Attorneys are tackling the complicated job of dividing up Prince’s estate. The superstar musician was found dead on April 21 at Paisley Park, his famous home and recording studio in suburban Minneapolis. The first hearing concerning his estate is scheduled Monday in probate court. Prince’s full sister, Tyka (TY’-kuh) Nelson, filed paperwork last week saying Prince had no known will. That means under Minnesota law, his estate would be divided among his surviving siblings. Prince made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others, and he owned about $27 million in property in Minnesota. A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.
Philadelphia has always been a special city for Pearl Jam and they sure showed their appreciation at their two-night stand in the City of Brotherly Love. After the Wells Fargo Center raised a banner in the arena honoring the band’s tenth sell out, Pearl Jam decided to mark the occasion by kicking off Friday night’s show by playing their 1991 debut album “Ten” in its entirety, from front to back. Following the completion of the album, only the second time they’ve played it in order, Eddie told the crowd, “When we woke up this morning this wasn’t something we had in mind. When we got told about the banner they were getting us I saw the number and just thought…” He also joked about Bruce Springsteen’s banner for 56 sell outs, and in his best Bruce impression joked that they had a lot of catching up to do. This isn’t the first time the band has played an entire album at a show. They played “Vs” in Greenville, South Carolina last month, and on their last tour they played the full albums of “Yield” and “No Code.”
ONE MORE THING: Pearl Jam had another special moment during their Philly show Thursday night. As Eddie came out to do his solo acoustic set, he announced that a couple had actually gotten married at the concert. Eddie then dedicated the Tom Waits song “Picture in a Frame” to the newlyweds as the arena cameras caught them tearing up and kissing.
Radiohead must have something big up its sleeve. All of the band’s web presence has vanished. As in, all gone. Their official website is gone and all of their tweets and Facebook posts have been deleted. What’s more, according to Pitchfork, some fans have been getting flyers in the mail that say “Sing a song of sixpence that goes/Burn the Witch/We know where you live.” “Burn the Witch” is a Radiohead track that dates back to between 2003 and 2005, but at least one fan thinks that might be the new album’s title. Last we heard, Radiohead was hard at work in the studio putting together their upcoming new release, but so far, we’ve gotten no explanation about their web disappearance and if it has anything to do with the album.
Aside from being a music legend, Nile Rogers is also a philanthropist. He and Nancy Hunt are the co-founders of the We Are Family Foundation, which aims to create a global family through educational and creative programs that inspire the next generation. This weekend was the foundation’s annual benefit dinner and thanks to the star power of Rogers, Bono, and even Jimmy Carter, who was there as a presenter, they were able to raise a million bucks. Bono was being honored for his humanitarian work but he also took to the stage and performed some U2 tracks with Rogers’ Chic band. In a rare performance without any other U2 members, the rocker sang classics like “In the Name of Love,” “Beautiful Day” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Then, he dove into the crowd and sang his way out of New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The night ended with Chic playing some of their biggest hits, including “We Are Family” with surprise guest Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge.