Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Kathy Griffin

Rosie Perez

John Walsh

Anderson Cooper

John Leguizamo

Eduardo Verastegui

Tyler James Williams

Sheryl Crow

The stars were snapped at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City yesterday,

Sunday, November 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Boy George

CLUB CANCELED --- Culture Club have canceled their upcoming U. S. and U .K. tour dates after a polyp was discovered in Boy George's throat. A doctor has ordered the frontman to refrain from singing as he may need to undergo an operation.

Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase, but the group hopes to reschedule the concerts for next year. In a statement on their web site, the band wished George a speedy recovery and said, "To our fans, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all."

Culture Club was scheduled to spend much of November and December on the road as they prepped for the release of their new album, Tribes, which arrives in early 2015 via the band's own Different Man Music label.

Last week, Culture Club released the album's first single, "More Than Silence," which they also performed recently on The View. The LP is available for pre-order on the band's PledgeMusic page.

In an interview in March, Boy George — who just released his first solo LP, This is What I Do, since 1995 — said the band had tried writing together a few years ago, but admitted that at the time, "my mojo wasn't quite in rhythm."

But the band regrouped and Culture Club announced their first album of new material in 15 years this May, saying they were working with producer Youth, the bassist and co-founder of Killing Joke and producer for acts like the Verve, the Cult and Primal Scream.

They were set for NYC’s Beacon Theatre later this month.

David Bowie

BOWIE SUES --- David Bowie's "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" has been given a glaring nourish new video directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. Filmed in London and New York, the clip features the song's bizarre lyrics, as well as footage of Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra recording the track in the studio, superimposed atop shots of a dark, smoke-filled city. When I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of the labyrinth passages of the late-great NYC dance club mecca, The Tunnel.

Over a jazzy, jumpy track cut with bustling percussion and horns that warble and wail, Bowie bellows the tale of a husband and wife whose mundane life deteriorates amidst distrust.

As the song builds, the video grows even more chaotic and creepy, with numerous shots featuring the silhouette of a figure simply standing in this fallen world.

After a succession of lights pierce through a window, Bowie hits the song's climax and conjures a scene that would make even Raymond Chandler proud: "Sue, I've pushed you down beneath the weeds / Hopeless fate in hopeless deeds."

"Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" is one of two new tracks Bowie will release both as a digital single and a 10-inch vinyl, first in the U .K. on November 17th, then as a "Black Friday" Record Store Day release in the U. S. on November 28th.

The other song, "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" premiered on BBC Radio 6 earlier this week and was inspired by Vorticism, an art and poetry movement that took place in the U. K. around the First World War.

Style-wise, I can't really say that either of these tracks were expected from the artist. But, considering who the artist is, anything’s possible.

One of my all-time favorite Bowie tracks, is the drama-imbued “Wild Is The Wind” - a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, which was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. So, go figure!

"Sue" will also appear on Nothing Has Changed, a new box set that presents songs from throughout Bowie's career in reverse chronological order. Nothing Has Changed arrives on November 18th, and also contains two songs from Bowie's unreleased 2001 album, Toy.

Face it: the only thing you can expect from Bowie … is the unexpected.

Julie Taymor

LION'S ROAR --- Disney's The Lion King, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, celebrated its 17th anniversary on last night at the Minskoff Theatre.

The hit musical is the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, a threshold also crossed by the North American tour and, most recently, the Hamburg Lion King production.

Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box-office history.

The New York cast is currently led by Gareth Saxe as Scar; Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa; Nteliseng Nkhela as Rafiki; Jeffrey Kuhn as Zazu; Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa; Fred Berman as Timon; Aaron Nelson as Simba; and, Chantel Riley as Nala.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from Rhythm of the Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mancina and Zimmer.

Directed by Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. In fact, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards.

Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

I was there at opening night; second row, center, and I've never forgotten that moment. I had never seen anything like that ... and, may never again. Quite a ride for sure. Congrats!

Bette Midler

CLOSING NOTES - In a recent interview award-winning actress and entertainer Bette Midler responded to questions about a sequel to the Disney Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus, which has amassed a strong fan base since its premiere 20 years ago, telling fans to petition Disney for a second film.

Midler told fans that the fate of a sequel was in the hands of the Walt Disney Company, adding that her co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi, were willing to return to the roles of the mischievous Sanderson sisters.

"You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball's in their court," said Midler, who portrayed Winnifred Sanderson.

"Inundate the Disney company," she added, "because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS!"...

Author Kelly Crigger sums up his hit book Curmudgeonism by explaining the brilliant Curmudgeon Zone, which Crigger also describes as the “WTF zone - when you realize everyone is full of crap and you question everything you thought you knew about life. Ginsu knives get dull, a Dyson loses suction, and no pill in the world can keep your erection up for more than a few minutes," he says. “As you start to realize that there are very few genuine people out there and you begin to act accordingly, you're becoming a curmudgeon.” Curmudgeonism: The Surly Man’s Guide to Midlife (Graybeard Publishing) is available on Amazon.

All of the status speculation on guitarist Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi has finally been put to rest:

Bon Jovi said Wednesday night, "He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence."

Friday, November 14, 2014


Anderson Cooper

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show.

Each celebrity presenter will join one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story.

During the celebration, the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.

Quvenzhané Wallis, Oscars’ youngest Best Actress nominee and star of the upcoming film remake of Annie, and Nick Jonas, actor, singer-songwriter will also recognize youths who are being honored by CNN as Young Wonders.

Monday, November 03, 2014



Story By: G.H.Harding
Taylor Swift

SWIFT JUSTICE --- That was fast. Soon after pop star Taylor Swift announced last week that she was New York’s new Global Welcome Ambassador the backlash kicked in, as self-proclaimed New Yorkers expressed their, unhappiness with the Big Apple’s new pitch woman.

While the Tennessee-raised Swift now lives in downtown Manhattan and is a regular presence on New York City’s party circuit, she was taken to task for apparently not possessing enough grit.

"Does she know how much to add to a Metro Card to end up without a few cents trapped on it?" NY1 anchorman Pat Kiernan asked the Daily News. "Does she know which hot dog vendor sells the ‘Recession Special?’ Does she know that 44th Ave., 44th Rd. and 44th Dr. are all parallel streets in Queens? Does she know who Dr. Zizmor is?"

NYC and Co. (the city’s official tourist bureau) introduced its new ambassador with several videos featuring Swift helping to explain New York to tourists, such as by offering the correct pronunciation of Houston Street and defining what a bodega is.

The new campaign conveniently coincides with the release of Swift’s new single, "Welcome to New York," which celebrates the nation’s biggest and most diverse city. Still, that didn't stop people from posting negative comments on NYC and Co.’s Facebook page about bringing Swift on board to help sell New York City.

This may be another case of careful-what-you-wish-for when recruiting celebrity spokespeople or—and this gets our vote—there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Hey, we're writing about it!!!!

Indeed, the city’s tourism bureau should send thank-you notes to some of the New Yorkers who are now disparaging Swift as a spokesperson for New York City. The backlash is only going to get the decision more media impressions, more exposure and more opportunity to get the message out (and, the tourism bureau hopes, bring more out-of-town wallets to New York City).

The backlash even plays into why people are enamored by the Big Apple in the first place. People love to complain about complainers. Maybe true-Long Islanders like Seinfeld or Debbie Gibson, or Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, might be better choices, but would they generate as much ink?

Call us crazy, but this may be all by design—and a lesson for communicators who are willing to suffer some criticism (all in good fun) if it means spreading the message. Hail Taylor!

OPEN DOORS --- Fans of The Doors will savor the never-before-released documentary film produced by the band, titled Feast of Friends; the intimate and rare look at the explosive rock band after 45 years, is finally being released.

Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison’s legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never completed. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, have painstakingly remastered the audio and video and compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.

In April of 1968, filming began for what would become the first and only film produced about The Doors, by The Doors. Funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, the footage shot for this film would become the well from which the majority of future documentaries and music videos about the band would draw. This film became Feast of Friends, as Ferrara thought it was a great lyric to use for the title. Other than a few appearances in film festivals the following year, an official release would never be seen.

If not for a poor quality bootleg copy circulated among collectors and eventually via the Internet, the film’s existence would have scarcely been known beyond the circle of die  Doors fans. By many accounts, the original source of that bootleg is thought to have been Morrison’s own copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971 after recording what would be The Doors’ final album. Concealed in a paper bag and forgotten at a friend’s house, Morrison would never reclaim it, as he passed suddenly a few days later.

