When Col. Bruce Hampton slowly fell to his knees during the finale of his star-studded birthday concert, fans and musicians alike thought it was another one of his quirky performance acts.
For several more minutes, dozens of musicians jammed away. The fans danced and the musicians smiled as they waited for him to get up.
But Col. Bruce never did.
The eccentric guitarist and singer known as the forefather of the jam band scene died after collapsing Monday night at the end of his Atlanta show. He had turned 70 a day earlier.
Hampton founded several bands, including the Hampton Grease Band and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and had a knack for surrounding himself with talented musicians.
A tearful Jimmy Kimmel turned his show’s monologue into an emotional recounting of his newborn son’s open-heart surgery.
“It was a scary story and before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending,” Kimmel assured the audience Monday.
A test showed his son, William John, had a hole in the wall separating the right and left sides of the heart and a blocked pulmonary valve. The baby had surgery to open the valve. He came home six days later and is “doing great,” Kimmel said.
The comedian then criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health and praised Congress for instead calling for increased funding.
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. ... Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?” he said.
Carol Burnett says she’s ready to return to a full-time work schedule if the pilot she recently shot for ABC becomes a regular series.
The 84-year-old comedy legend is starring in a sitcom produced by Amy Poehler called “Household Name.” Burnett plays an eccentric, aging movie star who’s arranged to continue living in her old mansion even though the home’s new owners have already moved in.
Burnett says Poehler would play her daughter in future episodes.
ABC is expected to announce its slate of new shows later this month.