Taurean Blacque, star of Hill Street Blues, passes away at 82 years of age following a brief illness | Daily Mail Online

The acting world is in mourning on Thursday, with news that Taurean Blacque has passed away.

The actor, best known for playing Detective Neal Washington in the hit NBC crime drama series Hill Street Blues, passed in Atlanta at 82.

Blacque had been battling briefly with an undisclosed illness at the time of his passing, with his family announcing the news to Deadline

The actor was born Herbert Middleton Jr. on May 10, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey, honing his craft at the New Federal Theatre in New York City.

R.I.P.: The acting world is in mourning on Thursday, with news that Taurean Blacque has passed away

He started his career with several guest-starring roles, starting with What’s Happening in 1976.

He would go on to guest star in Snip, Sanford and Son, Wonderbug, The Krofft Supershow, The Tony Randall Show, Charlie’s Angels, The Bob Newhart Show and Good Times.

Blacque made his feature film debut in the 1978 film House Calls, which he followed up as a lawyer in the 1979 sequel Rocky II. 

The actor would continue to work steadily with film roles in Beyond Death’s Door and The Hunter and TV roles in The Love Boat before landing the role of Detective Neal Washington in NBC’s Hill Street Blues.

Neal: The actor would continue to work steadily with film roles in Beyond Death’s Door and The Hunter and TV roles in The Love Boat before landing the role of Detective Neal Washington in NBC’s Hill Street Blues

He was one of a handful of the show’s stars to remain on the show for its entire seven-season run, earning an Emmy nomination in 1982 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

After Hill Street Blues went off the air, he starred in movies DeepStar Six and Oliver & Company before starring in the soap opera Generations.

He played Henry Marshall in just over 100 episodes of the series, though after he wrapped on that show, he worked more sparingly throughout the 1990s.

He guest-starred in True Colors, In the Heat of the Night and Dream On, and films such as Fled

Emmy nominee: He was one of a handful of the show’s stars to remain on the show for its entire seven-season run, earning an Emmy nomination in 1982 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Blacque moved on to play Detective Wheeler in the TV series Savannah, appearing throughout most of of the two-season run.

He worked even sparingly throughout the 2000s with Nowhere Road, Step Off and his final role in a 2018 episode of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

The longtime Atlanta resident also performed frequently at the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and he’s survived by 12 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Survived: The longtime Atlanta resident also performed frequently at the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and he’s survived by 12 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren

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Why Man City sold Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester Evening News

Pep Guardiola is excited to work with his three new players for Manchester City as he gave a positive assessment on their summer transfer business that has seen three key players leave.

Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega have replaced Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Oleks Zinchenko and Fernandinho, while Zack Steffen has left on loan and a number of academy players have departed permanently or on loan.

It’s been an unusually busy summer for City in the transfer market, and there is some risk in allowing the three key outfield players to depart, but Guardiola was positive when reviewing the club’s business so far, explaining why Sterling, Jesus and Zinchenko left for a combined £122m.

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“So far I am so excited and so happy,” he said. “Sometimes the market was strange for us. Normally we are a team that buy and didn’t sell much. This summer for different reasons, we sell some players.

“Sometimes you want to do it but you can’t. This summer it happened so quick. not just first-team players, academy and loan players. New players have come and we continue with them.”

Guardiola also hinted that he would have been more than happy for Sterling, Jesus and Zinchenko to stay, repeating his long-held stance that unhappy players will be allowed to leave.

“No [the outgoings weren’t guaranteed] because I was incredibly happy with Gabriel, Oleks and Raheem,” Guardiola said. “If they stayed longer there would be no problem. They proved last year how good they are.

“But sometimes the players want more, and the club feel it is the right moment to do it. But the most important thing is they leave happy with the club and what they have done.

“Normally when you talk about transfers in Spain, Germany, England it is 10 per cent more. It happens and we know it. It happens because they are really good. They are the best ages and their best years are maybe coming now. That’s why they have a value in the market.

