Coldplay star Chris Martin, Blur's Graham Coxon and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson have donated art pieces to a charity auction. They are among the 15 celebrities, also including Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' McPherson and Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, who were given an art kit containing an easel, canvas and paints and asked to create original works of art to benefit mental health charity Eazl.
Bids for the big sale are open until 23 May (14) and the pieces will be displayed at London's Store Street Gallery from 19-23 May (14).
Wilko Johnson is to raise money for pancreatic cancer research by performing at a charity show in London more than a year after doctors told the rocker he would die from the disease. The former Dr. Feelgood star announced he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013. He was given just months to live, but he refused chemotherapy treatment in order to play a farewell tour.
Johnson is still performing more than a year later, and he has now booked a second slot at a charity show organised by Madness singer Graham 'Suggs' McPherson to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The rocker performed at the same show last year (13), but did not think he would live long enough to give it a second go.
Johnson will play at the 2014 concert in London with his friend and collaborator, The Who's Roger Daltrey, while other performers include musician Jools Holland and singer/songwriter Bo Bruce.
An Evening With Suggs and Friends... takes place at London's Porchester Hall on 20 March (14).
Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' Mcpherson and The Specials star Jerry Dammers spent three hours marooned on Lake Geneva after a speedboat stunt went wrong. The two British musicians hired the vessel during a trip to Montreux, Switzerland, but disaster struck when Dammers attempted a James Bond-style jump on a ramp.
The craft's propeller jammed in the wooden slope and the two stars were stuck onboard the boat for three hours until rescue crews saved them.
In his new memoirs, McPherson writes, "In Montreux, with The Specials' Jerry Dammers, I hired a boat with a tiny outboard motor and went out on Lake Geneva. Jerry has a thing about James Bond, and when he spotted a water jump, he shot towards it at full throttle, only to get stuck halfway up, with the propeller jammed in the wood. It was three hours before we were rescued."
British pop stars Madness fell out with punk veterans The Clash for five years after dressing as cops and staging a fake raid on their studio. The Baggy Trousers hitmakers decided to play a practical joke on the rockers when they discovered they were rehearsing in the same studio complex, but the prank turned sour when their victims fell for it and flushed away all their drugs.
Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' McPherson recalls the incident in his new memoir, writing, "On one occasion, we got our hands on authentic police uniforms and then found out The Clash were rehearsing nearby, so we burst into their rehearsal rooms, kicked the doors open and shouted: 'Nobody move, it's the pigs (police)!'. We were greeted by the sound of doors slamming and toilets flushing! They didn't speak to us for five years."
Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' Mcpherson sent BBC producers into a spin last year (12) after arriving for a live performance dressed as disgraced TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile. The band was preparing to play on Jools Holland's music show in October (12) when Suggs stunned executives by showing up sporting leisurewear, huge jewellery and a cigar - all trademarks of the shamed broadcaster.
Producers were thrown into a panic as Savile had been unmasked as a serial paedophile following his death in 2011. It has since emerged he sexually abused 450 victims, including 30 children, many of them during his time working at the BBC.
Suggs was ordered back to his dressing room to change before the band was allowed to perform.
Explaining the incident to U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, Holland says, "You'll probably edit this out but when Suggs came on Later, he had to be stopped from coming on the live version because he'd changed into a tracksuit with a gold chain and a big cigar."
Suggs, who also appeared on the talk show, added: "If only I had kicked them all (abusive celebrities) up the b**locks when I had the chance, it would be a different story."
Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' Mcpherson became a wedding singer over the weekend (08-09Jun13) when he stepped in to perform for a newly-married couple at their reception. The ska star was a guest at a wedding in Cornwall, England on Saturday (08Jun13), but he became the centre of attention at the reception by accepting an offer to help out a local band which had been booked to play.
Suggs' wife was the first to take to the stage with the band, Sandy Acre 7, and she eventually persuaded her husband to join in, performing Madness hit It Must Be Love for the happy couple.
Sandy Acre 7 frontman Chris Ryan tells Thisiscornwall.co.uk, "I'd spotted him earlier on the dancefloor and thought I'd recognised him. It turned out he was a friend of theirs (the couple) but we hadn't been told. His wife had actually been up doing some backing vocals with us earlier in the set. It was near the end, they kept asking us to keep going and we were in danger of running out of songs, when she dragged him up to the front and he asked us if we knew It Must Be Love. He was lovely, really, the loveliest celebrity I've ever met."
Mexican wrestling extravaganza Lucha Future arrives in the U.K. for a series of shows later this month (Jun11) - and Madness frontman Suggs and movie director Tim Burton are rumoured to be among the stars who plan to attend.
The Extras star is not a fan of singing contests such as The X Factor and American Idol and has taken aim at Cowell after discovering funding cuts at London arts venue ArtsDepot.
He says, "If we continue to let places like the ArtsDepot disappear, we're going to wake up one day and find our greatest artistic achievement is a dancing dog on Britain's Got Talent. And Simon Cowell will be nailing the coffin closed on our cultural heritage."
Roger Daltrey, Madness star Suggs, Suede's Brett Anderson and new dad Sir Elton John have all recently lined up to criticise Cowell.