MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a surprise appearance Thursday night at Toronto's Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies.
In a video clip circulating on social media, Downie is seen joining the bands onstage for a rendition of Blue Rodeo's ``Lost Together.''
A smiling Downie held a piece of paper as he stood by one of the microphones to contribute backing vocals.
Downie has a history of collaborating with the Sadies and recorded the 2014 album ``And the Conquering Sun'' with the band.
Downie revealed in May that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer.
The father of four, whose 53rd birthday is Monday, has most recently been promoting his ``Secret Path'' solo multimedia project, which recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in
1966 after running away from a residential school.
Canadian crooner Michael Buble says his three-year-old son Noah is ``progressing well'' as he undergoes cancer treatment and doctors are ``very optimistic'' about his future.
Buble released the statement Friday, a few days after it was announced he cancelled his gig as host of the Brit Awards on Feb. 22 in London.
Buble says his son ``has been brave throughout'' his treatment and ``we continue to be inspired by his courage.''
The singer and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, announced in November that they would put their careers on hold to devote their attention to helping Noah get well.
Buble is still slated to host the Juno Awards on April 2 in Ottawa.
(The Canadian Press)
LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL
Lady Gaga says the kid who didn't get to sit at the cool kids' table or the kid who was kicked out of the house because his parents didn't understand who he is -- this halftime show is for you. She says the misfits who always were her fans will have the stage for 13 minutes on Sunday at the Super Bowl in Houston. She is promising a high-adrenaline show because she doesn't want to detract from a high-adrenaline game. She's not revealing many secrets, though. Lady Gaga won't confirm whether she'll sing from the top of the stadium, or whether Houston native Beyonce will show up, or even who she's rooting for. She says she'll put her pick in her shoe and reveal it after the halftime show.
Luke Bryan says friends, family and strangers keep asking him how long he'll take to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Bookies take bets every year on how long the anthem singer will take. Bryan says one of his friends called him up and asked him, ``Hey man, you going long?'' Bryan says he will follow his heart and sing based on the vibe he feels from the crowd.
He says if he feels like he's going to pass out, he'll speed it up, but if he's enjoying it, he will try to milk it. He says he can do that because he won't have a backing band.
The children of Bobby Vee are fighting among themselves about the money generated from his estate. The St.Cloud Times reports two of Vee's four children, Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline, claim their brothers, Tommy and Jeff Velline, are using money from the estate for their personal benefit and to support Rockhouse Productions. That's a recording studio started by Vee and his wife, Karen. Vee died in October, and his wife died in 2015. Tommy and Jeff Velline filed a counter petition saying their parents approved their actions.
A woman is suing the band Styx over injuries she says she suffered after drummer Todd Sucherman (SUK'-er-man) threw a drumstick in the audience and hit her in the face. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Lori Frederick's lawsuit says Sucherman did not give proper warning before throwing the stick during an Atlanta show in June 2015. She says she suffered physical scars, ruined clothing from the blood and ``loss of enjoyment of life.''
Frederick is seeking damages to be determined by a jury. Styx's spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.
A federal judge has discharged 50 Cent's bankruptcy case because he paid back more than $22 million. 50 Cent had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015. He said he had $36 million in debt and $20 million in assets. A judge had approved a plan in July that allowed 50 Cent to pay back about $23 million. His lawyers say he paid it off early with $8.7 million of his own money and $13.65 million from the settlement of a legal malpractice lawsuit.
Beyonce's pregnancy announcement has beat out Selena Gomez's Coca-Cola picture for most-liked Instagram post ever. Gomez got 6.3 million likes for posting her Coke ad featuring her drinking from a bottle that had her song lyrics on it. Beyonce got more than 8 million for Wednesday's photo of herself in her underwear showing off her growing belly as she's surrounded by flowers.
Lauryn Hill acknowledges she should have rescheduled her Pittsburgh show on Tuesday instead of making fans wait for three hours. Hill says members of her band and crew were stuck in New York because of snow and showed up late to Pittsburgh.
Hill apologizes and says she hopes to make it up to Pittsburgh fans by scheduling another show there.
Philadelphia high school students who were trying to solve the world's problems got a pleasant distraction Wednesday. Questlove showed up as a motivational guest. KYW-TV reports the students were participating in a challenge by The Aspen Institute, in which they are asked to design solutions to issues facing humanity. Questlove encourage the students to get out of their comfort zones to think freely. He says he meditates as a way to free his mind.
GARTH BROOKS ADDED TO RANDY TRAVIS CONCERT
Garth Brooks is joining the lineup for the Randy Travis tribute concert. The concert also will feature more than 30 artists, including Wynonna, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Alison Krauss, Scotty McCreery and Tanya Tucker.
The concert is set for Wednesday in Nashville.
(The Associated Press)
Facebook is apologizing for suspending the account of award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq after she posted a photo of a sealskin coat.
Tagaq, who is from Nunavut, says she was notified that her account was being blocked for 24 hours after she shared a friend's photo of a young man wearing the coat.
The photo was accompanied by the hashtags ``eat-seal'' and ``wear-seal.''
Tagaq says late yesterday afternoon, Facebook emailed her an apology after she raised the issue on social media.
Meg Sinclair, spokeswoman for Facebook, says the company is sorry for the mistake, which it did not explain.
Tagaq is a longtime defender of the Inuit seal hunt.
She says animal-rights activists and others who criticize the hunt are hurting a traditional and sustainable livelihood.
(The Canadian Press)
The dark horse contender for the album of the year Grammy will show America what his music is all about. Sturgill Simpson has been added to the lineup of performers for the show on February 12. Chance The Rapper, Little Big Town, Gary Clark Junior and William Bell also are set to perform. It's a lineup already packed with talent: Adele, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, John Legend, Metallica, Maren Morris and Anderson Paak.
BO DIDDLEY HIGHWAY
Hey, Bo Diddley! Mississippi is a step closer to honouring the blues and rock legend. A stretch of I-55 would be renamed the Bo Diddley Memorial Highway, under a measure passed by the state House yesterday. The road is near Bo Diddley's birthplace outside McComb. Diddley is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his distinctive style changed pop music. He died in 2008 at the age of 79.
50 CENT BANKRUPTCY CASE
50 Cent is off the hook when it comes to his bankruptcy case. A federal judge in Connecticut has discharged the case after the rapper-actor coughed up more than $22 million dollars. Fiddy filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015, claiming he had $36 million in debts compared to assets of less than $20 million.
BEYONCE SETS INSTAGRAM RECORD
It will be several more months before her water breaks. But Beyonce has already broken a record for the most-liked Instagram post ever. She posted on the social networking site on Wednesday that she is expecting twins. And that earned her more than eight-million likes and counting. That shatters the mark Selena Gomez set with the 6.3 million likes for posing with a Coke bottle. Beyonce's online worshippers almost reached the Gomez mark right away. Instagram says the Beyonce post reached the four-million mark in likes in just the first two hours after it went up.
(The Associated Press)