Florida Georgia Line and their tour manager have been slapped with a $15 million (£8.8 million) lawsuit for allegedly breaching an oral agreement over payment for the duo's headlining performance at the 2014 Country Explosion festival. Event organisers gave the country stars' road manager Troy Johnson a cheque for their $205,000 (£120,588) fee after the Cruise hitmakers closed the final night of the four-day Utah bash on 20 July (14), but asked him to wait three days before cashing it.
In legal papers, the plaintiffs' lawyer, David Drake, writes, "It was also explained that the reason for the delay was that the check would be covered by box office receipts that would clear within the next 72 hours."
However, Country Explosion LLC executives claim Johnson ignored their request and banked the funds the following day, causing the cheque to bounce - and then reportedly blasted festival bosses in an industry email sent to a slew of artists and booking agents in Nashville, Tennessee.
They allege the message caused significant damage to the company's reputation and, as a result, they have struggled to book acts for next year's (15) festival.
Country Explosion LLC officials are demanding at least $15 million in damages and a formal apology from Florida Georgia Line and Johnson, acknowledging the allegations made in the industry email "were incorrect".
The defendants have yet to respond to the suit.
Controversial U.S. comedian Andrew Dice Clay was cut off during a live TV interview after he aimed a series of profanity-laced sexual innuendos at the show's female co-host. The funnyman was being interviewed on Australian talk show Mornings on Tuesday (05Aug14) to promote his first tour Down Under, but the chat was abruptly cut short by co-host David Campbell when Clay began a foul-mouthed commentary on Australian women.
Initially referring to Campbell's onscreen colleague Georgie Gardner, Clay said, "The truth when you're looking at her... Is she like a hot number? Because that's part of the thing about me coming to Australia. A lot of these girls that come to see me from Australia, they use that line, 'You'll get down under.' They're sexy, they're f**king hot. I'm telling you. I want to kangaroo f**k half these chicks across the country."
Following the live gaffe, Campbell explained, "We're going to have to cut there. Because he was using some words that we do not do at this time of the morning."
According to Australian newspaper the Morning Herald, Clay's promoter Andrew McManus later denied the incident was a publicity stunt, saying, "What did they expect? It's Andrew Dice Clay."
A security guard suing rocker Morrissey over allegations of a plot to "batter" a controversial website owner is demanding almost $265,000 (£156,000) in damages amid claims he was fired for refusing to carry out the request. Bradley Steyn has filed a lawsuit in California detailing extraordinary allegations that the former The Smiths singer and his tour manager Donald Knutson were targeting David Tseng over his fan website.
Morrissey has had a long-running feud with Tseng over the forum, and Steyn alleges that prior to a concert in Santa Ana, California in May (14), the rocker branded the fan "the bane of my existence" and asked if Steyn could track down Tseng's home address.
In legal documents filed at Orange County Superior Court, Steyn accuses Morrissey and Knutson of asking him to commit "a criminal act" and then firing him when he refused.
The lawsuit states, "In this discussion, Morrissey expressed that Tseng was the 'bane of my existence' and then asked those present 'how do we find his home address?' Knutson replied that Tseng 'could be gotten rid of' and then quizzically looked toward Steyn. Knutson then stated: 'I am sure that Bradley (Steyn) could get his home address'.
"Later that night, Morrissey directly asked Steyn if Tseng 'could get hurt.' Steyn did not answer and refused further participation in the conversation. The next day, at a poolside conversation at Morrissey's hotel, Knutson fired Steyn."
The lawsuit adds, "Defendants... interfered with the Plaintiff's right to receive the benefits of the contract by asking him to commit a criminal act. When Steyn refused to batter Tseng, his services were terminated."
Steyn is suing Morrissey and Knutson for breach of contract, breach of good faith, fraud, and intentional misrepresentation. He wants a minimum of $264,450 (£155,558) in compensation and punitive damages, plus his legal costs, claiming the incident caused him "to incur serious financial harm, as well as mental and physical injury. The aforementioned conduct was malicious and despicable conduct that subjected Plaintiff to cruel and unjust hardships."
Morrissey issued a statement last week (ends03Aug14) branding the claim "false" and a "vexatious lie".
The boys of One Direction have officially touched down on American soil for their massive Where We Are stadium tour. Tween girls across the country are screaming and crying in glee. You've got tickets. You might be too old. We’re here to help you figure out the signs.
1. You’re surrounded by people like this:
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Crying is not your first reaction when you think of One Direction. You’re excited, yes, but “crying excited?" No.
