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Journey, Def Leppard joining up for North American tour

Journey and Def Leppard are joining together for a 60-date North American tour.

Journey confirmed the rumors of a joint tour on its Twitter page Friday morning.

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“The rumors are true! @JourneyOfficial @DefLeppard are teaming up for a 2018 North American tour kicking off May 21st in Hartford, CT,” the band said. The news comes after Journey guitarist Neal Schon teased a tour announcement from the two groups Sunday.

The two groups first toured together in 2006.

“Twelve years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast,” Def Leppard bass guitarist Rick Savage said in a statement. “Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot spoke to Rolling Stone about the tour.

“The fact that we’re touring with Journey, and it’s putting us into huge arenas like Madison Square Garden and stadiums, that is very special for us. It’s two iconic bands touring together,” Elliot said. “It makes it more of an event when the bill is all bands that people have heard of. We went out with a really good band called Tripping Daisy in 1996, but nobody cared. But when you have people like Cheap Trick, Poison, Heart or Journey, it makes for a better night for the people in the crowd. They come in and they know what they're going to get.”

According to a news release on the tour, Journey will close half of the shows and Def Leppard will close the the other half. Tickets go on sale at LiveNation.com starting Feb. 3. Information on pre-sale and VIP tickets has not been announced.

The tour dates can be seen below.

May 21 - Hartford, Connecticut, XL Center 

May 23 - Albany, New York, Times Union Center 

May 25 - Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Stadium 

May 26 - Buffalo, New York, KeyBank Center 

May 28 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena 

May 30 - Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena 

June 1 - Toronto, Rogers Centre 

June 2 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena 

June 5 - Raleigh, North Carolina, PNC Arena 

June 6 - Knoxville, Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena 

June 8 - Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live 

June 9 - Charlotte, North Carolina, Spectrum Center 

June 11 - Philadelphia,  Wells Fargo Center 

June 13 - New York, Madison Square Garden 

June 15 - Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center 

June 16 - Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena 

July 1 - Atlanta, SunTrust Park 

July 3 - Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 

July 4 - Milwaukee, Summerfest 

July 6 - Memphis, Tennessee, FedExForum 

July 7 - North Little Rock, Arkansas, Verizon Arena 

July 9 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOK Center 

July 11 - Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center 

July 13 - Detroit, Comerica Park 

July 14 - Chicago, Wrigley Field 

July 16  - Wichita, Kansas, INTRUST Bank Arena 

July 18 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 

July 19 - Lincoln, Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena 

July 21 - Denver,  Coors Field 

July 23 - Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena 

July 25 - Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center 

July 27 - Minneapolis, Target Field 

July 28 - Fargo, North Dakota, Fargodome 

Aug. 11 - Boston, Fenway Park 

Aug. 13 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

Aug. 15 - Columbia, South Carolina, Colonial Life Arena

Aug. 17 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center

Aug. 18 - Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena 

Aug. 20 - Birmingham, Alabama, Legacy Arena @ The BJCC 

Aug. 22 - Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Aug. 24 - St. Louis, Busch Stadium

Aug. 25 - Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena 

Aug. 27 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

Aug. 29 - Dallas, American Airlines Center 

Aug. 31 - San Antonio, AT&T Center 

Sept. 1 - Houston, Toyota Center 

Sept. 5 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isleta Amphitheater 

Sept. 7 - Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena 

Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

Sept. 21 - San Francisco, AT&T Park 

Sept. 23 - San Diego, Petco Park 

Sept. 25 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena 

Sept. 26 - Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center Arena 

Sept. 28 - Portland, Oregon, Moda Center 

Sept. 29 - George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre 

Oct. 1 - Vancouver, Rogers Arena 

Oct. 4 - SacramentoCalifornia, Golden 1 Center 

Oct. 6 - Los Angeles, The Forum 

Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut

The hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent.

Prince William, whose hairline has been receding for years, has opted for a dramatic close-shaved new hairstyle.

The buzz cut was captured by photographers as 35-year-old William, who is second in line to the British throne behind his father Prince Charles, visited a London children's hospital on Thursday.

