Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts
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Monday, September 01, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Levine

MAROON’S V --- Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 are on an enviable ride for sure. Just saw them on today’s Today show, tub-thumping their new album V out tomorrow; (they performed their new single “Maps” and “One More Night.”) Levine, just married, has also just begun the next cycle of his TV show The Voice (this time with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams); and, just had his debut movie Once Again come out and he was terrific in it.

Levine and crew are just writing and producing some of the best music around right now. I’m a die-hard fan and actually became one when the group had just released their Hands All Over album (September 2010) and on it was the song “No Curtain Call” that convinced me this was a group to watch. The song was multi-layered, with a chorus that was orchestral, operatic even, to a degree and sounded just terrific.

Their performance today was pretty sensational despite some initial sound issues. Levine’s voice is astonishingly good; fluid and melodic and in his many interviews he always cites none other than Stevie Wonder as a major influence and true to his words, his voice does borrow many of Wonder’s best moves.

If I was a songwriter today, I'd go directly to the entire Maroon 5 catalog to assess what’s working and what doesn't. Terrific work for sure.

BRUCE’S RAILS --- Jack Bruce, bassist for the all-enduring power Cream returns with a new solo album, his first in 10 years, titled Silver Rails on the Esoteric Antenna record label, and, is just sensational. With the likes of Robin Trower on guitar; Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music … he weaves one of the most consistent and likable albums I've heard in years.

The album opens with a jazzy and brass laden Candlelight and features Manzanera on guitar laying down a solo that gets into the bones and suffuses the listener with warmth. The Hammond-organ in the back provides richness but the star of the song is Bruce’s vocal – unmistakable and surprisingly powerful for a love song.

Reach For The Night is a Bruce/Brown collaboration and the spoken vocals are chilling – there are images of a life passing by, speeding to an inevitable end and filled with dread at that end. Derek Nash delivers a great sax solo but again it is Bruce’s vocals and some remarkable lyrics that steal the show.

In anyone else’s hands this might be an overblown affair, all sweeping emotion and massive strings but Bruce understates the music and the result is much, much more than just another valedictory song.

The album isn't small or underplayed at any point but the album is scaled and paced perfectly to suit the song and there isn't a moment when you feel that Jack Bruce is taking the easy route – just the right one.

Jack Bruce: vital then … vital now.

HARI’S APPLE YEARS --- Still no official word yet, but a listing for George Harrison: The Apple Ltd. Years has popped up on in England, but not yet in the U. S. The early listing with no cover images shows no price in the U. K., but 74.65 euros (roughly $100 USD). The release date is shown in the Italian listing to be Sept. 23, which is about what has been previously reported. The British listing says there will be nine discs. Stay tuned.

CLOSING NOTES --- Fashion week starts Thursday here in NYC ...

The U. K.'s Kate Bush dominated the British Albums chart this week, placing two albums in the top ten, eight in the top 40 and eleven in the top 50.

The resurgence comes as she opens her residency in London, her first concerts in 35 years. The shows and the publicity surrounding them have propelled her entire catalog into the top 50.

SIGHTINGS --- Music-promo-kingpin Brad LeBeau at China Blue in Tribeca.

Friday, August 29, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Scott Shannon

SHANNON ROCKS --- Congratulations to Scott Shannon and his WCBS-FM Morning Team (including producer Louis Pulice) ... they just hit #1 in New York City! It's Scott's first time at #1 since 1988 when he had the top-rated show with Z100, according to the New York Daily News, who did a feature on him last week.

However one quote from Scott had a few Forgotten Hits (Kent Kotal's brilliant music sheet) readers shouting traitor! During the course of the interview, Shannon said "The station has done the right thing by moving its music forward into the 70's, 80's and 90's,” which turned off a few readers (and, I'm sure, some CBS loyal listeners as well.)

I should point out, that the rest of his quote went on to say "Personally, I miss 60's music, but I can play that for myself." And he does ... every day ... on his True Oldies Channel. I suppose the perfect mix would be to feature only music from the 50's, 60's and 70's on True Oldies to pacify the die-hard oldies music fans (as well as Scott's own personal taste in music) ... and then concentrate on the 70's, 80's and 90's for his CBS-FM audience (and go for the ratings!) It's hard to argue with what's working ... and having the #1 rated show in New York City tells me (like it or not!) it's working.

