Longtime Kansas star Steve Walsh has stunned fans by announcing his decision to quit the classic rock group. Walsh will be making his final performance with the band at a Sioux City show in Iowa on 16 August (14).
In an emailed statement to Melodic Rock magazine, the singer, who has been a part of Kansas on and off since 1973, writes, "Sometimes, I had to pinch myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming that at my age I was still playing in a great band in front of great fans.
“I know there’s a lot of different versions out there on why I’m leaving so let me just say that it’s time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that."
Walsh sang lead vocals on signature Kansas hits like Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis scolded a group of fans who were grabbing a young girl while she crowd-surfed during his concert on Saturday (31May14). The rockers were playing a set during the Rockfest event in Kansas City, Missouri, when Lewis noticed a number of audience members were getting a little too hands on with a female who was being shuffled around by the crowd.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Lewis is seen stopping the performance and ranting at the unruly patrons, exclaiming, "That f**king girl is, like, 15... and you f**king pieces of s**t are molesting her while she is on the f**king crowd!"
Lewis, who has three daughters of his own, continued, "Your f**king mothers should be ashamed of themselves, you pieces of s**t. You should all be f**king beaten down by everyone around you for being f**king pieces of s**t.
"If I f**king see that s**t again, I swear to God, I will point you out in the crowd and have everyone around you beat your f**king a**."
He concluded, "Now girls, feel free to crowd-surf safely."
The rest of the gig, which was attended by an estimated 55,000 fans, continued without incident.
Country star Brad Paisley turned a Westboro Baptist Church protest into a quirky photo opportunity outside his concert in Kansas on Sunday (01Jun14) The religious extremists stood outside Bonnor Springs' Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, holding up signs that read "God Hates Drunks", "Sin Breeds Violence", and "God Controls All" - as part of a protest against Paisley and his songs like Alcohol and Celebrity.
But the WBC members' plans to irk the star backfired when he joined them and politely asked if they would join him for a "selfie", which he defiantly posted on his Instagram page. He added the caption, "Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(a**) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We'll play loud."
Paisley's reaction is somewhat different to the one his fellow country music star Vince Gill had when he faced the Westboro protesters in nearby Kansas City, Missouri last year (13) - the I Still Believe In You singer confronted the picketers with an expletive-filled speech, which was caught on camera, and the video footage of the interaction went viral.
Foo Fighters have also had fun with the extremists - they dressed in disguise and performed songs that appealed to the God-fearing group on the back of a flat-bed truck outside a show in Kansas City in 2011.
Korn star Brian 'Head' Welch is celebrating his return to the stage after undergoing emergency surgery in Russia. The guitarist, who quit the group in 2005 and rejoined full-time in 2013, was hospitalised during the band's tour and underwent an operation to remove kidney stones before flying back to his native U.S. last week (ends01Jun14) for further treatment.
Welch has made a good recovery and he returned to the stage with Korn at the Rockfest festival in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday night (31May14).
He writes in a post on his Facebook.com page, "Right back at it again as ADTR (rock group A Day to Remember) says. First show back w/ (with) KoRn tonite (sic) and it was crazy. 50,000 people? Wow, thx (thanks) Rockfest..."
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley became embroiled in an online feud with actor Eric Stonestreet after the Modern Family star accused the rockers of "bullying" his mother during a flight. Stonestreet picked a digital fight with the KISS musicians via Twitter.com after finding out his mother was allegedly involved in a confrontation with the pair on a plane this week (beg26May14).
The actor posted a message online slating the rockers, writing, "Turns out both Gene Simmons AND Paul Stanley were on my mom's flight to Kansas City. Gene tried to bully my mom out of her seat and when she said no, he said, 'It's ok, I just bought the plane' and then asked her for HER autograph. - d**k move... The Paul (sic) called her 'Aunt Bee' - d**k move.
"I can't wait to run into you two old a** make-up wearing f**ks and tell you in person; you should have been nicer to my mom."
The message prompted a stern response from Simmons, who took to his own Twitter.com page to brand the story false and "pretty sad", adding, "Someone posted a story which is blatantly untrue. The essence of it was that we were mean to somebody's mother. It's simply untrue."
Stanley also waded into the argument, and ended the feud by branding the incident a "misunderstanding" and offering an apology to Stonestreet, writing, "I actually waited so your mom could get off (the plane) first. The rest - a misunderstanding of joking (sic). I apologise anyway. Good son."
Stonestreet replied to Stanley, "Thank u (sic) for that. She did tell me you let her go first. I will tape my glow in the dark KISS posters back together now."
Six hours later, he acknowledged his mother's story was false, writing to Simmons, "Take care. I assure u (you), I will have a stern talk with my mom about making up stories. Old people, ya (sic) know? OUR apologies."
Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest Cher's upcoming concert in Missouri over her support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
The extremist group has branded the gay icon, whose son Chaz Bono is transgender, a "bundle of confusion" and the God-fearing activists will picket outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City when her Dressed to Kill concert comes to town on 31 May (14). A message on their website reads, "(Cher) is known for her own filthy life, for failing to raise her daughter in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (sorry Chastity you're still a girl - chromosomes don't lie) and for encouraging people all over to engage in filth. She is one of the most recognized f** supporters there is."
