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For June 18, 2013
***Lock of Mick Jagger's Hair Headed to Auction
-Here's your chance to own a piece of Mick Jagger. A piece of his famous hairdo, anyway.
The British auction house Bonhams is putting a lock of the Rolling Stones frontman's hair -- dating back to the 1960s -- on the block.
Bonhams' website states that the lock of hair was saved by the grandmother of current owner Chrissie Shrimpton "when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents' farm. Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects."
Shrimpton, the younger sister of former supermodel Jean Shrimpton, dated Jagger in the mid-'60s.
The lock of hair will be auctioned July 3, and is expected to bring in between $2,300-$3,100.
Proceeds from the sale of the hair will go to Changing Faces, a U.K.-based charity that supports people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body.
***U2, Bruce Springsteen Add Acoustic Performance Videos to Anti-Poverty Initiative
-As part of his One campaign's agit8 anti-poverty initiative, U2 frontman Bono posted a clip of the band delivering an acoustic performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on YouTube. In an accompanying video interview, Bono also tells the story of how as a child songs by John Lennon, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan taught him the importance of how music could inspire social change.
Also adding a video to the agit8 campaign on Friday was Bruce Springsteen, who offers a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land." The collected videos can be seen on One's YouTube channel.
As previously reported, agit8 is a music-based campaign designed to help to create awareness about issues related to extreme poverty. A variety of musicians including Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Donovan, Kid Rock and The Beach Boys' Al Jardine have contributed videos of themselves either covering protest songs or performing their own topical tunes as part of the initiative, which is timed to correspond with the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
***Did Billy Joel Cash a $2 Million Paycheck for a Birthday Gig?
-Who knew Billy Joel was available for birthdays? The New York Post reports that the Piano Man raked in the cash last week by agreeing to entertain guests at the 60th birthday bash of New York hedge fund manager Thomas Kempner Jr.
According to the Post, Billy was paid "up to $2 million" to perform for a crowd of billionaires at the party, which took place at the American Museum of Natural History. A guest told the paper, "It was a lovely party...Billy Joel played with his band for a long time. But it was amusing to see all the billionaires dancing to Billys Allentown, about the depressed [steel] industry [in Pennsylvania]."
Snarked the guest, "Nobody there would know anything about working at a steel mine unless they owned one.
A rep for Billy wouldn't comment to the Post on how much he received to perform at the party, which took place on Wednesday night. The following evening, Billy was at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala, inducting Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. Mick Jones produced Billy's 1989 album, Storm Front.