News A Palooza! 9/14/17

Brian May has a message for the extras who captured a little of the filming of the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody on their cell phones. 

He says, "I have news for all those would-be spoilsports who thought they'd captured the movie and leaked it. You didn't! All those shoots were trial runs. Not final threads, make-up, hair etc. So be comforted, good folks -- all the important secrets of the film are still secret!"

Among the clips leaked was the band's performance at Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody, currently being filmed in England, will open in theaters next year.

Foreigner has announced what we were the first to report last month -- the original lineup, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, will play two more shows -- on October 6th and 7th at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The current lineup will be joined by original members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, along with Rick Wills, who joined in 1979. Both shows will be captured for a TV special, DVD and album release. Each former member sat in for a show or two this summer.

Foreigner’s founder and guitarist Mick Jones says, “Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories, and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th anniversary.”

Foreigner just wrapped up a summer tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People will get a 25th anniversary reissue on November 10th.

The two-disc version has a remastered version of the 1992 album and a full live album, Live at the 40 Watt Club 11/19/92. The concert in the band's hometown of Athens, Georgia was their only live show that year.

The four-disc deluxe edition has the remastered album, the live album, 20 previously unreleased demos from the Automatic sessions and a Blu-ray that features the album mixed in Dolby Atmos, seven music videos and the original 1992 EPK video.

It will also be reissued on vinyl and digitally.

Automatic for the People was the second album in a row from R.E.M. that wasn't backed by a tour. Released on October 5th, 1992, it went on to sell more than four-million copies propelled by three Top 40 singles -- "Drive," "Man on the Moon" and "Everybody Hurts."

Don Henley will host the annual Global Environmental Leadership Award Dinner tomorrow night (Friday) at Boston Symphony Hall. Paul Simon will perform a 30-minute set at the event, which benefits Henley’s Walden Woods Project.

Tomorrow night (Friday) in Nashville, Gregg Allman’s son Devon will be joined by singers Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne and others at the Country Music Hall of Fame for a tribute to Gregg.

Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander and his family weathered Hurricane Irma, and he was back with the band Wednesday night in Knoxville, Tennessee. Zander skipped a show last Saturday in Washington state to fly back to Tampa to be with his family.

Actor and guitarist Johnny Depp joined Ian Hunter on stage this week at two California shows. He sat in on “Bastard” and “All the Young Dudes.”

Todd Rundgren will announce the details of ToddStock 2018 on September 28th.

Sammy Hagar and the Circle’s show this Sunday at Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida has been canceled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Slash and Journey’s Neal Schon were among artists on hand for Eric Clapton’s show Wednesday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Schon and Clapton go way back, as Eric asked him to join Derek and the Dominos when he was just 15. Schon joined Santana instead. Clapton is back at the Forum on Friday, Saturday and Monday -- his final shows for the year.

Farm Aid takes place Saturday in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and will stream live at starting at 3:00 p.m. ET. The concert, which features John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, will air on AXS-TV starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam will perform the national anthem -- on guitar -- before the Seattle Seahawks game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Seattle.

The new season of Dan Rather’s The Big Interview on AXS-TV will feature quite an array of classic rock personalities. Sharon Osbourne kicks it off on October 10th. Also stepping up to the microphone are Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers on October 17th; Geddy Leeon October 24th; Steve Miller on November 14th; Peter Frampton on November 21st; and E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt on December 5th.

Show Biz Buzzz...

Mandy Moore has gotten engaged to Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. The star of This Is Us divorced rocker Ryan Adams in 2015 after six years of marriage. 

Scarlett Johansson's divorce from Romain Dauriac is official. The New York Post says the two have also settled custody terms for their three-year-old daughter, but the terms are sealed.

Larry King was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. The 83-year-old says they caught it early and now he's fine. King returned to work just two weeks after undergoing surgery. (Us Weekly)

The first pic of David Harbour as the new Hellboy has been released. The movie is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.

Netflix has renewed Atypical, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, for a second season, while TBS has renewed People of Earth, Wrecked and The Guest Book.

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