Music & Entertainment News – Monday 7/17/17

Music & Entertainment News – Monday 7/17/17

The Who started its summer tour last night (Sunday) in Canandaigua, New York.
While we wait to see what Jimmy Page and Robert Plant do next, John Paul Jones has been doing a few shows in Europe.

The Who -  Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

The Who – Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

AND…
Petula Clark, who will perform in California, Texas and Florida during November and December, has announced eight dates in the French-speaking region of Canada for next May.

Petula Clark  - Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Petula Clark – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

ALSO…
Lily James, who played Lady Rose Aldridge in Downton Abbey and the title role in Disney’s 2015 live-action Cinderella, will be in the Mamma Mia! sequel Here We Go Again! The ABBA-powered movie is scheduled to hit theaters next July.

Lily James - Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Lily James – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

IN OTHER NEWS….
George Benson just reached a milestone: On Thursday, the jazz-soul great performed for the 25th time at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

George Benson -  Photo Credit: Kent Miller / PR Photos

George Benson – Photo Credit: Kent Miller / PR Photos

The copy of Double Fantasy that John Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, five hours before he shot Lennon to death, is back on the market. Moments in Time is asking $1.5 million. It last sold in 2010 for $850,000.

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THIS TOO…
Billy Joel added a uniquely Cleveland touch during Friday night’s show at Progressive Field. He brought his long-time road crew member Larry Doby Junior onstage to the melody of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” — after reciting the statistics that Doby’s father compiled while playing for the Cleveland Indians during the ’40s and ’50s and earning a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The younger Doby has worked for Billy since 1985. (Cleveland.com)

NOTABLE PASSINGS…

MARTIN LANDAU: Oscar-Winner Dies at 89

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor best known for the classic TV series Mission: Impossible and the movie Ed Wood, died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 89.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he died of “unexpected complications” after a brief stay at UCLA Medical Center.
In 1994, the veteran actor won his first and only Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.
Born June 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, Landau was nominated five times for an Emmy — three times for his role as Rollin Hand in Mission: Impossible. Laundau’s other major parts came in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors and Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.  Landau famously turned down the role of Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series. He was a close friend of James Dean. His daughter, Juliet Landau, is also an actor and appeared in Ed Wood.

Martin Landau - Photo Credit: Glenn Francis / PRPhotos.com

Martin Landau – Photo Credit: Glenn Francis / PRPhotos.com

GEORGE A. ROMERO: Night of the Living Dead Director Dies at 77

Legendary horror director George A. Romero has died at 77.
The filmmaker reportedly passed away Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
Romero is best known for creating the modern zombie genre with the 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead, which he co-wrote and directed.
Born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York, Romero also directed the movies Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, The Dark Half and, most recently, Survival of the Dead (2009). (LA Times)

George A. Romero - Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

George A. Romero – Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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