HALL AND OATES RETURN TO TOURING
NEW YORK (AP) – Hall and Oates played one concert on their 2020 tour before COVID-19 forced the country to lock down, so they’re not changing anything with their current tour. John Oates says they had a “cool show” planned in 2020, so they “just put it in mothballs.” He says they’re bringing that show back because hardly anyone has seen it. Oates says with the delta variant of the coronavirus surging, Hall and Oates plan to take the tour day by day. Their new tour kicked off last night in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
YOLA, A MOTORCYCLE, A FUNERAL AND A SONG IDEA
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Words of advice from Yola: never drive a motorcycle to a funeral. She did to her mother’s funeral and was crying so much that she nearly crashed. Right in the middle of that, a bassline came into her head. Yola says it was “actually quite fortuitous” because it distracted her. She calls it “an incongruously joyful bassline,” given that she was crying. Yola turned it into the song “Break The Bough,” on her new album, “Stand for Myself,” which is out now.
LOLLAPALOOZA BOOSTS LEGAL CANNABIS SALES
CHICAGO (AP) – The economic impact of Lollapalooza has already been felt in Chicago — specifically, at the cannabis dispensaries. The Chicago Tribune reports business at Chicago-area dispensaries during Lollapalooza last weekend was up by as much as 50%. Statewide sales in July were a record $128 million, with about a third of that to out-of-state residents. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois in January 2020. Last week’s Lollapalooza was the first one since legalization, since last year’s festival was canceled because of the pandemic.
NICOLE SCHERZINGER ADDED TO “ANNIE LIVE!”
NEW YORK (AP) – Nicole Scherzinger has joined the cast of the live version of “Annie” that will run in December. Scherzinger will play Grace Farrell, the chief of staff to Daddy Warbucks, played by Harry Connick Jr. “Annie Live!” will air on NBC on Dec. 2.
ACM HONORS ADD MORE ENTERTAINERS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson and Carly Pearce have been added to the lineup of performers at the Academy of Country Music Honors. They join previously announced performers Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, RaeLynn and Lee Ann Womack. Among those who will be honored are Keith, Lady A, Dan and Shay, Loretta Lynn and Luke Combs. Circle Network will stream the event live on its social media channels. Circle Network will air highlights during a special at a date to be named.
CNN FIRES THREE WORKERS FOR BREAKING VACCINE RULE
NEW YORK (AP) – No jabs? No jobs!. That’s how it’s gone for three people who used to work at CNN. The cable outlet has fired the workers for violating company policy on coronavirus shots. The company says the three came to work without being vaccinated against COVID-19. CNN chief Jeff Zucker mentioned the firings in a memo to staffers at the international news outlet. The memo says CNN requires anyone who reports to a company office or goes out in the field be jabbed. For now, anyway, proof of vaccination at CNN is on the honor system – but that may change soon.
GOLDEN GLOBES SEEK TO OVERHAUL GROUP AMID COMPLAINS
NEW YORK (AP) – The people who put on the Golden Globes are making a world of changes to try to restore their tattered reputation. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced changes to its bylaws and its membership process. It’s an effort to tamp down criticism of the group – criticism that could threaten its stature in the movie industry. Earlier this year, the HFPA was blasted for not having any Blacks in its voting group. And Hollywood insiders have griped that HFPA members have engaged in shady stuff, like demanding favors from studios and asking inappropriate questions during interviews.
ARREST MADE IN HIT-AND-RUN OF “GONE GIRL” ACTOR
NEW YORK (AP) – An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of “Gone Girl” actor Lisa Banes. Police say 26-year-old Brian Boyd was arrested yesterday and is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He is also charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian. Banes was hit by a scooter or motorcycle in early June while crossing a Manhattan street on her way to the Julliard School, her alma mater. She died several weeks later. Banes was 65.
GOTHAM AWARDS SWITCHING TO NON-GENDERED HONORS
NEW YORK (AP) – Add another to the list of awards shows switching to reflect the times. The Gotham Awards says it will no longer give awards to actors and actresses – and change the categories to “outstanding lead performance” and “outstanding supporting performance;” While the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys have stuck with the traditional male and female categories, other awards shows have changed to gender-neutral awards. Among them are the Grammys and the Berlin Film Festival.