MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
MICROBES NAMED AFTER MEMBERS OF RUSH
It's probably an honour the members of Iconic Canadian rockers Rush never expected: microbes found in the guts of termites are named after them. Microbiologist Patrick Keeling of the University of British Columbia led a team that discovered the new species (Psuedotrichonympha), known as P.leei, P. lifesoni and P. pearti after Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. The microbes are characterized by long hairy threads and rhythmic wriggling. The one named after Peart is particularly interesting, because Keeling says it contains a rotating structure never seen before.
MUSIC Neil Young Concert
Anticipation is growing in Omemee, Ont., amid rumours that hometown hero Neil Young is returning Friday to play a concert.
On Nov. 11, Young teased that he would be ``going to my town'' for the concert, sparking speculation that he might be heading to Omemee, where he lived for a few years as a child.
While organizers have not confirmed the location for the show, which will be streamed live on CTV.ca and on Facebook outside Canada, local media say that streets around the venue are closed through Saturday to accommodate the concert.
There have also been reports of large transport trucks marked as ``sound and light staging'' parked near Coronation Hall.
Several Twitter users in Omemee _ population 1,271, according to the 2016 census _ also posted photos of trucks and other activity outside the hall.
There is no information on tickets for the concert and a spokeswoman for Bell Media, which owns CTV, said on Tuesday that ``there is no plan to announce the location at this time.''
The show coincides with the release of Young's new album ``The Visitor'' and a new online archive of his work.
(The Canadian Press)
U2 AGREES TO PLAY GOLF FOR CHARITY
U2 will break its ``no golf'' pledge to raise money for Bono's (RED) charity to fight HIV/AIDS. Bono says as teenagers, the members of U2 promised each other they would never play golf because they ``didn't think it was rock and roll.'' U2 is offering a round of mini-golf with all four members, plus a pint afterward, as a raffle prize at Omaze-dot-com/RED. A donation of 10-dollars gets you 100 chances in the raffle.
FERGIE JOINS ``THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM''
Fergie will be the host of the new singing competition show ``The Four: Battle For Stardom.'' The panel of experts will be Sean ``Diddy'' Combs, DJ Khaled , Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk. ``The Four'' will feature four singers who must defend their places on the show each week by newcomers trying to knock them out of the competition. The six-episode series premieres Jan. 4th on Fox.
WAYNE COCHRAN - OBIT
The man who wrote the song ``Last Kiss'' has died.
Wayne Cochran died of cancer at his home near Miami, according to his son. He was 78. Cochran was known as a ``blue-eyed soul'' singer who was known for his big blonde pompadour. ``Last Kiss'' became a hit for J. Frank Wilson in 1964 and again for Pearl Jam in 1999. One of Cochran's signature songs was ``Goin' Back To Miami,'' which the Blues Brothers revived in the 1980s. Cochran grew tired of the rock-and-roll life and started the Voice for Jesus Church near Miami. Cochran once said it was not a typical church, but one where people could get ecstatic, have a good time and boogie.
TIM McGRAW - FAITH HILL
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill believe there's McGraw's music, Hill's music, and McGraw-and-Hill music. McGraw says when they duet, it's music entirely different than what either of them does solo. Hill says most of the songs they did together for their ``Soul2Soul'' album were not written as duets, so they reworked them. McGraw says he's not normally a harmony singer and his harmonies are ``a little weird,'' but they work with Hill's singing. He jokes it's because he hears her voice all the time.
ALESSIA CARA - BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY
Alessia Cara says she's not sure what to say or feel, but she thanks everyone who's been in her corner. The Brampton, Ontario native was overlooked for contention for the best new artist Grammy last year, but surprisingly, she gets another shot at it this year. Her competition is Khalid , Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA . Khalid says he's still in shock. The Grammys will be Jan. 28th in New York.
MEEK MILL - MOTION DENIED
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied a request from Meek Mill to be freed from prison on bail. The court directed a lower court to handle the case. Mill's lawyers had filed an emergency motion, claiming Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley refuses to rule on Mill's post-sentencing appeals. She sentenced him earlier this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case. Mill's legal team has asked Brinkley to step down from the case, saying she has made it inappropriately personal and the sentence was too extreme. Brinkley has said Mill ignored the rules of his probation.
CHRIS CORNELL - POSTHUMOUS GRAMMY NOMINATION
The widow of Chris Cornell hopes people will pay more attention to his Grammy-nominated song ``The Promise.'' Vicky Cornell says her husband wrote it for a film about the Armenian genocide and for all who suffer human rights violations. ``The Promise'' is up for the best rock performance Grammy. It will compete against songs by the late Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, as well as Kaleo, Foo Fighters and Nothing More. Cornell and Cohen are not the only artists to get posthumous nominations. Gregg Allman got two, Glen Campbell got one, and actress Carrie Fisher got one, for spoken word album. The late Chester Bennington and Linkin Park were snubbed.
COUNTRY - GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - REACTIONS
Thomas Rhett's reaction to getting nominated for best country album: ``Wow wow wow wow wow!'' Lady Antebellum is also up for this award and say they are ``beyond proud'' of the album and ``couldn't be more honoured to be nominated.'' The reaction from Brothers Osbourne to ``It Ain't My Fault'' being nominated for the group country Grammy is, ``Well, dang y'all!'' Reba McEntire is up for best roots gospel album and says, ``Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason.''
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - STARS AND SNUBS
The Grammy nominations were kind to rap, R&B and Latin music, but not so much to country music, Ed Sheeran and One Direction. Rap and R&B dominated the top four categories: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be the first record of the year winner in Spanish. Sam Hunt's ``Body Like A Back Road'' was a crossover hit into pop but only was nominated in country categories. Sheeran's ``Divide'' was considered a lock for album of the year and ``Shape Of You'' for record of the year, but he only got two pop nominations. One Direction never was nominated for a Grammy, and none of the members' solo work has been nominated either.
TIMBALAND - OXYCONTIN
Timbaland believes he nearly died of an OxyContin overdose. He tells Rolling Stone magazine three years ago he woke up trying to catch his breath as if he was underwater. In his words, ``All I can tell you is that there was a light.'' He started weaning himself off pills the next day. Timbaland says he started taking pain medication in his 30s to deal with nerve issues from a gunshot wound he suffered as a teenager. He says his addiction got so bad his marriage failed, he stopped making hits and he blew through a lot of his money. He's now back on track and has worked on Sam Smith's new single, ``Pray,'' as well as the upcoming album from Justin Timberlake.
MEL TILLIS - FUNERAL
Pam Tillis says after a three-hour visitation and a funeral for her father, Mel Tillis, it's ``been a long day,''
but she adds, ``Daddy never did a short show, and I don't see why we should.'' The Nashville Tennessean reports Mel Tillis' funeral was held Monday outside Nashville and he was laid to rest in a private burial service. A public memorial is planned for Nashville in January.