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Tuesday, August 09, 2016



Rita Cosby With Tomaczek Bednarek

Paul Gerben And Mike Piazza

Luxury lifestyle magazine Haute Living, helmed by Chairman Robert Farmer and executive publishers Kamal Hotchandani and Seth Semilof, hosted a private dinner party in honor of baseball legend Mike Piazza’s induction to the Hall of Fame and the retirement of his Mets jersey. The intimate dinner took place at celebrity favorite MAMO Restaurant in SoHo on Sunday, July 31st, 2016, and was presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label and JetSmarter. Piazza was gifted a special engraved bottle by Johnnie Walker Blue Label at the dinner, as well as a special painting from artist Paul Gerben.

Notable attendees included: Mike Piazza, Alicia Rickter, Kamal Hotchandani, Violet Camacho, Paul Gerben, Rita Cosby, Tomaczek Bednarek, Alisa Roever, Norisol Ferrari, Unik Ernest and Ronn Torossian.

Mike Piazza And Amanda Monti

Guests were served a selection of MAMO’s Provencal dishes, including starters such as Carpaccio di Salmone (fresh salmon carpaccio), Peperoni dolci Grigliati con Farcia el Tonno (grilled red peppers stuffet with tuna), and off the menu special Pizze Focaccia al Tartufo (parmesan, cantal cheese and truffle pizza). Main dishes included the popular Raviolini at Tartufo (ravioli with black summer truffle), Tagliata di Filetto al Vino Rosso (beef filet with red wine glaze and ratatouille), and Filetto di Orata alla Griglia, Verdure All’Olio for seafood lovers (grilled gilthead seabream, mixed vegetables). For dessert, guests were served a selection of the restaurant’s “menu di dessert” favorites.

Guests also enjoyed delicious signature cocktails from Johnnie Walker Blue Label, including the “Aberdeen,” a smooth mixture of Johnnie Walker Double Black with honey syrup and grapefruit soda, and the “Of Fathers & Men” cocktail, made with Johnnie Walker Black Label, coffee liqueur, cherry herring and mole bitters.

MAMO restaurant continues to draw celebrities, locals and visitors alike to New York’s bustling SoHo neighborhood. MAMO New York is the transatlantic sister to Cannes film festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two decades old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites alike.

 Kamal Hotchandani With Mike Piazza, Alicia Rickter And Violet Camacho

MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restauranteur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rhianna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Jay Z.

Heading up the kitchen and the brand new menu is Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola, formerly of Eataly Roma and Ristorante Quattro Mori, and winner of the best pasta at the 2016 Il Primo Manhattan competition. A native of Italy, Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/French Provençal cuisine. Drawing on colors and nature as inspiration, Sola is known for his simple yet eye catching dishes.

To complement the flavorful dishes, MAMO also boasts an impressive cocktail menu from which diners can enjoy specialty cocktails such as the MAMO Negroni, the MAMO Spritz and the one-of-a-kind Martini Al Tartufo (truffle martini). In addition to the cocktail program, MAMO also has an extensive wine list of carefully selected French and Italian wines to complement the cuisine.

MAMO offers diners traditional southern Italian/French cuisine in an intimate yet elegant setting. The bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

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Located on West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets, MAMO restaurant is a purveyor of affectionate Italian and Provençal dining experience. MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. MAMO, The New York outpost of Le Michelangelo, a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola (formerly of Eataly Roma, Ristorante Quattro Mori) as executive chef. Whether you prefer a relaxing night out with your closest friends, intimate gatherings and business meetings, or a grand cocktail party, you are certain to experience an unforgettable evening at MAMO and enjoy the incredible service and food. The menu incorporates a mix of classic family recipes as well as market specials. The restaurant’s design embodies the Riviera’s “sense of home” with a warm color palate, original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The multi-level restaurant offers an unforgettable experience where every single person is treated with affection and love.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Michael Strahan

GMA --- Michael Strahan, one half of Live! With Kelly & Michael, also soon will be seen on ABC‘s morning infotainment program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host his daytime talker with Kelly Ripa.

Ripa also had been approached about joining GMA, but she declined, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Talks with Strahan began about a month ago, which predates news anchor Josh Elliott’s decision to depart GMA, announced over the weekend. Expect to see Strahan on GMA a couple days a week, initially.

