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Monday, September 26, 2016

Glenn Frey Bronze Statue Is Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

Glenn Frey Bronze Statue Is Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

  

Glenn Frey performs with Eagles at the Oakland Coliseum in 1977
 in Oakland, California.

The Eagles singer/songwriter co-wrote "Take It Easy" with Jackson Browne.

A life-size bronze statue of late singer-songwriter Glenn Frey of the Eagles has been installed in the "Standing on the Corner" Park in Winslow, Arizona. It joins the statue that many feel looks like Jackson Browne that has stood in the city's downtown area since the late 1990s.
 
Browne and Frey co-wrote the Eagles' song "Take It Easy" in 1972 that included the lyric "standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona."Two morning radio personalities from Phoenix classic rock station KSLX -- Mark Devine and Paul "NeanderPaul" Marshall -- helped fund the $22,000 Frey statue, along with the Standing on the Corner Foundation and the City of Winslow.Last weekend's installation ceremony kicked off Winslow's annual "Standing on the Corner" music festival.

Devine said in a statement that after Frey died in January at age 67, "We thought a statue would be a great way to pay tribute to his everlasting impact on Arizona's history."
 
Marshall said "the song has two writers, so we thought adding another statue that will last forever would be perfect."

The statue depicts a long-haired, mustachioed Frey -- the way he looked in the early 1970s.

The other statue that resembles Browne is of a man with boots, jeans and a guitar. In front of it is a Route 66 shield painted on the road and behind him is a mural with a woman looking in his direction -- a visual reference to the lines in the song: "Well, I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see/ It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me."

The origins of the song date back to the early 1970s, when Frey was living below Browne in a $60-a-month Los Angeles apartment.

Frey said in a 2003 interview that Browne came up with the Winslow line after getting stranded there once but was stumped on how to finish the verse. Frey suggested the flatbed Ford line, and it clicked.

Shops around the Winslow park display Eagles tour posters and sell T-shirts, magnets and mugs depicting the hit song and its lyrics.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera & More Top Prince Tribute Show Lineup

Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera & More Top Prince Tribute Show Lineup

  

Prince performs during the Purple Rain tour.

 Stevie Wonder and members of Prince's inner circle will highlight a family-sanctioned Prince tribute concert in St. Paul on Oct. 13.

Prince's family originally planned to hold the show at the new NFL stadium in his hometown of Minneapolis. However, organizers announced Thursday that it will be at the smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CDT Monday via Ticketmaster.
 
The lineup also includes Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Luke James, Bilal and Mint Condition.
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Prince's inner circle will be represented by Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield. The New Power Generation led by Morris Hayes, along with members of 3RDEYEGIRL, also will perform.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Look Eagles Soar, Much To Delight Of Fans

New Look Eagles Soar, Much To Delight Of Fans

 PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of 
the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before a game against the 
Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles won their first game of the season with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz at the helm.

Fans in Center City had nothing but good things to say about the young field general.

For a town that’s known for being brutal on its teams and athletes, Eagle’s fans seemed anything but when talking about Wentz…

“I thought Wentz looked really good, he looked really composed. He was throwing the ball accurate with good touch.”

“He did an awesome job. He came through. Good start to the season.”

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Zendaya Blasts Store for Refusing Service Due to Her 'Skin Tone,' Grocery Chain Responds

Zendaya Blasts Store for Refusing Service Due to Her 'Skin Tone,' Grocery Chain Responds

  

Zendaya arrives at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile 
Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
 
After Zendaya alleged that a Vons grocery store clerk refused to sell her $400 worth of gift cards because of her "skin tone," the chain is apologizing for what it's calling a "misunderstanding."

On Tuesday, the 20-year-old singer and actress posted a Snapchat video with her friend saying that she had tried to buy $400 in gift cards but the clerk refused the transaction, saying she Zendaya couldn't afford the purchase and tossing her wallet back at her. Zendaya was ultimately able to purchase some gift cards, but not without incident.

"The lady that was helping us... I don't think she was a huge fan of our skin tone," Zendaya said in the Snapchat video.

"This is what we deal with..." Zendaya continued.

Her male friend added, "Because we're black."

"'You can't afford this,' is how she looked at me," Zendaya stated in the video. "It was $400! Long story short, there's so much progress to be done in our world."
 
On Wednesday (Sept. 8), a rep from Vons addressed the incident in a statement to People, saying the chain apologizes "for any inconvenience or misunderstanding."

