Road Show News A Palooza 6/30/17

Alice Cooper Names His "Dream" Band

Alice Cooper recently took part in a webchat for England’s Guardian newspaper.

Asked who he would choose for his ultimate backing band, he said, “Keith Moon on drums. Jeff Beck on guitar. Pete Townshend on guitar. Paul McCartney on bass. And then John Lennon on a third guitar! Lennon and McCartney singing together, that's your whole background.”

Cooper was drinking buddies with Moon and Lennon, and he gave a circular bed, given to him by Groucho Marx, to McCartney.


Steven Tyler Putting His Cowboy Hat Back On

Steven Tyler will follow up Aerosmith's European tour with a solo performance on July 16th at the So the World May Hear Awards Gala benefiting the Starkey Hearing Foundation at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Also performing are John Fogerty and Darius Rucker. The honorees include actor Ben Affleck and Scott Borchetta, the founder of Big Machine Records, which released Tyler's country album, We're All Somebody From Somewhere.

Other supporters of the Starkey Hearing Foundation include Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.


Queen: Fly The Friendly Skies

Freddie Mercury is taking flight.

A jumbo-sized photo of the late singer has been affixed to the tail fin of two Norwegian jets in celebration of what would have been his 71st birthday on September 5th.

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, says: “As Norwegian continues its rapid expansion in the U.K., our ‘tail fin heroes’ offer us a perfect chance to pay tribute to some of the greatest Britons of all time.

“Freddie Mercury inspired generations of music fans around the globe and it is a huge honor to have one of the greatest singers of all time adorn our aircraft.”

Look for Freddie to take flight later this summer.

On the other hand, Brian May was disappointed by his British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles for the start of the Queen + Adam Lambert tour earlier this month.

What bugged him was that his First Class seat kept him from seeing out the window. "I hate it. It costs an arm and a leg to travel this way and I feel that we no longer get our money's worth. In the old days you sat right next to the window and the view was wide and spectacular. Now they sit you about three feet from the window and so low down all you can see from your seat is a small patch of sky. It's boring - frustrating."


Hollywood Buzz...

NBC's World of Dance, which features Jennifer Lopez as a judge, has been renewed for a second season.

Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC. She's been with the cable news channel for less than seven months.

Whoopi Goldberg has been elected to the Motion Picture Academy's Board of Governors. She beat out Geena Davis, Edward James Olmos and Rita Wilson for the position. (Variety)

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