Showing posts with label CUTTING ROOM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CUTTING ROOM. Show all posts

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Eat Like A Rock Star

May Pang With Mary Wilson And Mark Bego

Author Mark Bego’s bash at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room recently was a singular success. There to officially launch his Eat Like A Rock Star (Skyhorse Publishing), which contains more than 100 recipes from rock stars: from Richie Sambora, to Bill Wyman, Boz Scaggs, Joey Fatone, Ray Parker, Jr., Micky Dolenz and Michael McDonald, the book is lavishly produced, with photos and bios for each chef, from Bego. With 62 rock-bios to his credit, Bego said that invariably the topic of food would come up during his interviews and often, the stars themselves would prepare their favorite dish for Bego. “I well remember interviewing Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones, and though he said he didn’t cook at first, he eventually opened up and gave me a terrific recipe (Lamb Chops with Endive Salad).”

Mary Wilson With Mark Bego And Marie Sacino Hanlon

Seen amongst the crowd, which was served a special white Sangria that the author himself prepared, were Gene Cornish from The Rascals; Cory Daye from The Savannah Band; Paul Antonelli from Animotion; songsmith Mike Greenly (“My Fire”); Imaginary Friends’ Beth Wernick; Randy Jones and Will Grega; Lou Christie; Marie Sacino Hanlon; Donnie Dacus; Bego’s longtime PR-pasha David Salidor with fellow PR-man Randy Alexander; and the group The Hit Men with Lee Shapiro. 

With the book currently on amazon’s best Selling Cookbooks list, a sequel is definitely in the offing.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


John Corbett

Amy Vachal

John Corbett And Chris Noth

John Corbett and Chris Noth were snapped at the 3rd Annual Eco Rock, a benefit for Rainforest Action Network at The Cutting Room on the other night in New York City. Once again, Cutting Room's own Steve Walter threw a great event.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015




Kathrina Miccio

Rita Cosby And Kathrina Miccio

Tomaczek Bednarek And Steve Walter

Larry Romano With Rita Cosby, Kathrina Miccio And Chase Backer

New York hotspot The Cutting Room hosted a fundraiser last Sunday to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for acclaimed and beloved resident artist Kathrina Miccio. Kathrina was diagnosed with cancer in August and has established Paint Us Pink, a non-profit program designed to help women in the arts who are also undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Steve Walter With Rita Cosby, Kathrina Miccio And Susan Hathaway

Many celebrity friends came out for her and this important cause, including TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby who emceed the event. Also in attendance: Actor Larry Romano, Singer-Songwriter Tomaczek Bednarek, Comedian Maeve Higgins, Producer Joycelyn Engle and 25A Magazine Publisher Chase Backer. The Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Singer Andrea Bocelli also shared powerful video messages of support for their longtime friend. Club owner Steve Walter said, “Kathrina is an integral part of the Cutting Room family.” Cosby described her as a “true friend, true talent and true inspiration.”

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Saturday, February 28, 2015



Frank Shiner

We’ve tub-thumped the new CD from Frank Shiner, (The Real Me-Bakerson/Universal), a few times, but the Gary Katz-produced album is one of the richest and best things we’ve heard in far too long. Shiner’s taken some undiscovered gems (like Tom Waits’ “Temptation,” Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue” and Van Morrison’s “Brand New Day”) and re-imagined them to greatness. His voice is like a fine leather glove that seems a perfect fit for these terrific songs.

We caught up with the Chappaqua-based Shiner in rehearsals for an upcoming gig at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on March 21:

TSG: One of the things that caught our eye was the headline ‘Successful NY Exec goes home to pursue musical dream.’

Shiner: It has been a dream come true for sure. A chance meeting with former-Arista exec Ken Levy, who became my manager and hooking with up producer Gary (Steely Dan) Katz paved the way for the creation of this album.

TSG: It was a dream that you put on hold to raise a family, correct?

Shiner: Absolutely. I had a decision to make at that point in my life.

I had done some acting on One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. I was in over 40 episodes under my middle name Matthew.

It’s something I could begin to do again, no question, but, yes I had a family to raise.

TSG: You got up at an open-mic night and sang, which re-lit the dream.

Shiner: After the first 3 songs, the band leader invited me to audition for his band. That essentially re-ignited the singing career.

TSG: How did the concept for the album come together?

