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Friday, June 05, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Lambert

BRIAN’S VIEW --- I attended yesterday’s taping of ABC‘s The View, where they had a fascinating and exclusive interview with Brian Wilson and his wife, Melinda.

I’ve been really knocked out by his most recent solo album, No Pier Pressure (it’s been immediately placed on my “Best of . . .” music list for this year, most assuredly) and I’m going to see the new movie, Love & Mercy, this weekend about Wilson and his Beach Boy brothers Carl and Dennis.

First off, this was the first time I’ve been to the new View studios, located a scant few blocks away from their old digs at 125 West End Avenue. An old-world cavernous studio, if there ever was one. I remember being there, with The Monkees and a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany appearance, and being amazed at the space. I mean, wow, you could have landed the Space Shuttle in there! But, that’s the way they did it back in the day.

The new space is decidedly smaller—tight, in fact—and Whoopi Goldberg firmly rules the roost. After the second coming (and going) of Rosie O’Donnell—where the two fought more than was necessary—Whoopi‘s more in control than ever and sets a really nice tone. She’s funny, poignant, terrific. I remain a huge fan.

Former View ‘er Joy Behar was present yesterday as well, and she was a hoot. She’s an old-school comic, and remains just drop-dead funny. Her lead story was how she and her husband fought over her driving. Think of her as the female version of Regis Phlbin. Funny . . . old-school, but funny.

Wilson and his wife were on the second segment. As soon as they came out, interviewed by Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace, you could sense Brian’s growing sense of unease. The hulking Wilson was a terrific interview, though, as an obviously-overwhelmed Goldberg peppered him with questions about the movie, as well as his new album.

Wilson wasn’t exactly chatty, but he did address her questions and you could sense that both the movie and the new album were important new works to him. Interestingly enough, when Goldberg was attempting to explain what his music has meant to her, she broke down . . . and co-host Wallace admirably stepped in.

I’ve seen Whoopi many times, and I know for a fact that this was a genuinely emotional moment for her.

A figure like Wilson can and should bring that out in anyone. His music is a vital part of the soundtrack of our lives.

It’ll be on today at 11:00 AM on ABC—check it out.

LAMBERT’S IDOL --- No matter the outcome of the final American Idol season, which will air in 2016, Adam Lambert will forever stand as the series’ most memorable showman. Still, six years removed from the show and with two albums under his belt, he’s finally ready to let the pressure of that impressive distinction go.

And, will he appear one last time on the show? I think you can bet on it!

In an interview with Next, for which Lambert appears on their June cover, the multi-octave belter mapped out the journey to his upcoming third album, The Original High, and, at 33, says he’s exactly where he wants to be.

“I wanted to take away a lot of the theatrics that I’m known for and just be a little bit more real—not so much of a character,” he told the magazine of his forthcoming collection of songs.

“Coming off of a show like Idol, I ended up being put in the category of the ‘rock ’n’ roll’ guy, so I was doing a lot of rock music. Then the second album I did kind of reflected this funk pop thing I was feeling at the time…[this time] I wanted it to feel authentic to my social life. It’s also nostalgic, in a way, for the ’90s.”

Lambert admitted that a new label and new co-workers have certainly changed his sound (“The people around you are the ones that make all these ideas come to life,” he noted), and added that he’s thrilled to see a certain collaborator—Tove Lo—making waves on charts.

“She’s the most down-to-earth, chill, fun-loving girl next door,” he said. “We wrote ["Rumors"] before “Habits” became a big hit, so getting to watch it climb the charts and her become a star is really exciting…She’s not trying to be P.C. about it. She’s just being honest and forthright. I really clicked with her on that."

The new album, The Original High, is out on June 12!

GLBT @ QPB: June is Gay Pride Month, and it turns out that Taking Woodstock author and gay rights icon Elliot Tiber gets to celebrate the occasion by seeing his brand-new memoir, After Woodstock, picked up by the popular Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) as a top title for summer reading lists. Good things have happened for Tiber from the start of his now-three-book run with Long Island indie publisher Square One Publishers, including a fortuitous connection with PR pasha David Salidor on his first book back in 2007. Time will tell if Tiber's new GLBT-geared book is made into a feature film, as his first one was by director Ang Lee with James Schamus and the folks at Focus Features. In the meantime, though, every review for the book so far has been excellent and the fact that it has now been picked by one of the nation's strongest book clubs means that a lot more people are going to be embracing what looks to be Tiber's finest work to date. Having read it myself, I can say that After Woodstock stands as one of the best reads of this year - and that applies, whether you're gay or str8 . . .

