Reclusive rock legend David Bowie has been challenged to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his former lover Susan Sarandon.
The Thelma & Louise actress gamely poured a bucket of freezing water over her head at the weekend (23-24Aug14) after One Direction star Harry Styles dared her to take part. Prior to completing the feat, Sarandon nominated three others to face the challenge - actress Melissa McCarthy, writer George Saunders, and Bowie, with whom she recently confessed to enjoying a fling during filming of their 1983 movie The Hunger.
In a short film posted on Facebook.com, the actress says, "Harry Styles, I accept your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the hopes that we will raise funds for research and awareness of this horrible disease. I'm going to challenge Melissa McCarthy, David Bowie, and George Saunders."
The campaign, which aims to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, has snowballed in recent weeks, with stars including Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Lindsay Lohan all taking part.
Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan accepted Bon Jovi leader Jon Bon Jovi's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dunking freezing water over their heads. The former bandmates took the plunge to raise awareness about the condition and raise funds for the ALS Association after Bon Jovi nominated them to follow his example at the weekend (16-17Aug14), when he recruited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to tip an ice bucket over his head at a garden party.
Celebrities have been taking the challenge, filming it, posting the footage online and nominating famous friends to follow suit for weeks, boosting the charity's coffers and raising awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi last year (13), took the challenge in his back garden and nominated his reported guitarist girlfriend Orianthi and "friends and fans around the world" to follow his lead, while Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera were picked by keyboard player Bryan after he was dunked in his swimming pool.
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres posted his Ice Bucket Challenge on the band's Facebook page and nominated Alice Cooper, who took the opportunity to cool off on Wednesday (20Aug14) when he was chilled onstage during a concert in Virginia Beach.
He nominated tour co-headliners Motley Crue and movie star pal Johnny Depp to take the plunge. Motley Crue quickly accepted Cooper's challenge with their own onstage dunking, and named Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Kiss to follow suit.
Paul Stanley has already accepted on behalf of Kiss, insisting he'll take on the challenge on Friday (22Aug14).
Cooper is also hoping to raise more money for the ALS Association by selling the stars and stripes T-shirt he was wearing when he was iced onstage and the bathrobe he changed into backstage to raise cash for the cause.
Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen showered himself in dollar bills after swapping an ice bucket for a pail full of cash for a charity challenge.
The former Two and a Half Men star threw $10,000 (£5,882) in bills over his head for his part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which stars nominate each other for a cold shower to bring in money and raise awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as motor neurone disease.
A video posted online shows Sheen, who was nominated by hockey player Ryan Miller, tipping a silver bucket full of money over his head and exclaiming, "Oh wait, that's not ice. That's $10,000 in cash which I am donating to the ALS Foundation because let's face it, ice is gonna melt and this money is actually going to help people."
Sheen goes on to nominate his former Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer, the show's creator Chuck Lorre, and replacement castmember Ashton Kutcher to follow suit, adding, "I am hereby calling out Jon Cryer, Chuck Lorre and Ashton Kutcher to identically do what I just did. C'mon guys, it's for a great cause."
Other stars to have taken part in the challenge include Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, as well as singer Josh Groban who was doused in icy water on U.S. TV during a taping of talent show Rising Star.
Legendary photographer Leee Black Childers, who snapped David Bowie early in his career and chronicled the iconic New York punk scene in the 1970s, has died. Childers was a central figure in the Big Apple's underground culture and was a close associate of Andy Warhol, taking dozens of famous shots of the pop art pioneer.
He also used his camera to document the notorious crowd of drag queens and dropouts who frequented the city's famous Chelsea Hotel.
Other stars photographed by Childers include Lou Reed, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, and he also managed several bands including Johnny Thunders' group The Heartbreakers.
Childers recalled the stories behind some of his most famous shots in the 2012 book Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars and Punks.
He passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday (06Apr14). Childers had reportedly been hospitalised since March (14) but further details were unavailable as WENN went to press.
