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Monday, November 13, 2017


Donnie Kehr

New York, NY  – The Path Fund Inc. ® has announced today that their event, set for tonight  titled: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! Their 24the edition, is sold out.

They have also released exclusive photos from their rehearsals, which took place this week in Manhattan.

 This year at ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! The ensemble will pay tribute to legendary musicians who have passed on.  The greatest Rock & Roll band might be in heaven, but they continue to be the soundtrack of our lives and live on inspiring us with their music. 

 Proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and non-profit performing arts education programs.

The full cast includes:

 *Evie Dolan (School Of Rock)

 *Constantine Maroulis (TONY Nominee, Rock Of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde)

 *Kyle Taylor Parker (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots)

 *Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn)

 *Tim Young (Next To Normal)

*Brian Charles Rooney (Three Penny Opera)

*Max Sangerman, Bligh Voth

 *Jayna Brown – (Semi-Finalist, America's Got Talent)

 *Michael Cerveris (TONY Award Winner - Fun Home; Assassins; The Who’s Tommy)

* Alex Brightman (TONY Nominee - School Of Rock)

*Kennedy Caughell (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)

*Drew Gehling (Waitress; On A Clear Day…; Jersey Boys)

*Emma Hunton (Wicked; Next To Normal; Spring Awakening)

*Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award Winner - Zorro The Musical; Matilda the Musical)

*Megan Rice

*Jeremy Schonfeld (Iron & Coal; Spun; Drift)

 *Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton; Holler If Ya Hear Me; Motown The Musical)

 Adds Donnie Kehr: “The rehearsals have been stellar. This will without a doubt be one of our strongest nights, and honoring Tom Viola will be a singular thrill.”

Directed by ROCKERS creator Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), and hosted by Broadway Sessions’ Ben Cameron (Wicked) with the events live auction will be led by Ryan Willard.  The evening is sponsored by Dolly Fox, Dr. & Mrs. J. Barry Howell and the Pamela & Laurence Tarica Foundation.

Each year ROCKERS ON BROADWAY honors industry luminaries who have inspired and enhanced the community. As announced earlier, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tony Award-winner Tom Viola, Executive Director for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids. 

VIP table seating for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® begins at $325 for a single ticket, $625 for a table for 2, and $2,500 for a table of 8. General Admission tickets are $100 and Standing Room tickets are available for $25. Visit to order. 

The PATH Fund, Inc.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. We support pre-professional training organizations with scholarship and program funding. Additionally, we support NYC’s thriving arts community by working with aspiring writers to develop new works of music and theater.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Donnie Kehr

They are the only club in Hell’s Kitchen where our guests can come and see good, live music on any given night. And the wings alone are to die for.”

Bar 9 ( owners Steven and Michael Padernacht are born and raised New Yorkers who grew up in the Bronx and now consider their atmospheric club in Hell’s Kitchen their home. “I know it may seem cliché,” Steven says, “but we truly have a Cheers type environment here.”

There’s a reason why patrons of the local and international variety both flock to Bar 9, a NYC staple for over 15 years. “People don’t think that live music and Hell’s Kitchen go together – but we have it right here, every night.” Steven considers Friday and Saturday nights to be the busiest as each week legendary Donnie Kehr (who most recently starred as Norm Waxman in the Clint Eastwood-movie adaptation of the play Jersey Boys) hosts the famed Dueling Pianos event, which just recently finished a successful run in Las Vegas but has now returned home to New York.

Friday, May 01, 2015



Story By: G.H. Harding
Helen Mirren

MACHINE & MEN RETURN --- Two of my current new-band faves return with new music next week (and respective albums as well, due next month): the magnificent Florence Welch and her band, Florence + The Machine, return with a perfectly stunning new track, “Ship To Wreck,” from a new album titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. 

It always amazes me how certain bands tweak their sounds from album to album. Example: after several dazzling acoustic albums, the new Mumford and Sons‘ album Wilder Mind is electric—and I hear that it’s brilliant. Florence‘s new track, however, doesn’t change a thing. It’s quintessential Florence + The Machine, and is everything you’ve come to expect from this visionary singer and the group: an atmospheric and evocative sonic vibe, topped off with her breathtaking vocals.

There’s also an accompanying video that’s pretty good, too. If you like their first two, then you’ll love this initial single.

The Iceland-bred group Of Monsters and Men dazzled last year with the release of their first full-legged album, My Head Is an Animal, which featured the hit tracks “Little Talks” and “Dirty Paws” (which was featured in the vastly-underrated Ben Stiller remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

This five-member band, who performed "Little Talks" and "Mountain Sound" on Saturday Night Live on May 4, 2013, saw their career explode into the stratosphere after that spot. Their performance was just so different and mind-bending that they became an overnight sensation. Their new album is titled Beneath the Skin.

Their new song, “I of the Storm,” finds the Icelandic band taking a relatively laid-back and slow-building approach, with lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir taking the reins on vocals while Ragnar Þórhallsson adds a backing harmony on the lower register.

Performing in the accompanying video, Karaoke-style, is Danish actor and MAC makeup-artist Atli Freyr Demantur, whose facial expressions are so powerful that even the smallest muscles in his face can be seen twitching with emotion. With makeup like that of a Las Vegas showgirl’s and the projected physical fragility of a wounded animal, Demantur brings each of Hilmarsdóttir’s words and breaths to fiery life.

It’s a stark and surprisingly poignant video. Great song . . . great band. June’s going to be an awesome month for music!

