Warner Chappell Music Purchases Bowie Catalog

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 4, 2022

NEW YORK — Warner Chappell Music, subsidiary of Warner Music Group, announced January 3 that it has purchased the music catalog of the late David Bowie.

The catalog consists of music created by Bowie during the 1960’s until his death in 2016.  The purchase includes more than 400 songs on 26 studio albums, 1 posthumous studio album, two studio albums from Bowie’s hard rock supergroup Tin Machine, and other various projects.

David Bowie, born David Robert Jones in London on January 8, 1947, would become one of the most acclaimed English singer-songwriters in the 20th century.  Bowie is considered one of the top 10 most influential musicians of the 20th century especially in his ability to reinvent his professional persona, music style, and visual presentation.  Bowie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

JIM BREUER NOT TO PERFORM IN ROYAL OAK BECAUSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE PROOF RULE

by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

September 14, 2021

ROYAL OAK, MI — Jim Breuer, a “Saturday Night Live” alum, announced on Facebook that he will not perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Oct. 1 due to the venue’s COVID-19 vaccination proof policy.

Breuer stated in a video posted on September 10 that he would not be performing at the Metro Detroit venue “because of their segregation, forcing people to show up with vaccinations, to prove you have been vaccinated, to prove you have had a shot I am not going to do those shows.”

Breuer added, “I am aware that I will have to make significant financial sacrifices.  But I will not be enslaved by the system or by money, and neither should anyone else who wishes to laugh or be entertained.”

FORMER MARSHALL FIELD’S WAREHOUSE TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO PERFORMANCE SPACE

by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

September 14, 2021

CHICAGO — Actor Harry Lennix III, who stars in the TV show “The Blacklist,” will transform the old Marshall Field’s warehouse into a Performing Arts Center for African American culture on the South Side.

The former two-story Marshall Field’s warehouse located at 4343 S. Cottage Grove Ave will be transformed into a 350 seat theater with a smaller performance space of about 100 seats in collaboration with Chicago developer Keith Giles and contractor Michael Wordlaw.  The current plan includes a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools.

The venue will be named The Lillian Marcie Center after Lennix’s mother and his mentor Marcella “Marcie” Gillie.  Lennix stated that he has raised roughly 60% of the funds required for a $20 million project, but hopes that the project will be completed in early 2021 and opened in 2022.

The zoning proposal, which was presented to the City Council on Tuesday, would allow for the conversion to a theater, complete with a lounge and a rooftop deck for events, and a museum.  The investors are requesting a special use permit in order to provide 45 parking spaces on a nearby lot.  

Chicago-based Nia Architects have been commissioned for the project.

GODFATHER OF SOUL: 15-YEAR FEUD OVER JAMES BROWN ESTATE SETTLED

by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

July 24, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC — An attorney participating in the mediation stated Friday that the family of late singer James Brown had reached a settlement, ending a 15-year struggle over the late musician’s inheritance.

The arrangement was made on July 9, according to David Black, an attorney representing Brown’s estate.  The terms of the settlement were not made public.

Since his death on Christmas Day 2006, at the age of 73, there has been legal battle over the Godfather of Soul’s estate.  Years of weird headlines followed Brown’s death, beginning with Tomi Rae Hynie, a former girlfriend who claimed to be his wife, being shut out of his 60-acre (24-hectare) estate while journalists filmed her sobbing and shaking its iron gates, demanding to be allowed in.

Brown was known around the world for his dazzling performances and powerful stage presence, and was acclaimed for hundreds of great musical works, including hits like “I Feel Good” and “A Man’s World.”  However, years of drug abuse and poor financial management caused his estate to diminish.

Over the years, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed by parties attempting to lay claim to the singer’s assets, which courts have estimated to be worth anywhere from $5 million to more than $100 million.

The battle over Brown’s estate even erupted into a debate over what to do with his body.

For more than two months, family members argued over Brown’s remains, placing his body, still in a gilded casket, in cold storage at a funeral parlor.  Brown was eventually laid to rest at the house of one of his daughters near Beech Island, South Carolina. 

The South Carolina Supreme Court concluded last year that Hynie was not lawfully married to Brown and hence had no access to his multimillion-dollar estate.  The justices also directed that a circuit court “promptly proceed with the probate of Brown’s estate in accordance with his estate plan,” which called for the establishment of a trust to use his music revenues to finance educational expenses for youngsters in South Carolina and Georgia.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS: NYC PENTHOUSE LISTED FOR $21.5 MILLION

by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

July 9, 2021

NEW YORK — Michael Douglas lists New York City penthouse on the market for $21.5 million.

The penthouse apartment on Central Park West wraps around the north and south corners of The Kenilworth and spans the entire front side.  The structure, which dates from 1908, has a tranquil park view.

According to the listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, the interior was designed by Thierry Despont and renovated from 15 rooms to nine larger spaces.  Four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one half-bathroom are available.  The property has been updated for modern comforts and style in rooms like the sunny eat-in kitchen with an industrial range and double refrigerators, while retaining period details and high ceilings.

The gallery leads to a large living room flanked on one side by the formal dining room and on the other by a corner library with dark wood built-in bookshelves and a fireplace.  The dining room has a fireplace, and the spaces can be opened up to create a large, open entertaining area or closed off with mahogany pocket doors.

The primary bedroom suite is located on the home’s southeast side.  A private sitting area, a marble bath with dual vanities, a separate shower and soaking tub, and two dressing rooms are included.  One of the other bedrooms has its own bathroom, while the other two share a Jack and Jill bathroom.

THE SECOND CITY RETURNS TO THE STAGE

by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

June 2, 2021

CHICAGO – The Second City returns to the stage with limited shows after more than a year’s absence due to the pandemic.  The company’s first production, Happy to Be Here, will debut May 7 at North and Wells.

Current COVID-19 protocols will be in place with mandatory pre-show questionnaires, and temperature checks at the door, and masks for the audience.  The night’s feature will consist of one act of improvised sketches.  According to executive producer Jon Carr, the show is a practice run to get the cast back into shape after the pandemic hiatus.