American rocker Buddy Cage has been reunited with his beloved guitar 12 years after it was stolen in New York City. The New Riders Of The Purple Sage star was devastated when the custom-made instrument was taken from his van during a break-in in 2002.
Cage, 68, who has played with stars including the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, attempted to track it down, but eventually gave up.
However, the hunt resumed last Saturday (16Aug14) when a fan contacted him and alerted him to the instrument's listing on auction website eBay.com. Cage tracked down the detective who worked on the break-in case and they eventually traced the guitar to a Brooklyn resident who bought the instrument at a flea market.
The musician admits he is delighted to have been reunited with his prized possession, telling the New York Post, "I'm thrilled - still can't believe they found it. It was like I lost a member of my family and got him back again... It was a tremendous loss. It was irreplaceable. It was custom-built just for me... I never left home without it... I cant wait to get it back on tour with me."
Ozzy Osbourne will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for paying his wife Sharon a surprise visit to cheer her up after a cancer diagnosis. The Black Sabbath rocker got in touch with the comedian after his TV star partner was diagnosed with colon cancer because he was convinced the actor, who played a doctor in 1998 movie Patch Adams, would be able to put a smile back on Sharon's face.
Williams turned up at the couple's home in the morning and climbed into bed with Sharon as a joke, and Ozzy admits he will never forget the actor's generosity.
He tells the VH1 Radio Network, "I'm forever in debt to Robin Williams, because when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer, I'd seen the film Patch Adams... it's about a guy who was a male nurse or something in a hospital and he was working with terminal people, and I thought, what a great thing to do, and he's a very funny man, Robin Williams. I got my agent to contact him and ask if he'd be so kind as to come around and talk to my wife, which he did. It was very nice of him."
Williams was found dead on Monday (11Aug14) in a suspected suicide.
Actress Allison Williams has dedicated a Peter Pan flying lesson she posted as a video on Instagram.com to Robin Williams, who previously played the boy who never grew up in Hook.
The Girls star has been cast as Pan in a new TV event, which will air live in America in December (14), and as she started rehearsals this week (beg11Aug14), she had tragic Williams, who passed away on Monday, on her mind.
Posting the video footage of her acrobatics, the 26 year old writes, "First day of flying lessons for Pan. Thinking about and missing a hero of mine who once did this and left big shoes to fill."
Meanwhile, Williams' Hook director, Steven Spielberg, has added his tribute to the outpouring of star messages, telling People magazine, "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius, and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him."
And his Hook co-star, Dante Basco, has remembered the tragic comedian in a touching blog post. The actor, who portrayed punk-haired Rufio, the leader of The Lost Boys, in the 1991 movie, reveals he had looked up to Williams since watching 1989 drama Dead Poets Society and was grateful to have worked with his idol.
He writes, "I was fortunate to spend private times, many mornings in the makeup chair, (which with my tri-hawk hair took hours), just talking about poetry... And soft spoken and introspectively we would discuss (poets) Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski."
Former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has sparked fears for his health after cancelling his remaining 2014 Ratdog shows. The rocker has cited unspecified "circumstances" as the reason for his band's hiatus.
The news affects his U.S. tour, which was scheduled to begin in Boston, Massachusetts later this week (beg11Aug14).
Weir cancelled a string of shows last year (13) following a collapse at a gig in New York.
The veteran rocker was performing with his other group Further in Port Chester at the end of April that year (13), when he fell to the floor in the middle of a song, and then exited the stage with what bandmate Phil Lesh called a "strained shoulder".
Weir was back onstage with the group in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 27 April (13), but an ongoing mystery health issue forced him to scrap a series of appearances and shows.
He returned to the stage in June, 2013 to tape a new episode of his weekly web series, Weir Here, which was put on hold following his stage collapse, in front of a live audience at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California.
Actress Natasha Lyonne was reminded of the pain and suffering she endured during her days as a drug addict as art imitated life for her role on prison drama Orange Is The New Black.
The American Pie star portrays troubled jailbird Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series and her character's longtime heroin use resulted in her undergoing open heart surgery - a scenario Lyonne was all too familiar with.
The former child actress, who struggled with her own drug demons in her 20s, required a similar operation in 2012, just over five years after she kicked her addiction issues, and the scar Nichols shows off in Orange is the New Black was the real mark Lyonne was left with after her surgery.
She tells People magazine, "I feel very lucky to play Nicky. There's no shortage of things for me to draw on when it comes to her back story."
"By no means was that an enjoyable scene (showing off her scar) for me to play. I had to call on memories of painful feelings. And it was tricky because my experience was so similar but yet so far removed."
Lyonne, 35, reveals she turned to drug use after falling into a deep depression over her insecurities, but she is thankful to have been given a second chance at life. She explains, "I sort of fell victim to the teenage insecurity of, 'I'm not enough'. I had this desperation, and wanted to look and be like other girls I'd see around (Hollywood)."
"Nicky's feeling (after surviving her overdose) was, 'God, I'm still not dead yet, I have to face another day?' (But) I was surrounded by friends and was loved so much that I was like, 'Gosh, I really hope this doesn't take me out.'"
