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Lynyrd Skynyrd Sue Former Member Over Biopic - (hennemusic) The surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against former bandmate and drummer Artimus Pyle over his plans to release a biopic depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed six people, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. Rolling Stone reports guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant's brother and lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and the estates of other Skynyrd members killed in the crash were among those who filed the lawsuit against Pyle and co-producer Cleopatra Records in Manhattan on June 16. In the suit, Lynyrd Skynyrd argues that Pyle "is free to exploit his own personal life story" for the film, but the biopic is in danger of violating "a 1988 consent order" that members - Pyle included - agreed to concerning control of the Lynyrd Skynyrd copyright. The order states that "No such exploitation of life story rights is authorized which purports to be a history of the 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' band, as opposed to the life story of the applicable individual." The lawsuit marks the second interaction between the parties since Pyle first announced plans for the project. Initially titled “Free Bird”, the project was changed to “Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” following a cease-and-desist notice from the group last summer. As an unauthorized biopic, Pyle is prevented from incorporating the band's music into the film. The project is reportedly in production now and may be released in 2018. A July 11 court date has been scheduled for the lawsuit. Pyle left Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1991. “Street Survivors” – the band’s fifth studio album – was issued on October 17, 1977. Three days later, on October 20, Skynyrd’s chartered airplane crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing the pilot, co-pilot, the group's assistant road-manager and three band members – frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. Beyond the tragedy, the incident severely injured most who survived the crash. The album is the last Skynyrd project recorded by original members Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and is the group’s sole studio recording with Steve Gaines. Lynyrd Skynyrd regrouped in the late 1980s and continue to record and tour; the lineup includes lone original member Gary Rossington on guitar and Ronnie Van Zant’s brother, Johnny, on lead vocals. The band’s most recent release is 2012’s “Last Of A Dyin’ Breed.”
Adele Makes Surprise Visit To London Firefighters - ( Adele surprised London firefighters who helped extinguish the Grenfell Tower Blaze that killed 79 people by showing up at their fire station unannounced. This past Monday (June 19), firefighter Rob Petty from the local Chelsea Fire Station shared photos of Adele's visit on Facebook. "Not everyday the wonderfully grounded and caring Adele pops into Chelsea Fire Station for a cup of tea and a cuddle," he captioned several photos with Adele. Station manager Ben King told the BBC that Adele showed up to the station, knocked on the window and said she had some cakes for those inside. "So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said, 'Hi, I'm Adele,'" King recalls. "Everyone was so shocked. She came in, came up to the mess and had a cup of tea with the watch and then she joined us for the minute's silence. We have had so much support for the local community and we cannot thank everyone enough." Previously, Adele shared her support for the victims’ families of the 24-story residential building engulfed in flames last week when she attended a vigil service a day after the fire. Adele and husband, Simon Konecki, were spotted in London offering hugs and comfort to those in attendance.
Pete Townshend Helps Victims Of Grenfell Fire - (Gibson) Pete Townshend is pitching in to assist victims of last week’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire. As reported by London’s The Mirror, the guitarist knew four families who lived in the high-rise apartment building, and has written checks to some of those who were impacted by the tragedy.
“They’re not okay,” he said. “A mother lost her daughter, two little girls were in comas. So I’ve been right in there helping with those families.” Townshend, who grew up in nearby Shepherd’s Bush, went so far as to replace a piano that a young girl lost in the fire. He’s also teamed up with the musician’s collective Artists for Grenfell to record a cover version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” with proceeds from sales of the single going towards aid for the victims. “It’s fantastic, I promise you you’re going to love it,” he said, describing the recording. “What they’ve done is so great.” More than 50 artists participated in the making of the single, including Queen’s Brian May and Townshend’s bandmate Roger Daltrey.
Bret Michaels Appears In Next Sharknado Film - (antimusic) Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be doing his part to advance shark-mania by appearing in the next installment of the surprise hit Sharknado film franchise. Bret shared his excitement about being part of the movie, "I was talking to my good friend Mark McGrath who raved about how much fun he had doing Sharknado. When the writers approached me with an idea specifically written for me, I couldn't say no. The producers and entire crew were great and I had a truly amazing time filming it. I think everyone is going to love this new film." The new film will be entitled "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" and is scheduled to premiere on the SYFY network on August 6th and will also feature Olivia Newton John. The film's screenwriter and casting director Scotty Mullen had this to say about Michael's being part of the film, "Bret was awesome. He invited us out to his house, handed us a beer and shared his enthusiasm of the franchise, along with his many amazing ideas. "His scene with the custom made and soon to be iconic sharkslayer guitar is one of the wildest, most exciting, fun openings we have ever shot. It's like nothing you've ever seen before and sure to be a fan favorite in the history of Sharknado."
Pink Floyd Founder's Gold Record Sells For $25,000 At Auction - (AXS) The RIAA gold record presented to Pink Floyd's Richard Wright for their iconic “The Dark Side of the Moon” album was sold at auction on June 22 for $25,000, Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced today. A plaque on the award that was given to Wright reads, “'Presented to / Richard Wright / To Commemorate The Sale Of More Than / One Million Dollars Worth Of The / Harvest Records / Long-Playing Record Album / 'The Dark Side Of The Moon.” The gold record came with a letter of authenticity from Wright's second wife, Franka. “Pink Floyd memorabilia has been in great demand in recent months,” auction owner Nate D. Sanders said in a statement released after today's auction. Wright's gold record for the Pink Floyd album “The Wall” had sold for over $40,000 in 2005, the auction house said. “The Dark Side of the Moon,” released March 1, 1973, became Pink Floyd’s defining commercial success, selling over 45 million copies. The album was nominated for only one Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical” at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1973 for the production work by Alan Parsons, but strangely enough did not win. In 2015, Billboard said the album held the record for the most weeks on its Billboard 200 album chart. In an article about facts on the album, the Houston Press revealed that Sir Paul McCartney was recorded for a role as one of the speaking voices heard on the album by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, but his work was left on the cutting room floor.
Marvel To Release Rock Variant Covers This Fall - ( Marvel will release five Marvel Rock variant covers this September to celebrate the connection between music fans and comic book readers. This theme follows Marvel’s previously released hip-hop variant covers from the last few years. The covers will each pay tribute to a classic rock album that defined and expanded the musical genre. Nirvana’s Nevermind, The Clash’s London Calling and Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction are the first iconic albums to get a Marvel makeover.
Bruce Springsteen To Make Broadway Debut? - ( Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut this fall, according to the New York Post. Sources close to the matter said Springsteen will perform a pared-down version of his usual setlist during an eight-week run at the Walter Kerr Theatre. “He wants to play a smaller house,” a source at the Kerr said. “He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway.” While dates have not been announced, the residency would likely begin in November. According to the source, the Kerr offered him the space rent-free for the eight-week run.

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