NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine Coldplay doing a musical version of “Game of Thrones.” You can see it for yourself tomorrow on the Red Nose Day telethon that will run on NBC. Coldplay will perform original songs written by Chris Martin featuring the cast of “Game of Thrones.” Other musicians who will appear on the telethon include Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, John Legend, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, One Direction, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine. Red Nose Day is an annual comedy event in the U.K. that raises money for children’s charities. This is the first time it will be run in the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — The 100th anniversary of the birth of Les Paul is getting nationwide recognition. June 9 will be “Les Paul Day” in the cities of New York, Nashville and Waukesha (WAH’-keh-shah), Wisconsin, where Paul was born. The state of Wisconsin will declare “Les Paul Day” as well. The free mobile touring exhibit known as Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience will make its first stop in New York that day. Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon of Journey, Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule, Steve Vai (VY) and the Les Paul Trio are among those who will perform at a Paul tribute concert in New York that night. A greatest-hits CD and reissues of four of Paul’s albums will hit stores on June 9 as well. Paul die in August of 2009.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, John Fogerty, Meghan Trainor and Ed Sheeran have been tapped to perform on tonight’s finale of “The Voice.” Coach Adam Levine will bring his band, Maroon 5, to perform as well.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fans can pay their respects to B.B. King in Las Vegas before he is laid to rest in Mississippi. King’s website says a public viewing will take place in Las Vegas on Friday. The mortuary’s manager says King will be in an open casket and there will be no memorial service. A private funeral is set for Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, says she’s still arranging the burial next week in King’s hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues legend B.B. King is dead. His lawyer says King died in his sleep last night at his home in Las Vegas. King was 89. The former farmhand brought new fans to blues music during his career. He served as an influence to a generation of musicians with his vocals and guitar work on hits like “The Thrill Is Gone” — playing a Gibson model he called Lucille. King sold millions of records worldwide — won 15 Grammys — and was a member of both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The concert on Tuesday night was part of the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual benefit. Founded in 1988, the organization has raised more than $2 billion to combat poverty in New York’s five boroughs.
McCartney played for about two hours, with a set list that included “Jet” and “Maybe I’m Amazed” as well as a smattering of Beatles classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Others in the crowd of hundreds included tennis great John McEnroe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” is lining up all sorts of entertainment for this week’s finale. Former judge Steven Tyler returns to perform, along with Vance Joy, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae, Echosmith, Fall Out Boy, New Kids On The Block, Pitbull, Michael McDonald, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, The Jacksons, Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown. They will perform on Wednesday’s finale. “Idol” finalists Jax, Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani will sing on Tuesday.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — It’s not every graduation that has a commencement speaker who shows up in flip-flops and talks about Santa Claus. The Miami Herald reports Jimmy Buffett told graduates at the University of Miami on Friday to see the world, do everything in moderation and “be Santa Claus when you can.” Buffett was given an honorary doctorate in music. He didn’t stick around after the ceremony. He said he had some fish to catch.