Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesIf you're going to have a movie about Elton John's rise to fame, Bernie Taupin, his songwriting partner of 50 years, has to be a part of it. Now comes word that the filmmakers have someone in mind to portray the master lyricist in the upcoming Elton biopic Rocketman.
Variety reports that British actor Jamie Bell, perhaps best known for starring in the movie Billy Elliot, is in negotiations to play Taupin in the movie, which stars Taron Egerton as Elton.
It's not surprising that Bell would be involved in the project, considering the script was written by Lee Hall. Hall not only wrote Billy Elliot the movie, but he also collaborated with Elton on Billy Elliot The Musical.
Bell was most recently seen as Abraham Woodhull in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies, and in the 2017 movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. He's also appeared in the movies King Kong, Snowpiercer and Fantastic Four.
Meanwhile, Taron Egerton has posted the first on-set image from the movie on Twitter. The photo is of a shadow that's being cast on the ground that shows a figure sporting a pair of huge wings.
As previously reported, Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.
Credit: Danny ClinchPrior to President Donald Trump signing an executive order Wednesday to keep families together at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bruce Springsteen addressed the situation Tuesday night during his Springsteen on Broadway performance at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.
The Boss, whose show has featured basically the same set since it debuted last October, went off script to deliver an impassioned speech about the border separations before playing "The Ghost of Tom Joad," a song he hadn't performed in the production before.
According to a transcript of his remarks posted on BruceSpringsteen.net, Bruce began by pointing out that he never believed people came to his shows "to be told anything," but also noted that the shows are "a good place to get in touch with your heart and your spirit, to be amongst the crowd. And to be reminded of who we are and who we can be collectively."
After talking about how encouraging it was to see young people taking part in the March for Our Lives gun-violence protest event in Washington, D.C., Springsteen then addressed the border situation.
"[W]e are seeing things right now on our American borders that are so shockingly and disgracefully inhumane and un-American that it is simply enraging," Bruce declared.
"And we have heard people in high position in the American government blaspheme in the name of God and country that it is a moral thing to assault the children amongst us. May God save our souls."
Springsteen then referenced a famous quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
He added that while he finds truth in the statement, "It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction day after day."
Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney has unveiled the title and release date of his long-awaited studio album. As the recent video posted on his Twitter feed suggested, McCartney's album is called Egypt Station and will hit retailers September 7 multiple formats, including CD, vinyl LP, digital and as a Super Deluxe Limited Edition box set featuring bonus tracks.
The news coincides with the release Wednesday of two songs from the album: a ballad titled "I Don't Know" and a rocking tune called "Come On to Me." Both tracks are available digitally now, though if you pre-orderEgypt Station you'll immediately receive free downloads of the songs. McCartney gave "Come On to Me" its live debut at the previously reported surprise show he played at a pub in his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
"I liked the words 'Egypt Station.' It reminded me of the 'album' albums we used to make," explains McCartney of the album's title, which is also shared by an original painting by Sir Paul. "Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from."
The album features 14 songs recorded in Los Angeles, London and Sussex, U.K. All but one of the tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin, who's also worked with Adele, Beck and Foo Fighters.
Egypt Station opens and closes with instrumentals titled "Station I" and "Station II," respectively. Names of other songs on the album include "Happy with You," "People Want Peace," and "Despite Repeated Warnings."
The event will feature a career-spanning list of classic tunes and gems selected by Simon especially for the show, which will be the first concert held at the park in decades.
"It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park," Simon says in a statement. "I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time."
The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will donate all the net proceeds he earns from the event to a charity that will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. ET at AXS.com. American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET. Visit PaulSimoninthePark.com for more info.
Simon wraps up the current North American leg of his Homeward Bound trek with a show tonight in Nashville. He'll then head to Europe for a summer trek before kicking off a final U.S. leg of the tour September 5 in New Orleans.
Here are all of Paul's upcoming North American tour dates:
6/30 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 9/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 9/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 9/8 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 9/11 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 9/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre 9/14 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena 9/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 9/17 -- Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena 9/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/21 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/22 -- New York, NY, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The LPs -- 1969's On the Threshold of a Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children, 1970's A Question of Balance, 1971's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1972's Seventh Sojourn, 1978's Octave and 1981's Long Distance Voyager -- will be released on 180-gram vinyl on July 27.
You can pre-order the discs now at TheSoundofVinyl.com in the U.S. and at Amazon in the U.K. All seven albums were certified either gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 or 1 million copies in the U.S. Seventh Sojourn and Long Distance Voyager both reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
A Question of Balance features the Moodies classic "Question," which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Every Good Boy Deserves Favour includes the #23 hit "The Story in Your Eyes."
