Showing posts with label MUSIC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MUSIC. Show all posts

Monday, September 24, 2018


Imaní Scott

Drawing upon the musical influences of such current and past legends as Beyoncé, Chaka Khan and Etta James, Houston-born singer Imaní Scott brings a unique voice and presence to her music unlike few other performers working today.

Determined to create a different kind of sound that stirs up emotions and reinvigorates funk in a bold new way, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter released her third single “Get Litty” in March 2017, seven months ahead of her highly-anticipated debut album, “The Introduction,” released by Blue Diamond Music this past October.

It was produced by Isaac “Chill” Yowman, the legendary producer who was also the creative force behind Beyoncé’s smash feminist-themed album “Beyoncé,” which was released in 2013.

Scott’s other two singles, “All Over Again” and “Throwing Glitter,” were released in May and August of 2017, and have already taken the music world by storm. Known for her bold and soulful vocals that combine R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop and Funk for a fresh take on multi-genre music, Scott also recently embarked on a nationwide 13-city tour, working alongside such well-established acts as Big Boi of the Dynamic duo OutKast, the legendary heartthrobs Bel Biv Devoe (BBD), Wyclef Jean, Teedra Moses and Adrian Marcel. The successful tour wrapped up this May with performances in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and New York.

“These days we want to be so numb to everything, but I want to put that emotion back in the music, that Earth, Wind & Fire, so we can live in the moment,” says the songstress. “I am determined to bring live instrumentation back to the music, to fulfill what we once had and get away from the artificial sound. I want to bring intelligence back to people listening and get us to level back up.”

For more information about Imaní Scott and her Diamond Rush tour, please visit  www.Imaní

 Photo Courtesy Of: Imaní Scott / Lawlor Media GP

Saturday, August 25, 2018



World-renowned DJ and producer Marshmello visits the Empire State Building’s world-famous 86th Floor Observatory the other day in New York City.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018


Head Over Heels

BROADWAY NEW YORK – The company of Head Over Heels, the new musical comedy featuring the iconic songs of The Go-Go’s – the most successful female rock band of all time – returns to the rehearsal studio today in preparation for the show’s Broadway premiere.

Head Over Heels will officially open on Broadway at Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street) on Thursday, July 26, 2018 (previews begin Saturday, June 23).

In the kingdom of Arcadia, the “beat” is divine. But when an oracle’s prophecy of doom threatens its beloved beat, it propels the king and his royal family through a journey of mistaken identities, jealous lovers, secret rendezvouses and sexual awakening – where everything (and everyone) is not what it seems.

Making their Broadway debut as songwriters, The Go-Go’s said, “Head Over Heels is a celebration of love in all its forms, joyful, fun and full of heart, driven by the songs that for decades have been making people jump from their seats and dance.”

The Company

The principal cast of Head Over Heels features Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Jeremy Kushnier (Cirque du Soleil Paramour), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots tour; Broadway debut), Peppermint (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Broadway debut; the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on Broadway), Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King, original cast), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening) and Rachel York (Disaster!).

The Head Over Heels ensemble is Amber Ardolino (Hamilton), Sharon Catherine Brown (Dreamgirls), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Lisa Finegold (Rock of Ages), Brian Flores (Pippin tour; Broadway debut), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Tanya Haglund (Chicago tour; Broadway debut), Arica Jackson (Waitress tour; Broadway debut), Gregory Liles (Broadway debut), Gavin Lodge (Annie), Samantha Pollino (Hot Feet), Justin Prescott (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Christine Shepard, Tanner Ray Wilson (Cats, 2017 revival) and Ricardo Zayas (Hamilton).

The Go-Go’s

The Go-Go’s (members Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin) have presided over an amazing three-decade reign as high pop priestesses. From their very first show, The Go-Go’s wrote and played their own songs, offering five feisty role models for a generation of ready-to-rock girls and guys. The internationally-loved pop hit makers helped cement the foundation of the early ‘80s pop-rock sound.

Head Over Heels features 17 of The Go-Go’s iconic hit songs including “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”

Friday, May 11, 2018


All The Kids Are Depressed

NEW YORK, NY  – Multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer, Jeremy Zucker, debuts the powerful short film for his single, “All The Kids Are Depressed”.  Directed by filmmaker Drew Kirsch (Felix Jaehn, blackbear, Louis the Child, Quinn XCII).

