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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

 

OBIT STUART McLEAN

The bestselling author, soft-spoken humorist and popular radio host Stuart McLean has died at 68 after a battle with skin cancer. 

McLean's gentle celebration of life endeared him to legions of faithful listeners of ``The Vinyl Cafe.'' 

Tributes immediately poured in from fellow entertainers, broadcasters and fans who were quick to salute McLean's heartfelt efforts to unite Canadians. 

Fellow C-B-C veteran Peter Mansbridge calls him a master storyteller who helped shape the public broadcaster and reach the country's farthest corners. 

``The Vinyl Cafe'' radio show, which featured a mix of stories, essays and musical performances, was spun into bestselling books and became a touring production in 2008. 

The show's stories centred on Dave, the owner of a second-hand record store, as well as his wife Morley, their two children and various friends and neighbours. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

GRAMMYS PRODUCER APOLOGIZES TO METALLICA, SHIRLEY CAESAR

 

The longtime producer of the Grammys believes it was an extra on the stage with Metallica who's responsible for singer James Hetfield's microphone going out. Ken Ehrlich says his crew said the microphone cable was connected and they believe an extra accidentally kicked it out. Ehrlich says he apologized to the band and found it personally upsetting because he's worked with Metallica for years. He also issued an apology to Shirley Caesar, who was given a lifetime achievement award, but a clip showed CeCe Winans instead of Caesar. Ehrlich says they had prepared to use a classic clip of Caesar performing with Winans and Whitney Houston and he did not check it before it aired. 

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CARLOS SANTANA EXPLAINS WHAT HE MEANT ABOUT BEYONCE AND ADELE

 

Carlos Santana says he simply wanted to congratulate Adele on her Grammy wins, not diss Beyonce. Santana writes on Facebook his comment about Beyonce was ``regretfully taken out of context'' and she ``deserves all the accolades that come her way.'' Santana had told Australian Associated Press -- quote -- ``With all respect to our sister Beyonce, Beyonce is very beautiful to look at and it's more like modelling kind of music - music to model a dress - she's not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.'' He had said Adele won because she -- quote -- ``doesn't bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that's it.'' 

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MAN TELLS POLICE HE WAS ASSAULTED BY JUSTIN BIEBER

 

A Las Vegas man says he got into a fight with Justin Bieber eight months ago in a hotel in Cleveland. Rodney Cannon has filed a police report saying Bieber took his sunglasses inside a hotel after a Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game on June 8th.

He says Bieber and possibly a bodyguard punched him and he wrestled Bieber to the ground. Bieber's publicist did not return requests for comment. Cannon deferred questions about why he waited so long to file the report to his lawyer, who did not return a message.

Cleveland police are investigating. 

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THOMAS RHETT IS GOING TO BE A FATHER TWICE OVER

 

Thomas Rhett and his wife are expecting, and they're adopting. The country music star announced his wife, Lauren, is pregnant. They are also in the process of adopting a child from Africa. Rhett and his wife have been big supporters of adoption and of the humanitarian group 147 Million Orphans. Rhett writes on his social media sites -- quote -- ``Safe to say life is about to get crazy!'' 

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JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' DAUGHTER CELEBRATES VALENTINE'S DAY

 

The 8-year-old daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears got the O-K from her doctors to return to school just long enough to take Valentine's Day treats to her friends. Spears writes on Instagram that her daughter, Maddie, is not well enough yet to return to school. She was submerged underwater inside an all-terrain vehicle on February 5th. Family members could not pull her out of the pond, but an ambulance crew managed to free her. She was discharged from hospital on Friday. 

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BOBBY RUSH HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2017

 

Bobby Rush will team up with Buddy Guy for a tour to raise money for prostate cancer research. Rush says he's always looking for ways to raise money for people who can't help themselves. He says he wants to do more shows to benefit breast cancer charities because two of his sisters died of the disease.

Other concerts will benefit sickle cell anemia causes, because he has two children with that ailment. Rush had a brother and a son die of prostate cancer. He's also working on another record, at the age of 83. He just won his first Grammy, for traditional blues album for ``Porcupine Meat.'' 

