Road Show News A Palooza 7/18/17

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Is there something brewing for the 30th anniversary of Guns n' Roses' Appetite for Destruction?

Posters and billboards have started popping up around New York with the band's logo and the hashtag #Appetite30th. Some fans have speculated that it's just promotion for the invite-only show Thursday at the Apollo Theater that will air on the band's SiriusXM channel.

Others have suggested the band has something else in store for Friday, which is the actual 30th anniversary of the album's release. Whatever is on tap, G-N-R's summer tour officially gets underway July 27th in Minneapolis.


Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters believes the state of our culture was a driving factor in bringing President Trump into power.

Hawkins told Poland's Onet News that the U.S. political arena is "insane, but really a mirror image of our culture in America right now. So people blame [President Trump], but he’s just a symptom of a generation of reality-TV-obsessed, selfie-obsessed, Facebook-obsessed, tweet-obsessed, self-obsessed people. So we got that president because I think, unless the Russians really did hack in, we got what we deserve."

Hawkins added, "I think in a certain way, it’s a good chance for people to take a look at where we are as a culture and say, is this where we want to be? An orange, fake-haired, tweeting president, who tweets childish remarks about people who say little mean things about him, because that’s where we are right now. It’s a weird freaky time, but it’s really representative of where our culture is right now."


Actress Naomi Watts was introduced to the world of celebrity at a very young age.

Her father, Peter Watts, was the sound engineer for Pink Floyd until 1974. He died in 1976 from a heroin overdose at the age of 31.

Naomi tells the The Guardian that she has photos of her parents on the beach in St. Tropez with the band. And, when he died, she says, "The band, very kindly... gave my mum a few thousand dollars to help get things under way. A lump sum, to help. It was kind that they did that.”

You can see Naomi's dad on the back cover of Floyd's 1969 album, Ummagumma. And you can hear him laughing on "Brain Damage" on The Dark Side of the Moon, as well talking on "Speak to Me."


Bob Weir‏ will speak at the Social Good Summit in New York City on September 17th. The event is about using technology to make the world better.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release Anthology 2: Groups and Collaborations on Friday. It features his work with Yes, Asia, GTR, Jon Anderson & Bill Bruford, among others.

A Replacements live album from the vaults, For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986, will be released on October 6th.

Queen's "We Will Rock You," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Rock & Roll All Nite" by KISS all appear on a new compilation called NOW Tailgate Anthems. It's due out August 4th.


This week's big video releases bring us a blockbuster and a box-office bomb.

Kong: Skull Island is sort of an origin story telling how the legendary ape came to be captured in the first place. Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Brie Larson star.

The historical epic The Promise stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon as figures in a love triangle during the Armenian Genocide a century ago. The film cost more than $100 million to make and took in only $8 million at the U.S. box office.

TV that's new to video includes season four of The 100, season six, part one of Teen Wolf, and season three of Grantchester.

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