In their first L.A. show in 34 years, the Replacements balanced moments of silliness with sublime urgency, adding up to the year’s most furiously satisfying rock comeback and proof “the Mats” are overdue Hall of Famers.
"I can't think of a better place to do our first television ever," David Lee Roth told the thousands of fans gathered Monday night on Hollywood Boulevard for a Jimmy Kimmel Live set that was billed as the first TV performance since Roth rejoined the band in 2007. "Like they used to say on Ed Sullivan: If this goes well, we got a great career ahead of us, boys."
For about an hour Sunday night, Kanye West seemed to have won his way back into America's good graces, thanks to the mistaken belief that he'd developed the ability to take the piss out of himself. When viewers saw him jump on stage at the Grammys as if to interrupt Beck's big album of the year moment, only to smile and make a "Nah, never mind" gesture and go back to his seat, it was clear -- wrongly clear! -- that he was making a self-deprecatory gag about how much he'd matured since he bum-rushed Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs.
There’s something slightly incestuous — in a good way — about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation’s annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year, this year’s, titled “Lean on Me,” saluted the best-known all-star benefit shows and musical charities of the last five decades.