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Today’s Music News: James Bond musical heading to Broadway (or just straight to Vegas)

James Bond as played by Daniel Craig in the opening credits of the movie "Skyfall"

Country songwriter Jay Henry Weisz has been tapped to write the music and lyrics for James Bond: The Musical, a new show based on Ian Fleming‘s iconic character. The James Bond musical is scheduled to open in 2017 or 2018, either on Broadway or in Las Vegas. (Playbill)

Producer Jerry Weintraub has died of a heart attack at age 77. Though best-known for producing Hollywood films like The Karate Kid and the Ocean’s Eleven remake, Weintraub got his start in show business as a manager and concert promoter who worked with artists including Elvis PresleyFrank SinatraLed Zeppelinthe Moody Blues, and John Denver. (New York Times)

Video has emerged from the morning of July 4, when Dave Grohl led a supergroup featuring members or former members of Foo FightersPearl Jam, and Blind Melon in covers of songs by Neil Young (“Cinnamon Girl”) and the Rolling Stones (“Bitch”). The occasion for the performance was a Washington, D.C. motorcycle rally. (Rolling Stone)

Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) tends to be better-received when he sings than when he speaks, but that isn’t stopping him from releasing a spoken-word album. The album, a collaboration with Argentine actor Nicolás Pauls, will feature recordings of 11 poems “written by street kids in Argentina” and will be a fundraiser for an Argentinean nonprofit working to help homeless children. (Stereogum)

It’s now officially legal to dance after midnight in Japan. For 67 years, early-hours dancing at most clubs and bars was forbidden by a post-WWII law enacted to clamp down on prostitution. (Billboard)

Performance rights organization Sesac is buying the Harry Fox Agency for $20 million. The merger will help Sesac to more efficiently administer license fees in the digital era: the Harry Fox Agency administered mechanical licenses for the reproduction of recorded music. (New York Times) For more information on how performance and mechanical license fees are paid, see our Music Rights 101 infographic.

Kim Gordon and her daughter Coco Moore pose together in a new ad campaign for Marc Jacobs. (Pitchfork)

On Monday night in Toronto, U2 invited a U2 cover band to join them onstage for a performance of “Desire.” (Consequence of Sound) The band also teased a new music video, starring Woody Harrelson, for “Song of Someone.” (Billboard)

New Order announced that their new album Music Complete, due out on Sept. 25, will include contributions from Iggy PopBrandon Flowers, and La Roux. (Consequence of Sound)

Kendrick Lamar has designed a line of Reebok sneakers with alternating red and blue colors in a call for peace among warring street gangs. (Complex)

This falling shovel sounds just like the opening riff to Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” (City Pages)