"At Vons, we strive to treat each and every customer with the utmost respect," the statement reads. "There is a policy that limits gift card purchases using a credit card. Zendaya was able to purchase gift cards up to our limit, and we apologize for any inconvenience or misunderstanding.

"We respect Zendaya's voice in the community and similarly are committed to diversity and inclusion. Moreover, we understand that race is a sensitive issue in America and view this experience as a reminder that every interaction is an opportunity to treat each customer as we ourselves would like to be treated."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Juan Gabriel Mourned in Mexico City

Juan Gabriel Mourned in Mexico City

  

People sing next to an altar of Mexican songwriter and singer Juan 
Gabriel is seen next to the Bellas Artes Palace in Mexico City, on 
Sept. 4, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Mexico’s emotional goodbye to Juan Gabriel resumed Tuesday (Sept. 6) at the iconic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, with plans to remove his ashes this evening around 7 p.m. Mexico time.
Mexico’s secretary of culture, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, estimated nearly 1 million people will pay their respects to the singer before his family takes the urn containing his ashes back to Ciudad Juarez; half a million had visited by Tuesday morning. In Ciudad Juarez, they’ll be kept over the chimney of Juan Gabriel’s home, just as he wished.
 
Juan Gabriel’s ashes arrived in Mexico City on Monday after a religious ceremony in Ciudad Juarez on Saturday. But throngs of people had lined up in front of Bellas Artes since Thursday, despite inclement weather. The sacrifice was worth it to spend just the few seconds allowed each one to see the urn placed in front of Bellas Artes’ main entrance.

Clara Labrada, 88 years old, arrived in a wheelchair from the suburbs. She didn’t mind the delay. “It doesn’t matter how long we had to wait. I wanted to say goodbye to him. I love, I admire him and I’ll be with him until the end,” she said, echoing comments from thousands of fans who came from different parts of the country.

It was an orderly, respectful goodbye. According to Mexico City’s head of government, more than 2,000 local police offers were deployed to guarantee safety.
 
On a rainy Monday afternoon, the funeral procession went from the International Airport to Mexico City’s historic center. People lined the streets, waving white handkerchiefs and flowers as they bid goodbye to the friend, the idol, the songwriter.

The musical homage began with tenor Rodrigo de la Mora, accompanied by Juan Gabriel’s own Mariachi Es Mi Tierra.

Others who performed were Aida Cuevas, Mexico’s most important female mariachi singer in recent years, Lucía Mendez and Alejandra Avalos. On Tuesday, Sonora Santanera added a tropical touch to the musical performances.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mexico mourns death of singing legend Juan Gabriel

Mexico mourns death of singing legend Juan Gabriel

  

Mexico City (AFP) - Mexico on Monday mourned the death of legendary singer Juan Gabriel, who touched millions with wrenching ballads of love and loneliness as he rose from the rough streets of Ciudad Juarez to a world stage.

The singer, known as the "Divo of Juarez," died of a heart attack Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, California during a break in his latest tour. He was 66.

He wrote hit songs, sold millions of records, received six Grammy nominations, and had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a barrier-busting career that won him admirers all over the world.

But it was music infused with his own hard-luck beginnings and hard-won success that endeared him to Mexicans who saw themselves mirrored in his work.

His first hit was "No Tengo Dinero," ("I Have No Money"), written while imprisoned in Mexico City's Palacio de Lecumberri prison on an accusation of robbery that was later dropped.

Other hits followed, songs that many Mexicans know by heart -- including "Hasta Que Te Conoci" (Until I Met You), "Asi Fue" (That's How It Was), "Abrazame Fuerte" (Embrace Me Hard) and "Amor Eterno" (Eternal Love).
- 'A prayer, a grudge, a love' -
"With the Mexican song, he made a prayer, a grudge, a love that is out of this world, or a party," said Culture Minister Rafael Tovar y de Teresa on Radio Formula.

The singer's work "reaches the deepest place" in what it means to be a Mexican, he said.

Just Friday, Gabriel gave a packed concert in Los Angeles to a crowd of 17,000 that had fans singing along and dancing for more than two hours.

News of his death brought an outpouring of old songs and remembrance on social media.

Fans hastened to the Mexico City plazas where mariachi musicians perform to ask for favorites like "No Me Vuelvo Enamorar" (I'll Never Fall in Love Again).

Dozens of people gathered outside his home in Ciudad Juarez to pay respects.

