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>> i would had a full panic attack.
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>> yeah. morgan wallen's first interview since using that racial slur. he has a lot to say. and going to indiana for "rise & shine." >> looking forward to all of that. first, we are starting with
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the olympics' opening ceremony finally under way. there's a live look at the stadium where after a year-long delay due to this pandemic, the games are finally kicking off in japan. >> that comes amid growing concerns about covid. cases in tokyo hitting a six-month high. we're already seeing citizen there is protesting against the games moving forward. amy robach is live at the olympic stadium with the latest. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hey, michael, good morning to you. this has been described as a sobering start with at least 110 people related to the games testing positive including six athletes inside the olympic bubble and as you hear police trying to control protesters shouting, the olympics must be canceled. this morning, after a year-long delay, the olympics opening ceremony officially under way. a markedly different show from all previous opening ceremonies, moving forward in the midst of a pandemic. instead of a stadium packed with family and fans, spectators have been banned from the 68,000-seat
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arena. the only crowd allowed inside, about 950 people including government officials, vips and foreign dignitaries, and it's not just fans and family watching from home, with athletes required to arrive in tokyo no more than five days before the start of their event, some of them watching from their own living rooms, as well. ♪ including three-time world champion track star quanera hayes. >> just pretend i'm there and get the experience at home. >> reporter: hayes making the trek to tokyo tomorrow. her very first olympics. how are you preparing yourselfo? >> i do keep myself in a go getter mentality and fight till the end. >> reporter: the pandemic remaining a looming cloud. 110 accredited individuals testing positive.
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i spoke with the executive director at the international olympic committee just hours ago. amid ongoing opposition from japanese citizens. how would you describe how things are going right now? >> incredibly confident and i would say happy to be where we're at at this point in time. >> are you happy with the numbers where they are? are you concerned they'll go higher? >> it's not so much about the number of cases but it's how we manage the cases. >> is there a scenario in which these games could be cancelled? >> there is no scenario in which they can be canceled. >> reporter: now around one-third of team usa is expected to participate in person with masks on. they'll be socially distanced at this morning's opening ceremony and first lady jill biden will be in attendance along with government officials from around the world. >> amy, is there any idea how organizers are planning to compensate for a stadium not
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full of spectators? >> reporter: yeah, it is quite a challenge and that ioc official i spoke to earlier said we'll see -- he describes it as an elegant ceremony. he says this is going to hopefully bring the rest of the world inside tokyo. they'll use technology to try and adjust for an olympic games being held under very unique circumstances. but, of course, as you're hearing and i think you can probably hear the police shouting at this group of protesters that has been growing in numbers along the streets in tokyo making their way toward the stadium. they're shouting. they're facing off with police. it is certainly an eventful night here, michael. >> eventful. unique circumstances to say the least, thank you so much, amy. george? >> michael, as amy reported there, there are questions about covid safety at the games. the u.s. gymnastics team announced it will not stay in the olympic village and james longman has a look at life inside the bubble. good morning, james. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, george. a big night tonight, remember, this is just the beginning and there are already more than 100 cases inside the olympic bubble. but that phrase olympic bubble suggests that the venues and village are entirely protected
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from cases inside tokyo and from the very beginning i'm afraid that hasn't been the case even though officials are doing their very best to protect them. now, i went down to see simone biles and the other ladies from the u.s. gymnastics team and i have to say it was strange watching their routine. it was a very clinical environment, very controlled, entirely empty all the way around. right down there on the floor alongside the ladies were lots of official, camera operators, technicians, volunteers and all of those people, most of them anyway, live in tokyo. so they're going back and forth between tokyo and the bubble so you can see how it's very difficult to differentiate between tokyo cases and olympic bubble cases and over the next few weeks we'll watch that case count climb. i think it's fair to say we will all be seeing how high it goes. george? >> will it stay under control? james, thanks, very much. cecelia? we turn to the concerning surge in covid cases fueled by the delta variant. take a look at this graph right here. you can see, after that drop in
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numbers, cases are climbing once again and we are now seeing more hospitalizations and even deaths as a result. victor oquendo is in florida, all cases right now.n five of - good morning, victor. >> reporter: good morning, cecilia. baptist health is one of the largest hospital systems in the state of florida and they're now treating more than five times as many covid patients as they were compared to one month ago and more than 90% of those patients have not been vaccinated. this morning, cdc director rochelle walensky sounding the alarm on the delta variant. >> it is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of and that i have seen in my 20-year career. >> reporter: florida is experiencing the nation's most significant increase in new case numbers and hospitalizations. new cases are up by 490% over the last month. daily hospital admissions up by nearly 55% in the last week alone. dr. michelle aquino said numbers in jacksonville are skyrocketing and 99.9% of her hospital's patients have not been vaccinated.
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>> they are getting sicker faster and we're seeing a lot of younger people in the icu and we're seeing deaths when you see someone under 40 die of covid when there was a vaccine to prevent it, it breaks your heart. >> reporter: missouri reporting a 234% jump in new cases over the last month. >> i personally have experienced more patients die within the past two weeks than i have had patients die in the last six months. >> reporter: some cities tightening restrictions. new orleans and philadelphia joining los angeles now recommending that vaccinated people wear masks indoors, although the cdc is sticking to their mask guidelines for now. >> you may choose to add an extra layer of protection by putting on your mask and that's a very individual choice. >> reporter: and health officials in new jersey and massachusetts tracking these breakthrough cases note that while some people have become severely ill or even died of
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covid-19 after being vaccinated, those cases are extremely rare. and there is some encouraging news coming out of l.a. county where weekly vaccination numbers are up for the first time since the beginning of may. cecelia? >> that is good news, victor. so much of the discussion we're having right now has to do with booster shots and the cdc advisory panel is now expressing at least some support for one group of people getting these boosters? >> reporter: right, cecelia. so the data so far indicates than an extra covid vaccine does help protect immunocompromised people as it enhances the antibody response, according to the cdc and while not an official recommendation yet they will continue to study the data. cecelia? >> okay, victor, thanks. michael? the nfl is cracking down on covid raising the stakes for players who don't get vaccinated and their teams. t.j. holmes is here with that. good morning, t.j. >> stra, we know there were states offering people cash and prizes to try to get them to get the vaccine. nfl is incentivizing players with their own paychecks. take a look. they sent out a memo clarifying the policy for the upcoming
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year. first of all, if there is an outbreak a game has to be canceled. the team that causes the outbreak, that team is going to forfeit the game, but both teams, the players from both teams are going to lose their game checks. they also can put in some other financial incentives and penalties to the teams. e ag can do that. where are they right now? the league wanted everybody to have an 85% threshold for vaccination on teams. right now 75% of the players have one shot of the vaccine, at least partially vaccinated. the league says 80%, about 80% of that vaccination number, about half of the teams have that so not where they need to be. the league, they had some reaction from some of the players. ezekiel elliott found out about it during a press conference and somebody asked him about it. his reaction was, um, you say game checks? he is vaccinated but said he understands why others might not want to do it. >> you may not know the answer to this question. you can get covid again if you're vaccinated. what if there's a breakout among
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a vaccinated team? >> the memo specifically states if a breakout happens among the unvaccinated. so they are calling out specifically unvaccinated folks for them being responsible. >> basically pushing you to get vaccinated. >> you don't lose the check if you're vaccinated and there is a breakout on the team? >> you lose your check. >> if that game is canceled both teams' players are going to lose the game check. >> do you think it will work? >> it would work for me. what i think what it does, it puts it in the player's court because the players now make you look at a player not vaccinated and say, hey -- >> except if you're vaccinated and you get it, you're still penalize. >> only if that game has to be forfeited and canceled. the nfl may not have the same stomach for rescheduling like they did last year. but, again, they specifically say if the outbreak takes place among the forfeiting, game cancel, both teams, both of you lose your money. >> the owners don't get revenue from the games so the players shouldn't get paid is how they're trying to play it.