Last Saturday Shannon went to a friend's wedding in Cleveland. Scott was told that he has a plaque in the DJ section of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He's never actually seen it and this was a perfect opportunity to check it out.

It was there --- but --- they still have him working at WPLJ. They have to update the information about his move to WCBS. Lucky he checked it out! Now they can correct his radio history.

And, one more Shannon-item:

Scott tells the story about the time that Eric Carmen (The Raspberries) invited him to be in his new music video. (This was back during Scott's VJ Days at VH-1). Once all the details were worked out and Scott realized the logistics of sorting all this out in order to make the video shoot, he politely bowed out saying that it just didn't make sense for him to do it.

Carmen (not so) graciously accepted Shannon's decision and cast someone else (radio personality Kid Leo) as the DJ in the clip. But watch closely at the end of the video ... where you'll find a giant Scott Shannon poster that is soon the target of several darts being throw at it during the fade out of the song by Leo! (Paybacks are a bitch!)

GROUPIES --- Vivid Entertainment has released Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind online on this week and online and in stores across the country on Sept. 9. The movie is the first of four installments in Varone’s new Groupies series, with each being shot in a different city.

Rock star (former Skid Row and current Saigon Kick drummer) and now porn director/performer Varone takes viewers backstage at concerts and inside hotel rooms to see how groupie sex sizzles. As a veteran rock drummer Varone estimates that he’s bedded over 3,000 women, and says he’s nowhere near stopping.

Being a rock star is one of men’s most popular fantasies, according to Varone. “Let’s face it, the three reasons why guys dream of being rock stars is for fame, fortune and women. The questions I get asked most often are, How many girls have you had? How do you get girls? Is it easy to get laid? Can you tell us some stories? Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind answers all these questions and curiosities. It also introduces some very hot girls and visits places never before seen except by rock stars.”

Varone is still active with his band Saigon Kick and shot interiors for the movie when they were on tour recently at Cheetah (formerly The Button South) in Hallandale Beach, Fla. “I remember that stop very well,” he recalls. “I hooked up with a real stripper and then shot what unfolded.”

Varone’s first book Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock n’ Roll Tour Bus, is available through and through his website, It includes details on some of his most erotic adventures. Fans can follow him on Twitter @ThePhilVarone.

JOAN RIVERS --- Joan Rivers is resting comfortably in a medically induced coma just hours after she performed a typically acerbic show in Manhattan and joked about her own death.

The 81-year-old comic was rushed from an Upper East Side clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition on Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

A picture of health only the day before, Rivers accepted a bouquet of flowers from a fan as she finished her stand-up performance at around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The entertainment legend even posed for pictures with a fan on the way out of the Laurie Beechman Theatre, only to suffer respiratory failure less than twelve hours later during surgery on her throat.

Her daughter, Melissa, dashed from L. A. to New York and arrived at the hospital at around 8pm and was ushered to the 11th floor luxury room in which her mother is now said by doctors to be in a stable condition.

She released a statement thanking everyone for their messages of support and gave a brief update on her mother's condition.

'I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,' she said in a statement.

'She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.'

CLOSING NOTES --- Jim Peterik, from the Ides Of March, celebrates the release of his book Through The Eye Of The Tiger, at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on Tuesday, September 13. He'll perform after the reception. Can't wait for this one …

A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of ABC’s re-booted The View.

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer.

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the Today show. He launched the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, which has become a ratings juggernaut. He was also director of programming at HGTV … and, he’s a great guy! Congrats Brian! ...

As summer shows like Under The Dome and Halle Berry in Extant wind down, I must say I've been enjoying both. Dome has ebbed and flowed since that stellar episode several weeks back ending with a Coldplay song; Extant has essentially turned into another sci-fi who-done-it, but her performance has been stellar ...

SIGHTINGS – Comic-Colin Quinn in front of 250 West 57th Street in NYC; Debbie Gibson, Holly Robinson Peete and Lisa Rinna in L. A. Gibson turns 43 on Sunday; Micky Dolenz and his band tomorrow night at The Wolf Den at The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Photo Courtesy Of: Scott Shannon


Rosie Perez With Rick's Cabaret Girls

Three blonde beauties from Rick's Cabaret New York girls were the "round card beauties" at the "Broadway Boxing" Show at BB Kings in Times Square, Manhattan. NYC was pure diamonds this night.

Movie star, choreographer and director Rosie Perez is a big boxing fan and was at the matches. The sexy showgirls from Rick's Cabaret enjoyed meeting Rosie.

