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On the horizon for Perry is the release of his memoir, "Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith," which is due October 7th. Joe says he expects to go on a book tour this fall, and he and his publisher are also "thinking of different ways to use the Internet" to promote it. Aerosmith is currently on the "Let Rock Rule" tour with Slash. They'll be in Tinley Park, Illinois on Friday.
"Tacky" is making Weird Al "Happy." After 30 years of parody hits, Weird Al Yankovic is finally seeing his first number one album. Yankovic, whose 14th album "Mandatory Fun," includes rewrites of songs by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Lorde and others, is making its debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart after selling more than 104-thousand copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best opening week ever for Al who enjoyed a successful run in the 1980s with humorous takes on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and "Bad," among others. The funnyman has hinted that "Mandatory Fun" could be his last full length album.
Whitney Houston's mother Cissy has some harsh words for those involved with the Lifetime biopic about her daughter. The 80-year-old has released a statement to "Entertainment Tonight," making her objections to the TV movie crystal clear. She says the network has chosen to go ahead with the production despite the family's expressed wishes. Cissy states that "no one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]" -- although director Angela Bassett did co-star in the 1995 film "Waiting To Exhale" with the singer.
Her statement goes on to blast the "many people who have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with [Whitney]" since her 2012 death, and says the family is "exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments." It ends with Cissy pleading with Lifetime to "please please let her rest." The movie has no airdate yet, but is expected to premiere next year. It will star "America's Next Top Model" actress Yaya DaCosta in the lead role as Whitney.
Details about James Brown's assets and his wife may soon be made public. A judge is ordering South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating his estate. Until now, the diary of the woman who claimed to be Brown's wife when he died has been sealed as part of various lawsuits over his estate. Meantime, a new movie about the late "Godfather of Soul" is set to hit theaters on August 1st. Titled "Get On Up," the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown. The movie was produced, in part, by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Brian Grazer and Tate Taylor, who also directed the film.
Noted drummer Dennis Chambers is in the hospital. Parliament-Funkadelic leader William "Bootsy" Collins says in a Facebook message that his one-time bandmate is in intensive care. He doesn't detail why Chambers was admitted, but explains that doctors are "working on getting him off the respirator," and "they're filtering his liver as it's not functioning well." He's asking fans for "prayers & Love Vibes" so the music community can "GET HIM BACK." Chambers was a member of Parliament-Funkadelic from 1978 until 1985. Over the course of his impressive career Dennis has also worked with Steely Dan, Santana, David Lee Roth, and others.
Deep Purple's Roger Glover says he's actually a little surprised that the group is taking their tour to North America. The veteran rocker tells UltimateClassicRock.com the band's latest album, "Now What?!" was "a huge hit around Europe," topping the charts in several countries, but "sort of didn't go anywhere" in the U.S. Roger admits Deep Purple hasn't really had much of a presence on this side of the Atlantic in recent years so their chart expectations were rather low, but he says it was still "a disappointment." Glover adds that the group would like to see things will change with their trek, and they're hoping the tour will spark new interest in their album.
Glover says Deep Purple's shows will be packed with their "history." But he adds that the band will also perform some lesser known songs and material from "Now What?!," which "actually fits very well with the old stuff." Deep Purple will launch their North American tour in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 4th.
Blondie, Robert Plant, and The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde are some of the stars on board for the upcoming iTunes Festival. They're among the 14 headliners announced Monday for the month-long event taking place in September. A schedule hasn't been unveiled yet. The lineup also features Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, and Beck, along with 5 Seconds of Summer, Kasabian, and others. A total of 60 acts will perform during the four weekends of shows, which are set for the Roundhouse arena in London.
Ted Nugent says he's "good at advancing the most politically incorrect policies in the world" but says calling him a racist is "a clear act of desperation." This week the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho cancelled Ted's planned concert at the venue, citing his alleged "racist attitudes and views." But the rocker tells Radio.com it's part of an organized attack by "the left," which "hates" him. He explains that there's "an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent," who'll continually call his sponsors, promoters, and concert venues claiming he's a racist, a pedophile, and a draft dodger who'll "murder innocent animals." Nugent says it's just evidence that he's "created the abject fear in the left" of how "effective" he's been in promoting Second Amendment rights.
Nugent adds that he's currently on "the greatest tour" of his life," and once he's off the road he'll have "the greatest hunting season" of his life. Ted is on the road supporting his new album, "ShutUp&Jam." Upcoming stops include Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, Morgantown, West Virginia on Friday, and Oshkosh Wisconsin on Saturday. Nugent's full schedule is posted at TedNugent.com.
Pharrell (Fa-RELL) Williams is making his case for victory in his lawsuit against the family of Marvin Gaye over Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines." Pharrell and Thicke filed the suit to preempt accusations that they copied Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up" when making "Blurred Lines." According to "The Hollywood Reporter," Pharrell has asked for a summary judgment in his favor. In his motion he claims the only reason Gaye's family accused them of copyright infringement was because he and Robin Thicke had remarked that "Blurred Lines" was "inspired by Marvin Gaye." He says after those comments were made, Gaye's family "smelled money and rushed to make their infringement demand," even though the songs "had no similarity in actual notes or phrases." The judge in the case has yet to rule on the motion.
Edgar Winter says the upcoming Rock 'N' Blues Fest will go on as scheduled. But it's changing focus. The event has become a traveling tribute to his late brother. Johnny Winter passed away last week. His band was among the headliners for the event. Edgar admits he was really looking forward to seeing Johnny play again, and to performing with him. He adds that his band and the other participating artists have all agreed to honor Johnny and record his material in their sets.
The lineup for the Rock 'N' Blues Fest also includes Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth's Peter Rivera, and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds. Rick Derringer will take part in the last two nights of the trek, which begins in Clarkston, Michigan on July 31st.
Ringo's Peace & Love Fund is supporting the David Lynch Foundation's efforts in providing Transcendental Meditation instruction to at-risk kids, victims of violence and abuse, and military veterans suffering from PTSD. The rock legend launched the fund back in January. The project is receiving additional support from Varvatos through Ringo's work with him. The designer announced earlier this month -- on Ringo's 74th birthday -- that the drummer would be his model for his fall line. Promotions include an online #peacerocks campaign and a special t-shirt that are generating proceeds for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.
The George Harrison Tree in Los Angeles has died. And Councilman Tom LaBonge tells "The Los Angeles Times" that the pine tree was killed by beetles -- the six-legged kind, spelled with two e's. The tree honoring the memory of the late musical Beatle was planted in L.A.'s Griffith Park back in 2004, and had grown to be more than ten feet tall before the creepy-crawly beetles attacked. The Harrison Tree isn't the first to suffer such a fate. Over the years other trees have also fallen victim to swarms of bark beetles, ladybugs, and other insects. LaBonge says The George Harrison Tree will be replaced, but didn't give a date when the new tree will be planted.
Eric Clapton is giving fans another sample from his upcoming JJ Cale tribute album. The song "Cajun Moon" is getting an online premiere on RollingStone.com.
"Cajun Moon" is among the 16 tracks on "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale," credited to "Eric Clapton & Friends." The collection also features contributions from Tom Petty, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks, and others. Clapton previously debuted the song "Call Me The Breeze." A lyric video of that track is posted on YouTube. "The Breeze" will be available on July 29th.
New information tracking the whereabouts of Casey Kasem's remains suggest the radio icon's body may be in Montreal. According to the Canadian Press, a death certificate filed in Washington State court last Tuesday listed the Canadian funeral home Urgel Bourgie as the place where Kasem's remains were sent on July 14th. The funeral home, however, says it has no record of Kasem's remains being at the facility but the Funeral Service Association of Canada also says it generally doesn't release such information, citing Canada's Privacy Act.
The President of the Washington State funeral home where Kasem's remains were housed prior tells the Canadian Press he personally made sure the body was put on the flight to Montreal last Monday. Corey Gaffney also disputes reports suggesting that Kasem's body is missing, saying he confirmed it arrived in Montreal. The "American Top 40" DJ passed away on June 15th after a long illness and bitter family feud over his care.