Of the video, Zucker says, “For people watching this video, I hope that they feel comfort. That they’re not alone. That it’s important to talk about mental illness. That confronting the way they’re feeling and exchanging experiences can make things better, even if it’s just for a moment.”

“all the kids are depressed” is taken from Zucker’s latest EP, glisten, out now. The EP also features his single, “better off” with rising artist Chelsea Cutler.

Before entrancing listeners across the world, 21-year-old singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Zucker had been quietly carving out his distinct sound from a bedroom in suburban New Jersey. A self-described “social introvert,” Zucker cites Jon Bellion, blackbear, EDEN, Bon Iver and Wet among his strongest influences. In the summer of 2015, Zucker released his first official EP titled Beach Island. The project saw a small amount of success, and from there Zucker steadily began to build a dedicated fan base.

Later that year, he released a stream of singles that would eventually be packaged together as an EP titled Breathe. The project’s breakout single “Bout It” quickly garnered millions of streams as it organically spread across Soundcloud and Spotify, drawing the attention of curators and fans across the world. In 2016, Zucker released his third EP, Motions, which features “Heavy,” a song that was later remixed by the recording artist blackbear who reached out to Jeremy after stumbling across his music on Soundcloud. The remix, "Make Daddy Proud," was released on blackbear’s latest LP Digital Druglord. In 2017, Zucker was signed with Republic Records and released his third EP, idle. The EP features his breakout hit, “talk is overrated” (feat. blackbear), which has over 15 million Spotify streams to date. Further music is set for release this spring.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


Brandon Boyd

Brandon Boyd, lead singer of the rock band, Incubus, presents a large-scale display of his fine art prints at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV yesterday.

 Boyd’s art display coincides with Incubus’ limited engagement at The Joint on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 and returning on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.

Sunday, November 26, 2017



STANAJ released his debut EP The Preview [LAVA/Republic Records] ]—which premiered exclusively on Complex—at all digital retailers last August. Upon its release, the EP entered the Top 10 on iTunes pop chart. Following an incredible debut performance of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which garnered public praise from fellow guest Justin Timberlake, the EP soared into the Top 15 on iTunes Overall Albums Chart.

 Timberlake’s cosign follows a bevy of social media endorsements from additional superstars such as Drake, Chris Brown, NBA athlete Brandon Jennings, Kim Kardashian West, Russell Simmons, and more. His follow up single, “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), became a breakout hit on Spotify with nearly 80 million plays worldwide. Most recently, STANAJ has been on the road touring with fellow vocal powerhouses JoJo and Jessie J, and releasing new music for his fans- including his From a Distance EP and “The Way I Love Her,” a song he co-wrote with Simon Wilcox and RedOne, who also produced the track.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Lady Gaga Coachella Intro

E! NEWS -- Lady Gaga certainly did not disappoint at Coachella.

During her headlining set at the 2017 music festival Saturday, the singer debuted a new song, "The Cure," which was then released to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services.

Her set featured an elaborate, theatrical stage production, made up of giant cameras and spotlights, and took more than hour to build. In addition to her new single, Gaga also performed a slew of her past tracks, including "Yoü And I," "Alejandro," "Telephone," a downtempo version of "Edge of Glory" and an uptempo version of "Million Reasons" from her 2016 album Joanne.

During her performance, audience members in the front rows yelled "I love you!" to Gaga, to which she responded, "I love you" in return and said that every time she hears someone in the crowd say that to her, she gets emotional and tears up.

Celebs spotted in the crowd watching Gaga's set included Katy Perry and Wiz Khalifa.

The singer was announced as a headlining performer to replace Beyoncé after she pulled out of the festival in February due to her pregnancy. The singer and husband Jay Z are expecting twins.

