The hobbled Guns N' Roses North American tour suffered a final blow today (Dec. 11), as promoter Clear Channel Entertainment confirmed it was canceling the remaining dates with which it was affiliated. A handful of shows being worked by other promoters were also axed.
John Casablancas, founder of leading model agency Elite and the father of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, has been named in a sex abuse lawsuit by an aspiring model who claims he made her pregnant at the age of 15, and then arranged an abortion -- all more than 15 years ago.
Stereolab multi-instrumentalist Mary Hansen died Monday after she was hit by a car in a London bicycling accident. Hansen, a native of Brisbane, Australia, joined the band a year after its 1991 formation. She was 36 years old. "The suddenness of her death has shocked the band," the surviving members of Stereolab said in an official statement. "Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."
Todd Rundgren, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, former Byrds leader Roger McGuinn, and late Who bassist John Entwistle are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Songs From the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison." The album is due Feb. 25 -- which would have been the late Harrison's 60th birthday -- via Koch Entertainment.
A doctor who had his medical license revoked last week frequently catered to the prescription drug demands of celebrities, including musician Courtney Love and actress Winona Ryder, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jules Mark Lusman, 49, examined some patients only briefly before prescribing drugs, according to a report by the Medical Board of California.
Veteran country singer Moe Bandy is recovering from triple bypass surgery after suffering a mild heart attack. The 58-year-old entertainer was at home after a show Saturday night when he began experiencing chest pains, according to a spokesperson. He was taken to a hospital in Branson, Mo., where he underwent the surgery early Sunday morning. He's expected to be released by the end of the week.
Computers, laptops, and a slew of T-shirts with a grinning cartoon cat logo will go up for auction as the now defunct online file sharing company Napster cleans out its remaining physical assets. The smattering of tech goodies represents all that's left of the company dreamed up by a few college students, primarily Shawn Fanning. The company crashed and burned, but gave birth to an online revolution.
The celebrated Marsalis family, which, as previously reported, is issuing the collaborative album "The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration" in February via Marsalis Music, will follow its release with a short, eight-date tour of Canada and the U.S. East Coast.