RCA/Legacy RecordingsA unique, new Elvis Presley album titled Where No One Stands Alone celebrating the late rock 'n' roll legend's love of gospel music will be released August 10. The 14-track collection features archival vocal performances by Presley paired with new instrumental and vocal accompaniment recorded by well-known musicians and backing singers who worked with Elvis in the studio or onstage.
Where No One Stands Alone's title track is a specially created duet between Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who co-produced the album.
"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father," Lisa Marie writes in her notes for the record. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I'm certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way."
Among the backing vocalists who contributed to the album are Darlene Love, Dr. Cissy Houston and members of Presley's backing-vocal groups The Imperials and The Stamps.
Among the songs featured on Where No One Stands Alone are updated versions of Elvis' 1965 hit "Crying in the Chapel," the Leiber & Stoller-penned gospel rocker "Saved," the classic ballad "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace."
Where No One Stands Alone is available for pre-order on CD, digitally and vinyl LP. In addition, a limited-edition blue-vinyl LP and a cassette version of the album can be purchased exclusively at the Graceland online store.
In related news, a special "Where No One Stands Alone" concert event will be held August 11 as part of the Elvis Week 2018 celebration at Graceland. Lisa Marie will be participating in the show. Visit ElvisWeek.com for more details.
Here's the full Where No One Stands Alone track list:
"I've Got Confidence" "Where No One Stands Alone" -- with Lisa Marie Presley "Saved" "Crying in the Chapel" "So High" "Stand by Me" "Bosom of Abraham" "How Great Thou Art" "I, John" "You'll Never Walk Alone" "He Touched Me" "In the Garden" "He Is My Everything" "Amazing Grace"
Credit: Kevin MazurIf you're a famous rock star, and one of your best friends is running for political office, of course you're going to host a fundraiser for the guy, right?
The New York Post's Page Six section reports that Billy Joel is having a few very well-heeled people over to his place on July 12 to raise money for the re-election campaign of his good buddy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to Page Six, the event will take place at Joel's Long Island estate, and tickets range from $5,000 to $7,500 per person.
For that price, you'll get a dinner with "local food and beverages," as well as a private concert by the Piano Man. The more expensive ticket also gets you "priority seating."
Joel and Cuomo are such good pals that the governor officiated at Billy's wedding to his current wife, Alexis, in 2015. Joel also performed at a fundraiser for Cuomo in 2013, and the two have done a number of charity events together. Cuomo is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary from former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon.
Capitol/UMeNeil Diamond may have announced his retirement from the road, but fans can still enjoy him in concert this summer in the comfort of their own homes.
August 17 sees the release of Hot August Night III, a live concert package that documents Diamond's August 2012 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The show marked the 40th anniversary of his celebrated Hot August Night live album, which was recorded at the same venue in 1972.
Hot August Night III will be released in a variety of configurations, including a double-CD collection, and two-CD/DVD and two-CD/Blu-ray sets. Digital and download options are also available.
The concert documented for the new package runs more than two hours and features 33 songs, while the DVD and Blu-ray also include behind-the-scenes footage.
The title Hot August Night comes from a lyric in Diamond's song "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show." The original album was recorded during Diamond's 1972 10-night stand at the Greek. In 1987, Diamond released a sequel live album, Hot August Night II.
Among the hits featured on Hot August Nights III: "I'm a Believer," "Hello Again," "Forever in Blue Jeans," "America," "Love on the Rocks, "Cracklin' Rosie," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and, of course, "Sweet Caroline."
Here's the track listing for Hot August Night III:
Disc 1 Overture "Soolaimon" "Beautiful Noise" "Forever in Blue Jeans" "Love on the Rocks" "Hello Again" "September Morn" "Play Me" "Shilo" "Red, Red Wine" "You Got to Me" "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" "Thank the Lord for the Night Time" "Cherry, Cherry" "Kentucky Woman" "Solitary Man" "Glory Road" "Chelsea Morning" "I'm a Believer" "Happy Birthday Rose" "Cracklin' Rosie"
Disc 2 "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" "Pretty Amazing Grace" "We" "Stones" "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" "Holly Holy" "Morningside" "Crunchy Granola Suite" "Sweet Caroline" "Sweet Caroline" -- Reprise "I Am…I Said" Walk Off "America" "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" "I've Been This Way Before" Walk Off Band Bows Audience Exit
Universal PicturesCher returns to theater screens next month in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to the hit 2008 movie musical Mamma Mia! Now, thanks to an advance release from the movie's soundtrack, we know what Cher sounds like singing ABBA.
