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.
Jack White has decided to cut down the amount of hours he spends in the recording studio for the sake of his children. The former White Stripes star has two kids, Scarlett, eight, and Henry, six, with his ex-wife Karen Elson, and the rocker admits he has changed his work schedule so he can spend more time with the youngsters.
He tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "I used to record 12, 14 hours a day when I work on records, I don't do that any more... I try to work less hours so I can be with them in the evening or the morning. I try to work around the kids, I guess - they kind of control me."
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic were so desperate to achieve their dream of performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival that they ditched their holiday plans to play a last-minute set. The band was drafted in as an emergency replacement when Canadian DJ duo Chromeo pulled out of a planned appearance at the event last weekend (27-29Jun14).
Twin Atlantic took Chromeo's place on the John Peel Stage as support for main headliners MGMT on Saturday (28Jun14), and they have now revealed they took a drastic step to fulfil their Glastonbury dream.
Singer Sam McTrusty tells Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "(Bassist) Ross (McNae) had arranged to go to a couple of Hebridean islands with his wife and get some time away.
"(Drummer) Craig (Kneale) had this whole big trip planned to go to Oslo to see Pearl Jam play with a couple of friends and a girlfriend. He has a Pearl Jam tattoo and is in the fan club so it is a big deal that he dropped that and we got to go and play Glastonbury."
However, the band's performance was bittersweet for McTrusty as he missed out on seeing some of his favourite acts at the event.
He adds, "The only negative was that we were on at the same time as the Pixies, who are one of our favourite bands, and we clashed with 30 minutes of Metallica and Jack White."
Rockers Arcade Fire brought the curtain down on the opening day of the 2014 Glastonbury festival with a spectacular ticker tape parade and fireworks display as frontman Win Butler declared the gig the "highlight" of the band's career. The Canadian rockers took to the main stage of the event in England on Friday night (27Jun14) after a day in which a huge thunderstorm caused an hour-long power outage and several acts, including singer Lily Allen, had to shorten their planned sets.
The headliners performed for almost two hours, opening their show with a fireworks display and treating the crowd to a ticker tape carnival during their encore of Here Comes the Night Time.
Before closing their set with Wake Up, Butler told the crowd the band had experienced "amazing things" in its career, adding, "This has got to be the highlight."
Speaking after their performance, he says, "I feel like we went back to medieval England and surveyed and saw all of humanity at the same time... We've never been in front of a crowd like that... Yeah, it's definitely a powerful experience."
Saturday (28Jun14) is set to feature performances by rockers Robert Plant, Pixies, and Jack White, and singer Lana Del Rey before a headline set from Metallica.
Defiant rocker Jack White challenged promoters in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday night (26Jun14) when he refused to end his set at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham after they pulled the plug on his performance. The former White Stripes star overran his time slot at the venue, prompting gig bosses to cut off the electricity during an encore cover of Leadbelly's Goodnight, Irene.
But, determined to finish the concert, White informed fans of the news and completed his set acoustically with a little help from support act The Kills, featuring his Dead Weather bandmate Alison Mosshart, who also joined the rocker for a rendition of his song Love Interruption.