MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017
LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE
The stars came out last night for an emotional musical tribute to Leonard Cohen at Montreal's Bell Centre on the eve of the anniversary of his death at the age of 82. Sting, Feist, k.d lang and Cohen's son, Adam, delivered emotional versions of the singer's work. The night opened with Sting performing Cohen's hit song ``Dance Me to the End of Love,'' and closed with an acoustic rendition of ``Coming Back to You,'' by Adam Cohen. Other performers included Lana Del Rey, Ron Sexsmith, Elvis Costello, The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Patrick Watson and a choir from the Cohen family's Westmount synagogue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau were also on stage, where they said their first dance at their wedding had been to the tune of Cohen's ``I'm Your Man.''
``BROTHER LOVE'' - BRUCE PRICHARD RESPONDS
One of the most vocal critics of Sean Combs changing his name to Brother Love is the man who claims he is the original Brother Love: pro wrestler Bruce Prichard. Prichard says on his ``Something To Wrestle With'' podcast he remembers staying at a Holiday Inn in North Carolina in the 1990s at the same time as Combs and his band. He says Combs was ``in awe'' to meet him. Prichard speculates Combs has ``lost all originality'' and is ``irrelevant,''
and he wants to capitalize off Prichard's fame. Prichard says, ``Since he cannot innovate, he has to imitate.''
MEEK MILL - PRISON
A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Meek Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. When sentencing the 30-year-old musician yesterday, the judge cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel. The sentence came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, but the judge says she's been trying to help Mill for about a decade and that he just does whatever he wants. Mill's lawyer has vowed to appeal.
BONO - TAX HAVENS
Bono -- a longtime advocate for the poor -- has been named in leaked documents showing he took advantage of low taxes in Malta to invest in a shopping mall in Lithuania. The Guardian newspaper reports the so-called ``Paradise Papers'' reveal Bono invested in a Maltese company called Nude Estates, which bought the mall in 2007. Bono's spokeswoman says Bono was a passive minority investor and the company closed two years ago. U2 came under fire in 2006 for moving its corporate base from Ireland to the Netherlands to avoid paying taxes on royalties.
OZZY OSBOURNE - FAREWELL TOUR
Ozzy Osbourne will do one more tour and then call it quits. Osbourne says he won't rule out doing shows here and there, but this tour will be his last. It kicks off in Mexico in May and will head to South America and Europe over the summer. North American dates have not yet been announced. The tour is expected to stretch into 2020. Guitarist Zakk Wylde will be part of Osbourne's band.
MICK FLEETWOOD - TEEN YEARS
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood says he quit school the minute he was legally 15 and allowed to do so. His parents gave their blessing for him to move to London with his sister Sally, who was an art student there. Fleetwood says he was a terrible student and he likely had a learning disability, but his parents recognized he had a passion for drums. Fleetwood says once he got to London, his music career took off quite quickly. He says he was playing drums in a garage and someone literally knocked on the door and asked if he'd like to be in a band.
SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME - NOMINEES
Mariah Carey and N.W.A are under consideration for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They are on the list of nominees, along with John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper and Jimmy Cliff. Others who have been nominated are the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool and the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Several non-performing songwriters have been nominated as well, including Jermaine Dupri, Bill Anderson and Maurice Starr. The inductees will be announced after voting closes on Dec. 17th. The induction ceremony is June 14th in New York.
ASCAP COUNTRY AWARDS
Singer songwriters Rodney Crowell and Kelsea Ballerini and hit country songwriter Ashley Gorley were honoured at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee last night. Crowell, who announced earlier this year he was cancelling all his 2017 tour dates due to a health issue, was given the Founder's Award. Ballerini, whose second album ``Unapologetically'' came out last week, was given the Vanguard Award. She is also nominated for female vocalist of the year. And Gorley, who has written hits for Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett and many more, thanked the first responders who were on the scene of the Vegas shooting and Sunday's shooting at a church in Texas.
KELSEA BALLERINI - ``UNAPOLOGETICALLY''
Kelsea Ballerini hopes you can listen to her ``Unapologetically'' album and know without looking that she wrote every song. It's her story, after all. It's about Ballerini moving from Knoxville to Nashville and finding love. The title track was written just weeks after she met her fiance', Australian country singer Morgan Evans. Ballerini says it's about people warning her that she's going too fast and she doesn't care. Ballerini jokes she had a rule that she'd never date an artist, ``then life happened.''
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER - ``UNMASKED''
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is writing his autobiography. It's called ``Unmasked'' and it comes out March 6, two weeks before his 70th birthday. He's promising to dish on such celebrities as Barbra Streisand, Placido Domingo, Judi Dench and fellow composer Richard Rodgers. He'll also discuss his former wife, Sarah Brightman. Lloyd Webber wrote such musicals as ``The Phantom of the Opera,'' ''Jesus Christ Superstar,`` ''Cats`` and ''Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.``
``CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER'' - LINEUP
Brett Eldredge, Gwen Stefani and Pentatonix are among the acts who will perform for N-B-C's ``Christmas In Rockefeller Center'' special. Jennifer Nettles, The Tenors and Leslie Odom Junior also will perform. The special airs live on Nov.
(The Associated Press)