The song is "Fernando," originally a hit for ABBA in 1976 and one of the best-selling singles of all time. In the movie, Cher sings it with actor Andy Garcia, who plays a character named -- you guessed it -- Fernando.
In the movie, Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Donna, portrayed by Meryl Streep, and grandmother of Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried. In the movie, Ruby shows up unexpectedly as Sophie is expecting her first child.
The soundtrack for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is out July 13; the movie itself hits theaters July 20. In addition to Cher, Streep, Garcia and Seyfried, the film also stars Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgård, as well as Lily James as young Donna.
Coincidentally, Cher's songs will soon be featured in a Broadway show, just as ABBA's were in the original stage musical Mamma Mia!The Cher Show, which tells the entertainer's story through her songs, is currently in previews in Chicago. Previews at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre begin November 1, with opening night scheduled for December 3.
Michael Jackson's father and former manager, Joe Jackson, is reportedly suffering from terminal cancer.
The Jackson family patriarch has been suffering from the illness for some time, TMZ reports.
"He's very frail," Jermaine Jackson told The Daily Mail. "He doesn't have long." The website reports that initially, Joe Jackson, who lives in Las Vegas, refused visitors. However, on Tuesday, some family members, including his wife, Katherine -- who lives apart from Joe -- and daughter Rebbie were allowed to see him.
"No one knew what was going on," Jermaine added. "We shouldn't have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting."
Jermaine continued, "We were not being told where he was and couldn't get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick."
Joe Jackson is 89 years old. His 90th birthday is on July 26.
Credit: Lynn GoldsmithHappy Birthday to Todd Rundgren, who turns 70 today. Rundgren's prolific, wide-ranging career has included success as a solo artist, with bands like Nazz and Utopia, and as a producer of several landmark albums.
Rundgren first gained notoriety as lead guitarist and songwriter of the psychedelic group Nazz. Todd launched his solo career in 1970 with the album Runt, which yielded the #20 hit "We Gotta Get You a Woman." Rundgren quickly established a reputation as a studio wizard who played most of the instruments and produced his records.
In 1972, Rundgren released his classic third album, Something/Anything?, which reached #29 on the Billboard 200. It featured his two highest-charting singles -- "Hello, It's Me" and "I Saw the Light," which peaked at #5 and #16, respectively, on the Hot 100.
In 1973, Rundgren formed Utopia, which began as a progressive-rock act but soon moved in a more pop-rock direction. The band stayed together until 1986, coexisting with Todd's solo career during that period. In 1983, Todd released what's become one of his most popular tunes, the party anthem "Bang the Drum All Day."
Beginning in the early '70s, Rundgren also became a sought-after producer whose resume includes Grand Funk Railroad's chart-topping We're an American Band, The New York Dolls' self-titled debut, Meat Loaf's classic Bat out of Hell, Patti Smith's Wave and XTC's Skylarking.
Rundgren also enjoyed several stints as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, with the latest lasting from 2012 to 2017.
Rundgren's latest album, White Knight, was released last year. It featured collaborations with Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and others. This year, Todd re-formed Utopia for a spring U.S. tour, which he'll follow with a solo trek kicking off in July.
Craig Sugden/CBS The Late Late Show has gone full Beatlemania.
Closing out his week in London, JamesCorden gave music legend and former Beatles member PaulMcCartney a ticket to ride with him for the latest "Carpool Karaoke," with the two taking a trip down memory lane through McCartney's Liverpool hometown.
Their first stop was on Penny Lane itself, where the pair sang "Penny Lane" and then got out of the car to visit popular stops along the street -- even the barbershop that's mentioned in the song, where there was a framed photo on the wall of John Lennon giving McCartney a haircut during their Fab Four days.
The car ride took an emotional turn when they started singing "Let it Be." Corden, moved to tears, recalled that it was one of his late grandfather's favorite songs.
"That's the power of music," McCartney said.
The two then visited the house in which McCartney lived when he and JohnLennon wrote some of the band's first songs. Inside, McCartney explained he wrote a lot of music in "the bog" -- Brit slang for bathroom -- because of the great acoustics. He also explained that this father wanted them to change "She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah" to "She loves you yes, yes, yes" to avoid "Americanisms."
