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Thursday, November 30, 2017

THE VIEW TALKS MATT LAUER TODAY SHOW ALLEGATIONS


Matt Lauer Conversation @ The View



Hot Topics @ The View: Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations.


"This was really hard for me to hear because I grew up at the Today show and I worked with Matt for years and years," Sara Haines said of her experience at NBC after the long-time anchor was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."


"He was someone that cheerleaded for me and supported me — and as I know Savannah said, he was extremely beloved there."


"I do commend the person with the bravery who comes out to speak about any of this type of behavior."


"I feel for my friends over there today because I know it's a dark day there at the Today show — it's just hard."


Monday, December 01, 2014

RAY RICE WIFE JANAY TALKS TO ESPN'S JEMELE HILL

Ray Rice




On CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, ESPN reporter Jemele Hill explains how she landed the first Janay Rice interview, why she agreed to certain conditions, and what Janay feels towards the outcome of the situation.







Hill on Janay Rice’s perception of the situation with her husband: “I think obviously she would not like to relive the situation. However, I think that that's pretty obvious. There were certain positives or a silver lining, if you will, that came out of this. Among the many was the fact that the level and awareness of domestic violence is now, you know, maybe more than we have seen in this country in quite some time. The other side of her, from a personal level, too, is that she felt like she learned a lot about herself, about her own strength, the strength of her family, the strength of her relationship with her husband. So, even though it was horrible and traumatic, and there's going to be some probably long-term emotional damage from this entire episode, I think that she has enough perspective to understand that there was something larger and bigger at play than just the microcosm of her situation.”



TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW



STELTER: The rest of that interview will air tomorrow on "The Today Show," but it was ESPN's Jemele Hill who had the first exclusive interview, which was the basis of a first-person essay by Janay that ESPN published on Friday. Jemele, thanks for joining me.



JEMELE HILL, ESPN: Thank you.



STELTER: You told me during the commercial break this was the first time in your career you have ever had to interview for an interview. Tell me what that was like.



HILL: Well, it was a little bit different process.



Obviously, with this kind of interview, Janay and her family, they wanted to basically have an array of choices. They wanted to figure out who they probably felt the most comfortable with.



And so when I met her and her mom for the first time, you know, I just wanted them to understand my commitment and passion for journalism. And the whole reason that I got into this business was to tell stories. They were already fully aware of what my opinions on the Ray Rice issue had been, and I think they felt as if I were fair.



That doesn't mean favorable, but they felt as if I were fair. And I think that was a big reason why they decided to trust me with their story.


Friday, November 21, 2014

HODA KOTB REPLACING SAVANNAH GUTHRIE @ NBC

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Matt Lauer Has Powers At NBC




TODAY SHOW MADNESS --- What’s in the water over at NBC/Universal? Having just gotten somewhat over the Ann Curry-debacle, there’s been a flurry of stories about the morning show crew; with Natalie Morales and Willie Geist suddenly being fired and Hoda Kotb replacing Savannah Guthrie.


Yesterday, on their 9:00-AM hour, the so-named Today’s Take, Geist and Morales addressed it directly. A big rumor was that Matt Lauer went to the powers that be and instructed them NOT to do this, which resulted in the immediate firing of a NBC exec. 


The once untouchable Today Show, which is limping to the end of its 63rd year amid backbiting, talent anxiety, lurid headlines, and for the past two years, second-place ratings, have cost the network news division tens of millions of dollars in advertising revenue.


This latest embarrassment—Monday night’s very public dismissal of NBC News senior vice president and Today show brand general manager Jamie Horowitz after just 10 weeks on the job—amounts to another black eye for the venerable program. Normally, the departure of an unknown broadcast executive would be relegated to the trade journals and barely make a dent in public awareness. But because of Today’s long-held position in the popular culture and its recent history of violent personnel changes, Horowitz’s removal is receiving dead-movie-star coverage in outlets ranging from Us Weekly to Entertainment Tonight, while going viral on social media.