Elliott, formerly of ESPN, left the show to join NBC Sports. The addition of Strahan gives GMA an anchor with a sports background to take over that responsibility from Elliott — Strahan having spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants.

Live! With Kelly & Michael is having its best season in seven years, ratings-wise, averaging nearly 4 million viewers — up 13% versus same time last season. Personally, I pretty much stopped watching when ABC/Disney and head Bob Iger decided not to renew Regis Philbin’s contract in 2011 after 28 years.

Strahan’s GMA deal, which is not yet final, brings some much needed testosterone to the morning show which, with Elliott’s exit and the recent departure of Sam Champion for The Weather Channel, left co-host George Stephanopoulos on Monday looking like a guest on Barbara Walter’s The View, surrounded as he was by Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee — so much so that Spencer said, “The estrogen is flowing.”

I like Stephanopoulos, but Elliot and even Champion, were a bit much to take. Of course, with Elliot’s departure, for NBC Sports, tongues starting wagging that he could possibly be headed for The Today Show, as Matt Lauer’s days seem somewhat numbered.

Sam Champion weighed in yesterday morning on Elliott’s announced exit from the ABC morning infotainment show to go to work for NBC Sports. Champion, who was also poached by NBC and now works at The Weather Channel, called it “a great opportunity for Josh’s heart,” adding, “I know that fans of GMA are not loving it.”

Which brings us to back to Regis. Other than a brief six-month appearance on Fox Sport’s Crowd Gone Wild, he’s been somewhat silent. I know he’s 82 and probably somewhat tired of all the hoopla in the tube-world, but look at his former colleague Kathie Lee Gifford, shinning like never before on the third-hour of The Today Show. I think to bring him back in some capacity …. maybe even with Kathie Lee, would be terrific. Interestingly enough, when Gifford started at Live with Regis ... she was still working at GMA and would literally run down the street to the Live studio.

See, some things never change!

MAYALL AT 80 --- Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-issue in a single set for the first time three of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers’ albums. As part of the new Eagle Classics series, Stories, Road Dogs, and In The Palace Of The King will be released as a 3CD.

Stories, Road Dogs, and, In The Palace Of The King features such classics as “Dirty Water,” “Kids Got The Blues,” “Road Dogs,” “Awestruck & Spellbound,” “Palace Of The King,” “Going Down,” and “Living On The Highway.” Stories is a mix of original songs and classics. Road Dogs, features fifteen original songs written by Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. In The Palace Of The King is a stunning tribute to the late, great Freddie King.

I remember first hearing about Mayall when I was in college. The list of people he’s worked with and inspired (Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck) is legendary. His first album, Bluesbreakers, with Clapton (reading a comic book which was titled Beano), was in 1966. His 2009 album Tough featured one delectable track I still play to this day called “Number’s Down.”

There's a track on Stories called "Witching Hour" which is just delicious.

It is quite an undertaking for any musician to release three albums within the course of one decade, Stories, Road Dogs, and, In The Palace Of The King prove without question that John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers remain a formidable force of blues music and master musicianship. Just outstanding work.

FANTASTIC FOUR --- As any comic-con fan worth his cred knows by now, Fox has totally re-cast and re-booted their Fantastic Four series. Gone are the brilliant Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans (now, Captain America) and Michael Chicklis (The Commish). Sure, the two movies were probably more humorous than they should have been, but the two movies they did, The Fantastic Four (2005) and Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007) were pretty damn good.

And, each featured as the villain, Doctor Doom, the brilliant Julian McMahon. Truth be told, the tone that was originally portrayed in the comic book, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was pretty well preserved in both movies. The new cast: Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara as the Invisible Women; Michael B Jordan as The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing, are younger and probably will tread more towards where Fox’s X Men series has gone … way serious. Too serious if you ask me.

Just announced: Fox has zeroed in on newcomer Toby Kebbell to play Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom.

This title in the revered Marvel canon was a good one. I hope they don't screw it up. The Fantastic Four is slated to bow June 19, 2015.

JANN’s PARTY --- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced a list of people who will induct this year's honoree and will perform.

