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Friday, October 31, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Bette Midler Hullaween

BACK TO THE GENESIS --- On November 4, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Three Sides Live by Genesis.

Three Sides Live includes the hits “Turn It On Again,” “Misunderstanding,” “No Reply At All,” “Abacab,” “Man On The Corner,” and more.

Three Sides Live was filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America and was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007. Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. The show focuses on tracks from the group’s Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are inter cut with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band members.

As always with Genesis, the show is visually stunning and it captures the band in their transition from their progressive days in the seventies through to the hugely successful pop/rock act they became from the mid-eighties onwards.

The line-up on Three Sides Live features Tony Banks (keyboards, backing vocals); Phil Collins (drums, lead vocals); Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass, backing vocals) with Daryl Stuermer (guitar, bass) and Chester Thompson (drums).

I also caught this week the terrific BBC Genesis-documentary on Showtime, called Together and Apart. Which begins with the great quote, "It's not country, it's not rock, it's not jazz... it's Genesis."

In 2007, the classic Genesis line-up re-united to play for the first time in 15 years. Throughout the docu, which is uniformly excellent, the band talks about … well, almost everything. From their humble beginnings at the Charterhouse School, to their start with original members Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips.

The band actually started out as a true progressive rock entity; as their songs often lasted more than 15-minutes. Bit by bit, the band tweaked their sound and soon developed their signature moody, introspective sound. Early hits like “Watcher Of The Skies” and “The Carpet Crawlers” are personal favorites, yet they really didn't hit their stride –and, worldwide success- until original singer Peter Gabriel left the band … to be replaced as vocalist by drummer Phil Collins. The rest is history.

The film is terrific as it doesn't shy away from the fact, that despite being a worldwide success, there was a point where it wasn't cool to admit you were a fan.

Keyboardist Tony Banks comes across as a bit of a stickler in everything; actually, something he even finally admits. Collins comes off as totally amiable and one who wants to please everyone. I worked with Collins and his version of the band back then and can attest he’s delightful. Funny, smart, you couldn't ask for a better collaborator. Rutherford is great too; realizing that when he started his splinter group Mike & The Mechanics, he would not and could not be the singer. Film maker Jim Yukich, who did dozens of video for the group and Collins is interviewed. Great to see him.

Gabriel, who I've always admired, is terrific and casually says that his whole thing of dressing up (be it as a flower or an old man) in the band, really started when the band did their long instrumental thing … “It gave me something to do.”

Always a great band, this film was very, very well done. Take a look at a preview here:

NO VIEW FROM HERE --- ABC announced yesterday that The View would be moved from the network’s entertainment division to the news division.

The long-running chat fest underwent a drastic makeover this season, adding new hosts Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace for Season 18 in an effort to boost their free-fall ratings.

The new hosts didn't exactly mix and things reached a tipping point when Goldberg and O’Donnell came to verbal blows on a recent episode. There was even a rumor floated that there was a cooling off booth installed near the stage for whoever wanted to use it … or, needed it.

Personally, when O’Donnell was first announced as coming back, I knew she and Goldberg would not get along. I like both, but their mix wasn't in the cards.

Sad to say, but we predicted it before it even began this season. I'll say the show will be wound down by March.

SWIFT GIBSON --- I've seen Taylor Swift all over the media this week and especially in a terrific interview with David Letterman. She’s very well spoken and does make sense; much more so than many of the female singers of the day, but, in watching her, I could not stop thinking and reminiscing about Debbie Gibson, who was in many ways was the Taylor Swift of her day.

Debbie was inducted into the Long Island Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last week in Long Island (along with Ron Delsener and Mr. Golden Ears Clive Davis) and, hasn't really disappeared, but her career trajectory has sure undergone a shift of late.

She still holds the record as the youngest performer ever to have written, produced and performed a #1 record … so, her credibility is intact, but why does she not have a record out and why is that record not topping the charts?

According to a source who asked to remain anonymous, “She’s been the victim of bad management. Her original manager was let go about two years into the project. It was a move she'd never recover from.”

