Official Jimi Hendrix Movie Coming
(Classic Rock) Legendary Pictures have reached an agreement with Jimi Hendrix’s estate to make an official movie about his life. The project follows last year’s unauthorized biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. John Ridley’s work was released without any Hendrix music after permission to use it was refused – while the icon’s former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham repeatedly slammed violent scenes that she insists never took place. Now Deadline reports that a currently untitled film will be written by 8 Mile author Scott Silver. It follows an original approach to Experience Hendrix LLC four years ago, while director Paul Greengrass and producer Thomas Tull were pushing a script by Max Borenstein. The deal was never made after the estate firm, run by Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix, expressed concern that a film would hurt sales of his back catalogue. It’s been confirmed that the work will include some of that material on its soundtrack.
Video From Metallica’s Rock in Rio USA Set Goes Online
(hennemusic) Metallica headlined opening weekend of the inaugural Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on Saturday and several broadcast quality videos from the live stream has been posted online. The band topped a bill that included Linkin Park, Deftones, Rise Against and others, the day after No Doubt delivered the event’s first headlining set. The appearance marks Metallica’s return to the Rock in Rio festival following performances at Rock in Rio Lisboa in 2004, 2008 and 2012, Rock in Rio Madrid in 2010, as well as in the fest’s home city of Rio in 2011 and 2013. Part of Rock in Rio’s 30th anniversary, the opening weekend of Rock in Rio USA focused on rock while the May 15-16 event will feature pop acts like Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.
Faith No More Streaming Comeback Album ‘Sol Invictus’ Online
(Classic Rock) Faith No More have streamed their comeback album Sol Invictus ahead of its release next week. Hear all 10 tracks, totaling just under 40 minutes of music, via NPR here. The band’s comeback title is launched 18 years after previous outing Album Of the Year and follows the band’s live reunion in 2009. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum admitted in February that they’d been bored into a studio return, saying: “We felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired by what we do artistically. To be doing old songs over and over felt kind of cheap and easy – and a little too safe a place to be. That’s not who we are.” Meanwhile, ex-frontman Chuck Mosley made a guest appearance at the band’s show in Detroit over the weekend. Mosley – who was fired in 1988, making way for Mike Patton’s arrival – fronted his former colleagues for a rendition of their track Mark Bowen, from 1985 debut We Care A Lot.
Ozzy Donates To Kids’ Group After Seeing Their ‘Crazy Train’ Cover
(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne has given Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a kids’ community group, a donation of $10,000 after seeing their cover of his classic track “Crazy Train” online. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are an after-school group comprising more than 60 children aged 7-14 and they previously recorded a Led Zeppelin medley featuring Kashmir, The Ocean and Immigrant Song. But the Courier-Journal reports it was their cover of his 1980 track Crazy Train from his Blizzard Of Ozz album that caught Osbourne’s attention, and he sent them the donation with a note. It read: “Myself, my whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of Crazy Train. Keep up the good work.”
The Who’s Pete Townshend Working On ‘Big Project’
(Classic Rock) The Who’s Pete Townshend says he’s currently working on a “big” project as the band continue their 50th anniversary celebrations. They’ll headline the final night at this year’s Glastonbury and play the British Summer Time festival on June 26. But outside of his commitments with The Who, the guitarist says he also has other projects in the pipeline. He tells Rolling Stone: “I’m working on a big project at the moment which might be half rock opera, half art installation – I don’t know where it’s going to go. I’m going to start with a book. I don’t want to talk too much about that now.” And while he says he’s currently enjoying going over old tracks from the band’s past, Townshend reports he’s also working on fresh material which could appear on a solo album – although he’s not sure he wants to release anything at the moment.
Asia Announce Live Release Featuring Steve Howe
(Classic Rock) Asia have confirmed the launch of a live set recorded in the US in 2012, before Steve Howe bowed out of the band. And they’ve released a clip in which they perform their track Face On The Bridge. Axis XXX Live In San Francisco MMXII will be available in DVD/2CD and Blu-ray editions on July 3, after its original broadcast by AXS TV in the States. Frontman John Wetton says: “It’s a journey through Asia’s history, from Alpha to Omega and more, in the beautiful setting of the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California. “Much newer material is aired, plus the band’s vintage hit songs, performed by all four original members of Asia. It’s an unmissable treat for any fan, new or old.”
B.B. King’s family Lose Legal Bid For Control
(Classic Rock) B.B. King’s family have lost a legal bid to wrestle control of his finances from manager Laverne Toney. The 89-year-old blues icon’s business manager will retain power of attorney over his affairs after a Las Vegas judge ruled against the family’s request to revoke Toney’s guardianship. The Associated Press reports that police and social services found no evidence of elder abuse and the judge said he couldn’t appoint King’s daughter Karen Williams as his guardian. Williams claimed that more than $5 million in assets was at stake and that more than $1m had gone missing. She also claimed Toney would not allow visits from King’s friends – including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy.
Video From Rush Tour Kick Off Goes Online
(hennemusic) Rush launched their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8th and several fan-filmed videos from the show have been posted online. The 26-song evening saw the band deliver two sets of material from their extensive catalogue, with many tracks performed for the first time in many years. Rush dug back to their self-titled 1974 debut for “What You’re Doing” for the first time in concert since 1977; other rarely-played tracks included “Lakeside Park” (first since 1978), “Jacob’s Ladder” (first since 1980), “Anthem” (first since 1992) and “Animate” (first since 2004), among others. Named after Rush’s 40th anniversary box set, “R40”, the tour may the last one of its size for Rush. Rush manager Ray Danniels and bassist Geddy Lee have both discussed the group’s plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.