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>> thank you, t.j. the wildfires out west. new evacuations erupted overnight and ginger has the latest. good morning, ginger. >> reporter: we are just about 45 miles northwest of one of the uncontained large wildfires. there are 80 some in the west. this video is from the firefighters from trucky meadows fire and rescue as they race to get out of the flames. they thankfully made it out with the flames on the side. it's terrifying. they were okay and they've now, you know, tried to get that contain but it's more than 50,000 acres making its own fire whirls as we talked about earlier in the week. go to california, the fly fire is another fire close to the dixie fire. when those two merge it will probably become more erratic. the relative humidity so low. i can tell you that from my nose being dry. the bootleg fire, one of the
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biggest in history. they have nine firefighters that have tested positive for covid. cecelia? >> thank you, ginger, we know you'll track it all. we turn to the urgent rescue mission after monsoon rains and a deadly mudslide swept through colorado. kayna whitworth is there with the latest on the rescue efforts including new fears that more flooding could be on the way. good morning, kayna. >> reporter: yeah, cecilia, good morning. you're seeing some of the damage behind me packed 30 feet high. authorities say the water came rushing from here, destroying everything in its path. overnight monsoon storms dumping more than two inches of rain an hour in the west. creating dangerous flash flood conditions in nevada and fd the ssing people authorities believe were swept away during powerful flash floods and mudslides in rustic colorado on tuesday.
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the body of a woman already recovered by search and rescue teams. >> it's just totally devastating. >> reporter: this appears to be somebody's living room. the coffee table still intact. the board games still stacked up. you see that chair with a blanket over the edge and a lamp nearby is still sitting on the carpet but down here you can see buried in rock, mud and a tree is their roof. mudslides closing several roads and highways throughout the state as they brace for a wet weekend ahead. >> it's overwhelming. you can't even imagine. >> reporter: authorities in colorado say it will be several months before they can clean this all up. debris is scattered 13 miles down stream. you can see somebody's washer right there. some people say it's hard to imagine things ever returning back to normal. guys? >> kayna, thanks.
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we turn to a big change for getting a passport. as foreign travel starts to re-open the state department has shut down its online appointment system because automated bots are reselling them. gio benitez is in newark airport with the details. good morning, gio. >> reporter: good morning, george. yeah, the biggest concern is that those who really needed these appointments could not get them and now the state department is saying, enough is enough. the agency disabling that online booking system entirely saying on its website that it's to ensure our very limited appointments go to applicants who need them for urgent travel. now, we reported right here last week that staffing issues at the state department are leading to very long delays in obtaining or renewing your passports. routine services taking 12 to 18 weeks according to officials and scammers are taking advantage of that claiming to have this special fast access but the state department says it does not work with any third party sites and that most people applied by mail. this as travel numbers are just soaring. more people hitting the skies over the past week. the average daily number of people screened by tsa has topped 2 million.
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now, meanwhile the state department tells us it is only taking new applications by phone and that it may take over an hour to reach someone by phone. guys? >> airports are crowded. okay, gio, milwaukee turning its downtown into bucks town celebrating the nba champions. tens of thousands turning out with a parade and ceremony and the one and only giannis antetokounmpo having some fun with fans. grabbing a basketball there. check this out. shooting a free throw into the crowd. poking fun at himself. it's taken a little while to take that shot which is i'm told something he is known to do. >> yeah. a lot of players are taking too tedbrio>>a loof o hdlin hrow. ya psummor yr we'll tell youow are cashing in. that abc news exclusive,
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michael's one-on-one with morgan wallen. it's his first interview since he was caught on camera using a racial slur only on "gma". first let's go back to ginger. >> cecilia, the skies are over arizona lit up with that monsoon flow. you can see the lightning. more than 30,000 strikes over central arizona. that was over phoenix there. they come with thunderstorms too. that's why you have flash flooding through new mexico and parts of utah too. let's get the weekend forecast sponsored by target.
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♪ welcome back to ♪ welcome back to "gma." you're looking live at the indy speedway as we "rise & shine" from indiana. the hoosier state is the next stop on our tour around the country. taking a look at how it is racing back and we are there live this morning. >> what a great series this has been. we're following a lot of headlines this morning. the olympic opening ceremony has already started and fireworks have gone off moments ago. this comes amid growing concerns about covid. cases in tokyo have hit a six-month high and we are seeing some protests there. amy robach is live at the olympic stadium with the latest on that all morning long. also, right now, amid the
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new surge in covid cases schools in chicago and atlanta are now saying student also have to wear masks when they return to the classroom regardless of vaccination status. more cities are recommending vaccinated people wear them indoors. for now the cdc is sticking to its guidelines. and the basketball jahe first nba star to join the billionaire's club while still an active player. lebron earned $330 million on the court but we should probably be calling him a mogul because most of his earnings have come from merchandise, licensing, his media business, endorsements. of course, on top of all that "space jam" soaring at the box office right now. good for him. we have a lot more coming up. how homeowners are cashing in on their backyard swimming pools. what you need to know before you dive in. that's all coming up. george? right now michael's exclusive interview with country music star morgan wallen. michael, this is his first interview since that incident caught on camera back in february. >> it was, george and it was a revealing conversation about that stunning moment that sidelined the singer and looked like it might even end his career.
