Greg Allman sets tour dates
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Allman has canceled all of his scheduled tour dates for the year.
The 69-year-old rocker posted Monday on his website that “it has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017.” In November, Allman said he was taking several months off from touring so he can “focus on his health,” but still had plans to tour.
The new statement said that fans who bought tickets for concerts in June should “contact the ticket outlet from where you purchased the tickets for a refund.”
More details about why Allman has canceled all of his 2017 shows were not available. He has faced multiple health issues, including contracting hepatitis C and having a 2010 liver transplant.
James Woods sued over ‘Nazi’ tweet
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio activist is suing Oscar nominee James Woods for defamation over a tweet he sent out during the presidential campaign season.
The Chillicothe Gazette reports Portia Boulger, a supporter of Bernie Sanders, filed a federal lawsuit this month.
The Twitter account @voxday identified Boulger as a woman in a Donald Trump T-shirt appearing to give a Nazi salute during a March 2016 rally for Trump.
Woods’ account tweeted the photo and information, asking, “So-called #Trump ‘Nazi’ is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?”
The same day, @voxday issued a correction, saying the woman wasn’t Boulger. Woods tweeted 10 days later that she wasn’t Boulger.
Woods’ attorney calls the lawsuit “patently bogus.”
Boulger is seeking millions in damages.
Woods received best-actor Oscar nominations for his roles in “Salvador” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.”
Whoopi blasts ‘fake news’
NEW YORK (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg is blasting a fake-news website that ran a story she claims “endangered” her life.
The host of ABC’s “The View” on Monday condemned a story that circulated last week falsely claiming that she said Navy SEAL widow Carryn Owens appeared at President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress for the “attention.”
Goldberg said this “horrible lie” jeopardized many great relationships she has with vets and their spouses and that it “endangered” her family’s life and her own.
The Underground Report, which has removed the story, calls itself “a news and political satire web publication” reporting “often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways.”
Unsatisfied with that fine-print disclaimer, Goldberg vowed to take legal action against the Underground Report writer, warning, “I’m gonna get my lawyer and I’m coming for you.”
Heinz ads inspired by ‘Mad Men’
NEW YORK (AP) — Heinz is launching ketchup ads inspired by the TV show “Mad Men.”
The idea of the campaign, which shows foods like French fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments, is to underscore that they need ketchup to be complete. Kraft Heinz is noting tongue-in-cheek that the “Pass the Heinz” campaign was created by the main character of “Mad Men,” ad executive Don Draper. It is also crediting Draper’s fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as its real-life agency.
The Kraft Heinz Co. says the campaign will run as print ads in the New York Post and Variety, and on outdoor billboards in New York City.
“Mad Men,” a drama set in the 1960s New York advertising world, ended its seven-sea