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NEWS: Tuesday, May 10, 2011



THE CARS REVVING UP FOR A COMEBACK, ALBUM'S OUT TODAY

The Cars are getting in gear for a comeback. The band's long-awaited reunion album -- called "Move Like This" -- arrives in stores today. It's the rockers' first studio project in 24 years. The ten-track album features Ric Ocasek on vocals, Elliot Easton on lead guitar, David Robinson on drums, and Greg Hawkes on bass and keyboards. That's the band's original lineup with the exception of bass player Benjamin Orr, who died in October 2000 of pancreatic cancer. The band plays live at the Showbox in Seattle, Washington tonight. For more concert dates, check out The Cars' Facebook page.


The Cars split up in 1988. Lead singer Ric Ocasek said previously that he'd "never" reunite with the band. In the years since his departure, Ric's done solo work and produced albums for bands like Weezer and Guided By Voices.


MARIE OSMOND SAYS SHE AND EX "SECRETLY DATED" FOR TWO YEARS

Marie Osmond is going public with more about her rekindled romance with first husband Stephen Craig. The singer told ABC's "Good Morning, America" on Monday that she and Stephen secretly dated for about two years before tying the knot a second time last week. Stephen and Marie, who have one adult son -- also named Stephen, didn't even let their kids in on the relationship. As to why the couple kept things under wraps, Marie said, quote, "I didn't want anybody to get hurt, you know if it didn't work out. And gosh, it just worked out."


Osmond and Craig first walked down the aisle almost 30 years ago in 1982. The couple became husband and wife again at a Mormon Temple in Las Vegas last Wednesday. Marie and her brother Donny were on "GMA" to promote their new album, called simply "Donny & Marie." The siblings sang the single "The Good Life" on the morning show.


REP: WHITNEY HOUSTON ENTERS REHAB

Whitney Houston is back in rehab. A rep for the 47-year-old singer tells People.com that Houston has checked into an out-patient treatment program for drug and alcohol treatment. TMZ.com earlier quoted a source who said Houston enrolled in the program about ten days ago to get herself clean and ready for a new movie. The source reportedly insisted that it was not drug or alcohol related, but Houston's rep now says it is. In the statement to "People," the rep added, quote, "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process."


Houston has battled substance abuse issues in the past. Her last album, "I Look To You," was released in 2009. Her tour in support of the album was met with mixed reviews last year. She was forced to cancel a number of dates due to illness and struggled with her voice in some performances.


CHAZ BONO DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON OWN TONIGHT

Chaz Bono -- the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono -- is taking center stage on the Oprah Winfrey Network tonight. OWN is scheduled to air "Becoming Chaz," a film about Bono's lengthy journey from female to male through gender reassignment. The feature's part of OWN's monthly Documentary Film Club. In interviews, Chaz's mom, Grammy and Oscar winner Cher, speaks candidly at her discomfort with the gender reassignment of her only child, born Chastity Bono. Cher adds that Chaz's new male-sounding voice was one of the most difficult adjustments to accept. She adds that she's saddened to think she'll never hear Chastity's voice again.


Shot from 2009 through 2010, "Becoming Chaz" ends at the premiere of Cher's film "Burlesque." It's there that mother and child find some resolution. Chaz adds that making the change was the right move for him, remembering how he felt as a woman. He says, quote, "Before, the person in the mirror didn't reflect the person that I felt I was. Now when I look in the mirror, what I see is really me."


"Becoming Chaz" premieres on OWN tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. For more information, visit www.oprah.com/own. The film debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival.


DAVID MASON, TRUMPETER ON THE BEATLES' "PENNY LANE" DIES

A trumpet player who left his imprint on The Beatles' songbook has died. AllMusic.com confirms that David Mason passed away on April 29th after a long battle with leukemia. He was 85 years old. Mason performed the piccolo trumpet solo on the Fab Four's "Penny Lane." He won the gig after Paul McCartney saw him perform with the New Philharmonia on BBC Television. Mason reportedly showed up for his session with the band having no idea of who they were. He was paid 45-dollars for his contribution to the classic song. Mason ultimately worked with The Beatles on several occasions. His work appears on the Beatles' tracks "A Day In The Life," "Magical Mystery Tour," and "All You Need Is Love."


Throughout his life, Mason also taught other musicians. He was a professor at London's Royal College of Music, his alma mater.