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we got into everything from racism in country music to the singer's recent trip to rehab. there's going to be a lot of people who watch this interview and say he's only sitting down because he wants to clean up his image. it's all a performance. so what do you say to them? >> i understand that, you know. i understand that i'm not ever going to make, you know, everyone happy. i can only come tell my truth, and that's all i know to do. ♪ line them up and knock 'em down ♪ ♪ two more, let's go ♪ ♪ i ain't ever hurt like this before ♪ >> reporter: 28-year-old country music star morgan wallen quickly rose to fame with his five-time multi-platinum hit, "whiskey glasses." the single cementing his place in country music. his latest album "dangerous" in january is the highest selling and streaming album in all of music in the u.s. this year. ♪ seven summers ago ♪ >> reporter: in january neighbors recorded this video
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obtained by tmz showing him using a racial slur outside his nashville home. >> take care of this, [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the music world responded swiftly. within hours he was suspended from his label, his songs pulled from the radio and streaming play lists and he was declared ineligible for the upcoming academy of country music awards. when did you realize that what you had done was a big deal? >> my manager called me two hours before the video, came out and said, are you sitting down, and no one has ever called me and said that before. i went to one of my friend'sment out in the middle of nowhere and just sitting in -- sitting in that house trying to figure out what it is i'm supposed to do. >> so take me back to that night. >> i had some longtime friends in town.
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you know, we had just been partying all weekend and figured we'd just go hard for the two or three days there. >> how did this happen? out of nowhere you refer to someone with a racial slur? >> no, i don't think it was -- it just happened. i was around some of my friends and, you know, we just -- we said dumb stuff together. it was in our minds playful, you know. i don't know if that's -- that sounds ignorant, but that's where it came from, and it's wrong. >> had there been no video of the incident, we obviously wouldn't be sitting here right said the word. frequently amongst your friends. >> i wouldn't say frequently, no, not frequently. it was just around this certain group of friends, i would say. >> in what way was it used? >> he's one of my best friends. we were all clearly drunk. i was asking his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he was leaving. i didn't mean it in any derogatory manner at all. >> a lot will say we been drunk. we never used the word. even when drunk there are certain things you do and don't do. what made you think that the word was ever appropriate to use? >> i'm not sure. i think -- i think i was just ignorant about it. i don't think i sat down and was
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like, hey, is this right or wrong? >> do you know the history of the word? >> oh, yeah. i heard stories after that just how some people are, you know, treated even still today. i'm just like -- i haven't seen that with my eyes, that pain or that insignificant feeling or whatever it is that it makes you feel. >> that goes back to slavery used by white people to dehumanize black people, make them feel less than. it's also the things, you dig deep, a word a lot of black people heard before they were terrorized, beaten or even possibly killed. so it's a word that really -- i've been called it. makes you mad. makes you angry. doesn't make you feel good at all. so do you understand why it makes black people so upset? >> i don't know how to put myself in their shoes because i'm not, you know, but i do understand, especially when i say that i'm using it playfully
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or whatever, ignorantly, i understand that must sound like he doesn't understand. >> reporter: more than a week after wallen was caught on camera using the racial slur, he posted this video apologizing and asking his fans not to defend his actions. >> i also accepted some invitations from some amazing black organizations, some executives and leaders to engage in some very real and honest conversations. >> who did you speak with? >> bmac is one of the first, the black music action coalition. i spoke with kevin wiles, eric hutcherson with bebe winans, another one i spoke with. i checked myself into rehab, and for 30 days i spent some time out in san diego, california, you know, just trying to figure out why, am i acting this way? do i have an alcohol problem? do i have a deeper issue? >> reporter: nine days following the release of the single sales skyrocketed by 500%, and that
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album spent 24 weeks at number one on the top country album chart. >> before this incident my album was already doing well. it was already being well received by critics and by fans. me and my team noticed whenever this incident happened that there was a spike in my sales. so we tried to calculate what the number of how much it actually spiked, you know, from this incident and got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations, bmac being the first. >> reporter: abc news reached out to bmac but has not heard back. for some black country music artists, the controversy highlights the racial disparities within the industry. ♪ land of the free ♪ ♪ you should try to be black like me ♪ >> reporter: the first black female country singer to be nominated for a grammy, mickey guyton, saying, when i read comments saying this is not who
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we are, i laugh because this is exactly who country music is. i question on a daily basis as to why i continue to fight to be in an industry that seems to hate me so much. do you believe there is a race problem in country music overall? >> i mean, it would seem that way, yeah. you know, i haven't really -- i haven't really sat and thought about that. >> although he was widely condemned by the industry back in the spring, morgan wallen has emerged from this scandal to become the best-selling artist of the year so far according to "rolling stone" magazine. some radio stations and award shows may have dropped him, but it didn't stop fans from buying his albums and streaming his music. and a lot of people look at that as just, you know, it tells a lot about the country music and the race situation in country music. and it was interesting to me, george, that all the people he named that reached out to him were people -- black people from the community in which we were most offended who showed grace
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to him and i think that's very telling about the african-american community. >> let's hope he learned a lesson from it. >> hope so. >> exceptionally powerful interview. >> thank you. we'll be right back. ♪ i've got nothing to eat. nothing. [crying]
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will reeve is at a house pool in scarsdale, new york, with more. hey, will. >> reporter: hey, cecilia, good morning. my grandparents used to live in scarsdale. i loved visiting them but i got to be honest, i wished they had a pool. if this app existed back then, all we needed to do is press a few buttons and we could have had some summer fun for a fee, which today is all the rage. this morning, as temperatures soar and people look for ways to see family and friends outdoors a new trend taking off. think airbnb but for pools. >> within just a couple hours i had three bookings. >> reporter: jim battan who lives in portland, oregon used swimply and is on track to make more than $100,000 by the end of the year. >> i was the top pool in the country out of 13,000 pools for several months this year. i thought i would probably earn $500 to $1,000a month, but it's more like about $12,000 a month.
