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Luke Combs Explains Why He’s Not Raising Ticket Prices in 2022

Back when Luke Combs announced his 2022 Middle of Somewhere Tour, he pledged to keep his tour prices the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, in a nod to those who are struggling to afford concert tickets amid the rapidly-increasing costs of seats across all genres.

“I know that the price of everything has been going up these last couple of years. And there’s nothing I can do about that, but the one thing that I could do is set the price of my tickets,” he said at the time. “So what I wanted to do was keep the ticket prices the same as they were before the pandemic. So these tickets will be priced just as they were the last time you bought tickets.”

Now, as the Middle of Somewhere Tour nears, Combs admits to Billboard that he anticipates a loss in tour revenue because of that decision, but he doesn’t regret a thing.

“It’s going to cost me a lot, but all I wanted to do is make a living doing music,” the singer reflects. “And I make enough money to not have to worry about anything and be really comfortable, so I never wanna get greedy.”

He adds that from his perspective, the most important part of the tour is playing to a packed house of fans who want to be there. Keeping his ticket prices stable allows him to achieve that, while also offering a price break to fans who might not be able to afford a more expensive show.

“It’s more competitive out there than it’s ever been, so it’s two-fold for me,” he continues. “I get to go, ‘Hey fans, I love you. I’m not going to gouge you,’ and it’s about a full room, it’s not about making money. I didn’t get into it to be Jeff Bezos and be the richest guy in the world.”

Combs’ tour launches in early September and will hit arenas around the country through December. Morgan Wade and Lainey Wilson are joining him on tour.

The Avalanche Joined This Long List Of Teams That Have Damaged The Stanley Cup While Celebrating

Winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel accidentally put a noticeable dent into the base of the Stanley Cup after he stumbled en route to joining his team for a group picture. Philip Pritchard, “Keeper of the Cup,” spoke with KDVR following the mishap, saying, “Five minutes into the presentation it’s happened. It’s the first time it’s ever happened on the ice.”

The Stanley Cup has been damaged a few times over the years.

All Of The Times The Stanley Cup Has Been Damaged

  • In 1940, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup shortly before the franchise paid off its mortgage for Madison Square Garden. Someone decided to burn the documents in the bowl, which somehow resulted in the trophy catching fire
  • In 1962, the Maple Leafs managed to outdo the Rangers when the trophy was burned after managing to find its way into a celebratory bonfire
  • In 1987, Mark Messier brought the Stanley Cup to a club in Alberta to celebrate with Oilers fans, which led to the trophy being bent in multiple places by the time he left
  • In 1999, the Stars claimed someone accidentally dented the cup while leaving the locker room. However, there are rumors the damage was actually the result of Guy Carbonneau attempting to throw it into a pool during a party and failing to hit the target
  • In 2008, Chris Chelios displayed the Stanley Cup on a table at his bar in Detroit only for it to be dented after getting knocked onto the ground

STRANGER THINGS: The Duffer Brothers Are Already Teasing How a Spinoff Could Happen

While speaking with Variety, those Duffer Brothers were at it again chatting about the upcoming season four finale of Stranger Things that is being hyped as the most upsetting episode ever, but they also started discussing the potential spinoffs that the series could inspire.

Netflix has yet to confirm a spinoff, and it will likely not happen until Stranger Things wraps after next season, but the brothers have already started sketching out a timeline for a new series. “There’s a version of it developing in parallel [to season 5], but they would never shoot it parallel,” Ross explained. “I think actually we’re going to start delving into that soon as we’re winding down and finishing these visual effects, Matt and I are going to start getting into it.”

Matt Duffer then added, “The reason we haven’t done anything is just because you don’t want to be doing it for the wrong reasons, and it was just like, ‘Is this something I would want to make regardless of it being related to Stranger Things or not?’ And definitely. Even if we took the Stranger Things title off of it, I’m so, so excited about it,” Matt adds. “It’s going to be different than what anyone is expecting, including Netflix.”

Johnny Depp’s $300 Million Pirates of the Caribbean Return Not Happening

“Disney is very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp,” a source told PopTopic close to four years after the actor parted ways with Disney. “They are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.” Johnny Depp’s team responded to this, claiming the actor is set to return to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after his defamation trial against Amber Heard.

But before Depp fans get too excited, a representative for the actor told NBC News, “This is made up.” Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is now working on two more films, was asked if Depp would be back for future projects. “Not at this point,” he told The Sunday Times.

‘Side Character Energy’ Is a Rising TikTok Trend, but What Does It Actually Mean?

Welcoming “main character energy” was a total vibe when lockdown came to an end, with people only to happy to live as though they were the lead star of their own movie. But folks are now opting to move out of the spotlight into the realm of the supporting character. “Side character energy” is a rising TikTok trend, but what does it actually mean?

First of all, you need to understand the context behind “main character energy.” According to Insider, this phrase, commonly known as “main character syndrome”, was a major TikTok phase in 2021. Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw is often used as an example of main character energy — someone who is a “self-centered, entitled person whose life needs to be the centre of her friends attention,” as Insider writes. Quite simply, main character syndrome “refers to identifying as the protagonist in your own life story,” as therapist Kate Rosenblatt said. While this characterization is not a mental health diagnosis, it’s often used to describe someone who “believes the people around them live to support them, and views themselves as the main character of their life.”

With that in mind, “side character energy” would be used to describe someone pushed to the sidelines, used to serve or bounce off of the main character. However, while the spotlight may not necessarily shine on them they often end up being favored by viewers. For example, if we continue using the Sex and the City analogy, Samantha Jones serves total “side character energy.” Some would even argue that she has such side character energy that she is the main character.

While embracing “side character energy” can be freeing, you need to make sure you don’t lean too far into it.  psychotherapist Abby Rawlinson MBACP told Well + Good.