“Chelsea and Arsenal have paid the money that is fair. And the discussions were perfect, Txiki [Begiristain] told me. Good for both sides and really friendly.”

Moving onto his new signings, Guardiola said personality is just as important as any other consideration when weighing up a transfer.

He explained: “One of the things I am trying to discover is if he is a nice guy. I don’t like to work much with guys who are not nice. When you have a locker room and the chemistry is good, that is worth more than hours of tactics.

“This summer we have bought some exceptional people. And the rest we know each other. And we are sad because Raheem, Gabriel and Oleks were incredibly beloved. Since I arrived in Manchester, the chemistry has been incredible. It makes things good for me.”

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Rod Stewart brings his feel-good hits back to SPAC – Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Rod Stewart made his return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stage on Friday for a night filled with feel-good hits.

The 77-year-old star, who is on tour with support from rock group Cheap Trick, delivered a fun summer concert to the SPAC crowd that braved a bit of a heat wave to come out and see the show.

Cheap Trick kicked off the evening with an opening set that featured the band’s songs “The Flame,” “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me.” Formed in the 1970s in Illinois, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 and still resonates strongly with audiences today. Founding member and guitarist Rick Nielsen, who is known for being a man of many guitars, was sure to show off a sampling of his collection during the band’s latest SPAC appearance, including an unusual five-neck guitar that he played toward the end of the performance.

Sporting his signature hair-do and shimmery attire, Stewart took the stage next, surrounded by five female bandmates wearing sexy outfits for the start of the show. He came out singing a cover of ‘80s hit “Addicted to Love” then went into his 1972 tune “You Wear It Well” followed by Faces track “Ooh La La.”

The double Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – inducted both as a solo artist and as a member of the band Faces – played a variety of hits on Friday from his diverse career, including disco, soft rock and pop tunes that all had concertgoers singing along.

Fans were happy to hear Stewart’s rendition of “Some Guys Have All the Luck” as well as his most widely-known numbers like “Forever Young,” “Maggie May,” “Young Turks” and the ever-popular “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

Storms started brewing around the outdoor venue around the time when Stewart and his fellow musicians were playing some love songs such as “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” and “Have I Told You Lately” during an acoustic portion of the set.

Returning to the full band, Stewart and the gang closed out with Donna Summer’s disco hit “Hot Stuff” followed by his own 1977 single “Hot Legs.”

For an encore, Stewart performed “Stay With Me” from his early ’70s Faces repertoire.

Beckoned back on stage once more, Stewart said he’d let folks listen in on a rehearsal for a tune they haven’t played in ages – the upbeat “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me),” which was the title track from his 11th studio album released in 1981.

Rains cleared just in time for attendees to leave the amphitheater with smiles on their faces and a fun Rod Stewart show to relive in their minds.

Since his music career started in the 1960s, Stewart has shown the world that he’s an entertainer, and this weekend he proved to the SPAC crowd that he’s still got what it takes.

After more than a half-century in the spotlight, Stewart knows how to put on a spectacular performance that keeps audiences coming back again and again.

Cheap Trick opens for Rod Stewart on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart sings on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart performs with his backup artists on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart sings on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart sings to the crowd on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart performs for the crowd on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart returns to the spotlight at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday evening in Saratoga Springs. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart dances on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart sings on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

Rod Stewart sings for the audience on Friday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

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Peter Jackson Is Planning Another Beatles Film

Director Peter Jackson says he has a new Beatles movie idea in mind less than a year after the release of his acclaimed The Beatles: Get Back.

“I’m talking to the Beatles about another project, something very, very different than Get Back,” he recently told Deadline. “We’re seeing what the possibilities are, but it’s another project with them. It’s not really a documentary … and that’s all I can really say.”

Get Back premiered on Disney+ in November and included nearly eight hours of footage originally intended for the band’s 1970 film Let It Be, which was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The 2021 movie recently earned five Emmy nominations, including two for Sound Mixing, which, as Jackson said, “is always a category that people don’t hold in the highest esteem, I guess would be a way to say it, other than people who work in the field. Get Back is all about the sound, and restoring the sound and developing the AI things to separate the musical tracks. We did a lot of groundbreaking work, so it’s really great that the guys who did that work are part of the Emmy nominations. I’m really pleased with that.”

