Music icon Brian Wilson has recruited his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin to join him on his upcoming U.S. tour. The veteran musician is gearing up to release his new solo album, No Pier Pressure, on 7 April (15), and on Thursday (06Mar15), he confirmed he will be going out on the road in support of the much-anticipated record.
Wilson has asked Jardine and Chaplin to join him on the trek, as the two worked on his track Sail Away for the album, which also features Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves, and fun. frontman Nate Ruess.
Also joining the tour is folk singer Rodriguez, who had a recent career boost as the subject of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
The 17-city tour begins in Saratoga, California on 18 June (15).
Formula One race ace Fernando Alonso woke up in hospital believing it was 1995 after his crash in Spain last month (22Feb15). The McLaren driver was testing his car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya when he lost control of the high-powered vehicle and crashed into a wall.
Sources tell El Pais newspaper that Alonso, who will miss this month's (15Mar15) Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, thought he was a teenager chasing his Formula One dream when he was asked who he was by doctors, and had no recollection of his two world titles.
Asked for details about his life in the hospital, the driver reportedly told medics, "I'm Fernando, I drive go karts and I want to be a Formula One driver."
Alonso has since made a full recovery and admits it will be difficult sitting out of a Grand Prix: "It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations."
He will be replaced by reserve McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
News of the death of Mexican singer Ariel Camacho has given his band Los Plebes del Rancho a number one song on America's Hot Latin Songs chart. The 22 year old died in a car crash last week (25Feb15) and fans paid tribute to the young star by snapping up copies of his group's hit El Karma, which previously peaked at number 16 in January (15).
The title track from the band's debut album wasn't even on the countdown last week (ends27Feb15).
Digital sales for El Karma rose 552 per cent, according to Billboard.com, and it also re-entered the Latin Digital Songs countdown at number seven. The song was streamed 1.9 million times in the U.S. in the past seven days.
Meanwhile, two new Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho tracks also debut on the Hot Latin Songs countdown - Te Metiste, the group's new single that was released the day before Camacho's death enters the chart at 50, while El Toro Encartado is the countdown's Hot Shot Debut at 27.
Celebrity pilot Harrison Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a California golf course on Thursday (05Mar15) after experiencing a mechanical issue while flying a two-seater vintage fighter plane. Reports suggest the actor was taken to hospital after he crashed the World War Two aircraft on Penmar Golf Course, minutes after taking off from nearby Santa Monica Airport.
Sources tell TMZ.com the Star Wars actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was treated at the golf course by two doctors before paramedics arrived and carried him to an ambulance on a stretcher.
Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, tells NBC News, "There was blood all over his face... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip."
Ford, who is in a stable condition in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was the only person onboard the plane.
National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the incident.
Ford's son, Ben Ford, has taken to Twitter.com to update fans on his dad's condition, assuring them the Hollywood star is doing fine.
He wrote, "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad."
This is not the first time Ford has been involved in a plane crash - a six-passenger plane he was piloting took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2000 and the actor also crash-landed a helicopter in October, 1999.
Celebrities have taken to social media to offer Ford their support - Melissa Joan Hart, Dane Cook, Josh Gad and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan were among the friends and fans sending prayers and thoughts on Twitter.com, while Star Trek icon William Shatner, who is still recovering from the death of his friend Leonard Nimoy last week (27Feb15), writes, "Thoughts going out to Harrison Ford for a speedy recovery."
"He's not the type of artist one would expect to perform at a concert celebrating one of the seminal moments in the American civil rights movement but Vanilla Ice was in the Soul Train Awards two years ago and he's a really cool person. When we call him for things, he likes working with us and we like working with him." Paxton Baker, the president of BET Event Productions, on adding white rapper Vanilla Ice to the Salute Selma concert line-up in Alabama this weekend (07-08Mar15), which will feature Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Ruben Studdard and Doug E Fresh. The event marks the 50th anniversary of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic voting-rights march.
