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Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

 

Lighthouse co founder and drummer Skip Prokop dead at 74 

Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74. 

Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital. 

She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. 

Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place. 

Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like ``You Girl,'' ``One Fine Morning'' and ``Sunny Days. 

Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972. 

Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. 

(The Canadian Press) 

 

HOUSTON - BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are working on a benefit concert for the people of Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Who will play has yet to be determined. Bun B's representative says he's actively working on the talent and logistics for the concert, scheduled for Sept. 12th. It's tentatively set to air on four national networks. Bun B and Braun have big-name connections. Bun B is from Houston and has worked with fellow Houston native Beyonce and fan-of-the-city Drake. He's also worked with OutKast, Jay Z, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz. Braun manages Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Braun also organized Grande's benefit concert in Manchester, England, in June. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BROADWAY

 

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's concerts on Broadway are so hot, he's already planning to do more. Tickets for the initial run of October 3rd through November 26th sold out instantly yesterday. He's now extended the run until February 3rd.

Springsteen plans to do five shows a week, with some time off during the holidays. In an effort to thwart scalpers, fans registered for the chance to buy tickets. Yesterday, Ticketmaster randomly sent out text messages with codes just hours before tickets went on sale. So much for their efforts. Resale sites have the tickets listed already for as much as 10-thousand dollars U-S. 

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QUEEN - FILM

 

Queen guitarist Brian May believes the actor who will play singer Freddie Mercury in a movie about the band is going to convince people he really is Mercury. May says actor Rami Malek (RAH'-mee MAL'-ihk) is ``going to suspend everybody's disbelief.'' May says Malek has Mercury's presence. The movie is scheduled to come out Christmas of 2018. 

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KID ROCK - RESTAURANT BUSINESS

 

Kid Rock plans to open a restaurant in the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Kid Rock's Made In Detroit restaurant will be part of Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It will be open year-round for lunch and dinner.

The menu will feature classic Detroit and Southern-influenced food as well as traditional bar fare. Rock's memorabilia will be part of the decor. The space will have a stage to showcase emerging talent with a focus on local artists. 

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CHRIS YOUNG - GRAND OLE OPRY

 

Chris Young was suspicious when Vince Gill asked him to go on before him at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, but Gill blamed it on a scratchy throat. It was a ruse so Gill could come out during Young's performance and invite him to join the Opry. Young was so excited he picked Gill up off the floor in a bear hug. Young has played the Opry 78 times since his debut in 2006. He will have his formal induction October 17th, three days before he releases his ``Losing Sleep'' album.

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HARVEY - CONCERT

 

One way celebrities often respond to disasters is to put on a benefit concert. And plans are already afoot to do one for Hurricane Harvey victims. Houston native Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are working together on a show to help those affected by Harvey. A rep for Bun B says the rapper is working with Braun, who manages Justin Bieber. Braun also did the benefit concert Ariana Grande did in Manchester, England in June. It helped the city rebound from the terror attack on her show there the month before. Bun B's rep says the Harvey benefit concert is scheduled to air on four national networks on September 12th and talent for the show is being rounded up. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:52
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

 

MARCO CASTILLO BRINGS HOME ROUTES SHOW TO DAUPHIN

 

Enjoy anther Home Routes Concert in Dauphin at 419 River Avenue tonight, featuring Marco Castillo. 

Doors open at 7pm, admission is $20 per person.

Bring your own beverage and refreshments, kids under 12 are free.

 

RODNEY CROWELL - HEALTH

 

Rodney Crowell is calling off his concerts for the rest of the year. He writes on Facebook a team of doctors have confirmed he needs complete rest to deal with the root cause of his health issues. Crowell says he will quietly encourage his body to return to its natural state. He does not specify what his health problems are. Crowell's next scheduled performance is in January on the Outlaw Country Cruise leaving from New Orleans for Costa Maya, Mexico. 