The footage has been given even more life in the past few months as Paul McCartney went out on tour. Jackson had an idea for John Lennon‘s image and audio to be displayed behind McCartney as he sang “I’ve Got a Feeling” onstage as a sort of virtual duet. Jackson made up a mock-up version of his concept to show McCartney, but then the pandemic struck.

“So the next 18 months I worked on Get Back and then Paul is rehearsing to go back out on tour, and I just thought, ‘I either have to suggest it to him or I don’t,'” he recalled. “I’d gotten cold feet because I thought, ‘How many harebrained suggestions like this has Paul gotten over the years? I don’t want to appear too geeky.’ Finally, I thought, ‘I’m going to regret this for the rest of my life if I don’t even suggest it.’ I sent him a text. I didn’t send him the mock-up version, just a text trying to describe it to him. Within 10 minutes, he replied to me: ‘Yeah, this is a fantastic idea; let’s go do it.’ Then it was a frantic rush to restore frames that were missing from that long shot of John from Let It Be. But Paul was thrilled by it.”

As for the new project, Jackson hasn’t revealed further details. “We are never in a position where we have to do anything,” he said. “But we’ve got a few things percolating.”

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Pearl Jam cancel second show this week after Eddie Vedder damages vocal cords at Lollapalooza Paris | Louder

Pearl Jam have announced that they’ve had no option but to cancel tomorrow night’s show at Prague’s O2 Arena (July 22) after frontman Eddie Vedder sustained damage to his vocal cords during their Paris show last weekend.

The Seattle quintet pulled their show at Vienna’s Wiener Stadthalle yesterday as it emerged that the combined effects from the recent heatwave, dust and smoke near the Lollapalooza festival at Hippodrome de Longchamp on July 17 have taken their toll on the singer’s voice.

“We were hopeful that Ed would make a recovery in time to perform tomorrow,” say the band in a statement on their official site. “He has seen a doctor in Prague and is continuing the treatments for his vocal cords, but unfortunately, there is still no voice available. The effects on his throat from the last outdoor show are still just too brutal.

“We again send our sincere apologies to all of those who have worked intensely to put on the show. Even bigger apologies to those that were expecting to attend.  We’ve always had memorable shows here and are with you in our extreme disappointment.  

“You can be guaranteed we are doing everything we can to help fix the situation. Again, so sorry.”

Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

Their European run’s two remaining two shows at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on July 24 and 25 appear to be going ahead, but fans are advised to check their official site for further news.

The band will tour North America in September. They play:

Sep 01: Quebec City Videotron Centre, QC
Sep 03: Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre, ON
Sep 06: Hamilton FirstOntario Centre, ON
Sep 08: Toronto Scotiabank Arena, ON
Sep 11: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Sep 14: Camden Waterfront Music Pavilion, NJ
Sep 16: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Sep 17: Louisville Kentucky Expo Center, KY
Sep 18: St. Louis Enterprise Center, MO
Sep 20: Oklahoma City Paycom Center, OK
Sep 22: Denver Ball Arena, CO

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Bombshell claim Camilla asked if Meghan Markle & Harry’s son would have ‘Ginger Afro’ – Mirror Online

The Duchess of Cornwall has been dragged into the royal race row by sensational new claims she told Prince Harry it would be “funny” if his unborn mixed-race child had “ginger Afro hair”.

Camilla allegedly made the incendiary comment during discussions in 2016 with Harry and his family concerning his new relationship with the American actress Meghan Markle.

The explosive revelations are contained in journalist Tom Bower’s new unauthorised biography, ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’, which explores an alleged “rift” between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the monarchy.

Sources close to Camilla today hit back at the claims as “nonsense”.

After fevered speculation over his new relationship with Meghan, now 40, Harry met with his father Prince Charles for advice on how to handle the situation, Mr Bower claims.

