music & entertainment news – wednesday 6/27/18

music & entertainment news – wednesday 6/27/18

A TEACHER TO THE END

A Georgia woman who devoted 30 years of her life to teaching and changing the lives of children, died earlier this month. But before she passed away, she figured out a way to continue helping the children, even though she wouldn’t be around.

Tammy Waddell lost her battle with a long illness at the age of 58. But before she passed away, she expressed her wishes to have everyone attending her funeral to bring backpacks filled with school supplies instead of flowers.

Her cousin tweeted a photo of her funeral showing the aisles lined with full backpacks and wrote, “Serving others to the end.”

Waddell’s obituary read, “Those around her recognized Tammy by her generosity, selflessness and unconditional love. Though her achievements and accolades are numerous, none are greater than the many lives that she changed over the course of her three decades in education.”

The backpacks and supplies will be donated to needy students.

 

Grammy Awards to Expand Nominees in Major Categories from 5 to 8


The Grammy Awards will expand the number of nominations in the Record, Song, Album Of The Year, and Best New Artist categories from 5 to 8. The change takes effect immediately with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. The decision echoes an expansion undertaken by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 2009 when it doubled the number of Best Picture nominees for the Oscars from 5 to 10.

01/28/2018 – Ali Levine – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

The thinking behind that change was to possibly allow more blockbusters to be nominated in the top category and potentially broaden the Oscars’ audience. It’s unclear how the Recording Academy’s decision will affect the February telecast in terms of performances, although in the past, the Grammys have tried to highlight all the nominees in the Album Of The Year category in some way.

CHER: Musical Doesn’t Have It, Babe

Cher says The Cher Show, the Broadway-bound musical about her life, needs work.

Cher – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

After sneaking into previews this past weekend in Chicago, she told the Chicago Tribune, “Some parts of it are really fabulous. We’re going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out… But you know, I was really very surprised by how close to real these people feel. Some of the boys are so on the mark, it’s creepy… I am actually pushing them to be more truthful about me. I’ve already said so much about my life. It would be silly for them to come up with a Mother Teresa.”

Cher adds that she also has a direct line to director Jason Moore. “I tell him things… I have a lot to say. And I am pushing them to do three dance songs in a concert-style way at the end, a bit like they do in Mamma Mia. I think the audience would like that.”

The official Chicago opening is July 15th with Broadway to follow in the fall.

THE DOORS: Waiting for a New Sun to Rise

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The Doors will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their third album, Waiting for the Sun (released in July 1968), by reissuing a deluxe edition.

The two-CD, one-LP collection features a new version of the album’s original stereo mix on both CD and 180-gram vinyl, along with a second disc of 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine recently discovered “rough mixes” from the album’s recording sessions and five live songs from a 1968 Copenhagen show.

This reissue will be out on September 14th.

Waiting for the Sun was The Doors’ third platinum album in less than two years, and the first to top the album chart.

Jerry Seinfeld Thinks ABC Should Have Recast Roseanne Barr’s Role

Jerry Seinfeld says he doesn’t “see why it was necessary to fire” Roseanne Barr from her rebooted sitcom after her racist tweet. “Why would you murder someone who’s committing suicide?” he asked. “But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push. That was fresh.”

 

Jerry Seinfeld – Photo Credit: Michael Sherer / PRPhotos.com

Roseanne Barr – Photo Credit: Tony Lowe / PR Photos

Seinfeld also believes ABC should have found someone else to take on Barr’s role of Roseanne Conner in the spin-off that will debut this fall. The new show will feature all of the original Roseanne cast except Barr herself. “I think they should get another Roseanne,” he said. “They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can’t we get another Roseanne? There’s other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job.”

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