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'X-Men,' 'Jurassic Park' Actors Cast as Queen in Biopic

Queen has announced which actors will star alongside Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

X:Men: Apocalypse actor Ben Hardy, who played Angel in the 2016 superhero film, will play drummer Roger Taylor in Bohemian Rhapsody, with British actor Gwilym Lee on board to portray guitarist Brian May.

“I’m very excited to say that I’ll be playing @DrBrianMay in Bohemian Rhapsody – the upcoming film about Queen! Right…I’m off to practice,” Lee tweeted Monday.

Bassist John Deacon will be played by Joe Mazzello, who appeared as Tim in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park and has since had roles in The Social Network, Justified and Undrafted. All three actors will join the Mr. Robot star in the Bryan Singer-directed film.

The Queen official site also said that the level of detail on the film will be “quite staggering” as Queen archivist Greg Brooks has joined the production. The site also provided an update on the open casting call to Queen fans to play extras in Bohemian Rhapsody.

“They were inundated with fans from across the globe looking to grab a chance of being part of the movie, so thanks for your enthusiasm,” the site said. “It really did bring a smile to our faces…or was it just that there are lots of people out there with 70s and 80s haircuts looking to break into the movies? Either way, once again, Queen fans lead the way and for that, we salute you.”

Filming on Bohemian Rhapsody will start “very, very soon.”

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Misfits, Glenn Danzig to Reunite Again for Los Angeles Concert

Following the Misfits’ surprise reunion with former vocalist Glenn Danzig in 2016, the horror-punk group’s “original” lineup will perform once more at a Los Angeles concert this December.

The “One Night Only” event goes down December 30th at Los Angeles’ the Forum, where Danzig will perform alongside Misfits bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle.

Tickets for the concert, billed as the Misfits’ only show of 2017, go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. “Very special guests” will be added to the lineup at a later date.

“OK Los Angeles, you’ve waited almost 35 years for this, here’s your chance to see the ‘Original Misfits’ in this exclusive L.A. only performance,” Danzig said in a statement. “No tour, no BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there.”

Only added, “The Misfits were so far ahead of their time when we began back in 1977, that it took the world 40 years to catch up. That time has come, and that time is NOW… We intend to take you on a ride back in time, and into the future to experience 100% authentic punk rock at its essence, and the origin of thrash in its purist form. History will be made—again. Prepare to be devastated…”

After leaving Misfits in 1983, Danzig reunited with Only and Doyle in 2016 for a pair of Riot Fest shows in Chicago and Denver.

“I don’t think people should question it too much,” Danzig told Rolling Stone before the gigs. “It may have never happened, but it is going to happen for at least two shows. We’ll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it’s going to turn out?” He pauses. “I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a disaster; I think it’s going to be incredible.”

Following the triumphant reunion shows, the singer returned to his Danzig for Black Laden Crown. However, he kept open the possibility of more Misfits shows when he spoke to Rolling Stone in May.

“I’m open to possibly doing some more shows,” Danzig said. “I don’t want to tour, but if it happens and everything lines up properly, I would imagine there’d probably be a couple more shows. I don’t know when, but I’ll keep an open mind.”

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Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: The National on New Album

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

The National’s Matt Berninger and Bryan Devendorf join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on the making of their new album, Sleep Well Beast. They explain how weed, Donald Trump, Karl Rove inspired some of the songs, and why “rock n’ roll in general is on its way out.”

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Watch Bonnie Tyler, DNCE Perform 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'

During the August 2017 solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler and DNCE teamed up to perform Tyler’s 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” for Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise. The song was edited down from its original eight minutes to two minutes and 40 seconds, the exact length of this year’s eclipse.

Tyler and the Joe Jonas-led funk-pop group gave an energetic performance of the Eighties mega-hit and enduring karaoke standard to the guests on the cruise ship, with Jonas and Tyler harmonizing over the rest of the band’s raucous instrumentation.

The Total Eclipse Cruise is positioned in the path of totality of where the moon is currently moving across the sun. It departed Orlando, FL yesterday and will travel through the Caribbean. This rare phenomenon has been accessible to everyone across North America, with the pat of totality stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Elsewhere, a partial eclipse could be viewed by bystanders.

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Hear Action Bronson, Rick Ross' Soothing New Song '9-24-7000'

Ahead of new album Blue Chips 7000, Action Bronson released a smooth Rick Ross collaboration, “9-24-7000.” The new album is the third installment of his Blue Chips series.

Bronson and Ross give props to their respective lives of luxury on the intoxicating new track. “Come home and hit the pool hall/ I’m fish bowlin’ new Impalas,” Bronson sings over the instrumental.

Previously, Bronson has released three other songs from Blue Chips, including “let Me Breathe,” “The Chairman’s Intent” and “Durag vs. Headband.” Bronson released the track list over the weekend, which noted guest appearances from Meyhem Lauren, Jah Tiger and Big Body Bes. 

Bronson’s last release was the 2015 LP Mr. Wonderful, and the previous two Blue Chips projects were debuted in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Last year, he worked on several songs with Meyhem Lauren and teamed up with Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson for “Standing in the Rain” off the Suicide Squad soundtrack.

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Pearl Jam Capture Wrigley Field Shows in 'Let's Play Two' Concert Film

Pearl Jam‘s two-night stint at Wrigley Field – during the 2016 season the Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year World Series drought – will be showcased in a new concert film and live album, Let’s Play Two.

Photographer Danny Clinch filmed the August 20th and 22nd concerts. The band performed tracks from their catalog spanning Ten to Lightning Bolt, as well as non-LP cuts like “Black Red Yellow,” “Crazy Mary,” a cover of the Beatles’ “I Got a Feeling” and their Cubs anthem “All the Way.”

“In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location,” Clinch said in a statement. “When it happens that the main characters of your film are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it’s going to be epic. Our instincts were correct to follow the story and it took us to a historic Game 7 of the World Series ending a 108-year drought for the Cubs. I have learned to welcome the unexpected and it always pays off if you’re ready for it.”

The Cubs’ World Series win was especially meaningful to Vedder, a lifelong Cubs fan who grew up in the outskirts of the Chicago.

Pearl Jam’s Ten Club fan club will host special members-only screenings of the film at Metro in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood on September 27th and 28th. A week of worldwide theatrical screenings in select markets begins on September 29th, the same day the soundtrack for Let’s Play Two arrives.

On October 13th, Let’s Play Two will have its television debut on Fox Sports 1 following Game 1 of the 2017 American League Championships. Let’s Play Two releases to home video on November 17th, with more details of the Blu-ray and DVD release to follow in the coming weeks.

Both the Let’s Play Two CD and 2-LP vinyl releases will come with a booklet featuring photos and director’s note from Clinch. Check out Let’s Play Two‘s site for more information.

Let’s Play Two Track List

1. “Low Light”
2. “Better Man”
3. “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”
4. “Last Exit”
5. “Lightning Bolt”
6. “Black Red Yellow”
7. “Black”
8. “Corduroy”
9. “Given To Fly”
10. “Jeremy”
11. “Inside Job”
12. “Go”
13. “Crazy Mary”
14. “Release”
15. “Alive”
16. “All The Way”
17. “I’ve Got A Feeling”

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Are 'Vapor Wake' Dogs the Future of Concert Security?

For years, the idea of bomb-sniffing dogs has been pretty straightforward: A trained canine walks up and down rows of people, sniffing every person in a crowd to suss out any bomb-making material or explosive devices. But the floppy-eared Labradors posted at recent Metallica, Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi concerts have been trained to do something different. They don’t sniff people; they sniff the air.

These “vapor wake” canines, developed by Auburn University after Richard Reid tried to smuggle a bomb onto a plane in his shoe in 2001, track “thermal plumes left behind in a person’s wake,” says Paul Hammond, president of Anniston, Alabama training program VWK9 LLC. When people move, they emit rising warm air that trails behind them. Under the right conditions, specially trained dogs can sniff this body heat for particles and theoretically detect a suicide bomber within a stadium of 50,000 people.