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TYLER UNVEILS FIRST-EVER SOLO SINGLE ON SEACREST'S SHOW

Steven Tyler has unveiled his first-ever solo single with the help of an "American Idol" co-worker. Tyler's "(It) Feels So Good" got airplay on KIIS-FM's "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" on Monday. Steven co-wrote the track with producer Marti Frederiksen, who has also worked with Aerosmith. Tyler calls "(It) Feels So Good" a "good-time song." The veteran rocker adds, quote, "I think it's what America needs right now, just putting the roof down in your car on your way to the beach."


America can get a full dose of Tyler's "(It) Feels So Good" this Thursday, May 12th. That's when he'll premiere a video for the track. The new song follows last week's release of Tyler's tell-all autobiography "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" He's also wrapping up his season with "Idol" this month.


TOTO RESCHEDULES JAPAN TOUR DATES TO SEPTEMBER

At least one veteran band is committing to concerts in Japan. Toto has pushed a series of shows in the disaster-ravaged country to September of this year. The Japanese leg of the band's world tour was previously announced to take place this month. Toto's rescheduled concerts kick off in Kanazawa on September 20th. Other Japanese cities booked on the trek include Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo. From Iron Maiden to Slash, Japan has had a number of major musical acts bow out of concerts there following the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.


In other Toto news, the band has contributed a track to a free CD in this month's "AOR" magazine. A never-before released rendition of the band's single "Pamela" is on the recording.


SIR PAUL REPORTEDLY SHELLED OUT 650K FOR ENGAGEMENT RING

If Paul McCartney sings "I Want To Hold Your Hand" to fianceé Nancy Shevell these days it may be to protect a major investment. TMZ.com reports that the engagement ring McCartney bought for Shevell is valued at an estimated 650-thousand dollars. Nancy was photographed wearing her huge rock out in New York City recently.


People.com confirmed Sir Paul's engagement to Shevell late last week. The couple has been dating since 2007. This will be the third marriage for McCartney -- who was wed previously to Heather Mills and, prior to that, to Linda Eastman McCartney. Linda succumbed to breast cancer in 1998.


BOLTON CALLS "SNL" DIGITAL SHORT A CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Michael Bolton says he's looking forward to working Andy Samberg's Lonely Island comedy team again. His comments follow his guest stint on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend. Bolton acted and sang in a video tribute to "Pirates of the Caribbean" hero Jack Sparrow alongside Samberg and company. He admits on his website that they made him do things for the short that he never thought he'd do, but that he enjoyed it all. Bolton is calling the experience one of the highlights of his career.


Bolton's "SNL" clip may be a welcome return to the small screen following his unsuccessful turn on the eleventh season ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." The GRAMMY winner was ousted from the show after just two episodes. He also made waves for complaining about the harsh criticism he received from judge Bruno Tonioli.


JOHN WALKER OF THE WALKER BROTHERS DEAD AT 67

John Walker of The Walker Brothers fame has died. The musician succumbed to liver cancer at his Los Angeles home on Sunday night. Walker was 67 years old. He was born in 1943 as "John Maus" in New York City. The performer later adopted the stage moniker "John Walker." By any name, John was one-third of the 1960s trio The Walker Brothers. None of the group's members were born with the surname Walker, nor were they brothers in real life. While the trio was more successful across the Atlantic, they also scored two hits in the United States -- "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore." The group disbanded in 1968, but later reunited in the 1970s and scored one more UK hit, a cover of the Tom Rush song "No Regrets."


The Walker Brothers' Gary Walker says of John's passing, quote, "He was a compassionate songwriter and a gentleman with lots of style."


BONNAROO ORGANIZER TALKS ABOUT BOOKING BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD

The organizer of this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival says he's "pinching himself" over booking the reunited Buffalo Springfield to perform. Ashley Capps tells RollingStone.com that conversations to bring the band on board for this year's event began almost a year ago, and even then, the idea seemed a little far fetched. Things apparently changed last October when Young enlisted his surviving Buffalo Springfield bandmates to play at the Bridge School Benefit. Capps says the rocker was so happy with that gig, talks were re-energized to have the band play at this year's Bonnaroo. Young previously played Bonnaroo in 2003 as Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Capps says it's still one of the highlights of that festival for him.


The tenth edition of the Bonnaroo Music Festival is scheduled to take place from June 9th through June 12th in Manchester, Tennessee. Other acts lined up to play at the fest include Arcade Fire, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, and Gregg Allman.



