DNA Test Results Allegedly Show Brandon Howard Is Michael Jackson’s Son
Posted on March 7, 2014, 3:08 pm
Epic RecordsIs Brandon Howard the long-lost son of Michael Jackson? A definitive conclusion was not reached on Thursday.
The website FilmOn.TV on Thursday claimed in a live event that it has seen DNA evidence showing that there’s a 99.9-percent chance that the 31-year-old Howard, a singer who performs under the name B. Howard, is the King of Pop’s son.
However, Howard posted a video on his Facebook page saying he’s “never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson’s son.” He said, “It is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this.”
Howard also denied a TMZ story – which initially brought Howard’s alleged connection to MJ to light — that he’s planning to sue Michael’s estate for money.
Furthermore, Howard released the following written statement: “To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story. This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner. To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate.”
Though Howard says he never claimed to be Michael’s son, he doesn’t deny that he is related to the singer, either. Then again, a singer named Augie Johnson, who was featured on Michael’s 1979 album Off the Wall, tells the British newspaper The Daily Mail that he’s Howard’s father.
Mind you, TMZ is claiming that the supposed DNA evidence FilmOn.TV touted is bogus, because the lab itself doesn’t exist. Then again, TMZ’s supposed evidence for that claim, in part, is that an image from the lab’s logo is easily available online. Whatever.
Where’s Maury Povich when you need him?
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Allman Brothers Band’s 2014 Beacon Theatre Residency to Offer “a Lot of Surprises”
Posted on March 7, 2014, 3:07 pm
Courtesy of Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band is gearing up to launch its latest, and possibly last, annual residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The legendary Southern rock outfit kicks things off on Friday night, and has a total of 14 shows scheduled at the famed venue through March 29.
The Allmans also are planning to commemorate their 45th anniversary during the Beacon run, which promises to be something of a bittersweet celebration since the group’s future is uncertain beyond the end of 2014, when the band’s longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will be leaving to focus on their own projects.
Haynes and founding Allmans drummer Butch Trucks sat down with ABC News Radio this week to chat about the band’s 2014 concerts at the Beacon Theatre. Warren reveals that in conjunction with the 45th anniversary, “There’s going to be a lot of surprises, even to us,” adding that “there are going to be people who show up and wind up on stage unexpectedly.”
Continuing about the special guests, Haynes says there are “a lot of people that have expressed interest in coming — some people that are already lined up and some that will just kind of come out of the woodwork.”
Warren also says fans who attend the Beacon shows can expect to be treated to a different set list every night.
“The mission is to play as many songs over the 14 nights as possible,” he explains. “Obviously that’s not quite as important as playing the ones we play well, but we do love the challenge of seeing how many songs we can play.”
While he won’t divulge specific tunes, Haynes reports that the Allmans’ Beacon sets will feature “some songs the band hasn’t played for a long time,” as well as “a few covers” and revamped renditions of more familiar Allmans tunes.
Butch Trucks, meanwhile, tells ABC News Radio that what he’s most looking forward to about the Beacon residency is, simply, getting to play there again.
“There’s nothing like it. The Beacon [is] like being home,” he declares. “The acoustics are incredible. The crowd is incredible. We just don’t have bad nights there.”
Like Warren, Butch points out that he also enjoys the fact that the band gets to play so much different material during the residency.
“People come many nights and…we’re there for 14 shows this year, so we can experiment a lot more and play tunes that we don’t play all the time,” notes Trucks. He adds that nobody has brought any brand-new tunes for the group to work up, although the Allmans have prepared “about four or five [songs] that nobody’s heard in years.”
The Allman Brothers Band’s 2014 Beacon Theatre concerts are nearly completely sold out. The shows are scheduled for March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 and 29.
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Queen + Adam Lambert Announce North American Tour
Posted on March 6, 2014, 3:02 pm
QueenOnline.comWe knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they’re hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lamberthas performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago’s United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band’s founding lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. They first joined forces in 2009 for a performance of “We Are the Champions” on American Idol. In the summer of 2012, Queen + Adam Lambert performed six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they also performed at a multi-artist show in Las Vegas.
“I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory,” Lambert said in a statement. “He’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band.” Queen guitarist Brian May kept his comment succinct: “”Let’s ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!”
Tickets for Queen + Adam Lambert go on sale Friday, March 14 via the Live Nation mobile app and at Livenation.com. American Express Card Members get early access beginning Monday, March 10 in the U.S., and Tuesday, March 11 in Canada.
Here’s the Queen + Adam Lambert itinerary:
6/19 — Chicago, United Center 6/21 — Winnipeg, MTS Centre 6/23 — Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre 6/24 — Edmonton, Rexall Place 6/26 — Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 6/28 — Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 7/1 — San Jose, SAP Center 7/3 — Los Angeles, The Forum 7/5 — Las Vegas, The Joint 7/6 — Las Vegas, The Joint 7/9 — Houston, Toyota Center 7/10 — Dallas, American Airlines Center 7/12 — Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills 7/13 — Toronto, Air Canada Centre 7/14 — Montreal, Bell Centre 7/16 — Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7/17 — New York, Madison Square Garden 7/19 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/20 — Washington, D,C, Merriweather Post Pavilion
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Man Claims He Has DNA Evidence Proving He’s Michael Jackson’s Son
Posted on March 6, 2014, 3:02 pm
Epic RecordsMeet Michael Jackson‘s new son: Brandon Howard. So claims Howard, a 31-year-old man who alleges he has DNA evidence proving he’s the son of the late King of Pop.
According to TMZ, Howard says he obtained Michael’s DNA from an orthodontic device, and a test performed on it shows the singer is his father. The results will be posted Thursday on FilmOn.com.
TMZ adds that Howard — a singer himself who performs under the name B Howard – will seek money from Michael’s estate.
A lawyer for the estate reacts to TMZ, “We’ve never even heard from him.” The lawyer also states that “any deadline for claiming to be Michael’s child has long since passed.”
Howard’s mother is R&B singer Miki Howard. Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, represented her in the 1980s.
As far as we know, Michael has three children: two sons, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket, and one daughter, Paris.
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Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle to Perform at Soul-Themed Concert at the White House on Thursday
Posted on March 5, 2014, 3:45 pm
Aretha’s Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleAretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle are among the stars who will take part in a special concert Thursday night at the White House that will be attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The show, which will celebrate female soul singers, will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. ET on WhiteHouse.gov and PBS.org/WhiteHouse.
The event also will be taped for an upcoming edition of PBS’ In Performance at the White House series that will be broadcast on April 7. Other artists who will perform at the show include Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande and Tessanne Chin. Greg Phillinganes will serve as music director.
In addition to the concert, the first lady will host a special daytime workshop for students, which will also be streamed live Thursday.