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Siskel dies from brain tumor complications
CHICAGO (AP) - Gene Siskel fell in love
with movies as a child. Every Saturday the
schoolboy Siskel would walk eight blocks to his
neighborhood theater on Chicago’s North Side to
catch the newest films with his friends.
But it would be many years before Siskel
would make movies his life’s work, giving the
world the thumbs-up and thumbs-down film
reviews he and colleague Roger Ebert created.
“I can’t even imagine what it will be like
(without Siskel),” Ebert said Saturday from his
Michigan home as news of Siskel’s death at age
SiskeEs death ended a quiet but strenuous
battle against complications that arose after a
growth was removed from his brain in May.
Ebert said: “There was a history there, a
respect that I’m never really going to replace in
my life. It’s going to be tough.”
Writing for rival newspapers, the young
Siskel and Ebert were fierce competitors, each
always trying to out-scoop the other.
The icy relationship warmed when they
reluctantly teamed up to co-host the public televi
sion program “Sneak Previews” in 1975.
“For the first five years that we knew each
other, Gene Siskel and I hardly spoke. Then it
seemed like we never stopped,” Ebert wrote in a
column titled “Farewell, my friend” on the front
page of Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times.
“Siskel & Ebert,” as their show later was
known in syndication, became a household
Ebert said Saturday that the show would con
tinue with revolving guest critics.
“In the future, we will see,” he said.
“The two thumbs up has become an icon in
the film industry,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a
spokesman for Exhibitor Relations Co., which
compiles box office receipts. “The average per
son would look toward them about whether to
take their hard-earned dollars to the box office.”
Despite his fame, Siskel stayed in the
Midwest, resisting the lure of either coast.
“The boys always wanted to stay in Chicago.
They felt that was neutral territory,” said Mary
Kellogg of Buena Vista Television, who devel
oped a close friendship with Siskel in the 14
years they worked together on the show.
Orphaned by age 10, Siskel threw himself
into his family life with a passion that close
friends were quick to remark on. He met and fell
in love with Marlene Iglitzen while working at
WBBM-TV in Chicago. They married in 1980
and had three children, a boy and two girls.
His passions were for the movies he had
loved since a boy, the words he grew to love as a
newspaper man, the enjoyment he got as a
Chicago Bulls fan and his family.
At the time of his death, Siskel had taken a
leave of absence from his work, not only with the
“Siskel & Ebert” television show and the
Chicago Tribune, but also as a film critic for
“CBS This Morning” and WBBM-TV and as a
columnist for TV Guide.
Thousands of letters and e-mails from his
fans poured into Buena Vista, which distributes
his show, in’support of Siskel’s leave of absence.
In Sunday’s column, Ebert recalled how
Siskel strove to deflect attention away from his
illness and toward his film criticism after his
“Although it was obvious sometimes that he
walked slowly and was in pain, I never once
heard him complain. He carried on with a brav
ery that is hard to imagine.” Ebert wrote.
’99 to feature
By Patrick Miner
The Levi’s Sno-Core Tour ’99 has a little
something for everyone.
Unlike last year, which featured a rock
based lineup, the Levi’s Sno-Core Tour ’99 is
packed with everything from rock to funk to
electronica to rap. Today, the new version of
the tour is hitting Lincoln’s Pershing
Auditorium, 226 Centennial Mall South.
The dizzying show features the main
stream pop/rock of Everclear, the funkTock
of Soul Coughing, the eclectic mixmaster DJ
Spooky That Subliminal Kid, and even an
established rapper in Redman.
Everclear is returning to Nebraska for the
third time in the past year. The Portland
based act most recently headlined a sold-out
performance at Omaha’s Ranch Bowl vol
leyball courts last June.
Everclear has had a string of radio sin
gles in its career, including “Santa Monica,”
“Everything to Everyone” and “Father of
Mine.” The band’s concerts tend to revolve
around the singles and feature considerable
Soul Coughing has taken a very different
road to get to the show today. The witty and
funky New York-based foursome established
itself almost solely as a live act.
