Rocker Neil Young is to headline four Canadian charity shows in January (14) to benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan Indians. Young's Honor the Treaties shows will help raise funds for the tribe as elders battle oil company bosses and politicians who are fighting to strip them of their land.
Young will be supported by Diana Krall on the four dates.
Proceeds from the shows will go directly to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund.
Neil Young reunited onstage with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills for the first time in seven years at his annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday (26Oct13). Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were among the highlights of the star-studded benefit, which also included performances from Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Heart, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket and fun.
Young opened the show by performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind before breaking into acoustic versions of Heart Of Gold and Comes A Time, which he sang with his wife Pegi.
Non-Young highlights included Costello's rendition of the Hollies' King Midas in Reverse with the band's Graham Nash, and Arcade Fire's rousing set.
The Canadian band was added as a last-minute replacement for The Killers, who pulled out of the benefit earlier this month (Oct13).
Frontman Win Butler told the audience at the Bridge School gig, "Neil emailed us a few days ago. They needed a pinch hitter, so we looked at our schedule. There's nowhere else on earth we'd rather be."
Young joined the band onstage for a new track they introduced as "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song".
CSNY took the stage just before midnight and kicked off their hour-long reunion set with Just A Song Before I Go.
The first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit weekend shows ended with an all-star rendition of Teach Your Children.
The annual charity concert continues on Sunday (27Oct13) with Tom Waits joining the line-up.
Neil Young's upcoming Bridge School Benefit Concerts this coming weekend (26-27Oct13) will stream for free in its entirety on YouTube.com. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis are among the acts on the bill.
Hey Jude, see if you can wrap your head around this one. Two of the greatest, most influential legends of rock 'n' roll are fusing for what is one of the coolest, if not strangest, collaborations in music history. During Wednesday night's all-star 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Sir Paul McCartney will be performing with "Dave Grohl and Friends."
According to Rolling Stone, some of Grohl's friends, in addition to McCartney and Diana Krall, includes fellow founding member of Nirvana Krist Novoselic and former touring guitarist Pat Smear. In other words, Wednesday night's concert will tout the long, long-awaited Nirvana reunion... featuring a member of The Beatles filling in for the late Kurt Cobain. On the Twitter page for Grohl's other great rock band, Foo Fighters, they cryptically promise, "We have something very special for you tonight NYC..."
You can take a minute to let this all sink in.
Speaking of letting this information all sink in, this is what Sir Paul (who will also serve as musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend) recently told the U.K.'s The Guardian regarding his upcoming collaboration: "I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said, 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time?' And somebody whispered to me: 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it."
Whether or not McCartney will actually sing any of Nirvana's classics (imagine just how different "Smells Like Teen Spirit" would sound) what we do know is that he will join Grohl and co. to "jam with some mates." Hopefully McCartney will also get another chance to jam with his other mate Bruce Springsteen at tonight's event. No way will New York City cut their mics.
The legendary-evening-in-the-making 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert — which also has scheduled performances by The Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, The Who, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin, and Kanye West — will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and air on 37 television networks and 27 websites, making it the most widely distributed live music event ever. Check out the full list of places to watch here.
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Keith Urban has scored his first number one on the Billboard 200 U.S. album chart.
The country star's Defying Gravity has debuted at the top of the charts with 171,000 first-week sales, beating Prince to number one by just 3,000 sales.
Prince's LotusFlow3r debuts at two, giving the pop superstar his 14th top 10.
Jazz star Diana Krall scores her highest chart position with Quiet Nights, which crashes in at three, while hits compilation Now 30 and the soundtrack to Miley Cyrus' new film Hannah Montana: The Movie round out the new top five.
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Jazz stars Hank Jones and Diana Krall have joined a host of politicians in paying tribute to the late pianist and composer, Oscar Peterson.
The multiple Grammy winner died of kidney failure at his home in Toronto, Canada, on Monday. He was 82.
Peterson was one of jazz's most celebrated musicians, releasing more than 200 albums in his 68-year career. His virtuoso style was envied by many and unmatchable by his peers, and his astounding recordings won him eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement accolade in 1997.
Remembering Peterson on Monday night, pianist Jones expressed his shock at the tragic news.
He said: "It's hard for me to believe, even now. I just thought Oscar would be around for another 100 years. This is one of the saddest days of my life." Krall added, "(Peterson was) my person I looked up to."
Others who have paid tribute to the jazz legend include Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and French president, Nicholas Sarkozy, who hailed Peterson as a "bright light of jazz".
The late star rose to fame at the tender age of 14 after winning a TV talent contest, and he went on to work with fellow musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat 'King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
In his later years, Peterson--who was born in Montreal, Canada--received the country's highest civilian honor and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He also became the first living Canadian to be honored on a postage stamp.
He was also set to be presented with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Founder's Award next year.
Peterson is survived by his fourth wife, Kelly, their daughter Celine, and his six children from previous relationships.
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Jackson peeved over new Eminem video
Michael Jackson isn't laughing over rapper Eminem's mocking him in his recently release video "Just Lose It" and is asking cable music stations to remove it, The Associated Press reports. In the video, Eminem is dressed up as Jackson and is seen with a group of boys jumping on a bed behind him as he sings about Jackson's child molestation allegations. In other scenes his hair is burning a la Jackson's 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot incident and his nose is shown falling on the floor. "I am very angry at Eminem's depiction of me in his video," Jackson said Tuesday in an interview with comedian Steve Harvey on a Los Angeles radio station. "I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive." Black Entertainment Television has been the only cabler to agree to pull the video. The network's president and founder, Robert Johnson, said he felt it was inappropriate to disparage a celebrity, AP reports.
Friends, family gather for Reeve memorial
Actor/activist Christopher Reeve, who died Sunday of heart failure, was remembered Tuesday in a private ceremony at his family's home in Pound Ridge, New York, Reuters reports. About 100 close friends and family members gathered for the memorial. "The Reeve family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of support shown to them," said spokesman Wesley Combs. "It is clear that Christopher Reeve has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world and that is the legacy he leaves behind." The Superman actor became an ardent campaigner for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in a horse riding accident nine years ago.
Pop princess Britney Spears admitted she wouldn't mind changing her last name after marring 26-year-old dancer Kevin Federline last month, Reuters reports. "I probably will, Britney Federline, I like that," Spears told Germany's Bunte magazine. "Society probably won't allow me but I would like to change it." The star also told Bunte she hopes to start having children soon. "There are a few things I want to take care of this year before I have my baby," she said. "I'd love to have a baby already. But I've got to take care of some things first…I want to become a mother. I'm crazy about children…next year, when I'm 23 I'll be ready."
CSI Tops Ratings
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was at the top of the heap in the Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 4-10, AP reports. CBS won the week, averaging 13.8 million viewers followed by NBC (9.9 million); ABC (9.7 million); Fox (7.8 million); the WB (4 million); and UPN (3.7 million). The top 10 shows were: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS; Without a Trace, CBS, 21.3 million; CSI: Miami, CBS; Desperate Housewives, ABC; Survivor: Vanuatu, CBS; Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; ER, NBC; CSI: NY, CBS; Lost, ABC; Two and a Half Men, CBS.
Fox has 30 days to appeal hefty FCC fine
Fox isn't saying whether it will appeal a fine of more than $1 million levied against it by the Federal Communications Commission over an episode of Married by America, an unscripted series that allowed viewers to match up a cast of single men and women by popular vote. The agency said the April 7, 2003 episode, which featured Las Vegas strippers performing at cast member's bachelor and bachelorette parties, was indecent and patently offensive. "The episode includes scenes in which partygoers lick whipped cream from strippers' bodies in a sexually suggestive manner," the FCC said. "Although the episode electronically obscures any nudity, the sexual nature of the scenes is inescapable." The agency voted unanimously to fine each of the 169 Fox TV stations that aired the program $7,000. Fox has 30 days to appeal the fines, which total $1,183,000, AP reports.
Mel Gibson donates $10 million to hospitals
Mel Gibson donated $10 million to Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinal Medical Center to help care for children from foreign countries, AP reports. "Through this remarkable contribution, the generosity of Mr. Gibson will transform the lives of children throughout the world," Dr. Edward McCabe, physician-in-chief of the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, said. The donation will help children with serious medical conditions who are unable to be treated in their own countries. The children who will benefit from Gibson's donation will be recommended by Healing the Children.
