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CROSBY & McDONALD, INC. — (via UCR) On July 23, the prolific David Crosby will release a new album titled For Free, shortly before his 80th birthday on Aug. 14.

The official album announcement declares: “With a transcendent quality that lies somewhere between poetry, prayer, and wild-eyed rock & roll, For Free yet again reveals Crosby’s rare gift for imparting essential truths with both undeniable warmth and a profound sense of wonder.”

Officially detailed on Thursday, the news came with the premiere of “River Rise,” a lively track finding “Croz” joined by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Crosby’s son, James Raymond.

For Free will be Crosby’s first release since 2018’s Here If You Listen, as well as his first record since selling his catalog (solo, the Byrds, CSN & CSNY) to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group in early March.

In addition to McDonald, the new album features collaborations with Raymond, Sarah Jarosz, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan as well as recent collaborators including saxophonist Steve Tavaglione and drummer Steve DiStanislao.

Its title comes from the title track, a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s 1970 song from her album Ladies of the Canyon, which David Crosby reimagines for this new project (featuring Jarosz) –

“Joni’s the greatest living singer/songwriter, and ‘For Free’ is one of her simplest,” said Crosby in a statement. “It’s one of my favorite songs because I love what it says about the spirit of music and what compels you to play.”

It’s worth noting that in 1973, Crosby and the Byrds released a cover of “For Free” on their 12th and final studio album, Byrds.

The song “Rodriguez for a Night” was written by Fagen, and Crosby seems especially excited about that one.

“It’s really fucking good, man,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “I’m so honored he gave us a set of words. I’ve been asking him for a couple of years. He started to trust us, I think. It took a long time, but he gave us a set of words that are really wonderful and we just wrote the shit out of them.”

The album’s artwork features a cover portrait painted by Crosby’s friend, Joan Baez, as well.

Was that press release written by Michael Jensen … one of the greats! Transcendent quality just gets me. The track, with McDonald, is great, unfortunately not as great as the track McDonald did for the movie Running Scared, in 1986, with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. That song, “Sweet Freedom” was amazing. Still, it’s McDonald and anything he has a hand in is pretty superb. Check it out here: 

Also, the cover, painted by Joan Baez is superb.

ARNOLD’S TRUE LIES DEUX — (Via Deadline) Netflix has given an eight-episode series order to an untitled global spy adventure one-hour starring and executive produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first major foray into scripted television.

The streamer landed the series, also starring Monica Barbaro (Top Gun: Maverick), in a competitive situation last November.

In the series, created by Nick Santora (Jack Reacher; The Fugitive series) – when a father (Schwarzenegger) and daughter (Barbaro) learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.

“Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix,” Schwarzenegger said. “I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”

Santora created and developed the original idea and is executive producing the untitled series as part of his overall deal with Skydance Television. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Kind of sounds like a twist on Arnold’s True Lies movie in 1994 which was terrific. If Michael Douglas can bring back Kathleen Turner, maybe Arnold can bring back Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold.

Maybe a good title would be More True Lies.

Stay tuned. The former Governor still has it for sure!

SHORT TAKES — Quick, name your favorite streaming show during the pandemic! Money Heist? Serpent? Any of the Icelandic-based shows that had some awful dubbing and ultimately all blended together? For me, The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, both on Apple+,were unquestionably the best. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Withspoon (and, the brilliant Billy Crudup) just outstanding. And, Jason Sudeikis… amazing.

Jean Smart

But the other night I discovered another one, on HBO MaxHacks starring Jean Smart. Immediately I thought it was about some sort of computer-scam, but, it’s not. The brilliant Smart essays Deborah Vance; a Joan Rivers-like performer in Las Vegas, who has a deal with QVC hawking jewelry and gets loads of money at hosting events. Her Vegas act is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth and the hotel owner (brilliantly portrayed by Christopher McDonald) suggests she reduces the number of her shows, Aghast, she immediately calls her agent Jimmy who reluctantly pairs her up Ana (Hannah Einbinder) whose career is on the downswing now after penning an off-color joke about a Senator. They don’t meet cute, but eventually come to a working relationship. The show, created by Paul W. Downs, who portrays agent-Jimmy, is delicious. Riddled with entertainment inside-jokes, I loved it … and, it successfully combines comedy with a hint of drama. Bittersweet at times as Smart’s character re-thinks a her past. Watch the trailer here: 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=wE51pzVpwBg

Great Andy Greene interview with Micky Dolenz in Rolling Stone.  His Dolenz Sings Newsmith was released last Friday. Here’s the interview: https://www.yahoo.com/now/micky-dolenz-monkees-farewell-tour-142646774.html  … Speaking of Dolenz, he guested on Chris Carter’s Breakfast with The Beatles yesterday with fellow-guests Lawrence Juber and Denny Seiwell, both from McCartney’s Wings … Congrats to the great Elvis Duran on his 25th anniversary as host the (original) Morning Show on Z100. 

Jim Kerr & Elvis Duran

Here’s Elvis with Jim Kerr. We’ve known Elvis and the show’s Danielle Monaro for decades …  Best new show I’ve heard of: Surviving Chrissy Teigen … RIP: Roger Hawkins … Romeo Delight at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room in NYC  on Saturday, June 19. They had another sold-out show Saturday’s at Sweeney’s … It took 28 years for Disney to greenlight a Hocus Pocussequel. Hey, some things do take time … but, it’s scheduled for 2022 … Happy Bday Cher (75!); seen at the top with the legendary radio-gunslinger CBS FM’s Scott Shannon.

 NAMES IN THE NEWS — Heather Moore; Peter Abraham; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Markos Papadatos; Barry Fisch; Robert Miller; Kurt Cobain; Vic Kastel; Randy Alexander; Buddy Blanchard; Glenn Gretlund; Jodi Ritzen; Jane Blunkell; A.O. Amorosi; and, BELLA!

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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TRAINOR’S TODAY — She first hit the airwaves a decade ago with “All About That Bass” and has managed to remain a headliner since. A new album Timeless dropped Friday and though she was pretty great on the Today Show; she’s certainly not in the same atmosphere as Beyonce or Cardi B or Janelle Monae. Why? Her performance on Today was without a band; with backing tracks; and six dancers. Corny? Perhaps.

Her whole allure seems to be somewhere on the Peggy Lee-spectrum, which if memory serves, was cute, but a tad boring.

As to her backing tracks, veteran PR-man David Salidor (who has worked with everyone from Madonna to Debbie Gibson) says, “It’s ironic, because if an artist used backing tracks in the 80’s, it was widely criticized and looked down upon. I think the audiences today don’t really care and it’s a shame because there’s a real artistry in having a band, Sadly, these audiences are missing that and they don’t even know it. I bet if they knew what they were missing, they’d demand it.

MORE BEACH BOYS — No doubt about it, this Disney doc has ignited opinions both pro and con.

The Brian Wilson-fans said since Brian couldn’t really be interviewed, the opinions were somewhat one sided, while fans of The Beach Boys loved it. Variety’s Roy Trakin perhaps said it best: Survivors get to tell the story. This is more hagiography and tribute than biopic but the music saves it. Beach Boys 101. Nothing new to see here. But it did look good in IMAX.

The last hour was quickly wrapping up all the pieces – perhaps a tad too quickly. Love’ s suit against Brian claimed to be about the publishing rights, which father-Murray sold years ago for peanuts, figuring they’d never be worth anything.

Dennis Wilson

“Kokomo” which was a big hit isn’t spoken about at all, instead used as a closing theme. and, Dennis’ death hardly mentioned. Pacific Ocean Blue not mentioned either.

As with most of these docs .. they leave you wanting more … and I did with this one.

Benny Harrison

SHORT TAKES — What ever chapped to Benny Harrison’s Back To Front series. This was to be a show featuring the backing musicians and studios that go into making a show. Great idea but apparently Harrison couldn’t find the right producers. There’s another show very similar out right (featuring The Power Station studio now owned by Berklee) now and that probably didn’t help … Eminem and Jellyroll dueted on “Sing For The Moment” for this week’s Detroit-concert. celebrating the re-opening of Michigan Central Station. They sounded great together. Also, there Diana Ross; Melissa Etheridge and Jack White …

New Eels album out- titled Eels Time ... Carol Klenfner was married to industry magnet Michael Klenfner. Here’s what she’s up to now: https://w42st.com/post/carol-klenfner-west-side-story-ping-pong/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2qx06-OGVRqdQ-Uq_5Vban37FBUlmbINGjXI45lSRt2yDropCNpBIg9lU_aem_AUwj8G9hZ961orkpaRbod2lsomw3aHTWWS6h7ymamZxSKBXHozIvFkracqZg2NLQ4eHi-c_jC7H7zc6Pl1u0kRaL

Cheap Trick/John Lennon

Did you ever take a look at the John Lennon video with Cheap Trick doing his “I’m Losing You?” It was producer Jack Douglas’ idea. Brilliant if you ask me. Take a look: https://www.loudersound.com/features/cheap-trick-rick-nielsen-john-lennon-double-fantasy

… Great Neil Finn tale of how he joined Fleetwood Mac in Mojo:https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/stories/neil-finn-on-joining-fleetwood-mac/HBO/MAXjust canceled Toyko Vice after 2 seasons. I loved it … Happy Bday London Records’ John Boulos!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Vinny Rich; Adrian Niles; Anni Bella; Nicole Nirvana; Lucy Woodward; Robert Miller; Alan Rothstein; Kneecap; Tony King; Jane Ayer; Pete Gidion; Ray Free; Ron Alexenburg; Herbie Rosen; Juggy Gayles; Jerry Lembo; Wayne Rosso; Tone Scott; Dan Zelinski; and ZIGGY!

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It’s been a busy April. Spring has sprung into action and we love this starry sightings this season.

Kendall Jenner and Emma Chamberlain JUST dropped their limited-edition Emma & Kendall’s Espresso Martini Kit. It features Chamberlain’s NEW Limited-Edition Candied Pecan Cold Brew Singles (inspired by the flavors of 818 Tequila Reposado) and comes complete with a cocktail shaker and martini glass.

Espresso Martini Kit ($72) can be purchased on chamberlaincoffee.com or gopuff.com. Plus, the cold brew singles and 818 Tequila Reposado are also available for purchase bundled on Gopuff in participating cities.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 23: Livvy Dunne, “Sports Illustrated” model and first-time LSU NCAA National Champ celebrates historic victory at Raising Cane’s on April 23, 2024 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Raising Cane’s)

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

(Photo courtesy, Slaven Vlasic/WireImage)

Nick Barrotta from Tyler Perry’s :The Oval” joined his friend Tyler Cameron at the NYC launch for Cameron’s series “Going Home with Tyler Cameron.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

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THE WRIGHT STUFF — I was, and am, a huge Gary Wright fan. From Spooky Tooth to Wonderwheel to his terrific work with George Harrison and his solo work, he was always strikingly memorable. I well remember his appearance on the Dick Cavett Show in 1972, where after Cavett interviewed George Harrison, he introduced Wonderwheel, with Gary Wright and Mick Jones and Harrison himself on guitar.

They performed “Two Faced Man” from his solo album Footprint and it was very excellent.  Here’s the clip:


For those who don’t recall, Dick Cavett was a terrific chat-show host and always had somewhat controversial guests on and music personalities like Harrison, John Lennon and David Bowie. Part-Letterman, part-Carson, he was terrific and is much missed.Gary Wright began with the Brit-band Spooky Tooth and enjoyed some success as well as a close relationship with Island Records Chris Blackwell kept him at the forefront of music. As Wright said, he was invited to play on Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album by Klaus Voorman and once there, had some difficulty following Harrison’s complex music. When producer Phil Spector shouted out, who’s not playing the right notes … Wright admitted it was him, Harrison went over and said to take his time. They became lifelong friends. He played on every subsequent Harrison album.

Wright’s career took off with the release of his solo album The Dream Weaver in 1975 and the single “Love Is Alive,” which to me is one of the greatest pop records ever. The bass-synth of that song is just riveting and holds up today as good as ever. The album reportedly was the first-ever to feature all keyboard-work. I read where Wright himself played all the bass-synth parts.

Numerous performances followed and Wright is well remembered for playing the Keytar – a portable keyboard, strapped on which allowed him to move about onstage.

Albums and tours followed, most notably with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Truly a legend. RIP Gary!

Here’s a great tribute from Variety on Wright: https://variety.com/2023/music/news/gary-wright-dead-dream-weaver-1235713097/?fbclid=IwAR1g1z3mzrOP7QxFACbSQqYNOt_D6NirjlhtgYAdsAFaElCeS0O14sUP2po

SHORT TAKES — As we’ve mentioned, big news coming next week on the launch of celebrity-scribe Mark Bego’s 68th book, Joe Cocker: With a Lot of Help From His Friends via Yorkshire Publishing. Stay tuned …

Chloe Melas

Chloe Melas – the Today’s Show new entertainment correspondent is good, but an odd choice. She certainly has the button-down look nailed, but as an entertainment writer for years, I was never ever aware of her. Definitely more Jenna Bush Hagar for sure. Carson Daly was on with her -for the first time- Tuesday and they made for an odd pair. Good luck …

Micky Dolenz and Ian McDiarmid

Here’s Micky Dolenz with Stars Wars Ian McDiarmid at last weekend’s Fanboy Expoin Orlando …

Ken Costner

I’ve spoken repeatedly about my admiration for Yellowstone; sure, it’s Dallas-updated, but that’s a good thing. Kevin Costner broke his silence on what’s happening on the show in the Hollywood Reporter. Take a look here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/kevin-costner-yellowstone-7-seasons-1235580306/ I’ll say one thing: Taylor Sheridan is right about once the lawyers get involved, it gets crazy.

Rolling Stones

Stay tuned … Wednesday’s Rolling Stones album launch (Hackney Diamonds) with Jimmy Fallon was pretty cool. Mick, Keith and Ronnie talked for a half-four with Fallon, from London, and introduced the new video (directed by Francois Rousselet) for their single “Angry” which features actress Sydney Sweeney undulating in a car on Sunset Blvd. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mEC54eTuGw  … The threesome looked great and were funny for sure. Their first album of new material in 18 years! Simply amazing. Guests on the album include Lady Gaga; Stevie Wonder; and Paul McCartney. The Stones are in a  class all by themselves. Bravo … Looks like that long-awaited memoir from Dave Mason (Only You Know and I Know) won’t now arrive till 2024. Geeze, this book has been in the making for years … New York Governor Kathy Hochul paid a brief, but surprise visit to striking writers and actors outside Netflix offices Wednesday saying “You’re fighting the right fight” … Happy Bday Nancy Jeffries and Henry Diltz!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Roy Trakin; Roger Friedman; Andrew Sandoval; Glenn Gretlund; Bruce Haring; Jane Berk; Mark Bego; Kent and Laura Denmark; Kent and Laura Denmark; Randy Lewis;  Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Steve Walter; Chris Noth; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Chuck Pulin; Derek Storm; Paul Undersinger; and ZIGGY!

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As the season starts so does the plethora of things to attend. Here are our picks for September

92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 9/11: Cabaret Conversations. Michael Kirk Lane interviews James Jackson, Jr. and John-Andrew Morrison; 9/12: Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks in Conversation with George Stephanopoulos: Build the Life You Want (In-Person); 9/14: Katie Couric in Conversation with Jennifer Wallace – Never Enough (In-Person) and 9/22: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Linda Evangelista (Online)

Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 9/1 -2 Catherine Russell; 9/18: Amanda McBroom and “Such Good Friends” and 9/25: Bill Russell “My Side Of The Show”.

Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 0/2: John Lloyd Young; 9/12 -23: Brook Shields and 9/26 -30 Joaquina Kalukango.

Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St.

Daisy Joplin

Chelsea Table + Stage: Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St. 9/8: Daisy Joplin and Frank Skinner; 9/10: Reeve Carney and 9/28: Karen Mason.

Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 9/28: Quinn Lemley.

Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.

The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas. 9/21: Lee Taylor


54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 9/1 -2: Adam Pascal; 9/3 LIVESTREAM | Brenda Braxton: Stars Tonight! Feat. Ken Ard; 9/7 – 8: Tony Yazbeck; 9/10, 11 -14 Santino Fontana; 9/11: Christopher Sieber; 9/15 -16: Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway; 9/19 – 23: Cheyenne Jackson; and 9/28 – 29: Jenn Colella: Out and Proud

The Green Room 42: 570 10th Ave. 9/8 and 9/10: Josie de Guzman and 9/11: Linda Purl.

