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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Host Live Simulcast of 2016 Induction Ceremony

Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of FameIf you can’t make it out to Brooklyn, New York, to attend this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there’s only one other place you can watch the big event in its entirety — the Rock Hall in Cleveland itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Official Simulcast Party, which will be held on Friday, April 8, and will feature an uncensored live screening of the ceremony from Broolyn’s Barclays Center.

Tickets for the simulcast, which cost $23.50, will be available for purchase by the general public starting Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. ET at the Rock Hall’s box office and via Tickets.RockHall.com. Rock Hall members will be able to buy presale tickets beginning on Tuesday, February 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Attendees also will have access to all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibits. Special commemorative items honoring the 2016 inductees will be sold at the museum’s store.

Doors will open for the simulcast party at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

As previously reported, this year’s Rock Hall honorees include Steve Miller, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A., as well as late producer and songwriter Bert Berns. Among the guest artists who will serve as performers or presenters at 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Matchbox Twenty‘s Rob Thomas and The Black Keys.

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute in L.A. Features Performances by Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Carly Rae Jepsen & Other Stars

Courtesy of The Best FestThe first night of the two-part Fleetwood Mac Fest tribute concert took place Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the eclectic variety of celebrities taking part in the show were Courtney Love, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, KT Tunstall, the late George Harrison‘s son, Dhani Harrison, and actors Sarah Silverman, Will Forte, Juliette Lewis, Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips.

Jepsen opened the show with a cover of “Hold Me,” Love sang the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac B-side “Silver Springs” and Farrell was joined by his wife, Etty, for a performance of “Gold Dust Woman.” Meanwhile, Silverman belted out “Go Your Own Way,” while Forte teamed up with Jack White‘s ex-wife, Karen Elson, for a version of the Nicks-Tom Petty duet “Stop Dragging My Heart Around.”

At the end of the concert, all the participants joined in for group covers of “The Chain” and “Don’t Stop.”

You can read a full recap of the show at RollingStone.com, while a series of fan-filmed videos from the event have been posted at YouTube.

The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10, at the Fonda Theatre.

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New Animated Netflix Series “Beat Bugs” to Feature Cover Versions of Classic Beatles Songs

Courtesy of NetflixYou know The Beatles — now meet Beat Bugs. It’s a new animated children’s series premiering on Netflix this August that will incorporate various new cover versions of classic Fab Four songs into its storylines.

Among the many artists confirmed to contribute renditions of Beatles tunes to the show are Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, Pink, Sia and James Bay. The series, which was created by Josh Wakely, focuses on the adventures of a group of tiny friends whose whole universe revolves around the backyard of a suburban home.

The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney‘s Northern Songs catalog. The tunes will be tied into the plot of each episode of the program, which will include “uplifting and life-affirming” themes. More than 50 Fab Four songs will be featured in the show, including are “All You Need Is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help!,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Penny Lane,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Yellow Submarine.”

“Bringing Beat Bugs to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience,” says Wakely. “Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality.”

Meanwhile, Vedder, who recorded a version of “Magical Mystery Tour” for the show, says, “Personally I’m very grateful to be part of Josh’s vision. A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.”

You can check out a teaser trailer for Beat Bugs now at Netflix’s YouTube channel.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Grammy Tribute to the Eagles’ Glenn Frey to Feature Band Members & Jackson Browne

James Glader(NEW YORK) — With the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night’s Grammy awards.  We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18.

Billboard reports Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon will perform, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit.  

In addition, the band’s close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote “Take It Easy,” will join the tribute.  In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne.

Frey died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia after several months of illness. His last performance with the Eagles took place in Louisiana on July 29, 2015. 

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air on CBS Monday night.  Performers include Adele, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Visits Flint, Michigan

Image courtesy FOX(FLINT, Mich.) — Last month, Jada Pinkett Smith was thrust into the international spotlight after criticizing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its lack of diversity.   This month, she’s lending her name to another cause that has been the focal point of national outrage: the lead water poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan.

