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December 05, 2016
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Everything old is new again

Paul Austin, left, and Karen Young perform Harold Pinter’s radio play “A Slight Ache” for a packed house in Liberty, NY.
Photos by Ted Waddell

As for the “new” theatre space, it’s actually something old. Once the site of Katz’s Bakery, which flourished in the late ‘60s and remained in business until 1989, the LFT ( has big plans to repurpose the somewhat decayed interior, and I was excited to be given a sneak peek. The space is cool, the project is underway, and the future, rising from the past, looks bright. To participate in making the dream a reality, visit the web site, or call 845/798-1527 to contribute.

Along the same vein, I had to remind myself that singing sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson (AKA Heart) have been topping the charts since rising to fame in the mid-1970s with a string of smash hits, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide. While their popularity has never really waned, the ladies have grown and evolved over the years and remain (according to Wikipedia) one of “the most commercially enduring hard rock bands in history.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, Heart is currently on tour with Jason Bonham (son of the late, great drummer John Bonham) and the tribute to his dad—“The Led Zeppelin Experience,” which thousands attended last Saturday night on the grounds of Bethel Woods ( Led Zeppelin is widely considered one of the most successful and innovative rock bands in history, so the double bill made perfect sense. Hardly an “imitation,” I would call the “experience” the Mother of all cover bands, and with Bonham at the wheel, the band (and Heart) was amazing. Zeppelin is also in the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame, and the museum states that the band was “as influential in the 1970s as the Beatles were in the decade before them.”