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ROY ORBISON'S SON PLANS TO MAKE MOVIE ABOUT ``THE BEATLE WHO VANISHED''

 

The son of Roy Orbison has acquired the film rights to a book about the drummer who filled in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles tour in 1964. Billboard reports Alex Orbison has secured the movie rights to ``The Beatle Who Vanished,'' a book by Jim Berkenstadt about drummer Jimmy Nicol. Nicol was a Beatle for 13 days while Starr was hospitalized with tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

He played with The Beatles in Denmark, The Netherlands, Hong Kong and Australia. At the end, he was given a cheque, a watch and a plane ticket home. He avoided the spotlight afterward. Alex Orbison says he's fascinated with Nicol's story not just for his brief stint as a Beatle, but because his life was a mystery after that. 

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JOHNNY CASH HERITAGE FESTIVAL SET FOR OCTOBER

 

The field where Johnny Cash once picked cotton as a boy will host a concert in his honour. The Jonesboro Sun reports the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival will take place in Dyess (DICE'), Arkansas, in a field adjacent to Cash's boyhood home.

Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash, along with Kris Kristofferson will headline the concert. The festival will run October 19th to 21st. 

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BILLY DEAN, DON FELDER, JIM STAFFORD TO BE HONORED IN FLORIDA

 

Billy Dean, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Jim Stafford will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame next week. The state honours artists who are from Florida or have adopted the state as their home and have made significant contributions to the arts. The hall of fame wall is inside the rotunda of the state capitol building in Tallahassee. The induction ceremony is next Thursday in Gainesville. Poet Lee Bennett Hopkins also will be inducted. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 15:00
This week on 730 CKDM's

“no fences”

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Think It Over - Allison Moorer

I Ain't Ever Satisfied - Steve Earle

Pour Me a Strong One - Kayla Luky*

The Sheriff - The Strumbellas*

Dead Sea - The Lumineers

Higher Ground - Believers

Lay My Burden Down - Alison Krauss & Union Station

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“no fences” feature

"Stitch of the World"

Tift Merritt

Proclamation Bones

Stitch of the World

Wait for Me

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I Discovered America - Graham Parker

Miss Those Days - The Swiftys*

This One is for Me - Fernande McNabb*

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Hosted by 730 CKDM Music Director Bruce Leperre

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017 08:22
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

 

KEITH URBAN

 

Keith Urban says being nominated for the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year award is ``the highest honour imaginable.'' Urban says he's been a musician since he was six and he's played on stages since he was 7. Urban leads the A-C-M nominations with seven. Lauren Alaina posted a video online in which she says she's ``crying like an idiot in the airport'' after finding out she's up for the new female vocalist award. Maren Morris, who has six nominations and just won a Grammy, tweets that ``this week couldn't get any better.'' Urban's competition for entertainer of the year is last year's winner Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood, who has won the award every time she's been nominated for it. Bryan and Dierks (DURKS) Bentley return as hosts for the show, set for April 2 in Las Vegas.

 

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PINK, ELLE KING, RHIANNON GIDDENS GET ACM NOMINATIONS

 

Pink could take home a country award. She is nominated for vocal event of the year at the Academy of Country Music Association Awards for her duet of ``Setting The World On Fire'' with Kenny Chesney. Elle King also is up for that award, for doing ``Different For Girls'' with Dierks (DURKS) Bentley. Rhiannon Giddens is nominated for song of the year for her work with Eric Church on ``Kill A Word.''

 

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OZZY OSBOURNE WILL SING ``BARK AT THE MOON'' AT AN ECLIPSE

 

A town of less than six-thousand people will host Ozzy Osbourne in concert this summer because it will be one of the prime spots in the U.S. to see a total solar eclipse.

Osbourne is scheduled to perform ``Bark at the Moon'' at exactly 1:20 p-m on August 21st at the Moonstock festival in Carterville, Illinois, as the light fades into darkness. Five Finger Death Punch will play one of the other days of the four-day festival, with other acts to be announced. Walker's Bluff winery in Carterville will issue a commemorative wine called Solar Red that will have Osbourne and a solar eclipse on the label.

 

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SARA BAREILLES WILL STAR IN ``WAITRESS'' ON BROADWAY

 

Sara Bareilles will take over the lead role of Jenna Hunterson in the Broadway musical ``Waitress.''

She won't have to work too hard to learn the music. She wrote it. It will be Bareilles' Broadway debut. Her opening night is March 31st and she will stay with the show through June 11th. Bareilles says the show has been ``one of the great, true loves'' of her life and she laughs and cries every time she sees it.

