Australian rockers Tumbleweed are going ahead with their planned gigs following the death of bandmember Jason Curley so they can help his family cover the funeral costs. The bassist passed away last month (Aug) at his home in Wollongong, Australia at the age of 42 and his bandmates subsequently revealed his death was related to his long-term battle with alcoholism.
The group has continued to play shows after his passing, and his bandmate brother Lenny Curley reveals the money raised by the concerts and merchandise will pay for the funeral and go to a trust set up for his three-year-old son, Max.
Curley tells Australia's Fairfax Media, "That way he's part of paying for his funeral."
The late rocker's eldest brother Pat has stepped in to take his place, but the band has yet to decide whether they will continue long-term without Jason.
Curley adds, "In all honesty, the magic of the band was in the line-up with Jay. That might suggest these will be our last shows... it might be a good time to hang up our guitars, at least for a while."
The band is famous for touring with Nirvana on the grunge group's 1992 tour Down Under.
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Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman fought back tears as she paid tribute to her father at his funeral in Sydney, Australia on Friday (19Sep14).
Dr. Anthony Kidman died last week (ends14Sep14) after suffering a fall while visiting the actress' sister Antonia in Singapore, and family members gathered in their home city of Sydney to pay their last respects at his memorial service. The Oscar winner was joined by her husband Keith Urban and fellow actor Russell Crowe for the funeral at St Francis Xavier Church, and she gave an emotional eulogy paying tribute to her beloved dad.
Kidman revealed her father was a huge support after she split from ex-husband Tom Cruise in 2001, telling the congregation, "He was the father that was on a plane, hours after I got divorced, to come and take care of me, staying with me for weeks for as long as I needed. He was also the father who would when I was crying always tell me 'Nicki, it's going to be OK'... He was a man that was always there for me, a thinker, my confidant, my friend and my protector."
Kidman then sang Amazing Grace with her country star husband Urban, while he and Crowe were also among the pallbearers at the funeral.
Stars including J.K. Rowling, Geri Halliwell, Laurence Fox, and Richard E. Grant are celebrating after Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K.
Scots went to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) for a ballot on whether to break away from the rest of Britain to become a self-governing nation. More than 55 per cent of voters chose to stay in the union, defeating the independence bid, and celebrities who had previously voiced their support for a 'No' vote took to Twitter.com on Friday (19Sep14) to share their delight after the result was announced.
Harry Potter author Rowling writes, "Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud", Gosford Park star Fox writes, "Morning Scotland. Love you very much", and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg adds, "Referendum result: a new constitutional settlement for U.K. Big thank you to people of Scotland for putting devo (devolution) for England on the agenda."
Former Spice Girls star Halliwell writes, "Thank you Scotland - together we are Great Britain. X", actor Grant tweets, "Huge relief that we continue to be the United Kingdom", and True Blood star Robert Kazinsky adds, "Thank you Scotland, would be sad if one of (my) favorite places on earth was no longer part of my home. Back to the highlands I can go!"
Many of those who supported the 'Yes' campaign are trying to take some positives from the result - actor Alan Cumming writes, "Yes still means something. Please try to remember that. My YES friends", and Simon Pegg adds, "Feel sad for those who campaigned hard for a yes vote. Hopefully some meaningful change will come of this. It was by no means a landslide."
Other stars tweeting their surprise at how the campaign galvanised Scots into voting include Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis. However, one celebrity was left red-faced by the election result - Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez thought the country had voted for independence, tweeting, "And the Scot's vote... Was a Yes!!!"
Rocker Jack White turned on music bible Rolling Stone and its co-founder and editor Jann Wenner during a rant at a show in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (17Sep14), slamming the magazine boss' recent editorial decisions. White has featured many times in the publication, but he revealed he is no longer a fan during his show at Fenway Park, mocking the magazine and its website for publishing tabloid-type stories and articles.
White said, "RollingStone.com, brought to you by the Kardashian Family! Fifteen outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month. Ten reasons why RollingStone.com didn't cover the Newport Folk Festival for 15 years straight. Twelve reasons Rolling Stone won't put a black-and-white cover on their magazine - unless you're dead!"
He added, "Did you know Jann Wenner also owns Us Weekly, the tabloid capital of magazines? Jann Wenner, keeping paparazzi alive for more than 20 years!"
Realising he was raging a little too hard at the gig, White then said, "OK, I'm officially supposed to stop now, because this is becoming a Kanye-esque rant. Because apparently nowadays, you aren't allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant.
