SHOW REVIEW: Riviera's 'tribute' shows leave you a bit confused Frank Sinatra? Neil Diamond? You're not always sure what you're watching when these acts take the stage By MIKE WEATHERFORD REVIEW-JOURNAL The debate on whether to call them "impersonators" or "tribute artists" is the easy part. The tougher task is figuring out whether some of these popular Las Vegas acts are doing theater, a lounge show or a costume party. The Riviera's Le Bistro Theatre has tributes to Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra, from Jay White and Kevin Cavenagh, respectively, on Monday nights. Seeing them back to back, it sometimes seemed both shows had...

April 29, 2004, 1:38AM Houston's latest hot spot has Diamond in the rough By KEN HOFFMAN Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle The Meridian, Houston's newest hot spot -- definitely the coolest -- cranks into high gear tonight when Super Diamond does its full-blown concert "tribute" to Neil Diamond. Super Diamond is a six-member "tribute band" that performs the greatest hits of Diamond as you remember them from the radio. The singer has a growly voice that sounds exactly like Diamond's did in the '70s and '80s. You know, I think I'm starting to like these imitator acts better than the originals. I saw a Rod Steward imitator las...

Farrakhan tutors Jacko (after a fashion) Michael Jackson may have split with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, but at least they can agree on clothes. Jackson has summoned Farrakhan's personal designer, Willie Scott, to make a custom outfit for every day of his child-molestation trial. "Michael always complimented [Farrakhan] on his clothes and [his son] Josh Farrakhan told him to get in touch with me right away," Scott tells us. Scott, whose other clients include Prince, Knicks President Isiah Thomas and Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban, had just three days to design the outfit Jackson wore at his first court date on Jan...

JUST-WED WELCH WANTS MOUSE CALL Cindy Adams April 26, 2004 -- NEIL Diamond and Barbra Streisand heading a Kerry fund-raising concert in L.A. in early June. The New York version, with different headliners, is scheduled for Radio City Music Hall on June 10 . . . By the way, the candidate's wife is currently reading a book about John Adams and the missus, Abigail. Says Mrs. Kerry: "They had a real reciprocity going on. I'm trying to follow that." By the way No. 2: Teresa Heinz Kerry does eat ketchup. A TINY frisson of a rumor has reached the big ears of Mickey Mouse and his co-mice at Disney. It concerns Jack Welch. You know the gu...

Lapworth riders scoop honours Apr 24 2004 By Kate Healey The Lapworth based Swallowfield Riding Club took home a major title at the British Dressage Championships, held at Solihull. The club was competing in the Horsesense Riding Club inter-branch dressage competition and they finished ahead of the South Warwickshire team and Huntingdon Riding Club from Cambridgeshire. The team was led the Jo Swain, who rode the impressive German bred five-year-old Lord of the Rings. This duo also claimed second spot in the Bailey's Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle final at the championships, where riders perform a test of their own devising ...

My work? Just super! (Don't tug the cape) Steve Brewer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- American males, particularly those in Washington, D.C., often are accused of taking a simplistic worldview, one of "good guys vs. bad guys" or "us vs. them." Where does this naive attitude come from? Comic books, that's where. We grew up heavily influenced by comic books, in which it's not just heroes vs. villains, but superheroes vs. archvillains, and it's always easy to tell the difference. Good guys wear form-fitting tights and have secret identities. Bad guys want to rule the world, a...

The hard way' After decades of rough going, 90-year-old blues legend Pinetop Perkins has finally gotten his act together By Kevin McKeough Special to the Tribune Published April 22, 2004 He's had one arm sliced open in a bar brawl and the other broken in a collision with a train. He has performed his music at cockfights and played for a U.S. president. He has survived poverty, abuse, grief and alcoholism. He's an unsung forefather of rock 'n' roll and a living legend of the blues. As 90-year-old Pinetop Perkins is fond of saying, "I come up the hard way." After decades of working as a sideman for a long list of blues gian...

Dobson performs tribute to guitar greats By Phyllis Bator 04/22/2004 A Guitar Great Tribute was performed by Marc Dobson at the Blu Fusion Restaurant on Easter Sunday. An extremely talented guitarist and vocalist, he was more than a pleasure to listen to. Starting out with smooth songs by James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and a little light Santana, he later moved into some Dire Straits, John Cougar Mellencamp, Marvin Gay and whatever the audience seemed to respond to. Some of the songs he played were Smooth, Europe, You've Got a Friend, Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is, Tears in Heaven, and Wonderful Tonight. Marc us...

