Rocker Edgar Winter has reworked the upcoming tour that was to feature his late brother Johnny as a series of tributes. The Rock N’ Blues Fest dates were set to include the Winter brothers, along with Vanilla Fudge and members of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown, but now the tour, which begins in Mississippi next week (31Jul14) will serve as a salute to Johnny, who was found dead in his hotel room in Switzerland on 16 July (14).
All the artists will work songs from Johnny’s career into their sets and Edgar Winter says, "My wife and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together.
"Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he’s my brother – in family, in music, in life and beyond.
"I will do my best to carry on in honour of his memory and the Winter name."
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford insists there will never be a group tell-all - because he and his bandmates have too much respect for each other to open up about dark days and embarrassing moments. The Breaking the Law rocker is often asked to bare all in book form, but he admits he couldn't run the risk of upsetting his pals.
He tells Esquire magazine, "It's basically (about) trust and respect for each other. I would never say anything about Glenn (Tipton), even about the music to a certain respect.
"As far as the dirty laundry that some bands are very, very open about displaying, the most important thing for Priest is the music. We really treasure it. And I'm only speaking for myself, but once you get beyond that and you get deeper, digging in the dirt, it can really dilute what you're about and what you're trying to be with your music.
"So, we're very, very protective of that. We've also been fortunate in that we're surrounded by people outside of the band who are very protective of us as well.
"You get these tell-all book from agents and managers that don't really know the truth. We've been lucky. We're constantly asked if we're going to do a book. Well, it seems the only way you can get a book to be successful is to dig up the dirt, and I don't want to do that, personally. I think it's also part of the magic and mystery of the band, isn't it?"
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is to receive a special award for his philanthropy. The Bon Jovi star has been named the 2014 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which recognises artists who make a valuable social contribution, and he will pick up the accolade at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November (14).
The prize is named after opera star and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955.
The Livin' on a Prayer hitmaker, who runs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, says of the award, "It's a great honour to be recognised by the great city of Philadelphia, in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."
The star is slated to accept the prize and a $25,000 (£14,706) charity donation on 18 November (14).
Previous recipients include Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Gere.
Jennifer Lopez, Kiss, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Usher are among the stars who have signed up to appear at the Fashion Rocks show at the Barclays Center in New York City. The show, which celebrates fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and takes place on 9 September (14).
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Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has branded Harrison Ford's on-set accident "really terrible" but insists the Hollywood legend is now "doing really well".
The Indiana Jones star, 71, broke his leg on the set of the new installment of the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, last month (Jun14) in an accident involving a prop spaceship.
Ford returned to the U.S. after he was released from hospital and could be out of action for several months as he recovers from his injury, but his original Star Wars co-star Hamill, who also appears in the new movie, is adamant his pal will be back on his feet soon.
Hamill tells the BBC, "I was not on set. It sounded really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford."
The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, adds of the Star Wars project, "It was certainly unexpected (to return). I (my character) already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back. I still can't believe it's happening... To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."
Veteran actor John Lithgow was left struggling to remember his lines after rain halted an outdoor performance of King Lear in New York City this week (beg21Jul14). The Shrek star is currently appearing in a production of William Shakespeare's tragedy in Central Park, but the play was hit by bad weather in its opening week (beg21Jul14).
One show had to be halted for 45 minutes due to a heavy downpour, and Lithgow, who plays the title role, was left struggling to find his place in the script when the action resumed.
An audience member tells the New York Daily News, "(He said) 'I'm lost'... After some murmuring among the cast, they went back to the beginning of the scene they had been in so he could pick up the thread... The audience was with him the whole way."
Fallen pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of punching a blogger during a hate-fuelled attack at a music festival. The former N-Dubz singer, who was cleared on Monday (21Jul14) of brokering a cocaine deal after inconsistencies were found in witness testimony, was found guilty of assault at a court hearing in London on Friday (25Jul14).
She was fined $340 (£200) and ordered to pay $4,590 (£2,700) in court costs. She must also hand the victim $170 (£100) in compensation and a $34 (£20) victim surcharge, making a total payment of $5,134 (£3,020).
The star, who enjoyed two seasons as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, punched showbiz writer Vas Morgan in the face at V Festival in Chelmsford, England in August, 2013, leaving him with a swollen left eye.
Contostavlos had denied hitting Morgan, claiming they had a verbal disagreement after a long-running spat, but a district judge dismissed her account and convicted her of assault.
The disgraced pop star's personal assistant Gareth Varey was cleared of using threatening behaviour during the incident.
Former Fugees star Pras Michel revived his child support battle in New York City on Thursday (24Jul14) just weeks after he was scolded by a magistrate for skipping a previous hearing to reportedly attend the soccer World Cup in Brazil. The musician-turned-film producer hit headlines last month (Jun14) when he missed a court hearing in Manhattan because he was reportedly out of the country on a trip to the sporting event.
He was ordered back to court on Thursday, and the star showed up to face his former girlfriend Angela Severiano, who is seeking a raise in her child support payments.
During the hearing, Severiano told the court Michel's four-year-old son Landon is living in a cramped studio apartment while his father is away enjoying a life of luxury, according to the New York Post.
She is seeking more money from the star to cover school fees and a move to a larger home.
Michel is scheduled to testify in September (14).
Lawyers for Michael Jackson's estate have launched legal action over the sale of a batch of concert photographs. Bosses at California-based Premiere Props put up for auction a collection of images of the King of Pop taken on The Jacksons' Victory Tour in 1984, with the lot valued at up to $2,000 (£1,176).
However, it is alleged the snapper who took the pictures had been personally hired by Jackson to shoot the gigs and the Thriller hitmaker's company owned the right to all images, according to TMZ.com.
A legal team representing the late singer's estate have filed legal documents demanding Premiere bosses hand over the profits from the auction.
Veteran pop stars Duran Duran have spoken out to insist they are not suing their supporters after filing a headline-grabbing lawsuit against their own fan club on Monday (21Jul14). The band filed suit against officials at their fan club as part of a dispute over revenue, alleging bosses at Chicago, Illinois-based Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. reneged on a 2010 deal to hand over 75 per cent of the money from membership fees and merchandise sales from the Duran Duran fansite.
The news sparked outrage among many Duran Duran fans, who feared the stars had turned on their devotees, and the band has now issued a statement to calm their concerns.
The message, posted on the group's official website, reads, "Duran Duran value and respect their many fans around the world and feel compelled to correct the media's misrepresentation of its lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. The Band emphatically states that the lawsuit is not against its loyal fans but simply seeks to protect its rights against the company that formerly managed its fan club. Duran Duran have now brought their official fan community in-house and continue to make every effort to provide the highest level of service."