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Sunday, December 06, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT @ THE JOINT IN LAS VEGAS NEVADA

Adam Lambert In Concert



Adam Lambert



Superstar Adam Lambert performed at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last night to a packed house of his fans.


Monday, July 13, 2015

NY TIMES CALLS ADAM LAMBERT'S NEW ALBUM HIS BEST

Adam Lambert



Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert released “Ghost Town Remixes” today via Warner Bros. Records. The new collection includes six remixes of Lambert’s smash single “Ghost Town,” from acclaimed producers Tritional, Dave Winnel, Blood Diamonds, KREAM, Steve Redant and Unlike Pluto. “Ghost Town”, the first single from Adam’s third studio album, “The Original High,” was praised by the New York Times as “his best single to date.”



“The Original High,” released June 16th on Warner Bros Records, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, and received critical acclaim from outlets including Rolling Stone, who applauded the album’s “big hooks” and “over the top energy” and praised Adam’s “impressive vocal range over radio-friendly deep house beats.” “Ghost Town Remixes” is available today at all digital and physical retailers.



Adam is scheduled for two upcoming television appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden on July 16th and The Talk on July 20th. Both appearances follow a slew of national spots Adam made in June which include Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Michael, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.



“GHOST TOWN REMIXES” TRACK LISTING:



1. Tritonal Ghost Town Remix

2. Dave Winnel Ghost Town Remix

3. Blood Diamonds Ghost Town Remix

4. Steven Redant Ghost Town Remix

5. Kream Ghost Town Remix

6. Unlike Pluto Ghost Town Remix



About Adam Lambert:

International superstar Adam Lambert is a Billboard chart topping, multi-award winning, multi-platinum-selling-singer-songwriter and performer. Best known for his soaring voice and unique blend of theatrical flair and glam-rock sensibilities, the pop singer has performed in front of sold out crowds worldwide -both as a solo artist and with legendary rock group Queen. His work has garnered a number of music awards and nominations including a Grammy nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance,” a BMI Award for “Award-Winning Songs,” two GLAAD Awards, a Young Hollywood Award for “Artist of the Year,” a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Male Reality/Variety Star,” and a People’s Choice Award nomination for “Break-Out Musical Artist.”

A San Diego, California native, Lambert stepped into the national spotlight in 2009 when he became a finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His vocal range, along with his unique style, made him a standout contestant and he quickly won over millions of viewers. After the season wrapped, Lambert released his widely successful RCA Records debut, “For Your Entertainment,” which sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide to date. The album’s first single “Whataya Want From Me,” became a radio smash and earned him his first Grammy nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” In June of 2010, Lambert embarked on his first headlining tour playing to sold out crowds in the US, Europe and Asia.

His sophomore album, “Trespassing,” which was released in 2012, garnered rave reviews and became the first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 Album chart by an openly gay artist. Most recently, Adam wrapped a hugely successful world tour fronting Queen, with original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Additionally, Lambert had a 5 episode arc on “Glee” during its 2014 season.



Link To Purchase:

Ghost Town Remixes




Friday, June 05, 2015

GOOD BET ADAM LAMBERT WILL VISIT AMERICAN IDOL

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Adam Lambert




BRIAN’S VIEW --- I attended yesterday’s taping of ABC‘s The View, where they had a fascinating and exclusive interview with Brian Wilson and his wife, Melinda.




I’ve been really knocked out by his most recent solo album, No Pier Pressure (it’s been immediately placed on my “Best of . . .” music list for this year, most assuredly) and I’m going to see the new movie, Love & Mercy, this weekend about Wilson and his Beach Boy brothers Carl and Dennis.




First off, this was the first time I’ve been to the new View studios, located a scant few blocks away from their old digs at 125 West End Avenue. An old-world cavernous studio, if there ever was one. I remember being there, with The Monkees and a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany appearance, and being amazed at the space. I mean, wow, you could have landed the Space Shuttle in there! But, that’s the way they did it back in the day.




The new space is decidedly smaller—tight, in fact—and Whoopi Goldberg firmly rules the roost. After the second coming (and going) of Rosie O’Donnell—where the two fought more than was necessary—Whoopi‘s more in control than ever and sets a really nice tone. She’s funny, poignant, terrific. I remain a huge fan.




Former View ‘er Joy Behar was present yesterday as well, and she was a hoot. She’s an old-school comic, and remains just drop-dead funny. Her lead story was how she and her husband fought over her driving. Think of her as the female version of Regis Phlbin. Funny . . . old-school, but funny.




Wilson and his wife were on the second segment. As soon as they came out, interviewed by Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace, you could sense Brian’s growing sense of unease. The hulking Wilson was a terrific interview, though, as an obviously-overwhelmed Goldberg peppered him with questions about the movie, as well as his new album.




Wilson wasn’t exactly chatty, but he did address her questions and you could sense that both the movie and the new album were important new works to him. Interestingly enough, when Goldberg was attempting to explain what his music has meant to her, she broke down . . . and co-host Wallace admirably stepped in.




I’ve seen Whoopi many times, and I know for a fact that this was a genuinely emotional moment for her.




A figure like Wilson can and should bring that out in anyone. His music is a vital part of the soundtrack of our lives.




