Piano Man on a roll
Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with his upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer.
The Piano Man, 65, will surpass the record set by his former tour mate Elton John with a show on July 1. Tickets for the record-breaking show will go on sale on Saturday.
The Grammy-winning artist was announced last year as the first-ever music franchise of the Garden. The July 1 show will be the 19th performance as a part of the residency, which has included monthly concerts throughout 2014.
‘Mockingjay’ opens big
“Mockingjay, Part 1” didn’t catch fire like the previous installments of “The Hunger Games,” but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” $123 million.
2. “Big Hero 6,” $20.1 million.
3. “Interstellar,” $15.1 million.
4. “Dumb and Dumber To,” $13.8 million.
5. “Gone Girl,” $2.8 million.
6. “Beyond the Lights,” $2.6 million.
7. “St. Vincent,” $2.4 million.
8. “Fury,” $1.9 million.
9. “Birdman,” $1.9 million.
10. “The Theory of Everything,” $1.5 million.
Foo Fighters battle Bots
The Foo Fighters are looking to the past for a way to combat the future.
With a plan called “Beat the Bots,” the Foos sold tickets to their July 16 show at Citi Field on Saturday with a catch: You had to go to Citi Field to get them.
It’s a throwback to the old days when you actually had to leave your house to get good tickets. “Fans sick of Scalper-BOTS programmed to clog online queues and snatch up huge amounts of tickets to resell them will get first shot at tickets to these shows,” the band explained in a statement.
The Foos offered the tickets with a limit of two floor tickets or four seats elsewhere in the stadium. For those who find this too old school, tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 5.
Handler drops the ball
Daniel Handler apologized again for a racial comment he made while hosting the National Book Awards and promised to back up his words with his wallet.
The best-selling author also known as “Lemony Snicket” was widely criticized for joking Wednesday night that black author Jacqueline Woodson was allergic to watermelon.
He tweeted Thursday that his humor “clearly failed” and tweeted Friday that it was “monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist.” He pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and for 24 hours will match donations up to $100,000.
Woodson won in the young adult category for “Brown Girl Dreaming.” In a statement issued through her publisher, Penguin, she said she wanted to continue in a “positive light” and bring about “understanding across lines of race.”
– From News wire services