It appears that Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) has decided to attend the ceremony, contrary to earlier reports; however, Linda Ronstadt has decided not to attend. The main reason she won't be present for her induction is health related, but she also tells Billboard that it isn't a big deal for her.

"I haven't given it one thought, I have to say," Ronstadt says. "It wasn't anything I ever thought about. I never thought of myself as a rock' n' roll singer; I sang it, (but) it's just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn't go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don't have anything against it; you just don't do things for those reasons. If you're working for prizes, you're in trouble. There's nothing wrong with it. I don't mind it. It's just not anything I ever gave a thought to."

She also added that nobody from the Rock Hall has been in contact with her.

Glenn Frey of The Eagles will be on hand on April 10 to induct Ronstadt while a number of artists will perform a salute to her career including Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.

It was also announced that Bruce Springsteen will be inducting the E-Street Band and will perform with them.

Other inductors and performers:

Nirvana - Michael Stipe will induct.

Peter Gabriel - Chris Martin will induct. Gabriel will perform.

KISS - Tom Morello will induct.

Hall and Oates - Questlove from the Roots will induct. The duo will perform.

Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Odham – producer Peter Asher will induct Epstein.

CLOSING NOTES --- Broadway’s Donnie Kehr (to be seen in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys movie come June) at Kinky Boots last night and backstage with the show’s (and 2013 Tony Award winner) Billy Porter …

Dayme and producer Ricky Crespo at Tallulah’s at 72nd and Broadway, discussing a forthcoming project …

Director Axel Braun Spoofs Popular Star Spangled Hero:Captain America XXX: An Axel Braun Parody will debut from Vivid Entertainment online at on April 1 and in stores nationwide on April 15.

Legendary director Axel Braun and adult powerhouse Vivid Entertainment have brought plenty of joy to adult entertainment fans with their best-selling superhero parodies, and now they're tackling the quintessential American hero: Captain America! ...

Debbie Gibson on Lifetimes' Celebrity Home Raiders with Lance Bass. Wonder what happened to her other reality show, Sing Your Face Off, shot last summer. In the TV-world ... some perceive a show shot last year to be old already. I hope it comes out ...

Sad news: Frankie Knuckles, a legend in the world of dance music and one of the inventors of house music, a steady, beat-driven style played in nightclubs all over the world, died unexpectedly at his Chicago home on Monday. He was 59.

By the mid-1990's, house music was so mainstream that a song by Knuckles was played in a commercial for Lipton Iced Tea. But it wasn't always that way. Knuckles, born Francis Nicholls in the Bronx, started in the dance music underground. When he was just 18, he got a job as a DJ at a major destination for gay men - the Continental Baths in Manhattan; where Bette Midler and Barry Manilow got their starts. In an interview with the BBC two years ago, Knuckles described it as a world unto itself.

"It was more than just a bath house," he said. "There was a boutique. There was an Olympic-sized swimming pool. There was a theater room. There was a salon."

And a dance floor where Knuckles worked eight-hour shifts.

"A lot of people would check in on Friday night and they wouldn't check out until Monday morning," Knuckles said. "They were on their way to work."

Knuckles' signature sets were not about explosive non-stop energy. He structured them, he once said, like stories with internal logic and a certain moody momentum.

Though he got his start in New York, Knuckles became one of the faces of dance music in another city: Chicago. He moved there in his 20s and quickly began working at a new club.

"He was the main DJ — he was the only DJ — at a club called The Warehouse," says Charles Matlock, another Chicago. "That club ended up lending its name to this genre of music."

I knew him, he was definitely a powerhouse. RIP Frankie!

Monday, March 31, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Julianna Margulies

GOOD WIFE CHAOS --- I finally watched the three Good Wife episodes culminating in the loss of Josh Charles; the show’s Will Gardner. First, I've been particularly struck by the nuances of all the shows this season; terrifically well written and acted, so these three fit seamlessly in and though some have argued that the writer’s painted themselves into a corner and just had to have a resolution like this, it turns out that this had been in the planning stages for almost a year.

Second, I have always liked Charles; I thought he was just terrific in the Aaron Sorkin show Sports Night many years back and have often run into him at various events around the city and found him to be one of the good guys out there. This change completely changes the dynamics of the show. He was the male lead for sure and, now, there’s really no one there to step into that role. Michael J. Fox will reprise his role for several episodes, but what the writers will do is really a mystery.

