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Neil Young 'heartbroken' after death of longtime manager
Neil Young has shared an emotional tribute to his friend and longtime manager Elliot Roberts.
The musician honoured the 76-year-old, who died on Friday (21Jun19), in a sweet post shared on his website.
“My friend for over 50 years, Elliot Roberts, has passed away," he began the post about his pal of over 50 years. "We are all heartbroken, but want to share what a great human being Elliot has been. Never one to think of himself, he put everyone else first.
"That’s what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship love laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music. That’s what he did," Young continued.
Remembering his "best friend in the world" and his sense of humour, the Rockin' in the Free World hitmaker recalled how his manager was always by his side, no matter what.
"No matter where I was in the world, no matter his other obligations, he was always by the side of the stage as much as he could be... Elliot was the funniest human being on earth with his uncanny wit and a heart filled with love," he shared.
Roberts also managed the careers of Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, Tom Petty, the Talking Heads and Devo, and Young praised him for always putting his clients first.
“Elliot loved making deals for all of us, saving our publishing rights, ensuring we were treated well, helping book our concerts, as well as booking the Bridge Concert with Marsha Vlasic from the very beginning for over 30 years. He made it happen,” the musician added.
“This world is forever changed for me, for all who knew him and loved him. His memory shines with love. Elliot Roberts was the greatest manager of all time. See you at the gig, Elliot,” Young concluded his tribute.
Mick Jagger returns to the stage following heart surgery
Mick Jagger took to the stage to perform with the Rolling Stones for the first time since undergoing heart surgery earlier this year.
The 75-year-old was hospitalised in April and underwent a heart valve replacement, leading to the rockers postponing 14 dates on their U.S. No Filter Tour.
And on Friday, the band's frontman made a triumphant return to the stage, performing for more than three hours in front of 60,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Fans at the gig, which kicked off the rescheduled leg of the band’s North America tour, shared videos and photos on social media, showing Jagger singing and dancing on stage.
“Thank you for a great opening show Chicago,” Jagger wrote on Instagram and Twitter after the gig, alongside a photo of him wearing a black and white checked bomber jacket on stage.
According to TMZ.com, the rockers pleased fans with a selection of their most iconic hits, including Satisfaction, Sympathy for the Devil, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Paint it Black, Gimme Shelter, and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” the rocker told Toronto radio station Q107 earlier this month. “Been rehearsing a lot lately in the last few weeks… This morning (I did) a bit of gym. Nothing crazy. Then I go into rehearsal with the rest of the band.”
Jagger also revealed that, despite his advancing years, he still enjoys the process of touring - as long as it's not all the time.
"(Today I) spend three or four months on the road in a year and that seems to be quite a good balance," he smiled.
Elton John urges world leaders to give more for AIDS research as he receives French honour
Elton John urged world leaders to dig deeper to fund AIDS research as he collected France's highest civilian honour on Friday.
The rocker was awarded the Legion of Honour medal by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris and used the occasion to call for more money for research into the disease, which has cost several of his friends their lives.
"Success is essential, it is of great importance to me," Elton said, referring to his charity, The Elton John Aids Foundation, has generated more than $395 million for HIV prevention, education and support.
"Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d'Honneur," the 72-year-old said.
Elton and the President entered the courtyard ceremony hand in hand as the rocker's husband, David Furnish, and their two sons looked on. The rocker wore a navy suit with the words 'Bennie & the Jets' written on the back of the jacket - a nod to his 1973 hit.
"Merci beaucoup President and Madame Macron for welcoming our family so warmly. It was the most beautiful day that we will never forget," David captioned a collage of images form the ceremony on Instagram.
Elton performed in Paris on Thursday night on what has been billed as his farewell world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road.
While he didn't acknowledge the honour on social media, the Your Song hitmaker shared a series of backstage snaps showing him with his famous friends who attended the show, including Lenny Kravitz, Jean Paul Gaultier and Tilda Swinton, who was in Paris for Karl Lagerfeld's memorial.
"FANTASTIC gig in Paris last night! Thank you @lennykravitz, Tilda Swinton and @jpgaultierofficial for coming to see the show," he wrote alongside the photos.
Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars outshines Madonna's Madame X to take Number 1 album
It was The Boss vs The Queen of Pop in the race to Number 1, but of the two American music icons, it's Bruce Springsteen who takes the glory in this week's Official Albums Chart.
Bruce's 19th studio album Western Stars is his first album of new material since 2012 and becomes his eleventh UK chart-topper, finishing an impressive 25,000 combined sales ahead of nearest rival Madonna.
Western Stars shifted over 45,400 copies on CD and vinyl this week, making it the fastest selling album on physical formats of the year so far.
Bruce's victory means Madonna must settle for runner-up position with her 14th studio album Madame X. She can take comfort from the fact she still holds the record for the most Number 1 albums by a female artist, with 12 chart-toppers under her belt.
Bastille are new at 4 with third album Doom Days, and 40 years after its original release, an anniversary reissue gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.
Jack Savoretti's Singing to Strangers gets a boost thanks to Soccer Aid and other TV appearances, rocketing 28 slots to 18, while a re-release of two orchestral albums by Roy Orbison, A Love So Beautiful/Unchained Melodies, is at 22.
Poet and rapper Kate Tempest lands a second UK Top 40 album with The Book of Traps and Lessons, new at 30, and a limited edition red vinyl edition of Queen's Greatest Hits – already the biggest selling album of all time in the UK – lifts the album back up to 31.
Scottish band LaFontaines start at 33 with third album Junior, and US singer-songwriter Bill Callahan scores a first UK Top 40 with Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest at 37.
Alice Cooper: God gave me 'another chance' when I stopped drinking
Alice Cooper thinks God gave him "another chance" when he stopped drinking.
The 71-year-old rocker got sober 37 years ago and he has admitted that at the height of his alcoholism he would drink a bottle of whisky every day, arrogantly believing he was "indestructible", however, after being told by a doctor that he was putting his life at risk he looked to religion for guidance and felt it was a "gift from God" that he was able to go teetotal.
In an interview with The I Paper, he said: "I was drinking a bottle of VO [whisky] a day. When you're 25 or 26 you think you're indestructible. I started throwing up blood and that's when you're alarm goes off. The doctor said I give you two months before you join all the other Hollywood vampires, the guys that are gone. I took that seriously.
"I came out totally sober and it was basically a gift from God that I didn't have to go to AA, so I looked at it this way, God gave me another chance and said, 'Look I don't mind you being a rock 'n' roller at all but also be a Christian,' and I went, 'OK, that sounds good to me.' "
From his own experience the 'School's Out' hitmaker has been able to help many other battle their demons.
He said: "People call me privately and go, 'Listen don't tell anyone but I need to find a place to check in.' And I go, 'The fact you're calling me probably means you're half way home.' "
The 'Poison' singer - who married Sheryl Goddard in 1976 - now fills his days when he's not touring or recording playing golf as it's good to be "be addicted to something" that won't "kill" him.
He said: "I've been married to my wife for 43 years and I've never cheated on my wife. I play golf six days a week and the reason is I had to find something that was going to be an addiction, because I like being addicted. But I want to be addicted to something that's not going to kill me."