"Obviously one big reason not to do drugs is because they're very bad for your health. I'm pretty grateful that I'm OK. I feel so lucky that that teenage chapter of feeling lost is closed."
A rare German TV recording of the Grateful Dead on tour in Europe in 1972 is heading for the big screen for one night only. The cult jam band was filmed onstage in a studio in Bremen for the show Beat Club, but only a few brief excerpts from the performance was screened on TV.
The complete 100-minute colour film, which has never been screened in full, is now set to get its premiere in 360 U.S. movie theatres on 17 July (14) as part of the annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies event.
The tracks played during the show, including Bertha and Sugaree, would later be featured on their Europe '72 live triple album.
The 1970s gig is reportedly one of the last video recordings of the group with band co-founder and keyboardist/singer Ron McKernan, aka Pigpen, who had to quit touring in 1972 due to severe liver damage. He died the following year (73).
A statement issued by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux reads, "There's never been a show from this era filmed so clearly in its entirety, and this audiovisual document captures the band at arguably their creative zenith.
"As a Deadhead (Grateful Dead fan) and an archivist, this is some of the most exciting footage of the Dead I've ever come across."
Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Skrillex will join Grateful Dead star Mickey Hart for the annual Superjam at this summer's (14) Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and Zedd will also perform with Hart and company at the event in June (14), while Andrew Bird, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal and Ben Folds will perform with guitarist Derek Trucks at another live jam, and The Hangover star Ed Helms will host the festival's The Bluegrass Situation Superjam, featuring Dierks Bentley, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive and Yonder Mountain String Band banjoist Dave Johnston.
Last year's (13) Bonnaroo Superjam featured My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, John Oates, R. Kelly and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard. Bonnaroo 2014 begins on 12 June (14).
Ryan Serhant may be the most clean cut realtor on Bravo’s popular series Million Dollar Listing New York, but he’s also the one with the most unique edge. Part ruthless shark and part self-deprecating charmer, Serhant feels like what you'd get if Patrick Bateman from American Psycho had a son with Grace Kelly. He’s definitely the most shrewd and shameless on the show, not above dropping trou and jumping into a pool at a showing, getting hazed by a seller, or even staging a large-scale prank on a fellow realtor. However, there’s charm and sophistication behind the snark. He speaks his mind and has the savvy to back it up. After all, he is an actor. You may remember him from As the World Turns , and he’s even starring in the upcoming Ben Stiller/Naomi Watts film While We’re Young.
The third season of Million Dollar Listing New York has only just begun, and Ryan has brought fireworks, ingenious ideas, and memorable quotes to the game. He staged a late night rave-inspired listing to sell an empty apartment with crappy views. He chipped (but didn’t break!) the law by calling a broker’s client’s sister with an update to try and negotiate a deal. He even tried to sell a sentimental homeowner's apartment to a drug dealer just to move the property. Ryan might be marketed as the “villain” on the show, but he is a bit of a lovable cad, winning over audiences, settling down with a girlfriend, and even earning the gift of a pet pig from a grateful client. And who can hate a guy with a pig named Kevin Bacon?
But the real reason we all love Ryan: his terrific one-liners.
Just some of Ryan Serhant’s Best Lines on Million Dollar Listing
"We have to start mowing people down. That's why we have the Escalade."
"I like crazy. If you can’t beat 'em, join 'em."
"You never know who your client is going to be. I once sold an apartment in Battery Park to a Madam."
"Hey, Sam, what do you think of the tattooed strip club owner buying the apartment where your babies took their first steps?"
"You’re feisty for a little guy."
"Remember, I am the American Dream, baby. And you are just a cheap, shiny import."
"I get that it’s confusing. It’s like trying to explain heaven.""This is like the last time I tried to woo a saber tooth tiger. It didn’t work."
"Is that a smile I just saw? The Charminator just broke through!"
"There’s only three things I know. One: 2.6 [million] is the right number for this apartment. Two: I am very good at what I do. Three: You are drop dead gorgeous. If you agree with those three things, like I do, we have a deal."
"This apartment is kind of like meeting a really unattractive person at a bar. Their face is going to be covered by the dark lights and the alcohol. You don’t focus on what’s unattractive, you focus on the shape, and the two very big rooms."
Grateful Dead rocker Phil Lesh fears he will never fully get over the loss of frontman Jerry Garcia, almost two decades after the singer's death. The cult star, who had battled drug and weight issues for years, suffered a fatal heart attack while in rehab in 1995, just eight days before his 53rd birthday.
The group officially disbanded following Garcia's sudden death, although the surviving members of the jam band have since toured with various different line-ups.
However, Lesh insists Garcia's tragic end continues to haunt him.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's taken me 15 years to come to terms with Jerry's death. And I'm not completely there yet."
Professional wrestler Ultimate Warrior has died at the age of 54. The wrestler, who was born James Hellwig and legally changed his name to Warrior, collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona on Tuesday (08Apr14) and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to TMZ.com.
Hellwig, who began his wrestling career in 1987, was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE) Hall of Fame at the weekend (05-06Apr14).
A statement posted on the WWE website reads, "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior... We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."
The cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.