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Celebrating 50 Years of Music, Melissa Manchester Releases New Single

Celebrating 50 fabulous years in the music industry, Melissa Manchester is back with a new single from her forthcoming 24th studio album. The single is a newly reimagined take on her classic hit: “Just You and I.” As evidenced by this new take on one of my favorite songs, “Just You and I” is as relevant and potent today as it was when first released 44 years ago. Melissa’s new album, entitled RE:VIEW, will feature eight additional tracks — some of which are new takes on old favorites, while others are previously unreleased.

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Walter Day’s Greatest Fear, Music, and Video Games

Walter Day is best known as being the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service. He is also the creator of e-sports and has often been called “The Patron Saint of Video Games.” While his dedication to find, verify, and catalog video game world records led to a decades-long partnership with Guinness World Records, Walter’s one true, unrequited love is with music. At the age of 71, his greatest fear is not fulfilling the dream of bringing his music to life. Since 1985 these songs have been bottled up inside him, and Walter is determined to make sure his music comes to fruition. Over the course of two days Walter and I had a personal and profound discussion. In the process, we became friends. I hope you enjoy the interview below. Walter is a special person who has already accomplished a great deal, yet I have a feeling the best is yet to come.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 314

Last night I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast. This time around we talked about it being the 40th anniversary of Eric Carr debuting as KISS’ new drummer. We also discussed Ace Frehley’s new single, “Space Truckin’,” from his forthcoming album: Origins, Vol. 2.  Check out the episode below, and enjoy!

Inside The Mind Of Michael Des Barres

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Des Barres three times. He’s also the first celebrity I interacted with through my blog, way back in 2012. Since then, I’ve seen him perform live in New York City and continue to enjoy his countless artistic endeavors, which are always inspired. Michael has a new documentary, and it’s a rip-roaring success! Make sure to watch it, and check out the following interview I conducted with him, where we cover a wide range of topics.

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Michael Des Barres Documentary Debuts Worldwide

Michael Des Barres has carved a path through show business and life like no other. He has played rock stars and been a rock star. He’s been a fictional DJ, and a real DJ with millions of listeners on Sirius XM. A singer with record deals over the course of five decades and an actor in over a hundred TV and movie appearances, chances are you know him and don’t know it. Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? allows Michael, the son of a junkie aristocrat and a schizophrenic showgirl, to tell viewers his story from its very high highs to its very low lows (and some very high lows too). A host of eyewitnesses including Gabriel Byrne, Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), Don Johnson, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Allison Anders, Ed Begley Jr., Pamela Des Barres, and Steven Van Zandt all join in to corroborate Michael’s wild tale. This documentary is an excellent encapsulation of a life well lived, and I highly recommend that everyone see it.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 306

Last week Bruce Kulick shared the sad news that his brother Bob passed away. An accomplished musician who performed with numerous iconic artists over the years, including Janis Ian and Meat Loaf, Bob played a significant and influential role in KISStory. Making contributions in both a live and studio setting, his work was unmistakable and unrestrained. On the latest episode of the KISSFAQ podcast, we paid tribute to Bob by sharing our memories meeting him and enjoying his timeless work. Bob may be gone but his music will live forever. I hope you enjoy the show.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 304

Last night, I took part in yet another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This time around we talked about the upcoming KISS fan-film from Andrew Sgambati entitled One Last Time. Airing May 15 on YouTube and Vimeo, One Last Time is an excellent documentary focused on Andrew’s KISS fandom and the band’s End Of The Road World Tour. As always, it was a blast being part of the KISSFAQ podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 300

During these difficult times of social distancing, I’ve used technology to play online games with friends and even record video podcasts with them. Speaking of which, I was honored to take part in the 300th episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast. Talk about a major milestone! On this episode, we discussed our three greatest KISS-related memories and our biggest KISS-related regrets. Check out the episode below, and enjoy!

Completely Damaged Radio: February 24, 2020

Today, I took part in another episode of Completely Damaged Radio at Montgomery County Community College. I had such a wonderful time on the show back in December that I jumped at the chance to do it again.

This time around we talked about pro wrestling, Barry Manilow, James Patterson, Bruce Springsteen, and all things DDP Yoga, including the upcoming DDP Yoga Retreat. Check out the show (above), and enjoy!

Hello, Dolly! Shines In Philly

7_Carolee-Carmello-in-Hello-Dolly-National-Tour-Photograph-by-Julieta-Cervantes-2019The first musical I attended was Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing, and it took place during the show’s 1995 revival when it came to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia between February 25 and March 5 of that year. In 2017, I saw Hello, Dolly! when it was revived again—this time on Broadway with the incredible Bette Midler. It is the greatest musical I have ever seen. Not only was Bette fantastic in this role which seemed tailor made for her, but the crowd that night was electric. It felt as if I was at Woodstock, Live Aid, or some other seminal moment in music history. The magic was palpable, and I’m thrilled that I had the chance to see Bette in her role of a lifetime, for which she deservedly received a Tony Award. Bette’s Hello, Dolly! broke the Broadway record for best first-day ticket sales, the box office record at the Shubert Theatre 12 times, and it shattered The Shubert Organization’s all-time record 10 times! Running from March 15, 2017 through August 25, 2018, this triumphant revival is now showing at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

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