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Eddie Hearn searches for new Lawrence Okolie opponent on social media

Promoter Eddie Hearn (centre), Lawrence Okolie (right) and Matty Askin (left) at the press conference before Okolie's fight with Askin
Eddie Hearn (centre) has put out the call for a new fighter just nine days before Lawrence Okolie (right) is set to box

Promoter Eddie Hearn has asked “any top 10 cruiserweight” to message him after Lawrence Okolie’s world title fight on 12 December was cancelled because his opponent tested positive for Covid-19.

Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt before Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.

Britain’s Okolie will still fight on the undercard but not for the title.

“The search is on,” Hearn said on Twitter.

“Any top 10 cruiserweights slide into my DMs [direct messages].”

Okolie, 27, has won all 14 of his professional bouts, with 11 knockouts, and secured the European cruiserweight title by beating Yves Ngabu in October 2019.

Poland’s Glowacki is a former WBO cruiserweight champion but lost the belt to Latvia’s Mairis Briedis in June

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Three Classic Eddie Van Halen Guitars Sold For $422,000

Three classic guitars designed and played by Eddie Van Halen sold for $422,000 at a Julien’s Auction earlier this week. The sale, which included items from stars including Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Elvis, was highlighted by a trio of the late guitar hero’s customized instruments, including one of his Kramer “Frankenstrat” models with the signature white and black stripes on a red body, which went for $231,250.

His 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series ax went for $140,800 and the guitar and costume that EVH used in the “Hot For Teacher” video brought in $50,000. The items went under the hammer as part of Tuesday and Wednesday’s “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll” event, which went online just over a month after Van Halen died (on Oct. 6) at age 65 following a long battle with cancer.

“As we were preparing

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Eddie Van Halen, Pop Smoke, Naya Rivera, Little Richard & More Appear in 2020 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Cover Tribute

British artist Chris Barker’s annual Beatles-style tribute to lost celebs includes some of 2020’s biggest losses, including Little Richard, George Floyd, Bill Withers, Pop Smoke, soccer legend Diego Maradona, Chadwick Boseman and Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Barker — who has been meticulously crafting his homage to the infamous cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandsince 2016 as a tribute to dearly departed pop culture icons and newsmakers — said his initial idea was to start with a blank slate in January and just add faces as the year went on.

That approach would have simply meant swapping out some images for more prominent ones as the year went on for a more “interactive” art project (see the final image below). But as this annus horribilis just kept getting more and more horribilis, he was glad he didn’t switch up his style. “Early

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Mammoth WVH’s Eddie Van Halen Tribute ‘Distance’ Debuts Atop Rock Charts: ‘I Just Wish He Was Here to See It’

“Distance” also bows at No. 9 on the likewise multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs tally and opens at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales rankings, respectively.

“I am beyond humbled by the response to ‘Distance,'” Wolfgang, who also wrote the song, tells Billboard. “I can’t believe that it’s appearing on all of these charts so soon after release. The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father. I just wish he was here to see it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality.”

While the song’s music video, which features home movies and video footage of the father and son together, drove

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Craig Brewer, Eddie Murphy movie ‘Coming 2 America’ debut date announced

Eddie Murphy fans longing for a return visit from King Akeem will have to wait a few more months to reacquaint themselves with the Zamundan monarch.

Directed by Memphis’ Craig Brewer, “Coming 2 America,” the much-anticipated sequel to Murphy’s 1988 hit, “Coming to America,” will debut on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service on March 5, Amazon announced Friday.

As reported in October, Amazon Studios purchased “Coming 2 America” from Paramount Pictures in a deal said to be worth $125 million. At the time, industry trade publications speculated the film would make its bow during the holiday season.

