Veteran Motorhead frontman Lemmy fears his current health problems are karma's way of punishing him for the "good times" he enjoyed during his rock and roll heyday. The Ace of Spades hitmaker, 67, has been forced to take it easy since suffering a "severe haematoma" and undergoing heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted earlier this year (13), issues which recently prompted the band to postpone its European tour until next year (14).
However, Lemmy admits the personal problems have triggered feelings of depression.
The former hellraiser, who famously boasted about sleeping with more than 1,000 women during his youth, tells the New York Times, "I just feel really down. I'll never get a job again. I'm paying for the good times, I suppose. It's a mixture of all the things I ever did - and I did plenty."
The Motorhead star, who also suffers from diabetes, has quit smoking and cut back on his heavy drinking, telling the publication, "I drink wine and that's it."
Longtime bandmate Phil Campbell admits his friend is really struggling through the health crisis.
He tells WalesOnline, "The main problem is that he's displayed such a hard persona all his life (and) it makes it difficult for him to let people in. He's like the John Wayne of rock - always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own."
Champion off-road motorcyclist Kurt Caselli has died following a crash while he was leading the world-famous Baja 1000 race in Mexico on Friday (15Nov13). The 30-year-old California-based race ace was ahead with less than 100 miles (160.9 kilometres) to go when he lost control of his bike after reportedly swerving to avoid hitting an animal on the track.
He died at the weekend (16-17Nov13) at an Ensenada hospital.
Donnie Wahlberg recently announced that he and his brother Mark are going to star in a new reality series for A&E. The show, Wahlburgers, will follow the day-to-day operation of their Boston-based hamburger joint of the same name and their attempts to get a second restaurant in Toronto off the ground. The brothers will be joined by their mother, Alma, Wahlburgers executive chef and third Wahlberg brother Paul, and an assortment of the friends and family — many of whom inspired characters on Entourage. Although we're excited to see more of the Wahlberg family and watch their trials and triumphs when it comes to establishing Wahlburgers as a major franchise, we're mostly just interested in seeing more Donnie on our televisions.
When it comes to the Wahlberg brothers, Donnie always comes out on top. He's funnier, more easy going, more charming, and will generally make for a better reality television star than Mark. Plus, he probably won't get offended when clips of the show inevitably end up on an episode of The Soup. But since we know that our decision is likely a controversial one, we've had Donnie and Mark face off against each other in six categories to show you why we think that Donnie is the better Wahlberg.
Music Careers: While nobody can deny that "Good Vibrations" is one of the catchiest songs in existence, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch don't hold a candle to New Kids on the Block. Not only did New Kids sell more records and have more hits than the Funky Bunch, they also managed to reunite in 2008 to a great deal of success, and when they formed a supergroup with fellow boy band the Backstreet Boys, they found even more success and essentially kicked off the the boy band renaissance we're currently experiencing. Plus, they're set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime this year. Winner: Donnie
Television Careers:Although Mark is better known for his film career, he does have one major television credit to his name: Entourage, which he created and produced based on his own life. The show has been a massive success, running for eight seasons and spawning a developing spin-off film. However, Mark has only ever appeared on it briefly, for a quick cameo here and there. Donnie, meanwhile, has not had any of his shows become monster hits like Entourage, but he did star in the critically-acclaimed mini series Band of Brothers as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton, which earned him a role on another critical favorite, Boomtown. He currently stars on the cult hit Blue Bloods, and is the executive producer of Boston's Finest, a show about the Boston police force that has recently been renewed for a second season. Since Donnie's shows are of a higher quality than his brother's, and since he's actually starring in them, we're going to have to give this point to the elder Wahlberg. Winner: Donnie
Film Careers: This is the category in which Mark has the distinct advantage, having earned an Oscar nomination for his work in The Departed, a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The Fighter and starred in major hits like Boogie Nights and Ted. However, despite becoming a bonafide movie star, Mark has made some notable mis-steps - including M. Night Shymalan's The Happening and the upcoming Transformers sequel. Donnie, meanwhile, has had roles in several Saw films, The Sixth Sense and Righteous Kill, alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, but his movie career has been, on the whole, less well-received than Mark's. Winner: Mark
