HELL’S KITCHEN E*WALK (Via 42St.nyc) While it’s fair to say that Times Square isn’t exactly the beacon of small, independent shops and restaurants, the famed thoroughfare is about to add one more chain, as a new Target opens on W42nd Street, in between the New 42nd Street Rehearsal Studios and the remnants of the marquee of the BB King Blues Club.
Some would call this progress; others –like Michael above- would not. BB Kings was a great venue – great sight lines, great sound- though as time went on they let it fall into disrepair. It is, however, much-missed. Saw some great shows there, including Micky Dolenz; America; Chicago, and Todd Rundgren.
Industry-insiders say that there was a real battle for the services of President Biden’s soon-to-depart Jen Psaki between the new CNN+ and MSNBC … MSNBC, still smarting from the loss of Brian Williams and a much-shortened Rachel Maddow gig sure needed a win; and they did …
Micky Dolenz started his tour last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Thank You, Mister Rogers-producer Dennis Scott attended the show … Photographer Charles Daniels has been photographing famous rockers like Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and others since the late 1960’s. However, tens of thousands of his photos have never been seen — they are sitting in roughly 3,200 rolls of undeveloped film in his Boston home. Check out his story: https://petapixel.com/2022/03/20/photographers-3200-undeveloped-film-rolls-hold-history-of-rock-n-roll/ … FX’s Pistol is a six-episode limited series about a rock and roll revolution, available exclusively on Hulu. The furious, raging storm at the center of this revolution are the Sex Pistols – and at the center of this series is Sex Pistols’ founding member and guitarist, Steve Jones. Jones’ hilarious, emotional and at times heart-breaking journey guides us through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most epic, chaotic and mucus-spattered years in the history of music. Based on Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, this is the story of a band of spotty, noisy, working-class kids with “no future,” who shook the boring, corrupt Establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government and changed music and culture forever. Check out the trailer
Writer-par excellence Roy Trakin clued me into a new -at least for me- magazine, Celebrity Stoner. Check it out here: https://www.celebstoner.com/ … I don’t want to carp on about Sunday’s Grammy’s, but I recognized very few of the acts and interestingly enough, the main talk Monday was mostly about how did Jon Batitste win all those awards as his record was very clearly not a big seller. Was great to see Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt, but for artists of a certain age, that was about it. The other comments I kept hearing was that there were far too many commercials and how did canceled-comedian Louis CK win one? Strange times indeed … Happy Bday: Coco Dolenz; Clive Davis and RIP Jessica Walter and Bobby Rydell!