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>> reporter: bunim lasking, the founder, says he was inspired to create the app while trying to find activities for his large family without spending big bucks. >> around 70% of our users are families that are looking for a quiet place to relax with their family and the ones they love. open up the app and find pools nearby. >> reporter: tens of thousands of users around the country are actively buying swim time on the platform and according to swimply, the number of hosts jumped 435%. each comes with insurance from the host and guests might sign a waiver. before you sign up, insurance agents say you should read the fine print. if you rent out your pool you could be on the hook for any damage. >> it's a lot for the homeowner to manage. they want to make a profit but are doing it at great odds. i don't recommend it. >> reporter: the biggest thing our experts say is check with your insurance company before you do any of this because the last thing you would want is someone coming into your home, into your pool and there being
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an issue if you don't have personal liability insurance or anything else that you need to cover you for this new and fun experience. guys? >> should also probably check with the people in your house so they're not surprised if somebody is in your backyard. >> a lot of people thinking why don't i build a pool now? i'll rent it out when i'm not using it. >> thanks, will. coming up, the common cold is making a comeback. how to make sure it's not covid. and next our "play of the day." ♪ [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ i'm faithful ♪ back with our "play of the day." a feel good friday. carlos whitaker was enjoying lunch when the piano player captured his attention noticing there was not a lot of money in his tip bowl, even though he was playing his heart out. the two started talking and it turns out that 66-year-old tony plays piano every day then gets dialysis every night. so carlos had an idea to call on his instagram followers for some tips for tony's playing and the money kept pouring in and take a look at what happened next. >> they just deposited $10,000. >> whoo. >> 170,000 strangers that love your piano player and i asked them to give you money. you are loved. >> come on, man. >> you are loved. you're adored and i don't know what you need to do with $10,000, but it's yours. >> wow.
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>> since then carlos said his followers have raised more than $60,000 for tony's playing and i got to say carlos whitaker, you and your instagram followers, you get the best humans award for this friday. that's an amazing story. >> a great friday story. >> beautiful. we needed that. >> we needed it, sure. coming up, dierks bentley, he is here live for our summer concert series. stay with us. ♪ down the highway my way ♪ "gma's" summer concert series is sponsored by caesars rewards. every way you play.
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that heat spreading to the east. look at this numbers. baking in the northern plains. that high pressure system responsible for it, by the way. minneapolis will see a couple of 90s throughout the weekend and into early next week. kansas city in for a hot stretch and you know that the humidity will be building there as well. most of the nation under that ew alri coming up he onompeop s te colds that they've had in years and we're rising and shining from the hoosier state, live from famed indianapolis motor speed way. how it helped motor them through the pandemic. coming up next. that's where i went to college. can't wait to se
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violence on everyday life and how some cities are now fighting back. health alert. the common cold is back. why after months of social distancing and masks it's worse than ever and what it means for flu season. ♪r. ashton is here. plus, "rise & shine" and good morning from indiana. the hoosier state is the next stop on our tour across the country. how communities there are rallying and speeding back better than ever. we're there live this morning. ♪ yeah, i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ plus, we're kicking off the weekend with country star dierks bentley live on "gma," and he's saying -- >> hey, i'm dierks bentley. good morning, america. ♪ heard you call my folks ♪ good morning, america. good morning, dierks. and happy friday, everybody. great to be with george and cecilia this morning, and we've got the need for speed. >> that is right because we are
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live at the indy motor speedway ashasih is ready to take on the world famous. he show us why that spot was so important and how they bounced back. >> pretty good debut for ashan. he gets to go from utah to the speedway, not bad. the olympic ceremony, opening ceremony under way right now, athletes have walked in the parade of nations. this comes amid growing concerns about covid in tokyo where cases have hit a six-month high. amy is live at the stadium. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hey, george, good morning to you, yes, the opening ceremonies got under way just a short while ago. we saw fireworks fill the skies, and they drowned out just for a short period of time the noise we've been hearing all evening long, protesters on the streets of tokyo demanding that the games be canceled. this morning, after a year-long delay, the olympics opening ceremony officially under way.
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moving forward in the midst of a pandemic. instead of a stadium packed with family and fans, spectators have been banned from the 68,000-seat arena. the global pandemic remaining a looming cloud over the games. now at least 110 accredited individuals testing positive. i spoke with the executive director at the international olympic committee just hours ago. [ crowd chanting ] amid ongoing opposition from japanese citizens. how would you describe how things are going right now? >> i'm incredibly confident and i would say happy to be where we're at at this point in time. >> are you happy with the numbers where they are? are you concerned that they're going to go higher? >> it's not so much about the number of cases, but it's how we manage the cases. >> is there a scenario in which these games could be canceled? >> there is no scenario in which they can be canceled. >> reporter: now, only about one-third of team usa is actually participating in the
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event happening here behind me and all the athletes inside are wearing masks. they're socially distancing, and as we hear these protests grow here throughout the evening, it is clear that the health and safety of everyone is on the minds of people here in tokyo, george. >> how could it not be? okay, amy, thanks very much. cecilia. we turn to the rise in covid cases fueled by that delta variant. cases and hospitalizations climbing once again. victor oquendo is in florida with the latest. that's the state with one in five of all cases right now. good morning again, victor. >> reporter: good morning, cecilia. baptist health, one of the largest health systems in the state, now treating five times as many covid patients compared to this time last month and more than 90% of them have not been vaccinated. florida experiencing the nation's most significant increase in new cases and hospitalizations. new cases are up by 490% over the last month. daily hospital admissions up by nearly 55% in just the last week. some cities are now tightening restrictions. new orleans and philadelphia
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joining los angeles now recommending that vaccinated people wear masks indoors although the cdc is sticking to their mask guidelines for now and as far as those booster shots, the cdc says the data so far indicates that an extra covid vaccine protects immunocompromised people as it enhances the antibody response but it is not an official recommendation yet and will continue to review the data, guys. >> okay, victor, thanks so much. coming up, with gun violence surging, our look at just one week in america. how towns and cities are grappling and how it's affecting all of us. and the return of the common cold. some people reporting the worst summer colds they've had in years and we'll tell you why it's happening now and what it means for flu season, dr. ashton is here. and country superstar dierks bentley is joining us live for our summer concert series. there he is right there. we'll be right back. ♪ watching tv all day long ♪ he. ♪ watching tv all day long ♪ little things, can become your big moment.
