*The man writing the screenplay to the upcoming Elton John biopic says the rocker has been very cooperative and accommodating. Screenwriter Lee Hall tells BBC Radio 4 Elton is giving him "incredible free rein" with the script, and "hasn't interfered at all." He adds that Elton has actually been helpful in giving him the inside story of some of his darkest times. Hall recalls that John has shared "his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab." He says the movie, titled "Rocketman," will tell Elton's story "from birth to rehab," and will include "all the trouble he got into."
Elton is serving as an executive producer for "Rocketman," and developing the project through his film company, Rocket Pictures. Actor Tom Hardy is slated to star as Elton in the movie, which is expected to begin shooting later this year.
*Peter Gabriel admits he didn't have "any idea" the world music label he founded 25 years ago would still be operating today. But as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of Real World records, the rocker tells BBC News he believes the label will be around for another 25 years. Gabriel admits that albums "don't sell in the way they used to."
But he says people "have to make a choice as consumers" about whether they're willing to "return some payment" to the artists, adding that he thinks "there is a lot of generosity in people's hearts." Peter adds that through Real World he's had the chance to work with some "extraordinary artists" over the years." The former Genesis frontman hosted his Womad Festival in Wiltshire, England over the weekend. And for those who don't know - his record label grew out of that international arts event.
*While Ace Frehley has never shied away from discussing his struggles with addiction during his days with Kiss, he believes it never affected his abilities as badly as his former band mates have claimed. In a new interview, he says that it’s all part of a smear campaign and that his forthcoming album, ‘Space Invader,’ will vindicate him.
“In concert, I always delivered,” he told WENN. “And 95 percent of the time I delivered on record. It’s there, its history. All they’re trying to do is discredit me, so it validates the new line-up. They’ll look foolish when my new album comes out.”
*Following last week’s decision by an Idaho casino to cancel a Ted Nugent concert, another venue has done the same. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed his Aug. 2-3 shows from their calendar.
“The first amendment gives people the right to free speech,” Lawrence W. LaPointe of the Puyallup Tribe, which runs the casino, said. “But I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here. We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations. I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don’t need it here.”
While neither of the two casinos that have severed their relationships with Nugent have offered proof of his racism, some have pointed to his reference to President Obama in January as a “subhuman mongrel” — a term loaded with racial implications — as evidence. Nugent apologized a month after making that remark.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.