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Paul Simon announces farewell tour

Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.

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Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London. 

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.

“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

The following tour dates were announced Monday:

DateCityVenueMay 16Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRogers ArenaMay 18SeattleKey ArenaMay 19Portland, OregonMODA CenterMay 22Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 23Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 25Oakland, CaliforniaOracle ArenaMay 27Las VegasMGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30DenverFiddler’s GreenJune 1DallasAmerican Airlines ArenaJune 2HoustonToyota CenterJune 4Austin, TexasFrank Erwin CenterJune 6ChicagoUnited CenterJune 8St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy CenterJune 10DetroitDTE Energy CenterJune 12Toronto, Ontario, CanadaAir Canada CentreJune 13Montreal, Quebec, CaadaBell CentreJune 15BostonTD GardenJune 16PhiladelphiaWells Fargo CenterJune 19Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro ColiseumJune 20Nashville, TennesseeBridgestone ArenaJune 30StockholmEricsson GlobeJuly 1Oslo, NorwaySpektrumJuly 3Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal ArenaJuly 5Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleisJuly 7Amsterdam, HollandZiggo DomeJuly 10Manchester, United KingdomManchester ArenaJuly 11Glasgow, United KingdomSSE HydroJuly 13DublinRDS ArenaJuly 15LondonHyde Park, BST Festival

Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”

Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will go on sale in the U.S. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

‘This Is Us’ fans grieving over Jack Pearson’s death

The death of Jack Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us” television show has been expected since the show’s first season, but it finally happened on Super Sunday, Variety reported.

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Spoiler alert: If you recorded the show and haven’t watched it yet, skip this article.

In the episode that aired Jan. 23, Pearson’s home catches fire when a faulty slow-cooker is left plugged in overnight. Viewers were left with the impression that Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died in the fire, but in Sunday’s episode, which followed Super Bowl LII, he walked away from the blaze. Pearson appeared to be all right, but when he checks into a hospital because of smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his hands, he dies of a heart attack, CNN reported.

Fans of the show flocked to Twitter to express their sadness at losing Pearson. 

“It’s 5 a.m. and I’m ugly crying because of this show,” one fan tweeted.

“Everybody deserves to be loved by a Jack Pearson,” tweeted another.

“Who needs dumb boys to break your heart when you can watch #ThisIsUs.” tweeted a third person.

A Twitter spokesman said this week’s show received the most tweets since the series debuted, CNN reported.

Photos: Celebrities at Super Bowl LII

Stars at Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and parties before the big game.

Kim Kardashian’s daughter Chicago makes appearance in Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement

Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her first child with rapper Travis Scott in an 11-minute video Sunday, and her youngest niece, Chicago West, also made her debut in the clip.

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People reported that Kim Kardashian West’s youngest daughter Chicago rested in Jenner’s arms toward the end of the video

“She looks completely different,” Jenner said as Kardashian West placed Chicago in her arms. “She’s so little.”

Related: Kylie Jenner gives birth to baby girl

Kardashian West sat next to Jenner as Jordyn Woods, Jenner’s best friend, asked off camera if she came up with a name.

“I think we’re gonna go with Chicago,” Kardashian West said.

“I love Chicago,” Jenner replied.

Related: Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West’s newborn daughter named Chicago

Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed Chicago via gestational carrier Jan. 15. Days later, on Jan. 19, Kardashian West publicly revealed their daughter was named Chicago.

Kylie Jenner gives birth to baby girl

Kylie Jenner is a mother.

After months of speculation, the reality TV star confirmed she welcomed a daughter Feb. 1 at 4:43 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

In September, reports said the 20-year-old TV personality and entrepreneur was pregnant, but she has never publicly spoken about the claims.

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Jenner had been dating rapper Travis Scott, 25, for five months when reports that the two were expecting their first child emerged. 

E! News reported Jenner confirmed the news in an Instagram post Sunday.

"I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions," Jenner wrote. “I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.

“Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life-changing experience I've had in my entire life and I'm actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn't wait to share this blessing. I've never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

Jenner also shared the past nine months of her life in a video uploaded Sunday to YouTube. The video, called, “To Our Daughter,” shows close friends of Jenner sharing how they learned she was pregnant. It also give glimpses of  Jenner’s baby shower, her doctor appointments and her whirlwind romance with Scott. One part of the video shows 

The end of the video, which is more than 11 minutes, shows a glimpse of the newborn but not her face. 

Jenner’s daughter is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Kardashian-Jenner family. Her older half-sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she was 6 months pregnant in an Instagram post in December. Kim Kardahian  West and husband Kanye West welcomed her third child, a daughter named Chicago, via surrogate in January.

Pink battles flu as she prepares to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Pop singer Pink is battling the flu, and she said it will make her blue if she is unable to sing the national anthem Sunday at Super Bowl LII.

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But for now, she has every intention of stepping to the microphone before the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles play in Minneapolis.

The singer, an Eagles fan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said Friday on her Instagram account that she is “trying to practice the flu away.”

“I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song,” Pink wrote.

>> PHOTOS: Pink through the years

She said the flu is changing what was one of her dreams into “a sort of nightmare,” adding that singing the national anthem is one of “the biggest honors of my life.”

Pink ended her post with the hashtags #pleasegivememyvoiceback and #ificansingimgonnakillit.

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson leaves large tip for Applebee’s waitress

Former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter after he tipped an Applebee’s waitress a big-league amount.

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Johnson, who was also known as Chad Ochocinco during his NFL playing career, posted a video on his account Friday night and he appeared to be surprised that he could pay using a tablet at the table.

“Did you guys know they had these machines at Applebee’s?” Johnson said.

Johnson continues to increase his tip as he presses the icon on the screen as the waitress watches.

“When my finger cramps that’s when I’ll stop,” Johnson said in the video.

The final bill? $268.17. That’s including the 342 percent tip.

Brett Favre to Eagles: 'Enjoy the moment'

Brett Favre has been to two Super Bowls as a player, so Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson thought the former quarterback would be a natural to address his team on the eve of Super Bowl LII.

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Favre didn’t disappoint. He talked with the Eagles on Saturday night at the team’s hotel, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported. His advice was simple and direct.

“We know the Patriots. They're a tremendous team. Their quarterback is the greatest to ever play. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach to ever coach. You know what they're about," Favre said, recounting his speech to NBC Sports Philadelphia. "They're going to play the whole game. Don't ever say -- kinda like last year, 'We have it won and we're going to go to the drive-thru.' That's not a good idea."

That was a reference to the Atlanta Falcons, who led the Patriots 28-3 during the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, only to see New England stage the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win in overtime.

Favre won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers against the Patriots in 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans. He lost the following season against Denver. He said that he told the Eagles to savor the success they have had this season.

"I congratulated them on the year they've had; it's a wonderful year," Favre told NBC Sports Philadelphia. "And just encouraged them to enjoy the moment. You think you're always going to come back after you've gotten a chance to go but it's such an honor to play in the Super Bowl. And to just embrace that. And I told them, 'This is probably something I should have told you two weeks ago, but this is the longest two weeks of your life and it's going to be the longest 24 hours plus of your life. The game at this point can not get here quick enough. But it's going to slow down even more.'" 

Spice Girls confirm reunion is in the works

The Spice Girls have teased a reunion before, but this week band members confirmed they are once again working together, Variety reported.

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In a statement, the band said that “The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.”

Band members Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Geri Halliwell Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) posted messages and photographs on social media to hint they were working together.

“Lovely seeing the girls #girlpower is alive and well,” Horner tweeted.

The group met at Horner’s house in England with former manager Simon Fuller, the BBC reported. They have reunited before, for a greatest hits tour and a performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

Chisholm told BBC radio Saturday that nothing is “set in stone,” but was encouraged by the positive reactions on social media, Variety reported.

The group has reunited before, conducting a greatest hits tour and performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Variety reported.

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