BIG Music News: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince

LYNYRD SKYNYRD:  Long awaited film about the legendary band on the way

A Lynyrd Skynyrd bio-pic starts shooting in L.A. on Monday.

Based on the account of drummer Artimus Pyle, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash features no big names other than some of the musicians portrayed in it. Steven Tyler is being played by Neill Byrnes of an Aerosmith tribute band called Draw the LineA week before the October 1977 plane crash that took the lives of three members of Skynyrd, Aerosmith checked the plane out and decided against leasing it due to safety fears.

For the record, here are the actors playing the members of Skynyrd:

Ronnie Van Zant- Taylor Clift

Gary Rossington - Navarone Garibaldi

Steve Gaines - Samuel Kay Forrest

Allen Collins - Rich Dally III

Billy Powell - Hudson Long

Leon Wilkeson - Nick Cairo Chandler

Artimus Pyle - Ian Shultis

Jared Cohn, who collaborated with Pyle on writing the film, is directing. (Variety, Deadline Hollywood)

PRINCE:  Star's death has been good for business

Prince's death has meant good business for his suburban Minneapolis hometown.

Chanhassen, Minnesota  is drawing more visitors since April 21st a year ago. Not only has the Paisley Park compound attracted more than 40,000 people, but Mayor Denny Laufenburger says there's been a halo effect. "People are coming in droves to Chanhassen because of Paisley Park." Though the city doesn't directly tax tickets for that attraction, "it gets a piece from everyone who buys gas here or stops at a restaurant and goes to the places Prince used to go."

A local merchants group called Buy Chanhassen has formed and published a map of local spots Prince often went to, such as the local movie theater, an arboretum (where he shot photos) and Axel’s restaurant -- where he was known to sneak in the back door and head to the private “godfather” booth.

Locations in Minneapolis are also benefiting -- First Avenue, the club where the movie Purple Rain was filmed -- is called a "magnet for fans." Its manager Nate Kranz says, "There are no signs of it letting up. It’s a cool thing… Not a day goes by without multiple requests to tour the club." (Star Tribune)

MICK JAGGER:  Who's going to play Mick in a planned Stones movie?

Once again, there's buzz from Britain about Harry Styles playing Mick Jagger in a planned Rolling Stones bio-pic.

The One Direction member, riding the chart-busting success of his first solo single "Sign of the Times," was asked the question on Graham Norton's TV talk show that airs Friday night.

But there's a catch -- the segment involved responding only by use of facial expressions. Asked if he'd been booked to play Mick, Harry responded with "a cheeky smile." It apparently resembled an expression used while imitating Jagger on last weekend's Saturday Night Live.

The rumors first started going around almost a year ago. (NME)

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