Today in the Glorious Corner: Aerosmith,Scarlett Johansson’s Flick, and Megyn Kelly, Plus R.I.P David Mancuso

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AERO LAST?  Aerosmith‘s next tour might be the beginning of the end. The band has announced a run of European dates for the spring and summer of 2017 — a series of shows they’ve dubbed Aero-Vederci Baby! and are billing as their “farewell” tour. The news comes several months after singer Steven Tyler publicly suggested that it was “time” for the group to start thinking about getting off the road — although Tyler’s longtime foil and creative sparring partner, guitarist Joe Perry, seemed to disagree.

“It’s one of many things we’ve talked about as a band, but I don’t know if it’s the end,” Perry shrugged in response. “There are still a lot of places we haven’t played yet that we want to play. More to follow – let’s just put it that way.”

It’s worth noting that in the press release announcing the Aero-Vederci Baby! dates, the word “farewell” is always surrounded in quotes, and neither Perry nor Tyler seemed to be in a hurry to say goodbye in their quotes for the tour.

“It’s been three years since we have been on tour in Europe, and I can speak for my brothers that we can’t wait to get over there and take it up a few notches,” said Perry. “Last tour in South America, we were running on all cylinders, and I can see no reason to let up now.”

“Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock,” added Tyler. “The band is unstoppable right now and in Europe, we’re going to keep doing what we do best … Let the Music Do the Talking … Living on the Edge, and living to rock another day.”

When Tyler made his comments about a farewell tour, he quipped that it would last “probably forever” — so there’s every reason to believe Aerosmith will be bidding fans adieu for quite a while. Take a look at the complete list of currently scheduled dates below, and keep an eye on the band’s official site for ticketing information starting Nov. 18 this Friday.

MANCUSO RIP — Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the news of David  Mancuso’s death on Facebook on November 14, writing:

“RIP David Mancuso October 20, 1944 – November 14, 2016: It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART I report that pioneering DJ and legendary founder of The Loft, David Mancuso, has sadly passed away. He was 72 years old. David was more than just a seminal, influential and elusive figure in the development of DJ-ing and NYC underground club culture, he was FAMILY – a friend and mentor – to both me and Jon. My heart is broken. He will be GREATLY missed but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers…and what a gift that is!!mancuso

It’s always difficult to say goodbye to someone you love – someone that touched your heart and influenced your life immeasurably. However, we can continue to celebrate David’s rich life through his first love – the MUSIC and at the house that he built – The Loft. See you in paradise, my friend. Be sure to save a space for me on the dancefloor. #LoveSavesTheDay.”

The Loft opened in 1970 as a private, underground party at 647 Broadway and was also the home of club nights from other iconic dance music DJs, including Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, and more. The invite only venue offered its audience, often the thriving LGBTQ community; a safe place to party away from police intervention.

In 2005, Mancuso was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 for his outstanding work as a DJ and is honored by many as not only an immensely impactful figure of New York’s club scene, but also as one of the pioneers of DJ-ing and dance music as we know it today.

Mancuso’s major contribution to DJ culture was that he helped create the record pool system. Labels and artists would drop off several copies of new releases at a central location, and the music would be distributed to influential selectors for club play.


SHORT TAKES — Have you seen the trailer for the new Scarlett Johansson movie, Ghost in the Shell? Impressive to say the least. Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese media franchise originally published as a manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. Check it out: shell … Saw the new J. K. Rowling opus, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, last night, amid a packed screening room and it was pretty impressive. One note: there’s a quick cameo by a rather big bold faced name near the end. More details Friday … Great to see the renowned photographer Bobby Bank and Leslie Gold at Monday’s Rockers On Broadway … The Megyn Kelly book (Settle For
 was finally released this week and the headlines have not stopped. Fox’s own Bill O’Reilly said he wasn’t interested in having her on his show (and, she is a Fox-reporter) because he didn’t want to promote a book that ripped his own network. I’m not a fan of hers and ever time I see her, I find her less and less interesting. The inside scuttlebutt is that she’s angling for a better deal at another network. Who’d want to hire her if she could turn on you at any moment? I think by the end of the year, she’ll be yesterday’s news … Carrie Fisher had an affair with Harrison Ford during the early Star Wars-years. Stop the presses!


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