Grapevine: Little Richard says he’s fine

Little Richard says he’s fine

For the past few days rumors were swirling that rock and roll legend Little Richard was ill. Funk bassist Bootsy Collins posted a link to a lengthy article about Little Richard from a website called Oxford American. “A friend, a legend and some say the true king of rock and roll. Lil-Richard (sic) needs our love and understanding right now. He is not in the best of health so I ask all the Funkateers to lift him up.” Little Richard’s attorney of 30 years, William Sobel, told Rolling Stone this week that these reports aren’t true. Sobel told the music mag that Little Richard is “really annoyed” about the rumors and asked him to speak to the media on his behalf. Sobel said Richard said “this thing started on Facebook. Not only is my family not gathering around me because I’m ill, but I’m still singing. I don’t perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago but I’m healthy.” Sobel went on to say that Little Richard, 83, is “vivacious and conversant about a ton of different things and he’s still very active in a daily routine. I used to represent Prince and he just engaged me in all kinds of Prince conversations, calling him a ‘creative genius.’ ”

Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, dies at 69

Philanthropist and activist Afeni Shakur died Monday, possibly of a heart attack, TMZ reports. Skahur kept alive the memory of her son, best-selling rapper Tupac Shakur, who was murdered at age 25 in 1996. TMZ reports that Afeni Shakur was in the middle of an ugly divorce and her estranged husband, a minister name Gust Davis, was asking for $10,000 per month in alimony. Cause of death has not yet been determined. A Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me,” is expected to be released in November.

Rock legends team up for three-day jam

Desert Trip, a three-day concert, is planned Oct. 7-9 on the grounds of Indio Valley’s Empire Polo Club in California. You may have heard of the acts: Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones play the first day. The next day, hear Neil Young and Paul McCartney. On Oct. 9, it’s Pink Floyd co-founder, Roger Waters, and British rock group The Who. A three-day general admission pass is $399. Reserved seating runs $699-$1,599. Single-day general admission passes are $199. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Rolling Stone magazine says the concert is the brainchild of concert promoter Paul Tollett, the guy behind Coachella.

‘Ferris Bueller’ returns to big screen for two days

The 1986 John Hughes classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” about a trio of Chicago teens who skip school, will show on 650 movie screens nationwide at 2 and 7 p.m. May 15 and 18. Information on tickets and a list of local theaters is at

50 Cent taunts janitor in video

50 Cent took a cell phone video of a 19-year-old airport employee and posted it to Twitter. The rapper accused the janitor of being high because of his appearance. TMZ has learned that the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport employee has autism and a hearing condition, and his family is strongly considering a lawsuit against 50 Cent.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Mick Mars, 65

Randy Travis, 57

Will Arnett, 46

Kimora Lee Simmons, 41

Erin Andrews, 38

Lance Bass, 37