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Entertainment Express: Governors Ball, The Tony Awards, Black Sabbath, Game of Thrones, Nelson Mandela


* Insanely muddy, terribly messy, and more akin to the UK’s Glastonbury, but in the end, Kanye West, Bloc Party and Foals helped turn NYC’s Governors Ball into, well, a ball. Torrential rain on Friday meant that Kings of Leon‘s headlining slot had to be cancelled. But the Brothers (and Cousin) Followill shifted their trip to London to make it up on Saturday. Expectant father and self-appointed deity, Kanye played a smattering of his hits and songs from his forthcoming album Yeezus, and delivered a short rant against radio and selling millions of albums. It wouldn’t be a Kanye show without one, now would it?

* Kinky Boots stepped all over the competition on Sunday night at the 67th Annual Tony Awards. The production, based on the film of the same name, scored 6 statues, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for Cyndi Lauper. Host Neil Patrick Harris drew praise for his sterling job, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a special award for his support of the Great White Way.

* 13, a new Black Sabbath album is due out this week – with music from three-quarters of the oh-so influential group coming together for the occasion. It’s the band’s first album of new songs with most of its original lineup since 1978: singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler (drummer Bill Ward wasn’t involved because of contract disputes).

* Even if you don’t watch Game of Thrones you know the outrage and fury the series has attracted from its fans over the deaths of beloved characters. The third season ended on Sunday night, with season four of the series based on the George RR Martin books set to begin around March next year.

* When it comes to superstars and celebrities, I’ve always maintained Nelson Mandela is the biggest of them all. The former statesman is currently in a stable condition, after being admitted to hospital three days ago. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, Tata Madiba.


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