DOLENZ AT THE AVALON — Micky Dolenz opened his solo tour last week at The Avalon Theatre at The Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario last week with three shows and according to our spy there, each was a major success. Strapping on a black Fender Telecaster, Dolenz ran through his signature hits, as well as several numbers with his sister Coco. Said our spy: “Canada LOVES hosting Micky and his band. We are thrilled he comes up here so often and has been an absolute gem to us here. His band, Dave Alexander, Rich Dart, Wayne Avers, John Billings and Coco are an absolute delight; terrifically talented and accompany Micky perfectly.”
Micky also did a interview with Rita Carrey (Jim’s sister) for her show The Pete And Reet Show. They also met up Thursday night for dinner at Ontario’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Which coincidentally happened to be Jim’s birthday as well.
Here are some exclusive photos from his stand there. His tour with Michael Nesmith resumes in March.
MEET WENDY STUART KAPLAN — We’ve just met a fascinating new face: Wendy Stuart Kaplan. A woman of diverse talents and experiences, that we’ll be featuring in a forthcoming interview, but last week we attended, at The Explorers Club (on the Upper East Side of Manhattan) a screening of her film Whisperers & Witnesses. In Wendy’s own words: Thank you for giving us the chance to raise awareness of the challenges faced by chimpanzees and gorillas and telling the story of those on the frontlines securing a tomorrow for these primates. Ape Action Africa and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon are creating a safe future for these primates.
A terrifically moving film that had the SRO room spellbound, we’ll have more on Wendy next week.
PROCOL HARUM — Legendary British prog rock band Procol Harum have announced that they will be hitting the road across North America next month in support of their latest album Novum. Released in 2017, Novum–the band’s 13th album–was unveiled in conjunction with Procol Harum’s 50th Anniversary.
The tour, which will kick off in Atlanta on February 17, will see the band performing at various City Winery locations across the U.S.
Commenting on the forthcoming tour, founder/songwriter/lead singer/pianist Gary Brooker said: “We haven’t visited the USA since July 2014, and this has enabled us to have the new material from our studio album PLUS favorites & rarities from the past 50 years. It’s a long time, but Procol is always current (or timeless). See you in the wine bar– mine’s a large one!”
Procol Harum tour dates are as follows:
2/17 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery Atlanta
2/18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery Nashville
2/20 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago
2/21 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago
2/23 – Washington, DC – City Winery Washington DC
2/25 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/26 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/27 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/28 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/1 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/3 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
3/4 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston
3/5 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston
SHORT TAKES — I join CBS FM’s Scott Shannon in saluting National Disc Jockey Day, observed yesterday, Sunday, January 20th. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed a voice on the radio. My favorites include: Scott Muni; Ken Dashow; Jim Kerr; Race Taylor; Oedipus; Imus; Dan Ingram; Ron Lundy; Dave Herman; Carol Miller; Alison Steele; Maria Milito; Kate Ingram; Zach Martin; Murray the K; Howard Stern; Wolfman Jack; Dan Taylor; and, Bruce Morrow … Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam released their latest album Friday, Greetings from Serbia, but they were in the studio on Thursday recording their next one … I’m all for Glady Knight singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Why not? … Oscar nominations tomorrow: Let me go on the record and predict a nomination, for Spike Lee. Much deserved … New York Fashion Weekbegins on February 7 … Green Book won Best Picture at the PGA Awards; this is now the one to beat … Saw Boy Erased this weekend. Tragically compelling. Excellent performances by Lucas Hedges; Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. Conversion therapy to me, is not a compelling topic, but it was a heck of a pic … Speaking of Crowe, I watched American Gangster yesterday and marveled at how good it was. From 2007, Ridley Scott as director, did a flawless job. Utterly brilliant .. As good as HBO’s True Detective was last week; it was as confusing as all get out this week. I just hope the pundits don’t come out and say it’s too much like Season One. Fingers crossed … Netflix’s The Kominsky Method is a GO for season two and, has Long Island’s Nonstop To Cairo broken up for good? Stay tuned.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Keith Girard; Jacqueline Boyd; Scott Shannon; Louis Pulice; Cameron Bonfide; Vinny Rich; Second Self; Bob Austin; Marty Ostrow; Seymour Stein; August Darnell; Tony Wright; Cristina; Mr. Luxe; Jay Cassell; and, CHIP.