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Andy Kaufman's Back, and He's Going on Tour

At least, his hologram is, along with Redd Foxx's

(Newser) - Forget about Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, and Nicki Minaj. The hot concert tour for 2016 features two comedic geniuses we haven't seen onstage in a very long time: Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx. Well, not the actual deceased comedians (though you never know with Andy Kaufman), but their holograms,... More »

Hardest-Hit Katrina Victims to Bus Tours: Get Out

2006 law newly enforced, say angry tour companies

(Newser) - Since Hurricane Katrina, visitors to New Orleans don't just want to see Bourbon Street: Many have been taking bus tours to view the devastation wreaked in the Lower Ninth Ward. But residents have had it with tourists gawking at them while the vehicles cause roadblocks, the AP reports. "... More »

Kings of Leon Cancel Rest of US Tour

Frontman Caleb Followill suffering from 'vocal issues and exhaustion'

(Newser) - If you were married to a Victoria's Secret model, you'd probably want more time off, too. Kings of Leon have canceled the rest of their US tour so frontman Caleb Followill can rest and recuperate, reports TMZ . "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are... More »

Bono's Surgery Delays U2 Tour Until 2011

Singer has 8 weeks of recovery ahead of him

(Newser) - Bono's back surgery has derailed U2's plans for a 16-city jaunt across North America, which now won't happen until next year, the band announced today. The tour, part of U2's larger 360° world tour, was supposed to kick off next month, but doctors are prescribing a DL stint of at... More »

Conan O'Brien to Launch Comedy Tour

Coco fans go wild in frenzy of ticket buying

(Newser) - Fans dying for more Coco will get their wish on April 12, when the ex-Tonight Show host begins his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. The red-coifed one announced the tour on Twitter today, saying, “Hey Internet: I’m headed to your town on a half-assed comedy... More »

Concert Earnings Defy Recession

Big-name acts, up-and-comers see modest rise in attendance

(Newser) - Concert tours remained surprisingly strong this year despite the weak economy, with slightly more people heading out to see their favorite acts than in 2008. Gross revenue held steady at $1 billion for the period from May 1 to Sept. 1, matching earnings a year earlier. Big-name acts like Kenny... More »

The Edge Rejects Greenie Criticism of U2 Tour

(Newser) - U2 guitarist The Edge stood up to critics who say the band's massive world tour is bad news for the environment, the BBC reports. "I think anybody that's touring is going to have a carbon footprint," he said backstage last night at U2's Wembley Stadium concert. "... More »

Stevie Finds Wonder Amid the 'Craziness'

Songsmith hits road for third time in 2 years

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder’s back on tour for the third time in less than 2 years, a treat for fans after a long drought. And while it’s been a big year for him—an inauguration performance, a Gershwin Prize—events like the Holocaust Museum shooting have him worried and writing.... More »

Cook Emotional On Stage After Brother's Death

(Newser) - American Idol star David Cook choked back tears and left the stage last night in his first performance since his brother's death, People reports. "It's gonna be tough for me," he told the Akron, Ohio crowd. But as audience members passed up cards and flowers for his brother... More »

Williams Hospitalized With Heart Problems

(Newser) - Robin Williams' health troubles may be more serious than thought. The 57-year-old entertainer is in a Florida hospital with heart problems, the Miami Herald reports. Yesterday, Williams canceled four shows in Florida after citing shortness of breath, but he planned to be back on tour March 11. Sources, however, tell... More »

Williams Scraps Shows, Short of Breath

After being short of breath, comedian cancels 4 shows

(Newser) - Robin Williams is taking a break from his one-man whirlwind comedy tour after suffering from shortness of breath, CNN reports. Williams, 57, covered 11 cities in the last 3 weeks and has been performing sold-out shows since September. The funnyman rescheduled four Florida performances of Weapons of Self-Destruction and plans... More »

In Asia, Clinton's on a Mission to Listen

Secretary of State right at home on 'world stage'

(Newser) - On her trip to China, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia, Hillary Clinton is making the most of long experience and enthusiastic crowds, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state is on a listening tour, aiming to rehab the country's image. “There is a hunger for the United States... More »

At $242M, Madonna Tops Music Moneymaker List

(Newser) - When it comes to overall revenues in 2008, all other musicians took a back seat to Madonna. Billboard notes that the top 20 earners all toured, a move that is bringing in more and more money as record sales tank. The top moneymakers:
  1. Madonna: With more than $242 million, the
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Britney: No Tour if My Kids Can't Come

K-Fed's lawyers blocking agreed- upon travel plans

(Newser) - Britney Spears will cancel her tour if Kevin Federline’s lawyers block an agreement letting her take the kids, sources tell TMZ. Brit, K-Fed, and Jamie Spears privately agreed on a plan for the singer to tote the tots. But Federline’s legal team has objected to the idea for... More »

Bus Tour Too Much Sex, Too Little City

Trip down memory lane is one Vanity Fair scribe would like to forget

(Newser) - Carrie & Co. wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus tour of Manhattan, but the half-day trek to various locations used for Sex and the City—a sex shop, the Meatpacking District, the Magnolia Bakery—has become the guilty secret of misguided fans looking to relive scenes from the... More »

Will: 'We Got to Help Each Other'

Actor hits Midwest to promote film, charity

(Newser) - Will Smith has a message for fans in these dismal economic times: “You got to help somebody.” He issued his plea as he promoted his new film Seven Pounds at a rare Minnesota premiere, which also raised money for a charity that delivers holiday meals. More »

Dig Up Dinos, Rare Relics on DIY Tours

Travelers can unearth lost treasures from Colo. to Easter Island

(Newser) - Travelers seeking more than a beach and a Daiquiri on their next trip can try digging up ancient civilizations. Travel + Leisure lists the trips that let you uncover lost worlds:
  • Ica Desert of Peru: Hikers can discover preserved shark teeth, fossilized whales, and even extinct creatures on this ancient
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Obama Show Coming to Europe, Mideast

Hopeful seeks to bolster image by traveling this summer

(Newser) - Barack Obama will travel to Europe and the Middle East this summer in his first international tour as a presidential candidate, he announced today. Designed to offset criticism that he lacks foreign policy experience, the trip will include stops in Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and Britain, the New York Times... More »

Sibling Rivalry Still Driving Van Halen

Eddie and Alex started young, and still finding ways to hold it together on tour

(Newser) - Eddie Van Halen took time out from touring to ruminate on the band and his guitar virtuosity with Rolling Stone. Turns out, the Van Halen brothers actually started out on opposite instruments: “I bought myself a drum kit, and my mom convinced my brother Alex to take flamenco-guitar lessons.... More »

Fans Pray It's No Careless Whisper

George Michael announces first US tour in 17 years

(Newser) - UK pop icon George Michael will embark on his first US tour in 17 years this summer, NME reports. Scheduled to coincide with his upcoming "Twenty Five" album, the 20-show trip will kick off in California in June and include visits to Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Madison Square Garden... More »

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