Quick Takes 11/4/19

  • Bon Jovi has released “Unbroken,” the first video from the band’s upcoming album, titled, 2020, due out next spring. The band and its label Island Records will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the song’s download to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation over the next 12 months. “Unbroken” is also featured in the Josh Aronson-directed documentary, To Be Of Service, which “looks at the deep relationship between service dogs and veterans of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam.” (USA Today)
  • As he had done for the 2014 death of Jack BruceEric Clapton saluted Cream‘s recently deceased drummer Ginger Baker with a bit of new music posted on his official website (EricClapton.com). Clapton wrote, “For Peter Edward,” which were Baker’s first and middle given names. Ginger Baker died this past October 6th, at age 80, following years of poor health.
  • Kiss has just rolled out 75 new dates for the band band’s ongoing “The End Of The Road Tour.” The new stops will play North and South America, Europe, and a single stop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although final details have not been released, Kiss has announced that it will play its final show on July 17th, 2021 at a venue TBA in its hometown of New York City. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
  • A Kiss biopic is currently in the works. The band’s longtime manager Doc McGhee revealed to Ultimate Classic Rock: “For us now, for a biopic, like a Bohemian Rhapsody or something like that, it’s important to make sure you have the right partners, and you don’t get Jackass. You get something that’s true to what Kiss is. . . We’re in the middle of it now, and I think it will come out before the end of next year.” There’s been no word on a start-date for filming or of the production team involved in the film. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
  • An 800-pound polished stainless steel replica of Ringo Starr‘s hand flashing the peace sign was unveiled on (October 31st) at Beverly Gardens Park on Santa Monica Boulevard. The former-Beatle was on hand to present the sculpture as a gesture of good will and “peace and love” to his adopted home of Los Angeles.
  • The long-awaited Bee Gees biopic is starting to gain steam with Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, Paramount Pictures, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners heading up the still-untitled movie. Barry Gibb and his sisters-in-law, the respective widows of his late-brothers and bandmates Robin and Maurice — Dwina and Yvonne — will serve as executive producers on the film (Rolling Stone)
    • Back in 2017 Barry Gibb said in a statement announcing the upcoming production“This is a wonderful opportunity for our family. I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina. It’s another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It’s an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can’t wait to get started!”
  • For the second year running, former-Journey frontman Steve Perry has offered up a holiday classic for fans. Perry has just issued a new rendition of “Silver Bells” as a digital download and a seven-inch vinyl single, backed with a remix of last year’s offering, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
  • Perry posted to fans on his official website (StevePerry.com): “The holidays are certainly a wonderful time of the year filled with many emotions. I’m very happy to share with you one of my favorite holiday songs, ‘Silver Bells’ but done with my love for R&B mixed in, along with a new remix of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.’ I hope it brings a smile to you and yours in this holiday season!”