Entertainment roundup: Reunited Spice Girls to tour UK next summer


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British band “The Spice Girls” perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Sun newspaper said Saturday that the 1990s girl group is about to announce a new tour without original member Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.

British band “The Spice Girls” perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Sun newspaper said Saturday that the 1990s girl group is about to announce a new tour without original member Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.


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LONDON — The Spice Girls are coming back for a British stadium tour next summer.

The band plans to take the stage without fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who performed as “Posh Spice” during the group’s 1990s pop heyday.

The band said Monday that Beckham would not take part because of business commitments but “will always be one of the Spice Girls and remains aligned with Emma, Mel B, Melanie C and Geri in preserving their unique legacy.”

The tour will mark the first time the group has performed together since the 2012 Olympics.

June dates have been scheduled in Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol and London.

Ludacris, Migos to perform near Super Bowl

NEW YORK — Ludacris, Migos and Lil Jon will represent Atlanta and hip-hop culture when they perform at the EA SPORTS BOWL days before the Super Bowl next year.

Electronic Arts Inc. and OnLocation Experiences announced Monday that Lil Yachty, Metro Boomin and Lil Baby will also hit the stage at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2019, for the concert celebrating rappers from Atlanta. Super Bowl 53 will take place Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Ludacris, a Grammy winner and successful actor, will perform alongside special guests. More performers who are from Atlanta will be announced at a later date.

The EA SPORTS BOWL is part of the three-day Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, which runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Tickets go on sale Friday.

O’Neal, Jeong team for reality TV comedy pilot

LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong are trying out as comedy teammates.

TBS said it has ordered a reality series pilot that will test the pair’s ability to take on odd jobs.

The pilot, with the working title “Unqualified,” could be the basis for a series.

The concept: O’Neal and Jeong try to master jobs including mall rent-a-cop, substitute schoolteacher and train conductor.

TBS said basketball great and sports commentator O’Neal and doctor-turned-actor Jeong showed their chemistry when they appeared on the series “Drop The Mic.”

In a joint statement, O’Neal and Jeon said they are “built to hustle.”

Jeong’s credits include “Crazy Rich Asians,” ”The Hangover” and “Dr. Ken.”

O’Neal has appeared or done voice-overs in films including “Scary Movie 4” and “The Lego Movie.”

Autopsy finds rapper died from drugs, alcohol

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Mac Miller died from an accidental overdose due to a combination of alcohol and drugs, including fentanyl, a coroner’s report released Monday said.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s report named the 26-year-old Miller’s cause of death as “mixed toxicity,” saying cocaine, alcohol and the powerful opioid fentanyl were found in his system.

Miller’s personal assistant, making a daily visit to Miller’s home in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, found him unresponsive on his bed at about 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, the report states.

The assistant moved the body to the floor and performed CPR at the direction of a 911 operator. Paramedics soon arrived and Miller was declared dead 16 minutes after the initial 911 call.

The report says a police investigator found an empty bottle of liquor and drug paraphernalia, including a $20 bill with white powder residue on it was in Miller’s pocket.

The report notes that Miller’s many tattoos included one of an hourglass on his arm with the words, “Only so much time left in this crazy world.”

The rapper, whose real name was Malcolm James Myers McCormick, was generally healthy otherwise, the report stated. He had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, but his mother told investigators he had not overdosed in the past to her knowledge, or been hospitalized for any reason.

Miller’s mother told a coroner’s investigator that she had spoken to him the night before his death, and that he had been in good spirits, seeming very excited about a new album and upcoming tour.

Miller’s assistant agreed, saying Miller was feeling positive about his projects, but said he had a tendency to slip into drug binges, and had such an episode three days before the one that left him dead.

The autopsy was performed three days after Miller’s death, but the cause of death was deferred while toxicology tests were performed.

The Pittsburgh native’s music, which often examined his depression and drug use, won him fans among some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Performers at a tribute concert for him last week included Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott and John Mayer. The concert launched the Mac Miller Circles Fund in honor of the hip-hop star and raised money for arts education in underserved communities.

He was in a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year. Grande released a new song, “Thank U, Next ,” on Saturday that mentioned Miller along with “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, her fiance until recently. In the song, she pays tribute to Miller.

“Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm,” the song says. “Cause he was an angel.”

British band “The Spice Girls” perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Sun newspaper said Saturday that the 1990s girl group is about to announce a new tour without original member Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/11/web1_121714178-bd817f39a613404abb5f2b39744e2aa9.jpgBritish band “The Spice Girls” perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Sun newspaper said Saturday that the 1990s girl group is about to announce a new tour without original member Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. Matt Dunham | AP

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