Story By: G. H. HARDING

Joan Rivers

TRAILBLAZER RIVERS --- There was certainly no entertainer ever like Joan Rivers, who passed yesterday at 81. Since 1965 when she burst onto the scene, she was unlike anyone before her … and, really after. She came prepared and was literally a ball of fire. A comedy stiletto if you will. Rivers said what everyone felt; and, she was constantly criticized, but she made everyone laugh.

Every female comedian since (from Ellen DeGeneres to Kathy Griffin), owes her a huge debut of gratitude.

I saw her numerous times at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room and others shows and she never failed to ignite the audience. Other than Don Rickles, there is no other performer who even comes close. She’s the last of her kind for sure.

At 81, her energy was amazing. She'll be missed… a lot. RIP Joan.

Adam Lambert

QUEEN ADAM --- Adam Lambert is finished touring with rock legends Queen, and he’s now ready to play the game. The American Idol singer alerted his Glamberts on Twitter on Thursday that he’s completing his third album, the follow-up to 2012′s Trespassing.

Lambert’s been touring with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor since June, but had already begun work on his as-yet-untitled album before that. The singer enlisted the help of Swedish songwriter Max Martin, who wrote two songs on Lambert’s 2009 debut solo album.

In December 2013, Lambert promised the album by 2014. “If not, something is seriously wrong!”

Under pressure indeed!

USA TODAY SHOCKS --- Up to 70 veteran USA Today journalists, editors, and others were laid off Wednesday, and reports claim that the newly unemployed were "marched out by security" and within 15 minutes had their email accounts shut off.

The layoffs came as no surprise (and, via telephone!) after the Gannett Company followed the lead of many other companies that have already separated and spun off their dying publishing business into separate companies. It was only a few weeks ago that Gannett did the same.

USA Today is Gannett's flagship publication and enjoys the highest circulation of any other American newspaper. Nonetheless, The New York Times reports that "The publishing division has not had year-over-year revenue growth since 2006."

In the second quarter of this year, it posted a 37.5 percent decline in operating income, to $53.2 million from $85 million, compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Some of the paper’s most senior and best-known writers were laid off, including the pop music critic Edna Gundersen, who announced her departure on Twitter. “Today is my last day at USA Today, after 30 years. I was laid off this morning, along with several great colleagues. Onward,” she wrote.

The film critic Scott Bowles, who worked for USA Today for 17 years before he was let go, said, “I have been amazed by the names and reputations of some of the people on this list; these are bigwigs. Big names.”

I've known Gundersen for years and found her to be simply one of the best music writers, ever. Unlike The Village Voice’s Michael Musto, who opted for a handsome buy-out package, which obviously requires him to remain silent for years, Edna will resurface immediately.

Rumors are she could be heading for Rolling Stone.

Shame on the paper for treating their people is such a shoddy manner.

CLOSING NOTES --- We know that the playing field has changed in almost every way … certainly none more so than in the PR-field, but there still remain some PR-people out here, miraculously hired to do a job … that just don't get it done! We had that situation with LA-PR person Judi Kerr for many of her clients (including Robbie Roberston) and now we seem to be having that’s same situation with Capital’s Juliana Plotkin, also on the West Coast, her clients including Sam Smith and the Counting Crows. No communication after several attempts and that’s just not right Capital’s Steve Barnett should know better … his people are clearly not serving the interests of their artists or the label …

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CeeLo Green

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Micky Dolenz And Joyce DeWitt

Here's the first image of Micky Dolenz and Joyce DeWitt rehearsing their play Comedy is Hard, which opens September 24th at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut.

Dolenz Photo Courtesy Of: Ivoryton Plauhouse