ROLLING STONES PERFORM FIRST CONCERT SINCE CHARLIE WATTS’ DEATH
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Rolling Stones have hit the concert stage for the first time since drummer Charlie Watts died. The band launched its “No Filter” tour last night in St. Louis, their first concert since Watts died last month at age 80. The performance began with a bare stage and only a drumbeat, as images of Watts flashed on the video board. After two songs, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood went to the front of the stage and thanked fans for their love and support for their fallen bandmate. The Stones then dedicated the song “Tumbling Dice” to Watts.
TINA TURNER, ALANIS MORISSETTE HONORED AT TONY AWARDS
NEW YORK (AP) – Tina Turner got a shoutout at the Tony Awards last night. Adrienne Warren was the favorite to win for portraying her in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.” And when Warren won, she thanked Turner while dedicating the win to three family members who died while she played the role. Another front-runner didn’t fare as well. “Jagged Little Pill,” had 15 nods going into last night’s ceremony in New York. It only won two; one going to Lauren Patten for featured actress.
X AMBASSADORS EXPLAIN THE STORY BEHIND “THE BEAUTIFUL LIAR”
NEW YORK (AP) – The new X Ambassadors album “The Beautiful Liar” is a concept album about a blind teenage girl who discovers superpowers. Given that X Ambassadors keyboardist Casey Harris has been blind since birth, why did the band make their character a girl? Because they believe girls are underrepresented in the superhero world. Singer Sam Harris says he’s been obsessed with the idea of a blind girl whose shadow comes to life and guides her through the world. Sam says he acted as a guide to his brother Casey all their lives, and he sometimes wonders, “Am I that overbearing protective entity?” Casey jokes, “I don’t think so. We’ll get back to you on that.” “The Beautiful Liar” is out now.
DUA LIPA WALKS THE VERSACE SHOW
MILAN (AP) – Dua Lipa calls walking the runway at the Versace (ver-SAH’-chee) fashion show in Milan “a surreal moment” she’ll never forget. Lipa opened the show by walking out to her own song, “Physical,” while wearing a skin-baring black suit held together with colored safety pins. Lipa also closed the show, wearing a fuchsia skirt and corset. Madonna’s daughter Lourdes (LOR’-dis) also was a model in the show.
ELTON JOHN, THE FUGEES PLAY GLOBAL CITIZEN LIVE
PARIS (AP) – Elton John says it was an honor to perform at the Global Citizen Live concert in Paris. It’s his last concert before he has hip surgery. The advocacy group Global Citizen staged the shows Saturday as part of a campaign to end world hunger and protect the planet. Concerts were held in New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Lagos, Nigeria. A clip from The Fugees’ first reunion show was part of the New York concert, which featured Coldplay, Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) and Jennifer Lopez. Stevie Wonder and Demi Lovato were on the Los Angeles lineup. BTS performed in Seoul.
GRIMES AND ELON MUSK “SEMI-SEPARATED”
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Grimes and Tesla founder Elon Musk are ending their romantic relationship after three years, or to use Musk’s terms, they’re “semi-separated.” Musk tells the New York Post that Grimes still lives at his house in California, and they are raising their 1-year-old son together. Musk says his work with SpaceX takes him to Texas or overseas a lot, while Grimes’ work is mostly in Los Angeles. They never married. Musk has fathered six other children from his marriage to first wife Justine.
DRAKE’S “CERTIFIED LOVER BOY” KEEPS NUMBER ONE SPOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake is number one for a third straight week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It moved another 171,000 units this past week. “Montero” by Lil Nas X debuts in second place. The K-Pop group NCT 127 takes third with “Sticker: The Third Album.” “Donda” by Kanye West is number four, followed by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” in fifth.
R. KELLY JURY RESUMES DELIBERATIONS TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – The federal jury in R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial returns to work today. The panel got the case Friday and it’s unclear how far they’ve gotten in deliberations. Before breaking for the weekend, they asked for testimony and evidence about one woman who accused Kelly of assault. This one said she asked to interview Kelly in Salt Lake City and was flown by him to Chicago. There, she says she was locked in a studio for days without food before being drugged and raped by Kelly. She also says she never got the interview.
CORONER: MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSE
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York City medical examiner has confirmed what had been suspected from the start about actor Michael K. Williams’ death: it was drugs. Officials say the actor had several drugs in his system when he died Sept. 6 in Brooklyn, including fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Williams was 54. He’s best remembered for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” – and was an Emmy nominee this year.
NEW YORK (AP) – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” was a big winner at last night’s Tony Awards. The adaptation of the 2001 movie won for best new musical. Producer Carmen Pavlovic said she shares the award with all the Broadway shows that struggled to survive during the pandemic. In all, “Moulin Rouge” won 10 Tonys last night, two shy of the mark of 12 set by “The Producers.”
TONY AWARDS – LIST
NEW YORK (AP) – Select winners at the Tony Awards, presented Sunday night in New York City:
Best Book of a Musical: “Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “A Christmas Carol,” Christopher Nightingale
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Burnap, “The Inheritance”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Mary-Louise Parker, “The Sound Inside”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Aaron Tveit, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Adrienne Warren, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: David Alan Grier, “A Soldier’s Play”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Lois Smith, “The Inheritance”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Danny Burstein, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lauren Patten, “Jagged Little Pill”
Best Direction of a Play: Stephen Daldry, “The Inheritance”
Best Direction of a Musical: Alex Timbers, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS” WINS BOX OFFICE AGAIN
UNDATED (AP) – For the fourth straight week, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is the nation’s top movie. It picked up another $13.3 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That brings its domestic total to $196.5 million. And that pushes it past “Black Widow” as highest-grossing movie during the pandemic. Finishing second is “Dear Evan Hansen,” the movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit. It pulled in $7.5 million in its first weekend in theaters.
JESSICA CHASTAIN WINS AWARD AT SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) – Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of disgraced televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker has earned her an award in Spain. She’s been named co-winner of the top acting award at the San Sebastian film festival. Chastain is sharing the honor for best lead performance with a 16-year-old actor who starred in a Danish movie.
“JEOPARDY!” CHAMP REACHES $1 MILLION MILESTONE
NEW YORK (AP) – Amid all the talk and controversy over who gets to host “Jeopardy!,” there’s been little said about someone who should be getting attention for winning on the long-running game show. Matt Amodio has won more than $1 million in non-tournament play. That makes him only the third person in the show’s history to reach the seven-figure mark. He joins Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer in the $1 million club, though both have more than doubled Amodio’s total earnings
V.P. HARRIS’ LIVE INTERVIEW ON “THE VIEW” DELAYED BY COVID-19 RESULTS FOR 2 HOSTS
NEW YORK (AP) – Kamala Harris’ first visit back to “The View” since becoming vice president would have made news no matter what. But what has gotten the most attention was something that went down before the interview began. The chat was delayed when two hosts, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were told to leave the set just as the live show began – after testing positive for COVID-19. They did, and the show went on with one big change. Instead of being on set with the hosts, Harris was interviewed from another room at the ABC studio in New York. The White House says Harris had no contact with either host who tested positive.