MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
MELISSA ETHERIDGE - GUILTY PLEA
Melissa Etheridge has been fined 750-dollars and ordered to serve unsupervised probation for a misdemeanour charge of possessing marijuana. Etheridge's lawyer entered a guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday in Bowbells, North Dakota. She was arrested in August when her tour bus crossed from Canada into the U-S and investigators found marijuana on board.
KMOT-TV reports Etheridge's attorney says she intended to apply for a medical marijuana license in North Dakota. She has used marijuana to treat her breast cancer.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER
After Stone Temple Pilots got more than 15-thousand online applications to be their new lead singer, they went with a guy who did not apply that way. Jeff Gutt (GOOT) will be the new S-T-P singer. He's a veteran of the Detroit music scene and was the runner-up on the third season of ``The X Factor.'' Bassist Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after playing a show with Hollywood Vampires and asked Gutt to try out. S-T-P auditioned more than 30 singers. Gutt says no one can fill the shoes of late singer Scott Weiland and he's not even going to try. He says S-T-P's songs deserve to be performed and he's honoured the band chose him to help. The new version of S-T-P will release an album early next year. Their first single, ``Meadow,'' is out now.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SURGERY
Carrie Underwood says she's ``doing great'' after having surgery on her wrist Tuesday. Underwood tweets all went well, even though she will ``be setting off airport metal detectors from now on.'' She gives a shout-out to the medical personnel, family and friends who she says have been taking great care of her. Underwood broke her wrist in a fall at her home in Nashville on Friday night.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SHOPPING
Shoppers at Target in Nashville ran into a familiar face Tuesday night: Taylor Swift. She has a tradition of going to Target to buy her latest album. She chronicled the night of signing autographs and taking selfies on Instagram Stories. One man said he lives across the street and just came in to get pasta sauce and he ran into Swift. Another fan was near tears as she told a friend on the phone, ``I love Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's just out here shopping!'' Swift's album, ``reputation,'' came out last week.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS - ``100 YEARS''
Pharrell Williams has released a song that will not be heard again for a century, assuming the earth is still around. Williams debuted a new song called ``100 Years'' has been engraved on vinyl made out of clay in Shanghai this week. It will be locked in a safe that's vulnerable to water damage. If rising tides caused by global warming don't destroy the vinyl, it will be released in 2117. Williams says if humans as a species don't do something about climate change, ``We lose the track but we also lose the planet.'' What's the song about? Williams says it's a sarcastic postcard to climate change deniers.
EDDIE MONTGOMERY - REMEMBERS TROY GENTRY
Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry says a little piece of his soul was lost the day of bandmate Troy Gentry's death. Montgomery tells People magazine the September helicopter crash that killed Gentry was ``horrific'' and he will never get over it. Montgomery says years ago, they actually talked about what they'd do if one of them died, and they agreed to keep Montgomery Gentry going. Montgomery says he always thought he'd be the one to go first.
LINKIN PARK - LIVE ALBUM
Linkin Park fans will be able to get a listen to the concert the band never got to perform in the U-S Linkin Park will release the ``One More Light Live'' album on Dec. 15th. It was recorded during their run of shows in early summer in South America and Europe. The surviving band members say in a statement the shows were ``extraordinary'' and singer Chester Bennington said they were the best shows they had ever done. Bennington hanged himself July 20th, the day before the American leg of the tour was supposed to begin.
(The Associated Press)