U2 is world’s top earning band
Irish rockers U2, who netted USD 130 million from their massive world tour and other deals, are the world’s top-earning musicians, according to Forbes.com. The group made USD 10 million in ticket sales on each tour stop and, along with merchandising revenue, hit the top of the list ahead of Australian heavy metal group AC/DC, who earned USD 114 million from their worldwide tour. R&B singer Beyonce Knowles came in third with USD 87 million, three spots above her husband, rapper Jay-Z. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band and pop diva Britney Spears rounded out the top five. The financial website added that the top two bands, along with Springsteen and Madonna, who came in at No. 8, could make as much as USD 372 million between June 2009 and June 2010. Lady Gaga, edged past Madonna to grab the No. 7 spot, after earning USD 62 million from her 106-date tour, record sales and marketing deals. (Reuters)
David Gilmour to join Roger Waters on The Wall tour date
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters just can’t keep away from each other, no matter how much they try. After years of discord, the duo, who played a short set together last weekend at a benefit for the Hoping Foundation in Oxfordshire, England, plan to reunite once again, performing Comfortably Numb at a to-be-determined stop on Waters’ upcoming tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Wall, musicradar.com informs. The show at which Gilmour will join Waters is being kept a secret.
Charlie Chaplin film found at antiques fair
A long lost Hollywood silent film featuring Charlie Chaplin is to be screened for the first time in nearly a century after being discovered at an antiques fair, The Telegraph informs. The comedy called A Thief Catcher was made in 1914 and was missing for so many years that Chaplin’s appearance in it as a buffoon policeman had been forgotten. The 10-minute movie was discovered by the American cinema historian, Paul Gierucki, who bought a can of old film marked “Keystone” at an antiques sale in Michigan. He assumed it was just another Keystone Cops movie and didn’t watch the 16mm reel for months.
Polanski makes first public
appearance at Montreux Jazz Fest
Film director Roman Polanski has made on Saturday his first public appearance since being released from house arrest in Switzerland, BBC informs. Polanski went to see his wife perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival but did not speak to the media. In an interview to be aired later, however, he thanked Swiss supporters. The US has said it will keep pressing for his extradition, in order to sentence him for having sex with an underage girl in 1977. An Interpol warrant for his arrest remains in effect for 188 countries.
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