It’s crying time on the Emerald Isle: Country music superstar Garth Brooks issued a statement Monday confirming that his five planned concerts in Dublin next week are scrapped and that ticket refunds for 400,000 ticket buyers will proceed, The Associated Press reports.
“I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows,” Brooks said. “To say I am crushed is an understatement.”
Fans continued to hold out hope Monday that the shows might be reinstated after a top Irish government official stepped in over the weekend to try to help broker a deal between Brooks, concert promoter Peter Aiken and Dublin city officials who had recently voted to deny permits for two of the five sold-out concerts in 83,000-capacity Croke Park Stadium.
Officials in the Irish senate and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce have said that cancellation of the shows, for which 70,000 tickets were sold to fans in other countries, would cost the city upward of 50 million Euros, or about $68 million U.S.
Brooks got personal in his message to fans, saying, “All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster,” starting Thursday.
Ticketmaster officials have characterized it as the most massive ticket refund undertaking in history.
“Saturday Night Live” has given two more freshman cast members the boot and is losing one of its seasoned players, sources confirm to Variety.
NBC has chosen not to renew the contracts of newcomers Noel Wells and John Milhiser. The news comes after Brooks Wheelan, also a first-year cast member, announced on Twitter on Monday that he was fired from the show.
Five-season cast member Nasim Pedrad is also leaving, as she will co-star in Fox comedy “Mulaney.” “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels also exec produces the show.
A NBC rep said that the network does not comment on “SNL” casting changes.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
The mayor of Philadelphia is apologizing for the profanity used by rapper Nicki Minaj and comedian Marlon Wayans during a family-friendly July Fourth concert, the AP reports.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday that cursing hasn’t been problem at the show in recent years. He says performers are supposed to adhere to network TV standards.
The free outdoor concert, which featured multiple acts, was aired live on WPVI-TV. The station censored the broadcast when foul language was used.
Nutter says The Roots and singer Ed Sheeran edited their songs to avoid profanity but were still bleeped, creating the appearance they cursed.
He says performers Jennifer Hudson and Aloe Blacc kept it clean, although Vicci Martinez used one inappropriate word.
A TV station spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.
Lincoln Center in New York says it will offer a live stream from a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi, the AP reports.
The free concert will be held Sunday at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. It will feature artists and speakers who had a close personal relationship with the Seegers. They include Judy Collins, Harry Belafonte, Dar Williams, Peter Yarrow, Holly Near and Tom Chapin.
Lincoln Center notes that Seeger loved to lead singalongs. In that spirit, it’s inviting audiences to take part in a global online singalong.
A song will be selected later this week and lyrics will be available on-screen.
Audience members also will be able to share video of their renditions.
When it comes to Brody Jenner's relationship with stepsister Kim Kardashian, there's no bad blood, People reports.
After “The Hills” alum skipped the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star’s nuptials to Kanye West, rumors swirled that the siblings may be squabbling – but Jenner says that simply isn’t true.
“Not going to Kim’s wedding was not me trying to diss her and Kanye,” Jenner told People at Monday night’s ninth annual All-Star Celebrity Kick-Off Party, where he later spun tracks as DJ. “I simply had a very last-minute thing. They didn’t want to let people know about their wedding early in advance, and I had already booked gigs in Chicago and some other places, so I was already working."
And as far as the rumors of Kardashian not inviting Jenner’s girlfriend, Kaitlyn, to the festivities? Totally false.
“Of course Kim would let me bring my girlfriend if I wanted to,” Jenner said. “I’m her brother – it’s her wedding. I am allowed to bring someone if I want to.”
While Jenner may have missed out on Kim’s big day, he did attend the wedding of her ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush over the weekend.
“I’ve been friends with Reggie for a very long time,” Jenner explained. “I really love him and he’s one of my favorite people on this entire planet. I got to have a really close relationship with him through him and Kim being together.”
Despite his absence at Kim’s European affair, it’s clear that Jenner cares a lot about his stepsister.
“The only opinion that matters in this situation is Kim’s, and me and her are good,” he says. “She is incredible.”