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Friday
Jul182014

Zedd "Infinitely Happy" About Drawing GMA's Biggest Crowd of the Season to NY's Central Park 

ABC/Fred LeeSo far this summer, ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert series has welcomed big names like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Keith Urban and Jason Derulo to New York's Central Park for live free concerts each Friday.  But the guy who just set the record for the most-attended show on GMA so far this season is an unassuming 24-year-old dude named Anton Zaslavski.  You, of course, know him as super-producer and deejay Zedd.

Over 4,300 fans woke up at the crack of dawn Friday morning to watch Zedd perform hits like "Clarity" and "Stay the Night" on GMA, complete with video effects and smoke cannons.  Afterward, the deejay, who never performs at 8 o'clock the morning, told ABC News Radio he was "really honored" to hear that he set the season attendance record so far, adding, "I want to say a huge thank-you to my fans for coming out this early. I saw plenty [of] tweets of people waking up early; people were here at 7pm yesterday to be the first in the line!"

"I really appreciate it," Zedd added. "I read all those tweets and I'm infinitely happy, and just wanna say thank you for everyone who came out this early and made it an experience I've never had before. Y'know, I've never played at this hour in my life!"

Zedd was also happy to see that the crowd, who sang along to every song, threw their hands in the air and generally went nuts, included little kids: not a common sight at Zedd's regular shows, which tend to take place at huge clubs at 3am.

"I love that, I mean, I don't get to play all-ages show that often, so when I do, it's really special," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I absolutely love young kids jumping and being happy and smiling...there's not a whole lot better things than seeing everyone sing along and smile when you play your own music. That's pretty much the best thing there is!"  

Also making Zedd "infinitely happy" are his two MTV VMA nominations for "Stay the Night," his collabo with Hayley Williams.  His latest collabo -- with Ariana Grande on "Break Free" -- just received a Teen Choice Award nomination.


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Friday
Jul182014

Scott Weiland Willing to Perform with Velvet Revolver for the "Easy Money"

Sony Legacy RecordingsWell, you can’t fault him for not being honest.  Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland says he’s willing to play some reunion gigs with his former bandmates, but not because he’s looking to reconcile -- he just needs the money.

Despite his departure from Velvet Revolver six years ago -- it’s never been quite clear whether Weiland quit, was fired, or some combination of the two -- the singer tells the French-Canadian newspaper La Presse there are no hard feelings.

“With Velvet Revolver, there’s no problem,” Weiland says.  “I even called the guys to suggest we do some shows together in a few months. We’re on good terms, but I don’t want to be a member of Velvet Revolver full-time.  If possible, I’d like for us to only do festivals.  Y’know, to make easy money.”

Not that we’re likely to see a Weiland-Velvet Revolver reunion anytime soon: Weiland says the other VR members are either too busy to consider a reunion, or they don’t need the money.  “Dave [Kushner] made music for TV, the theme for Sons of Anarchy,” says Weiland.  “Duff [McKagan] made a lot of money in the stock market.  As for Slash, he put aside the money made from the Guns n’ Roses days.   Matt [Sorum] has done a bunch of stuff.”

Even so, it sounds like Weiland will have a better chance of mending fences with Velvet Revolver than with Stone Temple Pilots.  It’s been almost 18 months since he was fired from the band, for reasons that remain murky, at least publicly.  His former bandmates then sued Weiland for performing STP songs during his solo shows and trading on the band’s name.  Weiland counter-sued, saying STP’s suit was without merit, since he co-founded STP and wrote much of the band’s material.

So how are things are going on that front?  Not surprisingly, Weiland doesn’t have much to say.  “As for Stone Temple Pilots, we’re still in mediation and my lawyers have forbidden me from talking about what’s going on because it could be harmful [to our case],” he says. 


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Friday
Jul182014

Music Stars Pay Tribute to Late Blues Guitar Legend Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Michael WeintrobTributes have begun pouring in from around the music world for blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, who died Wednesday at the age of 70 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland.  Among the many stars issuing statements or posting messages on their social media sites about Winter are his brother, Edgar, as well as some of the famous musicians who appear on Johnny's upcoming album, Step Back.

Edgar Winter, who frequently collaborated with his brother and was scheduled to hit the road with him next month on the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour, penned an homage to Johnny that he posted Thursday on his Facebook page.

"My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together," he wrote.  "I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart."

Edgar added, "Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time.  But more than all that, he's my brother -- in family, in music, in life and beyond.  I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."

