|John, Aida Blasting Ahead
In his first performance since being fitted with a heart pacemaker in July, Elton John gave a private concert Saturday, August 14 in Orlando, Florida. Johnwhose emergency pacemaker fitting forced him to cancel his performance at the wedding of soccer star David Beckham and "Posh Spice" Victoria Adamsplayed a full set for an audience of 3500. The singer's first public concert since the surgery will be August 29 in England.
In related news, the long-delayed Elton John/Tim Rice musical follow-up to The Lion King is scheduled to open on Broadway next spring. Aida, inspired by the Verdi opera, is expected to open March 23, 2000 at the Palace Theater (previews begin February 23) after a two-month run at Chicago's Palace Theater (November 12, 1999 - January 9, 2000). Aida tells the story of an enslaved princess (Heather Headley in the title role) who vies with Amneris (Sherie Rene Scott) for the affections of Radames (Adam Pascal, replacing Hank Stratton, who originated the role last fall at Atlanta's Alliance Theater). The musical's concept album, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, featuring performances by John, Headley, Scott, Tina Turner, Sting, the Spice Girls and many others, was released in March, spawning the hit John/LeeAnn Rimes duet "Written in the Stars."
A "Bitter" NdegeOcello?
After a hiatus of more than three years, out-and-proud singer/songwriter Me'Shell NdegeOcello's new album for Maverick Records, Bitter, hit music stores this week. Moving away from the sharp social observations that infused her
1995 album, Peace Beyond Passion (and its GLAAD Media Award-winning single, "Leviticus: Faggot"), Bitter finds NdegeOcello moving through a more personal landscape of emotions. Fans of richly textured, lyrical pop music owe themselves another visit to the potent, poetic world of Me'Shell NdegeOcello.
YOU DON'T SAY!
"I don't think Bruce has anything to fearI just talk about his hairy ass. He used to moon the crew. It gave Moonlighting a whole new meaning."
- Cybill Shepard to E.T. Online on Bruce Willis' appearance in her tell-all book Cybill Disobedience
Sunday, August 29: "Believe" it! - Cher: Live in Concert from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (HBO, 9:00PM, ET/PT)
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LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 9, No. 12, Aug. 27, 1999