Elvis Presley's last Cadillac car and a 1975 guitar are among the items going under the hammer at Graceland during the estate's annual Elvis Week. Every year, the rock and roll icon's legacy is celebrated at his former home in Memphis, Tennessee, and as part of the 10-day event, 72 of his personal items will be auctioned off next month (14Aug14).
Among the lots up for sale is a 1976 Cadillac Seville - the last one Presley purchased before his death in 1977 - a 1975 Martin D-28 guitar, a signed library card, the original script for his movie Love Me Tender, a 1969 Las Vegas show agreement, and the gemstone and diamond encrusted lion mask pendant and chain worn by the singer when he met U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.
Third-party collectors will also be auctioning off items, including a Bonhams sale at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on 15 August (14), which will feature Presley's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine. The luxury vehicle, which boasts a state-of-the-art radio, air-conditioning and a car phone, is expected to sell for an estimated $300,000 (£176,471).
Country rocker Kid Rock has been subpoenaed to testify against hip-hop stars Insane Clown Posse and their label employees in an ongoing lawsuit filed against the duo by a former publicist. Andrea Pellegrini, who also served as the rappers' lawyer, launched legal action against her former clients last September (13) amid allegations of harassment, claiming she had been "mocked" and "belittled", and turned into "the subject of sexual advances" by a number of employees at the band's Psychopathic Records offices in Michigan, including co-worker Dan Diamond, aka Dirty Dan.
She listed a number of harassment incidents in her suit, including one in which Diamond tried to give her a glass sex toy after learning she was single.
He confessed to the cheeky act during his deposition in Las Vegas on Friday (18Jul14), revealing he ended up handing the phallus-shaped product to Kid Rock after Pellegrini rebuffed his saucy gift.
Kid Rock has now been ordered to produce the sex toy in court within 14 days.
Pellegrini is suing for harassment and wrongful termination after she was reportedly fired for reporting the disrespectful acts to label bosses in November, 2012, after three years with the firm.
Former fighting foes Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are set to meet in Las Vegas again when The Hangover star inducts his longtime rival into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Seventeen years after Tyson infamously nibbled off part of Holyfield's ear in a 1997 championship bout, the boxer-turned-actor and promoter will be on hand to salute Holyfield on 9 August (14).
The two former boxers have since patched up their differences and have become friends.
Rich Marotta, the president of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, tells the Los Angeles Times, "This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our inaugural induction ceremony - former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic."
Holyfield will join Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes, Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard, among others, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame last year (13).
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Lorde are among the list of pop stars scheduled to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September (14). Other acts announced include Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Usher and Ariana Grande.
Def Leppard have postponed their upcoming Las Vegas residency so they can record a new album. The British group was planning to hit Sin City for a string of shows in November (14), but frontman Joe Elliott has revealed he and his bandmates are desperate to get back in the studio to work on a follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
He says, "We are going to go back (to Vegas) and probably do Viva! Pyromania, but it'll not be until towards the end of next year because we have a new record in the making."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS and Elliott adds, "When this tour ends in mid-September, we'll take a couple of weeks off to see our families and then we're going to get back on the horse and finish the new album.
"We did a month of writing and recording in February and for two weeks in May. We're going to spend the rest of the year when the tour is done recording this album so we can get it out next spring.
"If we can do that, we'll get back on the road by April. I think we're going to head off to Australia, Japan, the Far East, South Africa and then Europe. I think we're going to be back in Vegas in 2015."
The band's Viva! Hysteria gigs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last year (13) proved to be a big hit with fans.
Kanye West used his wedding speech to compare the troubles facing modern celebrities to the injustices suffered by African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the U.S. in the 1960s.
The rapper married reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy in May (14), and he has now revealed he turned his wedding toast into an impassioned plea for the rights of the famous.
West compared the issues facing his family, including being photographed regularly and appearing in gossip columns, to the discrimination against black citizens in America in the early 20th century and the civil rights fight throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The Stronger hitmaker tells GQ magazine, "What I talked about in it (my wedding speech) was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life."
West went on to insist mocking stars is also a form of discrimination and he is rallying against it, adding, "I'm fighting (for my rights) with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt... People know I'm smart. And people know that, whether it's SNL (Saturday Night Live) or Jimmy Kimmel (U.S. TV show), it's a trend to take the p**s out of celebrity - just as much of a trend as wearing a grey hoodie or driving a Prius."
Country star Shania Twain will wrap up her two-year Las Vegas residency by taking her final bow on the Caesars Palace stage on 13 December (14). The singer debuted the elaborate show in November, 2012.
Pop stars Erasure have booked a New Year's Eve (31Dec14) gig at New York's Terminal 5 venue, which will end a major tour that begins at the beginning of next month (Aug14). Vince Clarke and Andy Bell are hitting the road to promote their 16th studio album, The Violent Flame, which will be released in September (14) - and they've lined up a 60-date European and North American tour, which begins with a pre-tour set at the CarFest event in Cheshire, England on 1 August (14).
The official dates begin in Miami, Florida on 12 September (14) and include a Halloween (31Oct14) concert in Las Vegas and Christmas shows in London.
The tour will wrap up with two dates at Terminal 5 in New York on 30 and 31 December (14).
Primus star Tim Alexander is set for surgery after suffering a heart attack. The news was broken by his longtime collaborator Maynard James Keenan, who posted a note on Facebook.com on Friday (18Jul14).
It read: "Calling All Cars! Rough news. @timalexander suffered a heart attack. Open Heart Surgery on Mon/Tues. Global Positive Thoughts, Por favor."
Alexander has appeared on a number of Primus albums and he has also worked with A Perfect Circle and the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas.
Country music couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are to headline the inaugural Route 66 Harvest festival in Las Vegas in October (14). Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert will join them at the The Lot at the Luxor Hotel & Casino for the three-day country music event.