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Beatles News: Olivia Harrison rules out holograms, ‘Backbeat’ stage production to debut in Los Angeles
George Harrison's widow Olivia has ruled out ever reviving the Beatles legend's image with an onstage hologram, insisting she wouldn't be able to "handle" seeing it.
After last month's (Apr.12) hologram at the Coachella festival in California of 2-Pac 'performing' with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, there has been talk of holograms being part of performances by both Queen and Free (at the 2012 London Olympics). Queen did have a hologram of Freddie Mercury at the 10th anniversary of the 'We Will Rock You' stage production in the UK, but I have not found any footage of it online. The 2-Pac headline-grabbing performance sparked much debate about the possibilities of bringing back other dead music legends - but Fab Four star Harrison's wife has ruled out the chance of a Beatles reunion. She tells the latest issue of Mojo magazine, "No, I don't think I could handle that. I think that would be unkind and unfair to him too. He needs to be where he is, y'know (sic) - I'm sure he's occupied."
Thank god! I hope we can rule out there ever being a Beatles reunion with the hologram of George or John!
The stage production of the Beatles-themed ‘Backbeat, based on the 1994 movie about Stu Sutcliffe and his life with the Beatles. will be getting its U.S. debut in Los Angeles before making it to New York.
'Backbeat' is set for a Jan. 16 – Feb. 24 run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. ‘Backbeat’ has already enjoyed a well-received response when it played on London’s West End from fall 2010 into early 2011.
Before the L.A. shows, ‘Backbeat’ is scheduled to run July 21-Sept. 2 in Toronto, Canada at the city’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.
‘Backbeat’ is expected to include a number of the songs the Beatles covered while performing in Liverpool and Hamburg such as ‘Long Tall Sally,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.’ Casting for the Los Angeles production is currently taking place. We'll give you more details as they become available.
After the debut of a holographic image of late rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996, "performing" along side Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Festival in California last month, the company many have other dead artists being prepared for appearances. While technology has been beneficial in many aspects of the making and presentation of music and how we consume it these days, I have already come out against this bullshit and I view it as another in the continued desecration of 'live' music presentation.
Sanj Surati of Musion Technology, the company that created the Shakur hologram, told NME: "Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, oh, and Michael Jackson would be the ultimate one. Maybe even Whitney Houston. Elvis on stage with Justin Bieber would be a cool thing." Sorry Surati, but Bieber with Elvis would be a fucking joke. Surati called the hologram technology "a historic and exciting initiative."
Dr. Dre has said that the effect was strictly for Coachella and would not be taken on tour, but its inclusion in the show has launched a discussion about the future of live performance. A handful of artists in Japan have already used holograms in this manner.
System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse Of Radio recently that he thought holograms could be used to beam living artists into any festival in the world from wherever they were: "If the technology is available and we can get away with it, that would be awesome. Then you'd have, like, The Police from one part of the world, you have, you know, U2 from another part or you have African bands and all these people playing from different parts of the world on the same stage without being there." At least we know from recent comments from Roger Taylor of Queen that he wouldn't ever do any Queen performance with a Freddie Mercury hologram, but the girl group TLC will be doing some upcoming shows with a hologram of the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. Hopefully this isn't a trend that will get out of control. I want live music, with live instruments, live singing, and above all live people.
Look up Jem and the Holograms...man did they suck!
Step into the ‘Slash Box,’ check out a snippet of the new Slash track and Ali jam with Lenny Kravitz (video)
Slash has posted a fourth video documenting the recording of the new 'Apocalyptic Love'' album, due May 22nd. Check out the latest offering and find out all about the 'Slash Box,' the isolated room where Slash does his thing.
Australian hard rock station Triple M has previewed a snippet of a track from the new album called 'You're a Lie,' with the entire track expected to be available this Monday (Feb. 27).
The new album will be available a full four weeks before the regular album release, as the UK magazine Classic Rock presents the Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) - Apocalyptic Love Fanpack edition. It includes the new album in full (13 tracks + 2 bonus tracks), plus a 132-page magazine dedicated to every aspect of how this unique album was written and recorded.
The Slash Fan Pack will also give the exclusive low down on all the tracks, the band members, including Myles Kennedy, the Alter Bridge vocalist who has co-authored all the tracks with Slash, as well as the background on Slash's plans for the future.
The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Slash-approved and contains major exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles and every member of the band, plus producer Eric Valentine and album sleeve designer, Frank Maddox.
The magazine is also packed with a wealth of rare shots of Slash and his band in action and also includes an official die-cast metal Slash pin badge and a giant poster. You can pre-order now here.
Slash has announced he will be playing live with Ozzy Osbourne as part of the 'Ozzy And Friends' European tour which has replaced all but one of Black Sabbath's summer live shows. The shows have had to be reworked because of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi continued battle with lymphoma. Slash begins a brief US tour on May 3 in Baltimore, with dates booked throughout the month.
It was also confirmed earlier this week that the classic line up of Guns N' Roses will reunite to attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April. However, they are not confirmed to play live together on the night as yet. Dizzy Reed of GnR told Billboard recently "I know that all the original band is going to be there, I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
Slash doesn’t deny Dizzy Reed’s claim that the band is getting back together for one night in Cleveland, but he hasn't confirmed it. “I know that there’s a lot of rumor about it, as always when it comes to GNR, out there on the Internet and stuff, but as it stands right this second, I have no idea what’s going on,” the guitarist said in an interview with Mike Jones of Washington D.C. rock radio station DC101 a few days ago. Let's hope the guys hit the stage together, as it will surely be the big story at this years induction ceremony.
Slash joined his buddy Lenny Kravitz onstage for a rendition of 'Always on the Run' at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Feb. . The 16th annual Power Of Love Gala in honor of Ali at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and raises awareness for Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's, the disease Ali has been battling since 1984.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The tribute to the legend that is Ali will air tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 25) on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes, as they will vary. The tribute also includes performances by Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz and Hailey Reinhart. Look for appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Sean Combs, Terrance Howard, Common, Ne-Yo, Ken Jeong and more.
Here's an Artisan News Report documenting the occasion with Sammy Hagar showing his respect for the champ as well:
Sources say Black Sabbath had to pull out of the Coachella Music Festival because of Tony Iommi’s lymphoma diagnosis
Billboard.com is reporting: The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis, multiple industry sources tell Billboard.
It's unclear which artist was added as a last-minute replacement for Coachella, which will be headlined by Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and held for the first time over two weekends (April 13-15, April 20-22) in Indio, Calif.
As reported yesterday, Iommi, 63, is working with his doctors to determine the best course of treatment. It is unknown if further live dates will be affected by his diagnosis, including a previously announced headlining slot at the Download Festival in England in early June.
Best of luck and health to Tony Iommi!