GARTH BROOKS RECONSIDERS STADIUM TOUR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Garth Brooks will honor his next two concert dates and then take a long hard look at whether to continue his stadium tour. Brooks is scheduled to play Kansas City on Saturday and Lincoln, Nebraska, on Aug. 14, then go on a scheduled three-week break. Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Brooks says he will not put tickets on sale for the next date in Seattle in September. He also had plans to play stadiums this year in Cincinnati; Charlotte, North Carolina; Baltimore and Boston. Brooks says it breaks his heart to put tickets on sale “and then have to ask those sweet people and the venues to reschedule.”
SITE OF 2017 LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS WILL BE TURNED INTO MEMORIAL
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The company that owns the Las Vegas site where 58 people were killed in a mass shooting during a country music festival in October 2017 says it will donate part of the property for a permanent memorial. MGM Resorts International says two acres of the 15-acre site will be set aside for the memorial. The site has not been used since a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival before killing himself. The announcement about the memorial site comes at the same time as the memorial committee’s request for public input on how the memorial should look. The deadline for that is Aug. 15.
JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN HAS ONE MORE OLYMPIC CHANCE
KAMIYOGA, Japan (AP) – The daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa (skee-AL’-fah) has failed to qualify for an Olympic equestrian event in Tokyo. However, Jessica Springsteen still has a chance on Friday in a team event. Her horse, Don Juan van de Donkehove, got uneasy around the 11th obstacle and knocked down a rail in the individual jumping event last night. Jessica Springsteen will ride on Friday as one of four American riders in the team jumping event. While she has generated a lot of attention for the equestrian events, she is not trading in on her family’s fame. U.S. Equestrian has denied one-on-one interviews with her, and public relations staffers screened questions at a news conference Monday to block mentions of her family.
ABSOFACTO CHRONICLES THE SLOW RISE OF “DISSOLVE”
CHICAGO (AP) – Absofacto was questioning his place in music when he created the song “Dissolve” in 2015. He had made the song in his basement and released it himself to the Internet, and — nothing. For some reason, it took off on TikTok, which was relatively new at the time. Absofacto says that alone turned his career around so fast it felt like whiplash. He says it took more than five years for that song to take off. Now, he says, one of the greatest pleasures of his life is seeing people singing along to it, knowing that it touched their lives too.
COVID-19 VACCINE CARDS LOST AT LOLLAPALOOZA
CHICAGO (AP) – Lollapalooza in Chicago required printed proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter — and a lot of people left that behind. The Lollapalooza cleanup crew found 35 vaccination cards after this past weekend’s festival. As of yesterday, the lost-and-found had nearly 1,300 items, including 30 bags, 27 pairs of glasses and sunglasses, 759 IDs or credit cards, 74 keys, 189 phones, 145 wallets and purses, 30 watches and pieces of jewelry, a laptop with a purple journal and one pink boot. Claims can be made at Lollapalooza’s website.
TONY BENNETT MAKES ONE LAST GO AT MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) – Yesterday was Tony Bennett Day in New York. It was also Bennett’s 95th birthday. He celebrated with a performance with Lady Gaga last night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, with another one set for tomorrow. On Friday, MTV will premiere the video for Bennett and Lady Gaga’s version of “I Get A Kick Out Of You.” Bennett’s final album will be a collection of Cole Porter songs recorded with Lady Gaga. It’s called “Love For Sale” and it’s out Oct. 1. Bennett revealed earlier this year that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
CNN’S CHRIS CUOMO CALLED OUT FOR ADVISING BROTHER DURING CRISIS
NEW YORK (AP) – If you have a family member in trouble, you do what you can to help. But it isn’t that simple for CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. His brother is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s accused of sexual harassment by several women. When investigators released a report supporting the claims, it also said the younger Cuomo helped shape his brother’s responses to the allegations. The report says CNN’s Cuomo was one of several outsiders who had information about what was going on. It also says an email from Cuomo outlines a statement about how his brother should explain his dealings with women.
CNN REFERS TO PREVIOUS STATEMENTS ON CHRIS CUOMO
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN has been asked to comment on a report that anchor Chris Cuomo helped his brother navigate his sexual harassment scandal. The network is responding with what it already had said. It referred reporters to earlier responses, which note Cuomo doesn’t report on his brother and CNN feels it’s inappropriate for him to help the governor. It all made for an awkward handoff between Cuomo and fellow host and friend Don Lemon last night. After the two exchanged pleasantries, Lemon led with the probe confirming sexual harassment claims against the New York governor. The segment included reports that President Joe Biden and both U.S. senators from the state want Gov. Cuomo to resign.
OLYMPIC RATINGS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL
NEW YORK (AP) – The beat goes on when it comes to TV ratings for the Tokyo Olympics. But the beat isn’t making anyone at NBC want to dance. The latest numbers from Nielsen show the trend of falling viewership continues. So far, nearly all the nights the network has carried the games, the audience has been more than half what it was for the games in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. NBCUniversal chief Jeff Shell says the network has been victimized by “bad luck” – along with what he calls the “drumbeat of negativity” surrounding the games.
ACTOR, SINGER ALVIN ING DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for roles on Broadway and on tour in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song,” has died. His reps say he died over the weekend at a hospital in Burbank, California from COVID-19 complications. He was 89. Ing is believed to have done more productions of “Flower Drum Song” as Wang Ta than anyone else. He was also in the movie “The Gambler.”