NEW YORK (AP) — Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott understands that the working life of a rock band no longer comes with an expiration date. All that's required is to make great music and stay healthy to endure the rigors of the road.
Russia has sacked the head of a Siberian theatre after its radical staging of a Richard Wagner opera angered the powerful Russian Orthodox Church and prompted street protests. Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky on Sunday fired the head of Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre over a controversial staging of Wagner's Tannhaeuser that senior clerics said desecrated the image of Christ. The sacking of the head of the acclaimed theatre, Boris Mezdrich, is the culmination of a scandal over a production featuring Jesus Christ and the cross on stage and on posters. The contemporary staging in Novosibirsk shifts the action to the present day, with Tannhaeuser a movie director making a film about Jesus visiting Venus's erotic grotto.