Newlywed singer/songwriter Linda Perry is reuniting with her 4 Non Blondes bandmates for an upcoming charity benefit, 20 years after the group split. The 90s rockers will hit the stage on 10 May (14) at the An Evening With Women event, which frontwoman Perry has organised for years.
She admits the reunion wasn't at the top of her wish list as she planned the gig, explaining she tried calling on other artists to headline the show.
She tells the Associated Press, "This year everybody's off the market, everybody's busy."
It was only then that Perry turned to her old pals: "The thought was kind of sweet. I was like, 'Oh, why don't I just for the night, just for this one event, one time only, call up the band and see if they want to be part of this?'. It's perfect, actually. It actually makes sense to do it now."
But Perry reveals the call must have come as a surprise to her former bandmates, because they haven't kept in touch following their 1994 split.
She adds, "I don't talk to them at all. I have no idea what Christa (Hillhouse) has been up to. I don't know what Dawn (Richardson)'s been doing. Roger (Rocha) I've seen in the mix of things here and there. Not in a million years would I be thinking that this would be happening."
The gala will be hosted by comedienne Margaret Cho at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton hotel and will raise funds for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
Previous performers have included Christina Aguilera, Ozzy Osbourne, Sia and Courtney Love.
Ellie Goulding struggled through her set at the Coachella festival at the weekend (11-13Apr14) after picking up a bug on tour in South America. The Burn singer admits she was still feeling ill when she took to the stage in the California desert last Friday (11Apr14), and is amazed she got through her performance without vomiting.
She explains, "I was really sick. I was in South America and I picked up something; my whole band did. So that was quite messy on the tour bus!
"I got a really weird bug and Coachella was, like, the end of it, but I held it together."
Goulding will be back at Coachella on Friday (18Apr14) for the festival's second weekend, and she admits she'd much rather be performing in the sun at a U.S. music event than the rain at a festival in her native U.K.
She tells U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler, "Festivals in England are really messy, muddy, dirty; I've had to stop my set before because it's really wet and you can't perform."
Theatre director/actor Phillip Hayes Dean has died at the age of 83. Dean passed away following an aortic aneurysm on Monday (14Apr14) in Los Angeles.
The playwright was best known for his Paul Robeson Broadway production, which opened in New York in 1978 and starred James Earl Jones as the singer and actor.
He most recently directed a revival of the play at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in California with Keith David as the lead.
His other works include The Last American Dixieland Band, Moloch Blues, The Owl Killer and Dink's Blues and The Sty of the Blind Pig.
Members of heavy metal band Korn have paid tribute to their former tour guitarist Shane Gibson following his death this week (beg13Apr14). Gibson passed away at an Alabama hospital on Tuesday (15Apr14) aged 35 after suffering complications relating to a blood clotting disorder.
The musician acted as the band's tour guitarist for three years from 2007 and also played in frontman Jonathan Davis' sideproject group The SFAs.
Members of Korn have now paid tribute in a statement which reads, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson's friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn's touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of Jonathan Davis' solo band, The SFAs. He will be greatly missed."
The band's full-time guitarist, Brian 'Head' Welch, also offered his own tribute, praising Gibson for helping out following his departure in 2005.
He says, "I've never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I'm honoured he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP brother."
His bandmate James 'Munky' Shaffer adds, "Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I'm very fortunate to have known you."
In 2010, Gibson formed avant-garde metal group stOrk, which is due to release a second album this month (Apr14).
Former Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were secretly relieved when the star-studded finale was dropped from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony due to time constraints. The rockers had been due to join a number of the night's other inductees, including Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band, for an all-star jam session at the end of the show performing AC/DC classic Highway To Hell.
However, the big finale was ditched after a number of speeches over-ran, leaving Nirvana's collaboration with pop star Lorde on All Apologies as the final performance of the night.
Bassist Novoselic admits he was secretly pleased the finale was axed, telling Rolling Stone, "I wasn't into it. I love AC/DC and I love Bruce Springsteen. I grew up listening to them. But we kept saying, 'We have the big finale. We have our finale!'"