Other headliners of the two-weekend Coachella festival include Radiohead, Bon Iver and Future, who introduced surprise guest performer Drake Saturday.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


George Clinton

George Clinton at "2017 Hits High Note at SESAC Pop Music Awards" at Cipriani 42nd in New York City. George really hits the high note with this outfit!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Josh Groban "you Raise Me Up"

(Los Angeles, CA) - After a whirlwind year and a half following the release of his 2015 album Stages, multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban closes out 2016 with a lot to celebrate, including a No. 1 single on the Adult Contemporary radio chart with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." He also scored a 2017 Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" for his album Josh Groban: Stages Live and earned rave reviews for his Broadway debut in the hit show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Groban ends 2016 having scored his sixth No. 1 single on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart with his new version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." In 2007, he topped the same chart for three weeks with his rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Groban is also starring in the hit Broadway musical, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - his Broadway debut, which has earned him glowing notices. The New York Times raved that "Josh Groban is absolutely wonderful...he invests his singing with the pain and frustration that define Pierre. And his acting is superb, as he all but trembles with the existential despair that courses through Pierre's veins." Time Out NY said: "Josh Groban plays the melancholy Pierre with intensity and a simply ravishing voice."

In April 2015, Groban released his seventh studio album Stages - a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time. It was certified gold and earned Groban his second Grammy Award nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album." (His first was for 2007's best-selling Christmas album Noel - the second best-selling holiday album of the Nielsen Music era.) In February 2016, Groban released the CD/DVD Stages Live, which featured his performances of the songs from Stages recorded at the Los Angeles Theater in downtown L.A. for a PBS special entitled Josh Groban: Stages Live.The album has earned Groban a 2017 Grammy nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album."

Groban toured extensively in support of Stages and Stages Live between September 2015 and August 2016, including hitting the road for the extensive North American tour "Josh Groban: On Stage."

Grobangraced the cover of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section this past Sunday with a feature about how he underwent "boot camp" to prepare for his role as Pierre in The Great Comet. Read the story HERE.

About Josh Groban:

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 35 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on CBS' Life In Pieces, NBC's The Office, FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS' The Crazy Ones. Groban has released seven studio albums, 2001's self-titled double-platinum debut, 2003's multi-platinum Closer, 2006's double-platinum Awake, 2007's quadruple-platinum Grammy-nominated Noel, 2010's platinum Illuminations, and 2013's All That Echoes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, giving Groban his first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016



Fort Worth, TX - - Soulful singer-songwriter Luke Wade has teamed up with Team Coco to exclusively premiere his new video for "Three Days" today! Check it out.

Luke Wade also recently premiered his newsingle "On Fire" with Baeble Music! Both singles are taken from Wade's upcoming album, Only Ghosts, which is set to drop on January 13th! This highly anticipated album boasts melodies reminiscent of soulful crooners and songwriters like Ray LaMontagne, James Bay and Chris Stapleton.

While Wade calls himself a Texas-based musician, he caught the attention of an international audience on Season 7 of NBC's "The Voice", finishing in the Top 8 with Team Pharrell. Wade has headlined more than a thousand live shows, and performed alongside Train, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Kris Allen, Casey Abrams, Patti LaBelle, Andy Grammer, MKTO, Daughtry, Blue October, Green River Ordinance, Ingrid Michelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, OAR and David Cook.

As the official 2015-16 Komen Artist, Wade recently released a cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with fellow Voice contestant Mia Z to benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. In the few months following, Wade finished off the year with performances for the halftime show of the Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium, AT&T Stadium during the Dallas Cowboy game and performed the National Anthem at Texas Motor Speedway, nationally televised on NBC. Wade has also been recognized by the City of Fort Worth for his charitable work with Cook Children's Medical Center.

Only Ghosts is set to release on January 13, 2017 and is currently touring through Ireland and the UK. For more information, please visit:

Monday, September 05, 2016


Joe Louis Walker

Jimmie Vaughan

Rita King And Patty King

Rita King and Patty King at were snapped with Joe Louis Walker and Jimmy Vaughan at  'Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King' at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. 

Monday, June 22, 2015



Neil Young

Donald Trump's presidential announcement really caught the attention of the world on Tuesday, but not all of them were Trump supporters.

The Donald's use of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" did not go un-noticed by the singer himself, who declared he's no fan of Trump.

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," said a statement from Young's management company. "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."


 "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.

Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs.

But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate - I would have said no.

I am Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the peoples.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

These Corporations were originally created to serve us but if we don't appropriately prioritize they will destroy us. Corporations don't have children. They don't have feelings or soul. They don't depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing - the bottom line.

