DEMI LOVATO THANKS FANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT
Demi Lovato has thanked her fans for their support in light of the passing of her dog Buddy. Demi took to Instagram to show gratitude to her fans for helping her get through "the most painful week" of her life. She wrote, "We can't thank you all enough. This has been the most painful week of my life but because Wilmer and I had so much love and support, I've been able to stay strong and will continue to get through this difficult time. The out pour of love and support has been unbelievable and it means the world to us. Love you all tons and tons..."
Demi previously revealed the tragic news, saying, "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident and though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we are staying strong. We have incredible people around us and so much love and support which is holding us up in this time of need. Buddy was loved by so many people and as small as he was, he made a huge impact in our lives. He truly was human in a way and we were so blessed to have him in our lives."
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- Demi's dog was apparently mauled by a coyote.
U2 CLOSES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & PAUL SIMON
U2 closed out its North American tour on Friday night (July 31st) -- the last show of an eight-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden -- with none other than Bruce Springsteen joining the band on stage. Last December, "The Boss" had subbed for Bono to front U2 in the heart of New York City’s Times Square for the band's surprise World AIDS Day (RED) performance. Just as he did at the RED set, Springsteen joined U2 for The Joshua Tree classic "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For." As a call-back to his first performances with U2 during the band’s 1987 tour, Springsteen also played the Ben E. King favorite "Stand By Me" with the band.
The previous night (July 30th), U2 welcomed Paul Simon onstage to perform a brief, but emotional, rendition of his first solo hit, 1972's "Mother And Child Reunion" -- a tune that U2 had been allowing to creep into its setlists during the tour. On Thursday, the tune served as a benediction-like introduction to "Where The Streets Have No Name."
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- Bono feels that unlike many of their contemporaries, U2 has continued to grow with each new era, and has never felt their collective love for the band's work diminishing: "There's a certain contour that's expected of a band or an artist -- y'know, you do your best work very early on in your life, and then you kind of burn out. With our band, it doesn't feel like we're burning out. And if you were a photographer, or a screenwriter, or a poet, or a filmmaker, you might just be, y'know, getting the hang of it. But a lot of rock n' roll bands have burned out by our age. And I'm not buying into that."
- U2 kicks off its 34-date European leg on September 4th in Torino, Italy.
ZAYN MALIK IS PROUD OF ONE DIRECTION
Zayn Malik is proud of his former bandmates. One Direction released their new single "Drag Me Down" this past weekend and Zayn is a fan of the record. Zayn took to Twitter and said, "Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x."
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- Zayn previously announced that he has signed to RCA Records as a solo artist, saying, "I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA!!"
ASHLEE SIMPSON AND EVAN ROSS WELCOME THEIR FIRST CHILD
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have welcomed their first child. Ashlee uploaded a post to Instagram, revealing their new daughter's name. She said, "We are overjoyed about the birth of our precious baby girl Jagger Snow Ross July 30 2015." This is Evan's first child, however, Ashlee has a six-year-old son named Bronx with Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.
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- Evan and Ashlee have been together since 2013.
DRAKE: 'I HAVEN'T TAKEN A LOSS ALL WEEK!'This past weekend, Drake was spotted at a celebrity kickball game -- and took a moment to throw a little shade at Meek Mill. When he was asked about the loss he was about to take on the field, the rapper responded, "Like you said man, I haven't taken a loss all week." Cameraman: "Don't do it. Don't do that on my camera." , Nicki referred to Meek as her "husband." Back to top
JIMMY PAGE CAN'T SEE ANOTHER LED ZEPPELIN REUNION
Jimmy Page says it's unlikely the world will ever see Led Zeppelin live onstage ever again. Page, who's been the creative force over the extensive revamping of the Zeppelin catalogue, has been the only member of the band to promote the eight expanded sets since the reissue series began last year. Just released are deluxe expanded versions of Led Zeppelin's three final albums -- Presence (1976), In Through The Out Door (1979), and Coda (1982).