British bookmakers are looking to profit from William's hair loss. They are now taking bets on what style he will sport at younger brother Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

Harry has teased William for years about his thinning hair.

Bookie William Hill is offering 1-2 odds on the current closely cropped style, 6-4 on a totally shaved head and 6-1 on a hair transplant.

Winter is here: "Game of Thrones" ice hotel opens in Finland

A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series.

Lapland Hotels said Friday they chose "Game of Thrones" to be the theme for this season's Snow Village, an annual ice-and-snow construction project covering 20,000 square meters (24,000 sq. yards) in Kittila, 150 kilometers (93 miles) above the Arctic Circle.

Snow Village operations manager Janne Pasma told Finnish national broadcaster YLE that he was a huge fan of the series and it was "a dream come true" that HBO Nordic agreed to go along with his team's initiative.

HBO Nordic spokeswoman Nina Palmroos said "Game of Thrones" fans from all over the world have been "completely overwhelmed" by the hotel.

"We found it a wonderful idea. Some of the world's best ice sculptors have done very detailed and thorough work," Palmroos said, calling the hotel's dragon particularly impressive. "Fans are very loyal to the series and this gives them a chance to experience something unique."

The hotel, which stays open until early April, suggests that guests stay only one night due to below-zero temperatures.

Ex-employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself in front of her

A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her — an allegation the actor has vigorously denied.

Susan Braudy appeared Friday on NBC's "Today" show.

Braudy, a journalist and author, says Douglas unbuckled his belt, put his hand into his trousers and fondled himself in her presence. She says a friend later cautioned her not to tell anyone.

Douglas, a two-time Oscar winner, told Deadline earlier this month that he anticipated an upcoming report would contain an allegation by a former employee that he acted inappropriately in front of her about 32 years ago. He called it a "complete lie, fabrication." He says his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, "has been very supportive."

Douglas' publicist said he would have no further comment.

Jackée Harry says 'Sister, Sister' is being revived

The sisters are meeting up again, and Jackée Harry couldn’t be happier.

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Harry, who played Lisa Landry on the 1990s television series “Sister, Sister,” told Steve Harvey on his talk show Tuesday that a reboot of the series was imminent, ET Online reported.

“Yeah, it’s happening,” Harry said. “I’m excited.”

“Sister, Sister” aired from 1994 to 1999. The series centered around twin sisters Tia and Tamera, who were separated at birth and adopted. Tia (Tia Mowry) was adopted by Landry, while Tamera (Tamera Mowry) was adopted by Ray Campbell (Tim Reid).

Harry was promoting her role as JoAnn Payne on “The Paynes,” but spoke fondly of her time with the twin sisters, calling them “my babies,” ET Online reported.

Rumors of a reboot were rekindled in October when Tia Mowry told ET that a reunion series was "closer than ever." 

“That's basically all I can say,” she said. “But I'm getting excited.”

Chris Pratt loved and nuzzled his sheep. Then he ate him.

The sheep on actor Chris Pratt’s farm had a glorious life on his way to the menu.

“He was groomed and shorn, his hooves medicated, de-wormed, no antibiotics necessary,” Pratt, who has filmed movies including “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” and “Passengers” in Atlanta, said in a lengthy Instagram post. “Surrounded by laughing loving humans, including children to whom they provided such joy. Nuzzled, pet and loved every day.”

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The sheep’s transition to his “final destination” as Pratt put it, was trauma-free: “Just a touch of a USDA certified wand to his head and he goes to sleep. The other sheep don’t even notice. It’s like unplugging a TV.”

Related: What time Chris Pratt showed up at a Fayette Kiwanis Club festival

The post has sparked impassioned responses from people who either applaud Pratt’s thoughtful approach to farm-to-table living or are totally freaked out that he plans to eat a creature he described in such tender terms.

“This absolute (expletive) literally just compared killing another sentient being to unplugging a TV,” one commenter posted. “You cannot justify the needless killing or unnaturally ending the life of an animal simply by saying ‘they had a good life.'”

Said another: “This is death. This is not food.”

