Lenny Kravitz (left) to star as Marvin Gaye in new movie
We’re half way through the week and while I’m preparing my Black Friday camp out survival kit – complete with my limited edition director’s cut of Porky’s – let’s check out some news from the rock world, shall we?
Looks like Jewish rocker Lenny Kravitz has been booked to star as the late soul singer Marvin Gaye in a movie about the final years of the “What’s Going On” crooner’s life. This of course will be Kravitz first leading role outside of a music video although he did have a brief part in The Hunger Games earlier this year.
The directing duties will head over to Julien temple who is probably best known for her work on the Sex Pistols movie The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.
But it’s not all high hopes as Gaye’s second wife, Janis Gaye, has mentioned that she feels “very skeptical” about the project, according to NME.
Feel like you can never have enough Hendrix in your life? Not a problem as a collection of twelve previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix tracks are set to hit the public early next year! According to Rolling Stone magazine, People, Hell and Angels will hit record stores and download sites on March 5, 2013.
These specific songs were recorded between 1968 and 1969. Although they were originally intended for First Days of The New Rising Sun – the follow up to Electric Ladyland – Jimi passed before its completion, so expect a few rough concepts as the songs are said to be very experimental and include keyboards, horns and even a second guitar.
Still though, fans in particular should be very excited as this would mean an unprecedented look at the future direction Hendrix was aiming for shortly before his death.
And finally, for all of us out there that are still wondering why a proper Led Zeppelin reunion tour never materialized, blame singer Robert Plant! That’s right, according to Rolling Stone magazine, even Jimmy Page himself was anticipating more live shows after the group’s 2007 reunion concert at London’s 02 Arena.
"Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future," Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke in the new issue, on stands Friday. "Because there was a lot of work being put into the show."
But as we all know now, it was not to be.
“He was busy," says Page. "He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn't fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I'd been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang.”
Well, in the words of the late John Lennon, “You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce.”