Music & Entertainment News – Thursday 1/4/18

Music & Entertainment News – Thursday 1/4/18

Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, is now engaged to boyfriend Ryan Gleason. The happy couple made the big announcement on Instagram.

Alexa Ray Joel -Photo Credit: Lisa Holte /

Alexa Ray Joel -Photo Credit: Lisa Holte /

Alexa Ray Joel - Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Alexa Ray Joel – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Joel showed off her new emerald cut engagement ring while posing on the beach in a bikini with her new fiancé.
“So I was completely taken off-guard, dumbstruck, and shell-shocked- and FOR ONCE in my life, I had absolutely no words, and I couldn’t speak,” wrote Joel. “I just kept staring at this ridiculously exquisite ring — and he was just hysterically laughing at me!!!”
“He said to me: ‘Before I met you, my world was in black and white. You colored it in between the lines.’ It was the most beautiful thing anybody’s ever said to me. How could I possibly say no to that?!?!” she said in another photo caption.

Melissa Etheridge and Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s will be honored at the sixth annual She Rocks Awards on January 26th, during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Stephen Bishop, John Ford Coley, Ambrosia, former Chicago member Bill Champlin and the (Burton Cummings-less) Guess Who will headline the Missouri River Fest April 14th in St. Charles, Missouri.

The Monkees meet The Archies in an Archies comic that goes on sale January 17th. Archie Andrews and his pals time travel back to the 1960s, where they meet up with Micky, Davy, Peter and Mike.

monkees meet the archies

A motorbike once owned by John Lennon goes up for auction March 4th. He used the Honda Monkey-Trail (model XUC 91H) to tool around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey, England. John sold the bike in 1971, not long before moving to New York. Current owner John Harington expects it to sell for at least $40,000.

Elton John’s mother Sheila Farebrother was laid to rest in a small, private funeral earlier this week. She passed away last month at the age of 92. John reportedly helped organize the event, which came just months after they settled a years-long feud.

“Dear Mum, today’s funeral was perfect. Having the service in the family chapel and attended by your brother and sister brought us all comfort. Having the service where Nan lived out her final days brought you and your Mother back together again. Tomorrow your friends will gather separately to say their good byes. I’ve chosen all the music so everything will be just right,” he wrote in a statement about the funeral.He concluded: “Thank-you for bringing me into the world and for all that you have done for me. Love, Elton.”
Dee Snider’s mother, Marguerite, died Tuesday. She was 86. Snider said she’d been “struggling for the past two months” since she was hit by a car on November 1st.

Tony Calder, who co-managed The Rolling Stones with Andrew Loog Oldham from 1963 through ‘69, died Tuesday of pneumonia in a London hospital. Calder, 74, also promoted the first British Beatles single, “Love Me Do”; produced two U.S. Top 40 singles for Marianne Faithfull; and co-wrote a book about ABBA with Oldham.


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