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Jake Owen Gets Daughter Pearl Chickens For The Farm

So sweet. Jake Owen posted this photo on his farm with daughter Pearl. He’s been very open about being a single dad – while yes, his ex-wife Lacey still has daughter Pearl in Florida half time time, Jake gets time with his daughter when he can.

 

 

 

 

 

Music icon's daughter opens California's Johnny Cash Trail

The California city of Folsom has completed the second section of its "Johnny Cash Trail" that pays tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album "At Folsom Prison."

Cash's daughter Cindy Cash gave an emotional speech as she cut the ribbon at Saturday's event, which included a festival, fun runs and a community bike ride.

The first section of the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) trail opened three years ago. The second phase completes the biking section of the trail, which traverses prison property and links to other area trails. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/2xGZ5OH ) reports Folsom still plans to install large pieces of art that will tell Johnny Cash's story.

Cindy Cash choked up as she spoke of her father's humble nature and how honored he would have been by the event.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Almost Like Praying (feat. Art..., Lin-Manuel Miranda

2. Thunder, Imagine Dragons

3. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone

4. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

5. Feel It Still, Portugal. The Man

6. Too Good at Goodbyes, Sam Smith

7. Bodak Yellow, Cardi B

8. Heaven, Kane Brown

9. Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello

10. Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor Swift

Top Albums

1. Perception, NF

2. Greatest Hits, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

3. Heaven Upside Down, Marilyn Manson

4. Kane Brown, Kane Brown

5. Evolve, Imagine Dragons

6. Phantom Anthem, August Burns Red

7. Lil Pump, Lil Pump

8. The Answer, Jeremy Camp

9. Blade Runner 2049 (Original Mo..., Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch

10. You Make It Feel Like Christmas, Gwen Stefani

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Michael Jackson's glove, Nirvana's MTV moon man up for bid

A white glove Michael Jackson wore on tour in 1981 is among the items up for bid in an auction of pop music memorabilia next month.

Julien's Auctions says the rhinestone-covered right hand glove Jackson wore on the "Triumph" tour is expected to fetch $60,000 to $80,000. Also for sale is a red zippered leather jacket Jackson wore on tour in 1987 that's expected to sell for $20,000 to $40,000.

The 1992 MTV Music Video Award won by Nirvana for its "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video is another featured item at the sale. It's estimated to bring in $50,000 to $70,000.

Other items available at the Nov. 4 auction in Los Angeles include Elvis Presley's sunglasses, one of Prince's guitars and a shirt worn on stage by Jimi Hendrix.

Fans in low places: Sound woes mar Garth Brooks stadium show

Fans at the first big concert at Atlanta's gleaming new sports arena say a screeching sound made it impossible to hear country music star Garth Brooks' lyrics — even though they knew all the words to his songs.

Some fans left Thursday night's show early, WSB-TV reported . Others are asking for refunds.

Stadium officials are looking into sound quality in sections of the upper concourse, Mercedes-Benz Stadium said in a statement late Thursday. A breaker that powered speakers was tripped for "a small amount of time," it said.

Fans cheered when former President Jimmy Carter took to the stage shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday with Georgia native Trisha Yearwood, who also performed at the concert. Carter thanked Yearwood for her support of the state and Habitat for Humanity, video at WSB-TV's website showed.

Yearwood, a Georgia native, then began singing, "Georgia on My Mind."

The $1.5 billion stadium opened this year and is home to the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

There have been issues with its retractable roof, which was open for the Falcons' regular-season home opener but closed for several other events.

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS

11. U2; $7,229,076; $113.23.

2. Coldplay; $7,003,572; $89.27.

3. Guns N' Roses; $4,911,999; $102.18.

4. Celine Dion; $3,800,791; $141.10.

5. Lady Gaga; $3,466,727; $118.04.

6. Depeche Mode; $2,947,864; $78.85.

7. Dead & Company; $2,035,372; $74.03.

8. Bruno Mars; $1,923,281; $98.76.

9. Roger Waters; $1,828,942; $123.35.

10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,604,182; $94.40.