On Wednesday, the Gotham actress tweeted a photo of herself and others alongside Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.  Smith aid they were together “to discuss long-term support to help the residents of her city.” 

Smith previously has lent her name and voice to social causes, most notably when she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about human trafficking in 2012.

 

 

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“Frozen” Is Coming to Broadway in Spring 2018

Disney(NEW YORK) — Looks like we won’t be letting it go anytime soon: Frozen is coming to Broadway. 

The Disney film is slated to hit the Great White Way in spring 2018, while a pre-Broadway engagement is scheduled for next summer. 

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the writing team behind the film, will write the music and lyrics.

The theater where the film will live has not yet been announced, nor have casting decisions. 

Frozen will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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NATIONAL NEWS

FBI Surrounds Remaining Occupiers at Oregon Wildlife Refuge

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI has surrounded the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the bureau said in a statement Wednesday night.

According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.

The FBI said that it has secured barricades both in front of and behind where the occupiers are camping.

The bureau said negotiations continue.

“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully,” said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area.”

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Battered by Storm Arrives Back in New Jersey

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(BAYONNE, New Jersey) —  The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by stormy weather arrived back in New Jersey Wednesday night, where it is expected to be inspected by the Coast Guard.

The Anthem of the Seas arrived in Bayonne, New Jersey around 9 p.m.

The ship, which left from the same port on Saturday and was due to head out on a week-long cruise to the Bahamas, was supposed to arrive sooner after the captain made the decision to turn around, but that arrival time was pushed back further because the “weather isn’t great,” a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“The Captain has been very sensitive to the rough ride guests have already experienced. So he’s slowed down his speed to smooth it out,” the spokesperson said.

Coast Guard officials are expected to be on hand to inspect the ship.

“The Coast Guard will participate in an investigation that will help determine if there are any contributing causal factors or lessons learned from this event that could help prevent injuries or damage in the future, as occurs with any commercial vessel operating in U.S. waters under similar circumstances,” the Coast Guard said in a statement released Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday night, the cruise line apologized “for exposing our guests and crew to the weather they faced, and for what they went through.”

They said the ship encountered “sustained 120-mph winds” which “far exceeded forecasts.”

“Even so, it is our responsibility to eliminate every surprise we possibly can,” said the company, which plans to bolster its planning system going forward.

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Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Yellow House’ Bedroom Recreated, Available to Rent for $10

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I’m not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”

Now the Art Institute of Chicago is launching an interactive experience that will allow you to live out your own artistic adventure just like the painter.

With the help of Airbnb, you can stay in an exact replica of Van Gogh’s famous “The Bedroom” from his beloved “Yellow House” for just $10 a night. The masterpiece was created to celebrate the Art Institute’s exhibition of “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” series, which runs through May 10.

“Response has been great so far,” Art Institute spokeswoman Amanda Hicks wrote to ABC News. “We’re releasing the rooms in cascading blocks, so that people can have multiple opportunities to check in and grab a night during the run of the Van Gogh exhibition (Feb 14 – May 10). We have two re-creations of the bedroom in play right now. The one we did as the AirBnB venue, and another one in the museum itself that is a to-scale replica built on a gallery floor that marks out the actual blueprint of the second story of Van Gogh’s yellow house in Arles, France.

“The re-created bedroom in the museum is an immersive digital/sound experience, surrounded by big screens that scroll images and text from Van Gogh’s letters and sketchbooks, with music tying it all together. It’s really exciting!”

Van Gogh’s actual “Yellow House” was located in Arles, France, and the recreated room is in the Chicago neighborhood of River North.

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SPORTS NEWS

Craft Beer Company Reportedly Sends Peyton Manning Beer to Stop Him from Drinking Budweiser

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Peyton Manning reportedly got an unexpected delivery after comments he made in his post-Super Bowl interviews.

When asked what his next move would be after his Super Bowl win, Peyton said, “… I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.”

The Brewers Association’s Craft Brew director Julie Herz decided to send Manning a variety set of the company’s best-sellers which she says are better than Budweiser, according to ESPN.

