MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
MYSTIKAL - ARRESTED
Mystikal has turned himself in to authorities in northwest Louisiana to face a sexual assault charge.
K-S-L-A T-V reports Mystikal entered the Caddo Correctional Center on Monday. He was wanted on a warrant for first-degree rape stemming from an incident at a Shreveport casino in October. Mystikal was released from prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion.
BILLY JOEL - YELLOW STAR - CONCERT
Billy Joel's only comment on the yellow Star of David he wore on his suit Monday was to release a statement quoting Edmund Burke: ``The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'' Joel wore the star during the encore of his show at New York's Madison Square Garden but he did not say anything about it. Joel is Jewish. Joel also welcomed Patty Smyth to the stage to sing her hit with Scandal, ``Goodbye To You,'' as photos of fired officials from U-S President Donald Trump's administration appeared on a screen behind them.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - FILM
The boy from the original ``Jurassic Park''movie has been cast as Queen bassist John Deacon in the movie about the band. The Hollywood Reporter reports Joe Mazzello, who played Tim in ``Jurassic Park,'' will portray Deacon in the film ``Bohemian Rhapsody.'' Ben Hardy, who appeared in ``X-Men: Apocalypse,'' will play drummer Roger Taylor. Gwilym Lee, who has appeared in the T-V series ``Jamestown,'' will play guitarist Brian May. Rami Malek from ``Mr. Robot'' was already announced for the Freddie Mercury role.
Production on the film is due to begin this fall. The movie is aiming for a release on Christmas 2018.
CAPITAL CITIES - RICK ROSS
Capital Cities had a choice: put out a few songs about summer as an EP now, or wait for a full album but put them out in the winter. Sebu Simonian (seh-BOO' sih-MOHN'-yahn) says they opted for an E-P, ``Swimming Pool Summer,'' because the songs wouldn't make sense in the winter. One of the guest musicians on it is rapper Rick Ross. Simonian says Ross was a fan of the band even before their first album. He says they hung out, kept in touch and exchanged musical ideas, until one day Ross liked their song ``Girl Friday'' and added a verse to it.
MIKE PATTON - INJURED
Former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton is bumped and bruised but mostly okay after an accident Monday. The posting for his current band, Dead Cross, puts it this way: ``He thought he could skateboard to the show last night but he wiped out on the way.'' Patton calls it a ``bad wipeout'' but adds, ``Nothing stops this tour!'' Dead Cross called off the show Monday in Los Angeles but did a makeup show last night.
ELEANOR RIGBY - GRAVE PAPERS
The documents for the burial site of the real Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool are for sale. The Guardian reports a certificate of purchase and a receipt for the grave space will be sold at auction, along with a miniature Bible with Rigby's name in it, dated 1899. Bidding is expected to go as high as five thousand dollars. Contrary to previous reports, buying the documents does not entitle the owner to be buried in the plot. Coincidentally, the handwritten score for the Beatles song ``Eleanor Rigby,'' signed by Paul McCartney and George Martin, is being auctioned as well. It's expected to go for 25 thousand dollars. Both lots will be sold at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington, England, on September 11th.
(The Associated Press)