ELTON JOHN POSTPONES CONCERTS FOR HIP SURGERY
LONDON (AP) – Elton John will have hip surgery for an injury he sustained in late summer when he fell on a hard surface. John, who is 74, says he tried other treatments, but the pain got worse and he’s having trouble moving. He will have surgery as soon as possible, but he does not specify when. It means John will postpone his European concert dates, with a return to performing in January in New Orleans. There is one exception: John will still play in Paris on Sept. 25 as part of the Global Citizen Live concerts that day. John says he’ll do that date because he does not want to let down a charity.
JOE PERRY IS SELLING MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE
DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) – Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is selling the house where the band recorded much of the albums “Just Push Play” and “Honkin’ On Bobo.” The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, reports Perry has put his house outside Boston on the market for $4.5 million. The house sits on a seven-acre property and includes a recording studio, a gym, a billiards room, a rooftop garden, a three-stall barn and a heated pool in the shape of a guitar. Perry moved there in 1988.
RISE AGAINST: ASK SOMEONE ELSE FOR ADVICE
CHICAGO (AP) – Rise Against’s advice for up-and-coming bands is to ask someone else who’s better informed. Singer Tim McIlrath (MAK’-il-rath) says Rise Against came up in the time before MySpace, so he has no idea how bands break through these days. He jokes if you want his blueprints, “they’re pretty dated.” Still, McIlrath remembers the days when bands would hand him their CDs, rather than links to their music. He says his band would listen to them on the bus and hope to find a gem. McIlrath says he has friends to this day that he met because they gave him their CDs.
PARTON, EILISH AMONG TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Dolly Parton, Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish), Kane Brown and Bad Bunny are among the most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. Lil Nas X, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, Angelique Kidjo and Britney Spears make the list as well. Other entertainers include Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Jason Sudeikis (seh-DAY’-kihs) and Daniel Kaluuya (kah-LOO’-yah) .
STAPLETON, BARRETT AMONG CMT’S ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – CMT has chosen five acts to honor as its artists of the year: Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs. The five were recognized not just for having hit music, but for connecting with fans and meeting the challenges of the pandemic. Their influence in country music will be celebrated in a 90-minute special that will air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 13.
YOUTUBE WILL RUN ALICIA KEYS DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) – What kind of secrets could Alicia Keys have? She’s promising to reveal them in a four-part documentary about herself. “Noted: Alicia Keys” will premiere on Keys’ YouTube channel on Sept. 30.
DARIUS RUCKER WILL SING BEFORE DOLPHINS-BILLS GAME
MIAMI (AP) – Darius Rucker is on anthem duty this weekend. He will sing the national anthem Sunday when the Miami Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills.
JEOPARDY!” NAMES BIALIK, JENNINGS AS HOSTS THROUGH END OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – The “Jeopardy!” hosting gig is now a job-share – at least for now. Sony Pictures Television says Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split the hosting duties. Bialik will be interim host; her episodes will air through Nov. 5. After that, Sony says she and Jennings will tag-team the gig until the end of the year. The announcement comes as former “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards can be seen on TV wrapping up his one and only week as “permanent” replacement for Alex Trebek. After doing that first week, Richards stepped down over podcast comments he made about women and minorities. Eventually he was fired as executive producer for both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
LONGTIME HOLLYWOOD ACTOR JANE POWELL DIES AT 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) – One of the stars of Hollywood’s golden age of musicals has died. Jane Powell was known for her operatic singing voice. A longtime friend says Powell died at her home in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 92. Powell was paired on screen with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding.”
PIERS MORGAN GETS NEW JOB
LONDON (AP) – Last time most of us saw British TV host Piers Morgan, he was stomping off the set of a British TV program after being accused of bias against Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Now he’s coming back. News Corp. and Fox News Media say Morgan will host a TV show that will air in the U.S., Britain and Australia. In the U.S., it will be on Fox Nation. Morgan drew fire after saying he didn’t believe Markle’s claim that racism and ill-treatment from the royals caused her mental distress.
FOX NEWS AND COMPANY’S VACCINE MANDATES
NEW YORK (AP) – Do as I say, not as my company says I should do? Fox News is coming under fire for having many of its talking heads denounce government vaccine mandates – even as they work for a company that has similar a vaccination program. Fox requires workers to be either vaccinated – or test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week. Among those attacking Fox is former worker Eric Bolling. He says it’s “the textbook definition of hypocrisy” to criticize the Biden administration’s call for people to be vaccinated – while working for a company that has a similar policy.