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SCHITT’S SHOW — Sunday’s 72nd Emmy Awards was billed in advance as one like never before and boy was that on target? Jimmy Kimmel, who I like but never, really got as a comedian, soldiered on with material that just fell flat most of the time. An early bit with Jason Bateman, was funny, but went on far too long. Another bit with Jennifer Anniston, about taking a fire extinguisher to an envelope (don’t ask) seemingly went awry as the Friends-star has to douse this fire twice. Did they almost burn down the cavernous Staples Center? Not really, but for a moment, it did foreshadow how the rest of the show would go.

Jennifer Anniston, Billy Crudup

Schitt’s Creek, in the first hour, won an unprecedented 7 awards; thrilling the critics and industry-folk who saw each season on screeners at home, but for most of the rest of us, we never saw the show until Netflix picked it up two seasons ago. Ergo … most of the audience left the show resulting in the lowest rated Emmy show … ever. Pretty sad for sure.

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara should have been honored years ago and I must confess, it was a pleasure seeing them both win again and again. Remember how funny Levy was in Ron Howard’s Splash (back in 1984). I’ve been a fan of his, and of O’Hara’s, for decades.

Two out of my four favorites won: Billy Crudup for a truly stellar performance as network chieftain Cory Ellison in Apple TV’s The Morning Show; and, Julia Garner for her role as Ruth in Ozark – actually her second win in a row.

In case you missed it, Crudup’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Not When I’m Around” (from Sweeney Todd) with Anniston on the TV-show, was one of the year’s highlights. Totally unexpected, yet totally satisfying,

Jim Parson and Dylan McDermott, both amazing in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, lost. They were robbed if you ask me.

A David Letterman presentation sort of fell flat too. With his beard now totally out-of-control and a buzz-cut, he looked like retirement was sort of agreeing with him. Truth be told; I’d love to have him back. His opening salvo to the late-Regis Philbin (Don’t worry … you’re in the montage) was a tad too industry-speak … but, hilarious.

The In Memoriam segment; with Her performing Prince’s “Nothing Compares To You,” was nicely done. This year’s big omission was the late-Hal Wilner’s name, from Saturday Night Live. There’s always someone left out, sadly. Just for the record: This year’s segment was truly heart-breaking … too many names I personally knew.

Sucession’s Jeremy Strong was also honored, as was the show itself. Unfortunately, EPIX’s Laurel Canyon – which I really loved- missed the boat too.

Tough one for sure.

SHORT TAKES — Succession’s Brian Cox lives in Brooklyn? Now, that’s someone I’d love to bump into …

I finally finished watching Marty Scorsese’s No Direction Home (2015); a fabulous documentary about Bob Dylan. Its long for sure, but takes a deep dive into Bobby D. It chronicled Dylan’s evolution between 1961 and 1966, from folk singer to a voice of a generation. Most striking to me were comments from close-friend Bobby Neuwirth, who said Dylan never came to the audience; the audience came to him. Although the doc ends at Dylan having his much chronicled motorcycle accident, (which stopped him from performing for 8 years), I would have loved to have seen a followup. Marty? …

Friday last was the 50th anniversary of the passing of Jimi Hendrx! Amazing, right? Micky Dolenz re-counts his adventurers with Mr, Hendrix as he was the opener for the Monkees way back when: …

If you haven’t yet seen Robert Miller’s Yellow Submarine-inspired -video for his new song  (“I Wanna Be Your Girl”)with his project Grand Slam; its terrific. Check it out here

… And, did we buy Ellen DeGeneres’ apology-monologue yesterday? Hard to tell. Again, all I can say is that a close associate of mine had a meeting with her years ago and found it just unbelievably bad. He was told what he could do; couldn’t tell; and, what to say! I do know firsthand that as a project grows, one does tend to lose complete control Stay tuned … something tells me this is not over by a long-shot.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — MA Cassata; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Randy Alexander; Tony Lyons; Tommy Crudup; Jay Cassell; Freda Payne; Scott Shannon; Maria Milito; Ken Dashow; Keith Sherman; Mike McCann; Keith Girard; Hal Wilner; Sheila Rogers; Carol Kayos; and, CHIP!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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Asi Wind’s Inner Circle Where Cards Are Magical and Slight of Hand is Astounding



My guest absolutely loved Asi Wind’s Inner Circle pre, but if you have been to Speakeasy Magick at The McKittrick Hotel, much of what is here will seem repetitive, though still amazing.

Asi, is good looking, charming, amusing and has a wonderful slight of hand. The Gym at the Judson has been designed and lit by Adam Blumenthal to make the space warm and inviting. The space only has 100 seats so you are up-close and personal.

Before the show starts audience members are asked to write their names and initial on a blank card with red or black sharpie’s. These are the cards he uses as his  deck, so that each night the show is  personalize.

Wind is a wonderful storyteller and loves his craft. He is infectious about his passion and in so brings his audience in. Each trick is celebrated as he builds his momentum. You will have seen most of these tricks before, if you have been to The McKittrick, but Asi makes it fun and exciting.

My guest could not wait to bring her grandson and throughly enjoyed the show. That alone made the performance special.

Asi Wind’s Inner Circle: Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, until May 28th.

