Friday, February 5, 2016

TTLD - FRIDAY FEB. 5TH


DIERKS BENTLEY: EVERY MILE A MEMORY
 

The newest exhibit coming to the Country Music Hall of Fame will highlight the life and career on Dierks Bentley. The exhibit, Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, will run from March 4, 2016, to September 6, 2016, and will feature stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from Bentley's personal collection. For Dierks, having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame is beyond anything he's ever dreamed of, and he says it's also given him a different perspective on his career. Bentley shares, "You never really look back, you really look forward, so when they ask you about making an exhibit, you have to kinda go back and examine stuff that's happened along the way, and start diggin' through old set lists and boots and pictures. It kinda makes you really think about the story and how much has transpired and how you got to be where you are."

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, the Country Music Hall of Fame will hold a program featuring a special conversation and performance with Dierks at the CMA Theater on March 12.  The special program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming at 2 PM local time. Museum members can reserve tickets via TicketFly.com beginning on February 10. Bentley is also offering pre-sale tickets to his fan club members, February 10-16.

HER BIGGEST TOUR YET – CARRIE UNDERWOOD
 

Carrie Underwood launched her "Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round" over the weekend with back-to-back sold-out shows in Jacksonville, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. But long before the impressive sold-out crowds packed into the arenas, Carrie spent much of 2015 working with her team to create her biggest and most spectacular concert tour to date. The tour required several weeks of technical planning and rehearsing to program lighting cues, automation, and special effects, followed by Underwood and her band giving numerous full-on performance rehearsals.

As the name "Stories in the Round" suggests, the stage is set in the middle of the arena floor to give the audience a full 360-degree view of Carrie and her band. The massive stage has seven elevator lifts and spans over 150 feet across the arena floor, with a main center stage expanse of 48 feet in diameter that rotates 360-degrees. There are also four satellite stages and three concentric LED rings that hover in the air and move throughout the show for visual moments and effects. Not to mention the four large oval screens that provide video for fans on all sides of the arena. But what would Carrie's tour be without her signature wardrobe changes. For this component, Underwood teamed up with Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina to create several costume options for each of the five acts so fans will see a variety of outfits each night. A video showing highlights from the tour can be seen here.  The next stop on the "Storyteller Tour" will be at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, tonight (2/5).

B.B. KING GRAMMY TRIBUTE – CHRIS STAPLETON
 

Chris Stapleton has been added to the list of performers at the upcoming 58th Grammy Awards. Stapleton will join Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt to pay special tribute to legendary blues artist B.B. King during the ceremony. King, a 15-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, passed away in May of 2015 at the age 89. The Grammys will also feature a performance by Little Big Town and a special collaboration with Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt. There will also be performances by Kendrick Lamar, Adele, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Pitbull and more. The 58th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on February 15 at 8 PM ET on CBS. LL Cool J will host for the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year.

Stapleton is also set to perform during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Lionel Richie on February 13 in Los Angeles. The event's star-studded lineup will include performances by Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Dave Grohl, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and more. Proceeds from the event will provide support for MusiCares.



THE D.A. OF THE DAY - FRIDAY FEB. 5TH



THE INK DON'T LIE:


Rarely do you see a man with the word "psycho" tattooed across his forehead doing something positive in the community, so it's no surprise that Charles White is behind bars.

The 44-year-old Tennessee man is in jail on charges of aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed another man in the stomach. Cops who arrived at the scene of the incident were pretty certain they had the right guy because of his "psycho" tattoo and the word "Nazi" inked on his throat.

Not surprisingly, White is a convicted felon who has spent some time in state prison and can probably expect to spend a lot more time in a cell. The victim, 34-year-old Jess Miller, is recovering in the hospital. 

THE FORCE IS WEAK WITH THESE TWO:


A drunk guy in Denmark has been ordered to pay a fine for disturbing the peace after he and a drinking buddy got into what might possibly be the nerdiest argument ever.

Police were called to a home after neighbors reported two young men having a loud argument. Officers found two extremely drunk Star Wars fanatics in a fierce disagreement about the strength of The Republic -- seriously

One of the teens was charged with disturbing the peace and gave officers a hard time when he identified himself as Count Dooku -- the Jedi Master-turned-Sith Lord played by the late actor Christopher Lee in two Star Wars prequels. He eventually gave cops his real name and was slapped with a fine. 

THE BUTT CRACK BANDIT STRIKES AGAIN:



Police in Florida are trying to crack the case of an armed robbery involving two crooks, one gun and an exposed butt crack.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has released surveillance video of the robbery in the hopes that someone will identify the saggy pants-wearing perpetrator or his butt crack. 
In the clip, the "Butt Crack Bandit," as he's been dubbed by the media, and a male accomplice drive up to a couple and point a gun at them. The accomplice then appears to swipe a backpack from the victims, run back to the car and drive away. 




THE HOTLIST - FRIDAY FEB. 5TH

 

CUBA GOODING JR. CALLS CRUISE OUT ON COSMETIC SURGERY


Cuba Gooding Jr. is dishing some dirt on Tom Cruise and his youthful look.
Speaking with Andy Cohen last night (Thursday) on Watch What Happens Live, the star ofThe People vs. O.J. Simpson said his 53-year-old Jerry Maguire co-star has "absolutely" had work done on his face.

He says, "I don't know what he's had done, but I surprised him at his house one day and he had all these little red dots over his face. And I said, 'You alright?' and he said, 'I didn't know you were coming.' And I was like, 'I can see why!'"

BEN STILLER SETS A WORLD RECORD:

Step aside, Kim Kardashian -- Ben Stiller is the new master of selfies. 
The star set a Guinness World Record by taking a pic with the world's longest selfie stick at the Zoolander 2 premiere in London on Thursday. The stick came in at a whopping 28 feet. 
Ben posted the photo of himself and the film’s cast, writing, “This was much more dangerous than it looks.”

Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Christine Taylor, Kristen Wiig and Justin Theroux are among the stars in the image. Zoolander 2 hits theaters next Friday.

JOEY'S GOT A NEW GIG:

The BBC's long-running motor show Top Gear has added a famous friend. Matt LeBlanc has signed on to co-host the revamped show with Chris Evans.
The former Friends star says, "As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!"
LeBlanc and Evans take over for former host Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired last year after a run-in with the show's producer. LeBlanc is also making history by becoming the first non-British host of the show. The BBC describes LeBlanc as "a self-confessed car fanatic with a passion for the program."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Charles Kelley Missing??



Well he's not REALLY missing - but the PR department at his label deserves a high five for putting this little video together featuring cameos from some of his famous friends. See if you can spot them all.. 





TTLD - 2/3/16



THE FIRST STEPS – CARRIE UNDERWOOD


Carrie Underwood launched her "Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round" in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday night (1/30), but the tour's kick-off date was special for more than one reason. During the concert, Carrie told the audience that her nearly one-year-old son Isaiah had reached a milestone moment. According to the Florida Times-Union, Underwood told the crowd, "I didn't think I could love anything more than being here on this stage. I was wrong, I was very wrong. I had a baby. He took his first steps today, on the first day of my tour, in Jacksonville. I don't think today could get any better." A sold-out crowd of nearly 14,000 fans packed the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena to see Carrie's first tour "in the round," featuring a 360-degree setting with the stage in the middle of the arena floor. Underwood's next stop on the tour will be tonight (2/3) in Greensboro, North Carolina.

WEEKEND WELL SPENT – MIRANDA LAMBERT


Miranda Lambert and her boyfriend Anderson East might have a musical collaboration on the way. Miranda took to Instagram on Sunday (1/31) to say she spent the weekend with Anderson in Tennessee and also hinted that the two might be working on a new song together. Lambert posted a picture of her strumming an acoustic guitar on the porch, with a scenic wooded landscape in full view behind the house. The photo shows Miranda sitting on the porch's bench with a couple of beers and a notebook within arm's reach. But it's the post's hashtags that really hint at the collaboration. The caption reads, "Weekend well spent. @andersoneast: @raytair #writin' #singin' #overallsandbeer #pencilandpaper #thecountry #weekendsoff #recharging #tennessee." Lambert kicked off the New Year by confirming her relationship with East, a 27-year-old Nashville-based R&B and pop musician who's currently signed with Elektra Records.

THOMAS RHETT TEES UP "T-SHIRT"
 

After holding the summit of the Billboard Country Airplay chart for six weeks with "Die A Happy Man," Thomas Rhett is getting ready to release the song's follow-up single. Rhett's new single titled "T-Shirt" is currently heading to country radio and is now officially available via Play MPE. The new single is the third release off his second studio album, Tangled Up, but Thomas admits he's actually had this song in his pocket for a while. Rhett shares, "I couldn't be more pumped that Country radio jumped all over 'T-Shirt' because I have wanted to put it out since my first record." As for the song itself, Rhett says, "Everyone has been in that fun 'honeymoon' phase of dating, which is what this song is all about. It's already a staple in our set each night - the fans got into it as soon as we added it and it’s just one of those I let loose on and have a good time."

