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B.B. King’s children believe he was murdered
Two of B.B. King’s daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, are speaking out to say they believe their father was murdered. The Associate Press reports that the two are accusing King’s aides, business manager LaVerne Toney (executor to King’s estate) and personal assistant Myron Johnson, of poisoning their father. The AP reports that three doctors determined that the 89-year-old guitarist had proper care and died peacefully in his sleep. None of his 11 children were present at the time of his death. Another daughter, Rita King, said she and her siblings were being “kept away” while he was in hospice care. King’s funeral is Friday and Saturday in Mississippi.
Depp could face Aussie prison time over dogs
While filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” actor Johnny Depp got into trouble earlier this month when he flew with his two Yorkshire terriers into Australia on a private jet. He didn’t declare the pooches — named Boo and Pistol — thus breaking Australia’s quarantine laws. On Monday, an Australian Senate committee was told that if the issue goes to court, Depp could face a fine that equates to about $265,000 and up to 10 years in prison. According to the Guardian, Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, brought the dogs back to California.
Jack says ‘nope’ to White Stripes reunion
In an online Q&A article published to ThirdManRecords.com (available to subscribers only), Jack White answers a fan’s question about the chances of a White Stripes reunion. He says his White Stripes partner, Meg White, “doesn’t answer her phone.” Another fan asked if the two would ever perform together again and his response was “nope, that time is gone.” White revealed that he doesn’t like to play big festival shows. “I’d say half the shows I play I’d rather not play. Festivals for example. But I have to make the best of it and try to get inspired.” He adds that he prefers seated theaters for acoustic shows.
■The Roots will take a break from performing as the house band on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to hit the road. The group plays at Chene Park Aug. 9 with Wale. Tickets, $46-$150, go on sale 10 a.m. Wednesday via Chene Park and Ticketmaster.
■Mad Decent Block Party, scheduled for Aug. 15 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, has moved to the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. Tickets for The Palace show will be honored at the new venue. Refunds are available at the point of purchase for anyone younger than 16, as the new venue is only open to those 16 and older.
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