I've liked this show, but this is a seismic change for sure. Charles’ character was the other man in the lead character’s life, Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick. Here’s an interesting post from Deadline Hollywood that fairly states the case: “Having been a loyal fan of this show since the Pilot, I was concerned that the writers may have painted themselves into a corner when Alicia and the 4th year associates left, and the chaos that ensued. As such, tonight’s ending may have been the only viable option, yet this was such a huge mistake — killing the major B-story that kept me going. While I will continue to watch, I felt very betrayed tonight as a loyal fan. If Josh’s contract was up, surely they could have written him out without killing him.”

Heavy stuff for sure. I don't recall another event like this having stirred up the pot so precariously. The remaining episodes for the season have been filmed, it'll be interesting to see how they play out.

CUDDY CUT INTO HALL OF FAME --- The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announced the class of 2014 inductees and they include: current WOR, New York program director Tom Cuddy (who got his start in radio at WPRO-AM in 1980); air personality and programmer Rick Everett ; current WRNI news anchor/reporter and host Dave Fallon; New England Tech teacher and 30-plus year radio station staffer Paul Perry; the late Carroll “Pappy” Philbrook, who began his career in Rhode Island radio in the 1940's as an engineer at WHIM, WHJJ and WHJY; easy listening pioneer Tony Rizzini; and entertainment icon Saucy Silvia who hosted an entertainment program on WADK for 26 years.

We've known Tom and his lovely B.W. Lisa for years and there’s never been a nicer couple in the cut-throat radio world. I mean, you can be absent from a market for years, come back, showered with praise, and then be gone a month later. When Tom was at WPLJ, he consistently put on great shows in conjunction with the late-great China Club. James Blunt; Adele; Elton John; The New Cars; and Hall & Oates come to mind.

Congrats Tom … you've always been in our Hall of Fame!

9 MILLION DOLLAR GAL --- Chelsea Handler plans to leave the E! channel when her contract expires at the end of the year, bringing a close to her Chelsea Lately talk show after eight years, according to her manager, Irving Azoff.

Handler has long been vocal about her dissatisfaction with the network though such complaints could be perceived as part of a negotiation. In this case, Azoff said, "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” He adds that plans for Handler could include a radio presence and a possible nightly or weekly late-night show on another network or digital service.

An E! spokesperson stated to THR: "Chelsea has nine months left on her contract and E! will not comment on the future of Chelsea Lately at this time."

Handler is said to feel that she is at the top of her game with a new book, Uganda be Kidding Me -- her first to sit at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a week. She is in the midst of a tour of more than 30 markets, "a massive piece of business" that also will include dates overseas, according to Geof Wills, president of Live Nation Comedy. She will shoot her first stand-up special at the Harris Theatre in Chicago in June to air on cable in October.

Handler's reps at CAA have been setting meetings with companies including Sony Television and Lionsgate as well as FX to discuss her future. The extent of interest in her in those quarters is not clear. “I don’t know if anybody’s going to pay her as much as E!,” says a source at one company that has been contacted.

Handler is said to be making about $9 million a year while delivering average viewership of 572,000 a night -- a decline from 839,000 in 2010. But Handler is the lone female late-night host with a proven track record amid a sea of male hosts across broadcast and cable. And Azoff says his research shows Handler’s performance is stronger than those figures suggest. Despite shrinking overall viewership at E!, his numbers show that Chelsea Lately consistently has built on its lead-in and that this year, her show is averaging a 67 percent increase in viewers over that lead-in, the largest build in the show’s eight-year run. His data also shows her audience is more female than the competitors on any network and younger, with the exception of Conan O’Brien on TBS (though the data for NBC's Tonight Show predates Jimmy Fallon's stint as host).

Handler has been open about her frustration with programming at E! In a March 5 appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show, she described E! as “a sad, sad place to live,” adding, “They don't know what they're doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”

While comics such as Jay Leno long have slung mud at their television homes, it’s hard to imagine that NBC/Universal cable entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer was amused by Handler’s appraisal of her strategy to re brand E! over the past few years as a more “aspirational” network.