The result is a disconcerting disconnect: A viewer in Topeka, Kansas, wondering just how insincere is the happy talk among Today’s grinning anchors, is apt know as much about the behind-the scenes melodrama as your average Manhattan media junkie. I mean, it's almost a Sex In The City-plot line!


In 2012, Today ended 16 years of ratings dominance with the clumsy sacking of Ann Curry and press reports blaming Curry’s co-anchor Matt Lauer for her tearful, cringe-worthy on-camera exit. Formerly loyal viewers, soured on the show’s forced and seemingly phony atmosphere, subsequently switched in droves to ABC’s Good Morning America, the new and still-reigning king of morning television.


“It’s just complete disarray over at Today right now,” said a veteran NBC executive who, like almost everyone else quoted in this story, spoke on the condition of not being identified. “The entire staff is just at a loss to understand what’s going on. Everybody wants to know what’s happening and who’s in charge.”


BANGLES CLASSICS --- The Bangles have assembled sixteen tracks from their early career, EP's and live performances on Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles! The new album will be out via digital outlets on November 27 through their own DownKiddie! label.


The new album starts with the group's debut single “Getting Out of Hand/Call on Me” and follows with all of the tracks from their first, self-titled EP. Four unreleased demos are followed by live performances and the theme song from The Rock & Roll Alternative Program. All of the tracks were recorded between 1981 and 1984.


Debbi Peterson said "We're so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day."


Her sister, Vicki, added "We've wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time. We've thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them."


Susanna Hoffs said "I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents' house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto - all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition."


The Bangles (originally a trio called The Bangs) hit a big in the early 1980's, scoring several hit singles during that decade, including "Walk Like an Egyptian", "Manic Monday", "Hazy Shade of Winter", and the 1989 number-one single "Eternal Flame".


MIKE NICHOLS --- We lost Director Mike Nichols this week; a true marathon man of talent. Did you know that after his exemplary comic-career with Elaine May, the first picture he directed was Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf … and, the second, The Graduate?


I thought his Angels In America, which he directed as well, was at the time, the best thing I ever saw on TV (Al Pacino as the late-Roy Cohn was stunning). He also did Silkwood, Hurlyburly (onstage), Primary Colors, and Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; which was terrifically underrated and spot-on excellent. A true innovator, true talent, and true force of nature. A big, big loss. RIP Mike.


BECK’S TOKYO --- On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo by Jeff Beck on DVD. 


The set includes “Stratus,” “Led Boots,” “Cause We Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “A Day In The Life,” “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and many more. 


Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world’s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. His versatility and unmatched musicianship is captured beautifully on Live In Tokyo. 


Filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The set list includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, which both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel. 


His take on the Stevie Wonder classic, “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” is as brilliant as ever. What a song!


CLOSING NOTES --- 77-year old Bill Cosby’s fund-raiser performance in the Bahamas last night, went on as planned; yet many of the audience polled asked why he didn’t take the opportunity to deny the ongoing charges against him …


Micky Dolenz and entourage at Nomad restaurant in midtown Wednesday night …


The New York Post’s Cindy Adams has been ranting about Verizon for the past five years. PR-man David Salidor had his voice mail and phones service out for almost two weeks and yesterday received a $100.00 credit. “After more than two dozens phone calls requesting it … I’m pleased … and shocked.”


Times Square Gossip editor James Edstrom had his Verizon Internet out for days and could not reach someone in America to talk too. Said Edstrom: " This is what happens when we gave the Internet to the corporations. America invented the Internet and we are the slowest in the world because of these corporations, ranking 68th across the planet. Third world countries have better service."




Monday, September 01, 2014

ADAM LEVINE & MAROON 5 A ENVIABLE RIDE FOR SURE

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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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 Amazon.co.uk 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.