After a quick bit back in the car during which Corden briefly dressed up in all the staple Beatles looks, they arrived at the Philarmonic, a pub that the Beatles used to perform at when they first started. Corden told the locals to put a coin in the jukebox and select a Beatles song. When they did, the stage curtain opened and there was McCartney and his band. They performed "Hard Day's Night, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Love Me Do" and "Back in the U.S.S.R." as the delighted patrons danced and sang along.
McCartney then invited Corden on the stage to sing "Hey Jude" together, which became a moving performance for everyone.
McCartney's latest album, Egypt Station, drops September 7. His first singles from the album, "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me," are available now.
Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesThe Monkees' Mike Nesmith fell ill today prior to his and longtime band mate Micky Dolenz's scheduled concert in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenside, Pennsylvania, and now the remaining dates of the duo's tour have been postponed.
According to a statement on The Monkees' official Facebook page, Nesmith "had a minor health issue today in advance of his tour date...He visited a local medical facility and, although the issue was not serious, was advised to rest for the next week...Nesmith has been dismissed from the hospital and is traveling back to his home in Carmel Valley [California]."
The message also explains that Mike "is in good spirits and thanks all the fans for their support and understanding. He looks forward to getting back on the stage again soon."
The other three postponed shows had been scheduled for this Friday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City; Saturday at The Paramount in Huntington, New York; and Monday at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Ban, New Jersey.
The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show tour kicked off on June 1 in Chandler, Arizona, and marked the first time that Nesmith and Dolenz had hit the road together as a duo. The Monkees members had been showcasing a set featuring a mix of hits and songs that rarely or never had been played live before.
Kristin Burns; ABC/Mitch HaasethStevie Nicks has teamed up with LeAnn Rimes to record a duet version of the pop-country star's 2013 tune "Borrowed," which appears on LeAnn's just-released Re-Imagined EP.
Nicks, whom Rimes cites as a longtime influence, tells Rolling Stone that she chose "Borrowed" to record with LeAnn after seeing the younger singer perform it on The Tonight Show in 2013.
"I stopped in my tracks and sat down on the floor and started to cry," the 70-year-old rock legend admits. "I understood what she was singing about. I understood that the pain was real...and I understood that it had happened to me. When the song ended, I called my assistant to tell her that one day, I would sing this song with LeAnn. It was our destiny."
Rimes co-wrote the heartfelt ballad with Dan Wilson and Darrell Brown. The new version was co-produced by LeAnn, Stevie, Brown and Nicks' longtime guitarist Waddy Wachtel. It features the Fleetwood Mac singer handling the low harmonies while Rimes soars above Nicks.
Stevie also tells Rolling Stone that she's blown away by LeAnn's vocal talents.
"You can't compete with her; you can only keep up with her," Nicks declares. "To sing with her is to be blessed. She teaches you; she takes you along for the ride. She takes you on her journey and you arrive a much better singer."
The admiration is clearly mutual, as Rimes adds, "Stevie has been inspiring me as a songwriter and performer since I can remember. To know that my music has seeped its way into her heart the way her music has into mine is magical."
Check out Nicks and Rimes' duet now at LeAnn's official YouTube channel. Re-Imagined also includes new versions of four other Rimes tunes.
Jessica Gilbert/Legacy Recordings; C Brandon/RedfernsPaul Simon's Homeward Bound farewell tour stopped at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, and the show featured a rare appearance by one of the legendary singer/songwriter's musical idols, The Everly Brothers' Don Everly.
The Tennessean reports that Simon duetted with the 81-year-old Everly on a rendition of the 1957 Everly Brothers classic "Bye Bye Love," a live version of which appears on the final Simon & Garfunkel album, 1970's Bridge over Troubled Water. You can check out fan-filmed footage of the Simon and Everly performance on YouTube.
"Well that makes my night," Simon quipped after the performance. "I got to be Phil Everly for a night."
Phil Everly, Don's younger brother, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74.
The Everly Brothers were a major influence on Simon & Garfunkel. During Paul and Art's legendary 1981 concert in New York's Central Park, they performed a version of the Everly Brothers' hit "Wake Up Little Susie," which became their final top 40 hit. The brothers were also the special guests on Paul and Art's "Old Friends" reunion tour in 2003 and 2004.
Also during the Nashville concert, Simon paid tribute to his late guitarist Vincent Nguini, who'd played with Paul from 1987 until his death in December 2017.
