BIG Music News: Beach Boys, George Michael

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THE BEACH BOYS:  New documentary will debut on Showtime in April.

The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds will debut on Showtime in April.

The documentary, combining archival footage, studio outtakes and interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, will serve as another chapter of their ongoing celebration of the classic 1966 album. Brian Wilson continues to perform the album in its entirety in live shows with his own band, featuring Al Jardine.

Showtime also aired the 2004 documentary Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile, which looked at the long-stalled album that was later released by Wilson's band. (Rolling Stone)

GEORGE MICHAEL:  No charges for his boyfriend

George Michael's boyfriend has been cleared of any possible charges stemming from the pop star's death.

There may have been some grounds for suspicion -- since Fadi Fawaz underwent five hours of questioning regarding what occurred in the singer's final hours. Fadi didn't help in his own cause with tweets hinting that George "wanted to die" and had attempted suicide more than once. But he then claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.

Police still haven't nailed down a cause of death and have yet to release George's body for burial. They are still waiting for toxicology tests following his death on Christmas Day. (London Daily Mirror)

Here are some other odds 'n ends from the rock 'n roll world today...

Steely Dan is filling in the gaps of its Las Vegas residency in April with shows in Southern California – April 17th at Humphrey's in San Diego and the 25th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Ringo Starr watched the Super Bowl and then tweeted, “Now that was a game well done. Tom Brady and the rest of the team, peace and love.” Ringo also said Lady Gaga’s halftime show was “well done.”

Tommy Shaw has poked fun at Todd Sucherman, his Styx bandmate, who is being sued for injuring a fan after he tossed a drumstick into the crowd at a show in Atlanta. A photo on the band’s Facebook page showing Tommy sitting behind Todd’s drumkit has the caption: “No Todd, you may not use my Frisbee for a Tom Tom head!”

John Fogerty will perform at a tribute to the late Mexican artist Juan Gabriel on February 18th in Mexico.

David Bowie's No Plan EP will be released on CD on February 24th; on vinyl on April 21st; and in a limited-edition, made-to-order, numbered, die-cut package with white vinyl and a lithograph on May 26th.

We knew Gene Simmons had plans to attend one of Ace Frehley's shows on his current tour, and that happened Friday at The Saban in Beverly Hills, where Simmons lives. He didn’t get on stage, but the two did get together backstage. No word if it was to discuss the rumor that Ace may rejoin KISS for more shows.

Bruce Springsteen has posted the official video of him opening his show last Thursday in Melbourne, Australia by saying that he and The E Street Band "stand before you embarrassed Americans" before launching into a solo acoustic version of "Don't Hang Up," a 1962 song by The Orlons. This was in response to President Trump's phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in which Trump hung up after the two disagreed over Turnbull's insistence that the U.S. stand by a refugee swap deal negotiated by President Obama.

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