Entries in Australia (9)


Taylor Swift to Embark on Australian and New Zealand Tour

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift announced Wednesday that she would be taking her tour to Australia and New Zealand, becoming the first solo female artist to headline stadiums across Australia in 20 years.

Swift’s The RED Tour currently has 66 shows in North America. A press release explained that she would be traveling Down Under in response to strong fan demand.

The tour, which features elaborate stages, costumes and set pieces, has Swift singing songs from her most recent RED album, as well as other fan-favorites.

Swift will play in Auckland, New Zealand first on November 29, and then head to Australia, where she will perform in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

The last solo female act to go on a national stadium tour in Australia was Madonna’s Girlie Show Tour back in 1993.

Swift can next be seen performing live on an ABC telecast from Las Vegas on May 19, and she will guest star on the finale of Fox’s New Girl on May 14.

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Travis Barker Skipping Blink-182 Australian Tour Due to Fear of Flying After Crash

(NEW YORK) -- Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who survived a plane crash nearly five years ago, posted on Facebook that he will be skipping the pop-punk group’s Australian tour because he has a fear of flying.

“I still haven’t gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time i flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends,” Barker, 37, wrote on Facebook.

He said he gave his blessing to his band mates to choose a drummer to fill in for him. Brooks Wackerman from Bad Religion and Tenacious D will fill in for Barker on the tour, which begins on Feb. 23 in Brisbane.

“I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a boat that worked with the schedule this time around,” Barker wrote. “Once again I’m sorry to all the fans.”

The band also made a statement on Facebook and said cancelling on their Australian fans was “not an option.”

“The band knew the chances of Travis overcoming his fear of flying … would be a challenge, but we wanted to play for our fans in Australia nonetheless,” said a post on the Blink-182 Facebook page.

Last year, Barker traveled by ship to Europe for a Blink-182 reunion tour.

Barker and the late Adam Goldstein, who performed under the name DJ AM, were the only survivors when a Learjet taking them home to California crashed on takeoff in Columbia, S.C., in September 2008.

The two pilots, and Barker’s security guard and assistant were all killed in the crash. Goldstein died in 2009 of an apparent drug overdose.

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Report: Kim Kardashian Breached Australia Visa Conditions

Don Arnold/WireImage(SYDNEY) -- Australia is going to keep a close eye on Kim Kardashian going forward.  She has been placed on the country's immigration department watch list for breaching its visa rules, according to Australia's Herald Sun.

She reportedly passed herself off as a tourist during three visits to the Land Down Under in the past four years -- most recently last month -- even though she was conducting business there.

Though the immigration department won't specifically comment on the Kardashian case, it says, "If people are undertaking work in Australia, they need to be on appropriate visa with work conditions attached to it."

If the Kardashian report is accurate, the department would take into account her previous visits when considering her next visa application.

Kardashian went to Australia not long after filing for divorce from husband Kris Humphries to promote a line of handbags.

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Kim Kardashian Cancels Appearance in Australia

Don Arnold/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The fallout from Kim Kardashian's divorce filing appears to have finally caught up with the reality TV star.

She had been in Australia for most of the week to promote a line of handbags, but according to the nation's Herald Sun, she's pulled out of a promotional appearance for health supplement company Swisse in Melbourne scheduled for Saturday.  She reportedly was offered $150,000 for one hour's work.

Kardashian reportedly cancelled because of what she described as her "devastating" and impending divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries.

She said in a statement to the Herald Sun, "I am very disappointed that I am unable to attend the Swisse marquee but I hope to come back and work with the Swisse team at another time."

A Swisse spokesman called the last-minute cancellation a "slap in the face."

Kardashian, her sister Khloe, and Khloe's husband Lamar Odom were spotted Friday at a Sydney airport headed for a flight back to Los Angeles.  The Herald Sun reports Kardashian employed a decoy there to throw off the paparazzi.

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Jerry Lewis Released from Australian Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Comedian Jerry Lewis was released from an Australian hospital on Saturday after suffering from an apparent bout with exhaustion.

The showbiz legend was forced to cancel a sold-out benefit show in Sydney, Australia on Friday when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital.  The 85-year-old actor and longtime advocate for muscular dystrophy research had a problem getting out of his vehicle at the event and medical attention was required.

Stephen Cesarano, sales manager of the Aussie venue, Doltone House, told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles, "Unfortunately, a combination of a very long trip from Las Vegas, as well as a very busy schedule, and of course when Jerry lands he goes at it 110 percent, led to him feeling very exhausted."

Cesarano claimed it was just the third show in 80 years that Lewis has canceled.  Many audience members refused refunds and instead chose to donate the funds to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia.

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Rushed to Sydney Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Jerry Lewis, on tour in Australia on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia, was rushed to a Sydney hospital on Friday just minutes before a scheduled appearance, according to a written statement issued by the organization.

In the statement, MDF Australia CEO David Jack said the 85-year-old comedian was "not well enough to take the stage." Lewis has struggled with a number of health problems recently, including a debilitating back condition, heart problems and the lung condition known as pulmonary fibrosis.

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Bandaged Jimmy Buffett Tells Fans He's "Gonna Be Fine"

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Jimmy Buffett is not "wasting away" -- in Margaritaville, or otherwise.  In a video posted on his official website, the 64-year-old singer, who was rushed to the hospital after falling offstage during a concert in Sydney, Australia earlier this week, tells his fans he's "on the mend" and thanks them for the outpouring of concern over his well-being.

The video, shot in Sydney, shows Buffet overlooking Sydney Harbor and sporting a bandaged arm.  He says he's upset he cannot continue his tour as planned in Auckland, New Zealand, and reassures his Australian and "Kiwi" fans that he'll be back to see them as soon as he can.  Buffett adds, "I really am humbled and I sincerely thank everybody out there for their kind words," adding, "I'm gonna be fine and we'll be back to work in April."  Signing off, Buffett says, "The show goes on," and, placing his hand pointing vertically over his head in imitation of a shark's fin, tells his legion of Parrotheads, "Fins up!"

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Jimmy Buffett Hospitalized After Fall 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY, Australia) -- Jimmy Buffett has been taken to a hospital in Australia after falling off stage toward the end of a concert in Sydney on Wednesday.  The Australian paper the Daily Telegraph reports the 64-year-old Buffett toppled offstage and into the first row after the show, and was rushed by ambulance to Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital.  According to the paper, Buffett's tour manager, Michael Chugg, got onstage and asked fans to leave immediately.

Wednesday's concert was Buffett's last of three sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House, and came in celebration of Australia Day.  An audience member told the paper, "We were in the 10th row and it looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn't get up...We were told to leave the premises."  The fan added, "No one really wanted to leave because everyone was anxious to know if he survived the fall. Everyone was pretty horrified.''

Another audience member told that it appeared as though Buffett was unconscious and had gashed his head.

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Hugh Jackman Injured Making Entrance on Oprah's Australian Show

Photo Courtesy - Stephen Lovekin/ WireImage(SYDNEY) -- Hugh Jackman wound up with a black eye Tuesday when he tried to show up on the Australian set of Oprah Winfrey's talk show on a zipline, but hit some lighting equipment along the way.  The 42-year-old actor was looking to burst onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House, where Winfrey taped two shows during her stay Down Under.

Jackman smacked his face and had to have paramedics rush to his aid while the show stopped taping.  Afterward, the X-Men star joked with Winfrey about the incident, saying, "That was so much fun until the end.  Too much fun."

He explained, "I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbor, saw my dad, the kids and you [Winfrey], went to pull the brake and then boing!"  He also insisted to fans, "It doesn't hurt."

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