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The sale to a streaming service — a move that essentially kills the movie’s theatrical release — was another sign that the Hollywood motion-picture studios don’t expect to see an upsurge in cinema attendance until the coronavirus

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Wolfgang Van Halen wrote a song in memory of dad Eddie Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen is remembering his father, the late rocker Eddie Van Halen.



a man standing next to a bicycle: Wolfgang Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen perform in Las Vegas in May 2015.


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Wolfgang Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen perform in Las Vegas in May 2015.

In an interview with Howard Stern, his first since the death of his father last month, Wolfgang Van Halen spoke about their life together and debuted a new tribute song, “Distance,” which brought Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers to tears.

Van Halen, known as “Wolfie,” cleared up rumors he was taking his father’s place as the band’s guitarist.

“You can’t have Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen. I’m not my dad. I’m not going to replace him,” he said. “I’ve spent my life making sure I’m not like him and I’m my own person.”

He added that outside of a possible tribute show in the future and archival releases farther down the line, Van Halen is done.

“I don’t have

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Wolf Van Halen speaks out on loss of his father Eddie Van Halen

Music fans around the world grieved last month when rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer at age 65.

Now his son, Wolf Van Halen, is opening up to TODAY’s Carson Daly about his personal grief since losing his dad. “It’s really tough. Some days are better than others,” Wolf told Carson in a segment airing Tuesday.

The 29-year-old musician, who began playing bass in his father’s band, Van Halen, more than a decade ago, is Eddie’s only child. His mother, former “One Day at a Time” star Valerie Bertinelli, was married to the rocker from 1981 until 2007. (Eddie married his second wife, Janie Liszewski, in 2009.)

“It doesn’t seem like the pain is ever really gonna go away. You just kinda figure out how to carry it a bit better,” said Wolf, who called Eddie “the best father I could ever ask for” on Instagram shortly after

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How Eddie Van Halen’s Son Wolf Remembers His Late Father in New Song ‘Distance’

Wolf Van Halen is honoring his dad Eddie Van Halen in the best way: through song.

On Monday, the 29-year-old son of the late guitar hero released his debut song “Distance” as part of his band Mammoth WVH. The track’s music video features several touching home clips of the father-son duo’s close relationship.

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him,” Wolf says about the song in a press release. “While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life.”

The track is written as a letter to the Van Halen frontman, who died last month at 65 after facing cancer for years.

RELATED: Eddie Van Halen’s Son Wolf Says ‘It’s Hard Being Here Without’ Him 1 Month

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Eddie Van Halen’s Son Blasts ‘US Weekly’ For Publishing ‘Lies’ About Family

Van Halen took exception, however, to a cover story in the entertainment magazine which features his mom Valerie Bertinelli alongside the headline, “Love, Loss & Staying Strong.”

“F— this, and f— you US Weekly,” Van Halen writes. “The only thing printed in this piece of toilet paper that’s true is that we all loved my father. This is not a new interview. My mother did not speak to them for this. That is all.”

The thread continues, “I know what a lot of you are going to say. ‘Just ignore it, bro!’ I’m not going to stand by and let people publish lies and make my family’s tragedy someone else’s entertainment.”

Wolfgang has been a member of the rock band since 2006, when he replaced founding Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. He contributed to Van Halen’s final studio album, 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth.

In recent days, Wolf

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Eddie Vedder on ‘The Howard Stern Show’: 6 Things We Learned

Originally planned for this March but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first appearance of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” Monday touched on everything from the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to the origin story of classic Pearl Jam songs to advising Bradley Cooper about “A Star Is Born” in the three-hour-plus interview.

After 90 minutes of good-natured and light-hearted conversation, the interview turned somber when Stern asked Vedder about the May 2017 death by suicide of Cornell, one of Vedder’s closest musician friends. In his first in-depth comments on the subject, Vedder revealed that he was still grieving the 2016 death of his own brother Chris in an accident when he got the news of Cornell’s passing.

“I’ve had to be somewhat in denial. I still haven’t quite dealt with it,” he said, adding that he had only seen Cornell “four or

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