"She is so nice," said Rick's Cabaret Girl Adrianna. "She has a great body and I told her that she should get in the ring and be a round card girl with us, too!"

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Joan Rivers

Comedy legend  Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery today.

Rivers, who is age 81, was at a New York City clinic for a throat procedure on her vocal chords when the complications occurred, reports gossip website TMZ.

Rivers was taken to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, where her daughter, Melissa, was rushing to her moms side.

 As I was one of the photographers on the set of The Joan Rivers show at CBS Television studios, I can not imagine this happening. Joan is always full of energy, always ready with a joke and is a non stop worker. We wish her the very best.

The NYPD is reporting that Rivers currently is in critical condition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow visited the Late Show With David Letterman this week in New York City. Rachel's show is one of our favorites and she has the most talented producers in the business, including Andrew Dallos. 



Edgey Pires With Delila Paz And Brad Wilk

Delila Paz, Edgey Pires, Brad Wilk of The Last Internationale visit the Late Show With David Letterman today in New York City.

Sunday, August 24, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Colin Firth

WICKED BLOOD --- Varèse Sarabande Records has released the Wicked Blood – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as part of their Limited Edition series. The soundtrack features an original score composed by Elia Cmiral (Splinter, Atlas Shrugged).

“Wicked Blood is my third collaboration with director Mark Young,” said Cmiral. “Mark is very sensitive for music, puts a great deal of importance on the score and has always a clear vision what he needs from music for his movie. The movie is set in an unspecified location of the American South so it was naturally I was looking for inspiration and ideas there. Mark and I we felt we want a strong emotional and contemporary score with southern flavors but without imitating the local music styles."

Born in Czechoslovakia, Cmiral attended USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. Soon after graduating, Cmiral scored his first American feature, Apartment Zero, starring Colin Firth. Over the next decade, he continued building a reputation for himself in Sweden and in America. His musical style combines contemporary electronics with modern orchestra, joining cutting edge technology and production with evocative and haunting melodic themes. Elia scored the first season of Don Johnson's TV series Nash Bridges. In 1998, he scored his first studio feature, John Frankenheimer's suspense thriller Ronin, which earned him the Movieline Young Hollywood Award for Best Soundtrack of 1998.

To date, Elia has written nearly forty scores for independent films, TV and major studios including Stigmata, Wrong Turn, Journey To The End Of The Night, and the Pulse trilogy.

“The poetic opening title (on Wicked) felt as an emotional key to the score and it contains two important themes I used throughout the whole score. The music for the string quartet opens the movie and also closes it in the end. It feels very right to close the circle of the whole movie with the same music.”

MICKY'S MAIL --- Monkee-Micky Dolenz was featured in Saturday’s Daily Mail in their My Haven section, which features celebrities at home. Here’s the link.

Via author Mark Bego, who wrote the 1993 book I’m A Believer: My Life of Monkees, Music and Madness with Dolenz: “What a great article about Monkees iconic star Micky Dolenz. One forgets how influential the music of The Monkees still is and continues to be. Last night I was watching the recent remake of the film Straw Dogs. In the very beginning of the film, its two stars are seen in a convertible sports car singing to a song on the radio. The song they we're singing to? Micky Dolenz's unmistakable voice on the song 'Goin' Down!' And it still sounds amazing after all these years.”

Bego's tome with Glen Campbell-daughter Debby is out, finally, on September 25. Whew!

GENESIS LIVE … AGAIN --- When Genesis released Genesis: 1970-1975, its third boxed set of studio albums, last fall, keyboardist Tony Banks told that "The next logical thing to do would be something with the live albums. We have a few of those, and we have quite a bit of stuff in the vaults that could be added to flesh things out a bit."

That will happen on Sept. 29, when Rhino releases Genesis Live 1973-2007, a 10-disc set featuring five of the group's six official live albums -- it will include a spot for last year's Live Over Europe album from the 2007 reunion tour -- along with a wealth of unreleased material. Included in the latter will be Live at the Rainbow 1973, an oft-bootlegged nine-song collection (portions of which have been previously released) recorded during October of that year in London after the release of Selling England By the Pound (still one the group’s best-ever efforts).

