ABC/Randy HolmesElton John may be retiring from the road, but he seems to be as busy as ever. Not only is he developing a musical version of the hit movie The Devil Wears Prada, he's also working on bringing to the stage the story of late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
A reporter for the U.K.'s Daily Mail says Elton confirmed to him at the Cannes Film Festival that he's collaborating on the project with musician Jake Shears of the band Scissor Sisters and Tony-winning playwright James Graham.
According to Elton, a workshop for the musical is planned for later in 2019, and the team wants to debut the production in London's West End in 2020.
As Playbill notes, this is the third Tammy Faye Bakker project in the works: There's another musical about her, with Kristen Chenoweth attached to star, and a movie based on the 2000 documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain in the lead role, is in production.
Tammy Faye Bakker, later Messner, died in 2007. She was married to televangelist Jim Bakker; the couple co-founded the show The PTL Club and built the Christian theme park Heritage USA. Unlike many televangelists, she preached love and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, AIDS victims and victims of drug abuse.
She was famous for wearing an excessive amount of eye makeup, and for crying on camera while supporting Jim Bakker after he was accused of assaulting model and actress Jessica Hahn. He was eventually imprisoned for fraud and conspiracy.
Courtesy of Woodstock VenturesWoodstock 50 appears to be on its way to becoming a reality.
Organizers for the 50th anniversary festival have announced in a statement that the Oppenheimer & Co. investment corporation "has signed on as a financial advisor to complete the financing" for the concert extravaganza.
The statement adds that "preparations [for the event] will continue as planned." Woodstock 50 organizers promise that the on-sale date for tickets to the festival, scheduled to take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, will be announced soon.
The news comes a couple of days after the Woodstock 50 team won a legal victory: A judge ruled that its former financial backer, Dentsu Inc.'s Amplifi Live subsidiary, didn't have the right to cancel the festival, which it had attempted to do.
"We are thrilled to be onboard for this incredible weekend of music and social engagement," says Oppenheimer & Co. executive John Tonelli.
"We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup."
Michael Lang, co-founder and producer of the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals, notes, "We've lined up artists who won't just entertain, but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation."
He adds, "Words cannot express how appreciative Woodstock 50, the artists, the fans and the community are to Oppenheimer for joining with us to make W50 a reality."
Big Beat RecordsA remix of Van Halen's classic 1983 hit "Jump" by popular Dutch DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren was released Friday, May 17.
The pounding electronic dance version of the chart-topping tune features Van Halen singer David Lee Roth's isolated vocal tracks from the original recording, with Van Buuren recreating Eddie Van Halen's keyboard lines and adding new synthesizers and beats.
The track is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Bog Beat Records' official YouTube channel.
Many music fans were introduced to the "Jump" remix in March at the 2019 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, when Van Buuren performed the track live with Roth, who joined him as a surprise guest.
"Jump" was originally released in December 1983, and spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early '84, becoming Van Halen's one and only single to reach the top of that chart.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU PhotobankHootie & the Blowfish will give fans a preview of their upcoming summer tour with a performance on The Voice finale on Tuesday night.
As previously reported, the band has a big tour lined up to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View, which is one of the best-selling albums of all time. They'll perform "Let Her Cry" from the album on the show.
Later in 2019, Hootie also plans to release their first album of new music in 10 years.
Hootie's Group Therapy tour with Barenaked Ladies kicks off May 30 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Also on The Voice finale, OneRepublic will perform their new single "Rescue Me," and Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie will perform their new collaboration, "ME!"
The Voice finale airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp, have released a second advance single from their forthcoming sophomore studio album, Rise: a track called "The Boogieman Surprise."
The heavy, mid-tempo rock track is available for purchase now as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a video featuring The Hollywood Vampires performing "The Boogieman Surprise" live at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has been posted on the earMUSIC label's official YouTube channel.
The first single released from Rise was a track titled "Who's Sorry Now." Fans pre-ordering the album will receive instant downloads of that tune and and "The Boogieman Surprise."
