Please be true! Please be true!! Please be true!!!!!!

New Bruce Springsteen Album In June?

It’s been a while since we had a juicy Springsteen rumour…A popular Italian Springsteen blog, Pink Cadillac, has hinted that they have heard that the new Bruce Springsteen album may be slated for a June 7 release. Full text from their blog post today is below:

Waiting for the release of the next album scheduled for June 7th, Bruce performed last night at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund gala at the Tribeca Grille, Robert De Niro’s New York venue. The event was a resounding success, an explosion of great music and a gathering with many famous people, including Roy Bittan and Bruce Springsteen. The boss inflamed the evening with a beautiful version of “Rocking Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu” and “Down the Road Apiece”, played with the Tangiers Blues Band by photographer Danny Clinch, proving to be in excellent shape.

In the comments section of their post, they say that the information has come from a source close to Sony. We shall see if this rumour picks up any steam but a June 7 release does seem a little early considering we are already in mid-April. But, who knows. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be surprised and hear an announcement soon.


Less than two weeks until AVENGERS: ENDGAME!!!

Shazam! superpowers itself to second consecutive box office victory

Shazam! Just say the word and you’ll find yourself at the top of the box office.

For the second week running, the DC Comics film takes first place at the box office, taking in an estimated $25 million across 4,306 theaters. The kid-friendly film easily outpaced the other new comic book adaptation to hit theaters this weekend Hellboy, which took in a dismal $12 million in third place. Shazam! brings its global total to $94 million, proving its staying power.

The film follows streetwise 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who gains the power to turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out “Shazam!” — a superhero origin story that comes courtesy of an ancient wizard. Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, and Ron Cephas Jones also star in the David F. Sandberg-directed movie.

Little scores the second place title for the weekend with an estimated $15 million across 2,667 theaters.

The weekend was jam-packed with new releases, all of which managed to take in enough to crack the top 10 this weekend. The buzziest release of the weekend was yet another comic book adaptation, this one a reboot of the Hellboy franchise with David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the titular half-demon hero. The hero, who previously appeared in two films in 2004 and 2008 directed by monster master Guillermo del Toro, proved to be a disappointment at the box office, taking in far under it’s expected $21 million gross.

The R-rated Neil Marshall film follows Hellboy as he is sent to England to battle three rampaging giants and finds himself facing off against vengeance-obsessed sorceress Blood Queen Nimue (Milla Jovovich). Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church also star. Critics have lambasted the film, and its returns hardly stack up to del Toro’s box office hauls, considering that when not adjusted for inflation the original 2004 film took in $23.2 million opening weekend and the 2008 sequel an even more impressive $34.5 million.

That’s far from the only new release this weekend. There’s also Laika’s latest animated release Missing Link, which takes ninth place with an estimated $5.8 million across 3,413 theaters.

The film features the voice talents of Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, a furry take on mythical creatures like the Yeti. Mr. Link recruits legendary explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to help him track down his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La, along with the assistance of adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana).

Then there’s the Regina Hall and Issa Rae starrer Little, which also marks a feature film splash for Black-ish’s Marsai Martin, who executive produced the film based on her own story idea. The inventive comedy, which feels like a reverse Big, takes second place with an estimated $15.5 million across 2,667 theaters. Martin stars as Jordan Sanders, the “little” version of a ferocious boss played by Regina Hall. When Jordan wakes up as her 13-year-old self, many hijinks ensue. This Is Us’ Justin Hartley also stars.

The final new release this weekend is YA romance After, based on the Anna Todd novel of the same name. It takes eighth place with an estimated $6.2 million across 2,138 theaters. The film’s debut was on pace with expectations for the indie project from distributors Aviron Pictures and Voltage. Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin star as two college-aged students who become embroiled in a passion-filled, explosive relationship, which only gets more tense with the revelation that Tiffin’s Hardin Scott harbors a dark secret. Selma Blair, Jennifer Beals, and Peter Gallagher also star in the Jenny Gage-directed film.

After often draws comparisons to Fifty Shades of Grey with its tale of forbidden romance and its darkly handsome hero. The Anna Todd novel similarly began on an internet platform, Wattpad, in 2014 before exploding into a viral success (similar to Fifty Shades which began its life as a massively popular work of Twilight fanfiction).