According to her biographer Mark Bego who released the bio Between The Lines on her in 1990, "Debbie Gibson, in her first 16 years, was able to achieve what most rock stars spend a lifetime trying to attain: Number One hits, million selling albums, and worldwide recognition."

Honestly, I'd love to see her teamed up with a great producer (hello Pharrell?); have her write some great new songs and back on the charts where she belongs.

CLOSING NOTES --- Next Thursday is the encore performance of Vincent Amelio’s How Alfo Learned To Love Women, directed by Robert Funaro, from The Sopranos. Charmingly written and directed; a must-see for sure …

Fred Schruers’ Bill Joel bio (Crown Books) seems terrifically fascinating. He sat with Joel for hours of interviews, then Joel decided to cancel the memoir. Apparently, he gave the writer the go-ahead to release what he had. Can we called this the memoir that never happened? …

Happy Halloween ... tonight: Bette Midler's 19th annual Hulaween-Gala ... should be fun with Earth, Wind and Fire performing ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Eleonora Kennedy

Jean Shafiroff With Valerie Steele And Cinzia Bernasconi

Ryan Nessing And Roy Kean

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and renowned Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci hosted “Design the Dream” on Thursday, October 23, 2014, as part of Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, benefitting the Museum at FIT through the Museum’s Couture Council.

Upwards of 150 guests attended the event. Veuve Clicquot was served to guests and Emilio Pucci printmakers from Italy demonstrated how Pucci prints are made. An excellent time was had by all. Some of the guests included Jean Shafiroff (Host & Couture Council Board Member), Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator at the Museum at FIT), Cinzia Bernisconi (SR. VP at Pucci), Eleonora Kennedy, Phillip Bloch, Geoffrey Bradfield, Chui-Ti Jensen, Alex Donner, Amelia Ogunlesi, Victor deSouza, Christine Lindebak, Roy Kean and Peter Rosenthal.

Twenty percent of all the evening’s sales were donated to the Museum at FIT.



Story By: G.H. Harding
Benedict Cumberbatch

RUNT RETURNS TO NYC --- Talk about irascible personalities, Philadelphia’s own Todd Rundgren must rank in the Top 5. I first became of the Runt (from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania) when his first single “We Gotta’ Get You A Woman” topped the charts back in 1970. His double album Something/Anything was so good, so brilliant, he may well have set himself a bar then that was hard to top.

So many brilliant albums followed (Hermit Of Mink Hollow; A Wizard A True Star; Todd; Nearly Human; Faithful) albums followed, including a new band called Utopia, that confused as many fans as he made, yet made some brilliant music.

Production projects with The New York Dolls, Hall & Oates, Badfinger, XTC, Patti Smith and Grand Funk Railroad (!!??) followed, everything bearing his hallowed mark. Several years back, he and bass-mate Kasim Sulton, joined The New Cars and I saw several shows that were absolutely stunning. One, at NYC’s late-lamented China Club, he even performed one of my all-time-Todd favorites “Black Maria.” 

Now, living in Hawaii, he returns to New York, B. B. King’s, for two shows Sunday and Monday. Must see music for sure.

FOR JACK --- Over the weekend we learned that the legendary singer and bassist of Cream, Jack Bruce, had passed away at the age of 71. While Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker immediately took to social media to pay his respects to Bruce and his family, Clapton was notoriously silent. It's no secret that the trio were not on the best of terms.

Monday, however, Clapton simply posted the following on his Facebook page:

DR. BENEDICT --- Marvel has found its Doctor Strange.

Benedict Cumberbatch is in final talks to play the star role in the studio's latest superhero film, according to sources and London's Telegraph has just now reported the role has been confirmed.

Some of Hollywood's biggest names have been linked to the Scott Derrickson-directed flick in recent months, including Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling. 

Phoenix had reportedly reached the negotiation stage to play the powerful neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme, until talks fell through earlier this month, over the number of movies Marvel wanted the actor to commit to. 

Cumberbatch had been an early contender for the role, then came back in the running.

The 38-year-old Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star will play the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats in the upcoming movie, slated for release in 2016.

The character of Doctor Strange was first hatched by Marvel Comics veterans Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963.

In the comic books, Strange teams up with Thor, the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to fight enemies.

