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G. H. Harding

CHICAGO SAYS — Rock and roll group Chicago will hit amphitheaters this summer with special guest Rick Springfield. The 2020 trek will see the two legendary acts bring their hits to the U.S. and Canada.

The tour will kick off on June 12 in Concord, California, at Concord Pavilion and run through Salt Lake City, Dallas, Tampa, Toronto and more. Scheduled dates will close out Aug. 1 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

At the beginning of the tour, the two rock entities will play the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver on June 18.

Chicago has been honored at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame over the course of their career. The group’s latest album, Chicago Christmas, spotlights their trademark sound on eight original songs and three holiday classics.

The band appeared in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will perform on NBC during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York tomorrow, December 4.

They’ve been a favorite of mine for decades; there’s a Terry Kath-video on YouTube of him doing his guitar-thing on Robert Lamm’s “25 or 6 to 4.” Just amazing. Lamm also put out a solo album, called Skinny Boy (1975), that’s one of my faves. An amazing record. Terry Kath is on bass for a lot of it.

Legend has it that Jimi Hendrix anointed him the best guitarist … ever!

Springfield has scored 17 U.S. top 40 hits and is behind some of the biggest songs of the ’80s including “Jessie’s Girl.”

 Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Dec. 6 at 10 AM local time. Check out a full list of dates below.

The group also appeared on the Today Show yesterday; here’s the clip: 

Chicago tour dates with Rick Springfield:

Jun 12 — Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

Jun 13 — Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Jun 14 — Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater

Jun 16 — Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

Jun 18 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Jun 20 — Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Jun 23 — Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Jun 24 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheatre

Jun 26 — Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

Jun 27 — Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Jun 28 — Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

Jul 01 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

Jul 02 — Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Jul 03 — Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Jul 17 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Jul 18 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Jul 19 — Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

Jul 21 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Jul 22 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Jul 24 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

Jul 25 — Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

Jul 26 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

Jul 28 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Jul 29 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Jul 31 — Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

Aug 1 — Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena

The Zombies – Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy, Paul Atkinson ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ TV Programme, 1961 – 1966 Photo by Fremantle Media/REX/Shutterstock

COLIN CROWNED — Fans of The Zombies might have noticed an interesting version of “She’s Not There” in the season three finale of the Netflix hit The Crown.

The jazzier, lighter version, while credited to The Zombies, is actually a Colin Blunstone solo recording from 1969. In fact, Colin used the stage name Neil MacArthur.

He tells us exclusively it came from a session with Cat Stevens’s early producer Mike Hurst. The worked on “eight or nine songs” such as The Association’s “Never My Love” and “Hung Upside Down” by Buffalo Springfield, as well as reworking “She’s Not There” — “which was chosen as a single by Deram Records… I always remember the choice of material and the name change as producer Mike Hurst’s idea and I can say with certainty it certainly wasn’t mine!!”

His solo version “sounds quite different because we chose a much lower key” and used a far different arrangement.” Though the single reached Britain’s Top 30 that was the only success for MacArthur before Colin went back to his original name.

Colin wonders “if poor old Neil is owed any royalties for this late surge in his career or perhaps it’s simply best to let sleeping Zombies sleep?”

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Robert Miller/Project Grand Slam

SHORT TAKES — Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam at The Groove in NYC’s Greenwich Village this Sunday, 12/8 …

J. Robert Spencer and the choir at St. Agatha’s

Here’s a shot of J. Robert Spencer and the choir at St. Agatha’s, who appear in the chorus of his current Christmas single, “Waiting On Christmas.” He’s here in NYC all next week …

Shelly Bromfield; Wendy Stuart Kaplan Ritchie Rich and Nick Lion

The holiday party scene has come alive, as evidenced by social-infleuncer Wendy Stuart Kaplan; with jewelry-designer Shelly Bromfield; Ritchie Rich; and promoter/producer Nick Lion, at a recent jingle mingle 

Joe Smith with Jerry Wexler, Mo Ostin; Neshui Ertegun; David Geffen; and, Ahmet Ertegun in 1974

When old-schoolers talk about how the record business used to be, one name there for certain: Joe Smith. Smith worked for Elektra and Warner Brothers Records and with the likes of Joni Mitchell; Alice Cooper; Frank Sinatra; Bonnie Raitt; America; Black Sabbath; Van Morrison; The Doobie Brothers; Jackson Browne; Rod Stewart; James Taylor; Petula Clark; the Allman Brothers Band; Jethro Tull and the Eagles and really the bar for how creative those times really were. Smith was also quite the raconteur … so much so, that for a time, he was always the featured speaker. Sort of like the postmaster general for the record industry. Guys like Joe, and Clive Davis, Mo Ostin, Ahmet Ertegun, Jac Holzman, and, yes, even David Geffen, made it a wondrous place to be. Joe passed this week. I met him more than a few times and always found him to be a gentleman and a very funny one at that. Huge loss for sure. RIP Joe … And, David Sanborn back at The Blue Note on April 1.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Richie Ridge; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Curtis Urbina; Jim Burgess; Joe Lynch; WIlliam Schill; Preston Ridge; Joe Piscopo; Randy Alexander; Magda Katz; David Salidor; Darren Paltrowitz; and, Tony  Moran.

