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All-Star Concerts Honoring Dr. John and Jerry Garcia to Be Released Soon on CD, DVD & Other Formats

Dr. John, Bob Weir (Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions; Josh Timmermans)Audio and video releases documenting star-studded concerts saluting Dr. John and the late Jerry Garcia will hit stores soon in multiple configurations as part of a new partnership between Blackbird Presents and the Concord Bicycle Music label.

The events will be available on CD, DVD, as CD/DVD packages and as digital downloads.

The Dr. John tribute, titled The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, captures a May 2014 event held at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The show featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Dr. John for a rendition of the New Orleans legend’s funky 1973 hit “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Other guest performers included John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.

The show also featured an impressive house band led by Don Was on bass which included drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

The Garcia homage, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, took place in May 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The show was held about a month before The Grateful Dead’s historic “Fare Thee Well” 50th anniversary concerts, and featured the band’s four core surviving members — Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Kreutzmann.

Other performers include Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, Jimmy Cliff, Widespread Panic, the late Allen Toussaint and many others.

A third tribute concert, focusing on country-folk great Emmylou Harris, also will be released soon as a CD, DVD, CD/DVD set and digital download.

Blackbird Presents has produced a variety of all-star tribute concerts over the last few years, including shows honoring Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon and Mavis Staples.

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McCartney, Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Who Post Teaser Clips Hinting at “October” Mega-Festival

Mary McCartney/MPL; Claude GassianSomething is happening in October and we’re pretty sure we know what it is! Following a recent Los Angeles Times report claiming that Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters all may be taking part in a new rock festival that month in California, all of those famed artists have posted respective teaser videos to their social media sites featuring snippets of their classic songs and ending with the word “October.”

Last month,  the Times revealed that the star-studded event was being organized by Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was expected to take place October 7 to October 9 at the Coachella grounds in Indio, California. According to the article, Dylan and The Stones would play on October 7; McCartney would perform on October 8 along with Neil Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real; and The Who and Waters would close things out on October 9.

McCartney’s teaser is set to a live version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Got a Feeling” and includes a photo of Sir Paul playing his trademark Hofner bass.

The Rolling Stones’ clip shows a vinyl LP featuring the band’s lips-and-tongue logo spinning on a turntable as the group’s tune “All Down the Line” plays.

Dylan’s video features various film clips of the folk-rock legend from the 1960s accompanied by his song “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

The Who’s video includes a montage of footage of the band playing live throughout the years that’s set to the classic tune “My Generation.”

Lastly, Waters’ teaser boasts grainy black-and-white footage of one of his concerts that includes a couple of floating pig-shaped balloons while the studio version Pink Floyd‘s “Brain Damage” plays.

So far, Young is the only one of the aforementioned artists who hasn’t posted an “October” teaser clip yet. However, Neil’s longtime manager Elliot Roberts did talk about the rumored event with the Times, saying, “It’s so special in so many ways, because you won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It’s a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”

Official news about the festival, which the media has given the nickname “Oldchella,” is expected soon.

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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go to See “Keanu”: George Michael’s All Over It

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIf you went to see Keanu, the new movie from Comedy Central duo Key & Peele, this past weekend, you may have wondered why there were so many references to George Michael in the film.  Turns out Keegan-Michael Key is a big fan, and George and his manager both approved the use of the ’80s music icon’s music and his likeness in the flick.

As Billboard reports, in the comedy, which is about two guys who are trying to rescue their kitten from a drug dealer, four of George’s biggest hits are heard, including “Faith” and “Freedom ’90.”  His “Faith” video is incorporated into the plot, and one of the characters — a drug lord — even has a George Michael tattoo.

George’s manager Michael Lippman tells Billboard he and George were more than happy to sign off on all of that, describing it as “a golden opportunity [that] dropped in our laps.”  As Lippman explains, the anniversary of George’s 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is coming in September and they were “trying to find as much exposure as possible.”

Lippman says of Keanu, “They turned George into a cool bada**…It’s great for [him] and his songs, as people become more curious about his music.”  He adds, “I’m getting tweets and lots of emails from people loving it. I think it will also work well around the world.”

Billboard also notes that George’s music was used in Deadpool and in an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie called Bleed for This.

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Fan Amy Schumer Says “Scared the S***” Out of Her Says There’s More to the Story

Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — That guy whom Amy Schumer says frightened her so badly it made her think twice about taking photos with fans is speaking out — and he says Schumer’s not telling the whole story.

