Stones Retro Compilation On The Way!
A book documenting the rise of The Rolling Stones in the '60s through TV and radio will be published on September 26th.
Rolling Stones - On Air compiles all their appearances, from their first TV gig, Thank Your Lucky Stars, through their free televised concert in London's Hyde Park in 1969.
The book was written by Richard Havers, who has penned several books on the Stones and worked with former bassist Bill Wyman on Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey. Coinciding with the book's publication will be an album and BBC documentary. It will contain a companion DVD featuring some of the performances, many of which have never been seen before.
In other Stones news, there are reports that they continue to work on the album they started before switching gears to last year's collection of blues covers, Blue and Lonesome, as well as another live album.
Tommy Lee: No Bull!
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is speaking out against those participating or who want to participate in the annual Running of the Bulls festival, which got under way today (Thursday) in Pamplona, Spain.
The animal rights activist writes in the Independent, "I'm no stranger to wild behavior -- but there's one thing that even I wouldn't do, and that's running 'with.'
"While there may be guts (from the runners who are gored), there certainly isn't any glory in trying to stay a few steps ahead of frightened, confused bulls. In the lead-up to the event, the animals are held in dark enclosures before being forced out -- usually with an electric shock prod -- into the jeering, drunken crowd...
"At the end of the day, each bull is herded into the city's bullring to fight to the death -- except that it'll never be a fair contest. From the moment he enters the ring, he has no chance of winning. As many as eight men spear and stab the exhausted animal to weaken him further...
"By paying money to run with the bulls or attend bullfights -- even out of curiosity or by passively going along with events lined up for them in their travel itinerary -- they are supporting cruelty. By the time they rush out of the arena in horror, the damage has already been done.
"Fortunately, organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and other kind people are working to get these cruel, cowardly spectacles banned across Spain -- and they have my support. I hope they have yours, too. Because from music to motocross, we have limitless ways to entertain ourselves that don't involve harassing, torturing or killing animals."
The first running of the bulls takes place tomorrow (Friday).
Can Ya Hear Me Now?!
Styx has teamed up with hearing-aid maker Oticon for a live concert broadcast exclusively for fans wearing the company’s Oticon Opn Internet-connected hearing aids.
This will be the first time a live performance will be delivered directly to hearing aid wearers, enabling them to stream the sounds of an in-person concert directly.
Styx singer and guitarist Tommy Shaw says, "Hearing loss affects fans of all ages, and with Oticon’s new technology, we are looking forward to being a part of this historic event!”
The experiment will take place on August 22nd in Holmdel, New Jersey, the final night of the band's United We Rock tour with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder.
Macca On Tour In USA
Paul McCartney brings his One on One tour to the U.S. this Friday in Miami.
How did he come up with the tour's title? He tells Rolling Stone, "When I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience... And when I'm playing, I'm imagining it's me listening to this band, this guy. People have said in reviews that even though we're playing in a great big arena, there's a very intimate quality about it with the screens we use and the way we use them. Even though you're at the back of the hall, we try and bring the intimacy to you. So, like I say, it's me, one-on-one, with every member of the audience."
Ironically, while today (Thursday) marks the 60th anniversary of Paul's meeting John Lennon in Liverpool, Paul's touring band has been together longer than either The Beatles or Wings. "This band is just really easy to get on with. They play great. We're all trying. And we just want to make it sound great. I think that keeps the band together. We don't have arguments -- that helps."
This leg of the tour has Macca playing 10 shows through July 26th in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois. He'll then follow up his annual August vacation with 11 U.S. shows in September, then head to South and Central America in October and Australia and New Zealand in December.
Show Biz Buzz...
Alec Baldwin's casting in the upcoming film Blind has come under fire. Alec stars as a novelist who loses his sight in a car crash, but one advocacy group believes the gig should have gone to a blind actor. In a statement to the L.A. Times the president of The Ruderman Family Foundation says, “We no longer find it acceptable for white actors to portray black characters. Disability as a costume needs to also become universally unacceptable.”
Feuding with the president has paid off for Morning Joe. The MSNBC show saw a huge ratings spike on Friday, the day after Donald Trump blasted co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter. Morning Joe averaged 1.66 million viewers on Friday, making it the number-one cable news morning show of the day, surpassing Fox & Friends. (Variety)
Director Edgar Wright may do his first sequel. The man behind Shaun of the Dead and The World's Endtells the Empire Podcast that he’s thinking about doing a follow-up to Baby Driver. He says, “The studio have asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is funny that it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to, because I think there’s somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters.”
Movies Opening This Week...
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Superhero / Action)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.
WHO'S IN IT? Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Junior
Tom Holland is the third big-screen Spider-Man, following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
The last Spider-Man flick, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, came out only three years ago.
This is the first Spider-Man movie to be made by Marvel Studios, after they brokered a deal with Sony, which produced the first five films.
At 52, Marisa Tomei is the youngest actress to play Aunt May.