2. You don't need your parent (or their permission) to go.
Your parents have no idea who, or what, the hell One Direction is.
3. You didn’t have to ask for the ticket as a gift.
You totally used your big girl/boy money to pay for this.
4. You’re older than every member of the band.
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Some of them, by a lot. Why are you so young Harry?!
5. You’re much older than all the fans surrounding you.
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Are all of their fans 12!?
6. None of the merchandise fits you.
Because it’s made for ages Tween and below.
7. You don’t have a bed time.
But you also really shouldn’t be up past 11, on a week night, because you’ve got this thing called work tomorrow.
8. You think it’s a little too loud.
Are concerts always this noisy?
9. You’re starting to question what these lyrics even mean and what it means that you’re singing along.
I drive all night to keep her warm… “Wouldn’t she be warmer inside a house? Why are you kids wasting gas? Don’t you know how expensive that is?” – You, questioning their logic.
10. Instead of thinking about how hot these boys are, you want to know why they’re prettier than you.
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Are they wax figures?
11. Zayn’s face makes you really wish you didn’t notice your forehead starting to wrinkle ever-so-slightly.
How are you supposed to pretend you’re their age if you’ve got crow’s feet ready to descend and their faces are still fresh from birth?
12. All of your friends openly mocked you for buying tickets.
And the fact that you stalked Ticketmaster and StubHub to do so? They will never let you live it down.
13. You couldn’t tell your co-workers what concert you were going to.
“Uhh…you’ve probably never heard of them! Gotta go, bye!” You're praying they don't see a picture of you there.
14. You can’t even follow along with their infamous Twitter chats during the show, because:
A. – "What are these people asking?"
B. – "That wasn’t even a question."
C. – "Why are people crying? They’re being so nice!"
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15. You think, even for a fleeting second, that you’re too old.
If you think you are, that’s probably the biggest sign there is. It’s okay, we’ll pretend you didn’t think it. Hope you enjoy the show!
A Morrissey fan at the centre of a bizarre lawsuit over claims the rocker wanted him "gotten rid of" has spoken out, admitting he is "concerned" about the allegation. The former The Smiths frontman is accused in a lawsuit filed by former bodyguard Bradley Steyn of asking if David Tseng "could get hurt" following an ongoing dispute.
The singer has been at war with Tseng's fan website Morrissey-solo.com for years because users are allowed to openly discuss rumours about the rocker's personal life.
However, he hit out at the lawsuit earlier this week (ends01Aug14), branding it "false" and a "vexatious lie", and now Tseng admits that although the allegation is worrying, he has no idea how credible Steyn is.
He tells Avclub.com, "This was the first I had heard of it. I am of course concerned about the allegations but I don't know any details. I had never heard of Bradley Steyn before so it's hard to say one way or another about how credible he might be."
Tseng was banned for life from Morrissey concerts at the height of the dispute in 2011, but he has vowed to continue running the controversial website despite being turned away from one of the star's gigs in California this year (14).
He adds, "I thought it has blown over but earlier this year at the Santa Ana, California show the tour manager said I was 'banned for life' and was also refused entry. I was never given any sort of reason why so I don't really understand it... I have never thought about shutting (the website) down, I love doing the site and the community that supports it."
Rapper A$Ap Rocky is set to release a documentary chronicling his time as the opening act for Rihanna's Diamonds Tour last year (13).
The five-part series, titled SVDDXNLY (Suddenly), will premiere on website Noisey.vice.com on 5 August (14) and will feature appearances from Drake, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
Director and producer David Laven tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He's been on a rapid rise, and it's kind of the thing about the film title - it may not be so straightforward, but he rose to fame overnight."
"Literally, two days in (to filming)... Rocky was just like, 'Can you guys just stay with us the whole tour?'... We came back and started editing, and this seven-minute piece we were going to make turned into an hour-long film."
The series will also include songs from the hip-hop star's upcoming instrumental album Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).
Actor Chris Pratt plans to visit sick children while dressed as his superhero character from new movie Guardians Of The Galaxy after taking his costume home when the cameras stopped rolling.
The actor plays the space superhero group's leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and dons an iconic red jacket as he attempts to save the world.
In an interview with Panzer TV promoting the film, Pratt reveals he secretly took his costume from the set in order to do good following the movie's release.
He admits, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids. "If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?..."
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel, opens on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday (01Aug14), and studio bosses have already announced a sequel, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2017.
