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August 16, 2006

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Curse of the Spanish

Madrid, Spain - The Rolling Stones have canceled a second concert in Spain while Mick Jagger recovers from a sore throat.

The show had been scheduled for today in the southern city of El Ejido, said Jose Hurtado, a spokesman for concert promoter Music Frog, on Tuesday.

Jagger, 63, developed laryngitis over the weekend and has been ordered by his doctor to rest his voice, the British rockers said in a statement on their Web site.

His illness forced the cancellation of a show Monday in the northern city of Valladolid.

The rest of the Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour will continue as scheduled with two shows at London's Twickenham Stadium on Sunday and Aug. 22, followed by Glasgow, Sheffield and Cardiff, and then on to Norway and Denmark in September, Music Frog said.

Performances in Barcelona and Madrid were scrapped in May after guitarist Keith Richards suffered a head injury when he fell out of a tree while vacationing in Fiji. His injury forced the Stones to postpone the start of the European leg of their tour.

Too hot to party

Little Rock, Ark. - A concert by the Rev. Al Green to mark the 10th anniversary of the River Market district and the 60th birthday of Bill Clinton, whose presidential library is just down the street, has been postponed because of hot weather.

Green, 60, had been scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Riverfest Amphitheatre. The concert was rescheduled for Oct. 27.

"It became clear to us that the summer heat was playing havoc with our event. Al Green was gracious enough to accommodate our new date," Jim Rice, chief operating officer of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Monday.

Temperatures have topped 100 degrees daily for much of the last four weeks and are predicted to be in the mid-90s on Saturday, which is Clinton's birthday.

Cash on delivery

New York - Expecting a baby around Labor Day weekend? That bundle of joy could mean big bucks if your timing is right.

CMT will award $50,000 to the mother of the first baby born in America during the premiere of Jeff Foxworthy's new sketch comedy series, "Foxworthy's Big Night Out," on Sept. 1 (7:30 p.m. CDT).

The winner will be the earliest delivery during the local premiere airtime. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will be conducted, the network announced Monday.

To be eligible, the new mom must submit an entry form, found at www.foxworthy.cmt.com.

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