Showing posts with label WILLIE NELSON. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WILLIE NELSON. Show all posts

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Willie Nelson In AARP

LOS ANGELES, CA — The first in a series of “American Icon” exclusive interviews, Willie Nelson reflects on his life’s trajectory from small-town Texas to the country music mecca of Nashville, the friends he made along the way and his focus on only the essential things in life. With a rich, varied, textured life well-lived and career spanning over 50 years, he is one of the biggest stars in country music. The outspoken musical legend has also endured his share of heartache, from the tragic death of a son to three failed marriages. Even with a 32 million dollar IRS tax bill and drug busts weighing him down, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps and carried on.

When questioned about his secret to life in an intimate interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Nelson says, “It’s simple. Do what you want to do. If I don’t want to do it, forget it. But if I do want to do it, get out of my goddamn way.”

Nelson’s words are a testament to such a life that includes smoking a joint on the White House roof during the Carter administration, organizing the Farm Aid benefit concert and winning the admiration and respect of luminaries, including Bob Dylan.

In a fitting tribute, Dylan recalled, “Willie played some of his songs: ‘Night Life,’ “Hello Walls,’ ‘Crazy,’… I thought these were the most perfect songs that ever had a right to be written. I thought he was a genius then, and I think the same thing now.”

Nelson continues to write and perform. His latest album, ‘Last Man Standing,’ features all new original songs. He’s presently at work on a collection of Sinatra tunes, including ‘My Way.’

When questioned about getting old in AARP The Magazine (ATM), Nelson says, “I don’t think my attitude has changed. I’m still doing what I want to do, and I suggest everybody do the same.”

Selections from the Willie Nelson cover story in AARP The Magazine’s June/July issue:

On creative influences:

“He (Hank Williams) was an incredible writer, sang with so much feeling… and he had a hard life. Died at 29. But nobody wrote better songs than Hank. It was the simplicity, melody and a line anybody could understand.”

On working with Frank Sinatra:

“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank. He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever – he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”

On life with his wife, Ann Marie D’Angelo:

“Annie and I have been married since 1991 and found a way to make it work.” “Through thick and thin. You can’t ask for anything more than that!”

On his beginnings with music:

“I started when I was 5 or 6. I had one of those old Sears & Roebuck guitars with the strings high off the neck – your fingers literally would bleed. When they healed up, though, they were pretty tough.”

About AARP The Magazine

With more than 38 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the nation’s largest circulation magazine – and the definitive lifestyle publication – for Americans 50 and older. AARP The Magazine delivers targeted content in three demographic versions – for readers age 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70-plus – including health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP has been publishing a magazine for members since its founding in 1958. AARP The Magazine is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Diamond Star Willie Nelson

GO GREEN --- 54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club (and, the old Studio 54 basement!), will present Alexa Green in A Shining Hour on September 11th, 2014 at 9:30PM.

A Shining Hour is the solo debut of one of the most exciting new voices to come to NYC, soaring through a catalog of songs ranging from Harold Arlen to Mariah Carey. With a jazz ensemble backing her, Alexa successfully bridges the genres providing a vitality and freshness and making her mark on these timeless classics.

Mitchell Walker is the Director/ Creator of A Shining Hour. Mitchell made his directorial debut last year at 54 Below with A Brass Act starring Broadway's Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray). This year he brought Once In Love with Amy Toporek to the 54 Below stage. Joining him will be Dylan Glatthorn (Republic, A Brass Act) as musical director/ arranger and on piano as part of a four piece jazz ensemble featuring Daniel Bailen (Bass), Andy Rinn Martinek (Drums), and Syberen Van Munster (Guitar). 

Green is a Manhattan- based singer, actor, dancer and recording artist best known for her turn as Glinda in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of the hit Broadway musical Wicked.

After playing to sold out audiences for nearly two years, she went on to appear alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in the international cinematic release of Stephen Sondheim's Company with The New York Philharmonic live from Lincoln Center. She has also toured both nationally and internationally as an actor and singer, known for her wide vocal range and expressive musical flexibility.

LYNCH AND DURAN --- David Lynch's 2011 concert film on Duran Duran will be hitting the big screen for the first time next week, appearing in more than 300 theaters for one night only on Wednesday, September 10th.

The film, shot at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre and featuring guest appearances by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Mark Ronson and Kelis, utilizes Lynch's singular style, as the director superimposes images of his interpretation of the band's lyrics over footage of the group onstage.