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book your annual eye exam now. lenscrafters. because sight. and welcome back to "gma" here on a friday. we want to tell you about our "gma" cover story this morning. we're taking a closer surge of america at its highest level in decades. chief justice correspondent pierre thomas examined the violence over just one week and how it is affecting all of us. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: cecilia, good morning. we did a deeper dive looking at every shooting we could since last saturday. the numbers are still coming in. the pervasiveness shocking. at least every hour two fatally shot, five wounded. outside of a baseball game, a stray bullet through a bedroom wall. >> he just fell to the ground. >> reporter: and a corner store. >> i'm tired of this. i'm sick and tired of this. >> reporter: gun violence
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surging across the country. to see the impact of gun violence on everyday life, we teamed up with the gun violence archive and our affiliates and own stations across the nation. just since saturday we tracked at least 777 incidents. at least 310 dead. 709 wounded. >> we're seeing numbers that up until last year we had had literally not seen since the early '90s. >> reporter: towns and cities across the country grappling with the carnage. at 8:00 p.m. saturday night in west philadelphia, a run to the corner store puts a mother and a 1-year-old child in her arms in harm's way. >> a white jeep pulls up in front of this store. one of the occupants of that vehicle indiscriminately started shooting inside the store striking two individuals inside that store. >> reporter: it did not end there. a man inside the store returned fire. we came to philadelphia to see what's happening firsthand. >> this is another corner here where we have multiple
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shootings. i think there was a time -- the one day we had 25 shell casings. >> 25? >> 25. >> i mean, it sounds almost like something from a gangster movie, which you guys are describing. >> it honestly is. >> reporter: that night reports of shots fired. it's the scene playing out routinely in this city and across the country. gun violence. and sadly a man has lost his life. if you look closely, there is a spent shell casing in the street. the emerging strategy here, target the small number of individuals actually responsible for the majority of the shooting. >> you'll hear a lot of either myself or my counterparts talking about using data and intelligence to drive our deployment decisions because we know it's a small group of people that's driving a lot of the -- larger proportions of our crime citywide. >> reporter: we've seen so much this week. much of it dramatic, all of it tragic, and it's not just urban violence, domestic violence cases across the nation involving all races, the rich,
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middle class, the poor, and we've been struck by the number of children injured and killed this week, and sadly this is a typical week. we hope to put up a mirror to the country, guys. >> yeah, the numbers are just so disturbing. we're so glad you are telling this story, pierre. you can see much more of with george on "this week."day - now we're going to head back to ginger. >> i want to revisit the bootleg fire which is now the third largest wildfire in oregon state history. it's nearly 400,000 acres burned and have so many personnel working the fire and unfortunately nine of those folks tested positive for covid so they've had to be separated. i know, you know, all the firefighters in the reserves are low so that does not help. the other thing that doesn't help, how dry we are. this is how bad it is. the highest level, nearly 65% of the western u.s. in extreme or exceptional drought, the highest we've seen since we started doing these records 20 some years ago and the state of
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washington also seeing significant drying, a lot to do with the extreme heat shen lake shasta a before and after july 2019 and july 2021. the white on the sides of the water there is all of that dry land without water on top of it. unfortunately. good morning. we made it to friday. lots of sunshine and surging warped today. as the weekend progresses, temperatures will drop and clouds increase. human next week with a slight chance of storm on tuesday. low 70s to low 80s around the bay. 80s inland until you get to the east bay. 90s there. my accuweather 7-day forecast, it is time now for a friday "pop news." hey, lara. >> hey, michael. we're going to begin with some music news. i know you'll be happy to hear the stones are back. that's right.
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jagger might be 77 years young but he's showing no signs of slowing down, in fact, just the opposite. the band announcing their "no u on hold due to the pandemic rolling into 13 stadiums around the country. one of the shows will be the makeup appearance at the new orleans jazz and heritage festival on october 13th. of course, i had tickets for it last year, and now they're going this year. jagger says he's thrilled to get on the road again and thanked all the fans for their patience. the "no filter" tour kicks off september 26th in st. louis, missouri. tickets for new shows go on sale next friday. writing that down. also in the news this morning, billie eilish announcing she'll do a cinematic concert experience that will air only on disney plus. the unique event, we'll call it, will feature an intimate performance of every song from her latest album. it was filmed at the legendary hollywood bowl directed by noted
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filmmaker robert rodriguez. eilish says of the idea, quote, to be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that i love and grew up in is so exciting to me. i hope you guys all love it. "happier than ever," a love letter to los angeles, premiering september 3rd on disney plus. and here's a question for you. does jordan peele have a new movie coming out? the answer is, "nope," and that means yes. "nope" is the title of his third film project following his oscar winning debut, that was "get out," of course, and then the highly acclaimed horror film "us" sharing the poster for "nope" on twitter featuring this ominous cloud looming in a stormy sky. "nope" will star "get out" lead actor and oscar winner daniel kaluuya as well as friend of "gma" keke palmer. peele will write and direct "nope" out next july. we're all very excited about that.
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congrats, keke. finally, loved this video. wanted to share it with you on this friday. a private concert for some very deserving music lovers. take a look at these beluga whales, juno and natasha. look at them just thoroughly enjoying the sounds the hip-hop artist big lux. for close to a half an hour. that caught at mystic aquarium in connecticut. is it just me or doesn't it look like they have smiles on those sweet faces as they enjoy the show? mystic aquarium posted a thank you to big lux on their social media saying, this kind of enrichment is so good for humans and animals alike. and with that i send it to you, george. >> that was a nice little friday gift. okay, lara, thanks very much. we turn to the return of the common coal. the cdc is reporting an uptick in respiratory viruses. many saying their symptoms are more severe this time around. the story we first saw in "the new york times" and let's break it down with dr. jen ashton. didn't read about it in "the new york times" but it ran through all my girls in the last month, and they did say it
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was more severe than they felt in the past, so why is this happening now? >> it happened to me also last month, so they're not alone. it's happening to a lot of people, and there are a lot of theories involved. first of all, you know, we've been in a lockdown period wearing masks separated for a long time, so as we unmask, as we get closer together, that obviously increases exposure to these other pathogens and also our immune system needs constant stimulation. now, that doesn't mean it's had permanent damage with the masks and the social distancing, but that also can kind of delay the response and make it more severe and then this phenomenon known as immunity debt. again, we need to be exposed to pathogens in order to keep our immune system well, but, george, a year and a half ago, people hadn't heard of coronavirus a year ago and now it's not just coronavirus, it's rhinovirus, adenovirus, rsv, a slew of respiratory pathogens that can give us these symptoms. >> how do we tell the difference between these and covid? >> you know what i'm going to say, it's not your
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job to be your own doctor even if you are a doctor, so try not to, you know, make that diagnosis yourself. if your symptoms are severe, obviously you want to seek medical attention, but, remember, in medicine there is a great saying, common things occur commonly, so if you get these symptoms, like your daughters had and like i had, you know, just rest, stay well hydrated. these are the basics as you would for a common cold. over-the-counter relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen for sore throats, body aches. trust your gut, try to be evaluated by a health care professional. >> thanks very much. thank you, george. time to "rise & shine" and hitting a home run with this one as we head to our next stop, indiana. ashan singh is there live this morning. good morning, ashan. michael.ter: good morning, - how is it going? we're here in the racing capital of the world right now, but, you know, like the rest of the country, indiana was anything but immune to the pandemic. last year for the indy 500 in the race's 110-year history it was the first time these
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grandstands were empty, so we a helping bring indiana back. ♪ from the sprawling city of idianapolis to the birthplace of professional baseball and miles and miles of corn fields that become nearly one-third of the world's popcorn supply, the hoosier state has got it all. that popcorn is no joke. weaver popcorn is a fourth generation family business and the largest popcorn supplier in the world. >> we supply the raw popcorn kernels to brands and companies all over the world. >> reporter: if you're eating it at home, there is a good chance it came from weaver, but the pandemic changed the way those kernels get made. >> we had to shut down some of our production lines because we couldn't safely keep our people distanced for us to feel comfortable that they were in a safe environment every day. >> reporter: those pandemic pivots slowing production but now they're back and popping like they used to.
