So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend, Vidal Sassoon, at the age of 84 at home on Mulholland last week. Sassoon was a true rock star hairdresser who created the wash-and-wear look for women, famously cut Mia Farrow’s hair short for Rosemary’s Baby (her beau Frank Sinatra hated it, saying it made him “feel like I am f*cking a boy”) and of course gave Farrah Fawcett her famous ‘do.
Years ago when I was a producer on Star Search with Ed McMahon, Vidal was my go-to guy as a judge. Star Search was an early American Idol and we would tape three shows a night at the Star Search Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, now home to Nickelodeon. Unlike the $10 or $15 million TV talent show judges get today, Star Search didn’t pay squat. Consequently, it was always a bitch finding judges who wanted to piss away an evening watching a drunk McMahon attempt to read his cue cards.
But Sassoon was rich and famous by then and loved the attention. He was smart and witty and so supportive of the talent as well as the not-so-much-talent we had on the show. I do regret not paying for judges and getting true talent Svengalis. Perhaps then our Star Search might have produced a few more stars. But I will never forget the elegance and charm that was Vidal Sassoon. And will always be thankful he was quick with a yes when he was needed. R.I.P. VS!
This John Travolta masseur mess is unseemly. I read as much as I could of the complaint leveled at John about jacking off, groping, getting banned from spas and the size and shape of his weiner. Even as a gay man, I just don’t care. Travolta has been simply notorious for years. Before marriage and kids, he lived in Santa Barbara and the stories even then were endless.
What cranks me about the whole thing is his reality. If you are going to wank in steam rooms and grope a guy paid to rub you, you are going to get busted. Otherwise call a hooker to your hotel room and get down with your bad self in private. John is no longer a leading man yet remains a fine actor. He needs to get out of his closet and get happy and gay. His fans and likely Hollywood won’t give a rat’s ass.
We are days away from the California Music Festival & AIDS Walk in Griffith Park and the Greek Theatre. The whole deal benefits seven vital Southern California AIDS service organizations. I created this event with value in mind. On Sunday, May 20, beginning at 2 p.m., we are tossing a festival with 25 free food trucks, carnival rides including a zipline and Ferris Wheel, plus nonstop music in America’s largest urban park.
Then at 6 p.m. we kick off an amazing concert, K-EARTH’s ‘70s Boogie Night at the Greek with Thelma Houston, Maxine Nightingale, Cheryl Lynn, Katrina Parker from The Voice, Heatwave and KC and the Sunshine Band. Magic Johnson is the host and we are doing a musical tribute to both Dick Clark and Don Cornelius with hot dancers on roller skates!
Go to Goldstar online and buy a reserved ticket for as little as $25 for the whole day. That includes the free food, rides, music and the concert. Plus 100 percent of the proceeds will assist local men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. How can you not join us?
As an alternative to gay Pride, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a sponsor of a Rooftop Viewing Party Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. on top of LASC on the Boulevard. The DJ is Corey Craig and there is a hosted bar. If you liked the Halloween party there, you will flip at this one.
For tickets, go to shoplasc.com or stevemachucatickets.com. For a limited time, if you switch your prescriptions to the AHF pharmacy next to Out of the Closet on Santa Monica Boulevard, AHF will give you a free ticket. Go to ahfpharmacy.org/weho.