LOLLAPALOOZA STARTS IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) – Madison Beer made her festival debut at Lollapalooza yesterday. Beer says being at a festival is like “on another planet for the weekend.” Martin Doherty (DOH’-er-tee) of CHVRCHES (CHUR’-ches) says the key to a festival like Lollapalooza is to have a nice spread of old and new songs to win new fans and please the old ones. Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) says festivals are great because she assumes everyone hates her and the only way to go is up. She says she finds it comforting because she can do whatever she wants. Lollapalooza continues through Sunday in Chicago.
FLASH MOB JUMPS FENCES AT LOLLAPALOOZA
CHICAGO (AP) – While security is tight at Lollapalooza this year, it wasn’t tight enough. A flash mob of about a dozen young men jumped a fence into the media area, then scaled another fence into the artists’ area yesterday afternoon. At least two were caught. Chicago police increased security for the festival in part because of the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October. Authorities say the shooter had booked rooms overlooking last year’s Lollapalooza but did not show up.
BEYONCE / JAY-Z SHOW DELAYED BY RAIN
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Severe weather forced fans at Beyonce and Jay-Z’s concert out of their seats to wait inside MetLife Stadium because of bad weather in the area.
Officials told concertgoers in East Rutherford, New Jersey that they had to seek cover while it rained before the performers took the stage. Officials said a thunderstorm was on its way.
Beyonce finally took the stand at 11:08 p.m. – and Beyonce thanked the crowd for staying around. The couple is to perform again tonight at MetLife, where the New York Giants and New York Jets play.
LEVON HELM’S FORMER HOME GETS HISTORIC DESIGNATION
MARVELL, Ark. (AP) – The boyhood home of Levon Helm of The Band has been added to the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s review board voted unanimously on Wednesday to add the home in Marvell where Helm lived from 1941 until about 1946. The historic designation was a project championed by interior design instructor Ann Ballard Bryan at the University of Central Arkansas and her students. They had tried to get it on the National Register of Historic Places, but it did not qualify because it has been moved from its original location eight miles away. Helm died in 2012.
BILLBOARD CELEBRATES SIX DECADES OF HOT 100 CHART
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Billboard magazine marks the 60th anniversary of its Hot 100 chart tomorrow, and it has determined the all-time number-one song on the chart is Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.” It bases that on actual performance on the chart and giving certain songs weight to allow for differences in how song performances were measured over the years. “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas is second. Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife” is third, followed by “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes is fifth. The Beatles are the Hot 100’s top-performing act. Madonna is second, followed by Elton John, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey. More than 27,000 songs by more than 7,500 artists have made the Hot 100 chart.
GEDDY LEE WRITES THE BOOK ON BASS
NEW YORK (AP) – Geddy Lee has written a book about his love for the bass, and he’s gotten other bass players to share their love too. “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass” will feature interviews with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, U2’s Adam Clayton, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo (troo-HEE’-oh), Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Bob Daisley of Rainbow and Les Claypool of Primus. The book will feature photos of 250 basses from Lee’s collection. Some of them have never been played or lifted from their cases, while others are beat up from lots of use. The book comes out Dec. 4 with a suggested price of $65.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND BRAD PAISLEY BACK AS CMA HOSTS
NASHVILLE (AP) – Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the Country Music Association Awards for an 11th time. The awards are Nov. 14 in Nashville and will be carried live on ABC. Luke Bryan, Dan and Shay and Sugarland will reveal the nominees on “Good Morning America” on Aug. 28.
by Margie Szaroleta