Big 95 Music News: George Michael, Joe Walsh

GEORGE MICHAEL:  Documentary set to air in the U.S. on Showtime

America will get a glimpse into the life of one of music's tragic heroes next month when Showtime airs George Michael: Freedom, a documentary about the singer's peak years.

The film was set to air on the BBC just weeks after Michael's death last Christmas, but was pulled from its initial time slot after fans accused the network of capitalizing on his passing. It was actually in production for well over a year, and was going forward with the cooperation of the singer, who narrates it.

Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mark Ronson, James Corden and Tony Bennett all share their experiences with George in the movie, which airs on October 21st. (Variety)

JOE WALSH:  Supporting our veterans

Joe Walsh puts his charitable undertaking to the test tonight (Wednesday) by staging his first VetsAid concert at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

VetsAid, which is also the name of the non-profit organization he created to help veterans and their families through numerous veterans organizations, will feature the Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban.

Joe Walsh on the line-up for his VetsAid show tonight:

"When we visit backstage and stuff we say, 'Hey, if there's ever anything I can do let me know' because we are sensitive to each other's causes. And it was a tough summer because everybody's already out and a bunch of people they couldn't get their equipment there in time, but these guys signed on and I'm just honored that they would step up and help me with it. And it's gonna be a great show."

FOUR SEASONS:  Bob Guadio's wife has passed away

Judy Parker Gaudio, who co-wrote The Four Seasons' 1970s comeback hits "Who Loves You" and "December 1963 (Oh What a Night), died Thursday in Nashville of respiratory complications. The wife of founding member and principal songwriter Bob Gaudio was 79.

Both songs were features in Jersey Boys, which is the 12th longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Another of Bob and Judy's songs, "Glad You're Here with Me Tonight," was the theme of Neil Diamond's 1977 NBC special.

A Michigan native, Judy was also an actress who appeared in such prime-time TV series as Batman, Bonanzaand My Three Sons. She was also seen in commercials for United Airlines, and for Breck and Prell hair care products.

Judy and Bob met in 1973 and soon began writing together. They married in 1981. She passed away on September 14th, her 79th birthday.

  • Jersey Boys playwright Marshall Brickman recalls Bob and Judy Gaudio as "the happiest, most in-love couple I ever knew, in or out of show business. They always seemed like a high school couple out on their second date."

DEBBIE GIBSON:  Dealing with Lyme Disease

Debbie Gibson says competing on Dancing With the Stars has enabled her to find "the joy of performing again."

The '80s popster has been dealing with Lyme disease for almost five years -- and tells People magazine she still experiences pain while rehearsing with her partner Aaron Bersten.

After being approached several times about competing in the series, she accepted for the current season. She explains, "When the offer came again, I got even more focused on getting strong and vowed to rest and then rebuild in time for my DWTS journey." Still, she deals with "unexpected twists and turns that, yet again, prevented me from doing any consistent rigorous activity."

Debbie tries "not to focus on what I once could do, but instead, where I am now and what I will eventually be able to do... The frustrating part is having the desire to work every minute of the allotted time but needing to pace myself and to back off when I am having a day where nerve pain or muscles not firing becomes an issue."


Elton John attended Monday’s London premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which opens in theaters here on Friday. He plays a fictionalized version of himself in the sequel to the 2014 action spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe writes, “On behalf of my wife Jan and all our family and his loved ones, we would like to thank everyone who has written so movingly to us following the sudden death of our younger son, Virgil Howe, at age 41. Your message are helping us through this most difficult of times. Virgil's love for his daughter was paramount. He was a truly gifted musician who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

Sammy Hagar has rescheduled the Florida shows that he called off due to Hurricane Irma. The new dates are November 11th in St. Augustine, the 12th in Pompano Beach, and the 14th in Clearwater.

Patti Smith will become the fourth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City. She’ll also do a set of Lennon songs on a night when various artists will perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety.

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