MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017
Police in Florida are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was ``sucker punched'' by singer Chris Brown. Tampa police say 28-year-old Bennie Vines Jr. was hired by Aja Channelside to take photos during an event hosted by Brown. Vines told officers that while he was snapping photos early Monday, Brown punched him. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived. Vines refused medical treatment and told officers he wants to prosecute because of a minor lip cut. The club confirmed the incident on its Facebook page Monday and apologized to patrons. An email to the representative listed on Brown's website was not immediately returned.
RAPPER T.I. AND PUBLIC OFFICE
Rapper T-I has no plans to ever run for public office, but he said he wants to make a difference in underserved communities through activism and music. The Atlanta-based artist spoke about affecting positive change in his community while backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month in New York. The rapper performed in honour of the late Tupac Shakur after Snoop Dogg inducted him into the Rock Hall. Shakur was gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas at the height of his career. If he were alive today, T-I thinks he would be more than a musician. ``Anything could have happened with Pac, man. Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life,'' he said. ``He may have gotten into politics by now. Who knows?''
PRINCE INVESTIGATION YIELDS SOME ANSWERS, MORE QUESTIONS
Newly unsealed court documents reveal that Prince got a prescription for oxycodone under someone else's name.
The documents don't reveal how he got the fentanyl that led to his fatal overdose. They show Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg prescribed oxycodone for Prince six days before Prince died, but Schulenberg put it in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's drummer and longtime friend. Schulenberg said it was to protect Prince's privacy. An official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that investigators have not interviewed Schulenberg or Johnson since the hours immediately after Prince's death on April 21st last year.
The affidavits also say some of the pills found in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name ``Peter Bravestrong,'' which police believe was an alias Prince used when he travelled. The documents state Prince got vitamin B12 shots so he could ``feel better''
LADY GAGA WILL FILM SCENES FOR ``A STAR IS BORN'' ON COACHELLA STAGE
Lady Gaga will take the stage at Coachella again today to film scenes for the remake of the movie ``A Star Is Born.'' Warner Brothers Pictures has announced Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will stage a country concert for the film. They have asked fans to show up in denim, boots and Stetson hats, but no pink hats like Lady Gaga wears for the ``Joanne'' album. Cell phones will be locked in pouches so they can be carried but not used. The money raised from the 10-dollar tickets goes to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
NIGHT RANGER DRUMMER HAS HEART PROCEDURE
Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy will take a leave of absence through May while he recovers from a heart procedure. Keagy says in a statement he's dealt with a heart abnormality all his life and his doctors recommended he get it fixed. Fred Coury of Cinderella will sit in on drums during Night Ranger's April shows. Former Journey and Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo will play drums on the May dates. Night Ranger say it will be strange being on the road without Keagy for the first time in the band's history, but they take comfort in knowing it's temporary.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE GETS HIGH WITH HER KIDS
Melissa Etheridge admits she's fired up a joint with her kids. People magazine has an excerpt of Etheridge's interview for the Yahoo project, ``Weed and the American Family.''
Etheridge says she smokes marijuana with her 20-year-old daughter, Bailey, and 18-year-old son, Beckett, as well as with her wife, Linda Wallem. She says it felt ``funny at first'' but they all realized it was a natural thing. Etheridge also has ten-year-old twins and she's clear with them that marijuana is not for them. She says she takes the naughtiness out of it but she tells them it's not for kids.
JANET JACKSON'S HUSBAND WRITES LOVE MESSAGE
Just days after Janet Jackson posted her first photo of her three-month-old baby, her husband has posted a love note to Jackson. Wissam Al Mana posted a photo of Jackson on his website thanking her for her ``divine love,'' ''eternal support`` and for being his best friend. He says, ''We will be together in the Great Forever.`` Some celebrity gossip sites have said Jackson and Al Mana are on the rocks. Jackson gave birth to their son, Eissa, in January.
AUTOGRAPH FOUNDING DRUMMER DIES
Original drummer Keni Richards of the band Autograph has died. Guitarist Steve Lynch tweets he got confirmation of Richards' death but he does not give details.
Richards was in the band from 1983 to 1988, just as the Autograph song ``Turn Up The Radio'' took off in 1984. Lynch calls Richards ``the mighty force that was our backbone'' and says Richards will be missed greatly.
MOTOWN SONGWRITER SYLVIA MOY DIES
One of the first female songwriters and producers at Motown Records has died. The Detroit Free Press reports Sylvia Moy died of complications from pneumonia on Saturday outside Detroit. She was 78. Moy and collaborator Hank Cosby wrote Stevie Wonder's hits ``Uptight (Everything's Alright),'' ''I Was Made To Love Her`` and ''My Cherie Amour.`` They also wrote the Isley Brothers song ''This Old Heart Of Mine`` and the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston song ''It Takes Two.`` Moy once said she didn't know how to write lyrics in Braille for Wonder, so Wonder recorded ''Uptight`` with her singing the lines to him in his headphones.
ANGALEENA PRESLEY KEEPS SINGING FOR THE GIRLS
Angaleena Presley had her pat answers for whenever anyone would ask her about the lack of female acts on country radio. Presley says she would talk with hope about it being cyclical. In her mind, she'd be thinking that wasn't true at all, because after ten years there were still only two or three women in the top ten. Presley decided the best thing she can do is to keep going. She says if she throws herself to the wolves, maybe she'll get some success and some little girl will dream of being a country star too. Presley's new album, ``Wrangled,'' is out Friday.
DOLLY PARTON SEMINAR WILL BE TAUGHT AT UT KNOXVILLE
Students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will study Dolly Parton as part of an honours history seminar. Required reading for the seminar ``Dolly's America'' is Parton's book, ``Dolly: My Life,'' as well as other books about Appalachia. The course description says students will ``look at how a 'hillbilly' girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.'' Parton tweets, ``From the girl voted in high school 'least likely to succeed' this sure is a blessing!''
TYLER THE CREATOR TEAMS UP WITH BILL NYE
Tyler the Creator has recorded the theme song for Bill Nye's new science show. Tyler's song for the show ``Bill Nye Saves The World'' references the ``Bill Nye The Science Guy'' theme.
Tyler says in a video posted on Nye's Twitter that he loved the original song and ``you take out that snare, it could be a house song.'' ''Bill Nye Saves The World`` premieres Friday on Netflix.
MONTEREY FESTIVAL WILL MARK 50 YEARS
Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Jack Johnson and Leon Bridges are among the acts who will help mark the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival. The lineup also includes Eric Burdon and the Animals, Norah Jones, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Junior, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Regina Spektor.
Lou Adler, who was one of the producers of the 1967 festival, returns to oversee the concert. The event will be held on June 16th-18th at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the site of the original festival.
(The Associated Press)