The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to reunite at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in London in 2012 because the rockers were stunned by organisers' attempt to invite long-dead The Who drummer Keith Moon to perform. The punk icons were invited to make a comeback at the star-studded launch of the sporting showpiece, but declined the offer.
Former bassist Glen Matlock has now revealed their decision was made after they heard about Olympic bosses' major blunder in inviting The Who to perform with their late drummer.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I heard that they wanted The Who to do it, they wanted Keith Moon to perform. But he's only been dead 20 years. They had asked us to perform but the story about Keith Moon and The Who didn't help their pitch to us. That was one of the reasons we said 'no'."
Moon died from an overdose of prescription drugs in 1978, at the age of 32.
Troubled actor Columbus Short was arrested for public drunkenness during the U.S. Independence Day celebrations on Friday (04Jul14).
The former Scandal star was partying at a bar in Dallas, Texas when he got into a dispute with staff over his tab, according to TMZ.com. Two off-duty cops intervened to break up the scuffle but when Short allegedly began screaming at them, he was arrested for public intoxication.
A source tells the website, "He was like a dog with a bone who wouldn't let it go."
Earlier this year (14), Short was arrested over a bar brawl in Los Angeles, and he has been held by police twice over domestic disputes with his estranged wife Tanee.
She has since obtained a restraining order against the actor.
Former Scandal star Columbus Short is facing a lawsuit from the man who accused him of assault in March (14).
The actor was charged with felony aggravated battery for his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Los Angeles after he was accused of punching a fellow patron in the face. Short, who quit the hit TV drama amid his legal woes, pleaded not guilty to the allegations in court in May (14) and is currently free on bail.
However, he is now being sued by the alleged victim, named as Felton Hyche III, who claims in the lawsuit that he was hospitalised and treated for a number of broken bones in his face, according to TMZ.com.
Keith Duffy is set to race his Boyzone bandmate Ronan Keating to the stage in London's West End this year (14). The Irish singer is currently appearing in Billy Roche's play A Handful of Stars, which opened at the Theatre503 venue in Battersea, London in May (14), and it has now been announced that his show will transfer to the West End next month (Jul14).
Duffy's West End debut, opening on 1 July (14) at the Trafalgar Studios, will come just months before his bandmate Ronan Keating takes his first bow in stage musical Once.
Keating's run at the Phoenix Theatre kicks off in November (14).
A letter written by John Lennon complaining about his rock star friends Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson fetched $84,000 (£53,000) at auction in London. The former Beatles star wrote the letter titled 'A matter of pee' to producer Phil Spector, complaining that he was being held responsible for a series of bizarre incidents after the musicians were threatened with eviction from the recording studio. He admits that it was Moon and Nilsson who urinated on the mixing console.
The note, which dates from Lennon's 'Lost Weekend' between 1973 and 1975 when he separated form Yoko Ono, was later given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis who worked with the Beatles star.
It was expected to fetch between $6,400 (£4,000) and $9,600 (£6,000) at the auction but sold for seven times that estimate when a private buyer snapped it up for $84,000 last week (ends22Mar14).
Louise Cooper, from Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions, says, "This price reflects the fact that it has never been on the market before and refers to so many famous people of the time."
A note written by John Lennon complaining about his rock star pals Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson is set to go under the hammer on Friday (21Mar14) Lennon was working with a group of musicians during recording sessions for his 1975 covers album Rock 'n' Roll but the antics of Nilsson and The Who drummer Moon infuriated bosses at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.
The former Beatles star wrote a letter titled 'A matter of pee' to producer Phil Spector, complaining that he was being held responsible for a series of bizarre incidents after the musicians were threatened with eviction.
Lennon writes, "Phil - Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who p**sed on the (mixing) console. Jerry (Moss, A&M boss) now wants to evict us or that's what Capitol tells us. Anyway tell him to bill Capitol for the damage if any. I can't be expected to mind adult rock stars nor can May (Pang - Lennon's girlfriend and assistant) besides she works for me not A+M . I'm about to p**s off to (rival studio) Record Plant because of this c**p."
The note, which dates from Lennon's 'Lost Weekend' between 1973 and 1975 when he separated form Yoko Ono, was later given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis who worked with the Beatles star. It is expected to fetch between $6,400 (£4,000) and $9,600 (£6,000).
Louise Cooper, of Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions in London, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "This is a rare note in that it mentions so many well-known figures from that era... The note will be of huge interest to Lennon and Beatles fans around the world. And the provenance is excellent, coming as it does from Lennon's session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis."
Boyzone star Keith Duffy is to make his theatre debut playing an Irish boxer in an upcoming London production. The Irish singer has previously shown off his acting skills with a role in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street and now he is set to tread the boards for the first time at a small theatre in the British capital.
Duffy has landed a role in a revival of Billy Roche's play A Handful of Stars, which opens at the Theatre503 venue in Battersea in May (14).
The curtain goes up on the production on 2 May (14), and previews begin next month (Apr14).
Irish singer Keith Duffy's home in Dublin, Ireland was raided by thieves while he performed onstage with Boyzone last month (Dec13). Police are investigating the break-in at his luxury property in the Roganstown area of the city on 20 December (13), the night Duffy was performing with the band at London's O2 Arena as part of Boyzone's 20th anniversary tour.
A spokesperson for Ireland's Gardai force tells the Irish Herald, "Gardai are investigating a burglary in the Roganstown area on December 20."
His wife and two children were also in London attending the concert.
Marginalized communities throughout history have had ways of communicating that are proof of clanship. But did you know the street slang used by queens the world over is at least two centuries old, and that you already know a few words of it?
There is disagreement about the exact origins of the gay ghetto slang known as Polari, but it rose in popularity during the 19th century in London's East End, and shares words with other street vernaculars like Cockney rhyming slang and Yiddsh. The language was common in professions that employed traveling male tradesmen, like the merchant marines and the theater. Gay men adopted it as a way to have sexual conversations safely and in secret.
If you feel ignorant, don't. You're already speaking Polari when you use words like butch, camp, and drag — and if you're paying attention, chicken, cottaging and zhoosh. Theater slang that is part of the lexicon, such as referring to dancers as "hoofers," also comes from Polari.
But if you hear someone say, "Vada the eek on that naff omi-palone," ask your local queen for a translation. And pray they aren't talking about you.
Actress Nicole Kidman and country star Keith Urban like to spice up their relationship by sending each other saucy text messages. The singer is currently juggling his tour commitments with filming for reality TV show American Idol, on which he is a judge, while his movie star wife is shooting on location in London.
The couple has imposed strict rules about keeping in touch while they're apart, but Urban admits they have both broken their own rules as they try to find new ways to keep the spark in their romance alive after seven years of marriage.
During a taped interview with U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on Monday (28Oct13), Urban said, "We just make it work. We never text, we never email. Phone calls only, which I really love that."
However, the Without You hitmaker then grew embarrassed as he confessed, "Maybe one text. Maybe one cool kind of, you know... Nice sex texting. I'm a little red right now."