SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Journey guitarist Neal Schon has won a fight against the city of San Francisco over his wedding. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $290,000 payout to Schon. He and his wife, Michaele Salahi of “Real Housewives of D.C.,” held their December 2013 wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts and an adjacent building. Schon said he agreed to pay the city $58,000 for the use of the buildings. He says days before the wedding, the price went up to $240,000 when the city found out the wedding was on pay-per-view. The couple sued in February.
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UNDATED (AP) — Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter and singer Cynthia Robinson has died. Sax player Jerry Martini says Robinson died of cancer November 23 at her sister’s home in Carmichael, California. Robinson was 71. She’s the one on the song “Dance To The Music” who yells at the beginning, “Get up and dance to the music!” and later in the song says, “All the squares, go home!” Robinson was one of the first black female trumpet players to rise to national prominence. Sly and the Family Stone’s other hits include “Family Affair,” ”Hot Fun in The Summertime” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again).” Martini says he was present when Robinson. He says Robinson “didn’t consider herself a great soloist, but she was.”
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Trisha Yearwood, Juanes and Seth MacFarlane have been added to the lineup for a Frank Sinatra tribute concert. Other performers include Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Harry Connick Junior, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, and Usher. The concert will be taped in Los Angeles today and shown Sunday on CBS.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Bill Payne of Little Feat will join the Doobie Brothers as the resident keyboardist in the touring band. Tom Johnston of the Doobies says Payne has played on most of their later-era albums and he’s a “phenomenal, one-of-a-kind keyboard player.” Payne will remain a member of Little Feat and says the Doobies are good musicians and good people. The Doobie Brothers will launch a tour with Journey on May 12 in Irvine, California.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian is putting together a collection of rock and roll photos and has realized the best shots could be the ones from the audience. The Smithsonian is asking the public to submit their photos from the rock and roll era to the website RockandRoll.si.edu. Some photos may be featured in a book to be published next fall. Graham Nash and Flaming Lips are among the musicians who will contribute photos and comments.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Bareilles is part of a history-making team on Broadway. She wrote the music for the new Broadway show, “Waitress,” based on the 2007 film. It’s the first time the top four creative spots for a Broadway show have been filled by four women. The others are choreographer Lorin Latarro, director Diane Paulus and book writer Jessie Nelson. Bareilles says they are a bunch of women who are “deeply committed to finding a way to build a unified vision.” Previews for “Waitress” begin in March. “Waitress” has four women in the helm, but it’s not the first to have all four creative spots filled by a woman. The 1978 Broadway musical “Runaways” was written, scored, choreographed and directed by Elizabeth Swados.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tracy Chapman estimates her record label has been on her case to release a greatest-hits record for at least five years. Chapman says she was never in a looking-back mood. She says this year, it seemed like a good idea, so she reviewed every songs she’s ever released. Chapman says she realized she’s had quite a journey, because she was able to hear how she’s changed sonically from song to song. Chapman’s “Greatest Hits” is out now.
DUBLIN (AP) — Bono predicts the U2 concerts in Paris next week will be “joy as an act of defiance.” U2 were scheduled to play Paris on November 14 and the show was going to be broadcast that day on HBO. U2 canceled because the attacks at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and at other sites in Paris that left 130 dead the day before. U2 will play Paris on Sunday and Monday. Bono says the gunmen “took a lot of lives we’re not going to get back, but they’re not going to change the character of the city of Paris.” Bono says he expects the audience at the concerts to drown out the band, and he says U2 is “very loud.” The concert will be shown on HBO on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bono wants to raise money to fight AIDS so badly, he’ll even go on a bike ride with you. People who donate at least $10 to his RED organization to fight AIDS will get a chance to win a bike ride with Bono. He says he’ll even visit the spot in New York’s Central Park where he had his devastating accident last year. The Weeknd is offering a chance to hang out with him backstage and sit in the front row of his Miami concert. The Backstreet Boys are offering to do a video with you and let you be the first to post it on Instagram. Snoop Dogg is offering a day of “good music and legal relaxation” in Colorado. Other celebrities offering unique meet-and-greets include George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey, James Franco and Ryan Seacrest. Details are at www.Omaze.com/Red .
LONDON (AP) — Patti Smith is posing for the famous Pirelli calendar, but instead of being scantily clad, she’s wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a black vest and pants. Smith is one of the professional women photographer Annie Leibovitz chose for the modern version of the Pirelli calendar, which usually features women nude or scantily clad. Comedian Amy Schumer and tennis star Serena Williams are the exceptions — they’re in their underwear. Yoko Ono, film mogul Kathleen Kennedy and director Ava DuVernay are among the other women in the calendar.