MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
BON JOVI - CANCELLATIONS
Fans who had plans to check out Jon Bon Jovi this weekend in New York will have to make other arrangements. He won't be doing the shows because of illness. He decided last night to put off the shows at Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night _ to give him more time to recover from bronchitis. Bon Jovi has been struggling for more than a week now. Both fans and critics have noted he has had trouble singing and hitting some high notes during his shows. And he cut short his concert in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, telling the audience he wasn't feeling well. He even jokingly asked if there was anyone from a bar band knew all the words to Bon Jovi songs _ and could fill in for him. Tickets for tonight's New York shows will be honoured next Thursday and tomorrow's show tickets are good for a week from tomorrow.
OBIT- PAUL O'NEILL
Authorities in Tampa, Florida, say there is no foul play suspected in the death of Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill. He was found dead in a hotel room on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 61. The band say O'Neill died of a ``chronic illness.'' Trans-Siberian Orchestra are known for their bombastic Christmas concerts featuring a prog-rock sound, pyrotechnics, lasers and falling snow. Their song ``Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24'' -- an instrumental version of ``God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen'' and ``Carol of the Bells'' -- is a holiday radio standard. O'Neill said in a 2004 Associated Press interview they would spare no expense, even if meant scrapping a 100-thousand dollar track to make it one per cent better. He said the T-S-O motto was ``Fog it, light it or blow it up, but keep it interesting.''
CHEMICAL BROTHERS - ROSARIO DAWSON - KENDALL JENNER PEPSI COMMERCIAL
The Chemical Brothers can't help but notice the similarities between Kendall Jenner's now-cancelled Pepsi commercial and their own 1999 video for ``Out Of Control.'' Jenner's commercial shows her leaving a modeling shoot to join protesters and giving a Pepsi to a police officer. In the ``Out of Control'' video, Rosario Dawson faces off against riot police until it's revealed it was all a soft-drink commercial, but it's running while real riots are going on. The Chemical Brothers re-tweeted Dawson's comment that the commercial is ``eerily reminiscent'' of the video, ``sadly minus the point.'' Pepsi has pulled the Jenner commercial.
ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS - PREVIEW
Tonight, singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie will become one of the rare people who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time. Rolie was inducted in 1998 as part of the band Santana and will be inducted tonight as a member of Journey. Fewer than two dozen people have been inducted twice, and Eric Clapton is the only one inducted three times. Pearl Jam, Yes, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur (TOO'-pahk shah-KOOR') and Electric Light Orchestra will be inducted tonight as well. Nile Rodgers of Chic will be given an award of excellence. The Rock Hall inductions are tonight in New York. Highlights of the show will be shown on H-B-O on April 29th.
TREND ALERT - RAPPERS AS CHEFS
Rappers these days are not just trying to feed your mind -- they're trying to feed your stomach. Snoop Dogg and Reverend Run have cooking shows. Kelis (keh-LEES') plans to open a restaurant in Los Angeles this year after putting out a cookbook.
Flava Flav was a cook in his family's soul food diner and he says he once was the head chef at the Nassau County Courthouse in New York.
Action Bronson went to culinary school, and 2 Chainz put out a cookbook with one of his albums. Prodigy of Mobb Deep recently put out a cookbook based on food available in prison. Reverend Run says food and music are similar because they have no language barriers.
He says, ``When people hear music or eat tasty food, all of a sudden we have something in common.''
SUGE KNIGHT - TRIAL DATE
Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight will have to wait nine months until his murder trial begins.
However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen says that's set in stone and it will begin within 10 days of Jan. 8th. Knight was arrested in early 2015 after he drove over two men outside a Los Angeles burger stand, killing one. Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder. Knight told Coen he wants to get back to his family and he can't get access to legal experts to plan his defence. Coen says the trial will last a month and he ordered court officials to provide 200 potential jurors.
DARIUS RUCKER - FREE CONCERT
Darius Rucker agreed to a free concert at the University of South Carolina to celebrate their football wins, but he sure wasn't going to ignore their basketball success. Rucker had pledged to do a show for students if South Carolina's football team won six times. He performed Wednesday night to make good on that pledge. Women's basketball coach Dawn Staley brought her team's N-C-double-A championship trophy on stage. Staley and men's basketball coach Frank Martin led the Gamecock chant. The men's team made the Final Four for the first time this year.
BRAD PAISLEY - BAD SELFIES
It's bad enough when your friends repost that selfie you never should have put online in the first place. Brad Paisley just made a whole video out of them. Paisley asked fans to send him their most embarrassing selfies, which he incorporated into his video for ``Selfie #TheInternetIsForever.'' It includes animals doing embarrassing things in the background and lots of blurred body parts, including part of Paisley himself. The ``Selfie'' video is one of six that Paisley is releasing on Facebook leading up to the April 21st release of his ``Love and War'' album.
(The Associated Press)