Road Show News A Palooza 6/21/17

U2s New Album Is Done!

U2 bassist Adam Clayton says the band's next album, Songs of Experience, is done.

He tells Variety, "[It] has been ready to go for awhile, because it didn’t require a lot of surgery, so to speak — it was a little bit of cosmetic surgery. So we said, 'We could put this record out this year, or we could celebrate The Joshua Tree and put out the [new] record when all that’s done, and then plan a tour around it and all the things that go along with a new album.'"

As for what we can expect, he says, "The new album is really part of a suite of songs that relate to [our 2014 album] Songs of Innocence, which was primarily designed as an indoor tour that had two halves — 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience' — and they were kind of bookends. We planned Songs of Experience as an indoor tour; we just don’t think it’s something that would work outdoors. The Songs of Innocence [arena] tour two years ago was really powerful and really touched people and touched us. We wanted to continue that intensity and I think that’s what we’re going to try to do."

While Clayton is not saying when it will be released, a source close to the band tells us it could be out in the fall.

U2 is in Washington, D.C. tonight (Tuesday) followed by Toronto on Friday and Boston on Sunday.

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Black Sabbath And Ozzy Rule!

Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne rule Rolling Stone's new 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time list.

Sabbath's Paranoid tops the list, with their debut album landing at number-five. And Ozzy's solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, came in at number-nine. The magazine polled 15 of its writers as well as metal musicians like Ozzy, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Corey Taylor of Slipknot. The musicians' own lists will be published this week. 

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Members Of Queen And The Who Team Up For Charity

Simon Cowell's production of an all-star cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is now out with the proceeds going to the victims of last week's apartment building fire in London, which claimed 79 lives.

The song, which features Brian May, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, James Blunt, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Nile Rodgers, Paloma Faith, Robbie Williams and a slew of British artists is available at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and GooglePlay. A video for the song will be out today (Wednesday).

The song was recorded at Sarm Studios in West London, which is a half mile from the building.

To make further donations, go to ArtistsForGrenfell.com. All proceeds will be distributed via the London Community Foundation.

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Showbiz Buzz

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been fired from the Han Solo flick, with several weeks still to film. Variety says, "Their exit comes after months of conflict with producer Kathleen Kennedy." The Star Wars movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, is set to open May 25th, 2018.

Elle magazine caused a stir when it claimed Gal Gadot made $300,000 for Wonder Woman while Henry Cavill got $14 million for Man of Steel. The Hollywood Reporter says that's not true and that the "two were paid the same for their debut standalone outings." Elle has since backpedaled on the claim."

Riley Keough has signed on to co-star opposite Al Pacino in HBO's untitled Joe Paterno movie. Elvis Presley's oldest grandchild will play the journalist who first reported on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

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