By Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider
What we’re talking about and keeping an eye on in Classic Rock today…
* Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary about the Beatles’ live performance career from 1960-66 will reportedly debut in some form at this month’s Cannes Film Festival in France. The project is still untitled and no other release plans have been revealed.
* Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Ron Wood have joined forces with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason for “Listen To Your Heart,” a charity single recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London to raise money for Save The Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
* Meat Loaf has canceled his planned summer tour due to undisclosed health issues. He is reportedly working on a new album with “Bat Out of Hell” collaborator JIm Steinman.
* Jimi Hendrix’s estate has made a deal with Legendary Pictures for an authorized biopic and is reportedly speaking to director Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips,” the “Bourne” series) about the film. The script was written by Scott Silver (“8 Mile”).
* Rod Stewart makes a cameo appearance on “Everyday,” a new song by rapper A$AP Rocky.
* Daryl Hall & John Oates perform tonight (May 8) at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Check out The Insider’s interview at http://bit.ly/1GTgb4u
* Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks will release “A Chord Too Far,” four-disc box set featuring highlights from his solo career — including film score music, two orchestral albums and four previously unreleased pieces — on July 6 in the U.K.
* Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler serenaded a young girl on a recent Southwest Airlines flight when he learned it was her birthday. Tyler will be releasing a new single, “Love Is Your Name,” on next week’s “American Idol” finale.
* New Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) Elvin Bishop won three Blues Music Awards on Thursday night (May 7) in Memphis. “Best Album for “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right,” Best Song for the title track and Best Band for his Elvin Bishop Band. Johnny Winter’s “Step Back” was named Best Rock Blues Album, and Eric Clapton was among this year’s inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame.
* A Las Vegas court has rejected the claims of B.B. King’s children that his business manager Laverne Toney is embezzling funds and neglecting his medical needs.
* The 1969 death of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is the topic of “Painted Black,” a new novel by rocker Greg Kihn and a prequel to his 2013 book “Rubber Soul.”
* Police are no longer investigating former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for allegedly making a death threat against former girlfriend and fashion line partner Nikki Lund.