One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band By Alan Paul St. Martin's Press, 464 pp., $29.99 Make no mistake. While only two of the six original members of the Allman Brothers Band were actual biological siblings, the fraternal ties of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry ... More >>
Better Than: It's Alice Cooper. It's better than everything. They say that after a nuclear holocaust, there will be two things left: cockroaches and Cher. It's time to add a third likely survivor: Alice Cooper. The original shock rocker, now 65, commanded the sold-out Beacon Theater last night wi ... More >>
Disco was so big in the 1970s--and it will be big again at my upcoming event--that huge names rode the spandex waves by putting out unexpected dance songs, some better than others. Here are the most memorable to my eyes (and my dancing thighs).
RiFF RAFF may get all the the love as the King of Incomprehensible Tweets, but the title of Queen goes to Cher. While she may not have Harmony Korine ready to pen a book of tweet interpretations, the near-EGOTer has roughly 1.3 million followers who eagerly await her tweets, which, on any given day, ... More >>
I dish...You supply the names
There are a lot to choose from because, just like they soar in special and exciting ways, celebs also mess up with a gigantic splash heard 'round the world. Here are the choices for the worst star boo-boos of our times, as selected by the posters over at datalounge.com: Cher's hair care infomerci ... More >>
It turns out Cher was the original gender outlaw. In a segment of her TV show in the 1970s, the superstar portrayed all--and I mean all--the roles in a mini version of West Side Story, including Maria, Anita, and the Jets!
One of the many great things about Cher is that she personally answers a lot of the dumb and hateful trash talkers who tweet her, thereby putting them in their place--the bottom level of Dante's inferno. In fact, a lot of these cretins seem to be lining up to tweet Cher some sass just so they can b ... More >>
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be. First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002 How's this for a gala weekend? Friday night in the bi ... More >>
Every year, a boat full of gussied-up drag queens cruises from Fire Island's Cherry Grove into the harbor of the Pines as an annual protest of the time Grove drag queens were denied drinks at the Pines' Blue Whale because they weren't "real women." This is sort of like Stonewall in reverse--we're c ... More >>
It will traverse three periods in the superstar's life and career, with three different women playing Cher at various ages. Who could possibly be qualified enough to take on those roles? Let the speculating begin.
If you need any more reason to love Cher, here it is. Here rage-filled rant (in 140 characters or less) about the Republican candidate for the Presidency, which will make you "Believe" again.
It's Hot Mess, the drag revue that happens every Wednesday at 9 PM at the new club xl. It's great to see the drag queens in an elaborate show done in a high-tech setting, with state of the art projections, a large stage, and cabaret seating. It's what they deserve!
We're all going to hell, kids! And in my case it's OK, because a whole slew of washed-up sitcom and sketch-comedy "stars" have said I'm going there already, in a first-class seat.
Drag star Sherry Vine -- the Elizabeth Taylor of downtown and the Gaga-spoofing YouTube queen -- is hosting a variety show for Here TV called She's Living for This. Well, I'm living for Sherry's favorite variety shows of all-time, and she generously obliged me with them since we both love a high-co ... More >>
Tina, Cher, Michael, Janet, Beyonce, Madonna, Gaga, Katy, and then some. They're all onstage at the Times Square Snapple Center (1627 Broadway at 50th Street), every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM. And they're men! Even Michael! Icons is the D'Angora Entertainment-produced drag show which wa ... More >>
As I pointed out the other day, the unlikely duo of Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman topped Kim and the ex Mr. Kim's 72-day marriage by splitting after only 32 days. But there are some that croaked even faster! (1) Rudolph Valentino and Jean Acker, 1919 Only six hours! And they were pr ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
Somebody's got to do the dirty dishes around here
Chatty Kathy Griffin just called to tell me about the time she confronted Michele Bachmann on an escalator at an official government dinner. You'll spit out your Jamba juice when you hear the result. It's in this week's column, a zingy and hilarious chat with caustic Kathy, who also tells m ... More >>
You're invited to a faux drag queen wedding
In a play! In the book Robert Altman, An Oral Biography, Cher remembers that Altman wanted her to play the transsexual Joanne in the 1981 play (and later movie) Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. But Cher didn't want to go there.
