Soundgarden and more headed to town
Grammy Award-wining rock band Soundgarden brings its North American tour to the Fox Theatre on May 17. The Seattle band, which is working on a new album, was one of the seminal groups of the 1990s grunge era. Tickets, $37-$101.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Fans who are signed up at soundgardenworld.com and chriscornell.com can get access to a presale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Pretty Reckless open the show. Lil Wayne also will play the Fox Theatre this spring. His “Kloser 2 U” tour hits Detroit on May 11. Tickets, $39.50-$79.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster. Also announced this week, Goo Goo Dolls will play Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Aug. 3. Tickets are $25 lawn, $49.50-$99.50 pavilion and $75 for a lawn four-pack. Phillip Phillips is the opening performer. Comedian Jim Gaffigan hits DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 21. Tickets are $29.50 for lawn, $39.50-$75 for pavilion and $89 for lawn four-packs. Tickets for Goo Goo Dolls and Gaffigan go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster or Palacenet.com.
‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Bob Harper has heart attack
Bob Harper, the host and fitness trainer for NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” told TMZ he had a heart attack this month while working out at a gym in New York City. The 51-year-old said there was a doctor at the gym who performed CPR on him. Harper, who lives in Los Angeles, spent eight days in a New York hospital and has net yet been cleared to fly home.
Tupac car for sale for $1.5 million
If for some reason you’d want to own the car that rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in during a drive-by in 1996, you’re in luck. The BMW 750iL that once belonged to Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is being sold via memorabilia dealer Moments in Time for $1.5 million. Shakur was just 25 when he was riding with Knight in Las Vegas and was shot and died six days later.
Oscars ratings down again
Even the biggest snafu in Academy Awards history could not snap the ABC telecast out if its ratings slump. Nielsen showed that the 89th Academy Awards was watched by an average of 32.9 million viewers Sunday, reports the Associated Press. The figure is down 4.5 percent from last year when the telecast averaged 34.47 million viewers. It’s the third consecutive year that ratings declined and failed to hit the 40 million-viewer mark.
■Saxophone and trumpet player Don Markham died Friday at age 85. The musician was best known as part of Merle Haggard’s band, and played on nearly every recording since the mid 1970s. Markham also had a stint performing with Sly & the Family Stone.
■Stephen Dorff has listed his Malibu home for $8.4 million. The “Blade” actor bought the beach house in 2002 for just $2.5 million.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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