CLOSING NOTES --- At yesterday’s View show; Raven Simone was also a guest host. First off, with her bleached-blond hair and Goth-like attire, I hardly recognized her. Also, she barely said anything during the show, save for a how-to segment with make-up queen Bobbi Brown. I felt a little bad for her . . .

Watching the new Netflix show Grace and Frankie (and, loving it). On episode number eleven, “The Secret,” the Lily Tomlin character confesses at the end that she made out once with a Monkee—Micky Dolenz. The episode ends with “She,” a song written by Boyce and Hart on which Dolenz sang lead back in late 1966. Terrific!

Watched ABC’s new show The Whispers, and really liked it. Based on a very early Ray Bradbury short story from 1951 (“Zero Hour”), its plot starts with a bunch of random children all with an imaginary friend named Drill . . . who has them do his evil bidding. Mysterious, right? Done very well, and with Steven Spielberg as executive producer (and who is also involved in CBS’ Under the Dome), you’d expect everything to be great . . . right? But, having invested so much time in shows like these (Flash Forward, Nowhere Man, The Event, Millennium), only to see them disappear after one summer season, I’m somewhat reluctant. This one has some great twists and Milo Ventimiglia (Batman, Heroes, Rocky Balboa) is there . . . so I’m compelled to keep watching. We’ll see.

Florence + The Machine on ABC’s Good Morning America later this morning. Great new album from her: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It may be her best yet . .

Thursday, May 07, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Micky Dolenz With Bruce Morrow

MAD MEN – With only two episodes of Matthew Weiner’s brilliantly mad Mad Men left, we wanted to note that—although we felt this last cycle of seven shows took some time to build—Sunday’s episode, titled “Lost Horizon,” was just about perfect. Don Draper is in a meeting when he begins to gaze out the window. He gets up, leaves the meeting and drives to . . . Wisconsin, of all places.

Meanwhile, as Peggy gathers her things to move to another work space in the office, she hears slightly eerie organ music (very Phantom of the Opera, I dare say) in the background. A quick look reveals Roger (!) playing the organ. Then, in short order, Peggy is on skates, while Roger continues to play his musical opus. A far-too-short scene, but brilliant for sure.

Weiner is leaving lots of Easter Eggs all over this one, from Don’s original Social Security card to his wedding ring with Betty. The ending had Don driving even farther away from New York and picking up a hitchhiker on the way—all while David Bowie’s brilliant “Space Oddity” plays on the soundtrack. Man, what a great song to hear all these years later—like Bowie himself, the song only gets better with age.

Many have speculated that Don will never find his way back to New York, and might even revert back to his original self, Dick Whitman. A writer from EW even said that the hitchhiker might have been Bob Dylan. Too much!

I will say that MM has been a blast, from start to its impending finish. Every episode wasn't great, but if there’s ever a college course in TV (and, given the popularity of NY Times journalist Dave Itzkoff’s remarkable book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network, which reminds us of the relevance from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning 1976 film, there certainly is ample reason for such courses now), then I believe that Mad Men will become required viewing. Can't wait to see how it all wraps up– and in two weeks, we'll know.

STONED AGAIN --  Rolling Stone magazine—whose publisher is Jann Wenner, co-founder and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation—conducted a readers' poll to find out the Top 10 acts that should be inducted into next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's no surprise seeing the names that made the list—Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, Chicago—but let's see if the nominating committee follows through and takes notice when they get together later this year to decide who should be nominated. Out of the ten names on this list, only Deep Purple, Yes, and The Smiths have ever been nominated before.

1. Deep Purple

2. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

3. Yes

4. Cheap Trick

5. Chicago

6. Warren Zevon

7. Little Feat

8. Iron Maiden

9. The Moody Blues

10. The Smiths

As for me, I'm still waiting on Todd Rundgren and The Monkees to be inducted.

U2 RETURN --- On Sunday, Jimmy Fallon and Bono were spotted filming a possible Tonight Show skit for NBC, riffing on the U2 lead singer’s very unfortunate Central Park bicycling accident this past November. And last night, the entire band, with Fallon in tow, was spotted at the Grand Central subway station.

All of this in advance of U2’s return to The Tonight Show this Friday, May 8, in an episode which, at this point, appears to have only the Irish rockers as confirmed guests. Letterman is slated to have Ray Romano on his show that night—I suppose we’ll see who everyone loves more . . . Raymond or Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam.

