Quick Takes On John Mellencamp, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Brain Wilson, & Jon Bon Jovi
Friday, August 22, 2014
Quick Takes On John Mellencamp, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Brain Wilson, & Jon Bon Jovi
John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan have split up after three years. According to an unnamed source, the pair called it quits "a couple of weeks ago." Mellencamp and Ryan became an item shortly after Mellencamp’s split from his wife of 18 years, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp. Another source told People, "It was the distance. She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause." A Mellencamp insider told Closer Weekly that celebrity played an important part in the split: "I don't think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress. I bet he'll stay away from dating another famous person for a while." (CNN)

Genesis fans are chomping at the bit after what looks like new cover artwork popped up on their Facebook page. A statement promising news today (August 22nd) read: "Stay tuned for some exciting Genesis news here tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s our new logo." So far, all that has been publicly in the works is a definitive BBC documentary featuring the participation from all the members over the years.
Set for an official reissue on September 16th are two long out-of-print posthumous Jimi Hendrix collections -- February 1971’s The Cry Of Love -- which was the first set to feature tracks from Hendrix’s unfinished fourth album, First Rays Of The New Rising Sun -- and its October 1971 followup, Rainbow Bridge. Both sets were compiled and co-produced by Hendrix’s engineer Eddie Kramer and late-Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.
The tracklisting for The Cry Of Love is: "Freedom," "Drifting," "Ezy Ryder," "Night Bird," "Flying," "My Friend," "Straight Ahead," "Astro Man," "Angel," "In From the Storm," and "Belly Button Window."
The tracklisting for Rainbow Bridge is: "Dolly Dagger," "Earth Blues," "Pali Gap," "Room Full Of Mirrors," "Star Spangled Banner (studio version)," "Look Over Yonder," "Hear My Train A Comin’ (live)," and "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)."
The Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy will receive its world premiere on September 7th at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie, which chronicles the Beach Boys leader's hit making ‘60s days, retreat into mental illness, virtual imprisonment by his psychiatrist, and finally a second chance at a family and career is fully endorsed by Wilson and wife/manager Melinda Wilson. Additional screenings will take place on September 8th and 11th. No word yet on when fans can expect a theatrical release.
Although he didn't name check Jon Bon Jovi, estranged bandmate Richie Sambora answered Bon Jovi's invitation to partake in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Bon Jovi had passed the challenge along to the other Bon Jovi members -- Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

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