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Gregg Allman Urges Production of His Biopic Be Shut Down

( Gregg Allman was initially excited at the prospect of a film about his life, but now he's ready for the team behind it to shut it down. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Allman has called for the canceling of production on Midnight Rider following a fatal accident on set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured others. In a personal letter send to Randall Miller, the director of the project, Allman appeals to the director "from my heart" to stop production, rather than continue as has been rumored. "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart," Allman wrote. "I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward." Allman said his feelings changed on the film following the accident, which took place Feb. 20 of this year. The crew was filming on a train bridge over the Altamaha River in Wayne County, Georgia, when a train bore down on them, leaving little time to escape. Jones was struck by flying debris, and following the incident it was unclear if the crew even had the proper clearance to be filming there.

Aerosmith Not Likely To Make Another Album

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says the band are unlikely ever to make a follow-up to 2012's Music From Another Dimension! The lukewarm reception to the last album and the state of the record industry could mean a new Aerosmith studio album may never see the light of day, according to Kramer, who adds that making records only makes sense to the likes of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock, Kramer says: "It would be great to make another record, but it's almost, why bother? Records don't sell, and they don't do anything. There's no record companies to pay for it, so you have to pay for it out of your pocket. Especially with us now, because we're a free agent, we're no longer with a record company. "There's really no money per se to be made on records. We used to make a lot of money on records. Now all of our money is made on touring. Artistically, it would be fun to make another record and it would be a beautiful thing if we can put it together. But to what avail, I don't know. There's almost no reason to do it, you know, judging from the last one and how it went over." more on this story

Paul McCartney To Play At Stadiums Where Beatles Played Final Shows

Paul McCartney will be returning to the stadiums where The Beatles played their final shows as the newly revealed stops for the North American leg of his Out There World Tour once again. McCartney's new summer tour includes stops at stadiums in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the Beatles performed their very last two concerts before the iconic band retired from touring. His camp sent over these details: Paul has confirmed that he will play Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert in San Francisco on August 14th. The show will be bittersweet as Paul closes the same iconic venue where The Beatles played their final concert date on August 29, 1966. On August 10th, McCartney will play Dodger Stadium for the first time since The Beatles' penultimate concert on August 28, 1966. The show will be Paul's Los Angeles performance since a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.

Keith Emerson Eying Retirement

(Classic Rock) Keith Emerson has revealed he's considering retirement as he turns 70. Hopes for an ELP reunion are all-but gone after Greg Lake and Carl Palmer both dismissed the suggestion. But the keyboardist's comments might be the final word. Speaking ahead of a Moogfest appearance alongside synth pioneer Robert Moog, Emerson tells the Citizen-Times: "I've reached my 70th year. This might be the last year that I'll actually perform in public." ELP last played together at Classic Rock's High Voltage Festival in 2010. Drummer Palmer recently said of the show: "it wasn't the greatest we've done but the crowd seemed to like it. I think it was good that we said goodbye."

David Bowie Teases New Album

( David Bowie has been famously reclusive as of late. He has only promoted his last album, 2013′s The Next Day, via a couple of videos. He did no interviews, promotional appearances or performances for the album, which may not have thrilled his label, Colombia Records. He may have made up for it last week in London, at the Music Week Awards 2014 (an annual event that celebrates the music industry, awarding various concert promoters, venues, radio shows, web services and record labels). Columbia's US Chairman Rob Stringer picked up the prestigious Strat Award (a lifetime achievement award), and Bowie sent a message paying tribute to the his label's head. He recalled that the first time they met, Stringer was wearing a Daft Punk helmet, and, listing Stringer's artist-friendly achievements, he said, "Rob had not only guested as an executive third Daft Punk member at a lunchtime gig at a club in Manhattan, but had also led a Dylanology symposium at Barneys clothing store, sung falsetto on a new London Grammar track and choreographed a touching interpretive dance number to One Direction's 'They Don't Know About Us' for the cast of 'Glee.'" He semi-teased a new album, saying, "When he asked me if I minded if he took a few Saturdays off from his duties as percussionist on my new album this year… how could I refuse?" Credit: Day In Rock