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.


Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe applauds Infolist’s CEO Jeff Gund, even my friend E! TV-Founder Larry Namer joined this VIP event.



H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at Jeff Gund Infolist Red Carpet Event

One of the first people I met in Hollywood was Jeff Gund. He runs Infolist and is the secret superhero of the entertainment industry. His network connects actors with directors, casting agents with producers and production companies with networks. watching my friend Jeff working endlessly to make The Industry in Hollywood an awesome and connected place, I am always speechless how he rocks his Red-Carpet extravaganzas. He personally invited me to attend his Red Carpet Pre Comic-Con Bash and it was spectacular.

E! Television Founder Larry Namer and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Having just messaged with my friend Larry Namer, the nicest of the uber-accomplished Hollywood Moguls  – he founded E! Television – I was happy to see him there and he was the indicator for a great Red-Carpet event. My parents Prince Waldemar and Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe have attended an Infolist event with me years ago and its just great fun to see so many industry friends again and meet new ones like Colin Ford from The Hill, Jordan Roman or Leckie Roberts. And all those news: Gennadiy Photography has a new pageant event coming up at the Taglyan, where i opened LA Fashion Week. Silvia Masera is branching out her Gala Events to Europe. And many new celebrity shows popped up on the red carpet, with wonderful hosts.

Infolist CEO Jeff Gund with H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe


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The Film “Twisters” Whips the Summer Season into a Climatic Frenzy Of Life and Death



With this summer season of intense weather and a vast array of tornadoes touching down in state after state, there’s no better timing than now to release this film, “Twisters.” It’s a sort of sequel to its 28-year-old predecessor, “Twister” — directed by the now-retired Jan De Bont. The now 80-year old Dutchman is a retired cinematographer, director and film producer. He’s best known for directing 1994’s “Speed” and then “Twister” which were part of the rise of blockbusters such as “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Lethal Weapon.” He was the cinematographer of “Die Hard and Lethal Weapon 3”. He also was cinematographer of “Red October”, the first of the Jack Ryan series.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

Chock full of dramatic moments we can all relate to, both films are terrifying. The various scenes of destruction are blood curdling. And given that a twister is far more fearsome than any creature fabrication like Godzilla — since storms are far less easy to reason with — the film resonates. As innovative as the original was, this edition explores all the investment in special effects to give audiences a truly close up look at what people have actually experienced when this weather phenomena destroys homes and sweeps people away into deathly oblivion.

But these films, especially the latest as directed by Lee Isaac Chung, aren’t merely fictionalized documentaries. There is a rich and fully rounded narrative of love lost and gained here. Most of that’s thanks to the fine casting of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell —  who now seem to be the go-to guy for actors who display naturalistic grit and charisma.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

As weather scientist Kate, Britisher Edgar-Jones provides a reasonable facsimile of a midwesterner obsessed with coming up with a Tornado-killer solution. The film opens as she is working with fellow students and friends to test a chemical solution to contain tornadoes. All goes awry and three of her team are swept away to their deaths.

Five years later, the other survivor, Javi (Anthony Ramos), comes to NYC to ask Kate to help him with a new project, a 3D tornado mapping system which has — as audiences realize later — insidious implications. They head to Oklahoma where they clash, at first, with tornado wrangler Tyler Owens (Powell), a high-energy social media sensation. Initially, the two teams compete but Kate eventually bonds with him and discovers that he has the scientific acumen to help her along the way.

As they wend their way to the film’s conclusion — repeatedly surviving death-dealing twisters — both find love and scientific solutions to quell the impact of these mega-death machines. It also opens the door to possible sequels, ones to be produced in a shorter time than nearly three decades.

In addition to the sheer drama of the various set pieces constructed here, “Twisters” is also loaded with trenchant political, scientific and sociological notions. The ecological implications are obvious. There have been so many hyper-powerful tornadoes happening now in our real world. Are they due to authorities ignoring the cause of the surge?

For various reasons too complicated to go into here, greed and irrational climate deniers have made it harder to address the long term solutions necessary to make life in tornado alley more bearable. This film may have a touch of fanciful science built into it but it also provokes audiences to think of the implications of weather change and man-made global warming. “Twisters” may not make your summer more soothing but it does provoke more than just sheer terror.

Film: Twisters
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Brandon Perea, Maura Tierney, Sasha Lane

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24 BACK — (Via TV Line) The clock is ticking (again): A movie adaptation of the hit Fox drama 24  is in early development at 20th Century Studios, our sister site Variety reports.

Keifer Sutherland

Brian Grazer, who executive-produced the original series, teased the prospect of a film version in a June interview with MSNBC’s Squawk Box. In a discussion of different legacy IP brands at his production company Imagine Entertainment, Grazer mentioned a 24 movie in the works “that we’re going to do in a very interesting way with Disney and Fox.”

