Quick Takes 9/6/19

  • A new Freddie Mercury video has been created for the song “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.” The track, which was originally released as part of the Queen frontman’s 1985 solo debut, Mr. Bad Guy, was released yesterday to honor him on what would have been his 73rd birthday. The animated video is “a love story between two white blood cells, one of which has become infected by the (AIDS) virus.” The tune is featured on the upcoming Mercury box set, Never Boring, due out on October 11th, featuring the new compilation — also titled Never Boring — and his two solo albums, Mr. Bad Guy and 1988’s Barcelona.
  • Rolling Stone reported: “Also included is a book of unpublished photos with an introduction from Rami Malek — who won a Best Actor Oscar portraying Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody — and a DVD featuring 13 videos and a Mercury interview. (Rolling Stone)
  • Eric Clapton‘s upcoming Crossroads Guitar Festival will be simulcast live on Pay-Per-View across North America on September 21st and 22nd. The Festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will play in the city that hosted the first-ever Festival — Dallas, Texas at American Airlines Arena.
  • The Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years since 2004 to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency. In addition to Clapton, the musicians appearing at the 2019 event include Jeff BeckPeter FramptonJoe WalshJonny LangBonnie RaittDerek TrucksDoyle Bramhall IIJerry DouglasVince Gill, Buddy GuySheryl CrowJimmie Vaughan, Keb MoAlbert LeeJohn MayerAndy Fairweather LowBilly GibbonsJerry DouglasGary Clark Jr.Robert Cray, and Los Lobos, among others. (Press release)
  • Tom Petty’s first wife, Jane Benyo Petty, purchased the late rocker’s boyhood home on July 31st for $175,000. Benyo Petty, who was high school sweethearts with Tom, is the mother of his two daughters, and was married to him from 1974 to 1996. She explained to The Gainesville Sun why she wanted to buy the property on 1715 N.E. Sixth Terrace, saying, “When I went to the house, it had changed and it didn’t look the same, but I thought we should have it in the family. . . I’m not going to make a museum out of it.” (Gainesville.com)
  • Paul McCartney will be on hand today (September 6th) in London to read from his new children’s book, Hey Grandude! The former-Beatle will appear in Piccadilly bookstore Waterstones. According to the announcement, “Customers will have the chance to purchase one of a limited amount of tickets to attend the event with up to two children or grandchildren to meet Paul and have a copy of Hey Grandude! signed in person.” (Press release)
  • On September 13th, Toto will release the multimedia collection 40 Tours Around The Sun via digital audio and digital video. The collection will be issued as a double-CD or triple-album set on September 20th, with the DVD and Blu-ray hitting the street on November 15th. The live set was captured on March 17th, 2018 during the band’s show at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in front of 18,000 fans.
  • Highlights on the package included such classics as “Hold The Line,” “Rosanna,” “Africa,” a cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Human Nature” — which was co-written by Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, and a new take on the Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” (Press release)