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Jon Bon Jovi has revealed that his band will be performing for free at a concert in Madrid next month, due to the country’s financial crisis.


In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo Bon Jovi said that when the band planned their European tour Madrid was left-off the list of venues as they feared the economic crisis would prevent the gig from being sold out.  They decided that they did not want to disappoint the fans, so agreed to perform the concert free of charge. This move by the band enabled tickets for the gig to be sold unusually cheap, with prices ranging from 18 (£15) to 39 (£33) Euros. Despite the initial fears that many Spanish fans would not be able to afford to attend the concert, the tickets have all been sold. 


 

The show will take place in Madrid on the 27th of June.

 

In an interview with David Frost which is due to be Aired next month Sir Paul McCartney tries to dispell the theory, commonly held amongst Beatles fans, that Yoko Ono was to blame for the breakup of the Fab-Four.

 

Avid Beatles fans have been blaming Yoko Ono for the break-up of the Beatles for over 40 years. In a surprise gesture, Paul McCartney has come to her defense, stating that she did not cause the break-up, during an interview with Sir David Frost that will air later this year on Al Jazeera English Television. 

 

"She certainly didn't break the group up," the 70-year-old rock-star will be seen telling Sir David Frost in an interview to be broadcast next month.

 

"I don't think you can blame her for anything," he says, claiming John Lennon was "definitely going to leave".

 

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Storm Thorgers on, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band's management has confirmed.

A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

He designed

the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of colour for The Dark Side Of The Moon.

His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.

"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour released a statement in which he said the artworks Thorgerson created for the band had been "an inseparable part of our work".

He said: "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."

'Simple idea'
 
A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.

"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."

Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s and his distinctive style made him one of the industry's most recognisable artists.

There was the mournful-looking cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, the giant pig flying over Battersea Power Station and the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.

He told the BBC in 2009: "It's a nice but simple idea. Refracting light through a prism is a common feature in nature, as in a rainbow. I would like to claim it, but unfortunately it's not mine!"

The idea was sparked by Pink Floyd's keyboard player, the late Richard Wright, he explained.

"He said, somewhat provocatively, 'Let's not have one of your photos, we've had your photos before. Can't we have a change? A cool graphic - something smart, tidy, elegant.'"

Gaga Cancels Indonesia Gig

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Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel the Indonesia leg of her world tour after security concerns were caused by threats from hard-line religious groups who claimed her show was too vulgar.

One such religious group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), even threatened to prevent Lady Gaga from getting off the plane if she were to land in the country.

With the threat of action from a number of other Muslim groups in the island’s capital of Jakarta, the Indonesian police have refused to issue the eccentric popstress with a permit for her visit.

The concert, originally scheduled for June 3, was a sell out with all 50,000 tickets for the extravaganza sold within hours of going on sale. Although Gaga’s fans will be enormously disappointed, promoters have pledged that all ticket holders will be fully reimbursed.

Police were prepared to issue a permit to the American pop icon if she agreed to tone down her Born This Way Ball concept tour. However, Lady Gaga’s flamboyance was not to be tamed, and instead her management team decided the best solution was to cancel the show.

In a statement from Habib Salim Alatas, the Islamic Defenders Front’s Jakarta chairman, said: “The FPI is grateful she has not decided to come. Indonesians will be protected from sin brought about by this Mother Monster, the destroyer of morals.

“Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?”

Hopefully for Lady Gaga this is water off a duck’s back as it is not the first time her concerts have met with objections. Back in April the South Korean leg of her tour was transformed into an adults only gig as a way of appeasing Christian groups accusing the singer of blasphemy.

One thing’s for sure, Lady Gaga does not suffer from a lack of confidence, so she will be sure to bounce back for the end of the tour in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

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