From the look of things, I guess U2 are back and ready to roll. New photos of the group showed their lead singer with a newly-woven head of hair (made of spider-web, perhaps?). Regardless, the band kicks off their Innocence + Experience world tour next week in Canada. We wish them well with it . . .

CLOSING NOTES --- Micky Dolenz ran into Willie Nelson at the midtown NYC SiriusXM studios last night. Micky returns there today, to do an interview with the legendary Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow . . .

Meanwhile, there was an excellent Ken Dashow interview with Moody Blues‘ longtime bassist and singer/songwriter John Lodge last weekend on NY's Q104.3 FM. Always have loved those ‘Muddy Boots‘ as the band’s drummer Graeme Edge might call the group (the 2009 reissue of the Graeme Edge Band's 1975 debut LP, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots , remains a favorite listen of mine) . . .

Jon Hamm is set to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action/thriller High Wire Act. Set in 1980’s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U. S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death …

Check out this review, via BuzzFeed on The Monkees recent shows in Canada, from Jacqueline Boyd.

SIGHTINGS --- PR pasha David Salidor at Dosa Royale in Cobble Hill.

Photo Courtesy Of: Salidor PR/Paul Undersinger

Monday, April 27, 2015



Story By: by G. H. HARDING
Bruce Jenner

BRUCE JENNER SPEAKS --- Fourteen million people watched, and here’s what I saw:

First, it was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever witnessed on broadcast TV. Second, I always liked Jenner and he certainly came across as confident that he was finally making the right decision after years of anguish, And third: of all those bleeding Kardashians, Kim apparently was the first one to step up and support him . . . with Kanye, of all people.

One journalist immediately termed it: “Bruce Jenner’s Coming Out Is the Millennial Moon Landing.”

I thought Diane Sawyer did a fine job, although perhaps Anderson Cooper or Ann Curry (yes, she's still positioned with NBC Universal) would have been interesting choices as well.

While Bruce kept saying it was a mostly private and personal choice, I just didn’t get why yet another reality show about his impending gender transition is necessary. Two days later, I still don't get it.

Micky Dolenz

2 MONKEES IN ONTARIO --- Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork kicked off a series of shows in Ontario this weekend, and here’s what our reporter Tyrone Biljan had to say:

“I’ve always viewed The Monkees as a diamond. A diamond in the rough, perhaps. What I mean is that you can look at it from any angle and see within many different things. It’s multi layered.

“The two shows outside of Toronto was a spotlight of the blues from their extensive catalog for these two sold-out shows.

“The Monkees’ band (Yes! They really are a band!) has had many configurations over almost 50 years. But while both Dolenz and the late Davy Jones put out a Monkees album called Changes in 1970, this is the first Monkees tour to feature Tork & Dolenz together as a two-some. (After a rare and very welcome return to Monkees concert tours over the past two years by Mike Nesmith, it seems that “Papa Nez” has decided to opt out of touring this time around.)

“Highlights of the night, of which there were many, included the return of an acoustic-seated set that included a bluesy ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ with Peter on lead and Dolenz on guitar and harmony vocals. Tork has maintained a very spirited devotion to blues music these past years with his own group Shoe Suede Blues, and this down ‘n dirty version of “Clarksville” was first recorded and released in 2007 as part of the Shoe Suede Blues album, Cambria Hotel.

“There was also Dolenz singing what he calls his ‘Layla,’ the Gerry Goffin- and Carole King-written ‘Sometime in the Morning,’ which sounded amazing. Just as Tork’s performance of ’Clarksville’ at the show came from his own 2007 SSB version, Micky’s version of ‘Sometime in the Morning’ was informed by his own fantastic recording of the song on his own 2010 album devoted to the songs of Carole King—and called, aptly enough, King for a Day.

“The duo also brought forth a classic and seldom-performed live version of Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce’s ballad “I’ll Spend My Life With You.” Being that The Monkees recorded a version of this song back in ’66 with the great L.A. session musicians known collectively as “The Wrecking Crew,” only to then go on and re-record the song when they were playing all the instruments themselves on the 1967 album, Headquarters, means it can now be said without a doubt that this song stands as testimony to what Micky and Peter in particular have said all along—that they began as actors playing a band on TV, but quickly became a real band that made their mark both in concerts and on records.

“The solo set backed by the Monkees’ band included Micky’s sister Coco Dolenz, as well as seasoned musicians from various Monkees tours. They played a very bluesy rendition of The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar,” which Dolenz mentioned can be found on his most recently-released solo album Remember. (For those who know that it was the choice by Monkees’ original music producer, the late Don Kirschner, to have The Monkees record a single of “Sugar, Sugar” that got him fired by the band, Micky’s performance of the song was the ironic cherry on top of this song’s performance that night.) Peter also played 'Even White Boys Get the Blues,' and both songs got a very positive reaction from the audience.

