MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY. OCTOBER 2, 2017
DAMIAN MARLEY SHOW - BABY
How old were you when you went to your first concert? A baby in Seattle can claim she was born at a Damian Marley concert. The Seattle Fire Department says a concert-goer at Marley's concert in Seattle gave birth to a girl in a bathroom stall at about
9:20 P-M Wednesday. A fire spokeswoman says the baby arrived shortly before firefighters did. The mother and baby were taken to a local hospital, and firefighters say the baby's condition is good. The sister of the mother tells KOMO-TV she was with the mother in the bathroom, but by the time she took off her rings to help, the baby was in her mother's arms.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' - LIONEL RICHIE - LUKE BRYAN
Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will join Katy Perry as judges for the new version of ``American Idol.'' The three judges will appear on ``Good Morning America'' on Wednesday. A-B-C has not yet announced when ``American Idol'' will debut.
THE KILLERS - NUMBER ONE
The Killers have their first number-one album.
``Wonderful Wonderful'' tops the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 118-thousand units its first week. Macklemore is second with ``Gemini,'' which moved 51-thousand units. Lil Uzi Vert is third with ``Luv Is Rage 2.''
Earls of Leicester were named entertainer of the year for the third year running at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Balsam Range won album of the year for ``Mountain Voodoo.'' Volume Five won emerging artist of the year and song of the year for ``I Am A Drifter.'' Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper won instrumental group of the year for the fourth time. Flatt Lonesome won the vocal group award. Brooke Aldridge won the female vocalist award and Shawn Camp won for male vocalist.
COUNTRY STARS - HURRICANE BENEFIT CONCERT
Some of the biggest stars in Nashville will hold a concert to support victims of recent hurricanes. Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will play the Country Rising concert in Nashville on Nov. 12th. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and George Strait. The concert will be a benefit for The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
MARILYN MANSON - ACCIDENT
Marilyn Manson is postponing the next two weeks' worth of shows after he was injured during his New York concert on Saturday. Manson was performing a version of ``Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'' as he climbed a stage prop shaped like two giant guns that started to wobble. He fell backward and the prop fell on him. The house and stage lights went off for several minutes, then an announcer said the show was over ``due to injury.'' At Friday's show in Pittsburgh, Manson jumped into the crowd and crawled back onto the stage, claiming he had broken an ankle. Manson will recuperate at his home in Los Angeles. The extent of his injuries was not revealed.
LIL WAYNE - REFUSES SECURITY CHECK
Lil Wayne opted to skip his own show rather than walk through a security check. Managers of the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, say Lil Wayne refused to submit to the venue's standard safety procedures. The arena's management declined to make an exception just because Lil Wayne was the headliner, calling it a safety issue. The rest of the show went on, featuring 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez and Cardi B. Lil Wayne's representatives did not return requests for comment. Ticketholders are being offered refunds beginning today.
STEVEN TYLER - HEALTH
Steven Tyler denies he cut the Aerosmith tour short because of a seizure or a heart attack. Tyler tweeted a statement that says he had to have a procedure that only his doctor in the U-S could perform. He doesn't give any details on his condition. Last week, Aerosmith cancelled the last four shows of the South American tour because Tyler was rushed back to the U-S for ``unexpected medical issues.''
MEGHAN LINSEY - THREATS
Meghan Linsey says she's gotten death threats since she took a knee after singing the national anthem at the Titans-Seahawks game last week to protest racism. Linsey writes in a guest column in the Washington Post some critics said she should have been executed on the field and she's had cancer wished upon her ``by the same people who claim to be great patriots.'' She says it's all because ``someone who looks like me would act up against racism.'' Linsey says she's not afraid because God will protect her.
She says she ``can't think of anything more un-American than threatening someone for an act of free speech.''
ANDREW McMAHON - CUSTOM PIANOS
Andrew McMahon's pianos are practically Frankensteins. McMahon has two pianos that he takes on tour. He says he's replaced their legs with metal ones, drilled holes in them and done other modifications to make them stand up to the rigours of touring. McMahon says they're ``road warrior instruments'' but they've been ``faithful.'' He says sometimes he will rent a piano if taking one of his own is not practical, but he says he prefers his own because he can beat on it more when it belongs to him.
MILEY CYRUS - ALBUM PREMIERE
Billy Ray Cyrus was a guest performer as his daughter, Miley Cyrus, held a party for the release of her new album, ``Younger Now,'' in Nashville on Friday. Billy Ray told Miley she should learn from his mistakes by not doing what he did. Miley's response, ``Don't grow a mullet, basically.'' Miley says her father inspired the album quite a bit. She says the song ``Inspired'' is about him and Hillary Clinton. Miley also revealed that her duet with Dolly Parton on ``Rainbowland'' was literally written by fax.
Miley says Parton is so old school, she still uses a typewriter.
CONNIE FRANCIS - AUCTION
Connie Francis considers her personal life a bust, but with one exception, she'd do it all over again. Francis has four failed marriages, an estranged son and a brutal rape in her past, but she says the only thing she wishes she could undo is her brother's murder. Francis says she would not give up the fame she had because there are not many people who have had the moments of exhilaration that she's had. Francis auctioned off some of her personal items outside Los Angeles over the weekend. She says a fan once told her she saved a Styrofoam cup that had Francis' lipstick on it, so Francis decided she wanted to give her things to fans while she's still alive.
(The Canadian Press)