Feast of Friends offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer 1968 tour. While never completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band’s political problems stemming from Jim’s arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true 60’s cinéma vérité style.

The film is comprised of concert performances which are inter cut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat - playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, this is the first official release. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Morrison, the film has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.

As well as the full version of Feast of Friends, the release contains several important bonus features. The first is Feast of Friends: Encore. A newly produced feature using footage shot for the production, Encore is a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the life of the band during this period as they tour, record, travel and even vacation together.

Encore showcases the band’s recording process as the group record one of their biggest hits, “Wild Child.” Viewers will follow the band as they break from touring to sight see, play poker in their hotel room and witness an unedited interaction with Jim and the Minister at Large who attempts to determine “just what the hell it is (they’re) doing.”

Fans will also see a newly unearthed solo backstage performance by a singing Robby Krieger, a poem by Jim Morrison (while, in the background, you can hear Ray Manzarek’s piano work on “Love Street”), a never-before-seen altercation with legendary photographer Richard Avedon, a tranquil scene of Jim and his friends at peace in the cool waters of the Kern River, and much more.

Also included is The Doors Are Open – A British TV documentary originally aired on December 17th, 1968, focused around the band’s performance at London’s Roundhouse, which took place just days after the completion of filming for Feast of Friends. Interspersed with the band’s music are intense scenes from the Vietnam War, political leaders, and riots back in the States. The Doors Are Open highlights the political relevance of The Doors’ opinionated lyrics and iconic sound while giving context to the tumultuous times in which they were living.

Feast of Friends paints a chaotic yet gentle picture of the humanistic side of The Doors seldom captured by anyone. At one moment Morrison is fighting off legions of ravenous fans while at the same time taunting them to keep pressing on.

These films represent the most requested visuals from The Doors via fan polls worldwide, finally presented together in stunning style; Feast of Friends is an historical piece of 60’s film making that presents, yet again, the group in the forefront of music icons. A must-see for sure.

CLOSING NOTES --- Todd Rundgren’s second night tonight at B. B. King’s. Wonder if he'll perform “Black Maria” from his classic Something/Anything album. Details Wednesday …

Adam Lambert showed his fangs while transforming into the Wolf Man while attending his 2014 Halloween Bash at Bootsy Bellows on Friday in Hollywood.

The 32-year-old multi-hyphenate was joined at the party by Kelly Osbourne and other celeb guests. Howl at the Moon! On my way to the party!! Adam wrote on Instagram earlier in the day …

Finally caught Gone Girl yesterday. What a lugubrious waste of time. I just didn't care for it at all. Honestly, my respect for director David Fincher fell a notch or two. Even Ben Affleck, whose work I have always admired, especially his The Town, was saddled with a totally silly script and Rosamund Pike’s character was not to be believed. The only slightly redeeming performance was by, of all people, Tyler Perry. Two hours I will never get back. If you haven't yet seen this one, stay away … save your money …

SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Williamburg's Semilla; which opened only 11 days ago; and, Micky Dolenz, Harry Shearer and 'Weird Al' Yankovik at last night's Stan Freberg celebration at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s November issue (on newsstands October 21). The superstar talks about being nude and her role in Annie.

Cameron Diaz Quotes

On her role in Annie: “It’s not very often you get to do a musical. Even though I was terrified of doing it, I kind of had to. The two things I’m most terrified of are heights and singing in front of people. I’ve jumped out of airplanes and scaled sides of cliffs – not to get over my fears, but to address them. I just felt like this is something that needed to be addressed. I cried uncontrollably. Everybody was so supportive and having fun with it because I was so pathetic, but the only way to get through scary things is to have a sense of humor about it.

On appearing fully nude for a film: “People have seen my butt. I’ve shown the top of my butt, the bottom of my butt. I’m not opposed to doing nudity, as long as it’s part of the story. I’ll do whatever has to get done if it’s the right thing.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Jenny McCarthy And Donny Wahlberg

Single no more! Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy, who tied the knot in August, are in newlywed bliss -- especially after finding her wedding ring! After admitting she lost her 10-carat yellow sapphire sparkler, the "Blue Bloods" and New Kid on the Block hunk tells that the ring has been found. As he gears up to host and showcase photography at Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery in Boston tonight, Donnie chatted about locating Jenny's ring, their favorite sleeping position, and if they plan to have more kids. Congratulations on your nuptials! Jenny admitted that she'd already lost her wedding ring. Are you ring shopping again?

