re doing a “look-see” with the women who will be handing out the ACM statuettes on Sunday night. The two ladies stand on the stage in their evening gowns, and we look at them, and we see.
9:45 a.m. He’s been off the road all year and he “Ain’t Back Yet”: Kenny Chesney is on the scene to rehearse the single from his 3D movie — which I get to see tonight, so check back here for details on the star-studded premiere tomorrow (UPDATE: Click here to see Whitney Pastorek’s Kenny Chesney in 3-D premiere On the Scene report) — and the uptempo, horn-driven number is almost better than the cup of coffee I’ve not yet had time to go and get. (I am dying inside.) As the riffy song rolls along, Kenny takes a wide stance at the microphone and really gets into it. His voice sounds great. I wonder if he misses performing yet. You know, in between siestas on his yacht in the islands. “That song, ‘Ain’t Back Yet,’ which is from the movie [it plays over the closing credits], I think it really reflects our live show a lot,” Chesney told me. “Been looking for one of those for a couple years, just to add to it.” READ FULL STORY
- Grammy nominations: 9 snubs/surprises
- Grammys 2014 nominees are...
- 'HIMYM,' more fresh TV spoilers
- 'Family Guy': What's next for Brian?
- 'Grammy Nominations Concert': Your take?
- 'Sound of Music': Movie's Von Trapp kids say...
- 'Sound of Music': Laura Benanti on big night
- Music on TV: What was THAT song?
Top 5 Most Read
- 'Sound of Music' ratings soar: NBC's biggest Thursday in 4 years
- Grammy Nominations 2014: See the list of nominees
- 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Revolution,' 'Supernatural': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
- 'Family Guy': What's next for Brian
- Disney acquires rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films