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Image Courtesy of Content MediaA new documentary focusing on Janis Joplin will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which will take place September 2-12 in the Italian city.  The film, titled Janis, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.

Janis, which was made with the support of Joplin's family and estate, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27.  It's narrated by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who reads passages from Joplin's personal letters to family, lovers and friends throughout the film.

The documentary also includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends and fellow music stars; previously unseen footage; and archival clips from such landmark events at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals and the Festival Express Tour.  In addition, the film's soundtrack features many of Janis' best-known songs, including "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime."

"After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen," says Berg.  "This has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share Janis' unique, intimate story with the world.  Chan Marshall has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis' by reading her letters."

Janis was co-produced by Alex Gibney, who has directed such acclaimed documentaries as 2007's Taxi to the Dark Side, 2014's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and this year's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.

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Apple Corps Ltd.The Beatles' second feature film, Help!, got its world premiere 50 years ago today at London's Pavilion Theatre.  In the audience for the event were Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden, who -- according to -- postponed a planned summer vacation to attend the gala.

The follow-up to the Fab Four's big-screen debut, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! features the band members again portraying themselves, as they get involved in a madcap caper focusing on a cursed ring that comes into Ringo Starr's possession.  During the flick, The Beatles travel from London to the Swiss Alps to the Bahamas while being pursued by fanatical cult members, a crazy scientist and British police.  Among the classic tunes showcased in the movie are "Help!," "I Need You," "The Night Before," "Ticket to Ride," "You're Going to Lose That Girl" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

Interestingly, the title track, which was penned by John Lennon, was the only tune written specifically for the flick.  Help! was directed by Richard Lester, who also was behind the lens for A Hard Day's Night.  Some of scenes in the film that are set to Beatles music, such as one in which the band members are skiing in the Austrian Alps while "Ticket to Ride" plays, are considered influences on the modern music video.  The movie's absurd humor also can be seen reflected in The Monkees TV series and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Help! was released on Blu-ray for the first time in June 2013 with a variety of bonus features.  In honor of its 50th anniversary, the movie will get a special free screening at the South Pasadena Public Library in South Pasadena, California, on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT.

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Credit: Greg RothPeter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall.   The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.

Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be a special guest at the shows.  The tour will mark the first time Peter will play entire sets unplugged.

"I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton in a statement.  "I couldn't do it without the help of my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy…I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano.  I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

Adds Julian, "I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family.  Two birds, one stone."

Last month, Peter revealed to Billboard that the acoustic tour would be held in conjunction with an unplugged album he's recording that will feature stripped-down renditions of various songs from his back catalog.

Meanwhile, Frampton currently is out on the road in North America playing joint shows with Cheap Trick, as well as a few headlining performances.  His summer itinerary is plotted out through an August 29 concert in Coquitlam, Canada.

Here are all of Frampton's upcoming tour dates; with Cheap Trick unless otherwise noted:

7/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live*
8/8 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center
8/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
8/11 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center For The Arts
8/12 -- Cary, NC, Regency Park - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
8/15 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
8/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
8/18 -- St. Louis, River City Casino
8/19 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre*
8/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
8/24 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
8/25 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
8/27 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
8/28 -- Redmond, WA, Marymore Park
8/29 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino*
10/8 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
10/9 -- Meridian, MS, Riley Center For the Performing Arts
10/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
10/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/16 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Library of Homestead
10/17 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University
10/18 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/20 -- Albany, NY, The Egg - Hart Theatre
10/22 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/23 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
10/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center

* = headlining electric show
= acoustic concert.

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F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.

The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."

He continued, "It was very difficult to maintain the level of global exclusivity and control that we hope to with our shows with that show and the way it was structured with the Norwegian broadcaster. We're big fans of the show." 

Van Zandt -- who played a New York mob boss who relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the witness protection program -- recently tweeted, "#Lilyhammer RIP. Not my decision. Let's just say for now the business got too complicated. Very proud of our 24 shows. New ideas on the way."

In addition to his starring role as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, Van Zandt also served as the series' executive producer, co-writer and musical director.

Three seasons of Lilyhammer were produced, the last of which premiered in November.

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PRNewsFoto/Mascot Label GroupIt's been about 17 years since Steve Perry and Journey parted ways, and while the reclusive singer has rarely performed since then, the group's founding guitarist, Neal Schon, says he and his current band mates would welcome him with open arms if he wanted to sing with them again.