It's on the 13th floor of Resorts' Ocean Tower, but here's hoping that won't be an unlucky roll of the dice. Resorts' LGBT marketing man Joel Ballesteros sent a bunch of us there this weekend for the gala opening, which started with a performance of the old-school drag revue "Believe--Divas ... More >>
In Chaz Bono's new book, Transition: The Story Of How I Became A Man, Chaz talks about the different approaches taken by dad Sonny Bono and mama Cher. Writes Chaz: "With my dad, I was comfortable and happy. "He treated me like the boy I felt myself to be." But Cher would say insensitive ... More >>
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
Go nuts for MGM Grand
They all came up at Daniel Nardicio's "Sh*t Show" last night at Bowery Poetry Club, where I gleefully addressed them all as a gossipy guest star. Here are the topics, followed by my educated stabs at responses to them: 1--Natalie Portman didn't do most of her dancing in 'Black Swan', accor ... More >>
They must be! After all, three of their picks for Worst Supporting Actress of the year happen to be huge gay icons. Cher is up for Burlesque
Do you know where your embarrassing videos are?
Well, that's actually the second runner up in the photo. (And though her cones look vaguely Madonna-esque, she' s actually doing Gaga--and very well, thank you.) Below I'll show you which drag queen won the splashy pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday after judges like myself, Mark Segal, Coc ... More >>
This time with real drag queens. As I recently told you, the Cher/Christina Aguilera movie musical Burlesque inspired a drag spoof called Boylesque at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and there was actually not much difference.
Plus, camping out at Burlesque
And she's fuming mad about it! But she's also a little annoyed about the less appealing aspects of her part in the show itself and the low-class audiences that come to lap it up on a regular basis. CLICK HERE for my column about her plight -- and also learn about my plight as someone who ha ... More >>
I make that bold assertion in this brand new interview with me on GPhilly. After all, they have that Cher connection. End of story. But that's not really what the interview (done by writer Natalie Hope McDonald) is about anyway.
A pre-Burlesque parody
While we impatiently await the November 24 opening of Burlesque, in which Cher stars as Tess, an LA nightclub's bitchy mother hen, we've taken a stroll down celluloid lane with the Half-Breed herself. Burlesque is Cher's her first starring role since 1999's Tea With Mussolini (unless you coun ... More >>
Cher once had problems coming to terms with her daughter Chastity's lesbianism, and now she admits she still wrestles with being totally comfortable regarding Chastity's transitioning to Chaz Bono. The Oscar-winning singer/actress still gets the pronouns wrong and sometimes forgets to say ... More >>
Who's doing what to whom? Your guess is not as good as mine.
The battle is on for which Hollywood icon can show less expression on their faces: Is it Oscar winner Cher, who against all odds believes in life after surgery? Or The Owls of Ga'hoole, who also don't seem to give a hoot about registering a whole bunch of facial realness?
Burlesque is the fascinating sounding film coming out in November starring two people who started in the musical arena, Oscar winner Cher and Grammy winner Christina Aguilera. Without googling what the hell it's about, let's come up with possible plots of our own--storylines that can make th ... More >>
New Lips, old musicals, other stuff and Nunsense
And what could be more perfect? Has there ever been a finer work of architecture than Cher's face and body? (And no, I won't accept any jokes abut how Chaz obviously developed his craving for surgery from Mama. It's a completely different bag of beans.) But back to Cher. I love her. I once ... More >>
The other Number 9Number 9The Maxim Hot 100 List is out. Yeah, we've been waiting for this all year! Not only that, but the Good Surgeon's Guide to the Top 10 Worst Celebrity Faces came out last week. And since we are connoisseurs of both beauty and hideousness here at Runnin' Scared, ... More >>
Cher via WikipediaAs a kid, I was really good at math. Then Cher came along. After that, I only cared about hair, navels, and half breeds. So I desperately need some help in understanding the Goldman Sachs mess currently being investigated.
Its magic at the Sunshine
A visit to the land of Oz and straight talk from Rihanna and Ian Benardo, among others
Plus new Oscar bait, and the attack of the right-wing lesbian polemicist
Turn off your Boris or whatever and let's get retarded