Show Biz News:


REP: WHITNEY HOUSTON ENTERS REHAB

Whitney Houston is back in rehab. A rep for the 47-year-old singer tells People.com that Houston has checked into an out-patient treatment program for drug and alcohol treatment. In the statement the rep added, quote, "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process." Houston has battled substance abuse issues in the past. Her last album, "I Look To You," was released in 2009. Her tour in support of the album was met with mixed reviews last year. She was forced to cancel a number of dates due to illness and struggled with her voice in some performances.


LINDSAY LOHAN TO PLEAD NO CONTEST TO THEFT CHARGE

Lindsay Lohan is expected to plead no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge today, and she may escape jail time for the alleged crime. Citing what it calls "leaked" information, RadarOnline.com says the actress' attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, struck a deal that would extend Lohan's probation for another year and keep her out of the clink. The "Mean Girls" actress was originally sentenced to 120 days in jail last month after Judge Stephanie Sautner found Lohan to be in violation of the terms of her probation for a 2007 DUI conviction. But, after meeting with Holley and prosecutors yesterday, Judge Sautner is reportedly giving the okay to allow Lohan to serve that time with an electronic ankle bracelet.


Lohan, who recently signed on to star in a new biopic about New York mob boss John Gotti, was also ordered to perform community service. The actress is accused of stealing a necklace valued at 25-hundred-dollars from a boutique in Venice, California in January.


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JUSTIN BIEBER RESPONDS TO "CSI" STAR'S "BRAT" COMMENT

Justin Bieber isn't keeping quiet about a recent bout of name-calling pointed in his direction. The pop star took to Twitter Monday, saying, quote, "it's kinda lame when someone you met briefly and never worked with comments on you." The someone he's referring to is "CSI" star Marg Helgenberger, who said on a French radio show that Bieber was, quote, "kind of a brat" when he worked on the show. Justin has appeared twice on the CBS show, and Helgenberger told stories of the singer locking a producer in a closet and sticking his fist through a cake at craft services. But Bieber appears to be taking the high road, tweeting that he would continue to be kind to everyone at the show and wishes them all luck.


Justin added that the stories are nothing more than rumors. He says he plans to stick to his "kill 'em with kindness" motto and, quote, "keep ur head up and be the man ur mama raised."


"JERSEY SHORE" DELAYING PRODUCTION FOR ITALIAN PRESIDENT

The cast of MTV's hit reality series "Jersey Shore" will have to wait a few more days to begin production on the show's fourth season. A rep for MTV tells "The Hollywood Reporter" filming will begin later this week after the President of Italy has concluded his tour of Florence. The rep adds that they decided to adjust their schedule in the "ongoing spirit of cooperation." The upcoming installment of "Jersey Shore" has had little trouble making headlines, as the mayor of Florence has already banned the show from filming in bars and clubs. The "New York Post" says the "Jersey Shore" stars are also prevented from being filmed while drinking anywhere in public.


BRISTOL PALIN LANDS REALITY SHOW

Bristol Palin is giving viewers exclusive access to her personal life in a new reality show. The BIO network has ordered ten half-hour episodes of a still-untitled docu-drama series that will follow the daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her two-year-old son Tripp as they move to Los Angeles. The series will also home in on Bristol's shared living quarters in L.A. with her former "Dancing With The Stars" dance rival Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher, as well as on Bristol's work for an L.A.-area charity. The show is expected to premiere on BIO later this year.


The announcement about Bristol's reality TV show follows recent reports about a book deal for the 20-year-old single mom. The book is expected to chronicle her life growing up in Alaska and the events that thrust her and her family into the national spotlight after mom, Sarah Palin, was selected to run as a vice-presidential candidate during the 2008 presidential campaign.


CHAZ BONO DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON OWN TONIGHT

Chaz Bono -- the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono -- is taking center stage on the Oprah Winfrey Network tonight. OWN is scheduled to air "Becoming Chaz," a film about Bono's lengthy journey from female to male through gender reassignment. The feature's part of OWN's monthly Documentary Film Club. In interviews, Chaz's mom, Grammy and Oscar winner Cher, speaks candidly at her discomfort with the gender reassignment of her only child, born Chastity Bono. Cher adds that Chaz's new male-sounding voice was one of the most difficult adjustments to accept. She adds that she's saddened to think she'll never hear Chastity's voice again.


"Becoming Chaz" premieres on OWN tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. For more information, visit www.oprah.com/own. The film debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival.


