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Last Update on May 25, 2015 07:07 GMT

B.B. KING IS CELEBRATED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- B.B. King's last engagement in Las Vegas got him a standing ovation. A memorial for family and friends drew more than 350 people on Saturday. Eight of his children and 10 of his grandchildren gave speeches in his honor. Tony Coleman, King's drummer for 37 years, joked that King fired him five times and hired him six times. Carlos Santana and Richie Sambora also attended. Yesterday, hundreds of music fans turned out in King's hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, as he was celebrated at the B.B. King Homecoming Festival. The festival was scheduled before King's death and he had played it many times. King's coffin will be taken in a procession down Beale Street in Memphis on Wednesday, then he will be buried in Indianola on Saturday.

TAYLOR SWIFT GIVES SEX SHOP A BOOST

NEW YORK (AP) -- The erotic boutique that lent sexy clothes used as costumes for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video is seeing an uptick in sales. Shawn Gentry of The Stockroom in Los Angeles tells The New York Post the shop lent $13,000 worth of clothes for the video shoot. Gentry says the flesh-colored dress Swift wears in the opening scene retails for about $235 and is usually custom fit, but Swift wore it off-the-rack, probably in size extra-small. Billboard reports The Stockroom has gotten calls, usually from men, asking to buy the items Swift wore. Gentry says it will not rent or sell the items used in the video shoot because that's "tacky."

MAN DIES AT CHEVELLE CONCERT

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 24-year-old man fell to his death at a Chevelle concert in Chicago on Friday. Police say Kyle W. Kirchhoff fell off a catwalk onto protruding pieces of metal at the Aragon Ballroom. He suffered two chest wounds and was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Chevelle cut the concert short and expressed concern for the victim on Facebook.

ROCKLAHOMA GETS FLOODED OUT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Rocklahoma festival had to be evacuated this weekend because of bad weather. The festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, was hit by a powerful storm with torrential rain that caused flooding Saturday. Anthrax and Halestorm managed to get their sets in, but headliner Linkin Park was canceled. Rocklahoma resumed yesterday with careful monitoring by an on-site meteorologist. Sunday's lineup included Queensryche, Breaking Benjamin and Tesla.

JANA KRAMER IS A BRIDE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jana Kramer has married former NFL tight end Michael Caussin. People magazine reports their wedding was Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia. They were engaged in December after dating four months. Kramer was previously married twice, including to actor Johnathon Schaech (SHEK). Both marriages lasted only a few months. Kramer had previously been engaged to Brantley Gilbert. It's Caussin's first marriage.

BILL WARD APPEARS WITH BLACK SABBATH

LONDON (AP) -- For one night, drummer Bill Ward was back with Black Sabbath. Unfortunately, singer Ozzy Osbourne wasn't. Britain's New Music Express reports Ward showed up at the Ivor Novello Awards in London Thursday as Black Sabbath was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Ward and Osbourne have an ongoing dispute, and Ward has not been playing with the band. Ward says he's not going to participate in the band until the dispute is resolved, but it feels nice to hang out with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Iommi says they keep in touch with Ward and they're always thinking of each other.

PAUL WELLER IS TOO LOUD, ACCORDING TO HIS KIDS

LONDON (AP) -- Lots of parents yell at their kids to turn down the music. Former Jam frontman Paul Weller says it's his kids telling him to turn it down. Weller says after you've been in the rock-and-roll business for 50 years, you're bound to have a different perspective on parenting. Weller had young parents and he would bond with them over Beatles and Chuck Berry records. He says music is the common bond for kids and their parents and he learned about Skrillex and George Ezra from his 10-year-old. Weller has a new album out called "Saturns Patterns."

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Former The Jam singer Paul Weller says he's not a normal dad.

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Former The Jam singer Paul Weller says he's backwards in that his kids tell him he's too loud.

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Former The Jam singer Paul Weller says he bonded with his parents over rock and roll.

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Former The Jam singer Paul Weller says parents are getting hipper.

BILLY JOEL: DO WHAT YOU LOVE

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're not doing what you love, you're wasting your time. That's the advice Billy Joel gave to graduates at Stony Brook University during his commencement speech Friday. Joel says he is one of the lucky ones and he knew he wanted to be a musician at a young age. He says he hopes the graduates have the commitment to make what they love their life's work and the stamina to get past tough times. Joel was also awarded an honorary doctorate of music.

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