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The Glorious Corner



Carmine Appice and David Salidor

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SIXX APPICE –— (Via Ultimate Clsssic Rock) Nikki Sixx  spoke out against  Carmine Appice’s claim that guitarist Mick Mars had been in dispute with his bandmates in the run-up to his retirement from Motley Crue. Mars’ departure was announced on the completion of their 2022 Stadium Tour, with John 5 named as his replacement soon afterwards. The official reason given was that Mars’ longterm illness had finally caught up with him – but in a recent interview, former Ozzy Osbourne and Vanilla Fudge drummer Appice suggested otherwise.

Motley Crue 1985 by Mark Weiss

“[Mars] told me, ‘When I was on the Stadium Tour, I was not happy,’” Appice told Ultimate Guitar. “Basically, everything was on tape; it was all planned out and ultimately a lot of crap. … The truth is that everything has been weird for a while with Motley Crue… Mick told me that people that came to see it could tell that it was all pre-recorded and that everything was on tape.”

Appice added that Mars “would travel alone on a bus while the other guys flew everywhere,” and continued: “He said, ‘Man, these guys are pissing their money away, flying to every gig.’ They were all busy still trying to be rock stars, and Mick just wanted to play the music. … [T]here were a lot of disagreements. I think he was just done.” When Mars was told about Crue’s World Tour with Def Leppard, Appice claimed, the guitarist told his colleagues: “You can do it. I’m not going out with you for this.”

Earlier this week Sixx appeared to refer indirectly to Appice’s comments, tweeting: “Love how people talk FOR us without talking TO us. This is why the media has lost credibility. Obviously by printing BS they make money off of advertising and we’re not into that clickbait game. When the truth comes out it will be FROM us.”

But he was more direct during a Twitter Q&A session last night. “A washed up drummer trying to speak for us? And bottom feeder media running with it to make money off of lies? Welcome to the sad new world of LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME,” the bassist wrote.

He more or less repeated the same answer when asked: “Is what Carmine Appice said true?” Sixx replied: “A washed up drummer speaking for our band without any of the facts is as ridiculous as bottom feeder media running with stories without fact checking. When you hear the truth it will be from us.” He later commented: “It’s a funny money game.”

Crue will continue on the road through much of the year. Asked if 5’s status in the group was secure, Sixx stated: “Of course. He’s our guitar player. We have big plans.

Seems like there’s really a rumble in the metal-jungle. First off, I love these names … but, the name ‘Carmine Appice’ actually sounds pretty normal.

The metal world is a rough one for sure with fanzines named Blabbermouth; Louder Sound; Metal Edge; Metal Anarchy; Chaoszine; and Metal Injection. Remember, look before you leap!

The Longhorn

SHORT TAKES — Growing up, every Sunday night was family-dinner night at the steak-eatery The Longhorn in Rockville Center, Long Island. Sure it was a long-time ago, but the memory survives (as does the memory of our favorite waiter Tomas). Did you know that Micky Dolenz’s father George, owner and operated a restaurant in the heart of the Sunset Strip called The Marquis? The always regal-Alison Martino did a terrific piece on it, check it out here:

Do you know the HLN Network? I really didn’t either, but it turns out its owned by CNN and Warner Brothers. This past weekend they ran a Fringe-fest, consisting of all the season of that show (2008-2013) which was one of my all time favorites. I watched most of it and it’s uncanny how well the show holds up. It features the wondrous John Noble; Joshua Jackson; Anna Torv and the late-Lance Reddick. The writing was just off the charts and more than being a sci-fi shows, it was about relationships. Just uncannily brilliant. Right up there with the X-Files and Lost
Is it me or has the movie 80 For Brady dropped like a lead-balloon? There was a top-heavy PR-campaign before it came out and then nada. I’d still like to see it …  HAPPY BDAY Andrew Freeman and Larry Yasgur.NAMES IN THE NEWS — Charles F. Rosenay; Jodi Ritzen; Jim Burgess; Richie Kaczor; Wayne Avers; Andrew Sandoval; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Jodi Ritzen; Donna Quinter-Dolenz; Cindy Ronzoni; Kim Garner; Alan Rothstein; Crimshaw; Julian Lennon; Roger Friedman; Felipe Rose; Shep Pettibone; Mark Simone; Harvey Levin; Randy Jones; Bruce Haring; Andy Greene; and BELLA!
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Grace Jones, Bruce Hornsby Comes To The Blue Note Jazz Festival



The Blue Note Jazz Festival runs from May 31st through July 2nd.

On May 31st Grace Jones, singer, actress, author, traveller, artist and revolutionist will be playing at the Hammerstein Ballroom at 8pm. Her CD ‘Hurricane,’ received widespread praise. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose.” The three disco albums she recorded, ‘Portfolio’ (1977), ‘Fame’ (1978) and ‘Muse’ (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.

Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.

Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”).

On June 3rd at Town Hall Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with special guests John Scofield, Kenny Garrett & Christian McBride.

Bruce Hornsby, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and 1960s soul. He recorded with his backing band the Range. Hornsby ultimately rejected the musical mainstream, disbanding the Range so he could tour with the Grateful Dead in the early ’90s, then exploring a variety of adventurous musical fusions on his own that decade and with the Noisemakers in the 2000s. Along the way, Hornsby collaborated with everybody from bluegrass picker Ricky Skaggs to jazz musicians Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette while also spending time composing scores for Spike Lee, but his real revival arrived in the 2010s when Justin Vernon cited Hornsby as an influence and invited the pianist to play on Bon Iver’s 2019 album I, I. Hornsby embraced the opportunities that arose with a series of electronic-inflected, unpredictable albums that ran from 2019’s Absolute Zero through 2022’s ‘Flicted.

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