“It is not distracted by the 80,000 people. It is not distracted by the thousands of vehicles passing by outside the stadium. It is not distracted by the trash can,” Hammond says. “Since the Manchester attack, we’re inundated with calls.”

After a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande show in May at Manchester Arena, top security advisors in the concert business have pushed for more intense technology to keep fans safe. Prevent Advisors, a group of former major metropolitan police commissioners and military officials, sponsored a demonstration of the dogs and other new security technology, from police body cameras to anti-drone scrambling devices, last month at the VenuesNow forum in Los Angeles. Prevent is part of the Oak View Group, run by Eagles manager Irving Azoff and veteran promoter Tim Leiweke, that works with some 30 top arenas and stadiums, including New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Leiweke, a former AEG Live chief executive, says the specially trained dogs might have detected bombs at recent tragedies such as Manchester Arena and the Boston Marathon in 2013. “I go back and say, ‘Would that have happened if there were vapor wake dogs there?’ And every time, the answer is, ‘Probably not,'” he says. “What fascinates me is how good they are, how comprehensive they are and how deadly focused that nose is.”

Adds Paul Korzilius, a longtime Bon Jovi manager who is now a senior vice president for Arena Alliance, which works closely with Prevent Advisors: “It’s on patrons’ minds now. We used to keep all this stuff really hush-hush-super-secret. Now we’re encouraging our venues to communicate to the public: ‘This is a safe space.'”

“What fascinates me is how good they are, how comprehensive they are and how deadly focused that nose is.”

Auburn’s 18-month vapor wake program has trained some 100 dogs, and they’ve worked St. Louis Cardinals games, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport and Amtrak stations before moving onto concerts in San Francisco, Lexington, Kentucky and elsewhere. The dogs haven’t caught any bombers, but they’ve identified legal handguns at a Donald Trump rally and honed in on a man carrying nitroglycerin pills for a heart condition. Those were mistakes, but, to advocates, they illustrate the dogs’ tracking precision. 

But not everyone in the industry is convinced of the dogs’ abilities. “It’s not an exact science,” says Tom Deluccia, an officer and dog trainer for the LAPD bomb squad. “If you’re in constant motion with the dog, and you’re constantly screening, scanning, searching people, you do have a high likelihood of detecting people — but that would require all the stars aligning.”

For this reason, some in the concert business are reluctant to go all in. Steve Kirsner, vice president of booking and events for the SAP Center in San Jose, says the arena has employed standard bomb-sniffing dogs but doesn’t plan to expand to vapor wake “until it develops a little further and we can prove that we have a need for it.” 

Steve Adelman, an attorney and vice president of the Event Safety Alliance, is skeptical of what he calls new-tech “shiny objects,” arguing managers, promoters and venues should focus on crowd-management basics, like ensuring fans don’t riot when stars abruptly cancel shows for health reasons. “That stuff isn’t really as sexy,” he says.

“We run around like crazy people saying, ‘Oh my God, I wasn’t doing bag-check before, but now I need magnetometers tied in with facial recognition tied into a closed-circuit TV system!'” Adelman adds.

Leiweke acknowledges the dogs are expensive — each dog costs $50,000 per year but can be bought with bulk discounts or leased — but he believes insurance companies will lower coverage costs for large events when the dogs are present. Ideally, four would cover a standard arena, and perhaps more for a larger one such as Madison Square Garden. “If you want to do it right, that’s not an inconsequential commitment,” he says.

Vapor wake dogs have another key advantage for promoters and fans: Because they’re focused on what’s in the air, they don’t have to inspect every fan waiting in line for a concert. “In many cases,” Hammond says, “[fans] have no idea they’ve just been searched.”