Cruise, Winfrey to emcee Nobel concert
Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey will host December's traditional Nobel Peace Prize Concert on in Oslo, Norway, honoring the 2004 laureate, the AP reports. Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, 64, became the first African woman to win the coveted peace prize. Entertainers booked to play the December 11 show include British teen soul singer Joss Stone, jazz singer Diana Krall, pop singer Cyndi Lauper and Patti Labelle.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.
Top Story: Jackson's Parents Offer To Adopt Children
In an interview airing today at 10 p.m. EST on ABC's 20/20, Michael Jackson's parents said he is innocent and have offered to adopt his children if they're taken away from him. "Some people are trying to accuse him of being a pedophile, and that is not true," Katherine Jackson. "Hhe said, 'Mother, don't worry, it's not the truth.' But I told him you don't know these wicked people, the people are just mean and wicked." Jackson, who was arrested Nov. 20 on suspicion of molesting a boy at his Neverland Ranch outside Santa Barbara, Calif., has denied the allegations. He was released on $3 million bail the same day and has not yet been charged. When asked whether they would try to adopt the two boys and a girl if that happens, Jackson's father Joe answered, "Well ... they're my grandkids. I have to."
George Clinton Files Innocent Plea
Funk musician George Clinton, who was arrested in Tallahassee, Fla., over the weekend and charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, filed an innocent plea to drug charges Thursday, The Associated Press reports. No trial date has been set. Police said Clinton was sitting in the passenger side of a car at a gas station when they approached him and told them he had cocaine in his pocket. He was arrested, charged and later released on $2,650 bail. Clinton headed the funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970s and 1980s and his 1983 solo album, Atomic Dog, rose to the top of the R&B charts.
It's "Sir" Mick Jagger Now
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger received Britain's ultimate accolade Friday when he was knighted by heir to the throne Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Reuters reports. Jagger, 60, rejected suggestions that he had sold out to the same establishment that he had scoffed at for so long: "I don't really think the establishment as we knew it exists any more," he said, tossing his head slightly. Jagger, who attended the ceremony with his 92-year-old father Joe and two of his daughters, showed his rebellious streak by shunning the traditional top hat and tails and opting instead for a long black leather coat, purple scarf and sports shoes.
Deschanel and Gyllenhaal Host Sundance Awards
Zooey Deschanel and Jake Gyllenhaal, who played discontented discount store employees in last year's The Good Girl, will team up again to co-host the Sundance Film Festival Awards on Jan. 24. Playing at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, which is scheduled for Jan. 15-25, are The Woodsman, starring husband-and-wife team Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, and We Don't Live Here Anymore with Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Naomi Watts. Another film selection is The Clearing, starring Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe and Robert Redford, the festival's founder.
Will & Grace Creators Sue NBC Companies
David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick, creators of the hit NBC comedy Will & Grace, sued the network and its in-house production company, NBC Studios, Thursday, claiming the companies conspired to keep them from their fair share of the show's earnings. According to Reuters, the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty by the NBC companies. Kohan and Mutchnick say the licensing terms for the show were "insufficient even to cover a reasonable percentage of the series' production costs" and accuse companies of deliberately undervaluing the sitcom in the deal by which the production company licensed the show to its sister network.
Pharrell To Launch Clothing Line
Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes announced Thursday the launch of two new apparel ventures in partnership with Reebok: Ice Cream, a collection of men's and women's footwear, and Billionaire Boys Club, a men's clothing collection. According to MTV.com, the lines will launch next summer and feature a select run of five or six items available only in high-end boutiques and better department stores. Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club T-shirts made brief appearances his Frontin' video and onstage during recent shows by his band N.E.R.D. The line will offer T-shirts, athletic clothing, jeans and button-down shirts.
Luciano Pavarotti To Wed Longtime Girlfriend
Opera star Luciano Pavarotti will marry longtime partner Nicoletta Mantovani in his hometown Saturday, the AP reports. Guests will include U2 frontman Bono, Sting, fashion designer Donatella Versace and soccer star Alessandro Del Piero. Giorgio Armani is providing the wedding gowns for Mantovani and the couple's year-old daughter Alice. Pavarotti, 68, has three children from his marriage to former manager Adua Veroni.
