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U2 reschedules Berlin concert after Bono loses voice
BERLIN (AP) — U2 lead singer Bono is reassuring fans that he’ll have his voice back for the rest of U2’s European tour after ending a concert in Germany Saturday night, which they are rescheduling.
In a statement posted Sunday to U2’s website, Bono says that a doctor has ruled out anything serious related to his loss of voice during the performance in Berlin. He says his relief is tempered by the knowledge that he Berlin audience was inconvenienced, adding that he can’t wait to get back there on Nov. 13 for a rescheduled show.
Bono suffered a “complete loss of voice” at the band’s Saturday night show at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, causing the engagement to end early. The 58-year-old frontman made it through the U2 hit “Beautiful Day” with the help of the audience, German news agency dpa reported Sunday.
Concertgoers first were told there would be a short break and eventually were informed the show was over, dpa said. They were advised to keep their tickets for a replacement performance.
U2 opened the European segment of its 2018 “Experience + Innocence” tour in Berlin on Friday. It has a sold-out show scheduled in Cologne on Tuesday and a second concert in the German city on Wednesday before back-to-back performances in Paris on Saturday and Sunday.
A note on U2’s website said ticketholders should expect more information from Live Nation regarding the rescheduled Berlin show on Monday.
George Strait heartbroken over death of drummer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star George Strait says he’s heartbroken over the death of his longtime drummer in a highway accident near Nashville.
Strait spokeswoman Ebie McFarland confirmed 59-year-old Michael A. Kennedy of Baxter, Tennessee, died Friday.
The Tennessean reported Kennedy had been the drummer for Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band for nearly 30 years.
Strait says in a statement that his band “will never be the same.” He adds, “a part of us is gone forever. We all loved Mike and will miss him terribly.”
A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Kennedy was driving on Interstate 40 when he merged into another lane. Authorities say Kennedy’s vehicle collided with a tractor trailer, which then hit a pickup truck. No one else was injured.
Actors defend Cosby Show regular’s job at Trader Joe’s
Several fellow actors have come to the defense of a former regular on “The Cosby Show” after photos of him working a regular job at the grocery store showed up on news sites.
The photos showed Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the oldest daughter of Bill Cosby’s character on the TV show. He is seen at a register scanning items at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s complete with a “Geoffrey” name tag.
The woman who submitted the photos seemed stunned to see someone from such a popular show doing that type of work.
But several actors pointed out they have to make a living between gigs and places that offer health insurance are especially attractive.
Owens doesn’t appear to be on social media.