TONYS NOMS UP --- Brit stars Carey Mulligan, Ruth Wilson and Dame Helen Mirren are all up for Best Actress at this year Tony Awards.

They go up against home-grown stars Geneva Carr and Elisabeth Moss in a year where British talent is particularly well-recognized.

Three of the four Best Director nominees are British, while Bill Nighy and Ben Miles are in the running for Best Actor.

The awards will be presented on June 7, with the show to be hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.

The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home are the frontrunners, each landing 12 nominations on Tuesday, and each showing alternate sides of the Broadway experience.

An American in Paris is a sunny and heavily-choreographed adaptation of the 1951 movie musical featuring Gene Kelly and the lovely Leslie Caron. Meanwhile, Fun Home is a moody show based on Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel about her suicidal father.

The nominations also range from the 11-year-old Sydney Lucas in Fun Home to the 82-year-old Broadway vet Chita Rivera, primed to perhaps receive her third Tony.

British talent accounts for 24 nominations in total, with two West-End transfers—Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, up for Best Play.

Meanwhile, Dame Helen is nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and eight of her prime ministers.

Mirren already has received an Olivier Award for the London production of The Audience, and an Oscar for portraying the Queen on the big screen.

"I've studied the shape of her mouth," said Dame Helen. "I know her face probably better than anyone else does. But it's only my portrait. I can only surmise and imagine."

Ruth Wilson is shortlisted for her role in Constellations, the tale of a relationship playing out across alternate universes.

Her co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, missed out on a nomination, joining other notable omissions such as the Larry David play Fish in the Dark and Finding Neverland, the J.M. Barrie musical produced by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, with music by Gary Barlow.

Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein speculated that the slight was directly aimed at him and not the show. He even showed up at the next performance with a huge cake for all its cast. Face it: the man’s made himself a walking target.

I've seen the play . . . it’s really good.

Mulligan and Nighy are both nominated for Skylight, a revival of the David Hare 1995 drama, in which they play mismatched lovers. (Matthew Beard also co-stars in the show).

The director Stephen Daldry—best known for his work on the feature films Billy Elliot (2000) and The Hours (2002)—is also up for Best Director on Skylight.

Daldry, who also directed The Audience this season, made the following statement: "It is a fantastic day for British theatre on Broadway. I am personally thrilled for The Audience and Skylight, and delighted too for Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

Other notable nominees also include Bradley Cooper, up for Best Actor in his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man (the same part played by the great English singer/songwriter David Bowie at the Booth Theater on Broadway back in the 1980-1981 season). And speaking of English singer/songwriters, we see here that Sting is up for Best Original Score, despite the fact that his first written musical, The Last Ship, closed early.

Cooper, who will continue to portray Merrick when the production heads to the West End next month, said: "To be a part of a community that gathers together in a 13-block radius, eight shows a week, no matter what, in the greatest city in the world—for one sole purpose, to tell stories—I can't think of a better job to have. Thank you for letting The Elephant Man be a part of this season's storytelling."

Gloria Reuben With Donnie Kehr

CLOSING NOTES --- Jersey Boys stalwart Donnie Kehr showed up at Gloria Reuben’s final NYC show at The Metropolitan Room. Also there was SiriusXM ’s talent guru Steve Leeds . . .

Hard to believe that YouTube is ten years old, we take it for granted so much now. Congrats—and in recognition of its first decade, here below is a link to the first video ever shown on MTV in 1981, the great “Video Killed the Radio Star” from The Buggles (can’t believe it’s been more than 30 years since this first aired—time sure does fly). Check this out

NBC’s Today show this morning announced their summer concert series, beginning with Meghan Trainor on May 22 … followed by their usual regulars, like Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy and Jennifer Lopez. Actually, the only elder-statesman was James Taylor. It’s great for the kids, but how about Diana Ross, Florence Welch, The Monkees, Joan Jett or Peter Gabriel. The one surprise addition, at least for me, was fun’s Nate Ruess. It’s all about the kids … right? ...

OUT HOTEL DAMAGE CONTROL RUMORS: We hear that the Out Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass have hired master publicist R. Couri Hay for damage control. The pair have apologized for "hurting the gay community" after facing backlash for hosting a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz.

Expect Master Hay to convince the media what good guys they are. We at least will not fall for it. The NY Times recently profile R. Couri Hay and said the R. Stands for ruthless. Gotta love R. Couri Hay, he knows damage control. One of the best in the business!

CORNER EXCLUSIVE: Steve Gouveia, Original Broadway Cast member of Jersey Boys, will join Donnie Kehr on stage in a surprise appearance tonight at Bar 9 (807 9th Avenue, NYC) …

RIP Ben E. King!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING

 Micky Dolenz With Peter Tork, Bruce Morrow And Donnie Kehr

SNL BLOATED BUT STUNNING --- Sunday’s Saturday Night Life salute at 40 certainly was a dazzler. With an over-the-top cast of guests stars (Nicholson Crystal, Samberg, Seinfeld, Douglas, DeNiro, Martin, Baldwin and Hanks) and music from Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, the sheer-star-power was at times was overwhelming.

Steve Martin was tasked with the opening monologue and handled it admirably. Martin, a true star for years was consistently the one shining light throughout the whole show; even when he briefly reprised his famous “King Tut” ditty … this time, fully clothed of course.

