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‘Fast 8’ Is Now Filming in Cuba: Watch Two Great Welcome Videos

The “Fast” family returns in just under a year, with “Fast 8” — or “Fast and Furious 8,” or “Furious 8,” or even just “F8,” — arriving on April 14, 2017. The official Twitter account announced that production has begun in Cuba: Welcome to Cuba – #F8 is now in production! — Fast & Furious (@FastFurious) April 28, 2016 And here’s a great Instagram video, featuring star Vin Diesel and director F. Gary Gray sharing their pride at filming in Cuba: The channeling of Dom begins here in Cuba. Gracias por todo mi Gente! @fgarygray #F8 A video posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:21pm PDT Back in January, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Universal’s hope to shoot in Cuba, maximizing the recently renewed relationship between the U.S. and its island neighbor. Although “Conan” has taped in Cuba, “House of Lies” announced plans to shoot an episode in Havana, and the indie film “Papa” was made there, “Fast 8” is the first major Hollywood film to shoot in Cuba since the embargo was set in the 1960s. Cuba isn’t meant to be the only location, of course.

Watch David Gilmour Seamlessly Blend ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Purple Rain’

On Sunday, David Gilmour  paid tribute to the late Prince  during his benefit performance for Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall in London when he segued Pink Floyd ‘s classic “Comfortably Numb” into Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Prince Songs In the eight-minute-plus clip Gilmour shared on YouTube, as he was hitting a guitar solo for “Comfortably Numb,” he and his band effortlessly blended in a guitar solo from “Purple Rain” in an expertly seamless way that made Prince’s song feel like a natural extension within Pink Floyd’s. As purple lighting drenched the arena, the cascading notes were met with backing singers delivering the cooing final refrains from Prince’s beloved song. The singer/guitarist recently concluded his first North American tour in more than a decade when he performed at Madison Square Garden . Gilmour’s tour resumes in Europe, beginning on June 25th in Warsaw, Poland, at Freedom Square and concludes with a four-night stand in London a The Royal Albert Hall on September 30th. Related David Gilmour Ends Tour With Pink Floyd Hits, Soaring Solos Watch D’Angelo’s Tender Prince Cover on ‘Tonight Show’ Lenny Kravitz on Prince: ‘I Feel Like a Piece of Me Died’

Hear Jim James’ Aching Cover of Grateful Dead’s ‘Candyman’

The latest batch of Grateful Dead  covers off the all-star tribute album Day of the Dead have been unveiled, including My Morning Jacket  singer Jim James’ rendition of the legendary jam band’s “Candyman.” James is joined on the American Beauty cut by “friends” – the National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner, bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf – who gives the track a dusty, aching vibe thanks to some lap steel guitar. The new batch of songs off the three-disc Dead tribute album includes Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s space funk interpretation of the band’s “Shakedown Street,” arguably the most danceable track in the Dead’s vast catalog. Elsewhere, Sharon Van Etten, Perfume Genius and friends teamed for “To Lay Me Down,”  Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band covered “Cumberland Blues” and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy tried his hand at the somewhat obscure Jerry Garcia Band cut “Rubin & Cherise.” Day of the Dead is due out May 20th through 4AD. The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner curated the project, with all proceeds from the triple album benefitting the Red Hot Organization. The War on Drugs, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Courtney Barnett, the Flaming Lips, Real Estate and dozens more contribute Dead covers to the all-star compilation. Related The National Unveil Giant Grateful Dead All-Star Tribute LP Hear Grateful Dead Covers by War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett Hear the National, Grizzly Bear Members Cover Grateful Dead

See Iggy Pop, Josh Homme Tear Through ‘Lust for Life’ on ‘Kimmel’

Iggy Pop  and Josh Homme , on the road in support of their collaborative Post Pop Depression , served as musical guest on the Monday night episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live . For the broadcast itself, Pop delivered the new LP’s “Sunday,” and as a web exclusive, the singer and his top-notch backing band unfurled an intense take on Pop’s classic “Lust for Life.” How Iggy Pop Recaptured Berlin Glory Days The Kimmel visit came just hours before Pop revealed that had contributed to a biography about the Stooges  that would be released through the publishing wing of Jack White’s Third Man Records. The book, titled Total Chaos and penned by Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg, is expected out sometime in the winter. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme will wrap up the North American leg of their Post Pop Depression tour tonight with a concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. Watch Pop and Homme perform “Sunday” on Jimmy Kimmel Live below: Related 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Iggy Pop 20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments Iggy Pop to Recount Stooges Story in New Book for Third Man

Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor, Laura Dern Join ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival Cast

With filming completed on the upcoming revival of Twin Peaks , the show’s full 200-plus person cast list has been revealed, and there are dozens are fascinating names joining the cult David Lynch  and Mark Frost series: Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Sky Ferreira, Sharon Van Etten are among the musicians who will appear on the Showtime series in some capacity. The 30 Best ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters, Ranked Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and wife/How to Destroy Angels bandmate Mariqueen Reznor were also cast, as were the members of Au Revoir Simone, the Cactus Flowers, the Chromatics’ Ruth Radelet and more. “The cameras have stopped rolling. A key piece of the mystery is revealed,” the series posted on Facebook  along with the giant cast list. “Welcome back* to Twin Peaks.” The asterisk next to names on the cast list denotes actors and actresses who either appeared on the original Twin Peaks series – like Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, Ray Wise and David Duchovny, to mention a few – or its theatrical film Fire Walk With Me , like Harry Dean Stanton and Lynch himself. Even “Log Lady” actress Catherine Coulson, who died in September , is among the Twin Peaks returnees.  Also joining the cast is Michael Cera, Monica Bellucci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jim Belushi, Tim Roth, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Amanda Seyfried and Lynch vets Laura Dern, Balthazar Getty and Naomi Watts. The brief, mysterious first trailer for the Twin Peaks revival arrived in December. “There’s a lot of holy places up here,” a man warns in the preview alongside scenic shots of the Pacific Northwest setting. “I can’t put my finger on how I would describe it.


Sturgill Simpson Tops Country Chart

Sturgill Simpson’s  A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is the Number One country album in America this week, with 55,000 copies sold during its first seven days out. Country’s 20 Highest Drug Odes Released on Atlantic Records and boosted by  live performances on programs like The Daily Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , Sailor’s Guide racked up ten times as many sales as Simpson’s last release, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music , during its own release week. That’s enough to make it the third top-selling album on the Billboard 200 chart, as well. ( He’s preceded only by Prince , with a greatest hits compilation and the Purple Rain album.) For a songwriter whose new album moves away from the modern-day outlaw country of his first two releases, Simpson’s two new chart placements — both all-time career highs — provide proof that his audience is willing to follow him down Sailor’s Guide ‘s soul-inspired rabbit hole. Not that he needed any sort of consolation. “Anybody that’s disappointed, I’m really sorry — and tough shit,” he told his audience during last week’s show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, where he played the entire album with a newly-expanded seven-piece band. Simpson is now on the road with those new bandmates on A Sailor’s Tour , with a pair of shows in Austin on tap for next week. Related See Sturgill Simpson Sing About Waffle House Etiquette Sturgill Simpson Reveals Soul Man Persona at Surprise Gig See Sturgill Simpson’s Psychedelic ‘Call to Arms’

Watch Billy Corgan’s Intimate Acoustic Cover of Prince’s ‘The Cross’

Billy Corgan  and Liz Phair joined the ever-expanding list of musicians paying tribute to Prince  onstage. On Friday, Corgan recruited Smashing Pumpkins touring bandmate Sierra Swan for a low-key acoustic cover of the Purple One’s “The Cross,” while Phair performed the iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a New Orleans concert, Spin reports.  12 Wildest Prince Moments Corgan and Swan’s performance found the singers trading vocals on “The Cross,” from 1987’s Sign o’ the Times . The Smashing Pumpkins have a direct connection to Prince: The band’s one-time touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin, who died of a heroin overdose in 1996, was the brother of Prince collaborators/twin sisters Wendy and Susannah Melvoin.  Phair led the crowd in a touching sing-along of 1985 ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which Prince originally recorded with side project the Family (featuring Susannah). The track found mainstream success with Sinéad O’Connor’s 1990 cover. Since Prince’s death last week at age 57, musicians spanning the sonic spectrum – from Bruce Springsteen to LCD Soundsystem to Old Crow Medicine Show – have honored the late legend on-stage. Country-pop trio the Dixie Chicks delivered a cathartic rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a concert in Denmark.


Drake, Future Embarking on Summer Sixteen Tour

What a Time to Be Alive  duo  Drake  and Future  will hit the road together on their Summer Sixteen Tour. The trek, named after a single  off Drake’s upcoming album Views From the 6 , launches July 20th in Austin, Texas and circles North America before concluding September 17th in Vancouver. See Photos of Drake’s Surprise Performance at SXSW Drake and Future previously teamed for the Would You Like a Tour? jaunt in 2013. OVO signees Roy Woods and DVSN will be among the special guests that join the rappers on the road. An American Express pre-sale for Summer Sixteen tickets begins April 26th with a general on-sale to follow April 29th. Check out Drake’s official site for full ticket information. The tour also includes a pair of dates – July 31st and August 1st – at the Air Canada Centre in Drake’s hometown of Toronto.

Michael Keaton Ranks Prince ‘Among the True Greats’

Michael Keaton  may have been the caped star of the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman , but Prince ‘s multi-platinum-selling  Batman soundtrack, which spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, also played a major role. As  Variety   reports, while the pair did not collaborate directly during the film, Keaton had spent time on a transcontinental flight with Prince, who passed away on Thursday . 15 Great Prince Songs That Were Hits for Other Artists The Spotlight  star said he was a Prince fan long before their Batman affiliation. “I put him up there with Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Miles [Davis] among the true greats,” he told Variety . “Some musicians had their moments. He had what seemed like centuries of being great.” When Keaton first heard the news on the radio of a body being found at Prince’s home, he didn’t think it was the singer’s

Mick Jagger on Prince: ‘His Talent Was Limitless’

Mick Jagger  expressed deep regret over the death of Prince on Thursday . “I am so saddened,” the Rolling Stones frontman wrote. “Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. He was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.” Prince Dead at 57 Jagger has long supported Prince’s artistry. In a 1995 Rolling Stone cover story , Jagger told Jann Wenner that Prince had been overlooked and had many similarities to James Brown as a performer. “He broke a lot of musical modes and invented a lot of styles and couldn’t keep up with himself,” said Jagger. “[He is] very prolific, which is rare. Mostly people write three songs and repeat themselves.

The Who to Play Classic-Rock Mega Fest, Roger Daltrey Says

Roger Daltrey has confirmed the Who ‘s participation in a rumored classic-rock festival this fall. The organizers of Coachella had previously announced that they were eyeing October 7th through 9th to showcase a summit of the world’s biggest artists : the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. The other artists have yet to confirm their participation. The Who’s 50 Greatest Songs “I think it’s us and Roger Waters on the same day,” Daltrey said in an interview with Postmedia Network, according to Toronto Sun . “I mean it’s a fantastic idea for a festival. It’s the greatest remains of our era. I’m glad we made it.” He went on to marvel at the scope of the proposed fest. “It’s a great idea,” he said

Dan + Shay Plot New Album ‘Obsessed’

For all the noise and trash-talking that happens there on the regular, the hive mind of Twitter occasionally comes up with something useful. For duo Dan + Shay, it was actually the title of their forthcoming album: Obsessed . Dan + Shay on Writing ‘True Love Song’ ‘From the Ground Up’ The pair of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, who previously scored a Number One hit with “Nothin’ Like You” from their debut album Where It All Began , sensed a pattern on social media when their current single “From the Ground Up” was released. “We started noticing that hashtag ‘#obsessed’ being tagged in all our fans’ posts when we first revealed our single, ‘From The Ground Up,’” said Mooney in a release. “So when it came time to pick a title for this album, it seemed pretty appropriate that we’re even more obsessed with making music for our fans than they are to hear it.” Obsessed will be available June 3rd. “From the Ground Up,” which the duo wrote with Chris DeStefano, is currently at Number 27 on Billboard ‘s Country Airplay chart. Like previous Dan + Shay singles “19 You + Me” and “Nothin’ Like You,” it finds inspiration in love. Pledging to patiently build a life with someone the way his grandparents did before, Mooney shows off his malleable upper range as the tune swells to grand proportions along with the sentiment.  Currently, Dan + Shay are finalists for Group/Duo of the Year and Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year at the American Country Countdown Awards, which take place on May 1st.

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