Pet Sematary and Dumbo round out the top five with $10 million across 3,585 theaters and $9 million across 3,706 theaters respectively.

Overall box office is down 16.7 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the April 12-14 numbers below.

1. Shazam! — $25.1 million
2. Little — $15.5 million
3. Hell Boy — $12 million
4. Pet Sematary — $10 million
5. Dumbo — $9.1 million
6. Captain Marvel — $8.6 million
7. Us — $6.9 million
8. After — $6.2 million
9. Missing Link — $5.8 million
10. The Best of Enemies — $2 million


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Disney+ to launch in November with 400 movies and 7,500 TV episodes

Disney finally revealed details of its long-awaited streaming service in a presentation to investors on Thursday afternoon.

Disney+ will launch globally on November 12th, 2019 with 400 movies titles and 7,500 TV episodes. The streaming network will collect content from across its various subsidiaries, including Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm, as well as its own productions under the Walt Disney banner. It’s also developing several original films and series.

The ad-free subscription service will be priced at $6.99 monthly — or, $69.99 annually — and will also be bundled with Hulu and other Disney offerings at a discounted price.

Among Disney+’s extensive offerings:

— All of Disney’s classic animated films — including The Lion King, Snow White, Little Mermaid, and Aladdin — will be unlocked from the Disney Vault and made available on Disney+. More recent animated films, such as Moana and Frozen, will also be included. Disney is also working on live-action remakes of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone, as well as a Christmas comedy called Noelle starring Anna Kendrick, and Timmy Failure, based on the best-selling books.

— All Pixar films will be available within first year of launch, as well as its various digital shorts, including new, original series focused around Toy Story characters Forky and Bo Peep. As previously reported, Monsters Inc. is also getting a spinoff series.

— Disney+ will bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together in one place for the first time. Four of its films will be available upon launch: Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World, with Avengers: Endgame following later in the year. As previously reported, Disney+ will also be the exclusive home to original series inspired by Loki, Hawkeye, Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Vision and the Scarlet Witch. If that weren’t enough, an animated series called What If? will imagine alternate Marvel storylines.

— The Star Wars films, with the exception of Solo and The Last Jedi (to come later), will be available at launch. Jon Favreau’s episodic series The Mandalorian will also be available at launch and span eight episodes. A Cassian Andor series is also in the works, with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from Rogue One.

— The first 30 seasons of The Simpsons will also be available on day one.


If you care…

Netflix expected to premiere Beyoncé special shrouded in secrecy

It took just one word for Netflix to send Beyoncé fans into a full-on freak out.

The streaming giant on Sunday posted on its social media channels a yellow image with the word Homecoming across it. The only other information was a date: April 17.

That’s when Netflix is expected to premiere a Beyoncé special that may feature her performances at last year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Though Netflix declined to share any more information, the font and colour and of the announcement was the same as Beyoncé’s was for her Coachella appearance.

Beyonce also last year launched a scholarship program dubbed the Homecoming Scholars Award Program.

The singer is known for debuting new work shrouded in secrecy. No details were announced before her 2016 HBO special Lemonade.


SHAZAM! is only great a few times. Most of it is barely very good. It’s also waaaay too long. I was even bored a few times. Bottom line, I liked it and hope they make another one. SHAZAM!!!

Shazam! scores a win for DC at box office with $53.5 million opening

In addition to their crop of better-known superheroes, it seems DC now only need say the words “Shazam” to produce results at the box office.

The Zachary Levi-led superhero film easily strutted its way to the top of the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $53.5 million across 4,217 cinemas. It’s not record-breaking on the scale of many comic book adaptations, but it’s a solid opening that suggests franchise potential for the property. Shazam! marks the seventh film in the DC Extended Universe and the second consecutive box office victory for DC after the success of Aquaman this winter.

Another new release, an update of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary scared up second place receipts with an estimated take of $25 million across 3,585 theaters, while Tim Burton’s Dumbo fell a dismaying 60 percent in its second weekend to a less-than-stellar $18.2 million across 4,259 theaters to land in the third place spot.

