I drove all the way to Colorado Springs once because I heard a Myspace scene queen was going to be at a house party I was invited to. I wanted to see if she was real. She was. Seeing Riff Raff at the Bluebird last night felt similar; I went to see if Jody Highroller was real. When you observe and ... More >>
There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>
â€‹ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>
Sure, everyone loves summer, but here in Denver we have one more reason than most places: Film on the Rocks. And we're smiling just a little bit wider and shaking our booties a little harder today because the movie showing tonight is Footloose. Fight the man with dance! Everyone knows how upt ... More >>
Sammy. Sammy. Sammy. It must be difficult for a rock star in a rad band like Van Halen to be constantly competing with his predecessor, but this who's-better nonsense has gone on too long and now... too far. Sammy Hagar has just released his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, con ... More >>
Jimmy Zanon grew up in Oregon, and in 1998 moved to Colorado for college. He fell in love with both his future wife and the restaurant business here and decided to stay in Denver, where you can currently find him behind the bar at Lola. Now serving: Jimmy Zanon.
Friday, September 11, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are ChickenfootOn the surface it might seem a bit strange throwing Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith together, but the four apparently gelled so well that they decided to ... More >>
Frankly, I would have preferred David Lee Roth. Lucky thing for the Republicans that Sarah Palin became a media sensation during her Republican National Convention spotlight address. After all, John McCain proved with his acceptance remarks last night that he's not among the country's most scintil ... More >>
Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>
The VH saga continues. Welcome to Chapter IV, the Peppermint Patty years.
Music biopics Hollywood won't make.
Sometimes it pays to be a D.O.R.K.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong.
No Way, Jose
Igby shows, once again, that money can't buy happiness.
If this summer’s concert season has an encore, we’d rather skip it.
Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.
Guitarist Shannon Curfman brings something new to the teen craze. It's called talent.
Just try to stop Sammy Hagar from telling how Van Halen did him wrong.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
A LOOK AT THE MODERN-ROCK SONGS DENVER RADIO IS DOING TO DEATH.