German rocker Michael Schenker is on the hunt for three priceless guitars and computers containing recordings for his new album after thieves broke into his studio over the weekend (30-31Aug14) and stole equipment. The star was working on new tracks with former Rainbow singer Doogie White when he took the weekend off and discovered his headquarters in Greven, Germany had been raided.
The theft reportedly took place between Friday evening and Sunday morning at Kidroom Studios - and one of the guitars stolen, a custom-made Dean V, was one of only three ever made.
White tells ClassicRock.com, "We're a bit f**ked and a bit p**sed off. I only got home on Friday after laying down the vocals... The thieves broke in through skylights and stole a bunch of guitars, and also the computers containing the tracks. Then we found they'd also taken the back-ups.
"There's still some confusion over whether we even have rough mixes of the songs. It remains to be seen what, if anything, we have left to listen to and work from."
The singer has warned the thieves they may struggle to sell the items they stole, adding, "The criminal masterminds behind this sorry affair just saw guitars and computers. They have no idea how difficult it may be to offload them. Any reputable dealer will know they're stolen. No fan will buy them - they're more likely to knock the seller out and hand them back. And casual (guitar) players won't want them. A Dean V ain't for doodling on in front of the TV."
Police in Greven have launched an investigation into the burglary, while Schenker is considering what to do next.
White adds, "The temptation is to say, 'Return that which you have taken and you can go free, no questions asked'. However much that sticks in our craw, it may be the course of action to take. We'll see what happens over the next few days.
"I spoke to Michael and he's very matter-of-fact about it all. We agree there's not much we can do, other than knuckle down and get on with what needs to be done. We'll refocus, regroup and have a fresh plan in a day or two."
Veteran British rockers Status Quo have stripped down and posed naked for the cover of their upcoming acoustic album. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, both 65, decided to take their new record, Aquostic (Stripped Bare), literally by posing completely naked with only their guitars covering their private parts.
Singer-turned-photographer Bryan Adams willingly took the shot for his friends, and Rossi admits going nude didn't exactly come easy.
He tells the Daily Mirror, "I sometimes get nervous before going on stage, but walking out in front of Bryan Adams with just a guitar to protect my modesty took some doing; I expect he was scared too.
"It makes for a great album cover but I'm definitely keeping my clothes on for the rest of my Quo career."
The band reimagined 22 of their songs for the stripped down album, including Rockin' All Over The World, Down Down and Pictures of Matchstick Men.
The news of the new album, to be released in October (14), comes after the duo was forced to halt a European tour after Parfitt underwent surgery to fix a complication related to his quadruple heart bypass in 1997.
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Comedienne Kathy Griffin stunned TV viewers in America on Friday night (29Aug14) when she stripped off to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge completely naked for a skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The 53 year old was a guest on the show when she offered host Kimmel the chance to get a sneak peek at her chilly charity encounter.
Showing a video of the challenge, Griffin, wearing nothing but red stilettos, stepped out of a swimming pool and invited actress Aubrey Plaza and Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean, who had previously nominated her, to tip buckets of freezing water over her.
Griffin then pushed McLean into the pool as Plaza flipped off the camera saying, "F**k you, ALS!"
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Stars around the world have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for motor neuron disease charity the ALS Association.
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The Guardians Of The Galaxy have ended the summer on a high by becoming the year's highest grossing moving in the U.S..
The action film's $16.3 million (GBP9.6 million) Labor Day weekend take was enough to take it back to the top of the box office for a third week, overtaking fellow Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier along the way.
Guardians of the Galaxy has now made over $274 million (GBP161 million) since its release at the beginning of August (14).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake comes in second with $11.8 million (GBP6.9 million) and Chloe Grace Moretz's new movie If I Stay rounds out the new top three. Low-budget horror film As Above, So Below is the week's highest debut, entering the U.S. box office at four with an estimated $8.3 million (GBP5.2 million).
Rapper Riff Raff has blasted British singer Sam Smith for cutting him out of a picture taken at the 2014 Video Music Awards this month (Aug14).
The hip-hop star attended the music ceremony as Katy Perry's date and the pair wore matching denim outfits as a parody of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's similar awards show ensemble in 2001.
Smith uploaded a picture to Instagram.com this week (begs25Aug14) showing him at the awards show with Perry and his pal Charli XCX, but Riff Raff, who was seated next to the Roar hitmaker, is obviously cut from the snap.
He has blasted Smith for removing him, writing, "Thanks for cutting me out of the picture u chubby little f**k factory (sic). P.S. Your face is super huge @samsmithworld." Smith has not replied to the comment.
