When Joey Spampinato’s birthday rolled around in 1978, his three comrades in NRBQ decided to throw a party. Since the bassist was a Bronx native and a dedicated baseball fan, they rented Yankee Stadium for the occasion, picnicking on second base and then posing for photos in a field box. One of those shots provided the cover for the band’s next album, At Yankee Stadium, and to fans the whole notion amounted to a perverse inside joke. Far from being a stadium mainstay, NRBQ was an idiosyncratic bar band whose popularity with critics and fellow musicians rarely translated into large audiences or much money. And as if to underline the point, Mercury Records dropped NRBQ from the label only two weeks after At Yankee Stadium appeared. But on an October night a little more than a decade later, as NRBQ scrambles onto the stage before thousands of listeners at the Memorial Coliseum, in Portland, Oregon, irony is coming closer to reality. A sixteen-date tour of basketball arenas and … [Read more...] about N.R.B.Q. R.S.V.P
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“I love Coldplay!” Ryley Walker yells in the middle of a crowded bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. “There, I said it.” It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but after years of disavowing his passion for bands like Coldplay, Switchfoot and DC Talk in order to pursue an identity as know-it-all indie rocker, the singer-songwriter has finally reconciled who he is today with the music he cherished growing up. “All I want to do right now is go back to the music I heard when I was fucking 15,” he says. “When I listen to it, it takes me back to a place where things were very simple and I was very happy.” At 29, Walker has already released five albums and three EPs. His breakthrough was 2015’s Primrose Green, a kaleidoscopic record that expertly combined Van Morrison–flavored soul-folk with sprawling, Chicago-style noise and jazz. With Deafman Glance, released in May, Walker zeroed in on a groovy … [Read more...] about Why Is a Chicago Indie Rocker Covering a Lost Dave Matthews Band LP?
Long the most powerful woman in cable television, The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Executive Icon opens up for the first time about her crash course in streaming, her plans for the studio and her legacy. When Bonnie Hammer's boss, NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke, sat her down a year ago to discuss her future, she never anticipated cable television not being a part of it. Hammer, after all, had spent 30 years in the cable arena, rising to an unparalleled perch atop six networks. In any given week, more than 100 million viewers would tune in to watch something on one of them, be it USA, Bravo or Syfy. Even as ratings declined, she managed to keep growing that portfolio in profit and revenue for 15 consecutive years. But now Burke wanted her to get the company's streaming service off the ground. She'd need to assemble a team, build out a brand and line up programming — and in order to do so, she'd need to leave her collection of cable networks, along with … [Read more...] about NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer Gets Candid on Her Whirlwind Year: “I Ain’t Going Out to Pasture”
THR is on the scene at the hottest bashes with awards season's biggest stars Golden Globes parties began well before Sunday's awards and continued through Sunday night. The Hollywood Reporter was on the scene at the biggest bashes and documented all of the happenings leading up the Globes, as well as the exclusive celebrations following Sunday's show. See more Golden Globes' Most Memorable Moments Sunday, Jan. 11 The Weinstein Co. and Netflix party, Robinsons-May Lot: 12:09 a.m. Robin Wright nuzzles into Ben Foster's shoulder and he kisses her on the cheek. 11:58 p.m. Rosamund Pike tells a friend, "We have a car, don't worry," as she heads toward the exit but then stops to chat with an actor who looks like Tom Felton. See more Golden Globes 2015: The Red-Carpet Arrivals 11:39 p.m. Ben Foster leads Robin Wright through the party, hand in hand. It's thinning out as most of the celebs have moved on and other revelers are left sipping Moët and eating Fat Burgers and … [Read more...] about Golden Globes Party Diary: Inside the Glitziest Awards Show Events
If the world seemed a little bit sluggish this morning – if the birds weren’t singing as sweetly, or the sun hung a bit lower in the sky – it might be because Dwayne Johnson didn’t work out. On any other day, Johnson would be up before dawn, clanging and banging on the 45,000 pounds of equipment in the torture chamber of a home gym he calls his Iron Paradise. But not today. Today Johnson slept in until the downright slothful hour of 6 a.m., in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills under the alias Sam Cooke, where he now sits perusing the newspaper while his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, enjoys a bowl of room-service granola. The reason for this uncharacteristic idleness? Johnson and Hashian have a two-year-old daughter, Jasmine, and a second child arriving in a few weeks. “We’re in the home stretch,” says Hashian, rubbing her belly – so they left the toddler with the nanny for the night and snuck off for a little romantic getaway. … [Read more...] about Dwayne Johnson: The Pain and the Passion That Fuel the Rock