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Holocaust Survivor, 97, to Play Lincoln Center

Emily Kessler will play mandolin, sing folk songs in fundraiser

(Newser) - A musician makes her solo debut in a Lincoln Center concert next week, but it's a safe bet you've never heard of her. As Vulture explains, the musician is 97-year-old Emily Kessler, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in New York City. Kessler usually plays in front of... More »

Concert Planner Kills Self After South Korea Deaths

He apparently jumps from building after 16 die at performance

(Newser) - A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead today in an apparent suicide. The man, 37, an employee of the Gyeonggi Institute of Science and Technology Promotion, was found dead at around 7am... More »

14 Fall 65 Feet to Their Death in Concert Disaster

Victims were watching girls' band 4Minute

(Newser) - Fourteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 65 feet to their deaths today when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials say. Fire officials say two more people are unresponsive and feared dead and 11 others are seriously injured. The victims were standing on... More »

Cat Stevens Scraps Concert, Blames Scalpers

'The Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than expected'

(Newser) - It was to be Cat Stevens' first show in New York City in some 35 years. But according to Stevens, who also goes by Yusuf Islam, ticket scalpers ruined the fun for everyone. In a post on his website , Stevens says he canceled the Dec. 7 show after fans told... More »

Kanye to Guy in Wheelchair: Stand Up!

Oops. Another fan singled out waves prosthetic leg

(Newser) - Kanye West is gonna let you finish watching his show, just as soon as everyone in the house stands up—a demand that didn't go over quite so well Friday night in Australia, reports the Independent . "I can't do this show until everybody stand up," the... More »

Man Killed Backstage at Wiz Khalifa Show

Victim in Mountain View, Calif., shooting not yet identified

(Newser) - A man was shot and killed backstage following a Wiz Khalifa concert in Mountain View, Calif., last night, police say. Family and friends identify the victim as one Eric Johnson, ABC 7 reports. Police say he was 38 years old and received multiple gunshot wounds, KRON notes. The suspect is... More »

Crowd-Surfing Scientist Kicked Out of Classical Concert

I wasn't drunk, just American, he says

(Newser) - The audience at a classical music concert in the UK was urged to loosen up a bit—but an American scientist who loosened up so much he attempted to crowd-surf ended up being ejected by his fellow classical music fans. During the "Hallelujah Chorus," Dr. David Glowacki, a... More »

3 Shot After Nas Concert at Red Rocks

No arrests yet in Colorado shootings

(Newser) - Three people were shot in the parking lot of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night after a concert featuring Nas, Schoolboy Q, and Flying Lotus, authorities say. The victims, all of whom survived, were found in nearby Denver, where they apparently drove after the shooting, the Denver Post reports;... More »

Determined Fans Force Foo Fighters Concert Into Existence

Band agrees to play crowdsourced show

(Newser) - The Foo Fighters say they'll be playing an upcoming show in Richmond, Virginia—but this isn't your average concert. This show was completely organized and funded by fans. It all began a couple months ago when Richmond Foo Fighters fans began brainstorming ways to bring the band to... More »

Malaysia Cancels Concert by Ke$ha

It would be a religious and cultural insult, declares government

(Newser) - Malaysia has deemed Ke$ha unfit for public consumption. The government yesterday declared that her concert planned for today in Kuala Lumpur won't take place after all because she's too risque for the mostly Muslim country, reports AP . Promoter Livescape said Ke$ha had promised to be a little less... More »

Broke Music Lovers' Savior: Kid Rock?

Tickets to his summer concerts cost just $20

(Newser) - Kid Rock is taking a stand against the ridiculously high cost of attending a big concert, by charging fans just $20 to attend the shows on his summer tour. "I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut," he explained when making the announcement.... More »

Fan Storms Bieber Onstage in Dubai

Piano flips as security pounces on rogue fan

(Newser) - Justin Bieber was unharmed after being grabbed by a stage invader at a Dubai concert today, though his piano came away worse for the wear. The star was at the piano playing "Believe" when a youth tackled him from behind, the Nation reports. Bieber's piano was overturned and... More »

Nelson to Play Benefit for Blast Victims—His Neighbors

He grew up few miles away in Abbott, Texas

(Newser) - Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. Nelson still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by last night's explosion that... More »

McDonald's to Close for Morrissey's LA Concert

In a first, Staples Center will go vegetarian

(Newser) - Morrissey managed to convince the Staples Center to go meat-free, an achievement even Paul McCartney couldn't accomplish. At Morrissey's sold-out March 1 concert, the LA venue will only offer vegetarian food, for the first time ever. That means all the McDonald's outlets there will be closed, Billboard ... More »

UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song

...then swiftly apologizes

(Newser) - The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s.... More »

Madonna Has Meltdown Over Smoking Fans

Threatens to halt performance, storms off stage

(Newser) - Take note, Madonna fans: The Material Girl is very, very anti-smoking. TMZ reports that during a sound check before an open-air concert in Chile Wednesday night, Madonna was apparently perturbed by secondhand smoke coming from fans with cigarettes near the stage. "No smoking!" she said. "If you'... More »

Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

World Marks 12-12-12

Triple date celebrated in dozens of ways

(Newser) - If 12 is your lucky number, today is as good as it gets. This is 12-12-12, the last repeating date of its kind any of us are likely to ever see, and the superstitious are marking it in a lot more than 12 ways, the AP reports. Huge numbers of... More »

Scalpers Are Selling Sandy Concert Tickets for ... $60K?

They're trying to, anyway, and Chuck Schumer is livid

(Newser) - With names like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones , and Kanye West appearing in the upcoming "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief," tickets cost anywhere from $150 to $2,500. Officially. Unofficially, however, online scalpers are asking as much as $60,000, raising an outcry against those looking... More »

Elton John's Shout-Out Could Get Him Barred From China

Singer dedicated entire show to dissident Ai Weiwei

(Newser) - Chinese Elton John fans who missed his sold-out show in Beijing last night may never get another chance to see the superstar. In a move certain to infuriate authorities, the singer dedicated his "whole show" to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, the South China Morning Post reports. A murmur of... More »

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