Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday This And That

Hi Kent!  
So glad you could make it to the Cornerstones Show Sunday night. Seeing you and your lady’s smiling faces in the second or third row at the Arcada made us all smile.
We are all still buzzing from the strong reaction of the crowd during our performance and the warmth we felt at the merch table afterwards.
I wanted to thank everyone on the Cornerstones team … and the sold out show cried for everybody bringing their A game. 
As always, Peace and love -
Rock on!!!
The Cornerstones shows kick ass … every single time … and they've all been sell-outs, proving that there is still a great love for this music (and the opportunity to see it performed live … by the artists who were there at the time.)
The Arcada has already booked another show for November 24th (and odds are this one will sell out, too) … so if you haven't seen this show live yet … or, like me, you're looking forward to seeing again for probably the sixth or seventh time … get your tickets NOW because they won't last long!  (kk)

Speaking of which, we're off to see the Ides Of March tonight at Chicago's City Winery … and are taking a few of our readers along to see the show.  And then tomorrow night it's back to The Arcada to see The Box Tops and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night. 
LOTS of great shows coming up … be sure to check out the list at the end of today's posting for more details!  (kk)

Brian Wilson has postponed all of his May dates to have immediate back surgery.

In a statement Wilson said:

As some of you might know, I have been having some issues wih my back tha has very recently gotten worse.  It runs in my family.  Carl had back problems as well.  My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately.  They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain.

Unfortunately, this includes three scheduled dates with The Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.   Meanwhile, Brian's agents are working to rebook some of the missed dates, including a return to Nashville to perform with the symphony in 2019.

Lots of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame stuff going on this week, with the premier of the 2018 Induction Ceremony premiering on HBO this Saturday Night.

FH Reader Tom Cuddy sent us a couple of VERY interesting articles in this regard ... including this first one where Bill Wyman (but evidently not THAT Bill Wyman) ranks EVERY act currently inducted into the hallowed Hall by their "deservability" for being there.  It's a rather long ride ... 214 artists are listed ... but you'll find some great commentary on the entire process along the way, echoing many of the same points we have been making for the past two decades.

It'll also inspire you to question what some of your own choices might be in this regard.  (Listing Elvis at #4 for example!  Seriously?!?!)  And it'll make you wonder ... again ... how the heck some of these artists ever got in there in the first place!  (There's some great biting commentary here ... and a few opinions that'll have you scratching your head for days!)

You can check it out here:

And then some more nominees for the "Deserving And Denied" list ... this time chosen by Jon Landau and Steve Van Zandt ...

But His Associates Have the Power
Jon Landau and Steve Van Zandt are major players when it comes to who gets nominated for induction into the Rock Hall of Fame.
When it comes to wielding power inside the walls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two people closely associated with Bruce Springsteen are at the top of the list -- his manager, Jon Landau, and his longtime bandmate and close friend Steve Van Zandt.
Both men sit on the nominating committee, which Landau chairs, and both recently talked about future nominees.
Landau was asked by the concert industry publication Pollstar  if he's "prepared to switch [the Hall's] emphasis to R&B and hip-hop after all the true rock pioneers are inducted." He says, "The future is not yet written, but my hope is that we continue to recognize the best of the best in every form and every genre. To me, the Hall of Fame is really about what [Motown founder] Berry Gordy called 'The Sound of Young America.' That means we must continue to expand our vision and to be open to every style and sound that can be included under that umbrella."
Van Zandt, in a series of tweets, says the following artists need to be inducted: 
Neil Sedaka, The Clovers, The Diamonds, The Jive Five, Link Wray, The Tokens, Procol Harum, The J. Geils Band and Johnny Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio
Highlights of this year's ceremony -- held April 14th in Cleveland -- will begin airing this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Also from Tom, this interesting piece on Lou Gramm …

Another push to help raise funds for the Dick Biondi Documentary that Pam Pulice is putting together.

Here are the latest details … 

Hello Friends!  
Spring is here and we are pumped, ready for our next challenge — to raise the funds to complete the Dick Biondi documentary this year.  That’s right, folks, lots of fundraising events and fun planned for 2018. But first our big news … 

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Dan Soles, Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer for WTTW, has voiced his support for our project!  Is there a more fitting place than Channel 11 to broadcast this Chicago story?  With WTTW on board, we can offer our Sponsors the opportunity to have their business or group identified with the Dick Biondi film on PBS broadcast television — exciting stuff!  

Chicago Filmmakers Open Screening  
Our 21 minute prevue of THE VOICE THAT ROCKED AMERICA: THE DICK BIONDI STORY received accolades at the March 21st Open Screening at Chicago Filmmakers.  The room was filled with filmmakers, film lovers, my sis Bev Boynton, and friends Connie Jeffrey, Tom Filipino, and Mike Wolstein, who was wearing his Dick Biondi tee shirt. What a feeling to see our movie on the big screen and to receive positive feedback!  Now at last we have something to show to individuals, groups, and sponsors who wish to help us complete our movie.  Hey hey hey — we’re on our way! 