The 1973 release Genesis Live will be bolstered by five tracks from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour recorded in January of 1975 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Seconds Out from 1977 will remain intact, while the version of 1982's Three Sides Live in the box will feature the live tracks from the U. K. edition of the album -- "One For the Vine," "Fountain of Salmacis" and a medley of "It" and "Watcher of the Skies" -- rather than the studio songs that were part of the U. S. package. The box also reconciles the two versions of The Way We Walk, which had been sub-titled The Shorts (1992) and The Long (1993), and combines them in the original concert sequence.

Delving into the backlog of live recordings may also hasten the release of individual shows via Genesis' web site, something the group promised when it launched the portal several years back.

"We still talk about that," Banks acknowledged. "We will get to it. I don't know when, but I promise you we'll do it. We've pulled tapes from all sorts of areas, and we've got board mixes from quite an early era, so that will be quite fun for some people." Rutherford added that, "There's some quite nice things there, I think. It just requires energies from someone to pull it all together and put it all out in a way that makes some sort of sense."

As someone who worked with the group, right after Peter Gabriel exited (as well as with Charisma Records’ late-great Tony Sratton-Smith who first released the group on his label), all these re-issues are nice and certainly historical … but, how about some new recordings? I can appreciate living off past work more than anyone, but the real deal would indeed be something new. I'd love to see Phil Collins come out of Civil War-land and get back to the skins?

It could happen – several weeks back Collins himself said it might be nice to do something new … and, could we even get Gabriel to appear? Who knows?

CLOSING NOTES --- Here we go again. After the huge Genesis announcement last Friday, which turned out to be nothing more than a new career retrospective three-CD set, we are being teased about a mega announcement by Prince set for tomorrows Good Morning America. A life-long fan, I caught him two years back at NYC's Madison Square Garden (performing in the round no less) and it was one of the best live shows I'd ever seen. Live, there's certainly no match other than perhaps Bruce Springsteen, but his recording career has suffered since the 80's. Here's hoping for a true mega-moment. Bets are on a release date for the long-in-coming Plectrum Electrum album but, who knows. Maybe he'll go the Genesis route and announce a new greatest hits collection .... or, that he's adopting a new name. Stay tuned ...

SIGHTINGS --- Mamie Gummer (Streep) at a Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights; Writer Marc Eliot at Palm West in NYC; PR-kingpin David Salidor celebrating his 60th at the Nomad restaurant on lower-Broadway.

Friday, August 22, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Weird Al Yankovic

PARDO PASSES --- Don Pardo, whose voice was heard on game shows, soap operas, news shows, Saturday Night Live and a famous recording by Weird Al Yankovic, has died at age 96.

No details of his death were available.

Dominick George Pardo was born on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Massachusetts. He began his career in the late 1930’s at a small Rhode Island radio station. He began his career with NBC in 1944 at a radio station affiliated with the network.

He moved to television in the 1950’s as announcer on game shows such as Concentration, Judge For Yourself, Choose Up Sides, Charge Account, Wheel of Fortune, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Winner Take All, The Price Is Right, Remember This Date and the original Jeopardy! with host Art Fleming.

He joined SNL in 1975 and participated in some sketches, including a song with Frank Zappa called "I'm the Slime."

According to, he was given a lifetime contract from NBC.

During the run of The Price Is Right with host Bill Cullen, he made occasional on-air appearances. And, in a 1998 interview, he talked about being one of the first to announce the assassination of President Kennedy on the air.

In 1984, he had the main role as the announcer on the Weird Al Yankovic song “I Lost On Jeopardy!,” a parody of a Greg Kihn tune. The song debuted on the Billboard charts on June 30, 1984 and peaked at #81 in a three-week stint on the charts.

He introduced the contestants, but his speech to Yankovic later in the song that parodied the many prize announcements he made on Jeopardy! through the years was hilarious. “That's right Al, you lost. And let me tell you what you didn't win: a 20-volume set volume of the Encyclopedia International, a case of Turtle Wax, and a year's supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. But that's not all, you also made yourself look like a jerk in front of millions of people. You brought shame and disgrace to your family name for generations to come. You don't get to come back tomorrow. You don't even get a lousy copy of our home game. You're a complete loser!”

In recent years, he had roles in Radio Days and The Simpsons. He has been inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame and later the Television Academy Hall of Fame, one of the few announcers to be so honored.

He is irreplaceable. Al Roker has said that when he first heard Pardo say his name on the late-great Live At Five, it sent chills down his spine.

The loss to SNL is huge as his voice literally launched each show and his introductions were indeed a highlight. I met him once years back at an SNL taping and he couldn't have been more gracious. Huge loss for sure. RIP Don.

