Garth Brooks Doing Double Live Sequel?
Hours before playing one of the most talked-about sets at this year's South by Southwest, Garth Brooks nodded toward a live album that would follow last year's Gunslinger. "I think we're well on our way," Brooks said in Austin on March 17 when asked about his next project. "I'll give you a little hint -- try to remember that 20-something years ago, the [1996-98 international] tour was coming to an end, so we released this thing called Double Live. Tour's coming to an end now."
Double Live became one of the best-selling country albums of all time, moving 6 million units since its 1998 release, according to Nielsen Music. Brooks was down at SXSW for a press conference and panel discussion about his partnership with Amazon Music, but also played two packed shows -- a surprise solo acoustic gig at the Broken Spoke Dancehall on March 17 and a full-scale free concert the following night in front of an estimated 16,000 at SXSW's Outdoor Stage, which was announced the day before. - GARY GRAFF
Former Glee Star Gives Gonzo Fashion Week Performance
Is Rilan gunning to be the male Lady Gaga? The former Glee actor and budding musician delivered a dazzling, highly choreographed glam-pop performance at the Pacific Design Center during Style Fashion Week in L.A. on Mar. 12, and afterward discussed working on new tunes for the summer. "All of my music is about the dark side of Hollywood, and of growing up," said the 21-year-old New Orleans native, who played a Warbler in Glee's final season.
During the performance, Rilan wore a white mask, had his jean jacket ripped off by backup dancers and rolled on the floor while singing his track "Clown." The singer-songwriter confirmed that he worked with Richie Jackson, Gaga's creative director, on the show's choreography. - SELMA FONSECA
Celebrity Fight Night Features Chuck Berry Tribute
On March 18 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, Amelia DeMilo performed the national anthem, followed by a classical rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" with pianist William Joseph and violinist Caroline Campbell, to celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night, and to honor the life of the great Muhammad Ali. Reba McEntire returned for her 12th year as emcee, while Harrison Ford and Italian designer Stefano Ricci were honored with awards. The evening included a concert from Brooks & Dunn and performances from McEntire, Brian McKnight, Colbie Caillat, Sam Moore and The Beach Boys' Mike Love, who ended the night with hits like "California Girls," "Surfin USA" and "Help Me Rhonda," as well as "Rock and Roll Music" from Chuck Berry, who had died hours earlier. - S.F.
DJ Khaled & More Toast Tao Opening in L.A.
Multiple celebs were having a blast at the grand opening of Tao in Hollywood on Mar. 16. As soon as DJ Khaled started playing at 10:30 p.m. at Avenue Nightclub, two huge bodyguards blocked the entrance. Good thing Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Orlando Bloom were already inside, as they shared a hidden corner table and girls went crazy trying to get their attention. The event was co-hosted by co-owner Noah Tepperberg and included A-listers in music and film: G-Eazy, Kaskade, Pete Tong, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Tyga, Cindy Crawford, Hailey Baldwin and more. - S.F.