Quick Hits: The Beatles, Tool, Jason Mraz, David Bowie
July 16, 2014

The Beatles
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Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the touring history of The Beatles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures will produce the documentary, which could be released as soon as late 2015. The entire Beatles camp is on board for the film as well, which would be the first new theatrical Beatles movie since Let It Be in 1970. "What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now," Howard said. "Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals -- as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience."

Tool fans have eagerly anticipated a new album from the veteran Rock band for years, and in a new interview, two of the band members reveal one of the main reasons why it has taken so long. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey say Tool has been involved in a complex series of lawsuits stemming from a friend of Jones claiming credit for artwork created for the band. "The whole thing is really depressing," Carey said. "The bad thing is it's really time consuming. As we've gotten older and our priorities have changed, it's hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there's lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out."

Jason Mraz has announced a special New York City residency in support of his new album YES! “The Five Boroughs Tour” will see Mraz performing shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, a feat previously only accomplished by David Bowie and the Beastie Boys. The tour starts September 17 at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College; September 18 at The Bronx’s Lehman Center for The Performing Arts; Queens College’s Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts on September 19; Staten Island’s historic St. George Theatre on September 20; and finally a two night stand on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall on September 22 and 23.

In a new statement, David Bowie is promising more new music "soon." The Terrance Higgins Trust recently held a charity event honoring the Thin White Duke, who sent a statement thanking the trust. According to the NME, the statement reads, "[London] is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David"

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