Rimes Wants A Roof

Yuma, Ariz., voters appear to be rejecting a ballot measure that would authorize the city to proceed with construction of a multipurpose events center that could host concerts – despite LeAnn Rimes’ plea for a covered venue to perform in.

Rimes reportedly told a representative of Global Entertainment that she’d like to return to Yuma, but “would prefer to perform in a controlled environment without the dust and wind and overhead airplane noise – a place like the proposed multipurpose events center,” the Yuma Sun said.

The singer recently headlined a fundraiser for the Yuma Regional Medical Center at the county fairgrounds.

Facility management company Global Entertainment would develop the proposed 6,000-seat, $53 million venue with the financial backing of the city should the proposal pass.

But despite the high-profile pitch, the measure was failing by about 1,300 votes at press time, with some 9,000 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted.