Boyle plans U.S. tour
Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable – and ready to launch her first U.S. tour.
The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek. Boyle said she hadn’t been ready to take on the tour after her pop culture moment in 2009, but now she’s more relaxed and ready to perform.
“I didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t have the right experience, but I feel more ready now, and I really can’t wait,” she said in a phone interview Thursday from her home in Scotland.
Boyle was chipper and excited when talking about her American tour, which she said will include “a few surprises.” The tour kicks off Oct. 8 in San Diego; tickets go on sale June 9.
Sixto pulled into lawsuit
Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” has been pulled into a lawsuit over songs on an album he released in 1970.
The dispute centers on the ownership of the songs on “Cold Fact” and contracts between Rodriguez and two music companies.
Gomba Music Inc. is suing Interior Music Corp. in Detroit federal court, claiming it owns the copyright to the songs penned by Rodriguez, not Interior. The lawsuit says the musician concealed his writing role to sidestep a publishing agreement he had with Gomba.
Interior in response blames Rodriguez for the legal problems and named him Wednesday as a third-party defendant in the case.
Pitt accoster has record
The man who was arrested after accosting Brad Pitt on a Hollywood red carpet is on probation for crashing the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Court records show Vitalii Sediuk was ordered to remain on probation until June 2016 when he was sentenced last year for getting onstage and grabbing the microphone from Adele before she accepted an award.
The 25-year-old was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of misdemeanor battery at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. Witnesses saw the man from the fan area jump over a barrier and rush at Pitt during the “Maleficent” premiere, touching him briefly before security guards got to him.
Lennon work being auctioned
Whimsical drawings, poems and prose created by John Lennon for his acclaimed books “In His Own Write” and “A Spaniard in the Works” are coming to auction.
The books’ British publisher, Tom Maschler, has owned the material for a half century and is offering it for sale at Sotheby’s. It is the largest private collection of Lennon’s work to come to the market, the auction house said.
Among the 89-piece collection’s highlights is a cartoon of a boy with six birds that appeared in “A Spaniard in the Works,” published in 1965.
The drawing was used 30 years later as the cover for the Beatles’ release “Free as a Bird,” written by Lennon in 1977.
A nine-page manuscript, a Sherlock Holmes parody titled “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,” is estimated to bring $50,000 to $70,000.