SINGER Peter Corry does not believe in standing still. Aged 53, and leaning into decades of experience in the music business — a high note is playing the role of Inspector Javert in the record-breaking musical Les Misérables — he now also produces and directs his own shows.“It’s all systems go,” says the Belfast-born baritone. For his latest production, The Showman is Coming, he is working closely with his wife Fleur Mellor. “We both produced it — she choreographed it and I directed it. It’s very much a team effort.”The couple married last June in Italy, and he’s still pinching himself — “I find myself very lucky”.He has three adult children from a previous marriage: Joshua, 26, Israel, 22 and Molly Rose, 20. Do any of them intend to follow his career path? “Not even slightly in my footsteps.”The Showman is Coming, takes place at The National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 23. Tickets on sale … [Read more...] about On song: Peter Corry hits a high note
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DEBATE still rages around the circumstances of Kurt Cobain's death 25 years after the rocker was legally ruled to have killed himself. The legendary Nirvana frontman left behind his wife, child and adoring fans at the age of 27. But what did his suicide note say and are there alternative theories about his death? When and how did Kurt Cobain die? Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, after dying from a gunshot wound to the head on April 5. The beloved singer, who suffered with heroin addiction and mental illness, was discovered by electrician Gary Smith, who had arrived to install a security system. Coming up to a room above the garage, Gary thought Kurt was asleep until he saw how a gun was pointing at his chin. The coroner ruled that Kurt - 27 at the time, and father to one-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain - had killed himself. A high concentration of heroin and a small amount of diazepam were found in Kurt's body. The death came at … [Read more...] about When did Kurt Cobain die, what did his suicide note say and what are the theories about the Nirvana singer’s death?
The Dubliner made her name as one of the most popular Irish female singers of the past 30 years, rising to the top of the charts, and packing out concert halls. Having wrestled with her own inner demons and troubles with drink, she trained as an addiction counsellor, and set up the RISE Foundation, which helps families of those with drug, alcohol and gambling problems. And then, three years ago at the age of 55, Frances became an unlikely politician, who as a senator has ruffled a few feathers - and made a surprising impact in the corridors of power. Although she seemed to arrive in Leinster House as a political ingénue, she has proved adept at winning support across party lines for causes that are close to her heart. Much to the chagrin of the powerful alcohol lobby, she managed to push through an amendment to the Public Alcohol Bill that will force drinks companies to put cancer warning labels on bottles. Ireland is set to be the first country in the world to put the warnings … [Read more...] about How Frances hits the high notes in politics
A handful of remarkable Kiwis stood in the limelight for all the right reasons in 2018. RNZ takes a look at some of the people who made a big impression in the past year. Kristine Bartlett was the public face of a long-running court battle to secure pay equity for aged care workers. Photo: RNZ / Mei Heron Equal-pay advocate Kristine Bartlett was named New Zealander of the Year in February. Ms Bartlett won a case in the Employment Court in 2013, arguing that aged-care workers were underpaid because the sector is dominated by women. As a response to Ms Bartlett's court case, last year (2017) the government announced a $2 billion settlement, which boosted the wages of about 55,000 workers by 15 to 50 percent. Ms Bartlett said seeing people struggle on low pay inspired her to take action. "We've all struggled in this sector - some worse than others - and it's been terrible and that was what really boosted me to (say) 'yes, something's got to be done'," she said. The 68-year-old, who … [Read more...] about The Kiwis who made a big impression in 2018
MARIAH Carey is best known for hitting the high notes but she's also had several romances in her time. Here's everything you need to know about who she's dated including her ex-husbands... Who has Mariah Carey dated? Here's a look back at Mariah Carey's romantic history... Tommy Mottola Mariah, 48, started dating music executive Tommy Mottola, 69, while recording her third album Music Box. She married him in 1993 but they separated in 1997 and the divorce was finalised by 2000. Their relationship reportedly broke down due to Tommy's controlling nature and creative differences regarding Mariah's albums. Luis Miguel The Puerto Rican singer Luis Miguel, 48, was in a three year relationship with Mariah from 1998 to 2001. He supposedly inspired much of Mariah's 1999 album Rainbow. Luis went on to have a relationship with Mexican actress Aracely Arámbula with whom he has two children. Eminem Eminem, 46, claims to have been in a six month relationship with Mariah Carey in 2001 - but … [Read more...] about Who has Mariah Carey dated? From Bryan Tanaka and Tommy Mottola to James Packer and Nick Cannon