11. Neil Diamond; $1,410,307; $105.21.

12. Ed Sheeran; $1,375,052; $85.06.

13. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,256,563; $94.56.

14. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,243,344; $97.91.

15. Kendrick Lamar; $1,220,753; $89.49.

16. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,214,205; $84.58.

17. Tool; $1,173,069; $77.03.

18. Ariana Grande; $1,165,632; $74.73.

19. Florida Georgia Line; $1,082,649; $52.03.

20. Jerry Seinfeld; $985,636; $124.88.

For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com

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Country star Jason Aldean resumes tour after Vegas shooting

Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back Thursday in his return to the stage following the deadly mass shooting that broke out while he was performing in Las Vegas, but the fun was tempered by the sting of the tragedy.

Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the singer launched into a five-minute speech that honored the 58 killed and nearly 500 hurt in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But Aldean took a defiant tone in telling concertgoers to resist living in fear, and he called for more of the national unity he's seen since the attack.

"These people are going to continue to try to hold us down," Aldean said. "To those people that keep trying to do that, I say (expletive) you, we don't really care."

Fans agreed. They pumped their fists and held up American flags as Aldean continued.

"I want to play the show for you guys that the people in Las Vegas came to see and didn't get a chance to," he said.

Friends Audra Miller, Lee Holstein and Amanda Zmak were some of those fans. They were in the audience when the shooting happened and ran for cover like thousands of others.

They traveled from Dallas for the Tulsa show and wore T-shirts they decorated themselves that said "Vegas Strong," a popular meme since the attack.

Miller, 34, said Aldean made them proud and viewed the evening as a triumph.

"It was therapeutic and kind of like a cleansing all at the same time," she said. "We just wanted to represent family, friends, love and hope."

Aldean gave fans the show they wanted. The Georgia native is one of country music's biggest stars, touring in support of his album "They Don't Know," which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in 2016. Much of his catalog includes Southern rock, pop and hip-hop influences, a mix of hard-charging party anthems and ballads with lyrics about farm work, drinking and small-town life.

He blasted through hits including "Big Green Tractor," ''Fly Over States" and "She's Country," and popped open a can of beer onstage after the encore.

Aldean canceled shows in California last week to mourn those killed Oct. 1 at the outdoor Route 91 festival. He resumed his tour in an arena where concertgoers walked through metal detectors, and police presence was visible.

The singer visited shooting victims still in a Las Vegas hospital Sunday. The day before, Aldean performed Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" on "Saturday Night Live" in tribute to the victims and the late rock superstar.

Petty died the day after the shooting in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest.

Authorities have said Stephen Paddock targeted the country music festival, opening fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel before killing himself. They are still trying to determine a motive.

Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees with 8

Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece.

The nominations were announced Thursday for the fan-voted American Music Awards, with an all-male lineup for the top prize of artist of the year. Mars will compete against The Chainsmokers, Drake, Lamar and Sheeran.

Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each, including favorite pop/rock song for their hit collaboration, "Despacito." The video for "Despacito," which set the record for most-watched clip on YouTube with more than 3 billion views, was also nominated for video of the year.

Keith Urban leads country artists with three nominations. Nominees for the new artist of the year are James Arthur, Niall Horan, Julia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd.

Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are nominated for favorite female artist pop/rock.

The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

CMT changes award show format after Vegas shooting

CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year's Artists of the Year show and devoting the entire live show to "a night of hope and healing through the power of music" following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

The cable network said Thursday the new format for the Oct. 18 show will focus on the fans, as well as those affected by recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires. The show will air live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 8 p.m. Eastern.

"It doesn't feel right to be patting ourselves on the back that night like we would normally do, but instead turn the focus a little bit toward the fans and thank them for what they've done for the artists," Margaret Comeaux, the show's executive producer, told The Associated Press.

Each of the show's honorees, which include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, agreed with the changes, Comeaux said.

Musicians will participate in public service announcements throughout the night and all the honorees, including Aldean, who was the headliner at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on fans, will have an opportunity to give a message to fans.

The show will also direct fans to the CMT One Country website, which has resources for volunteer opportunities, charities and relief organizations.

