U2: Forced to cancel St. Louis show amid protests
St. Louis concerts by U2 and Ed Sheeran this weekend were canceled over fears that local police and security personnel wouldn't be able to provide adequate protection for the audiences.
Protests in the city began Friday after a former police officer was acquitted of a first degree murder charge against a black man. With the need to provide an adequate police presence at protest sites, the venues couldn't be sure there would be enough security.
U2 and promoter Live Nation issued a joint statement regarding Saturday's show at the Dome at America's Center that read, "We cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."
Bono also weighed in on his Instagram page, writing that he is, "Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight." He said he had been asking himself is this 1968 or 2017?" and then quoted a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he asked, "America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago."
Messing Touring Group released this statement on Sheeran's Sunday cancellation at Scottrade Center: "While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018."
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Latest cancer treatment not as frightening
Olivia Newton-John says her recent cancer treatment was "not as frightening" as what she endured 25 years ago.
Speaking with the Today show's Natalie Morales at her Melbourne, Australia cancer and wellness center, she said she believes the difference was that in 1992 she had a six-year-old daughter to raise. Today, Chloe Lattanzi is 31 and "has a life of her own."
In an interview to air next week on Today and NBC's Access Hollywood, Olivia says that this treatment included radiation -- which she didn't receive in 1992. "Now I know what that’s like. So when I talk to a patient that’s going through that, I understand what that means."
She will team with Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman for another Liv On concert of motivational and healing songs on October 13th in Midland, Michigan.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: 50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time
Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month -- and coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Los Lobos' version of "La Bamba" hitting number-one -- Billboard has compiled a list of the 50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time.
Among the familiar titles:
50. "Macarena" - Los del Rio, Bayside Boys
49. "Guantanamera" - Celia Cruz, The Sandpipers
47. "Eres tu" - Mocedades
44. "La Bamba" - Ritchie Valens, Los Lobos
28. "Conga" - Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
17. "Oye Como Va" - Tito Puente, Santana
4. "Livin la Vida Loca" - Ricky Martin
3. "Besame Mucho" - Various artists (including The Beatles)
2. "Mambo No. 5" - Perez Prado, Lou Bega
Nine of the songs were major pop hits during the rock and roll era, while the tune tabbed at number-one, "Esta Tarde Vi Llover," is one of the most covered songs in the Latin world. As "Yesterday, I Heard the Rain," it was recorded by Tony Bennett with Alejandro Sanz for his Duets II album.
RICHARD MARX: Grateful to the Eagles
Richard Marx says staging what amounted to half an Eagles reunion "was a big part of what broke my career."
Promoting Saturday night's show in Hawaii, he reflected on his breakthrough hit "Don’t Mean Nothing" for the Maui News. "At that point , it had been seven years since there was an Eagles record." Landing Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit made it "as close anybody was going to get to an Eagles reunion. That was a huge part of breaking into rock radio."
30 years later, Marx says he and Walsh remain good friends. "I see Joe now more than ever before, and every time I see him, I smile and go, ‘My life would have been so different if you hadn’t played on my first record’."