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>> back to people. that's where it always starts. life is a people business. ♪ >> reporter: in plainfield, indiana, the oasis diner takes its customers on a trip back in time. since 1954 the oasis has been serving up great food with a side of history. doug huff purchased it seven years ago. >> 2019, 2020, we were really starting to be profitable and get some good volume and then covid hit. >> reporter: huff keeping the diner afloat for their family of workers. >> we took a line of credit out and told our employees that we would pay them just like they were working normal hours, and we were able to retain every single one of our employees. >> reporter: with their team intact, the diner has come back stronger than ever. >> just made us feel like we're an important part of our community. >> one more. my team is on the floor. >> reporter: in a state known for movies like "hoosiers" and icons like larry bird, sports are king.
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it's fitting that the ncaa hall of champions calls indianapolis its home. >> the ncaa hall of champions boasts two levels of interactive exhibits, and we are featuring all 24 of our ncaa sports. >> reporter: covid closures forced the museum to pivot to virtual exhibits. now they're open and thriving. >> we are starting to get day camp groups and we're getting school groups. i'm going to appreciate those groups and visitors a lot more than i ever did before. >> reporter: 30% of their entire economy rests in manufacturing. mursix employs over 170 people with a focus on auto parts. when the pandemic shut them down, owner susan carlock knew she had to do something. >> i'm a registered nurse and i really was going, what are we going to do to either keep our company alive or i'm going to march down the street to the er
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and get back to work. >> reporter: she decided to put her people and efforts to work to help others. >> i was talking to our sales rep on the phone and he asked me, do you guys think you could manufacture a face shield? that next day we had an order for 10,000. >> reporter: providing protection for thousands when it was sorely needed, now mursix is back and firing on all cylinders. >> don't give up. stay focused. the opportunities are there. >> reporter: and back here at the speedway they were actually able to vaccinate over 90,000 hoarse e., but i want you to look to my left. we've got the borg-warner tophy. this goes to the winner of the indy 500. it's pretty unbelievable. it has their faces embossed on it. but when we come back, we're going to talk exactly how the motor speedway stepped up to help indiana get back on its feet. >> all right, ashan. thank you for that. it is time to honor the best of sports, not just on the field but off. the sports humanitarian awards e th weekend, and will reeve is back with a look at one of the winners.
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a boxing gym making a difference in the lives of young children. good morning again, will. ♪ all my favorite colors ♪ >> reporter: hey there, michael. sports are often described as a mirror for society reflecting the best and sometimes worst of us. society needs sports and people like frank kipp to be in sports. he's using boxing to teach young girls what they're made of. >> doing good, my girl. >> reporter: on the blackfeet reservation in browning, montana, lives a boxing club designed to provide more than physical activity for kids. >> as a probation officer i started identifying problems with kids. i always have that old saying in my mind, idle hands are the devil's playground so i did everything i possibly could do to keep kids busy. >> reporter: frank kipp grew up immersed in boxing culture. a third generation boxer, he thrived on the discipline the sport provides and decided to create blackfeet boxing to give the reservation's youth an
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outlet, but the goal of the boxing club is not just to keep kids out of trouble. he wanted to cmu self-defense. >> jab, jab, jab. this concerns you and all you young people. all you here i taught how to defend yourself. ou do if someone grabbed you? >> fight back. >> fight back because why? >> so you don't get stolen. >> yeah, it might be the last time we ever see you. >> reporter: kipp's initiative has made all the difference in the small montana community providing a safe harbor to build strength in body and in mind. >> i would say boxing for me on a personal level has been the greatest gift in helping people and teaching kids, you know, being there for them. >> reporter: tune in to the seventh annual sports humanitarian awards presented by espn celebrating the power of sports and the positive impact it's made on society. it's a 90-minute show airing on
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abc tomorrow at 2:00 eastern. michael. >> all right, will, thank you so much for that. coming up, country superstar dierks bentley joins us live. ♪ >> announcer: now as the country re-opens for a brighter summer it's time to -- >> "rise & shine." >> announcer: and we're celebrating traveling to all 50 states. >> let's do it. >> "rise & shine." >> announcer: celebrate this summer with abc's "gma's" "rise & shine" tour. right now with so much at stake sunday mornings this is the place taking on all the tough questions straightforward reporting, no spin, no hype, no bull. thank you for making abc's "this week with george stephanopoulos" the number one sunday morning news show versus the competition. >> welcome to "this week."
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would you press it? oroweat small slice. i wonder if this has the same quality ingredients as the original whole grains bread? great question, dad. and it does. it has all the same nutritious deliciousness as the original slice but only a little bit smaller. just like timmy here. my name's lucas. it sure is bobby. live with kelly and ryan is coming up. >> we will chat with kate beckinsale plus landscaping made easy. happy friday. let's take a look at the forecast. temperatures in the 50s and 60s right now. we are going to be a little bit warmer today. the breeze eventually will pick up if you are out on the water. otherwise, no real issues weatherwise for your commute. we will taper over the weekend with increasing clouds. monday, humidity starts to roll in. there is a slight chance of thunderstorms tuesday. look how hot and dry it gets wednesday and thursday.
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have a great weekend. we will have another abc7 news update in about 30 minutes but you can always find the latest on our app and at ♪he latest on our app and at it is time for our latest "gma" buzz pick. it's "the startup wife" by tahmima anam. take a look. >> good morning, america. i am so thrilled that my new novel, "the startup wife," is your new "gma" buzz pick. ten years ago i joined the board of my husband's start-up and from day one i started taking secret notes and dreaming about writing this book. "the startup wife" is about a brilliant coder named asha who has a start-up company that takes over the world. her husband gets all the credit. will asha get equality in the boardroom and bedroom? read "the startup wife" to find out. >> and "the startup wife" is out now. you can read an excerpt on our
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website by using your phone to scan the qr code. keep reading along with us @gmabookclub. cecilia. >> it is time for "rise & shine" again in indiana, a state that is racing back thanks in part to that famous motor speedway so let's go back with ashan singh once more. hey, ashan. >> reporter: how is it going, guys? yes, we're at the most famous racetrack in the world, but it's also the heartbeat of indianapolis, so when things got tough here in the past year during the pandemic, these guys really stepped up and helped tens of thousands of hoosiers get vaccinated. the greatest drivers in racing history have kissed the bricks and bathed in buttermilk at the indianapolis motor speedway, home to the indy 500 and nascar's verizon 200 at the brickyard, the largest sports venue in the world. it can hold up to 400,000 fans but last year the covid-19 pandemic caused the speedway to empty its stands. this year, the track has not only made a turbocharged comeback but decided to give
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back to its community converting its track into one of the largest vaccination sites in the country inoculating over 90,000 people. >> they get checked in, then they drive around, and we bring them into the garages here and then vaccinate and then back out to the parking lot. >> i certainly think we saved some lives and i certainly think we gave people peace of mind and helped our country especially our state get back on track. >> reporter: when it was time to re-open their gates, over 135,000 fans flocked to see the race making it the largest sporting event in the united states since the pandemic began. >> cool thing was you could get vaccinated on the way to your seat on race day. >> reporter: and for the community, coming back to the track comes with a sense of pride. >> to be able to welcome back 135,000 people this year was a relief for all of us and a huge testament to the state of indiana. >> so i mean i'm here at the n i'm feeling like a kid. i mean what's it like for you?
