The Glorious Corner
TRY SOME BUY SOME MORE GET BACK — (via Ultimate Classic Rock) Director Peter Jackson says he’s in talks with Disney and Apple about releasing an extended cut of 2021’s The Beatles: Get Back.
Singer/songwriter Ashley Suppa, who also doubles as the bassist for the all-girl band Plush, begins a tour with them and Alice In Chains next month … Most folk don’t remember NBC’s Midnight Special which debuted in 1972. The acts that appeared on the show spanned the 50’s,60’s, and 70’s. They included Chuck Berry; Blondie; Aretha Franklin; Prince; Tom Perry; Aerosmith; AC/DC; Elton John; Fleetwood Mac; and David Bowie. ELO appeared seven times more than any other group. For new acts, it was always Ed McMahon’s Star Search, but for established acts, MidnightSpecial. Ultimate Classic Rock ran a great article the other day. Check it out: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/the-midnight-special-tv-show/…
We finally got to watch Netflix’s The Gray Man, which is the first movie that the cable-net funded. When it was released it was lambasted by almost every legitimate critic, but we kind of liked it. Ryan Gosling in the lead role was pretty good and Chris Evans as the bad-guy was a tad over the top, but serviceable. Directed by the Avengers’ Russo Brothers, it was pretty good, though there were a few too many explosions and gun-fights. Overall I’d definitely give it a GO-SEE if you haven’t already. Funnily enough, out of all the tawdry reviews I read, I don’t remember one mentioning it was based on a book. And, a sequel is in-the works … Gary Busey was charged in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with three counts of sex crimes at the Monster Mania convention? Busey, who always seems to be one card short of a full deck, is one interesting dude, but these conventions are curious events where the fans are sometimes a tad too touchy-feely. A thorough investigation needs to happen …
Monday’s CBS Morning News profile on Micky Dolenz was everything we wanted it to be. 8-minutes in prime-time is exceptional any way you look at it. Anthony Mason did his usually brilliant work and Dolenz was very candid. There was also a quick snippet, from Dolenz’s own video collection of the full band in rehearsal at the Hollywood Bowl in 1967; never seen before and it was pretty cool. Just excellent. The first-part of the interview was done at Justin Theroux’s downtown-bar Ray’s. Bravo to Mason and producer Rebecca Castagna. If you missed it, take a look:
Take a read here: Review: Debbie Gibson Sings and Celebrates The OUT OF THE BLUE 35TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT At 54 Below (broadwayworld.com) … RIP To Twin Peaks’ Lenny Von-Dohlen. Read Deadline’s obit: https://deadline.com/2022/07/lenny-von-dohlen-dead-twin-peaks-electric-dreams-actor-1235060380/
TINA TURNER — Talk about a voice of a generation … my generation for sure. I think one of the first records I ever listened too was one from Ike & Tina Turner and Tina immediately caught my ear and eye. 1973’s “Nutbush City Limits” and later “Proud Mary.” Tina was simply dazzling. She passed Wednesday in Switzerland after a lengthy illness and surviving a stroke.
12 Grammys; 3 Grammy Hall of Fame awards; a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; the first Black artist and the first female to be on the cover of Rolling Stone; and, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. And she had her biggest hit when she was in her 40’s. Tina was a ground-breaker in every sense of the word.
From “Nutbush City Limits” to her stunning album, Private Dancer, she was a fierce innovator.
Author Mark Bego who did two tomes on Tina said: “The passing of rock legend Tina Turner is truly tragic. She was an amazing force of nature as a singer, performer, actress, and international inspiration. Having started out with ex-husband Ike Turner, as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the 1960’s, Tina broke free from an abusive marriage with Ike, and became a solo legend on her own. I was privileged to tell her story in the books Tina Turner: Break Every Rule in 2003, and a German language update in 2009 called Tina Turner: Die Biografie. Her story, her legend, and her timeless music will live on.”
For those in the know: British-singer John Miles (“Slow Down”) toured with Tina in 1987. I knew Miles … great, great talent. Here she is with WOR’s Tom Cuddy, back when he was running WPLJ.
SIMON OF THE TIMES — (Via Deadline) Singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who at 81 has just released his 15th studio album, titled Seven Psalms, has revealed a recent hearing loss in his left ear and says the condition has left him doubting he’ll tour again.
In an interview with UK’s The Times, Simon said the hearing loss struck while he was writing the new album. “Quite suddenly, I lost most of the hearing in my left ear, and nobody has an explanation for it,” he told the publication. “So everything became more difficult.”
