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Elton John Reflects On 30 Years Of Sobriety

Elton John recently took to Instagram to share a personal note in honor of reaching thirty years of sobriety.

“Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday,” the 73-year-old singer wrote alongside a series of pictures marking his success, including anniversary cards, sobriety pins, and even a brightly colored cake in the shape of the number 30.

“I’m truly a blessed man,” he continued. “If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.”

The music legend’s battles against addiction were captured in the biopic Rocketman, which starred Taron Egerton as the singer.

In the same post, he also went on to thank all the people in his life who have “inspired and supported me along the way.”

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Alanis Morissette Performs ‘Ablaze’ On ‘Tonight Show’ With Surprise Guest

Alanis Morissette Performs ‘Ablaze’ On ‘Tonight Show’ With Surprise Guest

Alanis Morissette performed “Ablaze” on the latest episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” accompanied by her daughter as a surprise guest.

Morissette performed the television debut of “Ablaze” from her home library while holding her daughter. Her daughter also sang along and asked a few questions as well.

“Abalze” is from Morissette’s latest album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, which dropped on Friday, July 31. The album was initially set to release on May 1 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

Such Pretty Forks in the Road is the singer’s first studio album since 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights.

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Stevie Nicks Urges Fans To Become ‘Spiritual Warriors’ By Wearing Masks, Staying Inside

Stevie Nicks called on her fans to become “spiritual warriors” by wearing face masks and staying inside to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fleetwood Mac vocalist and songwriter shared on Twitter on Wednesday a recent journal entry describing her thoughts and worries about the pandemic.

“If everyone could just wear a mask and stay in as much as possible – you might be able to find this magical place I have found, in the early morning when everyone sleeps. And when you wake up, make it your mission to do all that you can to stop the virus before someone you know falls really ill. Because then, you will be too late. Your life will be forever changed,” Nicks wrote.

In an emotional appeal, Nicks continued, “We must make it our mission to fight the virus; otherwise there is nothing left. If we don’t get ahead of this now, we will live with such guilt and regret that that it will destroy us. You can’t go back. You can’t push rewind”.

Nicks, who is known for her distinctive voice, said she wants to go back on the road and sing and dance for her fans.

The Go-Go’s Drop ‘Club Zero,’ First New Song In 19 Years

The Go-Go’s have released “Club Zero,” the new wave band’s first song after a gap of nearly two decades.

The song was written and recorded during the shooting of a new documentary about the music group.

The new track was written via email exchanges between band members and recorded in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Directed by Alison Ellwood, The Go-Go’s shows the band working on an early version of the track. The documentary premiered on Showtime on Saturday.

Ellwood, “a huge Go-Go’s fan,” said she was thrilled when the band asked him to direct the film about what she describes as a “wonderful, bubbly, all-girl pop band from L.A.”

“What I’ve discovered is a much more complex and deeper truth,” she said in a statement.

The Go-Go’s postponed their 2020 reunion tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Madonna Claims She ‘Never Paid’ $1 Million Fine For Gay Rights Speech In Russia

Madonna claims she was fined $1 million for supporting LGBTQ rights in Russia, but she never paid it.

The singer posted footage from a 2012 concert in which says “I am here to say that the gay community and gay people here and all around the world have the same rights — to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love.”

She captioned the post, “I made this speech in St. Petersburg eight years ago. I was fined 1 million dollars by the government for supporting the gay community. I never paid…..”

However, the truth is that after the 2012 show, a group of conservative activists filed a class-action lawsuit against Madonna, the venue and the promoter, Planeta Plus, demanding 333 million rubles, around $10.7 million at the time, in damages, claiming they were insulted by the American singer’s statements and actions in support of the gay community.

A Russian court threw out the lawsuit and the singer was never fined a single dollar.

“There was no gay propaganda during the show,” Yevgeny Filkenshtein, head of PMI Group, which promoted the show, told Billboard. “Madonna just called on the audiences to be tolerant towards people of other sexual orientation and religious persuasions.”

“We protected Madonna from all that in any possible way and dealt with the lawsuit by ourselves,” he added. “The court eventually sided with us and the artist, and no fine was imposed.”

I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg 8 years ago. I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community. I never paid……………….. #freedomofspeech #powertothepeople#mdna https://t.co/6wH53V4aUn pic.twitter.com/LGhV5gUerc

— Madonna (@Madonna) July 20, 2020

Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder Peter Green Dead At 73

Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitarist Peter Green has died at the age of 73. Green’s death was confirmed by his family members in a statement.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days,” the statement reads.

Green began his career in 1965 as the guitarist for John Mayall‘s Bluesbreakers, where he replaced Eric Clapton. In 1967, Green formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood. The two later recruited John McVie on bass.

Green wrote some of the band’s most popular songs, including “Albatross,” “Man of the World,” “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman.”