"The last thing he played on an album will come out in September," Simon told the crowd. "I was worried I couldn't play music again because my music is so infused with his playing."
This week, Simon announced that his Homeward Bound tour's final concert will take place on September 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Paul's hometown of New York City.
Steve Jennings/WireImageDaryl Hall and John Oates are currently in the middle of a successful tour with Train. Though the duo has been together for 48 years, and both are over 70 years old, Hall at least has no plans to retire. In fact, he says he thinks it's "weird" that stars like Elton John and Paul Simon have announced "farewell" tours.
Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hall says, "As long as I like doing it [I'll keep touring]. I don't understand announcing retirement. I don't get it. It's weird. I ain't buying it. They have their reasons, but I don't share them."
He explains, "It's one thing I can do that I completely control my own environment. It's good energy; physically it's good. I'm a singer, man. I like to get in front of people and sing. It works for me just fine. I don't love going out for long periods of time, but it's all part of the game."
In addition to shunning retirement, Hall says he also has no plans to do what rock stars from Rod Stewart to Bruce Springsteen to Keith Richards have done: write his life story.
"I'm not interested in autobiographies," he tells the publication. However, Daryl does say that before John Oates published his autobiography, Change of Seasons, in 2017, he "made sure I was O.K. with it."
Hall & Oates' tour with Train continues this Friday in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 11 in Seattle. Meanwhile, the two acts' joint single "Philly Forget Me Not" is a top-15 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Atlantic/Swan SongLed Zeppelin has announced the next installment of its ongoing reissue campaign. It'll be remastered editions of the soundtrack to their 1976 concert film, The Song Remains the Same, which documents the band's July 27-29, 1973 engagement at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page produced and supervised the remastering of The Song Remains the Same reissue, which will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl collection, a Blu-ray Audio disc, in digital and streaming formats, and as a super deluxe box set.
The box set includes the two-CD and four-LP versions of the soundtrack; a two-DVD set featuring the entire The Song Remains the Same film, plus four bonus performances; a DVD-audio disc boasting 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM Stereo editions of the album; a high-def download card of the soundtrack; a 28-page book featuring photos and stills from the movie, as well as a new essay by acclaimed director and rock journalist Cameron Crowe; a replica of 1977 program from when the film toured Japan; and a high-quality print of the album's cover.
The performances features in The Song Remains the Same took place during Led Zeppelin's tour in support of their Houses of the Holy album, and included performances of such classic tunes as "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love."
Here's the track list for the CD and digital versions of The Song Remains the Same:
"Rock and Roll" "Celebration Day" "Black Dog" "Over the Hills and Far Away" "Misty Mountain Hop" "Since I've Been Loving You" "No Quarter" "The Song Remains the Same" "The Rain Song" "The Ocean" "Dazed and Confused" "Stairway to Heaven" "Moby Dick" "Heartbreaker" "Whole Lotta Love"
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Ringo Starr is one of many music stars who have contributed their talents to a new tribute album honoring late pop-country singer-songwriter Roger Miller.
Due out August 31, according to Rolling Stone, King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller is a two-disc set that features an eclectic variety of artists covering Miller's songs, including Starr, Huey Lewis and actor John Goodman, as well as country legends Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and the late Merle Haggard, among many others.
Ringo recorded a version of Miller's 1979 tune "Hey, Would You Hold It Down?," while Lewis teams up with country veterans Asleep at the Wheel for a rendition of Roger's 1964 top-10 hit "Chug-a-Lug."
The album ends with a cover of Miller's biggest hit and trademark tune, "King of the Road," featuring various artists. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.
The album was co-produced by Roger's son, Dean Miller, who also sings one of the tracks. Among the many others contributing the King of the Road album are Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cake, Tonic frontman Emerson Hart, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves.
Known for his witty story-songs, Miller enjoyed an extended run of hits on both the pop and country charts during the 1960s. He won more than 10 Grammys, and received Tony Award for Best Score in 1985 for his work on the musical Big River.
