Burt Bacharach, one of the most successful songwriters in pop music history, is working on two projects simultaneously with Elvis Costello, the two recently announced.
The 59-year-old Costello told Noise11 that he and the 85-year-old Bacharach are collaborating on a Broadway musical based on the pair’s 1998 album, “Painted from Memory” that will include new songs as well. Costello, who begins a seven-concert tour of Australia and New Zealand on April 13 while Bacharach is on tour in Japan, didn’t get into details about the second project.
MEET MUSIC STARS AT HOLLYWOOD SHOW
Among the recording artists attending the annual Hollywood Show set for April 11-13 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel are “Lost in Space” actor and Barnes & Barnes (“Fish Heads”) musician Bill Mumy, The Heywoods leader Bo Donaldson, former Swallows and Drifters lead singer Bobby Hendricks, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, former Runaways Cherie Curie and Lita Ford, former Three Dog Night frontman Chuck Negron and Missing Person singer Dale Bozzio.
Other artists the public can meet at the event include former Buckinghams lead singer Dennis Tufano, pop singer Dodie Stevens (1959’s “Pink Shoe Laces”), Merrill Osmond, Monkee Micky Dolenz, former Manfred Mann lead singer Mike d’Abo (replaced Paul Jones), Otis Day & The Knights, The Archies lead singer Ron Dante, former Player (“Baby Come Back”) bassist-singer Ronn Moss, Shalamar’s Micki Free and The Beau Brummels leader Sal Valentino.
In addition, dozens of film and TV stars also will appear, including Patty Duke and her father on “The Patty Duke Show,” William Schallert, Richard “Jaws” Kiel, Hugh O’Brian, Cloris Leachman, Clu Gulager, Elliot Gould and Sally Kellerman from “M*A*S*H,” Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, John Saxon, Martin Landau, Michael J. Pollard, and “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.” herself, Stefanie Powers.
LEGALITIES: PAT BOONE, DAVID CASSIDY, RAY STEVENS
Pat Boone was supposed to be in court last week regarding a lawsuit involving a condo aboard a luxury liner that he purchased, but he and his wife were in Hawaii instead. So, the judge issued a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.
The thing is, Boone, who turns 80 in June, and Shirley, his wife of 60 years, aren’t directly involved in the suit. The lawyers for the ship’s investors received an $800,000 award from the construction company that’s building the ship and when the builders didn’t pay the lawyers they went after the condo buyers, including Boone.
David Cassidy, who was arrested on DUI’s three times over the past four years, was recenlty ordered by ajudge to remain in rehab. The judge is the one overseeing Cassidy’s most recent arrest in January in Los Angeles.
Cassidy, 63, was ordered to serve 90 days in rehab and he was placed on five years’ probation. He’ll have completed his rehab stint in time for his April 28 concert in North Carolina.
Satirical country-pop singer Ray Stevens, whose biggest hit was the serious 1970 social ode, “Everything Is Beautiful,” has a new weekly web series, “Rayality.” The premiere episode shows the musical comedian — who wrote the big time hits with “Ahab the Arab,” “Guitarzan” and “The Streak” — getting a speeding ticket in Georgia and having the judge sentence him to serve his time at a retirement home for entertainers. So, this isn’t actual legal news.
TOURS GALORE: STANDELLS, DEVO, MONKEES AND MORE
Garage band pioneers The Standells, known for such raw ‘60s hit anthems as “Dirty Water,” “Why Pick On Me” and “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White,” will undertake their first nationwide U.S. tour since the late ‘60s, according to a Facebook message from founding group leader, singer-keyboardist Larry Tamblyn. The 17-date tour launches April 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Tremont Music Hall and wraps May 21 in Las Vegas at the Cheyenne Saloon. Last year saw the band release its first album in more than 40 years, the well-received “Bump.”
Stately British rockers Procol Harum, whose debut 45, “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” in 1967, is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold more than 10 million copies, is spending May through July performing in Europe, Canada and the U.S.
Led by founding pianist-singer-composer Gary Brooker, the quintet will play eight shows in the United States, including the Grand Ballroom in New York on July 11.