“The video presentation, by tour producer and Rhino Records visionary Andrew Sandoval, was set with many rare images. My favorite of the night had to be a very early ‘70s photo with bearded and shoulder length hair Tork on stage playing guitar, with Coco singing in the middle and Micky strumming guitar with his curly hair and mutton-chop sideburns. There were also video clips from the original Monkees TV show that included songs by Nesmith and the dearly-departed 'Manchester Cowboy' himself, Davy Jones.

“A final highlight of the show was the duo singing and exchanging verses on Davy’s signature Number-One worldwide hit, 'Daydream Believer.' After seeing this concert, and taking into consideration all the many countless dozens of live shows that The Monkees have given to the public now for nearly the past forty years, it would seem sheer lunacy to me—and I’m sure to many others all over the globe—to suggest that The Monkees are not entirely deserving of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction that continually eludes them. For this reporter, the absence of The Monkees from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame truly signifies a crucial ‘missing link’ in the evolution of this organization. But the ongoing snub didn’t seem to mind Peter or Micky that night or any other night. To paraphrase the lyrics from The Monkees’ own TV show, ‘We’re’ too busy singin’ to put anybody down.’ At these new Monkees shows in Canada, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork did themselves and their other two bandmates proud. Well done, gentlemen, well done.”

MOVIE DOWNLOW – I really was looking forward to watching two movies that had somehow escaped my view late last year: Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar, and J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year.

Nolan has seemingly been anointed as the director to watch. Whenever I see one of his Batman movies on TV, I simply cannot turn away. And his other films, Inception and Insomnia (featuring one of the best “serious” roles in the entirety of the late great Robin Williams’ acting career) and the first film, Memento, are among my favorites.

Interstellar (with a strong cast of Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Oscar-nominated Best Actress Jessica Chastain, no less) made less and less sense as it went on. It was totally impossible to understand. I was crushed. I watched the almost three-and-a-half hour opus, hoping that it would regain some momentum. It did not.

It wasn’t a big hit when it was first released and, though McConaughey is good . . . it just made no sense. I wonder if it made sense to the actors at all, or if they were just content to leave themselves in the director’s usually-capable hands. A mystery, for sure.

J. C. Chandor is the director who first gained fame with a terrific little movie called Margin Call, followed by his work on the stunning Robert Redford movie, All Is Lost. This new one, with Oscar Isaac who was terrific and the ever-busy and “also in Interstellar” Jessica Chastian, was simmering . . . and stayed that way for the duration of the movie. The gist of the movie was to show just how hard the oil business is. What?!

The ending was a conversation that ended with a question. In light of the film’s title, there was in fact very little violence, but plenty of simmering emotion. Again, I felt cheated. In my opinion, anyone who wants to see a remarkably entertaining motion picture over the past year that actually had a profound message at its core should go right away and check out Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Whatever these folks are doing with this fairly new re-boot of the classic Arthur P. Jacobs film series is working.

My new movie wish-list, meanwhile: the new Mad Max; Tomorrowland with George Clooney and, at long last Entourage, the movie—a.k.a., The Ride Ain’t Over. Yikes, what a title!

CLOSING NOTES --- Gloria Reuben's last NYC show is this Thursday night at The Metropolitan Room. Don't miss this one . . .

Hot podcast The SDR Show—hosted by metal DJ Ralph Sutton and comedian Big Jay Oakerson—will be celebrating their one-year anniversary at a special live recording party at The Museum of Sex’s Play Bar and Den tonight at 6pm, featuring a live performance by the Shift and appearances by comedian Aaron Berg and Savanna the Psychic Stripper.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year! We’ve hit so many milestones, between Shiprocked and Motorhead cruises, hitting number one in iTunes Comedy, signing with “All Things Comedy” and all of the amazing guests we’ve had, it’s truly been insane,” says Sutton. “And this special show recorded in front of a live audience with live music, a psychic stripper, and a few past guests all streaming live at The Museum of Sex seemed like a great way to round out the year. I can't wait to see what kind of craziness happens next!”

Furious 7 - the hugely popular sequel crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, becoming only the third film to pull off that track. It’s in some pretty good company in that regard, joining both of James Cameron’s films Avatar and Titanic. With a global haul of $1.3 billion, Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing film in history.

