MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017
Bieber World Tour
Justin Bieber says he cancelled the final 14 dates on his Purpose World Tour because he wants his career to be ``sustainable.''
The Stratford, Ont.-native posted a message to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday night, saying the long world tour had made him appreciate his career and encouraged him to protect it from being derailed.
It was first announced last week that the remainder of Bieber's tour was being scrapped ``due to unforeseen circumstances.''
Bieber had been on tour for the last 18 months, playing more than 150 shows on six continents.
The Grammy winner's upcoming concerts included two shows in Toronto in September and several others in the United States.
The pop star was then supposed to wrap the tour in Asia.
(The Canadian Press)
KANYE WEST - LAWSUIT
Kanye West wants his insurance company to pay up on his policy after he cancelled concerts for health reasons last year. West's Very Good Touring company says insurance provider Lloyd's of London should have to pay nearly 10-million dollars for his cancelled Saint Pablo Tour. West called off a few dates after his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was robbed in Paris. He called off the rest of the tour when he was admitted for undisclosed reasons to U-C-L-A Neuropsychiatric Hospital in November. West's touring company says his hospitalization qualifies under the ``accidental bodily injury or illness'' clause. Lloyd's of London representatives have not responded to requests for comment.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT - LOLLAPALOOZA MEMORIES
Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has less-than-pleasant memories of their first time playing at Lollapalooza. Shultz says it was their first festival ever, and he was nervous and full of adrenaline. Someone threw a bottle of champagne on stage. Shultz says he thought it would be a good idea to chug the bottle. He says he quickly realized that was a bad idea and discreetly went to the side of the stage to throw up. His brother, singer Matt Shultz, started a chant with the crowd: ``Brad, don't throw up!'' Cage The Elephant will be one of the headliners today at Lollapalooza. The festival runs through Sunday in Chicago and also features Muse, The Killers, Chance The Rapper and Arcade Fire.
ARETHA FRANKLIN - CHILDHOOD HOME
The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, has unveiled a historical plaque at the small wooden home where Aretha Franklin was born. Mayor Jim Strickland dedicated the marker yesterday. Franklin's family lived there for two years after she was born. The house is boarded up and was slated for demolition, but local groups are trying to preserve it. The historical marker is the only indication of the house's significance.
T-BOZ - BOOK
T-Boz of T-L-C was told as a little girl she wouldn't make it past 30 because of her sickle-cell anaemia. She's now 47 and has written an autobiography about all the things people told her she couldn't do, yet she did. ``A Sick Life: T-L-C 'n Me''
traces her early life as a sickly girl in Des Moines, Iowa, through the rise of T-L-C and how she still deals with sickle cell to this day. The book comes out Sept. 12th.
PATTI SMITH - SAM SHEPARD
Patti Smith remembers her former flame and longtime friend Sam Shepard calling her up out of the blue and they'd stay up all night talking about authors. Smith writes in The New Yorker Shepard was always on the move but eventually he got too sick to travel, so she'd visit him at his home in Kentucky. Shepard had promised to show her the Southwest someday and apologized for not doing that. She says they worked on manuscript about the American West that was so vivid she felt she was there. Shepard died last week of Lou Gehrig's disease.
FAITH HILL - VOCAL REST
The Faith Hill-Tim McGraw show tonight in Little Rock, Arkansas, has been cancelled because Faith Hill can't sing. Verizon Arena, where the concert was to take place, posted a notice saying Hill has been put on two days of vocal rest.
Details on her ailment were not given.
SOCAN - SONGWRITERS
Aspiring young Canadian songwriters are being offered a chance to get their work on the radar of the music industry and win some cash along the way. SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada -- is launching the inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards this year. The national competition, in partnership with Sirius-X-M Canada, will give five five-thousand-dollar prizes to Canadian songwriters who are 21-years-old or younger. The songwriters must be members of SOCAN and have their competing work registered with the organization to qualify. Submissions must be made by August 20th.
HIP-HOP PIONEER - ARRESTED
A founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man. Nathaniel Glover was arrested last night on murder charges. He performed as The Kidd Creole with the 1980's hip-hop group, popular for hits like ``The Message.'' Police say the stabbing happened in Manhattan on Monday _ and the victim was found with multiple stab sounds to his torso. It's unclear what led to the stabbing.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the first rap act to be inducted into the hall.
(The Associated Press)