If you were holding out hope that LED ZEPPELIN would lose their "Stairway to Heaven" copyright case . . . and be ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars in damages, so they'd be FORCED to do a reunion tour for money . . . well, that's some creative thinking. But it won't be happening.
Zeppelin won the case. A jury in L.A. unanimously ruled in the band's favor . . . deciding that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn't rip-off SPIRIT's "Taurus" for the intro to "Stairway".
The jury said that even if the band would've heard "Taurus" before writing "Stairway", the "original elements" are not "extrinsically similar."
The plaintiff's lawyer wasn't satisfied . . . and said, quote, "They won on a technicality. We proved they had access to the music, but [the jury] never heard the music. So the jury's sitting there with basically blinders on."
The plaintiff had to rely on SHEET MUSIC, because that's the only thing that's registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. They had people come in and play it on guitar and on piano . . . but apparently that didn't impress the jury.
The chord progressions in the studio versions DO sound very similar, but experts have also said that other songs have used those chords dating back CENTURIES.
Apparently Burger King is still running with their plan of "throw insane food ideas out there and see what sticks."
On Monday, different Burger Kings around the country are going to start selling "Mac n' Cheetos." Basically, they took giant Cheetos, stuffed them with macaroni and cheese, then deep fried them. You'll get five of them for $2.49.
They say Mac n' Cheetos are for, quote, "anyone who wished they could eat warm mac n' cheese like they do a bag of chips." Did anyone really wish for that?
There might not be ANYTHING that sounds more American than this. Ben & Jerry's and the New Belgium brewery are teaming up to make a brand new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Beer. And the hoooooome . . . of the . . . brraaaaaaave.
It's coming out this fall in a limited run. Unfortunately we don't have any more details yet . . . or any guarantee that chocolate chip cookie dough will be a good beer. But how can you NOT want to try it?
Steven Tyler teased it a few weeks back that there would be a farewell Aerosmith tour in 2017, than the rest of the band said that it wasn't true. Now Steven Tyler is back to confirm that yes there will indeed be a final curtain call for the band next year. At least that's the story at the moment ha, read more about it HERE
LED ZEPPELIN is in court right now fighting a plagiarism charge over "Stairway to Heaven". Members of the band SPIRIT say its opening cords rip off their song "Taurus".
ROBERT PLANT took the witness stand yesterday and explained how the song was written. It happened more than 45 years ago, when the band was rehearsing and recording at a country estate called Headley Grange.
He was sitting around a fire with JIMMY PAGE, when Jimmy played him what would become the opening to "Stairway". It turned out Plant already had the beginnings of some lyrics that would go with it.
He even recited them in court: "There's a lady who knows all that glitters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven / When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for."
From there the song, started, quote, "rolling pretty fast."
One of the issues in the trial is whether Plant saw Spirit perform one night at a club in Birmingham in 1970. . . and hung out with the band after the show. That's what they claim. But that's where Plant's memory gets hazy.
He said, quote, "I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."
A group of guys came across a newborn fawn lying in the middle of a road. They assumed it had been hit by a car, but then the fawn started moving. They acted quickly and decided to move the fawn out of the road. Watch the video to see what happened next!
You can put a price tag on anything, but that doesn't mean you can buy it. Showbiz411.com claims LED ZEPPELIN was offered $14 MILLION to reunite for the Desert Trip festival . . . a.k.a. the Classic Rock Coachella.
The site says Jimmy Page was all about it, but Robert Plant wouldn't do it. Everyone was offered the same money . . . $7 million per weekend, with the festival happening in Indio, California, over the two middle weekends in October.
Once again, the bill features: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Who, Roger Waters, and Bob Dylan. One source says they had to pony up a little more for McCartney and the Stones, and that the acts will also get a cut of merchandise sales.
Here's the answer for everyone who's wanted to take down a full bottle of wine at home, but felt bad about drinking alone. Now you can get your CATS in on the action.
A company out of Colorado just introduced America's first WINE FOR CATS. There's been a cat wine on sale in Japan for a few years, but it was made out of grapes, which can be dangerous for cats . . . so it never made it over here.
But this all-American cat wine is made out of beets, which are safe. And no, it doesn't have alcohol in it. You can buy it online at ApolloPeak.com, starting at $5 for a small bottle.
