ZZ TOP: Legendary rockers release statement on Houston flooding
The members of ZZ Top -- Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard -- issued a statement on the flooding in city they continue to call home.
It says, “Houston has played host to ZZ Top as our home base since we first banded together more than four decades ago, making us especially concerned with the plight of so many of our fellow Texans in the wake of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are encouraged by the city's and state's recovery efforts from this tragic event and stand alongside our neighbors. Long ago, we recorded a song called 'Heaven, Hell or Houston.' We’re confident that, in the near future, the first word will describe the title's third word and the the middle will soon be overcome.”
QUEEN: Brian May talks about upcoming movie
The Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody has been cast and will go into production soon, with the goal of a Christmas 2018 release.
Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor serve as executive producers of the project. May tells what role he envisions the two musicians playing from here on out:
“Having put together the team with great pain and having a wonderful producer in Graham King and a fantastic director in Bryan Singer, our plan is to step back and just let them make the film now. And I think we have the right script and we have the right spirit going, we have the right team in place. So there are certain things we will do. I mean, Roger and I will be supervising the sound, which is an important factor, but as far as shooting the movie, we trust in the team we’ve put together.”
May had this to say about the way he and Taylor plan to interact with the cast, especially the actor who'll play him:
“I’ve met the guy who’s going to play me Gwilym Lee. He’s an excellent actor. I think he’s going to be great. And we’ll be around to give them some help, like I can help him with guitar playing and stuff [laughs]. We’re participating in that way. And of course I think just us hanging out with these guys will help a lot, because they will absorb out body language and the way we think about things.”
Mr. Robot star Rami Malik will play the late Freddy Mercury in the picture.
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Billy Joel will appear on Harry Connick Jr's daytime TV show September 12th. According to Newsday.com, the Piano Man will perform a solo number and be joined by the host for another tune. This will be Billy’s first guest spot on daytime TV since a 2008 visit on Oprah.
John Fogerty’s residencies at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas are nominated for the Best Resident Headliner/Performer award in Las Vegas Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards 2017.
REO Speedwagon’s recent show in Syracuse, New York was filmed by AXS TV and will air in November.
Rock artists are well represented in Playbill's ranking of the top-grossing Broadway shows of all time. The Lion King, scored by Elton John, is number-one; Mamma Mia!, fueled by the ABBA songbook, is number-four; and Jersey Boys, with its Four Seasons score, stands sixth.
Boy George tweets: "Amazing acts of human kindness going on in flood areas of America. People can be amazing. This is who we are and who we should be!"
The cast has been announced for the North American tour of Jersey Boys: Jonny Wexler is the new Frankie Valli, Tommaso Antico plays Bob Gaudio, Corey Greenan handles Tommy DeVito, and Chris Stevens will be Nick Massi. This production opens in Calgary, Alberta on November 3rd.
Joe Perry, Bryan Adams and Glenn Hughes are among the artists on Set the Record Straight, the new album from Billy Ray Cyrus. It will be out on November 10th.
Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang posted 10 seconds of music he is working on for his solo debut on Instagram. The clip disappeared after 24 hours, but one fan recorded it and posted it on YouTube.
Dave Mason sat in with Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band Saturday at Mick’s restaurant on Maui. The show was to celebrate the publication of Mick’s new book, Love That Burns - A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac Volume One: 1967-1974. Mason, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1993 to '95, calls Mick a “wonderful friend and artist. I had a great time sitting in on a couple of songs. Time with Mick both on and off the stage makes my heart sing.”
Responding to a tweet that the late Glenn Frey was wrong to fire him from the Eagles, Don Felder says, “I forgive him. He did what he had to do in his heart.”