Rockers the Foo Fighters closed out their week-long residency on America's The Late Show With David Letterman by performing their new single with Cheap Trick star Rick Nielsen. Dave Grohl and his bandmates, who are all huge fans of Cheap Trick, performed with Nielsen earlier in the week, as well as Heart sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson and Zac Brown - and they brought him back for their last night on Letterman's show.
The programme aired just hours after Grohl's new documentary TV series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuted in America. That too featured Nielsen, recording Something From Nothing with the band in alternative music mogul Steve Albini's Chicago, Illinois studio.
Actor Tom Hanks has teamed with executives at U.S. cable network HBO to present an all-star concert, which will be televised on America's Veteran's Day next month (11Nov14).
The Captain Phillips star will executive produce the Concert for Valor, which will air live from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and feature performances from Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Hanks will also make special appearances.
Announcing the joint venture with Hanks, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says, "We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women. "Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation's gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield."
Celebrity dancer Karina Smirnoff has a new celebrity boyfriend - she's dating Orange Is The New Black star Pablo Schreiber. The sexy Russian star, who has romanced fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, actor Mario Lopez and baseball player Brad Penny, was spotted getting close to the actor at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday (19Sep14).
One eyewitness tells Us Weekly magazine, "They were very flirty, affectionate and touchy feely during the entire time at the show. It looked like they had great chemistry."
The pair checked out performances by the Zac Brown Band and Usher.
Schreiber, the younger brother of actor Liev, portrays correctional officer George Mendez on Orange Is the New Black.
He and his wife Jessica Monty separated at the beginning of the year (Jan14), according to UsMagazine.com.
Pregnant singer Carrie Underwood is set for a double celebration this week (beg01Sep14) after landing a top nomination at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards just days after announcing she is expecting her first child. The Before He Cheats hitmaker, who is married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, confirmed her happy news on America's Labor Day holiday on Monday (01Sep14), and now she is celebrating a top nod at the CMAs after the nominations were announced on Wednesday (03Sep14).
Underwood will do battle with pop star Taylor Swift for the Female Vocalist of the Year title along with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.
Country veteran Lambert is also nominated for the Album of the Year prize for her Platinum record, which will compete with Luke Bryan's Crash My Party, Fuse by Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley's Riser and Eric Church's The Outsiders.
Lambert is also the only woman nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize. She will take on her husband Blake Shelton, as well as Luke Bryan, George Strait and Keith Urban.
The Male Vocalist of the Year will be a battle between Bentley, Church, Bryan, Urban and Shelton, while the award for Vocal Group of the Year will be contested by Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band and Little Big Town.
Underwood will host the prizegiving with fellow country star Brad Paisley in Nashville, Tennessee on 5 November (14).
Country star Zac Brown got a taste of Fenway Park magic ahead of his Friday and Saturday night (27-28Jun14) concerts at the Massachusetts baseball Mecca by joining Billy Joel onstage in Boston on Thursday (26Jun14). The Uptown Girl hitmaker introduced Brown onstage towards the end of his stadium show for a rendition of You May Be Right.
Brown hit the stage as Joel said, "I'm playing one night at Fenway Park, but this guy is playing two."
The country star is a life-long fan of Joel and the Zac Brown Band have been known to cover his Piano Man hit at gigs. It is not known if Joel will return the favour and hit the stage with Brown.
Bon Jovi star Richie Sambora added some rock 'n' roll to the 2014 CMA Music Fest by performing with the Zac Brown Band on Sunday night (08Jun14). The group headlined the final night of the country music event at the LP Field stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, following performances from the genre's biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, across the four-day festival.
Zac Brown's group gave the audience a night to remember by bringing out special guest Sambora during the set to perform Bon Jovi's huge hit Wanted Dead Or Alive.
The guitarist said after the show, "What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms, and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd."
Country star Zac Brown has finally added a son to his brood after his wife Shelly welcomed a baby boy to the family on Monday (05May14). Little Alexander Frost Brown is the couple's fifth child.
Announcing the happy news on the Zac Brown Band's website, the Chicken Fried hitmaker wrote, "Baby makes 7! (We) are pleased to announce the arrival of Alexander Frost Brown. Born May 5, 2014 at 11 lbs., 7 oz. and 22.5 inches long."
The newborn joins sisters Joni Mason, three, Georgia Sloan, four, Lucy, five, and Justice, seven.
In a 2011 interview Brown joked that he and his wife intended to keep making babies "until we get a boy".
Country music group Zac Brown Band has joined the ranks of The Police and the Rolling Stones after selling out two concerts at Boston's historic baseball stadium Fenway Park in record time. The Chicken Fried hitmakers are hitting the road for The Great American Road Trip Tour this summer (14), and they were due to play just one show at the Massachusetts venue on 27 June (14).
However, after eager fans purchased tickets in just minutes, they have added a second gig for the following night (28Jun14), which sold out in record time as well.
A statement on the band's official website reads: "With this incredible accomplishment, ZBB (Zac Brown Band) joins the ranks of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, the Police and the Rolling Stones - all of whom have notched two-night sellouts at the historic ballpark."
Zac Brown Band kick off their U.S. trek on 24 May (14).
Singer Michael Mcdonald is rejoining The Doobie Brothers for an upcoming country-themed hits album. The Sweet Freedom singer left the band 1982, but teamed up with his former bandmates on the track Don't Say Goodbye, which appeared on their 2010 album World Gone Crazy.
Little is known about the band's new project, but it is believed to be an album featuring their hits, re-recorded with country stars Toby Keith and Zac Brown.
Rock veterans The Doobie Brothers are giving their classic hits a country makeover by collaborating with Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band for a new tribute album. The Black Water hitmakers have been working on the project in Nashville, Tennessee and a slew of guests, including Chris Young, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft, have also been stopping by to lend their vocals to the revamped tunes.
Details of the duets have been kept under wraps, but The Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston reveals fans won't have to wait too long for the album's release.
He tells Billboard.com, "There are a couple of nuts and bolts that still need to be tightened, but it's pretty close (to completion)."
And Niemann is excited about introducing a new generation of country listeners to The Doobie Brothers.
He says, "What I'd like to accomplish is showing country music fans just how much influence the Doobie Brothers really have on country music today."