MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
LETTERMAN TO REPLACE NEIL YOUNG
David Letterman will replace an ailing Neil Young as the person inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.
According to a statement from the hall, Young ``is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam'' due to illness and is ``thrilled''
that former TV talk-show host Letterman will substitute. Pearl Jam made its ``Late Show with David Letterman'' debut in 1996 with a version of ``Hail, Hail.''
In addition to Pearl Jam, the new rock class incudes the late rapper Tupac Shakur, ELO, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Joan Baez and Yes.
The ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland.
COLDPLAY - CHRIS MARTIN
Coldplay singer Chris Martin made a special trip to visit a fan in the Philippines who could not make their show. Martin visited medical student Ken Valiant Santiago in a hospital in Manila where he is battling advanced cancer. Santiago spends his time listening to Coldplay songs and had bought a ticket to the Manila concert yesterday but was too sick to go. Santiago's brother posted an appeal on Facebook asking the band to say hello or send a short message. Concert organizer Rhiza Pascua tweeted a photo of the meeting with the caption, ``Chris Martin, you are an angel!'' Santiago tweeted, ``You've made my heart full of joy.''
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - MEMORABILIA
A treasure trove of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia is for sale. The catch is that you have to buy the entire collection, and the asking price is 7.5-million. The memorabilia seller Moments In Time is offering a Springsteen fan's collection, which includes such items as the original handwritten lyrics to ``Born To Run,'' ''Rosalita,`` ''Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out`` and ''Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle,`` which evolved into ''Jungleland.`` It also includes Springsteen's address book with the phone numbers for Clarence Clemons and Steve Van Zandt, the black-and-white shirt Springsteen wore on the cover of ''The River`` album, and the lyric notebook with 18 songs he kept when he was 18.
MONDO COZMO - ``SHINE''
Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo was working two landscaping jobs and had a string of failed record label deals behind him when he wrote the song ``Shine.'' He says he was in a miserable place at the time but he knew instantly it was the best thing he had ever written. It took a while to get a video that worked, though. Ostrander says he turned in three or four different ones before the label liked one. The video shows Ostrander singing on the street and various shots of people looking straight at the camera. He doesn't know any of them. Ostrander says they asked random people to appear in the video and got them to sign releases to agree to it, and the results are ``amazing.''
CHUCK BERRY - KEITH RICHARDS
Keith Richards says Chuck Berry once gave him a black eye and Richards refers to it as Berry's ``greatest hit.''
Richards writes in Rolling Stone magazine that he went backstage after a Berry show in New York and saw Berry's guitar lying in its case in his dressing room. Richards says he took a look out of professional interest and plucked the strings. Then Berry walked in and socked him in the left eye. Richards says he realized he was in the wrong and he would have done the same thing if someone was fiddling with his guitar.
TUPAC SHAKUR - RESTAURANT
The restaurant that Tupac Shakur had envisioned will come to life for just this weekend in New York. Billboard reports Powamekka Cafe will take over the Sweet Chick restaurant on the lower East Side from Friday to Sunday.
The cafe will showcase photos of Shakur and his poetry. The menu will include some of his favourites, including meat loaf, gumbo and his cousin's fried chicken wings. Shakur wrote three pages in a notebook outlining his concept for a restaurant.
LONDON POLICE - FAKE TICKET BUYERS
British fans trying to snag tickets to see Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Iron Maiden and Coldplay got a surprise when they tried to buy them from a website advertising on Facebook. Not only was the site a fake, but it was set up by the London police.
The fake site Surfed Arts was created to show how easy it is to get duped by an unknown site that claims to sell tickets. The 15-hundred people who clicked through to the site got a warning about falling prey to fraud and how to protect themselves. Women over the age of
65 and those living in London were the most likely to fall for the hoax, while men and women aged 35-44 and those living in Birmingham were the least likely.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL
Justin Timberlake will finally play the festival he owns. Timberlake will headline the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on September 23rd-24th. Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra co-founded the festival, and Timberlake is a partner and producer. The lineup also includes Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Junior, Walk The Moon and Better Than Ezra.
CHRIS YOUNG - NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - JULY 4th
Chris Young will headline the free Independence Day celebration in Nashville. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also is on the bill. The Nashville Symphony will perform as the fireworks go off.
(The Associated Press)