BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TO LAUNCH U.S., EUROPEAN TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) – The Boss is hitting the road again – and he’s bringing his E Street Band with him. The legendary rock star says the band will launch an arena tour in February in the United States – and it will be followed by a series of stadium shows starting in Europe in April. A second U.S. leg of the tour is to begin in August. The specific stops in the U.S. haven’t been announced. But in a statement, Springsteen says, “after six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year.” Springsteen and his band haven’t toured since 2017.
GUNNA AND YOUNG THUG REMAIN IN JAIL
ATLANTA (AP) – Gunna has been denied bail after pleading not guilty in Atlanta in a racketeering case that involves 27 other people, including Young Thug. Fulton County prosecutors say Gunna should stay in jail because some state witnesses have been threatened. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Young Thug’s bond hearing has been postponed until next month. Prosecutors say Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, should be disqualified from being his lawyer because he represents others in the same case. Gunna and Young Thug have denied allegations that they were part of a street gang that committed violent crimes and promoted itself in songs and on social media for roughly a decade.
1985 PRINCE CONCERT WILL BE RE-RELEASED
NEW YORK (AP) – Drummer Bobby Z of Prince’s band The Revolution says the next generation needs to see their concert film because they were “cooking like a freight train.” The concert was filmed March 30, 1985, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. It was an early a pay-per-view event and later released as a poor-quality video. Now it’s been restored and will come out June 3 as “Prince and the Revolution: Live” in audio and visual formats. Guitarist Wendy Melvoin says she remembers that concert as “a pearl amongst a really great necklace.” She says the difference was that it was being televised, and they felt the pressure to up their game.
VINNIE PAUL’S LAST DRUM KIT WILL BE AUCTIONED
HOUSTON (AP) – The last drum kit Vinnie Paul of Pantera ever played is for sale. Backstage Auctions is selling the drums Paul last played on June 17, 2018, as part of the HellYeah tour. Paul died five days later. However, shipping the drums is likely to be so expensive that the auction house asks interested buyers to contact them first. The starting bid is $25,000. Other items for sale include 44 matchboxes that say “Damageplan,” a neon “HellYeah” sign that hung in Paul’s billiard room, and Paul’s four bootleg Kiss t-shirts purchased outside the Kiss-Pantera show in Mexico City in 1996.
DEFTONES’ STEPHEN CARPENTER “NOT READY TO LEAVE HOME”
UNDATED (AP) – Deftones guitarist Stephen (STEF’-an) Carpenter will sit out the band’s overseas tour. Carpenter says in a video on social media, “With everything going on in the world, I’m just not ready to leave home and leave the country yet.” He gives his blessing to Lance Jackman as his replacement on the tour. Deftones will start their tour of Europe with a stop in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 2.
THE LEE GREENWOOD FIREWORK IS INTRODUCED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lee Greenwood has his own signature firework. Greenwood and firework manufacturer Black Cat have teamed to create the “Proud to Be An American” Lee Greenwood 42-report firework. Greenwood calls it a “beautiful assembly of red, white, and blue to honor our great country.” It’s available in limited in release for Memorial Day and in wider release for Independence Day.
BATISTE, SULLIVAN, LAMBERT MAKE TIME’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST
NEW YORK (AP) – Jon Batiste promises he will always give it his all to “leave a profound and meaningful legacy” after being named to Time magazine’s list of “Most Influential People of 2022.” Other musicians on the list are Jazmine Sullivan, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Adele and Questlove.
KANE BROWN WILL BE GRAND MARSHAL FOR NASCAR RACE
NASHVILLE (AP) – Kane Brown will be the grand marshal for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race in Nashville on June 26. Brown will give the drivers the command to start their engines. Brothers Osborne will perform before the race.
MORGAN, GIDDENS WILL PLAY MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
WASHINGTON (AP) – Craig Morgan, Rhiannon Giddens and former “American Idol” contestant Pia Toscano will perform at the national Memorial Day concert in Washington this weekend. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host. Others who will appear include Jean Smart, Mary McCormack, Lea Solanga and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The concert will air live Sunday from the U.S. Capitol on PBS and YouTube.
JOHNNY DEPP’S ACCOUNT OF HAND INJURY QUESTIONED IN COURT
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – A hand surgeon has testified that Johnny Depp’s account of how he lost the tip of his finger doesn’t square with the facts of the case. Surgeon Richard Moore attacked Depp’s claim that his ex-wife Amber Heard damaged the digit when she flung a liquor bottle at him. Moore has said Depp claims his finger was on a bar palm down when the bottle hit. But the surgeon says if that were so, Depp would have suffered injuries elsewhere on his hand. Depp himself has given different versions of the story – telling friends immediately afterward that he cut his own hand by accident. He has since said he was doing that to protect Heard’s reputation.
ANGELA LANSBURY GETS SPECIAL TONY
NEW YORK (AP) – A special honor is in the offing for a veteran Broadway star. The Tony Awards says it will give Angela Lansbury a special lifetime achievement Tony. In making the announcement. Broadway officials say the actor’s contributions to the stage “are insurmountable.” Lansbury made her debut on Broadway in 1957 in “Hotel Paradiso.” She has since won Tonys for “Mame” “Gypsy” “Sweeney Todd” and “A Little Night Music” She will receive the honor at this year’s Tonys, June 12.
MAN WITH SMALL ROLE IN “JAWS” GETS TO RUN POLICE DEPT ON ISLE WHERE MOVIE MADE
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) – Who says there’s no life after being a child actor? A kid who had a bit part in “Jaws” has flipped that idea on its head. Jonathan Searle played one of the two boys who cause beachgoers to go crazy as they swam about with fake shark fins sticking out of the water. Now, he’s been offered the job of police chief in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard last week. Searle says he’s “elated,” “humbled,” and “honored” to have been offered the gig.