London Palladium, West End
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Saturday 11 July 2009
Friday 17 April 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
For this latest of the War Child charity albums, music legends were asked to nominate a track of their own to be covered, and the latter-day act they'd like to cover it
Monday 22 December 2008
As "Winter Wonderland" inches to a chaotic close, the most striking image is that of stern folk veteran Bob Davenport sharing a mike with skittish transvestite diva Justin Bond. One of many memorable sights for people to take with them and one that sums up the evening's unlikely culture clash.
Wednesday 17 December 2008
Sunday 14 December 2008
Thursday 09 October 2008
Singer Rufus Wainwright has been commissioned to compose his debut opera, to be premiered in the UK, it was announced today.
Friday 15 August 2008
Rufus Wainwright wants to "do classical". Where to start? At the top, of course: at the Verbier festival in the Swiss Alps, where Maxim Vengerov and Martha Argerich head a jaw-dropping roster of classical stars, and where he "feels like Heidi" in his little chalet. He admits that his classical training is limited, but reckons he "can bring something else to compensate". He makes his initial appearance before an audience of whom half are saying "who's he?" while the other half says "can this really be him?".
Wednesday 23 July 2008
It would be fair to say that festivals present challenges for an artist. First, they are not playing to a fully partisan crowd, and second, they are restricted by time constraints and the logistics of equipment and entourage. Festivals, then, are a measure of a performer's ability to make the conditions work for them.
Wednesday 09 July 2008
Walking on in a paint-splattered jacket, Neil Young salaams modestly. Soon, he's bending over his guitar, trying to buck it into life. A large fan makes his long, thinning hair blow back, as if he's always in his music's hurricane. By the time he finishes two hours later with The Beatles' "A Day in the Life", the crowd have had exactly what they came for.
Thursday 12 June 2008
Sunday 25 May 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
The stuff comes out of her without filter, not so much stream of consciousness as unconscionable torrent: crossness, self-pity, indignation, wit, vision, witchy vituperation, vivid regret, terror.
Thursday 24 January 2008
Sunday 20 January 2008
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