MARIE OSMOND SAYS SHE AND EX "SECRETLY DATED" FOR TWO YEARS

Marie Osmond is going public with more about her rekindled romance with first husband Stephen Craig. The singer told ABC's "Good Morning, America" on Monday that she and Stephen secretly dated for about two years before tying the knot a second time last week. Stephen and Marie, who have one adult son -- also named Stephen, didn't even let their kids in on the relationship. Osmond and Craig first walked down the aisle almost 30 years ago in 1982. The couple became husband and wife again at a Mormon Temple in Las Vegas last Wednesday.


SIR PAUL REPORTEDLY SHELLED OUT 650K FOR ENGAGEMENT RING

If Paul McCartney sings "I Want To Hold Your Hand" to fianceé Nancy Shevell these days it may be to protect a major investment. TMZ.com reports that the engagement ring McCartney bought for Shevell is valued at an estimated 650-thousand dollars. Nancy was photographed wearing her huge rock out in New York City recently.


People.com confirmed Sir Paul's engagement to Shevell late last week. The couple has been dating since 2007. This will be the third marriage for McCartney -- who was wed previously to Heather Mills and, prior to that, to Linda Eastman McCartney. Linda succumbed to breast cancer in 1998.


ALICIA SILVERSTONE, HUSBAND WELCOME BABY BOY

Alicia Silverstone is starring in a new role. "People" magazine says the actress became a mom last Thursday when she and husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed their first child into the world. The couple's son, Bear Blu Jarecki, was born just before 8:00 a.m., tipping the scales at seven-pounds and 15-ounces. Silverstone has since taken to her blog to thank fans for all the support and "happy vibes" they sent her way. Silverstone and Jarecki tied the knot back in 2005 after eight years of dating. She will be back on the big screen later this year when she stars in the films "Vamps" and "Butter."


CARELL FINDS WORK AFTER LEAVING "THE OFFICE"

Steve Carell isn't wasting any time finding work since his exit from "The Office." Deadline.com reports that the actor will begin filming "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World" in Los Angeles this month. British actress Keira Knightley is Steve's co-star in the quirky comedy about the apocalypse. Knightley will play a friend of Carell's character who joins him on a cross-country road trip to see his girlfriend as all existence winds down on Earth. Focus Features will distribute the project in the United States.


Carell recently "retired" the character Michael Scott on NBC's "The Office." The show must go on, however. In upcoming episodes, the remaining cast will reportedly band together to find a new boss.


ELEPHANT IN WALTZ MOVIE ALLEGEDLY ABUSED BEFORE FILMING

It may have been a case of life imitating art for an elephant used in the Christoph Waltz film "Water For Elephants." According to LAWeekly.com, an animal rights group alleges that "Tai" the Elephant endured abuse in 2005 prior to its work in the movie. The group Animal Defenders International, or "ADI," says the 42-year-old pachyderm was shocked with a taser and beaten with bull hooks many years ago. ADI notes that Tai plays an animal in "Water For Elephants" who is beaten with a bull hook at the hands of an evil trainer. The company that cares for Tai, Have Trunk Will Travel, has yet to comment on the claims.


As to Tai's experience on "Water For Elephants," any abuse appears to have remained onscreen. An American Humane Association observer was on set throughout ensuring the animal's ethical treatment.


COMEDY CENTRAL TO ROAST KID ROCK

Belated Birthday celebrations for Kid Rock will heat up as Comedy Central roasts the rocker on August 14th. The details have not been announced, but a spokesperson for the cable network says the general public is usually not invited to the comedic event. The roast was originally slated to coincide with Rock's birthday celebration in January, but Rock insisted that it take place in Detroit, telling organizers, quote, "I'm not going to Vegas or L.A. to let someone make fun of me. If you guys want to come to Detroit, I'll think about it."


"FAMILY GUY," "CLEVELAND SHOW" RENEWED BY FOX

Seth MacFarlane's popular animated comedies will remain on Fox for at least one more season. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the network has picked up "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show" for another year. Fox executive Kevin Reilly says MacFarlane has done a great job of keeping viewers, quote, "delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed," adding that both shows have become "cornerstones" of Fox's Sunday nights. Fox plans to announce the entire lineup for the 2011-12 season on May 16th. Fans can catch the season finale of "The Cleveland Show" this Sunday, while the "Family Guy" finale will air on May 22nd.


"SOUTH PARK" TO SPOOF ROYAL WEDDING WEDNESDAY

Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding is getting a royal spoof, courtesy of the writers for "South Park." Titled "Royal Pudding," this week's episode will revolve around the abduction of the would-be-Princess of Canada right before her marriage to the fictional "Prince of Canada." The situation leads to a Canadian national crisis of the "South Park" variety. The episode is scheduled to air this Wednesday on Comedy Central.


"Royal Pudding" will mark the second straight week that a real-life event of global proportions has gotten the "South Park" treatment. Last week, writers quickly factored in a reference to President Obama's historic announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, just three days after the fact. The episode featured an animated version of the president delivering his "Justice has been done" speech, only in reference to the demise of filmmaker Tyler Perry, the apparent villain of the episode.



TV Tonight:


DANCING WITH THE STARS: GREATEST RESULTS SHOW PERFORMANCES (ABC) (New) The best in-studio performances from guest musical acts throughout the years.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) (New) Another couple is eliminated on tonight's live, one-hour results show.

BODY OF PROOF (ABC) (New) Megan and her team get involved when a homicide detective dies in a hit-and-run. Joanna Cassidy co-stars as Megan's mother.

NCIS (CBS) (New) The team is in hot pursuit of the ruthless “Port-to-Port Killer.”

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) (New) A man posing as a U.S. Navy Seal is set ablaze, prompting an investigation.

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) (New) The owner of an adult website is accused of murdering a customer. Sarah Silverman guest stars.

THE BIGGEST LOSER (NBC) (New) In this new, two-hour episode, the remaining “losers” get tested on their knowledge of weight management.

THE VOICE (NBC) (New) The coaches pit two of their team members against each other to determine who will advance in competition.

GLEE (FOX) (New) Sue Sylvester gets annoyed when she hears that the Glee Club will perform at the school's prom.

RAISING HOPE (FOX) (New) Virginia and Burt overhear a couple's argument on the baby monitor.

TRAFFIC LIGHT (FOX) (New) Mike suggests that the guys take a hunting trip together.

ONE TREE HILL (CW) (New) Brooke, Quinn, Lauren, and Alex trek to Puerto Rico.

HELLCATS (CW) (New) Lewis is determined to win a car for his father by entering a dance contest.

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? (MNT) (New) New back-to-back episodes of this game show that tests adults grammar school-level knowledge air tonight. Jeff Foxworthy hosts.

DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! (MNT) (New) New back-to-back episodes of this show that challenges contestants to remember the words to famous songs air tonight. Mark McGrath hosts.

DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) (New) Actor Mark Harmon, bear expert Chris Morgan, musical guest Hugo.

CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) (New) Filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, author Edward Conlon.

JIMMY FALLON (NBC) (New) Actress Keira Knightley, actor John McEnroe, musical guest Chris Cornell.

JIMMY KIMMEL (ABC) (New) “Castle” star Nathan Fillion, the most recent “Dancing With The Stars” castoff, musical guest Calle 13.

JAY LENO (NBC) (New) Animal handler Julie Scardina, actress Ginnifer Goodwin, musical guest Def Leppard.

CONAN (TBS) (New) Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, actor Judd Apatow, comedian Al Madrigal.

LOPEZ TONIGHT (TBS) (New) “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth, musical guest Earthquake.



Rock/Oldies Calendar:

Music Birthdays:

Traffic's Dave Mason is 65.

Former Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne frontman Jay Ferguson is 64. He's best known for the 1977 solo hit "Thunder Island."

Keyboardist Graham Gouldman is 65. He worked with 10cc and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.

Donovan is 65.


Today In Music History:

In 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock."

In 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the band's first single, cover tunes of Chuck Berry's "Come On" and Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved."

In 1964, Bob Dylan released the album "Another Side of Bob Dylan."

In 1966, Janis Joplin returned to San Francisco at the request of Chet Helms, manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

In 1967, While Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were formally charged on various drug offences, British police were arresting band mate Brian Jones for unlawful possession of drugs.

In 1968, Jim Morrison incited a riot at a Doors concert in Chicago. In the melee with police, he fled backstage.

In 1969, The Turtles and the Temptations performed at the White House for Trisha Nixon's Masque Ball.

In 1969, The Cowsills' "Hair" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

In 1969, The Ventures' "Hawaii Five-O" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1969, Marvin Gaye's "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" broke into the Top 40.

In 1969, The Moody Blues' album "On The Threshold of a Dream" hit number one on the UK album chart.

In 1974, Led Zeppelin met Elvis Presley after the King's Los Angeles Forum concert. Robert Plant and Elvis performed an impromptu version of "Love Me." In addition, the band threw a party at L.A.'s Bel Air Hotel to celebrate the launch of their label, Swan Song.

In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded the song "I Shot the Sheriff."

In 1975, Stevie Wonder performed a free, unannounced concert near the Washington Monument in Washington, DC in honor of Human Kindness Day. An estimated crowd of 125-thousand gathered for the performance.

In 1975, Chicago's "Old Days" broke into the Top 40.

In 1977, Steve Miller Band's album "Book Of Dreams" was certified Gold.

In 1978, Jimmy Buffett's album "Son Of A Sailor" was certified Platinum.

In 1978, The Rolling Stones released the single "Miss You" backed with "Far Away Eyes."

In 1980, Paul McCartney's "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" and Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" broke into the Top 40.

In 1981, Iron Maiden released the album "Killers."

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne's album "Diary of a Madman" was certified Platinum.

In 1986, Paul Simon was the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." He performed "You Can Call Me Al," "Homeless," and "Graceland."

In 1989, Bob Seger's album "Beautiful Loser" was certified Platinum.

In 1993, Robert Plant released the album "Fate Of Nations."

In 1994, Linda McCartney unveiled her line of frozen vegetarian entrees at a press conference in Chicago.

In 2000, Santana's album "Supernatural" was certified multi-Platinum, while James Taylor's video "Live At The Beacon Theater" was certified Gold and Platinum and Meat Loaf's album "The Very Best Of Meat Loaf" was certified Gold.

In 2003, Steven Tyler received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In 2003, Paul McCartney performed a benefit concert in Rome, Italy. Money raised went to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield and to a restoration project for the Colosseum.

In 2003, Nancy Sinatra took part in a "Salute to the Troops" USO show in Hollywood.

In 2004, Glen Campbell offered a guilty plea to charges of extreme DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in conjunction with an arrest in Phoenix, Arizona six months earlier. As part of a plea deal Campbell was to be sentenced to ten days in jail, a 500-dollar fine, and 75 hours of community service, but a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer was dropped.

In 2005, The Rolling Stones announced plans for its A Bigger Bang 2005-2006 world tour at a press conference in New York.

In 2005, Rod Stewart cancelled the first of two scheduled concerts in London because he was battling what was being called "a severe viral throat infection."

In 2005, Van Zant, featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant and his brother, .38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant, released the album "Get Right With the Man."

In 2006, Great White tour manager Dan Biechele [[BEAK-lee]] was sentenced to 15 years in prison -- of which he would spend four years behind bars -- following his guilty plea to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly 2003 nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

In 2006, The musical "Tarzan," for which Phil Collins wrote 14 songs, opened on Broadway to mixed reviews.

In 2006, Tool's album "10,000 Days" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2007, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright all performed at a London tribute concert to their late band mate Syd Barrett, but it wasn't a reunion. While Gilmour, Mason, and Wright shared the stage, Waters played his own set.

In 2007, A British employment tribunal ruled that Sting and his wife Trudie Styler engaged in, quote, "shameful conduct" when they fired their pregnant chef in April 2006. Styler said they were "devastated" by the decision and would launch an appeal.

In 2007, Steppenwolf launched the band's 40th anniversary tour with a show in Marion, South Carolina.

In 2008, Steve Winwood and Earth, Wind, and Fire's Philip Bailey and Maurice White received honorary doctor of music degrees from Berklee College of Music at the school's spring's graduation ceremony. Bailey gave the commencement address.

In 2008, Former Steppenwolf members Nick St. Nicholas and Michael Monarch, ex-Boston players Fran Cosmo and Barry Goudreau, Alex Ligertwood of Santana fame, and one-time Toto member Fergie Fredriksen were among the artists who took part in National Train Day. The event honored the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, which connected the East Coast with the West Coast by rail.

In 2010, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson attended the unveiling ceremony for the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame in New York. LaBelle and Robinson were in the first group of honorees, along with the late James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and the late Ella Fitzgerald.

In 2010, Anthrax announced that the group was welcoming back frontman Joey Belladonna.

In 2010, It was "Rolling Stones Week" on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." The show was honoring the reissue of the Stones' 1972 album "Exile On Main Street," which arrived in stores a week later. Over the course of the week Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Phish, and Keith Urban performed tributes on the show for the classic rock group.



On This Day:


In 1797, the United States Navy launched its first ship "The United States."

In 1818, statesman Paul Revere died at the age of 83. He is famous for warning the colonists "The British Are Coming."

In 1863, 39-year-old Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died from injuries sustained at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

In 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in Promontory Point, Utah. The project was a meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.

In 1872, Victoria Claflin Woodhull became the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States.

In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was promoted to the post of FBI director.