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The intimate chats included Meghan continuing in her career as a television actress, offers of police protection and a controversial comment on the appearance of his unborn children.

In a separate interview Harry and Meghan later told US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey that a member of his family, who they refused to name, made a comment on how “dark his skin might be when he’s born” in reference to their first born Archie.

Mr Bower claims: “During those weeks, Harry met Charles and Camilla at Clarence House.

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“In Harry’s version, Harry was told that Meghan should continue with her acting career.

“Second, Scotland Yard could not automatically be expected to pay for his girlfriend’s 24- hour protection.

Just over a year later, in November 2017, Harry and Meghan announced their engagement and married in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in the spring the following year.

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The couple were lauded as the new fresh face of the monarchy, ready to capitalise on Meghan’s soaring public profile and humanitarian background having worked with global charities and spoken at the United Nations.

But the couple quickly became disillusioned with royal life, believing they were being sidelined before they plotted their escape from The Firm.

Meghan later revealed in their Oprah interview how she felt suicidal when pregnant with her first child after feeling abandoned by the royal family.

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The couple sensationally decided to quit their royal roles, making an unprecedented announcement on Instagram in January 2020, after feeling their pleas for change were not being listened to.

A year later after being told by the Queen there was no place for a “half in half out” model, the Duke and Duchess decided to unleash a series of damaging allegations in the bombshell chat with Oprah in front of an audience of 80million.

Meghan went further to claim how there were “several conversations” between herself, Harry and members within the royal family about “how dark” their baby could be before their son Archie was born.

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“In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born,” Meghan said in the interview.

Harry added: “That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”

Mr Bower goes on to claim in his book: “Four years later, Harry described the aftermath of those conversations as ‘really hard’ and ‘awkward’.

“But none of his previous girlfriends had given up work or been protected by the police.

“Harry also knew that Charles’s limited income from the Duchy of Cornwall meant the annual allowance to himself would never exceed £1.5 million, a substantial amount by most standards. Finally, in his view, any family speculation about a child’s appearance was (unfortunately) seen by his elders as light-hearted.

“A conversation with Meghan would change that assumption.”

Mr Bower, who has called the Sussexes “dreadful” for Britain, this week said he hoped his controversial book would “hasten” the couple’s downfall.

Representatives for Harry and Meghan have been contacted.

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Paul Stanley Predicts ‘Enough Tears’ at Final Kiss Show

Paul Stanley predicted there would be “enough tears to go around” at the end of the final Kiss show, which is expected to take place at some point next year.

The band’s disrupted End of the Road tour has been rescheduled and extended to continue long after its original closing date. In a new interview with Classic Rock, Stanley said Kiss’ last-ever concert would almost certainly take place in their hometown.

“Although I can’t really put it out there yet, it would be odd to me that we wouldn’t end in New York,” he noted. “So I think it’s safe to say the end will be in New York. We lost two years, but at the same time we are determined to go from here to the end and not go quietly.”

Asked about those final moments, he replied: “What won’t I feel? It’s monumental. It’s overwhelming. It will be incredibly emotional, trying to absorb the enormity of what we’ve done, and I’m quite certain, besides the laughter, there’s going to be enough tears to go around.” Referring to the long-standing discussions about co-founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss making guest appearances, Stanley said, “It would be great to have Ace and/or Peter participate at some point if they were interested, and if their requests or demands were realistic and not disruptive to the overall spirit of this tour.”

Gene Simmons – who previously said he’ll “cry like a young girl” as the last notes sound out – said of that future night: “I was hoping that Ace and Peter, at least for that, would be with us. It would be the saddest thing of all if they chose not to be there. But such is life. … I hope and wish they’ll get over the victim, ‘Look what happened to me.’ No, nothing happened to you. These were all decisions you made.”

He repeated his previous comments about having “personally asked” the pair to return, telling them, “Hey, this is the last time around. We’ve still got another hundred cities or so to go. Why don’t you jump onstage with us? … And they said no. … More than once.”

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