It’ll be on today at 11:00 AM on ABC—check it out.




LAMBERT’S IDOL --- No matter the outcome of the final American Idol season, which will air in 2016, Adam Lambert will forever stand as the series’ most memorable showman. Still, six years removed from the show and with two albums under his belt, he’s finally ready to let the pressure of that impressive distinction go.




And, will he appear one last time on the show? I think you can bet on it!




In an interview with Next, for which Lambert appears on their June cover, the multi-octave belter mapped out the journey to his upcoming third album, The Original High, and, at 33, says he’s exactly where he wants to be.




“I wanted to take away a lot of the theatrics that I’m known for and just be a little bit more real—not so much of a character,” he told the magazine of his forthcoming collection of songs.




“Coming off of a show like Idol, I ended up being put in the category of the ‘rock ’n’ roll’ guy, so I was doing a lot of rock music. Then the second album I did kind of reflected this funk pop thing I was feeling at the time…[this time] I wanted it to feel authentic to my social life. It’s also nostalgic, in a way, for the ’90s.”




Lambert admitted that a new label and new co-workers have certainly changed his sound (“The people around you are the ones that make all these ideas come to life,” he noted), and added that he’s thrilled to see a certain collaborator—Tove Lo—making waves on charts.




“She’s the most down-to-earth, chill, fun-loving girl next door,” he said. “We wrote ["Rumors"] before “Habits” became a big hit, so getting to watch it climb the charts and her become a star is really exciting…She’s not trying to be P.C. about it. She’s just being honest and forthright. I really clicked with her on that."




The new album, The Original High, is out on June 12!




GLBT @ QPB: June is Gay Pride Month, and it turns out that Taking Woodstock author and gay rights icon Elliot Tiber gets to celebrate the occasion by seeing his brand-new memoir, After Woodstock, picked up by the popular Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) as a top title for summer reading lists. Good things have happened for Tiber from the start of his now-three-book run with Long Island indie publisher Square One Publishers, including a fortuitous connection with PR pasha David Salidor on his first book back in 2007. Time will tell if Tiber's new GLBT-geared book is made into a feature film, as his first one was by director Ang Lee with James Schamus and the folks at Focus Features. In the meantime, though, every review for the book so far has been excellent and the fact that it has now been picked by one of the nation's strongest book clubs means that a lot more people are going to be embracing what looks to be Tiber's finest work to date. Having read it myself, I can say that After Woodstock stands as one of the best reads of this year - and that applies, whether you're gay or str8 . . .





CLOSING NOTES --- At yesterday’s View show; Raven Simone was also a guest host. First off, with her bleached-blond hair and Goth-like attire, I hardly recognized her. Also, she barely said anything during the show, save for a how-to segment with make-up queen Bobbi Brown. I felt a little bad for her . . .




Watching the new Netflix show Grace and Frankie (and, loving it). On episode number eleven, “The Secret,” the Lily Tomlin character confesses at the end that she made out once with a Monkee—Micky Dolenz. The episode ends with “She,” a song written by Boyce and Hart on which Dolenz sang lead back in late 1966. Terrific!




Watched ABC’s new show The Whispers, and really liked it. Based on a very early Ray Bradbury short story from 1951 (“Zero Hour”), its plot starts with a bunch of random children all with an imaginary friend named Drill . . . who has them do his evil bidding. Mysterious, right? Done very well, and with Steven Spielberg as executive producer (and who is also involved in CBS’ Under the Dome), you’d expect everything to be great . . . right? But, having invested so much time in shows like these (Flash Forward, Nowhere Man, The Event, Millennium), only to see them disappear after one summer season, I’m somewhat reluctant. This one has some great twists and Milo Ventimiglia (Batman, Heroes, Rocky Balboa) is there . . . so I’m compelled to keep watching. We’ll see.




Florence + The Machine on ABC’s Good Morning America later this morning. Great new album from her: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It may be her best yet . .



Friday, May 15, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT & NICKI MINAJ TO PLAY GMA CONCERTS

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“Good Morning America” 
2015 Summer Concert Series
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Nicki Minaj



Adam Lambert
ABC News’ “Good Morning America” announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series lineup this morning, featuring an incredible mix of all the hottest names in music today from the worlds of pop, rock, country, alternative, and hip-hop. From music superstar Nicki Minaj to global phenomenon Ed Sheeran; from Irish rock star Hozier to country superstar Luke Bryan; from pop R&B sensation Jason Derulo to American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert; from country sensations Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley to alternative pop band WALK THE MOON; from international pop star Mika to rock bands 5 Seconds of Summer and Florence + the Machine, “GMA’s” concert series has music for everyone. The 2015 Summer Concert Series is sponsored by COPPERTONE® and DR. SCHOLL’S® brands from Bayer HealthCare.





UK-born singer and songwriter Jessie J kicks off “GMA’s” Summer Concert Series” on May 22nd. Her latest album Sweet Talker debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and included the now multi-platinum single “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The superstar has been nominated for a Grammy, received the prestigious BRIT Award for "Critic's Choice," and was a London Olympic Games Ambassador. She will perform “Flashlight,” the lead single form the recently released Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack and a few of her #1 hit songs live for the GMA Central Park audience and viewers.