However, last year Soul Coughing
released a new album, “El Oso,” which has
received considerable notice at check-out
counters thanks to the addictive first single,
DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, or Paul
Miller, is a Washington, D.C., native who
grew up listening to everything from rap to
DJ Spooky fused those styles into each of
his first three albums and mostly notably into
RAPPER REDMAN has finally been receiving some
recognition after putting out four solo albums and
working as a member of Def Squad.
DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID,
voted one of the top 10 most influen
tial artists by Spin magazine, has
worked with Thurston Moore,
Metallica and on the soundtrack for
the award-winning film “Slam.”
his latest electronica release,
The wildest performer tonight should be
New Jersey-native Redman. A member of
the Def Squad Redman seems to be up and
coming, even though the rapper already has
four solo albums to his credit.
Influenced by N.W.A. and Ice Cube.
Redman recently released the fourth album
that features Busta Rhymes and Method
Man. On stage tonight, Redman should get
A NEW YORK BAND abroad, Soul Coughing is making
its way to Nebraska for the first time. The band tours
in support of its popular 1998 release “El Oso.”
heads bobbing with fierce rhymes and
The Levi’s Sno-Core Tour ’99 isn’t all
about the music, however. BoardAID for
LIFEbeat is the concert’s official charity; a
donation of $1 from each ticket w ill help the
organization’s fight against HIV and AIDS.
Tonight’s concerts starts at 7:30 with
doors opening an hour ahead of time.
Tickets are $25.
‘thrilled’ to be
By Bret Schulte
The name itself - Soul Coughing - implies a confiised
marriage of base corporeal reality and pop spiritual belief.
You would never guess that it refers to a poem inspired
by Neil Young barfing from the back of a bus.
Whatever the origin, it’s an appropriate title for a group
whose bassy acid-jazz sound is too post-modern for lofty
critics to simply dub “underground” and too catchy for the
swarming pop audiences to ignore.
The group continues to defy expectations by teaming up
with the sun-dried punk populists Everclear for Levi’s Sno
CoreTour, which blows into Lincoln’s Pershing Auditorium
With indie rapper Redman and hip-hopper DJ Spooky
rounding out the bill, the Sno-Core tour demonstrates the
latest in music industry trans-genre trends.
Soul Coughing, which is trans-genre in and of itself, has
no qualms with the tour’s bill, said bass player Sebastian
Steinberg in a phone interview from his hotel room in Salt
“The tour’s been basically fine.” he said, resting the day
after the Utah show. “Not the snowiest or the core-iest...
but hanging around with Redman is one of the greatest
Steinberg described Redman as one of the main reasons
he wanted to do the show; one of the “real deals.”
Redman and Soul Coughing share the same turf: New
York City, which Steinberg credits as the primary cultural
influence for the band whose members come from Israel
(drummer Yuval Gabay), Kentucky (vocalist M. Doughty)
and San Francisco (keyboardist Mark De Gli Antoni).
Steinberg, the only member of the “New York band”
who has Manhattan roots (although he grew up mostly in
Massachusetts), firmly believes the band would not exist
without the city.
As he says, only in New York would lour people witn
such completely different tastes and backgrounds meet,
become friends and finally gel into a band.
“New York is good Idee that.” Steinberg said, "taking
four disparate personalities and jamming them together.”
And as a result of what he calls “the concentration” of
New York, Soul Coughing was born out of four different
visions and became something of a successful enigma in the
On the upright bass, Steinberg is the “visual representa
tion” of the instrument, although the guitarist, keyboardist
and drummer all contribute to the bands profound pounds
In contrast to the classic giant bass is the group’s true
musical centerpiece, the keyboard, which hums at the hands
of De Gli Antoni. He is also the prime loop and sample man.
accounting for much of Soul Coughing’s bebop and hook.
While singer/guitarist M. Doughty undeniably serves as the
trippy creative tour guide (“Your words bum the air like the
names of candy bars,” he postulates), Gabay assists with
beating out the emphasis on his drum set.
“New York is the reason that an upright bass and a sam
pler can be in the same band together. You walk down the
street and one guy has John Coltrane blasting from his win
dow and another has some sort of bass machine.”
M. Doughty (M. is for Michael) was working at a club
when he brought the four future members of Soul Coughing
together to jam one night. New York is nddled with side pro
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