The Inside Amy Schumer star posted a photo to her Instagram Saturday of a man she says ran up to her in Greenville, S.C. demanding she take a photo with him.  “This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the s*** out of me,” she wrote, saying he refused her request for him to stop, allegedly declaring, “No, it’s America and we paid for you.”

“I was saying stop and no,” Schumer continued. “Great message to your kid. Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no.”

That guy is Leslie Brewer.  He tells Greenville, SC’s WSPA-TV that yes, Schumer did become upset when he began recording her, but that he stopped recording as soon as he asked her to.  He’s also posted a brief video on his own Instagram, showing him saying “Sorry” and Schumer asking him, “Can you delete that?” followed by separate video of Brewer declaring, “And then she got mad at me.”

Brewer tells the TV station Schumer walked away, but then returned to take the photo of him she posted on her own Instagram, telling Brewer she would tell her fans about him.  “She gets mad.  She’s like ‘that’s disrespectful’,” Brewer says.  “ She turns to my daughter and wife and says ‘is this the type of example you want to set for them.” 

“I wish I would have finished recording. I wish I would have never stopped to show people what really happened,” Brewer says, noting he’s getting online backlash from Schumer’s fans, and has also been threatened online.

“I’m being looked at as somebody that I’m not,” he says.  “You know, at first it was funny but as the days go on, it is kind of like, wow.”

He adds, “I think she’s tried to paint some kind of picture of me that I am an aggressive guy and that I came up to her. If you see my video, you can tell that she wasn’t scared.  At the end of the day, I feel as though I did what every other fan would have done if they would have seen one of their celebrities.”

Schumer concluded in her Instagram post, “I will not take picture[s] with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”  She was in Greenville to kick off her 10-city comedy tour. She performed Friday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

After many of her social media followers lamented Schumer’s decision to cease taking fan photos, the actress changed positions.

“I’ll still take pictures with nice people when I choose to if it’s a good time for that,” a photo she tweeted read. “But I don’t owe you anything. So don’t take if I say no.”

Schumer later added, in part, “I am grateful to people who like my work and support me but not the ones who think that behavior is ok.”

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“Game of Thrones” vs. Porn? Season Six Premiere Decreases Naughty Online Traffic

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) —  Just how badly did people want to watch April 24th’s season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones? Apparently enough to curtail their primal urges — at least for an hour — according to one leading adult site. 

PornHub crunched its user data for the night of the show’s season six premiere, and it revealed that the site’s user traffic across the United States dropped 4% while the hour-long premiere aired — while that might not seem like a lot, consider the streaming site has more than 60 million daily visitors, and the U.S. ranks as the number-one market.

The surfing resumed in the hours that followed to pre-premiere levels.

Other user data showed that naughty searches related to the series — whether it be porn parodies of the book-based HBO show or searches for the series’ frequent nude scenes — spiked 370% in the hours leading up to the premiere. 

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“Dancing with the Stars” Pays Tribute to Music Icons Tonight

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars will salute the icons of music tonight.

The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of music’s greatest acts, from Elvis Presley to U2. Last week’s top scorer, Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris, and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, will dance to “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin.

The couples will also take part in team dances, pitting the men against the women. The men will perform as Team James Brown and the women will perform as Team Beyoncé.

At the end of the night, two celebrities will be eliminated.

Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Here’s a rundown of the dances the couples will perform Monday night, along with the song selections:

–Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess – Tango – “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones

–Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Viennese Waltz – “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston

–Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe – Quickstep – “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

–Kim Fields & Sasha Farber – Samba – “ABC” by Jackson 5

–Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot – “Beautiful Day” by U2

–Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas – Jive – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner

–Von Miller & Witney Carson – Salsa – “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley

–Wanyá Morris & Lindsay Arnold – Foxtrot – “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin

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Former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky Appears in Court to Appeal Child Sex Abuse Conviction

iStock/Thinkstock(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday as he appeals his child-sex abuse conviction.

In 2012, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, following tearful testimony from his victims.

As officers led Sandusky into the courthouse Monday morning, the former coach, wearing an orange jumpsuit, told waiting reporters, “There’s much to say. For now, [defense attorney] Al Lindsay is gonna say it.”

Defense attorneys and prosecutors then presented their arguments in an hour-long hearing before Judge John Cleland in a Centre County, Pennsylvania courtroom, near the State College campus of Penn State University.

Sandusky sat in the court as defense attorney Lindsay asked the judge for permission to question witnesses, including Sandusky’s former lawyers, about the investigation and trial.

