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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017

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.

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:01
Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Don't miss out on another fantastic local tribute show featuring local artists performing Tom Petty's biggest and best hits! This show is scheduled for early February at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin! More Details coming, check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:32
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

RUSSELL SIMMONS - RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons says he will defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Simmons writes on Instagram he will prove without any doubt he is innocent of all rape charges. The New York Times published a story earlier this week in which three women claimed Simmons raped them in the 1980s and '90s. Two other women have said Simmons had sex with them against their will. Simmons used the hashtag ``NotMe,'' which he says is not trying to diminish the ``MeToo'' movement, but to hold his accusers accountable.

 

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SZA - HABITS

 

Giving SZA a compliment is liable to send her into overdrive. SZA says she feels she has to do that compliment a service and she'll keep thinking about one more component that will make her worthy. She acknowledges she's a little nervous and awkward, which may be because she's a creature of habit.

She says the same four people who live with her are the people who helped make her ``Ctrl'' (control) album. SZA says it was only recent she came out of what she calls her ``four year cave.''

 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - ANTHEM PERFORMANCE

 

 Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship. They will be accompanied by a gospel choir and 12-year-old Carly Ortega, a student at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf who will sign the anthem.

 

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MISSY ELLIOTT - ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

  Missy Elliott will be the guest of honour at the ``Black Women in Music'' event put on by Essence magazine next year.

Essence calls Elliott ``a consummate visionary whose creativity knows no limits.'' The event will be held in New York on Jan. 25th, three days before the Grammys.

 

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BEBE REXHA - ``A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE''

 

Bebe Rexha will perform a new song called ``Count on Christmas'' to open the live musical version of ``A Christmas Story'' that will run on Fox on Sunday. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song specifically for the live show.

They also wrote the musical. 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST

 

Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C on Dec. 31st. They join Ontario home grown stars Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara , along with Zedd, G-Eazy, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello and Charlie Puth.

The East Coast party will feature Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland in New York's Times Square. Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon will headline the Central Time Zone party from New Orleans.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:30
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)