MAN WHO JUMPED ON STAGE AT TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT NOW ARRESTED FOR MURDER
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who sneaked into Taylor Swift’s concert three years ago and jumped on stage has now been arrested on suspicion of beating a man to death. Police say 29-year-old Christian Ewing was arrested for a parole violation a few days ago, then re-arrested Monday on suspicion of murder. Authorities say he beat a 57-year-old man on Dec. 5. The man died three days later. Ewing grabbed headlines in 2015 for getting on stage with Swift at her San Diego show. One of the security guards who tackled him suffered a broken rib. Ewing pleaded guilty to assault and got two years’ probation.
ROD STEWART’S CHRISTMAS GUITAR STARTED HIS MUSIC CAREER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rod Stewart’s decades-long career in music all started on Christmas Day as a kid. Stewart says his dad got him a guitar for Christmas one year. It was a completely unexpected gift, because Stewart says he had no ambition to be a musician. He started strumming and the rest is history. Stewart says like many musicians who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, he “just stumbled into it.”
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FRANKENMUTH NATIVES GRETA VAN FLEET STILL ADORE CHRISTMAS
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — You’d think growing up in a town where Christmas is celebrated year-round would make Greta Van Fleet bitter about the whole holiday. On the contrary, according to bassist Sam Kiszka (KIS’-kah), who says he loves Christmas. The band grew up in Frankenmuth (FRANK’-en-mooth), Michigan. Kiszka says Frankenmuth is “a wonderfully strange place” and they did not even realize it growing up. He’s so into holiday music that he set a rule for himself not to listen until after Halloween. He loves snow and sweaters and hot chocolate and fireplaces, and he says, “If that’s not Midwestern, then I don’t know what is.”
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SHINEDOWN’S BRENT SMITH IS ALL-INCLUSIVE ON THE HOLIDAYS
NEW YORK (AP) — When people say “Happy Holidays,” Shinedown frontman Brent Smith says, “Right back at ya.” Smith says he celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. He says he works with a diverse group of people who celebrate different holidays or no holidays at all. He says he tries to be respectful to everyone’s belief and he “just wants to see people happy.” He likes giving presents. He says he’s a giver, not a receiver, because he doesn’t know how to take gifts.
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LINDSEY STIRLING’S 18-MONTH HOLIDAY SEASON
NEW YORK (AP) — If you think the holiday season goes too long, consider Lindsey Stirling. She has been celebrating Christmas for the past year and a half. Stirling has been working on her holiday album “Warmer in the Winter” for that long, and even when she finished it, she was making videos for it. She shot the video for “Warmer in the Winter” in June. Stirling says she watched Christmas movies to get into the spirit. She even wore Christmas sweaters to the studio to trick herself into feeling like it was the holidays, then she’d be sweating as she left.
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ANDY WILLIAMS HITS THE TOP TEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The musicians on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 songs chart include Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day), Halsey, Travis Scott, Post Malone...and Andy Williams. Williams’ song “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” has hit number ten on this week’s chart. It was recorded in 1963. Williams has set a record for the longest span between his first top ten hit and his latest, at 47 years, eight months and three weeks, when “Lonely Street” hit the top 10. The previous record-holder was Paul McCartney, who had 44 years and two weeks between “Another Day” and “FourFiveSeconds” in the top ten, not counting his Beatles songs.
TOKIO HOTEL’S TOM KAULITZ PROPOSES TO HEIDI KLUM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz (KOW’-litz) is engaged to supermodel Heidi Klum (KLOOM). Klum posted an Instagram photo of the two of them and she’s showing off an engagement ring with the caption, “I SAID YES.” They went public with their relationship in May. She’s 45 and was previously married to Seal. He’s 29 and it’s his second marriage.
By Margie Szaroleta