Few surprises—rather, Bad Company policy: uncomplicated, stalking rhythms and lean guitar playing by Mick Ralphs. What saves Burnin’ Sky from being just another supergroup false alarm is the urgency in Paul Rodgers’ lead vocals.
Always an effective concert group, Britain’s Pink Floyd is taking its haunting space-rock compositions oh an American tour for the first time in four years. They float into Phoenix on May 4, then go on to Anaheim, Oakland and Portland.
James Whitmore, who has already given ’em hell as Harry Truman, brings another President to rip-snorting life as Teddy Roosevelt. This week, Whitmore carries his big stick to Chicago as part of an 11-city tour.
THE RINGLING BROS.
AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
In this year’s edition, the 107th, the circus has added 20-year-old aerial artist Dolly Jacobs—who tosses her comely body around with no safety net underneath. (She is the daughter of veteran clown Lou Jacobs.) Animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams is still more ferocious than cages full of tigers and leopards. No. 107 is in New York through June 5, while the 106th edition—featuring aerialist Elvin Bale—is in Binghamton, N.Y.
Two young conductors, James Levine and James Conlon, join such established stars as Marilyn Home in the Met’s annual spring junket. Three new productions—Le Prophète, La Bohème and Lohengrin—are among the seven that will be presented during the eight-city tour (this week hitting Atlanta).