Shazam! is a win all-around for DC and New Line, taking in an estimated cumulative total of $56.8 once sneak preview sales are included. The film follows streetwise 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who gains the power to turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out “Shazam!” — a superhero origin story that comes courtesy of an ancient wizard. Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, and Ron Cephas Jones also star in the David F. Sandberg directed movie.

Though DC films often do well at the box office, they frequently are not critically well-received, but Shazam! stands in contrast to that with some of the comic book studios best reviews ever (not to mention a solid A CinemaScore from audiences). The candy-colored kid-friendly movie is also doing well overseas, taking in an estimated $102 million for a global opening total of $156.8 million. It also marks a win for star Zachary Levi — it’s his highest ever debut, excepting Thor: The Dark World in which he plays a minor supporting role, suggesting that he now has some leading man bankable power behind him.

A remake of the 1989 film of the same name, both based on the novel by Stephen King, another new release Pet Sematary takes second place with $25 million. It’s the second-highest opening for a Stephen King adaptation behind the monster success of 2017’s It.

Jason Clarke stars as Dr. Louis Creed who relocates his family, including wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and two children), to rural Maine. Near their new home, he discovers a mysterious burial ground with disturbing properties. John Lithgow, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie & Lucas Lavoie also star in the film, co-directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

The weekend’s other new release The Best of Enemies did not fare as well, taking in a soft estimated $4.5 million across 1,705 locations. Based on a true story, the film delves into the surprising relationship between outspoken civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) and local KKK leader, C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell). It marks Rockwell’s first big-screen role since his Oscar-nominated performance as George W. Bush in last year’s Vice and comes just days before his new TV series, Fosse/Verdon premieres on FX, in which he stars as Bob Fosse.

Also starring Wes Bentley, Anne Heche, Nick Searcy, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., the film marks the writing and directing debut of The Hunger Games producer Robin Bissell. It earned a solid A CinemaScore but was less favorable with critics.

The 2019 box office’s biggest stars, Captain Marvel and Jordan Peele’s Us, round out the top five for the weekend. Horror film Us takes fourth place behind Dumbo in its third weekend, adding an estimated $13.8 million to its domestic total of $153.4 million. Combined with its international totals this weekend, the film has now crossed the $200 million mark worldwide.

Speaking of crossing box office milestones, Captain Marvel flew to new heights in its fifth weekend out, crossing the one billion dollar mark worldwide earlier this week. It became the seventh Marvel Cinematic Universe film to do so. Its estimated $12.7 million take this weekend places it squarely in fifth place in its fifth weekend in a nice bit of symmetry. The Marvel juggernaut is now at $1,037.6 million worldwide and counting.

Overall box office is down 16.1 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the April 5-7 numbers below.

1. Shazam!— $53.5 million
2. Pet Sematary— $25 million
3. Dumbo— $18.2 million
4. Us— $13.8 million
5. Captain Marvel— $12.7 million
6. The Best of Enemies— $4.5 million
7. Five Feet Apart— $3.7 million
8. Unplanned— $3.2 million
9. Wonder Park— $2 million
10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— $2 million


They are great, and even better together. See their show, either on Netflix or in person. You won’t regret it!!

‘We’re like the Stones’: Steve Martin and Martin Short talk about life on the road

Over the years, every time Steve Martin and Martin Short have got together it has been nothing but fun times.

So when the comedy greats were asked to interview one another onstage at the 2011 Just for Laughs fest in Chicago, it was an automatic yes.

And as it turns out, it was the beginning of a stage show that has morphed over the years into a touring act — dubbed An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life — that finds the duo riffing on showbiz, singing songs, performing stand-up and roasting one another. Their routine, which stops at Toronto’s Sony Centre this Friday and Saturday, was turned into a Netflix special in 2018.

“It went really well,” Short, 63, recalls during a joint interview with Martin. “But more importantly, we had great fun doing it. We went out for dinner the night before and then we had a great dinner afterwards. Then we were asked to do it again and we agreed.”

The SCTV veteran and Saturday Night Live alum liked structure, but wanted to do something more. “So the show has evolved,” the Hamilton-born comic adds.

