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'Hair' Picked As NBC's Next Live Musical For Spring 2019

Hair is in the planning stages. Also today, details of a new ‘Hardcore Superstar’ album were revealed, and Dave Grohl says music shouldn’t sound like it did when he was 14 years old

Don’t hold your breath for the show’s famous nudity to make its way to broadcast television, but NBC has chosen Hair as its next live musical.

The network announced that Hair, the 50-year-old Broadway hit of the hippie generation would be its latest live staging, with plans for a spring 2019 telecast.

That fills the void left by the twice-delayed staging of Bye, Bye Birdie, which star and executive producer Jennifer Lopez recently revealed to The Hollywood Reporter is still on the back burner.

Like the network’s stagings of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray and the recent Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, in association with Universal Television and MGM Television.

“I’m overjoyed that James Rado and Galt MacDermot are trusting us with their masterpiece Hair, one of the most original shows ever conceived for Broadway with one of the greatest scores,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.

 

Hair has been revived several times since its original 1968 Broadway run, most recently with a celebrity-studded staging at the Hollywood Bowl, and received a film adaptation by Milos Forman in 1979.

 

“These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Hair will be the perfect live event, and I’m looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators, bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters.”

Said Zadan and Meron: “When we both, individually, saw Hair on Broadway, we were knocked out by how musical theater could be stretched into something so daring, immersive, and audacious. Its recent Broadway revival showed how timeless the show is and that it’s relevant to any era. Hair is filled with heartfelt emotion, joy and thrilling music, and it really will be the new dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

Hair has been revived several times since its original 1968 Broadway run, most recently with a celebrity-studded staging at the Hollywood Bowl, and received a film adaptation by Milos Forman in 1979.

Hair tackled the Vietnam War, drugs, race, gender and sexual identity in a manner few mainstream musicals did at the time. The brief nudity in most stagings was also somewhat revolutionary when it first debuted.

As for NBC, live musicals have yet to return to the heights reached by The Sound of Music in 2013, but they continue to offer a pretty good ratings payout and, more often than not, critical enthusiasm.

Watch the title song ‘Hair’ performed at the 2009 Tony Awards.

 

 

 

 

Hardcore Superstar: More ‘You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N’ Roll’ Album Details Revealed

 

Gothenburg, Sweden-based rockers Hardcore Superstar will release their 11th studio album, “You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll,” on September 21. The disc consists of 12 ear-splitting anthems that drive home the fact that rock isn’t dead; it is, in fact, alive and well, and thriving in Sweden.

Celebrated worldwide for its explosive and uplifting live performances that are bursting with integrity and passion, Hardcore Superstar has managed to somehow harness and capture all that passion and raw energy and translate it into the 12 songs that make up “You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll.”

 

The group’s newest work is a massive sounding album on all levels, overflowing with sure-fire hits and guaranteed future fan favorites.

 

It’s safe to say “You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll” is an unapologetically confident and assured album full of big hooks, attitude, and aggression that doesn’t let up from the moment the opening track “ADHD” kicks in, all the way through to the closing track “Goodbye”, with the title track being an uplifting, rallying call to arms for all fans of rock music to stand proud, united in the celebration of who we are and the music we love.

Said the band: “‘You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll‘ isn’t just a statement of confrontation and rebellion, it’s a celebration of everything we love; the music, the lifestyle, this is our religion, it’s our choice, and it’s everything we believe in.”

Watch the first track Hardcore Superstar released from “You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll” album, ‘Have Mercy On Me.’

 

 

 

 

Dave Grohl: Music Shouldn’t Sound Like It Did When I Was 14

 

Dave Grohl says that music has to evolve and shouldn’t sound the same as it did when he was 14 years old.

The Foo Fighters vocalist and guitarist was asked by GQ Magazine what he thought the future of punk would be, to which he replies: “It depends how you define punk rock.”

“You know who Lil Pump is? No, that was Lil Peep. Lil Pump is from the same genre, that slow-cooked emo Hip-Hop thing. He has a song called ‘Gucci Gang.’ It’s hilarious. The video has tigers and bags of weed and blue Lamborghinis in it.

“For my eldest daughter, Lil Pump is punk rock. In 2018, music doesn’t – and shouldn’t – sound like it did when I was 14.

“I guess for me punk rock is about a state of independence and if that’s Lil Pump then so be it. It’s about being free to do whatever the hell you want to do.”

In the same interview, Grohl gives his take on the state of American politics and, in particular, US President Donald Trump.

He says: “I’ve probably traveled internationally more than our current president, and the one thing I understand that he doesn’t is that the world isn’t as big as you think it is.

“It is all in your neighborhood. India, Asia, Iceland aren’t other solar systems. I am ashamed of our president. I feel apologetic for it when I travel.”

Foo Fighters are gearing for further live shows this summer, which will kick off in Gothenburg on June 5.

As Grohl says, the world is our neighborhood, and so is the sky. Watch “The Sky Is The Neighborhood” below.

 

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