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).
Pop duo Erasure are set to play a massive 58-date U.S. and European tour to promote their 16th studio album The Violent Flame later this year (14). After two warm-up festival shows in England in August (14), Andy Bell and Vince Clarke will embark on a huge tour, which will conclude with a New Year's Eve (31Dec14) show in New York. The Violet Flame Tour begins in Miami, Florida on 22 September (14), and also includes a Halloween show at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Britney Spears has added 50 dates to her Las Vegas residency with new shows including performances on New Year's Eve (31Dec14) and Valentine's Day (14Feb15).
Spears ends her first run of Piece Of Me shows at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino resort on Saturday (17May14), but she'll be back onstage in August (14). The new dates begin on 15 August (14) and run through until 28 February (15).
Announcing the news on Twitter.com on Monday (12May14), Britney wrote, "Love performing for y'all at @phvegas! So much fun every night. Hope I see your faces at the next round of shows!!"
Rapper Pitbull has created a televised New Year's Eve show in Miami, Florida to compete with the traditional New York broadcast. The Timber hitmaker signed a deal with production company Endemol North America in January (14), to create and produce original TV content and the New Year's Eve event is their first announced collaboration.
The televised broadcast, to air on the FOX network, will be named Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and producers hope the event will become an annual tradition, to compete with the traditional Times Square live show which has aired on rival network ABC since 1974.
The rapper, real name Armando Christian Perez, will be joined onstage by musicians and DJs for the live broadcast.
He says, "The world needs to get ready to un-mute New Year's Eve, because we are taking the party from the Big Apple to the Pineapple. New Year's Eve is officially in Miami and hosted by yours truly, Mr. Worldwide. P.S. Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Miami never happened."
Sir Elton John is set to ring in 2015 onstage after booking a New Year's Eve gig (31Dec14) in New York City. The Rocket Man legend is currently in the midst of his Las Vegas residency show, The Million Dollar Piano, which will keep him in Sin City for the majority of the year, but he is already looking ahead to 2015 and has decided to spend the first hour of the new year with fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The gig will mark Elton's first ever New Year's Eve concert in the Big Apple.
He follows in the footsteps of his old pal Billy Joel, who rang in 2014 at the same venue.
Actor James Van Der Beek helped Justin Timberlake sneak into a nightclub when he was underage by lending him his identification card. The Dawson's Creek star met the pop singer when he was a member of boyband 'NSync back in the 1990s, and they teamed up for a night out in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve (31Dec).
Van Der Beek reveals Timberlake, who is four years his junior, was too young to go clubbing, so he gave him his ID to get him past the bouncers.
In a web chat on Huffingtonpost.com, the 37-year-old actor reveals, "I was in Vegas one New Year's and somebody came by and said, 'N Sync wants to meet you!'... So, I said, 'OK.' And I met them and they were so sweet. They were so nice. They were such cool kids and I immediately liked them. I remember that night, we were all going to some club and they were all too young. And so I went in and somehow passed my ID back so that Justin could get in with my ID. Justin used it to get in."
However, the plan failed when Timberlake tried to use the same card to sneak his bandmate Lance Bass into the club.
Van Der Beek adds, "(Timberlake) then tried to pass it off to (Bass) to get in. By the third time (the bouncers) saw a James Van Der Beek ID, they were like, 'Ah, I don't think so, James.'"
Alice Cooper has been hit by the charity supergig bug after kicking off 2014 in Hawaii onstage with Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar - he is reteaming with the former Van Halen frontman for another fundraiser. Cooper and Hagar will perform with former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum in Las Vegas this week (beg24Feb14) as part of the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit.
Money raised at the gig will benefit sufferers of the neurological disorder known as multiple system atrophy.
The all-star charity rock gig will also feature Vince Neil and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, while actor Bill Murray will serve as host alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon, who was diagnosed with MSA last year (13).
Cooper and Hagar were joined by Tyler, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Weird Al Yankovic and actors Tom Arnold and Keith Carradine for New Year's Eve (31Dec13) Maui Food Bank benefit in Hawaii.
Rapper Flavor Flav has been arrested in New York after police officers spotted him driving on a suspended licence. New York State troopers pulled the Public Enemy star, real name William Drayton, over for speeding in Long Island on Thursday morning (09Jan14) and the discovered he had 16 suspensions on his licence.
He was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic violations and released so he could attend his mother's funeral. Anna Drayton died on New Year's Eve (31Dec13).
He is booked to appear at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead at a later date.
The arrest is the latest legal woe for the rapper - in 2012, he was arrested following a fight at his home in Las Vegas and in 2011, he was taken into custody after police discovered he had four outstanding warrants stemming from traffic violations.
Katy Perry rang in 2014 on a major health kick - the backstage demands at her New Year's Eve gig in Las Vegas included fruit, vegetables and vegan treats. The pop star appears to have adopted her ex-husband Russell Brand vegan diet after requesting bosses at Caesars Palace fill her dressing room with meat-free food.
Her backstage catering demands included fresh veggies at all times, two large baskets of fruit and a vegetarian option for her crew at dinner, plus quinoa or couscous.
She also demanded that all meals were low-fat and health conscious, according to TMZ.com.
Her dressing room requirements were just as specific - Perry requested fresh organic grown fruit, fresh cut crudites (cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas & celery), healthy granola, dried figs, a large bowl of hummus and fresh guacamole.
Perry rang in the new year by performing at a private show at Caesars Palace's Fizz on Tuesday night (31Dec13) with boyfriend John Mayer watching from the wings.
Britney Spears rang in the new year (14) by taking her boyfriend on stage to perform with her at her final gig of 2013. The Toxic singer kicked off her residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on 27 December (13), and she performed a special gig at the venue on New Year's Eve (31Dec13).
During the show, Spears picked her boyfriend, David Lucado, from the audience to take part in a saucy sequence during which her dancers tied him up and the singer led him around the stage on a leash.
Pictures show Lucado grinning and laughing as Spears holds him by the leather strap.
The pop icon previously acted out the sequence with former 'N Sync star Lance Bass on Monday night (30Dec13).