FOX EATS — We were lucky enough to tag along yesterday to a Fox TV interview with Mark Bego and Mary Wilson for their just-out book Eat Like A Rock Star. The shoot was held at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, where they’ll be an official launch party tomorrow, Thursday, night. I arrived with Bego’s PR-man David Salidor and I watched them scout the perfect spot to shoot the interview. A follow up interview would be conducted in the kitchen, so that was easy enough to set. Fox’s TV Christal Young arrived with her camera man Todd and before long the interview was underway; interestingly enough, shot on the floor, but with the Cutting Room’s beautiful stage in the background. Both Bego and Wilson talked about the book at length, including how Bego, who has done 62 rock-bios, got the many stars he has spoken to reveal the recipes. Bego said that when he spoke to Bill Wyman of Rolling Stones fame, he was reluctant to divulge anything, but bit by bit, he became a lot of more
forthcoming. Bego and Wilson also have special dishes from the likes of NSync’s Joey Fatone; Richie Sambora; Rita Coolidge; Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. The shoot soon moved to the kitchen where the two prepared some artichoke soup with all the fixings. Bego and Wilson speak to SiriusXM’s Bruce Morrow today and do an 8-city Premiere Radio tour Friday. Expected at tomorrow event are The Soprano’s Robert Funaro; Rascal-Gene Cornish; May Pang; Tom Cuddy from WOR Radio; Mike McCann from Premier Radio; Randy Jones from The Village People (also in the book) and, legendary Lou Christie. Details next week.
PETTY LAID TO REST — Two weeks after his sudden death at the age of 66, Tom Petty was buried in a private ceremony earlier this week that was reportedly attended by family members and a group of his closest friends.
A few details regarding the service leaked courtesy of TMZ, where it’s reported that Petty was laid to rest at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, an affluent suburb of Santa Monica near Los Angeles. He isn’t the first renowned rocker to find a place at the Shrine; as TMZ’s report notes, that’s also where George Harrison — Petty’s friend and former band mate in the Traveling Wilburys — was buried after he died in 2001.
While the ceremony was limited to Petty’s inner circle, fans were still able to catch a few glimpses of the service courtesy of his daughter AnnaKim, who posted a series of photos to her Instagram account. Under one shot, a picture of a display set up at the service, she wrote, “The dark of the sun we will stand together”; to caption another, she simply wrote, “Into the great wide open.”
Petty’s burial comes after weeks of widespread tributes to his incredible legacy, and arrives shortly before his longtime band mate and creative partner Benmont Tench faces the difficult task of moving forward with his first solo show following Petty’s passing. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
SHORT TAKES — Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year. John’s last performance of his show The Million Dollar Piano will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows. It is John’s second residency at Caesars. His The Red Piano shows ran from 2004 through 2009. Tickets for the final block of performances will go on sale on Oct. 22. Earlier this year, the 70-year-old had to cancel several shows at The Colosseum at Caesars because of a bacterial infection he contracted during a South American tour. The Caesars show is named after John’s piano, which has dozens of LED video screens that display images while the singer performs some of his biggest hits … Robert Funaro (The Sopranos; The Sinner) is in Martin Scorsess’s The Irishman, now filming. The movie re- unites Scorsese and De Niro for the first time since the 1995 film Casino. And Joe Pesci, also in it, nabbed an Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actor in Scorsese’s 1990 Goodfellas, which also starred DeNiro. Funaro began filming in Queens two weeks ago. “I play the role of Johnny, a trucker teamster friend of Frank Sheeran- who’s played by DeNiro. I kind of introduce him to the key players at the Friendly Lounge – a hangout in Philadelphia,” says Funaro … Great Darren Paltrowitz article on the aforementioned Eat Like A Rock Star tome; check it out: https://www.inquisitr.com/4555001/mark-bego-supremes-singer-mary-wilson-on-the-new-book-eat-like-a-rock-star-october-19-at-the-cutting-room/ … and, one year ago, October 20, 2016, Michael ‘Eppy’ Epstein presented a show at his Long Island-Lighthouse outpost that was as stunner: Dominick DiPietrantonio, and opener Victor Kastel. Stellar. Definitely should be a repeat!
Till next time…