SEGER RETURNS --- Bob Seger has sold an astonishing 43.5 million albums in the U.S. placing him in the top 40 artists of all time. He will release a new album Ride Out, only his second studio album since 1995.

Seger took ten years off from the business to spend time with his wife and two young children, returning in 2006 with Face the Promise. Since then, he has only toured sporadically.

However, on what's left of album-oriented radio these days, you hear at least two of his songs daily.

Seger said "I feel really good about this record. This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world – from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects."

The album's first single, John Hiatt's “Detroit Made,” was released to radio last weekend. He's been performing the song in his concerts this summer along with his own composition, "All the Roads," and a cover of Woody Guthrie's (via Billy Bragg and Wilco) "California Stars."

U2 UPDATE --- U2 fans may get their hands on a new album before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, possibly as early as next month. Reports circulated a few months ago that U2 were delaying the album until 2015 so they would have enough time to work on material with producer Paul Epworth (Adele), but a spokesperson for the band has told Rolling Stone that the timing is inaccurate: "We've always said an album is expected this year."

The news is consistent with reports in the Irish media that the album is coming out within the next few months, and Universal Music Venezuela and Universal Music Colombia briefly posted tweets saying the album was coming out in September.

Whatever the near future holds, U2 seem to be hard at work. The French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that the group shot a new video in Nice, France, the other week, and the Irish Times quotes a source saying there will be a single in September, an album in September or October and a tour announced in December, with dates beginning in April of next year. "It is believed," says the article, via U2 fan site, that "the band will release it with little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album."

Earlier this year, U2 attempted to launch a new album with great fanfare, debuting their new single "Invisible" during a Super Bowl commercial and allowing fans to download it for free on iTunes. They also played the song on the roof of Rockefeller Center during the first Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

The song charted around the world, but it wasn't a huge smash and weeks later, word began to spread that the album was pushed back yet again.

U2 have been working on a follow-up to 2009's commercially disappointing (yet, creatively brilliant) No Line on the Horizon for about five years. They originally planned on releasing material from the No Line sessions on a disc called Songs of Ascent, but that plan was ultimately scrapped.

The band has since recorded with producers Danger Mouse,, David Guetta, RedOne, Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder. When the new album is released, it will be the longest they've worked on a single LP.

Earlier this year, U2 spoke with Rolling Stone's David Fricke about the new album. "We really want the songs to be right," said The Edge. "That's the only reason why we're not on tour – because we're so good at starting, not so good at finishing. That's always the way it's been."

Taylor Swift

CLOSING NOTES --- We're still loving the new Taylor Swift song ("Shake It Off"), but that video is indeed inspired by Debbie Gibson’s “We Could be Together,” as PR-pasha David Salidor posited the other day. BTW: Gibson will indeed be on the East Coast for the October 23 Long Island Music Hall of Fame awards. She’s being inducted at Brian Doyle's Paramount Theatre in Huntington …

September 24th is the premiere of the play Comedy Is Hard with Micky Dolenz and Joyce DeWitt headlining at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut.

SIGHTINGS: GMA's Robin Roberts and Dan Abrams at the Nomad Hotel in midtown for a closed-door event ... WOR's Tom Cuddy in Tribeca ... PR-man Randy Alexander leaving the downtown headquarters of Premiere radio with Mike McCann with Jade Starling ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014



Empire State Building Made From Toilet Paper Tubes

In the shadows of the Empire State Building - (one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and ranked third tallest in the U.S.) - the construction of an Empire State Building replica built from toilet paper tubes will took center stage in New York City today.

The construction of this 30-foot art structure pays homage to the 17 billion toilet paper tubes that are thrown away every year in the U.S., which is enough to fill the real Empire State Building twice! Americans can take small steps to make the world a little greener, like choosing innovative products, like Scott Naturals Tube-Free that eliminates the cardboard tube that has been the central fixture of rolled toilet paper for more than 100 years. A downsized version of the structure will be donated to the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the base features artwork from the museum's Junior Staff Internship program.

Home and design expert & TV personality Carter Oosterhouse will be on hand to help unveil this replica and share easy steps consumers can take to make the world a little greener. Oosterhouse is currently the host of the new show "Rowhouse Showdown, and has appeared on "Trading Spaces," and a number of national TV talk shows. He works to provide green-building solutions and design alternatives that conserve energy and reduce environmental waste. He encourages consumers to toss the tube, install tankless water heaters (which saves energy & money) and use compact fluorescent bulbs (which use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 10-25 times longer).