ANTON YELCHIN died in a freak car accident in his driveway in Los Angeles on Saturday night. He's the guy who played Chekov in the new "Star Trek" movies. And he was only 27.
He was found dead at 1:00 A.M. . . . pinned between his car and a brick mailbox post that was part of his security gate.
The driveway was on a steep incline, and when his body was discovered, the car was in neutral with the engine still running.
So it sounds like he got out of the car, didn't realize it was in neutral, and it rolled back and pinned him.
He was driving a 5,000-pound Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the impact bent the metal gate. There was a security camera pointed at the gate that might have caught the accident, but the cops haven't mentioned it. They're still investigating.
It's unclear when it happened, but he was supposed to be at a rehearsal at 11:00 P.M., and didn't show. So some friends went out looking for him, and found his body.
He'd already filmed "Star Trek Beyond", which hits theaters next month. Justin Lin is the director, and he Tweeted, quote, "Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you."
J.J. Abrams directed the previous two "Star Trek" movies, and said, quote, "Anton, you were brilliant, you were kind, you were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you."
John Cho plays Sulu. He said, quote, "I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist . . . curious, beautiful, courageous . . . I'm in ruins."
And Zachary Quinto said, quote, "One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know . . . wise beyond his years, and gone before his time." He's the guy who plays Spock.
You might also remember Anton from the "Fright Night" remake with Colin Farrell. And he played Kyle Reese in "Terminator Salvation".
Father's Day is on Sunday, so here are five stats about Father's Day gifts.
1. 67% of people buy a Father's Day gift for somebody in their life. And after fathers and husbands, the most common people we buy Father's Day gifts for are brothers . . . sons . . . grandfathers . . . stepfathers . . . and uncles.
2. 59% of us usually buy a present for our dad. And we spend $72 on average on him.
3. 76% of married women buy their husband something for Father's Day, and spend an average of $77.
4. 49% say it's important to give their dad something thoughtful or sentimental, while 32% would like to make their dad's life easier by finding him a practical gift.
5. And the ten most common Father's Day gifts are special outings like dinner at a restaurant or a round of golf . . . clothes . . . gift cards . . . electronics . . . books and music . . . grooming products . . . sporting goods . . . home improvement supplies or tools . . . and car accessories.
his is REALLY funny, in a sadistic kind of way. Mostly I'm just glad I'm not on either side of the story.
A guy went to a Thai restaurant in Edgewater, Colorado for dinner this weekend. His bill was $60, and he left $1,088 in cash.
So the staff celebrated, and all split the money. The restaurant has been around for five years, and the owner said she thought it was a reward for all their hard work.
But the next day, the guy came back. He said he was DRUNK the night before, and he thought the $100 bills he was putting down were ONES. So he asked for the tip BACK.
The owner actually gave it to him. And he was so psyched, he gave her $100 to cover his $60 bill and a $40 tip. That's still a 67% tip . . . but not quite the 1,800% tip the staff THOUGHT they'd gotten.
They say they hope he's going to come back and keep being a customer.
The NFL is adding a rule for COIN FLIPS this season. The new rule says, "If the coin does not turn over in the air or is compromised in any way," the ref MUST toss it again. So it has to flip at least once, and can't hit anything on the way down.
They're adding the rule after the overtime fiasco that happened during the Packers-Cardinals playoff game last season. The coin didn't flip in the air . . . quarterback Aaron Rogers freaked out about it . . . and the ref tossed it again.
The Cardinals won the second toss too though, so it didn't really matter.
Have you bought your dad a gift for Father's Day this Sunday? No? NOW who's being emotionally unavailable?
A new survey asked more than 1,000 dads what gifts they want for Father's Day . . . and what they DON'T want.
The top seven things they want are: A trip . . . tickets to a sporting event . . . power tools . . . an iPad . . . a watch . . . beer . . . and barbecue gear.
And the top four things they really DON'T want are: A gym membership . . . underwear . . . socks . . . and ties.
And they're REALLY not kidding about the whole "I don't want a gym membership" thing. 92% of dads say that would be a terrible gift, which makes it three times worse than the runner up, underwear and socks.
Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59, built a floating home and have been living on it since 1992. The home is located on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and shows you just how simple life can be if we only take the time to make it that way.
