BACKSTREET BOYS CALL OFF OKLAHOMA MAKE-UP SHOW
THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The Backstreet Boys will not reschedule the Thackerville, Oklahoma, concert that was postponed when fans were hurt during a storm in August. The Backstreet Boys say in a statement they are not able to make up the show at WinStar World Casino and Resort, about 70 miles northwest of Dallas. They are offering refunds. They say they plan to be back near Dallas and Tulsa next year. At least 14 people were taken to a hospital on Aug. 18 after trusses holding up an entrance at the resort collapsed.
LITTLE RICHARD’S FORMER HOME WILL BECOME A COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Little Richard’s hometown of Macon, Georgia, has committed $90,000 to open a community resource center in his boyhood home. The Macon Telegraph reports the Pleasant Hill Resource Center will operate out of the cottage where Richard Wayne Penniman grew up. Services will include job placement and historical information of the predominantly black neighborhood. The funding was part of a deal brokered by local officials and the Georgia Department of Transportation as it expands two interstates. The house was rehabilitated and relocated last year. Little Richard’s cousin, Stanley Stewart, says his cousin’s message is, “I hope it works out good...for everybody to enjoy it.”
BILLY CORGAN WELCOMES A DAUGHTER
UNDATED (AP) — Billy Corgan is a dad again. He posted an Instagram photo of his son, Augustus Juppiter, holding a baby. Corgan says the latest addition to their family is Philomena Clementine Corgan. He gives no details on the birth. However, he says he’s “so lucky to have a great partner” in Chloe Mendel, who he says was pregnant, creating her fashion line and dealing with his absence while he’s touring with Smashing Pumpkins.
AC/DC COIN REQUESTS FLOOD ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s official coin producer has been overwhelmed with inquiries after it announced this week it was making commemorative AC/DC coins. The Royal Australian Mint says it’s backed up after it announced it was making 30,000 coins to mark the 45th anniversary of the band. To make things even more rock-and-roll, the mint teamed with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, to blast ten of the 50-cent pieces with 3.5 million volts of man-made lightning. Ten random purchasers of the AC/DC coins will get the lightning ones. The lightning’s mark is viewable only under magnification, but the coins will have a special frosting. The mint also made AC/DC five-dollar coins that are shaped like black guitar picks.
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE GET BOOST FROM “SEPTEMBER”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire is number one this week on the Billboard R&B digital chart, with a 215-percent surge in sales over the previous week. It also had a 100-percent increase in streaming. Earth, Wind and Fire tweeted a poll question on Sept. 21, “Do you remember?” Eighty-eight percent of respondents said yes. The first line of the song is, “Do you remember/The 21st night of September.”
TINA TURNER JUKEBOX MUSICAL WILL HIT NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tina Turner musical “Tina” is coming to Broadway. It will debut next fall. Dates and cast have not yet been announced. “Tina” premiered in London in April.
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BRAD PAISLEY SETS UP FOOD PANTRY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly, are opening a modern food pantry that acts as a free grocery store. The Nashville Tennessean reports the Paisleys partnered with Belmont University to set up The Store. Eligible customers will need to be referred by a nonprofit or government agency. The Store will offer fresh and nonperishable groceries to families in need for one year. It will also offer toys near the holidays. Paisley says he was inspired by a similar pantry in Santa Barbara, California, where he took his sons to volunteer last Thanksgiving. The Paisleys made an initial donation to kick off the $1.2 million fundraising effort to build the store. It’s expected to open next year.
BEATLES ENGINEER GEOFF EMERICK DIES
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney says The Beatles had worked with many great engineers, but Geoff Emerick was “the ONE.” Emerick died this week at the age of 72. A colleague tells Variety that Emerick collapsed and died Tuesday while they were talking on the telephone. Emerick was a longtime engineer at Abbey Road Studios. He worked on the Beatles albums “Revolver,” ″Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.,” the “White Album” and “Abbey Road.” He also worked on “Odessey and Oracle” by The Zombies and the Wings album “Band on the Run.”
by Margie Szaroleta