The eclectic trio of Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White will headline this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Organizers announced the lineup for the June 12-15 festival Wednesday night.
Sir Elton will be attending his first Bonnaroo, while West will be making his first return after one of the most memorable appearances in 2008. That year he made fans wait nearly two hours for his early morning set, which didn’t start until 4:30 a.m.
Other performers scheduled to appear in Manchester, Tenn., include Frank Ocean, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and Skrillex, who will host one of Bonnaroo’s SuperJams.
Patterson giving grants to bookstores
Best-selling author James Patterson is giving away $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores.
On Wednesday, Patterson announced the first round of 55 stores to receive over $267,000 in funds. The remaining $750,000 will be given out in stages throughout the year.
Patterson’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, released a statement saying the author feels that bookstores are vital to communities and that they leave a lasting love of reading in children and adults.
The bookstores can do whatever they want with the grants, which range from $2,000 to $15,000.
Taylor urges anti-fracking activism
Singer-songwriter James Taylor is starring in a television ad for an environmental group urging North Carolinians to challenge efforts to allow natural gas exploration through hydraulic fracturing in the state where he grew up. The Natural Resources Defense Council said the ad began running Thursday.
The North Carolina General Assembly told a state regulatory panel to create rules the industry must follow to participate in the exploration, better known as fracking. Lawmakers still must take further action to allow drilling permits.
Taylor grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., and now lives in Massachusetts.
BU students: Cancel Thicke show
A Boston University student organization is calling on the school to cancel an upcoming concert by Robin Thicke over what it calls the singer’s sexist lyrics. By Thursday, about 1,400 people had signed an online petition started by the Humanists of Boston University.
The petition says, “It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university.” A university spokesman said the March 4 show at Agganis Arena is unlikely to be canceled and the school’s administration played no role in booking it.
The birthday bunch
Actor Gary Lockwood is 77. Actor Alan Rickman is 68. Actress Tyne Daly is 68. Actor Anthony Daniels is 68. Actor William Petersen is 61. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 59. Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 56. Actor William Baldwin is 51. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 35. Singer Charlotte Church is 28. Actress Ellen Page is 27.