Marvel has already teased him in several films, including Thor and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fuelling speculation he'll appear in future Avengers sequels.

Cumberbatch's geek-friendly casting has set Twitter afire, with some users cracking jokes and others expressing their excitement.

Veteran comic book writer J.M. DeMatteis described it as a perfect casting.

"This may be the best comics-to-screen casting since Robert Downey as Iron Man," he posted.

Meanwhile, some wondered whether another franchise was the right move for the acclaimed actor.

"Just remember, for each Marvel movie Benedict Cumberbatch is in, we will lose three or four quality Benedict Cumberbatch performances," one wrote.

Cumberbatch's schedule, which includes his Emmy-award winning role in the BBC's Sherlock Holmes series and theatre productions, will reportedly dictate the success of the deal.

He will next be seen in The Imitation Game and voices characters in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Penguins of Madagascar and Warner Brothers The Jungle Book.

TRUE KITSCH --- Actor Taylor Kitsch said in a recent interview that he will be portraying one of four lead characters in the upcoming second season of True Detective. Kitsch said that was so elated to be involved with the series, in fact, that he had been turning down roles in anticipation of joining the other actors. HBO would not confirm or comment on Kitsch.

The actor said that the show would be filming in Los Angeles and that the plot would take place in the present day, though he felt that an old-school vibe was present.

"[True Detective show runner Nic Pizzolatto] is obviously incredibly smart and passionate, so that rubs off," Kitsch said, recalling a conversation he'd had with the show creator. "I can't fucking wait to hit camera. So I'm excited. I loved that first season of it so much. It's just unlike anything I've seen in – I don't know when. And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that. It makes it more readable. It makes these guys more real. Nowadays, it takes fucking balls to stand by that and do it that way."

Previously, HBO confirmed that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell would be two of the four second-season leads. The eight-episode arc would center on three police officers, one of whom is Farrell, who work with a career criminal (Vaughn) as they attempt to work through a conspiracy that arose in the wake of a murder. The actor who will play the fourth lead has yet to be confirmed.

CLOSING NOTES --- This season's episodes of NBC’s The Blacklist have been uniformly hard to follow; what with so much narrative going on pretty much non-stop. Monday’s episode, The Mombasa Cartel, settled things down a tad and was the best ep so far this season. The way James Spader chews the scenery is positively chilling. Guest star Peter Fonda held court with him for a scene and it was like a master class. I think the writers have come up with so many plots going on at once, they've scarified a bit of clarity … 

In case you wondered, Showtime's Homeland has been a bit of a mess this season thus far. With Damien Lewis, the bar was set so high and he was so good, that, now without him, it's like a somewhat different show. Mark my words, Brody will return next season. How? They'll figure it out; don't forget, Bobby Ewing dreamed a whole season of Dallas way back when ...

Georgia Dolenz, Micky Dolenz’s daughter, and her comedy troupe with Rebecca Warm and Sheila Carrasco, We’re Having A Panic Attack is having their next show Saturday, December 6th at the Acme Theater in L. A. ...

Just caught 18-year old Ella Henderson performing on the Today Show ... wow! She reminds me of Adele and Duffy, but just sensational. More on this great new name next time. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Ellyn Harris

In her new, intimate Cabaret act called "Back to You," Ellyn performs songs from
the 70's through the present with her own twist, sprinkled with original songs. Ellyn will be at the Metropolitan room on November 5th.

To preview songs please go to:

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th
Ave.) in New York City. Doors open at 9 PM and the show starts at 9:30 PM.

Reservations are required.

Tickets are $20 and there is a two drink minimum at the venue.

RESERVE BY PHONE: 212-206-0440


Ellyn Harris is a pop singer who started her career as a teenager and signed
with the William Morris Agency at 18 years old. Performing in TV commercials and
shows, she joined SAG-AFTRA and Equity. With a diverse career - from touring
with multi-platinum selling recording artist, Dan Hartman, singing Alka Seltzer
"plop plop fizz fizz" commercial, performing at an Emmy Awards Dinner, touring
with her own rock band, performing in off-Broadway shows and summer stock,
opening act for Rodney Dangerfield (held over several times) - to performing her
top charting dance music songs on Megatone Records for thousands of people.
Ellyn was nominated for Best New Artist at dance music's Hi-NRG Music Awards. 

