Rolling Stones back on worldwide tour
The Rolling Stones, who in March interrupted their 2014 world tour due to singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend’s suicide, returned to the road Monday with a high-energy show lasting over two hours at Oslo, Norway’s Telenor Arena. Playing to a sold-out crowd of 23,000, Jagger did not mention the death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott.
The band played hits from their decades-long catalog, including a rendition of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” featuring Bergen’s Edvard Grieg Youth Choir. The band ended their set with fireworks.
The band in March interrupted their tour and later rescheduled all their Australia and New Zealand tour dates upon news that Scott – Jagger’s companion since 2001 – had committed suicide. The Rolling Stones’ next concert will be in Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday.
Walters donating career memorabilia
Barbara Walters is giving a trove of tapes, papers and photos from her five decades in journalism to Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater.
Walters made the announcement in a surprise appearance at the suburban New York college’s commencement. The Journal News said she told the graduates that her career benefited from going to what she called “a college where I was not afraid to ask questions.”
College President Karen Lawrence said the school is thrilled by the gift. Walters retired from daily television this month. Her final episode of “The View” aired May 16. She remains an executive producer of the show.
AKB48 cancels events after attack
Japan’s hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation and raising questions over security.
The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries, and the male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday.
The women, wearing hats and covering their hands with white towels, appeared in front of a huge crowd of reporters outside the hospital and thanked fans for their concern. “We’ve caused you worry, but we are returning to Tokyo now,” Kawaei said. “Thank you very much.”
The attack on the group has rattled people in a nation known for public safety. The news topped TV entertainment shows and even the two nationwide newspapers Yomiuri and Mainichi. Police arrested Satoru Umeta, a 24-year-old unemployed man, on suspicion of attempted murder.
The birthday bunch
Actor Christopher Lee is 92. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 78. Country singer Don Williams is 75. Actor Bruce Weitz is 71. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 69. Singer-actress Dee Dee Bridgewater is 64. Actress Peri Gilpin is 53. Comedian Adam Carolla is 50. Actor Paul Bettany is 43.