In 1927, the Hotel Satler in Boston, Massachusetts, became the first hotel to install radio headsets in every room.

In 1930, Chicago's Adler Planetarium opened to the public.

In 1940, Winston Churchill took over as British Prime Minister following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.

In 1954, Bill Haley recorded the rock and roll classic "Rock Around The Clock."

In 1963, The Rolling Stones produced their first recordings. The session included "Come On" and "I Wanna Be Loved."

In 1969, the National and American Football Leagues announced plans to merge for the 1970-71 season. The merger created the National Football League as we know it today.

In 1983, "Laverne and Shirley" aired for the final time on ABC.

In 1986, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels precision aerial demonstration team.

In 1994, serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed in Illinois. He was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys and burying their bodies under his home.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.

In 1996, The movie "Twister" opened in theaters across the U.S.

In 1998, Sinn Fein (shin fayn) leader Gerry Adams received strong support for the Northern Ireland peace accord.

In 1999, cartoonist, playwright, and songwriter Shel Silverstein was found dead in his Key West, Florida, apartment. He was 66.

In 2000, "Peter Gunn" TV actor Craig Stevens died at the age of 81.

In 2001, actress Deborah Walley, best known for her role as Gidget in the 1961 movie "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" died on this date at the age of 57.

In 2004, new evidence discovered during the production of a documentary prompted federal prosecutors to reopen the investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. The black teenager from Chicago was beaten and killed in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Two men were arrested and tried for Till's murder, but were acquitted by an all-white jury. Investigators said they uncovered new evidence that suggested others may have been involved in Till's murder.

In 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his resignation. Blair, who had been in office for ten years, became the Labour Party's most successful leader, winning three straight elections. His popularity took a hit over the war in Iraq and some of his party's political scandals. Blair said he would step down as Prime Minister on June 27th, 2007.

In 2008, Jenna Bush, the daughter of President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, married Henry Hager at the President's Crawford, Texas ranch. About 200 guests attended the private ceremony.

In 2009, entertainment icon Joan Rivers was named "The Celebrity Apprentice" on the second season finale of the NBC reality competition, hosted by Donald Trump. Rivers beat out poker player Annie Duke in the final two to claim the title after a heated battle between the two throughout the competition.

In 2010, President Obama named Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States. In so doing, Kagan became the youngest Justice and the third woman named to the nation's highest court.


Birthdays:


Sportscaster and former football player Pat Summerall is 81. (Born 1930)


Hall of Fame television host, announcer, and voice talent Gary Owens is 75. (Born 1936) He is best known for his work on the TV shows "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and "The Gong Show."


Screenwriter and director Jim Abrahams is 67. (Born 1944) His credits include the films "Scary Movie 4," "Ruthless People," "Airplane!" and the "Hot Shots" and "Police Squad!"/"Naked Gun" series.


Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is 66. (Born 1945)


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason is 65. (Born 1946) He was a member of Traffic.


Singer-songwriter Donovan is 65. (Born 1946)


Producer and percussionist Sly Dunbar is 59. (Born 1952) He's part of the duo Sly and Robbie.


Convicted killer Mark David Chapman is 56. (Born 1955) He was convicted in the murder of former Beatle John Lennon in 1980.


Sportscaster Chris Berman is 56. (Born 1955)


Actress Victoria Rowell is 52. (Born 1959) Her credits include the TV series "Diagnosis Murder" and the soap "The Young and the Restless."


U2 lead singer Bono is 51. (Born 1960)


Model Linda Evangelista is 46. (Born 1965)


Rapper Young MC is 44. (Born 1967)


Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson is 33. (Born 1978) He is a cast member of "Saturday Night Live."


These famous people would have celebrated birthdays on this day:


Lipton Tea Company founder Thomas Lipton. (Born 1848)


Academy Award-winning composer Max Steiner. (Born 1888) He won Oscars for the scores to the movies "Since You Went Away," "New Voyager," and "The Informer." His other credits include the movies "Gone with the Wind," "Casablanca," and "The Caine Mutiny."


Academy Award-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin. (Born 1894) He won Oscars for the scores to the movies "The Old Man and the Sea," "The High and the Mighty," and "High Noon," as well as for the song "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')." His other credits include the scores to the films "It's A Wonderful Life," "Giant," and "The Guns of Navarone."


Emmy Award-winning actor and Fred Astaire. (Born 1899) He won the Emmy for the TV special "A Family Upside Down." His other credits include the films "Funny Face" and "That's Entertainment."


