Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has learned. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums released through his recently revived Simmons Records' new deal with Sanctuary. The Dylan co-write, "Waiting for the Morning Light," was born out of a one-day writing session at Simmons' home in Los Angeles six or seven years ago.
Sentiment is nearly split on plans by Bob Marley's family to make an album based on enhanced versions of recently unearthed raw recordings of the reggae legend, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 2,917 voters, 51% said "No," while 49% supported the idea.
A musical with a gay sensibility and a play about a gay baseball player dominated the 57th annual Tony Awards, presented yesterday (June 8) at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Hairspray," the smash hit derived from the cult John Waters film, was spritzed with a sheen of victory by winning eight Tonys including best musical.