Eccentric pop star Bjork has pulled out of plans to perform at the premiere of her new concert film at the London Film Festival on Thursday night (09Oct14). The It's Oh So Quiet hitmaker had been expected to attend the screening of Biophilia Live at the Odeon West End and treat fans and guests to a short set, but she has decided to skip the event in favour of working on new music.
A statement posted on Bjork's Facebook.com page reads: "We are so sorry, but since Bjork is already working on her next album (out in 2015!) she cannot come to the 'Biophilia Live' premiere at the London Film Festival this week. Many sorries, and be well (sic)."
The film, directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, was shot at London's Alexandra Palace in September, 2013, on the final night of the singer's U.K. tour, which featured a series of multi-media designs and installations inspired by award-winning naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Sports icon David Beckham has paid tribute to his friend Jay Z by inking his quote "Dream big, be unrealistic" above his right knuckles. The rapper shared the inspirational saying during his On the Run tour stop in Pasadena, California last month (Aug14), and Victoria Beckham even tweeted the same quote after she and her husband attended the concert.
Rock icon Roger Waters was left humbled on Saturday (06Sep14) after fans at a Toronto International Film Festival screening serenaded him with a rendition of Happy Birthday.
The former Pink Floyd frontman was set to introduce the world premiere of his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Elgin Theater in Canada this weekend, when he was surprised with an impromptu sing-a-long as he entered the auditorium.
Waters, who turned 71 on Saturday, expressed his shock and gratitude by letting slip an expletive as he marvelled at the packed house. He returned to the stage after the screening to partake in a question and answer session with fans about the film, which documents his latest tour, during which he performs the seminal Pink Floyd album.
Punk music icon Marky Ramone joined forces with Arcade Fire for their New York concert on Saturday night (23Aug14). The drummer surprised fans at Brooklyn's Barclays Center by joining the Canadian rockers to cover two Ramones hits, I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement and I Wanna Be Sedated.
Throughout their current tour stops, Arcade Fire have been covering songs made by popular local artists, and Brooklyn-born Ramone was asked to join them on stage for the second night of the three-date residency, while New York Dolls' David Johansen led the Grammy winners in a performance of Hot Hot Hot on Friday (22Aug14).
Arcade Fire closed out their Brooklyn gigs on Sunday (24Aug14).
Rockers Whitesnake have recruited former Night Ranger star Joel Hoekstra to replace guitarist Doug Aldrich. Aldrich, who appeared on the band's last two albums, quit in May (14) to concentrate on "several recording and live commitments", and David Coverdale admits he didn't have to wait long to fill the vacancy.
Announcing the recruitment news on Thursday (21Aug14), the singer says, "One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.
"Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also his very agreeable personality and he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug's replacement. We jammed together and were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th, 2014."
And Hoekstra's bandmates in Night Ranger couldn't be happier for the guitarist - as he fulfils his remaining tour dates with the group, they state, "The last eight-plus years have been a blast, and we wish him nothing but the best."
Hoekstra appeared on two Night Ranger studio albums and 2012's 30th-anniversary acoustic concert release, 24 Strings & A Drummer.
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.
New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi received a huge vote of confidence from U.S. fans of the sci-fi show on Thursday (14Aug14) when he attended a premiere event for the new season. The Scottish actor, who has taken over Time Lord duties from Matt Smith, joined co-star Jenna Coleman and writer Steven Moffat at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, and thousands of eager fans were there to greet him.
Capaldi's official debut as the new Doctor, which will hit TV screens later this month (Aug14), became a hot ticket item when all 900 seats for the premiere screening sold out in less than one minute.
The actor, who posed for photos with fans on the Tardis-blue carpet, revealed how he prepared to play an iconic TV character, explaining, "Once I became the Doctor, I invited Matt to lunch to discuss the role and he arrived on crutches. I said, 'What happened to you?' and he said, 'The show, mate'."
He added, "Matt Smith and (former Doctor Who) David Tennant have both been very kind and helpful to me. I often talk to them and text them and ask for advice. It's a very small club, we talk about stuff that only doctors can talk about."
Capaldi made a brief appearance on the BBC's highest-rated series in November (14) as part of the show's 50th anniversary episode.
Capaldi and Coleman kicked off the first ever global Doctor Who tour earlier this month (Aug14) and they will also make stops in London, Seoul, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro to promote the show.
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".