Big 95 Music News: Queen, Rolling Stones

QUEEN:  Trouble on the movie set

There's trouble on the set at the Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Production has been temporarily halted after director Bryan Singer was a no-show after the Thanksgiving break. Producers issued a statement to the BBC saying that it was due to Singer's "unexpected availability," while Singer's own reps blamed it on "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family," and said he "hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays."

But The Hollywood Reporter quotes insiders who say that both the producers and Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury, have grown tired of Singer's difficult behavior, which included regularly showing up late to shoots. They say that they may be considering replacing him, and note that earlier in the film's production, one of its cinematographers had to step in and direct when Singer didn't turn up.

According to the Reporter, Singer has a history of "momentarily vanishing" from shoots, also pulling disappearing acts during the making of X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns.

Producers are still hoping Bohemian Rhapsody will be ready for a December 2018 release.

ROLLING STONES:  Keith Richards is surprised

Keith Richards says he is surprised at the interest in The Rolling Stones' new archival live collection, On Air.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, he says, "It’s hard to imagine people want to listen to BBC live recordings of the Stones from 1964 or 5 or 3 or whatever it was. What I can say is I’m amazed there is so much interest in it. And that you people in America know more about it than we do.”

On Air is a companion to the recently published book of the same name, which documents the band's rise in the '60s through TV and radio. The album consists of radio performances from 1963, '64 and '65 on such BBC shows as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show.

Richards says, “At the time we were doing this, we were like ‘Oh, my God — the BBC!' ... We were just trying to disguise our actual terror. There was a lot of adrenaline...Once we started playing, we didn’t give a [damn]... When I hear it, I hear a lot of energy and enthusiasm — and then I want to go in and remix it. But there was no remixing done then.”

Looking ahead, Richards says, "We’re working on some new [material] now... We’re slowly putting it together. I’m going to sound like Trump now: ‘Trust me. We’re working on it.’”

The Stones' last album was a 2016 collection of blues covers, Blue & Lonesome, which was just nominated for a Grammy.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  Fan voting ends Tuesday

The final two days for fans to vote for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is today and tomorrow (Tuesday).

Bon Jovi remains in first place with 1.1-million votes followed by The Moody Blues at just under 900,000, Dire Straits is closing in on 600,000 votes and The Cars and Judas Priest are in forth and fifth place, respectively, separated by less than 20,000 votes.

One of those voting everyday is Moody Blues' drummer Graeme Edge, who, while honored by the nomination, says the whole process is really more important to their fans:

"Our acclimation comes from our fans. We rarely play to less than a sell-out and that's all we need. But our fans would like it [if we were inducted], so, we do it for them. We always have played for the people anyway."

Here's how the voting looks as of last night (Sunday):

  1. Bon Jovi - 1,100,452 votes
  2. Moody Blues - 899,289
  3. Dire Straits - 587,116
  4. The Cars - 527,777
  5. Judas Priest - 508,067
  6. The Zombies - 493,810
  7. Eurythmics - 433,020
  8. J. Geils Band - 332,890
  9. Depeche Mode - 289,708
  10. Nina Simone - 176,998
  11. Kate Bush - 170,527
  12. Radiohead - 169,098
  13. Rage Against the Machine - 160,608
  14. The MC5 - 120,945
  15. LL Cool J - 112,966
  16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 106,140
  17. Link Wray - 93,166
  18. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - 80,876
  19. The Meters - 56,065

You have until Tuesday evening to place your vote at RockHall.com/Vote. The Top 5 artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. You'll need to login with a Facebook account or E-mail to vote. You can vote once a day.

The 2018 inductees will be announced the second week of December, with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will air highlights of the ceremony.

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