Whoa! Check out the cool acts Lauryn Hill just added to tour.

Fans were already mighty excited to see The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018, given that the star of the night would be performing her legendary debut record on each stop of the tour.

Now, however, there’s even more of a reason to be excited about the tour, given who else is going to be on the bill.

The support acts for the tour have been announced and they include some mighty big acts, including NAS, MIA, Dave Chappelle, Santigold, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley, Talib Kweli, Bambaata Marley, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking, Tierra Whack, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, Iman Omari and more..

Of course, not all of them will be appearing on all dates. Check below to see what acts are appearing on which dates.

As far as the Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View show, well, we’ve definitely got some good names on the bill.

Are you ready?

Also appearing at the Shoreline concert will be SZA, De La Soul and Shabazz Palaces.

For more information on the show, click here or visit www.livenation.com.

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Tronc considers changing widely mocked moniker

By Gerry Smith | Bloomberg News

Newspaper publisher Tronc Inc., whose name was widely ridiculed after its debut two years ago, is considering abandoning the moniker, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Executives have discussed the idea but no decision has been made, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

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In June 2016, while fighting a hostile takeover bid from Gannett Co., Tribune Publishing Co. announced it was renaming itself Tronc, which stands for Tribune Online Content, to reflect its new digital ambitions. The name sparked ridicule online, with the entertainment site Deadline asking, “Is ‘Tronc’ The Worst Corporate Brand Name Ever?”

In a story published Saturday, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Tronc’s second-largest shareholder, told the Los Angeles Times that he hoped to convince the board to replace the Tronc moniker.

“I think we need to go back to Tribune,” he told the paper, which he has agreed to buy from Tronc in a $500 million deal. “I always thought Tronc was a silly name.”

A separate deal also could bear relevance on the name change. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is seeking regulatory approval to buy Tribune Media Co., a move that would eliminate a different company named Tribune. That could allow Tronc to go back to its old name and avoid being confused with the broadcast station owner.

Tribune Media spun off its publishing business in 2014.

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Did Tommy Lee reignite feud with son Brandon after failing to receive a Father’s Day greeting?

Tommy Lee chose Father’s Day to air out some family grievances on social media, calling out 22-year-old son Brandon as being spoiled and his mother, Pamela Anderson, for being an enabler.

Brandon took the bait Sunday and responded by sharing his father’s Instagram post on his own account with a couple of not-so-veiled threats.

Actress Pamela Anderson and her son Brandon Thomas Lee pose during the premiere of Open Road Films’ ‘The Gunman’ at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“Remember what happened last time you said this (expletive)? night night,” Brandon wrote, adding a sleeping emoji, according to People.

“Just move on dude… WE ALL HAVE. (Peace sign emoji) or I’ll put you right back to (expletive) sleep,” he added, again using a sleeping emoji to punctuate his point. He also posted a video — which has since been deleted — of Tommy unconscious on the ground.

Brandon appears to be referencing an alleged physical altercation between father and son last March, when Brandon reportedly knocked out the former Motley Crue drummer and left him with a bloodied lip. The District Attorney chose not to press charges against Brandon after Tommy said he would not cooperate with investigators.

But Tommy, 55, gave the family feud new life Sunday, and Brandon, in an open letter posted Monday, believed it was because he failed to wish his dad a happy Father’s Day.

“You’re mad I didn’t say happy Father’s Day to you??” wrote Brandon. “So what?! My birthday was June 5th (expletive) … I didn’t hear (expletive) from you… and I didn’t go telling the world what a let down you are. Come on man. It’s time to move on. Let’s keep this private.”

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San Jose’s Fountain Blues and Brews Festival returns for 37th year

With the start of its fifth decade looming around the corner, the Bay Area’s longest running blues festival has showcased many of the masters and innovators who defined blues and R&B after World War II.

With John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Lowell Folson and Etta James just for starters, the Fountain Blues Festival’s alumni list reads like a blues hall of fame. It might seem like all the legends are gone (well, the 81-year-old Buddy Guy continues to tour), but a close look at the June 23 Plaza de Cesar Chavez program reveals giants still in our midst.

While the festival’s headlining closer is harp ace and vocalist Kim Wilson’s latest incarnation of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, still a potent force with the searing Fort Worth guitarist Johnny Moeller, the afternoon is dominated by the imploring soul of Wee Willie Walker, who has finally gained recognition as a world-class talent in his 70s.

Championed by Sacramento harp star Rick Estrin, whose Nightcats just took home the 2018 Blues Music Award for band of the year, Walker has emerged in recent years as a revelation, linking the golden era of gospel quartets with the rise of 1960s soul music. According to Estrin, the Memphis native is “the greatest, deepest soul singer in the world today, period! His artistry is on the same level as legends like Johnnie Taylor, Sam Cooke, O.V. Wright and Otis Redding.”

It’s a bold claim, but Walker lived up to the lavish praise in March when his debut performance at Yoshi’s sold out. He was joined by the great Bay Area blues belter Terrie Odabi and guitarist Anthony Paule’s Soul Orchestra, with whom he collaborated on last year’s stellar “After a While.” They’ll be performing together for this show, as well.

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