"We lost it for about two hours. We found it. It was in the bed sheets. It was off because the diamonds scrape a little bit and she doesn't like scraping me and it was private time. She thought she put it on the nightstand. I thought she put it in the bed and sure enough it was in the sheet. My detective work from 'Blue Bloods' panned out and it was down in the laundry room of the hotel."

WW: So you searched the laundry room for her ring?

"I literally tore the hotel room apart and I went down to hotel security and they went down to the laundry room and found it."

Thursday, September 04, 2014


Joan Rivers

Joan River died today at age 81.This is very sad news as I have photographed Joan so many times over the years.

I was one of the staff photographers on the set of her CBS show and photographed Joan with every star that was a guest on the show. I was there when she was at St Paul's Church on Lexington Ave when she talked about her husbands sucide and the sadness I saw as she was trying to understand it all in her mind. 

My favorite photo shoot with Joan was when Milton Berle was on her show. I never laughed so hard when he talked about the size of his "Number". The look on Joan's face was priceless. Joan's dogs also were the star. I must have photographed her with so many of her pets over the years. She adored them so much and I think they were good company for her.The world has lost another great icon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Wendy Williams

LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND-UP is excited to welcome TV’s Queen of all Media, Wendy Williams back to the stage, following her sold-out show in July. Williams will return to The Sands Showroom for two special performances, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Tickets are now on sale.

Williams made her comedic debut in July and kicked off the LIPSHTICK series with her first-ever stand-up performance. After the shows, she said, "My jokes aren't really jokes, they are humorous takes on serious things that have happened in my life and I feel if I have been through things that other people have been through things too.”

As a mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Williams is best known for her long-running talk show The Wendy Williams Show. Named one of the “35 Most Powerful People in Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in both 2012 and 2013, her nationally-syndicated weekday program was hailed a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times when it launched in 2009. 


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.”

Sunday, July 06, 2014


Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert With Queen

Queen was in concert with Adam Lambert as they performed at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.

Thursday, May 08, 2014


Paula Zahn

Tamsen Fadal

Julia Monk

Ali Stroker

Loreen Arbus

Judith Light

Judith Light along with Tamsen Fadal, Julia Monk, Loreen Arbus and others, attended The 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, at Cipriani in New York City. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Demi Lovato

From pop music to politics, Latinas have been at the center of a fierce wave of change in 2014. The Summer 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas names the 12 most important headline makers and industry shakers, including the unstoppable Demi Lovato, named Fun, Fearless Latina of the Year! CFL was given back-stage access to Demi’s Neon Lights tour, where she’s currently rocking South American audiences with the summer’s hottest act. She opens up to the magazine about inspiring young girls, her music, and how she keeps her bipolar disorder in check.

On inspiring young girls:

“When I was younger, I needed someone in the spotlight to idolize, who stood for positivity and light and happiness, and wanted to change the world. And because I didn’t have that, I realized, I want to do that, if only for my 12-year-old little sister.”

On keeping her bipolar disorder in check:

“It’s a daily thing. I treat it with medication. Not everybody does that, but for me it works. That’s what works for me – medicating, checking in with people, being honest, and being grateful for things.”

Friday, April 18, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Clint Eastwood

JERSEY BOYS GOLD --- Warner Brothers put up the latest clip last from Clint Eastwood’s coming bigscreen version of jukebox musical Jersey Boys last night and it's rather sensational. If you loved the play (music by Bob Gaudio; lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice), and millions have, you saw Eastwood’s faithful recreation with notable moments from Christopher Walken (as Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo) and Donnie Kehr reprising his gold-plated infamous role as Norm Waxman (The loan shark that loans Tommy DeVito money as he slides into trouble).

It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation; success; and eventual break-up of the 1960's rock 'n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four "seasons" each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music.

Songs include "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", "My Eyes Adored You", "Stay", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Working My Way Back to You" and "Rag Doll,” among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since had two North American National Tours and productions in London's West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere.

Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The show premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego, in an out-of-town tryout on October 5, 2004 and ran through January 16, 2005.

Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer essayed the group. At the end of the tryout, Norona, who originated the role of Valli, had to be replaced because his voice blew out. John Lloyd Young, who had originally auditioned for the role of Tommy DeVito, got the part.