The new music comes on the heels of Monday's (2/1) ACM Awards nominations, where Thomas earned three nods. Rhett was nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Tangled Up and Single Record of the Year for "Die a Happy Man."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JT – GARTH BROOKS

 

During his concert in Baltimore on Sunday (1/31), Garth Brooks took some time out of his show to wish his friend, pop star Justin Timberlake, a happy birthday. Timberlake celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday, and Garth teamed up with the thousands of fans at his show to sing him "Happy Birthday." Before they launched into the birthday song, Brooks told the audience, "I hate this guy because he always looks like he’s 18. I hate this guy 'cause he's got more talent in his pinky than my whole body. I hate this guy because my wife's (Trisha Yearwood) in love with him. But I love this kid. He's a kid named Justin Timberlake, and it's his birthday today." A video that Garth shot from stage can be seen here.

The D.A. Of The Day - 2/3/16



THIS GUY IS A REAL GAS..


A police officer in Pennsylvania recently arrested a drunk driver whose blood-alcohol level was the least offensive part of the incident.

Officer Philip Mainiero wrote in his report that he arrested 52-year-old John Flores Rivera for driving while intoxicated. As he tried to get the driver out of the car to to perform a field sobriety test, Rivera farted and stated, "That’s for you." He then smelled the air and added, "That’s what pork and mashed potatoes will do."

Rivera was not charged for his offensive air attack, only driving while intoxicated. He was cited for disorderly conducted for refusing to place his hands behind his back.

MR. ZOPITTYBOP ARRESTED...

A Washington State man who legally changed his name to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop is back behind bars, where he's spent quite a bit of time over the past few years.

The 34-year-old, who was born Jeffrey Wilschke, changed his name in 2011 and immediately made headlines after being arrested in 2012 and 2013. He was arrested again this week after he assaulted two police officers at Evergreen State College in Washington.

According to police, an officer spotted Zopittybop-bop-bop tearing down flyers at the college's library and ordered him to stop. But he tried to run away, and the officer eventually tackled him. Zoppittybop-bop-bop then fought with the cop and tried to take his gun. 

He bit his finger several times and tried to stab him with a pen. Despite being tasered a few times, he was able to escape and ran away again until another officer caught up to him and hit him with a baton. But that didn't stop him either, and he was eventually subdued by a third officer.

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop has been charged with multiple counts of assault, malicious mischief and harassment. He's being held on $50,000 bail. 

HEY JUDGE.. WANNA BUY SOME PILLS???


A good businessman knows where to find a potential customer. Christopher Durkin of Pennsylvania is a really bad businessman.

The 35-year-old drug dealer was arrested after he tried to sell illegal pills to someone in traffic court. Durkin had just appeared before a judge to face one count of driving under suspicion when he walked up to another person in the courtroom and started talking to them. A sheriff's deputy spotted him talking and asked him to leave the courtroom.

As Durkin left the room, the other person told the deputy that he had just offered to sell him Suboxone pills. The officer was able to catch up with Durkin in the hallway and found two doses of the painkiller in his pocket. He was arrested for possession and possession with the intent to deliver. 

The HOTLIST - 2/3/16




THE FAST & FURIOUS FRANCHISE WILL GO TO 10

The Fast & Furious movie franchise isn't ready to pull into the garage anytime soon. Universal Studios has plans to go all the way to 10 films.

Vin Diesel has revealed release dates for the next three installments of the street-racing movies. Fast 8 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 14, 2017. 
Fast & Furious 9 will follow come out April 19, 2019, and 
Fast & Furious 10 will arrive April 2, 2021. Diesel says these three movies are expected to form a trilogy that will wrap up the franchise.

HOLLYWOOD BUZZ

James Corden has been tapped to host the Tony Awards, which will air June 12th on CBS. James also hosts The Late Late Show on the network.

There's a simple reason why Melissa McCarthy isn't in the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls -- she wasn't invited. After an outcry by fans, the star tweeted, "Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!"

Dylan Jagger Lee -- the 18-year-old son of Pamela Anderson and  Tommy Lee -- is the new face of Saint Laurent. The campaign debuts next week.

Kristen Stewart has been named the new face of Chanel makeup. She'll be featured in the 2016 Collection Eyes campaign.

Seth RogenZach Galifianakis and Bill Hader have signed on to star in The Somethings, a sci-fi comedy about a group of  astronauts who are stuck in space.

Elizabeth Banks will play Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie, in theaters in 2017.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL OUT IN CLEVELAND?


