Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Shows
Jennifer Lopez has decided to postpone upcoming dates of her Las Vegas residency out of respect for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival this weekend.
The singer was scheduled to take the stage at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino today, and Friday and Saturday, but those shows will not go on as planned.
“Jennifer is heartbroken that such a senseless tragedy occurred," the casino said in a statement. "Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." Those holding tickets to those shows will be contacted about exchanging their tickets or getting refunds.
John Mayer Argues For Gun Control
Many artists have taken to social media in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting to call for sweeping changes to our nation’s gun policy, and John Mayer is one of them. In case you missed it, John made a thoughtful argument about the problem of guns, without actually ever using the words “gun control” or “assault rifles.”
“Lawmakers and influencers: if you’re not doing everything in your power to at least *reassess* the threat of mass murder, why can’t you come out and tell us that this is the life we’re going to have to accept? … That it’s a fact of modern day life that from time to time we’ll lose dozens of people in seconds? That daily life is a lottery system?” he tweeted. “And if you can’t say that, if it’s just too cold and brutal a thought to bear, then isn’t that proof you haven’t solved the problem yet?”
He adds, “if you’re not at least trying to fix this, you’re effectively telling the country in your (in)actions that this somehow acceptable…Please use the energy normally allotted to fighting this argument to rethinking this problem.** Unless you don’t think there is one…”
Mark Ronson Pens Long Tribute To Tom Petty
Mark Ronson paid tribute to Tom Petty in a three-part post on Instagram and it's pretty apparent that he was a huge fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
“Growing up in the 1980s in MTV America, Tom Petty might as well have been the Beatles,” the producer writes. “The music seeped into everything. It was on the TV, the radio. it was culturally important, it was brilliant, it was critically acclaimed. It was the music you wanted to hear in your car. It was the music you'd hear at a baseball game. It was the music you'd hear in a post office.”
He adds that after watching Peter Bogdonovich’s great Petty documentary, “Running Down A Dream,” “I fully realized that song book, that catalog, was perhaps my favorite catalog – maybe next to Stevie Wonder – of the entire modern era."
Ronson shares that he got a chance to see Tom in concert just last week and notes, “I really don't know what I would have done if I hadn't seen those shows.” Finally he writes, “I love him so much. I don't know how you could love someone so much that you've never met but ... this guy who just brought musical joy and everything to so many people on such a level.”