Prosecutors argued that a new hearing shouldn’t be granted.

It was not immediately clear when the judge would make his decision.

If his sentence stands, Sandusky, now 72, would be 98 at his earliest possible release date.

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Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Municipal Laws Limiting Fracking

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday against two cities’ attempts to limit fracking, saying the legislation passed by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins are “invalid and unenforceable” because they conflict with existing state laws.

In 2012, voters in the city of Longmont passed a ban on fracking, while in November 2013, Fort Collins voters passed a five-year moratorium on fracking to give the city time to study health and safety impacts of the process, according to court documents.

The group that challenged Longmont and Fort Collins’ rules against fracking, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, called the court’s ruling “a win” for the energy industry and the “people of Colorado who rely on affordable and dependable energy and a strong economy.”

“Nearly all wells in Colorado are hydraulically fractured, or fracked, meaning a ban on fracking is a ban on oil and gas development,” COGA said in a statement Monday. “With this legal battle over, we look forward to working with Longmont, Fort Collins and other communities to find a balance that allows for responsible oil and gas development while respecting the rule of law and meeting the needs of local communities.”

Fort Collins city attorney Carrie Daggett said it will review the court’s decision “carefully and fully to evaluate how it affects the City.”

“These issues are complex, and we’ll thoroughly examine the decisions relative to Fort Collins and Longmont,” Daggett said. “However, it is clear that the Supreme Court has found that the Fort Collins moratorium on hydraulic fracturing is in operational conflict with Colorado law and is therefore preempted.”

Representatives for the City of Longmont or the City of Fort Collins did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Federal Judge Orders Woman to Unlock iPhone Using Her Fingerprint

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Calif.) — The case of a California woman who was ordered to unlock an iPhone using her fingerprint is raising questions about whether compelling a person to unlock their smartphone could infringe on their right against self-incrimination.

A warrant was issued in February ordering Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan to unlock an iPhone seized from a Glendale, California, residence. She later pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While much of the public discussion over encryption has focused on four to six digit passcodes, the California case is raising the question of whether a person’s biometric markers — such as a fingerprint or iris — could be used to help authorities crack into a device.

Mark Bartholomew, a law professor at the University of Buffalo who studies encryption and cyber law, told ABC News “the law is very uncertain on this because it hasn’t caught up to technology.”

At issue is whether pressing a finger to unlock a phone and giving law enforcement access to all of its contents is tantamount to testifying without ever speaking a word.

“It’s one of those things like always technology is way ahead of the law,” Bartholomew said. “These issues of passwords, biometric safeguards, at the same time law enforcement wants them, over time these are going to be teed up for the courts and Supreme Court to weigh in on it.”

But Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, told the LA Times that the action might not violate the 5th Amendment prohibition of self-incrimination.

“Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what’s ‘in your mind’ to law enforcement,” Gidari told the LA Times. “‘Put your finger here’ is not testimonial or self-incriminating.”

Apple first added Touch ID to the iPhone 5s and has since included the security measure in all of its recent iPhones and iPads. Built into the home button, Touch ID can also be bypassed using passcodes.

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Justin Trudeau Does Push-Ups with Canadian Invictus Games Team

@justintrudeau/Twitter(TORONTO) — Justin Trudeau wants to make clear that Canada is more than ready for the Invictus Games.

“Oh, hey,” the Canadian prime minister begins in a video he posted to Twitter Monday. “I just thought I’d show our friends in the U.S. and U.K. how Canada brings it.”

Trudeau addresses Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and President and Michelle Obama before dropping to the floor and joining members of the Canadian Invictus Games team on the floor in synchronized push-ups.

Then, with one hand planted firmly planted on the ground, Trudeau says “Boom” and drops a figurative mic as the two former service members next to him drop the actual microphones they’re holding.

Last week, the Obamas engaged in playful yet competitive banter with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry, telling the royals in a video to be “careful what you wish for.”

The Windsors had a brilliant response, with a clearly amused queen simply saying, “Oh, really?”

The Invictus Games are an international sporting event founded by Prince Harry for wounded, injured and sick service personnel. This year’s Games will be held in Orlando from May 8 to May 12.

ESPN, a sister company of ABC News, will begin its coverage of the Invictus Games May 8 on ESPN2.

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Report: Laremy Tunsil Won’t Start NFL Career in Substance Abuse Program

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(MIAMI) — Rookie Laremy Tunsil will not start his professional career with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL’s substance abuse program, ESPN reports, citing a source.

