Attendees at KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles this weekend were treated to a surprise performance by the Stone Temple Pilots' new frontman, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
"I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me," Bennington said in a statement, in which he also emphasized his continued relationship with Linkin Park.
"Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time," Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo said.
"We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result," DeLeo added.
Weiland's statement after the firing suggested that the separation wasn't amicable.
Authorities are looking for the driver of the green Ford Expedition that killed a 29-year-old police officer and Iraq war veteran in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday, AZfamily.com reported.
Officer Daryl Raetz was on scene investigating a driving-under-the-influence incident when someone behind the wheel of an SUV hit him and kept going.
"This is a tragic day for the city of Phoenix," Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said in a news conference Sunday.
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia called Raetz "one of Phoenix's finest. One of our heroes."
"I honestly don't have the words to describe the sorrow in my heart for Daryl Raetz and his family," Garcia said.
Raetz had served the police department for six years after working as a military medic in Iraq.
As the Arizona Republic reported, Raetz died on the same day as a local firefighter, Brad Harper, who was crushed between two vehicles while fighting a fire.
“No words of mine can ease sorrow this deep for the family and friends of these two men, nor the brothers and sisters in uniform who served alongside them,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said of the deaths.
From dealing with difficult people to poor pay, it's not easy being a waitress. But a few grateful servers are getting lucky breaks from customers who lay down more than they're expected for good service.
It was just last week that an Indianapolis Steak 'n Shake waitress received a $446 tip on a $5.97 bill from a happy customer. Now, Tumblr user Casual Cynic says her mother got a $1,000 tip on a $60.42 bill.
According to Casual Cynic, her mother has been working as a waitress for years. She told a customer that she has eight years of art education and always wanted to go to Italy.
"It's pretty...sad and disappointing," Casual Cynic wrote. "Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn't had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she's not from."
"This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word."
The post has garnered more than 127,000 notes on Tumblr.
[H/T Huffington Post]
A Florida man with experience handling snakes captured and killed a 128-pound Burmese python he discovered on the side of the road in Miami-Dade County, Fla., USA Today reported Monday.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Jason Leon was driving down a rural road when he saw three feet of the 18-foot, 8-inch snake sticking out of the bushes. Leon, who owned several Burmese pythons before they became illegal in 2010, killed the snake with a knife when it began to wrap itself around his leg.
Leon's discovery turned out to be the largest ever Burmese python found in Florida. The second longest was 17-feet, 7 inches.
"The FWC is grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture," the Exotic Species Coordination Section of the FWC, said in a statement.
The FWC also warned the general public not to try to handle or capture the snake themselves.
Burmese pythons, the largest species of snake in the world, are considered invasive to the state of Florida. According to the National Park Service, more than 1,800 of the reptiles have been found in Everglades National Park since 2002.
Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, died Monday at age 74.
Manzarek was surrounded by family when he died in a German hospital after longtime treatment for bile duct cancer, CBS reported.
Manzarek met Jim Morrison at UCLA, where the two were studying film, according to People. Together, they founded The Doors. With their band, they became one of the most successful rock groups in the 1960s and one of the most beloved in history. They sold more than 100 million albums together.
Manzarek's organ line in "Light My Fire" elevated the band's rock pick-up song to a top hit.
Morrison died in 1971, and Manzarek tried to keep the group together as he stepped in as vocalist. Ultimately, he and fellow bandmembers Robby Krieger and John Densmore could not make it work.
Densmore and Manzarek toured as The Doors once again the past few years, and wrote a book on his life with the band in 1998.
Justin Bieber was hanging out backstage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday when his on-again, off-again flame Selena Gomez walked by with her close friend, Taylor Swift.
In video of the backstage gathering, the 23-year-old Swift looks annoyed when the two stop for a catch-up session, while another friend tries to pull Gomez back into the crowd.
When Gomez wraps her arm around Bieber and grants him a kiss on the cheek, Swift sticks her tongue out.
Here's the GIF, courtesy of Zap2It:
The moment occurs at the 1:00 minute mark below:
Seating arrangements at the musical event fueled speculation that Gomez and Bieber might have rekindled their relationship, though Gomez told a radio station last week that she was "completely available in every way."
Misty Shaffer's husband was stationed for a year in Afghanistan. While he was gone, she planned a big surprise for him -- herself.
Shaffer lost nearly 150 pounds while her Army husband was away and didn't tell him. Instead, she showed him when he got off the plane coming home, KLTV reported.
When he left, she weighed close to 300 pounds. She took care to not post anything new on Facebook, and only send him photos from the shoulders up.
But when Larry Shaffer came home, he had more than a couple of surprises: Their daughter Nevaeh had turned 4, and the Mrs. had bought the home they had planned for years to buy.
"Everything's new," Larry Shaffer said. "I pretty much have a new wife. My daughter's three times the size she was and we have our own home now."
Zach Galifianakis brought Elizabeth "Mimi" Haist, an 87-year-old woman he met at a laundromat in 1994, to the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hangover III" on Sunday, The New York Post reported Monday.
The 43-year-old actor and comedian reportedly met Haist at the Fox Coin Laundry in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1994. Upon learning she was homeless two years ago, Galifianakis began paying rent on a one-bedroom apartment for her. The two have remained friends for the last 20 years, with Galifianakis often taking Haist to Hollywood premieres and events.
“I’m looking forward to it, I like the excitement of it,” Haist told the New York Daily News. Galifianakis has escorted her to other events before, including the premiere of the "Hangover II."
“If he’s in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It’s fun, not something I’ve ever dreamed I’d experience. The limo takes me home afterwards,” she added.
Galifianakis also roped another celebrity into helping Haist out. According to a February issue of Star magazine, Renee Zellwegger decorated Haist's apartment and always makes sure that her fridge is stocked with food.
Here's a 2010 interview with Haist:
Director Bryan Singer tweeted a photo of a blue Jennifer Lawrence all dressed up for her role in the upcoming film, "X Men: Days of Future Past."
In the movie, the 22-year-old Academy Award winning actress will reprise her role as "Raven/Mystique," a mutant capable of changing her appearance.
According to E! News Lawrence confessed that last time she had to get all blued-up she ended up having to get treated for skin rashes and blisters. There is no word on whether they're using a different makeup technique this time around.
"X Men: Days of Future Past" hits theaters in 2014.
Television anchors were forced to flee for safety in the middle of a live broadcast Sunday as a huge tornado tore through downtown Wichita.
The staff of the NBC affiliate KSN spent two hours covering the storm before they were forced to flee at 4:15 p.m.
“It appears that it is time for all of us to get to shelter,” a man says, from off camera. “Get to shelter right now! Everybody ... let’s go!”
The studio narrowly escaped the storm's wrath, as it lifted just as it neared KSN's doors.
Sunday's tornadoes killed two people and injured 21 in Oklahoma, but no one was killed in Kansas as the worst of the storm missed the most populated parts of the city.