LISTEN: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett duet on ‘The Lady is a Tramp’

Tony Bennett’s doing the duet thing again with his upcoming release, Duets II scheduled for release on Tuesday. The big hype was first about his work with Amy Winehouse. Then the buzz started in on his duet with Lady Gaga and how he has compared her to the likes of Elvis Presley. We finally get to hear what the latter’s collaboration sounds like. This was posted on YouTube today giving listeners a slight preview of the album.

The album is star-studded including queer faves Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey and k.d. Lang.

—  Rich Lopez

Out singer Tom Goss performs at Opening Bell tonight

Warm and fuzzy

Everything about Around is feel-good, maybe overly sentimental, but it does offer a refreshing perspective.  Goss dissolves the idea that uplifting songs equate to Christian music. Instead, he brings a level of cheer without being annoying. And with such a blatant overtone of romance, he resonates with gay listeners who might also want to celebrate their love.

“As an artist, I want my music to connect with everyone,” he says. “I don’t specify ‘he’ or ‘she’ in my lyrics, because I want to focus on everybody. I like the things people share instead of divide. At the same time, I can bring a kind of normalcy to gay relationships.”

Read the entire article here.

DEETS: With Brant Croucher. Opening Bell Coffee, 1409 S. Lamar St. May 12 at 8 p.m. $5. OpeningBellCoffee.com

—  Rich Lopez

Rick Vanderslice asks, Dan Choi tells today

Lt. Dan Choi

Rick Vanderslice just called to let us know that he’ll have former Army Lt. Dan Choi on his radio show today. The Rick Vanderslice Show begins at 2 p.m., and you can watch live on USTREAM by going here. Vanderslice said he welcomes questions for Choi from listeners. The call-in number is 214-631-1360.

—  John Wright

KLIF loves homophobic bigots

I don’t know how this audio escaped me until now. KLIF drive-time jock Chris Krok ranted about Joel Burns recruiting kids to the “gay lifestyle” complete with prissy lisp. Apparently, while the rest of the nation was praising the honest open-heartedness of Burns’ confession, Krok felt that since “not one gay kid in Fort Worth” had committed suicide, Burns should not have wasted council time talking about “me, me, me.”

Clearly, Krok hates gay people, hate gay kids especially and doesn’t care how many die or are bullied. KLIF thinks this is appropriate entertainment for its listeners and advertisers. I don’t.

Listen to as much as you can; I found it hard to get past about 40 seconds but made it beyond 5 minutes eventually.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: E. Texas TV, radio stations ask whether homosexuality will be downfall of America

This is absolutely unbelievable. Wait a second, no it’s not, it’s just East Texas.

The NBC affiliate in Tyler, KETK, along with a local radio station, KTBB, asked viewers and listeners this morning, “Will the acceptance of homosexuality be the downfall of this country?”

Based on their “news report,” it sounds like the stations definitely feel that it will be.

UPDATE: We spoke with some folks at KTBB, and they said we’d have to talk to the owner, Paul Gleiser. Unfortunately, Gleiser is working out of his Dallas studio today and won’t be available, they said. In the meantime, you can call the switchboard at the station, at 903-593-2519. They said the host of the program, Garth Meier, likely will be back in this afternoon. We’ve also left a message KETK. The main number for the TV station is 903-581-5656.

—  John Wright