"So, forget (terrorist organisation) ISIS, forget the war in the Middle East, forget any problems at home, forget gay marriage, forget everything you ever thought about everything. This not a rant. This is just me saying, 'Hello Cleveland!'"
It isn't clear what irks White about Rolling Stone. He last appeared on the cover of the magazine in May (14), and in the accompanying candid interview spoke about his fondness for Kanye West, his relationship with ex-wife and bandmate Meg White and his reputation as a curmudgeon.
Opera star Andrea Bocelli faced a last-minute customs nightmare prior to the launch of his family wine collection in Australia on Tuesday night (16Sep14) - crates were only released hours before the event. The singer took over the Otto in Sydney to give local wine lovers a taste of his family's blend, but a last-minute snag threatened to derail the event.
The shipment from Bocelli's home in Tuscany, Italy only arrived at its destination hours before the singer turned up with his wife Veronica Berti.
And there was another near-disaster as blind Bocelli entered the event - he knocked over a glass of his wine
The singer's family has made classic Italian wines on their estate in Tuscany for over 300 years, and his mother and brother still run the vineyards.
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Country music singer Blake Shelton was left overwhelmed during a recent concert in San Diego, California when he invited a soldier couple to join him onstage.
Shelton was performing at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on 6 September (14) when he asked Roland and Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo to step up. The singer performed his track Home in honor of the pair and their tireless work for the United Service Organizations (USO), where they provide help and support to U.S. troops and their families.
Shelton tells People magazine, "I couldn't take my eyes off of the family when they were on stage with us. I have the onstage vantage point every night, so having them come up and experience the crowd singing to them was so cool. They were overwhelmed by the experience and honestly, we all were." Speaking after the concert, U.S. Navy member Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo said, "The show made me feel like I was back in Oklahoma."
Rocker Sammy Hagar has scrapped plans for his annual birthday bash in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after Hurricane Odile hit his bar and flooded it. The Category 3-level storm has ravaged the Mexican peninsula, and Hagar's home, his Cabo Wabo Cantina and the local airport were among the buildings caught up by the natural disaster.
Sharing a photo of his wrecked Cabo home on Facebook.com, the former Van Halen frontman has announced the 25th anniversary of his annual birthday bash has had to be axed.
A statement from Hagar reads: "Nothing short of a massive hurricane could have kept me from Cabo. But after seeing the damage that Odile's caused to Los Cabos' airport, resorts and town, it's with an incredibly heavy heart that we've come to that decision.
"Our prayers and best wishes are with our Cabo Wabo family and everyone that's been affected by this storm. Los Cabos will recover better and stronger than before because of its incredibly strong community."
His home in Cabo is in need of new windows after the hurricane and the Cabo Wabo Cantina sustained water damage.
Actor Liam Neeson deliberately wrecks his own shoes to help keep a New York cobbler in business. The Schindler's List star gets upset when he sees traditional, family-run companies and bars getting swallowed up by corporate giants, and he is determined to do his bit for local industry around his Manhattan home - even if it means occasionally destroying his own footwear.
He tells British magazine Radar, "They just don't fix things any more. It gives me cause for concern. Where I live in New York, any time a bar closes down, suddenly there's a Revlon make-up shop. There must be about 15 of them along Columbus Avenue. In the middle of it all there's a little cobbler who operates from a tiny little space and I find myself sometimes breaking shoes in order to just bring them to him; just to keep it alive."
British actor Sir Donald Sinden has died, aged 90. Sinden passed away on Thursday (11Sep14) at his home in Kent, England following a long battle with prostate cancer.
His son Marc says, "Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end."
Sinden made his name as a Shakespearean stage actor and earned more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since his career began in the 1940s.
He is best known for U.K. TV shows Our Man at St. Mark's, Two's Company, Never the Twain and Judge John Deed.
Sinden was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979 and was knighted in 1997 for his services to drama.
Heavily pregnant actress Mila Kunis has made just under $1 million (£588,235) in profit by offloading her Los Angeles home. The Ted star placed the Laurel Canyon property on the market last month (Aug14) for almost $4 million (£2.4 million) and it didn't take long for her to find a buyer.
However, to ensure a quick sale, the mother-to-be agreed to drop the price for the five-bedroom, five-bathroom pad to $3.83 million (£2.25 million).
Kunis still pocketed a healthy profit as she purchased the pad in 2008 for $2.89 million (£1.7 million), reports TMZ.com.
The actress moved in with fiance Ashton Kutcher in May (14) after buying their first mansion together in Beverly Hills.
Kutcher sold off his bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills in early August (14) as he prepared to start a family.
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