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Watch the War on Drugs Perform on Philly River in 'Pain' Video

The War on Drugs salute working class America with their black-and-white “Pain” video. Director Emmett Malloy filmed the psychedelic rock sextet as they float down the Schuyikill River in their native Philadelphia on a cargo ship emblazoned with their band name.

The clip, which Malloy shot on cinematic 16 millimeter film, alternates between close-ups and overhead shots of the wind-blown group with glimpses of everyday Philadelphia natives working and riding bicycles.

“Pain” is the second single from the War on Drugs’ fourth LP, A Deeper Understanding, out August 25th. Last week, the band issued the sprawling “Up All Night,” which follows previously released album cuts “Holding On,”“Thinking of a Place” and “Strangest Thing.”

The War on Drugs will kick off a North American fall tour September 18th in Portland, Maine. After concluding that run of dates in the U.S. and Canada, the band will head to Europe in November. 

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Prince Items From Paisley Park to Exhibit in London

Items from Prince‘s Paisley Park will head to London’s O2 Arena in October as part of an exhibit showcasing ephemera from the late icon’s career.

The My Name Is Prince exhibit also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Prince’s record-breaking run of 21 straight sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in 2007.

“This is the first time we’ve taken any items out of Paisley Park,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson told The Guardian. “I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be.”

Some of the items include guitars used throughout Prince’s career – like the Gibson from Prince’s first TV performance in 1980 as well as his 2007 orange Cloud guitar – as well as outfits from his Purple Rain and LoveSexy tours, a diamond-encrusted cane with the “love symbol” atop it, handwritten song lyrics and a pair of the “third eye” sunglasses Prince wore late in his career.

“I love the cane and the glasses,” Nelson said. “I love the guitars. I love, love, love the clothes, and the shoes! Every single piece that he keeps over the years becomes my favorite.”

“My Name Is Prince will showcase hundreds of never before seen artefacts direct from Paisley Park, Prince’s famous Minnesota private estate,” the exhibit site says. “Visitors will get a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists of all time.”

Like Prince’s O2 run, the exhibit will spend 21 days at the arena, starting October 27th. Tickets for the exhibit go on sale Friday at the My Name Is Prince site.

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Flashback: Bonnie Tyler's Pop Masterpiece 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'

When Bat Out of Hell songwriter Jim Steinman was first approached about working with husky-voiced Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler on new music he was a little taken aback.” I was primarily known for doing records for Meat Loaf and my own records, which were these thunderous, Wagnerian, almost heavy metal, epic, stormy records,” he said in 1983. “I was a little bit surprised they would ask me, but my second thought it was a real challenge because of that. And I thought she one of the most passionate voices I’d ever heard in rock & roll since Janis Joplin.”

He also had an in-progress he felt would be the perfect showcase for her powerful voice that he began writing during a recent lunar eclipse. “I thought of it more as a fever song,” he said. “Most pop songs are about the lyrical side of love, the pleasant side. I’ve always liked writing about the other side, the darker side. An eclipse seemed like the perfect image to describe when someone is totally overwhelmed by love. It’s like an eclipse. There’s no more light at all.”

As he did with Bat Out of Hell, Steinman brought in pianist Roy Bittan and drummer Max Weinberg from the E Street Band to help create a bombastic, theatrical sound. The original cut of the song was over seven minutes long, but for radio it was cut down to a four and a half minutes. They promoted it with a video shot in a Victorian hospital in Surrey, England, which you can watch right here. The song flew up the charts all over the world, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 on October 1st, 1983, knocking Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About it” down a slot. It had a solid month in the top spot before Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton took over with “Islands In The Stream.”

She never had a hit that big again, though “Holding Out for a Hero” from the Footloose soundtrack got a lot of radio love the following year. But “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has never really gone away, becoming one of the most beloved pop songs of the entire 1980s. It’s given her a lot of work over the years, and she was even hired to sing it on a Caribbean cruise ship during today’s eclipse. “It’s going to be so exciting,” Tyler told Time. “It doesn’t happen very often, does it?”

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