The package of classic clips was sheer brilliance; from the very first SNL-skit with John Belushi and the late-Michael Donohue to Eddie Murphy’s brilliant takeoff on Mr. Roger’s Neighbor hood. Also, to see the work of Martin Short, Chris Kattan, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman, just exceptional.

Face it, SNL’s been good more than it’s been bad and though the meat of the the show’s brilliance was with its original cast (Belushi, Aykroyd, and Radner) when SNL hit it right, its dead on.

Miley Cyrus’ take on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To leave Your Lover” was superb and should once and for all silence the naysayers. McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” was a great choice, but his voice sounded tattered. The track on TV sounded downright frail; I wonder what it sounded like in the studio?

Chevy Case who is clearly on some sort of medication that has added massive girth to his frame, was funny, but he seemed miles away and even Dan Aykroyd, trying is best to reprise his famous bass-o-matic, looked old and tired.

Comedy is heavy … no question, but so many of the performers seemed word down and worn out. Sad.

One pundit said that SNL was funny … until it wasn’t … and, that sort of sums up this show. It worked … until it didn’t.

It’s a terrific legacy, certainly for NBC, which is under fire today for so many things today (read Brian Williams), and even when Lorne Michaels, who was interestingly sitting in the audience for the show next to Jack Nicholson, was dragged onstage at the end, even he looked suitably overwhelmed. It’s a stunning legacy to have created and maintained a show like this for so long.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES --- If you know your rock lore, you know that the famous Hollywood Vampires were a rather eclectic group of music folk in L. A. during the hallowed 70’s who met regularly at the Rainbow.

According to Micky Dolenz (who today is being interviewed for a forthcoming documentary) they originally began as a baseball team, who would retreat to the legendary Rainbow on Sunset to soothe their pain. Their group included, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin, and Dolenz. Their story is legend.

Adds Cooper from the doc Prime Cuts: “The Speakeasy and Tramps were the place to be in London. There was a little loft at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in L. A. (West Hollywood), they only had that for the club: the club was myself, Keith Moon, Ringo, Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson, it was that crowd, every night those same people. Every once in a while John Lennon would come into town or Keith Emerson and they would be honorable members of the night. They still have a plaque there at the Rainbow, where it says 'The Lair of the Hollywood Vampires'." Can't wait for this one …

SUNNY IN SEATTLE -- I spent last weekend in Seattle and just loved it. From a great restaurant called Bastille, to a record store called Elementary and Pike Place Market, I loved it. It sort of reminded me of L. A. a bit.

Plus it was 59 degrees the whole time. Lovely!

CLOSING NOTES --- One last Grammy note: Interesting that sponsor’s Pepsi’s tag line for the night was Out Of The Blue. That was the title of Debbie Gibson’s debut album in 1987 …

Mega-manager Ken Levy’s client, Matt Szlachetka, plays Rockwood Saturday March 7th at 7:00 PM. Check him out HERE.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s next Broadway-opus is School of Rock (from the 2003 movie) opening in November. It'll be at he Winter Garden; where his Cats played 18 years ...

I enjoyed Rolling Stone's recent list of the best post-1960 Bob Dylan songs. Check it out here:

RIP Lesley Gore. We always saw her around and about in NC. She will be greatly missed ...

After a brilliant 7-year run, CBS' The Mentalist ends tonight with a two-parter. The shows this last season have been among their best. Simon Baker, Robin Tunney and the whole cast deserve an extra pat on the back. we'll miss 'em all.

Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank/David Salidor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr’s Rockers On Broadway (their 21st annual event) delivered another knockout show Monday night, at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village, this year celebrating Teen Idols. “Everyone had one” says Kehr, as they hosted a terrific ensemble of acts, and honored Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Radio-personality Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) was also honored with the Ambassador of Rock award.

Courtney Reed (Jasmine in Aladdin; Carla from In The Heights) began the proceedings with a blazing version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” that clearly set the right tone for the evening.

Jarrod Spector - the second actor to play Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys - wowed the packed house with a medley of "Grease," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and"Beggin'."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Megan Hilty

The PATH Fund’s Donnie Kehr has announced the list of additional performers for their annual benefit concert on Monday, November 17 at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) in New York City; Rockers On Broadway – Teen Idols, which this year honors Frankie Valli and Micky Dolenz with Lifetime Achievement Awards; and, radio-personality Cousin Bruce Morrow with the Ambassador of Rock Award.

The additional performers include Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash, 9 to5, Wicked); Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights) as well as Lilli Cooper (Wicked, Spring Awakening); Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Catch Me if You Can); Brian Gallagher (Jekyll & Hyde); Eric Michael Krop (Godspell); Tracy McDowell (Motown, Rent); and Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On).

They join the already-announced list of Dolenz; Lena Hall; Nick Cordero; Jarrod Spector; Preston Truman Boyd; Steve Gouveia; Michael Lanning; Vinny Pastore; and, Jeremy Schonfeld.

The evening is sponsored by The Frye Compnay, The Four Seasons Partnership, and the Grano Family Foundation.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Micky Dolenz

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY the unique annual event (which has raised over $300,000 with over two decades of performances) featuring Broadway’s finest, performing something for everyone - has announced the line-up for their next event, Monday, November 17 (at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge) Celebrating five decades of music from our favorite teen idols.

Says Rockers’ Kehr, “This year we will honor two of America’s teen idol icons Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards and legendary DJ ‘Cousin’ Brucie Morrow with the Ambassador of Rock Award.”