The Graceland singer said he was more frustrated and annoyed than angered by the hearing loss “because I thought it would pass, it would repair itself.” The condition, however, has not improved, and he now has doubts that he’ll perform live again, a decision reinforced by both a 2020 bout with Covid and his lack of enthusiasm for singing some of his old songs.
“The songs of mine that I don’t want to sing live, I don’t sing them,” he told The Times. “Sometimes there are songs that I like and then at a certain point in a tour, I’ll say, ‘What the f*ck are you doing, Paul?’ Quite often that would come during ‘You Can Call Me Al.’ I’d think, ‘What are you doing? You’re like a Paul Simon cover band. You should get off the road, go home.’”
Simon, who lives on a large Texas ranch with wife Edie Brickell, reflected on the recent losses of Gordon Lightfoot and Jeff Beck, noting, “It’s just the age we’re at…My generation’s time is up.”
SHORT TAKES — Brutal review of HBO’s The Idol in Roger Friedman’s always prescient Showbiz 411. Friedman goes to great length to say that the machinations of the music business are not accurately portrayed in the show at all. Truth be told: They’ve never been accurately portrayed. To me, the closest they even came was in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant Vinyl. Euphoria’s Sam Levinson is the force behind this one and I didn’t have any desire to watch it. After reading Roger’s take on it, I probably never will. Check it out here: https://www.showbiz411.com/2023/05/22/cannes-hbo-unveils-the-idol-starring-the-weeknd-abel-tesfaye-and-lily-rose-depp-in-vulgar-gross-outsiders-take-on-pop-life…
Q1043 in NYC giving away DVDs of the recent Neil Bogart-inspired movie Spinning Gold. Sadly, when Justin Timberlake stepped away from portraying Bogart, this movie was DOA. It came out with nary a whisper, terrible reviews and was literally over in three days. I knew Bogart and this could have been a great, great movie. Sad for sure
We wondered about Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam (seen here with Eppy from My Father’s Place and PR-pasha David Salidor) and emailed him? No response so far. We’ll keep you posted … NBC just announced that The Blacklist finale will air -two hours- on Thursday, July 13. Suffice to say, it was a sensational show …
Happy BDay to Bob Dylan; Mike Myers; Cillian Murphy; and Frank Oz.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tony King; Mark Bego; Michael Leon; Adriana Kaegi; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mark Knopfler; Daryl Easlea; Russ Titleman; Donnie Kehr; Cori Gardner; Benny Harrison; Steve Walter; Jeff Smith; Vinnie Zuffante; Marion Curtis; Angela Tarantino; Michael Fuchs; Sasha Prendes; and ZIGGY!
GABRIEL’S GOLD — I first met Peter Gabriel eons ago at a Prince’s Trust event in London. He was sitting with the actress Rosanna Arquette, and I just formed an immediate connection with him. I was with another client, but we just clicked and ended up talking for several hours. I’ve followed his music before and certainly after and he latest album, I believe his first in 21 years, i/owill be out shortly and he’s been releasing tracks one by one – believe it not, whenever there’s been a full moon.
CHURCH AND STATE — Sunday’s penultimate episode of Succession was as brutal and emotional as ever. The three siblings, joined by their mother at Logan’s funeral, were awash in emotion, but not enough to dissuade them from further business angling. Roman ultimately broke down while he was delivering an eulogy and ended the show wandering aimlessly in a protest taking place. Logan’s brother Ewan, essayed by James Crowell, delivered a blistering indictment of Logan … on point for sure. And, Cromwell knocked it out of the park for sure.
Kendall and Shiv pursued their own affairs and it was clear by the episode’s end, that both brothers knew, she was siding with Lukas Matsson. Tom was barely in the episode at all and even missed Roy’s funeral; although he claimed to be the last one with Logan when he died.
The episode was written be creator Jesse Armstrong and was as powerful as ever, Truly a great show and one that I will miss. Get ready for next week 90-minute finale. It should be nothing short of stunning.
GUESS WHO DON’T SUE — What major 80’s blue-eyed soul singer was about to pact with a English-based label for his new album, when at the last minute he (and his manager) changed their mind and released it themselves on their own label?
The album is 3 weeks old with nary a review nor any major airplay.
