DRUMMER CHARLIE WATTS EXPECTED TO MISS ROLLING STONES U.S. TOUR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will likely miss the band’s upcoming U.S. tour. A rep for the musician says he underwent a medical procedure – which wasn’t specified – and it was “completely successful.” But the statement also says Watts needs time to recuperate. The Stones are to resume their “No Filter” stadium tour Sept. 26 in St. Louis. Watts is 80. And if he can’t make it for the tour, he will be replaced by understudy Steve Jordan, who has played with Keith Richards for years.
GEORGE HARRISON PUSHED ERIC CLAPTON TO THE LIMIT
NEW YORK (AP) – George Harrison was so demanding about how he wanted his music to sound that even Eric Clapton struggled to play what Harrison wanted. Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, says he found that out while digging into the songs on his father’s album, “All Things Must Pass.” Dhani Harrison says it was “incredible” to hear that because Clapton is “a guy that doesn’t find playing guitar very hard.” The belated 50th anniversary edition of “All Things Must Pass” is out tomorrow. Among the outtakes that are included are George Harrison’s impression of Elvis Presley and Harrison playing “Get Back” while asking for orange juice.
DAYGLOW MEETS THE FANS
CHICAGO (AP) – Dayglow feels fortunate because he’s finally able to meet the fans he’s made. Dayglow had played a few concerts before the pandemic, but then he had to put that on hold. He’s only recently started playing concerts again. Dayglow says he can process only so many numbers of people who have seen something he’s done on the internet. He says now that he’s playing live in front of a crowd, he can see what that actually means. He’s got another reason to be happy: he got married two months ago. His wife is his stylist.
TIM McGRAW AND FAITH HILL STAR IN “YELLOWSTONE” PREQUEL
NEW YORK (AP) – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will star in a streaming series that’s a prequel to the show “Yellowstone.” The series is called “1883,” and it’s a Western about a group of people moving from Texas to Montana. McGraw and Hill will portray James and Margaret Dutton, who are part of the group. Sam Elliott will play a cowboy who is the group’s guide. The series will air on Paramount Plus at a date yet to be announced.
DANIELLE BRADBERY WILL RIDE IN NASHVILLE GRAND PRIX
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Danielle Bradbery will ride in a road race this weekend, with Mario Andretti at the wheel. Bradbery will be Andretti’s passenger for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday. Bradbery says she’s done some amazing things in her career, but never did she think she’d ever ride with Andretti. The race will be shown Sunday on NBCSN.
RECORDING ACADEMY MAKES CHANGES TO HIRING PROCESS FOR GRAMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Producers who stage the Grammy Awards will be required to hire more diverse candidates backstage for jobs both onstage and off. The Record Academy is adopting an inclusion rider that calls for Grammy producers to audition, interview and hire people who have been historically and systematically excluded from the entertainment industry. The Grammys are the first major awards show to adopt that kind of rider.
N.Y. GOVERNOR CUOMO TV STATEMENT TRASHED BY CRITICS
NEW YORK (AP) – During the early days of the pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a name for himself with his daily televised briefings on the crisis. But his use of a TV appearance to tamp down sexual harassment allegations against him hasn’t worked as well. On Tuesday, Cuomo released a clip trying to explain a state report that found the claims of harassment had substance. Many advocates for abuse and harassment survivors say the message fell short and that it is time for Cuomo to resign – or be impeached.
SUSPECT IN MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING BLAMES “VOICES”
BANNING, Calif. (AP) – A man charged with killing two people at a Southern California movie theater is blaming voices in his head for the carnage. The Riverside Press-Enterprise interviewed suspect Joseph Jimenez in jail. It quotes him as saying the “voices” told him his friends and family would be killed. However, he didn’t explain how shooting people would save his loved ones. Police say the shootings last month were random. The victims were in a nearly empty movie theater showing “The Forever Purge.”
BO DEREK, JOHN CORBETT WED OVER XMAS
UNDATED (AP) – After 20 years together as a couple, Bo Derek and John Corbett have tied the knot. Corbett spilled the beans during an appearance on “The Talk,” which airs on CBS. The actor, says the two got married last Christmas. He says they decided to do it so that when they looked back on 2020, they could point to something good having come out of it.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FIRES FLUTIST
BALTIMORE (AP) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has fired its principal flutist – not for something that came out of her instrument, but for stuff that came from her computer keyboard. For months, the BSO had tried to distance itself from flute-player Emily Skala’s social media posts, which dealt with issues like the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, face mask regulations, criticism of Black Lives Matter – and the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. For her part, Skala says her First Amendment rights were violated.