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.
German artist Otto Piene has died aged 86, a day after his latest exhibition opened in Berlin. The painter and sculptor passed away on Thursday (17Jul14) and reports suggest he died in a taxi in Berlin, Germany while on his way to the city's Neue Nationalgalerie gallery, where a display of his work opened the previous day (16Jul14).
Piene is most famous for his Olympic Rainbow - an art piece which was displayed above Munich at the close of the 1972 Olympic Games in the city which was marred by a terrorist attack on the Israeli team.
He is also known for founding the Zero group of experimental artists with Heinz Mack in 1957.
Piene's works were exhibited all over the world and he was honoured with the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts award in 2003, and in 2006 he accepted the Sculpture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Actress Emily Osment is lending her voice to the upcoming reboot of 1980s cartoon Rainbow Brite. The former Hannah Montana star has been cast to play the title character in the new series, which features the return of the young girl who brings colour to the world.
Osment posted a photo of her first script for the show on Instagram.com, and added the caption, "First day on the job! Very stoked to be back doing some animation this summer. See you soon! Love, Emily aka Rainbow Brite."
The original 13-episode series premiered in 1984, and soon spawned dolls, live action specials and an animated movie.
Osment has previously voiced characters in Seth McaFarlane's hit cartoon Family Guy and Disney's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.
Pamela Anderson has reportedly reunited with her former boyfriend Chuck Zito just days after filing for divorce from husband Rick Salomon. The ex-Baywatch babe moved to end her six-month union to film producer and poker professional Salomon earlier this month (Jul14), seven years after their first marriage, which lasted two months, ended in an annulment.
Now it appears Anderson has revived her one-time relationship with Sons of Anarchy actor Zito, who she was photographed embracing in a car following a dinner date together at The Rainbow Room in West Hollywood, California on Friday (11Jul14).
The pair was previously romantically linked in 2007, when Zito was hired as Anderson's bodyguard.
Anderson's split from Salomon will mark her third divorce - she has also been married to rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.
Actor Levar Burton has set a new crowdfunding record for the most individual contributors for a single project after launching an online campaign to revive his popular U.S. children's show Reading Rainbow. The Star Trek star, who served as the educational series' executive producer and host from 1983 until 2005, is aiming to raise $5 million (£2.94 million) for the cause by the end of Wednesday (02Jul14), but he has already earned a place in the crowdfunding industry's record books after winning the support of more than 98,000 investors.
The previous record of 91,585 backers was set last year (13) by fans of the cult TV drama Veronica Mars, who helped fund a big screen adaptation of the Kristen Bell show, according to Entrepreneur.com.
Burton announced his plans to bring back Reading Rainbow online via the Kickstarter.com campaign in May (14) and he reached his initial goal of $1 million (£588,235) in less than 24 hours.
He then changed his aim to $5 million and received a huge boost from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane last week (ends27Jun14), when the animator and filmmaker pledged $1 million of his own money to the cause and promised to match all subsequent donations too.
The campaign had raised just over $4.84 million as WENN went to press.
Levar Burton's campaign to revive his popular U.S. children's show Reading Rainbow has been given a huge boost after Seth Macfarlane pledged $1 million (£625,000). Last month (May14), the Star Trek actor launched a crowdfunding drive to revive the educational TV programme online, quickly reaching his initial goal of $1 million (£625,000) in less than 24 hours.
He changed his aim to $5 million (£3 million) so he would not have to charge for access to the content, and he is a step closer to thanks to the generosity of the Family Guy creator.
MacFarlane has promised to hand over $1 million in funds, the amount needed to reach Burton's goal, as the Kickstarter.com donations page reached $4,105,694 (£2.6 million).
A post on the site reads, "Now your pledge is worth 2x: Seth MacFarlane will match the next $1,000,000 in pledges! Bring Reading Rainbow to more classrooms now!"
Burton hosted the educational series from 1983 until 2005.
Mindy Kaling is officially celebrating her 35th birthday in style — the day's not even over yet, and she's already Instagram'd tons of pics of her birthday haul. Let's take a look at her newfound swag:
Here's a pic of her showing off her new bling — a fun ring and earrings courtesy of The Mindy Project staff writer Tracey Wigfield (it would seem that most of TMP's writers are in Las Vegas right now, and they've been getting both work and play in, especially where Mindy's birthday is involved).
Her assistant gifted her this delightful "stay in and watch TV" kit. Yum.
Then, she got this adorable (albeit creepy) clutch from Fox — she jokes, "Thank you Rupert Murdoch, who I'm sure chose this personally."
Another gift from one of her fellow TMP writers, Jeremy Bronson. Customed-designed chartreuse Nikes, a windbreaker that practically glows in the dark, and a rainbow sock monkey? Yes, please!
We're glad you're celebrating in style, Mindy!
Jane'S Addiction will headline the seventh annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles this autumn (14). The band will close down the fabled West Hollywood stretch of Sunset Boulevard on 20 September (14) as they headline the Saturday night of the four-day by performing 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety to mark the 25th anniversary of the record's release.
The band will also be honoured with the Elmer Valentine Award during a tribute event at The House of Blues Sunset Strip on 19 September (14).
The prize is named after the late co-founder of iconic Sunset Strip venues The Whisky, The Roxy and The Rainbow Bar & Grill, and previous recipients include Lou Adler, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Motley Crue, The Doors and Joan Jett.
Jane's Addiction's appearance at the SSMF will be a full circle moment for the band - the group's second ever concert took place at The Roxy in 1985.
Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun will headline the second day of the festival on 21 September (14), and artists including Cold War Kids, Kaiser Chiefs, Mayer Hawthorne, Tove Lo, and Minus the Bear are also on the bill for the weekend.
One of rock group Queen's most famous early concerts is to be released as a CD, DVD and Blu-Ray 40 years after it was recorded in London. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 chronicles the then-up-and-coming band onstage at the fabled venue and features over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.
The concert came days after Queen were invited to perform their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on U.K. TV music show Top of the Pops after David Bowie had to pull out of an appearance at the last minute. The TV slot helped Queen sell out The Rainbow, and producer Roy Thomas Baker opted to film the show and record it for a planned live album.
However, the gig served as the group's launch into the big time - and they put Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 on hold to record breakthrough album Sheer Heart Attack. A spokesperson for Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company behind the new release, tells WENN, "As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 has finally surfaced, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent."
The project will be released in September (14) in a variety of formats, all newly mixed and mastered. These range from a standard two-CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl, a quadruple vinyl boxed set, and a super deluxe collector's edition, which features two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60-page hardback book containing rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives.
The tracklisting includes Flick Of The Wrist, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye and Stone Cold Crazy. News of the release comes as Queen stalwarts Brian May and Roger Taylor prepare for a North American tour with Adam Lambert replacing the late Freddie Mercury as frontman.
Actor Levar Burton is rounding up his former STAR TREK co-stars for live readings in support of a Kickstarter.com campaign to bring back his popular U.S. children's show Reading Rainbow. Last month (May14), The Roots actor launched a crowdfunding drive to revive the educational programme on the Internet, quickly reaching his initial goal of $1 million (£625,000) in less than 24 hours.
Burton now aims to raise $5 million (£2.95 million), and in a bid to entice more fans to back the project, he has set a special reward for anyone who donates $1,200 (£708) or more.
A series of four Star Trek reading events will be held in Los Angeles, including one featuring the male castmates Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, and Robert Picardo, and one with the franchise's female stars, Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, and Jeri Ryan. Former captains Sir Patrick Stewart and William Shatner will also take part.
Burton has raised $3.7 million (£2.12 million) as of Thursday (12Jun14), with 19 days left in the campaign.