Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the name 'Wilfred' at Glastonbury Festival to pay tribute to his ill grandfather. The Club Foot hitmakers headlined Britain's iconic music event last Sunday (29Jun14) and Pizzorno wore the personalised shirt to show his grandfather Wilfred, who his sick in hospital, that he is thinking of him.
The guitarist tells British newspaper The Sun, "That's my grandad. He's the most incredible man but he's 93 years old and not very well at all... I just thought if I wore a little nod to him, he might see it when he opened the newspaper in his hospital bed on Monday morning and get a kick out of it... my mum said he was buzzing from it, so job done."
"He's the most incredible man, but he's 93 years old and not very well at all. I just thought if I wore a little nod to him, he might see it when he opened the newspaper in his hospital bed on Monday morning and get a kick out of it. My mum said he was buzzing from it, so job done." Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno explains the meaning of the 'Wilfred' T-shirt he wore while headlining the Glastonbury festival on Sunday (29Jun14).
Kanye West has stepped up to save London's Wireless Festival by playing a double headline set to fill in for sick rapper Drake. The Started From The Bottom hitmaker has pulled out of his top-lining set at the London event and its sister show in Birmingham, England over the weekend (04-06Jul14) after falling ill.
West, who was booked to perform at the London show on Saturday night (05Jul14), has agreed to take Drake's Friday night (04Jul14) slot to play at the event on two consecutive nights.
He then heads to Birmingham to perform there on Sunday (06Jul14), marking his third Wireless performance of 2014. Dance stars Rudimental will extend their Friday night slot at the Midlands event to cover for absent Drake.
The Canadian star, who has also axed a performance at Denmark's Roskilde festival on Sunday, has apologised to fans in a statement, which reads, "To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won't be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend. I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me. I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery. I have the best fans in the world and I can't wait to come back to make more incredible memories together."
Country queen Dolly Parton performed to the biggest crowd ever amassed in front of Glastonbury's main stage, according to organiser Emily Eavis.
The veteran star appeared at the iconic British event on Sunday (29Jun14) in a late afternoon slot, but she was clearly the biggest draw of the 2014 festival, attracting a huge audience that easily outnumbered those of main headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.
Now Eavis, whose father Michael founded the festival in 1970, has praised the 9 to 5 hitmaker for her show-stealing gig and revealed Parton performed to the biggest ever crowd at the event.
In a post on the official Glastonbury website, Eavis writes, "Oh, Dolly was the biggest crowd I've ever seen here. She is just a truly amazing live performer. Her voice was incredible... I don't think you can beat that performance as a perfect moment here at Glastonbury."
Bon Jovi star Richie Sambora added some rock 'n' roll to the 2014 CMA Music Fest by performing with the Zac Brown Band on Sunday night (08Jun14). The group headlined the final night of the country music event at the LP Field stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, following performances from the genre's biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, across the four-day festival.
Zac Brown's group gave the audience a night to remember by bringing out special guest Sambora during the set to perform Bon Jovi's huge hit Wanted Dead Or Alive.
The guitarist said after the show, "What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms, and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd."
Retired boxer-turned-entertainer Oscar De La Hoya has been inducted in to the sport's Hall of Fame. The fighter, nicknamed Golden Boy, became one of the ring's true heavyweights when he joined the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York on Sunday (08Jun14).
De La Hoya joined Felix Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion Joe Calzaghe among the Class of 2014 and admitted he was thrilled with his latest honour.
He said, "Today marks an incredible personal achievement, but it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans."
The honour comes less than a year after De La Hoya hit the headlines in September (13) after announcing he was seeking help following a relapse in his battle to stay sober. He extended his rehab stay a month later.
Beloved U.S. radio and TV personality Casey Kasem has died at the age of 82. The entertainer, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Sunday morning (15Jun14).
Confirming the sad news on her Facebook.com page, the broadcaster's daughter Kerri writes, "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, the Detroit, Michigan native began his radio career in the mid-1950s, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to serve in the Korean War.
He ended up landing a job on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network and decided to pursue a career in broadcasting after the war, heading to San Francisco, California, where he honed his skills as a DJ and became known for his rock 'n' roll trivia.
He went on to work at stations across the U.S., before launching his popular weekly chart show, the American Top 40, in 1970. He hosted the programme until 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004, and served as presenter on two spin-off series, the American Top 20 and the American Top 10.
On the radio countdown shows, he became famous for his signature send-off, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
He moved into voice acting in the 1960s, lending his vocals to Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 superhero cartoons, but Kasem was perhaps best known for providing the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise, a job he retained from 1969 until 1995 and once again from 2002 to 2009.
His other TV credits included Battle of the Planets, Cliffjumper and the original Transformers cartoons, while he made acting cameos in the original Hawaii Five-O police drama, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and appeared in independent sci-fi/horror movie The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, alongside Bruce Dern. He also made a cameo in 1984's Ghostbusters.
Kasem was honoured for his lengthy career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 49th birthday in April, 1981 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
His final years were blighted by ill health following his retirement in 2009, and he became the subject of a bitter family rivalry as his three eldest children, Julie, Mike and Kerri, from his first marriage to Linda Myers, battled with his second wife Jean, the mother of his youngest child Liberty, over his care.
In May (14), he was admitted to a Washington hospital, where he was treated for dementia, sepsis and and Parkinson's disease.
His daughter Kerri Kasem was appointed his conservator last month (May14), and last week (ends13Jun14) was granted permission to withhold medication, food and water from her ailing father. On Friday (13Jun14), his wife Jean filed legal papers opposing that decision, insisting her husband was not close to death.
Among the first people to pay tribute to Kasem, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk honoured the broadcaster's animal rights efforts, telling WENN, "PETA joins in mourning the passing of former American Top 40 host Casey Kasem. From always touting the importance of going vegetarian to flying to Las Vegas at his own expense to speak out against an entertainer who beat orangutans backstage every night before his act, Kasem was proud to use his distinctive voice to support many social causes, including animal protection."
And a statement from Ken Howard, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which Kasem joined in 1966, reads, "For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown programme brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars'."
Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi has wed again - the dancer/actress exchanged vows with jeweller Albert DePrisco in Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday (25May14). The 57 year old took to Twitter last week (ends23May14) to tease followers about her big day, but gave no details.
She wrote, "What I most look forward to on my wedding day is walking up, standing at our altar, and looking into his most incredible, twinkling eyes. I cannot think of a bigger treat than that."
The couple became engaged in December (13).
Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September, 2009. Before his death, he and Niemi were married for 34 years.
Coldplay star Chris Martin became an honorary member of Kings Of Leon on Sunday (25May14) when he joined the U.S. rockers onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The Yellow singer was all smiles as he teamed up with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill for part of the group's opening set, just hours after his band had closed out Saturday night (24Jun14) at the festival.
The impressive weekend line-up also included appearances by One Direction, Calvin Harris, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Katy Perry, The Vamps, Rita Ora and John Newman, who was thrilled to be a part of the big event.
Speaking backstage, the singer said, "It's crazy, Kings Of Leon have just come onstage... and One Direction yesterday at 1pm - it's opening up strong straight away. To be given a main stage opportunity the first year I've done it solo is incredible and I've kind of got to make the most out of it.
"I've played Glasgow and I've got a weird curse about travelling to Glasgow where my bus breaks down or we're always late or something, but we always manage to get here, and every time we do get here you know it's always an incredible gig, so thank you to Glasgow."
One Direction star Niall Horan celebrated a landmark achievement on Friday night (23May14) as the pop group performed in the same stadium where he first auditioned for Britain's The X Factor. The boyband formed on the reality TV show in 2010, and went on to huge international success after finishing third.
Horan initially tried out for a place on the show during open auditions at the Croke Park stadium in Dublin, Ireland, and he celebrated his triumphant return to the venue as the band performed to a packed crowd there on Friday night.
Speaking before the show, he told Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I travelled to Croke Park on the bus to sing for The X Factor and to think I'm back with the band headlining for three nights... It's hard to take in. This is the one I've been waiting for."
In a series of posts on Twitter.com after the show, he writes, "Ireland! thank you so much for tonight! That was the best experience of my life! Incredible night! Loved every second of it! Love you!..."
The band plays two more nights at the stadium on Saturday (24May14) and Sunday (25May14).
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