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Roxy Music star wants to complete album
MJ estate sues
Peter Tork dead
Kenny G wants to record with Kayne West
Tommy Lee marries
Roxy Music star wants band to complete forgotten album
Roxy Music star Andy Mackay is hoping the band's upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction will inspire them to get back to work on a forgotten 2007 album.
The saxophone player told Rolling Stone he and his bandmates abandoned the project after frontman Bryan Ferry announced he wasn't in the right place to write an album's worth of lyrics.
"It started well... but he didn’t really feel it was going the right way for him, so he wanted to work on some (other) material that he had... And then we all got distracted off in different ways," Andy said.
"Personally, I’d very much like to revisit those tracks. I haven’t listened to them in a long time. I’d like to see if there’s some possibility in working on them. But Bryan is very busy. He likes working. He’s doing live work at the moment. He’s doing a lot of that, so he’s not really thinking about the studio now."
Roxy Music will be among the class of 2019 when they are inducted into the Hall of Fame in April, and Mackay hopes the traditional performance that comes with the honour will bring the band back together for a proper farewell tour.
"We have never actually advertised a farewell tour, except in 1975," he added. "It’s been quite a long time now we haven’t played together. Maybe we’d find it a bit strange. Also, we’d need to revisit the material a little bit. You can’t jump around onstage playing the arrangements you were playing in your mid-twenties when you’re in your early seventies. It just doesn’t quite work.
"There’s plenty of rock 'n' roll still in us, so who knows? Maybe the Hall of Fame is the thing that will make us think about it."
Michael Jackson's estate launches $100 million lawsuit over documentary
Executors for #MichaelJackson's estate have filed a $100 million (£76.7 million) lawsuit against bosses at U.S. network HBO over a controversial new documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against the late singer.
The documentary, titled Leaving Neverland, centres on two men who claim the King of Pop abused them when they were children. The Thriller singer began long-running relationships with the families of Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck in the late 1980s, when they were age seven and 10, respectively. In the film, the pair speak about Jackson's alleged misconduct and how they came to terms with it in their adult life.
While there has been considerable media interest in the documentary, which is set to air on the U.K. channel on 6 and 7 March and Sunday, 3 March on HBO in the U.S., Jackson's family has been vocal in their opposition to the feature.
"I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your 'documentary' are 'significant allegations'," they wrote a letter, which was released to the Associated Press earlier this month (Feb19). "It is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone."
According to The Blast, estate officials have filed a petition to compel HBO executives into arbitration and have launched a $100 million lawsuit. They also argue that because Jackson has a "longstanding contractual relationship" with HBO, that a non-disparagement clause was violated.
"HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself," estate attorney Howard Weitzman tells the website.
"HBO could have and should have ensured that Leaving Neverland was properly sourced, fact checked and a fair and balanced representation," he continues. "Instead they chose to fund and produce a film where they knew the two subjects had for many years testified under oath and told family, friends and law enforcement that Mr. Jackson did nothing inappropriate to either of them."
The Monkees star Peter Tork dead at 77
The Monkees star #PeterTork has died at the age of 77.
The bassist and singer passed away on Thursday (21Feb19), just over a week after his birthday.
His sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed his loss to The Washington Post, although his cause of death has yet to be released.
He previously suffered from a rare form of tongue cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, although he was given the all clear from his doctors in September, 2009, just six months after going public with his health crisis.
Tork was a founding member of pop icons The Monkees, originally created for a U.S. TV series of the same name, which aired from 1966 to 1968.
Together with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones, the quartet enjoyed hits like I'm a Believer, A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You, and Daydream Believer, and continued to record songs following the end of their TV show until 1971.
They subsequently enjoyed a number of reunion shows and tours with various incarnations of the original line-up.
Jones died in 2012, but the remaining trio continued to work together now and again, with Tork last touring with Dolenz and Nesmith in 2016.
Tork's last musical project was a Lead Belly tribute album titled Relax Your Mind, which he released last year (18).
Shortly after the news of his passing hit headlines, representatives for his official Facebook page posted a statement which read: "It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world.
"As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter's friends, family and colleagues - we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately."
Kenny G wants to record with Kanye West after Valentine's Day gig
Kenny G is hoping his last minute Valentine's Day booking at Kanye West's home leads to a collaboration with the rapper.
Kanye thrilled his wife, Kim Kardashian, on Thursday (14Feb19) when he decorated the couple's living room with roses and persuaded the saxophonist to play for her.
Kenny performed his track Forever in Love and Kim's favourite Wizard of Oz tune, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as he stood among the sea of flowers, watching the Wests dance and shower each other with kisses.
Kim took to Instagram to share the magic moment as Kenny played, tweeting: "NO BIG DEAL KENNY G IN MY LIVING ROOM!!! Happy Valentines Day," alongside a video of her special guest playing his sax.
Clearly impressed by Kanye's romantic gesture, she later added: "(Best) husband award goes to mine!!!! Most thoughtful gifts ever!!!
"Happy Valentine’s Day Babe!!! I love you so much!"
Now, Kenny admits the big surprise came together on Wednesday night and he was flattered to be asked to perform for Kim.
"I get a few emails from friends of Kanye... saying that he would like this to happen: 'Am I in town?'," the easy listening star tells TMZ. "I happened to be home and he doesn't live that far from me, so I thought, 'Sure, let's do this. It sounds really fun!' It was very last minute."
After his performance, Kanye took Kenny to his studio and played him some new tracks and the sax player is now hoping to spend more time with the rapper.
"We had some conversations so let's see what would happen...," Kenny G adds. "This saxophone will sound great with his music... I know it will."
Meanwhile, the sax star is hoping to get another celebrity booking next Valentine's Day: "I'm thinking next year it's probably Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom for me."
The I Kissed a Girl singer and her actor boyfriend became engaged on Thursday.
Tommy Lee marries Brittany Furlan on Valentine's Day
Tommy Lee made his Valentine's Day one to remember on Thursday (14Feb19), by marrying fiancee Brittany Furlan.
Social media star Brittany confirmed the happy news on Instagram on Thursday, telling fans that she's a married woman after tying the knot with the 56-year-old Motley Crue rocker.
Sharing a picture of the couple's dogs Neena and Wicket dressed up as a bride and groom, Brittany wrote: "It’s official!!!! We’re married!!! MR & MRS LEE YAHOOOOOOOO."
Tommy later shared the same snap, and captioned it: "Holy s**tballs!!!! We did it!!!! Mr & Mrs Lee."
Ahead of the nuptials, Brittany, 32, took to Twitter on Monday to reflect on how much her life has changed since meeting Tommy.
"I can’t believe I went from the most depressed, lonely girl, thinking I would die alone with my dogs to getting married in 4 days... wow... life is a trip," she wrote.
The marriage is the first for Brittany and the fourth for Tommy, who has previously been married to model Elaine Bergen, and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
The wedding comes a year to the day that Tommy proposed to Brittany, who found fame sharing short videos on app Vine.
Tommy and Brittany sparked rumours they'd tied the knot last May (18), when they shared fake wedding pictures, which showed them wearing white bathrobes kissing in front of an outdoor canopy decorated with petals, alongside Tommy's caption: "Did it, I do A LOT".
The pair later took to Instagram Stories to admit they'd been standing in front of leftovers from someone else's wedding, and their own big day wasn't until 2019.
Brittany added that everyone at their wedding "has to wear a f**king bathrobe at our wedding, because that's just how we roll." It's unclear whether or not the pretty brunette stuck to her dress code plan, as pictures of the happy couple on their big day have yet to be revealed.