Quick Hits: Bon Jovi, Metallica, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, The Eagles, The Weeknd
July 8, 2013
Jon Bon Jovi announced a $1 million donation to his home state of New Jersey today, to help fund relief efforts for last fall's devistating Hurricane Sandy. "This incredibly generous donation from Bon Jovi to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will go a long way in the rebuilding process," said NJ Governor Chris Christie, according to CBS News. "From day one, Jon has been one of the most visible faces for Sandy recovery here in his hometown of Sayreville and throughout the entire state. On behalf of a grateful people, I thank Jon and Bon Jovi for all of the great work they’ve done for New Jersey." Bon Jovi added, "Natural disasters spare no one. But you can’t imagine the devastation, destruction and despair until Mother Nature takes aim at your hometown. This is bittersweet; it’s heartbreaking to see our fellow New Jerseyans so affected by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy but we’re happy to make this donation and offer real, substantial help to the residents of Sayreville and the nearby, low-lying communities as they rebuild their homes and lives."
Metallica will take part in San Diego Comic Con later this month, as the rockers will have their own panel to promote the band's upcoming 3D film, Through The Never. All four members will sit down in the massive Hall H, the largest hall at the Con, on Friday, July 19, along with actor Dane DeHaan, writer/director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins. According to Metallica.com, the band will unveil a new theatrical trailer along with exclusive footage from the movie.
Justin Bieber is planning to release a "music journal" later this year, which sounds like it may vary from a traditional album release. "For this project, we want to do things a little bit differently," Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, told MTV News. "And there are more songs than 10 or 12, so if you have more music and you have more things you want to express, you gotta think out the box, and [think like] 'How do I get this out there in a unique way where it gets directly to my fans and I can express myself through music directly to them?' And I think that's what it's about when you have people who are incredibly creative, things happen." While Braun's statement is a bit vague, one thing we do know is that the first single from the new project will be called "Heartbreaker." Braun and Bieber are also trying to figure out how they want to release Bieber's next concert movie. "With everything that's going on and happened recently, we're just figuring out the appropriate way to distribute that as well," the manager added. "We've had all the offers in the world and people who have seen it love it, but we just want to figure out a unique way to get it out there as well. We're deciding. We have a lot of options and we're just figuring out which one we like the most."
YouTube has come to terms with Justin Timberlake's racy new video for the song "Tunnel Vision," after briefly removing it from the site. The seven-minute video, which contains female nudity, was taken off YouTube hours after its debut for violating the site's explicit content policy, but it was later reinstated with a content warning requiring users to sign in and verify their age. "While our guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News, regarding why the video ultimately made the cut.
Founding guitarist Bernie Leadon is joining The Eagles for their latest world tour, which kicked off on Saturday in Louisville, KY. "Bernie Leadon is definitely on this tour," Don Henley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "[Original bassist] RandyMeisner, if he were healthy and willing, might have been included, too, but his current health will not permit. We are all wishing him well." Outside of a two-song set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1998, the Eagles hadn't performed with Leadon since he quit the band in 1975. Henley also confirmed that this could be the last hurrah for the classic rockers. "This could very well be our last major tour," he added. "Covering the entire globe will take us about two years. The demand has been so strong in some markets that we will have to return next year, because multiple nights at arenas just aren't available right now. Here in the States, we have to work around the schedules of the basketball and hockey teams. So, by the time we get through this tour, it'll be 2015 and we'll all be in our late 60s. It's been an incredible experience for all of us, but it may be time to say adios and bow out gracefully."
Canadian artist The Weeknd has announced a 28-date fall tour to coincide with the release of his sophomore album, KissLand, which is due later this summer. The tour kicks off on September 6 and 7 with two nights in Vancouver, then covers much of the U.S. before wrapping with three nights in Toronto from October 17-20. Anna Lunoe and Banks will be the opening acts.