DAVID CROSBY: Gives approval for documentary
David Crosby has given his approval to director Cameron Crowe to tell his story in a documentary.
The as-yet-untitled film is being bankrolled by BMG, which released Crosby's last album, 2017's Sky Trails, his third album of original material in four years.
Crowe, who has produced documentaries on Pearl Jam, and Elton John and Leon Russell's partnership on the 2010 album The Union, has conducted multiple interviews with Croz. Crowe says, "It’s just such a compelling story. David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades. Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the '60s. It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all."
No word yet on when the film will be out.
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U2: Loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recounted in "Pride"
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2 was originally written as a commentary on Ronald Reagan's pride in America's military might, then radically changed to be about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, which took place 50 years ago today (Wednesday).
However, Bono has complained that he never sufficiently developed the songs lyrics. He says he bowed to pressure from The Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to leave them vague and impressionistic. In the book U2 on U2, Bono goes so far as to say that he "looked at how glorious that song was and thought: 'What [the eff] is that all about?' It's just a load of vowel sounds ganging up on a great man. It is emotionally very articulate -- if you didn't speak English."
But the song's third verse is specific, though a bit inaccurate, in capturing the time and place when Dr. King was shot. It goes, "Early morning, April four/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last, they took your life/They could not take your pride." King was actually murdered in the early evening and Bono has occasionally changed those words during live performances.
"Pride..." isn't the only song on U2's The Unforgettable Fire inspired by Dr. King. Its closing number, "MLK," is obviously another impressionistic tribute to him.
BON JOVI: New video release as they ready for Rock Hall induction this month
Less than two weeks before Bon Jovi's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, they've released a new video for "Walls." The track is off their 2016 album This House Is Not for Sale.
Bon Jovi will perform a pair of home-state shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey before heading to Cleveland for next week's gala.
Ann Wilson has come up with a title for her covers album. Immortal features an appearance by guitarist Jeff Beck, her summer touring partner.
Nancy Wilson and her band Roadcase Royale will perform at an American Heart Association benefit starring Wilson Phillips on May 17th at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Sharon Osbourne will also make an appearance.
Nick Lowe will release his first new music in five years on June 15th. The four-song EP Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside features two new Lowe originals plus covers of Dionne Warwick's “Heartbreaker” and Cliff Richard's “Travellin’ Light.” The EP will be released digitally and as a double-vinyl 45.
A new musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe will open June 1st at the Paris Las Vegas Casino. The score mixes original material with such classic songs as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang, Gloria Gaynor, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Thelma Houston, The Village People, Tavares and former Chic vocalists Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin will headline the first-ever Ultimate Disco Cruise. Deney Terrio of TV's Dance Fever will host the six-day floating party, which sets sail from Fort Lauderdale next February.
Sly and the Family Stone sax player Jerry Martini is working on a memoir. He tells us he’s saving stories on his phone’s voice recorder. So far, they’ve resulted in over 100 transcribed pages.
Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" is now the soundtrack of an Applebee’s commercial promoting takeout meals.
Sheryl Crow is raising money for the Pink Lotus Foundation, which enables low-income, uninsured and underinsured women in the United States to receive free breast cancer screening. She is offering a chance to go horseback riding with her at her Nashville ranch. You can enter the contest at Omaze.com.
Nena, the German artist remembered for the ‘80s hit “99 Luftballoons,” collaborates with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart on the just-released single “Be My Rebel.”