Lynch and the band released a new, predictably eerie, trailer to celebrate the upcoming screening, which found the director re cutting the film after watching the footage again (The band also remixed the audio for the upcoming release). In the trailer, screening info is projected over a nebulous, round object. In the background, a low, throbbing hum blends with a high-pitched squeal before giving way to a snippet of the group's 1982 hit "Hungry Like the Wolf."

"David is a visionary artist, his work is always surprising and beautifully strange - so it was a surreal dream collaboration for us to work with him and to become the subjects of one of his films," keyboardist Nick Rhodes said in a statement. "When we first discussed the notion of working together, we bonded over a shared desire to create a truly unique live film. I felt confident we could rely upon David to conjure up something stylish, experimental, handmade and innovative. He surpassed all of our wildest expectations."

Filmed in conjunction with the band's 2011 album All You Need Is Now, the movie is part of American Express Unstaged, the series that pairs musicians with filmmakers including Pharrell/Spike Lee, the Killers/Werner Herzog and Maroon 5/Gary Oldman.

The two-hour, 19-song set blended Eighties hits with the new album, as the core quartet of vocalist Simon Le Bon, Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by four other musicians and a four-piece string section. While the show itself relied on minimal lighting effects, the online concert featured Lynch's flourishes, including wisps of smoke and fire and dead animals superimposed over the band.

As a huge Lynch and Duran Duran fan, cannot wait for this one. Should be superb!

A SURVIVOR PASSES --- Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, died on Sunday night from a heart attack. He was 63.

Although born in Mississippi, he and his mother moved to Memphis the day after he was born and he considered that city his home. He learned how to sing and play guitar and piano at a young age and was already in a band in middle school.

Starting in the late 70's, he fronted a number of bands including Target and Cobra along with doing studio work as a background vocalist for the likes of ZZ Top and Joe Walsh.

In 1984, after the breakup of Cobra, he joined Survivor who were already international stars based on their hit Eye of the Tiger. The lead singer for that hit, Dave Bickler, had suffered from vocal problems and was forced to leave the band, opening up the position for Jamison.

Survivor had a number of hits with Jamison in front including “I Can't Hold Back (1984 / #13),” “High On You (1985 / #8),” “The Search is Over (1985 / #4),” “Burning Heart (1985 / #2)” and “Is This Love (1986 / #9).”

Late in the 80's, the band's success started to fade leading to the members going on an indefinite hiatus. Jamison began recording solo, including the 1991 album When Love Comes Down. It was that album, which didn't chart, that kept him from accepting an offer to become the lead singer of Deep Purple when Ian Gillan was let go from the band. The record company forced him to pass on the offer to promote the new record.

Jamison would later write and sing “I'm Always Here,” the theme from the TV show Baywatch, and release another album under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor, Empires.

Survivor reformed in 1993 but with Dave Bickler back on lead. When he was fired from the band in 2000, Jamison returned and stayed with the group for the next six years. After once again leaving in 2006, he rejoined in 2011 and, in 2013, Survivor became a two-lead band with the return of Bickler. 

CLOSING NOTES --- So, the so-called maverick- Malkin Brothers who own The Empire State Building and several others units (including the great Fisk Building on West 57th Street and Broadway) didn't let their any of their buildings go gold for last night’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with the caveat that the request didn't come from a group, but, rather from an individual. Take it from me, this wild cap pair have done more harm than good … all over. I've been privy to several of the so-called innovations at several of their rentals and it ain’t fair or good. I'm not going to call them crooks ... but, a second or third look into their operations needs to be done here. Shame on them … 

Larry David to Broadway? A Fish In The Dark, starring David, will premiere in February. Curb it Larry! …

If you missed Rolling Stone's recent interview with iconic legend Willie Nelson; go back and find it. Writer Patrick Doyle did a superb job on perhaps the most original artist of them all. Required reading for sure ...

Just started the new book from Idea of March-er-Jim Peterik (Through The Eye Of The Tiger), written with Lisa Torem. Am loving it so far ...

SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Wo Hop in Chinatown; WOR's Tom Cuddy hustling in Tribeca; Jack Nicholson and Barry Diller at Sandy Gallin's end-of-summer fete in Amagansett; and, Chris Martin wandering the beach, also in Amagansett.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Willie Nelson

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with seven-time Grammy winner Willie Nelson and Family Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7PM. Get your tickets now at or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, including his latest, Band of Brothers, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and continues to forge paths as an author, actor and activist.