Singer/songwriter Morrissey has distanced himself from allegations he hired a South African bouncer to get "rid of" a website controller The Smiths star was feuding with. In a bizarre new lawsuit, Bradley Steyn claims he was working as the rocker's bodyguard in May (14) when he was asked by Morrissey and his tour manager to physically harm David Tseng, the webmaster of morrissey-solo.com - and when he turned down the violent request, he was fired.
The Suedehead singer has denied the allegations in a statement posted on True to You, a fansite he endorses, which reads: "I cannot admit to actually 'knowing' Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has 'walked off' three Morrissey tours - which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero."
The rocker adds: "I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to 'hurt' (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn's story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie.
"The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms 'The Morrissey tour', and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention.
"The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with."
Morrissey ends his statement by assuring fans that the matter is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is "subject to both criminal and civil action".
The drummer for U.S. chat show David Letterman's house band was once a member of Kiss for a night. Revered session musician Anton Fig, who had played on two KISS albums as well as guitarist Ace Frehley's debut solo record, was initially drafted in to replace Peter Criss in 1980, but he was dismissed hours later when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to go in a different direction.
Frehley recalls, "We were looking for a new drummer and we auditioned about a dozen drummers, including Eric Carr. I called up Paul and Gene, because I had been working with Anton on my solo record, and I said, 'Why don't we get Anton Fig to play drums?' and they both agreed.
"So I called up Anton and said, 'You're in the band'. He was thrilled. He couldn't sleep all night. The next day, Paul and Gene calls (sic) me and says, 'You know what, I don't think Anton's a good choice'. So I had to do the dirty work and call Anton and say, 'Sorry, Anton, you're not in the band'. He was elated and then he was let down."
Criss officially left KISS in May, 1980, prompting the band to postpone a European tour. He was replaced by Eric Carr.
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The Beatles' influence has touched every inch of modern pop music, leaving an indelible mark on film and television... which is pretty good for four working-class mop tops from Liverpool. Director Ron Howard will be the next to immortalize the band onscreen, in a new documentary that will explore the group's early years, when they still toured their music across the globe. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison will contribute to the feature, which will trace the band's humble beginnings at the Caven Club in Liverpool, their tours through Germany, all the way through the group's final public performance in San Francisco's Candlestick park. But before we get around to seeing Howard's tribute to the Beatles, we're inclined to look back upon some of the best musical contributions they made to movies and TV.
Bowling for ColumbineThe last half of the John Lennon-penned "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," which may or may not be about heroin, serves as the perfect soundtrack for Michael Moore's anti-gun manifesto Bowling for Columbine. It's used in a terrifying sequence that shows just how gun crazy some Americans are, and as the song ramps up, the sequence escalates to a violent and unnerving conclusion that still has us wincing all these years later.
"Baby, You're a Rich Man" in The Social NetworkWhat better way to end a biopic about one of the richest men in the universe than this cut from Magical Mystery Tour. It's so fitting, it's almost like it was made expressly to cap off David Fincher's tale of billion dollar grudges.
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" in HelpWe couldn't, in good faith, compile a list of the best Beatles moments in film and television without including a sequence from the Fab Four's own filmography. We chose "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" the film Help for sheer oddness of the sequence. Plus, it's just a great song in general.
"In My Life" in Little ManhattanThe best thing about the Beatles is how timeless their music is. "In My Life," a song about losing and gaining friendships through the slippage of time, is the perfect piece of music to accompany the story about a preteen losing his first love in modern day New York.
"A Little Help From My Friends" on The Wonder YearsJohn Cocker's throaty rendition of "A Little Help from My Friends" graces the title sequence of The Wonder Years, and it may be the best cover song ever recorded. It's even better than the original Beatles tune, and it just makes The Wonder Years a better show. Nowadays, we can't even look at Fred Savage without hearing Cocker's raspy croon blasting through our heads at full volume.
"Come Together" in A Bronx TaleIn a scene from Robert De Niro's directoral debut, a pair of Italian mafiosos rough up a couple of unruly bikers that stop into their bar while "Come Together" spills out of a jukebox. Thanks to the '60s aesthetic, the song is a perfect addition to the scene.
"Hey Jude" in The Royal TenenbaumsFilmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese are often celebrated for their use of pop music in film, but Wes Anderson's musical touches in his work are just as poignant. His use of a beautifully orchestrated version of "Hey Jude" in 2001's The Royal Tenanbaums is a perfect example of this.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day OffWe're still not sure if Ferris Bueller is really a wizard, or if it was just the power of music, but the teen somehow brings the entirety of downtown Chicago to a grinding halt for the musical number to end all musical numbers.