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April 29, 2008

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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EARTH WIND AND FIRE WOW THE MINNEAPOLIS CROWD

Like Earth, Wind & Fire cofounder Verdine White, the usually staid crowd at the 26th annual PACER Center gala let its hair down on Saturday night.
The cocktail-dress and coat-and-tie crowd rushed the stage during EWF’s second number, “Sing a Song,” and danced in the aisles at the sold-out Minneapolis Convention Center auditorium. The dressed-up folks — and the dressed-down ones in jeans and casual tops, too — were having as much fun as the hyperactive and colorful White, EWF’s bassist, with a high forehead, hair down to the middle of his back and flaming-red fringe on his black slacks.
This revelry was in stark contrast to the previous polite sit-down performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Michael Bolton for PACER, a Twin Cities organization that helps children with disabilities. Eventually, the security guards cleared the main aisles on Saturday and the dancing was relegated to the side aisles, but the celebratory mood never abated.
EWF was in good form. With three original members from its 1969 lineup and a strong supporting cast, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers provided a highly entertaining mix of party jams, ballads and sophisticated jazz-soul musicianship. Singer Philip Bailey may have grown paunchy, but his voice was in fine shape as he hit those piercing falsetto notes on “Reasons” and “Fantasy.” Energetic singer David Whitworth did a commendable job in the role of leader Maurice White, who has Parkinson’s disease and no longer tours with the band.
In the 1970s and ’80s, EWF was known for elaborate stage spectacles. On Saturday, the showmanship was limited to a little ensemble choreography, incense burning onstage, colorful tops and glorious appliquéd pants on the three original members and, of course, White’s manic moves.
The party-hearty PACER patrons were begging for more after the lone encore number, “That’s the Way of the World.” It’s too bad that EWF’s set was so short, at 70 minutes. But that’s the way of the benefit-gala world,

PRINCE AT COACHELLA

By the end of Coachella, over 100 bands had fanned out across five stages, more than 150,000 people had sweltered through the desert heat and at least as many bottles of water had been guzzled. But there was one who rose above all others. Prince, in his Saturday evening headlining performance, firmly established himself in Coachella lore among famous concerts from years past, including the Pixies and Rage Against the Machine. Prince, for certain, didn’t plan to share the mantle. “From now on, this is Prince’s house!” he declared at the end of his set, which went well beyond midnight. Few seemed inclined to argue after Prince put on a funky, rollicking show that featured passionate performances of classics like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain,” as well as unexpected and creative covers of Radiohead (“Creep”) and the Beatles (“Come Together”).

SLY CONTINUES BEING A NO-SHOW

The skeptics were right about Friday’s scheduled performance by Sly Stone at First Avenue: It’s not happening. Officially blaming “scheduling conflicts” — never mind that the guy has been mostly inactive for three decades — Jam Productions announced the cancellation earlier today. Refunds are being given out at point of purchase. The reclusive rock legend is still scheduled to perform at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, and played two club shows in southern Californian this weekend. The word from promoters is that two members of Stone’s band had a previous commitment he didn’t know about and that they couldn’t make the Minneapolis performance. Jam Productions tried to reschedule the show but that didn’t work out.

Back in the 1970s, Stone was notorious for canceling concerts or taking the stage very late. On Friday in Anaheim, his set started more than an hour late but he did appear. After two decades in hibernation, Sly emerged for a surprise cameo appearance at the Grammy Awards in 2006 and he performed a handful of concerts in Europe and the United States last year. These four gigs, including the one in Minneapolis, are his only shows of 2008 announced thus far.

In other concert news, Neil Diamond has added a second show at the Xcel Energy Center on July 20. Tickets to the new date are already on sale through Ticketmaster for $55-$120. Seats also still remain for his July 19 date.

DON’T PASS GO

Hours before he was to be sentenced Thursday for failing to file income taxes, Wesley Snipes cut the federal government three checks for $5 million and delivered them in court, according to reports. The actor and the IRS still must determine how much he owes – plus interest and penalties – after he was found guilty on three counts of willfully failing to file tax returns. He was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Snipes’ $15 million payment took prosecutors by surprise. They initially declined to accept the cash, then had changed their mind by day’s end. Reading from a prepared apology, Snipes told the court that he made “costly mistakes” and was the victim of crooked advisers, a liability of wealth and celebrity that attracts “wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat.” “I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance,” Snipes said. He remains free for the time being and will be notified when it’s time to surrender to authorities. Defense attorney Carmen Hernandez signaled in court that Snipes would pursue an appeal. You might remember this piece of news from 2004.

Wesley Snipes Named As Halle Berry Abuser

“Actor Wesley Snipes has been exposed as the abusive ex-lover of Halle
Berry, who struck the actress so hard, she lost most of the hearing in
her right ear. R&B singer Christopher Williams – who dated Berry in
the early 1990s – has made the startling accusation against the Blade
star after getting upset with the number of people who assume it was
him who dealt the screen beauty the damaging blow. He tells
entertainment news website Eurweb, “The stuff they wrote about (me)
and Halle was totally false. They said something like I busted her
eardrum, and I’m tired of it. I never said it (before) but I’m so
tired of people thinking I’m the guy (who did it). Wesley Snipes
busted her eardrum, not me.”

MICHAEL JACKSON

Fox411 columnist Roger Freidman ways “vultures are circling with cashier’s checks” over the looming May 14th auction of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. “Among them: at least some form of the original loan holder, Fortress Investments,” he writes. T.I. says he’ll debut the official first single from his upcoming album tomorrow (April 29) on his Web site http://www.StreetCred.com. “I already know the demand is great, the anticipation is very high, and the wait is almost over man,” the rapper said. “I promise you something special and I will deliver.” A release date has not yet been scheduled for the album, titled “Paper Trail.”
TMZ.com is reporting that the paparazzi have banded together to shun Mariah Carey as payback for her diva behavior while promoting her new CD, “E=MC2.” At a recent event, the singer irked the paps by showing up two hours late, rushing down the red carpet without stopping for pics and wearing sunglasses (apparently a pap pet peeve). TMZ says: “We’re hearing the photogs are planning to ignore the singer as long as it takes to prove their point” that such behavior will not be tolerated.

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1967: World Boxing Association and New York State Athletic Commission withdrew recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of his refusal to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
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Rapper Big Gipp of Goodie Mob is 35.

Actress Penelope Cruz is 34.

Actress Jessica Alba (“Dark Angel”) is 27

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