Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • It's been a busy time for the Goo Goo Dolls guys, especially John Rzeznik — not only are he and his bandmates in the midst of promoting and touring behind their 10th album, Magnetic, the frontman just married his longtime girlfriend in Malibu on Friday!

    Here's a fitting tribute to that sweet piece of news: We at Yahoo! Music have the first look at the band's cute lyric video to Magnetic's second single, "Come To Me." As you'll see, it's just about as romantic as can be...and even includes a proposal, complete with diamond ring, as well as some wedding bells.

    Oh, and take a look at the animated couple in the clip. Remind you of anyone? (Hint: Rzeznik's new wife, Melina, is a brunette!)

    The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour, which will last through fall (after which Rzeznik will take his honeymoon). You can keep up with their schedule here.

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  • Kidnapping Victim Amanda Berry Appears at Music Festival, Gets Serenaded by Nelly

    RoverRadio/YouTubeCleveland's annual music extravaganza RoverFest featured a sold-out crowd eager to see headliner Nelly on Saturday, but it was a special — unexpected — guest that ended up stealing the show.

    Amanda Berry, who made headlines in May as one of three women who were kidnapped and held hostage for a decade, took the stage with her family, thoroughly surprised the audience — and made her first public appearance since her rescue.

    The show's host, local radio personality Rover, played things up by announcing, "I'm going to bring out a family that you probably know." Everyone did, indeed, and responded with wild cheers.

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  • Garth Brooks is Now a Grandpa!

    Photo: Jason LaVerisCongratulations to Garth Brooks, who at age 51 is a first-time grandfather! The country icon's daughter August Brooks, who is the second of his three children, gave birth to a baby girl named Karalynn earlier this week.

    Savvy sleuths uncovered the news on Friday via social media; however, the elder Brooks issued a statement requesting privacy for his 19-year-old daughter and the new arrival.

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  • Some Service! Taylor Swift Leaves Whopper of a Tip at Italian Restaurant

    Taylor Swift strikes again with yet another sweet and kind gesture! The superstar singer delighted the staff of a Philadelphia restaurant with free show tickets and a whopping $500 tip after dining there following her appearance last Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.

    The owner of Ralph's Italian Restaurant, Edward Rubino, was happy to discuss Swift's visit, calling her an "amazing person." He disclaimed that his kids know more about Swift that he does — "I'm more into Ozzy, that's my generation," he joked — but noted that she was "profoundly accommodating and very approachable."

    Rubino reported that Swift and her entourage — including tourmates Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone — arrived around 11:30 p.m. and finished their meal around 2 a.m. They posed for a photo with the restaurant staff before leaving.

    Courtesy Edward Rubino

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  • Best Country Album of 2013? LeAnn Rimes Spits Fire About ‘Spitfire’

    In terms of purely the country music scene, LeAnn Rimes is the very definition of a conundrum. On one hand, there's the immensely gifted vocalist, who's famously been in the biz since childhood and won a slate of awards for her work in the country genre. On the other hand, there's the celeb who infamously has battled disproportionately vicious press regarding her personal life; the Rimes who tweets photos of herself in bikinis and wars on social media with reality show starlets.

    Of course, through all this roughly 5-year mess, Rimes has managed to release two critically acclaimed--and extremely country--albums: One of them a fine collection of classic country covers, the other her latest, Spitfire, which some are calling the best country album of 2013. Indeed, the latter record features an intriguing mix of Rimes's well-documented personal sagas told in her own words, backed by some of Nashville's most heavyweight songwriters and musicians. When Rimes arrives at the Ram Country studios, her ability to go from chatting in a rapid, totally Southern accent-free dialect instantaneously into her flawless, honeyed singing voice is startling in its contrasting angles.

    The girl has become a woman, and one with a story at that, but her talent has remained rock-solid. And therein lies the sad/infuriating punctuation to Rimes's media battles: Her extraordinary gift has been largely overlooked in the shadow of this looming public perception.

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  • Chris Brown: The Kicks and the Wheels Gotta Match

    If you happen to be Chris Brown, simply owning a fleet of super-expensive luxury cars is amateur hour. Brown likes to take things a step further by ultra-customizing his rides, as he just did with his latest vehicle.

    The singer "kicked" the personalization up a notch by actually having his new Lamborghini Aventador matched to his sneakers.

    JC Customz/Instagram

    Yup, that cool pattern comes directly from Brown's pair of Nike Air Foamposites, which he purchased in a limited-edition white/black/red camo print. Apparently, he took a look at them one day and thought, "Hey! Why not paint my car?"

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  • Ouch! Beyoncé Suffers Hair-In-Fan Mishap in Montreal

    Photo: Larry BusaccaIn a word: YEOW! Beyoncé suffered a (literally) hair-raising emergency on stage in Montreal Monday night, when her long locks somehow got caught in a stage fan — necessitating scissors to cut her free.

    The superstar was singing "Halo" at the time of the accident. Remarkably, she did not stop the performance; rather, she calmly sat down and continued with the tune as the stage crew attempted to free her.

    Thankfully, the fan did not appear to be running at the time — otherwise, we're sure she would have punctuated that song with a shriek! However, as anyone with long hair knows, it's never fun to get tangled up in this manner; and at the very least it's a bit on the embarrassing side.

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  • Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Gives Birth to Baby Girl

    Photo: Gregg DeGuireWhile most of the world was on Royal Baby Alert Monday, there was another mom-to-be that quite a few fans were watching and waiting on: namely, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

    Well, the wait is over, and Scott got to beat Duchess Kate to share her happy news! Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell are the proud parents of a baby girl named Eisele Kaye. According to People, the little one was born Monday in Nashville.

    As expected, her parents are ecstatic. "She's here, and we are in HEAVEN!!!" tweeted Scott, calling her new arrival a "beautiful angel."

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  • Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Tish: Workin’ It Out Again

    Tish Cyrus/InstagramThey're, wait, they're not. Oh, wait--they are. Okay, they're not!

    Getting dizzy yet? After two separate filings of divorce papers over the past three years, Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife of 19 years, Tish, have decided to reconcile yet again.

    The couple originally called it quits back in 2010; however, Billy Ray put a halt on the proceedings in early 2011. He told the hosts of The View that he was committed to working on his marriage. "I've dropped the divorce," he said. "I want to put my family back together."

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  • Exclusive! Hear Never-Released Version of Smashing Pumpkins Tune

    The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan in 1996. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz)Does 1996 seem like a long, long time ago? It won't seem quite as far back in memory once alt-rock fans revisit this month's reissued and remastered version of the Smashing Pumpkins' box set The Aeroplane Flies High, which was originally released in '96.

    The set, which will hit the streets July 23, contains the original 33 songs as well as an ambitious expansion to 104 tracks, many of them never-before-heard or released demos, alternate versions, and live tracks. We've got one of those right here for you: An exclusive listen to "Lily (My One And Only)" recorded live in Washington DC. It's pure vintage; also captured in the mid-'90s.

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