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Chaka Khan to perform Whitney tribute, Van Halen postpones gigs

posted 18 May 2012, 13:22 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 18 May 2012, 13:23 ]

REUTERS - Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater's gala and awards ceremony. The historic Harlem theater confirmed Friday (May 18) that the "I Feel for You" singer will perform in her friend's memory. Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater's hall of fame during the June 4 gala. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and songwriter Nick Ashford will also be honored posthumously.

Rock band Van Halen on Thursday (May 17) postponed more than 30 concert dates of their U.S. summer tour, leading to speculation the "Runnin' with the Devil" group was feuding again. The band's official website took down all its dates after June 26, listing only 15 more shows, ending in New Orleans. A spokeswoman for the group had no official statement about the postponements and declined further comment. The band began its current tour in mid-February.

Martial arts star Jackie Chan has confirmed his next film will be his last as an action star at a news conference in Cannes to launch "Chinese Zodiac."

The 58 year old Hong Kong-born actor added: "The world is too violent now. I love fighting but I hate violence." "Chinese Zodiac" is due for release in December and is the third in Chan's Armour of God series. Last year, he starred opposite Will Smith's son Jaden Smith in the remake of "The Karate Kid."