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.
I have been sitting here trying to figure out how to write about the sad events of the day. I was already so sad to hear that Farrah Fawcett had lost her battle with cancer. Even though we knew it was coming and she had been suffering so long, to actually hear about it was still so hard to believe. I have been sitting here reminiscing about when I was a kid me and my friends used to play “Charlie’s Angels” on the playground after lunch. We thought we were so cool, running around with our pretend guns, trying to get the bad guys. We all used to argue about who got to be Farrah and it was always the pretty blond girls. I always ended up being Kate Jackson. My mom had a t-shirt store and let me tell you I had so many Farrah Fawcett t-shirts and of course there was the famous swim suit poster and I even had the matching button that seriously I used to wear. And if only my hair had been straight instead of curly…I longed for feathered hair just like Farrah’s – weren’t the 80’s great?? So just like everyone still reeling from losing Farrah I was SHOCKED when my neighbor called to tell me about Michael Jackson. It was so hard to believe that at 50, he was gone, just on the verge of his comeback. And even though he was surrounded by controversy and really we haven’t heard much from him lately…he was still Michael Jackson, an amazing talent and the King of Pop. I have been sitting here watching the tributes and comments from all his Hollywood friends and it is just so hard to believe. Elton John was right in the middle of singing at his annual “White Tie and Tiara Ball” and he sang and dedicated the song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to Michael. Liz Taylor couldn’t even release a statement she was so upset and Madonna couldn’t stop crying. Lisa Marie Presley who was married to Michael for 20 months is “sad and confused with every emotion possible.” She also says she is “heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. “ You can imagine the twittering that was going on today. All the celebs have left their thoughts on the icon. Miley Cyrus tweets, “Michael Jackson was my inspiration.” MC Hammer, “I have no words…I loved Michael Jackson…RIP”. Ashton Kutcher “RIP Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids.”
There were some other things that happened today that I will try and fill you in on, as well as take a break from the sadness of today. Love her or hate her, Rosie O’Donnell is back, and this time she is getting her own daily radio program on Sirius XM. You will be able to tune in this fall and hear Rosie talk about various topics including pop culture, stay at home moms, politics and, much more. She will also have celebrity guests and everyday people on the show, as well as people will be able to call in and talk to Rosie and her guests. The clincher for Rosie was that she will not have to go far to go to work everyday. She is having a studio built right into her guest house on her New York property. This will allow her to be close to her 4 children. “Rosie Radio” will air from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m ET.
Staying with “The View” theme – Joy Behar who finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Steve Janowitz of 26 years, has gotten cold feet and has called off the engagement. Joy jokes, “I’m getting my own talk show on HLN, so I don’t have to get married anymore.” At this point she just can’t decide, who knows one day that may actually do it and that is fine with Steve. The couple is still together and all is good just the way it is.
Here is a weekend update and let’s start with some happy baby news. First it is official supermodel Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, are expecting their first baby together. Tom has a son with Bridget Moynahan also. The couple is very excited and the baby is due in the early part of next year. Rachel Griffiths, from the ABC show “Brothers and Sisters” just had baby #3, a girl. The new baby joins big brother Banjo, 5 years old, and sister Adelaide 3. She has her hands full that is for sure. Parenthood suits Matthew McConaughy and girlfriend Camila Alves, the two are expecting their second child. Levi is 11 months and will soon be a big brother; the couple is looking forward to this next baby. In other happy couple news it seems that David Duchovny and Tea Leoni are making progress on their relationship. The couple separated last fall due to David’s sex addiction struggles. He entered rehab for his problem and the couple is “still in love”, says a friend of Duchonvy. “They very much care for each other and whatever happens they are working it out for the kids.” The couple has 2 kids, Madeline 10 and Kyd,7.
A huge bonus for fans of the Jonas Brothers this weekend. During their first concert stop which was in Arlington Texas this week, Miley Cyrus showed up to sing a duet with her boyfriend, Nick Jonas. The two have recently gotten back together and here she sang “Through the Storm” with him. How cute is that? The couple is just 16 years old and after the song Miley gave a little peck on the cheek to Nick. Another couple in love will soon be saying “I Do”. Farrah Fawcett has finally agreed to wed long time boyfriend Ryan O’Neal. The two have been together since 1980 and getting married kind of just became a joke between them. It will be a bittersweet “I Do” since Farrah is currently fighting for her life against cancer. Sadly Farrah is back in the hospital and has been there for several weeks. Farrah is 62 and O’Neal is 68.
It is sad news for Jon and Kate Gosselin plus their brood of 8, the couple has filed for divorce. After 10 years of marriage the couple has decided to split up. Kate says although she is not happy about the situation she does not feel that the TV show led to the split, that is probably would have happened “had the world been watching or not.” The two also shared that they would continue on with the show and just like they have been doing, they would just tape their interviews separately. Well now that Kate is going to be a single mother, how can she walk away from the show and all that money she is going to need to support herself and her 8 children. It’s a shame, but that is reality.
Perez Hilton’s has offended yet another celebrity and has caused quite a ruckus. This time the dispute is between Will.l.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. It seems that Perez is not a fan of his and was being very rude according to Will.l.Am. He even asked Perez at an after party this weekend after the Much Music Awards, “Hey can you do me a favor, Perez?…Can you not be so blatantly rude to our group on your website? That’s just wrong – you don’t have to be disrespectful” According to Will.l.Am Perez said “I don’t respect you. “ Wow, that was pretty rude. Will.l.Am then says Perez called him a “f**got” He says that then “the fans get all crazy and start on Perez Hilton. I’m just sitting there minding my own business waiting for a car.” Now that is not all, Will.l.Am has made his own video in response to the whole issue giving his side of the story but not only that, Perez does that same thing. This is what he has to say. He say that the Black Eyed Peas manager, Polo Molina punched him and gave him a black eye as well as punching him a few more times. Perez was twittering the whole things and said he was bleeding and asked his fans to call the police to the scene. So this is where we are at the moment. Polo Molina did turn himself into police and Hilton does admit to calling Will.l.Am a f**got “saying it was the worst thing he could think of to call the singer at the time. He also called the singer “a f***ing coward” and that “he would have had more respect if he would have punched him in the face himself.” Come on people grow up and play nice – seriously are you 12???
It is ironic that Ryan O’Neal came to fame in the 1970 film, “Love Story”, where he loses the love of his life, and now he is living the story in real life. Friday night NBC will be airing the Farrah Fawcett documentary that chronicles her battle with cancer, called “Farrah’s Story”. This morning on the “Today Show”, Meredith Vieira talked to Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s long time love and her best friend, Alana Stewart, who has been filming the documentary for Farrah. Time does seem to be running out for Farrah, and as I watched what has become of my favorite angel from “Charlie’s Angels”, it was hard not to well up this morning while watching this very candid interview. Why document this you might be asking yourself…I know I did. Farrah felt she wanted to share her story and hoped in some way she could help others with her strength and bravery and give them a reason to keep fighting. IN the beginning they thought she would recover, but it has been a hard year for her. Farrah was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and it had gone into remission for a while, but came back in 2007. At the moment, O’Neal is not very optimistic about the future. Alana though is not ready to let her friend go and feels there is still hope for recovery. Alana says it has been very difficult to film but she has done it all for her friend. Farrah has had an amazing support team and you will be able to see all this in the 2 hour special which shows it all. Ryan O’Neal himself was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2001 and says he has had to just “put it in a drawer” while helping Farrah. The actor is 68 years old and feels that he himself is on borrowed time”. To watch him talk about Farrah is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Farrah’s Story will air Friday night at 9:00 (ET/PT).
Well let’s move onto some happier news. Beyonce and T.I are happy this morning. Both have 5 nominations for this year’s BET Awards, which are scheduled to be handed out June 28th. Beyonce has been nominated for female R&B artist, best actress for her role in “Obsessed”, video of the year as well as viewer’s choice award. Beyonce is definitely having a great year. T.I is up for best male hip hop artist, as well as video of the year and viewer choice award. He also is up for his collaborations on the songs “Live Your Life” that he did with Rihanna and “Ain’t I” which he did with Yung L.A and Young Dro. Jamie Foxx is going to be this year’s host and he is also up for several awards including best male R&B, video of the year and best collaboration with T-Pain for his hit song “Blame It”.
More good news, comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife welcomed twins, a boy Lucas and daughter Olivia on April 27th. Sykes was married to a man for 7 years and just recently came out in November although did marry her partner in October of 2008. And finally some good news for Lindsay Lohan…she got a job!! She is going to be playing a grad student in the film “The Other Side”. She will be starring alongside some other big names including Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Alanis Morissette and Dave Mathews. Shooting doesn’t begin until October so it would be nice for everyone involved if Lindsay can hold it together until then and hopefully she will be on her best behavior once shooting actually begins. Should be interesting.
Big honors for the country duo Brooks and Dunn along with Dierks Bentley who were honored in Sydney Australia for promoting their country music abroad. They were honored by the Country Music Association and Bentley actually won the International Artist Achievement Award. So it was a pretty big achievement for all of them. In the past some winners have included Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Dwight Yokam, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. Congratulations guys!
