Veteran Motorhead frontman Lemmy fears his current health problems are karma's way of punishing him for the "good times" he enjoyed during his rock and roll heyday. The Ace of Spades hitmaker, 67, has been forced to take it easy since suffering a "severe haematoma" and undergoing heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted earlier this year (13), issues which recently prompted the band to postpone its European tour until next year (14).
However, Lemmy admits the personal problems have triggered feelings of depression.
The former hellraiser, who famously boasted about sleeping with more than 1,000 women during his youth, tells the New York Times, "I just feel really down. I'll never get a job again. I'm paying for the good times, I suppose. It's a mixture of all the things I ever did - and I did plenty."
The Motorhead star, who also suffers from diabetes, has quit smoking and cut back on his heavy drinking, telling the publication, "I drink wine and that's it."
Longtime bandmate Phil Campbell admits his friend is really struggling through the health crisis.
He tells WalesOnline, "The main problem is that he's displayed such a hard persona all his life (and) it makes it difficult for him to let people in. He's like the John Wayne of rock - always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own."
Americana music legend John Prine has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The singer/songwriter announced the news of his health setback on his website on Thursday (21Nov13), revealing he has "non-small cell carcinoma" on his lung - but his prognosis is good.
The 67 year old says, "They (doctors) see no reason why I won't fully recover."
Prine previously beat cancer in 1997, when doctors discovered a growth on his neck.
As a result of his latest diagnosis, the influential star has been forced to reschedule a handful of shows.
The Please Don't Bury Me singer adds, "There's nothing I hate more than cancelling shows. For me, there's nothing like performing. I look forward to seeing all my friends and fans in 2014. We have some great cities and venues lined up."
Prine's upcoming 6 and 7 December (13) concerts in North Carolina are set to go ahead as planned.
"A Python fan told me today 'Watching very old men being silly is funnier than watching young ones being silly'." Monty Python fans can't wait for the comedy troupe's onstage reunion next year (14), according to John Cleese.
"We're definitely going to make him look like himself in the movie, no matter what. It's not gonna be a biopic where suddenly he's on Weight Watchers." Emile Hirsch will be piling on the pounds in order to play larger-than-life funnyman John Belushi in a new biopic.
Steven Spielberg and Jane Fonda have recalled their memories of John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago (22Nov63) for a U.S. TV news special which will be aired to mark the sad anniversary. Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, who wrote the book Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination, sat down with celebrities, politicians and dignitaries to discuss the day President Kennedy died - and their memories of it.
Fonda said, "It just seemed impossible that this great president... was dead. It's like everything became unsafe... It shook my world view."
The news special will air on Friday night (22Nov13) in America.
The mystery surrounding Kennedy's death remains but it is believed he was killed when gunman Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire on the presidential motorcade as it weaved through Dallas, Texas.
A moment of silence following the tolling of bells in Dallas as part of ceremonies to honour President Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination was staged on Friday morning at 11.30am local time.
The stars of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python decided to reunite for a live performance after South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker begged them to make a comeback. The five funnymen - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - confirmed on Thursday (21Nov13) that they are getting back together for a huge show at London's O2 Arena in July (14).
It will be their first time working together in 30 years, and Jones has now revealed the unlikely inspiration behind their reunion.
He tells London newspaper Ham & High, "The South Park people brought us together, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They approached us and suggested we should get together and do something together. That's what triggered the interest in the show."
One member of the Doctor Who family has replaced another in director Guillermo del Toro's new U.S. TV drama The Strain. David Bradley, who recently portrayed William Hartnell - TV's first Doctor - in An Adventure in Space and Time, has signed up to play Professor Abraham Setrakian in the upcoming series after John Hurt, who is currently playing the War Doctor in the sci-fi franchise stepped down.
Bradley's new TV character is an enigmatic Holocaust survivor, who is called upon to help disease experts contain the outbreak of a mysterious viral outbreak in New York City.
The Strain, which is scheduled to hit U.S. TV screens next summer (14), will also feature Mia Maestro, Sean Astin and Corey Stoll.
Wrestler-turned-reality TV regular Hulk Hogan battled suicidal thoughts after his marriage crumbled, his son was imprisoned and his family TV show was axed, all within months in 2008. The former fighter admits splitting from Linda, his wife of 24 years, in late 2007 was just the start of a terrible year, revealing he felt helpless when their son Nick was charged, and later imprisoned for eight months, following a horrific car crash which left his friend and passenger John Graziano fighting for his life.
The final blow came as the family's reality show, Hogan Knows Best, was axed, and the series of unfortunate incidents left the now-60 year old reeling.
He says, "Everything kind of went downhill really fast. There was an accident that my son was involved in and a good friend of ours was in the accident with my son. Just the marriage basically crashing and burning...
"After the show, I kind of hit rock bottom. Everything got dark, everything happened at once. I was drinking alcohol very heavily. It just all kept piling up. It just kept mounting and mounting, and I didn't know how to handle it. I always wondered how could someone possibly take their own life? I got to that point where I thought, 'You know what, maybe this would be easy. Maybe this would be an easy way to fix things.'"
Luckily, Hogan managed to pull himself together after a warm greeting from a group of fans during a miserable New Year's Eve in Miami, Florida made him realise he had plenty to live for.
Speaking to TV titan Oprah Winfrey, he explains, "It hit me that there is clean air and there is dirty air. Once I walked back inside again (the New Year's Eve party), I realised that I couldn't take it anymore. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired."
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After experimenting with a batch of newcomers like Josh Hutcherson and Lady Gaga, Saturday Night Live is returning to a mill of tried and true favorites to round out the rest of the year.
Actor and Achorman 2 star Paul Rudd is set to host the December 7 episode with musical guest One Direction. This will be Rudd's third time hosting SNL. His last hosting gig was in 2010 when he appeared alongside musical guest Paul McCartney. Next, actor John Goodman will be returning as host on the December 14 episode. Goodman will make his return after a long hiatus from hosting duty. The actor has hosted SNL a lofty 12 times, but hasn't appeared on the sketch show since 2001. Goodman's musical guest will be the rockers Kings of Leon.
Finally, the December 21 Christmas episode will feature host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake. Fallon, a former member of the SNL cast, is the current host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and is slated to take over Tonight Show duties from Jay Leno in February. This will mark Timberlake's fifth appearance as a musical guest on the program.