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Weird David Spade mural with Kurt Cobain quote a head-scratcher

Australian artist Lushsux painted a mural of comedian/actor David Spade on a wall in Linz, Austria last week, alongside a quote that has completely confused social media users.

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The image of Spade might be pretty good, but there’s just one problem - the quote is wrongly attributed to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a drug overdose in 1994 at the age of 27.

Lushux’s piece is clearly referencing a popular internet meme, which wrongly-attributes quotes to famous people beside a picture of a completely different person, but that didn’t stop people on social media from freaking out about the whole thing.

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The mass confusion eventually caused the “Ridiculous 6” and “Grown Ups” star to respond on Twitter with just five words linked to the mural: “everyone is sending me this.”

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar


1. U2; $8,024,692; $116.20.

2. Coldplay; $7,780,885; $88.60.

3. Guns N' Roses; $6,037,026; $102.14.

4. Celine Dion; $3,640,420; $143.73.

5. Lady Gaga; $3,455,069; $118.48.

6. Depeche Mode; $3,052,902; $75.30.

7. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49.

8. Roger Waters; $1,741,453; $122.57.

9. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,613,912; $96.74.

10. André Rieu; $1,527,343; $86.82.

11. Bruno Mars; $1,436,486; $85.51.

12. Ed Sheeran; $1,427,243; $84.10.

13. The Weeknd; $1,339,353; $90.28.

14. Neil Diamond; $1,338,844; $101.20.

15. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,263,097; $97.44.

16. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,259,920; $94.87.

17. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,197,839; $84.92.

18. Kendrick Lamar; $1,164,889; $88.88.

19. Florida Georgia Line; $1,081,894; $51.68.

20. Tool; $1,077,322; $77.19.

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Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage

Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have reunited for their first public appearance since their group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

But unlike that terse ceremony, the Star Tribune reports , they came to St. Paul's CHS field to play Wednesday night in their first show together in 16 years.

The event was a hurricane relief benefit that Simmons helped organize for the Minnesota-based charity The nonprofit focuses on feeding and aiding children worldwide, but after Harvey struck Texas in late August the concert's theme turned to assistance for Houston and surrounding areas.

Frehley took the stage about three-fourths of the way into Simmons' set, then tore into "Cold Gin" and "Shock Me" before the finale "Rock and Roll All Nite."

Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid stage London Fashion Week show

London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations.

The theme seemed to be a frenzied search for fun and whimsy, a shade less serious and complicated than usual as designers looked forward to next spring and summer.

There were big shows by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace, and more, and more intimate affairs by the up-and-coming designers London depends on for its fashion cred.

The first day was marred when a subway train was attacked on the outskirts of London, raising fears of more attacks, but the fashionistas stayed calm and partied on.



Designer Tommy Hilfiger and model Gigi Hadid staged a grungy rock affair for their show on the final night of London Fashion Week.

It was the pair's third collaboration and featured early appearances by Hadid's siblings, Bella and Anwar.

The Tuesday show was presented at London's legendary Roundhouse, where stars such as James Brown and Bob Dylan have performed over the years.

Concert-style merchandise stalls had pieces from the TOMMYNOW collection available to purchase around the venue.

The outfits included leather jackets with leopard print collars, worn with cropped denim shorts and beanie hats emblazoned with "Gigi Hadid" — a homage to band merchandise and an appeal to the model's vast fan base.

Models also wore lanyards mimicking backstage passes printed with "Gigi" and cropped T-shirts also bearing the model's name.

Patterns were checks or stripes, and oversize puffer jackets were worn open.

Hadid said she was happy the show was such a family affair.

"It is obviously a huge event, and I put a lot of pressure on myself as I'm a perfectionist, so to be able to look around and see my family is very grounding and keeps me calm," she said.



Victoria Beckham didn't have a runway show at London Fashion Week, but she showed the spring and summer 2018 collection for her popular Victoria, Victoria Beckham line to journalists and guests at a private club in Mayfair.

The former Spice Girl, whose New York show won accolades last week, is offering a youthful look. Some of the clothes celebrated Miami and its neon colors, including a jacket with pink flamingo designs.

The saturated pop colors included "milkshake pink," ''bubblegum" and "peppermint." One tan suede outfit of short-short pants and a patch pocket jacket caught the eye, as did some pajama-style slouchy outfits.

