Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip holds final show

Aug 21, 2016

Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip holds final show

A delirious sold-out crowd and countless Canadians on live TV watched the final concert by rock band The Tragically Hip, whose lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band, an indelible part of Canada’s national identity with ...

Aug 20, 2016

Kimura apologizes for SMAP breakup

A core member of the five-man pop group SMAP has offered an apology for the band’s decision to break up on Dec. 31 after more than a quarter of a century together. “I now cannot find words to say to all of our fans ...

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

Aug 11, 2016

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

The Sydney Opera House is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, with an emphasis on improving its acoustics, which have been described as worse than an aircraft hangar, officials said Thursday. The 247 million Australian dollar ($190 million) revamp is the biggest since Australia’s ...

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Aug 7, 2016

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and irrepressible wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national television fame, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 86. Benny Harrell, Fountain’s son-in-law and manager, said Fountain was in hospice ...

Rod Stewart knighted by queen

Jun 11, 2016

Rod Stewart knighted by queen

Rocker Rod Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honors List, which also included recognition for astronaut Tim Peake and “Downton Abbey” star Penelope Wilton. Stewart, the raspy-voiced singer of “Maggie May,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Some ...