DAVID BOWIE, FREDDIE MERCURY: Biography claims they had affairs with Carrie Fisher
The late Carrie Fisher had affairs with both David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, according to a new biography of Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
The book, Princess Leia and Unsinkable Tammy in Hell, explains Reynolds' role in Fisher's musical love life. In 1973, Reynolds was invited to a London party thrown by Mick Jagger. She brought Carrie, then a 17-year-old acting student in England, who met Mercury and Bowie at the event and went on to have flings with both.
Co-author Darwin Porter says he first heard about this from actress Joan Hackett in 1983. He says Hackett heard from Fisher the often-reported gossip that Bowie was living on nothing but cocaine and milk at the time. As for the Queen singer, the book claims that, "In addition to an endless parade of boys and young men on the side, Mercury occasionally seduced a young woman." His relationship with Fisher was apparently in addition to his full-time girlfriend at the time, Mary Austin, but he assured Carrie that this was okay. (NME)
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ARETHA FRANKLIN: Picks up Detroit News Lifetime Achievement Award
Aretha Franklin has just received the first-ever Detroit News Lifetime Achievement Award -- but it has nothing to do with her music.
The paper created the honor to single out the Queen of Soul for her charitable efforts in and around the Motor City, including donations to women's shelters and food banks, and work with her father's former home church, Bethel Baptist -- where she stages an annual benefit concert.
Pastor Robert Smith, who helped push for the award, tells the paper, “Aretha Franklin has had such an impact on the community over the years. Countless people have been given hope for life because of her singing, and the way her voice has made every guy and every girl feel like they could make it.”
JOHN MELLENCAMP, WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG: Farm Aid coming this September
This year's edition of Farm Aid is headed to Connecticut.
Board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellancamp and Dave Matthews (who will be joined by Tim Reynolds) will headline the benefit concert on September 22nd at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Other acts on the bill include Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.