I choose to speak Truth to this Economic Power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.

Such is the case with the reaction to my new album The Monsanto Years, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like Freedom of Choice.

But Freedom of Choice is meaningless without knowledge.

That's why it's crucial we all get engaged and get informed.

That's why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process.

I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.

- Neil Young

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Ryan Cabrera

RYAN CABRERA returns to the pop universe with the release of his highly anticipated EP WAKE UP BEAUTIFUL out today (March 3) via Dynamite Music/Caroline. The five song EP exclusively premiered last Wednesday (2/25) on

“Making this record was such a different experience than any other record I have made,” the platinum-selling singer, songwriter and musician shared with “I told myself that I was going to take as much time as needed to make the most honest and great full album from start to finish. It did take a while, but to me, it was worth it to be able to walk away with an eclectic collection of work.”

“House On Fire,” the first single off WAKE UP BEAUTIFUL, garnered praise early on from fans and media. ET Online’s Katie Krause raved “’House On Fire’ is the perfect mix of upbeat organic pop with a splash of indie-synths…the catchy single marks Ryan’s triumphant return to the music scene” (2/2/15). Jenny Lee of wrote, “‘House on Fire’ is undeniably catchy and heavily percussive, with hints of synth that build up excitingly into the chorus. The song is about living in the moment, and the infectious melody readily mirrors the lyrics” (2/2/15), while Lucas Villa of noted, “With the usual guitar are hints of electronica that carry the singer-songwriter through upbeat track…Ryan sounds poised to set hearts ablaze once again with this shining and free-spirited anthem” (10/23/14).’s Jason Scott called the track “an arena-sized rock-tinged anthem,” and went on to say, “‘House On Fire’ is a searing undertaking and hoisted by electronic-dance elements and an ear-worm hook, Cabrera is on to something here. Smashing the Hot 100 is automatic, right?” (10/24/14)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Randy Travis

TRAVIS BACK --- The new album from country music icon, Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is available for download on iTunes starting today. While getting ready for the official release set for next Tuesday, August 19th on Warner Bros, records, fans can get the collection of covers online a week early and also take a look at a series of concept videos created in anticipation of the release. The album had exclusively streamed in its entirety on Rolling Stone Country as well.

Throughout his celebrated career, Travis and his music have been a major influence to other country artists, while on Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am, Travis pays homage to some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career.

Says Travis, “We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor. We had no choice but to release a second volume. The Influence that the older, great ones had on me, and the Influence that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered—and, His will done—it is what makes me, the man I am."

TRUST GREGG --- Lakeshore Records will release the Trust Me – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 26, 2014. The album features original music by Mark Kilian (Pitch Perfect TSOTSI).

“Director Clark Gregg and editor Kathryn Himoff and I spent much time conceptualizing and molding what the tone of the score should be,” explained Kilian. “The movie presented a fine line between nourish darkness and cleverly written comedy that feels sharp and real, especially for Hollywood folks.”

To achieve this Kilian described, “I assembled a collection of struck ethnic idiophones like gamelan, glass marimba, bass marimba, metal buzz balafon, hapi drum and glock and started recording moods and patterns on which I could build further. To invoke a noir attitude I used trumpet (both muted and open) and string bass and then filled in as was needed with strings and some manipulated guitar soundscape work.”

South African born Mark Kilian has had a successful and eclectic film-scoring career since moving to Los Angeles in 1994. He is most known for his ethnic-flavored scores like the Oscar winning TSOTSI, Traitot, Rendition, and Bless Me, Ultima.

His TV work includes HBO’s 41, ABC’s Killer Women and Daybreak. He has also written music for many TV commercials including Apple, Toyota, Budweiser and American Express. He has 3 albums out under the name The Gravy Street, which have received airplay in Los Angeles.

Clark Gregg leads an all-star cast in the sharp comedy Trust Me, as Howard Holloway, a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and truly one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy (newcomer Saxon Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time. With the support of his gorgeous new neighbor (Amanda Peet), he must wrangle the actress' volatile, overprotective father (Paul Sparks), dodge a scheming producer (Felicity Huffman), and outwit his uber-slick nemesis. As he arrives on the brink of the Hollywood dream that's eluded him for a lifetime, he begins to sense that his innocent young starlet may not be quite what she seems. Also featured, are: Allison Janney, William H. Macy, and Molly Shannon.