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you work here. this is your office. >> i feel like a kid every day. i've been here ten years and i've walked through the gates in the mornings and there's no place i'd rather be. we should probably go for a ride. >> i'm excited. let's do it. >> 186 miles an hour, and it feels like 50. >> whoo! there is nothing like driving a race car down the indianapolis motor speedway. and, guys, you know, the team here is super focused on bringing back full capacity for the indy 500 in 2022, but we actually have 2016 winner alexander rossi's team pit crew and his mechanic ryan. what will we see? >> we'll put the car up in the air. we'll change all four tires, add 18 1/2 gallons of fuel and drop it and send it on its way. >> and how long is that going to take? >> hopefully under seven seconds. >> so you're going to change out
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the fuel, switch out the tires in under seven seconds. >> that's the goal. >> let's see it. >> are you guys ready? ready, set. >> wow! you guys see how fast they just moved? that was crazy. ryan, what kind of training do you guys have to do to be able to do something like this? >> we work out every day and go to a special gym that specializes in pit stops and stuff like this and we do pit stop practice every day. we do three to five stops depending on how you're doing so try to end on a good one. >> how did you feel about this one? >> it was good. it was all right. i mean, we've had better. we've had worse so as long as it's good. >> you guys got a lot done in seven seconds. i mean, a lot can go wrong. how important is it you get this right? >> extremely critical. the way the field is now, any little mistake could cost you a
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race. multiple positions in a pit lane, so very important. >> there you guys have it. i can barely change my own tire. cecilia. >> ashan, you are living your best "rise & shine" life out there. thank you so much for all your work this week. it's been great. coming up, everybody, country superstar dierks bentley is joining us live. ♪ farther than that airplane sadder than a country song ♪ ♪ headed down that highway ♪
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zoom, no face time. matt damon is right here live on "gma." >> oh, i'm in. >> announcer: then tuesday it's dolly parton and next week we are popping up across america live. >> "rise & shine." >> announcer: on "good morning america's" great summer "rise & shine" tour. welcome back to "gma" on this friday morning. we want to go back over to ginger. you have a weekend must see for all of us to check out. >> yes, cecilia, this is my kind of watch. this is following legendary and the award-winning documentary called "stuntman." it is a daredevil's story and the daredevil who performed the death-defying feats on screen 46 for over three decades in everything from "the dukes of hazzard" to "the avengers" and it's all inspired by his childhood hero evel knievel. in this he attempts one of the most dangerous stunts in history and the movie is from dwayne johnson, co-executive producer, and it's now
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good morning. happy friday. we are starting off with more sunshine and that means s s s s time now for our "gma" s s summer concert series and this morning, superstar dierks bentley is going to play us into the weekend. he recently earned himself yet another number one song on the country radio with his hit "gone" but before we get to the music, we're going to chat. dierks, good morning, my friend. >> good morning, michael. how are you doing? >> i'm doing good. great to have you back on the show, and you're rocking some long hair. is that a pandemic choice? what's going on? >> yeah, you know, trying to follow those cdc guidelines, right? no, it's just i've been off the road and just kind of living out in colorado and just the hair kept flowing. i actually got it cut trying to
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ok good for you guys and looking sharp as you always look. >> it does look good. hair, dierks, we did a little digging into your instagram and looks like you and the whole family have been outdoors a lot. looks like you guys are having a lot of fun out there. you guys pick up any new favorite outside activities? >> oh, yeah, man, it's been so great to have this little break in touring last year to catch up with friends and family, certainly these guys. a lot of hiking, biking, fishing and outdoors a lot, so it goes so fast. i mean i can't believe my kids are as old as they are so, yeah, i might like the hiking a little more than they do, but i use candy to kind of push them along. >> a lot of hiking and a lot of singing as well. your daughter seems to be following in your footsteps. she's even performed on stage and we've seen those videos as well. does she ask you for advice? >> yeah, you know, all my kids love performing. but she has a special voice.
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i try -- we don't really practice or rehearse a bunch or probably do all the stuff we should, but she is just a kid. she's got a great voice and stage presence so she'll jump out on stage sometimes and sing in front of 15,000 people. i'm more nervous than she is so she's kind of a natural and it's a special thing to get to share together. >> wow, nerves of steel right there. you mentioned that you had a break from tour, but now you're getting back to it because you're going on an amphitheater tour called "beers on me." what are you most excited about? >> well, i love the idea that song title just, you know, i wish i could buy every person a beer that walks in just to say thank you for waiting through last year and sticking around for us and coming back out and just the fans, just their faces. you know, i'm a fan of live music too and can relate and when i see someone smiling or wearing a t-shirt of mine or just hugging a friend, high-fiving somebody, letting loose, i'm so grateful we get to do this and all the changes that have happened in the last year, live music is still there.