Tuesday, August 05, 2014

NATALIE MORALES IN WOMAN'S DAY FOR LATINAS

Natalie Morales



Homework! School clothes! Activities! Natalie Morales of NBC’s TODAY show speaks with the Fall 2014 issue of Woman’s Day for Latinas about the simple tricks she uses to keep her busy home humming. Her go-to time saving tricks include keeping a family calendar, instituting family “homework” time, saving hand-me-downs arranged by age for her youngest son, and decluttering her home in short 15 minute bursts.



As she smoothly delivers live TV segments ranging from breaking news to cooking lessons— often while wearing impressively high heels—TODAY news anchor and co host Natalie Morales seems to define the word organized. But the idea makes the 42-year-old chuckle. To hear her tell it, once she’s home in New Jersey with husband Joseph and sons Josh and Luke, she’s just another busy working mom.



“Josh is 10 and Luke is 5, so it’s always chaos in the house,” she says. “I try to keep things organized. But I have to work at it.” This means using the tricks she learned growing up in an orderly Air Force household, the second daughter of a Puerto Rican lieutenant colonel and a Brazilian stay-at-home mother.



“We moved every three years,” Natalie says. “You learned to think fast on your feet, and to get rid of anything you didn’t absolutely need.” These days, decluttering, scheduling and assigned chores help her family stay on track, especially during the hectic back-to-school weeks. The boys make their beds first thing in the morning; later, when homework’s done, Josh helps Mom make dinner— just as Natalie did when she was little. The routine, along with some commonsense tactics, makes life go more smoothly.



“It’s never a perfect balance,” says Natalie. “I just try to put some orderliness in the chaos.”


NATALIE'S TIPS



KEEP A FAMILY CALENDAR: “Our schedule changes constantly,” says Natalie. “It’s a real juggling act!” That’s especially true when the fall means all-new activities for the boys. She uses a big dry-erase board to keep events in full view and allow for easy changes.


MAXIMIZE YOUR MORNINGS: “In my job, you need to just get up and go—hit snooze and you’ll stay in bed all day,” says Natalie. She follows a well-established routine: laying out her clothes and putting her shoes by the front door the night before, then in the morning “religiously” making a fruit-and-veggie smoothie to go. “I know it’s probably the best time to get those good nutrients,” she says.

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE RUSSIAN WINTER OLYMPICS 2014 ARE LAGGING

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Meredith Viera




SOCHI SOCIAL --- So, what’s been the #1 story of this year’s Winter Olympics? Bob Costas’ crippling pinkeye. As the 11 days of events begin to wind down, the biggest stories besides the anchor’s optical mishaps, were Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera’s double-duty; as both pinched in for the ailing sportscaster, and, alpine skier Bode Miller crying after being prodded about his dead brother by the network’s Christin Cooper.



Also, NBC’s solid viewership has also shown signs of fatigue, lagging 13% behind the Vancouver games in 2010. An inside source at the network admitted, “It’s been very underwhelming.” The source continued, "The lack of really dramatic American performances is a big part of it." Two blows to NBC's coverage has been the scarcity of Winter Games stalwarts Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White. "Sometimes it's just the dynamic of the sport. Gabby Douglas broke out in London, but the difference there is that gymnasts stay front and center (with events) for the majority of the games."



Also, continuing stories about Russia’s lack of preparation; the unfortunate design of the hotel bathrooms; the glitch in the opening ceremonies, and, Putin’s ongoing steely presence; it just was not a very welcomed environment on any level.



Even Matt and Al Roker's Luge performances fell short; feeling cocky they opted for a second run which ended in a spiraling-out-of-control run.



NBC is expected to turn a profit, however in the final days, it was reported that there was still ad inventory still available … meaning, if you wanted to secure an ad at this late date, you could.



CAN'T STOP --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Non-Stop Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally and on CD February 25, 2014. The film features an original score by John Ottman (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Usual Suspects) and arrives in theaters on February 28.



Global action star Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into a numbered account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with Unknown-director Jaume Collet-Serra and co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore.



Ottman described scoring Non-Stop: "The obvious instruction was to keep the energy going throughout the film. This would be a challenge, being that the music always had to go somewhere further, constantly pushing or creating the tension in a simple and confined environment. The other feeling was that the score should reflect Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson, as an imperfect character with a checkered and painful past…but who also is a ‘tightly wound spool.”



The right-hand man—as both composer and editor—of Bryan Singer, Ottman has scored such iconic modern films as The Usual Suspects, X2, Superman Returns and Valkyrie.



He has proven himself equal to the challenge of horror (Gothika, Orphan), comedy (The Cable Guy, Bubble Boy) action (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), thrillers (Unknown, The Resident), superhero films (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) and animation (Astro Boy). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island. Ottman edited and scored Singer’s large-scale fantasy film, Jack the Giant Slayer. Currently, Ottman is working on Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.



“The biggest hurdle was the opening scene that introduces Bill sitting in his car and then walking to the terminal. We decided that establishing a bass propulsive sound underneath would provide another signature of the score and could therefore be part of the opening from the onset.” explained Ottman.



CLOSING NOTES --- I like Jimmy Fallon, I really do, but I think his joke the other night about Ryan Seacrest starting a line of clothes: but, it’s hard getting them out of the closet, was a little ill-chosen. I mean, has it come to this ... one host knocking another? C’mon, not cool at all …



CBS’ Criminal Minds beat American Idol in the ratings the other night. First time ever too. As we've said, interest in these competition shows are dwindling. My outlook: It was fun while it lasted, but let’s move on gentlemen …



The Oscars are a week from this Sunday; have you seen all the nominated movies? Me, I saw Gravity, loved it … but, the commercials currently running on the movie, highlighting the most dramatic moments are terrifically well-done. George Clooney’s emotive voice over, about living your life … are just starkly emotional. Don't count this movie out; director Alfonso Cuaron is scoring awards left and right …



How about former-SNL-er Fred Armisen signing on to be the new band leader for the new Seth Meyers’ Late Night show? I know the Valley Stream-born Fred and he’s the real deal. His IFC show Portlandia is utterly brilliant. According to Fred, a sudden phone call from executive producer Lorne Michaels started the ball rolling. Fred realized,“This has been a dream of mine.” Turns out Meyers created the role of down-on-his luck Brit-music-legend Ian Rubbish for Armisen; in fact, Rubbish even released his own record. Questlove redefined what a band could be on the Fallon-show, and Paul Shaffer on Letterman never fails to dazzle, but I predict that Armisen’s tenure will be most innovative …



Last night in L. A. at The Beverly Hilton: The Ella Awards celebrating Beach Boy Mike Love took place. Attending were: Rita Wilson; Christopher Cross; Micky Dolenz; America; John Stamos; Carnie Wilson; Peter Noone; Bill Medley; Diane Warren; producer-Nigel Lythgoe; and, Wayne Brady.



The Society of Singers, Founded in 1984 by Ginny (Mrs. Henry) Mancini and Gilda Maiken Anderson, SOS was the first of its kind to focus on the needs of singers who were unable to access benefits and services when faced with emergencies or simply life’s daily challenges. SOS provides a safety net for artists that are facing personal and medical crises which may include chronic illness and disability.




Thursday, May 02, 2013

MEREDITH VIEIRA TO HOST NEW SHOW ON NBC

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The rumors are true! After months of speculation about former TODAY show co-anchor Meredith Vieira being considered for her own talk show, the veteran journalist has moved on to shooting the proposed series, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.



Insiders tell Us that Vieira, 59, is currently filming the pilot for her NBC show, which is in the vein of Katie Couric's ABC daytime talk show. The series has not yet been picked up, but if and when it is, it would air sometime in 2014.



New York Times journalist Brian Stelter -- author of the controversial morning show tell-all Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV -- first reported in his Media Decoder blog in January that the Dateline NBC contributor was "in talks" with NBCUniversal for a syndicated talk show to premiere no sooner than September 2014. NBC declined to comment on the rumors at the time, but Vieira hinted earlier that month that she was working with the network on a new project.



