Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings Of Leon are teaming up for a star-studded benefit concert in New York City to raise money for the Global Poverty Project. The artists will come together in Manhattan's Central Park on 28 September (13) to urge world leaders convening in the city for the United Nations General Assembly Meeting to take more action to end extreme poverty.
Charity founder Hugh Evans says, "We must push our leaders to step up and commit to action. This is not just a concert. We are building a movement."
The first annual Global Citizen Festival was held last year (12), with the Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young & Crazy Horse all participating in the show.
The Kings Of Leon kept their promise to meet a male fan who stripped off at their gig in Birmingham, England on Tuesday (09Jul13) by inviting him backstage at their second show in the city. Jimmy Dorris shed his clothes and then stood on audience members' shoulders to get a better look at the band onstage at the LG Arena, much to the bemusement of the group.
Bassist Jared Followill posted a photo of the man on his Twitter.com with the caption, "Great show Birmingham! This is not what we mean when we say Dump 'Em Out", while bandmate Nathan Followill promised to buy the fan a beer at their follow-up concert on Wednesday night (10Jul13).
Dorris headed backstage at the show and uploaded a photo of him posing with the rockers, adding, "The greatest band on earth! Thank you so much... for making my dream come true!"
Nathan Followill jokingly replied, "Barely recognised u (sic) fully dressed."
Rockers the Kings Of Leon were left stunned during a gig in Birmingham, England on Tuesday (09Jul13) when a male fan stripped off to crowd surf. The Use Somebody hitmakers didn't know where to look when the uninhibited streaker got naked and at one point stood on fellow fans' shoulders to get a better look at the band onstage at the LG Arena.
Bassist Jared Followill posted a photo of the man on his Twitter.com with the caption, "Great show Birmingham! This is not what we mean when we say Dump 'Em Out."
Bandmate Nathan Followill is hoping the mystery man shows up at the group's second LG Arena gig on Wednesday night (10Jul13), tweeting, "Hey Birmingham sausage man, if you're on twitter, DM me. We owe you a beer tomorrow night."
Billy Ray Cyrus, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are among the stars who have reached out to Randy Travis following his hospitalisation on Sunday (07Jul13). The 54-year-old singer is in a critical condition at a hospital in Dallas, Texas after suffering complications stemming from a recently diagnosed viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by an infection.
Travis' country peers have now sent him messages of support via Twitter.com, with Cyrus writing, "Thoughts and prayers for my buddy Randy Travis" and Paisley adding, "Sending prayers and well wishes to Randy Travis."
Underwood tweets, "Thinking about my friend, Randy Travis, tonight. Hope he gets better soon", Rodney Atkins states, "Sending prayers and get well wishes out to Randy Travis today. Keep him in your prayers y'all (sic)" and Kings of Leon rocker Nathan Followill tells his followers he is "sending good vibes" to the singer.
Country singer Tracy Lawrence adds, "Sending a get well message out to my buddy Randy Travis tonight. Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery."
"Happy Independence Day. May your beers be cold and your fireworks bright and loud. Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA on repeat all day." Kings Of Leon star Nathan Followill celebrates America's holiday.
Rihanna refused to hang up her microphone on her night off in Germany when she headed to a karaoke bar in Cologne over the weekend (28-30Jun13). The Umbrella hitmaker headed to the country ahead of her Diamonds World Tour concerts in Berlin and Hanover later this week (begs01Jul13), and she hit the town for a night out with her entourage.
Rihanna took to the stage at Cologne's Thai Royal Bar to indulge in some karaoke, and performed a mumbled version of No Doubt's Don't Speak before singing Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon.
The Kings Of Leon have fired off a letter of complaint after a British airport security worker allegedly hurled a racist slur at a member of their entourage, according to a U.K. report. The Sex on Fire hitmakers were said to be furious after a female staff member for security firm G4S passed comment about their bodyguard as the band flew from a private terminal at Manchester Airport in England following its concert in the city on Tuesday (25Jun13).
The rockers' management team has confirmed that an official complaint letter has been sent to G4S chiefs.
A source tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "Apparently they came through (the airport) on Tuesday night and the woman asked who the 'big black guy' was - because he 'looks like a gorilla'. He was their security guard and the band kicked off big style."
According to a G4S spokesperson, a probe has been launched to investigate the incident.
"Thanks for all of the birthday wishes. I'm having the best day with my family & 2nite the wine will flow like the salmon of capistrano." Kings Of Leon star Nathan Followill celebrates his birthday as a new dad.
Heavy rockers Megadeth will donate the proceeds of their 16 July (13) Oklahoma City gig to the victims of the May (13) storms. The group has announced the Zoo Amphitheatre gig will serve as a benefit to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the heart of the state.
Frontman Dave Mustaine says, "Many amazing bands have come forward to aid Oklahomans since the May tornadoes came and tore apart their homes and lives. Now it's time for heavy metal to give to this community."
The band will also take part in a charity softball game at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex on 15 July (13), which will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
There are also upcoming July benefits in Oklahoma featuring Kings of Leon and Toby Keith as headliners.
Tickets for Toby Keith's upcoming Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out in less than three hours on Friday (21Jun13). The 6 July (13) gig at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman will feature performances by Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar.
After learning all 80,000 tickets had been sold, Keith went online and posted: "As of this time, there are no #TKOKrelief tickets avail (available). Once we finalize production, it is possible that there will be addt'l (additional) tix (tickets) released!"
Blake Shelton's televised Healing in the Heartland concert in Oklahoma City in May (13) helped raise more than $6 million (£3.9 million) for the recovery effort in Moore, Oklahoma, which was left ravaged by a deadly twister.
Kings of Leon and The Flaming Lips will co-headline another show benefiting victims of the storms on 28 July (13).