The friendship goes back nearly 33 years to when they first starred together alongside Chevy Chase in the 1986 comedy ¡Three Amigos! Their cinematic partnership continued in two Father of the Bride films and the 1998 animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

“I find whenever I become friends with someone it’s because they’re really funny or really smart. Marty was… funny,” Martin, 73, jokes.

Calling from New York and Los Angeles respectively, Martin and Short bantered about stardom and life on the road.

The tour, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t — it’s music, it’s stand-up, it’s you two onstage having conversations — what can people expect when you bring it to Toronto next week?

Martin: Exactly what you said. Marty and I love doing our show and after the Netflix special, which was last March, we really started working on new material in earnest. There’s a lot of growing pains when you’re working out new material, but now we’re just in the swing of things and we love it.

What is life like for you guys on the road?

Martin: It’s pretty easy. We travel first class and stay at nice hotels. We have a little room service before the show, then we laugh for the rest of night. Sometimes we spend the night and sometimes we fly out right afterwards. It’s really, really nice.

Short: And there’s always a nice dinner.

Do you have any guilty pleasures on the road?

Martin: Poached eggs on toast.

Short: You can’t really call them guilty pleasures, but when we get on the plane, sometimes I have a big bag of M&M’s.

Martin: We’re like the [Rolling] Stones except if you take away all the drugs and the women and the youth. Take out the drugs and the women and add Advil.

Short: And a game of cribbage… we play cribbage after the show.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Toronto?

Short: Well, as you know, that’s one of my hometowns and I have a son and daughter-in-law that live there so I hang out with them. Usually before I make my way to Muskoka.

Martin: I’ve always loved Toronto. I went there early on in my life at like age 22 and I always loved walking along Bloor St. or walking up and down Yonge St. By the way, when I went there a lot it was during the hippie days, so Toronto was really alive with a lot of energy and pop.

You first worked together over 30 years ago on ¡Three Amigos! What was your first impression of one another?

Short: I really liked Steve. We immediately hit it off and made each other laugh. I think the thing that you hone in on sooner than you even think is: does this person have a basic decency to them and are they kind? Those things were apparent right away. From there, we kept building as friends.

Martin: It was a fast friendship. I think banter in a marriage might not be a good thing. If you were always cracking jokes or playfully teasing or putting each other down, that might not work. But in friendship, that’s a good thing. We know how to kid and it just seems to work.

What did you think about each other’s comedic chops way back when, before you ever met?

Short: I didn’t meet Steve until 1985 and by that time he was a legend of the stage and stand-up and he was movie star. I was well aware of who he was. I had bought his (comedy) albums and I had read his books, so I knew who he was and it was thrilling to meet Steve.

Martin: I always viewed SCTV, where Marty got his start, as the home of some really incredibly talented people. These were comics who could do a million impressions and voices and they were really, really funny. I viewed myself as a kind of one-note Johnny. I was actually worried that he might not have respect for me and might not like me. Luckily, that was short-lived.

Steve, what’s your favourite thing from Marty, and Marty what’s your favourite thing Steve has done?

Martin: You know, there’s a couple of specials Marty did, one is from the ’90s on HBO and it’s called I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood. There were some fun, far-out sketches. But I really get a kick of watching him onstage at our show. When he’s onstage and I’m watching from the wings, I just sit and enjoy what he’s doing.

Short: With Steve, I could say The Jerk or Roxanne, but the reality is I kind of agree with what Steve just said. There are very few things that allow a performer to do everything under one umbrella. That’s a lot of what happens in our show. You can’t talk about Steve without the musicianship or the comedy or broadness of Steve. So I’m going to say, the Steve in this show is my favourite Steve.

Marty, do you break out any of your old SCTV characters for this show?

Short: There’s a new variation on a character I’ve done, but not Ed Grimley or Jackie Rogers Jr. or any of those guys.

What do you like best about one another?

Martin: We just have fun together. But our friendship onstage is kind of fake. Our friendship offstage is real, but onstage we kid around and say things we might not in real life.

Short: It’s like any friendship, except we’re more public. Anybody who has a close friend will understand.

Steve, you haven’t been in a movie since 2011’s The Big Year. Are we going to see you on the big screen anytime soon?