And in Hollywood, his star on the Walk of Fame became a focal point for tributes -- admirers left roses and candles, an old photo of the artist in performance and other memorabilia.
- 'The mirror of Mexico' -
His death was top news on the front pages of most Mexican newspapers.

"Juan Gabriel Eterno" ran the headline in El Universal, with a picture of the star.

"He is (and will be) the mirror of Mexico," said the Mexico edition of El Pais.

"His music was his legacy for the world. He left us too soon," Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter.

Juan Gabriel was born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Paracuaro, Michoacan state on January 7, 1950.

After his father was committed to a mental institution, his mother moved the family to Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico's northern border, and had her son placed in a boarding school.

When he later took his stage name, he chose Juan after a teacher at the school and Gabriel after his father.

He sang in a church choir as a boy, was taken in by nuns, and got his start singing in Juarez bars and on a local TV show, "Noches Rancheras."

But it was a tough climb to stardom, with many rejections, disappointments and a stint of homelessness in Mexico City that ended with him in jail.

With help from the warden he found his way into the music business, however, working as a composer, arranger and producer. His growing fame landed him roles in Mexican movies.

"He was a very simple person, who despite his great popularity, was always very close to the people, to his friends, to his colleagues. He was a very, very much loved personality," said Mexican tenor Fernando de la Mora, speaking on Milenio TV.

Mario Lafontaine, a specialist in Mexican music, said "an artist like him is born only every 500 years. He was the most important figure in Mexican music in the Pop era."

In 2015, Billboard listed him as one of the "30 most influential Latin artists of all time."

He is credited with writing or recording hundreds and hundreds of songs, and sold millions of albums. His songs have been widely performed by other artists.

Beloved across Latin America, they have also had been translated into French, German, Italian and Japanese.

Coincidentally, Juan Gabriel passed away just as the TV Azteca network readied to air the end of a series based on his life.

Reward Increased To $76K In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Camden Girl

Reward Increased To $76K In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Camden Girl

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Camden County police are now offering a $76,000 reward to find and convict the people responsible for the shooting death of 8-year-old Gabrielle Hill Carter.

The reward was recently increased to $50,000. Families and businesses have been donating money to help increase the reward for information after Carter was fatally caught in the crossfire of a shooting that took place on August 24.

Carter died from her injuries on August 26.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

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FILE - In a Dec. 9, 1977 file photo, actor Gene Wilder is shown during an interview with Jean Claude Bouis at his New York City Hotel. Wilder’s nephew said Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
  
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the mad scientist of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.

"He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world," Walker-Pearlman said.

Wilder started his acting career on the stage, but millions knew him from his work in the movies, especially his collaborations with Mel Brooks on "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." The last film - with Wilder playing a California-born descendant of the mad scientist, insisting that his name is pronounced "Frahn-ken-SHTEEN" - was co-written by Brooks and Wilder.

"Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time, is gone," Brooks wrote in a statement Monday. "He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed."

With his unkempt hair and big, buggy eyes, Wilder was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in "Young Frankenstein" or bilking Broadway in "The Producers." Brooks would call him "God's perfect prey, the victim in all of us."

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozing gunslinger in "Blazing Saddles" or the charming candy man in the children's favorite "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." His craziest role: the therapist having an affair with a sheep in Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex."

"The greatest comedic mind of my childhood is now gone," actor Josh Gad wrote on Twitter. "#RIP #GeneWilder & thank you 4 your pure imagination. This one hits hard."

Tweeted Jim Carrey: "Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket."

Wilder was close friends with Richard Pryor and their contrasting personas - Wilder uptight, Pryor loose - were ideal for comedy. They co-starred in four films: "Silver Streak," ''Stir Crazy," ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil" and "Another You." And they created several memorable scenes, particularly when Pryor provided Wilder with directions on how to "act black" as they tried to avoid police in "Silver Streak."

But Wilder would insist in a 2013 interview that he was no comedian. He told interviewer Robert Osborne it was the biggest misconception about him.

"What a comic, what a funny guy, all that stuff! And I'm not. I'm really not. Except in a comedy in films," 

Wilder said. "But I make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special. But when people see me in a movie and it's funny then they stop and say things to me about 'how funny you were.' But I don't think I'm that funny. I think I can be in the movies."

In 1968, Wilder received an Oscar nomination for his work in Brooks' "The Producers." He played the introverted Leo Bloom, an accountant who discovers the liberating joys of greed and corruption as he and Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) conceive a Broadway flop titled "Springtime For Hitler" and plan to flee with the money raised for the show's production. Matthew Broderick played Wilder's role in the 2001 Broadway stage revival of the show.

