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Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits… The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to look like a dream rock festival line-up.
Not to mention Rihanna and a couple of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who may yet put in an appearance at the world’s biggest film festival, which starts Tuesday.
The opening movie alone, the tongue-in-cheek zombie flick “The Dead Don’t Die”, is chock full of A-lister musicians.
As well as Waits and Iggy Pop — who plays a rampaging member of the undead — it also stars singer Selena Gomez and rapper and Wu-Tang Clan guru RZA.
Its director Jim Jarmusch is a composer in his spare time and leads Bill Murray and Adam Driver are both musical, with the “Groundhog Day” actor touring North America as a singer with a chamber orchestra in 2017.
And that is all before the promise of Elton John bringing his grand piano to the Croisette to play at the premiere of his biopic, “Rocketman”.
With “Bohemian Rhapsody” taking more than $900 million at the box office, cinema bosses are wetting their lips over the amount a film about the sex and drug-fuelled life story of the writer of such standards as “I’m Still Standing” will rake in.
– Sex, drugs and Elton John –
Unlike that the Freddie Mercury movie, which skirted around the singer’s complex personal life, the Elton John picture prides itself on its warts-and-all portrayal.
The singer — who has been frank about his struggles with his sexuality, drugs and alcohol — was himself deeply involved in the film, which his husband David Furnish produced.
“We didn’t want to compromise the fact we felt it had to be hard-hitting and truthful,” Furnish said.
“I think we would have got a lot more interest (from studios) at the higher-budget levels if we’d been willing to produce a more sanitised version of Elton’s life.
“That never appealed to Elton,” he added. “His life has had incredible moments of lightness but also moments of real darkness. We wanted to be very honest about those and not gloss them over.”
More than a decade in the making, the film was written by Lee Hall of “Billy Elliot” fame with its star Jamie Bell playing Sir Elton’s friend and lyricist Bernie Taupin, who penned such classics as “Rocketman”, “Candle in the Wind” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” with John.
British actor Taron Egerton, who shaved his hair to mimic the singer’s receding 1970s hairline and painting a gap in his teeth, said he was freaked out when the man himself walked onto the set as he was performing “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”.
“I don’t think I could have done it if he was around a lot,” he admitted.
But the now 72-year-old superstar was impressed, telling the Hollywood Reporter last week that “I didn’t think it was Taron. I thought it was me.”
– Led Zeppelin documentary –
Distributors at Cannes will also get a sneak preview of first authorised documentary on the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham all spoke to director Bernard McMahon, the maker of the acclaimed television series on roots music, “American Epic”.
“When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,” Page said in a statement.
Speculation is also rising that pop idol Rihanna — who is about to launch her new luxury Paris-based fashion house Fenty — could also turn up on the Riviera, with a source close to her entourage telling AFP that he “wouldn’t be shocked up she drops by”.
U2 frontman Bono will definitely be there to support the documentary “5B”, which is showing in the official selection and tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the States to treat patients with AIDS.
“Bono has been a fervent champion of the cause” and the “fight against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria”, the festival said.
Star pianist James Rhodes’ struggle with post traumatic stress disorder after a teacher raped him as a child is also coming to the big screen in the forthcoming film “Instrumental”, with its producers Lionsgate set to unveil the project at Cannes.
Londoner Rhodes, who will be played by actor Andrew Garfield, had to go to court in 2015 to get a ban on the publishing of his autobiography lifted.
London — It’s been almost 150 years since Queen Victoria opened Royal Albert Hall in honor of her beloved late husband, Prince Albert. Since then, the London concert venue has seen decades of world-class performances, but not with world-class sound. That’s since changed in a big way with the installation of what’s said to be the world’s largest single-room speaker system. It’s one of Britain’s most distinctive performance venues, but royal architects at the time didn’t take acoustics into account when the
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Imagine what the majors could do if they expanded their repertoires beyond hip-hop, rap and boy bands!
For the first time ever, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) has revealed how many high-resolution music titles are available in the United States for downloads and streaming.
The Washington, D.C.-based trade organization compiled research that shows more than 33,500 albums (or 400,000 tracks) of studio-quality formats are currently accessible to listeners. That’s a 29 percent increase over a year ago, due largely to major labels releasing 1,000 studio-quality albums per month. Studio quality is defined as both hi-res audio (48khz/20-bit or higher) and the studio production format of 44.1 kHz/24-bit audio).
RIAA chief technology officer David Hughes said, “Fans now have access to their favorite music in more ways than ever before, in more formats than ever before, and with better quality than ever before. To meet fans’ growing demand for the highest-quality sound, labels have made the development of the hi-res music market a top priority. It’s another example of how labels continue to drive music forward and provide fans new ways to listen and engage with music.”
Data further shows the distribution of hi-res albums to be rather top-heavy: 77 percent of the RIAA’s highest gold- and platinum-certified records, 79 percent of one major streaming service’s top 100 all-time streamed tracks, 78 percent of Soundscan’s top 100 albums of last year, and 68 percent of one major streaming service’s top weekly tracks.
The RIAA timed their report to coincide with a hi-res audio showcase during the 2019 MusicBiz Nashville conference, The Future Is Now Music Experience, which runs from May 5-7 at Nashville’s JW Marriott Hotel.
In 2017, the RIAA joined all three major labels, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) and digital service providers including Pandora, Rhapsody/Napster and HD Tracks in annoucing their support for hi-res music streaming audio.
Tarantula Meets Mustang: Dylan Calls on Patti Smith
July 7, 1975
A copy of “Witt” was slid across the table to Patti Smith. “Would you sign this for me, please?” “Sure,” said Patti, “what’s your first name?” He told her. “Like in New Jersey?” Patti asked, and he said no: with a z. “Well, I’ll draw you a map of Jersey,” and so on the inside page Patti scratched its intestinal boundaries, in the middle labeled it Neo Jersey, signed her name, and passed the copy of “Witt” back to Jerzy Kosinski.
The night before, after the second set at the Other End, the greenroom door opened and the remark hanging in the air was Bob Dylan asking a member of Patti’s band, “You’ve never been to New Jersey?” So, all hail Jersey. And in honor of Dylan’s own flair for geographical salutation (“So long New York, hello East Orange”), all hail the Rock and Roll Republic of New York. With the Rolling Stones holding out at Madison Square Garden, Patti Smith and her band at the Other End, and Bob Dylan making visitations to both events, New York was once again the world’s Rock and Roll Republic.
Patti Smith had a special Rimbaud-emblematized statement printed up in honor of Stones week, and when her band went into its version of “Time Is on My Side” (yes it is), she unbuttoned her blouse to reveal a Keith Richard T-shirt beneath. On the opening night she was tearing into each song and even those somewhat used to her galloping id were puzzled by lines like “You gotta a lotta nerve sayin’ you won’t be my parking meter.” Unknown to many in the audience, parked in the back of the room, his meter running a little quick, was the legendary Bobby D. himself. Dylan, despite his wary, quintessential cool, was giving the already highly charged room an extra layer of electricity and Patti, intoxicated by the atmosphere, rocked with stallion abandon. She was positively playing to Dylan, like Keith Carradine played to Lily Tomlin in the club scene from Nashville. But Dylan is an expert in gamesmanship, and he sat there, crossing and uncrossing his legs, playing back.