The look was relaxed and meant for fun, a far cry from the black that was once Beckham's signature color. She's emphasizing pastels now — at least for summer — and suits made of pinstriped cotton twill.

It's been quite a year for Beckham, who in April was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The person named most dangerous online might surprise you

One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory — she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet.

Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the most likely celebrity to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. Searches for Lavigne have a 14.5 percent chance of landing on a web page with the potential for online threats, a number that increases to 22 percent if users type her name and search for free MP3s.

Bruno Mars was second in his debut on the list, followed closely behind by Carly Rae Jepsen. Zayn Malik (No. 4), Celine Dion (No. 5), Calvin Harris (No. 6), Justin Bieber (No. 7), Sean "Diddy" Combs (No. 8), Katy Perry (No. 9) and Beyonce (No. 10) rounded out the top 10 list.

It's a dubious step up for Lavigne, who was ranked No. 2 in 2013. Lavigne, whose hits include "Sk8er Boi," ''Complicated" and "I'm With You," has been out of the spotlight for several years as she battles Lyme disease.

McAfee had a few suggestions for why Lavigne scored so high on the 11th annual list: Interest after the artist said she's working on a new album, a feature story on her by E! Online and an internet conspiracy that she has been replaced by an impostor.

Lavigne is the first female musician to take the No. 1 spot and replaced Amy Schumer, named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2016. In 2015, it was Dutch trance DJ van Buuren.

The survey is meant to highlight the danger of clicking on suspicious links. McAfee urges internet users to consider risks associated with searching for downloadable content. The company used its own site ratings to compile the celebrity list and used searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo.


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Linkin Park to perform tribute show for Chester Bennington

Linkin Park will play a one-night-only concert in tribute to late lead singer Chester Bennington.

Warner Bros. Records says the show will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 27.

It's the first time that Linkin Park will perform since Bennington's July 20 death.

Warner Bros. says individual band members intend to contribute their fees from the show to Music For Relief in memory of Bennington.

The band has also released its video for "One More Light," the title track from its latest album. The video features Bennington singing and archive footage.

The band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda says in a statement that the song is about "sending love to those who lost someone."

Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey headline Leonard Cohen tribute

Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey will headline a tribute concert for singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in November to mark a year since his death.

Cohen's family announced "Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen" on Monday. The concert to be held in Cohen's native Montreal is scheduled for Nov. 6, a day before the anniversary of his death at age 82.

Cohen's son Adam says in a statement that he sees the concert as a fulfillment of his duties to his father "that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring."

Adam Cohen will also perform at the show. Feist, Philip Glass, k.d. lang, Sting and members of The Lumineers will join him on the bill.


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Del Rey's last name. A previous version spelled it Del Ray.

Music review: Ringo Starr gives his love on new "Love" album

We're on the road again with the skiffle band king, Ringo Starr. The busiest of all Beatles is out with his 19th solo album, "Give More Love," featuring a who's-who of rock greats as supporting cast.

Starr says he has more energy now than he did 25 years ago. It shows out of the gate with "We're On The Road Again," a fun track with Sir Paul McCartney holding court on bass while an energized Starr sings about gigging and moving on down the road. Toto's Steve Lukather delivers the real punch here with some tight guitar work.

"Laughable," is another solid track. Peter Frampton co-wrote it and folds in his signature soaring guitar. "Electricity" is also one of the top songs on the 14-track "Give more Love." It's a medium paced bluesy jaunt, co-written by hit machine Glen Ballard and starring Joe Walsh on guitar and Don Was of Was (Not Was) on bass. Dare I say Starr is the weak link on this one?

Starr is mostly metronome-like in vocal delivery. He can sing passably, but it's not the component that really moves the needle. It's the surrounding ensemble of famed musicians that brings things together.


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The Latest: Protesters flood mall before heading elsewhere

The Latest on protests over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A few hundred people protesting the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man flooded an upscale suburban mall briefly before heading out, with plans to reassemble in downtown St. Louis.

Authorities were taking steps to close West County Center in Des Peres shortly before noon Saturday before protesters left. Many stores did close and pulled metal security screens over their shop fronts.

Several hundred protesters met Saturday morning in a suburban park to plan next steps. They forced members of the media to stand away from them, over the objections of the reporters, including one from the Associated Press. At that meeting, they devised the plan to meet at the mall.

