Thursday, June 13, 2024

Rocker Bebe Buell Teams Up with Mega Manager Wendy Dio


It was about time rocker Bebe Buell made a big announcement. Daughter Liv Tyler is on the comeback trail with several films including “The Ledge,” just bought by IFC. Liv’s dad, Steven Tyler, is getting all judicial on “American Idol.” So Bebe, who has a bestselling memor–“Rebel Heart”–and a hot indie album called “Sugar”–has just been swooped up for management by Wendy Dio, widow of rocker Ronnie James Dio. Wendy is hot as a pistol right now, and also philanthropic: she recently donated $100,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer research. Wendy has plans to bring Bebe’s band to Europe for a big tour, and start recording a new album soon. Bebe’s band includes her husband, producer and songwriter Jim Walls. Dio is very excited about working with Bebe– she saw her play a couple of times and fell in love. “Bebe is one of the most charismatic performers I’ve ever seen,” Wendy told me. “I can’t wait to unveil her talents to the world.” I can’t either–Wendy has good taste! And if Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney can rock into their 60s, then Bebe should have no problem in her 50s. She was a young mother, after all!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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