Road Show News A Palooza 7/19/17

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No, Foo Fighters didn't use one of Adele's producers on their upcoming album so they could sound like the British pop singer.

In a British interview, Dave Grohl explains that they chose Greg Kurstin because, "If you want to survive, you kind of have to push a bit...He’s a brilliant producer and he has this sonic intuition that I have never seen in anybody else." 

But Grohl says Foo Fighters were looking to make Concrete and Gold, which comes out September 15th, "the antithesis of the albums that Greg had made." Knowing that Kurstin is best known for producing polished pop, the band "got super noisy right out of the gate." He says their first thought about the songs was, 'Let’s make them long, let’s make them noisy, let’s make them weird.'"


Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries will be released as a graphic novel this fall by comic publisher Heavy Metal.

It's based upon Sixx's best-selling book, which documents the making of Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls and the following tour. Art from the book will be on display at Heavy Metal's booth at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend. Sixx also shared images from it on Facebook.

This is one of a couple of Heroin Diaries projects in the works. A reissue of Sixx A.M.'s Heroin Diariessoundtrack is on tap, as well as a new edition of the book. There's also a 30th Anniversary Edition of Motley's Girls, Girls, Girls coming on August 25th.


Judas Priest have gotten into the mobile game business.

Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla is available now for Apple's IOS devices. It includes specifically filmed clips of frontman Rob Halford and game levels soundtracked by such songs as “Breaking the Law", “Turbo Lover," “Electric Eye," Painkiller” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.” The game also has isolated song stems (such as drum and guitar parts and vocals) from the band's 2016 album Battle Cry that players use in some levels.

Halford said, "When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience. For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog."

Check out a trailer for Road to Valhalla on YouTube.

Halford will be given the Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Loudwire Music Awards on October 24th in Los Angeles.

Part of a sad chapter in the life of Gregg Allman was closed Monday when a jury in Georgia awarded more than $11.2 million to the family of Sarah Jones, the crew member killed in 2014 on the set of the film about his life.

She was struck by a CSX freight train on a railroad bridge south of Savannah during the filming of Midnight Rider, which was based on Allman's autobiography.

CSX, which owns the tracks, is responsible for $3.9 million of the liability. The company is appealing the verdict, claiming producers failed to secure permits to use the tracks for filming.

Director Randall Miller, who was sentenced to two years in jail in 2015, has already settled with the family.

The film was never finished.


Robbie Robertson says his next album is “progressing nicely.”

Rick Wakeman tweets: “First hotel room I've ever stayed in that doesn't have a chair so I'm writing this tweet whilst sitting on the loo. So is this a number three?”

David Lee Roth was recently spotted at an L.A. club in the company of 16 women.

David Bowie’s “Heroes" will be reissued as a picture disc on September 22nd in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Billy Joel posted several photos from last Friday’s concert in Cleveland -- including one with longtime road crew tech Larry Doby Junior by the statue of his dad, the Hall of Fame baseball player Larry Doby.

Devo has inspired a July 30th charity foot race in Akron, Ohio. Over 600 participants -- both runners and walkers -- from 29 states have signed up for the competition, which will conclude the 2017 DEVOtional fan convention. That takes place at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom July 28th and 29th.

Joan Baez, who recently performed with Elton John at a British AIDS Foundation benefit, tells San Jose, California's Mercury News that "he proves that you can be filthy rich and live in luxury and collect million-dollar tablecloths and still be an absolutely lovely human being."

The Jimi Hendrix estate has renewed its licensing deal with Sony. Janie Hendrix says more studio and live recordings from Jimi’s seemingly bottomless vault will be released next year under terms of the new deal.

Peter Frampton has released an animated video for his new song, “I Saved a Bird Today.”

Show Biz Buzz...

Felicity Jones will play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the bio-pic On the Basis of Sex. Shooting begins in Montreal in September.

Walton Goggins (Vice Principals) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly return for the sequel, which opens July 6th, 2018.

Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor best known for playing camp director Morty in Meatballs, died from cancer Tuesday in Toronto. Harvey, who was 74, was also a series regular on Cagney & Lacey.

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