Connecticut concert illnesses spark warning about new drug
Following the concert, the couple was walking on W. 58th St. between 10th and 11th Aves. at 10:45 p.m. when a violent goon emerged from the shadows, a police source said. The mugger, believed to be a homeless man, came up behind Billington and bashed him in the back of the head with what his girlfriend told police appeared to be a brick wrapped in a cloth, the source said. Billington fell to the ground and the assailant hit him again in the face with the brick before searching his pockets for money, the source said. The robber, dressed in a hoodie or jacket and wearing a baseball cap, fled empty-handed, leaving Billington bloodied and his girlfriend, whose name was not released, screaming for help. Cops are still trying to identify the attacker, hoping security cameras in the area filmed the robbery, a throwback to the bad days of New York City. RELATED: THUG WHO MUGGED WOMAN WITH EIGHT KIDS IN BROOKLYN BUSTED Marcus Santos// New York Daily New New York music club Terminal 5, where Andrew Billington and his girlfriend attended a concert before he was attacked with a brick. A 1997 graduate of Newcastle University in England, Billington moved to New York City in 2009, according to a post on Big Apple Brits, a social networking group for British expats. A spokesman for Thomson Reuters would only confirm that Billington worked at the global media company.
PBS Sets Elton John Concert Telecast
Plug, plug, plug. The official word: PBS today announced the world television premiere of ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT, a new special featuring the legendary musician in an exclusive and intimate performance taped in the beautiful surroundings of the BBC’s famous Radio Theatre in the heart of West London. The concert special showcases the multi-Grammy Award-winning superstar performing songs from his new album, The Diving Board, mixed with classic songs from his extensive repertoire of hits. Originally broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, the UK’s most listened to station, ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT premieres Saturday, October 5, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET / 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT (check local listings) on PBS. “We are thrilled to bring PBS viewers this fantastic concert special from one of the world’s great entertainers,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “Elton John’s songs are iconic and timeless, and his enormous appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds is a tribute to his singular genius.” Produced by T-Bone Burnett, The Diving Board is Elton John’s first solo studio album in seven years, and features 12 new songs written with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by John. “It’s the simplest and most piano-driven record I’ve ever made,” John told BBC Radio 2 in an interview on September 11, 2013, the day of the concert. Taped before an audience of 300 fans selected to win tickets from over 79,000 hopefuls, ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT includes these and other performances: “Bennie and the Jets”
Four teenagers were hospitalized over the weekend after police say they took the dangerous hallucinogenic drug called 2C-P. It happened at an electronic dance music concert at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. Suddenly four people in the crowd collapsed, almost simultaneously. Then three others started having medical trouble. “It was like a light switch went off,” said acting Middlebury Police Chief Richard Wildman. “Four people dropped from drug overdoses almost all at the same time.” Wildman said 2C-P takes effect three to five hours after using it and can overheat the body. It’s part of the “2C series” of synthetic compounds that have psychoactive and stimulant effects, are sold in blotter paper form or in dropper bottles and are sometimes mistaken for LSD, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Wildman said officers used CPR and a defibrillator to treat a teenage male who wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Police said about 1,200 young people attended the concert, which ended early because of the overdoses. The rave event was put on by Tight Crew of Providence, R.I., which says on its website that it has a strict, zero-tolerance policy toward drug use and violence. The incident comes on the heels of two fatal overdoses at a concert on Randalls Island, forcing city officials to shut down the final day of a music festival.