“We’ve included a variety of choices which may satisfy the celebratory occasion more than a light American lager,” Herz said in a letter that NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter.


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WNBA Names Coca-Cola Executive Lisa Borders President

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Usher’s New Look Foundation(NEW YORK) — The WNBA announced Wednesday that former Atlanta city council president and current Coca-Cola executive Lisa Borders will become its fourth president, ESPN reports.

Borders will replace Laurel Richie, who left the league last November after serving as WNBA president for five seasons.

Borders discussed how her past experience will help in her new role.

“I’ve been a public servant, and that means you have to listen to your constituents,” Borders said. “The same thing would be true being president of the WNBA. No one of us has all the answers, so it’s important to be willing to be a good listener. My job is to serve the players, owners, and fans and be able to coalesce all that energy to amplify the league.”

Borders added that she is a fan of the game as well.  “I’m a raving fan of the Dream,” she said, laughing, though now she’ll be in the neutral corner as league president. “I have spent the lion’s share of my career carrying the torch for women, because I think it’s the right thing to do.

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UNC Coach ‘Alive’ and ‘Kicking’ After Collapsing During Game

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(BOSTON) — University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams says he’s okay after collapsing during the Tar Heels’ game against Boston College Tuesday night.

Williams, 65, fell as he was about to huddle with his team on the sideline. He had been arguing a foul call before walking to the bench.

“I’m alive. I’m kicking,” Williams told reporters after the game. “I’ve had some vertigo attacks over the last 17 or 18 years. This is the first time I really had one during a game.”

The coach said the attacks happen when he jerks his head.

“Every attack that I’ve had is when I jerk my head quickly and the little — I call them rocks cause my head is full of rocks — rocks in my middle ear, one of the pebbles gets out of the train, out of the alignment, it bounces right on your inner ear and that’s what causes the imbalance,” he said.

UNC went on to beat Boston, 68-65.

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WORLD NEWS

Traveling One-Year-Old Has Visited 12 Countries With Backpacking Parents

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Little Esmé Bayes is already a world traveler at the age of one.

At just 10-weeks-old, she was off with her parents, Karen Edwards and Shaun Bayes, on her first trip to Singapore.

After touching down in Bangkok Wednesday, the traveling tot will have visited 12 countries, which her mom beautifully documents for her 12,000 Instagram followers.

Edwards says she hopes her daughter gains three things from this experience: “Develop her insight into different cultures, develop her social skills, [and] develop a desire to see the world.”

The apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree. When Edwards found out she was pregnant with Esmé, she admits she “instantly thought ‘That’s it, travel days are over.’ Needless to say that has not been the case so far.”

Baby Esmé was born in London, but her mother is from Ireland and her father is from New Zealand.

“The gal is destined to travel!” Edwards wrote on her blog.

Edwards and Bayes temporarily moved to New Zealand after Esmé’s birth. The family decided to use Karen’s maternity leave creatively and backpacked through Southeast Asia for 7 weeks with Esmé in tow.

“Breastfeeding and baby-wearing is what made this easy,” she explained. “I don’t think I could have done it with having to carry and sterilize everything.”

The proud mom said her favorite place they’ve visited as a family is Vietnam.

“The people are so friendly and helpful with Esmé,” she said. “The place is just incredibly beautiful.”

The only downsides to traveling with her youngster is not being able to enjoy the nightlife in all of these exotic locations, and sometimes not being able to explain exactly what they need for their child.

“You don’t get any evenings as bed time is generally the same time for all of us as Esmé has to sleep,” she wrote in an email. “When in less-well-traveled countries, it’s harder to communicate what you need for Esmé. Google Translate is always a lifesaver and can be quite hilarious at times.”

Overall, the “Travel Mad Mum”’s only regret is “not bringing enough Western, healthy, sugar-free baby snacks.”

And the biggest thing she’s learned?

“It’s easier to be away and have quality family time together than it is to be home cooking and cleaning and maintaining a household,” she said.

Edwards says she plans to write a travel book chronicling their adventures.

