Stars including Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole, Martina Mcbride and Don Was are set to salute veteran rocker Gregg Allman at a special tribute concert in Atlanta, Georgia next year (14). Train frontman Pat Monahan, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Eric Church, Widespread Panic and the 65-year-old star's own The Allman Brothers Band will also perform in his honour at the All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman event.
Don Was and Haynes will serve as co-musical directors of the Fox Theatre concert, which will feature unique collaborations and surprise guests for one night only on 10 January (14).
Show organiser and producer Keith Wortman says, "I am honoured and humbled to produce a multi-media event of this magnitude."
Singer June Reimer Springer has died at the age of 85. The star passed away in Chico, California on 27 September (13). No further details of her death have been released.
Starting her professional career aged 18, the singer auditioned for famed composer Cole Porter and landed a role in the original run of Kiss Me, Kate.
After appearing in a string of Broadway productions, she began using the stage name Monica Lane in the 1950s and toured as part of a singing duo with Cass Franklin.
She went on to marry famed publicist John Springer, whose clients included Elizabeth Taylor and her on/off husband Richard Burton, and had three children, Gary, Alicia and Cynthia.
British pop star Cheryl Cole has reportedly split from her U.S. dancer beau. The former Girls Aloud star decided to end her 14-month romance with Tre Holloway due to the pressure of maintaining a long-distance relationship.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Cheryl and Tre have tried to make it work but the long-distance relationship and work commitments got the better of them."
The publication claims the pair split over the summer (13), but have maintained a close friendship. Holloway turned out to celebrate Cole's 30th birthday in Las Vegas in June (13) and they were spotted enjoying a meal together in London last month (Sep13).
Cole was previously married to English soccer star Ashley Cole and has also dated U.S. professional dancer Derek Hough.
British pop star Cheryl Cole has thrown her support behind plans to market the world's first malaria vaccine following her fight with the disease. The singer cheated death and spent days in an intensive care unit in July, 2010 after contracting the mosquito-borne illness during a charity trip to Tanzania.
She has now spoken out to show her backing for bosses at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, who are currently seeking regulatory approval to manufacture the world's first malaria vaccine after trial results proved it dramatically reduced the number of cases in African children.
Cole took to Twitter.com to post a link to an article on the vaccine and to share her support, writing, "Oh my god. I pray that this works out!! Please god."
Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of victims every year.
British pop singer Nicola Roberts' 28th birthday sucked - literally. The star headed to Amsterdam with Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh and had her toe sucked by a fetish performer in one of the city's seedy bars.
Singer Sky Ferreira has axed the remainder of her U.S. tour dates citing a vocal injury, just weeks after her drug arrest. The Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker has been on the road supporting rockers Vampire Weekend, but she has pulled out of their trek after straining her vocal cords at a show in San Diego, California, on Tuesday (01Oct13).
The 21 year old took to her Twitter.com page to share the bad news with fans, writing, "I'm so sorry... I'll basically be a monk by the time this is over."
Ferreira will now miss out on shows in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Grand Prairie, Texas.
Ferreira is hoping to be back onstage at her debut album release concert in Los Angeles on 27 October (13), while she is also scheduled to headline an Elliott Smith tribute show in New York on 21 October (13).
Her cancellations come after she and her DIIV frontman boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith were arrested in New York last month (Sep13), when cops pulled over their vehicle and found the rocker to be in possession of heroin. Ferreira was reportedly arrested for possessing Ecstasy.
Sky Ferreira and Cat Power are set to headline an Elliott Smith tribute show in New York later this month (Oct13) to mark the 10th anniversary of the singer/songwriter's suicide. The Low Anthem, Speedy Ortiz star Sadie Dupuis, Yoni Wolf and former Chairlift member Aaron Pfenning will also be part of the line-up, while Ferreira's boyfriend, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, will team up with the Everthing Is Embarrassing hitmaker for a special collaboration.
The gig, held at Glasslands in Brooklyn on 21 October (13), will mark both Ferreira and Smith's first performances since they were arrested on drug charges in the Big Apple last month (Sep13).
Miss Misery Oscar nominee Smith died from two self-inflicted stab wounds on 21 October, 2003, aged 34.
Pop star Sky Ferreira insists she is not an addict following her arrest on drug charges last month (Sep13). The Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker and her DIIV frontman boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith were held in New York after cops pulled over their vehicle and found the rocker to be in possession of heroin. Ferreira was reportedly arrested for possessing Ecstasy.
However, the singer has accused cops of intentionally targeting the pair, telling Billboard, "I kind of got f**ked with... And it's annoying because I wasn't charged with his heroin. It says it. The public records are out there. I wasn't charged with it.
"Trust me, if I was even anywhere near that, they would've charged me because they had no problem charging me with other s**t. They were out to kind of like f**k with us. I'm scared to say more than that because I don't want them to arrest us anymore."
Ferreira is adamant she does not have substance abuse issues and fears the arrest has blighted her public image, adding, "I know for a fact I'm not a drug addict. That's all I really have to say about it. I know I'm not a drug addict. I'm sorry if it hurt anyone and I'm not trying to promote drugs and it's not like an image thing whatsoever.
"Do you think I want people thinking I'm a heroin addict? No. Do you think I want people thinking I'm a drug addict? No. But people have always said I'm a drug addict, just based on the fact that I have dark circles around my eyes, which I've had since I was a kid, or because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way. So that's not something that's new."
"My first NFL American football game at Wembley Stadium and the team I decided to support won." British pop star Cheryl Cole is celebrating after cheering for the Minnesota Vikings in their American football showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. The Vikings won 34 to 27.
Holograms of late hip-hop icons Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E have not been able to save touring rap festival Rock The Bells - event promoters have reportedly scrapped the remaining dates due to poor ticket sales. This weekend's (28-29Sep13) event at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. has been cancelled and reports suggest the planned festivities at New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack, scheduled for 4 and 5 October (13) have also been axed.
According to XXLmag.com, the festival bosses will take a $3 million (£2 million) loss.
The touring festival kicked off earlier this month (Sep13) with two events in California featuring J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi.
Headliners Wu-Tang Clan appeared with a virtual Ol' Dirty Bastard and a hologram of Eazy-E joined Bone Thugs-N-Harmony onstage.