The Superb Nook

G.H. Harding

A CHER STEAL — This yr’s 97th version of the Macy’s Day Parade was a somewhat underwhelming one, save for Chicago – inexplicably singing “Your My Inspiration” – and the all the time, indefatigable Cher, singing a observe “DJ Play a Christmas Track” off her new holiday-themed album. The primary few bars will terribly auto-tuned, however that appeared to vanish and Cher’s vocals rang full and daring.

She was, usually, a professional. Mixing effortlessly and emotionally with the dancers in a terrific set. Some pundits reported the clip was shot days earlier, however she was stay and, simply sensational. I want extra of at the moment’s performers possessed her vigor and expertise. That’s why many of the present acts, right here at the moment, can be gone tomorrow.

As we went to press, we discovered that this parade was Macy’s most-watched version ever! Congrats.

Sacred Songs/Daryl Corridor

HALL VS. OATES  Some horrible information appeared in Wednesday’s media that Daryl Corridor had taken out a TRO in opposition to partner-John Oates. I’ve liked what these two have achieved for many years and I liked Corridor’s solo albums; particularly the one he did with Robert Fripp in 1977 Sacred Songs.  His file firm on the time (RCA) hated it a lot, they held up its launch for 3 years.

I additionally effectively bear in mind them within the 80’s when it appeared you possibly can’t activate a radio with out listening to their music. 29 of their 33 singles had been main chart hits on Billboard. However I do return to them even within the 70’s, with their terrific “She’s Gone” which principally launched them. And, my favourite album of their Battle Infants, produced by Todd Rundgren. Fast word: That album sounds nearly as good and related because it did when it got here out in 1974.

The issue appears to come up from Oates eager to promote his portion of sure songs to Major Wave Artists – which mockingly owns a number of of their songs already. It’s a small level, however that appears to be the problem. In all actuality, it’s one other case of a classic-rocker promoting his music.

In Oates’ e-book a number of years in the past (Change of Seasons: A Memoir), he hardly talked about Corridor and regrettably that animus has apparently reared its indignant head. They’re Philly boys, I’m from Philly and it’s simply an terrible coda to what was certainly one of music’s main success tales. Unhappy throughout.

SHORT TAKES — Terrific article on this week’s Nearer on Micky Dolenz. Test it out right here:

btw: Dolenz tapes KTLA’s Countdown To 2024 this week in LA …

Phil Quartararo

I first met Phil Quartararo within the foyer of the outdated Mondrian Resort in LA with John Sykes and we struck up a friendship that lasted till he handed final week. He was at Virgin for a time and labored with the artists there together with The Spice Ladies and Paul Abdul. In these fast-changing-times within the music enterprise, he remained considerably behind the scenes of late, however admitted he missed working with the artists. Phil was a man you by no means ever heard a nasty phrase about. Big loss. Right here’s Billboard’s tackle Phil:

… As you’ve not doubt learn, there may be bother within the Marvel-comic kingdom. The most recent Captain Marvel film (The Marvels) didn’t carry out practically in addition to everybody hoped for and their latest star, Jonathan Majors as Kang, is tied up in a number of court docket issues.

Dr. Doom

So, we hear that Kang is out and Physician Doom is in. Keep tuned …

Final week for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Right here Lies Love. In case you’ve not seen this, it’s a must-see one. Unhappy to see it go …

And Forbes’ James M. Conflict has launched Amplified; culled from his terrific interviews with the icons of rock ‘n roll; together with Grace Slick; Artwork Garfunkel; Ginger Baker; Micky Dolenz; and Roger Daltry.  Right here’s the Amazon hyperlink: NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Leeds; Kate Hyman; Bono; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Bobby Financial institution; Dina Pitenis; Frank DiLella; Donnie Kehr; Steve Leber; Don Wardell; Anne Adams; Billy Smith; John Boulos; Kimberly Cornell; Sam Rubin; Nexstar; and ZIGGY!

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