A supporter posted, “It’s pathetic that people are commenting on here about how ‘terrible’ this is but it’s not affecting you! This is an animal from Chris’ farm and as a farm animal the cycle is a happy life then being used for consumption.”

Then a bunch of people started arguing over whether it’s healthier to eat meat or to consume only a vegetarian or vegan diet. Finally one guy introduced some levity by posting: “Poor Rocket!”

Here’s a previously posted photo; it’s not clear if the sheep posing for the camera is the one now on the dinner table.

UK coroner awaiting test results on late Cranberries singer

A British coroner is awaiting the results of tests to determine what killed The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan.

O'Riordan died Monday in London at 46.

An inquest into the singer's death opened Friday at Westminster Coroner's Court. Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room and was declared dead at the scene by ambulance workers.

He said a post-mortem examination has been conducted "and the court is awaiting the results of various tests that have been commissioned."

Police say they don't consider the death suspicious, meaning they have found no sign of foul play.

The Cranberries formed in the Irish city of Limerick at the end of the 1980s and had international hits in the '90s with songs including "Dream," ''Linger" and "Zombie."

Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton dies at 89

John Barton, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died. He was 89.

The company said on its website Thursday night that Barton had died earlier in the day.

Barton co-founded the company in 1960 and spent the rest of his career with the group.

He was "simply one of the greatest influences in the acting of Shakespeare of the last century," RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said.

Barton directed many classic plays and taught generations of actors how to approach Shakespeare's works.

Doran said Barton had a rare "ability to uncover the clues that Shakespeare wrote into the text to enable actors to deliver it with freshness and vivid clarity."

Barton's "Playing Shakespeare" workshops were often shown on television beginning in 1982.

He collaborated with co-founder Peter Hall on the influential "The Wars of the Roses" in 1963 and directed "Twelfth Night," ''Much Ado About Nothing," ''Love's Labour Lost" and others, working with Judi Dench, Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart and other stalwart British actors.

Barton continued working with the company until several years ago. He had recently moved from his home in central London to a care home in west London.

His wife Ann died in 2013. He is survived by his sister Jennifer.

Poll shows Swiss willing to keep paying for public TV, radio

A new poll suggests the Swiss are willing to continue paying fees for public broadcasting before a referendum being closely watched across Europe.

The survey published Friday by Tamedia group found 59 percent of respondents would reject a proposal to abolish the current system of financing public TV and radio stations.

The online poll of 15,197 voters, conducted Jan. 15, found 40 percent would back the so-called No Billag proposal, named after the company tasked with collecting the fee.

The survey has a margin of error of 1.1 percentage points.

Backers of the proposal, to be voted on March 4, say charging households 451.10 Swiss francs ($472.30) a year to use radio and television is excessive.

Opponents warn it could imperial an important public service in multilingual Switzerland.

Eric Church & More Have Huge Plans To Honor Concertgoers at Grammy Awards

Even though it’s been months since the horrific events that happened in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, we are still remembering and honoring those who died that day. And we will continue to every single day. Especially at big events like the Grammy Awards. Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne are set to perform at the award show on January 28th and have planned a special Grammys tribute to concert-goers who were killed on October 1st at the 2017 music event. All three of those acts performed at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival that weekend where 58 people were killed by shooter Stephen Paddock. According to the AP, the artists will cover a to-be-announced Grammy-winning song. “We wanted something that is universal,” says Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “We wanted something that spoke to the subject, which certainly this song does.” Church, who wrote “Why Not Me” after the shooting, called 2017 a “tragic year” due to the Route 91 shooting, as well as the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England. “In all honesty, there’s not a day that goes by since that day that I have not thought of it and thought of the people and the victims,” Church said. “That being our last show of the year, I took it in differently than I have maybe taken in other shows. I savored it. I remember everything about it.”

Related Story: Eric Church Breaks Down While Debuting New Song For Las Vegas Victims

Back in October, right after the tragic event, Eric Church played the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville. He didn’t want to but did because one of the men killed in the shooting was supposed to be there that night at the Opry to see Eric Church, which prompted Church to write the song “Why Not Me” that you can listen to below.

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