· Chicago throws away over 155 million toilet paper tubes per year. 

· Philadelphia throws away over 88 million toilet paper tubes per year.

· Charlotte throws away over 40 million toilet paper tubes per year. 

· Detroit throws away over 38 million toilet paper tubes per year. 

· Boston throws away over 37 million toilet paper tubes per year. 



Story By: James Edstrom

Friendly St Nicks Alliance Neighbors

No one ask and post on my boards or do stories on their complaints about racism against African Americans and Hispanics. Do not ask me to do stories supporting your cause anymore.

St Nicks Tenant
For years I do stories fighting racism and when I tell all my African American and Hispanic friends that I am being harassed, threatened by the Hispanic and African Americans in St. Nicks Alliance building I moved into in Williamsburg, they act like I am nuts. Since day one, the first hours we moved in here we were robbed, threatened, called white trash and everything else in the book. I complain to the landlord who is mostly African American And Hispanic and they do nothing. My kid was jumped in the lobby, they tried to smash their way into our apartment and nothing. They opened our ground floor apartment stole our blinds, threw drinks into our apartment and nothing. They are outside out windows yelling white trash, faggots and nothing. Since Sat a African American woman from this building has been yelling MOVE WHITE BOYS outside our windows. St Nicks Alliance does nothing. A Hispanic guy from this building has been outside our windows trying to get people to sign a petition to get us out. We hear him at all hours, we have to get rid of these white people.

We call the police and meet with the police, they think racism does not exist against whites. We post on our facebook pages this weekend about this woman yelling move white boys move and not one comment from my African American and Hispanic friends I have known for years. Not one ounce of support from people I have supported for years. This African American woman who I have known for 2 years now, Barbara, who insists on yelling and screaming move white boys outside our window, I confronted. I got to know her name when I moved here, Barbara, but she calls us white boys. Imagine if I called her Black Woman. Imagine, I would be called a racist pig.

Security reports from St Nicks Alliance's own security guards for two years now, writes report after report.  I am told by St Nicks Alliance that's not good enough, I need to wait for them to repair the camera system so they have hard evidence. They repair the cameras after a year and a half and now they have proof, they do nothing.

Hundreds of e mails to St Nick's Alliance Michael Rochford, Joseph K. Robles, Frank Lang, Hayde Cordero and Ivette Alerte provide no results. I contact politicians who contact Michael Rochford, and for over a year now he promises to fix the problems. Tells me when security cameras are fixed, they will take action. The cameras are in and they do nothing. 

Moving here has been a nightmare. All we wanted was to be was part of the community. We did not care if you were Black, White, Hispanic, Red, Yellow or Blue. All I wanted was to provide a home for the Homeless kid I took in 7 years ago. He never had a loving home and a room of his own. He is now terrified to even go outside, he stays in for months at a time. 

Racism goes both ways, but no one will admit it. My begging for help go unanswered. I go to events in NYC and tell my African and Hispanic friends what is going on here, they look at me like I am nuts, and say they hope things get better. One of my famous celebrity friends arrange breakfast with a famous civil rights activist and nothing. He's the first to yell bloody murder when African Americans and Hispanics rights are violated, but when I ask for help, show him photos and documentation, nothing. Do not ask me to support and march with you again.

St. Nicks Alliance signs a agreement to give us a application for another apartment in Oct 2013, there are several empty. Months go by and I keep asking for the application and get no answers. In Jan or Feb Michelle Sainsbury from St Nicks Alliance comes here with her sad face telling us she does not know why they have not provided us with a application. Meanwhile African Americans and Hispanics move into the empty apartments. I get a application In Feb and told there are no empty units and I will have to go on a waiting list behind 100 people. St Nicks rarely rents to white people. I got in the side door as a sublet. I guess we are their token white boys. 

I also got a hold of a e-mail between employees of St Nicks Alliance dated in Nov 2013, a few weeks after they signed the agreement to give us applications for a new unit. In it they state they will not give us another unit. They lied and lied. They never intended to live up to their agreement.

I am so sick of the abuse and I am sick of their racism. I am going to let the courts decide.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Ricky Camilleri And Pierce Brosnan

Actor Pierce Brosnan appeared on HuffPost Live today and shared a few funny anecdotes with host Ricky Camilleri -- first, Brosnan revealed the role he was deemed 'too handsome' to play; and also told about the time a fan used him to get close to "Halle Berry's ass." 

