Police in Missouri said that a 19-year-old who led them on a high-speed chase last Friday (April 26th) told them he was trying to get away so he wouldn't miss prom. An officer on patrol went after the vehicle after a police check revealed the owner had several warrants out for his arrest. When Daniel Buck noticed police were following him, he sped up to 80 miles per hour and led them on a chase, that eventually ended after police used stop strips to disable the vehicle. The suspect allegedly told them that he knew he had nine warrants out for failure to appear in court but didn't want to go to jail because he had to take his girlfriend to prom the following night. (Patch.com)
A 30-year-old man who was playing a ball-tossing game called "Tubs of Fun" at a carnival in Manchester, New Hampshire filed a police report after losing $2,600 on the game. Henry Gribbohm said he was trying to win an Xbox Kinect for his kids but all he got was a stuffed banana with dreadlocks. Gribbohm said that when he lost his first $300 -- which was all the money he had on him at the time -- he went home and got more money -- $2,300 to be exact. He told reporters, "They explained to me I was going to get all my money back. I was going to get an Xbox Kinect . . . They lied to me." The day after his big loss, Gribbohm headed back to the carnival. After complaining to the game's operator, $600 was returned and he was given a giant stuffed banana wearing a hat and dreadlocks because it was "all they could do." Police are reportedly investigating Gribbohm's claims. The carnival company said Gribbohm didn't spend the amount he claims. (Kotaku)
Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard has some good news for the group's fans: the 10th studio album from the band is nearing completion. Speaking with GuerillaCandy.com, Gossard reported, "It's almost done and as far as what it sounds like, it sounds like Pearl Jam. You're going to hear some rock songs and you're going to hear some quiet songs and you'll hear some song in between. That's all I can really say about it because we aren't talking about it yet, so it doesn't make much sense for me to say anything."
Muse plans on doing something special for its upcoming 20th anniversary, with drummer Dominic Howard saying that the band might "play a little club show" next year to commemorate their two decades together. According to Gigwise, Howard told a British radio station, "It's our 20th anniversary year and I can't believe it -- it's February next year or something . . . Hopefully (we'll) do some special shows for it or something. It will be nice to celebrate that and play some little club somewhere and go 'Jesus Christ, can't believe we're 20 years old as a band!'"
Although Muse rarely plays smaller venues these days, Howard told us a while back that he enjoys playing concerts of all sizes: "Just going from one extreme to another is always a great feeling when you're playing live. So I think certainly doing these, like, really big gigs that are kind of overwhelming, with the amount of people that you see in front of you, to playing in front of a few hundred people where you can really see everyone's faces and, like, hear what they're talking about in between songs, and that kind of feeling, that's a really amazing feeling, I think."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Muse perform "Uprising" in Atlanta last month:
Soundgarden's upcoming appearance on the PBS concert program Live From The Artist's Den will premiere in July, according to Loudwire. Although an exact broadcast date has not been set, a teaser for the show's sixth season indicates that a slew of new concerts from Soundgarden, Mumford & Sons, the Killersand others will all make their debut that month. A crew from the Emmy-nominated series filmed Soundgarden's February 17th concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the last gig of a three-night stand there, with that night's set featuring 28 songs from all eras of the band's career.
SIDE NOTES: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has launched a new web store at ChrisCornell.com that is currently featuring a limited-time sale on merchandise related to Cornell's Songbook solo tour and live album. A portion of net proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which was founded in 2012 to raise awareness and mobilize support for children facing tough challenges including homelessness, poverty, abuse and/or neglect.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the trailer for season six of Live From The Artist's Den:
A Scottish cruise company has insured its tourist boats against potential damage from the Loch Ness Monster. According to reports Jacobite Cruises signed a 1.5 million dollar policy with an insurance company on the 80th anniversary of the first reported Loch Ness Monster sighting. The cruise company's owner, Freda Newton, said, "How silly would we look if it [happened] and we weren't covered for it?" (msnNOW)
Police in India cited a man who allowed his 10-year-old son to drive a Ferrari F430 on his birthday. Authorities cited Muhammad Nisham after he posted a video to YouTube that showed his son Ishaan driving the sports car on his birthday. Nisham said, "We did not expect this kind of furor after we uploaded that video on YouTube... I don't think there should be any problem for a boy to try out a car... especially when we ensure that it is done with utmost safety." He added that the citation won't stop him from allowing his son to drive his new Lamborghini on the empty roads near his tobacco factory. Nisham hopes his son will grow up to be a successful Formula One driver. (UPI)
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first powered flight on Monday (April 29th), breaking the sound barrier in a 10-minute test flight over the Mojave Desert that moves the company closer to its goal of flying passengers on brief trips into space. A special jet carrying the SpaceShipTwo climbed to an altitude of 48,000 feet and released the spaceship, after which the pilot and co-pilot triggered the craft's rocket engine. The spaceship went up to an altitude of 55,000 feet and a speed of Mach 1.2, passing the speed of sound, before landing safely. Until yesterday, SpaceShipTwo had only performed unpowered glide flights.