News A Palooza 8/1/17

Gene Simmons of KISS knows how to market his name with all types of products, but we bet he never wanted his face on a cow.

A female calf born on Friday at a ranch in near Kerryville, Texas has black-and-white facial marks that resemble the make-up Simmons wears on stage. A picture of the calf, named Genie of course, went viral after being posted on the Hill Country Visitor Facebook page. Simmons approves of his cow look-alike, tweeting a link to the photo and writing "This is real, folks!"

The folks who own Genie say they won't be selling her for slaughter.

The Who have compiled more than a half-century of songs first heard as singles and EPs on Maximum A's and B's.

Scheduled for release on October 27th, this five-disc, 86-track box includes such enduring songs as “I Can See for Miles,” “Magic Bus,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Substitute,” “I Can’t Explain,” “My Generation,” “Squeeze Box,” “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet” and their most recent release, “Be Lucky.” The set also includes rarely heard B-sides and EP tracks, along with the group’s first single -- back in their days as The High Numbers -- “I’m the Face” backed with “Zoot Suit.” A 48-page booklet includes a track-by-track annotation by acclaimed Who historians with period photos and copies of memorabilia.

For vinyl fans, Pete Townshend's demo and outtakes collections will be reissued for the first time in 15 years. The three Scoop sets will be available as color discs -- Scoop will be pressed in pink, Another Scoop in yellow and Scoop 3 in light blue. All go on sale August 18th. And if that's not enough, Live at Leeds and the 1971 compilation Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy will have 180-gram vinyl editions on sale October 27th.

The director of Atomic Blonde said he wanted David Bowie for a key role in the film.

David Leitch tells the Hollywood Reporter he had already chosen two Bowie songs for the film's soundtrack -- "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"  and his collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure." But he also wanted Bowie for a key interrogation scene for the action film set in 1980s Berlin.

Leitch says, "I think he really responded to the script and that it was about this city and there was music and everything. But at that time, he respectfully declined. Then during the shooting of the film, we heard of his passing, so it was even more special to us that those songs remained in the movie."

August and September will make for an interesting, if not a confusing time for Yes fans as there are two versions of the band on the road -- the original Yes, which includes no original members, and ARW -- Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman -- who now bill themselves as Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. (Anderson is a founding member of the original Yes, and Rabin and Wakeman served aboard the mother ship.)

Yes guitarist Steve Howe tells Billboard that both parties have a "discretionary agreement." He says, "We are our own entity. We will carry on in our own style, and I think we'll bring the people along with us who have either already identified with that, that we have a certain approach to the realism and the authentication of Yes music. We feel it's our right and obligation to do that very, very convincingly. So we're that band, and if you like that thing, we're that band."

Howe thinks that Anderson's group is good, but different. "Anybody can play Yes music. If they want to get up on the stage they can do anything, I think ARW have got great potential as ARW, but they're going to do what they're gonna do, and they're not going to change their mind because of what we think. Only time will tell if they did the right thing."

So, if you're keeping score, the original Yes starts the YEStival tour this Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina. And Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman start their tour on August 26th in Stockton, California. has compiled a list of the 25 Best Musicians Named Dave, and topping the list is Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Among the biggest names on the list are David Bowie, Dave Grohl, David Crosby, David Byrne, David Coverdale, Dave Davies, David Lee Roth and Dave Matthews.

Here's the Top 10:

David Gilmour - Pink Floyd

David Bowie

Dave Mustaine - Megadeth

Dave Grohl

Dave Murray - Iron Maiden

Dave Ellefson - Megadeth

Dave Lombardo - Slayer

David Hasselhoff

Dave Navarro - Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dave Brubeck

The site has also compiled a list of honorable mentions, and included on that are:

David Duchovny

Dave "The Edge" Evans - U2

Dave Pegg - Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull

Dave Abbruzzese - formerly of Pearl Jam

And here is our list of who was overlooked:

Dave Mason

Davey Johnstone - Elton John's guitarist and bandleader

David Knoplfer

Dave Pirner - Soul Asylum

Dave Van Ronk

Dave Clark

Dave Alvin - Blasters

David Gray

Dave Edmunds

David Johansen

David Paich - Toto

David Ruffin

Dave Hidalgo - Los Lobos

Show Biz Buzzzzz...

Casey Affleck and his wife Summer Phoenix are getting divorced after nine years of marriage. Summer, the sister of River Phoenix, filed Monday in L.A. citing irreconcilable differences. Casey and Summer have two sons -- Indiana, 13, and Atticus, 9. (TMZ)

HBO has been hacked. The cyber thieves reportedly got written material and possibly upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones, among other shows. (Washington Post)

Marlee Matlin has joined Quantico as a series regular for the upcoming third season, Variety reports.

Bumblebee, the first Transformers spinoff film, will open December 21st, 2018. Hailee Steinfeld stars.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted out the first photo of Zazie Beetz as Domino in Deadpool 2.

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