One of Nashville’s longest reigning singer-songwriters and seven-time Grammy winner, Nelson is the creative force behind timeless songs like “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” “Always On My Mind,” “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” and dozens of other jukebox favorites.

This iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust and To All the Girls. Nelson’s newest release, Band of Brothers, is his first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades. One of Nelson’s most personal albums to date, Band of Brothers features songs that range from the introspective (“The Wall” and “Send Me a Picture”) to the rollicking (“Wives and Girlfriends,” “Used to Her”).

Monday, April 14, 2014


Courtney Love And John Varvatos

Gene And Sophie Simmons With Shannon Tweed

Amy Adams

Lukas Nelson With Willie Nelson And Micah Nelson

Willie Nelson and many stars were snapped at The John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House event at John Varvatos in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Willie Nelson

GLEN CAMPBELL --- I really never thought I'd be writing a missive on singer Glen Campbell, but the news last week that he is suffering from Alzheimer's weighed heavily on me … it really did. I first met and got to know him when my father worked for his then-manager Bill Thompson back in the magical 60's. I saw him up close and personal when he worked on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and saw him shine like a beacon on his own follow up show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. He had already proven himself a major studio musician as his accomplishments including work with The Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations") and The Monkees, not to mention his work with The Wrecking Crew; the L.A.-based coterie of musicians that played, uncredited on so many legendary records of that era. That Crew also included Hal Blaine on drums; Tommy Tedesco on guitar; Leon Russell on piano; Carol Kaye on bass; and, Al Casey on guitar. They were also heard on Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recordings in the early 60's. Campbell actually toured with The Beach Boys, as a member, in 1964 and 1965. An emerging partnership with then-burgeoning writer Jimmy Webb produced a staggering amount of hit records that not only became hits, but became staples in the American vista; “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Where's The Playground Suzie,” "Southern Nights," "Country Boy," "Classical Gas," “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife,” and, of course, ironically the one song that mostly everyone knows, “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Call it Glen's “A Boy Named Sue” moment. I refer to it that way as almost everyone who knows “Sue” knows that Johnny Cash did it; ironic because Cash, like Campbell was so much more. During his 50-year reign in show business; he has released more than 70 albums; has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA gold albums; 4 platinum albums and 1 double-platinum album. Of his 74 trips up the country chart, 27 landed in the Top 10. Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For "Gentle on My Mind" he received two awards in country & western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the CMA and the Academy of Country Music; and, took the CMA's top honor as Entertainer of the Year in 1968. Back in the halcyon 60's, singers like Campbell, and Cash for that matter, were singers yes, but stylists more. Campbell proved to be miles ahead of the pack with a very discernible style (with loads of charm) that almost everyone liked. On his TV show, Campbell often took great pains to make sure everything was always right; including the right musical guests, which included such names as Cash; The Beatles (on film); Neil Diamond; Linda Ronstadt; Jerry Reed; Merle Haggard; Willie Nelson; Waylon Jennings; and The Monkess. He was, a one-man dynamo. Let's not forget that the singer perfectly essayed the U.S. Marshall role in the 1969 original version of them movie True Grit; he was hand-picked by star John Wayne for the role. He went onto to make Norwood with Joe Namath. Sure, the Grit-role was something of a throw-away role for him, but the singer made it his own; at least until actor Matt Damon reprised the role last year. The recent headlines and that mug shot, which I will only briefly refer to, were definitive signs that something was wrong, but to have the onslaught of Alzheimer’s … it's just a bit too much and so unfair. Campbell, who has one last new album just out, Ghost on the Canvas, embarks shortly on his farewell tour which will be both bittersweet and a timely reminder of the impact the singer has had on generations .. and, will continue to have.when you think about it, there's never been another entertainer that's had so much impact on so many. Rest easy Glen.