The show will begin with a performance of "Rise Up" by Andra Day along with Grammy winners Little Big Town. Day and Common will perform their collaboration "Stand Up for Something" with Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack.

Stapleton said the shooting that killed 58 people and left nearly 500 injured was the "worst news to wake up to" and that he has felt both fear and sorrow since it occurred. But he said that he believes that music has the capacity to heal in times of national tragedy.

"The right song in the right moment, even in your darkest hour when you're alone or feeling alone, can let you know that somebody else has been in that darkest hour or has felt the way that you do," Stapleton said. "And it helps bring us together and helps us feel all part of one community."

Stapleton said victims of the shooting will need financial support for medical bills and mental health counseling. But artists can also help by just returning to the stage.

"Keep playing music and keep going to watch people play music and go to concerts and listen to music," Stapleton said. "And not let fear win. That's a hard thing to think about and say when this is such a fresh thing. We can't yield to that."

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Swift, Smith and Sheeran tapped for iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are among the performers slated to take the stage during the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour that will hit certain cities during the holiday season.

The Jingle Ball concert series, hosted by iHeartRadio stations across the nation, will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Dallas and other major cities. The Los Angeles concert on Dec. 1 will be shown nationally by the CW network on Dec. 14.

Not every performer will be at each tour stop, but Swift, Sheeran, Sam Smith and the Chainsmokers will be at both the New York and Los Angeles concerts.

Other acts that will appear at select concerts include Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Zedd, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.

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SNL Creates New Characters Including Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton

Scroll to about the :44 mark of this video below where you’ll see the new skit SNL has created mocking Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton titled “Down Home With Blake & Gwen.” I’m assuming we’ll be seeing more of that throughout this next SNL season.

 

 

Jason Aldean returns to Las Vegas a week after mass shooting

Country star Jason Aldean has returned to Las Vegas a week after a mass shooting during his performance at a music festival left 58 people dead and hundreds more hurt.

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada thanked Aldean on Facebook Sunday for visiting with survivors. The hospital says Aldean's visit "helped heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded."

Aldean's wife, Brittany, posted a picture of herself and Jason on Instagram looking at the Mandalay Bay resort, where shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from his hotel room Oct. 1. She wrote in the caption that seeing the strength of victims helped the couple "try to begin the healing process."

The visit came a day after Aldean performed on "Saturday Night Live" in tribute to the victims.

Many in country music mum over gun issues after Vegas deaths

When singer Meghan Linsey first started her country duo Steel Magnolia, a partnership with the National Rifle Association was suggested as a way to grow their audience.

The proposal, which she refused, was a commonplace example of how intertwined gun ownership is with country music.

The mass shooting on the final day of Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas has emboldened some country musicians to call for gun control, even as many others declined to weigh in. Plenty of artists avoid the issue because there's a real risk of backlash as gun lobbyists have bolstered a connection between the patriotic themes found in country music to gun ownership in recent years.

"I just feel like you're so censored as a country artist," said Linsey, an independent musician who took a knee after singing the national anthem at an NFL football game. "I feel like the labels like to keep you that way. They don't want you to speak out. They don't want you to say things that would upset country music listeners."

She added: "People worry about being Dixie Chick-ed."

The Dixie Chicks still loom large as a lesson in country music politics. The hugely popular group was boycotted after lead singer Natalie Maines criticized then-President George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq War in 2003.

The National Rifle Association has further strengthened the relationship between guns and country music with its lifestyle and music brand called NRA Country. NRA Country has sought to tie the music to gun-linked activities like hunting or outdoor sports, but without mention of political issues.

Since about 2010, the NRA Country brand has been placed on country music tours and concerts, merchandise, an album called "This Is NRA Country," a music video and more. It features performers such as Hank Williams Jr. and Trace Adkins. It's unclear how much the NRA has spent on the brand, and representatives of the group did not respond to requests for information from The Associated Press.

Country duo Big & Rich, who have performed at NRA-sponsored events, were at the festival just hours before Stephen Paddock began firing from his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. They said it wasn't the weapons that were the problem, but the man using them.

