Gene Simmons Scraps Trademarking Plans
Gene Simmons is either tired of being laughed at or he's been told that he doesn't stand a chance in hell of trademarking the "devil horns" hand signal. Either way, he has withdrawn the application.
On the United States Patent and Trademark Office website it now says, "The owner of the trademark application withdrew (e.g. abandoned) the application and the application is no longer active."
Simmons, who claims to have started using the gesture in 1974, has yet to comment on this about-face.
Black Sabbath Announce Secret Plans (Well, secret until now)
Black Sabbath have made the announcement that they promised for today, and it's just another box set.
The Ten Year War is a vinyl collection of the original eight studio albums with Ozzy Osbourne. Like most deluxe sets, this one contains lots of extras, including a crucifix-shaped Black Sabbath USB drive containing all eight albums.
The eight albums are: Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976) and Never Say Die! (1978).
The box will be released in the U.K. on September 29th and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic.com. With shipping to the U.S. the cost is around $250.
Allman Bros. Going Forward With Peach Music Festival
Despite the deaths of Butch Trucks in January and Gregg Allman in May, the two festivals produced by The Allman Brothers Band organization are going forward.
The Wanee Festival was held in April in Florida, and the Peach Music Festival will take place August 10th - 13th in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Gov't Mule, featuring Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, will headline over Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Joe Bonamassa, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band. Les Brers, the Allmans' offshoot formed by Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, will do its final performance. An all-star tribute to Gregg and Butch is also on tap.
An authorized biopic of Lou Gehrig was announced today (Wednesday), the 78th anniversary of his retirement from the New York Yankees. The movie, titled The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth, is based on the biography Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig.
The Broadway revival of Cats, which opened last summer, is set to close on December 30th.
The title of the eighth Saw movie has been changed from Saw: Legacy to Jigsaw. It opens October 27th.
A sitcom based on the life of Tom Arnold is in the works. Titled The Interventionist, the series will "follow a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in L.A." (Variety)
Bachelor in Paradise will resume filming this weekend in Mexico, but DeMario Jackson won't be there.
The show stopped all production earlier this month over an alleged drunken sexual encounter involving Jackson and Corrine Olympios, which triggered a sexual assault investigation. TMZ reports that Jackson is suffering from anxiety as a result of the sex scandal and will not rejoin the show, even though it's unclear whether he's even been asked back. It's not yet known if Olympios has been invited back.