It's hard talking to kids about things like the Orlando shooting. And with small kids, should you even bring it up at all? Here are five things to think about . . .
1. It's okay to just shield them from it if they're really young, like 4 or 5. Or if you think they do need to talk, just give them the broad strokes and make sure they still feel safe.
2. If slightly older kids have questions, answer them. Otherwise they'll get all their information from friends or online. But again, you don't need to go into all the details.
3. Don't let them get too wrapped up in the media coverage, regardless of how old they are. Several studies after 9/11 found that kids who were exposed to a lot of news coverage about it were more likely to have issues with anxiety.
4. Treat teenagers more like adults. You still want to make sure they feel safe, but it's okay to have a real discussion about it if they're a little older. The best way to start is by asking what they know, and then asking follow-up questions.
5. Try to be as calm and levelheaded as you can. Even if they're older, your kids probably still look to you for cues on how they should feel about stuff. So if you're super stressed or angry about something, they will be too.
And keep in mind that if you say something while you're angry or place blame on someone, they might hear it and think it's how you really feel.
Our country suffered another horrible mass shooting this weekend. Here's what we know . . .
A 29-year-old walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida called Pulse around 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, and opened fire with an assault rifle and a semi-automatic Glock pistol. (His name was Omar Mateen . . . but we won't dignify him with a name.)
He murdered 50 people, and injured at least 53 more. Then there was a three-hour standoff before the police busted in around 5:00 A.M. and killed him. It's the deadliest mass shooting in American history, and the worst terrorist attack since 9/11.
The shooter is a U.S. citizen who was born in New York, and lived here his whole life. His parents are from Afghanistan. But he called 911 during the attack to pledge his allegiance to ISIS, and also mentioned the Boston bombers.
He's actually been on the FBI's watch list for several years, but the FBI cleared him in 2014 and decided he wasn't a threat.
ISIS took credit for the attack yesterday, but it's not clear if they ordered it, or they're just claiming it since the guy was one of their followers.
Even though he was on the FBI's watch list, the shooter was able to legally buy the assault rifle he used in the attack 12 days ago. Probably because he'd been working as a security guard a couple hours south of Orlando, in Fort Pierce, Florida.
His father told reporters his son may've targeted the gay nightclub because he got angry earlier this year when he saw two men kissing in Miami.
He also doesn't think his son was motivated by radical Islamic beliefs. He said, quote, "This has nothing to do with religion . . . we are in shock like the whole country."
The shooter married a woman from Uzbekistan in 2009, and she told reporters he had a history with mental illness and steroids . . . and used to BEAT her. So she left him after four months. And SHE says his religion didn't play a role in the attack either.
As for the attack itself, he started shooting right after last call, and the place was still packed . . . there were over 300 people inside for a 'Latin' night during gay pride month.
So it was dark, and some people were confused by the sound of gunshots while loud music was playing.
A lot of witness described a scene sort of like the terrorist attack at the rock concert in Paris back in November.
And just like that attack, there are a lot of stories about people escaping . . . hiding . . . and doing whatever they could to help people who were hurt.
The first to respond was a cop who was on extra duty AT the club. He and two cops nearby exchanged gunfire with the shooter. Then the guy went back inside, and the standoff started. When the police finally busted in, 30 more people escaped.
Thirty nine people were found dead at the club . . . another 11 were taken to hospitals and pronounced dead there. And it all happened just four miles from where that "Voice" contestant CHRISTINA GRIMMIE was shot and killed on Friday.
And just to illustrate what kind of craziness we live in right now, it looks like there could've been ANOTHER mass shooting targeting the gay community, on the other side of the country.
The police in Los Angeles caught a 20-year-old from Indiana taking a car full of guns and EXPLOSIVES to the gay pride parade in Hollywood yesterday.
They're still investigating, but the guy isn't tied to ISIS, and it wasn't related to what happened in Orlando.
If you want to help out, there's a GoFundMe page for the victims and their families . . . GoFundMe.com/PulseVictimsFund. It's already raised over $1.2 million.
(CNN / Orlando Sentinel / Miami Herald / NBC News / Los Angeles Times)
It was only a matter of time before CAM NEWTON retired the dab. When EVERYONE is doing it . . . from your five-year-old nephew to Hillary Clinton . . . it's probably not the coolest signature move anymore.
And yesterday, Cam made it official. He was asked if he'd still be doing it this season, and he said, quote, "I have to put that aside, every year we need something [new]."
He doesn't know what he'll replace it with, but he still has until September to figure it out. By the way, the Carolina Panthers confirmed that Cam is done dabbing on Twitter.
If you meet a first date this weekend and they don't quite live up to their profile picture, maybe don't reject them right away. Here are five benefits of dating someone who's less attractive than you are . . .
1. They'll try harder. If they can't get by on looks, they might actually be able to carry a decent conversation. And they also might get more creative with their date ideas.
2. Less attractive people are usually more interesting. Which doesn't mean ALL hot people are boring idiots. But when you're average looking, you tend to develop OTHER features that are attractive, like a good sense of humor.
3. They're less likely to cheat. Not that it's a guarantee or anything. But it's harder to NOT cheat if everyone you meet wants to sleep with you.
4. People who aren't hot are usually better in bed. They just try harder and don't take sex for granted, because people aren't throwing themselves at them all the time.
5. It might help you realize what you're REALLY looking for in a relationship. When someone's hot, you tend to concentrate on their looks too much. But when they're not, you pay more attention to their personality and find out which traits are most important.
So even if you end up dumping them because you can't stand their donkey-face anymore, you'll at least go into your next relationship knowing more about yourself and what you want.
You don't have to go to a county fair to experience DEEP FRIED TWINKIES anymore. Something THAT unhealthy needed to roam free.
Hostess just introduced a prepackaged version of Deep Fried Twinkies, and they're on sale right now at Walmart. And Walmart has a one-year exclusive deal to sell them, because they KNOW their customers.
They're pre-fried, and they're in the frozen food section. So you need to heat them up in the oven or the microwave before you eat them. (Grubstreet)
Reddit's got a thread going on about what famous people were like back in high school . . . according to their TEACHERS, and people who went to school with them.
Like anything you read on Reddit, there could be a high B.S. factor here. But some of the stories are amusing enough to share, so here they are . . .
Kristen Bell was "a very bright student, always well liked, and she had a beautiful singing voice and was the lead in the school plays."
Mariah Carey was a "bully" and a "total diva," who would "get up really early for school to get ready . . . She would take a needle to her eyelashes so each one was straight and perfect."
LeBron James was "polite", but "fairly cocky and obviously obsessed with basketball."
Stephen Curry was "one of the most kind-hearted and humble kids . . . and one of the best students to graduate" his high school.
Kanye West was "a decent student but sometimes a bit stubborn," according to his music theory teacher, and he used to insist he would be a famous rapper someday.
Leonardo DiCaprio "didn't get along well with the other kids, and came in during lunch to eat with the teachers and faculty."
Nicolas Cage was chronically late for school, and spent a lot of time in the principal's office for goofing around. But he was, quote, "charming in a Ferris Bueller sort of way."
And we'll end with this story, which may or may not be true, but is pretty much PERFECT either way . . . quote, "Bill Murray went to my high school way before me but there is a story that I would like to believe is real . . .
"He got the record for most amount of detentions for someone who graduated from the school, and when a kid broke it years later he took him out to lunch."
Burger King just created a food mash-up that will haunt your dreams. And it looks like they're taking serious aim at Taco Bell.
They just started testing a WHOPPER BURRITO. And they're calling it the Whopperito. Basically it's all the Whopper ingredients rolled in a tortilla . . . and that includes pieces of hamburger and melted cheese.
So far they've only been spotted in Pennsylvania. And unfortunately there's no word on if or when Burger King could take them nationwide.
Getting rid of a beard can make some men sad, but not Scott Boback. That's because the associate professor of biology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, donated his 9-inch beard (from the chin down) to Matter of Trust, and environmental organization that, among a number of green initiatives, uses hair to help soak up oil after major spills. Since 1999 the organization has collected hair clippings from salons and dog groomers through its Clean Wave program to make low-tech, tube-like devices called "hair booms." They're basically just pantyhose stuffed with hair. Matter of Trust's co-founder, Lisa Craig Cautier says a pound of hair can absorb a quart of oil in one minute. As for Boback, he says, "This is definitely something that I'm doing for my wife. But I know that I can always grow it back.