"The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon tells ABC Radio.  "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?'  Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never know.'"

Schon explains that he and the rest of Journey, including current frontman Arnel Pineda, would be happy to have Perry join them for at least a one-off performance, if not more.

"[We] are always like, 'You ever want to come on and just sing a portion of one song, sing a part of a song with Arnel or sing the whole set, you're welcome anytime you want to come,'" Neal maintains.  "[Arnel is] not threatened.  Nobody's on any ego trip.  We don't have any bad feelings."

Having said that, Schon admits that and he and Perry aren't on the best of terms these days, although he insists that he has tried to keep the avenue of communication open.

"[Steve] says that we love each other but we don't like each other.  I don't know him well enough anymore to know if I like him," Neal says with a laugh.  "I know that I love him, but…I mean, he won't allow me to speak to him directly on the phone, and I write to him all the time and just say, 'Hey, what's up?  I hope you're doing well,' and that's it, you know?  And sometimes he writes back and sometimes he doesn't."

Schon tells ABC Radio that regardless of the status of their relationship, he truly appreciates what he and Perry accomplished together when they were band mates.

"All's we did was create timeless music.  And so for that I'm very grateful," says Neal.  "And I'm sure he is too.  He said that he is.  But, you know, we're grown men and so it's time to take the chips off the shoulder and to grow up and let the kids be kids."

He calls Perry "truly one of the greatest [vocalists] of all time."

Meanwhile, Schon says he was glad to see that Steve took to the stage to perform again last year, referring to the handful surprise guest appearances Perry made at club shows by the indie-rock act Eels.

"I was just happy to see him get out there," Neal maintains, adding, with a chuckle, "I thought it was quite ironic the places that he chose to do it.  But, you know, I was glad to see him sing and hope that he would do more, actually."

Schon currently is on a Canadian tour with Journey that winds down this Monday, August 3, in St. Johns, Newfoundland.  Neal's own side project has been opening the shows, playing songs from his recent solo album, Vortex.

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Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Metallica, Florence the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and a variety of popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.

McCartney's set is scheduled to run from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT.  This will mark the first time one of the rock legend's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.

You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV; the full schedule will be revealed on Thursday.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit

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Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released.  Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.  In the new movie, Neville captures Richards working on his new album, and visits important people and places that played a part in shaping Keith's music throughout his long career.

"If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it.  He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," says Neville.  "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom.  That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

Under the Influence features new conversations with Richards and other musicians, including his friend Tom Waits, as well as archival material and behind-the-scenes footage.  The movie finds Keith visiting Chicago, country music capital Nashville, and New York City, where he recorded Crosseyed Heart with help of his longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said Keith Richards: Under the Influence offers "a really interesting, unique take on Keith" and is "a really, really marvelous film."  He also noted that his network has recently gotten positive response after airing original music-focused documentaries about The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Nina Simone, so screening the Richards flick "felt like a great fit."

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Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, has inspired many of his songs, from "Temptation" to "Goodnight My Angel" to "The Downeaster 'Alexa.'"  Now, the Piano Man says he'll pen a new tune for the baby he and his new wife are expecting next month.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Billy says, "I'm going to write a song for the kid, or something.  Alexa...was always enchanted with music even before there were words."   No word on whether or not the song will have lyrics or if he'll ever release the tune: Billy hasn't put out an album of pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also discusses his relationship with his former tour partner Elton John, whose record for most performances by a solo artist at New York's Madison Square Garden he recently broke.  During that record-breaking show, Billy played Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but he says he wasn't doing it to needle the Rocket Man. 

"That was really an homage," he tells EW.  "He's, like, the guy before me!  He was the piano player before I was a Piano Man. I felt humbled by it -- to play [the Garden] 65 times and beat his record. I thought, 'I'd like to tip my hat to the man.'"

While Billy and Elton have had had their ups and downs over the years -- with Elton publicly criticizing Billy for not releasing enough albums and for not taking rehab seriously -- Billy says they buried the hatchet "a long time ago" during a sit-down meeting.  Asked to describe what that was like, Billy says, "He was concerned. I think he's a little scared of me sometimes, like 'What's he going to do?'" 

He laughs, "I'd tie his shoes [together] on stage while he [was] playing the piano, just to f*** him up."

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Farm AidFarm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago with an eclectic lineup headlined by Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The bill also includes Mavis Staples.

Young and Mellencamp, along with country legend Willie Nelson, are members of the Farm Aid board.

"We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," says Nelson in a statement. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people -- farmers, eaters, advocates and activists -- who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we'll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."

Farm Aid 30 will be held September 19 at Chicago's FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets will go on sale August 3 at 10 a.m. CT. For more information, visit

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ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesJermaine Jackson thanked the doctors in Brazil who're taking care of his father, Joe Jackson, who fell ill there Sunday.

"Thank you for the love & prayers for our father. Following a heart procedure, he remains in hospital where he's doing 'extremely well'," Jermaine tweeted Monday night.

"Doctors say cardiac arrest followed a mini-stroke. Thankfully, brain scans show it's 'not as bad as first feared'. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo," he added.

Joe Jackson was in Brazil celebrating his 87th birthday, which was Sunday, when he suffered the heart attack and stroke. 

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It seems The Doobie Brothers really do take the  band name quite seriously, case in point: the band is suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark usage claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar” to theirs, according to Billboard.

On Friday, Doobie Brothers Corp. and Doobro Entertainment sued the Northern California folk-rock cover duo-which consists of musicians Jason Crosby and Roger McNamee. The band said it successfully trademarked the words "Doobie Brothers" and "Doobies" for musical performances in 1982.

The band is arguing that Crosby and McNamee’s use of "Doobie" in their band’s name exhibits "willful intent to trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers.” They want the group to stop using the name DDS immediately and are seeking punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.  They also are requesting a full accounting of the group’s earnings.

Crosby and McNamee are far from novice musicians. Crosby has played with Bob Weir, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana while McNamee performs in the jam band, Moonshine and is the co-founder of prominent venture capital firms Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners, the latter he founded with U2's Bono.

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Credit: Danny ClinchAgribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, Seeding Fear, co-produced by Neil Young’s film company.

As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.

“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone, saying that an White admitted in court documents to planting Monsanto seed.

The company pointed to a blog posted on its website, entitled “Correcting The Monsanto Years.” The title is a reference to Young’s The Monsanto Years, a nine-song multimedia project on environmental and ecological themes that name-checks the giant St. Louis-based company. 

 “Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare,” the company continues. “Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. In addition, all of the proceeds we receive from any settlement -- including Mr. White’s settlement -- are donated to youth leadership initiatives and to support the local communities in which farmers live and work.”

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Image Courtesy of Andrew MacphersonEagles guitarist Joe Walsh will kick off a month-long solo tour beginning this September.

Walsh will hit the road beginning September 18 with a show at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, according to a release.

The tour, which reunites Walsh with Barnstorm keyboardist and guitarist Joe Vitale,will travel though Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina before wrapping up at Boston’s Orpheum on October 17.

Walsh promises that his shows will feature songs from his days with James Gang as well as his solo hits and selections from Barnstorm.

“I’m going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven’t ever played live, but everything everyone’s coming to hear will also be in the show,” he said.

He added that playing smaller theaters will ensure that everyone will have a “good seat” for the action.

“I’ve missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better,” he said. “It reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I’m really looking forward to it all.”

Here are Joe Walsh's announced tour dates:

9/18 -- Warren, OH, Packard Music Hall
9/19 -- East Windsor, ON, Colosseum , Caesars Windsor
9/21 -- Cincinatti, OH, Taft Theatre
9/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
9/25 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center
9/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/1 -- New York,NY, Beacon Theatre
10/7 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
10/14 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
10/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/17 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre

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Credit: Mark SeligerRolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has released a new video for “Trouble,” the lead single from his first solo album in more than two decades.

Richards had some heavy talent behind the clip, which is streaming on Apple Music. The video was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, who directed 20 Feet from Stardom, and features Keith, and frequent collaborators guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Steve Jordan performing the tune at  Germano Studios in New York City, where much of the album was recorded.

As previously reported, Richards’ first solo album in 23 years -- Crosseyed Heart -- is set for release on September 18, featuring 15 tracks, including the country-tinged “Robbed Blind’, the reggae flavored "Love Overdue" and a duet with Norah Jones called "Illusion."

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Credit: Paul BrownDJ Ashba is leaving Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. In a letter posted to his Facebook, the guitarist writes he's leaving to focus more on his family and his other band, Sixx:A.M..

"It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories," Ashba writes. "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."

While Sixx:A.M., led by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, was originally conceived as a studio-only band, the group launched their first full-scale tour earlier this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sixx revealed Sixx:A.M. will be releasing two companion albums next year, adding "We're all committing 100 per cent of our time to this band, and anything else that's out there has to revolve around that."

Elsewhere in his letter, Ashba thanks Axl Rose, who remains the sole member from GNR's classic lineup who's in the present-day incarnation of the band.

"I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me," writes Ashba. "You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAs a glaucoma sufferer, Bono has battled vision problems for many years.  Now the U2 singer has teamed up with eyewear company Revo for a campaign seeking to provide better vision care for people around the world.

The goal of the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative is to help prevent blindness and sight impairment in more than 5 million people by 2020.  The campaign aims to raise $10 million to go toward improving access to eye examinations, prescription glasses and vision care for in-need communities across the globe.

In conjunction with the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" campaign, $10 from every pair of Revo sunglasses sold will be donated to the cause, up to $10 million.

Throughout U2's Innocence Experience World Tour, Bono is exclusively wearing Revo sunglasses.  The singer also has designed a special collection of sunglasses featuring five styles, and including lenses in various colors, that will go in sale this fall at and many retail stores.  Bono has donated all the time he's devoting to the initiative.

"The 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' campaign is a very personal one for me," says Bono in a statement.  "Thanks to good medical care my eyes are OK, but tens of millions of people around the world with sight problems don't have access to glasses, or even a basic eye test… Sight is a human right and the 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' initiative will help ensure millions of people have access to the eye exams and glasses they need to see."

Bono and Revo also are partnering with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on making available vision care and blindness-prevention solutions to under-resourced areas.  Some of the money raised by the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative also will fund eye-health research programs.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageU2's string of shows at New York's famed Madison Square Garden continued Sunday night with a special appearance by Lady Gaga.

Gaga, a native New Yorker, joined U2 onstage for a rendition of "Ordinary Love," the band's Oscar-nominated song from the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

A photo of the collaboration was posted on U2's Instagram page, with the caption, "All hail Her Gaganess."

U2 has three more concerts scheduled at MSG: Monday, Thursday and Friday.

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Camerawork USAElton John has announced details of this year's edition of Smash Hits, the annual charity tennis match he co-hosts with his old friend, legendary tennis star Billie Jean King.  The 2015 event is scheduled to take place October 12 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, the site of Elton's "Million Dollar Piano" residency.

This marks the first time in the fundraiser's 23-year history that it will be held in Las Vegas.  Joining John and King at the event will be four champion tennis players -- Andre Agassi, his wife Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick.  Agassi has played at 13 previous Smash Hits matches, while Navratilova and Roddick have appeared at 11 and Graf at three events.

During the event, Elton and Billie Jean each captain a team.  Over the years, they've pulled down 11 wins each.  Smash Hits raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation as well as AIDS charities located in the area where the event is held.  This year's local beneficiary is Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

"It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," says Elton in a statement.  "I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause."

Tickets are on sale now via and  Last year's event, which was held in London, raised more than $1 million, and the bringing the total money earned by the charity event to more than $13 million. 

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Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentA new feature animated film titled Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery was released Friday on DVD and Blu-ray.  Some KISS fans may feel that pairing the famous rockers with the cartoon canine seems a bit odd, but band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons beg to differ.

"KISS is iconic.  Scooby-Doo is iconic.  KISS is iconic in the same way that Batman or Superman are, so to take two worlds and combine 'em together allows both to be true to themselves," Stanley tells ABC Radio.

The singer/guitarist adds, "I mean, we're a rock band, but we're way more than a rock band.  Rock bands are so pigeonholed and so afraid to walk outside of their comfort zone.  KISS isn't like that, so for us this was something that seemed very natural."

Simmons has a similar opinion, maintaining that a KISS collaboration with Scooby-Doo "makes perfect sense."

The bassist also points out, "Anything that's iconic, that stands the test time is classic, and we only get involved in that," noting that KISS previously has worked with such other animated franchises as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents and Family Guy, not to mention being the subject of various comic books over the years.

The plot of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery centers around a big Halloween concert that the band is scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World.  Unfortunately, a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors to the park, which could lead to the show being cancelled.  Enter Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. gang, who proceed to join forces with KISS to see if they can foil the evildoer's sinister plan.

The movie includes six classic KISS songs, and features voice cameos from such stars as Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.

Stanley says the animated flick compares favorably to another feature-length KISS project, the campy live-action 1978 TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.

"This is much more cohesive, and that was quite disjointed and kind of [had] a lot of loose ends," Paul maintains.  "So this is much more a finished product, and…we're just really pleased with it."

In other KISS news, Simmons tells ABC Radio that the band is writing new material, which may or may not result in a new studio album.

"Some of us think there's a new record coming, some of us don't," he says. "So stay tuned."  Drummer Eric Singer, meanwhile, adds, "Some of us hope there's a new record coming."

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.

A statement from the Houston family reads, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July 26 2015, surrounded by her family.  She is finally at peace in the arms of God.  We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

The official Facebook page for Whitney Houston posted a photo of the late singer holding a young Bobbi Kristina in her arms. The caption reads, "It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: 'The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.'"

A tweet from longtime Houston family friend Oprah Winfrey says, simply, "Peace at last! #BobbiKristina."

Brown, who was an aspiring actress and singer herself, was found in her bathtub by her partner, Nick Gordon, and a friend January 31 and taken to North Fulton Hospital, according to police. ABC News sources confirmed February 3 that Brown had been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Brown was reportedly kept in a medically induced coma for a time.  People magazine reported in late February doctors had attempted to bring Brown out of the coma, but reversed their decision after Brown began experiencing “violent seizures.”  In March, Brown was moved from Emory to a rehab facility.

In late June, Pat Houston said Bobbi Kristina had been moved to hospice care after her condition worsened. "Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate....She has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now," Houston said in a statement.

Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said Sunday, “Our hearts go out to Bobbi Kristina’s family. This does remain an active investigation that we are working with the Fulton County DA on.” Additionally, a statement released by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office declares Brown's death "has been reported to the Fulton County Medical Examiner for determination of the cause, manner, and circumstances of death. Despite the long interval between her being found unresponsive and her death, an autopsy will still be necessary to further evaluate possible causes of death or contributing factors."

On Sunday night, Houston's cousin, legendary singer and actress Dionne Warwick, made a scheduled appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, on which she discussed the loss of Bobbi Kristina publicly for the first time. "She was a sweetheart and she will be missed," the 74-year-old told host Andy Cohen. "She was a good little girl, she really was."

Warwick was asked how her family would weather the loss, and she explained, "It's not easy that's for sure. I think it's because of our faith and strength in our faith. Knowing that Bobbi much better hands now."

Shortly after the initial news regarding Bobbi Kristina broke, Bobby Brown asked for privacy in the matter. "Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time," he said in a statement to ABC News.

The Houston family followed up with their own sentiments, saying, "Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family," adding another request for privacy.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's legendary mother, singer and actress Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California around the time of the Grammy Awards in 2012. Houston died February 11 of that year at the age of 48. It was ruled she accidentally drowned, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors in her death.

"I'm doing as good as I possibly can," Bobbi Kristina told Oprah Winfrey in 2012 after her mom’s death. "Just trying to keep going.  I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me, telling me keep moving, baby. I can always feel her with me.  She humbles me. I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me....She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had -- no matter where she was...she touched everyone."

Bobbi Kristina Brown was born March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey.  She starred in the 2012 reality show The Houstons: On Our Own following her mother's death. She also appeared on another reality show, Being Bobby Brown, in 2005 and received an acting credit for a role on the show For Better or Worse in 2012.

Brown had been vocal about her career aspirations and following in her mother’s footsteps. Last March, she tweeted to her more than 140,000 fans on Twitter that she in fact has a voice just like Houston’s. "Think about it.. She had 1babygirl, lungs and a GORGEOUS unforgettable voice .. Who do you think ONLY has HER vocal chords.. ?" she posted.

Just two days before she was found unresponsive at her home, Bobbi Kristina tweeted, "Let's start this career up & moving OUT TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!"

The daughter of two music stars was also in the spotlight for other reasons. In a tweet she posted in January 2014, Brown wrote that she and Gordon were "happily married." Her reps subsequently told ABC News that she was married.

However, an attorney for Bobby Brown said in a statement February 3 of this year that Bobbi Kristina was not “and has never been married to Nick Gordon."  Gordon was a young man Whitney Houston had taken in years before.

Brown dismissed critics who questioned her relationship with Gordon. "I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she wrote on Facebook before reportedly tying the knot.

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