ELTON AT DODGER STADIUM — I just finished watching Disney’s global live-stream of Elton John’s final US and North American show from last Sunday. First off, Elton and the band did “Take Me To The Pilot,” “Have Mercy On The Criminal” (from 1972’s Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player) and “Border Song” – three Elton/Bernie songs that have been criminally neglected over the years.
Mariah’s kids with Nick Cannon (Monroe and Moroccan) danced alongside their mother. There was also a salute to Disney’s Lion King, which just celebrated 25 years, and a musical number from Broadway’s Some Like It Hot which was rather fantastic. I’ve heard almost nothing about this show, but after this, I’d love to see it.
It was also the first Macy’s parade in 27 years without NBC’s Al Roker who is recovering from a blood clot.
SHORT TAKES — We were never fans of CBS’ Criminal Minds till the very end. We just watched the re-booted version, Criminal Minds: Evolution and just loved it. Joe Mantegna was terrific. We first fell in love with Mantegna during the 1988 run of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow (with Ron Silver) …
Turns out that ABC’s Alaska Daily toplining Hilary Swank and Jeff Perry is the big winner in the Fall TV Season so far. Created by Tom (Spotlight) McCarthy; it’s just sensational. Congrats. Just a brilliant, brilliant show … That Naked Lunch podcast with Micky Dolenz is pretty revealing. Especially so when host Phil Rosenthal admits that he used to tell girls he was Dolenz’s cousin! Wow … HAPPY BDAY Danny Fried!