"I think if a man has ill will in his heart, then there's weapons everywhere," Big Kenny said. "I mean he can pick up a -- anything -- make a bomb, put it in his shoe. We have somebody trying to blow up stuff on trains constantly."

The shooting changed the mind of Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, who was among those at the festival during the attack. He wrote in a widely shared tweet that he had been a lifelong Second Amendment supporter: "I cannot express how wrong I was."

Keeter said that a single man laid waste to a city because of "access to an insane amount of firepower." Paddock had 23 guns in his room, some of which had attachments that allow a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon.

Others, including Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland and Sheryl Crow, have joined the call for gun control.

But there are risks.

When country artists have in the past tried to wade into gun politics, it can turn into a no-win situation.

Tim McGraw had to defend his participation in a benefit concert for victims of a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut after criticism from gun rights advocates. His opening act, Billy Currington, pulled out of the performance over the controversy.

"As a gun owner, I support gun ownership, I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children," McGraw said in a statement in 2015. "I can't imagine anyone who disagrees with that."

Many artists expressed grief over the Las Vegas killings without wading into politics. Alongside her husband Vince Gill, Amy Grant led a prayer at a vigil in Nashville on Monday, a day after the shooting, while Maren Morris released a song called "Dear Hate," in which she but declares "love conquers all." Eric Church angrily said "no amount of bullets" was going to take away his memories of those fans killed, before debuting a song written in memory of the victims called "Why Not Me."

John Osborne of the duo Brothers Osborne was in tears on national radio talking about the deaths of fans who they considered family. Keith Urban struggled to talk about the shooting to his 9-year-old daughter. Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the festival when the shooter opened fire, said, "This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in." Many others have donated to funds set up to help the victims and countless other selfless acts have brought the community even closer to support one another.

Singer Rosanne Cash, a longtime gun control advocate, called on the country music community to do more in an op-ed in the New York Times.

"It is no longer enough to separate yourself quietly," Cash wrote. "The laws the N.R.A. would pass are a threat to you, your fans, and to the concerts and festivals we enjoy."

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Jason Aldean pays tribute to Vegas victims, Petty on 'SNL'

Country star Jason Aldean took the stage on "Saturday Night Live," paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and to the late rocker Tom Petty.

Aldean performed Petty's "I Won't Back Down" during the live opening Saturday night and then introduced the show.

"This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history," he said. "So many people are hurting. You can be sure that we are going to walk through these tough times together every step of the way."

Aldean was performing at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last Sunday night when a gunman sprayed bullets into the crowd from a high-rise hotel, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500.

Petty died Monday in Los Angeles at age 66 after suffering cardiac arrest.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Thunder, Imagine Dragons

2. Mi Gente (feat. Beyoncé), J Balvin & Willy William

3. Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor Swift

4. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone

5. Bodak Yellow, Cardi B

6. Feel It Still, Portugal. The Man

7. Sorry Not Sorry, Demi Lovato

8. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

9. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA), Maroon 5

10. 1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid, Logic

Top Albums

1. Greatest Hits, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

2. Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato

3. Younger Now, Miley Cyrus

4. Now, Shania Twain

5. The Bigger Artist, A Boogie wit da Hoodie

6. Evolve,Imagine Dragons

7. Bluebird of Happiness, Tamar Braxton

8. Savage, Tank

9. Wildflowers, Tom Petty

10. Anthology: Through the Years, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Stymied police seek help in uncovering Vegas gunman's motive

After five days of scouring the life of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock and chasing 1,000 leads, investigators confessed Friday they still don't know what drove him to mass murder, and they announced plans to put up billboards appealing for the public's help.

In their effort to find any hint of his motive, investigators were looking into whether he was with a prostitute days before the shooting, scrutinizing cruises he took and trying to make sense of a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it found in his hotel room, a federal official said.

So far, examinations of Paddock's politics, finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior — typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings — have turned up little.

"We still do not have a clear motive or reason why," Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said. "We have looked at literally everything."

The FBI announced that billboards would go up around the city asking anyone with information to phone 800-CALL-FBI.

