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Scorpions cancel U.S. tour, singer diagnosed with serious case of laryngitis

 

The German heavy metal band the Scorpions have announced the cancellation of the rest of their U.S tour with Megadeth over an illness in the band.

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Lead singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a serious case of laryngitis, according to a statement on the group’s website, which reads: 

"The Scorpions regret to announce that due to severe laryngitis, the remainder of the 2017 US tour will be cancelled. Klaus Meine has been advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice. If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent damage.” 

The multi-platinum-selling band have been performing for more than 50 years, celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015.

The band’s statement said members hated to disappoint fans, but felt they had no choice

Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase, according to the website.

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There’s no word on whether the Scorpion’s plan to reschedule the U.S. tour dates on their Crazy World tour.

 

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher say 'no presents for the kids' this Christmas

According to Mila Kunis, she and husband Ashton Kutcher will not be giving their children any Christmas gifts this year, and they’ve asked the children’s grandparents to limit the number of gifts they give.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kunis, who is promoting her upcoming movie, “Bad Moms Christmas,” said her upbringing shaped her view and understanding of Christmas. 

“I come from communist Russia, where you’re not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are ‘be quiet,’” Kunis said. “Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it. In Russia, back in the day, it was a very religious holiday, so you don't celebrate Christmas if you’re not Christian and if you’re not at Mass. So, I being Jewish, was like, ‘Christmas is not for you.’”

Kunis, 34, moved to the U.S. from Ukraine in 1991 at the age of 7

“We come to America and we're like, ‘Christmas is so inclusive,’” Kunis told ET. “We literally bought a Christmas tree. So as far as tradition goes, my family’s big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk. Whether it's Easter, which we've now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn't matter. It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition.”

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Kunis, who shares two children with Kutcher -- 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Dimitri -- said the couple have a new tradition this year.

“No presents for the kids,” she told ET. “We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [around age] 1, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was 2and it was too much. We didn't give her anything -- it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”

Kunis said she and Kutcher have asked their parents to limit the number of gifts they purchase for their grandchildren to one.

“We've told our parents, ‘We’re begging you -- if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation to the Children’s Hospital or a pet -- whatever you want.’ That's our new tradition,” she said.

Read more at Entertainment Tonight.

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Chris Cornell’s wife still searching for answers in his suicide death 

Vicky Cornell is still searching for answers in the unexpected suicide death of her husband, rocker Chris Cornell.

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On Friday, Cornell flew to Detroit to meet with the medical examiner four months after that examiner ruled her husband’s death a suicide by hanging.

In May, Chris Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room after reportedly “sounding groggy” on the phone with his wife following a concert at the Fox Theatre.

A toxicology report later revealed that he had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of his death. The Narcan was reportedly administered by EMTs at the scene, as it is used to reverse opioid overdoses, according to People.

>> Related: Chris Cornell’s family continues his legacy through charity work

Chris Cornell is survived by Vicky Cornell and their children, daughter Toni, 13, son Christopher, 11; as well as his daughter Lily, 17, from a previous marriage.

Romance radio’s Delilah grieving son’s suicide; can’t fathom ‘how to go on’

Syndicated radio host Delilah announced the sudden death of her son Zachariah with fans on Saturday.

The radio host took to Instagram on Saturday to share the “devastating news” that her teenage son had taken his own life last week.

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“In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life,” she wrote. 

“He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now. My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on…but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through.”

Delilah said that she’s taking some time away from her radio show and social media to “grieve.

This isn’t the first child Delilah lost. In 2012, she lost her son Sammy to complications of sickle-cell anemia.

According to People, she is known as the “Queen of Snappy Love Songs” and has shared millions of songs as dedications to her fans on her syndicated radio series.

‘Fast & Furious’ feud erupts again between the ‘Rock’ and co-stars

The ninth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise was set for release in April of 2019, but production has been pushed back for unspecified reasons — and it looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s co-stars think it’s all his fault.

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“Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” Tyrese Gibson said, taking the first shot in an Instagram post. Then following it up with a hit at Johnson’s summer movie remake “Baywatch,” which opened to lukewarm reviews and slow ticket sales.

“And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah ... it’s about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch?”

The actor then doubled down on his criticism, posting a picture of a movie poster from the franchise, accusing Johnson of breaking up the “Fast Family” by allegedly accepting a spin-off opportunity.

“Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family ... Until Dewayne showed up. I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn’t the ONLY ONE on the movie poster,” Gibson wrote.

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Later, fellow “Fast & Furious” star Vin Diesel also took to Instagram to throw shade at Johnson. He shared a photo of  him, Gibson and the late Paul Walker, all of whom starred in the franchise. For the caption, he simply wrote, “Brotherhood.”

Rapper Nelly denies rape allegation, says he is 'completely innocent'

Rapper Nelly is denying the rape accusation that led to his arrest early Saturday.

>> Rapper Nelly accused of rape, arrested after show

News broke that the rapper, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., was booked into a Washington jail by the Auburn, Washington, Police Department after a woman came forward claiming that he raped her in his tour bus. He was set to perform with Florida Georgia Line in Ridgefield over the weekend.

Attorney Scott Rosenblum, Nelly’s representative, said the accusation was “fabricated” in a statement:

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"Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."

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Nelly denied the allegations on Twitter after he was released from jail without charges.

An investigation is currently underway.

Jason Aldean opens 'SNL,' pays tribute to Las Vegas victims, Tom Petty

Jason Aldean and his band have kept a low profile in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting during his headline set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 fans and injured more than 500 others. But on Oct. 7, they made a surprise appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” opening the show with a performance of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty died as a result of a heart attack the day after the festival shooting.

>> On AJC.com: WATCH: Jason Aldean opens ‘Saturday Night Live’ with tribute to Las Vegas victims, Tom Petty

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“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history,” a somber Aldean said at the top of the show. “Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So may people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them, we hurt for you, and we hurt with you. But you can be sure that we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”

>> PHOTOS: Tom Petty through the years

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Aldean had been scheduled to play shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California, this weekend, but he canceled those gigs on Tuesday, explaining in a prepared statement that he did so “out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans.” In the same statement, he said, “Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do — play our songs for them.”

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>> On Rare.us: Jason Aldean cancels shows in wake of Las Vegas shooting

The “SNL” appearance marked the first time back onstage. Aldean's “They Don’t Know Tour” is scheduled to resume Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

New ‘Sesame Street’ video teaches kids how to cope with trauma

Big Bird, Bert and Ernie have been teaching children how to count and say their ABCs for years. Now, the lovable “Sesame Street” characters will tackle a more difficult subject: learning how to cope with traumatic events.

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Sesame Workshop, the company behind “Sesame Street,” released video and free resources designed to help children address those confusing feelings that may occur from divorce or deaths in the family.

The topic is the latest in a series called Sesame Street in Communities, according to Newsy. It aims to help parents and organizations address serious issues, such as grieving and divorce.

According to a 2016 survey, nearly half of the children in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic or stressful event. That also includes mental illness, poverty, abuse and divorce. The study also noted that 20 percent of all children experience more than one of those events, Newsy reported.

Such trauma can hamper a child’s development and educational progress. The new “Sesame Street” videos and resources are meant to increase a child’s sense of safety, even through a catastrophic event. 

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Last Comic Standing Star, Ralphie May dead at 45

Ralphie May, one of the most successful comics to come out of “Last Comic Standing,” died Friday at the age of 45 his manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The comedian had reportedly been battling pneumonia for six weeks, but was still pushing through and performing all of his shows. According to TMZ, May died at a private residence in Las Vegas from cardiac arrest. He had two shows scheduled this weekend in Las Vegas.

 

May’s stand-up comedy career launched after he came in second place on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. After that, he went on to have several televised comedy specials on Netflix and Comedy Central. 

He and his wife Lahna Turner divorced in 2015.

The comedian was an avid performer, touring nearly non-stop around the country. May had been touring the United States for over a decade.

Many of May’s fellow comedians took to social media to share their condolences after the tragic news broke.

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