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A Few More Things: Jay Z, Demi Lovato & More

04:01 PM Wednesday 7/3/13 | |

Instead of playing the Philly 4th of July Jam, Demi Lovato will spend Thursday recovering from strep throat … you can forget about seeing Jay Z perform atop NYC’s Ed Sullivan Theater marquee July 8 … and Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival expands its 2013 lineup.

With an ailing Demi Lovato off of the Philly 4th of July Jam’s lineup, there are still tons of acts to see. The “largest free concert in America” – which takes place at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway – will feature John Mayer, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole. The Roots are the house band for the Independence Day bash, with ?uestlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter serving as the event’s musical directors. Plus, Lovato’s spot on the bill is being replaced by Hunter Hayes.

  • Demi Lovato

    MuchMusic Video Awards, MuchMusic World Headquarters, Toronto, Ontario
    June 16, 2013

    (AP Photo / The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)


For those who won’t be in Philadelphia, the Jam will be simulcast on VH1 and Palladia from 8-11 p.m. Eastern Time and live streamed on VH1.com.

“Chills + fever + gross looking tonsils… = no bueno,” Lovato tweeted Tuesday. She added, “Sucks being so sick when you’re alone and away from home. Someone … come hold meeeeee … And bring me soup!!!”

Lovato’s next scheduled appearance is Sept. 1 at the “Festival People En Espanol” in San Antonio, Texas.

Even if you’re Jay Z, sometimes you can’t win them all. The rapper’s promotional campaign in support of his new album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, no longer includes a July 8 concert at NYC’s Ed Sullivan Theater, atop the marquee for the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

The New York Post reports that a meeting between Jay Z, Letterman, NYC and the New York Police Department to work out the concert details was abruptly canceled.

“The mayor’s office approved it, and then just like that, it got denied,” one police source told the newspaper.

  • Jay-Z

    Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
    November 5, 2012

    (Barry Brecheisen / Invision / AP)


Hova still managed to convince the Salisbury Cathedral to display the cover of his new LP at its chapter house though the end of the month. The cover of Magna Carta … Holy Grail was unveiled today in the Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, next to one of the four remaining 1215 Magna Carta documents.

The album will be available digitally July 4 for the first one million Samsung users who claim their free copies. The LP will be available to purchase in the U.S. July 9.

Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the second day of Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival, set for Sept. 14-15 in Sacramento, Calif., at Discovery Park.

Testament, Filter, Miss May I, Thousand Foot Krutch, Love And Death, We As Human, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire and Butcher Babies have also been added to the lineup. Previously announced acts include Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Shinedown, Megadeth, Papa Roach and Volbeat.

With ticket prices increasing on July 8, now is the time to get your tickets. To celebrate the addition of the new co-headliners, “Five Finger Discount” general admission two-day ticket packages are available for $89.50 with the password 5FDPSAC. Single-day and VIP tickets are also available.

For more information visit AftershockConcert.com.