Though they collaborated on film, Wilder and Brooks met through the theater. Wilder was in a play with Brooks' then-future wife, Anne Bancroft, who introduced the pair backstage in 1963.

Wilder, a Milwaukee native, was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933. His father was a Russian emigre, his mother was of Polish descent. When he was 6, Wilder's mother suffered a heart attack that left her a semi-invalid. He soon began improvising comedy skits to entertain her, the first indication of his future career.

He started taking acting classes at age 12 and continued performing and taking lesson through college. In 1961, Wilder became a member of Lee Strasberg's prestigious Actor's Studio in Manhattan.

That same year, he made both his off-Broadway and Broadway debuts. He won the Clarence Derwent Award, given to promising newcomers, for the Broadway work in Graham Greene's comedy "The Complaisant Lover."

He used his new name, Gene Wilder, for the off-Broadway and Broadway roles. He lifted the first name from the character Eugene Gant in Thomas Wolfe's "Look Back, Homeward Angel," while the last name was clipped from playwright Thornton Wilder. A key break came when he co-starred with Bancroft in Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage," and met Brooks, her future husband.

"I was having trouble with one little section of the play, and he gave me tips on how to act. He said, 'That's a song and dance. He's proselytizing about communism. Just skip over it, sing and dance over it, and get on to the good stuff.' And he was right," Wilder later explained.

Before starring in "The Producers," he had a small role as the hostage of gangsters in the 1967 classic "Bonnie and Clyde." He peaked in the mid-1970s with the twin Brooks hits "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein."

He went on to write several screenplays and direct several films. In 1982, while making the generally forgettable "Hanky-Panky," he fell in love with co-star Gilda Radner. They were married in 1984, and co-starred in two Wilder-penned films: "The Woman in Red" and "Haunted Honeymoon."

After Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989, Wilder spent much of his time after promoting cancer research and opened a support facility for cancer patients. In 1991, he testified before Congress about the need for increased testing for cancer.

That same year, he appeared in his final film role: "Another You" with Pryor.

Wilder worked mostly in television in recent years, including appearances on "Will & Grace" - including one that earned him an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor - and a starring role in the short-lived sitcom "Something Wilder." In 2015, he was among the voices in the animated "The Yo Gabba Gabba! Movie 2."

As for why he stopped appearing on the big screen, Wilder said in 2013 he was turned off by the noise and foul language in modern movies.

"I didn't want to do the kind of junk I was seeing," he said in an interview. "I didn't want to do 3D for instance. I didn't want to do ones where there's just bombing and loud and swearing, so much swearing... can't they just stop and talk instead of swearing?"

Wilder is survived by his wife, Karen, whom he married in 1991, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Katherine, from whom he was estranged.
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This story has been corrected to show that Gene Wilder was born in 1933, not 1935. Also Gilda Radner and Wilder co-starred in "The Woman in Red," not "The Lady in Red."

Friday, August 19, 2016

is Weekend at Jones Beach! Tickets Still Available! De La Soul Confirms Appearance on Gorillaz Album, Along With Snoop Dogg

De La Soul Confirms Appearance on Gorillaz Album, Along With Snoop Dogg

  
De La Soul perform on day two of the Governors Ball Music Festival 
on June 4, 2016 in New York City.
 
Pos of De La Soul just outed his group and Snoop Dogg as collaborators on the new Gorillaz album.
He told The Guardian all about coming into the studio with the cartoon crew's musical mastermind Damon Albarn. The album sounds great, unsurprisingly, but what is news is that Pos saw Snoop Dogg hanging out, laying down raps.

Snoop and De La join previously reported features from Vic Mensa, Liam Bailey, and Jean Michel-Jarre. The album is due for release in 2017. Read the full interview in The Guardian.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Muhammed Ali and Floyd Smith Sr. Friends By Early Morning Jogging And Martial Arts

Muhammed Ali and Floyd Smith Sr. Friends By Early Morning Jogging And Martial Arts


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine) — 77-year-old Floyd Smith Sr. loved Muhammad Ali as a good brother and dear friend.
Many people may not understand that Muhammad Ali experienced Japanese Martial Arts as a fan and an eye witness because there were close friendships between Ali and martial arts Sensei’s such as Floyd Smith Jr., Grand Master, Karate.

