MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
BUFFY SAINTE - MARIE AND RANDY BACHMAN
Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman are proving we ain't seen nothing yet.
They've been friends for ages, but the Canadian legends have never played together _ until now. Plans are underway for them to join forces at Ottawa's National Arts Centre on July 3.
The performance is part of massive festivities tied to the Canada Scene lineup, which unites more than 1,000 artists at various events starting in June.
Organizers promise ``new and fantastic collaborations'' between the pair who have left an indelible mark on Canada's songbook.
Sainte-Marie has been a staunch supporter of indigenous rights for decades. She also won an Oscar for writing ``Up Where We Belong,'' a song later performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film ``An Officer and a Gentleman.''
Bachman launched his career in The Guess Who before splitting to launch Bachman-Turner Overdrive, known for hits like ``Takin' Care of Business'' and ``You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.''
(The Canadian Press)
MILEY CYRUS - CLEAN
Miley Cyrus says she's quit drinking and smoking marijuana, just because it's something she wanted to do.
Cyrus tells Billboard magazine she hasn't smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest she's gone without it. She says it was easy because she chose to do it, but she wouldn't have done it if someone told her not to smoke. Cyrus says she wanted to be ``super clear and sharp.'' Cyrus will release a new single next week called ``Malibu,'' off an as-yet-untitled album that will be released later this year.
JERRY GARCIA - WOLF GUITAR
Jerry Garcia's beloved Wolf guitar is back on the market. Guernsey's auction house will sell Garcia's custom-made guitar with the cartoon wolf logo on it May 31st in New York.
Philanthropist and Deadhead Daniel Pritzker bought it in 2002 for 790-thousand dollars. It's expected to sell for as much as one-million. Pritzker will donate the proceeds from the sale to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Garcia first performed with Wolf in
1973 and it was a go-to instrument for him. It can be seen extensively in 1977's ``The Grateful Dead Movie.''
CHER - BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Cher will make her first awards show performance in more than 15 years at the Billboard Music Awards later this month. She will perform her song, ``Believe.'' Cher will also receive the magazine's Icon Award. Other performers include Drake, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde , Imagine Dragons and Florida Georgia Line. The Billboard Music Awards will air live on A-B-C on May 21st.
FUEL'S CARL BELL - ``TENNESSEE FUEL''
Fuel guitarist Carl Bell is putting out a solo project and it's a country record. Bell says the ``Tennessee Fuel'' album started when he wrote a song in honour of his father when Fuel's touring schedule forced him to skip a family reunion. His father died in 2010 and Bell took time to stay with his mother, who always has country music on. Bell says it reminded him of his childhood growing up on a farm. He says Miranda Lambert's song ``The House That Built Me'' in particular really hit him because he was in the house that built him. Bell played every instrument on the album except drums, and he sings as well. ``Tennessee Fuel'' comes out June 16th.
OLD CROW MEDICINE - ``BLONDE ON BLONDE''
Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor knew he was dealing with the lyrical master when the band decided to remake Bob Dylan's ``Blonde on Blonde'' album. He just didn't realize how much he personally had to learn. Secor says learning all the words to ``Blonde on Blonde'' was like rehearsing for a play with endless monologues. He didn't feel the need to sing like Dylan, but he did lift a lot of what he calls his ``favourite Bob phrasing.'' Secor says their only rules for the album were that the lyrics had to be verbatim and the track sequence must stay the same.
Old Crow Medicine Show's version of ``Blonde on Blonde'' is out now.
DADDY YANKEE - LATIN MUSIC
Daddy Yankee believes streaming music numbers finally show the truth about him: he's huge all over the world.
Daddy Yankee says he been saying for years that his music is being heard globally, but ``we simply couldn't register it before with numbers.'' His song ``Despacito'' is number 12 on Spotify's global hits list and number 2 on its Viral 50 chart. He says it's a good thing Latin artists are appearing on mainstream lists because occasionally their numbers are bigger than any American artist.
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE - ``CMT CROSSROADS''
Earth, Wind and Fire will get a country flavour on an upcoming episode of ``C-M-T Crossroads.'' Lady Antebellum will be among the acts who will join them. Other musicians will be announced later. It will be the first time ``C-M-T Crossroads'' has been staged outside. The episode airs on C-M-T on June 23rd.
SPANDAU BALLET'S GARY KEMP - JIMMY FALLON SKETCH
Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet loves Jimmy Fallon's weird take on his band. Fallon did a sketch Wednesday in which actors playing Kemp and his brother Martin would laugh at Fallon's jokes in time with the Spandau Ballet song ``True.'' Kemp tweets he's ``laughing too'' but he jokes, ``So butch though!'' The sketch did have a major factual error. The actor who introduced himself as Gary Kemp actually was portraying Martin Kemp.
PAUL McCARTNEY - RICH MUSICIANS LIST
Paul McCartney is still the most-loaded musician in Britain. The Sunday Times reports McCartney tops its list of Music Millionaires with one-billion dollars. The report takes into account the wealth of McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell , who had her own fortune before marrying him. Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber is second, followed by U2, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the estate of George Harrison. Ringo Starr and ``Riverdance'' creator Michael Flatley are tied for eighth. Sting rounds out the top 10. Adele is the youngest and the only female musician on the list, tied for 19th place with Brian May of Queen.
(The Associated Press)