Our First Sponsorship  
I am delighted to announce the Italian American Executives of Transportation is the first group to sponsor the Dick Biondi documentary!  IAET is a very prestigious organization established in 1964. Their mission is charity, education, good public image of Italians in the community, and culture.   IAET’s President, Mr. Vito D’Ambrosio, recognizes Dick Biondi as a representation of Italian Americans in the community.   He writes:  
“We feel you exemplify good public image and have added greatly to culture.” 
The group plans to present a Special Recognition Award to Dick for his accomplishments in broadcasting at their annual Dinner Dance in November. We are honored to partner with IAET and will be grateful for the opportunity to publicly thank the group and to see our old friend Dick accept this prestigious award. 

Seeking Sponsors  
Our goal is to find our partners who will make it possible to finish the movie in 2018.  Our movie budget is $167,000, which covers the cost of music and media rights, post production, and pay all the people who worked on a deferred basis.  With funding, I believe we could finish in a matter of months.  Our ultimate goal is for Dick and Maribeth to be at the Premier, surrounded by friends, family, and peers.  And afterwards, have a BIG appreciation party for Dick Biondi!  Time is of the essence.  Dick will be 86 in September and has been off air since last spring due to a leg ailment.  We really need to get this done. 
If you or someone you know would like to have their name or group associated with the Dick Biondi Film by making a Tax deductible donation  please visit our Donate Page …   
Consider making a donation in a loved one’s name or asking your employer to match funds.   

2018 Screenings  
Come out and join in the fun, watch our Prevue of the Dick Biondi documentary followed by a Q&A with the Director, and meet fellow Biondi lovers.  In July, the talented Ronnie Rice will talk about his friendship with Dick Biondi and Dick’s impact on the music scene in the sixties.  Watch for added dates and events on our Facebook Page.  Special thanks to Cathy Kulawik and Connie Jeffrey for their research. 
May 20 2:00 PM Michigan City Library, Michigan City, Indiana  
June 5 1:00 PM Fremont Library in Mundelein, Illinois 
July 1   2:00 PM Sulzer Library, Chicago, IL with special guest Ronnie Rice, formerly of the New Colony Six 
Do you know of a great place to have a screening in your neighborhood?  Let’s talk … 630-670-8411. 

We Need Your Support  
Thanks to our generous Donors, we have raised $13,847 on our GoFundMe page! But we could really use your support.  Imagine if all of our 111 Subscribers would chip in $10 —we could reach the $15,000 mark and fund our Screener!  If you have not yet made a donation will you consider doing it now?  it would feel amazing to say, “Thanks—we did it!”  

Check our Facebook page for air date for a fun conversation with John Herbach and Pat Lauth of WNBI-LP Radio and J.R. Russ, who is the driving force behind the website   — you might even hear a knock knock joke. 
We want to thank Tony Langone, President of the Italian American Police Association of Illinois for inviting us to present our Screener at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison in April.  What a great group of people they are.  We thank you Tony, for the invitation and for the wonderful hospitality, and hope to see you again! 

In closing  
As independent filmmakers know only too well, the most difficult part of movie-making is funding. It requires us to put ourselves out into the world to find our golden donors, sponsors, and grantors. Since most documentaries don’t make a profit, and often don’t break even, independent documentary filmmaking requires great passion, persistence, and a loving supportive community.   Thank you for your loving support and for being part of our community! 
With love and gratitude, 
Pam Pulice 
Director, The Dick Biondi Film  
(630) 670 - 8411  
Film website 
Daily Herald article    
Tax deductible donations  
All donations to this project are tax- deductible and will be received through our fiscal sponsor, Chicago Filmmakers, which is a Non-Profit 501(c) 3 organization. 
Checks can be made payable to Chicago Filmmakers — please write "Dick Biondi Project" in the memo line. 
Mail to: 
Dick Biondi Project c/o Chicago Filmmakers 
5720 N. Ridge Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60660   

I don't know if you've seen this …
Casa Kane County Benefit Concert …
May 15th at the DuPage Airport.
Featuring Steve Azar and the Kings Men, The Ides of March and John Waite.
$200 per person including cocktails and gourmet food
Thank you -
Steve Sarley

More great Arcada shows coming up:
Gene Simmons of Kiss - TONIGHT
Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night) and The Box Tops - tomorrow night, May 4th
Dweezil Zappa - May 6th
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone - May 13th
Yes - June 5th and 6th
.38 Special - June 8th
Dave Mason and Steve Cropper - July 11th  
BJ Thomas - July 12th  
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, Jay Siegel's Tokens and Larry Chance and The Earls - July 15th
Ronnie Spector - September 9th
Pablo Cruise - September 15th
Tommy James and the Shondells - September 22nd
The Bay City Rollers - September 23rd
Ambrosia and Orleans - September 27th
Richard Marx - October 4th
Blue Oyster Cult - October 12th
April Wine - October 19th
America - November 16th and 17th
Cornerstones Of Rock - November 24th