Newsbites: Who movie set for cinemas
A documentary movie detailing the making of classic Who album Quadrophenia will be shown on BBC 4 in the UK on 29 June, and in select US cinemas on July 24. Can You See The Real Me includes an introduction from guitarist Pete Townshend and promises “an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into one of rock’s most influential bands.” FInd out more.
Anthrax will release a covers EP to mark a year since the launch of long-awaited album Worship Music. Drummer Charlie Benante reports: “It’s got fun shit on it, made up of cover songs from our favourite bands including Rush, Thin Lizzy, Boston and Journey. It’s going to be really cool.” The record, currently known as The Seventies EP, is likely to be released in September. [Loudwire]
Duff McKagan finally received his high school diploma this week because he returned to his studies more than 30 years after he dropped out. The former Guns n’Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist says: “I did the not-so-popular 48-year plan.”
The Rock’n'Roll All Stars’ promoter is being sued by a venue in Venezuela over claims $270,000 was paid for a cancelled event and never returned. The eleven-man superstar outfit –including Gene Simmons, Joe Elliott, Glenn Hughes, Sebastian Bach – called off six of their planned nine shows in South America during April and May. Evenpro, organisers of the event at Campo De Futbol Universidad, Caracas, say they paid up front for a two-hour performance and meet-and-greet session. When it was cancelled Gabe Reed Productions didn’t return the cash. Evenpro allege breach of contract, conversion, fraud, unjust enrichment and business disparagement.
A rare AC/DC tour programme has sold on eBay for $1500. The 1976 souvenir was produced for the band’s Giant Dose of Rock’n'Roll tour of Australia, but was withdrawn midway through the 20-date trip because authorities deemed it “a case for the moral decline in the nation’s youth.” The action is thought to have stemmed from a “politically incorrect” comment on bassist Mark Evans’ page about Swedish actress Britt Ekland.
Joe Walsh believes there are two main ingredients to a successful career as a musician. He says: “First, you sit and figure out other people’s parts, including listening to the old blues players, so that you get a bank of knowledge to draw from. Eventually that leads to coming up with your own ideas, writing your own material. Second, you have to get out and play in front of people. That’s a big part of being a musician. Lots of kids rehearse in their parents’ garage and become legends in that environment, but they never play for anybody. [Gibson.com]
A 65-year-old dementia sufferer wants to put a band together of people with the same condition, in the belief it will help keep their minds active. John Colledge says: “I thought it would be a bit of fun to form a band and rehearse on a regular basis, supporting each other in the process. I have good and bad days with my dementia, but I was always taught to do the simple things but do them well, so that’s what we’ll aim for. Find out more.