Police generally stayed a step ahead of protesters on Friday, preventing them from disrupting high-traffic areas. Rather than march to the mall Saturday, protesters took separate cars from the park and showed up at the mall an hour later.


12 p.m.

About 300 people have gathered in a suburban St. Louis park to discuss how they will continue to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man.

Hundreds protested Friday after a judge acquitted former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

As they left Saturday's meeting in Heman Park in the suburb of University City, protesters said they were heading to a mall, but they didn't specify which.

Susanna Prins, a 27-year-old from University City, was carrying a sign that read "white silence is violence." She said she was protesting because doing nothing makes someone complicit in the brutalization of others.

Thirty-three-year-old Simon Rodriguez, of St. Louis, said he felt obligated to protest what he called an inappropriate and immoral verdict.


10:10 a.m.

The Irish rock band U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in St. Louis after police told concert organizers that they couldn't provide a typical level of security because of protests.

Hundreds marched Friday after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black suspect. The protests are expected to continue on Saturday.

Police say nine city police officers and one State Highway Patrol officer were injured in Friday's protests. There were 23 arrests before 6 p.m. and an unknown number of additional arrests after that.

The band says on its website that it can't in good conscience risk its fans' safety. The site outlines plans for refunds.


2 a.m.

Activists say they will meet again Saturday to plan further protests after the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Hundreds protested Friday. They marched for hours in mostly peaceful demonstrations, until a broken window at the mayor's home and escalating tensions led riot-gear-clad officers to lob tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Activists had for weeks threatened civil disobedience if Jason Stockley were not convicted in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. That stirred fears of civil unrest and the erecting of barricades around police headquarters, the courthouse where the trial was held and other potential protest sites.

More than 20 arrests were made by early Friday evening. Police reported that 10 officers had suffered injuries by the end of the night.

Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert

Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.

"I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight," Jay-Z said of "The Story of O.J.," a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson.

"I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame," he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, "4:44."

Kaepernick became a polarizing figure among NFL fans for his decision to sit, and then kneel, during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, was a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.

Jay-Z's performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones.

When the beat for the Kanye West-produced 2003 song "Lucifer" came on — which samples Max Romeo's "Chase the Devil" and includes the lyrics "Lucifer son of the morning, I'm gonna chase you out of Earth" — Jay-Z told the mostly young audience: "I promise we won't take people out of this country."

Jay-Z also said to the crowd, several times, that "love always trumps hate."

At the show, the 47-year-old icon wore a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, "Help!" Jay-Z said he wanted to transform the show into rock 'n' roll territory when he played his collaborations with Linkin Park, even paying tribute to the band's lead singer Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July.

"If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven," Jay-Z said before performing the Grammy-winning mashup "Numb/Encore," standing still and holding the microphone close with both of his hands.

Jay-Z's set also included big hits from his 21-year-old career, from "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" to "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" to "Empire State of Mind." His last main show in New York was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he's had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances.

Reggae artist Damian Marley joined in for "Bam" from "4:44," which was released in June and features songs about Jay-Z's personal life and work as an entrepreneur.

The Meadows festival, in its second year, will also play Saturday and Sunday, featuring performers like Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J across four stages. Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage also performed Friday.

Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.

"If anybody got a dream, you chase that (dream) with everything you got," he said at one point.

When one fan was eager for Jay-Z to sign something, the rapper asked if the fan had a pen.

The fan did not.

"How am I going to sign your (stuff) without a pen?" Jay-Z asked.

"Got to be prepared," he told the fan.



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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar


1. U2; $7,836,364; $115.53.

2. Coldplay; $7,780,885; $88.60.

3. Guns N' Roses; $6,037,026; $102.14.

4. Metallica; $4,529,263; $109.00.

5. Celine Dion; $3,571,852; $144.46.

6. Lady Gaga; $3,455,069; $118.48.

7. Depeche Mode; $2,921,949; $75.02.

8. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49.

9. Roger Waters; $1,741,453; $122.57.

10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,535,137; $91.97.

11. Ed Sheeran; $1,457,288; $83.32.

12. Bruno Mars; $1,449,033; $84.84.

13. André Rieu; $1,379,920; $86.77.

14. Neil Diamond; $1,338,844; $101.20.

15. The Weeknd; $1,283,267; $88.04.

16. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,263,097; $97.44.

17. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,259,920; $94.87.

18. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,190,596; $84.55.

19. Kendrick Lamar; $1,172,722; $93.65.

20. Florida Georgia Line; $1,137,107; $52.50.

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Gaga pulls out of Rock in Rio, posts photo of IV in her arm

Lady Gaga has been hospitalized and forced to pull out of the upcoming Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil, citing "severe physical pain" and posting a photo of what resembles an IV in her arm.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter wrote on Twitter that she had to take care of her body and asked fans for their "grace and understanding."

Her representatives said in a statement Thursday that Lady Gaga was suffering from "severe physical pain" that affected her ability to perform and that she was under the care of "expert medical professionals."

It wasn't clear what she was suffering from or where she was being treated. She posted a photo on Instagram of her arm with a needle in it and a tube running outside the photo's frame.

Rock in Rio, which starts Friday, is to feature Maroon 5, Fergie, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses.

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga postponed a Montreal concert, citing laryngitis and a respiratory infection. She has previously said she suffers from chronic pain from fibromyalgia.

Stars honor country singer Troy Gentry at Opry memorial

Country singer Troy Gentry of the popular duo Montgomery Gentry was memorialized Thursday by friends and Grand Ole Opry singers as funny and kind, an artist with a huge appetite for life who loved his family, his music, his band and his fans.

During a public celebration of his life held at the Opry, friends reminisced about Gentry's big personality, his flashy smile and his jokes. They sang songs he loved to sing, along with some about his home state of Kentucky.

Gentry, 50, died Friday in Medford, New Jersey, in a helicopter crash. The pilot, James Evan Robinson who was also killed, reported shortly after takeoff that the aircraft was having mechanical problems.

Gentry's own voice, on an unreleased song from a forthcoming album, closed the ceremony. "Better Me" featured Gentry singing about how he was a bit older and a little less reckless, and had turned a page on his wilder days.

"I ain't saying I am perfect, but I am working on a better me," he sings in the ballad.

Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels and Trace Adkins were among the stars who gathered at the service to sing songs like "How Great Thou Art," ''Wayfaring Stranger," and "My Old Kentucky Home." Gentry's casket was placed in the famous circle in the middle of the Opry stage, where he often stood to sing with duo partner Eddie Montgomery, and was surrounded by sprays of white and red roses.

Gentry and Montgomery were inducted into the Opry in 2009 after a string of No. 1 country hits and platinum albums with their mixture of Southern rock and country. Some of their hits included "Roll With Me," ''Back When I Knew It All," ''Lucky Man," ''Something to Be Proud Of" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me."

Montgomery Gentry was the only duo to interrupt the win streak held by Brooks and Dunn in the Country Music Association's vocal duo category between 1992 and 2006 when they won in 2000.

Gill encouraged Montgomery, who was seated in the audience, to lean on the Opry family and to return to the stage as he deals with the grief of losing his musical partner. Several singers went into the audience to hug Montgomery.

Gill teared up as he performed his own song, "Whenever You Come Around," which was the first song that Gentry sang for his wife Angie.

A full-sized Batman costume was set up beside the casket, a personal memento from Gentry who idolized the superhero. Many of his friends wore Batman logos on their bowties or buttons.

Rafeal Calderon, a family friend, explained that Gentry, who was as large and muscular as a football player, looked up to the superhero.

"He always said, 'You don't need superpowers to be a superhero.' Troy was a hero to all of us, but not as much as to his daughters," Calderon said.

He was remembered for his charity work for the T.J. Martell Foundation, and the USO, his love for Halloween and Christmas holidays, Elvis Presley and Disney movies. Friends talked about the meaning behind his tattoos and his on- and offstage antics.

Mike Glenn, senior pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, talked about how Gentry's faith had deepened in recent years and he was a better person for it.

"Now he was the best Troy we had ever seen," Glenn said. "His music was better; his writing was better."

Glenn said Gentry was excited about the new record they had just recorded, which was expected to come out in 2018.

"I don't want you to leave here thinking this man was perfect. He wasn't," Glenn said. "But he was on his way."

Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry, as well as his daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.




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Baby No. 2 on way for Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo

The Maroon 5 singer's wife, model Behati Prinsloo, posted a picture of herself with a slightly bulging stomach on Instagram Wednesday. The caption of her photo read: "ROUND 2." Levine's publicist has confirmed that the couple is expecting a baby.

Levine and Prinsloo married in 2014. Their daughter Dusty Rose Levine was born a year ago.

Levine's 13th season as a judge on the NBC reality competition "The Voice" begins later this month.

Grant Hart of pioneering indie rock band Husker Du dies

Widespread commercial success largely eluded Grant Hart and his pioneering indie-rock trio, Husker Du. But the hard-working band emerged as one of the heavyweights of Minneapolis' burgeoning 1980s music scene, and was credited with inspiring genre-defining acts that followed, including Nirvana and the Pixies.

Hart, who died Wednesday after being diagnosed with cancer, was the drummer and co-vocalist for the band he formed with bassist Greg Norton and guitarist-singer Bob Mould in 1978 in St. Paul.

The loud, hard-edged trio toured relentlessly and ruled the local music scene, along with Prince and The Replacements.

"They called it punk rock. I always thought it was like this wall of sound," former Twin Cities rock critic P.D. Larson said Thursday. "As they grew, there was definitely some melodic components that weren't immediately evident. They quickly transcended that hard-core label."

Husker Du, named after a Scandinavian board game, "Do you remember?" (Norton said he uttered the phrase as Hart was making up silly lyrics to a song), began as a punk outfit before moving into alternative rock.

The band released a string of critically acclaimed albums before signing with major label Warner Bros. Records. They released two more albums before disbanding in 1987, and Hart later pursued a solo career. Despite never experiencing huge commercial success, Husker Du was seen as a major influence on several acts that did.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams was among those artists, tweeting Thursday: "Your music saved my life. It was with me the day I left home. It's with me now. Travel safely to the summerlands."

The 56-year-old Hart died late Wednesday at a Minneapolis hospital from complications of liver cancer and hepatitis C, his wife, Brigid McGough, said in an email to Minnesota Public Radio's The Current. The band's record label also confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

"It was completely unexpected so it is a huge shock," McGough wrote.

On Thursday, Mould recalled how he met Hart in the fall of 1978, at a nearly empty St. Paul record store: Hart was clerking and the PA system was blaring punk rock.

"The next nine years of my life was spent side-by-side with Grant," Mould wrote on his Facebook page, describing Hart as "a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician."

"We (almost) always agreed on how to present our collective work to the world. When we fought about the details, it was because we both cared. The band was our life. It was an amazing decade," Mould wrote.

In a separate post, written to Hart, Norton said: "It was a wild ride, great times, bad times, through all of it, you were my friend first."

Hart's friends had known for months that he was ill with cancer. His last public performance was July 1 in Minneapolis. Hart thought he was going to play with friends but arrived to a surprise tribute being held in his honor.

The event featured longtime collaborators and friends, including Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland. Barbero organized the event, asking Hart's fellow musicians to play his songs.

"It was an honor for everybody to be under the same room and spend time with each other — and especially him. It was a very wonderful night," she said.

Record label Numero Group announced this month that a three-disk box set of Husker Du's early work, "Savage Young Du," would be released in November.


Associated Press writer Patrick Mairs contributed to this report from Philadelphia.

Willie Nelson, Raitt to headline Texas storm benefit concert

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are among the stars headlining a benefit concert next week to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Organizers said the "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" concert will be held in Austin on Sept. 22. It will be broadcast live on 11 Tegna stations in the state and on YouTube.

Also scheduled to perform are Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges. Actors Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey are scheduled to make special appearances at the four-hour show at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday afternoon. Prices range from $30 to $199; proceeds will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund .

Donations will also be collected from phone banks at the television stations.

Aretha Franklin to perform at Elton John's AIDS gala

Aretha Franklin will sing in honor of Elton John before she retires later this year.

John announced Tuesday that the Queen of Soul will perform at his annual AIDS charity event on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. This year marks the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th year.

Former President Bill Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sharon Stone will pay tribute to John's work as a philanthropist and humanitarian.

Franklin said this year that she plans to retire and is working on a new album. The 74-year-old said after retiring she will perform at "some select things."

Neil Patrick Harris will host John's charity event, to also feature performances by Grammy and Tony winner Heather Headley and violinist Joshua Bell.



Canadian gets jail time for biting girl at Green Day concert

A Canadian man who bit a 14-year-old girl on her right breast during a Green Day concert in Portland, Oregon, last month has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Joel Dauncey of Vancouver pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor harassment of a sexual or intimate body part.

Court documents say the teen told police she was dancing next to her mother at the Aug. 2 concert when a stranger bit her. She rated the pain as "3'' on a 1-10 scale.

A woman working at the concert told police that Dauncey had been cut off from buying alcohol. The worker said she witnessed the bite.

The 34-year-old man told investigators he does not remember the incident.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Dauncey made no statement at his sentencing.


This story has been corrected to remove extra letter in Dauncey in final paragraph.

Kid Rock opens Detroit arena with no political announcement

In the end, the political aspirations of musician Kid Rock were not laid bare Tuesday night before thousands of screaming fans when the rocker performed the first of six concerts at a new sports arena in Detroit.

For much of the summer, the Detroit-area native has teased a Republican run for the U.S. Senate. He continued doing so at the concert but did not say if he would enter the race.

Kid Rock's real name is Robert Ritchie. It is not clear which name could appear on the ballot if he runs — something that might make a difference in how well he would do.

"If Robert Ritchie were to submit enough valid signatures to make the ballot and he indicated that he wanted to be listed as 'Kid Rock' in some way on the ballot, Bureau of Elections staff would have to research further the question of whether that name would be allowed," Fred Woodhmans, a spokesman for the Michigan secretary of state's office told The Associated Press in an email.

Already, two Republicans have declared their candidacies for incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's seat. Stabenow, who easily won re-election in 2006 and 2012, will seek a fourth term and is expected to formally launch her campaign next year.

Kid Rock —who first gained commercial success in the late 1990s with rap rock music but has been more associated with country music in recent years — has not been bashful about his political leanings. He endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012 and Republican Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

He hinted on social media in July that a website teasing his candidacy for Senate was real. His publicist said Kid Rock would give fans exclusive insight on his political views and aspirations after his first song Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, sparking speculation that he might become a candidate at the new home for the NHL's Red Wings and the NBA's Pistons. Yet his obscenity-laced speech mirrored one he gave last week at a concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He was introduced as Michigan's "next senator" and talked about running for president. He criticized the government's "redistribution of wealth" to help "some deadbeat milking the system" and said he has no problem with gay marriage. He blasted Nazis and the KKK and said he loves black and white people "but neither as much as I love red, white and blue."

His appearance was met by dozens of protesters from a civil rights group. One counter-demonstrator held a Confederate flag.

The National Action Network's Detroit chapter said Kid Rock's embrace of the Confederate flag, expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and unabashed support for Trump have no place in Detroit, where about 80 percent of the city's 680,000 residents are black. Kaepernick, who is black, refused to stand during the national anthem while with the San Francisco 49ers last year in protest of police violence and social injustice.

Kid Rock, who is white, lashed out Monday at National Action Network in a Facebook post, saying politics are behind the threatened protest.

"Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create!" he wrote. "They are trying to use the old confederate flag (issue), etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office."

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that Kid Rock denied the newspaper credentials to the show because of a recent column that criticized having the musician as the arena's opening act.

"We won't reward bad behavior," Kid Rock's publicist, Kirt Webster, told the newspaper.

To make the 2018 ballot, Kid Rock would need to submit 15,000 valid signatures by April 24.

Pollster Ed Sarpolus of Target-Insyght said Kid Rock is better positioned than other GOP candidates for now because "he's got name ID and he's likable."

The two declared Republican candidates are former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr. and businesswoman Lena Epstein. No one has filed to run for the Senate seat, Woodhams said.

If Kid Rock were to advance to face Stabenow, Sarpolus said, it would be tough to beat her.

"Where the battle's going to be played is where do the independents go were he to run?" Sarpolus said. "Both have known numbers. This is a battle of the fringes."


Associated Press writer Mike Householder contributed to this report. Eggert reported from Lansing, Michigan.

Kid Rock responds on Facebook to calls to cancel concerts

Kid Rock says criticism about his upcoming concerts in Detroit is politically motivated.

The Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie posted an obscenity-laced response Monday on Facebook to a planned protest by the National Action Network's Detroit chapter.

The first of six concerts is scheduled Tuesday. The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock's past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem last year.

Kid Rock, who is white, wrote, "None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office."

He has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.

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