BOWIE’S LAZARUS — David Bowie’s new single Lazarus taken from the album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) will be released digitally on December 18th and will receive its world premiere on BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show, tomorrow the 17th.
Lazarus is the only track on ★ also featured in the stage production Lazarus written by Bowie and Enda Walsh and directed by Ivo Van Hove, which opened December 7 in New York to great critical acclaim. The New York Times raved “Ice-cold bolts of ecstasy shoot like novas through the glamorous muddle and murk of Lazarus, the great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical built around songs by David Bowie,” while Rolling Stone hailed Lazarus as a “Surrealistic Tour de Force… milk-swimming, lingerie-sniffing, gin-chugging theater at its finest.” Typical Bowie-praise for certain. Can’t wait to see this one.
BRASS AT TRINITY – After their sold-out show this past Sunday at David Geffen Hall, Canadian Brass performs a Holiday cocnert tomorrow, Thursday, at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan (75 Broadway). Their show Sunday was just so marvelous and I cannot recommend any better Holiday-performance than this one. Here’s a shot of The Brass from Sunday’s show by journalist Brad Balfour. Thanks Brad!
HOWARD’S BACK — From Joel Denver’s terrific All Access: “Howard Stern has inked a new five year deal to remain at SiriusXM Radio. Stern made the announcement on his show yesterday. The new deal keeps Stern’s Howard 100 and 101 on the air and adds a 12-year deal for SiriusXM to use Stern’s audio and video archives.”
“As a broadcaster, it does not get better than working at SiriusXM, and I’m truly excited for the future with this great company,” said Stern. “I happen to think that its best days are ahead. So, if you are not listening to SiriusXM and The Howard Stern Show, then you are really more like a zombie, a rotting corpse monster, living half a life, deadened and blackened inside. It’s as if you were still watching black and white television while shopping in actual stores on your way to the post office to fax a memo.”
I first met Stern years ago –sometime around his Private Parts-moment, and was delighted to find a just a terrific person there. I got to know him more out on the East End of Long Island and began to appreciate him more and more. He’s actually a total delight; a true renaissance man. His shows are great and it’s worth noting, that the more interesting personality he on … the better the show is. I knew he’d be a success on America’s Got Talent and believe me; the show will miss him terribly when he’s not here next season. I could not be a bigger fan.
STAR WARS WILLIAMS — While the reviews for the new Star War (The Force Awakens) movie have been embargoed till today; the first two I’ve read have lavished extras-praise on the score by John Williams. Even Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush’s raved about the music on his show last night. Like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher … he’s most definitely another old friend in this visionary series. We’re seeing it this weekend and I cannot wait.
SHORT TAKES — Van Dean’s Broadway Records will be releasing the cast album from the recently opened The Color Purple. They recorded it this past Monday. It received just terrific reviews. Here’s Van in the studio with Jennifer Hudson. Can’t wait for this one … NBC’s love affair with Adele reached a crescendo on Monday night. The network’s highly anticipated concert special featuring the record-setting singer made its debut after an episode of The Voice. Adele Live in New York City averaged an impressive 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers. The last prime time concert special to pull in such a strong showing with adults 18-49 was in 2005 with the airing of The Eagles Farewell Tour. Adele was also barely down at all from the Voice lead-in, the highest-rated series of the night, which averaged a 3.2 rating in the key demo … Just heard that Micky Dolenz will host an hour of the brand-new Tom Petty Radio from Sirius/XM …Good news from camp-Ingersol. Manager Liz Rueger reports that plans are in the works for the artist’s first tour in Spring 2016. We picked her debut album as one of our favorites of the year. Can’t wait to see her live …
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