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Friday, 07 April 2017 09:18

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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)