Academy Award-winning film producer David O. Selznick. (Born 1902) He won Oscars for the movies "Gone with the Wind" and "Rebecca." His other credits include the films "A Farewell to Arms," "The Third Man," and "Spellbound."


Country Music Hall of Famer "Mother" Maybelle Carter. (Born 1909)


Actor Charles McGraw. (Born 1914) He appeared in several films including "The Defiant Ones" and "Spartacus."


Actress Nancy Walker. (Born 1922) She starred on several television shows including "Rhoda," "Blansky's Beauties," and "McMillan and Wife," though she may be best remembered for her role as Rosie on the Bounty paper towel commercials.


Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. (Born 1957)



Facts and Stats:


Today in 1983, "Laverne and Shirley" aired for the final time on ABC. Here are some more facts about the popular sitcom:

FACT: "Laverne and Shirley" was a spin-off of the popular series "Happy Days."

FACT: Cyndi Grecco's "Making Our Dreams Come True" was the theme song for "Laverne and Shirley." The track was a top 30 hit in 1976.

FACT: An animated "Laverne and Shirley" spin-off show called "Laverne and Shirley In The Army" made its debut on October 10, 1981.

FACT: In 1976, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams released an album titled "Laverne and Shirley Sing."



POLL: CHRISTINA AGUILERA HAS THE "STRONGEST TEAM" ON "THE VOICE"

Christina Aguilera seems to be the one to beat on NBC's "The Voice." Forty-seven-percent of those taking part in an AccessHollywood.com poll believe the pop star has assembled the "strongest team" for the singing competition. By comparison, Adam Levine is coming in second on the list with just 21-percent of the vote. The Maroon 5 frontman just edges out country star Blake Shelton, who's getting a vote of confidence from 20-percent. Just 12-percent think Cee Lo Green has the strongest team on the show. The four coaches filled out their eight-member teams on last week's episode. They'll now begin paring down their teams with the "Battle Rounds," beginning tonight.

AMERICANS THINK PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT KNEW OF BIN LADEN’S WHEREABOUTS

Most Americans are skeptical of the Pakistani government's claims that authorities didn't know about Osama bin Laden's presence in their country. Eighty-four-percent of respondents in a Rasmussen Reports poll think it's "at least somewhat likely" high-level Pakistani officials were not only aware that bin Laden was in their land but knew where he was, and 57-percent believe it's "very likely" they held this knowledge. Only nine-percent don't think government officials in Pakistan had credible information about bin Laden's whereabouts. And 72-percent don't think the U.S. needed to get permission from the Pakistani government in advance of the mission that resulted in bin Laden's death.

But most Americans aren't ready to write-off Pakistan as an enemy. Just five-percent say Pakistan is an ally of the U.S., but only 26-percent consider the country our enemy. However, 63-percent believe any financial or military aid America is giving to Pakistan should be cut off.



Weird News:

DUI SUSPECT CAN'T OPEN VEHICLE'S DOORS, WINDOWS

A Colorado woman who was unable to get out of her vehicle now has to try and get out of DUI charges. Westword.com says Cynthia Sammon was recently pulled over by Summit County police for allegedly driving without registration and weaving across lanes. When the officer approached her car, Sammon was unable to roll down her windows or open her doors. The 45-year-old Breckenridge resident appeared to be stuck in her vehicle, that was until the cop told her to just unlock her doors. Sammon reportedly went on to fail a roadside sobriety test and admitted to having "one-point-two" alcoholic beverages.

WOMAN DANCES NAKED IN ARIZONA CEMETERY

Police in Mesa, Arizona are accusing a woman of dancing naked in a local cemetery. Authorities were called to the Mesa Cemetery last Friday morning after Kara Mitchell allegedly took off her top and began dancing around. The 25-year-old then took off her pants and proceeded to spin around while employees and several groups of visitors looked on. Mitchell eventually put her clothes back on and walked into the administrative office where she started talking to herself. Police arrived to find her sitting in a cemetery golf cart. The "Arizona Republic" is reporting that Mitchell is now facing an indecent exposure charge.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FACEBOOK COMMENTS ABOUT CT GOVERNOR

A Connecticut man may want to think twice before he decides to get political on Facebook. According to NBCConnecticut.com, Michael Adams was arrested last week for allegedly writing that he hoped Governor Dan Malloy would get shot during a trip to New York City. Police were warned of the threatening Facebook update and have charged Adams with harassment, inciting injury and breach of peace. He was arraigned last Friday and held on 30-thousand-dollars bond.



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