Bruce Springsteen thrilled fans at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (03May14) when he chugged back a beer offered to him by a devotee as he made his way through the crowd during the show.
The Boss and his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted backing group the E Street Band stormed through a three-hour set as part of their headlining slot at the event in Louisiana - but it was one magic non-musical moment that will live on for many devotees there to see the marathon gig. Springsteen accepted a beer from one fan and knocked back the drink to rousing applause. He made it a special night for another fan when he kept true to tradition and invited her to dance with him onstage during a rendition of Dancing in the Dark.
As well as the hits and rarities, the rocker also brought guests onstage - former Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello, who stepped in to replace Springsteen's guitarist sideman Steven Van Zandt on tour last year (13), performed a duet of The Ghost of Tom Joad, and John Fogerty, who joined the headliner for a rousing rendition of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Proud Mary.
Lady Gaga, Moby and John Cusack are among the stars who have expressed their outrage after U.S. soldier Bradley Manning was sentenced to jail time for passing classified information to WikiLeaks. The Army intelligence analyst was handed a 35-year prison term on Wednesday (21Aug13) after being found guilty of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act, for releasing U.S. state secrets to the whistleblowing website.
A host of famous faces took to Twitter.com to share their reactions to the punishment and to voice their support for Manning.
Gaga tweeted, "The news of Bradley Manning's sentencing is devastating. If our own can't speak up about injustice who will? How will we ever move forward?"
Moby uploaded a photo of himself holding up a cartoon drawing with the phrase "Bradley Manning is still my hero", and Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello shared a link to a petition calling for clemency for Manning.
Actor/comedian John Fugelsang wrote, "Bradley Manning endangers our troops in war zones, say the pols (politicians) who sent our troops to war zones... Bradley Manning goes to jail for exposing war crimes nobody's ever going to jail for."
Cusack added, "He deserves the Nobel peace prize - sometimes the 'illegal' is moral," and Patricia Arquette remarked, "In America it is illegal to take action against your boss if they are committing crimes. It is illegal to speak up. Someday soon we will have no truth. No citizen, journalist or soldier will even try. Our children will not know freedom."
Veteran folk rocker John Fogerty is inviting fans to join in his upcoming birthday celebrations by staging a one-off concert on the day he turns 68. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival star will perform at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on 28 May (13) and the birthday gig will double as an album release party for his new duets project, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which features collaborations with the likes of Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger and Tom Morello.
The show will be filmed and broadcast live on America's AXS TV.
Taylor Swift has had her fair share of boyfriends. Not only do we know this because of the attention the 22-year-old pop singer's relationships attract from the media — but also because, well, she tends to write songs about all of her exes. She's rumored to have songs for Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, and possibly even John Mayer, and now she has made a promise to compose some lyrics about another man: David Letterman. Maybe her new song will give Kanye West an actual reason to crash her next acceptance speech because, let's face it, what can Swift have to say about a 65-year-old television host? That he's a good laaaa...te night interviewer?
Here's what you missed last night on late night TV:
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Tom Hanks made his first appearance on Fallon ever. He shared a story about how he recently received a text message from Bruce Springsteen asking Hanks to play a gig with him on Fallon. After spending a few minutes getting psyched about the epic event, Hanks realized that he had to turn Springsteen down because he had to attend his kids' Back to School Day at the same time. "I'm not going to be able to be on the Jimmy Fallon show with Bruce Springsteen playing in the band," Hanks almost cried. Hanks then sent Springsteen a heartfelt message: "Bruce, I'm so honored that you would have the confidence in me to come out and help you blow out 'Wrecking Ball' on national TV. It's an honor beyond compare. I cannot believe that I'm not able to do it. I hate to let you down. No one wants to let down Bruce Springsteen, but I feel like I'm doing it. But I have to tell you, the charge you have given my life is so tremendous. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Enough? I can't do it. But if you ever need me and my six-string to back you up, I'm there for you, my brother. So sorry I can't help you this time. Tommy." Unfortunately, Springsteen meant to send his initial text to Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and not Hanks. Oops!
Hanks also performed a slam poem about Full House. Watch his performance in the video below.
Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!
Jerry O'Connell joined Kimmel to promote his new Halloween special, Mockingbird Lane, which airs Friday on NBC. In the middle of the interview, O'Connell shared a story about how his Stand by Me costar Kiefer Sutherland helped him get to second base with a girl at the age of 13. "I'm there with my date, and my date says, 'Oh my gosh. That's Kiefer Sutherland.' He was just in The Lost Boys,'" O'Connell recalled. "I said to her, 'I know him. I was the husky kid in Stand by Me.'" And sure enough, Sutherland remembered O'Connell. "He was like, 'Oh yeah, I know you. You're the fat kid from Stand by Me,'" O'Connell said. "That night, I got to second base."
Late Show With David Letterman
Letterman had a big request for Taylor Swift Tuesday night: He wants Swift to write a song about him like she does with all of her ex-boyfriends. Swift quickly agreed as long as Letterman promised not to write an email afterwards with the subject line "Thoughts" — because she's gotten angry emails like that in the past.
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Leno pointed out that Denzel Washington gained some weight for his new movie, Flight. "I got fat and floppy," Washington admitted. "The first scene you see him [his character, Whip Whitaker, he's half naked and gut hanging out, back side hanging out." That doesn't sound attractive! Washington also took part in a baseball trivia game.
Will Arnett talked to Conan O'Brien about the return of Arrested Development. "Let me put it this way, there are few people on this stage tonight who are a part of it," Arnett said as he looked at O'Brien. "I think we know who we are." And then Andy Richter added, "A few means more than two." Guess we will be seeing O'Brien and Richter in some Arrested scenes. Arnett also slammed his Arrested costar, Jason Bateman. "I love Jason," Arnett said. "He's great to work with. If there were a premium to be paid on bad ideas, I'd want drilling rights to his head." That sure was nice of Arnett.
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Top Story: Oscar Organizers Say Show Will Go On
The Oscars show producer Gil Cates told nominees at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday that the show will go on--whether or not there is a war, Reuters reports. As the United States prepares for a possible invasion of Iraq, many nominees wondered whether discussing war at the March 23 awards ceremony would be appropriate. "If we go to war," Cates cautioned, "the telecast will reflect that reality both in those parts of the show that we can control and those parts that we can't control--your acceptance speeches."
Broadway No Longer Dark
Striking musicians settled a contract dispute with theater producers Tuesday to end a walkout that shut down 18 musicals since Friday, Reuters reports. The dispute that led to Friday's strike was over minimums, the smallest number of musicians required for a Broadway orchestra. After 12 hours of talks the union agreed to a smaller number of musicians in the largest Broadway theaters and both sides said that the theaters would reopen Tuesday night.
Brits Invade Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Clash, the Police, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions on an emotional night at the Waldorf Hotel in New York Monday night, Reuters reports. British influence dominated the ceremony, as did antiwar sentiments expressed by a number of star musicians--a contrast to the recent Grammy Awards. "When people take to the streets to stop the war, the spirit of the Clash is there," Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello said. The Clash accepted their honors without vocalist-guitarist Joe Strummer, who died of heart failure last December at age 50.
Minnelli's Lawyers Call It Quits
Two lawyers for actress Liza Minnelli quit Monday, saying their relationship "has completely broken down" over a civil suit involving the aborted sale of her Beverly Hills home, claimed by Minnelli stepmother, and a couple who tried to buy it last year. Reuters reports that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge was scheduled to decide whether to allow lawyers Arthur Barens and Robert Kaufman to bow out of the case but Minnelli hired a new attorney, making a court ruling unnecessary. Last August Merhdad Saghian and Stephanie Jarin claimed Minnelli backed out of her agreement to sell the home to them for $2.75 million.
Erotic Mag Loses Suit Against Oprah
The publisher of a magazine of erotica and sadomasochism who claimed Oprah Winfrey's magazine of the same name was tarnishing his trademark lost a court battle yesterday, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl threw out the lawsuit filed by Ronald Brockmeyer, who bought the trademark--a stylized letter "O" in large type enclosed in double arrow marks--in 1996. Koetl said readers could not confuse Brockmeyer's magazine containing photos of "whip-bearing, naked women engaged in sadomasochistic and lesbian acts" with Winfrey's publication, which is aimed at helping women improve their lives guided by the performer's values.
Dion Promises Family-Oriented Show in Las Vegas
Singer Celine Dion, who launches her three-year stint in Las Vegas on March 25, promises to keep the show family-oriented. According to Reuters, Dion tells Time magazine that people think her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, is going to gamble away all their money and their son is going to be raised by strangers. "We don't live in a casino, and I'm not going to change diapers on a craps table," Dion tells the magazine. Dion says she will leave home at 4:30 in the afternoon and be home by 10:30 at night. According to the singer, the casino doesn't want the show to go any longer than 90 minutes because "they want people to go back and lose money" at the slot machines.
Variety reports: Universal Pictures is remaking its classic monster film The Creature From the Black Lagoon, developed by a producer Gary Ross, whose father, Arthur Ross, wrote the original 1954 screenplay. The original Creature, which became a camp classic, featured the Gill Man terrorizing archaeologists in the Amazon while falling in love with a beautiful girl played by Julia Adams... Disney meanwhile has bought remake rights to the 1937 film Topper as a vehicle for director Adam Shankman and star Steve Martin. The original picture starred Cary Grant as a man haunted by a married pair of madcap ghosts... DreamWorks has bought the rights to Action News, which will feature Will Ferrell as a pompous newscaster in the 1970s who is matched with an ambitious and talented female journalist.