British rockers Pink Floyd are set to launch a multi-sensory exhibition in Milan, Italy later this year (14) featuring iconic memorabilia including their famous flying pig. The show, titled Their Mortal Remains, has been created with the help of former bandmembers David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, and features an audio-visual tour as well as displays.
An inflatable pig, like the one seen on the cover of the band's 1977 Animals album, will feature in the exhibit at Milan's La Fabbrica Del Vapore, which opens on 19 September (14) and runs for a month.
Curator Aubrey Powell says, "If ever a band lent itself to a major retrospective exhibition it's Pink Floyd. For a curator, selecting what to include from such a treasure trove, is both a dream and a nightmare: however there were elements that just had to be included, for example a 20 metre-wide sculpture of The Wall, five metre high inflatables and of course a flying pig. We shall be aiming for state-of-the-art, visuals and sonic delivery, similar to the experience of attending a Pink Floyd concert, you never know what to expect next."
Pink Floyd's original pig hit headlines when it broke free during the 1976 photoshoot and floated into the flight path of a London airport.
Percy Sledge's manager has assured fans the R&B veteran is not dying, despite cancelling a U.K. tour after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. The When A Man Loves A Woman singer, 73, was forced to pull out of plans to take part in David Gest's Legends of Soul trek earlier this month (Feb14), leaving the producer to break the news of his friend's health troubles to the audience.
He reportedly told a crowd in Stockport, England, "Percy won't be with us tonight, I'm afraid. He's in hospital with liver cancer. I know we are all going to pray for him."
Sledge's spokesman Mark Lyman has since revealed the star actually underwent surgery to have a cancerous polyp removed from his liver in January (14) , and he was advised by doctors against taking the long-haul trip from the U.S. to the U.K. to give him extra time to recover at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
But Lyman reveals the singer's cancer battle is looking positive and Sledge will resume his live gigs on 1 March (14), when he is booked to perform at the R&B Reggae Festival in Kingston, Jamaica.
Lyman tells the National Enquirer, "He's not dying. In fact, he's going to Jamaica for a concert next week...
"It (the surgery) wasn't a big deal. He was in and out of the hospital in two hours and has been at home ever since."
Rock legend David Crosby has undergone heart surgery after his doctor discovered a blocked artery. The cardiac catheterisation procedure took place last week (14Feb14) and the Crosby, Stills & Nash star is expected to make a full recovery, but he has been forced to postpone a string of upcoming California shows to concentrate on his health.
The 72-year-old Woodstock hitmaker says, "I am very glad that I listened to my doctors and my family. It seems I am once again a very lucky man. I’m sorry to have to move the dates, but I promise the music will be good when we do play them.”
An upcoming tour with Crosby, Stills and Nash, which is scheduled to begin early next month (Mar14) is expected to continue as planned.
Guns N' Roses guitarist Dj Ashba has opened up about the controversial helicopter ride he took in Las Vegas last year (13) which cost a police officer his job, insisting the trip was "approved" and "followed protocol". Last September (13), the rocker published a photograph of himself and his now-wife Nathalia Henao on Instagram.com along with a caption thanking the Las Vegas police department for "the most amazing" private helicopter tour over the city prior to his proposal.
However, police Captain David O'Leary came under fire for arranging the flight on an official police helicopter, prompting a four-month investigation.
After learning he would subsequently be demoted to the rank of lieutenant, O'Leary retired after serving 25 years in the force.
Ashba has now spoken out about the incident, telling local Las Vegas news station Fox 5 that no rules were broken, saying, "They act as if we jumped a fence and stole a helicopter late at night, and that's not at all what happened. There's a lot of false information that was fed to the public. We followed protocol. It was an approved ride."
He adds, "I'd taken a helicopter ride a year before, posted a thank you on my Instagram - not a peep. They offered up a ride again, and I said, 'Sure, that would be great. It's a big day for me.'"
Ashba wed Henao on 23 September (13), just weeks after the controversy.
Singer Percy Sledge has pulled out of a U.K. tour after he was reportedly diagnosed with liver cancer. The When A Man Loves A Woman singer, 73, was due to perform as part of producer David Gest's Legends of Soul tour, but was hospitalised before a concert in Stockport, England.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Gest told the audience, "Percy won't be with us tonight, I'm afraid. He's in hospital with liver cancer. I know we are all going to pray for him."
Sir Paul McCartney was the toast of the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards on Tuesday (11Feb14) after picking up Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honours. The former Beatles star picked up 64 per cent of the online vote to triumph in the Artist of the Year category, ahead of David Bowie and the reunited Black Sabbath.
He also beat Black Sabbath into second place in the Album of the Year vote - his 2013 album New edged out the heavy rockers' comeback release 13.
McCartney also finished in second place behind Canadian rockers Rush in both the Best Tour and Best Song category - his Queenie Eye single missed out on the top spot by less than one per cent of the vote. Rush's The Garden landed on top.
