THE ROLLING STONES: Woody's health scare
The Rolling Stones just had a major health scare. A rep for Ron Wood says he had a lesion removed from his lung.
There's no word yet on whether the lesion was benign or malignant, but Ronnie's docs say he'll be fine to tour this fall. The Stones have a dozen European dates lined up starting in September.
Wood's rep says the lesion turned up during a routine examination and was taken out via minimally invasive keyhole surgery. Ronnie is 69. (Reuters)
BON JOVI: Big honor coming for Jon Bon Jovi
On June 20th in Washington, D.C., he'll receive the 2017 Service to America Leadership Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service.
Among his many initiatives are his JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants in Red Bank and Toms River, New Jersey, non-profit eateries where patrons either pay the suggested donation or volunteer at the restaurant or other non-profits in exchange for dining certificates.
QUEEN: Brian May opens up on dealing with terrorism after Manchester
Like so many, Brian May was devastated by the news of the bombing in Manchester, England on Monday night, which killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. But in an interview on Tuesday, he told NME that he looks at the tragedy as an "opportunity," adding that, "out of tragedy comes knowledge and realization."
Brian May on how terrorists should be dealt with: (courtesy NME)
"All these terrible disasters are an opportunity to re-evaluate ourselves, and I think we failed to do that in 9/11, and we went on bombing people. I don't believe that. I believe we have to sweep all that away and start again. If we really think that we can solve this kind of violent behavior by being violent ourselves and being racist and reacting in that way, then we are in for the most terrible tragedy for the world now, because this is how it escalates."
Here are a few more words from Brian:
"You have to break the cycle of violence and you have to treat horrific events with compassion, strangely enough. And I don't mean compassion for the person who did the bombing. I mean, you have to look at the world and say, 'What part do we play in the world?' Of course we have to tighten up security. I mean we'll be playing that arena in December [and] we won't cancel because life has to go on. That's what they want, these people -- they want to ruin our lives. They wanna stop us making music, dancing, being happy -- of course they do -- and we have to stick to what we believe in, which is that life is to be lived."