Green left the band in 1970, after the release of three albums, starting with its 1968 self-titled debut, followed by Mr. Wonderful (1968) and Then Play On (1969).

He was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, which forced him to seek treatment.

Green continued to release music following his departure from Fleetwood Mac, including his 1970 solo debut, The End of the Game. His last solo release was 1983’s Kolors.

“For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental!” Fleetwood said. “Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer.”

“No one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion!” he added.

Stevie Nicks also commented on Green’s passing, saying her biggest regret is that she never got to share the stage with him.

“I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen,” Nicks said. “When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing. It was one of the reasons I was excited to join the band.”

“His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll. It was in the beginning, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that. You changed our lives.,” she added.

Elton John’s Ex-Wife Seeking £3 Million In Lawsuit Over Memoir

 

Elton John is being sued by his ex-wife Renate Blauel for 3 million pounds, alleging that the legendary musician’s autobiography “Me” and biopic Rocketman violated their divorce terms.

Blauel claims that the autobiography and biopic revealed details of the marriage, breaking an agreement they made when they divorced in 1988.

According to the Independent, Blauel filed an injunction in June and hoped they would resolve the issue “amicably.” However, it remained unresolved and she then filed the lawsuit.

John and Blauel, a sound engineer, met in 1983 and got married in 1984 in Australia, but divorced in 1988. Afterwards, John came out as gay.

Maroon 5’s Mickey Madden Taking Leave Of Absence After Arrest

Mickey Madden said he is taking a leave of absence from Maroon 5 after he was arrested for an alleged incident of domestic violence.

The pop rock and funk pop band’s bassist was arrested on June 28 in Los Angeles on a felony charge and was released on the same day on bail.

“I have some things that I need to deal with and address right now and so I have decided to take a leave of absence from Maroon 5 for the foreseeable future,” Madden said in a statement to People magazine. “During this time, I do not want to be a distraction to my bandmates. I wish them the absolute best.”

It is not exactly clear what the domestic violence incident was that Madden was involved in.

The Daily News reported quoting a spokesperson for the LAPD that the musician was charged with intimate partner violence.

This was not the first time that Madden got arrested. Police nabbed him in 2016 on drug charges.

Melissa Etheridge Opens Up About Son’s Death In Emotional Interview

Melissa Etheridge opened up about how she is recovering from the death of her son in an emotional interview.

Melissa’s 21-year-old son Beckett died due to an opioid addiction in May.

“He loved to snowboard and that’s where he broke his ankle and that’s what started the whole downward spiral of pain killers,” she said in an interview with “Good Morning America.”

“As a parent, you know your children have their own lives and make their own choices — but you just can’t help to feel responsible, of course, for them,” Etheridge told “GMA’s” Robin Roberts.

“It’s only been a couple of months, but I’ve been very busy and made myself busy. You go one day at a time and you get through the grief and you get to the healing. I wanted to come back to the world and say, ‘Thank you for your thoughts and your prayers and your feelings and your sending of love to me and my family,’” the musician and activist added.

The Chicks Reveal ‘Gaslighter’ Tracklist

The Chicks have revealed the full tracklisting for their upcoming new album, Gaslighter, which is due out on July 17. The album is the trio’s first since the release of Taking the Long Way in 2006.

Most of the twelve songs on the forthcoming album have been co-written by the Chicks, along with co-producer Jack Antonoff, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and a few others.

The trio of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire, previously known as Dixie Chicks, already released three of the new tracks, namely “Gaslighter,” “Julianna Calm Down” and “March March,” a song highlighting sociopolitical protest.

The last named song was shared on June 25 after they dropped the “Dixie” from their name, responding to the racial protests following the recent killings of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women by the police.

“Sleep at Night,” “For Her,” “My Best Friend’s Weddings” and “Tights on My Boat” are among the other songs on the Gaslighter album.

The Chicks also tweeted that they would be sharing lyrics from individual songs soon and advised fans “to stay tuned.”

The Chicks’ Gaslighter Tracklisting:

1. “Gaslighter” (Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, Jack Antonoff)

2. “Sleep at Night” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Teddy Geiger, Tranter)

3. “Texas Man” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Julia Michaels, Tranter)

4. “Everybody Loves You” (Charlotte Lawrence, Gene Penner, Michael Spargur)

5. “For Her” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Ariel Rechtshaid, Sarah Aarons)

6. “March March” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Dan Wilson, Ian Kirkpatrick, Ross Golan)

7. “My Best Friend’s Weddings” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Tranter)

8. “Tights On My Boat” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Michaels)

9. “Julianna Calm Down” (Maines, Antonoff, Michaels)

10. “Young Man” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Annie Clark, Tranter)

11. “Hope It’s Something Good” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff)

12. “Set Me Free” (Maines, Strayer, Maguire, Antonoff, Ben Abraham)