Album tribute concerts can often feel like a cash-grabbing, marketing ploy designed to allow an artist to revisit a best-selling set in concert to ratchet up ticket sales. Wednesday night's (April 27) all-star concert at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calf., billed as "Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third and More" was nothing like that.
Smashing Pumpkins fans got a blast from the bast Saturday night (March 26) in Los Angeles as guitarist James Iha joined his former bandmates Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on stage for the first time in 16 years.
HBO's 'Vinyl' has received mixed reviews from music execs for its depiction of the early '70s record business. Manager Shep Gordon, however, is a fan of the show and was pleased by its recent depiction Alice Cooper, his long-time client.
Judging by their hour-and-10-minute set Friday night (Jan. 8), indie rockers Surfer Blood are doing just fine with the new lineup. The band performed with Cayucas and the Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles.
In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of the music business. And the ability of creators and their publishers to get paid for their work is the financial foundation upon which the music industry has been built.