Martin: I’m retired from movies. …. I’m not actively pursuing movies and they don’t actively pursue me.

So you’re saying people aren’t coming to you with scripts anymore?

Martin: Well, I do have a life. Things are going on (laughs). I actually kind of shut down conversations about it pretty early on … I still get requests every once in awhile, but I’m not pursing it and I tell my agents not to pursue it.

So just to be clear, we’re not getting a Father of the Bride 3 then?

Martin: Alright fine, we’ll do it.

Short: Wow, that was a short retirement (laughs).

You’ve both been in show business for over four decades. Do you have a motto?

Short: My father always used to say, ‘At the end of the day, Martin, you do the decent thing.’ I think that’s a nice sentiment.

Martin: I’m curious Marty, with that motto, why you don’t?

Short: Because I never really trusted my father.

What’s the best advice you ever got?

Martin: You’ll think I’m joking, but I’m not. When I first started in show business and I was doing my act onstage, I didn’t know how to dress. I didn’t know what to wear. So I asked this guy, his name was Fats Johnson, and he did have a pretty funny folk music act. He always wore a puffy white shirt, a nice jacket and had diamond rings on his fingers. I said, ‘Fats, what’s your advice for how I should look onstage?’ And he told me: ‘Always look better than they do.’

Short: I guess, just from watching other people on television, the best advice I ever got was: More is more.

What is an ideal Sunday for both of you?

Martin: Marty, do you go to the earliest mass or the later one? I wake up and I go to the gym. Then I have a nice lunch out and then my wife, my child and I go to a really nice restaurant and we have dinner. Just the three of us. I love Sundays.

Short: I wake up and I … you know, we’re in show business. We don’t really work. Every day is like Sunday to me.


He seems content to fade away…currently only doing mediocre work and producing mediocre projects…and that’s his choice. I hope he gives us one more classic one day!!

ALL RIGHTY THEN! Jim Carrey says he won’t bring back old characters

Jim Carrey has abandoned plans to revive any more of his most famous comedy characters, insisting he has no interest in revisiting the past.

The funnyman reprised Ace Ventura and Lloyd Christmas for the sequels Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Dumb & Dumber To, but he has assured fans there won’t be anymore film follow-ups.

“I’m bringing nothing back,” Carrey told Entertainment Tonight at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon, where he helped movie bosses promote the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film on Thursday. “I’m moving forward.”

There has been talk of Carrey revisiting The Mask and pet detective Ace Ventura one more time, but he insists he’s not interested.

“You get a lot of pressure from people you know to bring things back and stuff, and then you do and they go, ‘OK, I just wanted you to do something’.”

Carrey has also stripped back his acting roles in recent years to focus on his work as an artist, but he’s slowly picking up new projects, like acclaimed TV series Kidding and the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog, based on the popular Sega video game franchise.

He’ll portray villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik in the movie, which is set for release in November.

“I’m always animated, OK?” Carrey jokes about his new role, “so there’s really very little difference between that and real life for me.”

Meanwhile, he might not be interested in revisiting any of his old movie characters, but Jim is keen to bring back 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Color, where he landed his big break alongside stars like Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and Marlon and Shawn Wayans.

“That show really needs to happen! That show needs to exist,” Carrey told ET. “Especially now, man. There’s so much to eat up and spit out, so I’d love to see it reconstitute itself in another form.”


I’m sure I’ll see DUMBO one day, but I’m in no rush. No rush at all.

Dumbo takes off with a soft $45 million, topping the box office

Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo isn’t exactly soaring, but it’ll have enough lift to reach the top of the box office on its opening weekend.

The live-action update of the beloved 1941 animated film is on track to sell an estimated $45 million in tickets at 4,259 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, unseating Jordan Peele’s horror hit Us ($33.6 million). Dumbo’s muted opening comes in below industry projections, which were in the $50 million to $58 million range, while also falling short of previous live-action Disney re-imaginings like Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), The Jungle Book ($103.3 million), Maleficent ($69.4 million), and Cinderella ($67.9 million).

Directed by Burton and made for an estimated $170 million, Dumbo has garnered mixed reviews from movie critics, while audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. Expanding upon the original film’s heartwarming story of a baby elephant who becomes a circus star thanks to his big, floppy ears, the new version stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green.

