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Pearl Jam Cancel Second Show Due to Wildfires’ Effect on Eddie Vedder’s Vocal Cords

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Pearl Jam have canceled a second concert on their European tour due because of damage to singer Eddie Vedder’s vocal cords from wildfires that have been plaguing France.

The group canceled Wednesday’s show in Vienna and have announced that Friday’s concert in Prague is off as well.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the band announced that “due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was left damaged. He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered. … As a band, we are deeply sorry and have tried to find options to still play. And Ed wants to play. There’s just no throat available at this time… So very, very deeply sorry.”

They followed with another post Thursday: “The effects on his throat from the last outdoor show are still just too brutal. We again send our sincere apologies to all of those who have worked intensely to put on the show. Even bigger apologies to those that were expecting to attend… You can be guaranteed we are doing everything we can to help fix the situation.”

The tour is scheduled to wrap with two concerts in Amsterdam on Sunday and Monday (July 24 and 25). The group begins a three-week North American tour in Quebec on Sept. 1.

Much of the European continent has been ravaged by heat waves, drought and wildfires since late spring, one that has driven temperatures into triple digits everywhere from England to Spain. According to the New York Times, heat waves are increasing in frequency and intensity at a faster rate than virtually anywhere else on the planet, including the western U.S.



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JC Chasez Joins TikTok, Asking His *NSYNC Bandmates: ‘Am I Doing This Right?’

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JC Chasez might be saying hello to TikTok, but his first post on the video-sharing site is soundtracked by *NSYNC‘s “Bye Bye Bye.”

The 46-year-old singer looked to his old bandmates for some backup in the video’s caption, tagging Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick and asking: “Am I doing this right?”

So far, so good, JC. In the 11-second video, a camera whips around a dinner table before focusing on the former boy-bander’s newly silver hair and beard. “Wait, that’s really bright,” he says as the cell phone light hits his face and he grabs the camera. “Give me this.”

In the next frame, you can see Chasez’s girlfriend, Jennifer HuYoung, behind him. He asks, “How’s this sh– work?” as the top five Billboard Hot 100 hit “Bye Bye Bye” kicks in.

Chasez’s first TikTok arrives two days after his birthday, for which Timberlake took to a different social-media platform — Instagram Stories — to send well-wishes to his old bandmate. “To my brother,” JT wrote to JC on Monday. “We’ve come a long way.”

Since his *NSYNC days, Chasez has released one solo album, 2004’s Schizophrenic, and was a judge on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew for seven seasons. In August 2013, he reunited with his bandmates for a one-time performance when Timberlake received the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, and in April 2019, he joined Bass, Fatone and Kirkpatrick to perform *NSYNC songs with Ariana Grande during her headlining set at Coachella.

*NSYNC fans will no doubt speculate what the new TikTok could mean for any future activities for the boy band, since Chasez tagged all his bandmates — who were already on the platform — and used an *NSYNC song in the video. When Fatone stopped by the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast in 2020 and was asked about an *NSYNC reunion, he said, “It’s not a no, but it’s not a yes” — so only time will tell.

Watch Chasez’s inaugural TikTok below:



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Travis Barker Returns to Machine Gun Kelly Tour ‘Against His Doctor’s Orders’

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The show must go on! Machine Gun Kelly revealed via his Instagram Stories on Tuesday (Aug. 9) that Travis Barker will return to his Mainstream Sellout tour for the remaining concert dates despite the drummer’s health status.

“Against his doctor’s orders AND with a broken thumb, I convinced @travisbarker to come join us for the last couple days,” MGK wrote alongside a screenshot of a FaceTime call between the rockers. See the “Bloody Valentine” singer’s Instagram Story before it disappears here.

Barker hopped in on the excitement via Twitter, writing before the Aug. 10 concert in Missouri, “I’m impregnating the entire crowd at the @machinegunkelly show tonight.”

He followed-up by tweeting, “With a broken thumb and torn tendons.”

Back in June, Barker developed a severe case of pancreatitis following what seemed to be a routine endoscopy. “I went in for an endoscopy Monday feeling great,” Barker wrote on Instagram Stories a few days after news broke of the hospitalization. “But after dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since.”

He said, “During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube. This resulted in severe life threatening pancreatitis.”

“I am so very very grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better,” wrote Barker, who was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Wife Kourtney Kardashian also shared an update Saturday afternoon via Instagram Stories: “Oh what a scary and emotional week it has been. Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change … I am so grateful to God for healing my husband, for all of your prayers for him and for us, for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support. I am so touched and so appreciative. I am so thankful to our specialists, doctors, and nurses at Cedars Sinai for taking such wonderful care of my husband and me during our stay.”



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Flannel Nation Festival Canceled After Everclear, Candle Box Drop Out

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Flannel Nation, a ’90s alt-rock festival set for Los Angeles this weekend, has been canceled by organizers after several bands, including Everclear and Candle Box, dropped out of the event.

The fest’s lineup was originally headlined by Sugar Ray, and included Everclear, Candle Box, Soul Asylum, Filter, Cracker, Fastball, Sponge, Star Zero and X Wire. However, on Tuesday, Sugar Ray and Candle Box both pulled out of the fest. Though Sugar Ray did not release a statement regarding the band’s removal from the lineup, Candle Box wrote on Instagram that it would not be playing the fest due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

A few hours later, Everclear announced that it was dropping out of the fest as well, writing that the organizers “do not have the adequate means to provide the level of experience our fans expect and deserve while attending an Everclear show.” The band also teased an upcoming “proper” Los Angeles show to be announced in a few weeks where they “plan to deliver the type of performance that exceeds our fans’ expectations.”

Flannel Nation organizers then announced that the festival had been canceled, citing “ongoing problems and logistical setbacks.”

“Putting on Flannel Nation as intended has become infeasible, therefore we are forced to make the tough decision to cancel this weekend’s event,” festival organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “Our goal is to retool and reschedule the event and tickets will be honored for the new date.”

The festival was set to be held at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.



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