Grande documentary to air on Detroit Public TV
San Francisco had the Fillmore, but thanks to Russ Gibb, Detroit soon had the Grande Ballroom in 1967, which rivaled the east and west coast ballrooms for its influence on music and helped kick-start a world-class Detroit music scene. Now Detroit Public TV will air a special program that includes a broadcast of Tony D’Annunzio’s Grande Ballroom documentary “Louder than Love” at 8 p.m. Friday. Wayne Kramer, guitarist and co-founder of the MC5, will be in the studio to talk about his memories of the Grande Ballroom and its place in music history, along with Detroit News Staff Writer (and former Creem editor) Susan Whitall, “Louder than Love” director D’Annunzio and others. Included in the film are interviews with many of the greats who performed there, including B.B. King, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey of The Who,Scott Morgan, Wayne Kramer, Dick Wagner and James Williamson. The doc also includes an 8mm film of The Who performing their rock opera “Tommy” for the first time (it happened at the Grande) and audio of Pete Townshend explaining to the Grande audience what “Tommy” was all about.
Thank Frank ... for free Sirius XM this weekend
That dead Sirius XM radio you have in your car (or home) will come alive this weekend, thanks to Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday would have been today and, in his honor, the satellite radio broadcaster is turning on select channels, including Siriusly Sinatra, the ’40s Junction, ’50s on 5 and Radio Classics for free. It started Friday and goes through Sunday, so enjoy all their Sinatra special programming, which includes a new special by his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, and a live broadcast from Patsy’s Italian restaurant in New York, one of his favorites.
Kristin Cavallari’s brother found dead
Michael Cavallari, the brother of reality television star and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, was found dead in Utah three days after he was reported missing. He was found in a “steep and very rocky area” near a highway exit. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Cavallari’s car was found abandoned days earlier, and E! News reports that he was arrested in California five days before he went missing. “My heart is in a million pieces,” Kristin posted to Facebook page Thursday. “Mikey, I could always count on you to make me laugh. You had such a good heart and will be forever missed. I’m at a loss for words, but I know u are in a better place and finally at peace. I love u so much RIP.”
Mandy Moore wants pet support from ex-husband to pay for pets
Singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore and musician Ryan Adams announced their divorce nearly a year ago, and now Us Weekly has details about the proceedings. Moore is not only requesting spousal support, but is asking Adams to help to pay for their eight pets (six cats and two dogs). TMZ reports that Adams makes about $151,000 a month and she makes less than a quarter of that. Adams had recent success with his cover of Taylor Swift’s album “1989.”
■A while back we told you that Janis Joplin’s psychedelic-painted Porsche was headed to the auction block. It was expected to bring in as much as $600,000. It sold for nearly twice that: $1.76 million.
■Kris Jenner is trying to trademark “#ProudMama” for advertising purposes, according to TMZ. Approval is pending. In March she tried to trademark the word “momager.”
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