Rivers leaves intensive care
Joan Rivers’ family says the comedian has been moved from intensive care into a private room, where she is “being kept comfortable.”
No further details were released Wednesday on Rivers’ condition. On Tuesday, the family confirmed she was on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after going into cardiac arrest last Thursday.
In this latest statement, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, thanked the public for its continued support.
“My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable,” Melissa Rivers said.
Performers to honor Everlys
Graham Nash, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the performers set to pay tribute to the Everly Brothers next month.
The Rock and Roll of Fame announced Wednesday that Peter Asher, Shelby Lynne and the Secret Sisters will also perform at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland.
Phil Everly died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease earlier this year. Surviving member Don Everly will attend.
Singer Rodney Crowell will be the musical director for the concert, which will take place during the Rock Hall’s 19th annual “Music Masters” series.
More performers will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 for Rock Hall members.
A biography by the numbers
The title of former President George W. Bush’s book about his father will feature a number, not a name.
Crown Publishers announced Wednesday that the book about former President George H.W. Bush will be called “41: A Portrait of My Father.” The elder Bush was the country’s 41st president.
As announced by Crown last summer, the book will be published Nov. 11 with a planned first printing of 1 million copies. The younger Bush had been quietly working on the biography over the past few years.
On Wednesday, Crown also released the cover image for the book, an intimate close-up of the 41st president, and announced that George W. Bush will narrate the audio edition of “41.”
Expecting another musician
Alicia Keys, who often releases albums in November and December, says she is preparing for another delivery at the end of the year: her second baby.
“December album? Well, I know one thing. I’m having a December baby,” the singer said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday.
The Grammy winner says she and husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, know the sex of the baby, but that she’s “not sharing.”
Their son, Egypt, turns 4 next month. And if baby No. 2 is anything like their first child, music will be a major part of its life.
“He’s a little music fanatic. He has all this rhythm. He loves to dance. He can play drums. He can beatbox,” Keys said at an event to launch her new Givenchy perfume, Dahlia Divin, at the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan. “I think that you do see how just the influence of music and perhaps it is in the DNA.”