Odds & Ends: Charli XCX, Foo Fighters, Fetty Wap

Citing “personal reasons” Charli XCX pulls out of the co-headlining tour with Bleachers … Foo Fighters “Rickroll” Westboro Baptist Church members … Fetty Wap’s jump into the crowd during an East Coast festival results in minor injuries for two girls.

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You can forget about the second leg of the Charli XCX / Bleachers tour.  The bad news emerged Friday when Charli XCX posted a message on her Facebook page saying that she needs some personal time to “create.”

“Artists tour for a really really long time and I have been on the road for a while now, probably not as long as some, but for me it feels like an eternity,” Charli XCX wrote.  “I am struggling to create whilst I’m on the road and that is making me unhappy.”

That means tour dates scheduled through Oct. 10 are now merely fleeting wisps of what could have been.  And there may not be anyone more disappointed than Bleachers leader Jack Antonoff.  Saying the first leg of “Jack and Charli Do America” was his “favorite tour” he’d “ever been on,” Antonoff told fans that “reworking the schedule at this late stage without Charli is not realistic.”

“I’m deeply sorry and extremely disappointed that a decision as big as a cancellation is out of my hands – and you have my word that I will do everything in my power to make sure something like this never happens again in the future,” Antonoff posted on Facebook.

At this time Charli XCX has one show on her calendar – Bleachers’ day-long event in Asbury Park, N.J., Sept. 19 that also includes Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Robert DeLong and Misterwives.

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Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, Calif.

In addition to Shadow Of the City,” upcoming dates for Bleachers include the at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 12; the at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 13 and in Toronto at Downsview Park Sept. 20.  Antonoff will also appear at an Ally Coalition benefit in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum Aug. 28.

David Grohl’s Foo Fighters had another run in with the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are known for picketing funerals and denouncing anything and everything associated with the LGBT community.

You might recall that church members protested a Foo Fighters concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., in 2011. That’s when Grohl and his bandmates rolled down the street on a flatbed truck while performing the gay-love song “Keep It Clean (Hot Buns)” for the crowd.

The Foo Fighters were back at the Sprint Center Friday night and, sure enough, so were members of Westboro Baptist protesting the group’s appearance.  This time a pickup truck carrying the band cruised down the street blasting Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” while band members held up a sign reading, “You Got Rick Roll’d (Again),” according to the Kansas City StarRolling Stone reports that Foo Fans “stormed the truck, creating a giant dance party” that pretty much surrounded the protesters.

And what was Grohl doing all this time?  Holding up a sign which read “Keep It Clean” in reference to the last time Foos encountered Westboro Baptist Church members.

We’re not sure if suffering minor injuries at a concert is as embarrassing for teenagers as having medics notifying their parents.  However, two teenage girls who attended a festival at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., Sunday might have the answer. 

The girls’ predicament occurred after rapper Fetty Wap jumped from the approximately 5-foot-tall stage into the crowd, reports Newsday.  That’s when fans rushed the steel fence separating the crowd from Wap, resulting in the girls’ legs getting trapped under the fence.

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MTV Movie Awards Show, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, Calif.

The girls’ legs were eventually freed from the fence and were treated by medics.  Then the parents were called.