MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
MEEK MILL - JUDGE INVESTIGATED
Meek Mill's lawyers say the F-B-I was looking into the conduct of the judge on his case and that affects her impartiality. The F-B-I won't confirm or deny the investigation.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley has no comment.
Mill's legal team made the claim in a court filing but did not answer questions about it. On Friday, Brinkley denied a request to allow Mill out on bail, calling him a ``danger to the community.''
The Pennsylvania Superior Court last week ordered Brinkley to act without further delay on Mill's two-week-old request. He was sentenced last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case from 2008.
CHRIS STAPLETON - CONGRATULATION WAKE UP
Chris Stapleton gets surprised by early-morning texts a lot. He says people will send him ``Congratulations'' texts and he says, ``What for?'' Stapleton says he usually doesn't know what's going on and that's how he finds out he's done something good. Last week it was for his three Grammy nominations, including best country album for ``From A Room: Volume 1.''
ELLIE GOULDING - UN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
Ellie Goulding was surrounded by giraffes when she accepted her new job. On Saturday, Goulding signed on as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment campaign at the Giraffe Manor outside Nairobi in Kenya.
Goulding says her focus will be on amplifying the activism of young people. She has a particular interest in air pollution, because she says she has been a lifelong sufferer of asthma and knows what it's like to struggle to breathe.
MONTGOMERY GENTRY - CONCERT DATES
For the first time, Eddie Montgomery will tour without Troy Gentry. Montgomery has announced a tour beginning Jan. 19th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He will keep the Montgomery Gentry name. He says there's a lot to celebrate, since next year is the 20th anniversary of the band. Gentry died in a helicopter accident in September. The duo's last album together, ``Here's To You,'' comes out Feb. 2nd.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER
Stone Temple Pilots want to show what their new singer can do. S-T-P will begin a tour March 2nd in Santa Clarita, California, featuring Jeff Gutt on vocals. Guitarist Dean DeLeo says they are ``thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us.'' Except for the festival dates, each ticket purchase comes with a redeemable digital copy of S-T-P's new album that comes out next spring.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE - MARK PONTIUS
For a while, Foster The People drummer Mark Pontius was a homeless rock star. He says for the first year of the band's success, they were always on tour, so he just slept on friends' couches instead of maintain an apartment. He finally got a place with his sister but he didn't have a car. Pontius says his first big indulgence was buying a 1971 Chevy pickup. He says he still drives it all the time but he probably shouldn't because ``it's so old and pretty.'' He says driving adds character to it.
LIGHTFOOT - MASSEY HALL
Legendary Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot will give Toronto's Massey Hall one last hurrah before it undergoes a two-year renovation. Lightfoot will be the final artist to perform in the building before it closes its doors next year for a revitalization project that's scheduled to take until fall 2020. The 79-year-old Juno award winning singer-songwriter, who was born in Orillia, Ontario, will perform back-to-back performances on June 29th and June 30th. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday.
(The Associated Press)