CELINE DION CALLS OFF CONCERTS
UNDATED (AP) – Celine Dion has called off her North American tour because of severe and persistent muscle spasms. Dion says in a statement she was hoping to be good to go by now, but she has to be more patient and follow the regimen her doctors are prescribing. Dion’s muscle spasms forced her to call off her shows in Las Vegas from November through February. She had hoped to start her world tour on March 9 in Denver.
JUDAS PRIEST CHANGES PLANS ON TOURING LINEUP
LONDON (AP) – Judas Priest listened after metal fans made noise about the band’s plan to tour as a four-piece. Judas Priest had said earlier this month they would tour with four members, with Glenn Tipton appearing as his health allows. That meant touring guitarist Andy Sneap was let go, and fans did not like that. Judas Priest tweets that “given all that has recently evolved and transpired,” they will perform as a five-piece with Sneap, plus Tipton when he’s able. The Judas Priest tour is scheduled to begin March 4 in Peoria, Illinois.
SONGWRITER DALLAS FRAZIER DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The man who wrote the song “Elvira” has died. The New York Times reports Dallas Frazier died in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Friday after suffering two strokes since August, according to his daughter. Frazier was 82. Frazier also wrote the song “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor,” which earned The Oak Ridge Boys a Grammy. Frazier wrote “Beneath Still Waters,” which was a hit for Emmylou Harris, and “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” for Charley Pride. Frazier was known for writing yet another hit song: “Alley Oop” for the Hollywood Argyles, who took it to number one in 1960.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS CALLS FOR ECONOMIC EQUITY
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Pharrell Williams believes that the businesses that invest in people of color are “the smart ones.” The Virginian-Pilot reports Williams told the Urban League during a Martin Luther King Jr. program that businesses that support entrepreneurs of color are “the ones that will be here in 50 years.” Williams says corporate America needs to do more to adopt economic equity measures.
MACHINE GUN KELLY STRUTS RUNWAY IN MILAN
MILAN (AP) – Machine Gun Kelly was the featured model at the Dolce and Gabbana runway show over the weekend in Milan. Kelly entered in a white suit with metal spikes poking out of it. He changed into two more outfits, ending the show by taking off his jacket and giving it to his fiancee, actor Megan Fox, who was in the front row.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ MLK COMMENTS TOUCH ON ECONOMICS
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – It isn’t uncommon for celebrities to make speeches or issue statements about civil rights on the Martin Luther King holiday. In remarks made yesterday, musician Pharrell Williams spoke about how economics will determine how the U.S. moves forward. The Virginian-Pilot reports Williams said big business needs to “do more” to level the economic playing field by supporting entrepreneurs of color and adopting economic equity measures. He spoke at the annual awards program done by the Urban League of Hampton Road. Williams hails from nearby Virginia Beach.
ALYSSA MILANO ON BEING A LONG-HAUL COVID VICTIM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It was two years ago that Alyssa Milano first tested positive for COVID-19. But she says she has yet to fully shake her coronavirus symptoms. She says she has “long COVID,” though her symptoms are better than they were when she was first infected. She says getting a second dose of the COVID vaccine helped ease some of her symptoms. But Milano says she still gets heart palpitations, shortness of breath – and tingling in her hands or feet. She says what’s hard about it is that the symptoms will subside for a while, then “all of a sudden” return. Milano’s latest project is “Brazen” – a new film on Netflix.
COLOMBIAN AUTHOR HAD AFFAIR, DAUGHTER WITH MEXICAN WRITER
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – For decades, renowned Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez kept the world in the dark about an intimate part of his life. The secret: he had a daughter with a Mexican writer, with whom he had an affair in the early 1990s. The closely-guarded secret was revealed by a Colombian newspaper over the weekend – and confirmed to the AP by two relatives of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Garcia Marquez, who died in in 2014, is known for the novels “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”