Miller died of lung cancer in 1992 at the age of 56, and was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
Here's the complete track list for King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller:
Disc One "Chug-a-Lug" -- Asleep at the Wheel featuring Huey Lewis "Dang Me" -- Brad Paisley "Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go" -- The Stellas/Lennon and Maisy "Kansas City Star" -- Kacey Musgraves "World So Full of Love" -- Rodney Crowell "Old Friends" -- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard "Lock Stock and Teardrops" -- Mandy Barnett "You Oughta Be Here with Me" -- Alison Krauss featuring The Cox Family "The Crossing" -- Ronnie Dunn, The Blind Boys of Alabama "In the Summertime" -- The Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp "England Swings" -- Lyle Lovett "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" -- Various Artists "Half a Mind" -- Loretta Lynn "Invitation to the Blues" -- Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter "It Only Hurts Me When I Cry" (Live) -- Dwight Yoakam
Disc Two "Hey, Would You Hold It Down?" -- Ringo Starr "Engine, Engine #9" -- Emerson Hart featuring Jon Randall "When Two Worlds Collide" -- Flatt Lonesome "Oo De Lally" -- Eric Church "You Can't Do Me This Way and Get By with It" -- Dean Miller featuring The McCrary Sisters "Nothing Can Stop Me" -- Toad the Wet Sprocket "Husbands and Wives" -- Jamey Johnson featuring Emmylou Harris "I Believe in the Sunshine" -- Lily Meola "Guv'ment" -- John Goodman "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" -- Dolly Parton featuring Alison Krauss "I'd Come Back to Me" -- Radney Foster featuring Tawnya Reynolds "Reincarnation" -- Cake "One Dying and a Burying" -- The Dead South "Do Wacka Do" - Robert Earl Keen Jr. "King of the Road" -- Various Artists
Speaking to DIY magazine, McCartney confirmed that an expanded reissue of The Beatles' 1968 self-titled double album, a.k.a. "The White Album," is almost ready for release.
"It's all in place, I've just got a couple of essays [to approve]," Sir Paul tells the magazine. "It's all lined up and it's really good."
McCartney says he's very pleased with the intimate sonic quality of the remastered album. "The album itself is very cool and it sounds like you're in the room," he notes. "[T]hat's the great thing about doing remasters."
In addition, McCartney says the expanded collection will include "some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. You just think, how f****** good was John?! Amazing."
McCartney also revealed details about the only track on Egypt Station that wasn't produced by Greg Kurstin. It's a song called "Fuh You," which was produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.
Macca says that as he initially chatted with Tedder, Ryan asked him, "What do you hope to get [out of this]?" After pondering the question, Paul says he answered, "'A hit?' And he was like 'Yeah! Now you're talking my language! The world loves a hit!'"
He and Tedder proceeded to focus on creating some commercial-sounding tunes and ended up with three songs after a week, one of which was "Fuh You."
Egypt Station will be released September 7. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to CBS tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET to catch McCartney's "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Credit: Mads PerchA video showing an 8-year-old Japanese girl named Yoyoka Soma playing impressive drums along to the Led Zeppelin classic "Good Times Bad Times" recently went viral, and now one of the band's original members has given the performance an emphatic thumbs-up. Robert Plant recently paid a visit to the Canadian radio show Q, and -- as seen in a YouTube video of the appearance -- the host showed the singer the video, prompting the rock legend to declare that it was "fantastic."
Plant marveled at the ease with which the young drummer seemed to be handling the late John Bonham's parts, noting, "It's like falling off a log for her." He also quipped with a laugh, "I know where she can get a good job," adding, "That amazing, isn't it, really?...That's a technically difficult thing to do."
As for how he thinks Bonham would have reacted to the performance, Plant said, "I think he'd be amazed. I think he'd be so chuffed."
Yoyoka's video was among the submissions to the worldwide "Hit Like a Girl" contest, which spotlights female drummers and percussionists.
Plant's current North American tour in support of his solo album Carry Fire continues on Thursday at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and winds down with a June 29 performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Canada.
Karsten Staiger/MeinFotolandFounding Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones recently revealed that former members of the band would be making guest appearances at select shows this year. Now, Foreigner has announced that all the group's surviving original members will perform with the current lineup at a special reunion concert taking place August 4 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.
The show will see original frontman Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, plus longtime bass player Rick Wills, hitting the stage with Jones and his current Foreigner incarnation.
The former members previously made surprise appearances at a few Foreigner concerts last year, but the Sturgis show marks the band's first official ticketed reunion event.
"It's been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories," says Mick. "But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we'll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a Foreigner reunion concert!"
News of the reunion event comes on the heels of an incident Tuesday that apparently upset many Foreigner fans. Gramm had been expected to reunite with Foreigner at the group's concert that night in Syracuse, New York, but the singer didn't appear, Syracuse.com reports.
