News A Palooza! 9/15/17

Stone Gossard posted a note to Pearl Jam fans encouraging them to "hang on to each other" in these tough times.

The guitarist wrote, "There is so much happening in the world right now...a seemingly endless string of heartbreaking feels relentless."

He goes on to mention political unrest and famine in various countries, the forest fires in the West, damage from hurricanes, plus "the hate marches and violence erupting in Charlottesville now cropping up around the country [and] the threat of nuclear war from North Korea."

Gossard added, "We wish we could reach out to each one of you individually because we know you're likely hurting from one or more of these things. Please know we are feeling all this, too, and thinking about everyone and trying to do as many things as we can to help as many people as possible. We know you're all doing the same. Hang on to each other."

Don Henley is in Massachusetts today (Friday), where this morning he he helped to unveil a group of educational exhibits at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center. 

The Walden Pond Visitor Center features a number of interpretive exhibits about author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. In 1845, Thoreau began his famous two-year stay on Walden Pond, which he wrote about in his master work, Walden

Henley, who founded the Walden Woods Project to preserve that land from developers, said, “Thoreau was a keen observer of the natural world. His writings provide insights into some of the most urgent issues of our time. These include understanding and protecting the biological diversity of life, living on a planet of limited resources, and the role of personal responsibility in today’s world. After their experience at Walden, we hope visitors will leave inspired and ready to engage in the environmental and societal challenges of our times."

Henley is also working tonight as he hosts the annual Global Environmental Leadership Award Dinner at Boston Symphony Hall. Paul Simon will perform a 30-minute set at the event, which benefits the Walden Woods Project.    


Eric Clapton, possibly down to his last three shows ever, will stream a few songs from his concerts at The Forum in Los Angeles tonight (Friday) and Saturday on Facebook.

A few songs from opener Gary Clark Junior will also be streamed.

Clapton, who started his four-night run at the Forum on Wednesday, wraps it up there on Monday.

Dave Grohl gets animated -- literally -- in a new short Foo Fighters documentary.

"The Making of Concrete and Gold" has Grohl narrating the tale of meeting producer Greg Kirsten and how Justin Timberlake ended up singing backing vocals on one track. Watch it now on YouTube. (But beware, Grohl does use the F-word a lot.)

Show Biz Buzzz...

Jim Carrey is returning to TV with a Showtime series. The comedian, whose last major gig was 2014's Dumb and Dumber To, will star in Kidding, a half-hour comedy from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry.

Comedy Central has extended Trevor Noah's contract, keeping the comedian as host of The Daily Showthrough 2022.

Multiple endings for Game of Thrones season eight will be shot to prevent the real ending from being spoiled. HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys made the revelation during a speech at Moravian College. (Variety)

John Wick: Chapter 3, starring Keanu Reeves, is set to hit theaters on May 17th, 2019.


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