Rocker Jack White returned to his native Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday (29Jul14) for a bizarre baseball moment before the home town Tigers' clash with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. The former White Stripes star threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a catcher dressed up as Santa Claus. The rocker was also joined on the field by Detroit's tiger mascot, who was also dressed up as Father Christmas. No reason was given for the oddball baseball stunt.
Rocker Jack White made a surprise appearance to join his pal Beck onstage at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night (26Jul14). The Loser hitmaker served as the headliner at the Providence, Rhode Island music event, and for his encore, the White Stripes star stunned fans by joining him for his final songs.
Beck introduced White as "the best bartender in the world" before the two went into Beck's Pay No Mind and Loser.
Sean Lennon also made an unexpected appearance by joining the duo for an extended version of Where It's At, playing a tambourine.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson mingled with fans undetected at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Saturday (26Jul14) by dressing up as an evil jester. The Lord of the Rings director, who was there to attend a panel discussion on his The Hobbit film franchise, decided to don a black and white costume with matching face mask so he could enjoy the festivities at the annual bash without being hounded by devotees, and it wasn't until later that night that he went public with his disguise.
He shared a series of photos of himself undercover, posing with other attendees at the event on his Facebook.com page and included one shot of himself pulling off his face mask to reveal his real identity.
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "I had a fun day at Comic Con walking among you all. Did anyone see the Evil Jester? Some of you did because you asked him to pose for pics! Cheers, Peter J".
Jackson isn't the only celebrity to dress up for the 2014 Comic-Con event - Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spider-Man costume to roam around the pop culture convention, while Jack Black also tried to go undercover on Thursday (24Jul14) by wearing a suit and covering his face in a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet - only for him to be recognised by his voice.
Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina in September (14) and feature stars including Jack White, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The event takes place on 13 September (14).
Rocker Jack White is getting literary - he and his partners at record label Third Man Records have launched a publishing offshoot. Third Man Books will launch with the release of Language Lessons: Volume I, which features a book of poetry and prose and two vinyl albums of "jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop".
The set, which will feature pieces by Dale Ray Phillips, CD Wright and Adrian Matejka, will be available from 5 August (14).
White and his associates have released a statement to coincide with the announcement of the new venture. It reads: "Third Man Books, like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape."
Singer La Toya Jackson almost botched her business manager's attempt to whisk her away to Hawaii for a marriage proposal last year (13), because she was not interested in taking a vacation. Michael Jackson's 58-year-old sister became engaged to Jeffre Phillips last August (13), but she only went public with the news in June (14).
Now the bride-to-be admits it took a little extra persuading from her father Joe Jackson, who had granted Phillips' request for her hand in marriage, for her to jet off on a two-day holiday with her beau.
She explains, "Before he proposed to me... he went to (Las) Vegas and he asked my father for my hand (in marriage). It was great.
"Right after that, I had dinner with my father and my father was desperately trying to tell me that Jeffre has a surprise in Hawaii, that, 'You need to go to Hawaii'. I didn't wanna go to Hawaii, I wanted to go to New York to do the play that I was getting ready to do (Off Broadway show Newsical the Musical). I had two days to rehearse... and Jeffre kept convincing me, 'Toya, you need two days off, you need downtime.'"
She finally agreed and she was blown away one night when Phillips transformed their luxury hotel suite into an all-white affair with flowers everywhere as they sat down for a lavish six-course dinner.
She recalls, "I go, 'Oh my God, what is this?' And he goes, 'We're having dinner, (a) special dinner.'"
She continues, "When it got to dessert... he gets on his knee and he asks, he says... 'Toy, will you marry me?' I got so nervous... He said, 'I didn't get you a ring.' I said, 'Don't even worry about that, that's not important' and then I get my dessert, I lift the dome (cover) up and there's the ring in the dome."
However, Jackson admits she has already suffered from cold feet over the nuptials.
She adds, "Your friends get so excited for you and they were just pushing me and rushing me (into wedding planning)... and I started getting really nervous, I started thinking, 'Wow, this is really real...' I got a little bit of cold feet."
The star was previously married to her manager Jack Gordon for seven years before they divorced in 1997. She alleged he had been abusive throughout the union.
Singer/songwriter Beck is finally releasing a full studio version of his innovative sheet music album Song Reader. The Loser hitmaker's 2012 record was only available in sheet format with instructions so fans could play the tracks themselves.
Last year (13), he performed the album on stage in London for the first time, and enlisted his famous friends, including Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to interpret his music.
Two years later, fans will now be able to buy the full recorded version of Song Reader, which includes more big-name talent.
Artists including Cocker, Jack White, Norah Jones, Juanes, Tweedy, and actor/rocker Jack Black have all contributed to the project.
Song Reader will be available for purchase from 29 July (14).
Rocker Jack White was left ruing his decision to take two backing bands on tour because the trek descended into petty squabbling about which group should perform. The former White Stripes star hit the road in support of his 2012 debut solo album Blunderbuss, and he decided to experiment by employing two backing bands - one all-female, the other all-male.
White would only decide on the morning of each show which group would be performing that night, but the experimental concerts ended up causing bruised egos, especially among the ladies.
White tells Mojo magazine, "That's where the human nature stuff comes in. Humans are competitive and they would get p**sed off. The girls would come up and say, 'But the boys played 12 dates on the last tour and we only played 10,' and I'd tell them I wasn't keeping score. Someone would say, 'But Jack, my mum and dad are in the audience tonight!' and I'd explain that wasn't why we were on tour.
"And they approached competition in different ways. They guys wanted to score a touchdown, but the girls would take things personally. It was certainly a lot harder to hurt the guys' feelings."
Jack White rocked out in the basement of a disused office block on Wednesday (02Jul14) in front of an audience dressed in surgical gowns as part of a secret London theatre stunt. The former White Stripes frontman joined forces with members of the Punchdrunk immersive theatre company to put on the unique underground show.
The venue had been temporarily transformed into the Vescovo & Co. Clinic for contagious diseases and featured actors posing as doctors, nurses and orderlies dealing with a disease outbreak, while White also donned a white doctor's coat, complete with a name tag.
Fans, who had entered online for the chance to land an "out-of-hours appointment" at the Vescovo Clinic, were asked to wear blue scrubs upon arrival and then taken through various "treatment rooms" and given "tests".
Small bottles of whisky were also passed out as medicine for a "contagious disease", before White and his band appeared and performed a 30-minute set.
The rocker pretended to fall to his knees and collapse at the end of the gig, and was promptly strapped into a hospital bed and whisked away.