Oak Ridge Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Gilbert O’Sullivan, The Old Grey Whistle Test . Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan and Alan Parsons were among the 60+ guests at NASA’s VIP area on Friday morning for the final launch of the space shuttle program.
Patti LaBelle’s son, Zuri Edwards, and her hairdresser, Norma Harris, have been charged with assault in the attack on West Point cadet Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. People from LaBelle’s entourage claim that King had been abusive but security footage shows that it was members of Patti’s party that instigated the events that led to King’s injuries (see the footage in our original story).
The Oak Ridge Boys were asked to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. The question was popped on the Opry stage by Jimmy Dickens. The formal induction will take place on August 6.
Actress Hayley Atwell (Tranformers 3) told Esquire magazine that her next film may be the biography of Jimi Hendrix who would be played by Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) of OutKast.
The Old Grey Whistle Test is returning to Britain but, instead of TV, it will be a series of 16 radio shows. Titled Old Grey Whistle Test 40 to celebrate the programs 40th anniversary and will begin in August on BBC Radio 2. Guests will include Elton John, Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey and Mark Knopfler. “Whispering” Bob Harris will host.
Manuel Galban, a guitarist for Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club, passed away on Thursday from a heart attack. He was 80.
Gilbert O’Sullivan has signed with the U.K.’s Union Square Music who will reissue his catalog with deluxe editions of his 13 albums along with issuing a best of and a box set.
Chanel hosted its sixth annual TriBeCa Film Festival dinner in New York. Guests included Chloe Sevigny, Rose Byrne and Zoe Kravitz. Almost everyone was wearing Chanel at the dinner, held at the Manhattan brasserie Odeon. Guests included Naomi Watts, Robert De Niro, Zach Braff, Taylor Badgley, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Harley Viera Newton, Julian Schnabel, Patti Smith, Jeff Koons, Chiara Clemente, Jimmy Buffett, Lauren Hutton and Mirabelle, Melia and Brice Marden.
Artists honored hotographer Taryn Simon, the painter Clifford Ross and Robert De Niro, who each contributed a work to be awarded, in lieu of a little gold statue, to the film festival winners.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs through Sunday, May 1; the artworks will be on display through Wednesday, May 4 at the New York Academy of Art.
American Idol fanale Tuesday and rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. Other bands continue to tour the U.S. A. such as Elton John & Billy Joel, Phish, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock and the Jonas Brothers in June. Green Day announces their tour as Jimmy Buffett continues his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio. Tuesday night, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen will battle it out and keep millions of American Idol fans watching and dialing as they choose their new American Idol. Rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. All top 10 finalists: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre, will take the stage on a 50 city tour beginning July 5th, tickets are now on sale at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets. While President President Barack Obama is working on fixing the economy, some of Americas favorite bands are on tour in the U.S.A and Europe and Americans are buying tickets to sold out events. Elton John & Billy Joel, finishing up their spring Face 2 Face rock tour with remaining concerts in Indianapolis, IN, Auburn Hills, MI, Cleveland, OH, Washington, DC and parts of Canada. The Phish 2009 Summer Tour will still hit cities like Boston, MA, Nikon at Jones Beach, in Wantagh, NY. and Camden, NJ, also Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock will hit cities in June and July as well as the Jonas Brothers in June and Pink tickets are now on sale for September. Jimmy Buffett is continuing his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio. Green Day is now on tour as well as Nickelback and Coldplay.
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Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Keith Urban and Toby Keith are all on tour for the country music fans. If you are looking for comedy, seek Dane Cook, Flight of the Conchords, Jeff Dunham, Larry the Cable Guy or Ron White to name a few, even Whoopi Goldberg will perform in Las Vegas at the Encore Theatre At Wynn Las Vegas on May 22 and 23.
The Ultimate Fight Championships will happen in Las Vegas with UFC 98 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, followed by the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on June 20. The UFC 100 fight will happen at Mandalay Bay – Events Center on July 11, tickets are now on sale for all events at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets.
Michael Jackson will perform in London at the O2 Dome in the United Kingdom beginning July 8 and finish his 50th night concert on Feb. 24, 2010. So while the economy may be bad, Americans will always find a way to enjoy life by catching one of the many concerts and events featuring their favorite bands that are currently on tour at a city near you. For complete tour and concert dates, times and ticket prices visit http://www.NationalShowTickets.com when online and order tickets to sold out events.
If you are planning a visit to Las Vegas be sure and visit www.Click2Vegas.com for details of upcoming concerts and events that will be happening during your stay in Las Vegas.