The New York leg of Burt Bacharach’s book tour shifted into high gear yesterday with a host of events. He did an interview on CBS This Morning and later spoke with Leonard Lopate on on WNYC in New York about his book. He closed out the evening with a book signing, Q&A and performance at Barnes & Noble that was .
Today, MSNBC’s Morning Joe featured an interview with Burt and it also has an excerpt from Anyone Who Had a Heart on its website.
Finally, as announced yesterday, Burt will answer fan questions TODAY at 2:30 p.m. EDT on SiriusXM Radio. The program, part of the SiriusXM Town Hall series, will be moderated by none other than Elvis Costello and will air on The Loft: Channel 30.
Burt Bacharach will answer fan questions during a Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners moderated by Elvis Costello as part of the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series. “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Burt Bacharach” will air live on Tuesday, May 7, at 2:30 pm ET, via satellite on The Loft, channel 30, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.
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Burt Bacharach will appear on OMG! Insider tonight (Monday, May 6) to discuss Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, his new memoir which is scheduled to be released tomorrow. For more info and to find out when OMG! Insider airs in your market, visit http://omg.yahoo.com/omg-insider/
Another interview has been added to Burt Bacharach’s upcoming publicity schedule in anticipation of the release of Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music. On Saturday, May 4, Burt will be interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Burt’s segment is currently scheduled to air at around 8:40 a.m.
EDITED TO ADD: Scott Simon’s interview with Burt is now online at NPR.org.
As previously reported, Burt Bacharach will be doing two book signings in the New York area to promote the release of Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music this month.
In conjunction with those events, Burt will also be making the media rounds next week. On Monday, May 6, Burt will appear live on CBS This Morning in the 8 a.m. hour. Later that day, Burt will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate on WNYC-FM beginning at noon.
On Tuesday, May 7, Burt will be a guest on Morning Joe LIVE on MSNBC. Burt’s segment will be between 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Burt will follow that appearance with a segment on Good Day New York LIVE on FOX 5 in New York City. Burt will be on the show between 9:30 – 10 a.m.
As you probably know, Burt Bacharach’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, will be published on May 7 by Harper Collins, and in conjunction with that event, Burt’s publicity team is planning a number of book-related appearances. As previously reported, Burt will be doing two talks in the Los Angeles area on May 14 and 17. Now comes word of two upcoming appearances in the New York area.
On Monday, May 6, Burt will discuss his book, answer questions and perform a few songs at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th St., New York, N.Y. 10028. According to the Barnes & Noble event listing, seating is first-come, first-served although there is priority seating with the purchase of the book. Also, please note that Burt will be signing Anyone Who Had a Heart only, no other books, memorabilia or CDs.
On Wednesday, May 8, Burt will be doing a book signing at Bookends, 211 East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, N.J. 07450. This event is a book signing only.
I know Burt has many, many fans in the New York/New Jersey area, so this is a great opportunity for an intimate audience with him and a rare chance to hear him talk about his life and music.
Burt Bacharach’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, will be published by Harper Collins on May 7, and in conjunction with that event, Burt will discuss his life and music in two upcoming appearances in the Los Angeles area.
On Tuesday, May 14, Burt will discuss his memoir with author Mitch Albom at the Alix Theatre in Glendale, Calif., and on Friday, May 17, Burt will discuss his memoir in an appearance at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Calif. The discussions are part of the Live Talks Los Angeles speaker series, which presents well-known figures from the arts, sports, politics and science and uses proceeds from the events to support literacy and educational programs in the Los Angeles area. Tickets for each night start at $20 and can be purchased via the links on LiveTalksLA.org.
Very sad news. Legendary producer Phil Ramone, who engineered and produced many of Dionne Warwick’s and Burt Bacharach’s greatest recordings, has died. Ramone was 79 and had been hospitalized with an aortic aneurism since February. In his long career, Ramone worked with everyone from Getz & Gilberto, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Paul Simon.
Read more about it here.
Television and stage actress Anastasia Barzee will sing the music of Burt Bacharach in a special performance at New York’s Metropolitan Room on April 18, 19 & 20, 2013. Drawing on the Bacharach catalog, Barzee will explore the theme of love — who we love, how we love and why in the world do we keep doing it over and over again. The show will feature many of Bacharach’s most famous songs, including “What The World Needs Now,” “Alfie” and “Close to You,” as well as new, unrecorded songs from Some Lovers, Bacharach’s recent musical collaboration with lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening). Barzee will be joined by The Kevin Hays Trio (Kevin Hays on piano, Rob Jost on bass and French horn, and Greg Joseph on drums) along with Teddy Kumpel on guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Barzee Sings Bacharach
The Metropolitan Room
324 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010
April 18-20, 2013, 7 p.m.
With the Kevin Hays Trio and Teddy Kumpel on guitars.
Here’s audio of Barzee performing “Alfie.”
Sorry for the delay getting this posted, but I finally think I’ve received all — or almost all — of Burt’s upcoming European and South American concerts. In addition to the previously announced dates, the new dates include the following:
April 16, Teatro Positivo, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
June 14, Malmo Opera, Malmö, Sweden
June 20, Giardini di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
June 22, Ravenna Festival, Ravenna, Italy
June 24, Caracalla, Rome, Italy
As always, to see the full list of upcoming concerts, visit the On Tour page.
As if that weren’t enough, May 7 is the release date of Burt’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music. The book’s publisher, HarperCollins, has this to say:
In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life. From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits. Candid and emotional, and with 16 pages of color photographs, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music is Burt Bacharach in his own words—a powerful and personal look at the award-winning songwriter and composer.
Burt’s publicist wrote to say there will be a tour and media appearances to promote the book’s release, which is exciting news, so stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.