Story By: G. H. HARDING
Alice Cooper

APE HEAVEN --- Sony Classical has released the original motion picture soundtrack of Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes, composed by the Academy Award-winning Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille, Up, The Incredibles). Directed by Matt Reeves, the film is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and is the second time that Reeves and Giacchino have collaborated following the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010). The soundtrack will be available digitally on July 8 and on CD on July 29.

The previous work of the prolific American composer Giacchino includes scores for movies, television series and video games. he has received numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, and the Academy Award. Giacchino majored in film production at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied composition at Juilliard. His early work on video games such as Medal of Honor and Call of Duty was followed by writing the music for the television series Alias as well as the award winning show Lost.

Giacchino’s stated preference is for clear melodies and themes which he likes to combine with touches of atonality, while respecting previous compositions and reacting to the content of the movie. “I knew immediately that I wanted to acknowledge the experimental musical style which my hero Jerry Goldsmith chose for the original film by finding my own interesting sounds. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an extremely moving story about tolerance and how we deal with each other as a society … I knew we would have to treat that subtext with great respect and dignity. I hope that I have done so while also honoring Jerry's original sound.”

NEW MACCA VIDEO --- Paul McCartney’s new video for his song “Early Days,” from the current New album, is pretty startling on several fronts. The musician - who recently turned 72 - pulled out of shows in Japan and the US due to a mystery bug after doctors ordered him to rest. He resumed his schedule last weekend with a bang in Albany.

On the new video Johnny Depp (as well as Patti Smith) have teamed up with Sir Paul for the musician’s latest video but fans of the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor could be forgiven for not spotting him on film.

The star has a blink-and-you'll miss him appearance as a blues musician in the new video.

Video director Vincent Haycock said it was inspired by the Beatles' love for early American rock 'n roll and blues music and ends with Sir Paul jamming with a group of musicians including Depp.

Vincent also revealed the video is a "poetic homage to the legendary beginnings of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s relationship."

He added: "This video is about them, and every band, and every kid who has suffered the ups and downs of starting a band, whether or not they became successful."

The five-minute plus video is really like a mini-movie. Terrifically well done by all. Bravo!

For the record, Depp has also played slide guitar in Oasis’ hit “Fade In-Out” from their 1997 album Be Here Now and he also strummed away on the instrument in his 2000 movie Chocolat.

Check out the video HERE.

JADE POISON --- New Jersey's own Jade Starling, best known as the vocalizing half of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (“Catch Me, I'm Falling”), will release her first-ever solo work, Captive, August 12, on Subpoena/Universal.

Captive features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue), newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona.

The disc has already yielded the hit single "Insomniak," which cracked the Top 30 on Billboard magazine's dance chart.

According to the flame-tressed, South Jersey diva and lifelong Camden County resident, Captive, two years in the making, ended in a much different place from where it started. Jade and her long-time partner, keyboardist-producer Whey Cooler, originally intended to create something in the vein of their dance-popping predecessors, released under the Pretty Poison moniker. But along the way, they decided to bring in outside collaborators to give their tracks a more contemporary sound.

“This is a dance record," says Jade. "Collaborating with international DJs gave it a fresh new sound, and inspired us to write many new songs."

"We've been doing electronic music since the beginning of our careers," says Jade. "Now it just has a label – 'EDM.' We're about what’s happening next. We've always tried to stay ahead of the curve and not follow it."

“The record takes you on an emotional journey from start to finish," she explains. "From the opening track, ‘Everything in the World,’ which really sums it up – 'I want it all, I want it now, I want everything in the world' – it covers the gamut of emotions from breakups to falling in love. The new single, 'Think About U,' captures the first time you fall in love, getting back to those pure feelings that you felt."

WHITE CASTLE COOPER --- Dreams can come true, as rock icon Alice Cooper can attest, following his induction into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on July 7th, 2014.

As a child of Detroit, Alice learned to love White Castle's iconic sliders at an early age, and has never lost his taste for them over the years. He also learned to love rock and roll, and pursue his career in a band, and achieved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Little did he know that another Hall of Fame, also in Ohio, was in his destiny.

Following a tour of White Castle headquarters led by Bill, Marci and Lisa Ingram (the company is a fourth-generation family-owned business), company VP Jamie Richardson conducted a brief chat with Alice in a room full of White Castle employees, including a band that performed some of Alice's songs (he actually joined them for "No More Mr Nice Guy," much to their surprise), and then Alice was presented with a plaque commemorating his induction into their White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame.

Said Alice, "A lot of my fellow rockers are going to be envious of this honor." Asked how it compared to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice responded "there's no comparison," carefully ducking the question.

Alice has often talked about his love of White Castle in interviews and on his syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper radio program, and served White Castle at the party following the premiere of the Super Duper Alice Cooper documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City. The documentary, produced by Banger Films (same team that produced the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries), has recently been released in both DVD and Blu-Ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

I sort of lived on these things in college – and, all these years later, whenever I pass one of their outlets, I still feel the need to stop in. Interesting that they're now calling them sliders! Honestly, there's nothing even remotely similar to the sliders I have come to know.

Dubious … perhaps, but another memory from childhood!

CLOSING NOTES --- Congrats again to Bobby Funaro for landing a role in the now-shooting Mick Jagger/Marty Scorsese HBO rock ‘n roll doc.

Look for Q104.3's Jim Kerr to intro Micky Dolenz at his B. B. King's show on 7/30. Kerr did it two years back and is on the Micky Dolenz Live At B. B. King's disc. wonder is Tony Danza will show up again ...

Happy Birthday to Long Island's own Dominick DiPietrantonio. His new record is in pre-production and will be out soon ...

Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek. The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ.

NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70’s Purple-spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.