"If you know something, say something," said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office. "We will not stop until we have the truth."

Paddock, a reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, rained bullets on the crowd at a country music festival Sunday night from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before taking his own life.

McMahill said investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don't think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, but they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand.

Investigators believe Paddock hired a prostitute in the days leading up to the shooting and were interviewing other call girls for information, a U.S. official briefed by federal law enforcement officials said. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official also disclosed that Paddock took at least a dozen cruises abroad in the last few years, most of them with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. At least one sailed to the Middle East.

It is unusual to have so few hints of a motive five days after a mass shooting. In previous mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer — or even phoned police.

"The lack of a social media footprint is likely intentional," said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California. "We're so used to, in the first 24 to 48 hours, being able to review social media posts. If they don't leave us a note behind or a manifesto behind, and we're not seeing that, that's what's making this longer."

What officers have found is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously.

He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival, stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon, and set up cameras inside and outside his room to watch for approaching officers.

In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

His arsenal also included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter's firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told AP. It wasn't clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the high-rise massacre.

Paddock bought 1,000 rounds of the .308-caliber and .223-caliber tracer ammunition from a private buyer he met at a Phoenix gun show, a law enforcement official not authorized to comment on the investigation said on condition of anonymity.

Tracer rounds illuminate their path so a gunman can home in on targets at night. But they can also give away the shooter's position.

Video shot of the pandemonium that erupted when Paddock started strafing the festival showed a muzzle flash from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort, but bullets weren't visible in the night sky.

Investigators are looking into Paddock's mental health and any medications he was on, McMahill said.

His girlfriend, Danley, told FBI agents Wednesday that she had not noticed any changes in his mental state or indications he could become violent, the federal official said.

Paddock sent Danley on a trip to her native Philippines before the attack, and she was unaware of his plans and devastated when she learned of the carnage while overseas, she said in a statement.

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Associated Press writers Regina Garcia Cano and Josh Hoffner in Las Vegas; Brian Melley in Los Angeles; Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix; and Don Babwin and Michael Tarm in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Florida plans in-game tribute to late local legend Tom Petty

No. 21 Florida will pay tribute to local legend Tom Petty during its game against LSU on Saturday.

The Gators announced Thursday they will play Petty hit "I Won't Back Down" at the end of the third quarter at Florida Field.

Petty died Monday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida as he tried to make it in the music industry. Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says: "Let's celebrate together what he meant to the world of music and what he meant to this community."

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Los Angeles County coroner investigating Tom Petty's death

The Los Angeles County coroner's department is investigating the death of rocker Tom Petty.

Department spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy was conducted Tuesday but that further examination is needed to determine the exact cause of death.

Petty was 66 years old when he died Monday at a hospital. A spokeswoman said he went into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

No foul play is suspected, but Winter says the coroner investigates all deaths where the deceased hadn't seen a doctor in six months.

Winter says results of toxicology screening — to determine whether Petty had any drugs in his system — could take several weeks.

Luke Bryan Joins Fellow Judges For Start of American Idol Media Rounds

The team of American Idol judges were on Good Morning America this morning. As we know now that Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are the final two judges.

ABC wrote, “Country music superstar  Luke Bryan and music icon  Lionel Richie have signed on as judges for the beloved music competition series  American Idol  for its first season on ABC. They round out the panel of judges, alongside judge   Katy Perry Ryan Seacrest  will return to host the series. The panel will make their debut appearance on ABC’s  Good Morning America on Wednesday, October 4. “I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!” “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on  American Idol,” said Richie. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”

Tom Petty in last interview: Working 'keeps me young'

Tom Petty said in an interview days before his death that the just-concluded 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, was the "big slap on the back we never got."

The Los Angeles Times has released what it says is the final interview with the rocker. It was conducted on Sept. 27, five days before Petty died at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest.

Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up the six-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25. He said in the interview he planned "to stop working for a time," but the band had no plans to stop performing or recording. He mused that the only thing that would cause the band to fold would be if someone got sick or died.

He said working "keeps me young."

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