The 2015 Summer Concert Series returns for the seventh year to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, home of the SummerStage, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. All concerts are free to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. Information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park can be found with the full line-up on gmaconcerts.com.


Summer Concert Series Schedule


May 22 – Jessie J (#JessieJOnGMA)

May 29 – Ed Sheeran (#EdSheeranGMA)

June 5 – Florence + the Machine (#FlorenceGMA)

June 12 – Jason Derulo (#DeruloGMA)

June 19 – Adam Lambert (#AdamLambertGMA)

June 26 – Dierks Bentley (#DierksBentleyGMA)

July 3 – Mika (#MikaGMA)

July 10 – Walk the Moon (#WalkTheMoonGMA)

July 17 - TBD

July 24 – Nicki Minaj (#NickiGMA)

July 31 – Hozier (#HozierGMA)

August 7 – Luke Bryan (#LukeBryanOnGMA)

August 14 – TBD

August 21 – 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonGMA)

August 28 – TBD

September 4 – Florida Georgia Line (#FGLonGMA)

Monday, May 11, 2015

AVENGERS & FOURTEEN TELEVISION SHOWS CANCELLED

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Robert Downey Jr.



AVENGERS ASSEMBLE --- OK, I finally saw the long-awaited Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, from Marvel this weekend. But first, a few observations. During the trailers, I saw two more Marvel-produced films: the Fantastic Four re-boot and Ant Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas . . . and they both looked great.




The SRO audience at the showing I attended was pretty much all kids, but there were more adults than I would have thought and the usual sprinkling of fan-boys and girls. When it comes to this type of picture, that demographic always bestows on movie crowds a certain bit of cred, right?




The movie deals with Ultron, the artificial-intelligence (AI) life form that Tony Stark (a.k.a., Iron Man) and Bruce “Hulk” Banner had hoped to create as an iron shield around the Earth. Things go awry, and you can probably guess the rest.




Truth be told, in the original Marvel book’s original story, “Hank Pym,” no less a character than Ant Man was the one who created Ultron. Only the true-blue and hardcore fans of the comic will notice this change, though. Regardless of that small change, the new storyline works remarkably well.




Face it, these Marvel movies are the new blockbuster gems of our age. Robert Downey, Jr. has indeed made this Iron Man role entirely his own. He remains spectacular in the part; and after three solo movies and this—his second journey in the Avengers—he remains spot-on perfect.




Mark Ruffalo, always a personal favorite, is great as Banner/Hulk; and Johansson’s quiet moments with Ruffalo are pure gold. Also terrific in the film are Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.




There are also many, many cameos (Nick Fury, The Falcon, etc.) from other Marvel characters, as well as the proper introduction of The Vision (one of my favorite Marvel characters ever!). It’s all brought together in one flick, and it all works.




There’s a moment in the film where all the Avengers have to retreat to a safe house. While I won't spoil the moment, suffice it to say that it’s a terrific emotion-packed sequence. Unexpected, but brilliant.




James Spader (who voices Ultron) is great, too; in many ways, hearing his distinctive voice made it feel like I was watching a two-hour episode of The Blacklist.




Considering how much he had to deal with, director Joss Whedon has done just a phenomenal job. The story is tight, and the action sequences are mesmerizing . . . I loved it. Now I can’t wait until they release Avengers 3!




MILK & HONEY --- Last night’s penultimate episode of Mad Men, “The Milk and Honey Route,” was a disturbing installment on many levels. Betty is sick, and may even have died by the time the episode ends; I thought this because a letter that Betty instructed Sally to open and read only in the event of her death . . . is opened and read.




Don Draper continued on his road trip, only to stop at a no-motel somewhere. After befriending a bunch of veterans, Don is given a beating the next morning as some money is stolen. (A similar thing happened in David Fincher’s film last year of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl—but if you’re going to borrow an idea from that book and film, you might as well borrow from the best!)




By the end of the episode, we watch as Don gives his car key to the man who took the funds. He leaves quickly and Don remains on a bench in the scene.




I can't believe that everything will be wrapped up in next week’s final episode—but if anyone can do it, it’s Matt Weiner.




It also appears, by the way, that Don is through with New York City and the advertising game. He may very well revert to his original identity (“Dick Whitman”) in the show’s final installment. I can't quite fathom that next week will be the end of the show. I am missing it already.




RON HOWARD’S BEATLEMANIA --- Here’s an update on Ron Howard's upcoming documentary on The Beatles. The rock doc, now in post- production, will focus on the band's touring years in the early to mid-1960's, when the Fab Four invaded America and helped spread Beatlemania from its origin point back in England to encompass practically the entire world.




“This has been a fantastic project to be involved with!” Howard said via Facebook. Along with interviews and stock footage, Howard will incorporate amateur video footage from Beatles fans to recreate previously unseen concerts.




Additionally, Apple Corps (still the group's management organization) has opened its vast archives to Howard for the film. His is recognized as a fully-authorized documentary that is being produced with full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.




This will be Howard's second music documentary, following the Jay-Z festival film Made in America in 2013.




Howard’s next feature film release will be the nautical epic In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy. It is set to open in theaters on December 11.




