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Just months after the death of his brother Robin, surviving Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb is returning to the spotlight on an unlikely stage. He’ll make his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. The historic country music venue announced Tuesday that Gibb would be a special guest at the Opry this Friday, July 27th. Gibb commented on his upcoming appearance, calling it “a dream come true.” He said, “I have dreamed of performing on the hallowed stage of the Opry since I was 12 years old.” He added, “There is no greater honor.”
More details are surfacing about the reported family feud that prompted Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies to visit the Jackson Family home in Calabasas, California Monday. An attorney for Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson released a statement Tuesday, saying members of the family “ambushed” Katherine’s home in an attempt to remove Michael Jackson’s three children from the residence. Sandra Ribera says Prince, Paris, and Blanket, were quickly whisked away to a “safe location,” adding that an altercation ensued between two family members shortly afterwards and that law enforcement were called to the scene. No arrests were made. Pictures posted on TMZ.com show Janet Jackson and Jermaine Jackson outside of the home engaged in what the website described as a heated dispute.
Chuck Berry will be the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s next American Music Masters series. The event will explore the life, work, and lasting influence of the pioneering rocker through panel discussions, interviews, films, and educational programs. The week of activities will come to a close with a Chuck Berry tribute concert. Berry is expected to perform, but the rest of the concert’s lineup and participants in the other events haven’t been announced as yet. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will host the American Music Masters series showcase, which will run from October 22nd through the 27th. Berry was one of the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986.
Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has signed on to be part of Cee Lo Green‘s team on “The Voice.” Mary J. Blige and Michael Bublé have also signed on to be show mentors. Blige is teamed with Adam Levine and Bublé joins Blake Shelton. Christina Aguilera‘s mentor has yet to be announced. “The Voice” will return September 10th.
Madonna is taking another verbal swing at Lady Gaga. She recently visited the Brazilian TV show “Fantastico” and was asked if she had any additional comments on Gaga’s song “Born This Way”, she said she is a “big fan” of the song, which has been compared to her own hit, “Express Yourself.” She also said she was “glad” she could help Gaga write it. In an interview with “20/20′s” Cynthia McFadden earlier this year, Madonna said she thought “Born This Way” sounded similar to
“Express Yourself” and called Gaga’s hit “reductive.” The singer has gone out of her way to point out the similarities between the two songs, performing a mash-up of “Express Yourself” and “Born This Way” on her current “MDNA” tour. Lady Gaga has not commented on Madonna’s latest remarks.