News A Palooza! 9/12/17

posted by Mike Bell - 

Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief will expand its efforts to help victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. 

Tonight's show promises performances and appearances broadcast live from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Texas. Participants include Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Julia Roberts, Gwen Stefani and Barbra Streisand. 

Country fans will enjoy music from George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett.

Blake Shelton and Reese Witherspoon will host the Nashville portion, Michael Strahan takes care of the New York cut-ins, and Jamie Foxx will hold things down from Los Angeles. 

The show airs tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. [ET] and [PT] on all the major networks and streaming services.

For more information, and to donate, go to https://handinhand2017.com/.


As we draw closer to October's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, we found another poll of fan sentiment.

The online polling site Gold Derby just released the results of a survey showing rising support for Bon Jovi. The New Jersey band received 35 percent of the votes, compared to The Monkees, who came in second at 26 percent. Three Dog Night were third with 11 percent support.

Rounding out the Top 10 are The Moody Blues, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Dire Straits, The Cars, Styx and The Commodores.


Donald Fagen has pulled the plug on the last four shows of his tour, reportedly due to illness.

We reached out to his office to see if the illness is code for his attending a service for Walter Becker, who died earlier this month, but have not heard back. The canceled dates are tonight (Tuesday) in Portland, Oregon; Wednesday in Seattle; Friday in Saratoga, California; and Saturday in San Francisco. 

Fagen is scheduled to play two shows in Yokohama, Japan next week before regrouping Steely Dan for a tour in October.


Gene Simmons has taken the wraps off his forthcoming box set, which no doubt is the priciest collection you'll ever buy -- if you're crazy enough to buy it.

Titled VAULT, it contains 150 previously unreleased tracks, collectibles and personal items from Gene's archives. And if you plunk down $50,000 -- that's right, $50-grand -- Gene will personally deliver the box to your home.

But wait, there's more. In addition to his handing you the box, you'll get two hours with him at your home or another location of your choice, and you can invite to 25 friends and family members. Plus you'll receive photos, videos and autographs; an intimate Songs and Stories playback session; and a Q&A with Gene.

If the $50,000 price tag is too rich or ridiculous for your blood,  there's the $25,000 package, which gets you a SKYPE call with Simmons; a one-hour private studio preview with Simmons, offering the opportunity to listen to tracks before they are released; a distinguished Executive Producer credit; a photo, video and autograph opportunity; one of the first 500 limited-edition numbered VAULTs; and a VAULT Pre-Pack.

Still too much money? Then how about the $2000 package, which gets you the box set along with a limited-edition collectible, including a Gene Simmons non-makeup action figure and an “In Gene We Trust” oversized medallion, and a one-of-a-kind, hand-selected original piece of memorabilia from his personal collection.

Simmons says, "Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support. I want to celebrate my 50th anniversary in rock WITH the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. THE VAULT EXPERIENCE gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years.”

And it gives Gene more money that he doesn't need.


Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's annual New York gala.

Set for November 7th, the event honors the Rocket Man's 25-year legacy of activism and fundraising. Rounding out the bill will be violinist Joshua Bell and cast members from Broadway's The Lion King. Neil Patrick Harris will host the event.

Among the celebrities expected to attend the gala: Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, and Sharon Stone. The Gala’s event chairs include Katy Perry, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Cyndi Lauper and Bette Midler.


Show Biz Buzzz...

Star Wars: Episode 9 has its savior. No, it's not a Jedi -- it's J.J. Abrams, who'll write and direct the final installment in the series. The flick has been in turmoil -- most recently, former director Colin Tevorrow severed ties with Lucasfilm.

John Oliver has reupped with HBO to bring us Last Week Tonight through 2020.

TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina's estate has joined her father Bobby Brown in trying to block a TV One bio-pic about her life. Brown says the movie wrongly depicts him as abusive. It's set to air next month.

Glee's Jane Lynch will guest star in an episode of NBC's re-booted Will and Grace. The new season kicks off on September 28th, but there's no word on when Lynch will appear.

Patty Jenkins is returning for Wonder Woman 2 in a "precedent-setting" deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The director, who will be the highest-paid female filmmaker in history, will also co-write and produce the sequel. 

Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot. Ed left the project after fans called his casting "whitewashing" since the character he was to portray is Asian. Daniel recently left the Hawaii Five-OTV series over a salary dispute.

Stephen King’s 1972 short story "Suffer the Little Children" is being turned into a movie. There have been more than 40 movies adapted from the author's work, the most recent being It.

CBS will air a retrospective of Stephen Colbert’s first two years as host of the Late Show on September 18th.


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