After Dark Magazine: "Ellyn Harris sings from the hip and from the heart."

Our Town: "Ellyn Harris sang and artfully performed for a captivated audience.
Her repertoire of songs includes old favorites as well as some she has written
herself. With a wry wit, she covers such topics as love, life and personal
aspirations. Funny, talented and entertaining Ms Harris charms her audience." 

The New York Daily News: "Song thrush Ellyn Harris is being hailed as a young
Barbra Streisand."

Billboard Magazine: "An artist to watch, creating her own musical forum is vixen
Ellyn Harris with the house flavored "Got A Green Light."

DMR Magazine: "Ellyn Harris is a stunning beauty with an equally gorgeous voice.
She is certainly one of this industry's girls-to-watch for."

Rodney Dangerfield: "What a voice, what a talent." 

DMA Magazine: "Ellyn Harris stole most of the attention at this year's Winter
Music Conference. With her winning smile and fabulous live rendition of "I
Specialize In Love" on Megatone Records, she is poised for major industry

Photo Courtesy Of: Ellyn Harris



William Shatner

There’s a true passion behind brewing beer and making wine, some would say maybe a ‘spirituality’ and Shatner agrees. The craft beer salesman explained that “beer is just a tool” and good alcohol let’s you “sip slowly and talk more as fermentation happens, as the alcohol kind of changes our body chemistry, we get to talk more deeply than we would have before hand. That’s the spirituality of drinking.”

At the end of the interview, Shatner passes Sean a brown bag hiding the mystery wine and asks the craft beer pro to describe what he tastes in beer professional terms. Sean describes the wine as “malty, big, and fruity, with some tannins, some dark fruit, stone fruit, and earthy.” He adds that the Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, is “not hoppy, malt forward, with residual bitterness” giving the wine an overall 92 points.

The new Ora TV web series “Brown Bag Wine Tasting” follows Shatner’s adventures as he asks willing participants to blindly taste wine and describe it in terms of their occupations, with the goal of making the show fun, interactive and a social experience. The series was created out of Shatner’s love of wine and conversation, as well as wanting to have a fun wine tasting experience in an entertaining format. "I'm using wine as a way to explore the psyche of each of my guests," William Shatner, the legendary Star Trek captain explains. The original series is executive produced by Shatner and Scott Sternberg who will continue in his role as the series expands with Ora TV with the addition of Ora TV executive producers, Allison Glader and Jason Rovou.

The episode is now LIVE on and (new episodes premiere Monday’s 2pm EST)

Photo Courtesy Of: ORA TV


Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler visited the Late Show With David Letterman in New York City yesterday. The star was all smiles for the cameras.


Hilaria Baldwin

Rob Meyer

Katrina Eugenia With John Buffalo Mailer

John Waters

Lisl Steiner

The Norman Mailer Center 6th Annual Benefit Gala at The New York Public Library, brought out the stars in New York City last night.


John Schneider

Tom Wopat
JOHN SCHNEIDER and TOM WOPAT – the original stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard” – will release a special holiday album Home for Christmas to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the iconic TV show. The recording will be available from D13 Entertainment in stores and online October 28. The pair, currently starring in a national TV advertising campaign for, have performed in concert over the years, but this marks their first full recording together. Mixing immediately recognizable Christmas standards with lesser-known holiday songs, the album combines a bright and brassy big band, lush strings, and rustic country sounds and laces it all together with humorous banter that reflects over three decades of friendship. Home for Christmas is produced by David Finck with arrangements by John Oddo, Tedd Firth and Rob Mounsey.

The duo will celebrate with an exclusive CD release concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 PM. This concert marks their first time performing together in the city.

Home for Christmas is a collection of swinging seasonable treats to get you ready for holiday cheer. “I think this is a fresh take on the Christmas album,” says Tom. “Jazz fans and serious musicians will appreciate what we’ve done with theses tunes. Our arranger John Oddo has a true affinity for that classic 50s and 60s sound. He really nails it. Tedd Firth is a major talent and a creative voice. And, of course, I love singing with John Schneider. The timbre of our voices match, the harmonies blend so easily. Plus, he’s a barrel of laughs.” Schneider adds, “Tom and I really bring out the best in each other. We may not sound alike when we talk, but when we sing sometimes you can’t tell us apart. In the studio, I put him first and he puts me first. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.”

Monday, October 27, 2014



The Art Of Damon Johnson

The acclaimed artist, Damon Johnson's upcoming exhibition this January 9th at Gallery Sensei on Grand Street in SOHO was feted with a huge party at the hot new Chelsea nightclub, Leonora last Friday night.

Works By Damon Johnson
Before the party, the artist's longtime manager/curator, Douglas Dechert threw him and a select gathering of luminaries a celebratory dinner at the fabulous Nino's on 72nd street. Among the attendees were James Taranto, the WALL STREET JOURNAL editor, who has 3 commissioned Damon Johnson paintings in his collection and Richard Miniter, who came to Nino's straight from his appearance on the Sean Hannity Show. Miniter, who's penned a dozen tomes, including the best seller, KAHLID SHEIK MUHAMMED, a critical biography of the terror plotter behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, commissioned his own Damon Johnson masterpiece over port durring desert. Also enjoying the sumptuous repast was Patrick Lyons, SOHO's newest art impresario.

After dinner the whole gang piled into a waiting black S.U.V. and hightailed it for their V.I.P. table and a club full of models at The Leonora.


Johnson’s colorful and vibrant works are a melting pot of style and art movements: from neo-expressionism, op-art, graffiti and surrealism to pop and street culture. The flowers represent the beauty and fragility of life, I wanted to make something seen as beautiful and turn it into something dangerous, the flowers almost look like weapons with sharp leaves and radiant energy. The type of flowers that could only grow and survive growing through cracks in the city pavement, through adversity they bloom. 

The series on the whole will be paintings created from drawings from the left for dead and gutter bravado series, touching on life experiences, in an auto biographically way chock full of symbolism and iconography. The work is a combination of comic book art, tattoo art, street art, graffiti, cartoon, and abstract woven into a complex world of urban surrealism. (Damon Johnson).

Damon Johnson graduated at New York University in 2000 with a B.A. in Fine Arts. In 2001, he began showcasing his work at various bars, nightclubs and cultural outposts throughout the Lower East Side and East Village of Manhattan but he never stopped creating street art throughout the city, posting his work and philosophical musings on street poles, walls, parking signs and sidewalks. His work has been displayed in such galleries as Mark Murray Fine Arts, Factory Fresh, Bent, Sotheby’s, Half Gallery, and The New Museum. His work is in the permanent collection of the Patterson, Hamilton, and Chelsea Art Museums. Currently Johnson is involved in at a street art project in Brooklyn.

 Art Used With By Permission By: Douglas Dechert/Damon Johnson

Friday, October 24, 2014


DJ Martin Garrix

DJ Martin Garrix attended the 2014 Pencils of Promise Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the other evening.


Kate Flannery

Kate Flannery attended the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 40th Anniversary celebration with a unique Broadway event and play reading by ' Four Decades / One Community' at the Hudson Theater in New York City.


Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett attended the opening of Proper West, a  upscale sportsbar, restaurant and social club at Proper West, in New York City.

Thursday, October 23, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Tim McGraw

MONEY MONEY MONEY --- Everyone knows we are in the era of declining album sales, but it's is hard to fathom just how into the red it has gotten.

To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.

Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson's Xscape and the 70's infused Guardian's of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.

Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in singles (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.

Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the thresholds, including Fishin' in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones' The Impression That I Get which has gone gold.

The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (released in 1977) has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S. The current Top ten are:

1. Their Greatest Hits - Eagles (29 million)

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson (29 million)

3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (23 million)

4. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)

5. Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 - Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)

6. Back In Black - AC/DC (22 million)

7. Double Live - Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)

8. Come On Over - Shania Twain (20 million)

9. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19 million)

10. The Beatles (Double) (19 million)

Interesting to note, there’s no Taylor Swift; Katy Perry; Beyonce; or, event U2 in the list. Says vet-music biz gunslinger David Salidor, who operates his own PR/Mgmt. firm in Manhattan and L. A., “The business has swung from a singles market; to an album market; and, now back to a singles one. But, a good song is still a good song. The real money right now is in the live-arena … from heritage-type acts to Katy Perry. Radio remains the #1 forum to launch a new song and artist. Good music will always be here; but, the way one obtains it today is a bit different. Think of all the different platforms one now has for their music. In a way, the music business has never been better. ”

WHICH WITCH IS WHICH --- With a twitch of the nose and a little bit of magic, the beloved Bewitched is coming back. The comedy series, which ran from 1964 through 1972, is being revived and reformatted in a new take; and, the lucky winner is NBC.

This new series will center around Daphne, the granddaughter of Samantha Stephens (played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the original series) and the daughter of Tabitha Stephens (played by Lisa Hartman in the spin-off series in 1976).

Daphne is to be a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life, our source confirmed, but, the witch runs into a bit of trouble when she discovers she can't conjure up true love. Isn't that always the case?

The original series followed Samantha Steven, a witch who marries an ordinary man (Dick York, then Dick Sargent) and tries to live a magic-free life.

In 2005, Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starred in a Nora Ephron remake that failed to enchant viewers.

Me, I always adored Agnes Moorehead on this show. I wonder if there'll have her character Endora?

Glen Campbell

ONE MORE FOR GLEN --- Glen Campbell's bittersweet final recording, “I'm Not Going to Miss You," has struck a chord with fans, sending the singer into the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years.

The track was recorded during Campbell's final recording sessions at a time when he was already suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease, an illness that has now advanced enough that Glen can no longer record or tour. It comes from the soundtrack of the new documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me; which is released today.

Debuting next week at number 90, the song actually has already charted better than his last Hot 100 single, 1981's “I Love My Truck,” which peaked at 96. Earlier that same year, his “I Don't Want to Know Your Name” went to 65. It's his 38th Hot 100 entry, including five top ten hits:

Wichita Lineman (1968 / #3)

Galveston (1969 / #4)

It's Only Make Believe (1970 / #10)

Rhinestone Cowboy (1975 / #1)

Southern Nights (1977 / #1)

Randy Jones

CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of Glen Campbell - Thursday night, in rainy Manhattan at downtown Aleo restaurant, Randy Jones, from The Village People, serenaded Glen Campbell’s daughter with his version of her father’s “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Fete was for her new book, written with Mark Bego, called Life With My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press) ...

We lost Oscar De La Renta this week; even after designing the wedding dress for George Clooney's bride earlier this month. 50 nears on the fashion scene ... an amazing run. I had the pleasure of meeting him once and was immediately charmed by his gracefulness and charm. Rest easy Oscar ...

Have you seen the trailer yet for the next Avengers movie-coming in 2015. Its terrific, but James Spader, as the villain-Ultron is awesome. Someone posted of his charms "No actor projects intelligence and subtle power in his voice the way Spader does." Couldn't have said it better myself. Take a look.



Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff stunned the crowd at the Alzheimer's Association -31st Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Celebrating a Timeless Hollywood Icon at the Waldorf Astoria the other evening.

 The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta and hair was by Roman from Warren Tricomi. This beautiful pink dress shows us what New York fashion is all about. Style and grace!

Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Vivid Cabaret Round Card Girls

Vivid Cabaret New York, the upscale midtown Manhattan three-story gentlemen's club known for its seemingly unlimited supply of stunning topless performers, supplied the "round card girls" for the "Broadway Boxing" Show held at BB Kings in Times Square, New York City.

The sold-out show was filmed for airing on the sports cable channel "SNY-TV," home of the Mets and the Jets, for airing later this year.

The boxing card was a Dibella Promotion, known for putting on the very best in live entertainment. "It was so much fun," purred Vivid Cabaret NYC girl Shay. "The boxing was awesome and the audience was full of celebrities."

The official "After-Party" was held at Vivid Cabaret New York, where the boxers and assorted celebrities, VIPs, and dignitaries enjoyed watching the beautiful Vivid Cabaret girls perform on the city's tallest stripper pole (26 feet).


