MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson set for Outlaw Music Festival Tour
Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan are set to perform on a tour based on the country icon's curated Outlaw Music Festival.
Blackbird Presents and Nelson announced Tuesday that the Outlaw Music Festival Tour will play six cities, including New Orleans and Dallas, from July 1 to July 16.
Willie Nelson & Family will play each night, while Dylan and His Band will perform July 8 in Detroit and July 9 in Milwaukee.
Other performers include Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and My Morning Jacket.
Tickets go on sale April 21. The tour will also visit Rogers, Arizona, and Syracuse, New York.
Nelson launched the Outlaw Music Festival last year.
ED SHEERAN - SUIT
Ed Sheeran has settled the copyright suit brought by two songwriters over his hit song ``Photograph.'' The Hollywood Reporter reports court papers were filed Friday but terms of the settlement are not known. Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard filed a lawsuit last June seeking 20-million dollars.
They said ``Photograph'' was ``note-for-note copying'' of their song ``Amazing,'' which had been recorded by Matt Cardle, the winner of the British version of ``The X Factor'' in 2010.
PRINCE'S EX-WIFE SAYS HE ONCE HAD A WILL
Prince's first wife knows he had a will at one point because she asked him about it. Mayte (MY'-tay) Garcia says when she was pregnant, she told him that he needed to leave a guideline for what he wanted in case something happened to him.
Garcia says she never saw the will but she knows he had one. What happened to it? Garcia has no idea. She says people who worked for Prince were very respectful, so if he told them to destroy it, they would have done it. Mayte Garcia discusses their relationship in her new book, ``The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince.''
Billy Idol and Duran Duran are expressing their gratitude for the shirt Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament wore to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions Friday in New York.
Ament's shirt was covered in the names of the artists he thought should be inducted as well as Pearl Jam. The list includes Idol, Duran Duran, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cars, Lenny Kravitz, Love, Bon Jovi, Todd Rundgren, Bad Company, Judas Priest and about 90 other acts. The shirt also includes Tom Waits' name -- a mistake, since Waits was inducted in 2011.
YES FEATURING JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN: THAT'S THE NAME OF THE BAND
For a band that had a name as simple as Yes, the offshoot bands sure are a mouthful. Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have been touring for the past year as Anderson Rabin and Wakeman. Now they will be known as Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. Anderson calls it ``very simple'' and adds, ``The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. Yes music is in our D-N-A.'' Their North American tour will begin August 26th in Stockton, California. In 1988, the Yes offshoot band Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe recorded and toured for two years.
KORN ENLISTS HELP OF ROBERT TRUJILLO'S 12-YEAR-OLD SON
Korn bassist Fieldy will not be able to join them on their South American tour because of ``unforeseen circumstances,'' so the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will fill in. By the way: he's 12. Tye Trujillo is in a northern California band called The Helmets and will take over bass duties as Korn heads to South America. Korn says in a statement they're bummed that Fieldy can't make it, but they are ``excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye.'' Fieldy will be back for the Carolina Rebellion festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 6th.
Authorities say Boosie Badazz -- formerly known as Lil Boosie -- is responsible for drawing an unruly crowd that resulted in six arrests. Police in Biloxi, Mississippi, say Boosie was in a shopping mall Sunday afternoon when a crowd gathered. Police say a guard pepper-sprayed at least one person, and three men and two juveniles were charged with assault for knocking down the guard and a police officer. Another man was arrested for possessing a stolen gun. A police spokesman says Boosie was present during the assault but did not participate.
MARIAH CAREY STARTS BUTTERFLY MC RECORDS
Mariah Carey is giving another go to running her own record label. Carey has announced Butterfly M-C Records, a joint venture with Epic Records. Her first signing is herself.
Carey is expected to release an album through Butterfly M-C Records by the end of the year. In 1997, Carey founded Crave Records through a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Her then-husband, Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH'-luh), was the head of Sony at the time. Within three months, Carey and Mottola had announced their separation, and in a little over a year, Crave had folded.
POSTHUMOUS NOMINEES FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Prince, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and Joey Feek of Joey and Rory are contenders for Billboard Music Awards. Prince is nominated twice and the ``Purple Rain''
soundtrack is up for top soundtrack. A Tribe Called Quest's ``We Got It From Here. Thank You 4 Your Service'' is up for top rap album. Joey and Rory's ``Hymns'' is up for top Christian album.
Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the nominations with 22 each. Ten acts are up for top artist: Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day), Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd. The awards are based on sales, streaming and social interaction. The Billboard Music Awards will be May 21st in Las Vegas.
ELTON JOHN GETS NOSTALGIC FOR VINYL
Elton John has been named the first worldwide Record Store Day Legend. In past years, Record Store Day organizers have named celebrities like Metallica, Dave Grohl and Chuck D as ambassadors. Record Store Day is April 22nd, a day when musicians will release special editions of their music, mostly vinyl, to independent record stores in order to drive traffic there. John recalls he had two 45s as his first vinyl: ``At The Hop'' by Danny and the Juniors and ``Reet Petite'' by Jackie Wilson. He says he buys five or six vinyl albums a week. John recently bought ``Life Of Pablo'' by Kanye West on vinyl and he says it cost him ``a fortune.''
ROCK GETAWAY FESTIVAL PROMISES TOP CLASSIC ROCK ACTS
The big classic rock acts are heading to Mexico and you can go too. The Rock Getaway festival will be held October 26th through November 5th in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and it's being sold as a rock vacation. The four-day package will feature concerts by the Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Foreigner, R-E-O Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Blue Oyster Cult, Starship featuring Micky Thomas, Foghat, Queensryche and Los Lobos. The seven- and eleven-day packages add on Don Henley, Santana, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and a bunch of tribute bands. Depending on the package and hotel, prices range from about 1,800 dollars to 13-thousand dollars.
(The Associated Press)