Rise will be released on June 21, and will be available as a CD digipak, a two-LP set that includes a free download of the album and digitally.
As previously reported, the new record will feature mostly new original songs, unlike the band's star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, which was made up of nearly all covers of tunes by dead rock artists.
Rise does include three covers, though: David Bowie's "Heroes," which is sung by Depp; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
Meanwhile, one of the original songs, "Welcome to Bushwackers," features guest appearances by guitar legend Jeff Beck and infamous cult-film director John Waters.
The Hollywood Vampires are currently winding down a seven-date U.S. tour with shows tonight at the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Saturday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
"There Goes My Miracle" is a soaring ballad on which The Boss seems to channel Roy Orbison as he croons over a majestic string accompaniment.
"Sunrise, sundown/ The streets gone golden brown/ Auburn skies above/ I'm searching for my love," Springsteen sings in the first verse, before he belts out in the chorus, "There goes my miracle walking away, walking away/ There goes my miracle walking away, walking away."
A lyric video for the song has been posted on Springsteen's official YouTube channel, which features the cover art of Western Stars: a brown horse galloping on a prairie, along with animated clouds that move as if blown by the wind.
"There Goes My Miracle" is available for purchase now as a digital download and via streaming services. Fans who pre-orderWestern Stars now will receive free instant downloads of that track, as well as the previously released tune "Hello Sunshine."
As previously reported, the new album was inspired by Southern California pop records of the 1960s and '70s. The project was recorded mostly at his home studio in New Jersey, as well as in New York and California.
UMEDuff McKagan has released a new song called "Last September," a track off the Guns N' Roses bassist's upcoming solo album, Tenderness. You can download it now via digital outlets.
The lyrics of "Last September," McKagan explains, were inspired by the #MeToo movement.
"I heard and read some awful stories," McKagan says in a statement. "As the father of two girls, I felt the need to write this song. If I have any job in the world, it's to protect the women in my life."
"I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible," he continues. "I wanted to make him a warning. We hear stories of people showing signs beforehand...and we hear also that something could have been done. I don't have an answer, and the song doesn't either. The hope is to simply raise awareness of distressing signals that some may display."
Tenderness is due out May 31. McKagan will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the record May 30 in Philadelphia.
Paramount PicturesElton John's biopic Rocketman, which debuted yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, doesn't shy away from portraying both the good and the bad of the music legend's life, including his addictions to drugs, sex and shopping, his bulimia, and his anger issues. But Elton himself tells Variety that it proves a certain point: "I am a survivor."
As Elton explains, and as is shown in the film, it was self-doubt and self-hatred that led him to become a drug-addled diva.
"Every creative artist does have doubt and has moments of, 'Am I doing the right thing? Am I good enough?'" he tells Variety. "And that's what turns us into monsters as well because I think you become unreasonable and of course the chemical substances and the alcohol doesn't help anything and you lose touch with reality."
According to Elton, "The life I was leading...it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway. I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again."
Elton, now 72, has been sober for nearly 30 years, and he declares, "I am a survivor. I've survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you're sober. I can deal with them now because I don't have to run away and hide."
As for Elton's reaction to Rocketman, which is in theaters May 31, he said yesterday, "To be honest with you, I was blown away. I was very moved. I'm very very proud of this movie."
At an afterparty in Cannes, Variety reports Elton performed "I'm Still Standing" -- whose video was shot in Cannes -- and the movie's star Taron Egerton joined him for "Rocket Man."
Credit: Helen L. Collen PhotographyDef Leppard guitarist Phil Collen will be on hand at a pop-up exhibit of photos by his wife, Helen Collen, this Monday, May 20, in New York City.
Phil curated the display, titled "Gratitude -- A Fine Art Photographic Exhibit," which will be located at the 393 NYC venue in downtown Manhattan. The exhibit will be open to the public and members of the press from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, followed by a three-hour opening party and reception.
