Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Clive Davis Ready for Another Blow Out Zoom Gala This Weekend, with Brandi Carlile, HER, and a Surprise Guest Performing

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Clive Davis has finally returned to the New York area after a year of living away, first in Southern California, and them in Miami. He’s come back just at the right time, having celebrated his 89th birthday last month. New York is opening up, and the effervescent music mogul is focused on a big event this Saturday.

Clive is hosting his second Grammy Zoom gala for charity this Saturday, with another 2,000 guests. Among them will be so many A-listers Zoom may explode. The last one he did, in January, was an incredible success.

On this new Zoom, Clive tells me he’s got some spectacular and historic interviews. I told you a couple of weeks ago that he scored the first talk with Joni Mitchell since she became ill a few years ago.

But he’s also got Paul Simon, who Clive helped launch with Art Garfunkel at Columbia Records in the mid 60s. I will be taking notes. Clive and Simon & Garfunkel are essential rock and roll history.

Another interview that should be amazing will be with Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Clive tells me, “I wanted to talk to him about the time when the Supremes were breaking up. We were going through the same thing because Simon & Garfunkel were going their own ways, too.” This should be gold.

Two performers have already booked the Zoom gala– Brandi Carlile, and HER. The latter will sing Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which should be legendary. There’s a third “surprise” guest, but we have to wait and see who it is.

The other interviews are only with Elton John, Oprah, Brian May of Queen, and of all things, new rap star DaBaby. What was that like, I wondered? “You’ll see,” said Clive. “Very interesting.”

Between this event and the one from January, these extravaganzas should be preserved somehow. I asked Clive if he’d had inquiries. The answer is yes, from all the streamers. There’s an important series here. So stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
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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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