Big Music News: Blondie, John & Yoko

BLONDIE:  New album is on the way this May

Blondie will release their 11th studio album May 5th. Pollinator includes collaborations with a wide range of artists, including fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett.

They've posted a video of a preview single, "Fun."

Blondie will tour Australia in April with Cyndi Lauper. But with Cyndi committed to a summer schedule with Rod Stewart, no word on Debbie Harry and Chris Stein's summer plans. 

JOHN & YOKO: In Their Life

Yoko Ono is one of the producers of a movie being made about her life with John Lennon.

Michael De Luca, her co-producer, says, "The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. – with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want."

The still untitled film is being written by Anthony McCarten, who is also working with Brian May and Roger Taylor on the Freddie Mercury bio-pic.

DAVID CASSIDY:  He's cutting back

The '70s teen idol posts on his website that his February 18th and 19th shows will be the last two he ever does on the West Coast. He blames health issues, especially arthritis, which make travel increasingly difficult.

Referring to his "remarkable, long-lived career," Cassidy adds, "I love my band, who are all very gifted, as friends. Most have now been with me for years, performing around the world and of course mostly here in the USA and Canada." Even though he'll be working and traveling less, he's "never loved playing live in concert as much as I have in the past few years. This for me has been almost like a drug! My audience reactions and phenomenal support have made it so sweet and gratifying. I could never repay the love and the reward I get from all my fans from around the world."

David Cassidy next performs February 17th at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

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