Silver Music Studios marks 10 years By Amy A. Winnemore , EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 04/21/2004 After aytending his very first concert, Scott Silver became inspired by music. "I was 14-years-old and at the Spectrum seeing Neil Diamond. Though I was taking note not of him, but of his session guitar player," says Silver, the owner of Silver Music Studios. After his next concert, Iron Maiden, Silver started playing guitar and hasn't looked back since. With about 120 students at their Broomall and Drexel Hill studios, Silver Music Studios is celebrating their 10 years in the business. In 1994, Silver started teaching befor...

Published - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 Little ditty about Todd, Caroline By Matt James / Tribune columnist At first, they're going to sound a little bonkers, the kind of people who might make important life decisions with coin flips or Ouija boards or the advice of relatives. You'll think, "Hmm, maybe these are the kind of people who have decided, ‘Why buy store-bought mushrooms when we have all these great ones growing in the back yard?'" Or perhaps they're the kind who would get naked, paint themselves like a tiger and climb into a cage to protest the circus coming to town. At first, you may decide Todd Herrick and Caroli...

Local digest Tuesday, April 20, 2004 Metra group seeks blue-ribbon recipes Do you dream of duplicating the blue ribbon-winning recipe for apple pie or dill pickles from MontanaFair? For that matter, what's Cher's favorite midnight snack? Joan Kronebusch is working to assemble these and other recipes with MetraPark connections into a single volume. MetraPark Foundation is compiling a cookbook of favorite recipes that will be available during MontanaFair in August. The cookbook, still unnamed, is a fund-raiser for the MetraPark Foundation, which plans to use the proceeds to attract high school sports tournaments a...

Dolly cooks up some country with Bellamys Seventies stars set for Belfast TV date By Eddie McIlwaine emcilwaine@belfasttelegraph.co.uk 17 April 2004 DOLLY Parton has been persuaded to join country-rock's Bellamy Brothers - Howard and David - on a track of their new album 'Angels and Outlaws'. And there are no prizes for guessing which Bellamy hit Dolly - who was a sensation at the Waterfront Hall last year - will be singing with the lads. "It's 'If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?'," revealed Howard in Belfast, where the brothers were recording the television series Hugo and Friends with broadca...

Fool for love By J. C. Lockwood Friday, April 16, 2004 Jack Neary's play is a funny but tender take on the rocky road to romance Brian Dowd is a dweebie twenty-something who is, amazingly, still scarred and crushed by normal adolescent hang-ups - and a forever just-out-of-his-grasp idealized love - that have gone on for about a decade and a half too long, and nagging self-esteem issues, most likely caused by well-meaning and somewhat intolerant - politically and religiously - parents. This is a guy who, when he fantasizes about such things, imagines that the object of his affection is the only girl on earth and he is the onl...

Tribute bands work their magic by staying in the groove by Mike Daniel Dallas Morning News Diamondbag A band performing Neil Diamond covers must be Elvis-impersonation-campy or one step away from being clinically insane, right? But Mr. Diamond is a criminally underrated songwriter, and doubters should check out Diamondbag for proof. The band turns Mr. Diamond's buttery adult contemporary tunes into rollicking rockers that are perfect for Dallas' more laid-back nightclubs. The players: Gary Maxwell (Neil Diamond, vocals and guitar), Jon Townsend (guitar and keyboards), Jay Ragojo (guitar), Eric Byro (bass guitar), Mich...

Published on: 2004-04-15 Shoppers flock to Wal-Mart By Rebecca Logan Staff writer SPRING LAKE - Hundreds of shoppers poured through the doors of Cumberland County's newest Wal-Mart Supercenter within minutes of its opening Wednesday. Getting a fourth had the Wal-Mart faithful of northern Cumberland County singing founder Sam Walton's praises ''It's the convenience. We love it," said Bennie Bryant. He shopped occasionally at Spring Lake's old, smaller Wal-Mart store on N.C. 87, but usually drove to the Fayetteville Supercenter on Skibo Road. ''This is a lot closer," said Bryant's 13-year-old son, William. The Bryants ...

A Branson-style Legends Show 04/14/2004 A Branson-style "Legends Show" will be held at the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre (AAAA) in Alexandria on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Dennis Amundson as Solitary Man and Irmadene Knudson as the Kentucky Woman. The "Legends Show" is a memorable tribute to Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Amundson started his tribute to Neil Diamond about a year and a half ago. He has opened for the Duttons in Branson, Missouri and also performs a tribute to Elvis in the act. He has performed with bands in the Twin Cities for 20 years and has been a lead si...

