SCREEN COLLAPSES AT VENUE FOR ROLLING LOUD
MIAMI (AP) – A giant video screen collapsed yesterday at a South Florida stadium, a day before the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival was set to begin. There were no injuries. Organizers took to Twitter to announce that the screen toppled onto one of the festival’s stages at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. But the tweet also says “nobody was hurt…the show goes on!” Helicopter news footage shows a pile of downed scaffolding and other equipment near one of the stages. The show’s lineup this weekend includes A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone.
BILLIE EILISH CONCERT FILM DUE OUT IN THE FALL
UNDATED (AP) – Those waiting to check out the new Billie Eilish concert film won’t have much longer. “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” will make its debut on Apple TV+ on Sept. 3. The film will highlight the July 30 release of “Happier Than Ever.” The album is Eilish’s follow-up to “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
ROLLING STONES TO RELAUNCH TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) – The Rolling Stones are ready to rock again. The band says it is re-launching the U.S. portion of its “No Filter” tour, which was derailed by the pandemic. The first show of the reboot will be in St. Louis on Sept. 26. In a statement, lead singer Mick Jagger said he’s “excited to get back on the stage again.” After thanking people for their patience, he added “See you soon!” The tour will feature three new dates, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas – and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TO TEAM UP WITH BARACK OBAMA ON NEW BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – If you liked the podcasts, Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama hope you’ll like the book. “Renegades: Born in the USA” will be a bound edition of the popular audio shows they did together. The book will be published by Penguin Random House and is due out Oct. 26. The $50 book will include rare photos, handwritten Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches.
OLYMPIC SOUNDS TO BE FEATURED DURING TELECASTS
UNDATED (AP) – Usually one of the highlights of an Olympics broadcast is hearing the roar of fans rooting the athletes on to victory. But that won’t be the case as the 2020 Games get under way. Spectators are banned because of the pandemic. And that will be a challenge for NBC, which is carrying the games in the U.S. The executive producer of the games says not having crowds will force NBC to be more creative, Molly Solomon says one of her favorite moments from the 2018 Winter Games was when viewers got to hear skier Lindsey Vonn’s breathing as she listened to final instructions before her run. Solomon says NBC won’t be mixing in ambient sound to the games to make them sound like people are there – when they really aren’t.
IOWA RACE TRACK SILENCES ANNOUNCER WHO WENT ON RACIAL RANT
ALGONA, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa race track says it doesn’t want to hear another word from an announcer who went on a racist rant against Black fans and athletes who “take a knee” during the national anthem. Officials with the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona cut ties with the announcer, who it refused to identify. The announcer said at an event last week that Blacks who protest racial injustice should “Find a different country” or “get the hell out of dodge.” While the Iowa track will no longer welcome the announcer, the promoter at Fairmont Racaeway in Minnesota says he’s fine with him. The venue identifies the announcer as its own Lon Oelke. And the promoter says Oelke will work tonight’s races – and that he agrees with “with all of Lon’s comments and opinions.”
SPIRIT AWARDS TO MOVE AWAY FROM ACADEMY AWARDS
UNDATED (AP) – The Film Independent Spirit Awards are breaking away from Oscar. The organization says it will stop holding its annual event close to the date for the Academy Awards. Next year’s Spirit event is set for Mar. 6 – three weeks before the Oscars, which is set for Mar. 27. Organizers of the Spirit Awards say while they will no longer be able to attract stars in town for the Oscars, it feels it can serve as an influence on Oscar voting.