Cuban Performs With Silvio Rodríguez After Controversial Remarks At Concert
“Concert: Earth, Wind & Fire at the Venetian”
By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ) Clips of Nirvana ‘s legendary “Live and Loud” performance have been floating around on the Internet nearly as long as there’s been an Internet … though they certainly don’t give you a true feel for just how raucous and raw the show at Seattle’s Pier 48 truly was. To rectify that, MTV’s full “Live and Loud” concert is being released on September 24, both as a standalone DVD and as part of the deluxe, 20th-anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s In Utero album . It gives fans their first chance to witness the full, hour-plus set, not to mention exclusive, never-before-seen rehearsal footage … all of which captures the band operating at the peak of their powers. Last week, we unveiled moments of the “Live and Loud” performance, and today, we’re bringing you a pair of those rehearsal clips: “Very Ape” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.” Shot on the same day as the show (at least judging by Nirvana’s onstage outfits), the footage captures both the band you know, and the one you probably don’t. The former is, of course, the surly, downright serious side of the band, and it’s on display here: Witness Kurt Cobain’s sarcastic jab at the show’s director during sound check “We’re just going to stand here until someone tells us to play” which directly precedes him launching into the curdling opening chords of “Shifter.” But the latter is, too. Turns out, Nirvana weren’t all doom and gloom, a fact those who knew them always seem to point out. Cobain spends the first portion of their “Very Ape” rehearsal absent-mindedly pounding on a drum kit located behind Dave Grohl, Par Smear jokes with bassist Krist Novoselic, and somebody has placed a ball cap on the head of the winged, transparent anatomical figure that graces the In Utero album cover. They’re not exactly sunny moments, but they certainly aren’t surly, either. In short, these rehearsal moments help paint the full picture … one that, for nearly 20 years has been incomplete.
Rodriguez, who came to Carcasses’ defense amid the controversy, included the 41-year-old pianist and leader of the jazz-fusion band Interactivo in his line-up of artists Friday at an open-air concert in the Havana neighborhood of Santiago de las Vegas. Without making any mention of the controversy swirling around Carcasses, Rodriguez presented his fellow musician as a “talent” and recalled that they worked together recently on an album. During Friday’s show, Carcasses provided piano accompaniment for Rodriguez on his song “Segunda Cita” and also performed two other instrumental numbers with other musicians. Carcasses did not make any remarks to the crowd of 300 people, but he told foreign correspondents afterward that he hoped he had put the controversy behind him. During a Sept. 12 official concert in Havana that was broadcast live on national television, Carcasses sang a song calling for free access to information and the election of the president by direct popular vote. The jazz fusion artist said Monday he had been barred indefinitely from performing at future state-run events because of his comments during the concert, which had been organized to demand the release of Cuban intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States. But authorities on the Communist-ruled island later reconsidered and lifted the sanction. The 66-year-old Rodriguez, Cuba’s best-known folk singer, came to Carcasses’ defense on Tuesday. He said his fellow musician had committed a “regrettable error” in pressing his demands at an event organized to call for the release of agents “who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the people.” However, as a Cuban citizen, Carcasses “has the right to express what he thinks in his country,” Rodriguez added. Considered heroes in Cuba, the four agents were arrested in 1998 and convicted of espionage in 2001, receiving sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison. While a fifth agent who was also arrested and convicted of the same crime has since been paroled and allowed to return to Cuba, the other four spies remain in prison. The Cuban Five insisted they were spying on Miami’s Cuban exile community, not the U.S. government.
Very few performers rise to the heights of Earth, Wind & Fire. There were certain popular songs the fans expected EWF to perform and the audience showed their appreciation when they did. When you look back on the music of the 70s and 80s, EWF stands out. EWF’s songs express so much emotion, their jubilant mood lifts the spirits and takes the audience on a musical ride. The audience does not just listen, they are encouraged to dance. Earth, Wind & Fire’s songs express so much emotion, their jubilant mood lifts our spirits and takes us on a musical ride! The name of the band referred to Maurice Whites astrological chart. White wanted to express his spiritual approach to music and felt music should transcend all categories for a universal appeal. Earth Wind & Fire founding members Bassist Verdine White, singer and percussionist Ralph Johnson and singer Phil Bailey promoted their newest CD Now, Then & Forever. The CD is a transition of classic hits, recent numbers and a look to the future all with their special sound. The Venetian Resort presents a line-up of entertainment. Resident production shows Rock of Ages and Smokey Robinsons Human Nature, Soul to Soul and more. The Venetian Resort & Casino is located at 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard. For information, call (702)-414-1000. http://www.venetian.com/ www.earthwindandfire.com Earth, Wind & Fire: During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born one that was steeped in African and African-American styles particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public.