Right now, Howard is in Italy with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones filming Inferno—the third film in bestselling author Dan Brown’s “Robert Langdon Series” following The Da Vinci Code (2006) and 2009’s Angels & Demons.




CLOSING NOTES--- On my way to the movie theater, I stopped in at Barnes & Noble and went to view the music section. I was astounded by just how many books I found there. Rock bios on the likes of: Eric Clapton (two different books), Kurt Cobain (also two books, plus the incendiary and deeply personal HBO-produced documentary Montage of Heck—probably the definitive story of Cobain’s tragically short life, with his daughter Frances Bean Cobain in the mix as one of three executive producers on the project), Herbie Hancock, Black Sabbath, Stevie Nicks, Jim Peterik, Mike Rutherford (he of both Genesis and Mike + the Mechanics fame), Lou Reed (written by Victor Bockris), Kim Gordon, David Bowie, John Lydon, Duff McKagen, Patti Smith, Billy Idol, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Slash, Bobby Hart (one half of songwriting team Boyce and Hart), Mick Fleetwood, Ann Wilson (Heart), Jerry Lee Lewis . . . the selection and variety is simply amazing! And there are a bunch more in the pipeline, like a tell-all from John Oates (the member of Hall & Oates who looks the most like Howard Stern’s producer, Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate) and a long-awaited one from John Fogerty . . . I've never before seen such a wide selection of top-notch books available in this genre . . .




Well, it looks like Ryan Seacrest will have to change his trademark sign-off “Seacrest Out!” to “American Idol out!” That’s right, it has been formally announced by FOX that the upcoming 15th season of American Idol will be its last. The show is being canceled. From my own vantage point, I think that they might well have canceled the show five years ago instead of waiting until now. I truly don't even know anyone who is still watching it. The only show of this kind that seems to have maintained a major network rating has been ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Everyone has their opinion, but I'm thankful that the show brought forth both Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson—and, of course, the mixed brew of twitchy and bitchy that was the essence of Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell as side-by-side music judges. It will be interesting to see what is done in the final season—but honestly, the show jumped the shark a few years back. Wonder if Brian Dunkelman will be back for the final installment. Dunkelman was of course, the original co-host along with Ryan ...




Speaking of cancellations . . . Fourteen (count ‘em!) TV shows were canceled last week in a span of 24 hours. That must be a new record. More details Wednesday, but let's just restate our belief that the last TV season was certainly not among the best . . .




And, how good was Florence + The Machine on SNL this past weekend? Superb!



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SNEEK PEAK AT ADAM LAMBERT'S 'THE ORIGINAL HIGH'


Sneek Peak Of Adam Lambert's "The Original High"



Los Angeles, CA – Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert will release his highly anticipated third studio album THE ORIGINAL HIGH on June 16th, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, California with Max Martin and Shellback as executive producers (Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Pink, etc.), THE ORIGINAL HIGH displays a fresh sound for Lambert, and includes collaborations with Tove Lo and Brian May from Queen (full track listing below). The album’s first single, “Ghost Town,” releases to radio and will be available on all digital retailers today. Adam is set to make a number of national television appearances in support of The ORIGINAL HIGH starting with the Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 30th. Beginning today, fans who pre-order a copy of the album at adamofficial.com, will instantly receive a download of “Ghost Town.”




THE ORIGINAL HIGH Track Listing:



1. Ghost Town

2. The Original High

3. Another Lonely Night

4. Underground

5. There I Said It

6. Rumors (featuring Tove Lo)

7. Evil in the Night

8. Lucy (featuring Brian May)

9. Things I Didn't Say

10. The Light

11. Heavy Fire

12. After Hours - Available on Deluxe Editions

13. Shame - Available on Deluxe Editions

14. These Boys - Available on Deluxe Editions



About Adam Lambert:



International superstar Adam Lambert is a Billboard chart topping, multi-award winning, multi-platinum-selling-singer-songwriter and performer. Best known for his soaring voice and unique blend of theatrical flair and glam-rock sensibilities, the pop singer has performed in front of sold out crowds worldwide -both as a solo artist and with legendary rock group Queen. His work has garnered a number of music awards and nominations including a Grammy nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance,” a BMI Award for “Award-Winning Songs,” two GLAAD Awards, a Young Hollywood Award for “Artist of the Year,” a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Male Reality/Variety Star,” and a People’s Choice Award nomination for “Break-Out Musical Artist.”



A San Diego, California native, Lambert stepped into the national spotlight in 2009 when he became a finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His vocal range, along with his unique style, made him a standout contestant and he quickly won over millions of viewers. After the season wrapped, Lambert released his widely successful RCA Records debut, “For Your Entertainment,” which sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide to date. The album’s first single “Whataya Want From Me,” became a radio smash and earned him his first Grammy nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” In June of 2010, Lambert embarked on his first headlining tour playing to sold out crowds in the US, Europe and Asia. 



His sophomore album, “Trespassing,” was released in 2012, garnered rave reviews and became the first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 Album chart by an openly gay artist. Most recently, Adam wrapped a hugely successful world tour fronting Queen, with original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Additionally, Lambert had a 5 episode arc on “Glee” during its 2014 season.