Grohl was also unconvinced by the finale as it meant they had to learn another song for the show. He adds, "They expected Nirvana to learn that song. It's hard enough for Nirvana to learn a f**king Nirvana song."
Dave Grohl felt overwhelmed to be reunited with Courtney Love at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), calling the moment "beautiful". The former Nirvana drummer has endured a rocky relationship with Love, the widow of his late bandmate Kurt Cobain, in recent years and they have been embroiled in a number of high-profile spats.
However, they appeared to put the bad blood behind them when Nirvana were honoured at the ceremony in New York City as Love hugged Grohl on stage and made a heartfelt speech comparing the band to family.
Grohl has now revealed the meeting went better than expected, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "Early on in the evening I just tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around and I just said, 'Hey.' She said, 'Hey.' Then we gave each other a big hug. I said, 'How are you?' She goes, 'Good, how are you?' I said, 'All right.' And she said, 'Let's do this. Let's rock this tonight.' And I said, 'Yes.' That was it."
He adds of Love's speech, "She's right. We're family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It's a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It's real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good... It was a heavy night... It was a big deal to us, personally and emotionally."
Pj Harvey was Dave Grohl's first choice to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), but the British musician turned the opportunity down. The surviving members of the grunge group, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were joined on stage at the show by an all-star line-up of singers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Grohl has now revealed he initially asked PJ Harvey to take over vocals, but she said no due to scheduling problems.
The Foo Fighters star tells Rolling Stone, "Kurt loved PJ Harvey. We had always imagined playing our song Milk It from In Utero with her. It's a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by (In Utero producer) Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."
The rocker goes on to admit he came up with the idea of an all-female line-up of singers after Harvey turned the offer down, adding, "We thought, 'Wait, it has to be all women' Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.' It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Grohl also admits the process was an emotional one for him: "The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that f**king Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost... I hadn't played in that band in 20 years... I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana."
British rockers Arctic Monkeys have been slammed for their "synchronised" live performances by their U.S. tourmates The Orwells. The BRIT Award winners were joined by the U.S. band for a number of shows on their U.S. trek earlier this year (14) and the up-and-coming American group was given an insight into how the headliners put their concerts together.
Now guitarist Matt O'Keefe has accused Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner of planning his seemingly spontaneous comments to the crowd and performing the same routine each night.
O'Keefe tells Gigwise.com, "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production then the show has to become synchronised to work... So every night no matter how he was feeling he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played."
Singer Mario Cuomo adds, "You can reach that level without turning into that. Like Nirvana played bigger s**t than that and I'm sure it wasn't like that and it's probably a different show every night. You don't have to take that route, you can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club. So it all just depends on the band, what they're going for and what they feel comfortable with. Like I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs."
Muse fans have started a petition to persuade the British rockers to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a concert in their hometown. School friends Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard formed the group in their native Teignmouth, England in 1994 and now devotees are calling for the musicians to return to their roots with a special gig commemorating the milestone.
The petition posted on Change.org reads: "The fans would love to see Muse celebrate their 20th anniversary in style for 1 night only in the UK. Whether that be in their hometown of Teignmouth or a small venue in London.
"It's not every day a band can celebrate their 20 years together and while they are about to start recording their 7th album, it would be fun for both the Muse boys and their fans to play at a venue with no expensive productions involved."
More than 800 fans had signed the petition as WENN went to press.
The rockers, who have said they will begin recording a new album in May (14), served as headliners at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California last Saturday (12Apr14), and will return for the second and final set this weekend (19Apr14).
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul joined the anonymous celebrities who appear masked onstage with rockers Arcade Fire during the Canadian band's set at the Coachella festival in California at the weekend.
The actor has revealed he was the man behind the papier mache Pope Francis head during Sunday's (13Apr14) show after the group's manager Scott Rodger posted a picture of Paul holding the prop on Instagram.com. The Strokes star Julian Casablancas joined Arcade Fire onstage in a mask of frontman Win Butler during the band's set at Lollapalooza Chile earlier this month (Apr14).
Paul wasn't the only celebrity onstage with the band at Coachella - Blondie star Debbie Harry also joined the group. Arcade Fire will return to the desert to headline the final night of the second weekend of the festival this coming weekend (20Apr14).