CHER: The Cher Show musical needs some work
Cher says The Cher Show, the Broadway-bound musical about her life, needs work.
After sneaking into previews this past weekend in Chicago, she told the Chicago Tribune, "Some parts of it are really fabulous. We’re going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out... But you know, I was really very surprised by how close to real these people feel. Some of the boys are so on the mark, it’s creepy... I am actually pushing them to be more truthful about me. I’ve already said so much about my life. It would be silly for them to come up with a Mother Teresa."
Cher adds that she also has a direct line to director Jason Moore. "I tell him things... I have a lot to say. And I am pushing them to do three dance songs in a concert-style way at the end, a bit like they do in Mamma Mia. I think the audience would like that."
The official Chicago opening is July 15th with Broadway to follow in the fall.
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DEF LEPPARD: Launches a line of limited-edition sneakers
A year after Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen hand-painted 30 pairs of sneakers for Vancouver’s Six Hundred Four shoe company, the band and Six Hundred have joined forces for 604 individually numbered pairs.
The four styles draw inspiration from the album art on their three most iconic albums -- On Through the Night, Pyromania and Hysteria -- and sport a style dedicated to their logo.
Priced at $265 a pair, the kicks will be on display at meet-and-greets on their tour when it resumes on Sunday in Atlanta.
Joe Elliott says “I always knew the fans were going to love the shoes, but when I finally saw the shoes in person, I fell in love with them. I’m looking forward to wearing them on stage.”
You can pre-order them at SixHundredFour.com.
THE DOORS: Celebrating their 50th anniversary
The Doors will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their third album, Waiting for the Sun (released in July 1968), by reissuing a deluxe edition.
The two-CD, one-LP collection features a new version of the album's original stereo mix on both CD and 180-gram vinyl, along with a second disc of 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine recently discovered "rough mixes" from the album's recording sessions and five live songs from a 1968 Copenhagen show.
This reissue will be out on September 14th.
Waiting for the Sun was The Doors' third platinum album in less than two years, and the first to top the album chart.
BEE GEES: Call him 'Sir' Barry
You can call him Sir Barry Gibb now.
The last living member of The Bee Gees was knighted today by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London. Gibb told ITV, "I just don't think this would have happened to me today without my brothers [Maurice and Robin]. I think the idea of what we did together was something that we shared our entire lives, and we were relentless, it didn't matter if something didn't work out -- we just kept going. They should be here today too, and I feel their presence. I always do."
The 71-year-old also said he joked with the Prince during the ceremony. "We mainly talked about knees, because when I bent down he said, 'You can stand up now' and I said, 'I don't think I can.' He said, 'No, it doesn't get any easier, does it?'"