Rock Music Menu: The King reigns in March Music finals By ANTHONY J. SANFILIPPO , asanfilippo@delcotimes.com 04/12/2004 "Long live the king! Long live the king!" I must admit I am a little surprised. Turn on the radio anymore and you can still find several stations cranking out Beatles tunes. But search around and you'll have a really hard time catching Elvis Presley songs on the air. With that in mind, when you voted Elvis to square off with the Fab Four in our March Madness of Music final, I thought the Beatles would win in a landslide. Again, it goes to show what I don't know. Not only did Elvis win, he slaughter...

Posted on Mon, Apr. 12, 2004 Blinded by the lyrics: At tax time, when cleaning desk, clean ears as well! From Sue Dohnim: "Tax returns are due to be sent in within the next few days. Before I fill out my forms, I always give my office a good cleaning. See, I am a saver — there are SO many things I read that I may want to refer to in the future, and if I don't cut them out and save them, how will I access that information? Thing is, in spite of my best intentions, I usually do not file stuff right away; I stick it in the ever-growing pile of 'To Be Filed' stuff — until it's time to do taxes and I get motivated to file it all away le...

Roddick powers U.S. into semifinals By Jamey Eisenberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Monday, April 12, 2004 DELRAY BEACH -- Andy Roddick started the Davis Cup party on match point. There were no fireworks at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, so Roddick's serve would have to do. The toss went up, Roddick brought his arm back and slammed a 152-mph serve, setting a record for the fastest ever recorded. The serve ignited the crowd and the U.S. team soon would celebrate with the fans. Roddick's 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-0 victory Sunday against Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman clinched the United States' berth in the Davis Cup semifinals against Belaru...

Chasing Rhinos come to Fager's New Virginia Beach band ready to spread their musical style By Pete Beisser Before they ever stepped on stage for their initial gig, Chasing Rhinos wisely took the time to better understand each other -- as musicians and as friends. After agreeing to come together last spring to form a new act, this quintet of experienced Virginia Beach musicians spent several months simply hanging out, drinking a few cold ones and catching as many other area bands as they possibly could. "We didn't spend the summer touring," says drummer Joby Foley. "We spent the summer getting to know each other." Their...

Posted on Thu, Apr. 08, 2004 Everything Denim By Delma J. Francis Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Influence of fabric goes far beyond your blue jeans DATELINE - Denim's influence on popular culture is impossible to ignore. In clothing, you'll find something denim to cover you from head to toe: caps, shirts (dress and casual, embroidered, beaded and sequined), skirts, shorts, trench coats and shoes. You can even sandblast your favorite designs into your jeans. In funky teen and tween stores, denim is sometimes found in combination with tonier fabrics such as velvet. But you don't have to wear it to enjoy it. There are s...

Software company decorates office with donated blue jeans Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 12:00 AM Tammy McPherson THE DAILY HERALD | When Neil Diamond sang he would rather be forever in blue jeans, he was singing a song of love. But one Lindon company took the tune title and stitched out its own theme, hanging jean skirts, jumpers and, of course, blue jeans on the walls around the office building throughout a month-long jean drive, "Forever in Blue Jeans. " Altiris in Lindon is finishing the drive this week and donating the jeans along with $500 to The Road Home homeless shelter in Salt Lake City, the largest homeless shelter ...

Cutielicious: Kelly And Clay's Live Show Heavy On The Sugar LOS ANGELES — Are these performers from "American Idol" or "Last Comic Standing"? By now, everyone knows that Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson "can blow," as Randy Jackson would say. But who knew they were such comedians? As the Independent Tour hit the Staples Center Monday night, Aiken had his fans rolling in the aisles throughout his hour-long set, particularly over a mid-performance cell phone routine. "I wanna know who all these people are, talking on their phones," he mused. "I mean, you pay all this money ..." With perfect comic timing, he interrupted himself and...

Music’s Final Four comes down to the King vs. Fab Four By ANTHONY J. SANFILIPPO , asanfilippo@delcotimes.com 04/02/2004 To steal a line from the Grateful Dead, "what a long, strange trip it’s been." For the past five weeks, I’ve slaved over thousands of e-mails. I’ve answered hundreds of questions. I’ve watched my name praised on some Internet message boards while it was dragged through the mud on others. (I tried to convince the R. Kelly fans that I had nothing to do with the voting disparity.) And in the end, the fruits of my labor, and those of the hundreds of die-hard fans all across Delaware County and even across the ...

