20 items by David Sprague

  • Blondie, Black Sabbath Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Blondie, Black Sabbath Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    With one inductee (the Sex Pistols) having sent an expletive-laced non-RSVP to the shindig and another (Black Sabbath) packing a chip on its shoulder thanks to seven previous rejection by the Hall's voters, there was little doubt...

    March 14, 2006 9:44 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Black Sabbath

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Black Sabbath | ARTICLE

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has no shortage of heavy hitters. But in purely sonic terms, it's about to get heavier than ever -- thanks to the induction of metal progenitors Black Sabbath. More than...

    March 6, 2006 2:33 PM ET
  • Sex Pistols Flip Off Hall of Fame

    Sex Pistols Flip Off Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    In closing the Sex Pistols' final pre-reunion performance, Johnny Rotten called out, "Ever get the feeling that you've been cheated?" It's a sentiment he and his surviving bandmates shared with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

    February 24, 2006 3:31 PM ET
  • Singer Lou Rawls Dies

    Singer Lou Rawls Dies | ARTICLE

    Soul singer Lou Rawls, who went public with his yearlong battle against brain and lung cancer just last month, died in Los Angeles Friday morning of complications from the disease. He was seventy-two years old. Rawls' last months...

    January 6, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • OutKast, Jay-Z Top VMAs

    OutKast, Jay-Z Top VMAs | ARTICLE

    It's not altogether impossible to accentuate the positive about the Video Music Awards extravaganza that MTV threw together in Miami on Sunday night -- after all, absolutely no sock puppets were harmed in its creation. Beyond that small...

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Your Country

    Your Country | ALBUM REVIEW

    Country music is often the last refuge of the aging rocker, but there's nothing remotely dilettantish about this angry not-so-young man's foray into the genre. Even in his earliest days, Parker had a certain tear-in-your-beer aura about...

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The White Stripes Get Redd

    The White Stripes Get Redd | ARTICLE

    The White Stripes have expanded their lineup to include a bass player . . . sort of. Steve McDonald -- best known for his years with hardcore-turned-power-pop funsters Redd Kross -- made a unilateral decision to join the duo by...

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Keys, "O Brother," U2 Top Grammys

    Keys, "O Brother," U2 Top Grammys | ARTICLE

    The Grammy Awards are designed to honor the best that music has to offer, and every once in a blue moon that goal is actually met. That was certainly the case at the 2002 edition of the...

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Can Guitarist Dies in France

    Can Guitarist Dies in France | ARTICLE

    Michael Karoli, the guitarist who insured the pioneering German space-rock band Can kept one foot on terra firma, died at his home near Nice, France on Friday morning at the age of fifty-three. No details have been...

    November 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001

    One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jon Bon Jovi has never been very high on rock's list of bad-ass mofos, so it's not altogether shocking that it took fifteen or so years for him to find — as the title of this live...

    May 22, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Guitarist John Fahey Dead

    Guitarist John Fahey Dead | ARTICLE

    John Fahey, a ground-breaking guitarist whose influence spread from the folk underground to the fringes of avant-garde rock, died on Thursday at a hospital in Salem, Oregon. He was sixty-one. Fahey, who had been in ill health for...

    February 23, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Year in Weird

    The Year in Weird | ARTICLE

    In our efforts to become as relevant as, say, the San Diego Film Critics Society, we've decided that -- despite our previous protestations to the contrary -- we do need a stinkin' year-end awards spectacular. We've done...

    December 29, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Zapp Brothers Found Dead

    Zapp Brothers Found Dead | ARTICLE

    Friends and colleagues are searching for a motive in the apparent murder-suicide that claimed the lives of Roger and Larry Troutman, two of the siblings that comprised the seminal funk outfit Zapp.| No one has stepped forward as a witness...

    April 28, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Gang Starr's Guru Attacked, Robbed in NY

    Gang Starr's Guru Attacked, Robbed in NY | ARTICLE

    Enduring hip-hop icon Guru commands plenty of respect on the rap scene -- but not so much on the streets of his adopted hometown of New York. At least that's the message that was sent when the thirty-seven-year-old MC was...

    January 12, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Lo-Fi Loss: Jim Shepard Dead

    Lo-Fi Loss: Jim Shepard Dead | ARTICLE

    The experimental rock scene lost one of its leading lights over the weekend when Jim Shepard, the charismatic leader of such influential underground bands as Vertical Slit and V3, committed suicide at his home in Columbus, Ohio. Shepard, who was forty-four,...

    October 20, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The Canary Flies: New Orleans' Johnny Adams Dies

    The Canary Flies: New Orleans' Johnny Adams Dies | ARTICLE

    Johnny Adams, one of the greatest practitioners of New Orleans-style rhythm and blues, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. The singer, whose clear, trilling voice earned him the nickname "The Tan Canary," began his career in the...

    September 16, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • It's A Tofu for All

    It's A Tofu for All | ARTICLE

    Sticks and stones may break Ted Nugent's bones -- although we've never gotten close enough to see for ourselves -- but tofu will never hurt him. That adage was confirmed when the gonzo rocker shook off a vicious flying food...

    September 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Frank Black is Back

    Frank Black is Back | ARTICLE

    With just about everyone in the rock biz fixated -- as ever -- on the next bigthing, Frank Black's "small is beautiful" attitude is pretty darn refreshing.By "small," we're not implying that the round mound of noisy sound has begunmarketing...

    August 17, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Stakes Is High

    Stakes Is High | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just when the time seems ripe to capitalize on the fact that De La Soul fired the first shots in the alternative-hip-hop revolution, the Long Island, N.Y., trio opts to wax old school rather than return to...

    August 8, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Blur Get Introspective on Their New Album

    Blur Get Introspective on Their New Album | ARTICLE

    It's a crisp, clear morning in New York's Central Park, and for a change, Blur frontman Damon Albarn is able to appreciate having his feet planted on American soil. While the 27-year-old singer has explored the...

    November 2, 1995 10:45 AM ET