Elton John plays White House lawn as part of farewell tour

Elton John plays White House lawn as part of farewell tour

WASHINGTON — Elton John said Friday that he’d played in some beautiful venues, but the stage in front of the White House, beneath a massive tent on a perfect autumn night, was “probably the icing on the cake.” Then he kicked off the show with “Your Song,” his first big international hit. President Joe Biden … Read more

Grayson Chance Says Ellen DeGeneres Was ‘Insanely Manipulative’ As His Early Mentor

Once touted as Ellen DeGeneres’ musical protégé, Grayson Chance now claims the “insanely manipulative” comedian and former daytime TV host “completely abandoned” him after his initial rush of success. Chance, who grew up in Oklahoma, rose to viral fame in 2010, when a video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a school talent show … Read more

Elton John Playing White House Lawn as Part of Farewell Tour

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Elton John was all in on a plan to perform at the White House before the world-famous rockin’ piano player hangs it up — he says — for good. John was swinging by the South Lawn on Friday night for a show he’s calling “A Night When … Read more

Ari Lennox’s ‘age/sex/location’ revels in infatuation

NEW YORK — Writer’s block confined Ari Lennox during the creation of her latest album, “age/sex/location,” but her label head and friend, rap superstar J. Cole, suggested she begin journaling to unlock her creativity. “He was like, ‘I just want you to write and just don’t stop for a certain amount of time.’ And so, … Read more

Shania Twain feels ‘stronger than ever’ ahead of new album release ever”

CNN — Shania Twain’s life could make a hell of a country music song. In fact, there’s so much material it could make several great country music songs. She survived a tough childhood, lost her parents in a car crash and at the height of her career, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease – an illness … Read more

Sedona’s Michael Kollwitz a Magical Music Man With Chapman Stick

The oldest instruments known to man is the flute. We can go back roughly 40,000 years with the early flutes made of bone. Imagine that for a second. Forty-thousand years. Over 1,300 generations of people, if you do the math, have played instruments of some kind or another. Why do you need to know this? … Read more

How A New Documentary Captures The Complexity Of Being A Child Of Immigrants

“We inherit our family’s dreams, but also their fears. It takes a lot of courage to make your own path.” That line of narration from the new documentary “Mija” — spoken by one of its subjects, musician and music manager Doris Muñoz — has stuck with me for months since its Sundance Film Festival premiere … Read more

Met Opera to open season with dark, murderous ‘Medea’

NEW YORK — The first time Sondra Radvanovsky opened the Metropolitan Opera season, she played a mother who contemplates murdering her two young sons as revenge against her faithless lover. Five year later she’s back in a role that’s strikingly similar — with one crucial difference. “You know, the last opening night I didn’t quite … Read more

Met Opera to open season with dark, murderous ‘Medea’

NEW YORK — The first time Sondra Radvanovsky opened the Metropolitan Opera season, she played a mother who contemplates murdering her two young sons as revenge against her faithless lover. Five year later she’s back in a role that’s strikingly similar — with one crucial difference. “You know, the last opening night I didn’t quite … Read more

Celebrities coming back to White House after Trump drought

WASHINGTON — Celebrities are back at the White House following a pop-culture backlash during the Trump years, when just about anyone considered high-wattage refused to show up. Rocker Elton John is bringing his farewell tour to the South Lawn on Friday, the White House announced Tuesday, one week after singer James Taylor and hosts Jonathan … Read more