DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son.
The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!”
About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported.
The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.
Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.
It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.
You knew the writers at "Saturday Night Live" weren't going to let this one go.
Days after rapper Kanye West's White House visit with President Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin returned to the comedy show for the first time this season in a spoof of Thursday's headline-making meeting.
"I flew here using the power of this hat!" cast member Chris Redd, playing a rambling West, proclaimed, pointing to his "Make America Great Again" cap.
"This guy might be cuckoo," Baldwin, as Trump, said to himself in a voice-over. "I've been in a room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, and they made a lot more sense than him."
Redd's West, echoing some of Trump's real-life comments, called himself a "stable genius" with a "high IQ" and "the best words."
"Oh, my God, he's black me!" Baldwin's Trump realized in an internal monologue.
Meanwhile, Kenan Thompson, playing NFL icon Jim Brown, mused to himself: "I played football with a leather helmet, and my brain is still working better than his."
The sketch ended with Baldwin's Trump declaring: "I love you, Kanye. We've a lot more in common than people know. We're both geniuses, we're both married to beautiful women, and we've both definitely been recorded saying the N-word."
Lindsey Buckingham is not happy that Fleetwood Mac told him to go his own way.
The band’s longtime guitarist filed a lawsuit against the group, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, Rolling Stone reported.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Buckingham asked the group to delay their tour for three months so he could tour with his solo band in support of his upcoming solo release, Rolling Stone reported.
Buckingham said his manager told him in January that the other members of Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him when their North American tour began in August, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The guitarist said in his complaint that none of his bandmates would return his calls to give him an explanation.
According to the lawsuit, a deal was made with Live Nation that would pay each member of Fleetwood Mac between $12 million to $14 million for their 60-concert tour. Buckingham, learning that the group would play just three shows a week, asked permission to book his own shows when Fleetwood Mac was idle, Rolling Stone reported.
Buckingham was told Jan. 28 that Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him, the complaint alleges. That was two days after the band performed together at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the band was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, The Hollywood Reporter said.
The group replaced Buckingham with Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell, lead guitarist of the Heartbreakers.
A spokesman for Fleetwood Mac told Rolling Stone in a statement that “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
One of the biggest bands to emerge from Dayton is releasing a new CD and celebrating it here on stage.
Zapp will celebrate the release of its latest album, “Zapp VII: Roger & Friends,” from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton.
It is the legendary band’s first album since 2001’s “Zapp VI: Back by Popular Demand” and is a tribute to the late Roger Troutman.
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Tickets are $29 to $63 and available on TicketCenterStage.com or by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting 14KT CDs and Tapes, 4180 W. Hillcrest Ave, Dayton.
The concert will feature special guest Lyfe Jennings, a Toledo born R&B singer best known for his songs “S.E.X,” “Must Be Nice,” “Never Never Land” and “Statistics.”
The show will be hosted by Dayton-based comedian Mark Gregory.
Formed in Dayton in 1978 by the Troutman brothers — Roger, Larry, Lester and Terry ( “Zapp”) — Zapp gained fans around the globe with a list of hits that include "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Doo Wa Ditty," "I Can Make You Dance," "Heartbreaker" and "Computer Love."
The band is expected to play new and old songs during its Schuster Center concert, band member Ronald Frost told this news organization.
Zapp took a break following the death of Larry and Roger Troutman nearly 20 years ago.
Larry Troutman shot his brother and bandmate, talkbox pioneer Roger Troutman outside of Roger Troutman's Dayton music studio as part of a murder-suicide on April 25, 1999.
The band is now fronted by Lester Troutman.
Zapp VII celebrates Roger Troutman’s legacy, according to the The Vinyl Factory, an online magazine.
It includes posthumous performances from Roger Troutman. The magazine says Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are also featured.
Zapp was in Paris for a show in 2015 when a series of terrorist attacks claimed 137 lives.
Zapp members were not injured in the attacks and vowed to return to the city.
The band is scheduled to perform at the Le Trabendo in Paris on Nov. 4 as part of its European tour that includes stops in England and France.
WANT TO GO?
What: Zapp The Remix Tour and album release party with Lyfe Jennings.
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29 to $63 on TicketCenterStage.com or by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting 14KT CDs and Tapes, 4180 W. Hillcrest Ave., Dayton.
After being fired by Disney earlier this year, the man behind the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has jumped from Disney-owned Marvel to the DC Universe.
Warner Bros and DC have hired James Gunn to write the second film of “Suicide Squad,” and he could find himself in the director’s chair, Deadline reported.
He was fired in July after old, controversial tweets came to light during the height of the #MeToo movement.
The tweets included comments that he at the time considered provocative, on topics of rape and pedophillia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Many in the cast of the hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” films wrote an open letter to to Disney asking the company to reinstate Gunn. But Disney CEO Bob Iger, despite outcry from fans too said “I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”
“Suicide Squad” focuses on the villains of the DC Universe, including, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Deadshot and Killer Croc.
DC and Warner Bros. say Gunn’s script won’t be a sequel to the original film, but rather a new take on the anti-hero team, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, no one has officially been tapped to direct it, but some industry watchers says the director of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi, could be on a short list, Deadline reported.
The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Mary Mary.
The Queen of Soul’s history with the AMAs – as a host, winner and performer – was acknowledged at the beginning of the segment, before a smiling Knight emerged to draw the notes out of “Amazing Grace” in the essence of Franklin.
Gospel mainstay Donnie McClurkin took the crowd to church with a rousing “Climb Higher Mountains” (also the recessional song at Franklin’s funeral) and was followed by Winans delivering a passionate “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Ledisi belting “How I Got Over” and gospel duo Mary Mary and a spirited backing chorus clapping and grooving through “Old Landmark.”
Earlier in the show, Taylor Swift commanded the winner’s circle with an armful of awards, including artist and tour of the year.
Atlanta rappers Migos won favorite duo or group – pop/rock, beating Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5.
For a full list of winners, click here.
What musicians will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame this year? The list of 15 nominees is out and you can help choose who will get the honor.
The list includes:
The induction ceremony will be held March 29, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Billboard reported.
The Class of 2019 will be chosen by a group of 1,000 international voting members, but fans can help decide who will join the Rock Hall. You can cast your vote each day until the Dec. 9 deadline by clicking here. You will have to log in to vote.
The top five artists to get the fans votes will be tallied along with the official ballots, Billboard reported.
Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale in January.
When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.
So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.
“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”
The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.
“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”
“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.
When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.
“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram.
“Delta lit,” he said in the video.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry opened up about his return to music in a new interview with CBS.
In a piece that aired this weekend on "CBS Sunday Morning," Perry, now 69, told host Tracy Smith why he left his band, his heartbreak over girlfriend Kellie Nash's death, and what moved him to release "Traces," his first album in two decades.
Although an injured hip was part of the reason he split from Journey in the '90s, Perry said the decision had more to do with how he felt in his heart.
"It became a group decision, major surgery, and I wasn't very happy about that," Perry said. "So I chose to put it off and decided when to do it, and they checked out some other singers, and we went our separate ways."
And he didn't just leave the band; he left music entirely, not even singing.
His life changed for the better when he met his girlfriend, Kellie Nash, who had stage 4 cancer. They were together for a year and a half before she died in 2012.
"One night she said that, 'If something was to ever happen to me, promise that you won't go back into isolation, for I think that would make this all for naught,'" he said. "I had to make the promise, and I said, 'I promise.'"
Iggy Azalea fans hoping to see her on tour are out of luck – again.
The “Fancy” singer announced over the weekend that her “Bad Girls” tour has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
A statement from tour promoter Live Nation cites “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the demise of the 21-city tour, which was slated to kick off Oct. 27 in South Florida. It would have been her first headlining gig in four years.
In 2015, Azalea first postponed, then canceled, an arena tour.
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