Anyone can release their own album these days; but, the key is the support staff and street team … much needed these days with social media. I remember back in the day when a major ad agency took a two-page ad out themselves: the first page said, this is what happens when you don’t advertise. The second page: totally blank.
It does take a village indeed!
SHORT TAKES — The long-talked about Dave Mason autobiography, Only You And I Know, will now be out on November 14. It was originally supposed to be out this week. I wonder what caused the delay? Maybe he remembered more stories about The Moke or Teddy Slatus? …
David Zaslav (Zaz The Butcher) was met with boos and angry chants from students after taking the stage at Boston University on Sunday to accept his honorary degree and give the 2023 commencement speech. Those cries began as early as the Warner Bros. Discovery CEO’s introduction by BU President Robert A. Brown during the 150th commencement exercises at Nickerson Field. As Brown spoke to Zaslav’s “passion for documenting and sharing the human story on a global scale,” the chants and booing immediately picked up, followed by what would become a constant ebb and flow of calls throughout his 20-minute speech. A plane even flew by with a banner proclaiming Pay Your Writers. Face it, this guy’s a joke for sure …
Micky Dolenz’s solo show in Davenport, Iowa this weekend, apparently was off the charts. Our spy reports that SRO-crowd was terrifically energetic; especially on a terrific version of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” Thanks to Jane Blunkell for the attached shot. Dolenz is at Abbey Road On The River this week and Louisville Public Media did a nice interview with him. Check it out here: https://www.lpm.org/music/2023-05-22/shines-catchup-with-micky-dolenz-of-the-monkees … I caught the Bob Clearmountain interview on Inside Power Station on NYC Life Channel this weekend and it was pretty good. Stephen Webber, Director of BerkleeNYC was not the best interviewer I’ve ever seen, but he held up. To tell you the truth, I’d never heard of this channel or show, but frankly, it was pretty well done.
The Power Station, for those that don’t know, was one of the premiere studios in NYC before going through a series of management changes and now Berklee School of Music owns it. As the interview with Clearmountain abruptly ended, they showed a video and interview from a current student there; so it’s as much a promo move from Berklee as anything else. I wonder what actual artists were interviewed for the show. I’d love to see Springsteen interviewed or even Duran Duran. These behind-the-scenes docs are gaining prominence for sure. Latino-artist Thalia announced one last week and there’s a slew coming. Stay tuned …
And, the new Indiana Jones movie debuted at Cannes last week and received not the best reviews and much chatter was about its director James Mangold and whether he was a good choice. I’ll see it for sure as I’m a fan of the series, but Sunday I caught the tail-end of Ford vs. Ferrari, which I loved the first time I saw it and loved it again. I had forgotten that Mangold directed that one too and to me, did just a brilliant job. Bravo! … Happy Bday Bernie Taupin!
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Race Taylor; Tony King; Rob Dickins; Daryl Easlea; Glenn Gretlund; Ian Lee; Mikael Wood; Robert Evans; Roger Friedman; Angela Tarantino; Robert Funarto; Michael Fuchs; Brian Cox; Kit Lambert; Chris Stamp; Decca Records; Lifehouse; Benny Harrison; and CHIP!
CLAPTON’S 32 — 32 years ago (1992) Eric Clapton released 24 Nights which chronicled his stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall. With a terrific band, featuring Ray Cooper; Steve Ferrone; Nathan East, Phil Palmer, Alan Clark and Greg Phillinganes they sauntered through his impressive song catalog. One night, he was backed by an orchestra with no less than the late-Michael Kamen conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra. It was in a word, exquisite.
Tuesday night in NYC there was a paparazzi-chase involving Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after they received an award of the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Many media-pundits termed it a near-catastrophic and after what happened to Harry’s mother, can you blame them? Amazingly there were no arrests, no summons issued … nada. Something is off here and hopefully in the coming days, new evidence will surface …(Via Crain’s) MSG in talks to sell former Hulu Theater for $1B to an Italian developer.
Yes, this is important because the former Hulu Theater used to be the legendary Felt Forum; the bastard sister-to MSG. Saw many, many great shows there. A tad smaller, more intimate and the sound was great. It was also known at times as The Theater at Madison Square Garden; The WaMu Theater and The Paramount Theater. Sad passing for sure … Could Eddie Murphy be the next inspector Clouseau in a new iteration of the Pink Panther – following in the shadows of Peter Sellers and Steve Martin? I don’t think this is a good idea at all … RIP bassist John Giblin … HAPPY BDAY Mark Berry ; Howard Smiley; and Jerry Milani.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tony King; Amanda Naylor; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Angela Tarantino; Taylor Hackford; Dominic Patten; Lenny Beer; Jerry Love; Charlie Minor; Michael Leon; Mark Scheerer; Regis Philbin; Art Moore; Honey Rose Records; Jane Blunkell; Benny Harrison; and ZIGGY!
