HomeRock NewsQuick Takes: The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, The Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar & The Circle
The latest Bee Gees retrospective has been acquired by HBO Documentary Films and will air later this year on HBO and stream on HBO Max. Deadline.com reported The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is part of the official selection of the 2020 Telluride Film Festival, and the doc, which is directed by Frank Marshall, has been produced with the full participation of Barry Gibb, and the estates of his late brothers, Robin and Maurice.
The collective production team for the film has been responsible for such recent hits as HBO’s The Apollo, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, HBO’s George Harrison: Living In The Material World, among others. (Deadline)
Bruce Springsteen has just posted the lyric video for "Ghosts" the second new track to hit the Internet from "The Boss's" Letter To You album, which drops on October 23rd. The song, which looks back upon his youth and loss of a close friend, was inspired in part by George Theiss, the late-frontman for his early band, the Castiles. It was revealed in Rolling Stone's new cover story on Springsteen, that when Theiss died in 2018 at the age of 68, Springsteen chartered a private plane to North Carolina to sit by Theiss' bedside before he passed. (Rolling Stone)
An attorney for the Doobie Brothers sent a comical and light-hearted "cease and desist" letter to actor Bill Murray for illegally using the band's 1972 evergreen "Listen To The Music." Murray has placed the tune — without permission — in commercials for "Zero Hucks Given" shirts, which are part of his William Murray Golf Collection.
Doobies attorney Peter T. Paterno of King, Holmes, Paterno, and Soriano wrote in the letter, "It's a fine song. I know you agree because you keep using it in ads for your Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven’t paid to use it, maybe you should change the name to 'Zero Bucks Given.' . . . We understand that you're running other ads using music from other of our clients (sic). It seems like the only person who uses our clients' music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump."
Paterno went on to write, "This is the part where I’m supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying with some subparagraph that I'm too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so. But you already earned that with those Garfield movies. And you already know that you can’t use music in ads without paying for it." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Sammy Hagar & The Circle are keeping their "Lockdown Challenge" going with a new self-quarantine version of Hagar's 1999 Red Voodoo favorite, "Sympathy For The Human." Hagar, along with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson have already tackled versions of Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'," Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie," the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Three Little Birds," Van Halen's "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do).," "Good Enough," and "Right Now," along with their own original jam, "Funky Feng Shui."