Continues Kehr, “Teen idols have always been a special kind of rock star! When their songs came on the radio our hearts skipped a beat. We tacked their photos to our bedroom walls, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and we might have even written some of them a love note or two… we all had one.”


Micky Dolenz, The Monkees

Lena Hall, 2014 TONY Award Winner – Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Kinky Boots

Nick Cordero, 2014 TONY Nominee – Bullets Over Broadway

Jarrod Spector, 2014 TONY Nominee – Beautiful

Donnie Kehr, Rockers Founder, Jersey Boys (Broadway & Film), Billy Elliot, Aida

Preston Truman Boyd, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway

Steve Gouveia, Jersey Boys

Michael Lanning, Bonnie & Clyde, The Civil War

Constantine Marloulis, TONY Nominee – Rock Of Ages

Tracy McDowell, Motown The Musical, Rent

Vinny Pastore, Sopranos, Bullets Over Broadway

Sara Schmidt, Jersey Boys, Brooklyn

Jeremy Schonfeld, Drift


Friday, September 12, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Justin Bieber

FASHION ROCKS FLOPS --- Onstage and onscreen, CBS’ Fashion Rock (hosted by Ryan Seacrest) had its high notes (and flat moments), but the Tuesday night telecast -intersecting sound and style- had more going on behind the scenes, including reminders to cheer, a slew of giveaways and a performance that started to clear out the Barclays Center audience.

Several sources recount 11 things seen and heard inside the arena and on the red carpet of the CBS event:

1. When the live broadcast began at 9 PM ET, the seated audience — composed of both devout fashion believers in notable heels, trendy hairstyle and labeled pieces, and music fans in jeans and clubwear — was only about 80% filled. Still, they gave 100% of their shouts for show opener Usher.

As the show started, pictures of Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull triggered the biggest cheers during the opening credits.

2. The first performer to actually evoke a palpable energy from the live audience was Iglesias, who sang "Bailando" with Sean Paul and Gente de Zona, and were introduced by Tommy Hilfiger and the most popular model of the evening, Naomi Campbell. They hit the stage over half an hour into the event — maybe the beers started kicking in?

3. Hunger Games actress Willow Shields, who arrived in a Kate Spade-floral ensemble, got really enthusiastic when we asked her about the one song that gets her dancing when no one's watching. "I would dance to any song if nobody was watching," she said. "Right now, I have "Riptide" by Vance Joy. I've been listening to it for a while and now it's becoming really popular, which I'm excited about." 

4. After taking photos on the carpet, J. Lo was rushed into the venue — but not before giving a royal wave to fans and reporters, who were longing to have a few seconds with before the show started. 

5. While designer Steve Madden's look hasn't changed in years (a white tee and baseball cap), he noted that there's one part of his wardrobe that is different: "I think my jeans are baggier now." As for the musicians whose style he digs? "Iggy Azalea is great. I love T.I.'s music and his style. I like Ja Rule's style, too." Thanks Steve!

6. Justin Bieber prefaced the Calvin Klein (with the designer himself in the front row) fashion show by stripping down to his boxers, which were Calvins. Though he was welcomed by an overwhelming slew of boos from the audience, he started flexing, and the high-pitched screams drowned out the haters.

7. Afrojack told us he's a big fan of shoes — so big a fan that he owns more than 300 pairs. 

8. Before MAGIC! performed their breakout hit "Rude," the group was introduced by New York Giants' Victor Cruz, who also got a ton of boos — or did he? No way. The fashion and music crowd thought the sports fans were hating, but they were just chanting his last name. which apparently sounds less pleasant in an arena than a stadium.

9. Following her "Booty"-bouncing, black-and-white spectacle, Lopez — in a shimmering Versace silver minidress and high ponytail — received the longest post-performance applause and loudest cheers of the night.

10. As Nicki Minaj also touted her bum during "Anaconda" in denim shorts and an embellished bra, the cameras kept panning to a seated Lopez, who wasn't enthused by the former American Idol judge's performance as Carmen Electra, who was dancing in the audience. A noticeable-enough percentage of the crowd started to clear out of the arena after Minaj's moment.

11. Event sponsors Maybelline, Garnier, Calvin Klein and others hosted pop-up beauty booths and selfie stations around the arena lobby. Attendees were given lengthy program books with bios on each performer, plus beauty and style inspirations for each of the evening's genre. Garnier gave out facial scrub samples as guests scurried out to catch Ubers and subways.

The ratings were a bust … no pun intended. I wonder if they'll be another Fashion Rocks next year?

Donnie Kehr With Alexa Green

ALEXA DEBUTS --- We've seen literally hundreds of shows in our years of reportage; from glittering cabaret outings to soul-selling rock and roll, so we're fairly secure that when we see something really unique … we know and feel it. Last night we saw Alexa Green (at NYC’s 54 Below), from two West Coast productions of Wicked, and she totally astonished us. Petite and precocious, with sort of a Mae West-ish-ness about her, her voice was just totally unique and she totally delighted us. 

With a crack band (and, I mean really superlative) and an SRO-crowd (with Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr in attendance) she wowed the crowd over and over. The show was titled My Shining Hour (the Harold Arlen song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer), and was chock full of terrific song selections, including Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” and Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” 

She, and her director Mitchell Walker, have fashioned a tight, beautifully realized show. While performing one song, she'd often break into another … a tact which worked wonders; especially when she sang Harry Nilsson’s “Guess The Lord Music Be In New York City” interspersed with the Joel-song. 

She immediately commanded the crowd with a presence and dexterity that was totally impressive.

