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Eagles of Death Metal frontman against gun control

Jesse Hughes, vocalist and guitarist for Eagles of Death Metal, spoke out against gun control on a French television station this week. His band was performing on stage at Paris live music venue Bataclan in November when 90 people were killed by terrorists.

“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal,” he told France’s iTélé in a nearly 20-minute interview. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them. Because I’ve never seen anyone that’s ever had one dead, and I want everyone to have access to them, and I saw people die that maybe could have lived, I don’t know.”

The band performed at Paris’ Olympia concert hall Tuesday. Survivors of the Bataclan attack were given free admission and, in addition to heavy security, counselors and psychologists were on hand offering help.

Comedy event in Flint to benefit Child Fund

The Comedy Get Down Tour, which features Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy, comes to the Dort Federal Event Center Sunday. Promoters announced recently that proceeds from the concert will benefit the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. The organization was created to aid the current and future health of children affected by the Flint water crisis. Tickets, $30-$59.50, are available via Ticketmaster.

New art, music and food festival headed to Corktown

A new music and art festival is being planned this summer in the ever-expanding Detroit neighborhood of Corktown. Corktown Strut, July 1-3, is produced by artist consultation organization Forward Arts. It will take place inside and outside bars and restaurants in Corktown. Two James Distillery Annex (a performance space next to the distillery), Batch Brewing, UFO Factory, PJ’s Lager House, MotorCity Wine, Mudgie’s Deli and the soon-to-open restaurant Katio are all on board. The performance lineup for the ticketed event will be announced next month at CorktownSTRUT.com.

Prince protege Vanity dies

Singer Vanity died this week age age 57 after years of battling kidney and abdominal illnesses. Born Denise Katrina Matthews, Vanity was the lead singer of the 1980s vocal trio Vanity 6, and was considered a protege of Prince, who wrote and produced the group’s 1982 hit “Nasty Girl.” Vanity, who was romantically linked to Adam Ant and Billy Idol, left the spotlight in the 1990s after a crack cocain overdose to focus on Christianity.

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The BRIT awards will be broadcast in the United States on the Fuse network. The show airs 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and features performances by Adele, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, the Weeknd, Little Mix, Jess Glynee and James Bay. Like the Grammys, it will also include a tribute to David Bowie.

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Wednesday’s birthdays

Rene Russo, 62

Michael Jordan, 53

Denise Richards, 45

Billie Joe Armstrong, 44

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 35

Ed Sheeran, 25

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