News A Palooza! 9/1/17

ZZ Top are doing what they can to help folks in their hometown of Houston.

The group has a September 10th show scheduled in Sugar Land, Texas, which is outside of Houston. Billy Gibbons tells Rolling Stone, "That was also hit hard. But the good news is that the water is receding. The plan is to stick to our guns, charge ahead and pull the show together the best we can. With the promoters and the sponsors of the event, we're going to make a $100,000 donation to the relief fund, just to get something started on that level... The show had been sold out well in advance, so we're anxiously anticipating bringing a little joy to a hard-hit region."

Gibbons adds that the band is also thinking about breaking out a rarity for the show, "Heaven, Hell or Houston," adding that they're "gonna leave out the middle part because it's already been there."

The band's family and friends, including bassist Dusty Hill's wife, who did not join them on tour, are safe.

ZZ performs in Pueblo, Colorado tonight (Friday) and Norfolk, Nebraska on Sunday.

We now know why Foo Fighters rehearsed Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" backstage at Japan's Summer Sonic two weeks ago.

The band did perform it at the festival with Astley, but their original motive was to use it to kick off BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Month series that started today (Friday).

The U.K. broadcaster is having a band do a cover in their studios each weekday this month.

Grohl said that playing it with Astley "was so much fun, I didn't think we could ever do that again."

So the Foos ended up playing AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock" instead.

Grohl explained that seeing the Ausssies' concert film, which was shot in 1979 when Bon Scott was alive, had a huge impact on his life. "When I was a kid, about 10 or 11 years old, I went to this midnight movie and they would show these concert films in this movie theater in Washington D.C. [That film is] one of the most intense live performances I've ever seen by a rock and roll band. It changed my life and made me want to become a rock musician."

Bill Wyman will be the special guest of the Ben Waters Big Band at two shows in England in October. They are benefits for Lifting the Blues, a charity “dedicated to supporting the loved ones of sufferers through music and with the ultimate ambition of lifting the stigma of mental health.”

Bret Michaels is pitching in to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Through his Life Rocks Foundation he will make a donation from his shows at Stampede Houston on October 6th and the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 7th.

Deep Purple will do more U.S. dates next year. The Long Goodbye Tour, with special guests Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter, is in Pittsburgh tonight (Friday), Toronto on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday.

Pat Benatar had to cancel her Thursday night performance in Pala, California. She says, “I struggled through the Phoenix show and now need some time to recover. Vocal rest is necessary. Thank you to everyone for understanding and for all your good wishes! Toto graciously offered to play a longer show!” The tour hits Indio, California tonight (Friday), Las Vegas on Saturday and Layton, Utah on Monday.

Show Biz Buzzz...

Family and invited guests will gather to remember Jerry Lewis at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Monday. The comedian died August 20th at age 91. (Page Six)

Amy Schumer is a big tipper. The comedian reportedly left a college student a $500 gratuity on an $80 bill at The Union Oyster House in Boston. Restaurant owner Joe Milano tells People magazine, “She said to [the server] that she was once a waitress and knew how hard it was.” She's in town filming I Feel Pretty.

Disney has unveiled its newest Star Wars droid, BB-9E. Variety says it "appears to be an evil counterpart to the cheerful white and orange droid BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Richard Anderson, who played spy agency boss Oscar Goldman in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91. (USA Today)

Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief. His foundation gave the money to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. He joins Sandra Bullock, who also gave $1 million, and the Kardashian family, who gave $500,000. 

Tomi Lahren has joined Fox News. Variety says she'll make her debut on tonight’s (Wednesday's) Hannity. She was recently suspended by The Blaze after coming out in support of abortion.

Composer Alf Clausen has been fired from The Simpsons after 27 years on the show. The two-time Emmy winner tells Variety that producers were seeking “a different kind of music” and that he would no longer be scoring the series.

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder will star in Destination Wedding, a romantic comedy about two "miserable and unpleasant" wedding guests who fall for each other. The two starred together in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and A Scanner Darkly.

Lily Collins has joined the cast of Tolkien, a bio-pic about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicholas Hoult stars.

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