"I'm doing all kinds of prep. I'm studying (David) Bowie and Iggy (Pop) and Lou (Reed) and Tina (Turner). I'm working; I'm dancing around in heels for hours, and wigs, and changing my posture and losing weight. It's a lot of flection. I'm used to standing kind of in stasis more, but I'm realising now that women in heels stand at attention a lot more than guys do. I've got to stick my t**s out a lot." Actor Neil Patrick Harris on how he's preparing to play a transgender rock musician for his upcoming Broadway stint in the musical revival of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH this spring (14).
Veteran stars including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have proved they are still top of the pops by leading a poll of the biggest music moments of 2013. The Brown Sugar hitmakers' headlining set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival in June (13) - their first ever appearance at the event - came first in the U.K. survey.
The death of Lou Reed in October (13) was voted second, and Bowie's surprise release of a new album in March (13) has come third. The top five was rounded out by British pop stars McFly and Busted forming supergroup McBusted, and Adele scooping an Academy Award for her Skyfall theme.
Miley Cyrus' headline-grabbing twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13) just scraped into the top 10 at number seven, and British boyband JLS' split announcement only managed ninth place in the survey for free music streaming service Blinkboxmusic.com.
Hit boyband One Direction only managed one entry - their movie One Direction: This Is Us came in at a lowly number 20.
Blinkbox boss Rowan Adams says, "Whilst most Brits think it hasn't been a golden year for pop, the same can't be said for seasoned pros the Rolling Stones, who claim the biggest music moment of 2013. The question is, will we be talking about One Direction's Glastonbury show in 50 years' time?"
Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson and Bono have penned tribute essays about the late rocker for the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The former Velvet Underground frontman, who lost his battle with liver disease at the end of last month (Oct13), features on the cover of the publication, wearing his famous dark glasses, and the issue is filled with celebrity recollections, anecdotes about and tributes to him, culled from interviews conducted by senior writer David Fricke.
Anderson and U2 frontman Bono opted to give the magazine their thoughts after Reed's passing and agreed to write essays about the rock icon.
Bono writes, "He was thoughtful, meditative and extremely disciplined. Before the hepatitis that he caught as a drug user returned, Lou was in top physical condition. Tai chi was what he credited for his lithe physicality and clear complexion. This is how I will remember him, a still figure in the eye of a metallic hurricane, an artist pulling strange shapes out of the formless void that is pop culture, a songwriter pulling melodies out of the dissonance of what (poet) Yeats called 'this filthy modern tide' and, yes, pop's truly great poker face - with so much comedy dancing around those piercing eyes. The universe is not laughing today."
And the late star's widow adds, "Lou and I played music together, became best friends and then soul mates, traveled, listened to and criticized each other's work, studied things together (butterfly hunting, meditation, kayaking). We loved our life in the West Village (New York) and our friends; and in all, we did the best we could do."
She also reveals she met her late husband in Munich, Germany in 1992, when he asked her to "read something with his band" at the city's Kristallnacht festival.
She adds, "I liked him right away, but I was surprised he didn't have an English accent. For some reason I thought the Velvet Underground were British, and I had only a vague idea what they did... I was from a different world.
"As it turned out, Lou and I didn't live far from each other in New York, and after the festival Lou suggested getting together. I think he liked it when I said, 'Yes! Absolutely! I'm on tour, but when I get back - let's see, about four months from now - let's definitely get together.' This went on for a while, and finally he asked if I wanted to go to the Audio Engineering Society Convention. I said I was going anyway and would meet him in Microphones.
"We spent a happy afternoon looking at amps and cables and shop-talking electronics. I had no idea this was meant to be a date, but when we went for coffee after that, he said, 'Would you like to see a movie... and then after that, dinner? And then we can take a walk?' From then on we were never really apart."
Lou Reed's widow and his sister have been named the benefactors of his fortune after the late rocker's will was filed for probate in New York. The former Velvet Underground frontman lost his battle with liver disease at his home in New York state in October (13) and on Monday (04Nov13), the documents for his will were lodged in court.
According to the legal papers, Reed left his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, their $1.5 million (£1 million) New York home and all of his personal property, including jewellery, clothing, art, cars, boats, his touring company and 75 per cent of his estate.