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BENEFIT SHOWS - HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

 

The music community continues to band together to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Clint Black will hold a benefit concert November 28th in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds will benefit the North Texas Community Foundation. Meanwhile, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Lovett will play the ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas'' concert in Austin on Friday. Funds raised from that show will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Last night in Atlanta, Kelly Price headlined a benefit concert that also features Slick Rick, Trina, 112, Case and Big Freedia. Also last night, Contemporary Christian acts like TobyMac, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and For King and Country held a benefit in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

The Dave Matthews Band will headline a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, in an attempt to bring the community together following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally there last month. Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande , The Roots, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage The Elephant also will perform. The show is set for Sunday at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium. It's free for U-V-A students and members of the Charlottesville community. The musicians are asking for donations for the Heal Charlottesville Fund. The concert will be livestreamed at musicandunity-dot-tumblr-dot-com. 

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LUKE COMBS - NEW SINGLE

 

Is Luke Combs obsessed with the weather or what?

His first single was ``Hurricane'' and his current one is ``When It Rains It Pours.'' Combs says he's only ever written two songs about weather and they just happened to be his first two singles. He calls it ``luck of the draw, really.'' 

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B.B. KING - LICENSE PLATES

 

Mississippi residents will still be able to get license plates with B-B King's guitar Lucille on them because the state legislature failed to allocate funds to change them. The Biloxi Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Department of Revenue releases new plates every five years. Officials say the legislature did not set aside funds for the new plates. The Lucille plates will stick around for at least another year. 

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(The Associated Press)

Marco Castillo to perform a Manitoba Home Routes Show in Dauphin Tonight!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:01
Marco Castillo to perform a Manitoba Home Routes Show in Dauphin Tonight!

Enjoy anther Home Routes Concert in Dauphin at 419 River Avenue tonight, featuring Marco Castillo. Doors open at 7pm, admission is $20 per person. Bring your own beverage and refreshments, kids under 12 are free.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:31
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

 

ECHOSMITH - ALBUM RELEASE - TOUR

 

Echosmith is pushing back its album release and tour because, in their words, they are ``overrun with inspiration.''

They were planning to release their ``Inside a Dream'' album on September 29th, but instead they have cut it to a seven-song E-P.

The full album will come out in the spring. Echosmith is delaying the tour to coincide with the album. It will start April 4th in San Francisco. 

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LEE BRICE - CHARITY

 

Lee Brice sponsored two recent events that raised 100-thousand dollars for a veterans charity. He held a guitar pull in Nashville on Sunday that included Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr, Lucas Hoge and Charles Esten from the T-V show ``Nashville.''

On Monday, he led a clay shoot that include Hoge, Esten, Craig Campbell and members of 3 Doors Down. The money will go to Folds Of Honor, a group that provides scholarships to families of wounded and killed members of the American military. 

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MILKY CHANCE - SONGS

 

It was an easy decision for Milky Chance to record in English rather than their native German. D-J Philipp Dausch says their favorite records are in English. He says there's a lot of good German music as well, but Milky Chance songs don't sound good in German. When it came time to make their ``Blossom''

album, however, they wanted to bring it back home. Dausch says it was important for them to record ``Blossom'' in Germany because that's where they were the most comfortable. 

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ANDREA BOCELLI - ROBOT CONDUCTOR

 

Andrea Bocelli gives his approval to a robot conductor. The YuMi robot, designed by Swiss company A-B-B for factory assembly lines, led Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra Tuesday night in Pisa, Italy. They performed Verdi's ``La Donna e Mobile .'' Bocelli, who is blind, can sense the variabilities of different conductors. He says YuMi was ``programmed well.'' Regular conductor Andrea Colombini says YuMi is good but can't adjust if the orchestra makes a mistake. 

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APPLE - EMMA BLACKERY

 

Not a whole lot of people were familiar with British indie musician Emma Blackery. Then Apple used her album cover artwork during its demonstration for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X and her life has been turned upside down. Blackery had a respectable following on YouTube for her music before Tuesday's event. She had no idea the art for her self-released E-P would be used in the Apple presentation. Her reaction on Twitter was, ``What just happened,''

only with two expletives. Since then, Blackery has become a media star in Britain, Paris Hilton is following her on Twitter and Blackery jokes to the ``good record labels'' she's open to talk. She calls it ``one of the best nights of my life.'' 

