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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:19

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

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. 

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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.''

 

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JEFF AMENT

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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BOOSIE BADAZZ

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017 08:39
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

 

Add Gene Simmons to the list of stars accused of sexual misconduct. Billboard reports that the bass player for Kiss is being sued by a radio and T-V broadcaster who says he groped her and made ``unwanted'' and ``unwarranted'' sexual advances toward her. Unlike many of the allegations made against celebrities these days, this happened recently. The broadcaster says it happened November 1st when she interviewed Simmons and Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their restaurant in Highland, California. The suit claims, among other things, that during a post-interview photo, Simmons touched the woman's buttocks. An attorney for the woman says her client is ``embarrassed and humiliated'' by the experience. 

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NELLY - RAPE CHARGES DROPPED

 

An attorney for Nelly says his client is the victim of a ``deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.''

Authorities in Washington state say they won't file rape charges against the rapper, because the accuser isn't cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October outside Seattle.

Nelly was arrested and booked before being released. Shortly after the arrest, the woman told prosecutors she wanted the investigation stopped. Prosecutors say without the woman's help, they can't investigate to see whether the allegation has any merit. 

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EMINEM - MOM'S SPAGHETTI

 

If you remember the Eminem song ``Lose Yourself,'' you no doubt remember the line about him being so nervous he barfs up ``mom's spaghetti'' before performing. Over the weekend, some people in Detroit got the chance to see what that pasta takes like of course, before he got ill. The rapper had one of those pop-up restaurants and ``mom's spaghetti'' was on the menu. It's all part of the buildup to his new album. 

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JEEZY - EVOLUTION

 

Jeezy says he was like a lump of coal in a darkened mine but came out like a diamond. The rapper says he can remember many struggles he faced as a kid like being so poor, he had to shoo cockroaches off his food before eating. He says the tough times inspired him do better and now, he wants to help others do the same. He sketches out his journey in his new album, ``Pressure.'' It features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, J. Cole and 2 Chainz.

 

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TONY BENNETT MEMORIAL PERFORMANCE

 

He wasn't there in person. But Tony Bennett was very much a part of the public memorial for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. A taped performance of the veteran crooner was part of the service held yesterday in the rotunda of San Francisco's city hall.

Lee was the city's first Asian-American Mayor. He died last week.

 

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KEELY SMITH - OBIT

 

Singer Keely Smith has died. She was big back in the day, best-known as a pop and jazz singer who both recorded standards and had a longtime musical partnership with Louis Prima. Smith was 89 when she died of apparent heart failure over the weekend in Palm Springs, California. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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)