Mike Bell's News A Palooza! 8/23/17

President Trump continues to use The Rolling Stones music at events without permission.

The latest example came Tuesday night when "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played after his speech in Phoenix. That led the Stones' publicist to issue a statement saying they "have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately." The White House then responded: "I have no problem with that. I like Mick Jagger."

The Stones first asked then-candidate Trump to stop using their music in May 2016.

Aerosmith, Adele, Elton John and R.E.M. have also asked the President not to use their music. (New York Daily News)

Prince's concert film Sign o' the Times will soon be seen on TV. Showtime will air the documentary beginning on September 16th.

The film, which features Sheena Easton -- who joined Prince for "U Got the Look" -- and drummer Sheila E., was shot at Paisley Park Studios, as well as at concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Even though the late Gregg Allman lost his brother Duane and Allman Brothers bandmate Berry Oakley in motorcycle accidents, he still loved to ride.

So it comes as no surprise that his legacy and his final studio album, Southern Blood, will be celebrated with The Midnight Rider's Rally.

This special event will take place the night of the album's release, September 8th, at select Harley-Davidson locations across North America. You can register for your local rally at his website, and a portion of the $20 registration benefits the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University, with all registrations also receiving a digital download of Southern Blood.

Among the cities where these events are taking place are:

Macon, GA

Savannah, GA

New Orleans, LA

Santa Fe, NM

Daytona, FL

Pensacola, FL

Ft Myers, FL

Naples, FL

Nashville, TN

Knoxville, TN

Asheville, NC

Birmingham, AL

Toronto, ON

Los Angeles, CA

Woodstock, NY

Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon had a bump in sales thanks to the total eclipse on Tuesday.

Containing the song "Eclipse," the disc had an increase of 160 percent, according to Nielsen Music. It normally sells a couple of hundred copies per day, but on Monday that jumped to over a thousand, making it one of the top albums in the iTunes Store. And it re-entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at number-173, with an additional increase projected for the chart dated the week after.

Another recording to benefit was Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which was downloaded more than 18,000 times on Monday. Like Dark Side, it normally sells a couple of hundred downloads per day.

Elvis Costello will play a solo benefit show for the musical community of Austin, Texas.

The city is well-known as home to countless musicians. The show, called Hits & Headlines/Waifs & Strays, will raise start-up funding for The Musician Treatment Foundation. The non-profit is attempting to offer medical services to the city's musicians regardless of their ability to pay. It specializes in the kind of upper-limb problems that are common among musicians. Costello and his wife, Diana Krall, are on its board of directors.

The concert will take place October 22nd at the Paramount Theater in Austin. General admission and VIP tickets go on-sale Friday and are available at mtfusa.org.

Show Biz Buzzz...

A movie about the origin of The Joker is in the works. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is in talks to co-write and direct, according to Variety. Martin Scorsese will also be involved in some capacity. Jared Leto, who played the Batman villain in Suicide Squad, will not reprise his role.

Bill Cosby's retrial has been pushed back to next spring. It had been set for November, but the judge granted the delay because the comedian has a new legal team.

The season seven finale of Game of the Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” will be the longest episode for the HBO series, clocking in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds. It airs Sunday.

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement for his career and humanitarian achievements at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21st.

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