WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
SOURCES SAY BOWIE SKITTISH ABOUT RETURNING TO THE STAGE
On the heels of news that two competing concert promoters are dangling millions of dollars in front of David Bowie to entice him to return to the concert stage, UK’s London Evening Standard is reporting the 66-year old is worried he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him. A source said, “Bowie knows that the level of expectation for the shows would be huge, and the pressure would be enormous as he would no doubt sell tens of thousands of tickets.”
HAGAR GETS IT DONE WITH FRIEND RONNIE DUNN
The new Sammy Hagar album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, arrives on September 24, but fans can take the track “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets” featuring country superstar Ronnie Dunn for a test drive right now. Of Dunn, Hagar told Billboard, “When I listened to his vocal, he sang it so good…” Hagar has three dates remaining on his Four Decades of Rock tour: tonight in Vina Robles Amphitheater Paso Robles, CA, tomorrow at the Thunder Valley Resort Casino in Lincoln, CA and Saturday at America’s Cup Pavilion in San Francisco. Finally, Hagar’s annual Cabo Wabo Cantina Birthday Bash will be a four-night affair October 7, 9, 11 and 13.
MERCURY BIOPIC HANGING IN THE BALANCE
The highly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic was dealt a major blow back in July when actor Sacha Baron Cohen quit the project over creative differences with the remaining members of Queen “who have script and director approval,” according to Deadspin. Now, screenwriter Peter Morgan has expressed doubts that the film can be brought back to life, telling the BBC he feels the movie is “probably not going to happen” now.
NEW RULES TRIGGER LONG LIST OF ALBUMS TO GO PLATINUM IN UK
It’s getting better all the time for a host of classic albums, including the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and a dozen other Fab Four records, which will finally be certified platinum in the UK following a change in the way the British Phonographic Industry doles out the distinction. In the past, the BPI would only hand out silver, gold and platinum albums to record labels that asked for them, but now they’ll be awarded automatically once an album crosses 60,000, 100,000 or 300,000, respectively, in sales.
JULIAN CHANNELS JOHN BY POSING AT WHITE GRAND PIANO
By recently posing for photographs at a white baby grand piano, Julian Lennon has come close to recreating his father John’s iconic image synonymous with the elder Lennon’s legendary song, “Imagine.” Julian invited a photographer to snap the shots at his home in the south of France for a future feature in Hello! magazine. The piano is located in Julian’s all-white bedroom.
WOOD PICKED TO CAP LONDON BLUESFEST
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Ronnie Wood and his band have been named headliners for the final day of the four-day 2013 BluesFest, taking place October 29 through November 1 in London. The former Jeff Beck Group and Faces member, and current axeman for the Rolling Stones plans to bay tribute to influential blues giant Jimmy Reed during his set, explaining, “Jimmy Reed was one of the premiere influences on the Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day.” Other acts scheduled to perform throughout the festival include Robert Plant and his Sensational Shape Shifters, Bobby Womack and Natalie Cole, just to name a few.