Furious 7, which is the last film in the series to feature actor Paul Walker, is also now the highest-grossing film in China. Its $323 million gross in the People’s Republic exceeds Transformers: Age of Extinction’s record-breaking $319 million bounty.

Domestically, Furious 7 became the first film since The Hunger Games in 2012 to top box office charts for four weeks in a row, picking up a leading $18.3 million and driving its Stateside total to $320 million.

And to think that the biggest car-related moneymaker in Hollywood way back in 1968 was Disney’s live-action comedy, The Love Bug . . .

New bookings at Steve Walter's Cutting Room include David Lindley and David Duchovny .... now, that's booking!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Brad & Jackie Waddell

Monday, November 10 is the ten year anniversary of Brad Waddell’s site – the preferred site to go for all things

Says Waddell, “Early in 1992, the Internet was getting a lot of buzz
and so as a computer programmer I had to get out there and see what
was happening. I re-discovered the Monkees fans from around the world;
hanging out on IRC chat and USENET ( and proceeded
to see what I could add to the mix. I created a Monkees mailing list
and began to help in scheduling Monkees parties online at scheduled
times in the chat.”

“In 1994 when the old menu systems of the Internet began to give way
to the new form of HTML web pages, I built the first Monkees-web site
and listed it on Yahoo and it was popular immediately because of the
ability to share photos, recordings and a few videos.”

Waddell says he’s met fans from all over the world and feels flattered
that his site has become something of a common ground.

He’s even interfaced, not only with the members of the band, but also
various resources the band has worked with. Says Micky
Dolenz-publicist David Salidor, “Brad’s done an amazing job of keeping
current; cherishing the history of the group and their music. Theirs
is a totally unique story and their fans, young and old, have a
perfect resource to go to.”

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Micky Dolenz

A CORNER EXCLUSIVE --- We heard the rumors, but yesterday Rockers On Broadway’s director Donnie Kehr called and confirmed to us exclusively to that Monkee-Peter Tork will indeed be a special guest for their upcoming November 17 event here in new York, joining mate-Micky Dolenz on stage for several songs, and the presentation to Dolenz of his Lifetime Achievement Award. So, basically we’re having a mini-Monkee reunion here in Manhattan. The event will take place at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. Check out their site here for more info:

JERRY MEETS MARTY --- The Grateful Dead will celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary with an authorized feature documentary that will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, helmer of the terrfici films The Tillman Story and most recently the Penn State football scandal Happy Valley. Martin Scorsese, whose own rock docus have provided the template for how to make these kinds of movies, will be executive producer. Longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film’s music supervisor.

The makers say their as-yet-untitled film will include never-before-seen footage of performances and backstage stuff involving the band, as well as new interviews with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters (and, they are legend) from the Dead universe.

The film will go back to the band’s formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960’s. They continued to record albums and conduct tours where Deadhead fans would follow them all over the country for lengthy rave-like jam sessions. The good times came to an end when band leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have done their best to carry on. There have been numerous attempts to mount a narrative feature on the band, but this docu is clearly on the fast track.

The band issued this statement: “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them,” said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir.

Scorsese said: “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”

CHILLER --- Another successful Chiller Theatre Expo event in the quaint laurel of Parsippany, New Jersey this past weekend. Spotted were Butch Patrick from TV’s The Munster’s; Debbie Gibson; Jimmy Hart; Terri Garr; Hulk Hogan; Brit Brashear; Henry Winkler, Jacqueline Boyd; paparazzo-Bobby Bank; Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island; Tony Orlando; Chuck Ziti; Lita Ford (Runaways); May Pang; Joyce Randolph: and, PR-pasha David Salidor.

And, if that wasn't enough, there was a Saturday night concert featuring The Cowsills and The Smithereens!

JACK BRUCE PASSES --- One of the premiere bassists in rock, Jack Bruce, has died over the weekend at 71 of liver disease.

Bruce was bassist in the 1960's supergroup Cream which also boasted Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, and are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. Selling 35 million albums in just over two years they were awarded the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire. Bruce penned and took on vocal duties on most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (May 14, 1943 - October 25, 2014) was the founding member of Cream, in the late 1960's.

He maintained a solo career that spanned several decades, and also participated in several critically acclaimed musical ensembles. Known as a memorable vocalist and pioneering bass guitarist, Bruce was also an accomplished songwriter. His first solo album Songs For A Tailor was released in 1969 and his most recent, Silver Rails released earlier this year. His albums were a rather distinct departure from that music of Cream; thoughtful, provocative, intricately arranged and performed, they were nothing short of brilliant.

