QUEEN: Upcoming book goes behind the scenes of movie
Before the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters on November 2nd, you can get a behind-the-scenes look in Bohemian Rhapsody - The Inside Story: The Official Book of the Movie, which will be published on October 4th.
The band's Brian May and Roger Taylor have each written a foreword for the 160-page book, which features interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scene photos and more.
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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD: Mark Farner mourns the loss of his son
The Grand Funk family endured another tragedy last week with the death of Jesse Farner, the 29-year old son of the band’s former singer and guitarist Mark Farner.
This comes just months after the death of bassist Mel Schacher’s wife Dena from cancer.
Commenting on the loss of their son, Mark and his wife Lesia, “Jesse gained his Independence back after his long Earthly journey came to an end the night of July 4th. To us, his family, he was the bravest soul we’ve ever had the privilege of loving. He was a Son, a Brother, a Friend and a Comrade to many. His absence of Body leaves a big void but … His Spirit lives strong in our hearts.”
On July 3rd, 2010, while on a camping trip with friends, Jesse was doing back flips off a table and broke his neck, rendering him a quadriplegic. Despite the setback, Jesse worked hard to overcome this setback, even becoming independent enough to operate his wheelchair by blowing into a tube.
Mark Farner recently talked about his son Jesse and what he was able to do after becoming a quadriplegic:
“He’s involved with radio control cars, trucks, boats and stuff that he drives with his mouth. They figured out a way to put all this [bleep] into one joystick that he can manipulate. And, if you didn’t see him moving this with his mouth you would think he was an accomplished RC maniac out there – and he is – but then you see him do it with his mouth and you shake your head and go, ‘Holy crap man, I can’t believe this.'”
Jesse was also an organ donor and his parents say his wishes were to be cremated with no service held.
Mark and Lesia also “send out a big THANK YOU to all of you that have been asking about Jesse. We are blessed by all your love and prayers over the past eight years.
“Many have made donations to Jesse in the past and are asking now where they can send donations. We appreciate your hearts and love for us and Jesse. If you want to send a donation, please follow your hearts and send it to the charity of choice, in the Spirit of Jesse.”
GENE SIMMONS: Settles lawsuit filed against him last December
Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit filed against him last December by a Southern California female radio host, identified as "Jane Doe."
Charged with "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during the November 1st, 2017 interview, the suit was settled on July 2nd, but the terms have not been disclosed.
The parties will now need to submit an official request for dismissal to end the lawsuit.
In a bit of good news, Simmons is credited with helping to save the life of one of his fans, Darren Smith, who suffered a stroke while waiting to meet The Demon at his Vault Experience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past April.
After Smith initially refused to give up his place in line, Simmons got wind of the situation and went over to Smith and ordered him to get in the mobile stroke unit that was called to the scene ASAP. Smith said, "I couldn't say no to him."
After being admitted to the hospital, Smith underwent surgery to remove the brain bleed.
DEF LEPPARD: Phil Collen almost lost his wife
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says his wife Helen died, but was resucitated, while giving birth to their son in late May
He tells Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, "There was real bad complications -- she actually died and they brought her back to life, and internal bleeding and just craziness. This isn't common knowledge, but it is now. So I was actually on tour, and when this happened, I obviously had to go to California."
Helen and their son are now doing fine, and Collen is back with the band. While he was attending to his wife, Steve Brown of Trixter filled in.
TAB HUNTER: 50's icon has passed away at 86
1950s heartthrob Tab Hunter passed away Sunday night at age 86.
His death was announced in a Facebook post that read, "Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that."
Hunter was born Arthur Gelien and rose to fame in the '50s in films like Battle Cry, The Burning Hills and Damn Yankees. He also scored a number-one hit in 1957 with the song "Young Love." He would go on to appear in more than 40 films and stage productions. In 2005, he released his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, in which he wrote about his career in Hollywood as a closeted homosexual. He also revealed that he and Psycho star Anthony Perkins had a lengthy relationship that will be depicted in a new movie directed by J.J. Abrams and star Zachary Quinto titled Tab & Tony. (TMZ)