 

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PINK FLOYD REFLECT ON 50 YEARS

 

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason figured the band would last a year, so he had reserved his place at architecture school. He says, ``Sadly, I've never managed to get back there.''

Mason and bassist Roger Waters made a rare public appearance in London yesterday at an exhibit about the band to promote the 50th anniversary of the release of their album, ``The Piper At The Gates of Dawn.'' Mason says guitarist David Gilmour has saved a lot of the band's instruments over the years, but they didn't have the space to save things like a 70-foot tall teacher. He says they've built quite a few pigs over the years, so they usually can find one when needed.

 

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WILLIE NELSON'S BACK

 

Willie Nelson is on the road again. He performed last night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Nelson missed a three-night stint in California last week, as well as shows set for New Mexico and Arizona. A rep says Nelson had a terrible cold and needed rest. He also cancelled two Las Vegas shows in late January but returned for the last three in early February. 

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THE ROOTS WILL STAGE BASKETBALL MUSICAL BEFORE NBA ALL-STAR GAME

 

The Roots will do an original musical about the N-B-A during the All-Star Game on Sunday. ``The Evolution of Greatness'' also will feature DJ Jazzy Jeff, Darryl ``D-M-C'' McDaniels, Jidenna, ``Hamilton'' actor Daveed Diggs and actor Michael B. Jordan. The musical will be staged before the introduction of the teams. John Legend will be the halftime entertainment. The All-Star Game will be shown on T-N-T. 

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FASTBALL WEIGH IN ON ``BAD THINGS''

 

Tony Scalzo of Fastball loves what Camilla Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly have done with his song. Their song ``Bad Things'' reimagines the 1997 Fastball hit ``Out of My Head.''

Scalzo tells Billboard magazine ``Bad Things'' changes the words and meaning but he calls it ``really innovative and awesome.'' He had never heard of Cabello or Fifth Harmony before ``Bad Things'' came out. Scalzo says he wrote ``Out of My Head'' as ``an Elvis Costello thing'' while thinking Fastball was about to be dropped by their label.

(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:17
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:27
MUSIC NEWS: FEBRUARY 14, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FEBRUARY 14, 2017

 

GRAMMY - RATINGS

 

Did you watch the Grammys on Sunday? Turns out you had a lot of company _ at least more so than in recent years.

The Nielsen company reports the show pulled in 26-million viewers this time around. That's a four-per cent increase over last year.

But that was a pretty small hill to climb, seeing that last year's Grammys represented the smallest Grammy audience since 2009. The Sunday audience was the largest gathering of Grammy viewers since 2014. 

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FRANK OCEAN - GRAMMYS

 

The spitting match between Frank Ocean and the Grammy people continues. Ocean didn't make his album available for Grammy consideration because he has a beef with the awards' voting system. The fight flared up again when Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich ripped Ocean's performance at the 2013 Grammys. Ehrlich told a Rolling Stone podcast Ocean had a ``faulty'' vision for the performance. Ocean clapped back on his Tumblr blog blaming the flawed 2013 performance on ``technical difficulties.'' He also said if you want to talk ``faulty'' _ how about the album of the year Grammy given to Taylor Swift over Kendrick Lamar last year. A Grammy rep didn't return a request for comment on the Ocean-Ehrlich verbal war. 

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ADELE - BEYONCE

 

To many music fans, they'd appear to be rivals _ at least when it comes to competing for top awards. But the Grammys showed that Adele and Beyonce are more fellow musicians than combatants. Adele won the Grammy for best album with ``25'' _ but she says for her money, Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' should have won. And Adele says Beyonce is the ``icon'' of her whole life. Adele expressed something many of Bey's fans might be wondering when she asked what the former Destiny's Child lead singer would have to do to win a best-album Grammy. ``Lemonade'' didn't go totally unnoticed; it won for best urban contemporary album. 

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GRAMMY - FLUBS

 

By now, everyone has heard about the Adele flub that caused her to drop an F-bomb and do a ``take two'' on her tribute to the late pop star George Michael. But that wasn't the only slip up at this year's Grammys. One of the Grammys Adele got appeared to break on stage as she accepted it. But by time she came backstage, all five of her Grammys looked intact. Then, there was the dead mic during the duet between Lady Gaga and James Hetfield; Hetfield's couldn't be heard through most of the song. After the performance, Hetfield kicked his mic stand over and threw his guitar in anger. 

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(The Associated Press)