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December 30, 2021
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December 30, 2021
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WHY DEEP PURPLE DOESN’T PLAY ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
LONDON (AP) – Deep Purple doesn’t play concerts on New Year’s Eve, and the primary reason is because of their first trip to the United States in 1968. Drummer Ian Paice says they were stuck in New York the week after Christmas, and everyone was having fun but them. Paice says there’s another reason they don’t play New Year’s shows: to the best of his memory, nobody has asked. He says a promoter would have to pay an outrageous amount of money to get Deep Purple to do it.

 

PHISH OFFERS FREE LIVESTREAM AFTER POSTPONED NEW YEAR’S SHOWS
NEW YORK (AP) – Since Phish postponed their run of shows in New York this week, they’d like to invite you to dinner, with the hope you like lemons. Phish are pushing their traditional New Year’s run of shows at Madison Square Garden to April because of the surging omicron variant of the coronavirus. Instead, Phish will play three sets with no audience as part of its “Dinner and a Movie” series. The sets will be livestreamed for free on Phish’s YouTube Channel and at www.LivePhish.com starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Eve. Visitors to www.Phish.com can find the suggested meal for the night: Trey Anastasio’s recipes for lemonade, Whole Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken, Lemon Pasta and lemon bars.

 

RUSH PINBALL MACHINE IN THE WORKS
CHICAGO (AP) – Stern Pinball plans to introduce a pinball machine dedicated to Rush in the coming year. Stern says it will unveil the machine virtually next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A trailer for the machine did not reveal what it will look like, but it suggests Rush songs like “Tom Sawyer,” “Spirit of the Radio” and “Working Man” will be used in it.

 

PRESERVATION HALL FOUNDER SANDRA JAFFE DIES
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – One of the prominent figures in the New Orleans jazz scene has died. Sandra Jaffe, who co-founded Preservation Hall with her husband Allan, has died, according to her son. He did not give details. Jaffe was 83. The Jaffes were jazz fans when they stopped in New Orleans on a road trip in 1960. They helped organize impromptu concerts at a French Quarter gallery, whose owner eventually offered them the space. That became Preservation Hall. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was created in 1963 to bring music to audiences outside of New Orleans.

 

 

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER MARRIAGE OFFICIALLY OVER AFTER DIVORCE FILING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When it comes to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marriage to Maria Shriver, they won’t be back. The couple’s legal ties to each other are officially broken – more than a decade after Shriver filed to divorce the ex-California governor, action star and former-body builder. A judge in Los Angeles took the divorce final Tuesday, officially untying the knot that had existed for 25 years. Shriver, a TV journalist, filed for the split in 2011 after Schwarzenegger said he’d fathered a child with a member of their household staff years earlier. It’s unclear why the divorce took so long to be finalized. There were virtually no public actions taken in the case and financial details of the divorce settlement were kept under wraps.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER FOR KARDASHIANS SLAIN, BOYFRIEND CHARGED IN CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A business manager whose clients included the Kardashians has been killed – and police in Los Angeles have arrested her boyfriend, charging him with murder and torture. Police say they found 55-year-old Angela Kukawski dead in her car in Simi Valley, located west of L.A. She was reported missing the day before. Her 49-year-old boyfriend Jason Barker was arrested Tuesday. The coroner’s office says Kukawski died of sharp and blunt-force injures to her head and neck and strangulation. Prosecutors in L.A. also say Barker tortured her with a knife before she died.

 

BELGIUM REVERSES COVID-19 RESTRICTON ON ENTERTAINMENT VENUES
BRUSSELS (AP) – The culture industry in Belgium had insisted that the show should go on – and now the government agrees. The Brussels government has rolled back some of its COVID-19 rules for cultural activities. That means that movies, theaters and concert halls can reopen. During the height of protests against the closures, performers marched in public this past Sunday, demanding that the government reverse its ruling.

 

WESTMINISTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW POSTPONED
NEW YORK (AP) – Add the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show to the list of prominent events in New York City postponed or canceled in the wake of a new surge in COVID-19 cases. The kennel club says it is postponing its 2022 event, set for late next month, to later in the year. No new date has been given. Last year, the event was pushed back to June and instead of being held at Madison Square Garden, it was held outdoors in Tarrytown, a New York City suburb. Spectators were banned and two-legged participants had to be vaccinated or recently tested to get in.

 

LAS VEGAS PRESSES ON WITH NEW YEAR’S EVENTS, DESPITE OMICRON
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Go big, or stay home? Las Vegas officials are opting to go big this New Year’s Eve, despite concerns about the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19. After last year’s fireworks show on the Vegas Strip was canceled because of the pandemic, officials are going full blast with this year’s celebration. More than 300,000 visitors are expected in town, with thousands of them predicted at a multi-stage outdoor music event downtown. Meanwhile, Paris, London, Berlin and New York are among the cities that have scaled back – or called off – their New Year’s events.