Green Day cancels 2012 dates
Green Day is canceling the rest of its 2012 club schedule and is postponing the start of the 2013 arena tour. Bass player Mike Dirnt says Billie Joe Armstrong's "well-being is our main concern" in the band's decision to clear the schedule through Feb 8. He says in a statement Monday that Armstrong is doing well in his attempt to shake substance abuse problems that emerged publicly in September when the singer-guitarist had a profane meltdown on the stage of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The Grammy-winning group also moved up the release date of "Tre," the third installment in a trilogy of albums released over a period of months. The album will be released Dec. 11, more than a month ahead of schedule. Online: http://greenday.com AP
'Anderson Live' to end after 2 seasons
Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show will be wrapping after two seasons. Warner Bros. said Monday that the marketplace made it increasingly difficult for "Anderson Live" to "break through" to viewers despite format changes. The show switched to live broadcasts in its second year but struggled to match the ratings performance of daytime frontrunners including "Ellen" and "Live! With Kelly and Michael." Newcomers, including Katie Couric, also made the talk show arena more competitive. In a statement, Cooper said he was grateful to Warner's Telepictures syndication arm for the opportunity and proud of his staff's work. Cooper, who remains host of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," will continue with "Anderson Live" through summer 2013, Warner said.
Taylor Swift to co-host Grammy nominations TV show
Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special. Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This is the first year the nominations special has been broadcast from Music City. Grammy officials also announced Monday that rising country star Luke Bryan has been added to the telecast as a performer, joining Maroon 5 as the only acts announced so far. More performers will be revealed at a future date. Swift has won six Grammys. She released her latest album, "Red," last week. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Online: http://grammy.com