Archives: June 2014

Bon Jovi Is the Highest-Ranking Rock Act on “Forbes” Magazine’s 2014 “Celebrity 100” List

AEG LiveForbes magazine has just released its 15th annual “Celebrity 100” list and, once again, Bon Jovi is the highest-ranking rock act on the tally.

Bon Jovi landed 13th on the list, which ranks the world’s most powerful celebrities based on such factors as estimated earnings, marketability and media presence. The New Jersey rockers earned an estimated $82 million over the past 12 months. Despite guitarist Richie Sambora taking a hiatus to focus on personal matters and drummer Tico Torres being temporarily sidelined to undergo a gall bladder operation, the band continues …read more

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Beatles Manager Brian Epstein Honored with Commemorative Plaque in London

Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesLate Beatles manager Brian Epstein was honored with a commemorative plaque in London on Sunday.

The historical marker — a “Blue Plaque” awarded by the English Heritage Foundation — is located on the site of Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises at 5/6 Argyll Street, next door to the London Palladium. Epstein’s offices were on the fifth floor of the building from 1964 until shortly after his death at the age of 32 in 1967, Billboard reports. Epstein would have turned 80 this year.

“I know Brian would have been very proud to …read more

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Mick Jagger Pokes Fun at Himself and the Stones in Promo Video for Monty Python’s London Performances

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMick Jagger stars in a hilarious new video that was used to introduce Monty Python at a news conference held Monday in London to promote the famed comedy troupe’s run of 10 sold-out shows at the city’s O2 Arena, which kicks off on Tuesday.

In the clip, the Rolling Stones singer is shown sharing a couch with drummer Charlie Watts in a hotel room as they watch a soccer match. An assistant for the band then enters the room and mentions that Jagger had wanted to look over the set list for …read more

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The Who to Launch 50th Anniversary UK Tour in the Fall; May Record Some New Music First

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupThe Who has revealed the first dates of their planned 50th anniversary tour, a run of late-fall concerts that will see the band performing in their home country, the U.K., as well as in Ireland. The Who Hits 50! British Tour 2014 will get underway on November 26 in Dublin, Ireland, and currently is scheduled through December 17 in London.

The group is planning to play a set that touches on all eras of their long career, from their early days when they were called The High Numbers, to the present. …read more

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Elton John Claims Jesus Would Support Gay Marriage; Plans “Quiet” Wedding for Next Year

Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsElton John has weddings on his mind. Since gay marriage became legal in the U.K., he and his partner, David Furnish, plan to tie the knot at some point next year. Elton also believes that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be in favor of gay marriage.

When asked by Sky News if the Church of England — which allows its clergy to marry — should also allow its gay clergy to marry, Elton answered, “Of course,” and also said he didn’t understand why Catholic priests have to be …read more

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