LONDON – A paper cup Elvis Presley once drunk from has gone up for sale.

The late music legend is said to have taken some sips from the Dixie beverage holder after his concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956, and the item has already attracted five bids up to $157.50 just hours after going on sale on online auction site eBay.

The sales pitch states: “You are bidding on an AUTHENTIC Dixie Cup that Elvis Presley drank from on 19 April 1956 at 10:30am at the corner of 3rd and Boston in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

“Presley had performed the night before in Tulsa (18 April 1956).”

“This cup was obtained from Elvis Presley the following morning (19 April) at 10.45am after he left his hotel.”

“He ate and went shopping that morning before heading to Oklahoma City for his concert there later that night. (sic)”

The cup comes with a letter of authenticity and a notebook full of “research” which has been collected relating to the events surrounding the beaker.

The winning bidder will be sent the cup inside the box it has been stored in since 1956.

Source credits : TMZ

Where are the Kids of MICHAEL JACKSON now?

The world star pop sensation Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The King of Pop succumbed to an overdose and died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering from cardiac arrest. The world continues to mourn the death of the superstar. In life, Jackson was a reclusive celebrity who kept a private personal life. In the aftermath of his death, we’ve seen his three children—Paris Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II—emerge into the spotlight. Here’s where they are now.

Young Adults

At the time of Jackson’s death, his children were literally young kids. Fans remember a young Paris tearfully speaking at her father’s funeral. “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say, I love him so much.” They’re all grown up now. Paris is now 19, Prince Michael is 15 and Michael Joseph is 20.

Michael Jackson famously named his youngest son, Prince Michael Jackson II, “Blanket.” Since 2015, the young man (seen left) changed his name, after reportedly being bullied, to the name “Bigi.”

Personal Struggles

Being the daughter of Michael Jackson hasn’t been easy. Paris revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017 that she struggled with depression and addiction. She tried to kill herself at age 15, slashing her wrist and downing 20 Motrin pills. “It was just self-hatred,” she says, “low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” She shared that some of her many tattoos cover her scars, including places she used to intake drugs.

Family Drama

The Jackson children were raised by their large extended family. Drama that affects the Jacksons affects them as well. In 2017, family matriarch Katherine Jackson was in the middle of a heated legal battle with her nephew. Paris and Prince were notably kept away from their grandmother during this time, so as not to reportedly affect her legal testimony. The Jackson children continue to keep their father’s memory alive. In 2016, Paris honored the superstar with a tattoo. The new ink recreates the artwork of her father’s 1991 album, Dangerous. Prior to that, she got the phrase “Queen of my Heart” inked on her wrist, which was written in her father’s handwriting. “To everyone else he was the King of Pop,” she wrote on Instagram. “To me, well, he was the king of my heart.”

source credits: Oxygen

Madonna celebrates Daughter Mercy’s birthday

The musician took to social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show her love for Mercy who turned 12 on Monday, January 22.

Madonna American Pop star on Monday posted messages on social media to celebrate the birthday of her Malawian daughter Mercy James.

On Facebook, Madonna posted a picture showing a smiling Mercy and the singer with Madonna’s arms around the child.

“Happy Birthday to this Rare and Beautiful Child!! Chifundo (Mercy) James!” Madonna said.

Madonna adopted Mercy from Mchinji in 2009. She also has three other children adopted from Malawi namely David Banda and twins Stella and Estere.

Last year, Madonna opened the state of the art children’s hospital in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre.

The hospital which was named after the birthday girl is called the Mercy James Centre.

Speaking during the opening last year, Madonna said she grew up without a mother and this made her to have a desire to take care of children.

“I grew up without a mother and all my life I have longed to be a good mother,” she said.

Mercy James also spoke during the event and she hailed her mother calling her the bomb.

Happy Birthday David Hidalgo of Los Lobos!

David Kent Hidalgo (born October 6, 1954, in Los Angeles[1]) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. He is also a member of the supergroup Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a side project made up of some of the members of Los Lobos. With Mike Halby of Canned Heat, he formed another band, Houndog, as a side project. He also appeared on national television in the U.S., backing Tom Waits.

Hidalgo’s songs have been covered by the Jerry Garcia Band, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Raitt and others. He has performed in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival since its inception in 2004, most recently in April 2013 at Madison Square Garden with Los Lobos. Eric Clapton joined the band on stage for their song “Burn It Down”, from their latest album, Tin Can Trust. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr., is the current drummer for Social Distortion.

In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists’ releases.

Happy Birthday Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon!

Kevin Patrick Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon. REO Speedwagon had several hits on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the 1980s, including two chart-toppers written by Cronin: “Keep on Loving You” (1981) and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1985).

Cronin is from the greater Chicago, Illinois, area. He was born in north suburban Evanston and grew up (and learned guitar) in southwest suburban Oak Lawn. He graduated from Chicago’s Brother Rice High School. His brother is Wisconsin weatherman and politician Sean Cronin.

REO Speedwagon switched lead vocalists three times for their first three albums. Terry Luttrell left the band shortly after the group recorded its debut album in 1971, and was replaced by Cronin. Cronin recorded one album with the band, 1972′s R.E.O./T.W.O., but left the band soon after, because of missed rehearsals and creative disagreements. Ridin’ the Storm Out was the band’s third release with as many singers; this time Mike Murphy took the microphone. Murphy stayed on for two more albums, before Cronin returned to the fold in 1976.

Cronin’s return came after Greg X. Volz turned down the position for lead vocals due to his conversion to Christianity. The band’s success hit its peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but are still releasing records such as Find Your Own Way Home in 2007. Their most famous album, Hi Infidelity, sold over 10 million copies. Kevin has stated in various interviews that they “play for free but get paid for the traveling”. He has written or co-written many of the band’s hit songs such as “Keep on Loving You”, “Can’t Fight This Feeling”, “The Key”, “Keep Pushin’”, “Roll With the Changes”, “Time for Me to Fly”, “Movin’”, “Here With Me”, “In My Dreams”, “Tough Guys”, “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Music Man”.

Cronin was a celebrity contestant on Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on March 27, 2008. He reached $350,000 before forgetting the lyrics to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.

He appears on infomercial advertising TimeLife’s Ultimate Rock Ballads,[2] which feature tracks by REO Speedwagon, mostly from the 1980s, when the band enjoyed their greatest success.

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