Mike Bell's News A Palooza! 8/22/17

Brian May has signed 11 guitars made by Badger Guitars in an effort to raise money for various charities that work to save badgers from being killed in organized hunts. One of them is May's Save Me Trust, which works to stop these culls.

The guitars go up for bids on eBay on Saturday. Each one will be available for seven days, with the auction ending on September 5th.

May will be back in the U.S. on Thursday, signing copies of Queen in 3-D at Book Soup in West Hollywood, California.


Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen loves sneakers, and now, in collaboration with Vancouver’s Six Hundred Four shoe company, he has hand-painted 30 pairs.

Dubbed the Electric Splatter collection, the design was inspired by the classic style of Jackson Pollock's drip paintings, which Collen has also applied to his line of Jackson Splatter Guitars.

Collen says, “I would have never thought that in less than 24 hours after walking into the Six Hundred Four store in Vancouver that I'd be splashing paint on a pair of really cool sneakers... Creating live art on a pair of sneakers turned out to be an explosive and exciting combination.” 

Each shoe is numbered and signed by Collen in his classic Japanese script, and they come in a matching box also adorned with his artwork.

 

A re-recorded version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” is being used in a commercial for Anoro, a medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Joe Walsh has rescheduled his three September shows at the Las Vegas House of Blues for November 16th, 18th and 19th. They were postponed when the Eagles agreed to play Classic Northwest in Seattle on September 30th.

An investigation will be made into the canceled $31 million music licensing deal between the Prince estate and Universal Music. The agreement was voided after its terms appeared to be in conflict with an earlier contract with Warner Music.

Midnight Oil covered The Clash's “London Calling” at New York’s Terminal 5 on Monday, which would have been Joe Strummer’s 65th birthday.


Show Biz Buzzz...

Pedro Pascal (Narcs, Game of Thrones) is in talks to play the bad guy in The Equalizer 2starring Denzel Washington. Antoine Fuqua will return to direct.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will return for a third season, Variety reports. After two seasons on Logo, the show will now air on VH1.

Netflix has renewed Friends From College for a second season. The series stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage.

Mark Wahlberg has beaten out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to be named the world's highest-paid actor by Forbes magazine.

Wahlberg earned $68 million between June 2016 and June 2017 -- mostly from his roles in Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming Daddy's Home 2

Last year's top-earner, The Rock, was a close second with $65 million. (He made $64.5 million last year.)

Thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise, Vin Diesel was third with $54.5 million.

Adam Sandler returned to the list after a lucrative deal with Netflix. He raked in $50.5 million.

Three Bollywood stars -- Shah Rukh Kahn ($38 million), Salman Kahn ($37 million) and Akshay Kumar -- $35.5 million -- rounded out the Top 10.

Top 10 Highest-Earning Actors in the World:

Mark Wahlberg - $68 million

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - $65 million

Vin Diesel - $54.4 million

Adam Sandler - $50.5 million

Jackie Chan - $49 million

Robert Downey Junior - $48 million

Tom Cruise - $43 million

Shah Rukh Kahn - $38 million

Salman Kahn - $37 million

Akshay Kumar - $35.5 million

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