Page told The Daily Beast that following the band's triumphant one-off 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena, he can't see Zeppelin ever taking the stage again in public, explaining, "We tried it a few times. It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That’s why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason (Bonham) -- John (Bonham's) son -- felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can’t foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons."
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- He recalled how following John Bonham's death in 1980, Zeppelin came to the decision that they simply could not carry on: "It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on. Besides, we couldn’t just get somebody in there and say, ‘Do this, this way?' That wouldn’t have been honest or of the same creative nature that we had always striven for. And it’s why we still have only done it properly once."
- Page, who has completely devoted himself to the archival digging, remixing, and remastering of the Zep catalogue, says that with the heavy lifting now done, he plans to focus squarely on making new music: "When the last batch of remasters comes out, I’ll be able to exhale and think about doing something new. I’ll be able to think about the guitar, and recording new music -- because I’ve already gotten music written -- and I’m really looking forward to that and really focusing on it."
- Jimmy Page told us that he believes by showcasing the paths not taken by the band in the studio, be it in through performances or audio mixes, it finally gives Zep fans the full picture of what the group created in the studio over its decade-long run: "What I wanted to do, in effect was to be able to show everything that was there in the vaults in such a good way, is that what it means at the end of the day is these sort of soundbytes that were there before; there’s now twice as much studio material -- it completes the whole of the picture. And that’s it. It’s been done, it’s been done authoritatively and that’s it. I mean, I really did believe that it was the right project to do."
KENNY CHESNEY WORKS OUT WITH CHIEFS, BREAKS ANOTHER ATTENDANCE RECORD
In advance of his concert on Saturday (August 1st) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Kenny Chesney visited the Chiefs at training camp on Friday (July 31st). The superstar shared some images at training with the fans on the big screens, prompting an immediate eruption.
Kenny co-headlined Saturday's show with Jason Aldean, where they drew an unprecedented crowd of 57,368, according to officials with the Kansas City Chiefs, breaking the stadium record of 56,132, set by Pink Floyd in June 1994.
Kenny and his band entertained for more than two hours, closing his set with a duet with Jason on "She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy" and a cover of John Mellencamp’s "Hurt So Good." By that time, both were wearing Chiefs jerseys.
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MIRANDA LAMBERT, SHANIA TWAIN SHARE SPECIAL 'GIRLS NIGHT' IN NASHVILLE
Miranda Lambert was among the thousands attending Shania Twain's tour stop in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday (July 31st). Miranda was in the crowd, and was very impressed with what she saw, Instagramming a pic of Shania flying high above the heads of concert-goers writing, "Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass… "
After the show, Shania posted a picture of the two singers writing, "Girls night, love seeing you."
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PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I'M DOING THIS TOUR IN MY SLEEP'
Pete Townshend admitted that the Who’s current tour is pretty much a cakewalk for him. During a lengthy chat with Mojo magazine, Townshend was asked why he hasn’t done more solo work and after explaining how much blood and sweat peers like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Sting put into their tours, Townshend said, "The get behind their work, and the way they do that is they tour, and I don’t want to tour. The reason I can do it with the Who is that I don’t even do half the work! I’m doing this tour in my sleep, it’s so easy you can’t imagine. Roger (Daltrey), on the other hand, is struggling, battling, fighting, unsure as to whether he’s going to be able to get through the gig."
Townshend went on to say, "I go out and play a few chords, go like this (windmills his arm) a few times, and everybody thinks I’m a genius. I jump up and drown and they say, ‘Oh, look, he’s so fit!’ It’s very easy to do. The difficult bit is being stuck in a hotel somewhere for a few days longer than you might like and getting bored with the room service -- Jesus , it’s a hard life!"
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- Pete Townshend told us that he's constantly able to find ways to bring something new out of the Who's music and his performance: "No, I don't get bored with the Who show, but it is like Groundhog Day. We go out and it's like 'how can I make this different, how can I make this special.' And partly that's what I rise to, is trying to do something where I may push myself to higher heights each night and do whatever it is that I'm doing. Whether I can whirl my arm a couple of miles-an-hour faster than the night before, or hopefully play better music."
- The Who kicks off its next North American leg on September 14th at San Diego, California's Valley View Casino Center.
CELEBRITY BABY MAMA DRAMA
CHRIS BROWN'S BABY MAMA WANTS HIM TO HAVE SUPERVISED VISITATION
Chris Brown's baby mama Nia Guzman is asking a judge to only allow the singer to have supervised visitation with their one-year-old daughter Royalty. According to TMZ, Guzman recently filed legal docs, asking for full custody because she thinks Chris is too irresponsible to care for their daughter on his own and she believes that he and his friends have substance abuse issues. Meanwhile, Chris thinks this is all a ploy to get more child support.
FUTURE IS NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT HIS SON HANGING OUT WITH RUSSELL WILSON
In other news, Future didn't seem to happy to find out that his son Future Zahir with Ciara was hanging out with her boyfriend. Photos of Ciara and baby Future at Russell's training camp hit the Internet this weekend and people were quick to let the rapper know about it.
Future tweeted in response, "Dis Internet Sh*t Mad Funny Yo. The devil gone come Frm all angles but I'm cover with Angels. Don't direct my tweets to kno punk a** h*e."
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- He added, "Never make a permanent decision over a temporary circumstance." #umtoobossedup."
PAUL McCARTNEY & RINGO STARR SALUTE SINGER CILLA BLACK
Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr saluted singer Cilla Black -- one of their oldest friends and an original member of manger Brian Epstein’s NEMS creative stable. Black, who was beloved in her native England, was known in the States primarily for her Beatles connection. Black, who died at age 72 of presumably natural causes, was born Priscilla White, and discovered in Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, were she was employed as the coat check girl.
Black, who only scored a modest 1964 Top 30 U.S. hit with "You’re My World," was a British institution, scoring numerous hits, most produced and arranged by George Martin, including "Anyone Who Had A Heart, and "Alfie." She also was the recipient of three John Lennon and Paul McCartney originals; 1963’s "Love Of The Loved," 1964's "It’s For You," and 1968’s "Step Inside Love" -- which served as the theme song to her 1968 British TV show Cilla.
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- Paul McCartney saluted Black in a statement saying: "Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her."
- Ringo Starr added: "I just heard the news Cilla Black has left us she was a good friend we will all miss her peace to Cilla peace and love to the family R&B xxx."
FAN VIDEO CONVINCES FOO FIGHTERS TO HEAD TO ITALY
A video of 1,000 Foo Fighters fans playing the band's hit "Learn To Fly" in a field was all it took for the Foos to let those fans know that it will come and perform for them. The clip was shot as a way to encourage the group to play a show in the northern Italian city of Cesena, and on Friday (July 31st), frontman Dave Grohl posted a response -- in Italian.
Loosely translated, Grohl said in the video, "Hello Cesena, I’m David, hi, and I’m sorry, I can’t speak Italian, just a little, just a little bit. This video.. beautiful, really beautiful! Thank you so much. We are coming, I promise. See you soon! Thank you very much, love you, bye."
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- The Foos are scheduled to tour Europe later this year, so it's possible that the date in Cesena will happen then.
- The creator of the video, Fabio Zaffagnini, said he came up with the idea a year ago, working nonstop to secure a budget through crowdfunding, hire a production team and recruit the 1,000 musicians needed for the clip.
- He told Alternative Nation, "The Rockin’ 1000 gave me, my team and everybody involved such an amount of positive energy that . . . I felt like I was already totally satisfied. But thinking about the idea of the Foo Fighters playing together with the 1000, that gives me an emotion that could make me faint."
- The Foos will begin the next leg of their North American tour on August 12th in Edmonton, Canada.
SLIPKNOT BASSIST RUSHED TO HOSPITAL IN MIDDLE OF SHOW
Slipknot was forced to walk off stage several songs into its show in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday night (August 2nd) when bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella had to be rushed to the hospital due to an unknown medical emergency. After about a twenty-minute break, Slipknot returned to the stage without Venturella and played the rest of the set as an eight-piece.