No one has to take Floyd Smith Sr. to a boxing museum or show him a piece of memorabilia that features Muhammed Ali. Smith Sr. knows the story that may go along with these types of things.

Floyd Smith and Muhammed Ali met early hours of the morning as jogging partners when Ali boxed before the George Foreman bout.

Smith Sr. has a few young Ali and young Smith collection of sports and personal friendship memorabilia in his home.

“I have a few pictures, an autograph here and there, and a lot of good Ali and me memories to share,” said Smith.

Floyd Smith Sr. had known Ali since Smith Sr. trained for martial arts competition fights and taught martial arts school students.

Fights from Ali's career after his return in 1970 were just as endearing to Smith Sr. as they were to Ali’s very close family and long list of personal friends.

The Ali fight period from 1971 up until 1974 was a special time in Smith Jr’s life to be an associate with the sports legends who knew the “greatest fighter of all time.”

“When I was in Ali’s company during our early morning running routines I talked with him for hours at a time,” said Smith Sr.

Smith Jr. will tell anyone that they shared some quiet moments. Smith Jr says he shared thoughts and exchanged ideas with Ali, and even attended several meets with the Ali family.

With Ali’s passing it’s very easy for Smith Jr. to say wonderful and endearing things about Ali. He feels that there is always a good time to talk praise about the Ali the man who watched martial arts up and close.

Floyd Smith Sr. is the founder of several self-defense activities and martial arts schooling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Most recently Smith Sr. can be found at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 17th and Catherine Street continuing Black Martial Artist education.

If interested in Sensei Floyd Smith’s style of schooling, sponsored by the United Karate Association, contact him calling (267) 770-6635 or inquire at dojo or the recreation office.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beyonce's Formation World Tour Reaches $210 Million in Ticket Sales (So Far)

Beyonce's Formation World Tour Reaches $210 Million in Ticket Sales (So Far)

  

Beyoncé performs during the Formation World Tour at Esprit Arena 
on July 12, 2016, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
 
Beyonce’s Formation World Tour has now grossed $210 million (and counting). The first two legs of the tour -- through North America in the spring followed by a five-week trek in Europe that wrapped Aug. 3 -- generated 1.8 million tickets sold at 40 performances.
After a brief hiatus, the Formation World Tour will resume on Sept. 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.: the first stop on a final nine-city jaunt through North American markets that will wrap in Nashville on Oct. 2.

The Formation World Tour launched on April 27 in Miami, and concluded its first North American leg on June 14 after playing 23 shows on the continent. The tour headed to Europe and kicked off with a June 28 stadium show in Sunderland, England. The European segment included 17 concerts at 16 venues, with box office sales reaching $86.9 million.
 
Reported this week by tour promoter Live Nation, revenue from the European leg earns Beyoncé the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list below).

Each of the venues on the European schedule hosted the tour for a single night except for London’s Wembley Stadium that drew 142,500 fans on July 2 and 3. The two-night stint earned $15.3 million, the sixth-highest gross of the year based on reported Boxscores from touring artists of all genres.

The best-attended show so far on the Formation World Tour occurred at her July 21 show at the Stade de France in Paris. A total of 75,106 tickets were sold to the concert. (That beats the 55,736 tickets sold to her May 14 Rose Bowl show in Pasadena, Calif. -- which had been the tour’s best-attended show.)
 HOT TOURS - AUGUST 9, 2016
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 2-8
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1BEYONCÉ
 $86,947,147
 June 28-Aug. 3
 Stadium of Light, Sunderland, U.K. (1/1)
 Principality Stadium, Cardiff, U.K. (1/1)
 Wembley Stadium, London (2/2)
 Old Trafford, Manchester, U.K. (1/1)
 Hampden Park, Glasgow, U.K. (1/1)
 Croke Park, Dublin (1/1)
 Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf (1/1)
 Stadion Letzigrund, Zürich (1/1)
 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam (1/1)
 Stadio San Siro, Milan (1/1)
 Stade de France, Paris (1/1)
 Telia Parken, Copenhagen (1/1)
 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (1/1)
 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt (1/1)
 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (1/1)
 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona (1/1)
 867,025 (867,025)
  
2BILLY JOEL
 $4,031,634
 July 30
 Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
 37,807 (37,807)
  