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REBA McENTIRE - HOST ``CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS''

 

Reba McEntire will take over hosting duties for the ``C-M-A Country Christmas'' from Jennifer Nettles. Nettles had hosted the show for seven years. The show will tape November 14th in Nashville. The lineup has not yet been announced. A-B-C will run the special on November 27th. 

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TITO JACKSON'S EX-WIFE - OBIT- ``20/20''

 

The 40th season of the A-B-C News show ``20/20'' will focus on the family of Tito Jackson. The show takes a look at the death of Jackson's ex-wife, Dee Dee, who drowned in a swimming pool in 1994. The owner of the house, Los Angeles businessman Don Bohana, was sentenced to prison for her murder. Bohana's family says he was wrongfully convicted. The episode airs Friday. 

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NTSB: MECHANICAL ISSUES - TROY GENTRY

 

The National Transportation Safety Board says engine problems caused the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and a pilot on Friday. A preliminary report says pilot James Evan Robinson reported mechanical problems shortly after takeoff at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. The pilot discussed the problems with experts on the ground before stopping the engine and performing an autorotation that would glide the helicopter down to a runway. However, the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the airport. The report also says Gentry was on the helicopter for a pleasure ride. 

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WILLIE NELSON, PAUL SIMON HEADLINE ``HARVEY CAN'T MESS WITH TEXAS'' BENEFIT

 

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will lead a benefit concert for residents of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas''

concert will also feature Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and Ryan Bingham. The house band will be Asleep At The Wheel. The concert will be in Austin on Sept. 22nd. It will be broadcast statewide on 11 T-V stations and streamed live on YouTube. Proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. 

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AMERICANA AWARDS

 

Americana artists spanning generations and backgrounds were honored last night in Nashville. Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his proteges, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year. Prine, who is 70 years old, delighted the audience with a couple of performances and received standing ovations throughout the night. He joked: ``I've been waiting for this award for a while.''

Lifetime achievement honors went to Van Morrison and Graham Nash of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Rodney Crowell won song of the year for ``It Ain't Over Yet,'' featuring Rosanne Cash and John Paul White. And Amanda Shires won emerging artist of the year. 

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NYC RADIO HOST QUITS JOB

 

It was highly unlikely he could keep it, given the circumstances. But New York City sports radio personality Craig Carton has quit what he calls his ``dream job.'' He leaves W-F-A-N less than a week after his arrest on federal charges that he cheated investors to pay off massive gambling debts. Carton co-hosted ``Boomer and Carton'' with former N-F-L quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Carton says he's leaving so he won't be a distraction to listeners.

But he hints he might return to radio to tell his side of the story someday. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:41
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

 

HURRICANE FUNDRAISER

 

Dozens of stars turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims on Tuesday, in a one-hour televised benefit that had raised 14.5 million dollars U-S by the time cameras were turned off. With Stevie Wonder singing ``Lean on Me'' and Usher and Blake Shelton joining for ``Stand By Me,'' the message was clear: Americans were being asked to help those whose lives were upended by wind and rain. Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the ``Hand in Hand'' telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma. 

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KID ROCK - NO ANNOUNCEMENT

 

So much for Kid Rock letting the rest of the world in on his political ambitions. He promised to say something about whether he'd be seeking elective office during his show last night.

But he didn't. The musician did the first a series of shows to christen the new arena in in Detroit but he focused mainly on music, not politics. Kid Rock has hinted he might run for the U-S Senate representing his native Michigan. He continued to tease at that during his show last night but didn't say one way or the other what he would do. 

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TROY GENTRY'S HELICOPTER - MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

 

Authorities say the pilot of the helicopter carrying Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was having mechanical problems just before it crashed on Friday. Radio communications between emergency responders indicate the pilot was planning to make an emergency landing and was hovering while waiting for the fire department to arrive. Responders note that seconds later, the helicopter crashed just south of an airport in Medford, New Jersey.