One of the best performances I've seen this year … no question, a star was born.

LED SCHLEP --- As Led Zeppelin's reps prepare to fight allegations that they stole the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven" from the Spirit song “Taurus,” they've turned to a top entertainment industry lawyer.

Business Week reports that attorney Helene Freeman, a partner at the New York firm Phillips Nizer, is on the case — and although Freeman may not be a household name, her work is very familiar to music business insiders; in fact, she was responsible for helping *NSYNC wrest themselves from their rookie recording contract in the late 90’s.

“Taurus” composer Randy California passed away in 1997 — founding Spirit bassist Mark Andes filed the suit on behalf of his late bandmate’s trust — but in an interview before he died, he publicly admitted to thinking “Stairway” ripped off his composition, calling it “kind of a sore point” and adding, “Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.”

Businessweek’s report notes that Zeppelin’s lawyers have until Sept. 22 to respond to the suit. Neither Freeman nor anyone involved with the band or its corporate label parent, Warner Music, have responded to requests for comment, but as we previously reported, Zep-guitarist Jimmy Page has gone on record as finding the allegations “ridiculous.”

CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of 54 Below, it was the first time I had been there and loved it. It’s intimate, the sound and sight lines were terrific and loads different than when I was there last … as the basement of the infamous Studio 54. Suffice to say, it did look a bit familiar …

Alt porn pioneer Joanna Angel is headed back to New York City as the star entertainer at Sapphire New York Gentlemen’s Club Friday, September 12th for one night only, with a stimulating live performance at 12 midnight, followed by a photo and autograph meet-and-greet with her fans.

“New York is home to me!” said Angel. “I want all my East Coast fans to come out for this one."

Angel will also have Burning Angel DVDs and her line of clothing and T-shirts available for purchase during the show.

In addition to feature dancing, Angel has been keeping busy, directing, writing and starring in her Burning Angel movies while also acting in mainstream films (this year’s indie drama Scrapper), hosting her weekly radio show on and singing in her band Joanna Angel & the Gigolos.

"Sapphire is such a fun club; I always look forward to my appearances there,” said Angel. “I am only there for one night and I only have one performance – so don't miss it!”

Friday, August 15, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Katie Holmes

MARVEL UNIVERSE --- Wednesday night, Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, was the opening night and VIP-launch party for the stage presentation of Marvel Universe; which featured for the first time ever … members of The Avengers meeting Spider Man and the X-Men. Marvel sold off the rights to X-Men and Spidey years ago, so a movie paring (which sounds like a interesting idea ... I think) is not possible; or, at least until the boatloads of cash stop coming in.

At the VIP pre-party, actress Katie Holmes was spotted with cancer kids from the Sunrise Day Camp in Wyandanch, NY.

Nastia Liukin

Donnie Kehr
Also there were Jersey Boys actor Donnie Kehr (working on a top secret-super-duper project); Russian-gymnast Nastia Liukin; actress Irina Pantaev; Miss Teen USA, K. Lee Grah; Miss US, Nia Sanchez; Kehr’s pr-mouthpiece David Salidor; A. J. Calloway from Extra; Simone Boyce from Fox and Lori Levine and Alexa Susser, from Flying Television who coordinated the star-studded event. The live presentation was kind of campy, certainly catering to the dozens of kids at the premiere show. There were nods to the Marvel-canon of films, including an actor doing a pretty spot-on imitation Tony Stark aka Robert Downey, Jr.The dialogue is certainly not Shakespeare, but hit all the right grace notes. The biggest ovations were saved for (not surprisingly) Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk. Plaudits to the Kenneth Feld-team who delivered a stage show with something for everyone. Good clean fun for sure.

It runs to this weekend here in Brooklyn, then starts a major coast-to-coast tour.

Jay Leno

GLEN WILL BE --- I’ll Be Me, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will open in theaters in New York on October 24, followed by a national release to 50 cities. This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell will reveal to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Gentle on My Mind.

Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians.

In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short Goodbye Tour, but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

I’ll Be Me features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man.

This should be epic!

BATMAN ASSAULT --- La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for Batman: Assault On Arkham composed by Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday, Duck Dodgers) on CD August 26, 2014. This limited edition CD (1500 units) will contain 4 exclusive tracks not available elsewhere.

“Batman: Assault On Arkham marks a departure from what we normally do from a music standpoint,” said director Jay Olivia. “We usually do the operatic epic music that we've all become accustomed to in the live action and animated comic book films for the last twenty five years…. James Tucker, my producer, was very supportive of the idea of doing a more contemporary take on the superhero music and when Rob sent us his first pass of the score, we were tremendously pleased.”

Batman: Assault On Arkham is a direct-to-video animated superhero that is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film is based on the universe of the Arkham video game franchise, and is a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham Originals.

In the universe of Arkham, the government teams up a group of super villains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, and Batman soon becomes involved. Things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.

“In terms of influence, for this movie most of the approach I knew would be different, with influences coming from Guy Ritchie movies or even Ocean’s 11 in places,” explains Kral. “Jay and I definitely wanted some funk grooves. We wanted the flavor of setting up the story to feel like a heist movie but set in the Batman world.”

James Earl Jones

CLOSING NOTES --- I can't say where I was, but in the space of a half hour, I saw Nathan Lane, Jerry Zaks, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, James Earl Jones, Mark Linn-Baker, and Donnie Kehr. Wow! And, not a paparazzo in sight either …

Micky Dolenz is the subject of The Daily Mail’s My Haven (personalities at home and at work) piece out next week. Dolenz is shown at his home in L. A. and at work with daughter Georgia in his fine-furniture endeavor, Dolenz & Daughters ( Micky's in Chicago this weekend for Mark Lapidos' Beatlefest ...

I'm telling you, if Maroon 5's new single "Maps" was released back in early-June, it most certainly would have been the record of the summer. Just a superbly written and produced song. A record to be proud of up and down. I love it...

I've been a big fan of CBS' Under The Dome series since it premiered last summer. Based on the Stephen King-book (he even scripted the second season premiere), it was good clean fun, but in the last several weeks, the scripts have gotten tighter, the acting has gone off-the-charts, and just this week, it ended with a Coldplay song ("Midnight" from their current brilliant album Ghost Stories) as another mystery unraveled. Amazing ...

Happened to walk by Radio City Music Hall yesterday when they announced their annual Christmas show, with 15 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers and Santa Claus on hand. With performances beginning on November 7, guess the summer is just about over ...

Monday, June 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Mel Brooks

KATE’S CLOSED --- From Deadline, “It not only was perhaps the most consistently popular and cool restaurant in Beverly Hills, Kate Mantilini which is located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Doheny and just two blocks from the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has in recent years become a key part of Oscar campaigning. Sadly, due to a dispute over higher rent with a greedy landlord more interested in lining their pockets than in pleasing Hollywood, Kate’s closed its doors Saturday night after 27 years in the key BH location. The other Kate’s located in Woodland Hills remains open, but frankly it isn’t the same. This one was special.”

"The restaurant, founded in 1987 and owned by the Lewis family (Marilyn and Harry who also founded the famed Hamburger Hamlet chain and sons David, and Adam who has been running it since 2010) which is open late unlike just about every other place of its type in the area, became a real watering hole for many Hollywood types like Mel Brooks who has written his own obit for the place, and so many others. It was almost impossible to go in there and not run into someone you know. It was really a hopping place, both at lunch , dinner and late night. And it not only has been host to numerous premiere parties (including several for Matt Weiner and Mad Men, a Marilyn Lewis obsession) it was also prominently featured in the movie Heat with a key scene between stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, now memorialized on the walls of Kate’s.”

When I used to be in L. A. on a more regular basis, Kate’s was usually my first stop. Its food was great all around, especially their tortilla soup and mac and cheese concoctions. Along with the now-closed Chasen’s, and Dan Tana’s, and, now Craig’s … this was southern-L. A. dining at its best. Sad news indeed.

GOD AWARDS LAND FRIDAY IN NYC --- We Care for Humanity awarded Nancy Rivard, Founder of Airline Ambassadors International, Global Woman of the Year at the 1st GOD Awards at L.A.'s Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last June. 

This Friday, the 2nd Annual Global Officials of Dignity Awards (GOD Awards) will honor individuals and corporations who have made substantive contributions to local communities in the fields of Business, Philanthropy, Arts and Entertainment, and to be held at the United Nations in New York City. Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes and Rebecca Holden (TV's Knight Rider) and music-producer Joel Diamond will act as co-hosts at the event and Rebecca and Tony LeBron will perform their hit song, “Dreams Come True.”

American Airlines will receive recognition for their Miles for Kids in Need Program; Delta Air Lines and Silver Airways will be acknowledged for Human Trafficking awareness: and Southwest and Virgin Atlantic will be honored for Humanitarian and Sustainability programs.

“Airline Ambassadors is proud to partner with We Care for Humanity, and highlight leaders in the airline industry who are modeling corporate social responsibility and building global cooperation, understanding and goodwill,” said Nancy Rivard.

D'ONOFRIO CAST --- Vincent D’Onofrio, so good for so many years at Detective Robert Goren in Law & Order/Criminal Intent, has signed on to play the Kingpin in the new Netflix's live-action TV series Daredevil.

Last week, Marvel announced that D'Onofrio, will play Michael Fisk, aka Kingpin, the arch nemesis of Daredevil.

Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil is one part of the companies' long-term business venture into the live-action realm of superhero TV shows. D'Onofrio is bringing with him a large body of past respected work that could propel the series and the character of Fisk even more. 

Now that D'Onofiro has been cast as Fisk, along with Charlie Cox in the title role of the series, the future of the man without fear appears to be looking bright.

CLOSING NOTES --- The sad story of legendary Casey Kasem officially came to an end yesterday, on Father’s Day, as he passed. So much mis-information came from this case, a book and maybe movie must certainly be the next logical step.

In his goodbye to radio fans in 2009, Kasem said, "Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. You're only as good as the people you work with and the people you work for. I've been lucky; I've worked for and with the very best."

Radio's All Access publisher Joel Denver noted, "Casey’s death marks the passing of one of the truly innovative radio personalities of our time. He brought to life the magic of American Top 40 to millions for years, and with that show, he created an indelible and beautiful spotlight on the importance of music and radio for generations of listeners. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Casey when we both recorded our respective shows and he was always a gentleman, who had a big and caring heart. Rest in peace, Casey."

Classy move by Elton John dedicating "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" at this weekend's Bonnaroo festival. Elton closed the festival.