3SHAWN MENDES
 $2,338,620
 July 15-31
 Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, Fla. (1/1)
 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, Fla. (1/1)
 Fox Theatre, Atlanta (1/1)
 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix (1/1)
 Open Air Theatre, San Diego (1/1)
 SJSU Event Center Arena, San Jose, Calif. (1/1)
 WaMu Theater, Seattle (1/1)
 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio (1/1)
 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/1)
 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver (1/1)
 The Great Saltair, Magna, Utah (1/1)
 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colo. (1/1)
 60,990 (60,990)
  
4MUMFORD & SONS
 $2,296,100
 May 13-17
 Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg (1/0)
 ISS Dome, Düsseldorf (1/0)
 Olympiahalle, Munich (1/0)
 34,527 (35,045)
  
5MAROON 5
 $1,687,568
 July 15
 Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, San Juan (1/1)
 14,481 (14,481)
  
6KISS
 $1,438,799
 Aug. 1-5
 Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, Minn. (1/0)
 AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. (1/0)
 La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/0)
 i wireless center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
 21,760 (27,944)
  
7BRAD PAISLEY
 $1,183,737
 July 30-31
 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
 32,271 (36,315)
  
8DOLLY PARTON
 $853,310
 July 19-Aug. 6
 U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1/0)
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
 9,741 (11,112)
  
9PJ HARVEY
 $422,702
 June 20
 Zitadelle, Berlin (1/0)
 6,814 (9,500)
  
10TWENTY ONE PILOTS
 $324,178
 Aug. 5
 Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
 9,573 (9,573)

Super Simone! Biles soars to Olympic all-around title

Super Simone! Biles soars to Olympic all-around title
 
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United States' Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
  
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Simone Biles and Aly Raisman stood side by side in Rio Olympic Arena, clutching each other while waiting for the inevitable coronation.

When the floor exercise judges validated what Raisman and every other gymnast has known for years - that Biles is the greatest of her generation and perhaps of all time - the U.S. Olympic team captain let her good friend go.

Suddenly Biles was alone in the spotlight, the normally giggly teenager fighting back tears as she waved to the family that raised her, the coaches that molded her and the sport she is redefining.

The secret out. The pressure is gone. Biles belongs to the world now.

And history too.

Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant as ever. And now, finally, an Olympic champion.

Biles soared to the all-around title on Thursday night, putting the gap between herself and everyone else on full display for the whole world to see. Her total of 62.198 was well clear of Raisman, who finished her remarkable comeback with a silver medal, and Russia's Aliya Mustafina.

"It doesn't even feel real," Biles said. "To me I'm just the same Simone ... But I feel the same. I just feel like I 
did my job tonight."

One that she does better than anyone else.

Biles became the fourth straight American woman to capture the all-around and fifth overall. She and Raisman joined Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson in 2008 as the only U.S. gymnasts to win gold and silver in the same Olympic final.

"I told her before today, I want you to win and I want second," Raisman said.

Something that seemed far from certain last fall. A three-time Olympic medalist in London, Raisman appeared to be on the outside of the picture looking in after a shaky performance at the world championships that left her "devastated."

Yet there she was 10 months later, standing on the podium with her fifth Olympic medal around her neck, the 22-year-old called "grandma" by her teammates having the last laugh and getting a measure of revenge after losing bronze in the 2012 all-around final to Mustafina on a tiebreaker.

"It made me not think about things too much and made me more confident," Raisman said. "I knew going into tonight I was going to get the silver medal because I was going to hit four events."

That's because gold has been out of reach for everyone but Biles for three years and counting. She arrived in Brazil with 14 world championship medals - 10 of them gold - with routines astonishing in their mix of ambition and precision.

One last test awaited in Rio, a contest not so much between Biles and the rest of the field but between herself and the outsized expectations her dominance has created.

Anything less than heading back to her family's home in Spring, Texas, with a fistful of golds would be seen as a disappointment. Biles earned the first one on Tuesday while serving as the exclamation point to retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi's going away party.

While Biles insisted she's never looked ahead during her long run at the top, that's not exactly true.

A portion of her floor exercise routine - the one that includes her signature tumbling pass - is set to Brazilian music that would fit right at home in the street right outside Olympic Park. It's not a coincidence.

The girl adopted along with her younger sister by their grandparents as toddlers and discovered by coach Aimee Boorman's mother during a field trip to the gym is a wonder, even if it always didn't seem that way.

Biles' talent is unmistakable, but it took time to harness. At one point Boorman pulled Biles aside and gave her a choice. Biles could continue to work out 20 hours a week, attend high school and eventually become a college gymnast or she could explore the elite level, a move that included more intensive training and being home schooled.