I have to admit this is getting a bit ridiculous. There are new rumors swirling around the Gosselin family of “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. This time the rumors are aimed at Kate saying that she is having a “more – than- platonic” relationship with the body guard that travels with her and her family. How ironic that this is being said right after all the stuff they are dealing with from her husband’s alleged indiscretions. Honestly they are the “it family” at the moment and it seems that the paparazzi just can’t leave them alone. Kate is fighting mad and in an exclusive interview with People Magazine, says these are just complete lies. She does say that yes they are friends with the people around them like their body guards, publicist, managers etc. because that is who they spend a lot of time with and these work relationships naturally evolve into friendships. She is also very upset and scared that they will lose the friends that they do have because the paparazzi are camped out at their houses. Kate feels that, hey we signed up for this, (we may not like it but it was our choice to put ourselves in the public eye) but their friends did not and it’s just not fair to them. I have to say I am a fan of the show and feel bad for Kate. Who knows what is really going on in her marriage but regardless; she is raising 8 kids and doing the best she can under the circumstances. She is just a regular mom so really, give her a break. Can you even imagine having your life – the good, bad, and ugly played out in front of millions? How did this sweet little show about her sweet kids turn into this? I am sure she asking herself the same thing.
Do you remember Shirley Jones from the Partridge Family? Well if you can believe it she is 75 and looks fabulous. In fact yesterday there was some talk that she was in talks with Playboy Magazine to pose nude. However Playboy has said that is not true, she will not be posing nude. If she had she would have been the oldest woman to do so for the magazine. So Nancy Sinatra will still hold that record posing at 54 along with Farrah Fawcett and Joan Collins who did it at the age of 50. And speaking of some of our favorite aging celebrities, Cher performed this weekend in Las Vegas and appeared in a black see through body suit just like the one she wore almost 20 years ago when she did her “Turn Back Time Video”. And it looks like if anyone can turn back time it is Cher…she looked amazing and it was hard to even believe she is 62 years old.
Who do you think is going to be this year’s “American Idol” Winner? Simon Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he thinks it will be Adam Lambert. It’s hard to believe the season finale is next week already and along with Simon, Randy Jackson is also predicting that Adam will be the winner. We shall see. Tune in tonight for the semi finals and we will see if these guys are right.
There is another horseback riding story to share this morning and this time the incident is between singer Leona Lewis and her horse, which she received as a birthday present from some of her friends. Leona was out riding in Los Angeles, when all of a sudden the horse head butted her in the face and the force of the hit knocked her right to the ground. Luckily she is fine and there is no major damage to her face but she does need to stay home and take it easy for awhile, and she has postponed the recording of her newest album. She was in a lot of pain but doesn’t blame the horse; something just must have spooked him. She has been riding for years and loves horses but this incident has shaken her up quite a bit.
Kirstie Alley is back on “The Oprah Show” but this time she isn’t there to show off her body in a bikini like last time. This time she is there looking like all her hard work on Jenny Craig was just a dream. In fact Kirstie, who was the Jenny Craig spokesperson for 3 years, has gained back the 75 pounds that she lost while on the program. Unfortunately after leaving her spokesperson role in 2007 she started to gain the weight back. Kirstie will appear on “The Oprah Show” today talking about her weight gain and how she plans to lose 80 pounds through her own new program. One of Kristie’s other goals…she wants arms like Michelle Obama…me too. Good Luck Kirstie you’ve done it before but come on, after all the work it takes to lose it, keep it off this time. You are 58 and if you lose that weight you will look so amazing and hot again!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Farrah Fawcett who continues to fight her battle with cancer. Although her people have not confirmed that her condition is worsening there are reports that she is getting worse. Her son Redmond was released from jail this weekend in order to be able to spend some time with his mother so that while she is still able she could talk with him, spend time with him and enjoy him. A source also states that a main objective of that visit was for Redmond to commit to his mother that he would stick to and finish his rehab/recovery program. Redmond is currently in jail for violating his probation in relation to a drug offense and he was recently arrested and charged with felony drug possession.
While in Vienna this week for her current tour an Austrian radio station pulled a little prank on Beyonce. The radio station set up a private showing for Beyonce at the world famous Vienna Museum. When the limo arrived and a woman got out of the car that looked like Beyonce but didn’t have her body the employee, although a bit skeptical, thought the singer maybe just looked different in person. But they soon figured out that she was indeed a body double and the radio station did call to apologize to the museum and let them know it was just a joke and they meant no harm. I wonder what Ashton Kutcher would have thought of that one.