Live Nation had announced Friday that Gramm would be joining Foreigner at the event, and Jones also recently told ABC Radio that Lou would perform at the concert. No official reason for the no-show was given.
Foreigner currently is on the road with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening on the 2018 Juke Box Heroes Tour, which wraps up on August 1.
Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesIf you're going to have a movie about Elton John's rise to fame, Bernie Taupin, his songwriting partner of 50 years, has to be a part of it. Now comes word that the filmmakers have someone in mind to portray the master lyricist in the upcoming Elton biopic Rocketman.
Variety reports that British actor Jamie Bell, perhaps best known for starring in the movie Billy Elliot, is in negotiations to play Taupin in the movie, which stars Taron Egerton as Elton.
It's not surprising that Bell would be involved in the project, considering the script was written by Lee Hall. Hall not only wrote Billy Elliot the movie, but he also collaborated with Elton on Billy Elliot The Musical.
Bell was most recently seen as Abraham Woodhull in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies, and in the 2017 movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. He's also appeared in the movies King Kong, Snowpiercer and Fantastic Four.
Meanwhile, Taron Egerton has posted the first on-set image from the movie on Twitter. The photo is of a shadow that's being cast on the ground that shows a figure sporting a pair of huge wings.
As previously reported, Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.
Credit: Danny ClinchPrior to President Donald Trump signing an executive order Wednesday to keep families together at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bruce Springsteen addressed the situation Tuesday night during his Springsteen on Broadway performance at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.
The Boss, whose show has featured basically the same set since it debuted last October, went off script to deliver an impassioned speech about the border separations before playing "The Ghost of Tom Joad," a song he hadn't performed in the production before.
According to a transcript of his remarks posted on BruceSpringsteen.net, Bruce began by pointing out that he never believed people came to his shows "to be told anything," but also noted that the shows are "a good place to get in touch with your heart and your spirit, to be amongst the crowd. And to be reminded of who we are and who we can be collectively."
After talking about how encouraging it was to see young people taking part in the March for Our Lives gun-violence protest event in Washington, D.C., Springsteen then addressed the border situation.
"[W]e are seeing things right now on our American borders that are so shockingly and disgracefully inhumane and un-American that it is simply enraging," Bruce declared.
"And we have heard people in high position in the American government blaspheme in the name of God and country that it is a moral thing to assault the children amongst us. May God save our souls."
Springsteen then referenced a famous quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
He added that while he finds truth in the statement, "It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction day after day."
Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney has unveiled the title and release date of his long-awaited studio album. As the recent video posted on his Twitter feed suggested, McCartney's album is called Egypt Station and will hit retailers September 7 multiple formats, including CD, vinyl LP, digital and as a Super Deluxe Limited Edition box set featuring bonus tracks.
The news coincides with the release Wednesday of two songs from the album: a ballad titled "I Don't Know" and a rocking tune called "Come On to Me." Both tracks are available digitally now, though if you pre-orderEgypt Station you'll immediately receive free downloads of the songs. McCartney gave "Come On to Me" its live debut at the previously reported surprise show he played at a pub in his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
"I liked the words 'Egypt Station.' It reminded me of the 'album' albums we used to make," explains McCartney of the album's title, which is also shared by an original painting by Sir Paul. "Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from."
The album features 14 songs recorded in Los Angeles, London and Sussex, U.K. All but one of the tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin, who's also worked with Adele, Beck and Foo Fighters.
Egypt Station opens and closes with instrumentals titled "Station I" and "Station II," respectively. Names of other songs on the album include "Happy with You," "People Want Peace," and "Despite Repeated Warnings."
The event will feature a career-spanning list of classic tunes and gems selected by Simon especially for the show, which will be the first concert held at the park in decades.
"It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park," Simon says in a statement. "I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time."
The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will donate all the net proceeds he earns from the event to a charity that will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. ET at AXS.com. American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET. Visit PaulSimoninthePark.com for more info.
Simon wraps up the current North American leg of his Homeward Bound trek with a show tonight in Nashville. He'll then head to Europe for a summer trek before kicking off a final U.S. leg of the tour September 5 in New Orleans.
Here are all of Paul's upcoming North American tour dates:
6/30 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 9/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 9/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 9/8 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 9/11 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 9/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre 9/14 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena 9/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 9/17 -- Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena 9/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/21 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/22 -- New York, NY, Flushing Meadows Corona Park