The Rolling Stones have scrapped their upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates to allow frontman Sir Mick Jagger time to mourn the death of his longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The rockers arrived Down Under on Sunday (16Mar14), ahead of a date in Perth on Wednesday (19Mar14), but the band pulled the show early on Tuesday (18Mar14), a day after fashion designer Scott's body was found hanging from a scarf in her New York apartment.
Now the Brown Sugar hitmakers have pulled the plug on the entire seven-date trek, which was to include stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
A statement issued to WENN reads: "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott.
"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets until new dates are announced.
The news of the tour postponement emerges on the same day Jagger broke his silence about Scott's passing.
A message posted on his official website reads: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.
"She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."
Jagger, who started dating Scott in 2001, left Australia for New York shortly after the tragic news broke to help take care of funeral arrangements.
Rapper and reggae artist Snoop Dogg has been granted an Australian work visa, despite efforts to ban him from the land Down Under. Thousands of Australians signed a petition calling for officials to revoke the hip-hop icon's visa ahead of his upcoming tour, which begins in Brisbane on Saturday (18Jan14) and includes a set at the Big Day Out festival.
The activists, led by feminist Talitha Stone, claimed Snoop Dogg's lyrics "glorify violence against women which puts all women in danger."
Stone added, "There should be no place for recording artists who glorify misogyny and degrade women for entertainment".
But her bid to ban the rapper from Australia has fallen through and Snoop has been granted a work visa, allowing his tour to go ahead.
Immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the news on Wednesday (15Jan14), declaring, "Snoop Dogg has a visa."
Last year (13), Australian police launched an investigation into claims rapper Tyler, The Creator verbally abused Talitha Stone during a foul-mouthed rant at his gig in Sydney after she launched a similar campaign to have him banned from performing Down Under.
Thousands of Australians have signed a petition calling for Snoop Dogg's visa to be revoked ahead of the rapper's tour of the country later this month (Jan14). The Gin and Juice hitmaker will head to Brisbane on 18 January (14) for the first of his Australian shows, which also include headline slots at the multi-city Big Day Out touring festival, as well as concerts in Melbourne and Sydney.
However, a campaign has now been launched in a bid to ban him from entering the country.
A petition posted on Change.org by feminist campaigner Talitha Stone has pulled in more than 2,600 signatures, and urges Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to deny Snoop Dogg entry.
In her missive to the politician, Stone writes, "Snoop Dogg's lyrics glorify violence against women which puts all women in danger. His behaviour also contradicts our National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women."
Stone adds that "there should be no place for recording artists who glorify misogyny and degrade women for entertainment".
Last year (13), Australian police launched an investigation into claims rapper Tyler, The Creator verbally abused Stone during a foul-mouthed rant at his gig in Sydney after she launched a similar campaign to have him banned from performing Down Under.
"Over the Love", the song contributed by Florence + the Machine for the anticipated and eclectic soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's 3D big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic The Great Gatsby, is pretty much everything you'd expect from them for this particular musical/movie endeavor. It's moody, melodic, and Florence Welch sings lyrics like "I can see the great light, I can see it in your eyes" in that way that particularly hauntingly sexy way only Florence Welch can. (Well, okay, maybe Annie Lennox could). You can listen to the full song — which was heard previously in snippets in the trailer — courtesy of GQ.
No matter how you feel about Luhrmann's frantic filmmaking aesthetic, you've got to admit the guy knows how to put together a killer soundtrack, and The Great Gatsby is shaping up to be no exception to the rule. In addition to the window-rattling Florence + the Machine sweeping pop number, the Jay-Z executive-produced album will also featured the eclectic likes of Gotye, The xx, Jack White, Sia, and will.i.am. While you can listen to the Florence + the Machine (and you should, considering they have previously given some serious soundtrack cred to the likes of Eat, Pray, Love and Sex and the City) tune in full, you can get a taste of the rest of the record in the sampler below:
The Great Gatsby hits theaters on May 10, but the soundtrack will be released on May 7.
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Actress Kate Hudson has reportedly returned to her romantic rock roots after her fling with Owen Wilson--she's allegedly dating Jet frontman Nic Cester.
Hudson has been spotted holding hands with the Australian rock star, who resembles her estranged husband Chris Robinson, while filming new movie Fool's Gold Down Under.
The 27-year-olds were also spotted kissing at the Bowery Bar in Brisbane, Australia, on Jan. 20, according to Life & Style magazine.
Hudson joined Cester and his band the following day when they performed at the Big Day Out festival.
The new romance could spell the end of Cester's friendship with Robinson--the Black Crowes star joined Jet onstage when the Aussies performed at Los Angeles club Spaceland in early December.
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