Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalised following Swedish DJ Avicii's gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (25Jun14). The Wake Me Up hitmaker brought his True Tour to the TD Garden venue but his gig descended into chaos as audience members fell ill. A number of ambulances were called to the scene and around 50 revellers were treated by paramedics on site. Another 36 were taken to nearby hospitals, according to the Boston Globe.
Gig-goer Roisin Saratonion, 18, tells the newspaper, "It was just too crazy in there.... You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn't breathe. It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated."
Authorities believe many of the cases were caused by dehydration, while Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse suggests alcohol and drugs could have played a part, adding, "There may have been some illicit drug involved, but none have been identified."
A spokesperson for Live Nation, the promoter behind the show, says in a statement: "Based on early reports from the venue it appears the majority of the transports were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside the venue and access to the concert. Out of an abundance of caution, they were transported for medical evaluation and assistance."
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Just hearing the awful news abt (about) tonight. It's a terrible thing, I rly (really) hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families."
A similar incident occurred at the DJ's show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada last month (May14), when at least 29 revellers were taken to hospital for drug or alcohol-related illnesses, according to The Toronto Star newspaper.
Avicii's gig on Wednesday marked the star's return to the Boston stage after he was previously forced to postpone the concert and the rest of his U.S. tour dates originally slated for April (14), when he underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix.
Country superstar Tim Mcgraw quit boozing after realising he was heading in the same direction as tragic singer Keith Whitley. The It's Your Love hitmaker turned his back on his heavy-drinking ways in 2008, and previously insisted he decided to stop partying after sending drunken texts to his wife Faith Hill.
However, McGraw now admits he cleaned up his act over fears he would end up like his musical hero, Whitley, who died from alcohol poisoning aged 34 in 1989.
In an interview with Men's Health magazine, he explains, "Keith Whitley taught me how demons can overtake you if you let 'em. And I was headed down that path. You feel like you're supposed to be 'on' all the time. Then you drink and get onstage, and all of a sudden you feel confident and powerful.
"It becomes a habit. Up until seven years ago, there were not a lot of shows that I didn't have something in my system."
The fear that he could also lose his family - singer Hill and their three daughters - also prompted him to stop drinking.
McGraw adds, "When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call. That, and realising you're gonna lose everything you have. Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise.
"It got to the point where my kids were getting older, and it was way past the point that they noticed it. And I noticed that they noticed. That's enough to straighten you out."
Swedish dance star Avicii has been named the most influential artist under the age of 25 in a new online poll.
The Wake Me Up hitmaker has beaten out Lorde and Miley Cyrus to land the title on music streaming service Spotify's inaugural Top 25 Under 25 list, a survey which factors in chart hits, volume and growth of streams and song shares. Spotify's trends expert Shannon Cook tells People.com, "At 24, Avicii has broken almost as many records as he's spun.
The Swedish DJ is Spotify's first artist under 25 to cross the one billion streams threshold, and his unforgettable breakout song 'Wake Me Up' is our most played track, with more than 240 million streams globally." Lorde placed second, just ahead of Cyrus at three, while One Direction and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five at four and five, respectively.
Other notable rankings include: Ariana Grande (7), Rita Ora (9), Justin Bieber (11) and Demi Lovato (16).
Swedish superstar DJ Avicii has cancelled an upcoming gig in Dubai as he continues to recover from surgery. The Wake Me Up hitmaker underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix over the weekend (29-30Mar13) after falling ill last week (beg24Mar13).
The star, real name Tim Bergling, remains in hospital and has been forced to axe a planned set at Dubai's Atlantis The Palm hotel on Friday (04Apr14).
A statement from the concert's organisers reads: "Due to the superstar DJ's health issue, Live@Atlantis featuring Avicii has to be cancelled.
"We wish Avicii a speedy recovery and look forward to bringing him to the Live@Atlantis stage in the very near future."
The DJ updated fans on his condition on Monday night (30Mar14), tweeting: "Still in hospital! At least im (sic) finally catching up to season 2 of House of cards."
Avicii has insisted he will be well enough to embark on his U.S. tour, which kicks off on 10 April (14).
DJ and producer Avicii's no-show at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida has been explained - the hitmaker was in hospital after suffering problems with his gallbladder. The Wake Me Up hitmaker, real name Tim Bergling, was hospitalised on Thursday (27Mar14) and had to scrap a show that night and another big gig at the festival on Friday (28Mar14).
Representatives for the Swedish DJ assured fans that Avicii was "going to be fine" and now it has emerged why he was suffering.
TMZ.com reports he has officially cancelled his Ultra showcase after having his gallbladder removed.
Sources tell the website he was admitted to hospital on Thursday with severe abdominal pains, nausea, and fever.
He's not the only Ultra star falling ill in Miami - fellow DJ Afrojack was also hospitalised with exhaustion, while Stefan from Dada Life had to fly home to Sweden for emergency abdominal surgery.
