With generation-defining hits like “Word Up!,” “She’s Strange,” “Single Life,” and “Candy,” spanning 40 years with more than 20 million albums sold, one thing has eluded R&B funk band, Cameo. That would be induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I don’t understand what the deal is,” said group founder and leader Larry Blackmon when asked about the snub. “For some who have been admitted already, they could’ve waited.”
To right that wrong, a petition has been created for people to get things moving at Change.org.
“Most of our fans did not know we had not made that milestone already,” added the versatile performer known for his signature voice, natural hairstyle and red codpiece.
Blackmon promised fresh music was on the way digitally in six weeks, but now the group is conquering a new frontier: the Las Vegas Strip as Cameo has just begun a residency at the renowned Westgate Hotel and Casino.
“The people are just as enthusiastic as any crowd we’ve ever played for,” said Blackmon before cautioning not to expect the customary fillers many acts are inclined to include when settling in Vegas.
“We don’t add covers of anybody. We’ve got enough songs to play,” he said.
Visit WestgateVegas.com for the schedule and tickets.
LET’S GO CRAZY: So many people would love to have a piece of Prince.
Well, now your chance has arrived as a bunch of personal items, memorabilia, even unreleased songs will be made available to the public via auction beginning March 17. Among the goodies: the 2.2-carat-diamond engagement ring given to ex-wife Mayte Garcia; his Gibson L-series 6-string acoustic guitar; and an amazing 1978 cassette with six early songs given to then former bandmate Dez Dickerson. Browse and bid at www.natedsanders.com.
SOONER AND LATER: R&B heartthrob Maxwell took to Instagram to tease a long-awaited new single called “Lake By The Ocean.” While fans clamor for more, they can always book a trip to the annual Tobago Jazz Experience 2016 (April 16-24) where he’ll be headlining along with J. Cole, Shaggy, Third World and Ms. Lauryn Hill! For more info, visit www.tobagojazzexperience.com/.
CLIPPETTES: First lady Michelle Obama announced a just-released song called “This Is For My Girls,” written by Diane Warren and featuring Missy Elliott, Janelle Monaé, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya and others that will support the first lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative …
“The Abyssinian Mass,” a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals that marks Wynton Marsalis’s first original recorded composition in six years, will be released on March 18. Guests include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and the Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III …
Also that day, R&B group Silk will release “Quiet Storm” on Shanachie Records. It’s their first CD in a decade …
“Saturday Night Live” vet Kenan Thompson is the first cast member signed for the new Maya Rudolph/Martin Short NBC live summer variety show premiering May 31 …
Fox’s “Scream Queens” Jamie Lee Curtis, Niecy Nash and Keke Palmer, announced at PaleyFest LA they’ll be back for season 2’s new story arc …
Je’Carious Johnson’s “Married but Single” hits the Orpheum Theatre March 18-19 with an all-star cast including LisaRaye McCoy, Darrin Henson, Chrisette Michele and Carl Payne …
LL Cool J took to Twitter to retire from music, then unretired when a freestyle video with Dr. Dre went viral …
Hot off of the ratings success of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!,” its director Kenny Leon will do the same for “Hairspray Live,” in December. In the meantime, Leon and Samuel L. Jackson have announced May 21 for their annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala in Atlanta benefiting the national August Wilson Monologue Competition. Find details at: www.truecolorstheatre.org/events.cfm.
TASTY QUIP: “I don’t read comments on other platforms. Not only comments about myself. … If someone is commenting on a picture of Jennifer Lopez, I won’t read those either. People are just so mean. Quite frankly sometimes I decide whether to read comments based on how close I am to a therapy appointment. Like, ‘can I handle it today?’ If you don’t like something I say or do, your reaction is really you sharing who you are with me. I ask myself, ‘How able am I to give people space to be who they are without letting it affect me?’” – KERRY WASHINGTON to InStyle @ SXSW
TC ON TV: March 18 – “Marvel’s Daredevil: Complete Second Season” (Nrtflix): Comic book faves the Punisher and Elektra are featured. “The View” (ABC): Sophia Loren, Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete “David Tutera’s Celebrations” (WE): Parties are planned for Iyanla Vanzant and Sundy Carter (“Basketball Wives”). “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO): Esperanza Spalding.
March 20 – “The Passion” (Fox): Tyler Perry hosts Seal, Chris Daughtry, Yolanda Adams, and Trisha Yearwood in this live Easter-themed show from New Orleans. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo): Fists may not fly in this first part of the reunion special, but the insults sure do!
March 21 – “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC): Watching Kim Fields, Geraldo Rivera and Wayna Morris of Boyz II Men for the win (in our book) as the 22nd season begins.
March 24 – “The Catch” (ABC): Shonda Rhimes’ new series focuses on an L.A. P.I. seeking revenge for being conned out of millions by her fiancé. “Sisters in Law” (WE): Kim Coles is executive producer of this docu-series on Houston’s elite black female attorneys including Jolanda Jones last seen on “Survivor.”
TASTY QUIP: “The unknown necessitates a moment-to-moment improvisation or creative process that is unparalleled in potential and fulfillment. There is no dress rehearsal for life because life itself is the real rehearsal. Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted. This type of thinking requires courage. Be courageous and do not lose your sense of exhilaration and reverence for this wonderful world around you.” – HERBIE HANCOCK (March 18 @ LA Phil’s Disney Hall) & Wayne Shorter’s Letter to the Next Generation of Artists