MUSIC NEWS: AUGUST 2, 2017
CHESTER BENNINGTON - FUNERAL
Linkin Park's record label confirms singer Chester Bennington's funeral was this past Saturday in Palos Verdes Estates, California. More than 500 people attended the private service at a botanic garden. Among those attending were Bennington's bandmates in Linkin Park, Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Matt Sorum. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn gave eulogies. The whereabouts of Bennington's grave, if he has one, were not mentioned.
GENE SIMMONS - GENIE THE CALF
Gene Simmons is delighted with a calf that was born near Kerrville, Texas, that looks like she's wearing his makeup. The female calf, named Genie, is black with a white face and black markings that look strikingly similar to Simmons' Demon makeup. Simmons tweeted a photo of the calf and says, ``This is real, folks!'' Heather Taccetta , who lives at the ranch with her family, says Genie is a family favorite and won't be sold for slaughter.
SIR MIX-A-LOT - JOE NICHOLS
Sir Mix-A-Lot is giving his stamp of approval to the country version of "Baby Got Back'', courtesy of Joe Nichols.
Sir Mix-A-Lot appears in the official video for Nichols' version of the song. Sir Mix-A-Lot also tweeted a link to the video with the caption, ``Butts everywhere!'' Nichols included the song on his new album, ``Never Gets Old.''
THE SCRIPT - DANNY O'DONAGHUE - VOCAL CORD SURGERY
Singer Danny O'Donaghue of The Script had to learn how to sing again after having vocal cord surgery in January 2016.
O'Donaghue says their songs span three octaves and he was singing all of them night after night. He had to stay silent for about two months while he recovered. O'Donaghue used an app to speak for him and jokes when he'd ask for cigarettes, the app would tell him he wasn't supposed to be smoking. O'Donaghue says he got his singing chops back by clean living and, yes, by giving up smoking. The Script will release an album called "Freedom Child'' on September 1st.
ANDY GRAMMER - A FATHER
Andy Grammer's wife has given birth to their first child. Their representative tells People magazine Grammer's wife, Aijia , gave birth Friday to a girl. They've named her Louisiana K Grammer, with the intent of calling her Louie.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL - LINEUP
Stevie Wonder, Green Day and The Killers are among those who will reward people for doing good deeds. They're among the performers at the Global Citizen Festival, set for Sept.
23rd in New York's Central Park. Fans earn free tickets by going to www.GlobalCitizenFestival.com by making commitments to doing charitable work. The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day and Alessia Cara (ah-LES'-ee-ah KAH'-rah) are also part of the lineup. M-S-N-B-C will broadcast the concert live.
(The Associated Press)