Friday, April 17, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT'S HARD JOURNEY OF SELF ACCEPTANCE

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Adam Lambert




EAGLE COUNTY? --- Eagles drummer/vocalist/songwriter Don Henley has announced his upcoming solo album, Cass County. It will be his first solo effort in fifteen years, and will have what he calls a "country flavor."



"I do have a solo album, as they say, ‘in the can,’ " said the former hell raiser. "So far, I've recorded 17 songs—I've been working on it for the last four, five years."



Henley goes on to say the record "sort of has a country flavor. I guess you could categorize some of it as country, and some of it could be called Americana."



He recorded the majority of the album in Nashville, utilizing "some of the best musicians in Nashville, and a lot of the best - in my opinion - singers and songwriters in Nashville." Tracks were recorded both at his home in Dallas and in a studio in Southern California . . . often aided by Henley’s cohort Stan Lynch.



Henley promised "some really interesting guest stars" on the album, and some duets in "unexpected combinations."



Henley has always produced just exemplary music, both with Eagles or as a solo artist. Who can forget his “Dirty Laundry,” “Sunset Grill,” “The Boys of Summer,” or the contemplative late ‘80s track “The End of the Innocence”? While I can appreciate his mellowing out a bit, I do hope we also get some new first-class rockers here.



The record, incidentally, is named after the county in which Henley was raised as a boy in Texas. "The album is based on the music that influenced me when I was growing up", he explains.



Cass Country will be out in the third quarter of 2015.



IDES ATTACK --- 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the band that drove the 1970 Billboard smash “Vehicle” to the top of the charts: The Ides of March. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the band has released a deluxe “limited- edition” five-disc set called Last Band Standing: The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection set to hit on April 18 (via Ides Of March Records).



Last Band Standing is a perfectly-executed celebration of the group’s history, and is also a showcase of a band still in their prime 50 years into the game. Original members Jim Peterik (also of ‘80s band Survivor fame, and songwriter behind “Eye of the Tiger,” made a big chart hit after being featured in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky III in 1982, as well as many other chart-toppers), Bob Bergland, Larry Millas, and Mike Borch started as a group of teenagers whose love of rock ‘n roll and R&B music led them to showcases and bandstands in and around their native Chicago, and leading them to eventually hit it big nationally with “Vehicle.”



In a further nod to his connection with these guys, Stallone also went on to feature “Vehicle” during a great car-repair sequence in his popular 1989 prison picture Lock Up. [And given the beefy brass section at play in this marvelous track, one could definitely make the case that the sound of “Vehicle” inspired film composer Bill Conti when writing the definitive Oscar-nominated theme from Rocky, “Gonna Fly Now.”



The first four audio discs contain material from across this great band’s storied career. Included are Warner Brothers albums Vehicle (1970) and Common Bond (1971); first-time-ever releases of the best of their RCA releases, World Woven (1972) and Midnight Oil (1973); and choice cuts from the ‘90’s, such as “Spirit Of Chicago”—an ode to the Windy City that featured some of the area’s most prominent artists like Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Gary Loizzo (American Breed), and cult favorite Jim Ellison.



Ides rarities like “Like It or Lump It” and “No Two Ways About It” have been re-mastered in all their original mono-mixed glory, along with other highlights culled from the Ides vault such as 1966’s Billboard charter “You Wouldn’t Listen.” The audio portion is completed with brand-new Ides of March tracks, including the brass-driven “Who I Am,” the harmonious “Too Far to Turn Around,” and the aptly titled “Last Band Standing,” featuring Steve Cropper (iconic songsmith behind both Booker T and the MGs along with Sam & Dave—and ultimately with The Blues Brothers.



Disc Five is a live DVD of The Ides performing fifteen of their most iconic songs in an eleven-camera shoot at the House of Blues in Chicago last year on May 31, 2014. In addition to this high-energy hometown set, the DVD boasts a slew of extras: archival footage from their TV appearances in the ‘70s; new interviews; a look “behind the scenes;” a photo collage spanning 50 years, plus an exciting new music video for the title track “Last Band Standing.”



Jim Peterik, who recently released his autobiography Through the Eye Of the Tiger: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Life Of Survivor’s Founding Member (BenBella Books), and who also performed an amazingly brilliant solo show at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room last year (one of the best performances I’ve ever seen) is a true rock ‘n roll soul.



I'm interviewing him next week, and am eagerly anticipating it. He is a true survivor.



THE FILLMORE ARRIVES IN PHILLY --- Live music, “Philly-style,” is coming to what has now been envisioned as the “best live rock music venue in the United States.”



As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown (one of the city’s historic locales), the legendary Ajax Metal Factory is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine facility constructed over 100 years ago into a gloriously pounding music venue of a different sort, 2015-style.



Honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the 2,500-capacity venue—scheduled to open in the fall—will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live concert experience.



“Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music venues that this city has to offer,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “What’s more, this new attraction will bring thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront, which is in the midst of a transformation and poised to become one of America’s most dynamic, exciting urban waterfronts.”



The original Fillmore is one of this country’s landmark performing stages that was first opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and ‘70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as The Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many, many others that helped the venue’s brand to grow into the legend it is today.



President of Live Nation’s House of Blues division, Ron Bension said, “The Fillmore Philadelphia will feature the best sound system of any club its size, unparalleled sight lines, and remarkable food and beverage, making it more than a place for a concert. It will be a true experience.”