Oddball New Wave rockers Devo, whose tongue-in-cheek 1980 single “Whip It” sold more than a million copies, will celebrate the life and music of its late lead guitarist Bob “Bob 2” Casale, who died in L.A. in February of a sudden massive heart attack at age 61, with a 10-concert tour.
The tour begins June 18 at the Ramshead in Baltimore with a stop at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on June 29.
Graham Gouldman, one of the most successful-yet-unknown English songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, will embark on a 22-date jaunt through Britain prior to his induction in June into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Among the hits he wrote are “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul” for The Yardbirds, “Listen People” and “No Milk Today” for Herman’s Hermits and “Bus Stop” and “Look Through Any Window” for The Hollies.
In the 1970s he was a founding member of 10cc, and wrote or co-wrote such hits as “I’m Not in Love” and “The Things We Do For Love.” Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs Tour begins May 6 in Birmingham and wraps May 30 at the Wynchwood Festival in Cheltonham.
Melanie Safka, better known simply as folkie Melanie, hit the top of the charts in the early ‘70s with the epic gospel-infected “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and her biggest hit, the fun, quirky, sexual “Brand New Key” that sold 3 million copies. Her career would have been considerably bigger had any bit of her set at Woodstock in 1969 been included in the landmark 1970 film or the triple-album soundtrack that hit No. 1.
Melanie, who is playing a benefit on the 29th in Franklin, Tenn., will return to Australia for the first time in 37 years when her 10-date “People In The Front Row Tour” touches down there from June 7-26, including a three-night at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival at the Dunstan Playhouse. A portion of the profits from the tour will be donated to animals in Australia.
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith, who agreed to reunite as The Monkees only after the passing of Davy Jones, are hitting the road again — this time for 14 concerts in the eastern U.S.
The tour kicks off with a May 22 concert in New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom and concludes June 7 at the Hard Rock Live in Ohio. So far, no dates in the western United States have been announced.
As a solo act away from The Monkees, the 71-year-old Nesmith has eight shows set between now and The Monkees tour, including on April 27 at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. He is also set to perform April 29 at the Roxy in West Hollywood.
The 69-year-old Dolenz has seven solo gigs throughout the year, including a show on June 28 in Grand Ronde, Oregon, at the Spirit Mountain Casino with Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits. Tork, 72, is off the road until The Monkees tour.
MORE STONES TOUR NEWS
The Rolling Stones have announced that they’ll be back on the road in May following the postponement of their “14 ON FIRE Tour” of Australia and New Zealand after the suicide death of L’Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend of the past 13 years. The Stones will crank up the machine once again on May 26 in Oslo, Norway, at the 23,000-seat Telenor Arena. The ongoing 14-gig “14 ON FIRE Tour” will continue through July 3 in Denmark, when 80,000 fans will see the band perform at the Roskilde Festival.
Other stops in between include a concert on June 4 in Tel Aviv, Israel, when approximately 100,000 will see them, and a June 22 show when they’ll play before possibly as many as 500,000 fans at the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome.
One more note on Scott’s death: British daily the Guardian reports that Jagger had given a portion of Scott’s ashes to her ostracized sister Jan Shane so that they could be buried with their parents in Ogden, Utah. Shane was banned from her funeral in Los Angeles by her and Scott’s brother, Randall Bamborough, and Jagger, because she and Scott had been estranged for several years (the family has since made up).
Scott told the paper, “I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, Mick’s kind gesture. It was a thoughtful gesture to make sure a part of her returned to her roots. It’s pleasing to know her ashes will be buried next to mom and dad because L’Wren was so close to them. It’s good to know I will be able to visit her grave.”
Scott left her entire $9 million estate to Jagger.
JOHN LENNON’S LETTER TO PHIL SPECTOR SELLS BIG
“A Matter of Pee,” John Lennon’s letter scribbled in an orange marker to Phil Spector, was sold for $88,000 — well over the estimated $6,600-$10,000 it was thought to sell for, auctioneers Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions reported.
The letter is dated 1975, which is known as Lennon’s so-called “Lost Weekend” in Los Angeles. During that time, Lennon blamed his drinking buddy pals Keith Moon of The Who and Harry Nilsson for urinating on a recording studio’s console after he and then gal-pal May Pang had left. The seller is the estate of guitarist friend Jesse Ed Davis, a close friend Lennon’s and George Harrison’s.
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