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11 items by Richard Abowitz

  • Sex Pistols Hit the Jackpot at Only U.S. Stop on Summer Tour

    Sex Pistols Hit the Jackpot at Only U.S. Stop on Summer Tour | ARTICLE

    The social ironies of the Sex Pistols showing up in a Vegas casino for a concert were all confronted the last time the band played the Hard Rock, home of the Sid Vicious slot machine, a few...

    June 9, 2008 2:09 PM ET
  • Van Halen Relaunch Tour With Flashy, Hit-Laden Sin City Performance

    Van Halen Relaunch Tour With Flashy, Hit-Laden Sin City Performance | ARTICLE

    When Van Halen last hit Vegas for a pair of shows in December, the group's legendary guitarist was not doing too well. On the first night, despite his health history, Eddie Van Halen kept a cigarette affixed...

    April 21, 2008 1:32 PM ET
  • Vegoose Festival Report: the Stooges, Shins, Daft Punk, More

    Vegoose Festival Report: the Stooges, Shins, Daft Punk, More | ARTICLE

    For three years now, the Vegoose festival has been bringing Las Vegas the sort of eclectic acts the city normally shuns: metal, hip-hop, politically motivated tunage and indie rock's latest beloved. This year was no exception: the...

    October 29, 2007 1:09 PM ET
  • Inside Michael Jackson's Wacko Vegas Fire Sale

    Inside Michael Jackson's Wacko Vegas Fire Sale | ARTICLE

    Michael Jackson's random crap has, much like the pop star himself, been biding its time in Las Vegas since late last year, arriving in Sin City by way of a bizarre and circuitous path that included courts...

    May 31, 2007 6:18 PM ET
  • Lest We Forget - The Best Of

    Lest We Forget - The Best Of | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is hard to believe that a few years ago Middle America had no better nightmare than Marilyn Manson's arena-rock evil. Best of is a fitting tombstone to Manson's moment in the mainstream: It includes all of...

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Beastie Boys Rock Vegas

    Beastie Boys Rock Vegas | ARTICLE

    You get what you pay for!" joked Mike D, after messing up the first strains of "Pass the Mic" on June 9th in Las...

    July 8, 2004 2:45 PM ET
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?

    What's Wrong With This Picture? | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the title track of What's Wrong With This Picture?, an ode to his ever-changing self, Van Morrison proclaims with uncharacteristic giggle, "It don't mean a thing/if it ain't got that swing.And a ring-a-ding-ding." True to his...

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Vicious Cycle

    Vicious Cycle | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seventies Southern-rock giants Lynyrd Skynyrd continue to defy reality with their ongoing career: Now down to only two original members, Skynyrd have kept rolling as a live act with the late Ronnie Van Zandt's sound-alike little brother...

    May 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Love Songs Collection

    The Love Songs Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    Green's classic love songs haven't become dated, because he never made mood music or schmaltz. Instead, on tracks such as "Love and Happiness," "Let's Stay Together" and "Call Me," producer Willie Mitchell used a driving band to...

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rastaman Vibration

    Rastaman Vibration | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is hard to believe that in 1976, when Rastaman Vibration was first released in America, it took Bob Marley into the Top Ten alongside disco records and corporate rock. Despite the good cheer of the title...

    November 5, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Vapor Trails

    Vapor Trails | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Vapor Trails, the stalwart Canadian power trio Rush returns from a six-year studio absence, sniffs the wind and abandons the prog-rock jams of its last studio album, Test for Echo, for a harder, Staind-friendly approach. On...

    April 24, 2002 12:00 AM ET
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