The venue will also have a “club within the club.” An intimate, second live music club, The Foundry, will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concertgoers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450-seat capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs, and smaller touring bands.



Circle Bar at The Fillmore will be a lively and upscale lounge and bar, where guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Located on the second floor of the venue with its own private entry, this intimate and exclusive lounge will feature top-tier cocktails and craft beers, exceptional service, and an extensive food menu providing guests a comfortable place to hang and relax before, during, and after our concerts.



Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore, providing in-seat food, beverage and bottle service, and amazing sidelines.



CLOSING NOTES --- Six years after exploding into the pop world through his appearance on American Idol, Adam Lambert is back with his third studio album called The Original High—an album that he says is designed "to encourage people to face their shit." Lambert has been doing some serious self-examination since his critically-acclaimed but commercially disappointing sophomore release, Trespassing, and talked briefly about his journey to self-acceptance:



“I came out five years ago in a scene where I didn't have a lot of people to look to or a blueprint for advice,” he says. “I was flying blind. At that time, I was reading things that were being written about me and it was affecting me both negatively and positively. It was really intense to get dropped into that whole world really quickly.”



We can't wait to hear the new disc . . .



How about hat new trailer for the new Star Wars movie? Is that closer shot with Chewy and Han Solo (aka Harrison Ford) just the best? Especially when it begins with the voice-over with Solo saying "We're home Chewy!" Awesome for sure ...


If you're a Pete Townshend fan—or Who fan, for that matter—you absolutely must read Andy Greene's interview with Pete in the current issue of Rolling Stone. Being a fan of that powerhouse British group since 1967, Greene’s talk with Townshend is terrific. Greene told me he could have filled another five pages with what Townshend gave him (yes, Pete does like the sound of his own voice). That being said, this was one of the best rock-music interviews I've ever read . . .Long Live Rock, indeed!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT'S ANTICIPATED ALBUM ORIGINAL HIGH

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Adam Lambert



NEW GLAMBERT SINGLE --- Adam Lambert has just released an initial teaser of his upcoming single “Ghost Town” from his highly anticipated third album Original High, due out later this year.



With much anticipation surrounding the single that’s due next month, the American Idol-star treated his fans – better known as Glamberts – to a sample of the whistle- laden house track.



The 33-year-old took to Instagram to reveal the snippet, and the post has already received more than 20,000 views.



Back in January , talking about the new album, Lambert made it clear that he’s gone in a new direction, and the sneak-peek of “Ghost Town” definitely confirms this.



"I think people are going to be really surprised," the performer said at the time.



"The album feels like a new era for me -- emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It's still me. It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter 100 percent."



Earlier this month, on his birthday, he announced the title of the new album as well as its producers.



"Thank you for all the birthday love! Thrilled to announce the title of my upcoming album: The Original High. The album is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with 1st single out in April."



Lambert who first rose to stardom on American Idol, and has had major success in the with his previous two albums, For Your Entertainment (2009) and Trespassing (2012), has also toured with Queen twice, filling in for the band's iconic front man, the late- Freddie Mercury.



Lambert had a good start to the year when Queen and Adam Lambert were watched by over 13 million people on BBC, I predict it’s about to get even better.



Odd that the single name is the same as the best track on the new Madonna album Rebel Heart. Just saying!

Micky Dolenz With Rita Wilson




FISHES IN THE DARK --- Monkee-Micky Dolenz showed up at last Thursday’s performance (at The Court Theatre) of the hit Larry David-play Fish In The Dark and greeted Rita Wilson backstage. The two performed last year in L. A. and a repeat performance may be in the offing.



Dolenz appears at 54 Below in July for three shows.



SHINER LEAVES THEM IN THE AISLES--- Talk about making a solid New York City debut. Singer Frank Shiner performed last week at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room and actually had two people faint during his performance.



Ambulances and paramedics were called in, but the women were declared ok.



Shiner, who currently has a Top 10 AC record out, the title of his Bakerson/Universal album The Real Me, said he wanted to kill, but was glad everything worked out.



A VIEW TO A KILL --- I watched The View yesterday for the first time since the other Rosie’s departure (with former-hostess Joy Behar on) and found several things interesting things: First: Whoopi remains in tight fisted control and the group, yet newcomer (sort of) Nicole Wallace is a close second.



I still question whether the small-than-ever in studio audience even knows who Wallace is!



When discussing Ted Cruz, Behar had a funny bon mot, saying she felt more of the audience knew who Penelope Cruz was than Ted …. funny stuff.



Also, unflattering camera angles and Rose Perez mentioning most of her movie roles did not help.



I still think the show is a sinking boat and while I love Whoopi, grab a view while you can as I doubt whether it'll make it to another year!



CLOSING NOTES --- Here’s the trailer for the UP movie The Music In Me, with Debbie Gibson and Gloria Reuben. The movie will air next month. Gibson delivers a new song in the movie “Promises.” Take a sneak peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6tHwESBFPA&feature=youtu.be …



Sunday, April 5 is the return for the final cycle of AMC’s Mad Men. The show, which is unquestionably in my top ten, changed virtually everything about episodic TV. Matthew Weiner, love him or not and, he has dozens on each side), has created one of the best things ever on TV. Don't miss these last seven episodes …



Elton John, who just celebrated his 100th Million Dollar Piano in Las Vegas the other night (with Rocket's Tony king on hand), has called for a boycott of fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana after the company's principles came out against gay adoption.



Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama that they opposed gay couples being able to adopt children, especially through in vitro fertilization and use of surrogates:



“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. No chemical off springs and rented uterus. Life has a natural flow; there are things that should not be changed.



You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry synthetic children.”

John took to Instagram to criticize the designers who are both gay and had, at one time, been a couple.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SINGING QUEEN ADAM LAMBERT'S UNFORESEEN SHOW

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Queen With Adam Lambert




QUEEN LAMBERT --- Last week fans in Brussels were gearing up to see Queen + Adam Lambert, but as the show was approaching, the organizers suddenly came out with an announcement that they had to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances. 



According to our insider in Brussels, the problem specifically was that Lambert was suffering from a severe case of bronchitis, preventing him from giving any performance.



The singer’s condition was apparently caused by the last concert he performed with Queen in Frankfurt, Germany, where the singer reportedly really did give a lot of himself to the public – but it was apparently a bit too much, as his throat suffered severely from the whole ordeal and he had to cancel his plans for concerts in the near future.



Reports reveal that his condition was actually so bad; he had to receive medical attention shortly after the concert was over, and he was on a slow but steady road to recovery. The singer was quick to apologize for letting down his fans on Twitter, where he said that doctors had ordered him to stay in bed, and he couldn’t really argue with that until he actually got better.



It’s clear that people really do want to see a lot more of Queen + Adam Lambert, as the concert in Brussels was already sold out and it was widely discussed in online communities of music fans.



So far, it seems that the group’s tour will only be affected in Brussels, and the rest of their European-tour will proceed as planned. 



Lambert has been playing with Queen for several years now, starting in 2009 when they performed “We Are the Champions” together on the stage of American Idol, and then performed together in Belfast for the MTV European Music Awards.



The performance that Lambert has been delivering alongside Queen has been the subject of much praise, and not just from fans and critics – Brian May himself has stated that Queen are very fortunate to have come across the singer, as they are a perfect match and he adds a lot to their performance. 



On a related note, whatever happened to that planned big-screen bio-pic on Freddie Mercury and Queen? Brian May said that actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington) had the part of Freddie Mercury in the bag for the much talked about film of his life.



Said Whishaw, “Actually, I don’t know what’s happening, it seems to be on the back-burner, it was going, then there were problems getting the script working.”



May said as late as last November: “We’ve been talking to Ben and we’re very keen and last time we spoke he was very keen. Casting Freddie is hard. It’s a lot of things we need, but we need to get his essence.”



Sacha Baron Cohen had earlier been touted for the role.



SNOW WHITE & ALIEN BACK --- Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) has joined the cast of The Huntsman opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, who reprise their roles from the first installment of the Snow White redux.



Chastain is currently filming The Martian for Ridley Scott opposite Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara. She also has Guillermo del Toro’s horror pic Crimson Peak in the pipelines.



Emily Blunt, rumored for weeks to join the cast, has closed her deal to star in the film as well. Also returning from the first film will be Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), who has now agreed to terms to reprise his role as a dwarf Nion. 



On a related note re Ridley Scott, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has signed onto to helm the much heralded Alien-reboot. 



Hard to believe that first Alien movie came out in 1979. I just watched it again recently and, though dated, you cannot beat the suspense … and, great acting. 



Sigourney Weaver is in the director’s Chappie movie and he says that her presence was a very definitive motivation is re-booting the franchise: 



“It did have to do with having Sigourney on Chappie. It’s just something that I've always wanted to one day be a part of. Those first two [Alien] films are probably my favorite films ever made. I didn't know if it would ever happen. I just always wanted to participate in it if I was able to.



Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what she thought about Ripley and everything else, it informed and changed the film I wanted to make into something different.



It just sort of stuck with me. A year later, when post-production was winding down on Chappie, I started fleshing out the idea for a film that would contain Sigourney. I just worked on it when I could. Before I knew it, I had this really awesome film with a lot of artwork and a lot of backstory. And then I didn’t know whether I was going to make it or not. So I just kind of sat on it for a while … and, then it happened.” Can't wait for this one.



CLOSING NOTES --- Going to see Focus tonight with Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, curious to see this one. Details Friday ... 



Great interview in Boca Magazine with David Letterman-bassist Will Lee. With about 50 shows left, Lee reflects on his time there and his future. Check it out here:



That live Hall & Oates album we trumped a few columns back "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Recorded Live In Dublin) is out next week and is sensational. 



SIGHTINGS: PR-Pasha David Salidor at French-bistro Les Halles; WOR's Tom Cuddy on West Broadway; and, theater-impresario William Schill at Stan's in Florida.




Friday, January 30, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT GIVES FANS NEW ALBUM BIRTHDAY GIFT

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Adam Lambert




ADAM LAMBERT BIRTHDAY GIFT --- American Idol-star Adam Lambert decided to turn the tables and give his fans (Glamberts) a gift they'll never forget: his new album! Newly-signed to Warner Brothers, his new album (his third and first in three years) will be titled Original High, and the first single from the album will be released in April.



