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Monday, 17 April 2017 08:26

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

 

 BRYAN ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Bryan Adams is setting down his electric guitar for a special one-night exhibition of his photography at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. 

The ``Summer of '69'' rocker is set to unveil ``Canadians,'' a curated collection of portraits to mark Canada's sesquicentennial, at the ROM Ball black-tie fundraiser on May 6. 

Organizers say the exhibit will feature portraits of 28 Canadian icons including Margaret Atwood, Michael Buble, the Weeknd, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Gretzky and Michael J. Fox. 

A shot that Adams captured of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau backstage at the Juno Awards in Ottawa will also be on display. 

The ROM Ball will open with Tony-nominated actress Louise Pitre performing the national anthem, while the dinner party will be headlined by singer Rufus Wainwright.

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SESSION GUITARIST BRUCE LANGHORNE DIES

 

The musician credited with inspiring Bob Dylan to write the song ``Mr Tambourine Man'' has died.  Session guitarist Bruce Langhorne died Friday of kidney failure at his home in Venice, California, according to a family friend.  He was 78.

Langhorne was a mainstay of the Greenwich Village folk rock scene in the 1950s and '60s.  He played on Dylan's ``Bringing It All Back Home'' album in 1965.  Dylan said in the liner notes of his ``Biograph'' boxed set that Langhorne played a tambourine as big as a wagon wheel and that image stuck in his head.  Langhorne also played on albums by Joan Baez, John Sebastian and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. 

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WARPED TOUR CHANGES POLICY ON FREE PARENT TICKETS

 

The Warped Tour has reversed course on its free parent ticket policy.  For the past two years, the tour offered free admission to a parent with a child who had bought a ticket.

This year, the tour had eliminated that, arguing that while the lineup is aimed at teens and young adults, it also included several legacy acts.  The Warped Tour has issued a statement saying they tried to strike a balance and they admit they tipped too far, so Warped will bring back the program.  The tour has had a ``reverse day care'' tent for parents for years.  This year's Warped Tour begins June 16th in Seattle, featuring American Authors, Goldfinger, GWAR, The Ataris and Save Ferris. 

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THE CHAINSMOKERS HIT NUMBER ONE

 

The Chainsmokers' first full-length album has hit number one its first week out.  Billboard reports ``Memories...Do Not Open'' moved 221-thousand units.  Last week's number one, ``More Life'' by Drake, drops to second. 

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TRISHA YEARWOOD REVEALS HER WAX FIGURE IN NASHVILLE

 

The Trisha Yearwood figurine at Madame Tussauds Nashville is so realistic it even has some of her own hair extensions.  Yearwood unveiled the figure on Thursday and joked that her husband, Garth Brooks, might really like ``a quiet Trisha.''  Yearwood took a selfie with the Justin Timberlake figure because she knows him and wants to send it to him to show they were hanging out. 

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OZZY OSBOURNE WILL PLAY STURGIS

 

Ozzy Osbourne will attempt to make more noise than hundreds of motorcycles.  He will perform at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on April 9th.  The annual event draws thousands of people to the Black Hills of South Dakota every year. 

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PRINCE DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

This week will mark one year since the shocking news that Prince was found dead at his home near Minneapolis.  But it appears investigators are apparently no closer to determining whether anyone might end up being held to blame criminally in the case.  An official with knowledge of the investigation says investigators have yet to speak with a key associate of the musician.  And there has been no move to ask a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges might be filed.

Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl -- and counterfeit pills were found in a search of Paisley Park. 

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PRINCE - ESTATE

 

No one has officially named the legal heirs to Prince's estate.  But it appears once his sister and her five half-siblings are settled in as inheritors of his fortune, there will be plenty to divvy up.  In the 12-months since his death, the executors of his estate have turned his Paisley Park home and recording studios into as museum and concert hall.  His music is available on a number of streaming services -- something that hadn't been the case before.  And there will be a remastered version of his iconic album, ``Purple Rain'' due out in June, along with two other albums of unreleased music.  The executors haven't spelled out how much money this will all bring in -- but it will likely be more than a little bit. 

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REVENUES FROM PRINCE'S PAISLEY PARK GO BACK INTO PAISLEY PARK

 

Have you put off home repairs for way too long?  Turns out Prince did too.  Paisley Park manager Joel Weinshanker says most of the money from admissions to Prince's compound is going toward upkeep.  He says Paisley Park was in ``grave disrepair'' when Prince died.  He says the heating and cooling system needed replacing, some rooms that stored videos had water damage and Prince's outfits were improperly stored.

Weinshanker won't say how much money Paisley Park has made since it opened to the public, but he says close to 100-thousand people have toured the place.  Friday is the first anniversary of Prince's death.  This weekend, Paisley Park will host The Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, New Power Revolution and members of 3RDEYEGIRL. 

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ANN WILSON'S HUSBAND SENTENCED IN INCIDENT INVOLVING NANCY WILSON'S KIDS

 

The husband of singer Ann Wilson of Heart has received a suspended sentence of 364-days in jail after he pleaded guilty to choking the 16-year-old twin sons of guitarist Nancy Wilson.  Dean Witter also will serve two years of probation, pay restitution and have no contact with his nephews, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Authorities say the boys wanted to see Ann Wilson's new tour bus and Wetter let them do that as long as they didn't let the dogs out.  Authorities say one of the boys exited first and left the door open for his brother and stepsister, and Wetter immediately became upset.  The sheriff's report says Wetter punched the boy and grabbed him by the throat, then grabbed the other twin by the throat when he tried to intervene.  Wetter and Ann Wilson have been married for two years.  The Wilson sisters have said Heart is on hiatus and they're working on separate projects. 

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RADIOHEAD'S COACHELLA SET IS HIT WITH TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

 

For a while at Coachella, the only people who could hear Radiohead was Radiohead.  The Los Angeles Times reports Radiohead's headlining spot on Friday was marred with sound problems that were not apparent on stage.  The band left the stage twice.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke initially blamed the problem on ``aliens.''  Yorke later said, ``I'd love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that.  But this is Radiohead.'' 

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LORETTA LYNN MARKS 85 YEARS

 

Loretta Lynn joked she didn't know why people were making such a fuss over her 85th birthday concert in Nashville over the weekend.  Rolling Stone quotes Lynn as saying she's only 26.  She also says she can work any 26-year-old girl under the table any day.  Her sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue Wright, her daughters Patsy and Peggy Lynn, and Martina McBride were special guests. 

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JULIAN LENNON AND HIS FATHER'S WHITE FEATHER

 

John Lennon once told his son, Julian, that should he ever die, he'd let Julian know that everything was all right with a white feather.  Julian Lennon says he thought that was odd, told his mother and forgot about it.  Julian Lennon says years later he was on tour in Australia and the Mirning tribe gave him a white swan's feather.  He took that as a sign that it was his turn to do something to help the world.  Julian Lennon has written a children's environmental book called ``Touch The Earth'' that follows a group of kids as they travel the globe on the White Feather Flier.  It's out now. 

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JAMIROQUAI KEYBOARDIST TOBY SMITH DIES

 

Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay confirms the death of the group's original keyboardist Toby Smith.

Kay writes on Facebook Smith died Thursday of a ``voracious illness,'' but he does not say what that is.  Smith was 46.  Kay says Smith had an ``obtuse sense of humour'' and there would have been no Jamiroquai without Smith.  Jamiroquai are probably best known for the 1996 hits ``Virtual Insanity'' and ``Cosmic Girl.''

Smith left the band in 2002. 

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(The Canadian 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)