Brosnan: "This young lad looked at me, shook my hand, and he just looked at his hand and said, 'This is the closest I'll ever get to Halle Berry's ass...

I had no qualms about it. I just thought it was a very funny line."

View thew clip HERE.

On Being 'Too Handsome' for a Role:

Brosnan: "I remember reading 'Angela's Ashes,' and I really wanted to play the part in 'Angela's Ashes,' being an Irishman. I called [author] Frank McCourt up to throw my hat in the ring, and he said, 'Nope. Too handsome. Too handsome.' You're either too short, you're too tall. You're too this, you're too that.

Again, it goes back to the judgement factor. You have to be comfortable in your own skin, and wear it lightly and just get on with the job. Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark and go home."

Photo Courtesy of: HuffPost


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Britney Spears

The Intimate Britney Spears will launch September 9th at an exclusive event in New York City, with an appearance by Britney, and will be available for sale at in the United States and Canada.

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Monday, August 18, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Elliot Tiber

WOODSTOCK AT 45 --- Forty-five years ago this summer on August 15, 1969, Elliot Tiber found his own life's freedom just as the late folk singer Richie Havens sang his improvised song "Freedom" from the stage at the Woodstock Festival.

As writer of the acclaimed book Taking Woodstock (made by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee into a major motion picture released five years ago in the summer of 2009) and its prequel Palm Trees on the Hudson, Tiber has had much to share with audiences about all the amazing things that happened to him both before and during that weird and wild and wonderful time in August 1969 that gave birth to Woodstock Nation.


In terms of what happened to Elliot after Woodstock, that question will soon be answered in detail with the forthcoming publication of Tiber's third and final memoir titled After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown.

As his upcoming book's subtitle indicates, Tiber’s years after that legendary 1969 concert took him to various places around the globe with the comfort and support of the late Belgian film/theater director and actor Andre Ernotte. The story of their loving relationship, spanning nearly 30 years of incredible highs and lows (especially the first years of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s and early 1990’s), just goes to show how cherished and magical a gift one's freedom in life truly can be.

With both the one-year anniversary of Richie Havens' passing this past April 22 (Earth Day), and the 45th anniversary this summer of the original 1969 Woodstock Arts & Music Festival (Aug. 15 - 18), Tiber remains as one of the few who were actually there.

Recognized as a true gay-rights pioneer by The New York Times, Tiber's life story will soon stand as an outspoken and serio-comic-trilogy of three separate books once his newest and final memoir, After Woodstock, is published by next month.

Reflecting for a moment on the music of the three-day festival; it’s interesting to note which bands have actually remained to this day; with Santana (who performed on Saturday) and The Who (Saturday as well and had the longest set) certainly topping the list. Much missed acts include Janis Joplin; John B. Sebastian; Canned Heat; and, Jimi Hendrix (who closed the show).

Looking at the performers list, it’s hard to believe Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ten Years After (Alvin Lee) and, Sha-Na-Na performed as well.

In many ways, Woodstock certainly paved the way for the live-events of today; including Lollapalooza, Coachchella and even SXSW.

If you haven't seen the Ang Lee –movie, you should, as it pretty well encapsulates the feelings and music of those halcyon days. I got to know Tiber when the first book came out and he’s the real deal; the movie version subtly changed certain parts of the book (less of Tiber’s personal transformation, more on the event) but, the filmmaker did an outstanding job. The movie wasn't the huge hit that everyone was counting on, but remains a vivid and accurate document of those days. I recommend it very highly.

Class Act Gene Simmons

KISS OFF --- Gene Simmons of Kiss is in damage control after making obscene comments about depression in an interview and has canceled his Twitter account after backlash from the statement.

In an interview with published on July 31 Simmons said, "I don't get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear fuck all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself."

He added, "I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."

The comments have outraged people all over the world, especially following the news of the death of Robin Williams.

Mike Fitzpatrick, Content Director of Australia's Triple M, has pulled Kiss from the network’s national play list. In a statement Fitzpatrick said, "Gene Simmons’ recent comments are misguided and insensitive. Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can't and won't be playing or supporting this dickhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik’s songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."

Simmons has removed his Twitter account and posted the following statement at the official Kiss website:

“I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.

To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.

I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.”