Bruce was trained as a classical cellist, and he considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalog of compositions and recordings tended toward blues and rock and roll. He also played in Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.

Bruce's death was revealed through his official website, and confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers who said "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."

A statement from his family said:

It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.

The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

CLOSING NOTES --- Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral last Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said Friday the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. Makes you wonder if this all wasn’t part of a carefully-crafted promo campaign. Me, I'm quite sure it was. Going viral is where it’s at these days …

SIGHTINGS --- Micky Dolenz drummer Rich Dart and friends at B. B. King’s catching legend Jerry Lee Lewis; Rocket’s Tony King on Manhattan’s Highline with friends last week; Chrissy Teigen at Casamigos Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila: A Late Night Fiesta hosted by Bobby Flay during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Thursday, March 08, 2012


Davy Jones

In the sixties, The Monkees captured the hearts of millions. They sold more records than The Beatles & The Rolling Stones in 1967. The Monkees had such hits as "(Theme From) The Monkees," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Valleri" and "Daydream Believer." Their albums and singles have sold over 65 million copies worldwide, and the band was a pop-culture phenomenon, with songs that have stood the test of time.

They reunited through the years and toured occasionally from 1986 through 2011. On February 29, 2012, Davy Jones of The Monkees passed away. Up until Jones' death, the Monkees had been one of the few remaining major pop groups from the 1960s with all its members still alive. Their greatest hits CD, "The Best of The Monkees," just re-entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 20.

On Friday night, March 30, in tribute to Davy Jones, Liverpool Productions will be presenting "An Evening of Monkees Memories" at Aldario's Restaurant, 240 Naugatuck Avenue in Milford, CT. The event is open to all ages and doors open at 7pm.

"An Evening of Monkees Memories" features the New Jersey pop-rock band "The Characters." The Characters were a backing band not only for Davy Jones, but also for Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, and they appeared in The Monkees' video for their song "Heart and Soul." They will be headlining the evening with a full set of the Monkees' hits, along with a second set of favorites from the Monkees' era. There will also be trivia, giveaways and DJ entertainment by Charles F. Rosenay!!!

Charles F. Rosenay!!!'s Liverpool Productions, organizers of the event, not only presented Beatles Conventions in Connecticut for four decades, but also produced Monkees Convention in the state in the 80s. Peter Tork was a special guest at two conventions, and Davy Jones was the special guest of honor at one of the events. Charles considered Davy Jones a friend, and they were working on a project together just before the time of Jones' death.

The Friday night, March 30 "An Evening of Monkees Memories" tribute to Davy Jones at Aldario's Restaurant in Milford, CT is a dance party which will feature the live concerts by The Characters, DJ entertainment, special guests, a full all-you-can-eat dinner buffet plus open bar. Admission is $40 and reservation can be made at (203) 874-6096. For further info on the event, call Liverpool Productions at (203) 795-4737.

Photo By:RD / AARON CRISLER / Retna Digital

Tuesday, March 06, 2012



Micky Dolenz

DEATH OF A MONKEE - It was quite a week for Monkee-Micky Dolenz as his mate Davy Jones unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday. Per his spokesperson David Salidor, “Micky was in New York to rehearse for a projected new play Garage Band.” Dolenz appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan later that night; and, followed up Thursday morning with Today; Access Hollywood; Good Morning America; and Good Day New York, with Roseanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. Over the weekend he spoke to People; L.A. Times and Gary Graff from The Detroit Free Press. It’s always a delicate maneuver handling the media after such an incident, but from what I witnessed, Dolenz handled it with true class. You want to properly memorialize your friend. I heard him say in one interview that the two had known each other for 47 years. Personally, I liked the interview he did with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos; with his interview being succinct, concise and spot-on perfect. I actually met Jones for the first time last summer when the band performed on The View; during their 45th reunion tour. I found him exceptionally charming and exactly like I had heard he was for years. I tell you one thing; the media coverage was very impressive. No doubt his passing touched the nerves of many. Rest easy Davy.

Sunday, March 04, 2012


Gary Sohmers

In the wake of Davy Jones' sudden passing yesterday, one way to remember and cherish his memory is to look back at the abundance of MONKEES collectibles and recall just how huge this pop culture phenomenon really was.

And the guy who knows all about them is the “King of Pop Culture” – Gary Sohmers, very colorful and flamboyant longtime appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow,” the show that started the collectibles craze on TV. (You'll instantly recognize him with his loud Hawaiian shirt and silver/gray ponytail).

