ELTON JOHN: Vegas attraction owner is upset with him
Elton John is in hot water with the owner of a Las Vegas attraction with a connection to his recently concluded Caesars Palace residency.
Tim Arnold of the Pinball Hall of Fame tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the rock legend stiffed him out of a promised $500 and tickets to aMillion Dollar Piano performance.
The money and seats were to be Elton's thanks for shooting video of the museum's vintage 1976 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboypinball machine that was projected while Elton sang "Pinball Wizard."
Elton ended his residency in May and never made good on the tickets or fee.
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SISTER SLEDGE: Movie about the group in the works
A movie about Sister Sledge, the "We Are Family" group, is in the works.
Tuesday, Kim Sledge told Variety, "Music will be a great part of it, because that’s what our lives have been about... During some of the most politically transitional moments in history, we were there." A career working with James Brown, Muhammad Ali, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Fiveand Nile Rodgers is bound to draw attention.
We reached out to Kathy Sledge, who told us, "[This film] has been a passion of [Kim's]. We all have some things collectively that we talk about doing." But she warns that this is very early in the process; too early to discuss casting, or a possible release date.
NU SHOOZ: Co-starring on Lost 80's Live tour
Nu Shooz are in the middle of their biggest tour since the '80s. And founding members (and happily married) Valerie Day and John Smith are loving every minute of the Lost '80s Live tour.
Valerie Day of Nu Shooz talked about this summer's Lost '80s Live tour:
"This two-week period, we have five shows in 11 days. We haven't played this much since the '80s in all parts of the country. I mean, John and I have been doing gigs, jazz gigs, and stuff back home for the 20 years we were raising our son. But about six years ago, we started going out on the road again. And these Lost '80s Live shows are so incredibly fun."
Valerie discussed audiences and co-stars:
"Once you get to the gig, the audience is just primed. I mean, this music it is timeless. And they are appreciative and then the other bands are just fun to hang out with. I mean Wang Chung and Flock of Seagulls and Animotion."
Valerie says she's "amazed" when fans bring their original vinyl LPs for them to sign. She adds, "I know music has affected my life. There are songs I hear that I put back into a certain time and place with a certain emotion attached. And so these people have that with our music. And that just seems like a miracle to me." John adds they always bring along the Sharpies for autographing.
She discussed interacting with fans:
"Actually the best part about social media these days, is that we get to actually communicate with our fans. And so, after the shows, we'll tweet out, 'You know, we're going to be at the merch table, come and say hello.' And we get to meet people face to face around this country that love this music and have kept it alive -- and we're so grateful to them for doing that."
Nu Shooz co-star in Lost '80s Live, which plays New York's Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on Friday night.