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Day: June 30, 2014

Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesLate Beatles manager Brian Epstein was honored with a commemorative plaque in London on Sunday.

The historical marker — a “Blue Plaque” awarded by the English Heritage Foundation — is located on the site of Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises at 5/6 Argyll Street, next door to the London Palladium. Epstein’s offices were on the fifth floor of the building from 1964 until shortly after his death at the age of 32 in 1967, Billboard reports. Epstein would have turned 80 this year.

“I know Brian would have been very proud to …read more

AEG LiveForbes magazine has just released its 15th annual “Celebrity 100” list and, once again, Bon Jovi is the highest-ranking rock act on the tally.

Bon Jovi landed 13th on the list, which ranks the world’s most powerful celebrities based on such factors as estimated earnings, marketability and media presence. The New Jersey rockers earned an estimated $82 million over the past 12 months. Despite guitarist Richie Sambora taking a hiatus to focus on personal matters and drummer Tico Torres being temporarily sidelined to undergo a gall bladder operation, the band continues …read more

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMick Jagger stars in a hilarious new video that was used to introduce Monty Python at a news conference held Monday in London to promote the famed comedy troupe’s run of 10 sold-out shows at the city’s O2 Arena, which kicks off on Tuesday.

In the clip, the Rolling Stones singer is shown sharing a couch with drummer Charlie Watts in a hotel room as they watch a soccer match. An assistant for the band then enters the room and mentions that Jagger had wanted to look over the set list for …read more

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupThe Who has revealed the first dates of their planned 50th anniversary tour, a run of late-fall concerts that will see the band performing in their home country, the U.K., as well as in Ireland. The Who Hits 50! British Tour 2014 will get underway on November 26 in Dublin, Ireland, and currently is scheduled through December 17 in London.

The group is planning to play a set that touches on all eras of their long career, from their early days when they were called The High Numbers, to the present. …read more

Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsElton John has weddings on his mind. Since gay marriage became legal in the U.K., he and his partner, David Furnish, plan to tie the knot at some point next year. Elton also believes that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be in favor of gay marriage.

When asked by Sky News if the Church of England — which allows its clergy to marry — should also allow its gay clergy to marry, Elton answered, “Of course,” and also said he didn’t understand why Catholic priests have to be …read more

Lavid Photos/TCI ArtistsLate summer is the time of the season that The Zombies will return to the U.S. for a new tour leg. The trek, which will visit cities on the East and West Coasts, is scheduled to kick off on August 6 in Fall River, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through an August 24 show in San Francisco.

Among the dates are three free performances that will take place August 13 in Massapequa, New York; August 21 in Santa Monica, California; and the aforementioned San Francisco concert, which will be part …read more

David Livingston/Getty ImagesIt’s no secret that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is gay — he came out publicly in 1998 — but the nuances of what it’s like to be a gay heavy metal singer with millions of macho, heterosexual male fans is something he’s never spoken about. This could change if Halford decides to write an autobiography, something he says is not out of the question.

Halford tells ABC News Radio, “That’s…a personal journey and I think that I’d probably have less of a problem with that [than with a band tell-all] because it would be coming from my …read more

Billy Talbot, far right/Image credit: Julie GardnerBilly Talbot, bass player for Neil Young & Crazy Horse, has suffered a mild stroke and will sit out the band’s upcoming European tour.

Talbot will be replaced on the European tour dates by Rick Rosas, who has played with Young on and off throughout the years, including in both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Talbot, who’s 70, is expected to make a full recovery.

The Neil Young & Crazy Horse European tour dates get underway July 7 in Iceland, and run through August 8, wrapping up in France.

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Timothy Greenfield-SandersLou Reed apparently left behind a fortune of around 30 million bucks, according to a report in the New York Post. According to the paper, Reed’s longtime manager Robert Gotterer notified Manhattan Surrogate’s Court last week that he has collected more than $20.3 million since being appointed last November to oversee the late musician estate.

Reid died last October of liver disease at the age of 71.

According to the newspaper, that $20.3 million in “money and other property” doesn’t include around $10 million in real estate, gifts, and other items Reed left to …read more

Sonia Friedman ProductionsThe Kinks-themed stage musical Sunny Afternoon is officially heading to the London’s West End, the U.K. capital’s equivalent of Broadway. The show, which had a sold-out debut run at London’s Hampstead Theatre, is scheduled to begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 4.

Sunny Afternoon boasts an original story by Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who also is responsible for the production’s music and lyrics. The musical dramatizes the band’s early history, follows the group’s ups and downs as it established itself as one of the …read more

Gwinn, Michigan 6/30/2014 – Daphne Crawford of Gwinn Wins Free Lunch for Liking WRUP on Facebook!

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