REAL MUSIC, REALLY GOOD --- From Roger Friedman’s always prescient Showbiz 411: “What year is it? After a summer of disposable music, the real guys have grabbed hold of the top 3 on the album charts. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have their first number 1 album ever with Hypnotic Eye– 126K copies sold. Eric Clapton’s tribute to JJ Cale is number 2, with 58.5K copies. And the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy– all hits from the early 70’s called Amazing Mixtape, Vol. 1 is number 3 with 57,000 copies. No, none of these numbers are high, but they're the best of the week. And it’s all real musicianship, nothing faked. Download ‘em, stream ‘em, whatever.”

Maybe … just maybe, the younger generation is finally discovering real music. No disrespect to One Direction, Ariana Grande, or Iggy Azalea or other such new hit wonders, but, real music is … really good!

CLOSING NOTES --- I am still utterly gutted by the news of Robin Williams’ passing. Whatever the reasons why, I hope he is finally at peace. I think Meryl Streep may have come up with the best tribute to him: It’s hard to imagine an unstoppable force, stopped. What a unique gift he had. Rest easy Robin. Your gifts will resonate for years…

And Lauren Bacall, who was a star since first being discovered on a cover of Harper’s Bazaar at 18, passed yesterday. I don't think anyone who ever saw her in Key Largo, will ever forget her mesmerizing presence. Feisty, outspoken … she was one of a kind…

Smokey Robinson’s new duets album Smokey & Friends premieres today exclusively via First Play on iTunes Radio. The album will be available to stream in its entirety today through August 18.

Smokey & Friends features Robinson alongside old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow, as well as with some of today's hottest new artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, JC Chasez, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J.

Check it out HERE

Monday, August 04, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014



Prepare to embark on a journey with DREAMERS, with their unique brand of grunge that is nostalgic for a space somewhere between art-school eccentric and the late 1970s punk scene. Today, the band make their debut on Interview Magazine with their new single, "Wolves."

With their debut release, “This Album Does Not Exist” set to drop later this year in November, DREAMERS are ready to send their kaleidoscopic sound out into the universe. Their music will tug at your heartstrings and have you dancing around the room all in one fell swoop.

Photo Courtesy Of: Kristin Roby/Interview Magazine

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Dolly Parton

Iconic singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur Dolly Parton does it all – the only thing she has to sacrifice is sleep! On the heels of a world tour promoting her new album, Blue Smoke, the self-proclaimed early bird is up before the sunrise and makes time to dream, cook, spend time with her family and live the country woman lifestyle.

Dolly is featured in the August/September issue of Country Woman, which is on stands July 8th.

Her Southern cooking and family recipes: “I’m the one they’ll always ask to bring the chicken and dumplings. I make it like my mama and my grandmas and my aunts. I definitely still cook like a country woman.”

Where she gets inspiration from her songs: “My songs are the door to every dream I’ve had and every success I’ve ever achieved.”

On playing the guitar at age seven and what she used as a fake microphone: “I used to put a tin can on a tobacco stick. And those were not chickens out there in the yard, they were my audience.”

What she would have done if she didn’t pursue her passion: “If it hadn’t been for music, I’d have been a beautician. Or maybe I’d have been a missionary; but where would I get my hair done?”

How Dollywood got started: “I just love [the mountain range] the Smokies. I bought the old home place years ago and fixed it up as a retreat.”

Friday, May 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Alice Cooper

CLASSIC FORD? --- Alcon Entertainment has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner. Original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Michael Green are writing the new one, which takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Alcon actually sent a press release out that it offered the role to Ford (which is unusual in itself), and Ford gave an interview recently saying he was anxious to see the script. He has expressed interest in reprising the role in the past, but no deal is set as he has yet to read the script.

If Ford agrees to the script, this is the second audience-pleasing role the actor would be stepping into. He is also set in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise as the actor is currently readying to reprise his role as Han Solo with Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: Episode VII for filmmaker J.J. Abrams, which Disney plans to release December 18, 2015. Abrams is directing, co-writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan.

