Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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2017Kesha is rebuffed when she tries to hug Jerry Seinfeld at a red carpet event - turns out he's not a hugger. The video quickly goes viral.More
2015Shania Twain begins her Rock This Country Tour with a show in Seattle. Billed as her farewell tour, it's her first trek since her 2003-2004 Up! tour.
2013Doo-wop singer Marshall Sewell (of The Edsels) dies of esophageal cancer at age 75.
2013Rob Halford announces that Judas Priest will be re-forming after their retirement two years earlier.
2012Herb Reed (founding member of The Platters) dies of heart disease, among other ailments, at age 83 in Boston, Massachusetts.
2012Blues singer-songwriter Lou Pride, known for the compositions "Long Arm Of The Blues" and "Love From A Stone," dies after a bout of illness at age 68.
2008James Taylor sings the US national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA finals in Boston.
2007Bruce Springsteen releases Live In Dublin.
2006"Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi is released in the UK.
2006Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when the band's tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.
1999Frankie Laine marries his third wife, Marcia Ann Kline.
1993Conway Twitty dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 59 after collapsing while on tour in Missouri.
1990Jim Hodder (original drummer for Steely Dan), age 42, drowns in the swimming pool of his home in Point Arena, California.
1989The Doobie Brothers begin their reunion tour, their first with their original lineup since 1975.
1989Bill Wyman's Rolling Stones bandmates are among the guests celebrating his wedding to 18-year-old Mandy Smith, which took place three days earlier at a registrar's office. Wyman, 52, started seeing Smith when she was just 13. They separate nine months later.
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Tom Cruise Turns Rock Star In Rock Of Ages

Tom Cruise stars as rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, an homage to '80s rock and glam metal that features songs from Bon JoviTwisted SisterPat Benatar, and Journey
It's 1987, and only one rock star can save a dive bar on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip: Tom Cruise. The actor has never starred in a musical before, so he practices several hours a day for months to play Stacee Jaxx, frontman for the fictional band Arsenal. The film opens with Cruise singing Guns N' Roses "Paradise City." We also meet aspiring rocker Drew (Diego Boneta) and his love interest Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who both work at the struggling Bourbon Room, the club that pins its hopes of survival on Arsenal's final concert. Meanwhile, local conservatives (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston) are determined to destroy the den of iniquity and protest with Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Drew readies for his big break with Joan Jett's "I Love Rock And Roll" and Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero," while Stacee admits he's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" ala Bon Jovi. By the end, Drew and Sherrie take the stage to sing Drew's "original" song, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

Rock of Ages is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway hit of the same name, which ran for 2,328 performances until it closed on January 18, 2015. The film takes liberties with the storyline - altering a subplot that includes an affair between Stacee and Sherrie and putting the Bourbon Room in danger over a tax debt instead of from German developers - but uses many of the same songs. While the movie only earns a little over $59 million at the box office, the soundtrack peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 and is certified gold in Canada

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