MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
BANANARAMA - REUNION TOUR
The members of Bananarama were dancing together when it struck them that they should reunite. Singer Keren Woodward says they were dancing in Siobhan Fahey's kitchen and Woodward mentioned it was ``a crying shame'' that Woodward never toured with them. Woodward had quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988. Bananarama did not tour until 1989. They will play reunion concerts in Europe beginning next month before the American leg begins in Los Angeles in February. Fahey says she had to familiarize herself with the group's body of work again. She says it's ``really something to celebrate.''
DICKEY BETTS' WIFE GOES TO JAIL
The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has reported to jail to serve a sentence for pointing a rifle at members of a rowing team. Donna Betts will serve 30 days in jail in Sarasota, Florida. She had pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. She had been charged with 18 counts. In March, a 9-1-1 caller said Donna Betts was standing on the dock behind her home with a rifle pointed at about 100 teens and coaches, threatening to shoot. Dickey and Donna Betts have a home next to the practice facility of the Sarasota Crew rowing team.
BONO PRESSURES ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT
Bono put Argentina's president on the spot regarding an activist who disappeared two months ago during a protest. Bono says he spoke to President Mauricio Macri on Monday in Buenos Aires about Santiago Maldonado. He disappeared during a protest demanding that the clothing company Benetton return lands it owns to an indigenous people. Witnesses say police detained Maldonado after he was part of a group who blocked a road.
Authorities deny wrongdoing. His disappearance has become a social and political movement in Argentina. Macri's office says in a statement that Macri told Bono that all efforts are being made to find Maldonado.
QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY - ``I WANT TO BREAK FREE'' VIDEO
The 1984 Queen song ``I Want To Break Free'' might have been a bigger hit in the U-S if Americans had understood the video. Guitarist Brian May says they dressed up as female characters from the British soap opera ``Coronation Street.''
Americans just saw the band in women's clothing at a time when questions were flying about singer Freddie Mercury's sexuality.
M-T-V banned the video. May says Brits got the joke right away, but when May did a promotional tour with the video in the U-S, in his words, ``They killed me.'' May says ``I Want To Break Free,'' along with ``Bohemian Rhapsody,'' are his favorite Queen videos.
``ROAD LESS TRAVELED'' - MOVIE
Lauren Alaina will star in a T-V movie based on her song ``Road Less Traveled.'' Alaina will star in the romantic comedy as a young woman who is trying to maintain a career while planning a wedding in her rural hometown, where she runs into her first love. The movie will sample several of Alaina's songs. The ``Road Less Traveled'' movie will air on C-M-T on November 10th.
THE LAST ALBUM SHARON JONES MADE - RELEASE
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings had intended to make a record that was mostly ballads with lots of strings. When it became apparent that Jones did not have long to live, they decided to let her rip with the up-tempo stuff that made her famous. Jones'
final album, ``Soul of a Woman,'' will come out November 17th.
Bassist Bosco Mann, who produced the album, says the first side contains the raw, live songs, while side two is more moody and orchestrated. Jones died last year of pancreatic cancer.
(The Associated Press)