The project is still in the very early stages, though, so there’s no word yet if Keifer Sutherland will return to reprise his role as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the film. Sutherland starred as Bauer during 24′s original run, which aired for eight seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. The real-time thriller became a hit and won a number of awards, including Emmys for best drama series and for Sutherland as best lead actor in a drama. Sutherland returned as Bauer for the limited series 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. Fox also tried a spinoff, 24: Legacy, in 2017 — with Corey Hawkins taking over the lead role — but that was scrapped after a single season.

The way I see if – and, as a longtime fan of both the show and Sutherland – is that if Keifer is not there, it’s not worth doing. Agreed?

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford

SHORT TAKES — I watched an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today Wednesday and didn’t even recognize her. Check out the clip here: … Great Micky Dolenz interview from the Monterey Country NOW by Dave FariesMicky Dolenz of The Monkees – and much more – still thrives on stage with songs and stories. | Music |

Brad Balfour (Film Festival Traveler) interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome this week… Home Depot loads in their Halloween-toys and treats this weekend. It may seem a bit early, but October will here before you know it. A PR-source of ours was about to work on a Halloween-movie coming out in September and had a co-promotion event with the store and the movie; then it all fell apart. Seems to me this would have been a superb tie-in … One of the great A&R men of them all Ed Rosneblatt passed this week in LA. From Peter Gabriel to Madonna to Neil Young; Eddie had a hand in it. Take a look at this story from Hits: 

Cameron Crowe

Meryl Streep is set to essay Joni Mitchell in a film by Cameron Crowe. Big news for sure. Crowe’s Almost Famous is a stone-called classic; as is Crowe …

Francis Ford Coppola

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will be awarded to director Francis Ford Coppola, rock band Grateful Dead, blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval and the venue The Apollo. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 8, for broadcast on Dec. 23 …

We haven’t weighed in on Apple +’s Presumed Innocent; the re-working of Scott Turow’s book (in 1987) and movie (in 1990), but the finale is next week and the show’s just been renewed for a second season. Jake Gyllenhaal has been great, as has Bill Camp, but David E. Kelly’s words have been just off the charts. For me, it’s the best Kelly’s done since Big Little Lies. If you haven’t seen this series yet, watch all the 8 episodes. It’s a gift for sure. Stunningly good … Just received: NYC’s legendary West Bank Cafe will close …

Tom Viola (by Tristan Fuge)

After an extraordinary run of 36 years, Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola is leaving. Bravo Tom! … RIP Bob Newhart!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Hoda Kotb; Roseanna Scotto; Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Shepherd; Monica Lynch; Robert Dragatta; Len Berman; Brad Balfour; Jim Milliot; Sue Simmons; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Claudia Cohen; Neal Travis; Richard Johnson; Howard Smiley; and SADIE!

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park



106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.



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A Tribute to Tony Award-Winning Composer Steven Lutvak



NYU Skirball Center will honor the late Tony Award-winning composer Steven Lutvak, the musical mind behind the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with performances and tributes from family and friends in a celebration of his life on Thursday, July 18 – which would have been his 65th birthday – at 3:00 PM. The event will include performances by Broadway Inspirational Voices, Crystal Monee Hall, Bryce Pinkham, Catherine Walker, Scarlett Strallen, Catherine Porter, Lori Wilner, and Jenna Pastuszek, and feature songs from A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical, 2014), his albums Ahead of My Heart and The Time It Takes, and several never-before heard works-in-progress. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit

Born and raised in the Bronx, Mr. Lutvak was a talented multi-hyphenate, working as a cabaret performer, music arranger, director, and as a performance coach in addition to his songwriting and compositional work. As a singer-songwriter, he performed across the country, including successful New York engagements at Carnegie Hall, which led to releasing two albums, The Time It Takes and Ahead of My Heart.

Mr. Lutvak made his Broadway debut with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in 2014, for which he composed the music, and co-wrote the lyrics with Robert L. Freedman. The musical won the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Musical. The pair had previously written the musical Campaign of the Century together, which won the California Musical Theater Competition from the Beverly Hills Theater Guild.

Other musicals by Mr. Lutvak include Almost September, The Wayside Motor Inn (an adaptation of a play by A. R. Gurney), and Esmeralda. For the screen, Mr. Lutvak composed the title track for the film Mad Hot Ballroom, and the score to Anything But Love, starring Eartha Kitt and Andrew McCarthy. Mr. Lutvak was a highly awarded composer, receiving the Kleban Award for Lyric Writing for the Theater, the Fred Ebb Award for Songwriting for the Theater alongside Freedman, the American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant, the Johnny Mercer Foundation’s Emerging American Songwriter Award, two Bistro Awards, three MAC Awards, and multiple ASCAP Awards.

In his later years, Mr. Lutvak worked as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the New York University Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Mr. Lutvak died October 9, 2023 at the age of 64. He is survived by his husband, Artistic Director of Flight Path Dance Project, Michael McGowan, and their daughter, Eliot Rose Lutvak-McGowan.

The tribute to Steven Lutvak will take place at NYU Skirball Center, located at 566 LaGuardia Place, between West 4th and West 3rd Street, on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 PM. Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit

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