A source at one company on the list to meet with Handler says those public remarks might make potential suitors think twice. “When you see talent go after a network like that, you think one day it could be me,” this person says.

Handler said on Stern’s show that she'd like a forum like Netflix. Broadcast networks probably are out, given Handler’s raunchy brand of humor.

She’s a talent for sure, but words like lewd, rude, and rowdy come to mind. Sure, she’s friends with people like Jennifer Aniston, but does that make a good talk show host. Face it, when she first appeared on the scene, she did indeed make a big splash. Nowadays, Andy Cohen's (Watch What Happens) show has become the place to be. Has her shtick worn thin? Unquestionably.

CLOSING NOTES --- Bruce Springsteen started his Australian shows with his own interpretation of the Brothers Gibb “Staying Alive.” Utterly brilliant if you ask me. No one comes close to Bruce’s sense of staging. He takes the song and owns it. He must have loved West Side Story! Here’s the clip.

How come there’s no Monkees date in NYC? The closest they get is NJPAC in Jersey and The Patchogue Theatre in Huntington. Inside sources say that the group wanted to do NYC but their price was too high? Hard to believe what with Rod Stewart and Santana going out with very nominal prices; Could Nez and the fellows be asking for more than that? Personally, I think they would have been great at Jones Beach. Stay tuned … 

Jodi Blau Ritzen and partner Phyllis Pangnucci, who so successfully did last month’s Monkees Convention 2014, host their next event, this time for The Brady Bunch, on August 16 & 17. We’ll have details soon …

Broadway-inside man Donnie Kehr, who’s in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys movie due out in June, preparing to kick off this year’s Rockers On Broadway Benefit Concert Series produced by The Path Fund and is writing and producing music for a 13-year old blues singer Megan Rice. More to follow ...

In light of other inferior versions of "Nessum Dorma" currently making the rounds; here's Pavarotti's take.

We were looking forward to the Rebecca Holden/Abraham MacDonald album on Silver Blue/Summit Records ... where is it?

Thursday, December 19, 2013



Bruce Springsteen

HALL OF FAME SPEAKS --- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame years back refused to induct the E Street Band with Bruce Springsteen. But now, after considerable leaning on from within, the Hall of Fame has reversed that thinking and, have come up with an award for Springsteen’s amazing band. They'll get a Special Merit Award, cooked up in a backroom maneuver. Also in the better-late-than-never category are: Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, and Cat Stevens.

KISS also made the cut this year, as did Peter Gabriel. Nirvana made it on their first year of eligibility.

Also being inducted, are the original managers of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, respectively Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. (How about Nat Weiss and Sid Bernstein?)

Notably absent yet again are dozens of producers who made hit records and created the sounds of stars in the 60’s and 70’s including Phil Ramone, Richard Perry, Tommy LiPuma, Russ Titelman, and Nile Rodgers.

Also artists like The Moody Blues and Chicago, Billy Preston and Mary Wells still remain locked out. Sting is not in as an individual artist. Bon Jovi remains locked out as are Chubby Checker and The Monkees.

But they are running out of inductees. The year of eligibility for new nominees is now 1989. Music was in a shallow period for most of the 90’s. The choices are getting slimmer and slimmer.

As a noted star (still locked out) once said to me, “It’s Jann’s (Wenner) private club … if he doesn't want you in, you don't get in.”

THERE’S MORE AT THE DOOR --- For a band that only put out a handful of albums, yet a band that relentlessly endures, there’s an abundance of video footage that’s still obtainable on The Doors. Previously unreleased and restored footage of the group’s early television appearances and music films unveiled combining early TV appearances with The Doors’ own music films, the new DVD release R-Evolution illustrates how the band evolved from the constraints of mid-sixties television to a point where they had the creative input and power to shape how they were portrayed on screen.

From an unknown L. A. band creating early music films to an established worldwide phenomenon executing creative control over their celluloid persona, R-Evolution shows the growth of The Doors from being forced to accept the formulaic television approach to taking control of the medium. It’s all in the title – the evolution of a band that helped revolutionize the way rock bands promote their art.

R-Evolution brings together a wealth of previously unreleased footage of The Doors. This release features the classics “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Hello, I Love You,” “Crawling King Snake,” “L. A. Woman,” “Moonlight Drive,” “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” and many more.