JAMES EDSTROM'S EDITORS NOTE: Since I do not write this Column, I had to add a little note. I met Gene Simmons several years ago with cover girl Cyndi Guyer at restaurant Laga Lu in New York City. As I sat down with them, I never met a more nice human being than Gene Simmons. The guy is a class act all the way. I can only say whatever the quote was, we all say things in the heat of the moment that we wish we never said. I can not tell you how many TV interviews I have done and after I think why did I say that. Interviews are tough and sometimes you happen to say the wrong thing. 

I suffer from depression and money problems just like anyone else. I am trying to raise a abused homeless kid who I took off the streets of Times Square. I do without so he will have. It is not easy. So depression hits me from time to time and it is crippling. I worry every day about getting my kid the things he needs and the love he never had. 

But one thing I know is, I am a very good judge of character and Gene Simmons is a good and honorable man. Enough said!

LENNOX RETURNS --- Vinyl lovers will get to hear Annie Lennox's new album first, which is fitting for an album she calls Nostalgia.

Nostalgia, which Blue Note/Capitol will release Sept. 30 on vinyl and Oct. 21 in other formats, features the former Eurythmics singer's take on such classics as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Summertime” and “You Belong to Me.”

As Lennox approached the songs, penned by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Billie Holiday, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, she tells Billboard, "I was just curious, I thought, 'I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?'

"It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process."

Lennox, 59, previewed the Mike Stevens-produced album last Tuesday at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

In 1995, Lennox released an album of modern covers, Medusa. Her most recent album was a 2010 holiday set titled A Christmas Cornucopia.

CLOSING NOTES --- Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards. The show, held one week before the formal Emmy telecast, presents the awards for all categories that will not be part of the main show.

Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a special that aired on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and including performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists.

Was, born Don Fagenson, formed the group Was (Not Was) in 1979 with childhood friend David Weiss. They hit their commercial peak in 1987 and 1988 with the album What Up, Dog? and the number 7 hit Walk the Dinosaur. They also had a number of Club hits including the number 1 Club song “Spy in the House of Love.”

Don went on to be a highly in demand producer and band leader for the likes of Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time), the B-52's (Cosmic Thing), Bob Dylan (Under the Red Sky), the Rolling Stones (Voodoo Lounge), Hootie & the Blowfish and many others ...

Also, big winners at the fete were Jimmy Fallon; HBO’s True Detective; Saturday Night Live; Game of Thrones; and Harry Shearer, finally for his voice-over work on The Simpsons. The big show is set for this Sunday …

From Deadline: “David Gregory didn't get to say, ‘So long’, to Meet the Press viewers yesterday — his bosses at NBC News gave him the heave-ho Thursday, effective immediately, after two decades at the division, because his Sunday Beltway show was not doing as well in the ratings as competitors at ABC and CBS. Minutes after Gregory tweeted that he was out, NBC News announced that he would be replaced by Chuck Todd in September.

“As you may be aware, David Gregory’s final show as moderator of Meet the Press was last Sunday,” Gregory fill-in Andrea Mitchell announced near the close of the broadcast, sounding like she was launching into an In Memoriam segment. We expected to see dates flash on screen.

“Meet the Press makes a lot of history, and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December, 2008,” Mitchell continued, as NBC’s tone-deaf handling of the situation unfolded to the show’s viewers.

Clips of news-making interviews followed, including the one in 2012 where Gregory got Vice President Joe Biden to publicly embrace gay marriage, making headlines everywhere and leading the way for President Obama to endorse same-sex marriage days later. In thanks for which, on Thursday, NBC News hustled Gregory out the door so as to not have him around this sleepy mid-August morning. This after dragging its feet for weeks, while dismissing press reports that Gregory was on the outs as ludicrous and insulting.

“Before taking the Meet the Press chair, David had a stellar eight years covering presidential politics at the White House for NBC News,” Mitchell continued to prattle.

“In 20 years with NBC News, David has done it all — the OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, Today show guest-hosting and, when the cameras weren't rolling, dead-on imitations of everyone from the President of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of this program and NBC News,” she said of the man who was bounced out the door three days earlier like an argumentative drunk.

“On Thursday, David tweeted,” Mitchell noted, then read his classy tweets, which had ended with: “to the viewers, I say ‘thank you’.” Which Gregory was not allowed to say on NBC. Good thing Mitchell was around to say it for him.”

Pundits have said the 4 million that NBC paid him will ease the tension; me, I think it was just rude.