REVIEW / Sad mouth: Jasper Rees on Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Hammersmith Apollo

The last song before the encores was 'The Hard Way', dedicated to 'those who stand firm in the face of intolerance'. Mary Chapin Carpenter, university graduate, Aids campaigner and scourge of sequins and hairspray, is that rare bloom, a doyenne of political correctness who's big in Nashville.

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ROCK / Advertising and old standards

THERE'S a line of mid-range Fords outside the Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith (once the Hammersmith Odeon) for the Brian May Band; they're all pretty new, so maybe Brian's advert inspired their purchase. Car sales apart, tonight his job is to pretend that Queen are open for business as usual. The great British public is here, rockers and raggas alike, drinking plastic pints of sponsor's lager over their tour brochures ('Life is short. Let's rock,' reads Brian's personal message inside). Three men are arguing closely over just what chord Brian is playing in silhouette on the brochure cover, while someone in a P J Harvey T-shirt looks on. A lot of people liked Queen, and Brian's riding that wave, for the time being.

Talk of the trade: A name to remember

THE Canadian brewery Labatt's has completed a pounds 2m sponsorship deal with Apollo Leisure, giving it exclusive rights to distribute its lagers at Apollo's rock venues in Manchester and London, plus a logo on the two buildings. Fair enough; but why can't it leave the names of these small pieces of cultural history alone? The Hammersmith Odeon - where most of the big names in music, including the Beatles, have played - had already been renamed the Hammersmith Apollo. Now it is to be called the Labatt's Apollo. When will companies putting money into popular culture realise that the names of these venues have a resonance that they have no right to destroy?

ROCK / Reggae show in no guns shock

THERE ARE no guns in Brixton for Jimmy Cliff. This is a mellow roots riposte to Hammersmith's ragga uprising of the week before. Fears of further trouble leave the Academy less packed than it should be, but a healthy crowd is still on hand to be bombarded with messages of peace and environmental concern. It may or may not be ironic that Cliff, who comes second only to Bob Marley in reggae's crossover canon, achieved his greatest fame in Perry Henzell's classic film The Harder They Come as a would-be pop star turned gangster.

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ROCK / Camp without the kicks

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REVIEW / Here comes a jellyfish: Live reviews: B52's, Saw Doctors, Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Gigs - Charts Jim White is bombed into submission by the B52's at Hammersmith Apollo

A STAGE-SET so camp it made Graceland look like something from the pages of Elle Decoration set the tone for the evening. When five instrumentalists and three singers - each of them a testament to taste-free dressing - appeared on it and broke into a ridiculous dance routine, it became clear this would be an evening to savour: 30 seconds into a B52's concert you have been provided with more visual entertainment than some performers (Chris Rea, maybe) could offer in 30 hours.

ROCK / Sugar, spice, all things nice: Zucchero - Hammersmith Apollo

IF YOU want to get a handle on Zucchero - and so far few people in this country have had time for the chubby Italian with the dandy hats, jewellery, and high-gloss R&B that hovers on the cusp of soul music - try thinking of him as the Italian Mick Hucknall. He sells albums by the million in the motherland, likes to flirt with gospel, and has played with Ray Charles . . . but there the similarity ends. Apart from his duet with Paul Young, 'Senza una donna', in 1991, Zucchero has never wooed the British market.
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