Sarah Hyland

Actress Julie Bowen sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday and set the record straight about her young "Modern Family" co-star Sarah Hyland. Bowen, who was present when Hyland ended her relationship with abusive boyfriend Matthew Prokop, said that her role in the conflict was "grossly overblown."

Bowen: "I love Sarah and I support her wholeheartedly, but I think legally I'm not allowed to talk about it. Honestly I didn't do anything special at all. Nothing that you wouldn't do for a anybody who's going through a break-up. I think it just got a lot of attention because she's an adorably cute person who's on TV."

Bowen: "I think I'm not allowed to talk about it, but it wasn't anything you wouldn't do if somebody called you up and said, 'Hey man, I'm going through a tough time.' You'd jump in." 




Maria Bello

Award-winning television and film actress Maria Bello, known for her roles in A History of Violence, The Cooler, Prisoners, Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, and more, has just narrated her first audiobook. Bello will be the voice behind BETRAYED, the upcoming novel by New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline. The much anticipated book and audiobook, published by Macmillan Audio, will both go on sale on November 25, 2014.

Mega-bestselling author Scottoline has already penned twenty-one novels and has twenty-five million copies of her books in print in the United States. She is delighted to have Bello animate her beloved characters with her strong, lively, and passionate voice.



John Hawkes

NEW YORK CITY -- Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Lost Lake, the new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan featuring Oscar nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’s Bone) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, “Cold Case”) started previews for a Tuesday, November 11 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and The Columnist returns to MTC with Lost Lake, a riveting and spirited world premiere play by Tony winner David Auburn, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own – problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably – pulled into.


The Wailers

The world's most iconic reggae band The Wailers just announced new UK and US tour dates to celebrate the 30th anniversary and recent top 5 ranking on the Billboard Top 200 charts of the re-release of their renowned 1984 album LEGEND. 

The emblematic reggae group will be performing the album in its entirety throughout their tour.

Having spent the last several decades touring the world and spreading the message of reggae far outside its Jamaican birthplace, The Wailers are now celebrating the 30th anniversary of LEGEND Named by Time Magazine as the "Best Album of the 20th Century" and #46 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, LEGEND is also the best-selling reggae album of all time, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. 

"LEGEND is a sure example of how music that moves people will always stand up to the test of time," said lead singer Dwayne 'Danglin' Anglin. “We honor the songs on LEGEND to spread the message of Rastafari across the globe on our musical journey."

Just recently, LEGEND jumped to the number 5 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the first time the album has reached the top 10 since its initial release thirty years ago.

Aston 'Family Man' Barrett laughs and says "It only took 30 years. My life with The Wailers has been an odyssey. To be in the top ten is hard for me to even imagine. We’ve come so far. Sharing this music with so many people around the world was my last promise to Bob and here we are."

Consistently touring for the past 40 years, The Wailers have worked tirelessly to keep the legacy of Bob Marley alive. They are the most successful reggae group in history, whose indelible mark on modern music can be measured in the sale of over 250 million of their albums worldwide and an estimated 25 million people across the globe who have seen them perform live. After touring in South America, Russia, Middle East, and Europe, The Wailers are eager to bring their good vibrations to festivals and venues across the country this fall.

Formed in the late sixties, The Wailers have created an extraordinary body of work that today can be heard in every corner of the world. Original members included Bob Marley and his vocal partners Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, alongside the ground-breaking rhythm section of the Barrett brothers, Carlton on drums and Aston “Family Man” on bass. Today, Aston leads the band as it continues its worldwide campaign to promote peace, love and equality through the message of reggae and Rastafari.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Story By: G.H. Harding

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT QUEEN COLLABORATION? --- Queen drummer Roger Taylor in an exclusive interview praised their new front man Adam Lambert as the greatest.

Taylor admitted that bringing Adam into the band as their vocalist was a great move and that it helped when they all got on so well when they traveled together. Seems the American Idol-man was a natural fit with the older stars, despite being decades younger than the legends.