And another performer, Laidback Luke, has pulled out of his Miami gigs after learning his wife has gone into labour.
DJ Avicii had a strange Thursday (27Mar14) - he was hospitalised hours after picking up two big honours at Germany's answer to the Grammy Awards. The Swedish dance music star was forced to scrap his Miami, Florida concert on Thursday night after he fell ill.
As WENN went to press it wasn't clear what prompted the Wake Me Up hitmaker to check into hospital, but his health emergency came just hours after he learned he'd won honours for Best Electronic Dance Music Act and Best Single for Wake Me Up at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin.
The DJ, real name Tim Bergling, wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for his show in Florida.
Echo winners also included: Robbie Williams (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Birdy (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Female), Depeche Mode (Best International Rock/Pop Group), Eminem (Best International Hip Hop/Urban Artist), German rockers Die Toten Hosen (Best Live Act), Tim Bendzko (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Ina Muller (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Female), violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Sterling (Best Crossover Act), Helene Fischer (Album of the Year for Farbenspiel), and Swiss singer Beatrice Egli, who stunned experts by beating favourites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to the Best International Newcomer award.
The show featured performances by Kylie Minogue, James Blunt and Birdy, among others, and Swiss duo Yello stunned the audience with a live remix of their 1985 hit Oh Yeah, recorded on Boris Blank's cellphone as they collected the Echo award for Lifetime Achievement.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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This is the first Bo-centric episode of the season. Anna Silk is back from maternity leave and feistier than ever. “Lovers. Apart.” is surprising because it focuses on characters that rarely get their own storylines. Lauren (Zoe Palmer) is still in hiding. Meanwhile, Evony the Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is back with a vengeance. It looks like this episode, is focused on the Bo/Dyson/Lauren threesome and where they all are in the wake of Bo’s disappearance last season.
Bo & Dyson
The episode begins with Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Clio (Mia Kirshner) on the train having just missed Bo. It’s unclear where in the infinite number of dimensions Bo could end up jumping off a moving inter-dimensional train but that will not be explained later. Dyson is suffering from transcendental sickness which happens to normal people who dimension jump. Apparently, there are no booster shots, so consider this before making any trips to the fourth dimension. Clio is able to heal him and use a piece of Bo’s dress to track her.
Bo, loopy from hanging with Dr. Who, lands in an empty cabin in the woods. The house belongs to Ian Jenkins (Lochlyn Munro) a family man with a daughter, Julia (Chloe Rose), who is a bizarro version of Kenzi. It turns out this family has a secret. Bo tries to save bizarro Kenzi from her father who bears a disturbing resemblance to Scott Peterson. However, as usual, Bo is mistaken.
It turns out a body jumping Fae cleverly named Jumbee, is trying to kill every member of the Jenkins family. Bo leads bizarro Kenzi right to her. As ususal, Bo is conveniently rescued by Dyson. Bo, ridden with guilt, tries to stop Jumbee so she gets succubus-ing. When she steals some chi she ends up face-to-face with the mortal Jumbee (Neema Bickersteth). It turns out she was thought to be a witch, she’s actually an elemental Fae. She and her interracial lover are murdered and separated. Dyson and Cleo find their remains and Dyson and Bo recite wedding vows to put Jumbee’s soul at peace.
It’s a great moment for Team Dyson fans to see Bo and Dyson finally together. They may be part of a throuple with Lauren but something just feels so right about Bo with Dyson because they fell in love in the first episode. It’s also worth noting that Lost Girl does not shy away from diversity and having Jumbee as part of an interracial couple. Although, it would be helpful for the audience to know what time period she’s from. It seems to have elements that could tie it to slavery or colonial times which isn’t particularly clear. #missedopportunity
Clio inevitably betrays Dyson. However, Bo’s fried brain was healed by Jumbee so she royally kicks Clio’s ass because they don’t need her anymore. Apparently, unbeknownst to the audience, they’ve been on Earth in our dimension this whole time. It seems weird that no one took issue with Jumbee being a Fae and mating with a human.
Meanwhile, at the Lace-front Diner, poorly-wigged Lauren is connecting with fellow waitress, Crystal (Ali Liebert). The two ladies bond, mostly because Crystal wants to get freaky with Lauren and in a huge surprise, she actually gets to. This is a new Lauren who isn’t scared to get a little wild. However, Lauren does get scared by a call to the diner so she hits the road. Crystal surprises her in her car and betrays her. However, in a bizarre twist of fate, Dyson and Bo drive right by not realizing Lauren is getting kidnapped. Oh Snap!
Evony is back with a random eye patch. It looks like now she’s the MoRRRigan now. #badpiratejokes She looks like she has a renewed sense of purpose after being enslaved by Vex. She kills a few people with her power to inspire people to turn into puddles. She gets Massimo the Druid (Tim Rozon) to give her a new eye and reveals that they have a long history. Does this mean she will take advantage and take over Kenzi’s drug debt?