“In fact,” says Gary, “there was more Monkees memorabilia made than Beatles memorabilia. The questions is, are they worth more than the Beatles? “

He’s central to the spirit of all the reality shows from Storage Wars to American Pickers to Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn, that are flooding TV based on the premise of discovering what people’s stashes are worth.

Gary is going to be giving appraisals of pop culture items for charity (American Cancer Society) at the upcoming NY Pier Antiques Show - New York’s largest antique, art, style and collecting event - on March 17 & 18 at Pier 94.

Friday, March 02, 2012



Davy Jones On The Newlywed Game With Jessica Pacheco

GSN will pay tribute to The Monkees front man Davy Jones, who passed away on February 29th, with a special encore airing of Jones’ appearance on THE NEWLYWED GAME. The episode, from GSN’s new, original version of the iconic game show, will air on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:00 PM ET.

The episode features appearances by a number of celebrity couples, including: Jones and his wife, Telemundo actress Jessica Pacheco; Jonny Fairplay (“Survivor”) and Michelle Deighton (“America's Next Top Model”); Ronn Moss (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Devin DeVasquez (actress-model and former Playboy Playmate). It originally aired on January 21, 2010.

THE NEWLYWED GAME is GSN’s modern installment of the classic series showcasing three newly married couples of wide-ranging backgrounds who face off in a series of question rounds. During each round, a spouse attempts to guess his or her mate’s answer to questions about their relationship, ranging from the first time they met to the details of their love lives. At the end of the game, the couple with the most correct matches wins exciting prizes.

Photo Courtesy Of: GSN

Wednesday, February 29, 2012



Micky Dolenz

We reached out to Monkee Micky Dolenz on the death on Davy Jones. Below is what he had to say.

"I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I'll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.”



Davy Jones

Monkees legend Davy Jones has died of a heart attack at age 66, according to media reports. No other information has been given out yet.

Davey Jones was famous for his role in the pop group The Monkees, which got together in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. Their huge mega-hits included "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Justin Bieber

BOP NO MORE -- Charles Laufer, the founder of Tiger Beat, passed away at the age of 86 this week, according to the New York Times. Laufer, a pioneer in the teen-targeted magazine industry of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, started his career as a high school teacher, who was upset that his students had virtually nothing entertaining to read. He began publishing teen oriented fanzines in 1955, with a magazine called Coaster; that morphed into Teen. Before Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson came The Beach Boys and The Monkees, yet all these years later the stories are basically the same: who’s dating who; what stars look for in girls; and, where they go shopping. Gloria Stavers’ 16 Magazine (which officially began in 1957) was really the biggest of them all. She is credited with being one of the first women rock and roll journalists, but male editors, her detractors, and those who scoffed at teen or celebrity magazines sometime called her mother superior of the inferior. Laufer’s style of excessive exclamation points and cluttered photo collages can still be seen today; although probably more on the web than elsewhere. Perez Hilton’s deliberate highlighting (usually in white!) of a photo or story on his site is a direct correlation. Laufer and his brother, Ira, started TB in 1965 after selling Teen in 1957. The tag line for the magazine pretty much sums up its stories: Guys in their 20s singing La La songs to 13-year old girls! Laufer was one of the first supporters of the pre-fab four and put them on the cover of TB in 1965, which helped shoot the band into superstardom and put the magazine on the map. Research editor Anthony Pomes; he did the terrific work with Micky Dolenz on the artist's Micky Dolenz' Rock 'N Rollin' Trivia from Square One publishing, said, “Laufer brought an early enthusiasm to teen culture that exploded at nearly the same time as The Monkess. A pioneer in 'tween' mass merchandising, he deserves credit of creating in Tiger Beat a magazine that aimed to please the kids before anything else. The fact that both Charles Laufer, the man who helped popularize the Monkees' image, and Don Kirshner, the man who helped popularize the Monkees' music, have died the same year as the group is about to re-unite lends even more poignancy to the upcoming tour than was there before.” The brothers sold TB in 1978 for a reported $15 million, with its circulation being around 700,000. We worked with daughter Julie Laufer in the 80s and found her to be one of hardest working people out there and terrifically creative. Rest easy Mr. Laufer!