Step Back, which is scheduled to be released on September 2, features Johnny Winter collaborations with Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and Mountain's Leslie West, among other stars.

Upon learning of Winter's passing, Clapton wrote, "Very sad to hear that Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died at age 70 in Zurich amid European tour."

Gibbons recalled in his tribute to his fellow Texas guitar legend, "When I first saw Johnny perform, I was, maybe 12 or 13, and he was known as 'Johnny Cool Daddy Winter' and we've always thought of him as exactly that: 'One Cool Daddy."  He added, "Johnny became a dear and passionate friend as well as the accomplished bluesman we have come to admire…It's now a moment for celebration of his brilliance frozen for all time…We've lost another of the gifted guitar greats and a truly soulful spirit."

As for Perry, he tweeted on Wednesday, "So sad and shocked Johnny Winter passed on...I just now found out and feel speechless at this moment."

West, meanwhile, sent out a message of his own that read, simply, "RIP my friend! God Speed!"

Here are some posts by some other well-known music artists paying homage to Winter:

Journey's Neal Schon: "Johnny Winter RIP...My sincerest condolences."

The Kinks' Dave Davies: "RIP to a great blues player - Johnny Winter."

B.J. Thomas: "RIP Johnny Winter. Was in my band, '67-'68. One of the greatest blues guitarist of them all."

The E Street Band's Nils Lofgren: "Life long inspirer, friend from the early days, Rest in Peace Johnny Winter. A soulful piece of us all, gone."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench: "I once saw Johnny Winter play an impromptu set at a New Orleans club, backed by the MC5 (whose show it was) [with guitarist Wayne Kramer] on the drums."


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Friday
Jul182014

Music Stars Pay Tribute to Late Blues Guitar Legend Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Michael WeintrobTributes have begun pouring in from around the music world for blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, who died Wednesday at the age of 70 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland.  Among the many stars issuing statements or posting messages on their social media sites about Winter are his brother, Edgar, as well as some of the famous musicians who appear on Johnny's upcoming album, Step Back.

Edgar Winter, who frequently collaborated with his brother and was scheduled to hit the road with him next month on the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour, penned an homage to Johnny that he posted Thursday on his Facebook page.

"My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together," he wrote.  "I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart."

Edgar added, "Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time.  But more than all that, he's my brother -- in family, in music, in life and beyond.  I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."

Step Back, which is scheduled to be released on September 2, features Johnny Winter collaborations with Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and Mountain's Leslie West, among other stars.

Upon learning of Winter's passing, Clapton wrote, "Very sad to hear that Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died at age 70 in Zurich amid European tour."

Gibbons recalled in his tribute to his fellow Texas guitar legend, "When I first saw Johnny perform, I was, maybe 12 or 13, and he was known as 'Johnny Cool Daddy Winter' and we've always thought of him as exactly that: 'One Cool Daddy."  He added, "Johnny became a dear and passionate friend as well as the accomplished bluesman we have come to admire…It's now a moment for celebration of his brilliance frozen for all time…We've lost another of the gifted guitar greats and a truly soulful spirit."

As for Perry, he tweeted on Wednesday, "So sad and shocked Johnny Winter passed on...I just now found out and feel speechless at this moment."

West, meanwhile, sent out a message of his own that read, simply, "RIP my friend! God Speed!"

Here are some posts by some other well-known music artists paying homage to Winter:

Journey's Neal Schon: "Johnny Winter RIP...My sincerest condolences."

The Kinks' Dave Davies: "RIP to a great blues player - Johnny Winter."

B.J. Thomas: "RIP Johnny Winter. Was in my band, '67-'68. One of the greatest blues guitarist of them all."

Whitesnake's David Coverdale: "Johnny Winter...RIP A Great, Great Artist...Much Loved & Greatly Admired...XX"

The E Street Band's Nils Lofgren: "Life long inspirer, friend from the early days, Rest in Peace Johnny Winter. A soulful piece of us all, gone."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench: "I once saw Johnny Winter play an impromptu set at a New Orleans club, backed by the MC5 (whose show it was) [with guitarist Wayne Kramer] on the drums."


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Friday
Jul182014

Shakira Becomes Most Liked Celebrity on Facebook...Ever 

Shakira has 100 million reasons to love her fans.  The singer has just become the most "liked" public figure in Facebook history, with 100 million friends overall.

In a new Facebook video, Shakira says, "100 million friends on Facebook!  I mean, that is incredible.  Thank you so much for your support, for your loyalty, for your love.  It's really unbelievable! Thank you so much!"