Disney will also be unveiling live-action updates of Aladdin and The Lion King later this year.

In second place, Peele and Universal’s Us is holding steady in its sophomore weekend, with a decline of about 53 percent from its stellar debut. After 10 days in theaters, its domestic total sits at an estimated $128.2 million. The film will add about $22.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing its worldwide haul to about $174.5 million.

A critical hit, Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as a family who come face-to-face with their freaky doppelgängers.

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Disney and Marvel’s latest superhero hit, Captain Marvel, with an estimated $20.5 million; CBS Films and Lionsgate’s teen romantic drama Five Feet Apart, with an estimated $6.3 million; and Pure Flix’s anti-abortion drama Unplanned, with an estimated $6.1 million.

Elsewhere, Neon and Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy The Beach Bum is flopping with a debut of about $1.8 million at 1,100 theaters (a per-screen average of about $1,636). That figure marks a career-worst opening for Matthew McConaughey, who plays the title role. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, and Zac Efron.

Overall box office is down 16.3 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the March 29-31 numbers below.

1. Dumbo — $45 million
2. Us — $33.6 million
3. Captain Marvel — $20.5 million
4. Five Feet Apart — $6.3 million
5. Unplanned — $6.1 million
6. Wonder Park — $4.9 million
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $4.2 million
8. Hotel Mumbai — $3.2 million
9. A Madea Family Funeral — $2.7 million
10. The Beach Bum — $1.8 million


The age old phrase is “The Show MUST Go On”. No matter what, The Show MUST Go On!!! I absolutely despise it when this happens, whether I have tickets or not.

Rolling Stones postpone tour so Mick Jagger can get medical treatment

The Rolling Stones are postponing their latest tour, which included one stop in Canada, so lead vocalist Mick Jagger can get “medical treatment.”

The legendary rock band, known for classics such as Satisfaction and You Can’t Always Get What You Want, announced Saturday that Jagger, 75, was informed by doctors “he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment,” but that his prognosis is good.

“The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible,” the statement said.

The source of Jagger’s illness remains a mystery, with no other details given.

The group was supposed to kick off its No Filter Tour in Miami, Fla. on April 20 and was slated to perform at one Canadian location along the way: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on June 29.

Jagger told Canadian and American fans he’s “so sorry.”

“I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can,” he tweeted.”

Ticketholders are being advised to keep their existing tickets, which will still be valid for rescheduled dates.

The Stones says those dates “will be announced shortly.”


They need to stop inducting people for at least five years and that will re-fresh the list of people who are eligible. They’re about to run out of quality groups and will being inducting bands like Counting Crows and Everclear. Not everyone who has a hit single should get in.

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks call for more women at Rock Hall of Fame induction

Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Janet Jackson, the latest member of the Jackson clan to enter the hall, called for other women to join them in music immortality on a night they were honoured with five all-male British bands.

Jackson issued her challenge just before leaving the stage of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she said, “in 2020, induct more women.”

Neither Jackson or Nicks were around at the end of the evening when another Brit, Ian Hunter, led an all-star jam at the end to All the Young Dudes. The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs was the only woman onstage.

During the five-hour ceremony, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music thanked multiple bass players and album cover designers, the Cure’s Robert Smith proudly wore his mascara and red lipstick a month shy of his 60th birthday and two of Radiohead’s five members showed up for trophies.

During Def Leppard’s induction, Rick Allen was moved to tears by the audience’s standing ovation when singer Joe Elliott recalled the drummer’s perseverance following a 1985 accident that cost him an arm.

Jackson followed her brothers Michael and the Jackson 5 as inductees. She said she wanted to go to college and become a lawyer growing up, but her late father Joe had other ideas for her.

“As the youngest in my family, I was determined to make it on my own,” she said. “I was determined to stand on my own two feet. But never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps.”

She encouraged Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producers of her breakthrough “Control” album and most of her vast catalog, to stand in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for recognition, as well as booster Questlove. She thanked Dick Clark of “American Bandstand” and Don Cornelius of “Soul Train,” along with her choreographers including Paula Abdul.