Blade Runner is without a doubt one of my all-time favorites movies; from Ford’s portrayal of Deckard, to Daryl Hannah;Sean Young and Edward James Olmos in just spectacular performances. Besides the visuals, which seem to have inspired the look of every single sci-fi epic after, the music by Vangelis was just so visionary.

The story centered on the Deckard-character having to dispose of four replicators (advanced designed robots); with Young portraying the last of them. Yet the more Ford investigates, the more be becomes intrigued and involved with the Young character. The ending left the viewer thoroughly in the dark as to exactly what had happened; did Ford leave with the replicator, or destroy her.

Rutger Hauer as replicator Roy Batty gave just a sensational performance and the speech he gave (now termed the tears in rain speech) while Deckard was dangling from a rooftop was spell-binding.

The final form, altered from the scripted lines and much improvised by Hauer on the eve of filming, has entered popular culture as perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history and is an often quoted piece of science fiction writing. Here’s a sample: I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe... [contemptuous laugh] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those... moments... will be lost in time, like [small cough] tears... in... rain. Time... to die...”

The movie was adapted from a short-story by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It was a ground-breaking film in every sense After the release in ‘82, Ford publicly criticized the film, but since its release it has become something of an American classic. I bet he will return.

ALICE POWER --- Eagle Rock has just announced the DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed set release of the critically acclaimed Banger Films documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper on June 3.

Premiered at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival, Super Duper Alice Cooper is the first ever doc opera film, presented with a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. The film was also screened in theaters nationally in late April.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as the ultimate rock star of the bizarre, Alice Cooper. Yet beyond the make-up, there is a richer, deeper story. Presented here is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock ‘n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him.

Through the advent of Alice as front man of a rock band group of Phoenix misfits in the 60’s, to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70’s, to his triumphant comeback as 80’s glam metal godfather, the film reveals how Alice and Vincent battled for each other’s souls, and how these two opposite characters came to co-exist within one mind. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

The DVD and Blu-ray version of Super Duper Alice Cooper includes bonus deleted scenes, Alice Cooper interviews from the VH1 Classic series Metal Evolution, and additional rare footage. The Deluxe Edition features not only the full film on DVD and Blu-ray, but also a second DVD of previously unreleased concert footage from Montreal University in 1972, and a CD of Cooper’s performance at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival.

There’s no question that Cooper’s music dominated the 70’s and early-80’s; his songs “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out” were huge, but the internal struggles of the original band are just now coming to light. Various members felt they were not getting their proper due.

Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960's after Furnier moved from Detroit, Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970’s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.

In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he was also a member of the Hollywood Vampires, along with Micky Dolenz, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and John Lennon.

CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of Eagle Rock, I've been watching their recent release of Toto's 35th Anniversary Concert and it is just superb. The band has never sounded better and lead-writer/keyboardist David Paich is just sensation. Watching guitarist Steve Lukather is amazing too. Check out their version of "Hold The Line".

We'd be remiss in not noting Barbara Walter's last day on TV today, on her show The View. From reports, besides all of the original hosts of the show appearing, Hillary Clinton and Oprah also showed, as well as actor Michael Douglas. In her five decades of broadcasting journalism, she stood heads-and-tails ahead, not to mention championing every single female broadcaster since. PR-pasha David Salidor, who got her caricature up at Palm West on 50th Street, says, "I'll never forget when she came in for the final viewing with Cindy Adams ... she couldn't have been nicer." Salidor also had The Monkees on three years back, one of Davy Jones' last appearances, and says, the crew, Barbara, Whoopi ... "Were just so supportive. It was actually one of the group's best performances ever. They'll never be another like Barbara ... that's for sure!" Good luck to her! ...

WFAN's Zach Martin interviewed Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page the other day for Westwood One at a secret location in Manhattan ...

That Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange moment in the New York-Standard hotel elevator; Boy, I'd never want to get into a ring with her. One rather tasteless comment: One of her biggest hits ever ...

Thursday, May 01, 2014


Natalie Merchant With Katie Couric

On tomorrows all new episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," catch up with singer Natalie Merchant of the 10,000 Maniacs. Hear about her incredible career, her approach to writing songs and how she was so socially awkward until she was on stage. In the poignant conversation, Natalie gets choked up when she speaks about how meeting people who say her music has affected them is an emotional experience for her. Plus, see her perform live in-studio!

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