Marcus’ Mission — Singer Marcus Goldhaber, Monday night at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, officially launched his new album Carry You On; his terrific new project wherein the songs were written based on stories from newly returned veterans. The evening began with a talk back, moderated by Billy Terrell, and a panel, including Dan McSweeney (UWVC); Brett D’Alessandro (Backpacks For Life; Angela Coyle (UWVC); and, Gabriel Ramos (DVS). It was informative, moving and considering it was the start of Veteran’s week here in NYC, perfect. Terrell introduced Marcus and he and his band took the stage and began to play. The 13 tracks on the album are just stunning; the strings onstage added perfectly to the music. We especially loved “Earn This,” the album’s single “Song For Peace” and the album’s title track. MAC Award winner Goldhaber possesses just a winning presence and his band was exceptionally marvelous. A moving and timely project for him. Seen at the event, were: Ian McDonald from Honey West (and, Foreigner and King Crimson); PR-pasha David Salidor; Marcus’s PR-man Randy Alexander; and, photographer Jeff Smith. Thanks to David Alan Kogut for the photos. Next up for Goldhaber is a December 3 appearance at Rockwood Music Hall. Don’t miss it … a singular talent.
OZZY’S END — The end is nigh for Ozzy Osbourne, at least for touring. Ozzy announced Monday that he will be mounting a farewell tour starting in 2018; but don’t fret too much. It is planned to go through 2020 so just call it “the long goodbye”. In addition, Osbourne makes it clear that this is just for touring. He plans on continuing to record and play occasional live shows. There just won’t be any further tours. Ozzy said in a statement “People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”
Backing Osbourne will be Zakk Wylde, Adam Wakeman, Blasko and Tommy Clufetos. It will be the second farewell for Osbourne as he and his Black Sabbath bandmates finished their “The End” tour last February. Ozzy Osbourne has been performing, in either Black Sabbath or as a solo artist, for fifty years, starting with the early band Rare Breed with Geezer Butler and Polka Tulk Blues with Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward. That lineup would become Black Sabbath in 1969. Their self-titled debut album was released the next year.
SHORT TAKES — We just received a copy of the new book on Lou Reed (A Life) written by Anthony DeCurtis. Curtis is a no-BS writer and whether it’s his articles from Rolling Stone or the numerous works he’s done, it will be an exemplary read. We can’t wait … Speaking of Rolling Stone; a somewhat-frail looking Jann Wenner was interviewed yesterday on the Today Show by Matt Lauer. Wenner, looking a little worse for wear, stumped admirably for the 50th anniversary of his rag and trumped a forthcoming documentary on HBO. Wenner’s an odd cat for sure; he definitely changed a generation, but his notorious back-rooms deals always seem to sully the situation. I’ve not gotten that new bio on him yet, that Wenner at first OK’d, then disavowed, but I will …There was virtually no way nightclub impresario Vito Bruno could win as a candidate for Brooklyn Borough President. I know firsthand of too many deals that have gone south with his involvement, but I give him an E for effort … The media pipeline was ripe with stories Monday of Disney perhaps acquiring embattled Rupert Murdoch’s Fox-empire. Truth be told, with all the payouts from possibly sexual harassment charges this year, the company must truly be in free fall. Stay tuned … Look for Ian McDonald’s Honey West to appear at the Cutting room in January. McDonald huddled with Steve Walter Monday night leading to a tentative-January date. One of the best new bands of the year, McDonald’s a magician …Look for author Mark Bego to host two book-signings in New Jersey in mid-December for his Eat Like A Rock Star; still in the Top Ten. Stay tuned for more info on the in-person stints … Magda Katz of Times Square Chronicles interviewed The Hit Men and songsmith Mike Greenly Monday; interviews to follow … One of the people who ran Debbie Gibson’s media-campaign back in the late-80’s is featured in a forthcoming article in Long Island’s Newsday, about a new singer from the Island, that he worked with – only in this case, everything went wrong. Gibson, who remains the only artist in Billboard history to have written and performed a #1 pop hit, was the Taylor Swift of her day and interestingly enough, a compilation of her career was just released abroad. We’d love to hear it, but alas, it’s only available as an import. Gibson deserves to be heard again and here’s to hoping she will … Lethal Weapon 5 with Gibson and Glover? Bring it on. I just watched the very first installment (1987), and loved it. I hope the new one harks back to that original, rather than an old-man lame comedy. we’ll see … Can’t believe Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in midtown is closing in January. Rent hike for sure. Great restaurant. I’m attending next week for my last supper!