There was some potential for awkward vibes Friday, since the event was being filmed to air on HBO on April 27. HBO angered the Jackson family this winter for showing the documentary Leaving Neverland, about two men who alleged Michael Jackson abused them when they were boys. Jackson never mentioned Michael specifically in her remarks but thanked her brothers, and he was shown on screen with the rest of the family.

Jackson was inducted by an enthusiastic Janelle Monae, whose black hat and black leather recalled some of her hero’s past stage looks. She said Jackson had been her phone’s screen-saver for years as a reminder to be focused and fearless in how she approached art.

Nicks was the night’s first induction. She is already a member of the hall as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but only the first woman to join 22 men — including all four Beatles members — to have been honoured twice by the rock hall for the different stages of their career.

Nicks offered women a blueprint for success, telling them her trepidation in first recording a solo album while a member of Fleetwood Mac and encouraging others to match her feat.

“I know there is somebody out there who will be able to do it,” she said, promising to talk often of how she built her solo career. “What I am doing is opening up the door for other women.”

During her four-song set, she brought onstage a cape she bought in 1983 to prove to her “very frugal” late mother that it was still in good shape, and worth its $3,000 US price tag. Don Henley joined her to sing Leather and Lace, while Harry Styles filled in for the late Tom Petty on Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.

David Byrne inducted Radiohead, noting he was flattered the band named itself after one of his songs. He said their album Kid A was the one that really hooked him, and he was impressed Radiohead could be experimental in both their music and how they conduct business.

“They’re creative and smart in both areas, which was kind of a rare combination for artists, not just now but anytime,” he said.

With only drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O’Brien on hand, Radiohead didn’t perform; there was a question of whether any of them would show up given the group’s past ambivalence about the hall. But both men spoke highly of the honour.

“This is such a beautifully surreal evening for us,” said O’Brien. “It’s a big (expletive) deal and it feels like it … I wish the others could be here because they would be feeling it.”

The Cure’s Smith has been a constant in a band of shifting personnel, and he stood onstage for induction Friday with 11 past and current members. Despite their goth look, the Cure has a legacy of pop hits, and performed three of them at Barclays, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven and Boys Don’t Cry.

Visibly nervous, Smith called his induction a “very nice surprise” and shyly acknowledged the crowd’s cheers.

“It’s been a fantastic thing, it really has,” he said. “We love you, too.”

His inductee, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, recalled ridiculing the rock hall in past years because he couldn’t believe the Cure wasn’t in. When he got the call that the band was in, he said “I was never so happy eating my words as I was that day.”

Def Leppard sold tons of records, back when musicians used to do that, with a heavy metal sound sheened to pop perfection on songs like Photograph and Pour Some Sugar on Me. They performed them in a set that climaxed the annual ceremony.

Singer Joe Elliott stressed the band’s working-class roots, thanking his parents and recalling how his father gave them 150 pounds to make their first recording in 1978.

Besides Allen’s accident, the band survived the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark. Elliott said there always seemed to be a looming sense of tragedy around the corner for the band, but “we wouldn’t let it in.”

“If alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn’t kill us, the ’90s had no (expletive) chance,” said Elliott, referring to his band mates as the closest thing to brothers that an only child could have.

Roxy Music, led by the stylish Ferry, performed a five-song set that included hits Love is the Drug, More Than This and Avalon. (Brian Eno didn’t show for the event).

Simon LeBon and John Taylor of Duran Duran inducted them, with Taylor saying that hearing Roxy Music in concert at age 14 showed him what he wanted to do with his life.

“Without Roxy Music, there really would be no Duran Duran,” he said.

The soft-spoken Ferry thanked everyone from a succession of bass players to album cover designers. “We’d like to thank everyone for this unexpected honour,” he said.

The Zombies, from rock ‘n’ roll’s original British invasion, were the veterans of the night. They made it despite being passed over in the past, but were gracious in their thanks of the rock hall. They performed hits Time of the Season, Tell Her No and She’s Not There.

Zombies lead singer Rod Argent noted that the group had been eligible for the hall for 30 years but the honour had eluded them.

“To have finally passed the winning post this time — fantastic!”