Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson is taking a break from touring with his brothers The Jacksons to perform solo for the 2019 Living Legends Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner and Gala Oct. 4 at Hollywood’s Taglyan Cultural Complex.
“To be invited is such a privilege to me,” he told Tasty Clips of the event chaired by husband-and-wife team Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew; and hosted by DeDe McGuire of the nationally syndicated show “DeDe In The Morning.”
This year’s honorees include music and radio industry dignitaries Dyana Williams, Sidney Miller, Maurice White, Sheila Coates, Dedra N. Tate, Hymen Childs, Phil Thornton, Karen Lee, Steve Hegwood and Frank Ski.
Jackson’s playlist is sure to feature his new single, “One Way Street.” In one week, the record was the second most added song at radio stations across the country.
So, everything is new again for the bowler-wearing guitarist, who has rubbed shoulders with his musical heroes BB King, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. He already has amassed five No. 1 albums, 18 No. 1 singles, 17 top 10 albums, and 17 top 40 singles in his career. Just not as a solo artist.
Of course, we had time to talk about a few things …
On the creation of a Jacksons Museum: “That’s something that’s been in our mind for some time. We’re getting closer to the time, so it’s doable. Gary, Indiana will be one location because that’s home. That’s where our training camp was. Could also be in New York or London.”
On MTV removing Michael Jackson’s name from their Video Vanguard Award: “I think it’s wrong to do anything like that without a case. Without even knowing what’s factual or not factual. Just because someone says something, doesn’t make it factual.”
Looking back at doing the 2009 AMC reality show “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty”: “I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve done in my past. A couple of brothers didn’t want to repeat a reality situation, so we moved on. We didn’t let too many cats out of the bag, but it was fun. It is what it was and that’s that about that, as I should say.”
On the entire family, including Janet, Rebbie, Randy, The Jacksons and 3T going out on a tour: “People have been saying that kind of thing for a while now. Whether it happens or not, I can’t answer right now. It would be a nice package. Who knows? It could be happening sooner than anyone thinks.”
For information and tickets, visit: www.livinglegendsfoundation.com.
RED CARPET RUN: Mario Van Peebles and son Mandela Van Peebles have teamed to lead the diverse cast of “A Clear Shot,” a new indie from Asian-American director Nick Leisure having its L.A. premiere at The TCL Chinese Theatres Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
Director Matty Rich (“Straight Out of Brooklyn,” “The Inkwell”) and Gil Robertson of the African American Film Critics Association will lead remarks after the screening of the movie inspired by the historic 1991 Good Guys Hostage Crisis in Sacramento.
Will Smith and family, along with co-stars Clive Owen, Benedict Wong and Douglas Hodge are expected at the premiere of Ang Lee’s sci-fi action thriller “Gemini Man” Oct. 6 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The film boasts landmark technology that will realistically pit Smith against his younger self.
TICKET ALERT: Returning to Southern California for a third-annual action-packed weekend, Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2019 has announced A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, Future and Lil Uzi Vert as headliners for the festival running Dec. 14 and 15 at the Banc of California Stadium.
Seats on all tiers will be available starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 for the event that touts Meek Mill, Juice WRLD, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Waka Flocka Flame, Dababy, YG, Tyga, Blueface, Curren$y, Trippie Redd, and 2019’s official hot girl Megan Thee Stallion in the lineup at rollingloudla.frontgatetickets.com.