Gentry and the pilot were the only people on board. Both were killed. 

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YES - CANCELS TOUR DATES

 

Yes has abruptly canceled the rest of their Yestival tour after the death of the son of guitarist Steve Howe.

Details were not given about the death of Virgil Howe, except that it was described as ``tragic'' and ``unexpected.'' Eight concerts through next week have been called off and refunds offered. Virgil Howe was the drummer for the British band Little Barrie, whose claim to fame in America is performing the theme song for the T-V show ``Better Call Saul.'' 

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STEELY DAN - FIRST TOUR DATES

 

Donald Fagen is making good on his promise to continue the music of Steely Dan after the death of bandmate Walter Becker. Fagen has announced Steely Dan fall tour dates beginning October 13th in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Fagen will do a handful of dates later this month with his band, The Nightflyers. 

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THOMAS RHETT: FAME, FAMILY AND MUSIC

 

Thomas Rhett has a hard time dealing with fame.

He has an even harder time dealing with his wife's fame. Rhett says his wife, Lauren, has a million Instagram followers, which is ``insane.'' He says they're a normal couple, and he's a normal guy trying to balance a music career with two young daughters at home.

The Rhetts were in the process of adopting a girl when Lauren became pregnant, so they have two girls under the age of two. Rhett says the grandparents live in town and call twice a day to see if they can babysit. Rhett just released a new album, ``Life Changes.'' 

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CHAINSMOKERS' ALEX PALL - COMMENT

 

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has apologized for saying he would not bring his dog to China. BuzzFeed News reports an interviewer in a promotional video had asked if Pall brings his dog on tour. Pall said he tries to, but she behaves badly. He says, ``I mean, if she could come anywhere, I'd bring her to -- well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China.'' He starts laughing. The video has been deleted. Pall tweets he had read reports of dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces. He says The Chainsmokers ``never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone.'' 

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KELIS UNVEILS MILKSHAKE RECIPE

 

Kelis is finally revealing just what's in that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. It's Bailey's Irish cream, ginger beer and cayenne pepper. Kelis gave her recipe for milkshakes to Billboard magazine in honour of National Chocolate Milkshake Day yesterday. Her recipe also calls for chocolate ice cream, candied ginger and ginger-infused whipped cream for the top. Kelis is a graduate of the elite cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, a former Cooking Channel host and a published cookbook author.

 

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CHARLIE DANIELS - ``THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA''

 

Charlie Daniels used eight fiddles for the devil's part on ``The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'' Daniels tells Billboard magazine one of them was a unique eight-string fiddle strung like a mandolin. He says now it would be done electronically but he did it organically. Daniels says a lot of people tell him the devil's fiddle part is better than Johnny's, and his response is, ``No, it's not.'' He argues Johnny is playing a melody, while ``you can't hum the devil's part.'' He says the devil's fiddling is ``a bunch of noise.'' 

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GENE SIMMONS BRINGS ``THE VAULT'' EXPERIENCE

 

Gene Simmons will personally deliver a copy of his new boxed set to anyone who buys it. Where you are when you receive it depends on how much you're willing to pay.

``Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience'' is a 38-pound creation that includes 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound commemorative book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an ``In Gene We Trust'' medallion and a piece of memorabilia from Simmons' personal collection. For two thousand dollars, Simmons will give it to you at a meet-and-greet next year in a city near you. For 25 thousand dollars, he'll also do a Skype call and bring you and a friend into the studio to preview the tracks, plus you get an executive producer credit on ``The Vault.''

For 50 thousand dollars, he'll bring it to your house and spend two hours with you and up to 25 friends. Details are at www.GeneSimmonsVault.com . 

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BRUNO MARS - TV SPECIAL

 

Bruno Mars took to the streets of New York for his first T-V special. Mars and his band, The Hooligans, entertained New Yorkers on the street as part of his ``Bruno Mars: 24 K Magic Live at the Apollo'' special. He also taped a performance at New York's Apollo Theater and performed on its marquee. Mars is still filming portions of the special, which will air November 29th on C-B-S.

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