Not just a boys' club anymore by Charlotte Stewart/Tyler ETR A pool game is one of the activities enjoyed. What does Bill Cosby, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Colin Powell, Denzel Washington, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Martin Sheen, Derek Jeter, Neil Diamond, Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt and Andre Agassi have in common (besides being famous)? All of these famous names are alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of America and all of them continue to support this organization today. Just 10 years ago there was no Boys & Girls Club in Tyler. In 2003 the Tyler-based Boys & Girls Club of East Texas touched the lives of 2,300 children. Robbie Slocumb, ar...

The top-selling musicians of all time in Australia March 31, 2004 Elton John's alright for Australian music buyers. Prepared by David Dale for The Sydney Morning Herald, based on long-playing vinyl and CD sales, using estimates from the Australian Record Industry Association and music researcher David Kent's Australian Chart Book. 1 Elton John (bestselling album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, most successful year 1973) 2 The Beatles (Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1968) 3 Billy Joel (Piano Man, 1976) 4 Paul McCartney (Band on the Run, 1973) 5 Michael Jackson (Thriller, 1982) 7 Abba (The Best of Abba, 1975) ...

Music’s Final Four comes down to Elvis, Eagles, Beatles and Neil Diamond Anthony SanFilippo, Times Music Writer March 26, 2004 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: At this time I would like to steal a line from Jack Black in the movie "School of Rock." "Raise your goblet of rock in honor of those who rock." It is time to unveil our Final Four in our Music March Madness competition. (This thing seems to have a new title each week, doesn’t it?) Frankly, I wouldn’t have guessed these four acts at the beginning of the tournament, but over the past few weeks I’ve learned a lotabout Daily Times readers, and now nothing surprises m...

A toned-down Jones? Say it ain't so! By Peter Chianca / At Large Friday, March 26, 2004 Unless you're completely oblivious to important current events, you've no doubt heard the following piece of news: Tom Jones has given up wearing leather pants. Yes, I know, I'm just as disturbed as you are. Not that I'm a fan of leather pants - I think if I ever tried to wear them my body would simply reject them outright, like a bad kidney. But for Tom, they work; after all, if he got up on stage singing overwrought, cheesy love songs wearing regular polyester slacks, he just wouldn't be Tom Jones. Neil Diamond, maybe. But the pants are...

Jan's offers European food . . . . . . with uniquely American vocals Curtis Grippe Special for The Republic Mar. 26, 2004 12:00 AM A visit to Jan's European Restaurant and Bar in north central Phoenix is truly an international experience. In addition to a menu featuring a variety of northern European cuisine, Jan's offers the uniquely American vocal stylings of crooner Rich Hunter every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Hunter walks the dance floor as he sings classic hits by Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Ritchie and Elton John. "I like to sing to the people and greet them at the door," he said...

We love the 90s Return to the era of the Macarena, Windows 95 and Teletubbies BY WILL PFEIFER, Rockford Register Star Curse you, VH1! The Life&Style staff worked for months on this two-part "We Love the '90s" package, tirelessly digging up memories of Beanie Babies, M.C. Hammer and all those Buffalo Bills losses. Readers flooded our mailboxes. Then, just as we finally squeeze part one into Thursday's paper, we get the worst possible news: VH1 is airing an "I Love the 90s" series in May. Sure, we borrowed (OK, we stole) the idea from VH1 in the first place. And sure, with the final installment of our tribute running tod...

SJ Super 7 by: Caroline Westbrook Krusty the Klown The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture. This week: Teaching Torah with The Simpsons, a new club for Jewish motorbike fans, and Mel Gibson makes Chanukah plans… 1 In Krusty we trust: a rabbi in Los Angeles has found a new way to teach Torah – by showing episodes of The Simpsons to his pupils. Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, is using the episodes as part of a four part seminar entitled The Simpsons From Sinai: A New Look at God, Judaism and the Torah.” I see this class as an opportunity to use a fun medium as a springboard to deeper discussions o...

Posted 3/24/2004 10:08 PM Updated 3/25/2004 1:36 AM Rock 'n' roll Immortals, beloved By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain all died in their 20s, but they will live forever in the hearts and stereos of rock fans, according to Rolling Stone. (Related gallery: See the complete list of 50 Immortals from Rolling Stone magazine) Check out our photo gallery to see where Nirvana's Kurt Cobain ended up in Rolling Stone's "Immortals" list. They're enshrined in "The Immortals," the first of three special issues this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of rock 'n' roll. The ma...