Singer Corey Taylor told the crowd as the band returned, "I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had . . . Something happened. I'm not sure what happened. He's been put into an ambulance and he's going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make f**king noise for him. Send him some f**king love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We've had to modify some s**t, but we're gonna keep on playing for you. It's what we want, it's what Alex would f**king want."
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- At press time there was no update on Venturella's condition.
- Venturella began working with Slipknot during the recording of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, contributing bass tracks along with guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson and former touring bassist Donnie Steele.
- He made his live debut with the band last year at the first annual Knotfest.
- Slipknot's original bassist Paul Gray passed away in May 2010 from an accidental overdose of drugs.
- The band's Summer's Last Stand tour kicked off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida and is scheduled to hit Boston on Tuesday (August 4th).
CHRISTOPHER CROSS SET FOR SUMMER AND FALL DATES
Christopher Cross has a string of upcoming North American dates popping up this summer and fall. His most recent album, 2014’s Secret Ladder, features contributions from Late Show with David Letterman bassist Will Lee, famed Beach Boys sideman, keyboardist Gary Griffin, and Paul McCartney’s longtime drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr.
Cross is best remembered for his early '80s hits such as "Sailing," "Ride Like The Wind," and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)." Between 1980 and 1983, Cross scored eight Top 40 hits, and won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1980.
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- Back in 2011, Christopher Cross returned with the critically acclaimed, Doctor Faith album. Unlike most artists who pocket most of their advance for a new album, Cross actually put it towards the album's budget for studio time and paying session players: "The guitars and vocals and things were done in my Pro-Tools studio at home, by (laughs) the drums weren't. The drums were done at Capitol (Studios) B, with 24 mics on a vintage Neve (console). So, the drums were done at Capitol B (laughs) you're never going to get a drum sound anywhere but someplace like that. The album has stings on it, y'know, 30 pieces, and so yeah, a $100,000 budget on the record and probably about 60 percent of it was what we did at Capitol-- drums and strings." :
August 8 - Meridian, MS - MSU Riley Center
August 15 - San Pedro Auditorium - Monterrey, Mexico
September 18 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
September 26 - Larchwood, IA - Grand Falls Casino Resort
September 30 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - Disney World
October 1 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - Disney World
November 21 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
December 4 - Lake Jackson, TX - The Clarion at Brazosport College
METALLICA MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO LOLLAPALOOZA; FESTIVAL BRIEFLY EVACUATED
Metallica made a triumphant return to the Lollapalooza festival on Saturday night (August 31st), nearly 20 years after the band first performed at the event. Kicking off its headlining set with "Fuel," the metal veterans delivered a career-spanning set that ranged from hits like "One" and "Enter Sandman" to deep cuts like "Disposable Heroes" to covers such as "Whiskey In The Jar" and "Am I Evil?"
According to Billboard.com, frontman James Hetfield told the crowd in Chicago's Grant Park, "The Metallica family is here. How many are virgins here?" After the crowd roared its response, Hetfield continued, "If you don't know what to do, just look at the people who have been here before . . . they'll show you to have some fun here!"
- Metallica last appeared on the Lollapalooza bill back in 1996, when it was still a traveling festival. That year's lineup also featured Soundgarden and the Ramones.
- As many as 300,000 people were expected to attend the three-day music event, which ran through Sunday (August 2nd) and featured acts such as Florence And The Machine, Paul McCartney, Alt-J, Death From Above 1979, Of Monsters And Men, Cold War Kids, Walk The Moon, Twenty-One Pilots and many more.
Rolling Stone reported that Grant Park was evacuated and Lollapalooza briefly suspended on Sunday afternoon after severe and unexpected thunderstorms swept the Chicago area. Attendees were sent to three emergency shelters until gates reopened at 3:30 p.m. and music resumed at 4:00 p.m. Several acts did not get to perform as a result, although Sunday headliners Florence And The Machine and others performed with adjusted set times. Back to Top