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Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung says, “Musicals are risky ventures because they cost so much and are so sensitive. Anything can go wrong, or right. That’s what makes them so exciting when they work.” De Young was first bitten by the Broadway bug in 1993. When relations with Styx started to strain, De Young, a devout Catholic, temporarily quit the band to join a national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the role of Pontius Pilate.
As much as he enjoyed the experience, eventually the novelty of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical wore thin. “I don’t think that it’s a great musical, but it’s got a compelling story and Jesus is a popular guy,” he says.
Phil Ramone, the music producer who produced for Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Billy Joel has died today. He was 72.
Last May, the documentary Marley, by director Kevin Macdonald came out. It features Bob Marley’s early days in a poor village outside Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by poverty and by beauty, shunned by many for his mixed heritage (his absentee father was a British soldier). He moved with his mother to Kingston to live as a barefoot boy in Trench Town, exposed to Rastafarianism and met friends, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh, who’d frame his life and experiences.
It includes, Bob’s first single at 16, Judge Not and other songs.
Bono talked about the documentary on Neil Young from director Jonathan Demme (shot at Massey Hall) which showed at TIFF in 2011. Bono said: “Neil Young; clearly a sacred talent. Listening to his music you feel like you should take your shoes off.”