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Last Update on August 20, 2014 07:10 GMT

MOTLEY CRUE AND COUNTRY MUSIC COME TOGETHER IN "NASHVILLE OUTLAWS"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue believes you can have country artists covering their songs because the songs can be stripped down easily. Sixx says most of the songs were written on acoustic guitar and a good song will stand up to interpretation. "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue" features acts like Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes remaking Motley Crue songs. Moore says he was attracted to "Home Sweet Home" because it reminded him of his song, "Small Town USA." He says he never would have thought that something like this would ever come to him, but he had fun with it. "Nashville Outlaws" is out this week.

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MOTLEY CRUE SAYS A LONG GOODBYE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Motley Crue's farewell tour will take at least a year and a half, and forgive them if they get weepy each night. Bassist Nikki Sixx says even though the tour will not be finished for a long time for them, for fans in each city, it's the last time. Sixx says in that sense, it will be emotional every night. He says he hopes to take the final bow next year in Los Angeles, where they got their start.

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FLAVOR FLAV'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE IS CLOSED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge has closed Flavor Flav's domestic violence case. Flav completed his required counseling course. He pleaded guilty in April after he got in an argument with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son and wielded a knife at him at their home in Las Vegas. Flav still faces separate charges in New York for speeding in January.

CHUCK D EXPLAINS PUBLIC ENEMY LOGO

ROLLING STONE (AP) -- Chuck D is giving some clarification of Public Enemy's logo of a man in the crosshairs of a gun. He tells Rolling Stone a lot of people think it's a state trooper, but it's actually a black man wearing a hat like the ones Run-DMC wore. The logo is on a new limited-edition line of sunglasses Public Enemy has created with Arnette Eyewear.

KATE BUSH ASKS FANS NOT TO SHOOT HER SHOWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Any footage or photos that get posted online of Kate Bush's comeback shows in London are expressly against her wishes. Bush has asked fans to refrain from taking video or photos during the concert. Bush says she's chosen an intimate theater and she would "very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras." She says she knows it's a lot to ask, but it would allow everyone to share in the experience together. The first show is next Tuesday.

MADONNA AUCTION SET FOR FALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna's 1988 day planner is for sale. Julien's Auctions plans to sell the planner, which includes Madonna's handwritten notes about appearing on David Letterman's show and dates with then-husband Sean Penn. That's expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. A signed document related to her separation from Penn is expected to sell for at least $1,000. The pink dress inspired by Marilyn Monroe that Madonna wore for the "Material Girl" video, along with the stole and jewelry, is expected to bring in at least $20,000. The auction also includes costumes from "Evita" and "A League of Their Own," as well as an MTV Video Music Award and a 1991 American Music Award. The auction will be in Beverly Hills, California, in November.

MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER FIGHT AT HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR SHOW

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a 55-year-old Detroit-area man has died from injuries suffered in a confrontation with a 15-year-old at a Hank Williams Junior concert on Sunday. The Oakland County sheriff's office says the teenager shoved Robert Kobe on the concourse of the DTE Energy Music Theatre outside Detroit. Kobe hit his head on the concrete and died yesterday. The teen was at the concert with his father. He has been released pending completion of an investigation into the incident.

GRACELAND TOUR NOW DONE ON IPADS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Elvis Presley probably never dreamed of people walking through his house with handheld computers. Visitors on the Graceland tour now are given iPads for an interactive multimedia experience. Guests will see content based on their location in the house that allows them to see rarely seen video and photos. Another version is made specifically for kids. Visitors can even email their favorite images. Would iPads have freaked out Presley? Probably not. Joel Weinshanker of Graceland says Elvis loved new technology and was among the first to have a home VCR, a big screen TV and a briefcase phone. He says Presley had the first microwave oven sold in Memphis.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS' GRAMMY HAT GOES TO THE NEWSEUM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The hat Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams wore to the Grammys is now a museum piece. The Newseum in Washington will have the hat on display for a limited time beginning Thursday, running through October 26. The hat is on loan from Arby's restaurants. The company bought the hat at a charity auction in March, just weeks after Williams wore it to the Grammys and Arby's jokingly tweeted, "Hey Pharrell, can we have our hat back?"

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC OFFERS BOOK ABOUT ACMS

ENCINO, Calif. (AP) -- The Academy of Country Music is issuing a commemorative book dedicated to the ACM Awards. Reba has written the foreword. Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama's Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Marty Stuart are among those who have contributed to the book. Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood offer firsthand accounts of what happened on and off stage. The book is called "This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards," and it goes on sale September 23. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to the ACM Lifting Lives charity.

T.I. JOINS CAST OF "ANT-MAN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- T.I. is taking on a role in the movie version of the comic "Ant-Man." The Hollywood Reporter reports shooting on the film began this week in San Francisco. Paul Rudd plays the title character. The movie will come out next July.

 
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