Shiner: With Gary, we began to sketch out a plan to record “new standards” written by some of the most successful composers of the last half century: Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Doc Pomus and others. The idea was to combine the attitude and musical values of the music that inspired me—the era of Sinatra and Darin with a more contemporary body of material.

TSG: It was a great concept as you’ve managed to almost invent a new category – the new standards.

Shiner: The concept was terrific and contemporary and the reception has been very gratifying.

TSG: The album’s first single was Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home” and the current single is the title track … which has been tied for the most added record to AC radio along with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. What’s next?

Shiner: We have the Cutting Room gig on March 21 and several other dates in the works. It’s been a great ride.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Chris Noth With Julianna Margulies

The Good Wife’s Chris Noth and Rainforest Action Network hosted Eco Rock: a Benefit and auction fundraiser that honored Josh Mailman, longtime RAN supporter and hero for the planet. The event took place at Chris’ restaurant The Cutting Room.Once again co-owner Steve Walter hosted a star studded event.

Starting the night off with an auction Chris was accompanied on stage by Josh Mailman and actor Holt McCallaney. Making it a very humorous and laid back. Chris’ cast mates Julianna Margulies, Dallas Roberts and director Griffin Dunne also were among guests at the event.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Conan O’Brien

CONAN LANDING --- Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien will be a first-time host of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in April, and the cablenet is turning to YouTube super group Our2ndLife for a unique series of promotions leading up to and during the event.

The broadcast is set to take place Sunday, April 13, from the Nokia Theatre L. A. in Los Angeles. The MTV Movie Awards telecast will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second-most prestigious awards show,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien, who hosts his talk show Conan on TBS, has built a large social presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and team — which MTV said made him a logical choice to target a millennial audience.

On Thursday, after MTV announces the nominations for the awards, MTV will release “Nominee Rundown,” which will feature members of Our2ndLife (O2L), a YouTube comedy group of six young dudes who are managed by multichannel network operator Fullscreen. The O2L team will produce short segments that will air on MTV during AMTV and also will be made available through MTV’s online, mobile and app platforms as well as through O2L’s social channels.

MTV is funding the O2L team, which has 1.5 million followers on YouTube and 483,000 on Twitter, as talent to participate in the Movie Awards campaign, which will include their segments before the show — on TV and online — and feature them as “social correspondents” on the red carpet. Collectively, the O2L members have more than 8 million YouTube subscribers.

“The idea is to take Internet celebrities and bring them into our world,” said Colin Helms, from MTV. senior “The benefit is, we get an authentic voice — someone who is excited about our shows and content but is also bringing it to their audience.”

The members of O2L — Connor Franta, Ricky Dillon, J.C. Caylen, Trevor Moran, Sam Pottorff and Kian Lawley — came together about a year ago to form the Our2ndLife YouTube channel. All of the members now live in L.A.

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels, reaching more than 500 million households.

DOOBIE ANYONE? --- The Doobie Brothers are out to prove how much their classic rock has been an influence on modern country with a duets album featuring some of the band’s biggest hits.

Billboard reports that Doobies Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee were joined by Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Chris Young during a Sony Music Nashville show on the General Jackson showboat to announce the new project.

Johnston told the magazine that he was humbled by the number of country artists that are into the Doobie’s music. “The Doobies cover a wide swath musically. We’re an American band. We cover everything from blues and R&B to bluegrass, and even a little bit country. At the same time we do rock and roll and these days it seems country has adopted a good bit of rock and roll to go along with the country style of singing and the banjo and pedal steel. It all works together and I think it’s fascinating.”

Also joining in the project is former member Michael McDonald (1975 to 1982, 1987, 1995 to 1998, 2007 to 2010) although it was not made clear if he was pairing with the band on just one cut or would participate in the whole album.

Along with Paisley, Evans and Young, other artists mentioned for the project are Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Love and Theft and Jerrod Niemann.

CLOSING NOTES --- Bruce Springsteen, performing in Australia, began his show with a somewhat acoustic, re-worked version of The Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive." Just brilliant if you ask me. The horns were simply splendid. According to sources, Barry Gibb LOVED it!

