Fleetwood Mac Plan Nothing Special For The Classic West/East concerts
Outside of the Eagles making their first live appearance since the death of Glenn Frey last year, this weekend's Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium is just another show for the five other bands: Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire and Fleetwood Mac.
That's certainly how it seems to Christine McVie. Looking ahead to Sunday, she tells Billboard, "It'll be more of the same, I expect. Certainly we'll start with 'The Chain.' I think we've got muscle memory after being on the road for a year and a half the last time. It will probably be basically the same set; I don't know if we might decide to make an extreme move and do something different."
Lindsey Buckingham agrees, adding, "We're just going to go in and close our eyes and have fun -- that's all I can say about it.
"It's sort of a spectacle. You can't really worry about the aesthetics or anything. You just have to have fun with it, and hopefully that's what we'll do. We're just going to brush up on our set, and we're certainly not reinventing anything for those shows."
Classic West will be Fleetwood Mac's first public show since November 2015. They will close out the weekend, taking the stage at approximately 8:45 local time. And then do it all again at Classic East on July 30th in New York.
Wanna Be In The Queen Movie?
A casting call has been put out for the official Queen and Freddie Mercury movie that Brian May and Roger Taylor are executive producing.
A post on the Queen Fan Club page says, "We are currently working on the Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody and are looking to reach out to Londoners that would be interested in taking part... Although it is possible to work full time as an extra, this is mostly a great opportunity for people who are looking for part-time work or just want something fun to do for a day or so in London. We are looking for men and women with '70s and '80s hair."
The film is tentatively scheduled to be out in December 2018.
The U.S. publication date for Brian May’s Queen in 3-D coffee table book is August 24th.
Ex-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is the latest artist to submit a Top 10 metal albums list to Rolling Stone.
Sabbath's Paranoid topped the original 100 Greatest Metal Albums list, which Ward "just thought it was cool. I can think of a lot of other metal bands. I'm grateful that Paranoid, which is one of the original albums to kind of kick this thing off, was put at number-one."
And unlike other artists, Ward picked one of his own albums for his list. He put Sabbath's Masters of Realityat number-one and said, "There's something different about it. It's always been one of my favorites. I just happen to really, really like that album."
Here's the complete list, in order:
1. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)
2. Metallica - Metallica (1991)
3. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
4. Judas Priest - The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight (1997)
5. Motorhead - The World Is Yours (2010)
6. Type O Negative - October Rust (1996)
7. Krisiun - Southern Storm (2008)
8. Fear Factory - Mechanize (2010)
9. DevilDriver - Beast (2011)
10. Dead Cross - Dead Cross (2017)
In Other Music News...
Dave Davies will perform on Fallon on July 18th. The Who will appear on the show on the 19th. And on the night of July 22nd, a block of programs featuring The Who will be shown on AXS-TV.
Pat Benatar has recorded a new song, "Dancing Through the Wreckage," for the documentary Served Like a Girl, which is about female veterans.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will host a charity fundraiser for the Fisher House Orlando on August 9th at their new Orlando Rock and Brews location in the Lee Vista Promenade.
U2 fans who had problems getting into the opening night of the Joshua Tree tour on May 12th in Vancouver will get an apology and compensation in the form of a gift card, sports tickets and food and beverage vouchers. The problem stemmed from issues with the paperless ticketing system.
A 20th anniversary collector’s edition of Hype!, the documentary film about Seattle’s grunge scene, comes out September 29th. It features performances by and interviews with members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana (including the first live rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”) Mudhoney, Screaming Trees and many others.
Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will lead a group of friends in American Tune: A Singer-Songwriter Celebration of Paul Simon on July 27th at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A. The theme is inspired by the Skirball's current exhibition, Paul Simon: Words and Music, which runs through September 3rd.
Ray Phiri, the South African jazz guitarist featured on Paul Simon's Graceland, died today (Wednesday) of lung cancer. He was 70. Simon issued a statement saying, "He was a beautiful, masterful guitarist and an inventive musician. He will be remembered as a patriot who used his music to fight apartheid and brought that message to the world. His contribution to Graceland was immense and I am grateful and honored to have worked with him."
David Gilmour has posted the trailer to his new film, Live at Pompeii, which will play in over 2000 theaters worldwide on September 13th.
Quentin Tarantino’s next movie will "explore" the Manson family murders, according to Variety. The film has already been written. No other details are known.
The Umbrella Academy, the superhero comic book created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, is being turned into a series on Netflix. The first season is set to premiere in 2018.
Showtime is developing a sequel series to The L Word, Variety reports. Many original cast members have already signed on.
Lucy Liu will direct the season two premiere of Netflix’s Luke Cage. The superhero series is expected to return next year.