Seventh Sojourn and Long Distance Voyager each had two top 30 singles. Seventh Sojourn yielded "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," which reached at #12, and "Isn't Life Strange," which peaked at #29. Long Distance Voyager boasted "Gemini Dream" and "The Voice," which reached #12 and #15, respectively, on the Hot 100.
Here are the full track lists of The Moody Blues' albums being reissued on vinyl:
On the Threshold of a Dream:
Side A "In the Beginning" "Lovely to See You" "Dear Diary" "Send Me No Wine" "To Share Our Love" "So Deep Within You"
Side B "Never Comes the Day" "Lazy Day" "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" "The Dream" "Have You Heard (Part 1)" "The Voyage" "Have You Heard (Part 2)"
To Our Children's Children's Children:
Side A "Higher and Higher" "Eyes of a Child I" "Floating" "Eyes of a Child II" "I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Hundred" "Beyond" "Out and In"
Side B "Gypsy" "Eternity Road" "Candle of Life" "Sun Is Still Shining" "I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Million" "Watching and Waiting"
A Question of Balance:
Side A "Question" "How Is It (We Are Here)" "And the Tide Rushes In" "Don't You Feel Small" "Tortoise and the Hare"
Side B "It's Up to You" "Minstrel's Song" "Dawning Is the Day" "Melancholy Man" "The Balance"
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour:
Side A "Procession" "The Story in Your Eyes" "Our Guessing Game" "Emily's Song" "After You Came"
Side B "One More Time to Live" "Nice to Be Here" "You Can Never Go Home" "My Song"
Side A "Lost in a Lost World" "New Horizons" "For My Lady" "Isn't Life Strange"
Side B "You and Me" "The Land of Make-Believe" "When You're a Free Man" "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"
Side A "Steppin' in a Slide Zone" "Under Moonshine" "Had to Fall in Love" "I'll Be Level with You" "Driftwood"
Side B "Top Rank Suite" "I'm Your Man" "Survival" "One Step into the Light" "The Day We Meet Again"
Long Distance Voyager:
Side A "The Voice" "Talking Out of Turn" "Gemini Dream" "In My World"
Side B "Meanwhile" "22,000 Days" "Nervous" "Painted Smile" "Reflective Smile" "Veteran Cosmic Rocker"
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIt's been 20 years since Steve Perry less-than-amicably parted ways with Journey, but keyboardist Jonathan Cain says he's still open to reuniting with the powerhouse vocalist.
"He's always got a door open to come around," Cain tells ABC Radio. "Hopefully, we'll break the ice one of these days."
Perry did reunite with his old band mates when Journey was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, although the singer declined to perform with the group. Current Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, who idolizes Perry, got to meet him for the first time at the Rock Hall induction ceremony. Cain recalls that Perry graciously hung out and chatted with Pineda backstage at the event.
"That was a dream come true [for Arnel]," Jonathan explains. "You know, one of his dreams or his wishes were, like, 'I get to meet Steve Perry and be on the same stage with him'…And there he was."
"Before I even saw Steve at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he had spent time with Arnel, congratulating him on a job well done," adds Cain. "The guy has got a lot of class. He's a very soulful guy, and I wish him the best in his life."
Reflecting on what Perry brought to Journey, Cain notes that the singer was "an incredible band leader [and he] knew how to rehearse." Jonathan adds, "I mean, [to] go out and sing in one take, two takes. I'm like, 'Who does that?' But that's the band we were."
Cain shares more details about his relationship with Perry and the exciting time he had while Steve was a member of Journey in his recent memoir, Don't Stop Believin'.
Journey's current U.S. co-headlining tour with Def Leppard resumes July 1 with a show in Atlanta.
Credit: Mads PerchRobert Plant and his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, are one of the headliners for the ninth annual LouFest, taking place September 8 and 9 in St. Louis.
Veteran alt-rockers Modest Mouse also will headline the 2018 edition of the festival, which will be held in Forest Park. In addition, the lineup includes Michael McDonald, Gary Clark Jr., recent Neil Young backing band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and many more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. For the full lineup and to buy tickets, visit LouFest.com.
Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters currently are on a North American tour leg that winds down with a June 29 performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Canada. The Led Zeppelin singer and his group also have three previously announced festival appearances lined up in September.
6/19 -- Vail, CO, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 6/21 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley 6/23 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys 6/24 -- Pasadena, CA, Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/26 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield 6/27 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park Amphitheatre 6/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vancouver International Jazz Festival 9/8-9 -- St. Louis, MO, LouFest - Forest Park 9/15 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 9/16 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar 9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond
ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Father's Day, Chris Cornell's daughter Toni shared a recording of her and her late father covering the Prince-penned song "Nothing Compares 2 U," popularized by Sinead O'Connor. It's now available for download, and Toni announced that her proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid and relief organization.
"My father taught me to be a voice for others who don't have one," says Toni. "Especially with the tragic events happening today, where children are being separated from their parents at the border, it is not okay. Please help us keep the promise (on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children) for my father."
The Cornell family has previously worked closely with the International Rescue Committee, and Chris donated his proceeds from his song "The Promise," which was released two months before his death in May 2017, to the organization.
Toni's announcement comes a day before World Refugee Day, June 20, which was also an important day for her father. The video for "The Promise" was released posthumously on last year's World Refugee Day, which Chris had requested prior to his death.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iStarBruce Springsteen was on hand Monday night to help celebrate the official re-opening of Asbury Lanes, a recently restored bowling alley and music venue in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Rolling Stone reports that, as had been announced, The Boss performed at the event with The Tangiers Blues Band, a group featuring frequent Springsteen photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica and occasional vocals.
As seen in a video posted on the Asbury Park Press website, Springsteen initially hit the stage to introduce The Tangiers Blues Band, and also expressed his happiness about how Asbury Park has re-emerged as a thriving seaside community during the last decade or so.
"It's been a joy watching what's been happening in town over the past 10, 15 and 20 years," Bruce told the crowd. "I walk down the boardwalk now, I feel like the Ghost of Christmas Past. But that's OK, because it's fun to watch Asbury's future unfold in front of me."
According to Rolling Stone, Springsteen joined The Tangiers Blues Band a few songs into their set, and they proceeded to play renditions of Huey "Piano" Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu," the Muddy Waters classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and the 1940 Don Raye hit "Down the Road a Piece." The latter tune is a song that Bruce has been playing live since the early 1970s.
Bringing their set to a close was a brief version of the Isley Brothers and Beatles hit "Twist and Shout."
Proceeds raised by the event, which was actually headlined by Portugal.The Man, will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Monmouth County, New Jersey. Asbury Lanes has pledged $125,000 to the charity on Bruce's behalf.
Rocketman, the long-awaited film about the life of Elton John, finally starts filming in London this July and August. The man who'll portray Elton -- actor Taron Egerton -- says it takes a lot of preparation to play a real-life legend.
Speaking to Women's Wear Daily, Egerton, who first met Elton when they both appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, says, "There will be lots of singing and dancing and I am spending my time with Elton John, to emulate him and capture his mannerisms."
Egerton also reveals, "I am watching old footage and performances from when he was between 17 and 35, adding, "I hope to do him justice."
While Egerton is playing Elton between the ages of 17 and 35, the movie still needs someone to portray Elton as a kid and as an adolescent. A casting call just went out for those roles, asking for "two boys who are smart, quick-witted and talented actors" who can speak in a London accent.
One boy will play 6-year-old Elton, and he'll be required, oddly, to sing "The Bitch Is Back" -- maybe because the first line of the song is "I was justified/when I was five."
The second boy will portray Elton from the age of 12 to 14. His voice must have changed, but he can't be any taller than 5 feet, 4 inches. He'll be required to sing "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and "I Want Love."
Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher -- who also co-directed the forthcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019. The script was written by Lee Hall, who collaborated with Elton on the hit musical Billy Elliot.
Beep beep'm beep beep, yeah! Paul McCartney's recently announced "Carpool Karaoke" appearance airs Thursday on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and now there's a first look at the segment posted on YouTube.
The clip begins with Corden in a car talking to an anonymous friend on his cellphone, a conversation that suspiciously resembles the lyrics to The Beatles' "Help!"
"Hey, mate! I'm in Liverpool and I'm wondering if you can help," Corden says. "I need somebody. Not just anybody. Can you please, please help me?"
As Corden talks, a series of messages flash across the screen that read, "This week…The best selling artist of all time…Over 1 billion worldwide record sales…18 Grammys…One carpool…It's finally here."
Suddenly, we see McCartney and Corden driving in the car as they appropriately belt out the Beatles classic "Drive My Car." The clip ends with the message: "Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney this week on The Late Late Show with James Corden in London."
As previously reported, McCartney and Corden visited Paul's hometown of Liverpool, U.K., on Saturday, June 9, to record the "Carpool Karaoke" segment. In a new video interview with People TV, Corden says of the experience, "I'll never, ever forget it. It was the most incredible day I've ever had."
Corden explains that while he didn't feel intimidated singing along with McCartney, the fact that Sir Paul agreed to do the segment made him think "of just how far our show has traveled in a sense that…a genuine icon, a living legend like that would go, 'Yeah, I'll come and [do that.]'"
Corden adds, "We've got some really big bits planned, and I just can't wait for people to see it."
Capitol RecordsAfter several days of teases on social media, Paul McCartney has announced that he's releasing not one but two new songs on Wednesday.
Described as a double A-side single, the two songs are the first tastes of a new studio album that Macca will release later this year. One song, "I Don't Know," is described as a "soul-soothing ballad," while the other song, "Come On to Me," is described as a "raucous" and "rocking" "stomper."
The Beatles legend debuted "Come On to Me" during his surprise gig for 50 people at Liverpool's Philharmonic Pub, footage of which will air this week on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Sir Paul's new album is due this fall, and more details will be announced soon.
"David Bowie Is" features more than 300 items from the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's archives, spanning his teenage years to his death at age 69 in January 2016. They include stage costumes, instruments, handwritten set lists and lyrics, personal sketches, set designs, diary entries and more.
The exhibition, which debuted in London in March of 2013, opened at Brooklyn Museum on March 2, after visiting 11 other cities. This Wednesday, June 20, the Brooklyn Museum is expecting the exhibit's two millionth overall visitor to the exhibit.
That lucky attendee will be presented with an exclusive package that includes a signed lithograph of a Bowie self-portrait used on the cover of his 1995 album Outside, a limited-edition David Bowie Is book, a pair of high-quality headphones and more.
Meanwhile, a special New York edition of the David Bowie Is book, which features images of items and displays that are featured in the exhibit, is available for purchase now. Only 1000 copies of the limited-edition hardcover book have been produced. This version comes packaged with a 32-page book offering images specifically related to the Brooklyn Museum display, which will be the final stop of the touring exhibit.
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam has been forced to postpone tonight's show at London's O2 arena, but it's for a very good reason: Frontman Eddie Vedder can't sing.
An announcement from the band reads, "Eddie Vedder has completely lost his voice. He is on vocal rest for the next few days in an effort to heal and perform the remainder of the tour dates. It's the first time ever having to postpone a show for this reason. Ed and the band are [devastated] thinking of all the folks who have traveled and made plans."
"Sending their biggest apologies out to everyone," the statement continues. "And huge gratitude for all the continued support."
The announcement goes on to say that the band is working on rescheduling the date for mid-July, and tickets for tonight's show will be transferable to that date.
Pearl Jam's European tour is expected to resume Friday, June 22 in Milan, Italy.
Credit: Danny ClinchA rare set of early lyrics to "Born to Run" handwritten by Bruce Springsteen while he was working on the song is up for bid as part of an online auction organized by Sotheby's. The document, which The Boss wrote on one sheet of white, lined paper in 1974 at his home in Long Branch, New Jersey, is expected to bring between $200,000 and $300,000.
The manuscript features many segments that were eventually revised, as well as notes and comments from Springsteen suggesting alternate words and phrases. Bidding on the lyrics began Monday, June 18, and will be open through June 28.
The lyric sheet was acquired by its present owner in December 2013 for $197,000 from the collection of Bruce's former manager, Mike Appel.
The same auction also is offering handwritten manuscripts of two other classic Springsteen songs, "Darkness at the Edge of Town" and "Thunder Road." The "Darkness at the Edge of Town" lyric sheet, which dates from 1977 or 1978, features an almost complete set of finalized lyrics, along with some notes and amendments. It's estimated to sell for between $30,000 and $50,000. The "Thunder Road" sheet dates from 1975 and features the song's first verse, along with some notes and changes. It's expected to bring in between $8,000 and $12,000.
Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains has added another leg to its North American headlining tour. The fall outing begins October 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and wraps up October 28 in Hollywood, Florida.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. local time via AliceinChains.com.
The grunge icons will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The album, whose title has yet to be revealed, is due out this year, and features the single "The One You Know."
Before the fall leg kicks off, the band will launch a summer North American tour August 22 in Vancouver, Canada.
Here are Alice in Chains' fall headlining tour dates:
10/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 10/18 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center 10/20 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino 10/21 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater 10/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre 10/24 -- Birmingham, AL, The BJCC 10/26 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 10/27 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 10/28 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Events Center
Rod Stewart has added six fall dates to his long-running Las Vegas residency, Rod Stewart: The Hits.
The new shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace run from November 21 through December 2 and go on sale this Friday, June 22, at noon PT at Ticketmaster.com or TheColosseum.com.
Stewart has been performing his show in Las Vegas for eight years now, but he does regular tours as well. Between his current batch of Las Vegas dates, which end June 30, he'll perform two shows at the Hollywood Bowl with Cyndi Lauper on June 25 and 26. Then, on July 24, Rod and Cyndi will kick off a summer tour together that's mapped out through September 1.
Stewart also has a trio of headlining shows taking place in late October.
Rod's new Las Vegas concert dates going on sale Friday are scheduled for November 21, 23, 24 and 28, and December 1 and 2.
Here are all of Stewart's upcoming 2018 shows:
6/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 6/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 6/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 6/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 7/24 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino 7/26 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Arena 7/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center 7/29 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena 8/1 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 8/3 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center 8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 8/7 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden 8/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 8/11 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 8/15 -- St. Paul, MN, XCEL Energy Center 8/18 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 8/19 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/22 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 8/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 8/26 -- San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 8/28 -- Reno, NV, Reno Event Center 8/29 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 8/31 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 9/1 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater 10/20 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center 10/24 -- Boise, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena 10/26 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark 11/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 11/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 11/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 12/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 12/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Greg Doherty/Getty Images; Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New YorkFounding Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and his son Brandon, whose mother is Lee's ex, Pamela Anderson, have taken their feud to social media, three months after Brandon assaulted his dad at Lee's home.
On Father's Day, Tommy took to Instagram to post a note criticizing Brandon and his other son, prompting Brandon to respond with an angry message that reportedly included a video he shot of Lee after knocking his father out.
In Lee's message, he said his own father taught him "to respect everyone…to appreciate my possessions, and to be grateful for the things I was given." He then noted, "Sometimes I feel like I failed as a father, because my kids don't know the value of things."
Lee added that it's not all his fault "because their mom has…[enabled their] bad behavior...buying them things when they weren't good."
Tommy went on to say, "I love my boys but they can be a******s too."
According to a Perez Hilton tweet, Brandon initially responded by posting an angry Instagram note along with the video of an unconscious Lee.
While the video no longer appears on Brandon's Instagram, the message remains. It reads in part, "Remember what happened last time you said this s***?…If you think we're so bad (which I can assure you we are not) then you should have showed up to a few more BDays and baseball games."
In a separate Instagram post, Brandon calls out Tommy for airing their dirty laundry in public, and also claims that his dad didn't wish him a Happy Birthday this month, so he shouldn't expect him to wish his dad a Happy Father's Day.
As previously reported, Brandon's altercation with Tommy was prompted by negative comments Lee made about Anderson on social media.
ABC/Randy HolmesLast week, Metallica was honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Music." Winners of the prestigious distinction also receive a monetary award of one million Swedish kronor -- currently about $113,500 -- which Metallica is donating to three charities.
According to the Polar Music Prize Twitter, Metallica is donating 50% of the money to the Stockholm City Mission, a charity that assists the homeless, and 25% to the World Childhood Foundation, an organization founded by Sweden's Queen Silvia to help vulnerable children. The final quarter will be donated to Metallica's co-laureate for the 2018 Polar Music Prize, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf awarded Metallica the 2018 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony in Stockholm last Thursday. Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand to accept the award at a ceremony that included performances from several Swedish musicians, including Ghost frontman Tobias Forge.
Additionally, Roger Glover and Ian Paice of Deep Purple, whom Ulrich inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, read a speech introducing Metallica's honor.
You can watch video highlights from the ceremony now on Metallica.com.
Credit: Scott UchidaSlash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators will hit the road this fall on a North American tour. The headlining outing kicks off with a September 13 show a the famed Whisky a Go Go club in West Hollywood, California, and will wrap up October 11 in Boston. Visit SlashOnline.com for ticket info.
The Guns N' Roses guitarist and his solo band will be touring behind their upcoming studio album, titled Living the Dream. The follow-up to 2014's World on Fire is due out on September 21.
In addition to the headlining dates, Slash and company will hit a number of festivals this fall, including KAABOO Del Mar, Louder than Life and Aftershock.
Here are Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators' headlining tour dates:
9/13 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Whisky a Go Go 9/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 9/18 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 9/19 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore 9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove Margaritaville 9/22 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar 9/24 -- Austin, TX, Stubbs 9/26 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 9/29 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort 10/1 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre 10/2 -- Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore 10/4 -- Rama, ON, Casino Rama 10/5 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport 10/6 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 10/9 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount 10/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 10/11 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues