HOUSTON (AP) – Lawsuits are piling up less than a week after the deadly crowd crush at the Astroworld concert in Houston. And legal experts say the risk is mounting that juries could decide against rapper Travis Scott – and the companies behind the event that killed eight people and left hundreds injured. Scott’s history of inciting concertgoers could make it easier to pursue negligence claims related to the show. Although investigations have just begun, experts expect dozens more lawsuits to be filed. The damages could climb into hundreds of millions of dollars.
9-YEAR-OLD AMONG INJURED IN ASTROWORLD CRUSH
HOUSTON (AP) – One of the 13 people hospitalized from injuries suffered at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday is a 9-year-old boy from Dallas. Ezra Blount’s (BLUNTS) heart, lungs and brain were injured in the crowd surge, according to his grandfather, Bernon Blount. The grandfather says his son and Ezra were separated in the surge. Bernon Blount says his son passed out in the crush and Ezra was gone when he awoke. He says Ezra was found at a hospital and is now in a medically induced coma. The family is filing a lawsuit to benefit Ezra. Eight people died at the concert.
POST MALONE TAKES TRAVIS SCOTT’S SLOT FOR DAY N VEGAS FESTIVAL
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Post Malone has replaced Travis Scott on the Day N Vegas bill in Las Vegas this weekend. Malone will close out the show on Saturday. Day N Vegas organizers say Scott will no longer perform. Eight people died at Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday. Day N Vegas organizers say security and safety “has been and is always top priority in our festival planning.”
BROTHERS OSBORNE PREPARE PERFORMANCE OF “YOUNGER SELF” FOR CMAS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brothers Osborne don’t really care if they take home a trophy at tonight’s Country Music Association Awards. The song they will perform is reward enough for them. “Younger Self” is about their personal struggles — TJ Osbourne with coming out as gay, and John Osborne’s anxiety issues. TJ Osborne says the song is an important message he wishes he could have told his younger self, but playing it at the CMAs transcends money and fame. Brothers Osborne are up for three awards, including album of the year for “Skeletons.” The CMAs will be shown live tonight on ABC.
BRAD PAISLEY GETS A BALLROOM NAMED FOR HIM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Belmont University will name a ballroom after Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly. Belmont officials say the ballroom is at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and can be used for performances or rehearsals. The Paisleys also have created a scholarship for a student at the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Paisley is a Belmont alumnus.
NEIL YOUNG’S CONNECTION TO DEAN STOCKWELL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Neil Young owes part of the success of his 1970 album “After the Gold Rush” to his longtime friend, actor Dean Stockwell, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Young had read a script called “After the Gold Rush” that Stockwell co-wrote with Herb Berman. Young writes on his Neil Young Archives website that he wrote some songs loosely associated with their story. Stockwell later designed the cover for Young’s 1977 album “American Stars ‘N Bars” and appeared with Young in the 1982 film “Human Highway.”
ARTISTS BAN TOGETHER FOR ENVIRONMENT BENEFIT
NEW YORK (AP) – More than 200 musical acts, including The Lumineers, Cat Stevens, Black Pumas and Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-is), will play an online fundraiser for the environment next month. The organization Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund will sponsor the “Peace Through Music” event to raise money for nonprofits like the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International. Other performers include Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Rhiannon Giddens, Rosanne Cash, Keb’ Mo’, Mickey Hart and Slash. It will air on the Playing For Change YouTube Channel on Dec. 15.
TRAVIS SCOTT PERFORMANCE STYLE MAY AFFECT OUTCOME OF LAWSUITS: LEGAL EXPERTS
UNDATED (AP) – Could Travis Scott’s habit of hyping fans into a frenzy come back to bite him in court? Legal experts say it might, after last week’s Astroworld concert in Houston. Lawyers tell The Associated Press Scott’s practice of encouraging fans to press toward the stage and ignore security may prompt juries to find him liable for deaths and injuries at last week’s show. What’s more Scott has already pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for urging fans to act out at his concerts. So far, at least a dozen suits have been filed. And before it’s over, legal observers say Scott and those who arrange his shows could have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
EMERGENCY PLANS FOR HOUSTON CONCERT DIDN’T COVER CROWD SURGES
HOUSTON (AP) – Was it a failure to plan – or a failure of imagination? It’s a question being asked about the plans organizers of the Astroworld Music Festival had for possible problems. The plan drawn up by organizers addressed several potential issues – but not a crowd surge. It was such a surge that led to the death of eight people and injuries to hundreds others last Friday in Houston. More than 20 lawsuits have already been filed, accusing festival officials of failing to control the crowd. Officials in Houston are also investigating to see how the surge happened.
PAUL RUDD NAMED SEXIEST MAN ALIVE BY PEOPLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just call him sexy – after all, People magazine has. Paul Rudd has been named 2021’s Sexiest Man Alive. The actor, who has starred in “Ant-Man,” “Clueless” and This is 40,” was revealed last night on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Rudd tells the magazine for its issue this week that some will be surprised by him receiving the honor – but he won’t turn it down. Previous winners include George Clooney, Idris Elba, Brad Pitt, Michael B. Jordan and Adam Levine.
“SQUID GAME” PRODUCERS SAY THEY WILL DO A SECOND SEASON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Will there be more “Squid” on the Nexflix menu next season? Depends who you ask. The creator of Netflix’s “Squid Game” says the hit series will be back for a second season. That’s considered a big deal not only because it’s believed it’s the highest-watched series ever for the streaming service – but also because South Korean TV shows rarely do a second season. While producers say they’re gearing up for a second run, it’s worth noting Netflix hasn’t said it had signed off on a second season for “Squid Game.”
BRIAN WILLIAMS TO LEAVE NBC
NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Williams and NBC are parting ways. The news anchor says he will be leaving the network that he has called home after 28 years. Williams, in a note to colleagues, says his leave-taking comes “following much reflection” – and takes effect when his contract ends in December. Williams had risen to the pinnacle of network news success when he was named NBC’s top anchor in 2004. But he left in disgrace in 2015 after falsely claiming his helicopter had been hit by enemy fire while covering the Iraq War. He rehabbed his career after moving to MSNBC, were he had a successful nightly news broadcast.