Debra Messing is apologizing for her social media outburst.
We sing the masterpiece of art that is inside us (the mirror, for a believer as I am, of the wonder of creation), we celebrate the beauty that we can grow and live every day.” — Andrea Bocelli
Great interview with Andrea Bocelli by Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun News:
Q+A: Andrea Bocelli talks Las Vegas, touring, Celine Dion and the importance of opera [Las Vegas Sun News; Dec. 2, 2013].
Andrea Bocelli received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from the Giacomo Puccini Conservatory in La Spezia, Italy. His CD/DVD, Love in Portofino, was released the same day. The 55-year-old Italian tenor also has a degree in Law from the University of Pisa.
Bocelli Gets Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance [Italy Magazine; October 26, 2013]
The UK Daily Mail reports that rumors abound of a planned July 21, 2013, wedding of legendary music entertainer Tina Turner, 73, and her long-time companion Erwin Bach, 57, a German-born record producer. The couple has lived together in Switzerland for more than 15 years. The New York Post reports that the wedding will take place at their home at Lake Zurich. A celebration may be in the works at their second home, on the French Riviera. The bride’s dress is reportedly being designed by Giorgio Armani, who is also expected to be a wedding guest.
What’s AGE got to do with it? Tina Turner, 73, expected to marry toyboy Erwin Bach this month (UK Daily Mail; July 12, 2013)
Saturday, August 7, 2009, marked 40 years since the 1969 photo shoot for the Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover. In commemoration of the event, hundreds of Beatles fans from across the universe had come together at the famous zebra crossing. Those who could not be there were able to watch on their computer monitors thanks to a live web cam, something not possible when the Beatles crossed that street 40 years ago. Oh the times, they are a-changin’.
The year 1969 was pivotal in the evolution of popular culture. Promoters of a festival billed as “three days of peace and music” sold 186,000 tickets to the August 15-17, 1969, event at Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. Over half a million people showed up. Heavy traffic caused as many as a million more to turn back and miss the event known as Woodstock. The rain and mud-soaked attendees were entertained by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Mountain, The Band, Richie Havens, and a break-out performance of the Beatles’ hit With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker.
The Daily Mail takes an amusing look back in, Forty far-out facts you never knew about Woodstock. One of my personal favorite facts is this one:
23. Off-duty police officers were banned from providing security, so a New Mexico commune known as the Hog Farm were hired to form a ‘Please Force.’ The Hog Farmers were led by Wavy Gravy, a toothless former beatnik comic, who put on a Smokey-the-Bear suit and warned troublemakers they would be doused in fizzy water or hit with custard pies.
In 1990, I met Wavy Gravy in a coffee store in Berkeley, California. He was running for Berkeley City Council (he lost), and he gave me a silk-screened campaign poster! His campaign slogan was “Let’s elect a real clown for a change.” Hmmm. Change we can believe in?
Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, has posted on his blog a moving and insightful essay about his experiences with Sir Paul McCartney.
On Saturday, August 1, 2009, Mr. Wallace was one in a crowd of about 20 people watching Paul McCartney do a “sound check” in a huge stadium, in preparation for a concert in Washington DC.
Mr. Wallace also met Sir Paul a couple of years back on a beach in Jamaica, and describes the thrill he felt at meeting a rock and roll idol from his youth. (When was the last time you were on vacation and met a former Beatle? Guess you should re-think your itinerary for next time.)
Mr. Wallace stirs up some sweet memories for those of us who grew up with the music and excitement of Beatlemania.
Madonna will resume her international Sweet & Sticky Tour in London on the 4th of July. The tour will end in Israel. After the September 1, 2009, concert in Tel Aviv quickly sold out, a second performance date was added for September 2, 2009. It has been 16 years since the pop diva last performed in Israel, although she has been a visitor to the country a couple of times since then.
While in Israel, Madonna plans to go to the Wailing Wall with her children, including her newly adopted Malawi daughter Mercy, age 3 or 4, and adopted Malawi son David Banda, 3.
The Israeli tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Madonna’s friend Justin Timberlake will be joining her in Israel. The two share an enthusiasm for Kabbalah. Mr. Timberlake has been studying the esoteric Jewish mysticism at the London Center with Madonna.
There have been no announced plans that Mr. Timberlake will perform on the Sweet & Sticky Tour, but it is rumored that there may be some onstage surprises.