Sense of Humor:Despite starring in Ted, one of the most successful comedies of recent years, Mark doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humor when it comes to himself. A prime example of this is the way he threatened to beat up Andy Samberg for making fun of him in the "Mark Whalberg Talks to Animals" sketches. Sure, he apologized and later appeared on Saturday Night Live in order to poke fun at himself, but something tells us that Donnie would've just taken the whole thing in stride. Besides, he's got to have a good sense of humor to have endured all of the boy band jokes that have come his way over the course of his career. Winner: Donnie
Sports Fanaticism: Donnie is well-known for being a hardcore fan of the Boston Celtics, and has even narrated a documentary for ESPN about the team. Like Spike Lee for the Knicks or Jack Nicholson for the Lakers, Donnie is the Celtics' most famous fan, and other Celtics fans love him for it. Mark, meanwhile, actually owns a portion of a sports team — the Barbados Tridents, a cricket franchise. Although, as New Yorkers, it pains us to say this, the Celtics are a much better-known, more relevant team in the United States, and therefore, we're going to have to give this point to Donnie as well. It might be a controversial move, but in our opinion, basketball beat cricket any day. Winner: Donnie
Personality:In general, Donnie gives off the impression of being much more laid-back and fun to be around than his younger brother, who is prone to profanity-laden rants and violence. Mark seems like the kind of guy it would be fun to have a drink with every so often, but you'd probably always be worried that he would get you into some sort of altercation. Donnie, however, seems like better long-term-friend material; the kind of guy who will back you up in a fight, but who's probably more interested in the basketball game than starting any trouble. Winner: Donnie
So, there you have it: with five points to one, Donnie is by far the better Wahlberg brother. Let's hope his appearances on Wahlburgers only serve to make us like him more.
Motorhead rocker Phil Campbell has opened up about his bandmate Lemmy's health issues, insisting he is doing well after having a pacemaker fitted earlier this year (13). The Ace of Spades hitmaker has been out of action since undergoing heart surgery, with reports in June (13) suggesting he had a implantable cardioverter defibrillator fitted.
Campbell has now confirmed the news, but has assured fans the 67-year-old frontman is well on the road to recovery.
He tells WalesOnline.com, "Lem had a pacemaker fitted earlier in the year because he'd been suffering from irregular heartbeats, and then his diabetes started playing him up.
"But his ticker's (heart's) fine now and he's made sufficient changes to his lifestyle and diet in order to combat the diabetes, it's just that he felt he wasn't 100 per cent ready to go back on the road just yet.
"As a result we put the dates back a little bit to enable him to build himself back up to full fitness."
Lemmy's ill health has prompted the band to postpone their European tour until 2014 to allow the singer enough time to be stage ready.
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco got a taste of her upcoming wedding day during a recent taped appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in America, when the TV host dragged the actress' tennis ace fiance out onto the studio stage and suggested the pair get hitched on television. Cuoco recently revealed she is hoping to marry sportsman Ryan Sweeting as quickly as possible, insisting she cannot wait to be a wife - and DeGeneres decided to test her.
The actress became engaged to the tennis player in September (13) after three months of dating, and Ellen suggested she could be Mrs. Sweeting by the end of the show.
She offered Cuoco the services of an ordained staff member to oversee the nuptials and handed the pretty 27 year old a veil and costume jewellery. She then brought out a nervous Sweeting, who quipped, "This isn't legal, right?"
The engaged couple went through with the skit as Ellen's staff writer raced through the vows and pronounced Sweeting and Cuoco man and wife as the host handed them her own wedding rings.
The pair sealed the deal with a loving kiss.
Sweeting and Cuoco plan to wed for real early next year (14) and the actress told DeGeneres she knew her husband-to-be was the one for her on their second date.
She explained, "By day two, it was so unbelievable, I said, 'This is it.! I know it looks a little crazy to some people."
The episode airs on Thursday (07Nov13).
Rapper Future has fuelled speculation his new fiancee Ciara is pregnant after failing to confirm or deny reports the singer is expecting his baby. The Goodies beauty, who is known for showing off her abs onstage, sparked claims she was with child last month (Oct13) after sporting what appeared to be a small baby bump under her loose-fitting leather halter top while performing at the Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards in New York.
The gossip only heated up this weekend (02-03Nov13) when she performed at the Beats on the Beach festival in the United Arab Emirates, where she was again snapped with an apparently bloated belly.
