Big 95 Music News: Queen, Styx

QUEEN:  Bohemian Rhapsody  movie director fired

Director Bryan Singer is angry he’s been fired from the Queen bio-pic called Bohemian Rhapsody.

Singer blames the studio for being callous. He released a statement Monday night, (quote) “I asked FOX for some time off to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.”

Earlier reports suggested he unexpectedly vanished from the movie set. The studio halted production. But the lead actor Rami Malek complained about difficulty working with Singer. He also snitched at how frequently Singer was late to the movie set or completely absent without notice. (Entertainment Weekly)

STYX:  Big plans for 2018

Styx are firming up their live performance plans for 2018.

Led by guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young, they'll kick things off on January 18th in Tupelo, Mississippi. Then they'll play five mid-winter nights with special guest Don Felder at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas (January 26th, 27th, 31st and February 2nd and 3rd).

Styx and Felder will add a third co-headliner, REO Speedwagon, for a month-long series beginning March 13th at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minnesota.

The live shows will be in support of Styx's 16th and most recent studio album, The Mission -- which reached number-six recently on Billboard's Top Rock Album chart.

Rounding out Styx's current lineup are keyboardist-vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer-percussionist Todd Sucherman and bassist Ricky Phillips.

FOREIGNER:  Mick Jones wonders why they've not been nominated for Rock Hall

Mick Jones was hoping Foreigner would be able to follow up its 40th anniversary tour this year with a nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although the band has been eligible for nomination since 2002, that recognition has yet to come its way.

Mick recently talked about it:  "It's a peculiar system they have up there. I'm not quite sure how it works. We have the credentials, it's just I don't know whether they pay much attention to that or what they do. But it's certainly more about something else than it is about music for me."

Foreigner does indeed have the credentials as it has sold more than 50-million albums; five have cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard album chart with 1981's 4 going to number-one; and nine Top 10 singles, including one number-one, 1984's "I Want to Know What Love Is."

RICHARD MARX:  Working with Burt Bacharach

Richard Marx has been writing with the legendary Burt Bacharach.

The singer-songwriter who hit number-one with "Hold On to the Nights," "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting," tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "It was so inspiring to see how into writing he still is. I’ve admired him forever; he’s a national treasure." Marx says they first worked together 30 years ago, but hardly as equals. "[Burt] hired me as a background singer on a record he was producing when I was doing session work."

During their session, when they began work on two songs, Marx asked Bacharach what motivates him to keep writing. Burt replied, "When I’m writing, I can take my mind off all the craziness in the world right now."

Marx didn't say whether he plans to record the songs he's writing with Bacharach, or whether they'll be aimed at other artists.

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