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Metallica Donate To Wildres.
Lionel Richie Returns To Country
Elton John & Christmas Advert
Joe Perry Resting
Bono To Front TV AIDS Benefit
Metallica donate $100,000 to wildfire relief charities
Heavy rockers Metallica have become the latest stars to make a big donation to aid relief efforts following the devastating California wildfires.
The Nothing Else Matters musicians have split their $100,000 (£78,000) gift between two local funds to help survivors as flames from three different wildfires continue to ravage the state.
A spokesperson for the band's All My Hands Foundation, which was established last year (17), took to Facebook to share the news.
"Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state," the post read.
"All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief."
The charity official then encouraged fans to do their part by donating whatever they can, either by pledging money, food, clothing, time, or temporary housing to help victims get back on their feet.
"Every little bit helps," the representative added.
Other celebrities digging deep to boost relief funds include Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Bella Hadid, and Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who donated $500,000 (£390,000) to The Malibu Foundation through her charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation, after losing their Malibu home in the Woolsey Fire.
Meanwhile, Scottish actor Gerard Butler and singer Robin Thicke, whose properties were also destroyed in the disaster, teamed up for a star-studded community gathering on Friday (16Nov18), raising more than $2 million (£1.55 million) for The Malibu Foundation. The bash, which was held at the home of Gerard's girlfriend Morgan Brown, was attended by guests including Jamie Foxx, Sean Penn, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Minnie Driver, and The Edge.
Lionel Richie eyeing return to country music charts
Soul and R&B veteran Lionel Richie has teased his return to the country music charts by declaring he's working on "something surprising".
The Hello icon previously tackled the genre with his 2012 album Tuskegee, revamping some of his biggest hits as country collaborations with the likes of Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, and Blake Shelton.
Now Lionel reveals he will soon be offering up new material for fans, who have been eager to hear more country-tinged tracks from the music great.
"They keep asking me over and over again... A lot of times, people try to make up something (rumours) to make it happen," he chuckled to The Tennessean. "But I'm getting it from country radio: 'When are you gonna do it?'
"So let's (not) play around. Keep your ears open. It's gonna be something surprising."
Lionel, who helped to present the Entertainer of the Year honour at Wednesday night's 2018 CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, stopped short of offering up specific details about the project, but reveals he's a big fan of singer Chris Stapleton.
"I call him, 'Mr. Stapleton,' because he keeps calling me a legend. So I have to give him a title," he smiled.
Another country star he has gotten to know well is Luke Bryan, his fellow judge on the rebooted American Idol talent show, who has been urging the 69-year-old crooner to purchase a pad in Nashville, but so far, Lionel has refused.
"I said, 'No, Luke, the town ain't big enough for the two of us (sic)!'" he quipped.
Elton John loved reliving musical childhood for John Lewis' Christmas advert
Elton John relished reliving his childhood memories for this year's (18) John Lewis Christmas advert.
Elton, real name Reginald Dwight, is the latest star to team up with the retailer - and this year their 'The Boy and the Piano promo focuses on his rise from north London schoolboy to rock legend.
The commercial features Elton's iconic ballad Your Song, which was previously used in John Lewis' 2010 advert when Ellie Goulding covered the track.
"It's been a lovely opportunity for me to reflect on my life in music and the incredible journey I have been on, and how first playing my Grandmother's piano marks the moment when music came into my life," The Rocket Man singer said in a press release. "The ad is absolutely fantastic and I've truly loved every minute of being a part of it."
The ad begins with the music legend playing his piano in the present day, before showing him at the height of his career delighting fans at stadium and arena shows as well as on a private plane. It later cuts to a schoolboy performance as Elton is cheered on by his proud mother and grandmother and concludes with a scene in which his family buys a piano for Christmas - on which the young Reg Dwight, portrayed by four-year-old Freddie Henderson, played his first notes.
The other actors who played the singer at various ages were 10-year-old Hudson Trindall, Brandon Stein, who depicted him as a teen, Oliver Marshall, who played him as a young adult, and Simon Burbage, who took up the role of Elton in middle-age.
His involvement in the campaign has been rumoured for months, with reports claiming the star was paid $6.4 million (£5 million). However, John Lewis reps claim the figure is, "wildly inaccurate" - stating that their spend is similar to previous years - and a portion of the 71-year-old's fee was donated to his Elton John Charitable Trust.
As part of the campaign the retailer is selling pianos for the first time in 70 years, and the set from the advert, including the iconic instrument, has been recreated in their flagship London Oxford Street store.
Joe Perry resting at home after hospital stay
Rock veteran Joe Perry has reportedly returned home to continue his recovery following a concert health scare last weekend (10-11Nov18).
The Aerosmith star caused concern on 10 November (18) after collapsing in his dressing room following a guest performance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Paramedics had to put a trachea down his throat to clear the air path before transporting him to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for the breathing issue.
The 68 year old remained under doctors' care for five days before he was discharged on Thursday (15Nov18), according to TMZ.
Perry recently reached out to fans online to assure them he is OK: "Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!," he wrote on Twitter.
He has not shared the exact reason for his health scare, but sources close to the guitarist claim his illness was a combination of allergies and fatigue, which apparently exacerbated breathing problems he's had his whole life.
Perry previously suffered a medical emergency that led to his collapse onstage during a Hollywood Vampires gig in New York in 2016.
It was claimed dehydration and exhaustion had led to Joe's ailment, and the group's frontman, Alice Cooper, speculated at the time that his pal may have been unprepared for the rigours of a world tour.
"I look around the stage and he's (Perry) gone," Alice told Rolling Stone. "He was lying behind an amp on his back... We didn't know what happened until after the show.
"Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I'm used to working like that. I'm used to working an hour and 40 minutes or two hours, five nights a week. I was in shape and so was Johnny (Depp, the band's other guitarist) and everybody else. I think Joe was not ready for that kind of pace."
Perry sat out a string of Hollywood Vampires shows, before returning to the line-up weeks later.
His latest recovery is good news for Aerosmith fans, as the I Don't Want to Miss a Thing hitmakers are gearing up to launch a residency in Las Vegas next year (19).
Bono to front TV AIDS benefit days after announcing U2 are 'going away now'
U2 star Bono and comedians Will Ferrell and Chris Rock are teaming up for a U.S. TV special to raise money and awareness in the fight against AIDS.
The trio will join the likes of Mila Kunis and Snoop Dogg for the fourth annual Jimmy Kimmel Live (RED) benefit show on Monday night (19Nov18), ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December.
The broadcast will begin with a (RED) Shopathon, where fans can bid on products and "experiences" offered by many of the stars participating in the TV special.
During last year’s event, Bono sat down for an interview with Kimmel and told the TV host that his charity organisation had provided medication to 21 million people, but added, "There are still 400 babies born today who need not be born with the virus that was given to their mother in utero."
The rocker predicted that the situation could be fixed by 2020.
"We really believe we can do it," he told Kimmel.
News of Bonos involvement in this year's (RED) benefit comes days after the rock star sparked concern among U2 fans by revealing the band was "going away now" following the end of their Experience + Innocence Tour.
He made the comment as the group took to the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany for the last night of their trek on Tuesday (13Nov18).
"We've been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and these last four years have been really something very special for us. We're going away now..." Bono told the crowd.
If he speaks to Kimmel again on Monday night, he is expected to explain his remark.