Ciara has yet to address the reports, but Future did little to put a stop to the speculation during a Connecticut radio interview recently when he was quizzed about the couple's family plans live on air.
Asked by DJ Jenny Boom Boom if there was any truth to the pregnancy claims, he vaguely replied, "A rumour is a rumour!"
Future proposed to his girlfriend of one year late last month (Oct13) as they celebrated Ciara's 28th birthday in New York.
The R&B star has previously been linked to rapper Bow Wow, basketball ace Amar'e Stoudemire and 50 Cent
If the couple is expecting its first child together, it won't be Future's first - he recently agreed to pay child support to ex-girlfriend Jessica Smith after she proved he had fathered her 10-year-old son, and in February (13), he was hit with a second paternity lawsuit by a Georgia woman who claimed she had given birth to his lovechild last December (12).
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is hoping to marry her tennis ace fiance Ryan Sweeting as quickly as possible, insisting she cannot wait to be a wife. The actress became engaged to the sports star in September (13) after three months of dating, and she has now revealed she wishes to walk down the aisle as soon as possible and has even hinted there could be a wedding early next year (14).
She tells People magazine, "We've been planning, so hopefully early next year... We don't have an exact date, but I want to marry him tomorrow so I want to go as fast as possible."
Cuoco also reveals she has become an expert in the kitchen since the engagement, adding, "(I'm) such a homemaker! I don't know what happened. I got engaged and I'm in the kitchen every night making meals. I love it!"
Rockers Motorhead have scrapped all European tour dates until next year (14) in a bid to allow frontman Lemmy to fully recover from ongoing health issues. The Ace of Spades singer has been off the road since undergoing heart surgery and suffering a "severe haematoma" earlier this year (13), prompting the band to axe a series of shows.
Lemmy tried to return to the stage at a music festival in Germany in August (13) but had to cut the set short due to being too weak to continue.
Now the rockers have decided to cancel all dates until February (14) so he has time to return to full fitness.
A statement from the musician on the band's site reads, "We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don't worry - I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever."
Motorhead had gigs scheduled in the U.K., Switzerland, Belgium and France throughout November (13).
Pop superstar Mariah Carey helped to honour her godmother Patti Labelle as a Living Legend on Saturday (26Oct13) at the Black Girls Rock! gala in New Jersey. The Hero hitmaker was on hand at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to present the R&B icon with a career achievement prize and she couldn't contain her excitement as she waited for the big moment.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog, she wrote, "Still backstage waiting... Hey... I would wait forever for the incredible Patti LaBelle".
When the time came, Carey, who bared her midriff in a cropped black halter neck top and a long black and gold skirt, sashayed onto the stage and gushed about LaBelle, before greeting the veteran Lady Marmalade star with a kiss and a tender hug.
Other honourees at the event included rapper, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah, who was handed the Rock Star Award, and tennis ace Venus Williams, who received the Star Power Award.
The show, which highlights the achievements of exceptional black women, also featured performances from Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Rowland and Eve, who teamed up for a remix of the former Destiny's Child star's latest single, Gone.
The 2013 Black Girls Rock event will be broadcast on America's BET network next weekend (03Nov13).
Prince William made history at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (17Oct13) when he stepped in for his grandmother to bestow knighthoods and honours on Brits, including Wimbledon tennis champ Andy Murray, for the first time. The new dad, who is second-in-line to the throne, took on his first ever investiture ceremony on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and carried out his first sword-waving knighthood, bestowed on educator Kenneth Gibson.
The Duke of Cambridge, who was dressed in his ceremonial Royal Air Force uniform, also knighted Sir Anthony Salz and handed out various medal honours to Professor Dame Nicola Cullum, TV producer Jon Plowman, and Welsh singer-turned-TV and radio personality Aled Jones, who was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Collecting his Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal, tennis ace Murray revealed after the ceremony that he and the royal had chatted about a recent hospital visit.
Murray told Britain's ITV News, "He asked me about my recent back surgery, which I had a few weeks ago, and how I was feeling after Wimbledon. I teased him a bit as he had sent me a note before Wimbledon wishing me luck, and his wife had written me a letter afterwards. Her handwriting was beautiful, and I told him how fantastic it was compared to his."