NEW YORK (AP) — Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour.
The veteran rockers said Wednesday their “50 and Counting” tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced later.
The second show is in Oakland, Calif., May 5. The tour will also visit San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas; Anaheim, Calif.; Toronto; Chicago; and Boston. It wraps June 18 in Philadelphia.
‘Jackass’ star sells paintings
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The star of “Jackass” is showing off his artistic side.
Bam Margera put several dozen of his own paintings up for sale Tuesday at a barn on his property in West Chester, outside Philadelphia.
Margera’s subjects range from naked women to buses driving off cliffs. He’s been painting for about three years.
The 33-year-old Margera let fans know about the art show in a tweet. He also shared the display space with local artist John Hannafin. They met after Margera bought a painting of Hannafin’s that was hanging in a local bar.
Nineteen-year-old Clay Carty of Oxford says it was “awesome” to visit Margera’s house. He bought a painting for $240.
Swift, Bieber, Mars to sing at awards show
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber will hit the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19.
Billboard announced Wednesday that Bruno Mars and R&B singer Miguel will also perform at the awards show. Those acts are finalists for the milestone award, a new honor presented to an act who has achieved a landmark on the Billboard charts in the last year.
Other nominees include The Band Perry and Pitbull.
Nominations for other categories haven’t been announced.
Prince will receive the icon award at the show, to air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Online voting is open for the milestone award and will be narrowed to three finalists later this month.
Former voice of Elmo sued for 5th time
NEW YORK (AP) — A puppeteer who was the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.
In a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, 25-year-old Kevin Kiadii says he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash during an online chat.
Kiadii attorney Jeff Herman says Clash sent a limousine to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and take him to his Manhattan apartment for sex.
Herman represents four other people who filed similar lawsuits. He acknowledges his clients were compliant but says the 52-year-old puppeteer took advantage of them by playing father to them.
Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” in November. He has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer hasn’t responded to a call for comment on the latest lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
Madonna, kids visit Malawi orphanage
MCHINJI, Malawi (AP) — Madonna and her family visited the orphanage where she adopted one of her Malawian children, David Banda.
About 500 orphans were singing and dancing to welcome the family Wednesday to Mchinji in western Malawi.
The pop star said she was happy to be back, adding: “I’m happy that David is back to see his brothers and sisters.”
David, now 8, was accompanied by his sister Mercy, also adopted from Malawi, and their siblings Rocco and Lourdes.
Madonna and her children will visit a pediatrics hospital in Blantyre today and another orphanage Friday.
Jane Henson, 78, of Muppet fame dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jim Henson Co. says Henson’s partner in marriage and Muppets has died.
The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78.
She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.
The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.
In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.
Cancer back, Ebert will limit reviews
CHICAGO (AP) — Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert said he’s been diagnosed with cancer again and that he will scale back his prolific writing of movie reviews while undergoing radiation treatment.
In a blog post, the 70-year-old said he’ll take a “leave of presence.”
The veteran critic battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat during previous surgery, which also left him with a facial disfigurement.
Ebert said the cancer recurrence was discovered after a “painful fracture” that made it difficult for him to walk.
Sambora to miss part of Bon Jovi tour
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band’s Because We Can tour.
The band, on its website, cited “personal issues.” The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given.
Hours before the announcement Tuesday, Sambora tweeted that he was “Watching more of the ‘Every Road Leads Home To You’ cover videos.” That was a reference to a fan contest promoting a song on his solo album, “Aftermath of the Lowdown.”
The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab.