QUEEN, FUN. TO TEAM TONIGHT AT IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL
This weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas gets underway tonight with performances by Queen and Elton John, among others. Meanwhile, Billboard reports Queen is scheduled to be joined onstage by current rock unit fun. for joint performances of Queen classics “Somebody to Love” and “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Saturday’s lineup includes sets by Paul McCartney and country superstar Tim McGraw, among others.
METALLICA SET TO STUFF STOCKINGS WITH CUSTOM SWEATERS
It’s beginning to look – and sound – like Christmas, and no one is more acutely aware of that than…..METALLICA? Yes, hard as it may be to imagine (and explain), the hard rock heroes have posted the following message on Facebook: “It’s getting colder, holiday parties are about three months away and we want you to be ready for it. Keep an eye on the MetStore for the incoming Scary and Master Holiday Sweaters!”
GRAND THEFT AUTO V PACKED WITH CLASSIC ROCK HITS
The classic rock station found in the just-released Grand Theft Auto V video game features choice cuts from a long list of top shelf artists across a wide spectrum of the genre. In all, the list includes 23 artists, ranging from Billy Squier (“Lonely is the Night”) to Bob Seger (“Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves”); Alan Parsons (“I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You”) to Robert Plant (“Big Log”); Steve Winwood (“Higher Love”) to Stevie Nicks (“I Can’t Wait”); Small Faces (“Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake”) to Simple Minds (“All The Things She Said”).
STING’S THE LAST SHIP TO GET TRIAL VOYAGE IN CHICAGO
It seems appropriate that Sting’s upcoming Broadway show, The Last Ship, will first set sail in the Windy City of Chicago for a trial run June 10 through 13 before making its way to the Great White Way. Inspired by the Police frontman’s childhood memories of growing up in an English shipbuilding city, music from The Last Ship will be available this Tuesday on Sting’s first album of original music in a decade.
GREEN DAY’S ARMSTRONG LANDS FIRST STARRING ROLE IN INDIE FILM
It appears Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is ready for his close-up. The punk rocker will be starring in his first big screen role opposite Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester in the upcoming indie film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. Armstrong will play the boyfriend of Meester’s character, a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a 12-year old musical prodigy. Production on the film is currently taking place in New York, though a release date has yet to be set.
EARLY ELTON JOHN DRUMMER ROGER POPE DEAD AT 66
Drummer Roger Pope, who logged two stints keeping the beat for Elton John, died Tuesday at the age of 66. The cause of death was not confirmed. Pope played on six John albums, including his 1969 debut, Empty Sky, and rejoined John’s band in 1975. His resume also includes sessions and live shows with Hall & Oates, Al Stewart, Buddy Guy, Harry Nilsson, Cliff Richard and Kiki Dee, including on her major hit “I’ve Got the Music in Me.”