Yes it really happened: While Hillary Clinton was at a book signing at a Costco in Virginia on Saturday (for her just-released book Hard Choices), who should wandered in, but Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor … in sandals and a striped shorts. So, I guess even Supreme Court Justices have normal lives …

Donnie Kehr

Jersey Boy's Donnie Kehr (and, his dog Buddy Elliot) showed at the Heads And Tails salon benefit Saturday. The afternoon also benefited Bideawee.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Donnie Kehr

OH WHAT A NIGHT --- Peggy Siegal sure knows how to throw a party. Monday’s night fete for the Clint Eastwood-directed Jersey Boys movie was simply astounding. Not only is the movie a stone-cold hit (and, more on that in a minute), but the guest list was like manna from heaven at the Plaza’s swanky-new Angelo Galasso men’s shop. How about, Paul Shaffer; Barbara Walters; Richard Belzer; Laurie Anderson; Alan Cumming; Lena Hall; Steve Kroft; Tovah Feldshuh, Melissa Leo; Clive Davis; Ron Delsener;Variety’s Peter Bart; Roger Rees; Regis and Joy Philbin; plus Broadway stars like Andy Karl from Rocky and Reeve Carney aka Spider Man; and last year’s Tony nominee Billy Magnussen; not to mention Soon-Yi Previn; Nancy Shevell McCartney; the great Bebe Neuwirth (who with Roger Rees comprised a small Cheers reunion); scribes Roger Friedman; Cindy Adams; writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman; Kathrine Narducci; pr-pashas Amanda Soll and David Salidor; Stanley Donen; Sopranos creator David Chase and his wife; Boardwalk Empire creator Terry Winter; Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... and, Candice Bergen, Tommy Tune, and, Peter Cincotti. Whew!

Not only was Clint there, but the Jersey Boys cast including Christopher Walken; John Lloyd Young; Mike Doyle; Michael Lomenda; Narducci;Vincent Piazza; Renee Marino; Erich Bergen, and Donnie Kehr .

The movie is simply terrific, with not only stellar acting, but what Eastwood has done in translating the play to the screen is inspiring. Everything in the play isn’t on the screen, but the streamlined script works brilliantly. This is the second time I’ve seen the movie and, though I had some issues with my first viewing, this time I loved it from start to finish.

John Lloyd Young’s portrayal of Valli is spot-on and you can tell he’s learned well from his role on Broadway. Plus, his presence is riveting. This should most certainly launch him into the next step of his career. Eric Bergen and Kehr deliver star turns for sure and,Walken doesn't disappoint - essaying behind-the-scenes player Angelo Gyp DeCarlo. He is brilliant. Kehr as loan-shark Norm Waxman delivers a riveting turn as well. Also brilliant, Steve Schirripa and Billy Gardell.

Plus, the music is the stuff of dreams. The ending of the movie, where they all dance to "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)" is positively mesmerizing. Seeing Walken, an old song-and-dance man who I first caught decades ago in Hurlyburly (1974), is stunning. He and Kehr deliver some amazing moves.

This could be the movie of the summer … don't miss it.

QUADROPHENIA --- In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London’s Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.

Filmed on July 8, 2013, Quadrophenia: Live In London features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather,” “Doctor Jimmy” and a powerful performance of “Love Reign O’er Me.”

With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, the disc reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for “5:15,” and Keith Moon for his signature song “Bell Boy.” In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as “Pinball Wizard,“ “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Tea &Theatre,” from their 2006 release Endless Wire,” with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.

Based around the story of Jimmy – the double-album masterpiece Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960's. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend’s most inspired, personal song writing - way ahead of its time in scope and purpose and is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who’s storied career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances.

Newly envisioned by Roger Daltrey, the concert film combines archival footage of the band and images of historical events that have rocked Jimmy’s world over the past 40 years giving this magnum opus an enlightened modern twist.


CLOSING NOTES --- We told you several columns back about Youngstown, Ohio-native Angelo Babbaro, who recorded a brilliant debut album several years back that swung with the best of them. With a voice that Sintara would endorse, he immediately placed himself in with the likes of Michael Buble and Peter Cincotti. He’s about to enter the studio again to record an original song. We'll keep you posted, but we predict Babbaro will barnstorm the charts very soon. Stay tuned on this one. Remember, we called it here first …

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the O. J. Simpson trial and somewhat-unbelievable verdict. NBC’s Today just had a somewhat-tense three way interview with sister-Kim and father-Fred Goldman and Kato Kaelin. Matt Lauer asked what the hardest thing to have done was and a tired and worn, Fred Goldman said to adjust. Sad.

All these years later, it’s hard to believe that O. J. didn't do it … but, when that verdict was read, and I well remember being in the packed bar at the late-great Mayflower Hotel on Central Park West, and, you could have heard a pin drop when it was read.

The Today Show also reported a mountain of evidence was never presented. What happened? Did it become such a media circus that justice was not served. Seems so. What a mess.

Gary Glitter, who had eleven top ten hits in the U. K. during the 70's including the stadium anthem “Rock and Roll (Part 1),” has been charged with eight sex offenses relating to alleged crimes against 12 and 14 year old girls between 1977 and 1980.

Glitter has been living as a sex offender in his native Britain since 1997 when child pornography was found on a computer he took to a store for repair. He moved to Cambodia until 2002 when he came under suspicion of child pornography and was deported to Vietnam. It was there that he was arrested in late-2005 and sentenced to three years on charges of molesting two underage girls, ages 10 and 11. He was released in 2008 and, after trying to find a country where he would be allowed to live, returned to his native Britain.

In October 2012, a documentary on BBC DJ and host Jimmy Seville involving his sexual proclivities led to further investigation into a number of other celebrities including Rolf Harris and Glitter. Gary was arrested last October and released on bail twice leading up to today's charges.

