Jeff Lynne is getting ready to recharge his Electric Light Orchestra after the band returned to the U.K. stage for the first time in 28 years on Sunday night (14Sep14). ELO headlined BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London and Lynne was so thrilled with the crowd's reaction to his comeback, he suggested the gig would be the first of many.
During his hit-heavy 75-minute show, the Traveling Wilburys star told fans, "Wow, fantastic. It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it... I'll do this again."
Lynne's band featured original ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy and it was backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The Evil Woman and Livin' Thing hitmaker also took a moment to honour his late Traveling Wilburys bandmates George Harrison and Roy Orbison, dedicating the supergroup's Handle With Care to them.
Lynne was all smiles as he left the stage, telling fans, "That's the best fun we've ever had."
Lynne brought the band he retired in the mid-1980s back to life a decade ago for a one-night-only TV special in America, but the band has not performed since then.
British pop star La Roux has postponed a show on her U.S. tour due to "extenuating circumstances".
The singer is due to kick off her American trek on 19 September (14) in Seattle, Washington, but she has now disappointed fans in Utah by calling off her planned concert in Salt Lake City on 26 September (14). A post on her Twitter.com page reads, "Due to extenuating circumstances, the 26/9 show in Salt Lake City is postponed. Request full refunds from point of purchase. LR Management."
No further details about the reason for the postponement had been revealed as WENN went to press.
Actress Edie Falco visited a police station in New York City on Friday (05Sep14) to report a missing bicycle. The Sopranos star told officers her electric cycle had been swiped from outside a doctor's office in Manhattan and Falco admits it is the fourth time she has been a victim of bicycle theft.
She tells the New York Post, "I've had three other bikes stolen in the city, but they were (regular) bicycles."
Singer Shakira is paying homage to her musical roots with a new fragrance called Rock!
The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker is launching her fourth perfume, which is provided in a gold bottle shaped like an electric guitar. According to website Fragrantica.com, Rock! is "an expression of her most daring part and is a celebration the music that moves the world. She wanted to capture that intense, indescribable feeling and moment of anticipation and excitement while going up on stage."
The exact release date for Shakira's new scent has yet to be revealed, but the mum-to-be took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (03Sep14) to assure fans Rock! is "coming soon".
New York's Electric Zoo festival has been cut short due to storms. Music fans were evacuated from the the Randall's Island event on Sunday (31Aug14) as extreme weather conditions threatened to cause havoc at the site.
Organisers have apologised to festival-goers, stating, "Ultimately our main concern is for the safety and security of all attendees, artists and staff."
Kaskade and Skrillex were all scheduled to headline the three-day event's final night when it was cancelled.
The second day of Jay Z's Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was also affected by severe weather conditions.
Fans were asked to leave the site and find cover in "protected areas" late on Sunday afternoon, and after about an hour, gates were re-opened around 7.30pm local time.
As a result of the storm delay, the acts scheduled to perform the rest of the night were pushed back an hour, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon set to close out the two-day festival.
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, who is making his stage comeback after a tour bus accident derailed the band's North American tour, took to Twitter.com to pray for better weather, writing, "Dear thunderstorm, please go away so I can play some rock and or roll. So much for it always being sunny in Philadelphia."
London Grammar frontwoman Hannah Reid has started using alternative medicine to tackle her crippling nerves.
The singer rarely enjoys the British band's live shows because she riddled with anxiety and is constantly concerned about protecting her voice. She has now starting practicing the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is similar to acupuncture, in an attempt to put an end to her stage fright.
Reid tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "Sometimes the nerves (during shows) don't lift at all, and I just feel horrible and panicky throughout... doing EFT has taught me that I can help myself in dealing with my phobia. It's more manageable now, which I hope means I can at least stop it from getting any worse."
The band cancelled a string of festival shows during the summer (14) as Reid recovered from vocal problems and exhaustion.
Actress Blake Lively had a miserable 27th birthday on Monday (25Aug14) as she recovered from a bee attack.
The former Gossip Girl star was being photographed for her lifestyle website, Preserve, on Sunday (24Aug14) when she felt a sudden "electric shock of energy" and realised she had been stung.
In a post on the blog, she writes, "(It was) the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy - was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older... I think. "But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell... then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling (sic). It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting."
She adds, "I don't know enough about insects to say if they were wasps, honeybees or Mother Nature’s miniature flying tasers. What I DO know, is that just moments before we were in the midst of a gorgeous fall fashion shoot. Now, I was a Monty Python sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I’d just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge."
Lively admits she was left shaken after the bee attack, but the swelling didn't completely ruin her birthday - she threw an impromptu party, where guests enjoyed slices of a vanilla cake the actress baked.
Actor/singer Jared Leto had a hairy surprise during a guest spot on Jimmy Fallon's U.S. late night show when the host decided to trim the actor's beard. The comic suggested, "(He'd) take the beard down a notch", before proceeding to shave nervous Leto's beard with an electric razor.
Actress and animal rights activist Jenna Fischer has penned an open letter to Indiana State Fair officials, urging them to put a stop to controversial elephant rides. The Office star has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigners to condemn the fair attraction provided by bosses at Carson & Barnes Circus, insisting the elephants often perform out of fear of punishment, and they could pose a threat to young kids if they lash out in frustration.
In her letter, the Indiana native also draws attention to the harsh methods used to tame the elephants, claiming Carson & Barnes trainers still use sharp bullhooks to poke, prod and strike elephants on their skin to force them to learn circus tricks.
She writes, "I understand that at first glance, the rides might seem innocuous, but the reality is that all too often these animals are subjected to extremely abusive training - they are beaten with metal bullhooks on the most sensitive parts of their bodies and shocked with electric prods until they lose the will to fight back..."
Fischer, a mother-of-two, admits she had no idea how badly circus elephants were treated before she did her own research, and now she is hoping to open fair organisers' eyes to the horrors of the abuse and encourage them to scrap the rides before the event wraps up on 17 August (14).
She adds, "Offering elephant rides is promoting animal abuse, even if we aren't the ones swinging the bullhook or restricting the elephants' movements with chains. I, along with PETA, kindly ask that you cancel the elephant rides now and keep them out of your lineup in the future... It would make me proud to know that the state where I was born had taken a stand for animal protection."
Fischer isn't the first celebrity to take a stand against elephant cruelty - Kristen Bell, Alyssa Milano, Kesha and Joan Jett have all voiced their disdain over the continued use of bullhooks in the circus industry.
A 23-year-old New Yorker has been arrested and charged with selling the drugs that cost two revellers at last year's (13) Electric Zoo festival their lives. Jeffrey Russ and Olivia Rotondo, both in their early 20s, died at the electronic music event, and now Patrick Morgan has been charged with narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy.
Morgan appeared in court on Thursday (31Jul14) and was released on bail, according to the New York Times. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The news comes a month before the start of this year's (14) Electric Zoo, which will return to New York City on 29 August (14).
Organisers plan to increase patrols of undercover cops and use drug-sniffing dogs in a bid to make sure last year's tragedy isn't repeated.