NEW YORK (AP) — It took a long time, but Bob Geldof thinks he’s found The One. People magazine reports Geldof married actress Jeanne Marine in the south of France after two decades of dating. Geldof was previously married to British TV personality Paula Yates, who left him for Michael Hutchence.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sting’s musical was a flop but he still has a chance at a Tony Award. Sting has been nominated for best original score for “The Last Ship.” Sting says he’s thrilled to be nominated and he wasn’t even thinking about a Tony nomination. He says the whole “Last Ship” experience as been “a joy from start to finish” and the nomination is “just another iteration of joy.” The Tonys will be given out June 7 in New York.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel will close down the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. Newsday reports Joel will make his 32nd appearance at the venue before it shuts down for a major renovation. Joel will play a concert there on August 4. Banners hang inside the venue commemorating Joel’s record-setting run of nine sold-out shows there in 1998. Joel also played the last concerts at Shea Stadium in 2008.
DETROIT (AP) — Melissa Etheridge’s family has a scandal in its past. Etheridge agreed to be researched for the TLC genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” Billboard reports the research turned up ancestors who sued a man for impregnating a teenage member of the family and refusing to marry her. Etheridge’s family tree also includes a colonial American bootlegger. Her episode runs Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A music festival that will debut outside Nashville is going back to the sound of stripped-down music. The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival will feature acts performing acoustically on wood stages. Performers include Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Weezer, Neko Case, Dr. John and Jimmy Cliff. The festival will be September 26-27.
UNDATED (AP) — John Popper of Blues Traveler has a double dose of big news: he’s getting married and he’s going to be a dad. Popper tweets he and girlfriend Jordan Auleb are having a baby and he’s posted a picture of a sonogram. He adds, “Soon we’re getting married too!!!”
CLEVELAND (AP) — For as tough as Joan Jett is, she cried while accepting her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett’s black mascara ran down her face during the ceremony in Cleveland Saturday. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, jammed out together on “With A Little Help From My Friends” for Starr’s induction. Bill Withers, another inductee, rarely performs in public anymore, but he helped sing “Lean On Me” with John Legend. Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The “5” Royales were also inducted. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO May 30.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are set for tomorrow night. And some of those making the induction speeches might end up getting more attention than the inductees themselves. Paul McCartney will be the one who will talk-in his former Beatles cohort Ringo Starr. Stevie Wonder will help induct Bill Withers. Patti Smith will do the honors for the late Lou Reed and Fall Out Boy will help induct Green Day. Stevie Ray Vaughan will be ushered in by John Mayer. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be inducted by Miley Cyrus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger is a big fan of “Empire.” Jagger says it’s great that a TV show about music can be successful. He met series creator Lee Daniels in February and they hung out. Given that the show is big on cameos by real musicians, might Jagger have a role on the show? Jagger says thinks Daniels would have asked him already, but “stranger things have happened. ” Jagger is working on his own TV show, a series about the 1970s music scene in New York that will run on HBO. He says shooting begins in May. Then there’s the Rolling Stones. They will open their Zip Code tour in May in San Diego.