Pop: hot ticket
By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 15, 2002
We owe it all to Billy Ray
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus' claims to fame include:
Introducing the world outside of Appalachia to the mullet, the hairdo that's "business in the front, party in the back," the one that's inspired calendars, Web sites and countless jokes in late-night monologues.
Jamming that icky Achy Breaky Heart song in our heads.
Forcing television viewers to employ the ultimate suspension of disbelief as he plays a doctor (!) on the Pax network series Doc.
Billy Ray Cyrus performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29-$70. (727) 791-7400.
The hair's gone, but the legend remains
We know and love Peter Frampton, guitar virtuoso, for Frampton Comes Alive!, the 1976 double live album, the result of four years of arena touring and rock-star living. Woke up with a wine glass in your hand, indeed, Mr. Frampton!
Insipidly, Frampton, 52, who got his start in Humble Pie, followed his Comes Alive! success by starring as Billy Shears in the horrid Hollywood version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A near-fatal car crash in 1978 derailed his career. He came back, not with a bang, but with a whimper and a slew of indistinct albums in the 1980s. Frampton ended that decade with shorter hair -- kiss the '70s goodbye -- as the featured guitarist on David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour. Since then Frampton hasn't done too much to write about, but he's a rock legend, and that's enough for us.
Peter Frampton performs 8 p.m. Monday at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, on Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $32.50. (727) 896-2276.
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