Best Lines of the Night
Bitch, I think your brain broke. - Bizarro Kenzi
When you’ve been in power as long as I have, everyone’s a child. -Evony
Don’t disappoint me like Chanel Number Goo, did. -Evony
[My Boots] might make this homeless person’s nightey thing your rocking look like an actual fashion choice. -Bizarro Kenzi about Bo’s Damaged Outfit
Carsten Windhorst/WENNDespite becoming the first band since The Beatles to top the U.K. charts with their first five albums, the music world appeared to collectively shrug its shoulders at the weekend when Keane announced that they were taking a break after sixteen years together. One of many inoffensive piano-rock outfits to emerge in the wake of Coldplay's success, the East Sussex trio enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-'00s. But they also became an easy target for the cooler indie fraternity, most notably with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno, who famously joked that frontman Tom Chaplin's stint in rehab was more likely to be for port addiction than cocaine, and Noel Gallagher, who claimed that "whatever direction the band take, they will always be s***." But did they really deserve the 'Most Boring Band In The World' tag? Here's a look at five arguments in their defense."Is It Any Wonder"Inspired by their disillusionment over the Iraq War, "Is It Any Wonder" proved that Keane weren't always overwhelmingly polite. Recorded whilst battling a drink and drugs problem, Chaplin has never sounded so impassioned on a squalling indie-rock anthem which channelled U2 at their chest-beating stadium rock finest.Perfect SymmetryTo the surprise of everyone, Keane ditched their signature sound for third album, Perfect Symmetry, and instead looked to the widescreen '80s synth-rock of Tears For Fears, Simple Minds and David Bowie for a perfectly-executed pastiche which also produced their career-best single, "Spiralling.""Stop For A Minute"One of the more surreal collaborations of recent years, this lead single from 2010's Night Train E.P. saw one of the most quintessentially English bands of the '00s hook up with Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan for a wholly unexpected venture into hip-pop."Early Winter"Not exactly a Keane song, although they did later give away their cover as a free download, the gorgeous soft-rock heartbreak of Gwen Stefani's "Early Winter" suggests that its writer and the brains behind the band, Tim Rice-Oxley, may have the more fruitful solo career."Dirtylicious"Recorded for Radio 1's famous Live Lounge series, Keane proved they weren't averse to the odd bit of suggestive R&B with this inspired mash-up of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" and Destiny’s Child's "Bootylicious."
Even in the wake of Life of Pi's four Oscar wins — including Best Director for Ang Lee — and its resultant spiked attraction to moviegoers, any conversation about the fantastical picture is likely to steer toward the buzzing video effects protests ensnaring the film industry. "It's a very tough business," Lee said of the VFX industry on Monday, during a presentation highlighting the special features and deleted scenes of the Life of Pi Blu-ray, which releases on Mar. 12. "Because it's so expensive."
With the VFX company Rhythm and Hues (which worked on Life of Pi) declaring bankruptcy and dismissing over 250 employees without severence, discussions have emerged about the complicated relationship between the effects industry and their studio employers — an issue that Lee and his frequent collaborator, editor Tim Squyres, acknolwedged at the presentation.
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"This is a business that is very hard to make money," Lee said. "In post-production … everyone is getting down on them." The director added, "The research and development fee is so high. You don’t see many survive. It’s a very tough business."
"I’m not a business person," Squyres said, "but if a company like Rhythm and Hues, who can do work like [we see in Life of Pi], can’t make their cash flow situation work, there’s something really wrong with the business plan. I don’t mean Rhythm and Hues’ business plan, I mean the whole industry. The way that the studios interact with visual effects."
Forces like compositor Phillip Broste have pointed blame pointed blame toward spotlit figures like Lee for devaluing the work of the men and women in the community, with Broste specifically highlighting Lee's admission that he wished VFX was "cheaper" in an open letter posted to Facebook on Feb. 25.
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Still, Lee expressed an appreciation for the work of the VFX community, calling the lot "artists" who are often charged with projects beneath their potential. "Normally, they don’t get to do art. I think they’re artists, but they do blow ups and action movies, basically. And I want to do visual art with them instead of visual effects. So they’re very happy about that, and go way out to make things happen." Lee continued: "I only did this twice — Hulk and [Life Of Pi]. Both [times], I wanted to do artistic work with them. And they [were willing] to drop everything to work on this kind of thing."
But are this veneration of the community's work ethic, and impressive, award-winning projects like Life of Pi — which Squyres credits as "help[ing] to show that audiences really appreciate when that is done well" — enough to bring the video effects industry out of turmoil?
"I don’t have a solution to propose, but it’s very tough for any visual effects company," Squyres said. "I think there’s something fundamentally wrong with how interactions work between the studios and the visual effects companies. And I hope they get it fixed, because we really need these guys. The amount of work and love they put into this was astounding. I hope the business can sort itself out in such a way that we can keep doing this kind of work."
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