Entertainment briefs – February 16

Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show Hannah Montana destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control.

‘Hannah Montana’ broke family: Cyrus

NASHVILLE — Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show Hannah Montana destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control.

In a December interview published in the Feb. 22 issue of GQ Magazine, Cyrus said he wished the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened.

“I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second,” Cyrus said. “For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”

Cyrus and his wife, Tish, filed for divorce in October.

Billy Ray Cyrus said when he asked about the rumoured video footage of his daughter smoking from a bong at her 18th birthday party in December, he was told “it was none of my business.” He initially refused to attend the party, saying “it was wrong” to have it in a bar.

Cyrus, a native of Flatwoods, Ky., had his own success as a country and gospel singer beginning in the early 1990s with his huge hit Achy Breaky Heart.

He told the magazine that he is scared for his daughter and compared her current path to those of other stars whose lives ended tragically, including Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.


‘Vinyl Tap’ book due in the fall

TORONTO — The tales Randy Bachman tells on CBC-Radio’s Vinyl Tap are coming to a bookstore near you.

Bachman, known for his work in the bands Bachman-Turner Overdrive and the Guess Who, has signed a deal with Penguin to publish Vinyl Tap Stories this fall.

Airing on CBC and Sirius Satellite Radio, Vinyl Tap has become a favourite among music fans who enjoy listening to Bachman’s treasure trove of stories.

The show also features the musician noodling around on his guitar and offering tidbits about how great songs were written and why they work.

Bachman says the book will contain some of his favourite personal stories.

Vinyl Tap is heard by millions of listeners each week.


Lady Gaga gets HBO concert treatment

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga is bringing her spectacle to HBO.

The network said Tuesday that it is taping two Lady Gaga shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden later this month for a concert special. The document of Gaga’s Monster Ball tour will be televised on May 7, two weeks before the singer is releasing a new disc.

The woman who choreographed most of Lady Gaga’s videos, Lauriann Gibson, will direct the concert special.

HBO says that Lady Gaga, who was carried into the Grammys Sunday in a giant egg, will put on some brand new moves for the special. Gaga’s latest album The Fame Monster won three Grammys.