IAN ANDERSON CALLS HIS COPD “INCURABLE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson says he has an “incurable lung disease.” He tells “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a few years ago. Anderson blames 50 years of being on stage with smoke machines for his problems. While Anderson says his “days are numbered,” his disease does not affect his day-to-day life much. He’s on medication and he says he was told to use his lung power to the limit, because it’s a “slippery slope” if he slows down. Anderson’s interview runs today on AXS TV.

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ELI YOUNG BAND, WHISKEY MYERS WILL PLAY DRIVE-IN CONCERTS AT GLOBE LIFE FIELD

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - It’s a concert with no concessions or merchandise sales and you can’t get out of your car -- but it is a concert. Eli Young Band, Whiskey Myers, Pat Green, Josh Abbott Band and Kevin Fowler will do hour-long acoustic sets during the Concert in Your Car series on June 4-7 at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Tickets will be sold in advance for $40 per vehicle, with a maximum of 400 vehicles, to allow for social distancing. Attendees will listen to the shows by tuning in their FM radios. Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson were supposed to play the first show there in March, but that’s been rescheduled to Nov. 21 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The stadium is the new home for the Texas Rangers, although it’s unclear when the team will play there.

DARIUS RUCKER WILL SING ANTHEM AS NASCAR RETURNS

UNDATED (AP) - Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem as NASCAR resumes the season that was put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak. Rucker will sing before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Drivers will have their temperatures taken as they enter the track, and no fans will be present. The race will be carried on Fox.

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR HALTS PLANNED CONCERT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has shut down what was going to be the nation’s first theater concert with a significant audience since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Hutchinson says the state health department has sent a cease-and-desist letter to TempleLive in Fort Smith, which was planning a concert Friday featuring Travis McCready of the Americana band Bishop Gunn. It was expected to draw more than 200 people. Entertainment venues in Arkansas are not scheduled to open until Monday with a cap of 50 people, or one-third capacity if the state approves. TempleLive has not returned a request for comment.

COMMON WILL APPEAR ON “FRAGGLE ROCK”

UNDATED (AP) - Common will sing on the next mini-episode of “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” on Apple TV Plus. He will have a conversation with the Fraggles and sing a popular Fraggle song with them.

by Margie Szaroleta