Former child star Molly Ringwald is helping to revive beloved children's cartoon character Rainbow Brite by signing up to voice main antagonist The Dark Princess. The actress joins Hannah Montana's Emily Osment as the titular character on the revamped series, about a young girl with magical powers who strives to save Rainbowland from evil forces. The revamped show will begin streaming on online service Feeln next month (Nov14), 30 years after the original TV series premiered.
British rockers Judas Priest were banned from any making gay references during a show in Russia following a stern warning from local officials. Frontman Rob Halford, who 'came out' as homosexual in 1998, has revealed staff of the mayor's office in Saint Petersburg ordered the band to avoid referencing gay rights issues at their gig in the city in 2012.
The singer adhered to rule, but insists his presence in Russia was a political statement in itself.
Halford tells British magazine Mojo, "When we played in Saint Petersburg recently, the mayor's office told us not to make any references to gay rights. But I wouldn't have wanted to do that anyway. I'm not an activist, but just me standing on that stage in that very homophobic place was a victory. I didn't have to go on waving a rainbow banner. I am the rainbow flag of metal. I consider it a triumph, just the fact of us playing there."
Tensions are high around the subject of homosexuality in Russia as it was only decriminalised in 1993 and laws banning the promotion of gay issues to youngsters have been the subject of mass international debate.
Former Rainbow and Deep Purple frontman Joe Lynn Turner has recruited drummer Carmen Appice and bass player Tony Franklin to his new supergroup, Rated X. The band, also featuring Karl Cochran on guitar, has recorded an eponymous debut album, which will be released in November (14).
Rocker Vince Neil has let slip plans for Motley Crue's final shows, revealing the band will return to the site of their first gigs and perform a fan-only concert at the Whisky a Go Go after a three-night stand at a Los Angeles arena. The singer joined his bandmates to announce their farewell tour earlier this year (14), and as fans await for the second leg of dates next month (Oct14), Neil reveals there are already plans for the group's swansong.
He tells Las Vegas Weekly, "Rumour has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles, where we started.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A. and then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
Bandmate Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone, "We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1am show at the Whisky. F**k, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
And bassist Nikki Sixx added, "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the f**king years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter."
The next leg of the band's farewell tour will kick off in Oklahoma on 10 October (14).
Legendary disco star Sylvester has been remembered with a plaque on the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco, California, 26 years after his death. The flamboyant You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) singer, who became known as the Queen of Disco, lost his battle with HIV/AIDS in 1988, aged 41.
British pop star Lily Allen has stepped up her love of quirky manicures by launching her own line of false nails. The Smile singer is often seen with fancy designs painted on her talons, and now she is sharing her passion with fans by launching her own collection of bizarrely-decorated nail accessories.
The Lily Loves range of false nails has been launched in collaboration with Elegant Touch and features patterns including pictures of the London skyline, leopard print, rainbow and multi-coloured glitter.
"The wedding went perfectly. We had a beautiful rainbow surrounding us." Diana Ross reveals her son Evan's nuptials on her estate in Greenwich, Connecticut on Sunday (31Aug14) was framed by a rainbow after a pre-ceremony downfall. Ross also officiated the wedding and performed her hit Endless Love for her son and his new bride, Ashlee Simpson.
German rocker Michael Schenker is on the hunt for three priceless guitars and computers containing recordings for his new album after thieves broke into his studio over the weekend (30-31Aug14) and stole equipment. The star was working on new tracks with former Rainbow singer Doogie White when he took the weekend off and discovered his headquarters in Greven, Germany had been raided.
The theft reportedly took place between Friday evening and Sunday morning at Kidroom Studios - and one of the guitars stolen, a custom-made Dean V, was one of only three ever made.
White tells ClassicRock.com, "We're a bit f**ked and a bit p**sed off. I only got home on Friday after laying down the vocals... The thieves broke in through skylights and stole a bunch of guitars, and also the computers containing the tracks. Then we found they'd also taken the back-ups.
"There's still some confusion over whether we even have rough mixes of the songs. It remains to be seen what, if anything, we have left to listen to and work from."
The singer has warned the thieves they may struggle to sell the items they stole, adding, "The criminal masterminds behind this sorry affair just saw guitars and computers. They have no idea how difficult it may be to offload them. Any reputable dealer will know they're stolen. No fan will buy them - they're more likely to knock the seller out and hand them back. And casual (guitar) players won't want them. A Dean V ain't for doodling on in front of the TV."
Police in Greven have launched an investigation into the burglary, while Schenker is considering what to do next.
White adds, "The temptation is to say, 'Return that which you have taken and you can go free, no questions asked'. However much that sticks in our craw, it may be the course of action to take. We'll see what happens over the next few days.
"I spoke to Michael and he's very matter-of-fact about it all. We agree there's not much we can do, other than knuckle down and get on with what needs to be done. We'll refocus, regroup and have a fresh plan in a day or two."
Former Rainbow bandmates Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore are working on a top secret reunion project. Turner, who was one of four singers who fronted the band between 1975 and 1995, has revealed he and the guitar great could soon be back onstage together, but he has been sworn to secrecy.
He tells Rock Overdose, "I'm going to be honest with you right now... It's (reunion) very possible. Last year I wouldn't say it, but this year I say it. It's a very big possibility that something might happen. I heard talk of it, and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it. But I'm talking to you now and all I want to do is say 'Yes'. We may have a reunion, and it would be phenomenal."
Blackmore was the only full-time member of Rainbow and as well as Turner, his frontmen were Graham Bonnet, Doogie White and the late Ronnie James Dio.
Pop star Kesha prepared for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14) by sharing a topless photo of herself on Instagram.com. The Timber hitmaker posted the selfie while sitting in a make-up chair, and debuted her new rainbow-coloured hair, which covered her bare breasts. She added the caption, "Just doesn't feel right NOT posting a partially nude pre vma look. #rainbownakedboob."