music & entertainment news – friday 7/6/18

music & entertainment news – friday 7/6/18

EDDIE MONEY: It’s Actually Not His Name!

Despite years of misinformation on the subject, Edward Mahoney never legally changed his name to Eddie Money.
The singer known for “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” kept his stage name unofficial out of respect for his father — who, like him, was a New York City police officer.

Eddie Money – Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

My name is actually still Mahoney. Eddie Money is just kind of a stage name I guess. Well, you know, I tell ya, when a check says ‘Eddie Money,’ I can cash the check if it says ‘Eddie Money.’ You know, my dad was a cop. And being a proud Irishman, he never really wanted me to change my name to Eddie Money.”
Whether it’s Money or Mahoney, Eddie wants you to think of another m-word: music. 40 years after his debut album made him a star, he’s still recording.
“I’ve got a brand new record coming out, I just signed with BMG, which is a great label for me. And the new record should be coming out within the next three or four months.”
Eddie, whose AXS network series Real Money will return for a second season, is performing live this summer. He’ll play Bluesfest Windsor, across the river from Detroit, on July 14th.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Criticized for Taking Transgender Role!

Scarlett Johansson is again getting blasted on social media for a movie role. This time, haters have taken issue with the actress playing a transgender man.

On Tuesday, it was announced that ScarJo would star in Rub & Tug as Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who ran an illegal massage parlor in the ’70s.

Scarlett Johansson – Photo Credit: Chris Hatcher / Photorazz

As one Twitter user wrote, “Scarlett Johansson is playing a trans man in her next movie because her ultimate career goal is to take an acting job from a member of each and every marginalized group.”

In response, ScarJo’s rep said, “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Those three actors all have portrayed transgender characters. (Tambor in Transparent, Leto in 2013’s Dallas Buyer’s Club and Huffman in 2005’s Transamerica).

In Rub & Tug, Scarlett is reuniting with Rupert Sanders, who directed her in Ghost in the Shell — which also garnered controversy because critics believed her role should have gone to an actor of Asian descent.

 

The show Jeff Lynne’s ELO did last July 24th at London’s Wembley Arena was filmed for a documentary.

Jeff Lynne – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

“Wembley or Bust”, that will premiere on Showtime on July 27th. Lynne says, “This might be my favorite gig ever, so it’s a very good one to get to share.”

Duncan Sheik, who made his mark in pop with the Grammy-nominated ’90s hit “Barely Breathing,” has created a new musical take on Alice in Wonderland, which he and writing partner Steven Sater hope to bring to New York in 2019. The duo won a 2006 Tony for their show Spring Awakening.

Duncan Sheik – Photo Credit: A. Gilbert / PR Photos

Add pre-Beatles-era legend Dion to the list of rock pioneers hoping to launch a bio-musical.

A reading for The Wanderer was held recently at Symphony Space in New York. In development since 2011, the show will use more than 20 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s songs to tell his life story.

Gene Simmons’ ego has just been dealt a blow — his show in Melbourne, Australia next month with special guest Ace Frehley has been moved from the 7,500-seat Madge Caught Arena to the 2,600-capacity Festival Hall.

Gene Simmons – Photo Credit: Julian Blythe/HNW / PRPhotos.com

In celebration of his 70th birthday on June 22nd, Todd Rundgren will stage his multi-day ToddStock in various world locations. He did one last month in Virginia. This weekend it’s being held in Scotland, followed by Navarro, California and Sydney, Australia in October.

Todd Rundgren -iPhoto Credit: Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos

Paul McCartney has added three U.K. dates to his Freshen Up tour – December 12th in Liverpool followed by the 14th in Glasgow, Scotland and the 16th in London.

Paul McCartney – Photo Credit: Photorazzi / PR Photos

The Rascals — or, more precisely, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and drummer Carmine Appice — will perform July 27th on FOX and Friends.

The Young Rascals -Photo Credit: Donna Ward / PR Photos

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