In a statement, she added, "I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it's one that's purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience."

"  We've been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue," she added.

The most popular posting that Shakira's has ever had is a photo of her at the World Cup in Brazil: the image has received over 3.6 million likes.

As for why Shakira is the most-liked star on Facebook, well, it could be because she has a truly global, multi-lingual fanbase for her music, and plenty of fans who enjoyed her work on The Voice to boot.


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Friday
Jul182014

Mick Jagger Says He's "Doing OK" After Girlfriend's Death, Talks New James Brown Biopic

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMick Jagger recently gathered with some of the crew and cast members of the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up, to chat with Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's Today show, about the new film.  During the roundtable interview at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, The Rolling Stones frontman, who is one of the film's executive producers, also publicly commented about his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott for the first time since her suicide in March.

With regard to how he's been coping since Scott's passing, Jagger said, "I'm doing OK.  It was difficult, [a] very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe, and doing other things, including this great movie." He added that he's had "a lot of support" from friends, which is something that he's really appreciated.

Turning to Get On Up, the rock star discussed Brown and his depiction in the movie.

"James Brown is a guy who comes from absolutely nothing, from nowhere, he has nothing, and he wants to be someone," Mick explained.  "He wants to be a big star, and he's going to work like crazy to become a big star.  And it's about the effects on his personality.  'When you achieve that goal, what happens to you?'"

The subject then turned to how the Godfather of Soul influenced and inspired Jagger.  Mick maintained that he didn't openly try to copy Brown's specific stage moves or songwriting style, noting rather that "[t]he main thing I copped from him, which I think is a good thing to learn for any performer, is the way he interacted with the audience.  The way he charmed them.  The way he told them what to do.  The way he gave them his emotions.  The way he expected them to give back."

During the discussion, Dan Aykroyd -- who portrays music impresario Ben Bart in the film -- declared that Jagger, like Brown, was someone who was born to be in front of a band.  Aykroyd then noted that Mick likely would "feel pretty bad" if he didn't have his Stones band mates on stage with him, to which Jagger responded, "You need people backing you up, but having said that, your job is not a humility job."

Get On Up opens in theaters on August 1.


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Friday
Jul182014

Taylor Swift Trespasser Sentenced to Probation

Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big MachineA Massachusetts man has been sentenced to probation on willful trespass and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a series of incidents outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion.

According to Rhode Island's Westerley Sun, Daniel P. Cole, also has been ordered to have no contact with the star. He was arrested in March after attempting to drive onto Taylor's property despite a standing no-trespass order issued in December 2013. Officers say the man resisted arrest, but he claims he only swore at them a few times when they asked him to get out of his truck and show his hands.

Prior to his charges of trespassing on Taylor's property, Daniel Cole had two charges of driving under the influence in Massachusetts in the 2000s.


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Friday
Jul182014

Lady Antebellum's New Album, "747," Set for Takeoff September 30

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will release their fifth album, 747, on September 30 featuring the hit title track "Bartender." That up-tempo lead single is an indication of what listeners can expect on the rest of the project.

Lady A's Hillary Scott says, "We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters…taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously.  There's an urgency and an energy to it that we've never released before."

The band members contributed several songs to 747 while also finding quite a few tracks written by other writers. The group took some chances with the songs during the recording process, too.  Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood says, "As we took them into the studio, we changed our approach and challenged ourselves to try some new things that were outside of what we’d done before."

Here's the 747 track listing:

"Long Stretch of Love"
"Bartender"
"Lie with Me"
"Freestyle"
"Down South"
"One Great Mystery"
"Sounded Good at the Time"
"She Is"
"Damn You Seventeen"
"747"
"Just a Girl"


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Friday
Jul182014

Pearl Jam Guitarist Says Soundgarden Raised the Bar for Everyone

Mike LavineSoundgarden's Superunknown just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and it seems no one's a bigger fan of the 1994 album than someone else who was busy making music in those days -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

Though Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were in what McCready describes to Billboard as "a healthy competition," the guitarist has no problem admitting that "Soundgarden are kind of the masters of writing songs that aren't pop clichés." Furthermore, he says that Soundgarden songs have "very hard, strange timings but Chris Cornell makes the vocals memorable over the top of that. That, in itself, is an art."

McCready says that Superunknown "is my favorite Soundgarden record...[because it] made me think, 'Okay, this is what can be done.'"

