WENNDespite the mysterious absence of guitarist Richie Sambora since April, Bon Jovi have continued to carry on regardless, playing up to tens of thousands of fans per night during their current Because We Can world tour. But they're certainly not the first band to soldier on without a key member. Here's a look at five others who refused to call it quits. The WhoIt’s extremely rare for the sticksman to be the focal point of a group. But through a chaotic mixture of a unique drumming style, a habit of passing out on stage and a fondness for explosives, Keith Moon became The Who's biggest, if most self-destructive, weapon. Following his death from a drug overdose in 1978, the Quadrophenia legends released two albums with his replacement, Kenney Jones, before splitting. But since reuniting in 1996, they have continued to function as a nostalgic live act despite the loss of another key member, bassist John Entwistle, in 2002.Lynyrd SkynyrdFew bands have had to deal with such a colossal tragedy as Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Southern rock pioneers lost three members of their core line-up, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, when a chartered plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi in 1977. The rest of the group understandably called it quits soon after but ten years later reformed for a 'one-time' tribute tour which has now lasted 26 years, although guitarist Gary Rossington now remains the only founding member.
Manic Street PreachersThe Welsh trio became the self-styled Generation Terrorists of British rock in the '90s thanks to an androgynous glam image, a revolutionary set of political ideals and troubled lyricist Richey Edwards' dark themes of depression, self-harm and alcohol abuse. But following his still-unresolved disappearance in 1995, the band regrouped and reinvented themselves as an anthemic stadium rock act, later reaching No.1 in the UK with 1998's This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours.GenesisResponsible for launching the careers of two of the '80s biggest male vocalists, Genesis began life as an avant-garde prog-rock band before Peter Gabriel's departure resulted in Phil Collins' transition from drummer to lead vocalist and a radical pop reinvention. After losing their second frontman in 1996, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks then recruited one-hit wonders Stiltskin's Ray Wilson for 1997's critically-panned Calling All Stations before finally calling it a day.
QueenFronted by arguably the most charismatic showman in rock history, Queen's highly influential career was presumed to be over following Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. However, Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to keep the name alive, sometimes rather questionably, through 1995's posthumous album, Made In Heaven, collaborations with Wyclef Jean, boyband 5ive and The Muppets, and a 2008 LP recorded with former Free lead vocalist Paul Rodgers.Follow @Hollywood_com
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Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) an insurance agent thinks it would be a great idea to take his estranged wife and three children to his family reunion in Missouri by car from California. Nate's motives are sincere enough: He is separated from his wife Dorothy (Vanessa Williams) who has custody of teenagers Nikki (Solange Knowles) DJ (Bow Wow) and Destiny (Gabby Soleil) and hopes the road trip will help them bond as a family and with any luck re-ignite that loving feeling with the mother of his children. But everything that can go wrong does even before the trip begins. Nate brings his SUV into the shop to have an 8-track tape player installed in order to listen to his old Motown classics but what he gets is something straight out of MTV's Pimp My Ride although not even West Coast Customs would do something this gaudy. Off they go in their Burberry-outfitted low-rider Lincoln Navigator complete with four TVs and 26-inch Spinners. Vehicle with up-to-the-minute gadgetry notwithstanding the Johnsons encounter every clichéd road trip disaster including running out of gas and needing a pay phone. It's hard to figure out what's more trite--the journey to Missouri or what happens when they actually get there.
Cedric the Entertainer's trademark observational comedy which made him stand out as a cast member of The Steve Harvey Show simply isn't enough to carry an entire film. Cedric is truly the only funny thing Johnson Family Vacation has going for it and he has a few gags that are simply hilarious including a scene in which he bans CDs from artists who have been shot like Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. from being played in the car. Imagine his dismay when his wife points out that also includes Marvin Gaye "who was shot by his daddy--twice." But the comedian's arsenal of jokes--no matter how witty--do not a story make. Speaking of wasted talent the casting of stunning Williams as Nate's wife Dorothy is quite baffling. While Cedric the Entertainer could be married to someone this hot poor Nate probably couldn't. Nonetheless the quick-witted Williams holds her own next to one of the Original Kings of Comedy. Seventeen-year-old Bow Wow has worked hard to prove that he's not just a flash in the pan--and it's worked for the most part. He proved with Like Mike that he can act but the role of DJ here gets buried in this lousy film.