"Gratitude" features 50 images captured by Helen, including onstage photos of Def Leppard, KISS and REO Speedwagon, pics of international landmarks, slice-of-life photos and more.
In addition to her photography, Helen is an experienced costume designer.
"Helen has a great ear for words, a great eye for color and perspective," says Phil, "and with this -- her first artistic exhibition -- it's a wonderful combination of all the above."
Ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty reports that he's "happily working" on material for a new studio album, but says his focus on performing this year is delaying the project's completion.
"That thing…about adding more dates and adding more dates, that always seems to [slow] down other things," he tells ABC Radio. "And some of that is getting new recorded music together."
On his 2019 tour, which has been dubbed "My 50 Year Trip," Fogerty's celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, specifically, and of CCR's prolific and eventful year of 1969, in general. His upcoming itinerary includes a European summer trek and a variety of U.S. headlining dates and festival appearances, as well as a new Las Vegas residency in November.
Meanwhile, the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reveals he'll likely release some new tracks individually before completing the record.
"I intend to not wait until an album is finished before I release some of it," he explains. "It's kind of the way it's done nowadays. You know, a lot of younger artists basically go in and record one song, and release it…And that kind of thing can happen, so I'm hoping that at least you'll hear from me quite soon."
Having said that, Fogerty tells ABC Radio that he doesn't plan to play any of his new songs live before releasing them.
"Even back in the old days, I always trembled at the idea of trying to introduce a completely unknown song in front of a live audience," John admits.
Fogerty's most recent studio album was 2013's Wrote a Song for Everyone, which featured mostly updated versions of his classic compositions recorded with various guest artists.
Here are all of his forthcoming U.S. shows:
6/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park 8/10 -- Vineyard Haven, MA, Veterans Memorial Park 8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row 8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 8/18 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Center for the Arts 9/13 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center 9/21 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino 11/6, 8-9, 13, 15-16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater
ABC/Randy Holmes; Erika Goldring/ Getty ImagesMariah Carey and Tom Jones will be performing at the annual AmfAR gala at France's Cannes Film Festival next week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The fundraising event, set to take place at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes on Thursday, May 23, benefits the AIDS research charity. Pop star Dua Lipa and rock band The Struts also will perform, while Chris Tucker hosts.
This year's theme is "We Can Be Heroes," inspired by David Bowie's classic song "Heroes." An auction will feature original couture designs from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Over the past 25 years, the AmfAR gala as raised over $210 million.
Credit: Paige K. ParsonsThe sixth annual edition of the Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, which Sammy Hagar co-founded in 2014, took place Wednesday at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
This year's show was headlined by Hagar and his current group The Circle, and also included performances by Heart's Nancy Wilson, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Rick Springfield and Sammy's Chickenfoot band mate Joe Satriani.
As per tradition, the concert featured a variety of collaborations, including a cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb," performed by Hagar, Wilson, Satriani and two members of The Circle: ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and sometimes Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham.
You can check out a video of the performance now at Hagar's official YouTube channel.
The Acoustic-4-a-Cure concert raises funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Sammy co-founded the event with Metallica's James Hetfield, although James hasn't taken part in the show since 2016.
Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesThe first reviews are in...and Elton John's biopic Rocketman could be a big hit.
The movie had its world premiere Thursday night at France's Cannes Film Festival, and as IndieWire reports, Taron Egerton, who portrays Elton in the film, got a standing ovation, as did Elton himself. According to IndieWire, both men were seen wiping away tears after the final credits rolled.
IndieWire editor Anne Thompsontweeted, "[Director] Dexter Fletcher's sexy dramatic and poignant Rocketman is an ambitious full-on bio musical with 20 songs...sung by star Taron Egerton in a breakout performance."
Variety editor Stuart Oldhamcalled Taron "absolutely brilliant," adding, "Rocketman is fantastic, a musical drama that hits all the right notes, especially the sad ones."
The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Keegan tweeted, "Hot damn, Taron Egerton is the real deal. #Rocketman is a musical about picking yourself up off your a** and Taron delivers the sweat, grit and vulnerability it needs."
