MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Tonight's hurricane relief telethon will feature George Strait as the closing act, live from his benefit concert in San Antonio. ``Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief'' will air live and commercial-free on the four major U-S networks and cable affiliates as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Others who will make appearances include Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Gwen Stefani, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Drake, Barbra Streisand, J Balvin, Questlove, Blake Shelton, Joe Jonas, Sean ``Diddy'' Combs, Canada's Justin Bieber and organizer Bun B. It was originally supposed to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Organizers say they're keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma to see where help is needed there.
PUBLIC MEMORIAL - TROY GENTRY
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will host a public memorial Thursday for Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry. He was killed in a helicopter crash near Medford, New Jersey, on Friday at the age of 50. The Opry will stream the service online. A private interment will follow the service. Gentry's family requests any donations in his memory be made to the T-J Martell Foundation or the American Red Cross.
KID ROCK - CONCERT PROTESTS
Kid Rock believes he would not be the target of protesters if he was not toying with the idea of running for U-S Senate. Rock will open the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with six shows beginning tonight. The civil rights group National Action Network is planning to protest because Rock has displayed the Confederate flag in concert. They also are protesting because Rock criticized former N-F-L player Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) for kneeling during the national anthem last year. Rock writes on Facebook, ``None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office.'' Rock says he's also disappointed that the businesses and charities he has supported are not standing up for him, so he will focus his philanthropic efforts elsewhere.
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST - LAST PERFORMANCE
A Tribe Called Quest has called it quits with a final show in the United Kingdom over the weekend. New Music Express reports Q-Tip told the crowd at Bestival in Dorset, England on Saturday, ``We lost our boy Phife Dawg. This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.'' Phife Dawg died last year.
Q-Tip said at the end of the main set, ``Thanks for all the support you've given us over the years. Phife Dawg!''
AVRIL LAVIGNE - NICKELBACK
When it comes to that old line, ``I hope we still can be friends,'' it looks like Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback really mean it. Lavigne was a surprise guest for the song ``Rockstar'' at Nickelback's show in Los Angeles on Friday. Lavigne and Kroeger were married for two years before separating in 2015. Nickelback posted a photo of Lavigne on stage with them with the caption, ``You never know who will join us for `Rockstar' karaoke.'' Lavigne posted a video of the performance and says, ``It's good to be back on stage!'' She has not done much live performing because she's battling Lyme disease.
JOAN OSBORNE - BOB DYLAN'S SONGS
Joan Osborne admits her album of Bob Dylan covers is a rip-off of an idea that Ella Fitzgerald had years ago. Osborne says Fitzgerald put out a series of albums based on the Great American Songbook, and Osborne thought it would be interesting to do a modern take on that. She figured Dylan's work was a good place to start. Osborne says she wanted to show not just the political side of Dylan with songs like ``Masters of War,'' but the romantic side with songs like ``Buckets of Rain.'' She says one of the amazing aspects of Dylan is that he's still creating and people can still go see an all-time great artist in concert. Osborne's ``Songs of Bob Dylan'' album is out now.
Canadian gets jail time for biting girl at Green Day concert
A Canadian man who bit a 14-year-old girl on her right breast during a Green Day concert in Portland, Oregon, last month has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Joel Dauncey of Vancouver pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanour harassment of a sexual or intimate body part.
Court documents say the teen told police she was dancing next to her mother at the Aug. 2 concert when a stranger bit her. She rated the pain as ``3'' on a 1-10 scale.
A woman working at the concert told police that Dauncey had been cut off from buying alcohol. The worker said she witnessed the bite.
The 34-year-old man told investigators he does not remember the incident.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Dauncey made no statement at his sentencing.
(The Associated Press)
FILM TIFF Eric Clapton
By Cassandra Szklarski
Eric Clapton says it's hard to watch himself as a pompous young man in the new documentary ``Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.''
The guitar legend says he was forced to confront his arrogant youth in the film, which is making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Clapton tells a festival press conference that it's only now that he's older that he realizes he knows ``nothing at all.''
He says it's been a slow evolution that started when he stopped drinking and had children.
The new film, directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, traces the life of the guitar virtuoso as he builds a career with the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, and then as a solo artist.
It features interviews with B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Clapton's former wife, Pattie Boyd.
(The Canadian Press)