Christopher Erskin who makes his directorial debut here delivers a mess of a movie despite having squeezed out everything he could from his stars. Visually the sets resemble skits on a TV variety show rather than professional feature film sets the worst being the sequences where the family is in the SUV--almost half the entire film. To wit: you see them driving with the same scenery in the background--it's like in the The Flintstones when Fred would drive past the same palm tree next to the same rock house again and again. You can't help but picture the actors sitting in the Lincoln Navigator prop car in front of a large blue screen windows rolled down with a wind machine pointed at them. Matching the abysmal visuals are writers Todd R and Earl Richey Jones' ill-paced script. The film drags as the Johnson family encounters unoriginal setbacks and the end is not even a payoff; it's punishment. See the film doesn't end when family finally reaches Missouri: Moviegoers must the sit through the actual reunion and the Johnson family's Brady Bunch-style musical performance costumes and all. The only moment of brief relief is Steve Harvey's guest appearance as Nate's brother. But wait! It doesn't even end then--we have to follow the family back home to California.
Top Story: Judge Could Dismiss Lawsuit Against Jackson
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Monday she would consider a request by Michael Jackson's lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that threatens to expose personal and financial details of the former King of Pop's life, Reuters reports. Jackson's former business adviser, Myung-Ho Lee of South Korea-based Union Finance and Investment Corp., claims the singer owes him $12 million in back pay, but Jackson argues he owes nothing because Lee and the company were not licensed investment advisers in California. Superior Court Judge Andria Richey is also expected to consider a request from news organizations to televise the court battle if it goes forward as scheduled on June 18. Jackson's lawyers, however, urged Richey to ban cameras from the courtroom because the coverage of his November trial in California seemed focused more on the singer's face than anything.
Ingmar Bergman Honored
Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was honored at a ceremony in Sweden Monday for his work in preserving and restoring aging color films. Bergman, whose drama Fanny and Alexander won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984, received the Film Preservation Award from the Brussels-based International Federation of Film Archives, The Associated Press reports. Bergman, who is still active in Sweden with stage productions and occasional TV shows, made some 60 films before retiring from the industry.
Martha Stewart Could Face Indictment
Martha Stewart could face criminal charges in an insider trading scandal that has tainted her image as the guru of tasteful living, the AP reports. According to a statement issued by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., Stewart is the target of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, which "intends to request the grand jury to return an indictment against her in the near future." Stewart, 61, has been under investigation for selling shares of biotechnology company ImClone Systems Inc. in December 2001--just before news surfaced that the FDA was not approving an ImClone-produced drug.
Beyoncé Knowles' Debut Album Gets Jump Start
Columbia Records has pushed up the release date for Beyoncé Knowles' solo debut album Dangerously in Love from July 8 to June 24 in an attempt to thwart Internet piracy and capitalize on its lead single featuring Jay-Z, "Crazy in Love," Billboard reports. The album also features guest appearances by Luther Vandross, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, and Outkast's Big Boi. "Crazy in Love" is Billboard's Hot 100 fastest growing single, having moved from 27th position to 13th place this week.
Judge Feels Duped by R. Kelly
The Chicago Sun Times reports that prosecutors believe singer R. Kelly misled the judge handling his child pornography case. The singer asked Judge Vincent Gaughan to travel this past weekend to New York where he was said to be a featured performer at a concert. But the radio station hosting the event said R. Kelly wasn't scheduled to perform. According to the AP, prosecutors have opposed Kelly's efforts to travel for performances and promotional appearances since his indictment on 21 counts of child pornography, but so far, the judge has granted all of Kelly's requests to travel.
Weiland Pleads Innocent to Drug Charges
Scott Weiland, the former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, pleaded innocent Monday to drug charges in California, Reuters reports. Court officials said the 35-year-old singer would enter a rehabilitation program again to try to kick persistent heroin and cocaine habits. He was also scheduled to return to court July 11 to set a preliminary hearing. Weiland was arrested on May 17 in Burbank, California, after police allegedly spotted drug paraphernalia inside the car he was riding in. He and the driver, 29-year-old Jennifer Lynn Sires, were charged with cocaine and heroin possession and released on $10,000 bail.
Role Call: Cruise Kills in Collateral, Goyer Helms Blade III
Ali direct Michael Mann will helm the drama Collateral for DreamWorks. The pic, expected to start in October, will star Tom Cruise in the lead role of a contract killer ... David Goyer, who wrote all three installments of the Blade franchise, will also take the helm for Blade III. Goyer and star Blade star Wesley Snipes have not met to sign off on dates, but New Line Cinema expects to start production in Vancouver this summer. Goyer and Snipes previously worked together on ZigZag ... Brittany Murphy has signed on two Warner Bros. projects, the comedy Major Movie Star and the CGI-animated project Happy Feet. Both films call for Murphy to sing.