The musical began previews on Broadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio, J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi and Donnie Kehr.

The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3487th performance on April 9, 2014, making it the 13th longest-running show on Broadway.

Kehr was at The Borgata in Atlantic City last weekend watching Frankie Valli perform, when Valli acknowledged him in the audience.

Kehr said in The Improper “I started the Jersey Boys journey in 2004 when the director, Des McAnuff, called me and said he had something for me. The next thing I know I'm in a room a few days later singing for the legendary Frankie Valli.”  Here’s the link to the clip.

CAMPBELL’S GRACE --- Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, according to multiple sources.

The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn't want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.

The source did suggest the move could be temporary, and said, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”

The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys (and, the infamous Wrecking Crew) before becoming a star in his own right, launched a formal farewell tour in 2012. But last spring he canceled performances as his condition deteriorated and he was unable to travel for shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Before that, however, he played a final L. A. concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where L. A. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts said he performed with “Effortless grace, and had he not announced in 2011 that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease, few in the crowd would have been the wiser. In fact, he was sharper and more precise during this gig than he was last year at Club Nokia, where he kicked off the Farewell Tour.”

Campbell and his wife sold their Malibu home at the end of 2012. He released two well-received albums recorded as he was beginning to experience the symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Ghost in the Canvas in 2011 and See You There, consisting of new versions of many of his signature songs mostly recorded during the Ghost sessions, in 2013.

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT DISH --- Adam Lambert's third studio album is currently being worked on by pop super-producer Max Martin, and a handful of ace songwriters, in Sweden.

Martin, who has headed pop smashes from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and countless other mainstream superstars, co-produced two songs for Lambert's 2009 debut album For Your Entertainment, including the hit single "Whataya Want From Me." Martin did not contribute to Lambert's sophomore album Trespassing, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in 2012, but the American Idol finalist is linking back up with Martin for the follow-up.

"[Martin] just brought in a load of people that he trusts that make good music, and is just seeing what happens," U.K. singer-songwriter Joe Janiak, who recently co-wrote Ellie Goulding's Divergent soundtrack single "Beating Heart," told Billboard.

Janiak, a London native, was called to come out to Sweden early last week and work with a collection of song experts that was organized by Martin. "He's got a company which really focuses on getting the best young writers and getting them all together in one place, so that they can have a hotbed of creativity and spin ideas off of each other," Janiak adds of Martin.

CLOSING NOTES --- According to IPA’s Steve Woolf, this weekend’s Fan X2014 (Salt Lake Comic Con) show in Salt Lake City will host some 10,000 people. A fan’s delight for sure …

Live From Daryl's House, the acclaimed music interview and performance show hosted by Daryl Hall, has been renewed for another season by Viacom for their Paladia network and via Daryl's original site where the show originated in 2007.

Production is expected to start in the fall at a performance space in Pawling, NY called Daryl's House, a venue that Hall purchased especially for the series. Previous episodes of the series were actually shot in two 1700's homes that Hall had transported from Connecticut to Millerton, NY - and, congratulations to Hall and partner John Oates on their induction at last week's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Long overdue if you ask me ...

One last hit from L. A., King's Road Cafe at 8361 Beverly Blvd. Great spot.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This month Elisabeth Hasselbeck,  Fox & Friends’ newest anchor chats with Ladies Home Journal about what it was like leaving The View, her secret to 2:45 a.m. wake up calls and how she spent her first night with husband and former pro quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. The May 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal hits newsstands April 13, 2014. 

On joining Fox & Friends after leaving The View:

“It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard. My parents gave me the freedom to pursue passions and take sensible risks.”

On getting up at 2:45 a.m. for her job:

“I don’t even put one foot out of bed without reaching for my concealer. I have concealer everywhere: in my coat pocket, on my nightstand, in my car. The alarm goes off and I feel for my glasses. I put the concealer on and I’m ready to start my day.”

Monday, October 14, 2013



By: G.H. Harding

Howard Stern

MACCA ON STERN --- I’m a big Howard Stern fan … always have been. Even in the early days with a wispy mustache and aviator shades, he was the real deal. The two things that always impressed me the most, was #1: he came prepared, and #2: it was always a show. Sure, he gave the term shock jock a whole new meaning, but he was always funny; and on-point. Face it, he'd dared to ask the questions all the other talking heads wanted to … and, got away with it pretty much Scott free. It’s no surprise that he’s so good on TV; the surprise was, that it took so long.