Pearl Jam itself has an album turning 20 this year: Vitalogy, which contained several hits including "Better Man," "Spin the Black Circle," "Corduroy," and "Not for You." The album was released on vinyl on November 22, 1994 and on CD on December 6, 1994.


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Friday
Jul182014

Clean Bandit Announces First North American Tour in September

Image Courtesy Big Beat/Atlantic RecordsBritish electronic band Clean Bandit has announced their first-ever North American tour, set to kick off September 15 in Toronto.

The tour will support the release of their debut Big Beat/Atlantic Records album, New Eyes, which features the international hit single, "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne.

Clean Bandit made their U.S. live debut last week with sold-out gigs in Los Angeles at the Roxy and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The group also made its first television appearance on NBC's Today.

“Rather Be” is now the longest-running #1 in the history of the U.K.’s Official Streaming Chart, surpassing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams.

The track is currently at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Here are the tour dates:

9/15 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
9/16 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall
9/18 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
9/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
9/20 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
9/22 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
9/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
9/25 -- Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
9/26 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
9/27 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
9/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre


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Friday
Jul182014

Jason, Miranda, Blake, Dierks and Brantley Headlining Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRJason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brantley Gilbert are headed to Sin City for the Route 91 Harvest festival October 3 through 5. The event takes place at The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Dan + Shay, and Nashville's Charles Esten and Clare Bowen are also on the bill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 at RT91Harvest.com.


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Friday
Jul182014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Taylor Swift's young brother's name? ANSWER: Austin.


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Friday
Jul182014

Donny Osmond to Look Back at 50-Year Career with New Album, "Soundtrack of My Life"

PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupThose who remember his days as a teen idol may find it hard to believe that Donny Osmond is gearing up to celebrate his 50th year in show business.  The singer will mark the milestone by releasing his 60th album, Soundtrack of My Life, which is scheduled to hit stores on January 13, 2015.

As its title suggests, the record will include songs that reflect and summarize different eras and aspects of Osmond's life and career.  Soundtrack of My Life includes a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" -- the first record Donny ever bought -- to which the Motown legend contributed a harmonica solo.  Also featured will be a cover of the early Michael Jackson hit "Ben," a tune originally written for Osmond to record.

In addition, the album will boast versions of Elton John's "Your Song" and Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up," tunes that both have significance to Donny and his relationship with his wife.  Three original compositions also will be featured on Soundtrack of My Life.

In conjunction with the upcoming album, Osmond has launched a new app that offers stories about each track and shares previews of the songs.

"After 50 years of entertaining, I wanted to do something unique to celebrate a milestone in my career, as well as the launch of my 60th album," he points out.  "This app was designed to share the music that has affected me throughout the years.  These are more than just great songs; each holds personal significance to a long-lasting career. In essence, these songs are the soundtrack of my life...so far."

Visit Donny.com/App to download the application for free for either Apple or Android devices.


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Friday
Jul182014

Frank Ocean Hits the Studio Overseas

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Earlier this year, fans caught a glimpse into Frank Ocean sitting in a studio beginning work on his sophomore album. Now, we are learning that the singer is creating magic overseas.

Grammy-winning producer Om’Mas Keiththe has shared an image of himself in the studio with Frank via Instagram, in which the singer is smiling. The pair were recording at The Church Studios in London.

"Well that was an awesome week in the studio with my brother… the smiles say it all," the hitmaker wrote in the caption.

He added, "#frankocean the genius."

The singer's upcoming project follows 2012's Grammy-winning album Channel Orange.



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Friday
Jul182014

Johnny Depp Performs with Aerosmith in Massachusetts

Columbia RecordsJohnny Depp made a surprise appearance during Aerosmith's concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, this past Wednesday, playing guitar with the band.

A concertgoer tells People magazine, "He played guitar on the encore."

The source tell the magazine the 51-year-old actor, dressed in jeans and a black knit cap, joined the band for their cover of the R&B classic "Train Kept A-Rollin.'"

Depp's fiancée, actress Amber Heard, reportedly was backstage.

Depp is no stranger to the live music scene. He's collaborated with Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and other acts onstage in the past.


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Friday
Jul182014

Keith Urban Is Ready to Compete with Garth Brooks on the Concert Trail

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleGarth Brooks is returning to the road this September, and he's put all other country artists on notice that he's ready to raise the stakes when it comes to the live concert experience. That challenge is not news to Keith Urban, though.