James Van Der Beek

GOODNIGHT BOBBY --- Last night was purported to be the final episode for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. After benching the two stars, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, the two returned for an abbreviated nine episodes which would be the final season. These shows were for the most part, pretty superior with last week's episode, “Icarus,” featuring Patti Smith and radio's Ken Dashow, in a show ripped-from-the-headlines about the recent Spider Man-imbroglio. It was a pretty well done show, though the scene with Smith and D'Onofrio so good, it was immediately destined for the Law & Order-best of reels. The show last night, with Dawson's Creek James Van Deer Beek as a guest star, basically replayed the story of last year's The Social Network, but with two killings involved. It gave D'Onofrio's character one last moment to shine and chew up the scenery. As regular viewers know, this season's shows have included a closing-scene of the character Goren, with his shrink, beautifully essayed by Julia Ormond. A scene last night with D'Onofrio and Van Deer Beek had him asking Goren 'if he was nuts.' D'Onofrio replied the jury's still out on that! Beautifully played. The final scene had Goren exiting the shrink's office to a smiling Erbe. He called her by her first name, Alex, I think for the first time ever. After a brief conversation ... they're off and back to work. A story line all this brief season, was whether Goren and Eames could or would ever work together .... after the job. Though brief, their conversation promised (I think!) .... it just might. With Chris Meloni exiting the other Law & order show (SVU) .... the show tonight essentially closes the book on the amazing L&O franchise. With all the series still being played several times throughout the day ... it'll never really be gone. I predict Criminal Intent will quickly be back ... it's just been too good for too long.


Justin Bieber

MILAZZO MILAZZO --- We want to give a shout out to one of the best photographers we've ever had the chance to work with and get to know … Robert Milazzo. He’s been on the scene for quite a while establishing himself as one of the best lens-man out there. He's shot Harrison Ford; Micky Dolenz; Douglas Sills; the Jonas Brothers; Justin Bieber; and Clay Aiken. Robert, in my opinion, has also established himself as one of the more creative types out there; I've been with him on several occasions when he'll look about the studio and immediately spy something he can use … and, it'll work beyond belief. It's that innate talent and creativity that puts him ahead of the pack. A session with him is a master-class in creativity. He's shooting Dayme this week in NYC! Check him out here....


Tim Burton

McQUEENY – Several weeks back we had the distinct honor to visit the current exhibit at the Met of the late-designer Alexander McQueeen entitled Savage Beauty. Now, we've seen most of the significant fashion-exhibits of late, but this one just took our breath away -- just out-and-out breathtaking. We first became of the designer when he did the striking Union-Jack waistcoat for David Bowie on his 1997 album Earthling and have followed his outstanding exploits ever since. Bowie's fashion-forward stance has always dazzled us, but this particular cover just stood out from most of his others. Since then, we've marveled at McQueen's works. He was best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose female strength and sensuality with fragility. Each and every one of his collections were positively stunning. He was also the chief designer at Givenchy and was gifted with four British Designer of the Year awards. At the exhibit, besides the terrific examples of his work, we absolutely loved the video portraits of his various shows. A few years back, he had a model come out in a white-gown and robots (yes, robots!) came out and sprayed painted the gown. Needless to say, a new-McQueen creation was born; and damn, if it wasn't very reminiscent of several of his other designs style-wise. Just awesome in every way. He apparently did several items for Tim Burton which are equally outstanding. The designer left this world on February 11, 2010 … apparently his inner demons got the better of him. But, his legacy and this show lives on. Really a tremendous exhibit. Click here for more....

Photos By: RD/Dziekan/Orchon/Vince Vega/Leon/Walter McBride/Retna

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Willie Nelson

Country superstar Willie Nelson has one more dream he’d like to realize before he dies. The legend wants a duet with singer Barbra Streisand. The singer has recorded with a number of top stars, but has yet to hit the studio with the ultimate diva. He says, "I’ve played music and sung with just about everybody I wanted to, except Barbra Streisand. It’s not too late for that."

Monday, February 04, 2008


Willie Nelson

Former Marijuana smoker Willie Nelson is taking up jogging at the age of 74, in a bid to stay fit and healthy.The life long weed smoker recently kicked the great drug and he has taken up exercise to boost his life expectancy. He tells, "I have started running. What I was trying to do was do at least as much good in the daytime as I was destroying in the nighttime. But it got to the point where I was losing ground. "I had to start trying to stay alive or I was going to die. So I’ve had to give up the smoking and drinking. And when I quit that and started running, I got a lot healthier."
Editors Note: Whats this world coming too, when Willie Nelson gives up pot!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson and several fellow musicians were charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Louisiana early yesterday after a police search of their tour bus turned up marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. State Police spokesman Willie Williams said that when the bus was stopped about seven miles east of Lafayette, La., for a routine inspection, a trooper smelled marijuana inside it. Seized were 11/2 pounds of pot and two-tenths of a pound of mushrooms, he said. Nelson, 73, and four other passengers were cited for possession and released on their own recognizance. But the driver's Commercial license was suspended.Cops said Nelson faces up to six months in prison if convicted. A spokesman for the singer said she had no information about the arrest. "There was no trouble whatsoever," Williams said. "They were all cooperative." Nelson is known to be a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana.