NEW YORK (AP) — Bono’s latest cause is to help the poor to see. Bono has teamed with eyewear brand Revo to raise $10 million for screenings, eyeglasses and other assistance to the poor. Revo will donate $10 from each pair of glasses it sells. Bono will create a line of Revo sunglasses for release in the fall. Bono has glaucoma and says his eyesight is OK, but millions of people with poor vision around the world don’t have access to glasses or even a basic eye test.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Santana’s autobiography has won a major publishing award. “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light” has won an American Book Award. Santana will be recognized at a ceremony in San Francisco on October 25.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead’s five farewell shows have made some serious money. Billboard magazine reports the three concerts in Chicago and two in Santa Clara, California, this month brought in $52.2 million. The concerts also set a record as the biggest pay-per-view event of all time. Broadcast producer Live Alliance says the “Fare Thee Well” shows had more than 400,000 subscriptions and online streams. That number will likely grow because the shows are still available until August 2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yes drummer Alan White says bassist Chris Squire had told him to keep going regardless of what happens, so that’s what the band will do. White tells Billboard they’ve got to maintain the Yes name and “meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created.” Squire died June 27 of leukemia and had planned to sit out the next Yes tour anyway, with Billy Sherwood taking over his bass duties. The tour is set to begin August 7 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. White says Yes will pay tribute to Squire during the shows but they don’t know how yet.
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Cheadle’s film about Miles Davis will premiere at the New York Film Festival this fall. “Miles Ahead” will be Cheadle’s debut as a director. The film focuses on Davis’ reemergence in 1980. The festival runs September 25 through October 11 and the film will play on the festival’s closing night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The guy who misspelled the title of The Zombies’ 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle” will get another chance at the cover art. Billboard reports Terry Quirk will create the cover for the upcoming Zombies album, “Still Got That Hunger.” Quirk did the cover art for “Odessey and Oracle” but spelled it with an “e” instead of the first “y.” Back in the day, The Zombies said that was intentional, but more recently they have said it was a mistake that had already gone to print when they caught it.
LONDON (AP) — Andy Grammer had no problem convincing his parents to let him become a musician. They’re musicians too. Grammer says his father is a children’s singer and he would write songs with Grammer’s mother in the next room. Grammer says some musicians grow up with fathers who are lawyers who can’t conceive of why someone would want to do music, or there’s a family culture where being a musician is out of the question. Not for him. Grammer says his family supported him when he wanted to be a musician too because they knew it was possible.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will thank fans personally for their efforts to end poverty. They are among the performers for the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 26. Tickets are free but fans have to earn them by taking actions against poverty at www.GlobalCitizen.org. The concert will air on MSNBC and stream on iHeartRadio and Tidal.
BOSTON (AP) — The double-breasted jacket Ringo Starr wore in the movie “Help!” is going to be sold at auction. RR Auctions of Boston puts the minimum bid at $2,500. The auction will run through July 23. An inflatable cow udder signed by the members of Pink Floyd that was used to promote the “Atom Heart Mother” album is also for sale. So are high school yearbooks that separately feature Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Madonna. Other items for sale include Elvis Presley’s shotgun, Dee Dee Ramone’s credit cards and Joey Ramone’s unused Sega Game Gear TV tuner pack in its original box. Online bidding ends July 23.
NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Richards has finally finished up his solo album, 23 years after he did his last one. He will release “Crosseyed Heart” on September 18. Norah Jones is a guest performer. It’s his third solo record and the follow-up to 1992’s “Main Offender.”