WILSON’S HEART — One half of Heart, Ann Wilson, delivered a simply sensational show this week at NYC’s Sony Hall. With a three-piece band, named the Awesome Dawgs, her 90-minute set was just monumental.
SHORT TAKES — Rave review of Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeveille (at LaMama in NYC) in the New York Times. I missed this series of performances but it made me remember that back in March, China Club-co-creator Danny Fried announced his forthcoming presentation Sweet Mary Jane.
So, what happened? Why did Vaudeveille go first? You know what they say: timing is everything. To bad as Fried’s PR-man at the time ran the show down and it sounded great. Music from everyone from Tone Loc to Rick James and even Willie Nelson. There was also a great piece in Richard Johnson’s SNYDE column in the Daily News. Well, anything’s possible but the cat’s out of the bag now for sure. It’s always good to be the first one out of the gate-not second … Re that Daryl Hall interview with Bob Lefsetz, I’ve been thinking about two of Hall’s comments that we did not discuss. One: “Mottola left me for Mariah” and Two: In discussing the group Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Hall said “Tommy (Mottola) had no idea of what to do with them” …
As predicted, Disney + has resurrected Daredevil, as Daredevil Reborn with Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio in their titular roles.
Just like the oriignal Netflix show, these two were just sensational. As a comic book Daredevil fan, they certainly did the show justice. Also, announced this week from the Marvel Universe were two more Avengers movies and finally, the Fantastic Four movie. I am a FF fan as well and though many criticized that first movies, starring Julian McMahon as Doctor Doom, I think it was pretty good. One pundit described McMahon’s portrayal as Dr. Doom as a wall street banker. Funny, but his portrayal was pretty spot on … Funny, but I haven’t seen financial-expert Stephanie Rule on NBC’s Today in quite some time. I guess the powers-that-be had the same issues I did. Sure she’s still on MSNBC … Sighting: WOR’s Tom Cuddy with PR-pasha David Salidor at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in NYC … Speaking of Today, on Friday they had a segment discussing the rising ticket prices and speaking as the authority was former-Billboard editor Bill Werde. To me, Werde when he was at the magazine, literally drove it into the ground. Why they didn’t offer up an actual manger or promoter is beyond me. Werde, for the record, blamed the performer. I haven’t discussed this at all, but the fault -if you can even claim that- is with the promoters and these ticket-vendors like Stub Hub and Ticketmaster. The outrage really began with tickets for Springsteen’s next tour and interestingly, Springsteen has stayed silent throughout this. His booking-agent Barry Bell, offered a brief statement defending his artist. His manager, Jon Landau, did release a statement which really said nothing. Springsteen’s PR-team, Shorefire (which he helped fund many years ago) ha stayed silent too. Not a good move at all, a definite mis-step … And Happy B day to Mike McCann.