CARLOS SANTANA: Reacts to Starbucks decision to close Monday for bias training
Carlos Santana has weighed in on Starbucks closing its stores this afternoon so employees can undergo bias training. This is a result of an incident last month in which a Philadelphia employee called the cops on two men who hadn’t purchased anything and were waiting for an associate to arrive, but refused to leave after being asked to do so.
He writes on Facebook, "Fear is the parasite that infects the minds of those who have no awareness of their own spirit. Any business that promotes FEAR, DIVISION, SEPARATION, SUPERIORITY or UN-EQUALITY is the glaring problem. This also applies to our 'so-called' leaders that represent any nation, religion or governmental institution of any kind. We need to educate people on this planet about GLOBAL ONENESS, COLLECTIVE COMPASSION, UNITY and HARMONY for the highest good of all. Let us bring light into the World and create a sound Universal Mind which would be a quantum leap for mankind. Fear is our only enemy. Congratulations to Mr. Schultz of Starbucks. You have pristine integrity that is both elevating and inspiring. You should be the person in charge of this institution or organization that we all call our great Nation. Your courage and conviction is a rare quality of the very few."
Most stores closed at 2 p.m. on Monday llocal time except those that aren’t owned by the company, like those found in grocery stores and hotels.
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LINDA RONSTADT: Talks about living with Parkinson's
Four years after revealing that Parkinson's had ended her singing career, Linda Ronstadt is back in the public eye.
Her current project, the multi-media retrospective A Conversation With Linda, was staged this spring in Tucson and Phoenix. She'll take the summer off, but she has three California shows set for September.
Linda tells the San Francisco Chronicle, "You have to have a life, but I have to be very selective about what I do."
Although fans learned of her diagnosis in 2014, Ronstadt says she began experiencing trouble singing more than a decade earlier. "I knew it wasn’t age. Doctors looked at my larynx and said it was in perfect condition, that I had a teenage larynx."
But the neurological impairment -- the same one Michael J. Fox lives with -- first forced Ronstadt to sing with "a limited palette" on her 2004 jazz album Hummin' to Myself. Her final concert took place five years later.
THE KINKS: Dave Davies asks Uncut magazine to retract a story it published
It's no secret that brothers Ray and Dave Davies, founders of The Kinks, have had their issues, but recently, someone else stirred the pot for them.
Uncut magazine reportedly quoted Ray as saying he didn't know if The Kinks would reunite because "Dave is still not very well. But it's a nice fantasy."
That didn't sit well with Dave, who writes on Facebook, "An open letter to Uncut magazine -- why are people doing this -- Ray said he never said anything like this (my being unwell) and it is 'false information.' Me and Ray have been getting on well and have been working on other work-related things, so this needs to be retracted."
Dave just came off a U.S. tour, and Ray will release a new album, Our Country: Americana Act 2, on June 29th.
James Taylor joins singer-songwriter Charlie Puth on the song "Change" on the young singer’s new album, Voicenotes. Puth performed “Change” at the recent gun control rally March for Our Lives.
Eric Clapton sites warn fans that “there are a number of fake Eric Clapton social media sites including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook requesting ‘donations’ in Eric's name. When we find these sites we have them taken down. Please don't make ‘donations’ to these sites, they are a scam.”
John Mellencamp will take his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour to Canada in September, October and November.
Neal Schon worked two songs into a guitar solo on Memorial Day in Cleveland. He says, “I thought about playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ but then when it came time to pay respect I fell into a free-form version of ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’ It’s always fun to be non-predictable.”
Bon Jovi will post behind-the-scenes footage from the recent North American leg of the This House Is Not for Sale tour on Facebook starting Wednesday.
Paul Stanley joined Gene Simmons at his Vault event Saturday in Las Vegas. The two old friends did a few acoustic numbers, told stories and took questions.
Queen guitarist Brian May is the creative director of a book called Mission Moon 3-D - A New Perspective on the Apollo and Soviet Space Programs, which will be published in the fall.
Billy Joel performs several ballpark shows every summer. But soon he’ll be part of another baseball tradition. The Kansas City Royals on August 9th and St. Louis Cardinals on September 10th will each hold Billy Joel bobblehead giveaways. The freebies depict Billy sitting at a piano wearing either a Royals or Cardinals cap.
Paul McCartney offers his “congratulations to Meghan and Harry on a stunning wedding. Also congratulations to my lovely daughter Stella for making Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey look even more beautiful in her fabulous dresses … [and for] designing [a] dress for Meghan on this historic day!”
Business is good in London for Tina: The Musical. Tina Turner’s life story is now selling tickets for shows through January 5th, 2019.
David Byrne was spotted singing "When Doves Cry" by Prince at a karaoke night in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.