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"Snoop Dogg cancels multiple concerts"; The Chicks cancel shows due to "ongoing illness"; Buffy Sainte-Marie quits performing "due to health concerns"; Nicko McBrain partly paralyzed by stroke
Fans concerned by Mick Jagger's frailty, Michael Bolton's tremors
Snoop Dogg Cancels Multiple Concerts
August 5, 2023
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Music fans wanting to see Snoop Dogg live may want to check their ticket dates. A statement posted on the venue's website Wednesday morning confirmed that the performances scheduled for August 16 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, by Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and the Ying Yang Twins had been canceled. Also, Ticketmaster noted on its website that shows scheduled for Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, next Tuesday at the Smoothing King Center in New Orleans, and next Thursday at Brookshire Grocery Arena in Bossier City, Louisiana, have all been canceled. "All tickets purchased at the box office or through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Please allow up to 30 days for the refund to process," Simmons Bank Arena said.
Simmons Bank Arena has not yet announced why the show was canceled. Even as recently as last Thursday, it was still being advertised on social media that a special $30 ticket sale would be held. Snoop Dogg's fans in Jacksonville, Florida, who are planning to attend his show later this month, may also have to wait a while longer for the event. The concert scheduled for the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday, Aug. 10 was postponed. The postponement was announced Tuesday on ASM Global’s social media accounts for JaxEvents, which runs the organization's events. "Due to circumstances beyond their control, the event organizer has postponed this event. We are working to reschedule this show and will announce the new date as soon as possible," the post read.
The Chicks Continue to Cancel Tour Dates Due to ‘Ongoing Illness’
July 30, 2023
The Chicks have continued to make changes to their tour schedule amid an undisclosed illness. The band gave fans a "tour update" via Instagram on Tuesday, August 1, sharing a written statement. "Due to an ongoing illness, we regret that we must reschedule our show at Merriweather Post Pavilion and cancel our show at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts." The Chicks — a.k.a. Natalie Maines , Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer — were set to perform in Bethel, New York, on Thursday, August 3, one day after their show in Columbia, Maryland. They will now appear at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 20. The statement didn't include specifics about the sickness or who in the band was directly impacted. Last week, the country group postponed shows in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greensboro, North Carolina.
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain reveals he was partially paralysed after suffering a stroke in January
August 2, 2023
Iron Maiden drummer, Nicko McBrain has revealed that he was left temporarily paralysed on the right side of his body after suffering a stroke in January 2023. The news comes after Nicko, 71, released a statement and video via Iron Maiden’s social media accounts —as well as that of his drum shop, Nicko McBrain’s Drum One — explaining that while he is continuing to undergo treatment, the ordeal left him worried that his drumming career was over for good. “Hello Boys and Girls, I hope this message finds you all well!” Nicko begins. “The reason I'm writing to you all today is to let you know of a very serious health problem that I have been through. In January I had a stroke, thank the Lord it was a minor one referred to as a TIA. It left me paralyzed on my right side from my shoulder on down, of course I was very worried that my career was over but with the love and support from my wife, Rebecca and family, my doctors, especially Julie my OT (Occupational Therapist), and my Maiden family I was able to bounce back to somewhere near 70% recovered."
Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie retiring from live performances due to health concerns
82-year-old was 1st Indigenous person to win an Oscar, inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame
August 3, 2023
Buffy Sainte-Marie has announced that she’s retiring from live performances.
A statement announcing her decision cites factors including travel-induced health concerns and performance-inhibiting physical challenges.
In a statement on social media on Thursday, Sainte-Marie described having arthritic hands and a shoulder injury that "have made it no longer possible to perform to my standards."
“We need as many shots in people as possible,” she said two years ago, urging Canada’s indigenous people to get jabbed:
Mick Jagger ‘Frail’ While Leaving 80th Birthday Party, Fans Concerned About His Health
July 27, 2023
The Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger looked frail when he ended his 80th birthday celebration.
The rocker marked a special day in his life Wednesday during his birthday bash at his West London home before continuing the celebration through an afterparty at nightclub Embargo Republica. Photos from the event, as shared by People, captured the star-studded event as the stars joined the rocker in his celebration.
Some photos of Jagger, however, sparked concerns as the now-80-year-old singer "looked a bit frail."
In the photos from Mega (via Ok! Magazine) the vocalist can be seen donning his forest green suit and printed shirt as he went out of the London nightclub after calling it a night. His security team led him as they held him in his arm to assist the singer, who looked a little thinner as he grew older [sic].
Though some fans were concerned about it, others reminded the public that Jagger remains as health as ever despite his age.
Mick Jagger hilariously mocks anti-vaxxers and flat earthers in new song with Dave Grohl
April 14, 2021
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has mocked anti-vaxxers, flat earthers and other conspiracy theorists in the lyrics to a new song he has released with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.
In the song ‘Easy Sleazy’ which the two iconic rockers released on Tuesday, Jagger sings:
“Shooting the vaccine/ Bill Gates is in my bloodstream / It’s mind control/ The Earth is flat and cold/ It’s never warming up/ The Arctic’s turned to slush/ The second coming’s late/ There are aliens in the deep state.”
Michael Bolton Sparks Fan Concern After Appearance on ‘The View’: He ‘Does Not Look Well’
July 18, 2023
Michael Bolton is celebrating 50 years in the music industry but his Tuesday, July 18, appearance on The View left viewers raising questions about his health.
Michael, 70, appeared on the daytime talk show to promote his first new album in 14 years, Spark of Light. The “When a Man Loves a Woman” singer sat with hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Alyssa Farah Griffin on stage for the segment.
As Michael shared his experiences about winning audiences over with his hits, his right hand and right leg appeared to tremble. After the interview, the Grammy winner performed the song “Beautiful World” from his new album. He was joined on stage by a group of background singers to tackle the powerful ballad.
Fans flooded Twitter with questions about Michael’s appearance and his health after the segment aired.