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Suspected Suicide Bomber Traded Seats Before Somali Plane Blast, Airline CEO Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  The man authorities believe may have smuggled a bomb onto a Daallo Airlines jet in Somalia last week apparently traded seats with another passenger before the blast, airline CEO Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin told ABC News.

The passenger was originally sitting in a window seat, but agreed to move to the aisle when the suspected bomber, identified by Somalian officials as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, asked to switch, according to Yassin, who spoke with the passenger.

Just a quarter of an hour later, shortly after takeoff, the bomb — which authorities believe may have been concealed in a laptop — exploded, ripping a hole in the fuselage and sucking Borleh’s burned body out of the Airbus 321.

As the cabin lost pressure and flight attendants herded frightened travelers to the back of the plane, the pilot made an emergency landing in Mogadishu.

Two passengers –- including the man who had given up his window seat -– were wounded.

Yassin says he suspects the attack may have been an “inside job” involving airport employees. Surveillance video released by Somali authorities appears to show two men in airport staff uniforms handing the laptop to the suspected bomber.

Both men have since been arrested.

Authorities are looking into whether the attack may have been backed by al-Shabab, an al Qaeda-linked terror group, or even ISIS.

According to Yassin, 70 of the flight’s 74 passengers, including Borleh, were originally booked on a Turkish Airlines flight that was cancelled “last minute.”

A Turkish Airlines spokesperson tells ABC the flight was cancelled “due to operational reasons required in the framework of bad weather conditions.”

But Yassin said he didn’t know what was behind the cancellation. The airline refused to comment beyond their initial statement.

Following last week’s incident, there will be “more layers of security” at Mogadishu airport, Yassin said, including more screenings and a greater effort to isolate aircraft.

“Nobody will take anything for granted,” he said.

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Iranian TV Video Appears to Show US Sailor Crying While Detained

iStock/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — New video broadcast on Iranian state TV Wednesday appears to show a U.S. sailor crying while briefly detained by Iran in early January. The sailor was one of 10 U.S. sailors aboard two small Navy vessels that strayed into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.

A U.S. Department of Defense official said the video released Wednesday by the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network appears similar to footage aired at the time the sailors were detained. That original footage showed the moment of their detention at sea with their hands behind their heads, as well as all of the sailors sitting around a large room.

The new footage shows one of the sailors in that room with what appear to be red and moistened eyes. Later in the footage, the same sailor is shown using what appears to be a tissue or handkerchief to wipe his eyes and nose. It is unclear what circumstances may have prompted the sailor’s apparent tears.

Commenting on the new video, Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, told ABC News, “As Secretary [of State John] Kerry has said, we are disgusted by the exploitation of our Sailors in Iranian propaganda.”

He called the Jan. 12 detention of U.S. sailors “outrageous and unacceptable.”

“Professional mariners understand that it is a duty and obligation to assist other mariners who suffer mechanical problems or who find themselves off track at sea,” he said in a statement to ABC News. “In fact, our Navy has assisted Iranian mariners in distress in the Gulf region seven times since 2012.”

Five days after the release of the sailors, U.S. Central Command released an initial timeline of events surrounding the detention.

It said the vessels drifted into Iranian territorial waters near Iran’s Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf while on a journey from Kuwait to Bahrain the afternoon of Jan. 12.

That statement referred to navigational error and said one of the vessels had engine problems. While the vessels stopped to assess the mechanical problem, Iranian boats approached the sailors.

The 10 sailors were kept in an unknown location on Iran’s Farsi Island before being freed the following day.

It is still unclear why the American vessels entered Iranian waters or whether the sailors knew their exact location.

The Navy is conducting an investigation to provide “a more complete accounting of events,” but it has yet to be released.

That report will rely heavily on the testimony of the sailors and their own version of events, which could provide more context to these new images.

Several weeks ago, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter commented on his initial reaction to seeing the videos of the sailors on their knees.

“I was very, very angry at it,” he said. “Remember, as you’re thinking about our guys, that you’re looking through the lens of the Iranians.”

This new video was released the day before the 37th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution when the U.S.-supported government of Mohammad Reza Shah was toppled.

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