By Peter Larsen | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: March 9, 2019 at 10:50 am | UPDATED: March 9, 2019 at 11:14 am One of the themes of Joe Jackson’s new album “Fool” is alchemy, the English singer-songwriter said at the sold-out Orpheum Theatre, noting that his opening number shared a title with the term for magical transformation of something worthless into something much more precious. “I always liked the idea of alchemy,” Jackson said early in his nearly two-hour set in Los Angeles on Friday. “Turning crap into gold, something we try to do every night.” He kids, of course. As 20 albums in 40 years clearly shows, you don’t make a life like that in music without delivering plenty of gold from the get-go. Joe Jackson sings at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, March 08, 2019. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) Joe Jackson, left, and bassist Graham Maby perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Los … [Read more...] about 4 highlights from ’80s icon Joe Jackson’s terrific ‘Four Decade’ concert in LA
By Kelli Skye Fadroski | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: October 4, 2018 at 8:33 am | UPDATED: October 4, 2018 at 8:33 am After the death of her husband, Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who took his own life last year, Talinda Bennington started an initiative that would serve those with mental health concerns and addiction, as well as open a dialogue about mental illness. In honor of Chester’s birthday being on March 20, Bennington called it 320 Changes Direction and in partnership with the non-profit The Campaign to Change Direction, the effort aims to alter the culture and perception of mental health in America, encourage people to pay attention to their own well-being and ensure that those in need have access to resources and support. To help further raise awareness and funds for the cause, Charity Bomb and Goldenvoice put together their Strange 80s 2 benefit concert featuring a slew of musicians and celebrities who will come together on Friday, … [Read more...] about Talinda Bennington and No Doubt’s Adrian Young speak candidly about mental illness ahead of Strange 80s 2 benefit in L.A.
On the evening of February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin left his father’s fiancee’s house in a gated community in Orlando, Florida, to walk to a nearby 7-Eleven. Returning with a bag of Skittles and a drink, he caught the eye of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. Thinking that Martin looked “suspicious,” Zimmerman called the police, and followed the unarmed black teenager. An altercation followed, and Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman. For America’s black community, this incident was more than a tragic misunderstanding. Activists saw Martin’s death as part of a wider pattern of discrimination, harassment and deadly violence inflicted on their community, a hangover from America’s dark history of slavery and segregation which never fully went away. Read More: Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Says Trump Is One Of 'Greatest Threats' To U.S. Democracy Outrage over Martin’s death spread online, and … [Read more...] about Black Lives Matter: Five Turbulent Years in 80 Iconic Images
Touted as the eighth scenic wonder of the world during the Victorian heyday of resorts, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area still draws visitors to the Poconos — 3.4 million alone last year.Mount Tammany towers some 1,200 feet above Interstate 80, which skirts the Delaware River's eastern shore before crossing the toll bridge into Pennsylvania.The river-carved cliffs and wooded mountainsides are easily viewed from the highway.That might not be the case in two years’ time.The New Jersey Department of Transportation has proposed putting a $51.7 million safety fence along I-80 between mile markers 1.04 and 1.45 in Warren County. Construction is slated to start in 2020 and will take about two years to complete."We're talking about a 60-foot wall and concrete blocks — the thing is like a pyramid," said Councilman Jack Shoemaker of Delaware Water Gap Borough. "There certainly has to be something more reasonable in terms of safety, something that is not a burden … [Read more...] about Will safety wall on I-80 spoil views of Delaware Water Gap recreation area?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt.A pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with $135 million in financing from lenders.Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends. After Chuck Berry died, his beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar was bolted to the inside of his coffin lid. David Bowie favored the 1989 Gibson L4 when he fronted Tin Machine. Slash swears by them. "It is one of the most widely recognized brand names on planet Earth," said George Gruhn of Gruhn Guitars, a world-famous vintage instrument store.Founded in 1894 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibson has the top market share in premium electric guitars. It sells more than 170,000 guitars a year in more than 80 countries, including more than 40 percent of all electric guitars that cost more than … [Read more...] about Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection