I found these scanned pages of some older magazine articles and most of us probably have seen them, but I didn't think they were actually posted on the site anywhere. And I know I haven't actually read them in years, it's good to read them again. Hope you agree and enjoy!
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Hi Joy, I have no time to read these tonight but thanks a lot for bringing them over here sweetie! Sounds like fun reading for a Thursday morning... :D Hmm, since they're old articles, would you mind if I put them in the "Follow up info..." thread also? It's just a thought. Take care Joy and thanks for sharing. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie from Canada
You mean the History thread? Whatever you think, sure! Is there any other scans of older articles like this on here? I have to go through my personal stuff and see what I might be able to scan and upload. These I just happened to find online. When I get around to it I will go over what I have with you.
Hi Joy, yes I meant the history thread. You know how threads start being about one thing and evolve in something else? :D Technically, many of the added older articles had nothing to do with Jeremy's initial intent, but they're still part of MB's history... Forgive me Joy: I'm just trying to be a good forum librarian... :D We can sort it out in the morning. Thanks again Joy, take care and good night. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie from Canada :D
Thanks a lot, Joy !! I going to read next weekend.
Thanks for sharing everything Joy......great to see !! :)
Sylvia. Your wee Scottish friend.
|Our host, in his element
Look, when you get an email with that offer, you say yes. It's just a fact. And thus do I find myself on a bus yesterday evening with 20-odd publicists, journalists (OK!, In Style, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, etc.), and TV/radio people, a merciful lack of ironical "LOL Michael Bolton" condescension polluting the air. There are people on this bus who are not his publicists who can tell you about his fairly recent records (including Bolton Swings Sinatra and A Swingin' Christmas); they express genuine curiosity re: his new one, One World One Love, which is out in May and features songs written with both Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga. It's playing in the bus right now, in fact, but later tonight Mike will blast it for us in his own personal home studio. But not before he piles us into his living room and plies us with Grey Goose cocktails, scallops, giant wheels of cheese, and actually quite engrossing small talk.
I have no interest in blowing up Michael Bolton's spot by seeding Mike's Apartment-esque clues as to his house's location or major architectural features; suffice it to say that while it's clearly the home of a famous multi-millionaire, there's no heated-driveway MC Hammer-type shit. Instead, you walk in and immediately to your left is a framed poster touting his sales of 52 million records worldwide, joined by all sorts of other memorabilia: Grammy envelopes, gold records, photos of Mike with various luminaries (the Reagans, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson), a signed pic of Bill Clinton alongside a White House menu and a handwritten note from Hillary ("Michael, he really wants to play with your band"), etc. It all seems pretty megalomaniacal until we realize this building isn't his house, but his adjacent recording studio, which makes more sense in terms of decor.
And then there's this:
Kanye and Kenny G, together at last. Michael will later explain that he got the College Dropout award because "Never Let Me Down" was his song originally; he admits that initially his daughters had to tell him who Jay-Z was.
Soon we are summoned to the actual house, a short walk up a gravel path past the tennis court. Waiters with trays full of lobster, lamb, bruschetta, crab cakes, and little plates of spinach gnocci materialize; a Grey Goose specialty bar is set up in one corner of the lavish study and/or great/living room, in front of the luxe bookcase holding the Encyclopedia Britannica. There's a shitload of Grammys and American Music Awards and what have you in a glass cabinet in the corner; he's got the really good edition of Scrabble, the one where the board rotates.
|Giant wheel of cheese
|Candles + Scrabble
Michael mills around, making small talk. His golden tresses are no more; he is wearing a swank jacket, a crisp white shirt halfway-unbuttoned, and demurely ripped jeans. "He has the relaxed demeanor," someone notes, "of someone who has been famous for a really long time." Eventually our host ambles over, and we chat. (Out-of-context thing I said to Michael Bolton, in a fake-announcer voice: "Michael Bolton is... JACK THE RIPPER!")
One of my journo companions has noted, on a nice table next to some enormous orchids, a lovingly framed and clearly sentimentally valuable old photograph of what turns out to be a 14- or 15-year-old Michael with members of his old band, the Nomads, leaning against a Porsche his friend "Richie Rich" owned. Which leads Mike to reminisce: About his days singing in bars despite being way underage, about the British Invasion, about the culture wars re: long hair, about his label's uneasiness when he sang Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." It weirded them out, apparently: Should a white dude be singing black music? Wasn't that sacrilege? They only relented when Otis' widow, Zelma, lavished Michael's cover with praise after she saw him do it on Showtime at the Apollo; said praise ("It brought tears to my eyes," etc.) has been printed out and hung on the walls of his studio along with that other stuff.
Two hours pass, and with 20 minutes left before we're supposed to scram, everyone suddenly realizes our actual purpose here, and so we shuffle back to the studio house to hear some of One World One Love. As the title suggests, there's some reggae-ish accents, but it's definitely still Michael Bolton: Dramatic piano melodies, pretty-hard-for-soft-rock pulsing drums, and bombastic choruses that sound designed to burst forth from volcanoes, military helicopters, the mouths of gods. Mike's still a yearning belter type, but he's slightly less histrionic and forceful these days, just a touch more subdued. Susan Boyle's audience is basically his audience, so he might as well take it back. In between tracks he chats about working with younger musicians, about bringing people together, about The Process. "In writing there's a saying: Dare to suck."
He covers both Van Morrison and Terence Trent D'Arby, but the main hook here is his team-ups with Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga, one tune apiece. (Just songwriting, no duets, alas.) Michael has dutifully talked about Gaga a lot tonight; their song is called "Murder My Heart" and gets the biggest whoops out of his assembled audience, saddled with that awkward task of listening to someone's music while he's standing right there, everyone's brows furrowed in concentration. Synths, bombast, vague menace. Climactic line of chorus: "You're so beautiful it's tearing me apart/You murder my heart." Cheers, whoops. "GUNSHOT!" one of the journos yells.
Time to go. "You have to perform tomorrow," one of his handlers notes. "And get some sleep." Michael thanks us graciously for our time, noting that this has all been really surreal. Tell me about it. Early, chatting about Otis Redding, he'd waxed philosophical about his thirst for sonic adventure: "I want to look back on my career and say, 'I went there.'" I can say this now, too, about Michael Bolton's house.
Thanks for bringing that one over to here Katia for it is lovely as are the photos taken then......I have a few more taken on that day in my MB album !!! lol.
Thanks again !! :)
Sylvia. Your wee Scottish friend.
Allo Katia, merci d'avoir trouvé l'endroit parfait pour loger cet article! Fais attention à toi et passes une belle fin de semaine. Gros câlins, Sylvie Qc Canada
bonjour à toutes,
avec grand plaisir comme toujours,
Prenez soin de vous !!!
with great pleasure as always
Take care of yourself!
El baladista norteamericano ofrecerá, este sábado en CasaPiedra, un espectáculo íntimo y cargado de hits del pasado. Mientras tanto, planea grabar un disco de rock pesado.
A comienzo de los 90, Michael Bolton se caracterizaba por tener un mal peinado y un cuerpo musculoso que despertaba la pasión de mujeres de todas las edades. Brillaba también por ser un romántico irremediable que se cuestionaba cómo podría llegar a vivir sin el amor de su vida (“How am I supossed to live without you?”) o, con permiso de su intérprete original, Percy Sledge, narraba lo que pasa cuando un hombre ama a una mujer (“When a man loves a woman”).
Los que sucumbieron ante esas canciones, o tal vez se enamoraron en torno a ellas, podrán escuchar cómo un renovado Bolton (sí, se cortó el pelo) las interpreta 20 años más tarde, este sábado en CasaPiedra. “El público escuchará todos mis grandes éxitos. Nunca los abandono, especialmente cuando viajo fuera de casa”, adelanta el cantante al teléfono. “La gente no tiene la oportunidad de verme seguido y quieren escuchar las canciones que fueron importantes en algún momento de sus vidas. Pero también introduciré temas de mi nuevo disco”.
Bolton se refiere a “Gems the duet collection”, álbum de covers que saldrá a la venta en junio y en el que comparte créditos con Seal y Chris Botti, entre otros. “Interpreto una canción que tocaré en Chile: “Pride, in the name of love”, de U2. Mucha gente no sabe que fue escrita para Martin Luther King Jr. y él fue un héroe para mí durante la infancia”.
Pero el artista se emociona cuando le mencionamos el dueto de la canción de Sting, “Fields of gold”, que interpreta junto a Eva Cassidy, una cantante que, tras morir a los 33 años de edad, alcanzó la categoría de artista de culto.
“Mucha gente no sabe quién es. Ella murió sin conocer la fama. Se presentaba en un pequeño club de Washington DC, llamado The Blues Alley, sola con su guitarra. Cuando la escuché me enamoré de su voz. Entonces surgió la idea de cantar sobre su versión de «Fields of gold»”, explica Bolton con emoción. Su gusto por Cassidy es tan grande que piensa revivirla mediante tecnología para incorporarla en sus futuros shows. “La tendremos en pantalla, cantaré con ella. Quiero que todo el mundo conozca su música”.
“Me gustaría grabar un disco con el productor de AC/DC”
Pese a que, junto a su amigo Kenny G, Bolton es representante de la música “easy listening” de alta carga sentimental, el cantante no tiene problemas en hablar de su pasado como metalero. De hecho, fue vocalista de la banda Blackjack y llegó incluso a telonear a Ozzy Osbourne. Más tarde también escribiría una canción llamada “Forever” para la banda Kiss.
“Muchas cosas han cambiado desde entonces. Por ejemplo, ya no sigo la música como solía hacerlo. Estoy de gira 8 meses al año y el resto lo dedico a componer. No escucho rock como antes”, ? confiesa Bolton. Pero lanza una revelación que podría devolverlo al mundo de las guitarras distorsionadas.
“Con Randy Jackson (ex bajista de Bolton y jurado de «American Idol») hemos hablado de la posibilidad de sacar un álbum de rock, con un dream team de músicos pesados. Queremos gente que toque bien en vivo y que también sean disciplinados en estudio. Me encantaría que lo produjera Robert Lange, responsable del disco «Back in black» de AC/DC y también de los álbumes de Def Leppard”.
Los románticos chilenos que no se alarmen porque Bolton no tocará música pesada este sábado. Será una velada romántica y cargada de recuerdos del pasado en la que el cantante tratará de comunicarse íntimamente con el público. “Me gusta estar atento al sentimi? ento de la audiencia”, explica. “En cualquier momento puedo mirar a mi guitarrista o a mi director musical y cambiar el set en medio del show. Es lo bueno de tocar en vivo”.
I put an article who find my friend Mar
Thanks Katia but none of the photos have come out and the links don't work but I have translated the main body of the text into English. Thanks again for putting in on behalf of Mar, thanks Katia !!! :)