Former Blink-182 star Tom Delonge has confirmed he's no longer with the band less than 24 hours after insisting official news of his departure was a "miscommunication". Bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker announced the split news in a statement on Monday (26Jan15), revealing they had already replaced the guitarist for an upcoming festival show in California.
DeLonge eventually responded to the story, insisting he had not left the punk trio.
But after drummer Barker urged his ex-bandmate to admit to fans he no longer cares about the group, DeLonge posted a lengthy response to one concerned fan's query about his future in Blink-182 on his Facebook.com page on Tuesday (27Jan15).
He wrote, "I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief."
Adding he "tried to make things work", the guitarist states, "I'm not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I'm not wired that way."
DeLonge continued, "The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we'd talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone's dressing room in a sh**ty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room.
"But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I’d mirror our personal relationship. Exact words. Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn’t mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time - no baggage. Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.
"At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I’d been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn’t lose the years of ill will.
"It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again - to rely on the words we said to each other... There’s three of us - we’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven't talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way."
Signing off, DeLonge revealed he wrote the same letter to Hoppus and Barker a year ago, creating "a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually" and added, "At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you - that you’re witnessing this immaturity... I still care deeply for them (bandmates). Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."
Motown legend Diana Ross has landed a deal to headline a limited engagement residency in Las Vegas this spring (15). The Supremes star will take the stage at The Venetian hotel and casino resort for a show called The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade.
The concert will include hits from her nearly five-decade career, including classic songs such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I'm Coming Out and Endless Love.
Ross kicks off the concerts on 1 April (15) and will perform over three successive weekends.
Her gig at The Venetian ends a long-running deal with Caesars Palace, the resort she called home for 24 of her 44 years performing in Sin City.
The news of Ross' mini-residency comes weeks after Mariah Carey announced she will also be heading to Las Vegas for a residency at Caesars in May (15).
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has signed up for a three-year Las Vegas residency.
The Summer hitmaker is the latest addition to Sin City's star-studded line-up, following in the footsteps of big names including Mariah Carey, who recently signed up for a long-running stage stint there. Harris will perform shows at three of the city's biggest nightclubs, including Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Omnia at Caesars Palace, as part of a lucrative deal with entertainment company the Hakkasan Group.
In a statement released on the company's website, Harris writes, "(The company's) heritage in part goes right back to the '90s golden era of dance music and I am excited to be able to play a part in this next chapter of its story."
His first performance since signing the residency will be at the Hakkasan Nightclub on Friday (30Jan15).
Hitmaker and producer Dee Jay Silver is a married man after exchanging vows with his fiancee Jenna Michelle Straub earlier this month (Jan15). The couple wed during a beach ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on 8 January (15).
Silver tells WENN, "It was the most wonderful day with our closest friends and family. Everything was just... perfect. We feel so blessed and are looking forward to our next chapter together as husband and wife."
Guests at the ceremony include Silver's pal Jason Aldean and his fiancee Brittany Kerr.
Silver and Aldean will head out on the road together later this year (15).
Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro have filmed a hilarious new TV ad for the Asian market, in which they audition for the same role in a Martin Scorsese film. The ad, for a new casino project, was written by Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street screenwriter Terence Winter.
Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro is preparing to take a hit in his Nobu restaurant venture in Las Vegas after complex bosses filed for bankruptcy on Thursday (15Jan15). The actor and his business partners launched the latest venue at Caesars Palace in 2013, but the executives at the Sin City hotel and casino reportedly owe Nobu chiefs $460,000 (£287,500) and now De Niro and co. have been listed among Caesars' creditors.
Rockers Journey are set for a trip to Las Vegas for a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Journey Las Vegas shows will run from 29 April (15) to 16 May (15) at the Joint.
Announcing the news in a statement on the band's Facebook.com page, guitarist Neal Schon says, "It's true! We'll be at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from 4/29-5/16 for 9 explosive shows...!"
The venue has become a residency site for a handful of classic rock acts in recent years - Guns N' Roses and Kiss performed multiple shows there in 2014 and Def Leppard have also stages a string of gigs there in recent years.
Bill Cosby's 2015 has begun as badly as last year ended for the funnyman - two women have added their names to Tamara Green's defamation lawsuit.
Green filed suit against Cosby on 10 December (14), claiming his representatives defamed her in comments they made to Newsweek and The Washington Post last year (14), and now Linda Joy Traitz and Therese Serignese, who also alleged the comedian acted inappropriately with them have joined the legal action.
Green's attorney Joe Cammarata tells People.com, "We certainly welcome other people standing up to Bill Cosby to redress harm caused to them by statements made by Mr. Cosby through his lawyer and spokespeople."
Cosby's attorney Martin Singer is primed for the legal fight - after retired lawyer Green filed suit against his client last month (Dec14), he stated, "We are very confident that we will prevail in this proceeding and we will pursue claims against the attorneys who filed this action."
Green initially alleged Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1969 or 1970 during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News in February, 2005. She claims Cosby's representatives began trying to discredit her then and did so again last year (14). Ironically, Serignese was Jane Doe number 10 in Andrea Constand's 2005 lawsuit against Cosby, which he eventually settled out of court. She went public with her story last month (Dec14), alleging the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at his hotel in Las Vegas when she was 17.
Singer has maintained his client is innocent and all the allegations against Cosby are "fantastical" and "unsubstantiated". Cosby has yet to address the allegations against him, but the sex scandal has cost him a series of comedy gigs and top positions on school and university boards.
Pop bad girl Miley Cyrus rang in 2015 by partying in Las Vegas with her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger, his famous father Arnold, and Britney Spears.
The Can't Be Tamed hitmaker began dating The Terminator star's son in October (14), and their romance sparked rumors his mother Maria Shriver was worried about any influence the pot-loving singer might have on her son.
However, Cyrus showed she is growing close to the family by heading to Sin City on New Year's Eve (31Dec14) with her boyfriend, his father, and his father's new woman Heather Milligan. According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, they were joined by actress Sofía Vergara and her True Blood star fiance Joe Manganiello for dinner at a steakhouse, before heading to watch Spears' show at the Planet Hollywood resort. Prior to the performance, Cyrus and her party had a private meeting with Spears, and after the show they reportedly whiled away the night playing blackjack in the resort's casino.
A source tells the publication, "Miley spent the whole holiday season with Patrick, Arnold and Heather Milligan. They spent Christmas and then New Year's together. Arnold approves of his son's new relationship, and he was the one who suggested they all spend New Year's Eve together in Las Vegas."
Rapper Kanye West is adamant Idris Elba "needs to be" the next James Bond.
The Stronger hitmaker has backed the British actor as a future Bond after a leaked email, released as part of the recent Sony Pictures hacking scandal, appeared to confirm him as a potential 007. West insists casting Elba would be a "visionary" move for the Bond franchise, telling Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent.. When the role for James Bond comes up it needs to be his. James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won't find a British actor who has the talent of Idris. To be honest you won't find many anywhere who have his talent.
"Artists should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt. Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be something that is a real possibility."
In the leaked email, Sony's co-chairman Amy Pascal touted Elba as a 007 candidate to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of the firm which distributes the spy films, simply stating, "Idris should be the next Bond."
Blake Edwards' old "Mr. Lucky" series of the early sixties was dusted off for a prospective television updating and Mike Connors took the lead role as the suave gambler who owns a floating hotel and gambling ship in this new version, on which Edwards takes billing as "creative consultant." In this pilot, the hotel and its inevitable passenger list of familiar TV faces are stalked by sabotage while on the ship's maiden voyage.