The church's members are well-known for demonstrating outside concerts headlined by stars they claim support the LGBT cause - they have protested outside gigs by Blake Shelton and the Foo Fighters in recent years.
Country singer Chely Wright is mourning the death of her mother. The star jetted to Kansas with her wife, Lauren Blitzer, and their kids to be by her mum's side before she passed away on Wednesday (14May14) following a battle with cancer.
Wright reveals she and her mum were able to put their differences aside during her final days and is glad the children were able to meet their grandmother.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my mother's passing. After a brief battle with cancer, my mom died on Wednesday night in hospice care. I feel tremendously grateful to have spent a lot of time with her in the final weeks of her life.
"My wife and I travelled back to Kansas with our boys and we had a wonderful visit with my mother. She fell in love with Lauren, George and Everett at first sight. My mother and I both acknowledged and enjoyed the miracle of healing and reconciliation. She will be deeply missed by many."
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You would think that incorporating Oz into the storyline would make the show even more complicated, but Once Upon a Time has made it work! Between its depiction of the real world, multiple dimensions filled with different storybook characters, and countless flashbacks, the ABC program can get messy. However, the series has seamlessly incorporated a new villain — The Wicked Witch of the West, a.k.a. Zelena (Rebecca Mader) — and the land of Oz into the show’s canon without it feeling forced. It’s really refreshing to not feel the heavy-handed Disney tie-in vibe.
Why It’s Refreshing
Given the nature of the show, Once Upon a Time often tries to tackle too much. Having characters split between two realms while trying to tell stories through flashbacks can get exhausting. The introduction of the Zelena storyline brings everything back to basics. Everyone’s back in Storybrooke, there’s a new curse, a new wicked witch, and a mystery you’re dying to see solved. Even though the story incorporates some of the conventions you’ve grown to accept — like the fact that everyone is somehow related to each other — for some reason, this time it just makes sense. It feels organic that such a powerful witch would be related to Cora (Rose McGowan) and trained by Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle). It’s also nice that the show opens the door to Oz but doesn’t linger there, as it did in Neverland. So often the show will rush to reach out to new characters when there’s an entire town we barely know. Meghan Ory was so underutilized as Red Riding that the actress took a job on CBS' Intelligence. At least this time around unites the town against one common enemy and leaves room to include more core cast members.
A Less Mean-a Regina
Lana Parrilla is the best part of the show. All the other characters have to be so good that there isn’t much room for the rich complexity that gets you invested in a character. But Regina is just delicious. Not only is she full of sassy one-liners, a whole lot of 'tude, and a ton of magic, she’s sympathetic. She can’t seem to get a break. One minute she’s the all-powerful super witch the next minute she’s losing her kid, her heart, and her mother. She’s already lost her father, the love of her life, and her kingdom. Having Zelena be the big bad, with uneven green make-up that makes her infuriating, Regina can lighten up. Now she has a love interest in Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), a better relationship with Henry (Jared Gilmore), and a worthy adversary to fight head on.
At the beginning of the series, you sort of knew that Regina was going to keep winning until Emma stopped her. Then you sort of knew Cora and Peter Pan would be stopped. However, with Zelena, all bets are off. Could she succeed and go back in time? Could someone get trapped in the past with her? Will the next season take place in the past and a new future? It’s unclear what will happen so there’s a major must-watch urgency for these next few episodes. Suffice it to say the season finale will be one to watch.
Pop star Ariana Grande has been scarred for life after a spooky experience at one of the world's most famous cemeteries. The singer/actress is adamant she had a run-in with an evil demon during the terrifying trip in Kansas, and she even met with a medium afterwards to help understand the ghoulish encounter.
Speaking to Australian Radio host Kent 'Smallzy' Small on Nova FM, she explains: "I had a really terrible experience in Kansas City and I encountered what everybody thought was a demon and I spoke to a medium about it and it was really crazy and scary and I hate talking about it because it was terrifying.
"I went to a cemetery... which is famously known as one of the seven gates to Hell on this Earth because I was interested in it and I wanted to check it out and check for trouble and I got it."
The Stull cemetery in Kansas has been at the centre of claims it is a gateway to Hell, with police cracking down on trespassers breaking into the site in a bid to discover if the urban myths are true.
Country star Blake Shelton's ex-wife is hoping to make extra cash by selling her wedding dress on auction site eBay.com. The God Gave Me You hitmaker wed Kaynette Williams in 2003, but the couple split after three years of marriage. Now she's ready to sell off the gown she wore on her big day.
The strapless, size six Demetrios wedding dress with rhinestone embellishments has been listed with a starting bid of $700 (£415).
The listing, posted by a friend of Williams, includes photos of the used dress as well as photos of Shelton and Kaynette, who now works as a school teacher in Kansas, tying the knot.
Five years after their divorce, Shelton married fellow country singer Miranda Lambert in 2011.