The Who fans to redeem 1979 tickets
A group of fans of British rock band The Who will finally redeem tickets for a canceled 1979 Rhode Island show.
The Who’s 1979 concert in Providence was canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after a stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed 11 people.
Now, the band plans to end its Quadrophenia tour in February at the same venue where its show was canceled.
The Dunkin Donuts Center is honoring tickets for that canceled show. A handful of fans have come forward to trade in their old tickets.
Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Rowling webcast will promote new kids club
J.K. Rowling’s next book is for adults, but this fall she will help promote the Harry Potter Reading Club.
Scholastic Inc. announced Tuesday that Rowling will participate in a live webcast at noon on Oct. 11. The discussion will take place on scholastic.com/hpreadingclub, the site for a Potter club launched Tuesday by Scholastic.
The club is designed for schools and libraries and parents. It will include discussion guides, a glossary, interactive features and information on community events.
Snoop Dogg is out; Snoop Lion is in
Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he’s tired of hip-hop, and that he is Bob Marley reincarnated and is now embracing reggae.
Also, he’s got a new name: Snoop Lion.
The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was “born again” during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”
The former gangster rapper is releasing a reggae album called “Reincarnated” in the fall.
He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley’s spirit and is now “Bob Marley reincarnated.”
Bob Marley’s son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.
While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop Lion and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning “light of the world.”
Snoop didn’t explain why he was switching from “Dogg” to “Lion,” but it’s likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.