Conan O’Brien welcomed his first cast from a Broadway musical to perform on his show last night. The cast from “Hair”, all 50 members flew from New York to L.A. to perform on their day off. The performance was choreographed special just for Conan’s shows and new set. They looked like they were having a great time and if you haven’t seen the show, just watching the cast made you want to run out and do so. There is something about all the peace and love of the 60’s that is just magical, not to mention those clothes. “Hair” actually won a Tony Award this year for Best Revival of a Musical. Watch the cast sing the title song, “Hair” and “Let the Sunshine In” from Conan last night.
Kenny Chesney says he is in a relationship, but this time he is with a regular person not a celebrity and that is making a huge difference. He is also keeping this relationship more private, which he says is hard to do. All he will say is that she is a nurse and “levelheaded”. He also says that,” She’s a real normal girl. Which is what I need, because my life isn’t normal.” Chesney is currently on tour and has some pretty crazy stuff going on during the tour. One thing he does is”soar over the audience in a flying chair” which was inspired by Van Halen, who in the day did something similar but on a surfboard. A tiki bar is also a staple backstage and was inspired by Sammy Hagar (formerly with Van Halen) and his Cabo Wabo bar. Life is going just find these days for the superstar. Other country news that should excite many country fans, Big & Rich the country duo are back together for a summer tour. The two promise plenty of their old hits but will also include songs from each of their solo careers as well.
No one knows better than Jon Gosselin how harsh the media and the public can be and his new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is finding this out the hard way. After being spotted in France with Jon Gosselin the internet and media immediately went into a frenzy to find out about this new woman in Jon’s life and what they found and had to say was anything but kind. Not only is she being called a wild party girl, there are actually pictures on line to prove it along with a mug shot from 2005 when she was arrested for possession of marijuana, hashish and hashish oil. In 2007 she was also in some trouble for drinking underage. Both cases were dropped and she ended up on probation for the drug charges. IT’s not exactly a pretty picture in general but especially for someone hanging out with the famous father of 8. It is also being said that she is just with Jon to become famous. Hailey was so upset by all the media bashing that she laid low during her last night in France and left Jon to go out partying by himself. Jon also arrived solo at JFK airport today. Can you even imagine what Kate has to say about all this?
It is almost time for the “MTV Video Music Awards”. The show is scheduled for September 13 in New York and the host this year will be comic Russell Brand for the second year in a row. He is a very controversial choice and really stirred things up last year with some comments about the Jonas Brothers, which he even ended up apologizing for afterwards. So as always it should be an interesting evening with a little bit of unexpected to go with it. The show is also starting to line up its talent for the evening and Taylor Swift is the first to sign on to perform during the show. At this point it is being said she will sing a “never before heard version” of her song, “You Belong With Me”.
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.
Michael Jackson is still the main news headline but I do have some other happier news to share as well today. I found this interesting though, the former nanny of Michael’s three children is speaking out and what she has to say is not good. I think from watching Michael over the years and some of the choices he has made it is no surprise that he was a tortured soul. Whether it was from being in the fishbowl of the public eye at such an early age and not having a normal childhood as he has said or wherever his demons came from, I think we all always suspected it was there. Friday I shared what Lisa Marie Presley had to say and now the nanny is basically confirming his battle with prescription drugs. The nanny, Grace Rwaramba, who worked for Jackson for more than 10 years was just recently let go. She shares that she had to pump his stomach “many times after he’d take a dangerous combination of drugs.” She also says that, “He always mixed so much of it. There was one period that it was so bad that I didn’t let the children see him. He always ate too little and mixed too much.” Rwaramba says that she really wanted to help him and one time even attempted an intervention with his mothers help and his sister Janet’s help. But that upset him and caused Michael to fire her. She also talks about Michael’s debt and how he really had “no idea about money.” She tells how he was so broke he didn’t even have money to buy balloons for one of the children on their birthday. Really all you can say is that it is a sad story. So much talent yet so much pain.
Onto some happy news. I have some weddings to tell you about. First off, “Girls Next Door” and mother to be, Kendra Wilkinson, tied the knot on Saturday with Philadelphia Eagles boyfriend, Hank Baskett, at the Playboy mansion. There were hundreds of guests at the outdoor wedding which ended a week of celebrating the blessed event, which included seeing the premiere of the new “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen “movie and a day of pampering for Kendra. Eddie Van Halen from the rock group Van Halen also said his” I – Do’s “this weekend to his girlfriend of 3 years. Eddie, 54, married 39 year old Janie Liszewski in a casual affair in the backyard of Eddies 7 acre estate in California. Wolfgang, Eddies 18 year old son was his best man and his brother Alex Van Halen officiated the ceremony. He is an ordained minister. There were about 100 guests in attendance, among them was Jenny Craig spokeswoman and ex- wife Valerie Bertinelli.
Lenny Kravitz has passed the musical talent gene down to his 20 year old daughter Zoe Kravitz who is also in a rock and roll band called, Elevator Fight. Lenny says “She is doing her thing and it’s really good. And everyone’s chasing them to sign them. It’s a trip to watch.” He says. After 20 years in the business Lenny himself is still going strong. He is on tour as well as he is in the upcoming movie with Mariah Carey called, “Precious”. Next he hopes to even be the lead in his acting role.
Another young person died over the weekend, Billy Mays who you would probably recognize as the Oxy Clean and Kaboom spokesperson. Mays was 50 and died in his sleep. He leaves behind a wife and 2 children. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. What is up with people just dying at the age of 50???
How crazy is this…”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” has grossed $201 million in just 5 days. That is second only to “The Dark Knight’s” 5 day opening of $203 million. The funny thing is that I read a review of the movie this weekend and it only got 1 star. People just love a good action movie…good or bad sometime you just have to see it anyway. Plus regardless of the movie you just have to love Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.