Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Arround Town: Harry Connick Jr. & Poison

At the Sovereign Performing Arts Center: Harry Connick Jr.
With vast success on the jazz charts, great crossover success on the pop charts and a growing roster of impressive film credits Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has been studded with awards and recognition, album sales of over 20 million and endless accolades in the music, film, television, and theater worlds including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards, Cable Ace, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and much more.

And at the Sovereign Center Arena: Poison

Formed by a group of aspiring rock musicians from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Poison moved to Los Angeles, California in search of fame. The band's roots, and those of glam metal in general, lay in America's east, and in particular, the sounds and images associated with the New York Dolls, KISS, Boston, Aerosmith, and Cheap Trick. These influences were transplanted to California in the late 1970s, mutated following the release of Van Halen's debut in 1978, and ultimately ignited into a colourful music scene on L.A.'s Sunset Strip in the 1980s. The band's later work would also exhibit a Southern rock and blues influence.

Poison's music is characterized by straightforward melodies and catchy guitar riffs. The band's tunes are often not remembered as well as their garish costumes, overblown hair, feminizing make-up, and frenetic stage show, all delivered via the metal-heavy MTV of the mid to late 1980s. To many, Poison was the epitome of the Sunset Strip glam metal scene. For their fans, this meant a straightforward celebration of hedonism; for their critics, it meant music which was uninspired and unimportant.