Adam also revealed that the producer of the album is Max Martin, who so successfully twirled the dials on his debut album.


 

REGIS ON LATE LATE SHOW --- Regis Philbin, whose been missing from the TV airwaves since he was unceremoniously dumped by Disney/ABC’s Bob Iger in November of 2011, returned this week to guest host 2 nights of The Late, Late Show this week … and, was fabulous. Though somewhat more reserved than he was during his ABC time, and his famous mop of hair now fully gray, he though had a bevy of terrific guests (David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Alda, and, Martin Short), the star as always was Philbin.




A broadcaster of tremendous skill and precision, he, along with the like of Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, Joey Bishop, Dick Cavett, and, yes, even Merv Griffin, helped usher in the type of show that was never seen before on TV. If you're of a certain age, you recall these shows nightly, coming into your homes and being funny as well as informative. Who can forget those instantly memorable shows on Carson with the likes of Don Rickles, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra? Classic for sure.



Nowadays, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, run their shows like a Saturday Night Live with a generous helping of often-funny skits and getting their guests involved in some of the most ludicrous games I've ever seen. I'm not saying it’s better, or worse …. just different.



Regis’ lifetime in show business shows and each question was brilliantly conceived and delivered. Has his time passed? I don't know, but it was sure good (and, comfortable) having him back on the small-screen this week.




WE ARE THE WORLD AT 30 --- Hard to believe that this past Wednesday, the all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, reached its 30th birthday.



On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in West Hollywood, following Dick Clark’s American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record the song Lionel Richie (who hosted the AMA's) and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa.



Most of that show's winners - including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons - participated.



Originally inspired by the U. K. all-star charity single Do They Know it's Christmas?, released a few months earlier, We Are the World was released March 7, 1985, and went on to sell more than 20 million copies. The more than $75 million raised by non-profit organization USA for Africa helped to fight poverty on the continent. The song also won three Grammy Awards in 1986, including song and record of the year.



"A great song lasts for eternity," says Quincy Jones, who produced the track. "I guarantee you that if you travel anywhere on the planet today and start humming the first few bars of that tune, people will immediately know that song."



Here are some interesting facts about the recording session revealed to us by a close friend who was working for Kenny Rogers at the time:



* Many of the performers arrived in limousines, having just come from the awards show, but not everybody showed up in style. "I think Bruce Springsteen parked his truck in the parking lot of the Rite-Aid or grocery store that used to be across the street," Richie says. "He parked over there and walked in. He didn't know you could come through the gate."Today, you couldn't keep that a secret," Richie says. "You'd have to have a full-on runway, and everybody would have to check their phones."



*Most of the singers had never heard the song before walking into the studio.



"We did not have MP3s," Richie says. "We had cassettes back then. We had to send it to you, so most of them had not heard the song." Richie and Jackson had just barely finished the song in time for the initial tracking session held a week previous at Kenny Rogers' studio. Even Rogers hadn't heard it: "We didn't know what we were going to sing until that night," he says. Hall & Oates' John Oates, who sang in the backing choir, says, "It had the anthemic quality and the simplicity of melody that made pulling off a giant ensemble like that very easy to do. And it was a room full of amazing singers, so that wasn't exactly a problem."



*Says John Oates about Ray Charles:



"Ray Charles, being who he was, commanded a certain deference and respect from everyone, even though he didn't assert himself in any weird way. Lionel, Michael and Quincy were running the show. It was their song, their production, and everyone was very respectful, trying to make it happen. Ray, every once in a while, would just pipe up: 'C'mon. Hey. Let's go. Listen to Michael. Let's get this thing done.' He was there to sing, and he sensed that it could go south very quickly. He commanded a lot of respect, and I thought that was very cool."



USA for Africa is still around. Thirty years after We Are the World, the charity still works on behalf of communities in Africa. Recent initiatives have addressed climate-change issues, arts campaigns and the shipment of medical supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone to combat the spread of Ebola.



Royalties from We Are the World continue to be the organization's primary source of funding.



"We still earn, but certainly not the kind of money we earned 25 years ago," says executive director Marcia Thomas, who joined the non-profit in 1986 to work on Hands Across America, another USA for Africa initiative. "Our biggest support in terms of where We Are the World is bought most frequently is not in the U.S. but other parts of the world, primarily Japan and Asia."



CLOSING NOTES --- There’s no question that Katy Perry’s half-time performance on Sunday’s Super Bowl 49 (estimated 110 million viewers!!!) will be a highlight, but word came down last night that NBC will run a short spot for their forthcoming variety show starring Neil Patrick Harris. The 15-second spot looks to take advantage of the wave of publicity surrounding Harris’ upcoming gig hosting the Oscars (next month) and a reminder to viewers that NBC has him full-time for next season. Based on the U. K. series Saturday Night Takeaway, the variety series will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden-camera celebrity pranks and appearances by A-list celebrities …



Frank Shiner, whose new single, the title track of his album The Real Me, was the #1 most added record to AC radio, right up there with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. Shiner will perform at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on Saturday, March 21 …



SIGHTINGS: Mega-manager Ken Levy a Union Square’s Coffee Shop in NYC with client Shayna …