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played a couple shows already this year. it feels celebratory out there. it's just people are just really happy and it will be a special year touring this "beers on me" tour will be one of the most -- for obvious reasons one of the most special tours we've done. >> speaking of special, we owe you a big congratulations. you just marked this 20th country radio number one, of course, with your song "gone." congratulations on that. that's huge. what was it like to reach that big milestone? applause for you from the studio. what was it like for you to reach that milestone? >> it's unbelievable. you know, i can't believe it. i put a lot of songs out there to go to the number one spot. crazy. we were sitting around yesterday looking at our set list. had a big bunch of friends from nashville out and talking about stuff and takes us a while to come up with the right set list even after weeks of working on it, months of rehearsals, we're still always tweaking and it's like -- you think it would be easier having 20 number ones to get it just right but it never ends. you're always trying to make that perfect show and set list
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and take your fans on the perfect roller coaster ride but i'm very grateful to all the songwriters i had a chance to work with and everyone at country radio for being a bridge between me and the fans with this music. >> well, let's hear the 20th number one right now. thank you, dierks. everyone listen to "gone." >> thank y'all. ♪ ♪ my buddies think i'm on the lake, boss thinks i've been sick for days ♪ ♪ and mama's probably on her way 'cause i ain't picked up the phone ♪ ♪ i've been a million places but they're all up in my head ♪ ♪ overdrinking, overthinking ever since you left ♪ ♪ i've been gone i've been gone ♪ ♪ i've been sitting on the couch watching tv all day long ♪
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♪ all day long i've been trying to figure out how a good thing went wrong ♪ ♪ faster than that freight train, farther than that airplane ♪ ♪ sadder than a country song ♪ ♪ headed down that highway anywhere but my way ♪ ♪ ever since you moved on i've been gone ♪ ♪ ♪ took a trip down memory lane checked into hotel heartbreak ♪ ♪ passed rock bottom on the way without leaving my living room ♪ ♪ i've been a million places but they're all up in my head ♪ ♪ overdrinking, overthinking ever since you left ♪ ♪ i've been gone i've been gone ♪ ♪ i've been sitting on the couch watching tv all day long ♪ ♪ all day long, i've been trying
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to figure out how a good thing went wrong ♪ ♪ faster than that freight train, farther than that airplane ♪ ♪ sadder than a country song headed down that highway anywhere but my way ♪ ♪ ever since you moved on i've been gone ♪ ♪ all the clothes are on the floor, all the mail's by the door ♪ ♪ all the whiskey bottles in my bed, all the dishes in the sink ♪ ♪ all the gas in the tank, all the neighbors probably think i'm dead ♪ ♪ i've been gone, i've been gone i've been sitting on the couch watching tv all day long ♪ ♪ all day long i've been trying to figure out how a good thing went wrong ♪ ♪ faster than that freight train, farther than that airplane ♪ ♪ sadder than a country song headed down that highway
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♪ ever since you moved on i've been gone ♪ [hippo groans melodically] [iguana belts major 3rd] [gator reverb] [splash] [singing indri sings]
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>> announcer: now as the >> announcer: now as the country re-opens, it's time to -- >> "rise & shine." >> announcer: we're celebrating traveling to all 50 states. >> "rise & shine." >> "rise & shine." >> announcer: celebrate this summer with abc's "good morning america's" "rise & shine" tour. ♪ i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ and we're back with our summer concert series with dierks bentley. here he is performing a song that really should be our official anthem of summer, "somewhere on a beach." take it away. ♪ ♪ bet you think i'm sitting at home, no ♪ ♪ bet you think that i'm all alone, no ♪ ♪ bet you think i'm missing you and wishing you would call my
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phone, hell no ♪ ♪ i went wheels up on a runway and that ticket was a one way ♪ ♪ i'm somewhere on a beach sipping something strong ♪ ♪ got a new girl, she got it going on ♪ ♪ we drink all day and party all night ♪ ♪ i'm way too gone to have you on my mind ♪ ♪ she got a body and she was naughty and she got me like you ain't never got me ♪ ♪ i'm getting sun, getting some and i ain't slept in a week ♪ ♪ yeah, i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ ♪ heard you called my boys heard you called my folks ♪ ♪ they said you drove by my house real slow ♪ ♪ you can check any spot roll down any road ♪ ♪ but, girl, i ain't even close i'm somewhere on a beach sipping something strong ♪ ♪ got a new girl, she got it
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going on ♪ ♪ we drink all day and party all night ♪ ♪ i'm way too gone to have you on my mind ♪ ♪ yeah, she's got a body and she was naughty ♪ ♪ and she got me like you ain't never got me ♪ ♪ i'm getting sun, getting some and i ain't slept in a week ♪ ♪ yeah, i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ ♪ girl, i wish it could have worked out but i'm getting over you now ♪ ♪ on a beach towel with my shades on ♪ ♪ my drink's up and the sun's out ♪ ♪ i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ ♪ sipping something strong ♪ ♪ got a new girl, she got it going on ♪ ♪ we drink all day and party all night ♪ ♪ i'm way too gone to have you on my mind ♪ ♪ yeah, she's got a body and she was naughty and she got me like you ain't never got me ♪ ♪ i'm getting sun, getting some
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and i ain't slept in a week ♪ ♪ yeah, i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ ♪ yeah, i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ ♪ i'm somewhere on a beach ♪ "gma's" summer concert series is sponsored by caesars rewards. every way you play. ♪ drink all day and party all jason, did you know geico could save you hundreds on car insurance and a whole lot more? cool. so what are you waiting for? mckayla maroney to get your frisbee off the roof? i'll get it. ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ ♪ ♪ whoa.
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>> announcer: tuesday, your summer party starts off with a blast of sunshine when leon bridges performs for you. >> party. >> announcer: tuesday, leon bridges only on -- >> "good morning america." >> announcer: sponsored by caesars rewards. big thank you to dierks bentley for those great friday performances and also to our "rise & shine" crew in indiana. great job. >> we had a lot of fun this morning. thank you, michael. you'll buy me breakfast now. >> absolutely. >> have a good weekend, everybody. ♪
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building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. good morning, everyone. i'm kumasi aaron from abc7 mornings. jobina fortson has her eye on the roadways. >> good morning, everyone. happy friday to you. look at this. bay bridge toll plaza practically empty. no metering lights at all today . same story goes in oakland. showing you our 880 coliseum camera, the left-hand side -- i can't talk today either. it is friday. i am excited. traffic is light. sometimes the brain and the mouth take off early. let's talk about the weather. 60s along the coast in san francisco that is where you will find the free air conditioning today. our inland areas hit the 80s and 90s. air-quality is supposed to remain good but i am seeing some hints that it may deteriorate by sunday. now it is time for live
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with kelly and ryan. we will be back at 11:00 for mid-day live. in the meantime, mid-day live. in the meantime, have a great morning. it's live with kelly and ryan! today, from the new film jolt, kate beckinsale! and a missouri man is cooking up a st. louis steak on the next edition of live's hometown chef summer grilling! plus, landscaping made easy as we wrap up our "live at home" series. all next on live. ["in da club" by 50 cent] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! ♪ go shawty, it's your birthday ♪ ♪ we gonna party like it's your birthday ♪ ♪ we gonna sip bacardi like it's your birthday ♪ ♪ and you know we don't give a-- 'cause it's your birthday ♪ happy birthday, deja vu! -thank you! -[crew cheering] yes, it is a birthday party around here. and the perfect song from 50. -ah, so good! happy birthday, deja. -thank you!


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