BIG Music News: Joe Cocker, Beach Boys

JOE COCKER:  Documentary on the late singer-songwriter coming to TV

Fans of Joe Cocker may want to head to Netflix, where a documentary on the late singer is streaming.

Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul is the latest effort from British filmmaker John Edginton, whose previous works include documentaries on Genesis, Pink Floyd and Robyn Hitchcock.

Documentary filmmaker John Edginton on why he chose to make a film about Joe Cocker:

"I always loved Joe and someone who I felt was just kind of a little bit off the radar, a little bit neglected, in the pantheon of rock and roll heroes. And when I discovered that he wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - tip offed by Billy Joel, who announced it [in] 2013 when Joe was very ill, which fell on deaf ears I have to say, and then Joe died - December 2014. I thought it was a perfect subject."

Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul features interviews with Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Rita Coolidge, his former manager and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, Joe’s wife Pam and many others. In addition to highlighting his rise to fame and career, it goes into great detail about his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and how Pam gave him an ultimatum -- alcohol or her.

Cocker died on December 22nd, 2014 from lung cancer. He was 70.

THE BEACH BOYS:  New re-issue on the way

The Beach Boys have again reached deep into their archives to mark a 50th anniversary.

1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow starts with a remastered first-ever stereo release of the album Wild Honey. The band's first complete project after Smile stalled out was recorded primarily in Brian Wilson's home studio -- with the band back to playing their own instruments.

Featuring the hit track "Darlin," Wild Honey also includes "Here Comes the Night" -- the song the Boys disco-fied a dozen years later -- plus their take on Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her."

The set also packs over 50 rarities. Previously unreleased highlights include The Beach Boys’ shelved “live” album Lei’d in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and standout concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970.

Wild Honey’s new stereo mix will also debut in a 180-gram vinyl 50th anniversary edition. Both packages will be out on June 30th.


Elton John knocked what he called "the MTV Generation" for not being real musicians. At a media event Monday, he said the ’80s ushered in “a lot of people who just made videos. A lot of the artist went out of the music."

After the Manchester concert bombing, Irish police will increase security at the opening show on Guns N' Roses’ European tour Saturday at Slane Castle. More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend the show.

Steve Winwood will do another U.S. tour in September, from the 1st in Santa Ynez, California through the 21st in Sugarland, Texas, with stops in Nevada, Washington and Colorado. All the dates can be found at

Paul Simon performs on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner took in Joe Walsh’s show the other night in Coachella, California. Walsh posted video of them backstage to his social media accounts.

Donny Most of Happy Days fame brings his swing and standards show to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino on June 12th.

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