News A Palooza! 9/27/17

Next month's Rock Getaway classic rock festival at the Hard Rock resort in Mexico's Riviera Maya has been scrapped.

Originally scheduled for October 26th to November 5th, it was first scaled back but now has been moved to April 26th to the 29th of next year at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Signed up so far are Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Dave Mason, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Queensrycheand Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

No word yet on the status of the rest of the original lineup, which included Roger Daltrey, Santana, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, Don Felder and Los Lobos.

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Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce the next group of nominees. Some will be repeat contenders, others will be considered for the first time. And some of those will be in their first year of eligibility. (An artist becomes eligible for consideration 25 years after the release of their first record. So nominees for the Class of 2018 have to have had a release in 1992 or earlier.)

In recent years, Green Day, Pearl Jam and Nirvana were honored as soon as they became eligible. But Michael Jackson and David Bowie were not. Cheap Trick and Chicago had to wait years to be recognized. 

Groups who emerged in 1992 and are thus newly eligible this year include Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, No Doubt and TLC. But do any of them have enough support to get on the ballot, or will they all have to wait as names from last year are returned to competition? Leftovers from the last ballot include The Cars, J. Geils Band, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson and The Zombies.

Paul McCartney was joined by Billy Joel Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York to perform The Beatles' "Get Back" and "Birthday."

The two go way back. Paul's lawyer and brother-in-law, John Eastman, also represents Billy.

Back in 2008, McCartney took the stage with Billy when he performed at New York's Shea Stadium, where The Beatles had performed over 40 years earlier. And Billy returned the favor three years later, joining McCartney at Yankee Stadium, also in New York.

McCartney plays his second and final show at the Coliseum tonight before bringing this short U.S. tour to a close with two shows in Detroit on Sunday and Monday.


U2 have released the video for "You’re the Best Thing About Me,” the first single from their new album, Songs of Experience, which will be out this year.

While the song is Bono's love letter to his wife Ali, it shows their love for New York City, where they did their very first U.S. performance in 1980.

Shot earlier this month, it features them in various parts of the city, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, on the Brooklyn Bridge, in a bar, at Ray's Pizza and atop a double-decker sightseeing bus, all while interacting with fans, locals and other tourists.


Lollapalooza will head back to South America again next year and the lineup is quite impressive.

Signing on for the three shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil are Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, Liam Gallagher, The National and Khalid.

Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina take place March 16th to the 18th, with Lollapalooza Brasil from March 23rd to the 25th.

Show Biz Buzzz...

For the sixth year in a row, Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid television actress, according to Forbes. The Modern Family star earned $41.5 million last year. The rest of the Top 5: -- Kaley Cuoco ($26 million), Mindy Kaling ($13 million), Ellen Pompeo ($13 million) and Mariska Hargitay ($12.5 million).

Fixer Upper, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines, will end after its upcoming fifth season on HGTV.

Saturday Night Live has added three new cast members -- Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. They're replacing Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata, who left after last season.

The debut episode of Megyn Kelly's  daytime talk show gathered 2.9 million viewers on Monday.

Weird Nooze...

In a fit of rage, a British woman tried to tell her ex's new girlfriend that she was number-one -- AND number-two -- by covering the other gal's car in pee and poop.

Karen Green had a meltdown after seeing a long-ago ex-girlfriend smooching a third woman at a holiday party. The 58-year-old allegedly threatened to slash the new flame's tires with a kitchen knife, but settled for taking it out on her with bodily functions, causing enough damage that the vehicle required professional cleaning.

Green avoided jail but was put on probation and ordered to attend a 30-day rehab program. Sort of gives new meaning to the question "what can brown do for you?," doesn't it? (Sun)

Guys will do anything to impress a girl, but one Romeo's foolish plan landed him in jail on a slew of charges.

18-year-old Isael Ibrain Lima of Florida hatched a plan which involved stealing a deputy's uniform and cruiser. Police say they were called to a deputy's home to investigate a possible burglary. Deputy Yoandy Miranda, who is Lima's uncle, reported that his locked bedroom and his cruiser had been broken into, but it didn't appear that anything was taken.

Investigators then remembered an encounter they had a day earlier with a man at a convenience store who was wearing a police uniform and claimed to be an off-duty officer. After reviewing the real deputy's body camera footage, they discovered that the so-called officer they met at the convenience store was actually Lima and they arrested him at his home.

Lima admitted to impersonating a deputy to impress a girl and also copped to performing a traffic stop on a driver. He's been slapped with a bunch of charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, theft of law enforcement equipment and impersonating a law enforcement officer. (New York Daily News)

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