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Taylor Swift Thinks Prince William is "Awesome"



Taylor Swift was among the celebrities who jetted to Kensington Palace Tuesday night to partake in the evening’s Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint.

The 23-year-old star was due to perform at the event, but she didn’t miss her chance to chat up Prince William before she was due on stage.

“Awesome!” she reportedly said after meeting the prince. “He was very funny. I was really happy he was funny.”

Jon Bon Jovi was also schedule to perform at the reception for over 200 major donors.

Centrepoint is a homeless youth charity that Prince William took on after his mother Princess Diana died in 1997.

Other celebrity guests at the gala included Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery.

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Richie Sambora Fired From Bon Jovi Tour, Sources Say

Bon Jovi’s lead guitarist Richie Sambora was fired from the band’s tour, according to media reports.

The rocker reportedly fell out with Jon Bon Jovi and their bandmates over money, according to RumorFix.com.

Sambora still collects songwriting royalties and profits from merchandise, but he won’t be rejoining the band  onstage after stepping down earlier this year.

Neither the guitarist nor Bon Jovi have discussed the split, or the reason for it, but Sambora is reportedly not taking the news well.

A source says, “Richie wants to go back on stage. That’s his first love. He’s really upset over the news.”

The 54-year-old Sambora has not performed with the band since the spring, citing a “personal matter,” and in July Sambora revealed he wouldn’t be joining the band for their much-anticipated Hyde Park shows in London.

He said, “I am not going to be onstage at Hyde Park sadly. It’s just not happening right now. I truly want to be there and I feel very sad for the fans that I won’t be performing. I love the fans, I love the band.”

He added, “Jon (Bon Jovi) and I have been tight for, like, 30 years, so all of this is very sad.”

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Springsteen and Bon Jovi Kick Off Sandy Benefit Concert

Beloved New Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at New York’s Madison Square Garden off to a rocking start on Wednesday by teaming up for a rousing rendition of Born To Run.

The Boss and The E Street Band kicked off proceedings with their hits Land of Hope and Dreams and Wrecking Ball, before taking a moment to send a special prayer for the victims of the natural disaster that devastated the East Coast in late October.

Springsteen recalled how devastated he was to see the Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey battered in the former hurricane, telling the sold-out crowd: “It was painful to see it (the Boardwalk) damaged after all that time from the recent storm and to see the Jersey Shore damaged, because the Jersey Shore has always been a special place, it’s been inclusive… and that’s been a principle part of the characteristic of Jersey and that’s what’s made it special…

“I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore, it’s what makes it special. So tonight, this is a prayer for all our struggling brothers and sisters in New York and all along New Jersey.”

He performed the fitting My City of Ruins, and then had the audience on its feet as he invited his pal and neighbor Jon Bon Jovi to join him onstage for Born to Run.

Comedian Billy Crystal became the first celebrity of the night to share his story of his hard-hit hometown of Long Beach in Long Island, New York as he urged fans and viewers tuning in online and on TV around the world to give generously to aid the ongoing relief efforts.

He said, “It was the perfect place to grow up – the motto of our town is, ‘I have Long Beach sand in my shoes’ and now that sand is still in their kitchens, and their living rooms, and still in their streets. The ocean I used to dream about became their worst nightmare.

“No one could have anticipated the level of devastation Sandy would bring, or just how many lives it would affect. Over 100 people died, over 600,000 homes and 500,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged, entire neighborhoods were wiped out…

“(But) not only did Sandy not put us down, we stayed on our feet and tonight, with your help, we will emerge stronger and better than before.”

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief is also set to feature performances from fellow rock icons Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and The Who, as well as rapper Kanye West and R&B superstar Alicia Keys.

Paul McCartney Urges Fans to Help with Storm Relief

Paul McCartney has asked his fans to dig deep for the victims of Superstorm Sandy because he shudders to think about those left homeless by October’s natural disaster.

The former Beatles star will be among the big names performing at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief benefit in New York Wednesday night, but he wants people to keep donating to the American Red Cross and other charities in an effort to help those suffering a big freeze this winter.

He tells music network Fuse, “People think, ‘It’s done, it was a bad storm,’ but the idea that it’s still leaving people suffering on the streets, people without their homes, without power, without shelter…

“I would urge people to get involved and really make a difference to these people who are otherwise gonna have one hell of a winter.”

McCartney will join Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones and Billy Joel, among others, at the benefit concert on Wednesday.

The Rolling Stones Join Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen for Sandy Relief Concert.

The Rolling Stones has signed on to perform during the star-studded Sandy Relief concert taking place on 12-12-12.

On Wednesday, the Stones will by Browse to Save”join previously announced performers including Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and others at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Other performers include: Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.

The event will be broadcast starting at 7pm.

Jon Bon Jovi Vows To “Get Through” Daughter’s Overdose Tragedy

Jon Bon Jovi spoke out about his teenage daughter’s shocking heroin overdose for the first time in an interview with Fox 11 this week. The rocker said his entire family is thankful for the outpouring of support for 19-year-old Stephanie, who was rushed to a New York hospital on November 14 after overdosing in her dorm room at Hamilton College in Kirkland.

“This tragedy was something that I had to face too, so we’ll get through it,” Bon Jovi told Fox 11. “And people’s incredible warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we’re good.”

The incident resulted in Stephanie’s arrest for misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Ian Grant, the 21-year-old student who called 911, was also charges with drug possession. All of the charges against the pair were later dropped due to a 2011 penal code amendment that protects people from being charged with drug possession if they sought help from authorities for a “drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening medical emergency.”

“By law, they have immunity. I can’t prosecute them even if I wanted to,” Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara said last week. “To proceed would be highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and would jeopardize my opportunity to practice in the future.”

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi is Bon Jovi’s first child with his wife of 23 years, Dorothy Hurley. The couple is also parents to sons Jesse, 17, Jacob, 10, and Romeo, 8.

Family insider say the Bongiovi family is still in shock about the overdose. “No one had any idea she did those kinds of drugs . . . Steph has a wild side, but she’s not a crazy partier,” a source told Us Weekly.

ALL STAR LINE UP FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN’S “12-12-12” TO INCLUDE JON BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL, ALICIA KEYS, PAUL McCARTNEY, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND


Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that the “12-12-12” concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden will feature Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West, and The Who, with other top artists to be announced.

Event producers, James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein issued the following joint statement: “‘12-12-12’ is shaping up to be a showcase of music royalty. The response from the entertainment community to help those most affected by Hurricane Sandy has been nothing short of astounding. We expect to announce additional legendary performers in the near future and we are confident that the event will ensure those in need will not be forgotten, and vital aid will be directed to rebuilding our communities along the East Coast.”

The “12-12-12” line-up was announced earlier today with a simultaneous roadblock announcement across all 850 Clear Channel radio stations nationwide, as well as on their websites and iHeartRadio, and on Fuse, the national music television network owned by The Madison Square Garden Company. The special one night only live music event will help provide assistance to the millions of people throughout the tri-state area who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More information will be released in the coming days related to tickets and VIP ticket packages; on-sale information; partners and sponsors; as well as telecast information. The most up to date information on “12-12-12” can be found by visiting www.121212concert.org.

Jon Bon Jovi Daughter Faces Drug Possession Charges

The oldest daughter of rocker Jon Bon Jovi was arrested for drug possession in New York early this morning. Police confirmed Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was taken into custody when officers and paramedics responded to a 911 call about the 19-year-old suffering a possible heroin overdose in her dorm room at Hamilton College in Kirkland.

A search of the teen’s room uncovered heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Another student identified as 21-year-old Ian Grant was also arrested and charged with drug possession. Bongiovi was released from police custody and will return to court to face charges.

Hamilton College released a statement saying Bongiovi and Grant’s actions also violate campus policy. “The college is cooperating with the police investigation. Our first concern is always for the safety of our students. Out of respect for the privacy of our students and in accordance with federal regulations we do not discuss individual health or disciplinary matters,” the school said.

Bon Jovi has not commented. Stephanie is his oldest child with wife Dorothea Hurley. The couple of 23 years is also parents to sons Jesse, 17, Jacob, 10, and Romeo, 8.