Thursday, October 9, 2008

Peter Bono, Dylan's Diet, Remembering John

U2 frontman Bono is involved in what is turning out to be the most expensive production in theatre history. He's scoring the music to the Broadway version of Spider-Man, directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor. It's currently operating on a budget of $40 million, and the show is expected to have a weekly running cost of $1 million. According to the New York Post, if the budget gets reduced to $35 million as has been reported, the musical would have to run for about 8,000 years to break even. The bulk of the money is going to costume designers. The show is scheduled to open on Broadway next year.
Uncut features as an extended spread in their November issue of members of Bob Dylan's past recording teams, in commemoration of Dylan's new album, The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs. Oh Mercy and Time Out Of Mind engineer Mark Howard spoke of Dylan's writing technique, recalling, "He would always be working on his lyrics. He'd have a piece of paper with thousands of words on it, all different ways. You couldn't even read it. Words going upside down, sideways, all over the page. I never saw him eat. He drank coffee and smoked cigarettes."
Today (October 9th) marks what would have been John Lennon's 68th birthday. By nightfall, hundreds of fans will have made the pilgrimage to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York City for a day of remembrance, sing-alongs, and celebrations dedicated to the memory of Lennon.

Strawberry Fields, a triangular patch of land dedicated to Lennon by the city of New York and named after the Beatles' 1967 hit, sits directly across the street from the Dakota, Lennon's Manhattan apartment building, where he was gunned down on December 8th, 1980 at the age 40. At the time of Lennon's death, on December 8th, 1980, he and Ono had just released Double Fantasy, his first new music in over five years. Although Ono has made it her mission to keep Lennon's artwork and unreleased music available to fans, she has held off on releasing a box set of Lennon's acoustic home demos and work tapes made over the years. Today is also John and Yoko's son Sean Lennon's 33rd birthday.

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