"You won't find a country artist who thinks that's not the case," Keith tells ABC News Radio. "We all know that. It's Garth, you know? He hasn't toured in thirteen years. So, the anticipation and expectation -- all of that's phenomenal. He's a phenomenal live performer. People know that. It's gonna be a behemoth tour for sure."

Keith goes on to call Garth "creative," "original" and "an icon."

As for his own Raise 'Em Up tour, Keith is keeping things fresh by changing up the set list every night. Fans have also requested a heavy dose of songs from his latest album, Fuse.

Keith explains, "The level of requests we get for songs off this particular album, off Fuse, has been exponential for the last couple of albums. So, I'm so happy about that."

Keith expects to sing classics like "Somebody Like You" and "Better Life" during his shows, too. Even though he wrote those songs about a decade ago, Keith still finds ways to relate to the lyrics as the years go by.

"They take on a new meaning," he says. "Why I wrote them may not be this sort of place that I sing from these days, but they take on new meaning."

Keith has Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge on the road with him this summer. Keep up with his tour dates at KeithUrban.net.


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Friday
Jul182014

Nineteen-Year-Old Kanye West Freestyles in 1996 Video

Def Jam RecordsKanye West had some pretty impressive rapping skills, even at 19 years old.

A nearly two-minute video surfaced on YouTube Thursday, showing the rapper back in 1996 demonstrating his freestyle skills while hanging out with some friends at the Fat Beats record store in New York City.

In the clip, West raps about his technique, name-checks Alanis Morissette, and discusses growing up in his hometown of Chicago, among other things.

The video was uploaded by Fat Beats general manager DJ Eclipse. In the description, he writes, “What took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19 year old kid who at that time nobody knew."


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Friday
Jul182014

Filmmakers Plead Not Guilty, Respond to Charges in "Midnight Rider" Case

Danny ClinchThe husband-and-wife director and producer team of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from an on-set accident that killed a crew member.

Earlier this month, Randall Miller and Jody Savin were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train and killed on the Midnight Rider set.

Executive producer Jay Sedrish was also slapped with the same charges in connection with the accident, in which several crew members were hurt.

Following booking last Sunday, Miller and Savin entered not-guilty pleas on Thursday, Entertainment Weekly reports, citing their attorney Don Samuel, through whom they've also opened up about the accident and the charges against them for the first time.

"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day February 20th, 2014," the statement reads. "This devastating loss of Sarah, a young crew member who was just starting out with us, will haunt us forever. Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah's family."

The couple says, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody's safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident."

The filmmakers have been accused of recklessly setting up a shot on train tracks crossing a 110-year-old bridge over the Altamaha River. When a train rolled down the tracks, Miller and other crew members had just seconds to escape. 

Since her death, Jones has been memorialized both on social media and on film sets all over the world: productions of all sizes had "RIP SARAH" written on their clappers in her memory.

Production on Midnight Rider has been suspended.  Additionally, Miller, Savin and Sedrish, along with Gregg Allman and several other parties, are facing a number of lawsuits connected to the accident.


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Friday
Jul182014

Tim McGraw "Swatted" Female Fan During His Concert

Nigel PerryTim McGraw appears to have slapped a woman in the face during his concert this past Sunday after she reportedly tried to make contact with his private parts, according to TMZ.

The gossip website obtained a video of McGraw's concert at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, in Atlanta. The clip shows the singer walking into the crowd as he sings his hit, "Truck Yeah."

At 44 seconds into the clip, a woman appears to slap McGraw, first in the knee and then a little bit higher. At 50 seconds, Tim looks like he's slapping her.

A rep for McGraw tells TMZ, "Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn't let go as he was moving through the crowd."

The rep goes on to explain, "He instinctively swatted to try to keep them from ripping his jeans and so he could get to more fans who could slap hands with him before the end of the show."


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Friday
Jul182014

Film Directed by Linkin Park's Joe Hahn to Screen Next Week

Linkin Park; Joe Hahn, far right/James MinchinAs previously reported, Joe Hahn of Linkin Park has directed a movie called Mall. Slated for a fall release, the film will have a special advance screening next week at the 5th annual Nerd HQ event in San Diego.

The movie is based on the Eric Bogosian book by the same name, and is focused on a group of people who've just survived a mall shooting. It stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Gina Gershon, and Cameron Monaghan of Shameless.

Hahn has directed more than two dozen Linkin Park videos, including their latest, "Until It's Gone."

Mall will screen on July 24 at Petco Park and will be followed by a Q&A with Joe Hahn and others.


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