Movie hardman Sylvester Stallone is taking his The Expendables franchise to TV for a new action drama. The Rambo star has signed a deal with Fox network executives in the U.S. to develop the TV series, which will unite iconic small screen action stars on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist, reports Deadline.com.
Ride Along screenwriter Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward will pen the script with showrunner Shane Brennan, while Stallone will serve as the show's executive producer, alongside the films' producer, Avi Lerner.
Casting details have yet to be announced.
Stallone launched first The Expendables movie with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Steve Austin and Mickey Rourke in 2010.
He has since released two sequels, which also featured big screen action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"Jason was first to go, 'Stop f**king around and marry Kristen'... He immediately transitioned into, 'Get her pregnant'." Dax Shepard credits pal Jason Bateman for pushing him into marriage with then-girlfriend Kristen Bell. The couple now has two kids, Lincoln and Delta.
Circus bosses at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have announced they're scrapping their elephant acts, two years after the release of a disturbing documentary about the treatment of the big top beasts. In An Apology to Elephants, actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin explored the purported abuse and brutal treatment of elephants behind the scenes at zoos and circuses in the U.S.
Tomlin is one of many celebrities who have been fighting for a ban on elephant acts in circuses touring America and now it appears Ringling Bros. bosses are taking note - they have announced all their endangered Asian elephants will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation within three years.
Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the organisation leading the charge on the circus elephant ban, are celebrating the news.
PETA spokesperson Delcianna Winders says, "We are of course thrilled with the announcement, assuming that Ringling is indeed serious about this. But they need to show they're serious by making this effective immediately."
There are no plans to end circus attractions featuring tigers, lions, horses and camels.
The closing arguments in Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines copyright infringement trial are expected to be presented in court on Thursday afternoon (05Mar15), two weeks after proceedings began. The two hitmakers are fighting soul legend Marvin Gaye's kids over claims they borrowed heavily from his 1977 classic Got to Give It Up while creating their 2013 hit.
Both Thicke and Williams have testified, with the former confessing he lied when he claimed to have had a bigger role in the creation of the song, and Pharrell telling the court on Wednesday (04Mar15) he was not thinking about Gaye or his music when he came up with the hit.
During the trial, Thicke performed a medley of classic tunes on a piano in an effort to prove to the jury that many great songs have similar hooks and chord progressions.
But Gaye's children maintain Blurred Lines is too similar to their father's Got to Give it Up, and they're seeking a cut of the 2013 hit's profits. Marvin Gaye's ex-wife Janis, the mother of his children, told the court she was convinced Thicke's hit had been taken from Got to Give It Up, revealing she was stunned to discover the songwriters hadn't licensed Gaye's work.
She testified, "It's the living legacy Marvin left behind for his children, his family, his fans and the world."
Heavy metal star Randy Blythe is adding ballet composer to his resume after agreeing to score a friend's new dance project. The Lamb of God frontman reveals he was approached by his pal Matthew Frain, a member of Virginia's Richmond Ballet, and asked if he could use some of his old music for a new short piece, titled Inventory, but instead the singer offered to help score the show from scratch.
Blythe, who admits he is a fan of ballet, tells the local Richmond magazine, "(Frain) asked me if he could use some (pre-existing music) and I said, 'Sure, but why don't we just conceptualise a piece from the ground up, together.'"
Discussing his inspirations, he continues, "Artistically, I don't live in some heavy metal cave - most of my favourite frontmen all work in various disciplines - Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, David Yow; these are men whose musical work I admire and respect.
"These guys have made some of the most original and caustic tunes in the history of music, but they also have produced some really beautiful art and literature. Those are the types of artistic role models I look to for inspiration."
But Blythe can understand why his new side project may come as a surprise for fans of his group Lamb of God.
He adds, "I guess some fans of my band or metal music in general might be surprised, because they only know me as a two-dimensional cartoon-character-like screaming frontman of a metal band."
Inventory will premiere at Richmond, Virginia's dance festival on 22 March (15).