MONKEE MICKY DOLENZ'S 'LIFE AFTER 50' INTERVIEW
THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING
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MICKY DOLENZ AFTER 50 -- Great Micky Dolenz interview in the brand new Life After 50, out officially this Friday. Dolenz talks about The Monkees, as well as his new endeavor, Dolenz & Daughters; a fine-furniture design and construction company, started with his daughter Georgia. Here’s the cover, check out the interview.
CLIVES INSIDE MAN – Mega-manager Ken Levy used to work for the celebrated Arista Records (which started in 1973), begun and run by Mr. Ears, Clive Davis. Ken ran the creative side and worked on everything from Whitney Houston to Kenny G and Barry Manilow. He also created the invitations to Clive’s Night-Before-the-Grammy party, which is this Saturday, February 7 at the Beverly Hilton; with the Grammy's the following night.
Says Levy about the creation of his very first invitation for the event: "It was the dawn of the millennium – everything was counting down to midnight. So I made a countdown clock leading down to the night of the gala. They seemed like equally momentous events, right?”
Since then, the invitation has become a hotly contested item. This year, Levy began with the tag line,“The Night You Always Wait For Is Here.”
Confirmed guests so far, include: Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Usher, Ryan Seacrest, and Pharrell Williams, as well as rock legends Neil Young (with Daryl Hannah), Cyndi Lauper, Johnny Mathis, Barry Gibb, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy.
Also attending, are: Apple’s Tim Cook, along with Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, Sony’s Michael Lynton and, NARAS’ chieftan Neil Portnow.
PHIL DOUBLES WITH ADELE --- Adele and Phil Collins have returned to the studio to finish recording her new album together.
While the talented duo were first linked back in late 2013, with Collins having been asked by the songstress to collaborate on some new music for her album25, their union was only fleeting. Collins even joked he feared he had 'failed the audition' as he hadn't heard from her again.
According to a source, the new mother simply 'put all her work on hold for a while' and the delay 'wasn't anything personal'.
The pair have now picked back up where they left off, with Adele having spent the past month in the studio in Los Angeles as she puts the finishing touches to the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed 2011 album, 21.
"Over the past few months, Phil has been working on the tracks once again. She did tell Phil that she was prioritizing her personal life at that time, but now that she's back in work mode their track is happening once again," our source told us.
The mom-of-one seemed to hint as much when she tweeted on her 26th birthday: "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year"; however, it seems that producers are allowing the fellow Oscar-winning star all the time she needs to complete a record she is 100 per cent happy with.
Producer Paul Epworth insists the release "will come when it's ready" and not a moment before.
Along with Collins, Adele's new album may also contain an A-list collaboration with Lady Gaga, as the two have been photographed extensively of late.
For Collins, this will be a celebrated return to the contemporary music world and I for one, know he’s most anxious to return.
Hey, no pressure here of course!
LEAGUE TO THE RESCUE --- Composer Frederik Wiedmann has announced the release of two soundtrack albums on La-La Land Records: Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis and Dying Of The Light. Wiedmann is also composing the music for the new Netflix animated kids series, All Hail King Julien.
"I am very proud that I have been able to transverse such disparate universes as a children's animated show, the realm of DC animation, and feature films,” said Wiedmann. “Each one of these genres give me such a different palate to play with and I find them very exciting. King Julien requires a much lighter approach musically speaking than my previous DC Comics stories. The challenging thing in this show is to accentuate the comedy with just the right tone, to never step on the jokes or ignore them completely."
Dying Of The Light stars Nicolas Cage as Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent, who has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé (Anton Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy. The film will be available on February 17, 2015.
“I’ve admired Nicolas Cage as an actor for a very long time, especially his big features like Face Off and Con Air, so I was super excited to get to do a score for one of his films,” Wiedmann explained. “For Dying of the Light I chose a simpler palette, minimalistic writing for the most part, combined with dark electronic synths.”
In Justice League: Throne Of Atlantic, Aquaman is forced to choose sides between the Justice League and Atlantis, when Atlantean warriors begin a war to conquer the surface world, starting with the coastal cities of Gotham and Metropolis.
Wiedmann has previously visited the DC Animation universe on several projects, including 2013’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. “This new work called for a little bit more than a standard superhero action score,” said Wiedmann. “I was in awe of the beautiful design of the city of Atlantis, The colors and the animation captured a wonderful sense of mystery and magic, so the music needed to complement this throughout the story.”
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