Boorman asked more than once. And every time the answer came back the same: let's go for it.

"I wanted to see how far I could go in this sport," she said.

A decision that led to years of sacrifices and ultimately, the biggest night of her life.

Though Mustafina led through two rotations, it was a mirage. Balance beam and floor exercise - where Biles is the defending world champion - lay in wait. She went back in front with a 15.433 on beam - and capped it with a 15.933 on floor that Karolyi called "very close to perfection."

Only the judges don't hand out perfect scores anymore. Maybe one day Biles will make them reconsider. She'll have her chance next week when she can add three more golds during the event finals.

Five trips to the top of the podium in one games is something gymnastics has never seen.

Then again, doing things gymnastics has never seen is what Biles does best.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

US women gymnasts golden again; Serena Williams loses

US women gymnasts golden again; Serena Williams loses

AP Photo
U.S. gymnasts, left to right, Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Lauren Hernandez pose for the camera at the end of the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.
  
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team is golden once more.
Tennis star Serena Williams is headed home.

The top-seeded player in the women's tennis tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics got upset on Tuesday by Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, deprived of a chance to defend the gold medal she won four years ago in London.

Simone Biles and her acrobatic teammates had a much better day in gymnastics.

The Americans' second straight Olympic triumph was never in doubt, their score of 184.897 at the Rio Games more than eight points clear of the field. Their day was capped by fan favorite Biles with a boundary-pushing floor exercise that showed just how far ahead they are of everyone else.

Biles, Lauren Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman also gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting send off with powerful performances on all the apparatuses.

The golden girls dubbed themselves "The Final Five" in honor of Karolyi's retirement at the end of the Olympics and the fact that the format is changing for Tokyo in 2020 so that only four team members will take part in the team competition.

The normally stern Karolyi broke down in tears when she was told of the nickname the team adopted.
"I think at this moment we can say that that the United States dominates the world of gymnastics," Karolyi said.

Russia took the silver medal and China earned bronze.

There is more on tap Tuesday night with Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte in the pool, and the Brazilian women's soccer team trying to atone for their underwhelming men against South Africa.

At Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, there was more buzz over the color of the water than the diving competition. It had turned a murky green since Monday night's events.

Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia didn't seem to care what color it was. They won the women's 10-meter synchronized platform title to make China 3-for-3 in the competition so far.

Lochte swam the anchor leg of the 4x200-meter relay, helping the U.S. to a comfortable win in its preliminary heat. Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian had a tougher time in the 100-meter freestyle, grabbing the 16th and final spot for Tuesday night's semifinals.

Phelps will be trying to win his 20th gold medal when he swims in the 200-meter butterfly against South African Chad le Clos, who beat Phelps in London. It may be Phelps's best event, but he mistimed his finish in London and that allowed le Clos to beat him at the line.

It didn't sit well with the American superstar, who got off to a rousing start at the Rio Games by leading his 4x100 freestyle team to the gold medal.

"Should be a fun race," Phelps said.

Williams wasn't as amused.

The top-seeded American looked out of sorts and irritated, shanking shots from side to side. Williams had five double-faults in one game alone in the 6-4, 6-3 loss to the 20th-ranked Svitolina.

Williams wiped her forehead, picked up her rackets and headed back quickly to the locker room. Svitolina, who had never before played in an Olympics, smiled and stuck her arms out in front of her, palms up, as if waking up from a dream.

Svitolina had won 63 points, but just nine from clean winners. The others came thanks to Williams' 37 unforced errors and 17 forced errors.

Other highlights from Day 4 at the Rio Games:

MEDAL STRIPPED : A Ukrainian javelin thrower was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the latest athlete disqualified after the retesting of stored doping samples. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya tested positive for the steroid turinabol and was retroactively disqualified from the London Games and ordered to return his medal, the International Olympic Committee said.

GRIEVING COACH LEADS US : Adam Krikorian returned to the pool deck for his first game since his brother's sudden death last week to coach the U.S. to an 11-4 win over Spain in water polo. Maggie Steffens, Courtney Mathewson and Kiley Neushul scored two goals apiece, and Ashleigh Johnson had 11 saves while becoming the first black woman to play water polo for the U.S. in the Olympics.

RUGBY STUNNER : Sonny Bill Williams was helped off with an ankle injury during New Zealand's shocking 14-12 loss to Japan in its first game of rugby sevens. New Zealand is a 12-time world series champion and one of the top contenders for the first rugby medals awarded at an Olympics in 92 years.