It would appear that the Cleveland Browns have had their fill of Johnny Football. The Browns drafted Johnny Manziel as the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and his off field antics and sub par play on field have led the EVP of Browns Football Operations Sashi Brown to issue the following statement:

"His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules," the Browns said in a statement on Manziel following an incident Saturday. 

The first day teams can cut players is Monday and from the sound of that statement, Johnny Football's name will be on that short list... OUCH.





TWANG TOWN LOWDOWN - 2/2/16


A BABY AND AN ACM NOD – JANA KRAMER
 

Jana Kramer has more than one reason to be over the moon this week. Not only did Kramer pick up a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination at this year's ACM Awards, she also brought a new baby girl into the world. Jana and her husband Michael Caussin welcomed daughter Jolie Rae Caussin on Sunday afternoon (1/31) in Nashville. She is the couple's first child. Jolie Rae arrived weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. and measured 19 and a half inches long. Kramer tells People about their new bundle of joy, "Words can't even begin to describe how much happiness I’m feeling right now. Holding my healthy and beautiful baby girl in my arms is something that’s truly indescribable. Michael and I are so thankful for this wonderful blessing!" People's exclusive pictures of the couple with their baby can be seen here.

As for her ACM nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year at the upcoming 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, Jana says that's just icing on the cake. She shares, "What a whirlwind of great surprises and wonderful news. I’m overwhelmed with joy after welcoming my beautiful baby girl into the world AND finding out I’ve been nominated for an ACM Award!" This is Kramer's first Female Vocalist nomination and follows her ACM Award win for Top New Female Artist in 2012.

AARON TIPPIN WANTS YOU!....TO VOTE



Aaron Tippin's friends began blowing up his phone after they heard his song "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" played by Ted Cruz's camp during the Iowa caucus Monday.

He says, "Man, I'm so proud that my song still resonates so loudly in America. I'm not endorsing anyone but I hope that my song will help get folks out there and do their patriotic duty -- vote!"


Aaron released the song shortly after 9/11 and donated the proceeds from it to the families of the victims. 

WANT TO OWN A GUITAR PLAYED BY ZAC BROWN?


Zac Brown is auctioning off five unique guitars from his Zac Brown Band custom guitar collection on eBay. The guitars, designed by emerging visual artists, were actually played during his 2015 North American tour. 

Proceeds from the auction will go to Zac's non-profit, Camp Southern Ground, which gives children with academic, social and emotional difficulties the chance to learn life skills and teamwork in a positive, healthy and organic environment.
The bidding goes on until February 11th. 




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TODAY'S D.A. OF THE DAY - 2/2/16



GIVE ME A BREAK...REALLY???



A British law student recently broke off a piece of a Kit Kat bar and was disappointed to find no crispy wafer inside. Obviously there was some sort of mistake, but Saima Ahmad wasn't amused. In fact, she claims she was emotionally scarred.

The second-year law student says she bought an eight-pack of Kit Kats and believes Nestle owes her more than just an apology. She wants a LIFETIME supply of Kit Kats because the wafer-less candy she bit into caused her "monetary and emotional" distress. Ahmad says, "I wouldn't rule out taking this further if Nestle do not apologize or compensate me adequately." 


Nestle has not yet responded to Ahmad's demands, but it did admit that sometimes in the production process, the crispy wafers are accidentally left out of Kit Kats. 

LOCATION IS EVERYTHING...


It is said that the most important factor in real estate is location, location, location, and although it's quite different, the same should be said for a meth lab. 

Two men in Maine are under arrest after they decided to build a meth lab, in all places, directly across the street from a police station. 

Cops were suspicious of activity inside the small apartment building in Lewiston, Maine and investigated the property. 

They discovered a meth lab and immediately evacuated the building. 29-year-old Joseph Marcous and 28-year-old Samuel Johnson were arrested and charged with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab. Other charges are pending.

COP MISTAKEN FOR STRIPPER:

Cop Gets Mistaken for Male Stripper at 50th Birthday Party

A police officer in England was investigating some activity going on inside a building and ended up having to run away from a bunch of sex-crazed middle-aged women.
Officer Mike Ober spotted an open door at a social club and decided to take a peek inside to see what was going on. What he didn't realize is that he walked right into a woman's 50th birthday party that was packed with women expecting a male stripper to arrive at the exact moment Ober walked in.

The women assumed that Ober was the stripper dressed as a cop and immediately went wild. Ober tells the BBC that once he realized what was going on, he had to "beat a hasty retreat," which is an English way of saying "get the heck out of there." He says that as he was running out of there, the real stripper was walking in. Ober said he was flattered by their reaction.