Stern hosted Paul McCartney last week in his Sirius compound and it was, without a doubt, one of the best interviews Howard’s ever done. His questions were thought provoking (he even asked about Jane and Peter Asher!), astute and very well prepared. He certainly didn't hide his admiration for Macca and his preparation was astounding.

If they gave Emmy's for radio interviews like this, he'd win several. It was supposed to be just a half hour, but it went to just under an hour. Just tremendous; it’s on YouTube … if you're a fan, I'd give it a listen. Priceless!

MICKY & RITA --- Rita Wilson (Mrs. Tom Hanks) put out an album last year AM/FM, and it was pretty good. Her interpretations of such songs as “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Never My Love,” were very welcomed inclusions. She also did a terrific version of “Cherish” and Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman,” which featured the writer on piano. Though the album may have been initially termed a vanity project, it won everyone over.

She appeared recently here in NYC at 54 Down Under and won over the crowd, and now, on November 5th, she'll appear in L. A. at Walt Disney Hall with a terrific supporting cast of players, including, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Webb, Richard Marx, Kara DioGuardi, from American Idol and Micky Dolenz; who is just wrapping up his Teen Idol 3 tour with David Cassidy and Peter Noone.

Rita should be great and I'm sure Forrest Gump will be in the wings.

Check out the link HERE.

CLOSING NOTES --- I caught up somewhat on the new season TV watching this week and the results were as interesting as always: Saturday Night Live, back for their 39th season, with 6 new cast members ran both hot and cold. I watched the season opener with Tina Fey and thought it was pretty funny, though Fey (looking more relaxed and sexy than I ever seen her) really didn't do any of her old characters and instead essayed some new ones. Arcade Fire were the musical guest and basically stole the show. The six new players were alternately funny and just getting their sea legs. Cecily Strong, Seth Meyer’s new co-anchor at Weekend Update was spot-on funny. My initial thought: She could be the next break-out player for SNL. 39 years: amazing! Gotta' to hand it to Lorne Michaels; who seems to be virtually running the network now. Congrats … Aside from NBC’s The Blacklist (with James Spader) most of the new shows have been a bust. Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves The World and the self-titled Michael J. Fox Show have been pretty much stillborn. Surprisingly, I think the most captivating and well-written and acted show to return has been CBS’ Hawaii 5-O, starring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Last year ended with a great cliff-hanger and while that was resolved, there were three other ones set in motion. Great writing all around. The team behind this is essentially the same as was the team for the great-show Fringe. Excellent all around … Congrats to Q104.3's Jim Kerr who hosted a special show with none other than Paul McCartney last week for his new album New. Jim's one of the best out there and the entire show will be played today on Q104.3 today. He also hosted last year's Micky Dolenz Live At BB King's concert which is out today as an album. Producer/writer/artist Dave Stewart is about to launch his own web TV show called The Ringmaster. The show will be a bi-weekly show featuring “music and bizarre things” with special guests. The first guest will be actor Andy Garcia (The Untouchables, The Godfather Part III). “He is a real mad Cuban music fanatic,” Dave tells “When he heard I was doing the show he wrote a theme tune, The Ringmaster, and he comes on the show and he plays it on the piano”.“Then I have a guest called Elijah Kelley who is in The Butler with Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker,” he says. “He is a great actor but also a great musician and record producer. Then he brings on these two girls from Somalia that he has produced”.The Ringmaster will also have its own regular house band. “I have a band on the stage with Sheila E playing drums and the band Ozomatli,” he says. “I can do what I want and invite whoever I want. It is really good fun. It has music and bizarre things.” Dave Stewart will premiere of the first episode on the BiteSize Network soon.

Friday, March 01, 2013



Katie Couric

Almost three months after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Katie Couric returns to the Connecticut community to remember those who were lost, and to host a conversation about their hope that this tragedy can inspire change. Couric was one of the first journalists to interview the families in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and through this episode of “Katie,” airing MONDAY, MARCH 4, she will share how this town is dealing with their grief and its commitment to ensure that their loved ones have not died in vain.