“He fit in so well with us and he brought so much to the show.” Taylor explained “He’s a great front man and he looks great and he sings beautifully, and his style is very suited to our music. You know, it’s pretty theatrical music, some of our stuff. He’s the greatest.”

Taylor continued: “It was a really great experience and I’m thrilled. We're going to go on and do Europe in January and February. It’s all good.”

What about Lambert recording new material with the group, as well as having him perform Freddie’s classics at their gigs? Might that be a possibility?

“I think it would be great to do something, yeah.” Taylor continued, though he revealed that it wouldn't be a full album because Adam is currently placing priority on his third record, which is set for release within the next six months.

The drummer added that he believes a recorded collaboration would be very interesting, because his voice is “so extraordinary and I think we could really do something great with it.”

ADAMS MEETS A BRIT ---  Broadway-favorite Nick Adams, who has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, checked a box off his bucket list this past weekend while performing in Las Vegas.

Adams, on the road since the beginning of the year, playing Fiyero in the National Touring Company of Wicked, spent his day off checking out a performance by Britney Spears during her multi-year residency at Robert Earl’s Planet Hollywood. Prior to the show, Adam was welcomed backstage by Britney. Adams has considered Britney his favorite singer since 1998, when she scored with her first hit record.

When he’s performed on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert or Chicago—The Musical, Adams has always displayed photos of Britney in his dressing room. He’s still in disbelief that he came face-to-face with favorite female singer. “I am beyond thrilled to have a photo as proof that I finally met Britney,” says Adams.

The singer-actor-dancer recently did a short tour with Micky Dolenz (Monkees) in the smash musical Hairspray.

Adams wraps up his 15 month Wicked tour on March 15th in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre.

SPEED KILLS --- Apparently, the big film projects aren't quite barreling toward Keanu Reeves like a speeding bus anymore.

The actor, who was last seen in Universal Pictures' 2013 flop Ronin 47, said that he wishes he would receive more offers from the Hollywood studios.

"It sucks, but it's just the way it is," Reeves said about the dearth of offers. "The last studio movie I did was 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time — probably The Day the Earth Stood Still." Fyi: Earth Stood Still is a very undervalued hit; Jon Hamm was terrific in that.

The Matrix star said he has always enjoyed making independent films, but acknowledges that a lot of good filmmakers work on studio movies, and so he would like to have more of a balance between the two.

Since The Day the Earth Stood Still, Reeves has appeared in a slew of independently financed projects, including The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Henry's Crime, Generation Um... and Man of Tai Chi.

Reeves can be seen this Friday as a hit man who cuts his retirement short in John Wick. Early buzz and reviews are very good.

CLOSING NOTES --- The Washington Post’s legendary, swashbuckling editor, Ben Bradlee, has passed. For those that remember, he basically took on the Nixon White House during the dark Watergate days. Portrayed in the terrific movie 1976 (directed by Alan J. Pakula), All the President’s Men, by Jason Robards, he was the greatest newspaper man of the post-war world. He’ll be missed …

Eric Clapton announced a series of concert dates in celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday on March 30, 2015. The shows will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall beginning Thursday, May 14, 2015 through Monday, May 18, 2015. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.

The shows also mark 50 years since Clapton first played at Royal Albert Hall – his debut was on December 7, 1964 when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC-2 TV’s Top Beat Show. Clapton returned to the venue four years later for Cream’s U. K. Farewell Concerts on November 26, 1968.

After his time with the Yardbirds in 1963, Clapton began a career as a professional musician that has seen numerous bands, an abundance of albums, countless worldwide sold out shows, an impressive array of accolades, unwavering critical acclaim and his consistent display of legendary guitar work. These concerts will mark his return to the stage after his limited global tour 2014 which included a headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and shows in Japan, Singapore, UAE, Bahrain UK, Germany, Austria and Poland. A new DVD, Planes, Trains and Eric, is out next month.

SIGHTINGS: Mark Bego with Debby Campbell at NYC's Aleo, celebrating their book Life With My Father Glen Campbell ...

Rocket Music's Tony King and pr-pasha David Salidor at Palm West ...

Jersey Boys Donnie Kehr at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village (in NYC) prepping his Rockers On Broadway set for November 17.