Graham Bonnet And Michael Schenker To Reunite On Stage
(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet and Michael Schenker will reunite on stage during their joint tour of Japan next month. The pair worked together on the Michael Schenker Group’s 1982 album Assault Attack. But Bonnet left after the recording sessions, having played just one gig with MSG. Last year, Schenker said he was open to working with the singer again. And with the Graham Bonnet Band and MSG touring Japan together in June, Bonnet – who has completed his band’s lineup – will perform some of the tracks from Assault Attack with Schenker’s band. Bonnet says: “We know that this record holds a very special place for many fans, especially in Japan, so this will make the debut shows of the new band even more special.”
Sammy Hagar Looks Back At Final Conversation With Ronnie Montrose
(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar recalls his final conversation with Ronnie Montrose, three years after the guitarist took his own life. The guitarist formed his namesake outfit, Montrose, in early 1973 with Hagar, bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi after he left the Edgar Winter Group. The band broke out with their self-titled debut, a record that featured classics like “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Rock The Nation” and “Rock Candy.” Montrose died on March 3, 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostrate cancer. At the Carolina Rebellion on May 2 to play with his latest supergroup The Circle, Hagar spoke about his attempts to regroup with his former bandmate, and receiving the news of his death. “It was tough, man,” says Hagar. “When I got that call, it was devastating, because I just started talking to him. Me and him started talking again recently, and he was gonna come to Cabo for my birthday that year and play with the original Montrose. “I said to him, quote-unquote, on the phone, ‘Ronnie…’ He was saying, ‘I don’t know, Hagar…’ He was always accusing me of trying to do stuff for my own good. Like, ‘What do you want from me?’ I’m, like, ‘I don’t need anything from you, Ronnie. Trust me. I wanna thank you. I wanna do something for you.'” “And he was a hard guy to get along with,” Hagar continued. “So he told me, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.’ ‘Cause he said, ‘Yeah, while we’re all still alive’ – Bill Church, Denny Carmassi, Sammy and Ronnie. Look, I’ve got goosebumps. ‘While we’re all still alive.’ And I said, ‘Great!’ And a month later, I get the phone call: ‘My God, Ronnie just shot himself in the head.’ Unbelievable!” While he initiated efforts to partner with Montrose as a friend, Hagar remains puzzled at the concept of suicide. “I don’t regret anything,” he explains, “’cause I tried and I tried and I tried to be friends with him – not to put Montrose back together, but to be friends and to hang out and to have him come to my birthday bash, and have him come out on the road with me, which we did many times. “Ronnie came out and played with us for the encore and I’d do four Montrose tunes. I’d pay him more money than he’d normally get. I loved the guy, but he was hard to get along with. “He obviously couldn’t get along with himself. I mean, you don’t do that. How can a guy do that? I don’t even know how someone could do that.”
Vince Neil Looks Back At Motley Crue’s Legacy
(Classic Rock) Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil says he’s proud of the band’s legacy. They’re currently in New Zealand on the latest leg of their farewell tour, and the singer says he’s happy they achieved success on their own terms. He tells the New Zealand Herald: “There were a lot of firsts with us. We defined a generation in the 80s. We defined MTV culture. We made a type of music that everyone followed. There are a lot of things to be proud of with our band. We went out our way. We did it our way.” He previously reported that both he and drummer Tommy Lee get emotional when playing classic track Home Sweet Home from 1985’s Theatre Of Pain. And he says calling time on their live career at the Staples Center in LA on December 31 will be hard to accept.
Faulkner Views Judas Priest As A Band Of Brothers
(Classic Rock) Guitarist Richie Faulkner says his Judas Priest bandmates are like brothers to him. He joined the group in 2011 after KK Downing bowed out and played on last year’s Redeemer Of Souls. And after spending four years with Rob Halford and co, he says there’s a definite family vibe within the band. He tells the Rockpit: “We’re like brothers – they’re all like my older brothers. They let you get into trouble sometimes. They teach you a little here and there but then they get into trouble as well. “They are authority figures but at the same time they’re out getting into the same scrapes as you are. We have some great times because of it. We see some great things so it’s just a pleasure. I’d definitely say brothers.”
Tom Waits To Make His Final Letterman Appearance This Week
(hennemusic) Tom Waits has revealed that he will be making his final appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, May 14th as the late night talk show host comes closer to his retirement. The singer/songwriter has performed on the CBS late night program several times over the years – most recently in 2012 – and remains one of the host’s favorite interview guests. Waits’ appearance comes in the final week of broadcasts by Letterman, who will deliver his farewell program on Wednesday, May 20 after more than three decades in late night. Waits’ latest release was 2011’s “Bad As Me”, which was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award in the Best Alternative Music Album category.
HBO Tease Rock Hall Special With Preview Clip
(Classic Rock) HBO have issued a teaser for their upcoming special covering this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which is due to be broadcast on May 30. Last month’s event in Cleveland saw Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bill Withers inducted. The 30th annual gala was opened by Jett, who was joined on stage by Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl and ex Blackhearts bassist Gary Ryan. Starr was welcomed into the Hall by his old colleague Paul McCartney while John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono described the drummer as “the most influential Beatle.”