Cut Me Some Slack, McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana finished in third place.
Rush also netted the Best Live Album of 2013 prize - their Clockwork Angels Tour release beat out the Beatles‘ On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2.
Other winners included Aerosmith (DVD of the Year for Rock for the Rising Sun) and Fleetwood Mac (Best Reissue or Archival Release for Rumours and Best Rock Music Commercial for their 2013 Budweiser ad).
On Thursday, Feb 6, the Hollywood.com Photo Team went to a special event featuring B.J. Novak at WORD Cafe in Jersey City. It was his first reading on his book tour for One More Thing, the author’s debut book. One More Thing is a hilarious collection of short fiction stories, told from many different personas and characters. Novak is known best for his role as Ryan Howard on the award winning comedy The Office, and from his performances in Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks. Novak also wrote 15 episodes for The Office, for which he has won an award from the Writers Guild of America. With such a strong comedic background, it’s not surprising that One More Thing had the audience last Thursday doubled over in laughter.
Novak read aloud a selection of stories from his book, such as “Julie and the Warlord,” a tale of a typically awkward first date in which the reader is slowly revealed the identity of the oblivious Julie’s partner: the African warlord Joseph Kony. Another, entitled “Kate Moss,” is told from the perspective of a young teenage girl who one day, while on a field trip to New York City, meets her idol Kate Moss. Moss tells her secret to becoming who she is, and well, you’ll just have to read to figure out what that secret is.
Hearing Novak read was a bit like watching him act — he gave each character in the story a different voice and personality. It was highly engaging and the audience loved it. At one point, he even got all of us to sing along with him for a story (“The Ambulance Driver”).
At the end of the reading, there was a brief Q&A session. Novak answered questions on who his writing inspirations were (Steve Martin and David Sedaris), his morning routine (he always thinks he’ll want pancakes in the morning, yet never does), and of course, Mindy Kaling (one of his best friends and biggest inspirations in life.) When asked about his work in Inglourious Basterds, Novak explained how mindblowing it was to work with Quentin Tarantino, one of his idols. He talked about seeing Pulp Fiction on its opening night when hew as 14, and how it inspired him to go into filmmaking. As such, being able to work and hang out with Tarantino years later was absolutely surreal.
Afterwards, he hung around and signed copies of his book and met with a few of his fans. It’s always refreshing to meet an actor who is as personable off screen as he is on screen. One More Thing is available in stores today. Check it out!
Sir Paul McCartney compared his return to New York's Ed Sullivan Theater to a school reunion when he headed back to the venue which hosted the Beatles' first ever U.S. TV gig with bandmate Ringo Starr. The veteran musicians recently paid a visit to the historic venue to celebrate 50 years since the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964, and they were given a personal tour of the building by TV host David Letterman, who now presents his own talk show from the theatre.
The musicians admitted the stage set felt much smaller than when they first performed there 50 years ago, with drummer Starr telling Letterman, "I'm so excited coming back... I've been back hundreds doing the shows with you... But now I'm here, I'm looking out the window... We're back on this stage again. The memory I have was it was four times bigger (back then) - we thought there was (sic) thousands of them (audience members)."
Meanwhile, McCartney compared the visit to a school reunion, adding, "It's like going back to your old school isn't it...? It looks little now but we thought it was huge."
The interviews with Letterman will air in the U.S. on Sunday night (09Feb14) during a TV special as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Letterman has marked the occasion on his show during the week by inviting artists to perform Beatles tributes. The artists involved were Lauryn Hill, Broken Bells, Sting, Lenny Kravitz and the Flaming Lips, who performed with John Lennon's son Sean.
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Funnyman David Spade feels a little cheated after spending $125,000 (£78,000) on special access to a Sir Paul McCartney concert at a charity auction - because he has yet to see the former Beatle perform live. The Joe Dirt star had saved up $30,000 (£18,750) for the Haiti benefit in 2012 and was determined to snag backstage and soundcheck tickets to a Paul McCartney show - but when bidding started at $50,000 (£31,000), the actor knew he was in over his head.
However, the auction bosses knew he was interested and when the bidding stalled at $80,000 (£50,000), they called out Spade.
Peer pressure and the need to impress a beautiful date got the better of Spade and he started bidding.
He says, "They go, '90!', back to me, '100?' I'm like, 'Why don't you relax for a second...' I'm like, 'If I sell that...'
"The grossest part was like, he went, '110 anyone...?' and I said to my date, 'Don't f**king move...' and then they go, '125 Spade?' and I go, 'No, no, wait! What just happened?'
"You see (Leonardo) DiCaprio craning, going, 'Who's the cheapskate?' and I go, '125!' They go, 'Sold!'"
But Spade has yet to cash in his big win: "It's so hilarious because Paul McCartney didn't even go on tour this year, so I didn't get anything. It all went to Haiti."