Quick Takes On Billy Joel, Neil Young, Gregg Allman, Mike Love, And Deep Purple
Billy Joel will be among the New York notables appearing in the state's national tourism summer ad campaign spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In the commercial, Billy, who was raised and still lives on Long Island, talks about his home turf, with Newsday reporting, "He talks about his favorite place -- Long Island and its endless beaches, from Long Beach to Montauk to Long Island Sound." Billy says: "New York is my home -- there's no place like it in the world," while scenes from the Island are shown over a live version of "New York State Of Mind" from one of his recent Madison Square Garden concerts plays in the background.
Neil Young is keeping busy with work on his Archives Volume II box set and a second memoir. Young spoke to Rolling Stone about the second volume of outtakes, explaining, "It’ll be finished this summer. All of the music will be done. It goes just past (1979’s) Rust Never Sleeps. It’s full of albums that weren’t there before -- stuff I did that I never put out." Two legendary unreleased sets from that period include Homegrown from the 1974/1975 period and Chrome Dreams from 1977.
Young shed light on future volumes of the Archive series saying, "The rest will come out pretty quickly. While we’ve been working on Volume II, we’ve been working on the other volumes. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve made a template for how to release it in the future, if I can’t do it myself. I’ve also done a lot of it myself. The quality is there. It’s a model for how to preserve music."
He spoke about his upcoming second autobiography, the followup to 2012’s Waging Heavy Peace: "It’s finished. I’m painting art for it now. It’s not the same kind of book. It’s about my history with cars. I told the story of what happened in every car that I got, how my life changed as I drove these cars around. I would discover these different things that I saw while I was in them. And each chapter is about the next car I got, the experiences I had until that car was done."
Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against director Randall Miller and his production company, Unclaimed Freight, following the February 20th death of camera assistant Sarah Jones while on location Georgia filming his biopic Midnight Rider. Allman’s lawyer David Long-Daniels told a Savannah, Georgia-based judge: "We have come together and reasoned with one another." The Associated Press reported "Attorneys declined to discuss details of the deal, including whether Miller would be able to move forward with reviving the Midnight Rider movie."
Mike Love's touring version of the Beach Boys will welcome co-founding members Al Jardine and David Marks for a special one-off gig on July 5th in Wantagh, New York at Nikon At Jones Beach Theater. Jardine and Marks, who recently toured with Brian Wilson, are no longer part of Wilson's live band, nor is Wilson's right-hand man since 1999, former Beach Boys sideman, guitarist Jeff Foskett. Foskett has rejoined Love to replace Love's son Christian Love in the Beach Boys touring ensemble. In a confusing development, Jardine was recently recording with Wilson, and Jardine's son -- Matt Jardine -- is slated to replace Foskett for Wilson's upcoming live shows.
Deep Purple enlisted the help of director Robbie Newby to create the first official video for its 1972 signature tune, "Smoke On The Water." The track features the classic "Mark II" lineup of the band -- including Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice -- and remains among the highlights on the band’s legendary Machine Head collection. (Vintage Vinyl News).
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