Also news on Guy Fieri and the passing of record producer Rick Hall
Carrie Underwood looking ‘different’
The next time you see Carrie Underwood, you might do a double take. The country music superstar explained in a post to her fan club members that she suffered a fall in November that required 40 to 50 stitches in her face, which has left her “not quite looking the same.” “I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful,” Underwood wrote to her fans, People reports. “I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.” The singer posted a pic of herself to Instagram, but only showed her eyes, obscuring the rest of her face with a scarf. “When I am ready to get in front of a camera,” she said, “I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different.”
Guy Fieri’s restaurant closes
It’s a sad day in Flavor Town. Guy Fieri’s Times Square ode to rockin’ your taste buds, Guy Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, has closed its doors after more than five years. That’s right: no more Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders and no more Guy’s Famous Big Bite Caesar salads, and no reason was given for the closure. The celebrity chef’s restaurant was once the subject of a scatching zero-star New York Times critique, which included the question, “Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?” In a statement, Fieri said, “... And upon the restaurant’s closing, I’d like to say thank you to all of the team members and guests who helped make it all happen.” No telling if Fieri ever tried the blue drink.
■Famed record producer Rick Hall, known as “the Father of Muscle Shoals Music,” died Tuesday. He was 85. Hall’s Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was home to seminal recordings by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Wilson Pickett and many more. Hall had been in declining health for several months, Rolling Stone reports.
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