NEW YORK (AP) — The “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical will have a bit of an urban flair….and a country flair…and a rock flair. John Legend, Lady Antebellum and David Bowie are among those who will contribute original songs to “The SpongeBob Musical.” So will Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic At The Disco and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. The production will be staged in Chicago starting June 7 with intent to move to Broadway.
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NEW YORK (AP) — When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 10 years ago, The Edge of U2 started a charity to help the musicians there. A decade later, he’s proud to point to the accomplishments that his Music Rising charity has done. Music Rising says in a statement it has given $5 million in musical instruments to 30 Gulf Coast schools, became the largest purchaser of Hammond organs to replace ones in churches hit by the hurricane, and helped create a $1 million music curriculum at Tulane University. The Edge says he felt music would be crucial to the healing process, and he wants to support the New Orleans music scene “so it can do its magic for many generations to come.”
LONDON (AP) — Jethro Tull, meet Jethro Tull. Tomorrow, singer Ian Anderson will visit the burial place of 18th century agriculturalist Jethro Tull in Lower Basildon, a small town in southern England. Anderson is working on a rock opera about Tull’s life.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Walsh jokes he used to think he could make more money by not writing a book than by writing one. Walsh tells Billboard magazine he has been working on a memoir for about a year and he’ll put it out when it’s done. Walsh says, “Some of it’s really funny. Some of it is what happened. Some of it is other people telling me what I did and some of it is just plain my humor.”
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — If all had gone as planned, we would have never heard the song “Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards. He tells Portland magazine he only came up with that song because an engineer had accidentally recorded over another song they had been working on. Edwards says the engineer asked him to come up with something else that was three minutes long. Edwards recorded “Sunshine” on the spot with vocals and bass, then added the 12-string guitar and drums later. Edwards says even if he never has another hit, he’ll be “thrilled to leave this world remembered for that one song.”