MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
METALLICA - GRAMMY SNAFU
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says a minute before they started playing on the Grammys on Sunday, everything was working. Ulrich tells The Associated Press that sometime between then and when singer James Hetfield started to sing, the microphone stopped functioning. Metallica and Lady Gaga collaborated on the song ``Moth Into Flame,'' but only her microphone worked. Ulrich says his ``phone blew up'' with friends calling to say ``how awesome it was that Gaga and James were in each other's face, singing into the same microphone.'' He says the ``energy and the spectacle came across.'' Metallica will launch a tour May 10th in Baltimore.
Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open. Every ticket comes with a copy of the ``Hardwired....To Self-Destruct'' album.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - BASSIST - BABY
Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ will be back in the lineup with tonight's show in Berlin after taking daddy leave. Christ writes on the band's website he took time off because his wife recently gave birth to a boy. They've named him Franklin James.
CASSADEE POPE - RIAN DAWSON - ENGAGED
Cassadee Pope and All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson are getting married. They both shared photos on social media of them kissing with Pope's engagement ring shown prominently. Her caption was, ``We're engaged,'' while his was, ``The love of my life is now OFFICIALLY the love of my life. Never been happier.'' They've been dating for seven years. No word on a wedding date.
VINCE GILL - LIP-SYNCING
Vince Gill is not a purist about always singing live. He says singers have been lip-syncing for 40 years, himself included. Gill says he first lip-synced on ``Solid Gold''
and ``American Bandstand.'' He says sometimes it's terrifying to sing something like the national anthem in a place where he can't hear himself. He says there are plenty of reasons why singers would lip-sync but he doesn't feel ``it's ever predicated on the notion that they can't sing.''
CELEBRITY PETITION - TEXAS ``BATHROOM BILL''
Lady Gaga, Sting, Alicia Keys and Kesha are among the more than 140 entertainers who have signed an online petition condemning the so-called ``bathroom bill'' targeting transgender people that is under consideration in Texas.
The bill would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. It's similar to one that passed in North Carolina last year that prompted many musicians to cancel concerts there. The Texas bill has not yet received a preliminary vote. The petition calls the bill a ``denial of basic human dignity.'' Other musicians who signed the petition include Fitz and the Tantrums, Cyndi Lauper, Bleachers, Christina Perri, A Great Big World, The B-52's, Shirley Manson, Ariana Grande and Britney Spears.
(The Associated Press)