#MusicMonday: Backstreet Boys Fans Hospitalized in Oklahoma, Dennis Rodman Crashes Pearl Jam's Set in Chicago, and more
1. A Backstreet Boys show in Oklahoma had to be canceled on Saturday after more than a dozen people were hospitalized.
The boys were supposed to play an outdoor venue at the Colosseum at WinStar World Casino and Resort, but staff started clearing people out due to heavy rain and 80-mile-per-hour winds.
About 150 people decided not to leave, which was obviously a mistake. The wind pushed over a large metal structure, injuring at least 14 people.
The Backstreet Boys issued a statement saying, quote, "We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight's weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule...The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!"
2. Blues Brothers director John Landis spoke with THR about working with the legendary diva, Aretha Franklin, on 1980’s The Blues Brothers and, 20 years later, its sequel, Blues Brothers 2000.
You have to remember, we shot this in 1979. It was all disco, all the time — soul music was sort of out. Aretha’s career at that point was in a bit of a lull, so she was thrilled to be in the movie. Lucky for us because we had written that scene in the diner for her — we would have been in trouble if she said no. But she wanted to change the song. She wanted to sing “Respect” instead of “Think.” But we had written “Think” into the script, with the dialogue leading into the song and the song actually furthering the plot of the film, so we didn’t want to change it.
Aretha agreed and then she came in and she listened to the tracks and she said, “I'd like to change the piano.” I said, “Of course, who would you like?” She said, “I’ll do it.” So she sat down at the piano with the mic and, with her back to us, started playing and singing. Her piano playing actually made a difference. It was more soulful.
3. Former NBA star and Pearl Jam fan Dennis Rodman crashed the rock band's concert at Chicago's Wrigley Stadium Saturday (Aug. 8).
The former Chicago Bulls star walked on stage and discussed his relationship with North Korea and the longtime support from his fans in the Windy City.
Watch a fan clip below:
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