CLIPPETTES: The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald & Ernie Isley, bring their You Make Me Wanna Shout! 60th Anniversary Tour to the Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino Oct. 4. Also that day, hip hop great Rakim discusses and signs copies of his book “Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius” at Book Soup before hitting the stage of Inglewood’s Miracle Theater …
Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service is coming to IMAX screens exclusively Oct. 25 as part of a companion film to his soon to be released album “Jesus Is King” …
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science hosts its annual all-day fundraiser Jazz At Drew Oct. 5 from noon to 9 p.m. with Will Downing, The Ohio Players, Next, Louie Cruz Beltran and the Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal and Karen Briggs …
Later, Barbara Mason’s “Yes I’m Ready” 55th Anniversary Tour featuring the Dramatics, the Manhattans, Eddie Holman, Brenda Holloway, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Brenton Wood and the Persuaders hits the Greek Theatre; while Peter Frampton’s Finale- The Farewell Tour is held at the Forum …
TNT has renewed the fan-favorite drama “Claws,” starring Niecy Nash, Judy Reyes and Karrueche Tran for a fourth and final season …
Van Morrison is in concert at the Hollywood Bowl Oct. 6; as Big K.R.I.T. with Rapsody perform at the Observatory; and the enduring Bettye LaVette sings at the Valley Performing Arts Center …
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes goes solo Oct. 8 and 9 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in support of her new album, “Jamie.“
TASTY QUIP: “He was the heart of our show, and now it’s like our show is on a blood, a heart and lung bypass machine.” – TERRENCE HOWARD to “The Late Late Show” on the firing of Jussie Smollett from “Empire.”
TC ON TV: Oct. 4 – “Raising Dion” (Netflix): Michael B. Jordan exec produces and appears in this superhero story of a single mom hiding her young son’s superpowers to protect him from exploitation while investigating their origins and her husband’s death. “Rotten” (Netflix): Season two of the docu-series examining unsavory truths within the food supply chain. “WWE SmackDown Live (Fox): Dwayne Johnson returns to the series he popularized as “The Rock” for the first time in six years as it makes its return to broadcast television.
Oct. 5 – “Ready To Love” (OWN): Hollywood producer Will Packer’s popular dating series hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles is back giving sexy, successful and grown black men and women in Atlanta an opportunity to connect. Last season saw the show driving OWN to be the No. 1 cable destination Saturday nights for 25-54 year old African-American women. “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Gary Clark Jr.
Oct. 6 – “Black Music Honors” (KTLA): Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett lead the fourth edition celebrating the contributions of Freddie Jackson, Xscape, Yolanda Adams, Tamia and Arrested Development. Performers include Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, Naughty By Nature, Tony Terry, Travis Greene, Smokie Norful, Mali Music, Mumu Fresh and Keke Wyatt. “Kids Say The Darndest Things” (ABC): Host and executive producer Tiffany Haddish delivers a new iteration of the classic variety show mixing in-studio segments and taped pieces with young’uns in front of a live studio audience. “Batwoman” (CW): Australian model/actress Ruby Rose (“John Wick: Chapter 2”) debuts as Gotham’s new vigilante. “Mr. Robot” (USA): The final season of the critically acclaimed drama series starring Oscar winner Rami Malek is set during the 2015 Christmas holiday.
Oct. 7 – “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” (CBS): Loving the laughs and authenticity that British/Nigerian comic actress Gina Yashere is bringing to the scripts of this breakout sitcom. Doesn’t hurt that she saves some hilarious lines for herself as Abi’s best friend Kemi. “All American” (CW): Rob Hardy directs the season premiere featuring Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs and Chad L. Coleman.
Oct. 8 – “Deon Cole: Cole Hearted” (Netflix): The comic actor uses stand-up to explain the right time to thank Jesus and the wrong time to say “welp.” “2019 Hip Hop Awards” (BET): Lil’ Kim gets honored in the ceremony hosted by Lil Duvall with performances by Rick Ross, Offset, T-Pain, Lil Jon, YBN Cordae featuring Anderson .Paak and more. “black-ish” (ABC): Tracee Ellis Ross reunites with her “Girlfriends” Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White in “Feminisn’t.”
Oct. 9 – “Rhythm + Flow” (Netflix): Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout hip-hop star in this music competition series kicking off with the auditions.
TASTY QUIP: “We got world-class entertainment here, I done thought you had sense to get Pitbull, Flo-Rida, [Rick] Ross, or somebody… Trick Daddy or something. We don’t need the NFL. Our hotels are already full, you need us. Jay-Z you gotta fix this sh*t, I’m just gonna keep it 100.” – LUTHER “UNCLE LUKE” CAMPBELL on Roc Nation’s involvement with the appointment of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira as Miami Super Bowl halftime headliners.
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