Godsmack singer Sully Erna has recently partnered with Recovery Centers of America and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to help in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic gripping the country. Erna released a very moving video for the song “Different Kind of Tears” taken from his solo “Hometown Life.” The video features parents of teens lost to this growing problem. In 2016, 60,000 deaths were attributed to opioid use and the number is expected to be higher this year.
As some of the nineties “grunge” records are celebrating anniversaries, The Seattle Repertory Theater is in the process of commissioning a musical that celebrates the music of the genre. The musical is set in Seattle, the birthplace of grunge, and will feature an original, fictional story told with the music of bands like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Hopefully more details soon!
From theater to film, it looks the Freddie Mercury biopic is closer to an official announcement. According to Queen guitarist Brian May, it’s been 12 years in the making and they now have the funding they need and the role of Mercury has already been cast. Look for Mr. Robot start Rami Malek to star in the lead role.