JUDO HISTORY : Hungarian-born Szandra Szogedi made history when she stepped onto the judo mat to become the first judoka to represent Ghana - she obtained citizenship through her husband. But facing Brazilian Mariana Silva in the first round, Szogedi had to deal with a crowd shouting support for her opponent. After less than two minutes, the fight was over: Silva took Szogedi down and caught her in a stranglehold. Afterward, a tearful Szogedi said she was "gutted."

PELE IMPROVING: Pele tweeted that he hopes to appear at the closing ceremony after missing the opening because of his health. The soccer great was the organizers' preferred choice to light the cauldron, but first cited sponsorship commitments and later health concerns for staying away.

WORLD-RECORD LIFT: Deng Wei won Olympic gold and set a world record in women's weightlifting, hoisting 147 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 115 in the snatch for a total of 262. Her clean and jerk lift also broke her world record by 1 kilogram.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fast feet: Bolt says sub-19 seconds in 200 still a goal

Fast feet: Bolt says sub-19 seconds in 200 still a goal

AP Photo
FILE - In this July 27, 2016 file photo, Jamaican Olympic runner Usain Bolt, center, gestures while arriving at Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bolt made his first major appearance Monday, Aug. 8 in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Olympics, talking about his desire to break 19 seconds in the 200 meters, then ending his engaging news conference by boogieing offstage, accompanied by more than a dozen near-naked Samba dancers.


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The "Usain Bolt Variety Hour" hit Brazil, big time, on Monday.

The closing number said it all: After talking about life, sprinting and the Olympics - and yes, Bolt insisted the Rio de Janeiro Games will be his last - the 6-foot-5 Jamaican pulled out his cell phone and started taking selfies while he shimmied off stage, surrounded by more than a dozen thong-and-headdress-wearing Samba dancers.

The evening with Bolt also included his now-immortalized "To The World" pose, a few serious questions about racing and doping, along with one reporter who said he had no question, but pronounced: "I really love you, man," then poetry slammed the following: "I hope you win. I hope it's your day. I hope you will go even though you get hit by a Segway."

The now-famous Segway incident occurred after Bolt's victory in the 200 meters last year at the world championships. While taking a victory lap, a multitasking photographer slammed into the back of Bolt's legs with his scooter. Bolt bounced up and was no worse for wear.

In the lead up to the Rio Olympics, his legs haven't fared as well. He pulled out of his national championships last month with a sore hamstring, which he has been trying to rehabilitate in time to put on a show in Brazil.

Bolt takes to the track Saturday for the early rounds of the 100 meters. If he wins the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay, the way he has at the last two Olympics, he'll close his Olympic career with nine gold medals.

By now, though, it's as much about the show as the results, and Bolt said as much Monday night.

"I'm definitely a sprinter first, but I like to entertain," he said. "That's what people come out to see. They like it when I do crazy stuff. I try to entertain and make it different, help people enjoy it."

By doing that, he has obliterated the decades-old image of the sullen, skulking sprinter - and has also offered a much-needed breath of fresh air in a sport devoured by doping scandals that have dominated the lead-up to the Olympics.

"I think we're going in the right direction," Bolt said. "I must say, we're weeding out the bad ones. I think people should have faith. We have to go through the rough times before we get to the good times."

Speaking of which, Bolt hasn't ruled out a goal he set a long time ago - to better his record of 19.19 seconds in his favorite race, the 200.

He has long said he'd like to take the record, which stood at 19.32 for 12 years before he first broke it at the Beijing Olympics, into the 18-second range. But the leg injury leading up to the Olympics made it a less-manageable goal to pursue. Then, after his only Olympic tune-up run - a 200 late last month in London - he met with coach Glen Mills, who told him, "That's one of the worst races you've ever run," according to Bolt.

Still, why not aim high?

"I really, really, really want that one," Bolt said.

And going after dreams is the main message he wants people to take away from his career.

"For me, it's always to work toward your goal," he said. "It's a hard road. Never let anyone tell you you can't do it."

But as much as sending messages, Bolt pretty much laughed his way through 30 minutes of dance, drama and jokes. He said the only problem he's encountered during his stay in Rio had to do with TV. The apartment he's sharing with teammate Asafa Powell didn't have one.

"Somebody told us they were going to get it," Bolt said. "After two days, I was just, 'Buy a TV.' I'm a good teammate. So I got him a TV."

As always, keeping the people entertained.