A Foo Fighters fan who launched a crowdfunding campaign to persuade Dave Grohl and his bandmates to perform in his home city has helped land the group its own day there. Richmond, Virginia Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared 17 September (14) Foo Fighters Day on Wednesday, hours before the rockers performed at the National Theater.
Andrew Goldin launched the crowdfunded gig and raised over $70,000 (GBP43,700) to convince his favourite band to play its first concert in the city since 1998.
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The Guardians Of The Galaxy have ended the summer on a high by becoming the year's highest grossing moving in the U.S..
The action film's $16.3 million (GBP9.6 million) Labor Day weekend take was enough to take it back to the top of the box office for a third week, overtaking fellow Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier along the way.
Guardians of the Galaxy has now made over $274 million (GBP161 million) since its release at the beginning of August (14).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake comes in second with $11.8 million (GBP6.9 million) and Chloe Grace Moretz's new movie If I Stay rounds out the new top three. Low-budget horror film As Above, So Below is the week's highest debut, entering the U.S. box office at four with an estimated $8.3 million (GBP5.2 million).
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has lashed out at photographers after a minor car accident on Tuesday (26Aug14) left his prized sportscar scratched and dented, recalling Princess Diana's fatal crash in 1997. The Baby hitmaker was behind the wheel of his Ferrari when it was rear-ended by a paparazzo in West Hollywood, California.
According to multiple reports, Bieber was annoyed that the snapper was following him and slammed on his brakes, giving the snapper on his tail little chance to stop. Neither the pop star nor the photographer were injured in the incident, and authorities are still trying to determine who was at fault.
Bieber took to Twitter.com minutes after the run-in and lashed out at eager photographers, writing, "There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana.
"I don’t have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger."
The accident comes just one day after the singer was allegedly involved in a confrontation at a new Dave & Buster’s restaurant in Los Angeles.
Princess Diana perished in a car crash in a tunnel in Paris, France, while she was being chased by members of the paparazzi.
Gwar fans paid their respects to late frontman Dave Brockie at the group's annual Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, Virginia on Friday (15Aug14) by setting fire to his stage costume in a Viking-esque funeral. The rocker, aka Oderus Urungus, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March (14), and pal and Lamb of God star Randy Blythe led Friday's send-off with a eulogy as the festival began.
Brockie's costume was laid out on a boat, which was launched into a lake and set on fire with a flaming arrow.
Blythe told the gathered fans, friends and family members, "Dave is the only motherf**ker I know who has to get put away twice. He’s too big for one f**king funeral."
The Lamb of God star also posted a photo of the flaming pyre to Instagram.com, writing, "Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie... Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad.
"But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just 'left us' - I never saw his body - & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus - you are missed."
Heavy rockers Megadeth have been forced to scrap plans to press ahead with their concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday (06Aug14) due to safety concerns as the violence in the Middle East continues to rise. Frontman Dave Mustaine recently made it known that he was determined to honour the band's commitment to fans in Israel, defiantly insisting he's "not a politician, but a musician", and adding, "At the end of the day, I don't take s**t from anybody" as he vowed to perform as scheduled.
However, late on Monday (04Aug14), management officials announced they have since decided to cancel the show at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict rumbles on.
A statement posted on Megadeth's website reads: "Due to an inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band and their gear into Tel Aviv in time for the show, the upcoming Megadeth concert, scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, has been cancelled.
"The band was looking forward to this concert and is disappointed they will not be able to put on the show for their fans, but expects to return to Tel Aviv on their next international tour."
Megadeth are the latest musicians to pull live dates in Israel due to the political unrest - Cee Lo Green's show in Jerusalem on 19 August (14) has also been axed, in addition to gigs by Neil Young, Backstreet Boys and Paul Anka.
Singer Cee Lo Green is the latest musician to cancel an upcoming gig in Israel due to political unrest in the region. The Forget You hitmaker was slated to play a concert in Jerusalem on 19 August (14), but has decided to follow suit with artists such as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Paul Anka and Backstreet Boys in calling the gig off.
Israel show promoter Carmi D. Wurtman confirms the cancellation to The Hollywood Reporter and says, "The artist and his crew really wanted to come, but unfortunately we were the ones who had to postpone it because this is not the right time to advertise and push a concert and also because Israel Defense Forces' regional Home Front Command allows gathering of up to a thousand people only."
Plans are underway to reschedule the concert at the city's Independence Park for this autumn (14).
The upcoming Hadera River Park's BoomBox Festival, featuring headliner Wyclef Jean, has also been delayed, but thrash-metal band Megadeth have decided to go on with their concert on Wednesday (06Aug14) at Tel Aviv's convention centre.
Frontman Dave Mustaine tells news website Ynet, that "at the end of the day, I don't take s**t from anybody" and insists he's "not a politician, but a musician".
Actor Chris Pratt plans to visit sick children while dressed as his superhero character from new movie Guardians Of The Galaxy after taking his costume home when the cameras stopped rolling.
The actor plays the space superhero group's leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and dons an iconic red jacket as he attempts to save the world.
In an interview with Panzer TV promoting the film, Pratt reveals he secretly took his costume from the set in order to do good following the movie's release.
He admits, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids. "If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?..."
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel, opens on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday (01Aug14), and studio bosses have already announced a sequel, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2017.
Actress Alison Sweeney knew it was time to quit her longtime role on U.S. soap opera Days Of Our Lives after her young son started waking up before 6am just to see his mum before she disappeared for work. The 37 year old announced in January (14) that she was bowing out as Samantha 'Sami' Brady, a character she had portrayed onscreen for the past 21 years, and she filmed her final scenes in May (14).
Sweeney, who also serves as host of U.S. reality show The Biggest Loser, has since revealed the guilt she felt over leaving her kids Ben, nine, and Megan, five, with her husband Dave for the whole day ate away at her - so she made the choice to take a step back from her career and focus on her children.
She tells People magazine, "Ben would wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me.
"I'd like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on in my head. Committing to two full-time jobs and being a wife and mum has been challenging and exhausting. It's been weighing on me for a long time."
Her husband adds, "I was thrilled (when she first told him the news), actually ecstatic. (The kids) were jumping up and down. They don't watch Days, but knowing the character of 'Mum' will actually be taking them to school in the mornings is super cool."
Former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Van Halen's David Lee Roth have teamed up to record a new album. The heavy rocker, real name John William Lowery, landed his big break when Lee Roth hired him for his 1998 album DLR Band and now the two old friends have reunited in the studio to work on a new California Sessions project.
John 5 tells Canadian blogger Mitch Lafon, "It's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable.
"There's a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill and just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's (Lee Roth) busy with Van Halen, all that stuff. But it's an incredible record.
"I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios... and we'd record. It sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era."
And Lee Roth isn't the only rock god John 5 has been working with - he has collaborated with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on the 2WO project. The guitarist is also currently working with Rob Zombie.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award