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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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U2 performs tribute song for Anthony Bourdain at the Apollo Theater. U2 frontman Bono took a moment between sets at the Apollo Theater Monday night to pay his respects to Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef behind CNN's Parts Unknown who died by suicide last week. "We lost a lot of very inspiring, useful people and gained a few useless people," Bono began. "It's hard, though, to lose a friend, to lose a mate, and this band has been through that and music lost some great people who gave up on their own life and that makes it kinda harder." Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington were some of those figures in the music world who died from apparent suicides in the last few years, though Bono also referenced the "fashion" industry. Designer Kate Spade died just a few days before Bourdain. "And now this great storyteller, who I'm sure had stories he had to tell us," Bono concluded before dedicating "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" to Bourdain and "his friends and family." Bourdain, at the age of 61, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France on Friday, having been on location for Parts Unknown, according to CNN. Many celebrities and chefs paid tribute to Bourdain in the proceeding days, while Queens of the Stone Age performed their own musical homage in Denmark with a rendition of "Long Slow Goodbye." (Entertainment Weekly)

U2 took a break from the band's "Experience + Innocence" tour to play one night at the Apollo Theater, on Monday, for a crowd including Harry Belafonte, John McEnroe, Steven Van Zandt, Noah Syndergaard and Jon Bon Jovi. At the invite-only SiriusXM show, U2 singer Bono dedicated "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" -- which he said he originally wrote for late INXS singer Michael Hutchence -- to Anthony Bourdain. "It's hard to lose a friend... to lose a mate. This band has been through that," the singer said, calling Bourdain, "a great storyteller who had stories he couldn't tell us." Bono also alluded the two death of fashion pioneer Kate Spade. "It's been a funny, not funny few years. We lost a lot of inspiring, useful people. And gained a few useless people," he said. The show -- for which the Apollo removed all its orchestra seats to create general admission seating -- included an appearance by the famed Sun Ra Arkestra during an encore. The horn section had just flown in from Australia that morning for the show, Bono said. The private concert in the 1,500-capacity theater will air on SiriusXM's "The U2 Experience" channel on Wednesday. (Page Six)

Chance The Rapper Brought Out Childish Gambino For a Performance of 'This Is America' in Chicago. Chance the Rapper took absolutely no chances when he hosted an Open Mike Chicago event Monday night (June 11) at the Harold Washington Library Center. The Windy City hip-hop star introduced Donald Glover to the stage for a rendition of his buzzy Childish Gambino release "This Is America." "This Is America" is the artist and actor's biggest hit yet, peaking at No. 1 in the United States and Australia, and its politically charged clip has surged past 262 million hits on YouTube. He also has the power to freak out a room full of graduating high-schoolers. Childish and Chance have more surprises to come. Earlier this year, Glover mentioned that his collaborative project with Chance (real name Chancelor Bennett) "probably will" happen, and Chance hinted that the pair had cut some "amazing" new tracks. (Billboard)

30 Seconds To Mars Guitarist Tomo Milicevic Quits: 'This is a Good Thing And Will Be Good For Everyone'. After 30 Seconds To Mars announced in March that guitarist Tomo Milicevic was taking a break to deal with "personal matters," Tomo confirmed on Tuesday (June 12) that he is officially leaving the band. "I don't really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band," wrote the guitarist in a statement. Tomo singled out singer Jared Leto and his brother drummer Shannon for praise. "I want to say thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream and to have been able to share the stage with them for so long." He also implored fans not to be angry. "This is a good thing and will be good for everyone," wrote Milicevic, who joined the band in 2003. A spokesperson for the group could not be reached at press time to address who will replace Milicevic going forward in the power trio. 30 Seconds to Mars are currently in the throes of their Monolith Tour, with their album America being the bands highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 2 (Billboard)

Smashing Pumpkins Performed 'Zero' and 'Solara' on 'Tonight Show'. The Smashing Pumpkins reunion is gathering pace, first with the release of a new track and, now, a late-night TV performance. Billy Corgan got the old band back together for a stint in the recording studio and a tour, which is due to kick off next month. The first release from those sessions, "Solara," dropped last Friday, marking the first time Corgan has cut new material with James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin for 18 years. As promised, the band dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, where they were joined with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder for a performance of "Solara" and "Zero," from their classic 1995 double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It's all a warm up for the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, which kicks off July 12 in Arizona. Touring bassist Jack Bates joined the Pumpkins for their Tonight Show performance, though classic lineup bassist D'arcy Wretzky isn't part of the current incarnation. (Billboard)

Lil Wayne Added to Panorama Music Festival Lineup. Panorama Music Festival is returning to New York City this summer, and the latest addition is sure to bring the heat. Lil Wayne will be joining the Saturday lineup, and took to Twitter on Monday (June 11) to announce the news. Other headliners of the festival include The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers. Migos, SZA and Father John Misty are also on the star-studded bill. Panorama will take place at Randall's Island on July 27-29. (Billboard)

Accountant admits to stealing $9M from Marc Anthony. A thieving accountant admitted Monday that he pilfered more than $9 million from crooner Marc Anthony -- and the Latin heartthrob is so wealthy he never noticed. Over the course of eight years, greedy bookkeeper Kyle Tessiero racked up millions in charges on Anthony's American Express card, blowing tens of thousands on high-end strip clubs, travel and fancy meals. After AmEx questioned one of the suspect purchases, Tessiero turned himself in, said his lawyer, Marc Agnifilo. "What Kyle did took a great deal of courage," the attorney said shortly after Tessiero copped to one count of grand larceny in exchange for up to nine years in prison. Although he'll never be able to repay what he stole, he plans to sell a boat and a car for about $100,000 as part of the deal, his lawyer said. The plea agreement gives Judge Laurie Peterson discretion to sentence Tessiero to as little as two years in prison and as much as nine years when he returns to court Sept. 12. He is free on bail. From 2009 to 2017, Tessiero was living the high life on the Grammy-Award winner's dime, according to prosecutors. He allegedly hid the theft by using the singer's bank account to pay off the card. But the guilt was too much for Tessiero, whose LA-based accounting firm once repped Drake and Pharrell, and he confessed the long-running scheme to Manhattan prosecutors. (PageSix)

4 Bonnaroo Music Festival Paramedics Hospitalized With Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Four paramedics working at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival have been hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Coffee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lucky Knott tells news outlets it appears the exhaust of a generator used to power the recreational vehicle they were staying in was blocked. One of the paramedics woke up Monday and was able to get help. Three were airlifted to hospitals, while the fourth was taken to an area hospital. Their names and conditions haven't been released. Knott says the paramedics are not employed by Coffee County's emergency medical services. The sheriff's office says at least 37 Bonnaroo attendees had been hospitalized as of Monday morning. The festival recorded a fatality on its second day, when 32-year-old Michael Donivan Craddock Jr. was found dead in his car. (Billboard)

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