Judd postpones tour after hubby’s crash
Country singer Wynonna Judd announced Sunday that she is postponing concerts scheduled in Canada next week after her husband was hurt in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota.
Judd and her husband, Michael “Cactus” Moser, were riding separate motorcycles north on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when Moser crossed the centerline and hit a car. Moser, 55, of Nashville, Tenn., was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Judd was riding ahead of her husband and was not involved in the crash. The car’s driver was not injured.
Moser was cited for crossing the centerline and not having a motorcycle license.
Judd canceled her Saturday night show in Deadwood, a resort town in the Black Hills. Her website showed four concerts scheduled next week in Canada.
The couple were married in a private family ceremony in June in Leipers Fork, Tenn.
Madonna sued for supporting gays
Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.
Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna’s concert on Aug. 9.
Russian news agencies quote Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the nine activists, as saying the suit was filed Friday against Madonna, the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held, asking for damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5 million.
The complaint includes a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience, the new agency reported.
Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, did not immediately respond to emails asking for the singer’s reaction to the lawsuit.
The birthday bunch
Trombone player Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 65. Singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 64. Singer Rudy Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) is 60. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 60. Actor-director Peter Horton (“thirtysomething”) is 59. “Today” show weatherman Al Roker is 58. Actress Joan Allen is 56. Actor James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 50. Rapper KRS-One is 47. Actor Billy Gardell is 43. Singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 42. Guitarist Brad Avery (Third Day) is 41. Singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 37. Actor Ben Barnes (“Prince Caspian”) is 31. Singer-actress Demi Lovato is 20.