Author Mark Bego’s birthday party for Surpeme-Mary Wilson Monday night, brought forth such names as Rita Coolidge, Lily Tomlin and Brenda Russell. Nic’s in Beverly Hills rocked that night. His next book, My Life with My Father Glen Campbell, written with daughter Debby is out next month …

Eric Danville, writer of the Complete Linda Lovelace was feted Monday night at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room. In attendance were: adult-cable vixen Robin Byrd; author Mandy Stadtmiller current host of podcast News Whore; Robert Rosen, the author of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon; singer Dayme (now working with re mixer Ricky Crespo) and PR-pashas David Salidor and Lainie Speiser ...

Veteran-record producer Joel Diamond got into a bit of a Facebook flap with his questioning of why Pink performed at The Oscars, when they had both Liza Minelli and sister Lorna Luft in the audience. Pink performed a tribute to The Wizard of Oz, and Diamond posited why, when they had the real thing in the audience (both Luft and sister-Liza were indeed a true-link to their father Vincent Minnelli, who had married Judy Garland), why they had someone else perform it. First, Pink just nailed it. Forget all the trapezes and acrobatics … this girl can sing. Second, Diamond, who just turned 70 and had produced a record for Luft years ago that died, is not living in the real world, as Pink possesses all the talent necessary to have successfully performed in such a show. She, in fact, had the audience spellbound. The FB-responses were varied, but all agreed that Pink was an inspired choice ...

Monday, November 11, 2013



By: G. H. Harding

The Cutting Room

CUTTING ROOM RULES-- It was unquestionably the show of the year in New York City as Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, joined by former-Stone member Mick Taylor performed at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room enclave. Surrounded by celebrities, like Monkee-Micky Dolenz; Soprano/Springsteen star Steve Van Zandt and his wife Maureen; designer Tommy Hilfiger with his wife Dee Ocleppo; producer-extraordinaire Russ Titleman; John McEnroe; pr-man David Salidor; David Bowie-guitarist Earl Slick; movie-director Ethan Cohn; photographer Derek Storm; and concert-promoter Ron Delsener; the pair, joined by keyboardist Al Kooper, ripped into a 90-minute set of guitar-grinding, blues mostly from Mississippi electric blues pioneer Jimmy Reed, including “Going To New York” and “Big City.” 

Wood acquitted himself terrifically while Taylor, who barely said a word to the audience all night long, was economic, yet stunning, in his guitar work. In fact, on one number they both played slide guitar and the effect was totally mesmerizing. While the pairing may seem surprising, the duo goes way back: Wood was a huge fan of Taylor's in England in the Sixties. He would even fill in for Taylor when he was stricken by stage fright in his band the Gods. "He used to be too nervous even to go on, and he'd say 'Ronnie, play my bit for me," Wood recalled. "Mick Taylor always underestimated his talent." 

Dolenz, in town for several business meetings (including tonight's Rockers On Broadway event in the West Village), as well as tub-thumping his new Live At BB King’s collection, sat back and soaked up each note. Rumors of Keith Richards and possibly even, Mick Jagger showing up were for naught. But the tightly packed crowd loved each and every second of the show. Also shining onstage was the opener "I Ain't Got You," followed by "I'm That Man Down There" and "Big Boss Man." 

Walter’s original Cutting Room location on 24th street was an iconic locale not only the diverse number of acts that performed there (Sting; Jimmy Webb; Neil & Peggi Young; Garth Hudson; even Lady Gaga was signed there) but for its engaging atmosphere. This new location, on 32nd street has been open and operating for several months; a soft-opening they often call it, but, was creatively reborn and officially re-opened with this show.

