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Elton John kicks off Farewell with flair

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton John kicked off the second night of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour like a confident, electrified pro.

The nearly three-hour concert Tuesday in Philadelphia began with “Bennie and the Jets,” as John pounded away at the piano and took in a long applause at the song’s end. He was backed by an equally talented six-member band at the Wells Fargo Center and said the show marked an anniversary: he first played in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 1970.

John’s first show on the tour took place Saturday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles from Philadelphia. He will retire from the road following the 300-date tour, which will reach five continents and stretch into 2021.

He performed two dozen songs, including classics like “Your Song,” ‘’Tiny Dancer,” ‘’Rocket Man” and “Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting).”

Warner Bros. distances producer

TORONTO (AP) — Just as film festival audiences are swooning over Bradley Cooper’s celebrated romance “A Star Is Born,” the film’s studio is distancing itself from a producer of the project.

Jon Peters is a credited producer of the new “A Star Is Born,” the third remake of the Hollywood fable. Peters was instrumental in the making of the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born,” which starred his then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand.

But with the new film in the spotlight, Peters’ history has come under scrutiny. In 2011, he was ordered to pay more than $3 million in damages in a civil suit by his former assistant Shelley Morita, who accused Peters of sexual harassment.

Warner Bros. on Tuesday said the studio was contractually obligated to honor Peters as a producer.

Luke Bryan’s free show draws 30,000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer and songwriter Luke Bryan has hosted a free street concert to mark the opening of his new Tennessee restaurant that drew nearly 30,000 people to downtown Nashville.

The Tennessean reports Monday’s concert marked the grand opening earlier that afternoon of Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, a multi-story live entertainment complex. The concert also featured country singers Ryan Hurd and Cole Swindell. Bryan performed a 75-minute set that included songs such as “Most People are Good” and “Light It Up.”

The Georgia native is nominated for the Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year award and is traveling across North America on his “What Makes You Country Tour.” He has 21 No. 1 hits and has sold around 12 million albums.

By Josh Bovee

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