Queen drummer Roger Taylor has spoken out about his dealings with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate over his plans to release a forgotten King of Pop/Freddie Mercury duet, revealing they have been "difficult" to deal with. Taylor and his bandmate Brian May were hoping to add the song the two late music icons recorded together on the upcoming album Queen Forever, but the estate bosses are refusing to grant permission.
The rocker tells the London Evening Standard, "William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I'm pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it's been like wading through glue."
Taylor is still hopeful that he and May will be given the OK to include the track, admitting he's still not sure what will make the new album.
He adds, "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff."
May and Taylor are currently on tour with former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul caused mayhem as he prepared for his historic night at the Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by staging a Twitter scavenger hunt all over Los Angeles for fans of the show. The actor found keepsakes in a closet and decided to part with them by sharing them among savvy fans - but he had no idea so many people would be interested in his character's license plate, plants, props and scripts from the show.
He explains, "The first clue was: 'Go find R.J. Mitte, aka Walt, Jr., at the IHop (restaurant) in West Hollywood. He'll be eating breakfast and he'll have some signed scripts for you'.
"Literally within 60 seconds, the IHop is just bombarded with just crazy fans and causes so much traffic."
Fans were so keen to get their hands on Paul's random stuff from the show, some were caught cheating.
He explains, "These ladies were camped outside my house and I pulled out and... they kept following me. I walked directly up to their, I took a picture of them and said, 'Shame on you, shame on you! You cannot cheat! You don't win anything!'"
Paul showed off photos from the scavenger hunt during an appearance on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (28Aug14), and one featured himself on a park swing, dressed as his Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman.
He explained, "This is me in a West Hollywood park. I said, 'Tag, you're it,' on Twitter. 'The first person to tag me in the West Hollywood park (will win the suit I was wearing)'... and I signed it on the back, 'Ya b**ch, Aaron Paul'."
The actor made it extra difficult because when fans arrived at the park, he started running away from them.
LMFAO star Redfoo is convinced a nightclub reveller who threw a glass at his head in an unprovoked attack was jealous because the pop star was surrounded by sexy girls.
The rapper, real name Stefan Gordy, received treatment at the scene for a cut to his head following the incident in Australia, but the injury did not require stitches. He had been attacked during a bash in a private area of the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Sydney, and Redfoo is convinced his assailant was envious because he was partying the night away with a group of beautiful women.
Speaking after the incident in the early hours of Wednesday (27Aug14), he says, "We were about to round up the party and take it home to the afterparty. All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it and I see kind of a dodgy fella trying to flee the scene. "I looked down at my hand and there was blood all over my hand. There's blood on the dance floor... I was appalled. It was unbelievable to me that this would happen. I lost my mind. The whole side of my face was bloody. It was unbelievable, like I'd been hit in the head with an axe... "I can't help it if the girls are gyrating their hips towards me and taking selfies and giggling and laughing and it seems like he might have been upset with that and didn't like what he saw. The first thing I would say to him is 'Bro, I've got to understand why did you do it. I want him to just tell me the truth. If you are a man and jealous, just say it'."
However, Redfoo is adamant he still loves life in Australia, adding, "This isn't the Aussie way, I can guarantee that. This is the most loving country I've been to ever, and by no means am I letting this get to me. I have only positive feelings about Australia and the people."
A 21-year-old man is due in court on 24 September (14) charged with malicious wounding in connection with the incident.
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A musical stage adaptation of Back To The Future will be hit by delays after the director walked out in a bust-up over creative differences.
The sci-fi adventure comedy, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a smash hit movie in 1985, and a musical stage version was scheduled to premiere in London's West End in 2015 to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary.
The production will no longer be ready for next year (15) as the British director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn from his role following creative disputes with writer Bob Gale, who penned the movie, its sequels and the upcoming musical script.
Workshops for the show were due to be staged but now Gale will rewrite the entire script and send the new version to directors next year (15). Jamie Lloyd tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper his departure was "just a case of wanting to stand by my vision... you absolutely have to believe in it or there's not much point."
The musical production is now expected to remain in development until 2016.
Wrestler Jake 'the Snake' Roberts has been hospitalised after falling ill with double pneumonia. The veteran WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) star was flying from Atlanta, Georgia to Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday night (27Aug14) when he fell ill.
He was taken to hospital upon landing in Sin City and diagnosed with double pneumonia. He has been in and out of consciousness ever since, according to TMZ.com.
His friend and fellow wrestler Sinn Bodhi tells the website Roberts visited a doctor two weeks ago, diagnosed with the flu and told he needed to rest.
Roberts is currently in the Intensive Care Unit and doctors are hoping to keep him in hospital over the weekend for a series of tests.
Bodhi is hopeful his friend will make a full recovery, saying, "Right now, we're all just staying positive."
Earlier this year (14), Roberts, who was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in April (14), underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his knee.