Meanwhile, TCM host Dave Kargertweeted, "It's a lovely tribute to Elton's partnership with Bernie [Taupin] & the fantastical tone suits his life perfectly. Oscar chances hinge on reviews & biz, but as a true musical, it's a great bet for [best] picture & actor at the [Golden] Globes."
Of course, it's worth noting that another musical drama, A Star Is Born, received even higher praise after it debuted last year, with Oscars being predicted all around. While it received a number of nominations, ultimately, that movie was shut out at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, except in the Best Original Song category.
On the other hand, Bohemian Rhapsody, a rock biopic about Queen that also was directed by Fletcher, did much better at those award shows, so Rocketman could go either way.
Credit: Randall SlavinForget about those days when you used to have to smuggle a tape recorder into a concert by your favorite singer: On his upcoming solo tour, Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas is making things super-easy for you.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for "instant" CDs and digital downloads of recordings of every show on Rob's upcoming Chip Tooth Tour, which kicks off May 28 in Red Bank, New Jersey.
The limited-edition numbered CD sets can be pre-ordered based on which specific concert you want; you can either pick up your CD at the concert or have it mailed to you. Digital downloads are also available for pre-order.
If you're going with the CD option, be aware that only 500 will be offered for each show, so if you want to make sure you get the one you want, pre-ordering is the best option.
Rob's tour is in support of his new album, Chip Tooth Smile, which features the single "One Less Day (Dying Young)."
Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioMadonna is currently in Israel, rehearsing for her performance at the finale of this year's Eurovision Song Contest -- a TV show that's absolutely massive everywhere but in North America. But until a few hours ago, it wasn't 100-percent certain that she'd even be allowed onstage.
It seems that up until today, Madonna hadn't actually signed an official contract for the gig, and the show's organizers reportedly wouldn't let her in the building, let alone perform, unless she did. Well, apparently, she's finally signed on the dotted line, and the show will go on.
Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said in a statement, "We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Performing live during the biggest entertainment show in the world will be a special moment for everyone – not least the fans."
Sand added, "The talent on display in the competition this year is phenomenal and I’m sure the artists will further be inspired by her incredible performance and staging. We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching."
Two-hundred-million are expected to tune into the performance this weekend, during which Madonna will perform "Like a Prayer," as well as her new song, "Future," with rapper Quavo, according to the New York Post.
Madonna had been urged by Palestinian supporters to boycott the show, but she issued a statement saying she wouldn't be dissuaded by "someone's political agenda."
The Eurovision Song Contest involves member countries of the European Broadcasting Union submitting an original song to be performed on live TV. Each country then votes for the other countries' songs. Past winners of the competition include ABBA and Celine Dion.
Other artists and celebs participating in the event include Sharon Osbourne, Juliette Lewis and Perry's wife, Sara Gilbert.
Perry began her career as the frontwoman of 4 Non Blondes. Among the many well-known artists she's collaborated with are Pink, Christina Aguilera, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Dolly Parton and Cheap Trick.
She'll be recognized for her many creative achievements as a producer and songwriter, and for her charitable work through We Are Hear, a combination record label, publishing house and production and management company she co-founded in 2017.
"I'm honored that my dearest friends, colleagues, and collaborators who have supported me throughout my life will now come together to help me raise awareness for the Grammy Museum's education initiatives," says Perry.
"Music education should not be a luxury and with the help of these visionaries and this community, we hope to play a small part of sparking creativity and inspiring future songwriters, producers, and musicians."
Meanwhile, in the coming days, Cheap Trick will be serving as an opening act -- along with Bad Company -- for ZZ Top's three 50th anniversary Texas Bash shows. They're scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Dallas, The Woodlands and Del Valle.
Interscope RecordsWith Rocketman premiering tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, you can now hear the star of the Elton John biopic, Taron Egerton, duet with Elton himself.
The song "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" was written specifically for Rocketman by Elton and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and plays over the closing credits. Co-produced by Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, the duet is featured on the Rocketman soundtrack, which is due out on May 24.
The upbeat, rousing tune is a message of self-empowerment to oneself, as Taron and Elton sing, "I'm gonna love me again/ Check in on my very best friend/ Find the will to fill my sails/ Rise above the broken rails/ Unbound by any ties that break or bend/ I'm free and don't you know...I'm gonna love me again."
Elton John's biopic Rocketman will premiere tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, and Elton himself will finally see the finished movie for the first time. Taron Egerton, who plays Elton in Rocketman, says he's a little worried about how the music legend will respond.
"He hasn't seen it yet and I'm apprehensive about him seeing it, of course, but only because it's been so much work," Taron recently told ABC Radio.
"I have great faith in the film and I think Dexter [Fletcher], our director, has done the most incredible job," Taron adds. "I think he'll love it. He's heard the music and he's been incredibly positive about it."
As for why Elton has taken a hands-off approach to a movie about his life -- especially one that shows the messy parts -- Taron says it's because he has faith in everyone involved.
"[H]e and I are friends and I think he knows that I'm very serious about my job," Taron tells ABC Radio. "And we've assembled a really great team of filmmakers and I think he knows that his story's in good hands. I hope, anyway!"
Jamie Bell, who plays Elton's songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in Rocketman, tells Deadline that he thinks the movie is "brave and courageous" in its portrayal of Elton.
"He's been through some stuff that I think a lot of people also struggle with -- sexual identity issues, substance abuse, all kinds of serious, important issues," Jamie says. "I think he would feel like he would be undermining those people who deal with that stuff if it was glossed over."
Rocketman will screen tonight at 7 p.m. in Cannes. It hits U.S. theaters May 31. The soundtrack, featuring an Elton/Taron duet titled "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," comes out May 24.
Last fall, plans were announced to mount a lengthy U.S. tour of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, the stage production inspired by Meat Loaf's landmark 1977 album and its sequels, but the trek was canceled before it began. Now, a six-week New York City engagement of the musical has been confirmed, running from early August to early September at New York City Center.
The show's first performance will be held August 1, while the official opening night is scheduled for August 8, with a run through September 8. Before last year's cancellation, the production originally had been slated to run from July 30 to September 22 at City Center.
Tickets are on sale now via NYCityCenter.org, at the venue's box office, or by phoning 212-581-1212.
As previously reported, Bat Out of Hell: The Musical showcases a variety of classic songs written by Jim Steinman and made famous by Meat Loaf, including "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."
The production is a romantic adventure focusing on an eternally youthful street tribe locked in a desperate battle with a tyrant for control of the ruined city where they live.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical had its world premiere in Manchester, U.K., in early 2017, then moved to London's West End, where it enjoyed multiple engagements. The show also has been staged in Toronto and Oberhausen, Germany.
Just a day after Mick Jaggershowed off his moves following successful heart-valve surgery last month, The Rolling Stones have announced that they're getting back on the road.
The band's 17-date No Filter tour of North America originally was slated to launch on April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida, but it was postponed following the news that Jagger needed medical treatment.
With Mick back on his feet, the band now will be kicking off the trek with a June 21 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field. That show and two others, a second Soldier Field performance on June 24 and a June 29 concert in Oro-Medonte, Canada, are on the same dates that originally were announced.
Meanwhile, a July 14 show in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has been added to the tour in place of The Stones' canceled appearance at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of the band's mailing list will have the opportunity to buy pre-sale tickets starting Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. local time.
The Rolling Stones' North American No Filter tour now is mapped out through an August 31 show in Miami Gardens.
6/21* -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/25* -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/29* -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Burl's Creek 7/3 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 7/7 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium 7/14 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 7/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 7/27 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 8/1 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/5 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/10 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 8/14 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 8/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 8/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 8/26 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 8/31 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
* = no date change.
Ticketmaster notes that tickets sold for the original date will be honored, but those who cannot attend the rescheduled date can refund their tickets via their Ticketmaster account.