No Nelly Outdoors in Branson

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Last night in Branson, Missouri, the board of aldermen nixed a proposed outdoor concert by the Lou's hip-hop superstar, Nelly. According to the Springfield News-Leader:

The Branson Board of Aldermen Tuesday night rejected an appeal from a production company looking to hold an outdoor concert at the Grand Palace featuring the St. Louis rapper on Aug. 21.

City Planning and Development Director Jim Lawton had rejected an application from the theater earlier this month asking for permission for Nelly to perform outside while officials refurbish the interior of the theater.

The city rejected the application because of concerns about parking, noise and crowd control. At the time, City Administrator Dean Kruitof said the city would help the theater get ready for an indoor concert on Aug. 21.

The article goes on to state that the option of having the show indoors isn't a possibility either, because Grand Palace repairs won't be able to be completed in time. Oh, and for the record: Yakov Smirnoff doesn't appear to be performing in Branson during August, so the potential for a Nelly/Yakov team-up -- perhaps with Smirnoff taking Tim McGraw's part on "Over and Over"? -- was always a non-issue.

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