MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
LADY GAGA'S SICK
Will Lady Gaga be well enough to do her show tonight in Toronto? It appears she will, now that she took the night off Monday, missing a performance in Montreal in the process. Gaga says she sang in the rain at New York's Citi Field last week triggering a bout of laryngitis and a respiratory infection. She also says she did herself no favours when she went ahead with shows at Boston's Fenway Park over the weekend. Gaga says she brings a lot of energy to the stage, so she wouldn't be comfortable performing when she isn't at her best physically.
MOTOWN MEMORIES FOR SALE
It was Berry Gordy's former home. But it's better known as the Motown Mansion. And now that it has been emptied of its treasures, some of the stuff that was in it is going up for auction.
During his time there in the late 1960s, Gordy honed his label into one of music's great powerhouses, serving as the musical home of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes and The Temptations. An auction house is selling off some items at the house and says people in any price range can likely find something to fit their budget. No official word on when the auction will be held.
PRINCE - ESTATE RULING
An appeals court in Minnesota has upheld a judge's ruling that rejected five people who claimed they were heirs of Prince. The state appeals court ruled that state district judge Kevin Eide was on the money when he denied the claims of some who said they were half-siblings of the late musician. Prince died without a will last April. And that left the judge to apply state laws as to who is a rightful heir to Prince's fortune, which is pegged at around 200 million dollars.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD LAWSUIT
The people who did a film about Lynyrd Skynyrd say they still intend to get their project to the public. Lawyers for the filmmakers say they want to distribute ``Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash'' to anyone who wants to see it unless a judge formally says they can't. Last week a federal judge ruled the release of the film would violate a ``blood oath'' made by the band not to exploit the group's name after a 1970s plane crash that killed lead singer and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant. Meanwhile, an appeal of that ruling is still pending.
TOWER OF POWER SINGER DIES
Rick Stevens, the former lead singer of Oakland's Tower of Power rhythm and blues band, has died. He was 77 years old. An Oakland T-V station reports Stevens died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. Stevens joined the band in 1969 and sang on the band's first two albums. But he was convicted of murder for killing three people in 1976 during a drug deal gone wrong. He spent 26 years in prison before being paroled in 2012.
(The Associated Press)