BIG Music News: Doobie Brothers, Elton John

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS:  New album on the way in 2018

The Doobie Brothers are recording a new album. But that's not enough work for guitarist John McFee, who is also in a reunion of his pre-Doobies band.

McFee tells Billboard that four songs have been completed for the new Doobies album -- two written by founding member Tom Johnston and two by Patrick Simmons. The band's first release since Southbound, the 2014 collection rebooting the band's past classics with a country spin, will be out next year. McFee says when they played the new material for "our family and stuff, they went, 'Wow, this really sounds like classic Doobies.'"

The bigger surprise is the studio reunion of Clover. The Bay Area band that became Huey Lewis and the News backed Elvis Costello on his first album, My Aim Is True. McFee says Clover were never happy with their previous albums, blaming an inexperienced producer and "because we were too young to really know how to make records... So this is a chance to do it again." They plan to re-record 12 songs from the '70s with Costello singing on one track. Lewis has signed on as well. John's also hopeful "the Clover family" will do some live shows.

The Doobies are part of the all-star mega show Classic East, at New York's Citi Field on the 29th.

ELTON JOHN:  Possible bio-pic

Taron Egerton is said to be in talks to play Elton John in a highly anticipated but long-delayed bio-pic.

The 26-year-old Welsh actor, who was in Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman: The Secret Service, has reportedly had discussions with Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn.

The film picks up with Elton leaving the Royal Academy of Music and being paired with lyricist Bernie Taupin for the blockbuster series of hits they created during the 1970s and '80s. It will touch on Elton's flamboyant private life -- but balance it with the story of his becoming one of the rock era's enduring stars. 

The creative team originally signed 39-year-old Inception star Tom Hardy for the role -- but he proved to be an inadequate singer. Egerton reportedly has a lot more potential as a vocalist. (Daily Mail

HUEY LEWIS:  New album on the way

A new album from Huey Lewis is on the way.

He's already added the new song "Gotta Remind Me Why I Love You Again" to his summer set list, and he tells the Windsor Star he's recorded a bunch more. He says the album is "more than halfway there."

But you probably won't get studio updates on Twitter. Huey says he's not a fan of social media. "I don’t feel the need. Why would I tweet? Why do I need to tell people stuff that I’m doing? To whom is that interesting? It’s not even interesting to me... It used to be you’d write a song, you’d sing a song, and that’s it. Now people want to know every single thing we do."

Acting still interests him as well. Lewis just voiced a character for the Disney animated children's show Puppy Dog Pals.

Huey Lewis and the News play at Caesars Windsor Casino (near Detroit) on Thursday.

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