TAILGATE PARTY — Sunday’s Succession was another sensational epic. Written by creator Jesse Armstrong, it had more dialogue, I think, than any other episode so far. As I’ve noted in every recap so far, one must pay close attention to the dialogue to get the whole picture and the whole story.
With lyrics concerning the plight faced by far too many and footage of homeless areas of Los Angeles, the legendary singer/songwriter searches for answers:
All of these homelessWhere do they come from? In this land of plenty Where nothing gets done
“The Eyes of Portland” is a track from Orpheus Descending, a new studio album from John Mellencamp slated for release on June 16 (its release date was pushed back two weeks from June 2).
It’s the second song shared so far from the record, following the similarly pointed “Hey God” and its lyrics regarding guns and the endless debates surrounding them:
Weapons and guns, are they really my rightsLaws written a long time ago No one could imagine the sight Of so many dead on the floor
Hey God, if you’re still thereWould you please come down Hey God, if you’re still there Would you please come down
So what do you really have in mind for us nowWe know that you’re not on our side A few words of wisdom written down
Ain’t enough to sustain us anymore
Orpheus Descending comes on the heels of Mellencamp’s November 2022 reissue of his classic 1985 album, Scarecrow, and was detailed as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fameer has a batch of tour dates coming in the weeks ahead.
Check out the new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gjqeAjJ4q4
SHORT TAKES — I’m on the fence about Martha Stewart. On the one hand, her Sports Illustrated -at 81- cover looks great but her jail stint never seems to come up anymore in interviews. Maybe it shouldn’t, but it did happen. On the Today interview Monday she seemed to be channeling Candice Bergen. As I said – on the fence … Reba McEntire is Blake Shelton’s replacement on The Voice? Wow. I would have thought a more creative choice would have been in order …
Bad Sisters on Apple + just won a BAFTA award for Best Drama Series. I thought it was just tremendous and it will return for a proper Season 2 …
Miley Cryrus’ video for the new single “Jaded” is more Peloton than anything else, but it’s a great track. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q-Y6wt1h3k …
And, Micky Dolenz has just announced an LA date for his Monkees Celebration show at the Ace Theatre, Friday, September 22. Dolenz is also at next week’s Abbey Road On The River show as well.
AFFLECK’S AIR — I’ve always enjoyed Ben Affleck’s work. Years ago, at a premiere for then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow’s excellent Sliding Doors movie, I somehow ended up with Ben talking for almost an hour. I found him just excellent company; thoughtful, intelligent and very funny. His movie Argo was just excellent and this weekend I saw his Amazon film Airand found it most enjoyable.
With a stellar cast including Matt Damon. Jason Bateman, and Chris Messina, the movie tells the story of Nike championing Michel Jordan and their soon-to come Air Jordan sneaker line. The script, from Alex Covery, was just excellent.
SHORT TAKES — Canceled Friday was Big Sky; Alaska Daily and The Company You Keep. 3 ABC shows I actually enjoyed, although Big Sky was going downhill fast. As has been pointed out before: In the golden age of TV you got to do 26 episodes; now, it’s down to 6, if you’re lucky. Alaska Daily was just excvekllent and made me a Hilary Swank fan all over again and The Company You Keep was terrific.
Milo Ventimiglia was just great. Sad for sure … On May 13, in 1970, The Beatles’ Let It Be movie premiered in theaters in NYC … PR-pasha David Salidor at Sevillain Brooklyn Heights …
The big news last Friday were reports in many media outlets about a supposed toxic work environment at NBC’s Kelly Clarkson Show. Eleven employees were said they were underpaid and overworked. You know, I’ve worked on these chat shows and yes, the workload is at times on overload, but the reality is that that’s how these shows work. Deadlines come each moment and you have to be at 100% all the time. The sad fact is that if indeed these eleven are unhappy, they should leave, because there are dozens standing by to take their place. The nature of the production is not going to change, but perhaps the personnel should. I do feel for them, but that’s the nature of this business … Happy Bday Jane Blunkell; Gene Cornish and Nancy Lee Andrews.
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