Rock star Billy Idol may have injured his career, as well as his limbs, in that February motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Because of a broken left forearm and compound fractures in his right leg, Idol may not be able to act in director Oliver Stone’s new movie about the Doors. It’s also unclear whether Idol will be able to perform live this year at all, even though a summer tour was in the works. His new album, Charmed Life, which was complete at the time of the crash, is scheduled to come out mid-April.
Elton John will inaugurate a 5,200-seat arena at the new Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City when he performs there May 18 and 19.
Solo II Solo
The lead vocalist for much of the Soul II Soul album, Keep On Movin’, is stepping out on her own. Caron Wheeler is recording her first solo effort in England.
The film score for Gone With the Wind is now available in Dolby Surround from RCA Victor. A 1973 recording of Max Steiner’s music has been digitally remastered for this omnidirectional sound feat.
Those veterans of the metal wars, Kiss, will start an extensive tour in Lubbock, Tex., on May 4. Because their latest album (Hot in the Shade) shows a sphinx on its cover, the band will perform live with a 40-foot-tall version of the Egyptian monument.
A Ghostly Quintet
Those spunky iconoclasts of classical music, the Kronos Quartet, will perform with the late Charles Ives on their next album. Ives is heard in an old recording of his composition ”They Are There,” in which he sings and plays piano. Kronos plays a string-quartet arrangement as accompaniment for Ives, and the new music was recorded on old-fashioned microphones to match the audio quality of Ives’ performance.
Hard rockers Cinderella will tune up for their next album by playing April club dates in a handful of East Coast cities.
Long Live the Queen
The Queen of the Blues is back. Koko Taylor’s new album, Jump for Joy, will be out in early May. She can also be seen in the upcoming David Lynch film Wild at Heart.
Back to the Beach
You’ve seen her on TV; now hear Dana Delany on your stereo. A soundtrack of music heard on the series China Beach will be released in April, featuring the actress’ rendition of ”Far From Home.”
Yes, We Have New Santanas
In San Francisco, Carlos Santana is finishing an album called Spirits Dancing in the Flesh. The first new Santana band album since 1987, it features one tune cowritten by Vernon Reid of Living Colour and another written by saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
The Going Raitt
Last year Bonnie Raitt scored a big hit with John Hiatt’s ”Thing Called Love.” She’s returning the favor by playing on Hiatt’s next album, now being recorded in Los Angeles.
This fall, Island Records will release a benefit album for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, including performances by Edie Brickell, k.d. lang, Erasure, Indigo Girls and Howard Jones.
Money for Notting
Mark Knopfler will go into the studio with Dire Straits sometime this summer. But first he’s hitting the road in April and May with the Notting Hillbillies, a rockabilly-ish band he started in his spare time. Among the members of the group, which will tour Great Britain only, are an old college chum and Knopfler’s manager.