Announcing the end of her run on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which she has hosted since 2002, the View alum said she wanted to focus on other aspects of her career. "It's been a great 11 years," she said in a statement on Jan. 11. "I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC, and I have a digital venture which will be announced shortly. This just seemed like the right time to make the move."



If Vieira's series is picked up, it could compete with her former show The View, or with Couric's show Katie, Stelter reported in January. Vieira replaced Couric on TODAY in 2006, after nine years as a cohost on Barbara Walters' daytime series. She later left her co-anchor post in 2011 but has remained with NBC as a contributor to Dateline NBC and Rock Center With Brian Williams.





Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ROB MARSHALL STOPS BY THE TODAY SHOW

Rob Marshall


Rob Marshall appeared on The Today Show in New York City, on this very cold and windy day. That did not stop all the visitors to the Big Apple from waiting in the cold to get a glimpse of the star.
Photo By: Derek Storm / Retna Ltd.

Monday, October 12, 2009

MULTI-TALENTED JUSTIN BIEBER ON TODAY

Multi-Talented Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber performs on the Today Show in New York City this morning. We do not know what it is with this kid, but lately he has been the trending topic on Twitter. He must be doing something right.
Photos By: Derek Storm / Retna Ltd.

Friday, July 24, 2009

KATY PERRY PEFORMS ON THE TODAY SHOW

Meredith Vieira And Matt Lauer


Katy Perry


Katy Perry performed on the Today Show live in New York City this morning. The superstar looked wonderful as she entertained the masses in Rockerfeller Center.
Photos By: Derek Storm / Retna Ltd.

Monday, July 13, 2009

THE FRAY PERFORMS ON THE TODAY SHOW

The Fray's Isaac Slade


Isaac Slade of The Fray performed on NBC's "Today Show" at Rockefeller Center in New York City this morning.
Photo By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Friday, July 25, 2008

TEEN MILEY CYRUS ROCKS NEW YORK CITY

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Rocks New York City


Super teen sensation Miley Cyrus performed on the Today Show in New York City today. Famed photographer Derek Storm captured these amazing shots from NBC studios in Rockerfeller Plaza. Visit his website by clicking here !
Photos By: Derek Storm

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

PRINCE'S WILLIAM AND HARRY DO INTERVIEW WITH TODAY SHOW'S MATT LAUER

Prince Harry and Prince William

British royals PRINCE WILLIAM and HARRY have opened their hearts in a revealing TV interview.The pair have recorded an interview with American morning show NBC's Today, and it promises to be explosive viewing when it is aired later this month (May 07). Interviewer Matt Lauer says, "They were quite open and they talked a lot about their mom and about the pressures they face… the exposure and the over exposure and their quest for normalcy."They treat it like the Holy Grail. They don’t think they will ever be able to attain it. A source on the show tells British newspaper the Daily Express, "The young men speak frankly about absolutely everything - their mother’s untimely death, Harry going to war in Iraq and how they feel about the paparazzi." The interview will air days before the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial concert on July 1st, which the princes have organized to commemorate what would have been their late mother’s 46th birthday. Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, Take That, James Morrison and Status Quo are all performing at the summer gig at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

KEITH URBAN BONDS WITH NICOLE KIDMAN

Happy Again Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban

Country music star Keith Urban credits his stint in rehab for helping him bond with new wife Nicole Kidman. The 39-year-old checked into a rehab facility in October, just four months after marrying Kidman in their native Australia. He tells morning show "Today," "They say grief makes hearts and closer bonds than joy ever can. We've been through a lot, and she's been extraordinary." Urban says words can't describe the lessons the couple have learned saying, "I can't really quantify it, because it's not a sound bite what we've learned. But, it's really profound." The singer, who has admitted to a past addiction to cocaine and previously underwent rehab in 1998, says his life had become "unmanageable" and he sought treatment to get back on track. He adds, "This disease of addiction, you know, it's nothing to do with contentedness and happiness, because I had all of that. "But I wasn't doing what I should be doing to maintain the road I was on previously, so it was a big wake-up call to get back on the road."