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Friday, 05 May 2017 08:13

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

 

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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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)

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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)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)