The source did say, however, that the league will keep a close eye on the offensive lineman and step in if needed.

Tunsil, who played for Ole Miss, was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round but sank down to the No. 13 pick after a video surfaced of the him smoking from a bong. The video was posted to his verified Twitter account.

After Tunsil was selected by Miami, he admitted to taking the video at a press conference last Thursday night, but said somebody hacked his account.

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Warriors Star Steph Curry Gives Peek Into His Home Life

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is known for dominating the NBA, but the basketball star is now revealing his best play is at home, as a dad.

Curry, 28, his wife, Ayesha, 27, and their two daughters, Riley and Ryan, are the cover stars of the June issue of Parents magazine.

Curry and Ayesha met as teenagers in North Carolina and are now juggling superstar fame with raising 3-year-old Riley and 10-month-old Ryan.

“It’s an event to get all four of us out of the house at once,” Ayesha, a chef, told the magazine. “When we get in the car and we’ve brought everything and everybody has socks on, it’s like a dream come true.”

The pair also revealed how they keep their marriage private while being in the limelight. For one, the pair have matching tattoos of two arrows pointing at each other.

“I do like a little sign and I kind of slap my tattoo and she does the same,” Curry said.

Curry revealed that when Riley, 3, sees him in his Golden State uniform, she will refer to him as Steph Curry instead of “Daddy.” It was Riley who gained instant fame when she stole the show at one of her dad’s news conferences during last year’s playoffs.

“People recognize her way faster than they do me or Ayesha,” Curry said. “And if we go somewhere and she’s not with us, that’s the first question they ask, ‘Where is Riley?’”

The June issue of Parents magazine is on newsstands now.

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Kerry Discusses ‘Out of Control’ Syrian Conflict, Plan for Nationwide Ceasefire

John Moore/Getty Images(GENEVA) — Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian conflict is “in many ways out of control” as he looks to Russia for help in brokering a nationwide cessation of hostilities, according to BBC.

Kerry, who is in Geneva for talks on how to salvage the crumbling Syrian ceasefire, said progress was being made on a plan to stop violence in Aleppo, where more than a week of fighting has killed over 250 civilians. He said fighting needed to stop in order to start negotiating an end to the country’s five-year civil war.

“The United Nations Security Council resolution calls for a full country, country-wide cessation, and that all of the country be accessible for humanitarian assistance,” he said Monday.

For Aleppo, the U.S. is considering drawing up with the Russians a detailed map that would lay out “safe zones.” Civilians and members of moderate opposition groups covered by the truce could find shelter from persistent attacks by Assad’s military, which claims to be targeting terrorists. It is so far unclear if the Russians will accept such a plan.

“We are talking directly to the Russians, even now,” Kerry said. “The hope is that we will make some progress.”

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SpaceX Updates Falcon 9 Rocket Capabilities

SpaceX(NEW YORK) — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket can carry nearly twice as much into orbit than was previously listed, according to an update on the company’s website over the weekend.

The rocket, which has been used to send the Dragon spacecraft on cargo runs to the International Space Station and launch satellites into orbit, can now launch up to 50,265-pounds into low earth orbit, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk. The realization was determined after additional testing.

The new metrics are only for expendable missions, according to Musk, meaning rockets the company tries to land back on Earth will have to carry 30 to 40 percent less payload. SpaceX also says the Falcon 9 can carry up to 8,860-pounds of cargo to Mars.

The company gave an update on its Falcon Heavy rocket, which has yet to fly. The $90 million rocket, which has 27 Merlin engines, can launch up to 29,980-pounds on a journey to Mars. SpaceX announced last week the company is targeting its first Mars mission for 2018.

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US Cruise Ship Docks in Cuba

iStock/Thinkstock(HAVANA) — A U.S. cruise ship docked in Havana Monday morning, marking the first time a ship has arrived in Cuba from a U.S. seaport in decades.

The Adonia ship, run by Carnival, left from Miami Sunday. The historic trip represents a new step in normalizing U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Win your free tickets to NMSU Dancesport’s EMOJI

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Match caused some controversy by calling freckles “imperfections” – what do you think?

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The 101 Number one Song of the Day would be the second #1 hit for a pair that would go on to much more success from here. It was considered the song that confirmed the start of their sustained run as one of America’s top selling acts. And the writer says Eddie Van Halen copied it to use in the song “Jump”!
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These men were saved after 3 days stranded on this deserted island in Micronesia.

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