Posted Jan. 22, 2018
A statement at NeilDiamond.com today says Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Link: http://www.neildiamond.com/news/neil-diamond-announces-retirement-concert-touring-australian-new-zealand-tour-dates-cancelled/
The announcement comes just two days before his 77th birthday. The announcement also states he will continue to write, record and pursue other projects. As I recall all the Neil Diamond songs I know off the top of my head, "America" is probably my favorite. Surprisingly or maybe shockingly is a better word to use, ND was in the midst of a grueling world tour only 3 years shy of his 80th bday.
What's in store for Neil Diamond's health? According to info at https://en.wikipedia.org/ "Parkinson's disease is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. Thinking and behavioral problems may also occur". Actor Michael J. Fox has been battling the condition for years with measurable success, so there is definite hope Neil will be able to successfully manage his health as well.
Posted Jan. 21, 2018
New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski was injured after a helmet-to-helmet collision, when Jaguars safety Barry Church slammed into him while breaking up a pass from Tom Brady, NFL.com reported. Gronk had to leave the game but thankfully he was ok enough to walk off the field under his own power. Jaguars safety Barry Church got called for unnecessary roughness on the play. Replays showed Church going head first into Gronk so the ref clearly made the right call. The Pats still beat the Jags. Footage of the hit and complete info here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000908639/article/gronkowski-suffers-head-injury-in-pats-afc-title-win.
Posted Jan. 21, 2018
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is doing so well in her battle against breast cancer that she will be ready to resume work on the HBO series Veep in August according to one of the show's main characters Matt Walsh. Walsh shared the good news with Entertainment Weekly. Link: http://ew.com/tv/2018/01/21/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-august/. One week ago JLD shared a video of her two sons lip-synching to the Michael Jackson song "Beat It" in honor of their mom completing chemotherapy. In Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, the Vice President/Veep.
Posted Jan. 19, 2018
Carrie Underwood has announced on her Instagram account "I’m good to go!" along with an x-ray of the wrist she fractured a couple months ago as the result of a fall at her home in Brentwood, Tennessee in late 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeIscOiFMJN/
BTW, have you heard the new Carrie Underwood song "The Champion" feat. Ludacris? The song will be featured at Super Bowl LII and the XXIII Winter Olympic Games. Check out the official lyric vid for “The Champion” below:
Posted Jan. 14, 2018
Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to her Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/officialjld/) to let everyone know she has completed her last day of chemotherapy. JLD's sons have obviously inherited their mom's comedic nature. JLD shared a video of the two humorously lip-synching to the Michael Jackson song "Beat It." Hollywoodreporter.com has published an article about JLD's latest happenings: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/julia-louis-dreyfus-celebrates-end-chemo-beat-it-video-1074606
Posted Jan. 13, 2018
Pro Wrestler Paige has decided to retire due to injury according to PW Insider. A video from her WWE match against Sasha Banks in December of 2017 has surfaced showing the moment of impact. Sure, pro Wrestling is scripted but the injuries are very real, and when it comes to something as serious as a neck injury you simply don't take any chances. With her go-getter mentality Paige is certainly capable of being just as big of a success at whatever she decides to pursue next.
Posted Jan. 13, 2018
Get well wishes to country music legend Loretta Lynn.
"Twitter: Loretta Lynn Verified account
American music icon, Loretta Lynn is recovering from a fractured hip after a fall while at home. She is doing well and thanks all her fans for their thoughts and prayers."
According to WebMd it can take up to a year to completely recover from a hip fracture. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/hip-fracture-repair-hip-pinning