New Music You Are Going to Love

I have to tell you about this new band that is so amazing you won’t’ believe it. First though you need a second to get used to the strange name. The band is called “ChickenFoot” and is comprised of one of the world’s best guitarists, Joe Satriani and Sammy Haggar (formerly of Van Halen) is the lead singer. The rhythm section of the group is made up of bassist, Michael Anthony (also from Van Halen) and Chad Smith (formerly with the Red Hot Chili Peppers) as the drummer. The group kind of just came together by accident while the guys were jamming together at Sammy’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico. In fact several of the guys were not even looking for another great rock and roll band experience, but once they got together and saw how they all clicked as a band, they knew they had to continue. They made a great decision and have an album “Chickenfoot”, which is the kind of rock album that will just literally rock your world, and the guys are going on tour this summer. If you haven’t heard them, here is a sample of their music. These guys have chemistry together and that’s what makes it work.  All their stuff is new stuff that they have done together so you won’t find Chili Pepper or Van Halen tunes. Just pure Chickenfoot.

One blond bombshell is out and another is in. While Nicolette Sheridan met her demise last season on “Desperate Housewives”, Drea De Matteo from “The Sopranos” is moving to Wisteria Lane as part of the new Italian family on the block this season. She will be accompanied by a husband and neurotic son but as of yet those parts have not been cast. In other TV news, Melissa Rycroft, former jilted bachelorette and DWTS finalist, is engaged to her boyfriend. Funny how things work out. You can catch Melissa at her new job this summer on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

Taking a break from all the Michael Jackson news it is time to visit our old friends the Gosselin’s who we do not want to forget about, or do we??? Anyway just a few things … Ironically Kate was supposed to have a new book coming out in November but it has been put on hold. Here is the title and you will understand why…”Love Is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories”. Can’t see her selling to many books discussing love at the moment, can you? A comment on the back cover on the book states the book is a “inside look at one of America’s most famous close-knit families”. The book is going to need to go back for some revamping based on the current situation. Luckily she has her other two books “Multiple Bles8ings – Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets” and “Eight Little Faces” which are both best sellers. The Gosselin’s have also decided that in addition to taking a hiatus from their show “Jon and Kate Plus 8” they are also going to be taking a break from speaking with the media. They released this statement “During this very difficult time we will be working to focus solely on the needs of our family. This includes no longer commenting publicly or reacting to media stories and speculation.” It is about time they did that!

Today was Farrah Fawcett’s funeral. After losing her difficult battle with cancer she was finally laid to rest. The service was a private service attended only by family and friends. Farrah’s son Redmond was allowed out of jail to be able to attend his mother’s funeral along with long time love Ryan O’Neal, Alana Stewart (Farrah’s best friend) as well as all her former “Charlie’s Angels” co –stars- Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and even Cheryl Ladd. Farrah’s ex Lee majors was there along with Jackie Collins, Joan Collins, Cheryl Tiegs, and Garry Shandling. It feels to me like Farrah’s passing got lost in all the hubbub of Michael Jacksons death on the same day. I wish she could have gotten all the recognition she deserved for being the true beauty and icon that she was.

It’s Official – Lindsay and Samantha Call It Quits

I have to tell you, this isn’t exactly the hot gossip scoop but it is something I am personally so excited about…. one of my all time favorite shows is back on Broadway. “West Side Story”…who doesn’t just want to start snapping their fingers and dancing the night away with The Jets and The Sharks? The modern day Romeo and Juliet is just a fun show that you won’t want to miss. Who can forget Riff, Bernardo, Anita, Tony and girl named Maria? “The Step It Up and Dance” winner from the Bravo reality TV show, Cody Green, plays Riff and Karen Olivio takes on the role made famous by Chita Rivera, Anita. You might now Olivio from the Broadway show “In the Heights”. IT is just a fun evening with great music and issues that after all this time are still prevalent. And while I am in the theatre mode, I just have to let you know about another oldie but goodie that is back on Broadway – “Hair”. Moving from the 50’s to the 60’s the songs are some of the best, and will make you want to get up and sing. Who can forget “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Aquarius”. If you need a pick me up with all that is going on these days I guarantee great music, hippies, free love, and peace – should help for a little while anyway.

Ok now on to some celebrity news of the day. The big news is that Lindsay Lohan and girlfriend Samantha Ronson have officially broken up.  And if you think Ronson is the tough one in the relationship, I would agree with you. She had Lindsay blocked by security from coming to her sister Charlotte’s party over the weekend and changed the locks on the home where they had been living together for 6 months. Oh it is going to get ugly between these two. Lindsay Twittered to Samantha…”So – you win, you broke my heart. now go away. I loved you” for all to see.   So I am curious…will Lindsay’s new mate be a girlfriend or a boyfriend? Hmmmm…. and speaking of breakups, LeAnn Rimes attended the Academy of Country Music Awards without her husband last night in Vegas. She was wearing her wedding ring but made no mention of her hubby when she accepted her humanitarian award for all the work she does for charity. The night before she gave a free concert and again no mention or sighting of her husband, Dean Sheremet. She did some great singing though as she sang her famous song “Blue” as well as “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick and “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.

IT’s a girl for Ryan and Trista Sutter from “The Bachelorette”. Basically the shows only married couple has just had their second child, a girl named Blakesley Grace. She joins baby brother Max who is 1 ½. Good news for “Melrose Place” fans….Laura Leighton will be back as Sydney Andrews. She will be the new landlord on this version of the show. Did you know that she is married to Doug Savant who was also on “Melrose Place” and is currently on the hit ABC drama, “Desperate Housewives”? They have to children together and have been married since 1999.