Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is celebrating after another thumbs up from doctors in his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist announced he was in remission in November (13), but had to backtrack when medics advised him the cancer had returned.
Now, Campbell reveals he's cautiously optimistic after receiving his latest prognosis.
In a new Facebook.com post, he writes, "I'm currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning. The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it, as I heard that same phrase late last year - only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned."
The rocker confirmed he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last summer (13), but his cancer battle isn't keeping him from playing and touring - he is continuing chemotherapy treatment in between Def Leppard dates this summer (14).
And he adds, "The plan is to do a stem-cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished. However, to keep me in remission, my doctors have recommended that I do another, third round of the chemo, so I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock 'n' roll drugs."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS.
Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.
Def Leppard have postponed their upcoming Las Vegas residency so they can record a new album. The British group was planning to hit Sin City for a string of shows in November (14), but frontman Joe Elliott has revealed he and his bandmates are desperate to get back in the studio to work on a follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
He says, "We are going to go back (to Vegas) and probably do Viva! Pyromania, but it'll not be until towards the end of next year because we have a new record in the making."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS and Elliott adds, "When this tour ends in mid-September, we'll take a couple of weeks off to see our families and then we're going to get back on the horse and finish the new album.
"We did a month of writing and recording in February and for two weeks in May. We're going to spend the rest of the year when the tour is done recording this album so we can get it out next spring.
"If we can do that, we'll get back on the road by April. I think we're going to head off to Australia, Japan, the Far East, South Africa and then Europe. I think we're going to be back in Vegas in 2015."
The band's Viva! Hysteria gigs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last year (13) proved to be a big hit with fans.
R&B star Chris Brown called on his celebrity friends to take part in a friendly kickball match to support his charity on Saturday (19Jul14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker gathered his pals at the Glendale Sports Complex in California to raise funds for his Symphonic Love Foundation, which supports arts programs for youngsters.
Brown served as the captain of an all-star team which included Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, Christina Milian, Omarion, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and DJ Khaled, and they went up against a team led by Sean 'Diddy' Combs' stepson Quincy, who saw over a crew including The Game, Ne-Yo, Keke Palmer and Amber Rose.
Brown, who was released from jail last month (Jun14) following a three-month stint behind bars, led his team to victory and even treated the fans in attendance to a performance of his new single, Loyal.
Actress Pamela Anderson has been photographed kissing her estranged husband Rick Salomon, two weeks after filing for divorce. The former Baywatch beauty moved to end her six-month marriage to film producer and professional poker player Salomon on 3 July (14), and she subsequently sparked rumours she had moved on by embracing her ex-boyfriend Chuck Zito following a dinner date in West Hollywood last Friday (11Jul14).
However, it appears Anderson has since had a change of heart about dumping Salomon after appearing to seal their reconciliation with a passionate kiss while out in Malibu, California on Wednesday (16Jul14).
Anderson and Salomon initially wed in 2007, but the union was annulled two months later.
The actress was also previously married to rockers Kid Rock and Tommy Lee, with whom she has two sons.
Longtime Alice Cooper collaborator Dick Wagner is recovering after undergoing heart surgery. The 71 year old guitarist, who wrote the power ballads I Might as Well Be on Mars and Only Women Bleed, checked into a hospital last week (ends11Jul14) after experiencing breathing difficulties.
He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries, according to Classic Rock magazine.
Wagner's son Robert tells the publication, "Prayers are welcome right about now. My dad is still in the hospital with a deep lung infection. Tomorrow they will wash his lungs. Doesn't sound fun, but I'm hoping it works and he can breathe again."
The rocker has been dogged by health woes in recent years - he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma. His medical issues kept him from touring for over five years.
Wagner returned to the road with his Maestro of Rock Band in 2011.
As well as Cooper, the guitarist/songwriter has worked with Lou Reed and KISS.
Foster The People frontman Mark Foster has expressed his "surprise and disappointment" after Los Angeles city officials ruled a huge street mural painted to promote their Supermodel album must be removed. The Pumped Up Kicks hitmakers promoted the March (14) release of the project by commissioning a massive version of their album artwork, designed by local music and art group Young & Sick, to be painted over the facade of a building at 539 S Los Angeles Street in December (13).
The image, officially measuring 148 by 126 feet (45.1 by 38.4 metres), was declared the largest mural ever constructed on America's West Coast, but now Foster reveals it is set to be painted over.
In a heartwarming message to fans on the band's website, he claims local authorities decided to revoke their permits for the piece, meaning they will now have to take it down by Monday (14Jul14).
He writes, "This news has come as a surprise and disappointment to me and everyone else that collaborated on making this project happen. This mural was our contribution to the city of Los Angeles - our kiss of color to the city we love.
"The permits that we were told were approved, have retroactively been denied due to a number of issues involving the building and the city. Therefore, we wanted to let you know that it will be there for the next few days in case you haven't seen it and want a chance to visit before it comes down."
He continued, "Thank you for all your support... Never did I think I would be involved in creating an art piece of this scale and magnitude. We feel truly honored to have been able to share it with you over the last year. Art brings to life things that can seemingly be dead, and can put a fresh perspective on things that are living. It's so important we keep creating."
La Roux star Elly Jackson has spoken out about the bitter bust-up that sparked her split from bandmate Ben Langmaid.
Jackson and Langmaid collaborated on La Roux's Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, but they clashed in the studio when working on the follow-up.
The pair subsequently parted ways and Jackson finished the record - titled Trouble in Paradise - with other musicians, and she has now revealed she has barely spoken to her ex-bandmate since their split.
Jackson tells British newspaper The Sun, "The moment I realised it wasn't working was one afternoon in the barn studio we worked in. We had been desperately trying to record the guitar part of Kiss And Not Tell... It was frustrating. Then we finally got this great sound and I did the best guitar performance I've ever done. But Ben didn't want it and that turned into a huge argument."
"He left that night and that was the last time we saw each other, bar sorting out the legal things a month ago. The partnership was over... I don't want to sit here and slate anyone and I fear that is where it would go. We are not on good terms at all, in any way, shape or form."
Jackson also reveals she was infuriated when many critics assumed Langmaid was the driving force behind La Roux, adding, "That did my head in. I would plainly say in interviews that I play all the parts. He doesn't even play an instrument but I wouldn't say that because I would never have been that blunt - you can't say anything because it makes you look petty so you end up shutting up."
"I would say we co-wrote and co-produced but some people would just say he wrote all the parts and he produced - that classic male/female thing which became infuriating. It did make me quite bitter."
Hollywood actor Denzel Washington faced regular heckling from the audience while he was performing in A Raisin In The Sun on Broadway, according to his co-star Sophie Okonedo. The British actress, who won a Tony Award last month (14) for her turn in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed play, starred opposite the Oscar winner during the run, and admits working with such a famous actor had its drawbacks.
Despite the serious nature of the drama, fans would yell out at Washington throughout the performance, and a kissing scene often prompted banter from the crowd.
Okonedo tells British newspaper The Guardian, "People would should out: 'Don't, Denzel!' or 'You can't treat her like that!' At one point, Denzel and I have a kiss on stage and a woman shouted out, from the gods, 'Forget her - I'm up here!'"
The drama, which also won Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards, closed last month (Jun14).
Married actors David Duchovny and Tea Leoni appear to have rekindled their on/off romance on a family vacation. The X-Files star, 53, initially separated from Leoni in 2008 after 11 years of marriage as Duchovny underwent therapy for sex addiction. They later reconciled, but split once again in 2011.
Neither actor filed for divorce, but the pair, which has two children, seemed to be moving on from the failed relationship last year (13) by putting its marital home in New York up for sale.
However, a new report in America's Star magazine suggests Duchovny and Leoni, 48, are giving their marriage another chance and they recently put their love on display during a getaway to the Big Apple's Fire Island retreat.
An eyewitness tells the publication, "They were smiling and cuddling up with one another. They walked hand-in-hand and shared a kiss.
"They seemed like the perfect family."
The stars are parents to 15-year-old daughter Madelaine and 12-year-old son Kyd.