R-Evolution boasts a wealth of excellent bonus features, including a commentary by Doors members John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek, plus producer Bruce Botnick and Elektra Records Founder Jac Holzman.

Additionally there is a performance of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” from the Isle Of Wight Festival circa 1970; a 45-minute documentary entitled The Doors – Breaking Through The Lens, and Love Thy Customer, a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by the group.

Amazing archival footage from a band that went way too soon.

HOMELAND THOUGHTS --- I don't recall seeing as much editorial comment as I have on the season-ender of Showtime’s Homeland. From critics and fans alike, the coverage has been really extensive and rather well done. The season-finale was their highest rated episode ... ever.

Clearly, with the Brody character exiting the show; the scribes have wondered if it was a good idea; or, why did it take so long; or, how will the writers completely re-set the show. The idea of Carrie and Saul working together in Istanbul doesn't really grab me ... how about you?

Curiously, some have even pondered how they're going to bring Brody back! For me, that character (essayed by the spot-on brilliant Damien Lewis) … was Homeland. With Claire Danes’ character about to give birth (Brody’s child no less) and Mandy Patinkin’s character literally shoved aside, it will never, ever really be the same show again.

I said Monday, I was out … but, who knows. I may tune in again just to see how different everything really is. Killed-off characters have resurfaced again and again in episodic TV, so, anything really is possible.

CLOSING NOTES: On our 2013 best music list last week, we missed Lightning Bolt from Pearl Jam. Perhaps their finest disc yet. WPLJ here in New York has been playing “Sirens” and, the track “Pendulum” just ended the fall-season finale of The Blacklist. Just an amazing disc from a great, great band. Maybe the best rock album of the year …

Going to see Grudge Match tonight with Stallone, DeNiro and the great Alan Arkin. The trailers look great; will report back on it come Monday …

The early trailers for the new Jack Ryan movie (Shadow Recruit) with Chris Evans filling the role look really great. Amazing too that Kevin Costner looks so key as well. Costner’s second act for sure. Can't wait to see this one …

And, how about that brand new album from Beyonce that just seemed to materialize out of thin air. Truth be told; she just re-set the music industry. Brilliant concept and I just loved that there was no pre-hype. Almost as sudden as the Bowie album earlier this year. As I always say … less is more. It’s #1 next week everywhere ...

I watched the last several weeks of NBC's The Voice, which has been crushing every other similar type of show and have really enjoyed the antics of their judges as well as the music. Last night's bloated two-hour finale was enjoyable, but could have used a fine edit for sure.

The duet between Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga on the latter's "Do What U Want" was great, but there was so much hair flying it was at times hard to concentrate of the music. Also, the sponsors of the show are now called partners and the whole cross-promotion process is a bit staggering. Everything is up for sale I guess. 28-year old Tessanne Chin was the winner Congrats!

Friday, June 08, 2007


Dolly Parton yesterday in New York City

Dolly Parton has joked her famous breasts will rise like mountains from her grave when she is dead and buried.The 'I Will Always Love You' singer hopes fans visiting her final resting place will make pilgrimages by mule to the peaks of her mammary mounds. Dolly said: "I can just see two big mountains growing up out of my grave,and people going around on mule rides to look at them."Throughout my whole career, I've been known for two things -I'm talking about my music and my lyrics!"The 61-year-old country singer and songwriter made the speech at a ceremony honoring her initiation into the Songwriters Hall of Fame yesterday. Dolly added: "Songwriting is my favorite thing to do. It is my private time with God. That's when I feel closest to God even when the songs I'm writing are just God-awful."She also performed her hit '9 to 5' at the ceremony held at New York's Manhattan hotel. Also present were new inductees Jackson Browne who wrote 'Running on Empty' and Don Black, who wrote the lyrics for 'Born Free' which won an Oscar for Best Original Song after featuring in the 1967 film of the same name. Michael Masser, who wrote 'Touch Me in the Morning' and Irving Burgie, who wrote 'Day-O', songwriter and entertainer John Legend and music publisher and producer Don Kirschner were also inducted yesterday.The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 to celebrate and promote songwriting talent. Previous inductees include Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel,Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Hal David and Burt Bacharach.