Sting Honored by MusicCares
Tony Bennett, the Black Eyed Peas, Elvis Costello, Dido, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Rufus Wainwright will perform at the 2004 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in honor of Sting, the AP reports. Sting, 52, is set to receive the honor at a special tribute dinner, concert and silent auction Feb. 6 in Los Angeles. The gala is part of a weeklong festival leading up to the Grammy Awards, which will be presented Feb. 8. He was selected for his accomplishments as a musician, humanitarian and environmental activist by MusiCares, which provides assistance to music people in times of need.
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Even though the man who has allegedly been stalking her since September is out of the country, pop princess Britney Spears but is asking for a restraining order to keep him at least 1,000 yards away, City News Service reports. Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan, was forced to return to his homeland after his visa expired but has been stopped twice while attempting to return to the United States. According to court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Shizawa has made "numerous attempts to contact" Spears at her Los Angeles home and has sent her photos of himself with a note reading, "I'm chasing you." The 21-year-old pop star also complains that Shizawa sent her "love notes" and followed her to the homes of her parents and to a home that the singer owns outside California. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge is expected to rule today on Spears' request for a "stay-away" order.
Lee Majors, who played astronaut and test pilot Steve Austin in the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, is suing Universal Television Group, claiming he was short-changed on profits from the show. According to the suit, Universal agreed to pay Majors 15 percent of net profits earned from the series and its post-network syndication, money the actor claims he has never received. The suit seeks a full audit of Universal's books and financial records relating to the show dating back to its inception and payment of unspecified sums found to be owed him, Reuters reports.
Talk show host Jerry Springer is considering running for the U.S. Senate next year, The Associated Press reports. Springer, a Democrat, said he'll decide by summer whether to challenge Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican who has said he'll run for a second term in 2004. Springer does admit his nationally syndicated Jerry Springer Show could work against him. "The plus is that I'm known by everybody. The minus is that I'm known by everybody," he said.
Las Vegas police have dropped a rape charge against Rene Angelil, the manager-husband of singer Celine Dion, due to lack of evidence, the Canadian Press Association reports. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon, 47, claimed that Angelil raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in March 2000--a charge that Angelil has consistently denied. Kwon has now been charged with trying to extort $13.5 million from Angelil, 61, and Dion, 34.
Zach Galligan, who starred as Billy Peltzer in the 1984 fantasy pic Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft after stealing a CD from a Tower Records store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. A security guard told detectives he saw Galligan conceal a $12.99 Deep Purple CD in his trousers before walking out. Galligan, who was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station and released early yesterday, reportedly had enough cash on him to have paid for the CD, City News Services reports.
Director David Fincher has committed to shoot The Lords of Dogtown for Sony Pictures, a film about the surf and skate culture that took root in Venice in the 1970s. According to Variety, the film was originally set up at New Line, where it was to be the directorial debut of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Fincher had been on board only as a producer. Last year, Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary about the Dogtown teenagers who began skateboarding in empty swimming pools around Los Angeles, became an underground hit for Sony Pictures Classics.
Wednesday's second episode of Fox's musical reality show American Idol held onto about 95 percent of its premiere-night audience, Variety reports. According to Nielsen, Wednesday's 90-minute episode of American Idol averaged 24.91 million viewers overall--Fox's best-ever showing (excluding sports) in the Wednesday 8:30-10 p.m. time slot. ABC's The Bachelorette, meanwhile, fell to a season low with 13.39 million overall viewers.
Ratings for MTV's The Osbournes have been dropping off in its second season, from a high of 6.6 million viewers for its Nov. 26 premiere to 3.5 million on Jan. 14, the AP reports. The first season started slow and built into a phenomenon while the second season started fast and faded. But Brian Graden, chief programming executive at MTV, said he's not worried about the numbers. The show's tone is different this second season, depicting the family coping with sudden fame as well as Sharon's bout with cancer.
Actor Kevin Spacey and singer Elton John will perform a duet together at a Feb. 5 London fundraiser, the AP reports. John is chairman of the Old Vic Theater Trust, which bought the 185-year-old theater in 1998 when it was in danger of closing. Spacey, who starred in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the Old Vic in 1998, is a board member of the trust. The benefit will also feature Sinead O'Connor, Diana Krall and her new partner, Elvis Costello, who will all perform hits by John.