George Varga

Writer

Veteran Union-Tribune pop music critic George Varga began drumming in rock bands at 12 and writing professionally about music at 15. A Louisiana native who grew up mostly in Germany, Varga has earned three Pulitzer Prize nominations for his writing at the U-T and is a voting member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to providing live coverage of the Grammy Awards and festivals from Coachella to the 1994 edition of Woodstock, he has interviewed everyone from Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Britney Spears to Willie Nelson, Kanye West and Bruno Mars. A triple first-prize winner at the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists awards, Varga is also a contributing writer for Jazz Times magazine and has written for Billboard, Spin and other publications. After attending San Diego City College and San Diego State University, he created and taught the 2002 UC San Diego Extension course, “Jazz in a Post-Ken-Burns World." Varga lives with his wife in North Park.

Recent Articles

  • Linkin Park releases heartfelt letter to deceased singer

    Linkin Park releases heartfelt letter to deceased singer

    The members of Linkin Park have released a heartfelt letter to their singer, Chester Bennington, four days after he hung himself at his Los Angeles home. In it, the band's five surviving members write that they are still coming to "grips with what has happened" and are feeling "shock-waves of grief...

  • Linkin Park cancels tour following death of singer

    Linkin Park cancels tour following death of singer

    Linkin Park has canceled its summer and fall "One More Light" North American concert tour, which was scheduled to begin Thursday in Boston and would have included an Oct. 20 show with Snoop Dogg at San Diego's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. The decision comes  one day after the band's singer, Chester...

  • Guns N' Roses adds new shows to its reunion tour

    Guns N' Roses is marking today's 30th anniversary of the release of its landmark 1987 debut album, "Appetite For Destruction," by adding 11 more concerts to its ongoing "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour. The new dates will come on top of the hard-rocking band's previously announced summer and...

  • Comic-Con MTV Fandom Fest to star Echosmith, Bleachers at Petco Park

    Echosmith and Bleachers will perform at San Diego's Petco Park Friday night as the headliners at  MTV's Fandom Fest. Admission is free to all Comic-Con badge-holders. The four-hour event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, with a live stream of highlights set to begin 30 minutes later. "Teen Wolf" TV...

  • Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx to debut graphic novel at Comic-Con

    Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx to debut graphic novel at Comic-Con

    Is  Comic-Con  ready for a graphic novel version of Mötley Crüe co-founder Nikki Sixx's 2007 autobiography, "The Heroin Diaries?" The 150-page graphic novel is a collaboration between Sixx (real name: Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.) and HEAVY METAL, the 40-year-old publishing company that...

  • KAABOO releases 2017 culinary lineup

    KAABOO releases 2017 culinary lineup

    Damn right it's better than yours! Will those lyrics from Kelis's 2003 hit song, "Milkshake," become a mantra for the chefs who demonstrate their skills at KAABOO  Del Mar  in September? We'll find out when Kelis - a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who in 2014 debuted her Cooking Channel show, "Saucy and...

  • Black Eyed Peas to celebrate new graphic novel at Comic-Con

    Black Eyed Peas to celebrate new graphic novel at Comic-Con

    Boom Boom Pow! Are the members of Black Eyed Peas getting ready to join the cast of "The Walking Dead?" You might think so after learning the Peas' will be at  Comic-Con  in San Diego this week to celebrate their new project, "Masters of the Sun - The Zombie Chronicles." But names can be misleading....

  • 'Coffee House' tour hits North Park Saturday

    'Coffee House' tour hits North Park Saturday

    How caffeinated will Joshua Radin and Rachael Yamagata be when they perform Saturday at Observatory North Park? They are, after all, embarked on The Coffee House Live Tour. But that moniker actually refers to the troubadour-championing Sirius XM satellite radio show sponsoring their joint concert...

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