MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017
APRIL WINE BASSIST DIES
A former bassist for the band April Wine has died.
Steve Lang died last weekend at the age of 67, according to frontman Myles Goodwyn. A cause of death was not given but Goodwyn writes on Facebook that donations can be made in Lang's memory to Parkinson Canada. Lang played in April Wine from 1975 to 1984. He played on the band's biggest American hit, ``Just Between You and Me'' in 1981.
MUSICIANS PREPARE FOR GRAMMYS
Do you play a drinking game with the Grammys? So do a lot of the nominated musicians. Best new artist nominee Maren Morris says she's nervous all the time, so she ``definitely might need a nip of something.'' Cassadee Pope, up for a country Grammy, says she will definitely have a cocktail because it helps her to loosen up before walking a red carpet. Thomas Rhett, also a country Grammy contender, says his evening will ``start with champagne, might end with champagne and then fill in the gap.'' Beyonce leads the nominations with nine, while Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each have eight. The Grammys are Sunday in Los Angeles.
JAMES CORDEN SAYS HE'S NO LL COOL J
He has LL Cool J's job. But James Corden says he isn't trying to be the next LL Cool J as he hosts the Grammys. He says even though his name is James, he's ``more like not Ladies Love Cool James. I'm like Ladies Put Up With That Guy James.'' Something else Corden won't try to duplicate: the Carpool Karaoke he does on his late night CBS show. He says with so many ``brilliant singers'' at the Grammys, ``no one needs to hear'' him sing. The Grammys are Sunday.
AP SOURCE: MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS DID NOT SUBMIT ALBUM TO GRAMMYS
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will not win a Grammy for the album ``This Unruly Mess I Made'' because they didn't get nominated, and they didn't get nominated because they didn't submit the album for consideration. A person close to the nomination process tells The Associated Press the duo did not enter the album when Grammy submissions were due in September. Frank Ocean also did not submit his latest two albums for Grammy consideration.
Representatives for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the Grammys did not reply to requests for comment.
ARETHA FRANKLIN PLANS HER EXIT FROM MUSIC
Aretha Franklin is retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren before they go to college. Franklin, who is 74, tells WDIV-TV in Detroit she will put out one more album of original material in September and do some concert dates, but she plans 2017 to be her ``last year in concert.'' She calls her decision bittersweet because music is what she's done all of her life. She says she's satisfied with her career and she's not going to ``just sit down and do nothing.'' Stevie Wonder produced several tracks on Franklin's album.
AL JARREAU RETIRES AFTER HOSPITALIZATION FOR EXHAUSTION
Exhaustion is forcing Al Jarreau into retirement. A statement on Jarreau's website says he's hospitalized in Los Angeles and ``improving slowly.'' Jarreau's medical team has told him he cannot perform any of his concert dates scheduled for this year. Jarreau, who is 76, says he is thankful for his ``50 years of travelling the world in ministry through music.''
DMX DROPS IN ON SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADDICTS
DMX was a surprise guest during a support group meeting for men dealing with homelessness and addiction in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports DMX asked to speak to the men at the non-profit group Ready, Willing and Able Philadelphia. He wanted to mark the anniversary of when he was found unconscious and not breathing in a Yonkers, New York, hotel room. DMX has had run-ins with the law and battled addiction. His advice for the men was to keep faith in God and keep trying.
BEYONCE SUED OVER VOICE ON ``FORMATION''
The estate of a YouTube star who died in 2010 claims Beyonce used his voice without permission in the video for the song ``Formation.'' The estate of Anthony Barre, AKA ``Messy Mya,'' claims in a $20 million lawsuit that his voice is in the song's introduction saying ``What happened at the New Orleans'' and ``I'm back by popular demand.'' The lawsuit also names several songwriters, the director of the ``Formation'' video and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG did not return requests for comment.
DAVID BOWIE'S LAST BAND REFLECTS ON ``BLACKSTAR''
The members of the jazz quartet that backed David Bowie on his ``Blackstar'' album will attend Sunday's Grammys in his memory. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin says he wishes Bowie was still alive to see the love and appreciation for the record. He says the last time he saw Bowie was when they listened to the album in November 2015. He says the joy on Bowie's face was ``beautiful.''
''Blackstar`` is up for five Grammys.
GUNS N' ROSES ROSES FOR SALE
The floral delivery site 1-800-Flowers is offering a bouquet of valentine roses for the Guns N' Roses fan in your life.
The Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime Bouquet comes with 12 or 24 red roses. It's also got a pair of tickets to the GNR ``Not In This Lifetime'' tour this summer.
METALLICA WILL HAVE THEIR OWN THEME NIGHT AGAIN WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
The San Francisco Giants will host Metallica Night for the fifth time this year. It will be on Aug. 7 as the Giants take on the Cubs. The band members will perform the national anthem, throw out the first pitch and participate in festivities between innings.
PROMOTER DENIED PERMIT FOR ``SUMMER OF LOVE'' CONCERT
A 50th anniversary concert in San Francisco celebrating the Summer of Love has hit a snag. City officials have denied promoter Boots Hughston a permit to stage a concert June 4 in Golden Gate Park. Their letter to Hughston said he made ``numerous misrepresentations of material fact,'' including conflicting statements about expected crowd size and security measures. Hughston calls the letter ``character assassination'' and says he has a flawless record as a concert promoter. Hughston says the free concert was to include members of Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Santana Blues Band. Hughston plans to appeal.
(The Associated Press)