Glitter, 70, was spared five charges based on five other allegations made by two other women for which prosecutors didn't think they had enough evidence.

Gabriel's Angels--- Still time to help the Gabriel's Angels Team achieve its goals for the 18 hour overnight walk on June 28/29, 2014! Visit here to help this great cause. We're all touched by suicide and your help on this journey is needed. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Dis Company

Friday, June 06, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Kevin Spacey

KEVIN'S CARDS --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release The House Of Cards: Season 2 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a 2 disc set digitally and on CD June 17th. The soundtrack features original score composed by Jeff Beal (Monk, Blackfish).

Award-winning composer Jeff Beal scores House Of Cards, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning original series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show debuted in February of 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, unprecedentedly releasing all 13 episodes of Season One at the same time, generating worldwide attention for the bold new approach to the television model. The second season debuted in February of this year, and it was recently picked up for a third season.

House Of Cards follows House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Spacey), a bombastic, power-hungry politician from South Carolina set on conquering Washington D.C. alongside his wife, Claire (Wright). When the President decides to pass over Frank for a presumed appointment to Secretary of State, Underwood takes matters into his own hands by using Congress, the media, and corporate boosters as pawns in exacting revenge on those who betrayed him. Season 2 finds him installed as Vice President.

“The direction I was inspired to follow from watching the show, was to approach the project cinematic as opposed to traditional serialized television,” explained Beal.

CMT WINNERS --- Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were among top winners at the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.

The country music hit makers won matching prizes in the categories of Male and Female Video of the Year, Blake taking home the prize for “Doin' What She Likes”, and Miranda winning the female category for “Automatic.”

Florida Georgia Line was also a big winner, taking home Duo Video of the Year (“Round Here”) and Collaborative Video of the Year (“This Is How We Roll”), with Luke Bryan, who scooped the prize for CMT Performance of the Year thanks to his collaboration with Lionel Richie on the mash-up “Oh No/All Night Long.”

Other winners included Carrie Underwood, whose video for her single “See You Again” won the coveted Video of the Year prize; The Band Perry, whose members scored Group Video of the Year thanks to the clip for their hit single “Done”; and Cassadee Pope, who won Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Wasting All These Tears.”

Performances included unexpected collaborations, including Florida Georgia Line, who kicked off the evening with Bryan and Jason DeRulo on his single “Talk Dirty to Me.” Jennifer Nettles also teamed up with John Legend for a rendition of “All of Me” and ZZ Top with Georgia Line and Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.”

Motley Crue's Vince Neil was among the presenters.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards, broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee, was hosted by actress Kristen Bell.

Pink Floyd & Sid Barrett Story

BARRETT'S BACK --- Eagle Rock has released of The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story on 2DVD and Digital Video. Originally made in 2001, this documentary, presented in Dolby Digital Stereo, is now being released with additional bonus material.

The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story explores the tragic, yet celebratory life of the late Syd Barrett, lead guitarist and prominent songwriter of early Pink Floyd. With contributions from all members of Floyd, as well as managers, friends, and others close to Syd, the documentary traverses the tale of this enigmatic rock legend, from his intelligent, thought-provoking songwriting and indelible stamp on the psychedelic music genre, to his 1968 departure from the band, when his increasingly erratic behavior made his continued participation in the band impossible.

This 2DVD set also includes the additional interview, Roger Waters On Syd Barrett, and a second disc with bonus uncut interviews with Floyd-members Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright.

Pink Floyd was revolutionary, pushing popular music into new cerebral dimensions, and Barrett was an integral part of the band’s sound and lyrics. A charismatic cult figure with a flair for eccentricity, he crafted such unique hits as “See Emily Play” and “Arnold Layne,” as well as album tracks such as “Bike” and “Astronomy Domine.”

His use of dissonance, feedback, and distortion in his guitar playing has inspired generations of musicians. After leaving Floyd, he recorded two solo albums before vanishing from music altogether, retiring to his English hometown of Cambridge. Fans and reporters continued to travel there to seek out the reclusive Barrett until his death in 2006, at the age of 60.

If you're a Floyd-fan … this is essential.

ZEP NEWS --- Early projections say that the reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums in deluxe editions are most likely headed toward top ten debuts in the U. S. next week.

On Wednesday, the Official Chart Company in the U. K. reported that, at the half-week mark, the same is holding true in Britain. At this point, Led Zeppelin I is at number 4, Led Zeppelin III is at number six and Led Zeppelin II is at number 7.

If the positions hold, the band's first album will actually better the original release in 1969 which only got to number 6. II and III were both number 1 albums.

Donnie Kehr And John Lloyd Young

CLOSING NOTES --- Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr and John Lloyd Young literally bumping into each other while shopping yesterday on the Upper West Side for Monday night’s big movie premiere in NYC. Director Clint Eastwood hosts the event at the new Angelo Galasso House at the Plaza ...

Joel Diamond With Rebecca Holden And Mark Bego

Producer Joel Diamond with Rebecca Holden and Tony Lebron perform June 20th at the Humanitarian Summit and Gala at the United Nations, at which time they will be debuting their new single release, "Dreams Come True” …

The Overlook Press releases Mark Bego's Glen Campbell tome on September 11; Life with My Father: Glen Campbell, from Bego and daughter Debby Campbell ...

Spacey Photo By: James Edstrom/Salidor PR