The late rocker left his sister, Margaret Reed Weiner, the remaining portion of his fortune. When Anderson passes away the estate will be transferred to Weiner and her three children.
He also bequeathed $500,000 (£333,330) to his only sibling for the care of their 93-year-old mother.
Reed's attorney, James Purdy, tells the New York Post, "It all stays in the family."
Robert and David Gotterer, Reed's longtime business manager and accountant, have been named trustees of the estate and are in charge of collecting royalties, negotiating contracts and securing copyrights and licenses relating to Reed's songs and poetry.
Lou Reed succumbed to liver disease at his home in Long Island, New York, according to the late rocker's doctor. The former Velvet Underground frontman died on Sunday (27Oct13) after battling poor health for months.
Dr. Charles Miller, who performed a liver transplant on Reed at the Cleveland Clinic in April (13), tells the New York Times that the rocker returned to Ohio last week (bes21Oct13) for further treatment.
The medic told Reed his condition could no longer be treated, and the singer/songwriter opted to return to the home he shared with his wife Laurie Anderson.
The doctor says, "We all agreed that we did everything we could."
Tributes from the music world have been pouring in for Reed since news of his death was released. Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne added their thoughts about the rock star in statements on Monday (28Oct13).
Harry wrote, "I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect Day, or the devil let loose in White Light/White Heat will live forever."
Her bandmate Stein added, "Lou was one of a handful of originals. I don't think that the conditions that created him will again even be approximated, let alone duplicated."
And Byrne stated, "His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don't think I'm alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent."
Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have added their names to the long list of celebrities paying tribute to the late Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13) at the age of 71. The punk icons have recalled magical moments with the former Velvet Underground frontman in statements released on Monday (28Oct13).
Harry remembers, "The first time I saw the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed it was in the 1960s at a place on the Lower East Side (of New York) called The Balloon Farm. That day I became a lifelong devotee of the iconoclastic sound and style of Lou and the Velvets.
"I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect Day, or the devil let loose in White Light/White Heat will live forever."
Her bandmate Stein adds, "I had many encounters with Lou over the years and he was always charming and polite. I just never ran into his infamous dark side... Lou was one of a handful of originals. I don't think that the conditions that created him will again even be approximated, let alone duplicated."
And Stein recalls a really amazing night when his band was asked to open for the Velvet Underground: "When I was 17 years old in 1967, my friends and I were fascinated by the Velvets' first amazing album. A close friend of mine worked for (Andy) Warhol. One night he arrived at my house in Brooklyn and told my friends and I that the band who was supposed to open for the Velvets in NYC had cancelled and would we like to replace them.
"We got on the subway with our guitars and went to a venue on the Upper West Side, called the Gymnasium. Maureen Tucker let us use her drums; turn them right side up even and we used the Velvets' amps. We played our little blues rock set and at the end someone came over and said, 'Oh, Andy thought you were terrific'.
" There were maybe 30 people there. The Velvets came on and were just powerful. They used the echo-y acoustics of the place to their advantage. This was a moment that shaped my musical life and I tell the story frequently."
Other tributes have poured in since the news of Reed's death broke, including notes, statements and tweets from the likes of his friend and VU bandmate John Cale, The Who, the Pixies, Patrick Carney, Morrissey, Ryan Adams, Nikki Sixx, Steven Tyler and Cyndi Lauper, among others.
And Talking Heads frontman David Byrne offered up his thoughts on Monday in a statement that reads: "No surprise I was a big fan, and his music, with and without the Velvets, was a big influence on myself and Talking Heads. He came to see us at CBGB (in New York) numerous times, and I remember three of us going to visit him at his Upper East Side apartment after one of our very early gigs there.
"I kept in touch with Lou over the years. We'd run into one another at concerts or at various NY cultural events and benefits... More recently I'd see Lou and (wife) Laurie (Anderson) socially - we'd join mutual friends for dinner sometimes and at concerts. He and Laurie never stopped checking out emerging artists, bands and all sorts of performances.
"His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don't think I'm alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent."