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Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto. Original manager of singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco -- first four years, first five CDs, set up the independent thing. He is also a competitive duplicate bridge player since 2005 and is currently a Ruby Life Master.


About 15 minutes into "U2 Rattle and Hum," the movie featuring the hit Irish rock band U2, the camera finds the quartet clustered on an equipment case in a warehouse where they've been rehearsing in Dublin. An unseen interviewer asks them a hard question. He wonders what the movie's about.It turns out that none of them can really explain it. Given their moment to spea…

THE BIG NEWS in the record business during the past few weeks has been a delightfully improbable pair of collaborative superstar albums.The more sensational of the two is the Traveling Wilburys, a thinly-veiled mystery group which unites George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne for a project simply called Volume One …

The hottest concert in the nation this fall comes to Memorial Auditorium Saturday night, the triple billing of three of the most popular black crossover singers on the charts -- New Edition, Bobby Brown and Al B. Sure! The brisk demand for tickets here was echoed in other cities. The show did three sell-outs in Chicago, three more in Washington, D. C., two in Detroit …

Up to a point, Tuesday night's DeGarmo & Key concert in the Turtle in Niagara Falls will be no different from any other hard rock show. The beat will be strong, the guitars will be loud, the singers will wail and the lighting will be first-class. Indeed, there will be only two differences, one of them subtle, the other overt. The subtle difference is in the lyrics, wh…

THEY CALL IT the Moscow Circus, but a better name for it might be the Soviet All-Star Circus. It's a collection of talent that even the folks back in the U. S. S. R. haven't seen under one roof.The glasnost gala which plays nine shows in Memorial Auditorium next Thursday through Nov. 6 is the cream of the crop -- a dozen acts hand-picked from thousands in a nation where …

IF RANDY NEWMAN was pitching baseballs the way he writes songs, he'd be throwing a lot of breaking stuff -- curveballs, knuckleballs, sliders, things that come at you from one direction, swoop around and get you from somewhere else.Newman's first album in five years, Land of Dreams (Reprise 25773-1), starts off in the Stephen Foster mood of his Dixie-oriented "Good Ol…

Glenn Medeiros, Not Me (Amherst AMH-4400). For the more mature follow-up to the teen singer's 1987 debut hit ballad, "Never Gonna Change My Love For You," locally-based Amherst Records has hired a bunch of high-gloss producers, bought a dozen romantic songs from the likes of Paul Anka (the title tune) and Michael Bolton and pumped up the beat behind him on about half …

THE FIRST TIME I saw a mobile DJ," Paul Tiede recalls, "was back in '78. My sister-in-law was getting married and they had a big reception, 300 people, under a tent down on the lake."I asked her, 'What are you going to do for music?' And she said, 'I hired a sound system.' I pictured it being some guy with a bunch of 45s and a little record player, but it turned out …

The Paladins were playing rockabilly before rockabilly was cool back in the early '80s. And they've kept on playing it since the fad for it cooled off, fusing it with vintage blues, swing and R&B styles. The San Diego-based guitar-drums-and-upright bass trio came by their affection for the '50s sounds of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent naturally, as high school…

Things are different now for Pat Benatar, headliner of the annual Fallfest Saturday night in the UB Alumni Arena on a bill with the Del-Lords and local artists Gamalon and David Kane's Decay of Western Civilization. The quintessential hard-rock woman of the early '80s, the petite, spandex-clad figure with the big, four-octave voice, has settled down. Sure, she's still…

IMAGINE: John Lennon" is as definitive a film biography as will ever be made about the most controversial of the Beatles. It couldn't have arrived at a more auspicious time.Not only does its release this weekend coincide with what would have been the singer's 48th birthday Sunday, but it also shows up just as interest in his career has been rekindled by Albert Goldman…

ARE BIG RECORDS necessarily great records? Three answers to that question showed up in the retail racks during the past few days.Biggest of them all is the new double album by the Irish group U2, Rattle and Hum (Island 91003-1 Atco). Partly old, partly new, partly live concert performances, partly studio sessions, it'll double as the soundtrack of the first U2 movie, …

"These guys haven't been here in 10 years," the emcee shouted as the seven members of Little Feat took their places in Shea's Buffalo Saturday night, but the minute they hit their first note it was as if they had never gone away at all.It was their trademark sound -- an overwhelming New Orleans shuffle, full of honky-tonk piano, keening slide guitar and considerable s…

Red Skelton, returning to Buffalo for the first time in nearly 50 years, gave the city's press corps more than it bargained for Thursday.In town a day in advance of his performance tonight in Shea's Buffalo Theater, the 75-year-old comedian began his press conference in a ninth-floor suite in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo by picking up an 8mm minicamera and filming everyo…

One of the most musically satisfying comeback stories of 1988 is the '70s rock band Little Feat, which visits Shea's Buffalo Saturday night with John Kilzer, a former college basketball player turned hit singer, as the opener. Little Feat, apart for eight years after the death in 1979 of founder Lowell George, plays as if it had never broken up at all. Its new album, …