Sony Hall: 235 W. 46th St. 9/12: Broadway Sings Celine Dion;

Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. 9/28: Alison Angrim

The Triad: 158 W. 72 St. 9/9 and 9/12: Adrienne Haan.

The Town Hall: 123 West 43rd Street. 9/18: Voices: Stars for Foster Kids and 9/22 – 23: David Spade.
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CHAINSAW DAVE — Zaz The Butcher was pretty grim, but many inside the Warners/Discoveryheadquarters this past week have started referring to there errant leader, David Zaslav, as chainsaw.Since assuming the mantle there, Zaz cut The Batgirlmovie; fired Jeff Zuker; hired and fired Chris Licht at CNN; fired most of the original staff at HBO (One gal there I know well had been there for 32 years!); is slowly phasing out the HBO name to MAX; in the process of decimating TCM (reportedly 70 of their 90 employees were cut); and as of last Friday, starting to sell off assets from Warner Brothers – music and such.When you have stockholders to account too; bean counters are in; the creatives are out. Point in fact: Director Christopher Nolan -one of the brightest and best out there- is now making his films at Universal. He won’t work for WB any more and I’m sure there are dozens who will follow.

Tough times out there for the creatives; no question.

Ron Delsener

HERE’S RON — I’ve talked about the impresario Ron Delsener before. I first became aware of him when he did his standout shows in Central Park in NYC … eons ago. I seem to recall I had a friend who actually worked for Ron and he would let me through the steel gates. Suffice to say, I was there a lot.

Little by little I got to know Ron and he was a charmer of the highest degree. Fashionably cool; he could hang with them all. He had a great office at 67th and Madison and we’d meet there a lot as I was based on the East Side at the time, quite near 67th street. I met his sister Harriet who was a doll and we’ve often met at a candy store on Lexington and 82nd which served the best egg creams I’d ever had.
I had absolutely no idea that there was a doc coming on is and it apparently premiered at the recent Tribeca Festival.
Retired now, he left an indelible mark on the entertainment business. To me, one of the brightest lights ever in this definitely crazed and somewhat misunderstood-music arena. I miss him.
I can’t wait to see it!

Debbie Gibson

SHORT TAKES — Can it really be 35 years since Debbie Gibson’s “Foolish Beat” ruled the airwaves? It is and congrats> PR-man David Salidor, helming the press for Gibson back then, recalls the video shoot on a cold, cold night in Lower Manhattan.  “She had a lot of scenes near the water, making it especially tough to shoot, but we got it done. Director Nick Willing did a fabulous job and Gibson, as always, was spectacular” …Woodstock-legend Melanie has penned the intro to Mark Bego’s forthcoming book on Joe Cocker With a Lot of Help from His Friends (Yorkshire Publishing). More news on this shortly … Per Roger Friedman in his Showbiz 411: Last night (Friday), “The Flash” fell 81% — shocking — and made just $4.5 million. Another $9 million this weekend will bring it to just $85 million over two weekends. “The Flash” won’t get near $100 million until next weekend — at least. With a budget of well over $200 million, “The Flash” will cause a huge write down at Warner Bros Discovery. It will go down in history as one of the studio’s biggest flops …

NBC just canceled Magnum P.I., which switched over to the Peacock network from CBS. Great writing; terrific acting; who knows what happened. Sad …

Frederic Forrest

RIP Frederic Forrest – brilliant in Apocalypse Now and The Rose and Happy BDay Alex Salzman and Jann Klose!

Michael Des Barres

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Cory Robbins; HeatherMoore; Jann Klose; Pat Monaco; Brian Chin; Tony King; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Daryl Estrea; Glenn Gretlund; Ian Lee; Jodi Ritzen; Marsha Stern; Bruce Haring; Brian Lowry; Angela Tarantino; Robert Funaro; Vince Aletti; Bob Siegal; Craig Kostich; Kent and Laura Denmark; Michael Des Barres

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