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Rocker Sheryl Crow promotes country album, performs in private concert

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 7:15 PM

Rocker Sheryl Crow didn’t exactly remember the Dublin Pub’s name (she called it Irish Pub), but the petite rocker-gone country reminisced Friday afternoon about the fun she had there after a 2003 show at Fraze Pavilion.

“We jammed at a club until the wee hours of the morning,” Crow said prior to performing for a packed room at Cox Media Group Ohio’s headquarters in Dayton. “I still remember that hangover.”

The audience included Cox employees and 10 K99.1FM contest winners and their guests.

Contest winner Stephanie Walker of Centerville said she was thrilled to see Crow, who wore a pair of cowboy boots and a simple day dress.

The singer spoke several times about her affinity for country music and its fans.

“I had a lot of people say, ‘will you please consider making a county album,’” Crow said. “Now I am doing it.”

Walker attended the event with her husband Scott. She said Crow seems like “a real person.”

“Her music is so good,” Walker said. She later noted that she doesn’t mind if Crow goes a little country, but she won’t want “full on.” Scott Walker disagreed, saying Crow could bring the country on full.

The singer gave fans a little country and little rock and roll during her performance.

Accompanied by her longtime guitarist Peter Stroud, Crow sang the backyard drinking song “Easy” and “Waterproof Mascara,” a tune about a struggling mother Crow wrote for Brad Paisley. It includes the lyrics, “It won’t run like his daddy did.”

Crow performed fan favorites such as “Strong Enough” and “If it Makes You Happy.” She joked that she was distracted by an audience member’s iPad screen when she missed a lyric in the song “Picture.”

Friday’s performance was part of the K99.1FM Unplugged series that sees up-and-coming country artist preform at the radio station. Like WHIO and the Dayton Daily News, K99.1 is owned by Cox Media Group Ohio.

Crow, her children and staff are on a promotional tour of country radio stations. She said promoting her upcoming album in that fashion is the first thing that seemed organic in years.

This won’t be Crow’s only stop this year in the Dayton area. She will preform a 7:30 p.m. concert June 15 at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.

The concert marks the 10th anniversary of the making of Sheryl Crow’s rockin’ “C’mon America 2003” DVD.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor separating after 18 years together

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are separating. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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One of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples is calling it quits.

Entertainment Tonight reported Friday that actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are splitting.

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“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the statement said. “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Taylor and Stiller, parents to Ella, 15, and Quinlin, 11, were married in May 2000 after meeting on the set of a TV pilot Stiller was developing. They began dating in April 1999 and got engaged that November.

Taylor co-stared with Stiller in several of his films, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Zoolander” and “Zoolander 2.”

Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and other celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell was laid to rest at a funeral service Friday in Los Angeles.

Cornell died of a suicide by hanging at his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room at May 17, only hours after he performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He was 52.

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Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and their daughter, Toni Cornell, were at the service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the musician was buried.

USA Today reported that Cornell’s bandmates, Soungarden drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Kim Thayil, as well as Audioslave co-founder Tom Morello, delivered eulogies.

Related: PHOTOS: Celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Actors Brad Pitt, Fred Armisen, Josh Brolin and James Franco attended the service.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Soundgarden’s music played outside the gates of the cemetery before the service.

Other notable rockers at the funeral included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, of the Foo Fighters; Dave Navarro, Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; and Joe Walsh of the Eagles.

Gavin Rosdale, lead singer of the band Bush, was at the funeral. On Wednesday, he wrote a tribute to Cornell in a post on Billboard.com

“With Chris, there was this innate, beautiful melody and beautiful words that anyone with any degree of sensitivity could relate to and did,” he said of Cornell’s singing voice.

Karayiannis wrote an open letter that was posted by Billboard Wednesday in which she spoke to her husband.

Related: Chris Cornell's widow shares heartbreaking open letter to late husband

“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” the letter read in part. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you, and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you.” she wrote.

Cornell is survived by his wife and three children.

Cincinnati brewery creates Fiona-inspired beer

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:09 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:22 AM


            Listermann Brewing Co. has just created a New England Style IPA dubbed Team Fiona. (WCPO)

A Cincinnati brewery has just created a New England Style IPA dubbed Team Fiona — and you’ll soon be able to buy the beer at a Butler County grocery.

The IPA can from Listermann Brewing Co. bears the face of the Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved baby hippo, and 25 percent of proceeds will go to benefit the 4-month-old as she continues to grow, according to the brewery.

MORE: Fiona catches glimpse of her parents

Listermann said it hopes the cans will become collector’s items like Bengals Who Dey cans from the 1980s.

“We love creative partnerships like this one where we can take their passion for local craft beer and blend it with our passion for animals,” Chad Yelton, vice president of marketing and communications for Listermann, said in a statement.

PHOTOS: Fiona the baby hippo is teething

Jason Brewer, general manager, said Team Fiona isn’t bitter like typical IPAs.

“It is a rather new style in which the beer has a very soft mouth feel, hazy appearance and is bursting with fruit/juice flavor … coming in at 6.2 percent, we feel like this beer and style make Team Fiona perfect for the summer,” Brewer said in the statement.

WATCH: Fiona’s first steps caught on camera

Listermann Brewing Co. will hold a tasting at 10 a.m. on June 10 at the brewery, located just two miles from the Cincinnati Zoo.

On June 12, four packs of Team Fiona IPA will be available for purchase at four Kroger locations: Oakley, Hyde Park, Anderson and Harper’s Point.

The beer will also be sold at Jungle Jim’s stores in Fairfield and Eastgate, and Cappies in Loveland.

Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23:  Ariana Grande performs onstage during her

Ariana Grande has broken her silence and has announced that she will put on a benefit concert for those affected by last week’s terror attack during her Manchester concert.

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Time, date and location information was not released in Friday afternoon’s tweet.

The concert will be in honor of those killed and injured and will help raise money for the victims, Grande wrote in a statement.

She has put a hold on her “Dangerous Woman Tour” until June 5, Variety reported. She was scheduled to perform in London Thursday and Friday.

She will continue her tour on June 7 in Paris and follow with dates in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Click here for a complete list of remaining tour dates and locations.

Grande put the tour on hold Wednesday until she and her team could make a decision on how to proceed.

She returned to her Boca Raton, Florida, home.

A suicide bomber targeted an area near Manchester Arena. The resulting explosion killed 22 and injured 64 others.

Salman Abedi, 22, was identified as the bomber and was believed to have been killed in the blast.