CLOSING NOTES --- What a great guy producer Russ Titleman is. Not only is he the producer of Eric Clapton’s game-changing album Journeyman several years back, but he told us that there is a newly, mastered release of Clapton’s ground-breaking Unplugged album (this is the show that was on VH 1), including several songs performed but not included on the original release … Have you seen the video to Capital Cities’ great track “Safe and Sound?” The duo, joined by a plethora of exuberant dancers from various eras and cultures participate in a dance-off inspired by Capital Cities and the majestic setting of the Los Angeles Theatre. Directed by Grady Hall from Motion Theory and choreographed by Mandy Moore (Silver Linings Playbook), it’s one of the best of the year for me … PR-man David Salidor, navigating Micky Dolenz around the Cutting room Saturday night, celebrates 30-years running his own PR-shop come March. He's handled the likes of Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Z. Z. Top, and of course Dolenz. Congrats! ... The lines are blurring between what is a "short film" and what is an advertisement. L’Invitation Au Voyage is a one minute "film" made by director Romain Gavras for Louis Vuitton. In it, David Bowie is seen playing harpsichord and singing his song “I'd Rather Be High.” While this isn't officially considered an advertisement it is being used as an introduction to a new Vuitton campaign which will also star Bowie … David Crosby will release his first new solo studio album in twenty years on January 28. Croz is only the fourth studio album of his solo career dating back to 1971's If I Could Only Remember My Name and followed by 1989's Oh Yes I Can and 1993's Thousand Roads. The album will be released on Blue Castle Records, a label that he started with Graham Nash two years ago and is produced by Crosby, James Raymond, and Daniel Garcia. In addition to Crosby's band, the album features guest players including Wynton Marsalis (“Holding On To Nothing”), Mark Knopfler (“What's Broken”), Leland Sklar (“Find A Heart”) and Steve Tavaglione (“Morning Falling” and “Find A Heart”). Crosby said of the album and forthcoming tour: "I admit I have been lucky, but this tour is really a high point for me. I get to go out and play this record that we have made live: the studio is good but live is even better. I am going to have a blast, and I suspect anyone else who comes to see us will too." … Speaking of Graham Nash, his current book Wild Tales is without a doubt one of the best memoirs like this I have ever read. He’s honest, forthcoming, factual … and, funny!

 Photo Courtesy Of: The Cutting Room

Friday, March 23, 2007


Micky Dolenz Recently At BB King's

"Monkee-MICKY DOLENZ shot a cameo for the next installment of the HALLOWEEN-series with Director Rod Zombie in LA yesterday. Pic's out Labor Day. He plays 'Derrick' a gun-shop owner. Also, Dolenz was interviewed by VH1 last week for a forthcoming anniversary program (40th) on the legendary MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL in 1967. Held at the Monterey, California, the festival was planned by record producer LOU ADLER, singers MICHELLE PHILLIPS and JOHN PHILLIPS of the MAMAS & THE PAPAS. Also involved were members of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The artists performed for free, with all proceeds donated to charity. The festival became legendary for the first major American appearance by JIMI HENDRIX, who was booked on the behest of PAUL McCARTNEY and THE WHO. Sunday night, Dolenz attends the premiere of THE HOAX; the movie starring RICHARD GERE (and, STANLEY TUCCCI and ALFRED MOLINA) about the legendary exploits of CLIFFORD IRVING, who claimed he had interviewed HOWARD HUGHES ... and, didn't, setting off a national firestorm in the astute literary world. Also, Dolenz and his band are planning a series of charity dates at Steve Walters CUTTING ROOM here in NY for charity. Details will be announced shortly."

Monday, October 30, 2006


Brit-musicians DENNY LAINE and STEVE HOLLEY were in PAUL McCARTNEY's WINGS and though they have remained mum on Macca's recent marriage troubles, last night at MAY PANG's and STEVE WALTER's birthday bash at Walter's Cutting Room (19 West 24th), they let the music do the talking, performing "Band On The Run", "Live And Let Die", and "Mull Of Kintyre", 3 of Wing's biggest recorded hits.Also on hand, were Q104.3's KEN DASHOW; MERRY MEAD from The Learning Annex; drummer Bill Cobham's brother WAYNE COBHAM; IAN LLOYD of Stories; legendary-Beatles promoter SID BERNSTEIN; JIM BESSMAN from Billboard Magazine; New York Doll-producer JACK DOUGLAS; Grammy-award winning producer DENNIS FERRANTE; and, artist JIM SENETTO.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Jordan Knight with Kool and Deborah Gibson

May Pang with Sid Bernstein and Steve Walter

Cutting room Co-Owner Chris Noth

One of the hottest clubs, and one of the places where I have a great time is "The Cutting Room" on 24th street, between 5th and 6th avenue. The nightclub is owned by Sex In The City star Chris Noth and one of the most talented persons in NYC, Steve Walter. The club is always hopping with stars from Noth's Law And Order show and the movers and shakers of the music industry. My last trip there had Debbie Gibson, Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block) and KOOL himself from Kool And The Gang. I've had fun with Cynthia Lennon, May Pang and the man who brought the Beatles to America, Sid Bernstein. If you are from NYC or just visiting, take a ride down to the Cutting Room and request the best waitress around, Susan.

Photos: James Edstrom