Adrian Niles

ADRIAN NILES BAND – Every so often a band comes along with a distinctive sound; some compelling integrity; and, some balls. When we first flipped on the Adrian Niles Band. we were immediately knocked out by the terrific writing; scintillating production; and, uncannily catchy songs. One song in particular, “Skylark” we’ve been particularly taken with; humming it for hours. The track is off their current CD Roll & Move, via indie-Flying Box Car Records. Says Niles, who hails from Ohio, “Some of my earliest memories are of me at 3 years old, sitting on the floor, banging pots and pan’s along with my dad’s bluegrass band as they packed in the kitchen. I guess I get it honestly.” His musical influences, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Collective Soul, Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, and The Band, are evidenced throughout the CD making for an exceptionally good listening experience. In 1998, the band was ready to record their first full- fledged CD, co-produced by Pittsburgh legend and onetime CBS record artist Norman Nardini. As the recording emerged, they became the opening act for such rock-staples as Jefferson Airplane, Ben Orr (Cars); Pittsburgh-mainstay Donnie Iris; and, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, while continuing to develop a local notoriety. Niles put the band on hold in 2006 when he formed another band, Trainjumpers, with longtime friend and fellow singer/songwriter Matt Heusel. Their CD enjoyed some regional play and earned them several more live dates. With the band full re-formed in 2010 and the release of Ghost Road, things seemed poised for success. Shows with Rock and Roll inductee Dave Mason and Los Lonely Boys followed and secured even more interest in the band. Roll & Move came out in January and has created even more widespread attention for the band. Another concert date with Mason in late May is proof positive of their star-making success. The music business is in an interesting quagmire these days; the major seven labels are now down to like two, yet there are, because of the Internet, more opportunities than ever before do exist. And, for this band, with original material and scads creativity, I predict this will be their time.


Martin Scorsese

ROBBIE ROBERSTON IS IN – It's been 13 years since the last solo album from Robbie Robertson, and his new one, How To Become Clairvoyant is out his week. We've been in touch with his PR rep, Judi Kerr, from the West Coast for what seems like two months and she's sent us some links … but, no actual copy? What gives … we're fans!!! Regardless, what we have been able to hear sounds utterly fantastic. He was the leading force rebind the always awesome The Band; a veritable class act if there ever was one. We ran into Robertson once in L. A. where he lives and spoke to him for an extended time and found him to every bit as knowledgeable and funny as we had hoped. We've talked to him several times and can confirm he is the real deal. His appearances last week on David Letterman and The View were simply terrific. He looks great, sounds better than ever, and his singular guitar work simply outstanding. On both shows he performed the track “He Don't Live Here No More,” which tells of when he and Martin Scorsese (of all people!) shared a house. Robbie says of the song, "Marty's friends would still come over … as if he still lived there. So, this is the answer we had for them.” The one other track we've been able to glean digitally is “This Is where I Get Off” (with Eric Clapton) that chronicles the time he left The Band. In addition to Clapton, Trent Renzor and Steve Winwood also appear on the collection. His song “Somewhere Down The Crazy River” remains one of the best ever. We hope to have a more complete review soon! Please!!!


Micky Dolenz

MICKY LOVE – How about this review (from Bristol 24/7) of Hairspray in the U.K.: “I'd already been enjoying myself, but when Michael Ball – dressed up in, ahem, large ladies' attire and sporting lovely red lipstick – received a smacker on the lips from former-Monkee Micky Dolenz and struggled to keep it together as the audience whooped and cheered, I knew the long journey to see Hairspray been worthwhile!” Sort of gives the upcoming Monkees tour a whole new edge! The touring contingent of the play just opened their last leg in Bristol, England and on May 1, Dolenz will be in Florida prepping for the group's tour.

Friday, October 17, 2008


It was reported yesterday that SPICE GIRLS-honcho SIMON FULLER is in talks to bring back the 60's TV-show THE MONKEES ... but, with a modern twist.Reports also surfaced that the casting call for the group has already gone out in LA. The original NBC show aired for 5 years in 1965, with some terrific songs such as "Last Train To Clarksville:" and "Daydream Believer," and, introduced to the world the group, consisting of MICKY DOLENZ; DAVY JONES; PETER TORK, and MIKE NESMITH.The show was actually first revived in the early-90s ... but failed to stir viewers. An inside source says the target audience for the new show will be for the Gossip Girl-generation.Fuller tried five years ago on The New Monkess, but the idea was scrapped after no broadcaster showed any interest. The new show is pegged to launch first in the U.S., then Britain.Representatives for the group could not be reached, but, Dolenz's pr-man DAVID SALIDOR said to TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP, "It was a winning formula back then, and if it's done correctly, I can't see why it couldn't happen again. However, it was perfect casting... and, it was perfect music by the likes of Neil Diamond, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, and, Paul Williams. It's a Herculean job ... but, I've learned never to say never."But the group did not mark their 40th anniversary in 2006 and a comeback with all members on stage seems unlikely.