Broadcasting from the Town Hall in Newtown, Couric will explore the healing process for families and friends of the 26 lives that were lost that day, how this country can have a reasonable debate about protecting our children as well as the rights provided by the Second Amendment, and the debate over mental health reform. This show will bring you the voices of Newtown, and their promise that the tragedy that devastated their town and our country will have an impact that will honor those who were lost. Plus: Katie will highlight the efforts of The Sandy Hook Promise, a grassroots organization created to support the families of the victims and the survivors, which is encouraging dialogue about common sense solutions to the issues raised by the tragedy.

Katie will also speak with Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and made a documentary entitled “Living for 32” about gun shows, as well as with Sandy Phillips, who lost her 24-year-old daughter, Jessica, in the Aurora movie theater shooting seven months ago.

Families who lost loved ones will talk with Katie, including:

Nicole Hockley, whose six-year-old son Dylan was killed.

Bill Sherlach, whose wife of 31 years, Mary, was Sandy Hook’s school psychologist and also died in the shootings.

Mark and Jackie Barden, whose seven-year-old son Daniel was killed.

David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their six year-old son Benjamin.

Jeremy and Jennifer Richman, whose six-year-old daughter Avielle was killed.

Rebecca and Steve Kowalski, who lost their seven-year-old son Chase.

Gilles and Joyce Rousseau, who lost their 30-year-old daughter Lauren Rousseau, a teacher at Sandy Hook.

Jimmy Green and Nelba Márquez-Greene, who lost their daughter Ana.

Other guests who will join Katie from Newtown are: 

Lee Shull, one of the founders of The Sandy Hook Promise, which focuses on creating a dialogue and educating people about gun responsibility and mental health.

UCLA Professor of Law Adam Winkler and Columbia University professor Dr. Paul Appelbaum, for a conversation about guns and mental health.

Wendy Davenson, a therapist in Newtown who has been working with families coping with grief and trauma.

Monsignor Robert Weiss, who has ministered to the victims’ families since the shooting.

 Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney/Katie Couric

Thursday, February 07, 2013



Brandi Glanville

Eddie Cibrian
The cover story of the new issue of Us Weekly reveals that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville may have been the first to cheat! As Us Weekly revealed nearly four years ago, both former husband Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes cheated on their respective spouses when the Northern Lights costars embarked on an infamous romance in 2009 -- eventually leading to the end of both of their first marriages. But though Cibrian's then-wife Glanville -- now a published memoirist and mainstay on Bravo -- has long portrayed herself as the scorned woman, the truth is a lot more complicated than that. Indeed, multiple sources exclusively confirm in the new issue of Us (out now) that Glanville, 40, cheated on Cibrian, 39, several times during their eight-year marriage. In one particularly shocking incident, Glanville had sex with another man in her bedroom just six weeks after the birth of son Jake, now 5. "Brandi loves to play the victim," one source tells Us, "but she doesn't tell the whole story."

Khloe Kardashian

Also in the new issue is a Q&A feature with Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom, and the duo sets the record straight on rumors of marital strife! When asked directly if there was trouble on the homefront, Khloe responded, “yes, we bicker – we’re both stubborn! – but we make sure to never go to bed angry.” And Lamar added to that, “And we say our prayers together. That helps.” Nasty fights? Divorce lawyers? No way. Even when asked about the next 15 years, Lamar boasted, “we’ll be tucked away in a little Italian village. Drinking wine. Naked. In a field full of daisies.”


Leighton Meester

Seth and Blair? It’s on! Inside Brody and Meester’s romance

Adam Brody
A match made in teen-tv heaven! a source tells Hot Stuff that Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, 26, and The O.C. vet Adam Brody, 33, have been dating for several weeks. “They’re hanging out,” says an insider of the Oranges costars. All around the globe, apparently. The undercover couple were first spotted toting their luggage into the Siam Kempinski Hotel during a mid-January getaway to Bangkok, Thailand. Meester — who split with actor Aaron Himelstein, 27, during the holidays — and her guy then continued their romance stateside. On February 1, the twosome were arm in arm as they perused an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But their favorite spot just might be at home on the couch. An excited Brody (who last dated director Lorene Scafaria in 2010) recently told a pal he and his new love have logged substantial cuddle time. Recounts the friend, “He said, ‘I’m newly not single. Now I have someone to spoon with.’ ”

 Photos By: RD/Kabik/Orchon/Kirkland/Retna