MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018
PRINCE - NEW MUSIC
A rehearsal cassette Prince made in 1983 will be released as an album on Sept. 21st. Warner Brothers Records has announced the album ``Piano and a Microphone 1983'' will feature 9 tracks of Prince working through material at his home studio outside Minneapolis, which has since been demolished. It gives some insight into Prince's creative process. He worked on the songs ``17 Days''
and ``Purple Rain,'' which did not come out until the following year, and ``Strange Relationship,'' which came out in 1987. He also put his spin on Joni Mitchell's ``A Case of You'' and did a version of the spiritual ``Mary Don't You Weep.''
IMAGINE DRAGONS - DAN REYNOLDS - TOUR FOOD
Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons looks at food simply as fuel while on tour. Reynolds says he does not consider food enjoyable, but ``the cleanest source of energy'' to power the concerts. He eats the same thing every day: eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, with lunch and dinner consisting of chicken, fish or lamb with brown rice, vegetables or sweet potatoes. He doesn't eat any sugar, bread or dairy. Reynolds says he eats every hour and a half until about three hours before showtime, then that's it for the day. He says it keeps him from burping onstage and then he goes to bed after the show.
PHISH - NEW BEN AND JERRY'S FLAVOUR
Ben and Jerry's ice cream is introducing yet another flavour in honour of the band Phish. This one is called ``It's Ice...Cream,'' after the 1991 Phish song ``It's Ice.'' The flavour is one that was originally considered for the first Phish-inspired Ben and Jerry's flavour, Phish Food. It's a caramel malt ice cream with almond toffee pieces, fudge fish and a caramel swirl. A portion of the proceeds from the ice cream's sale will benefit Phish's WaterWheel Foundation. It's the third ice cream Ben and Jerry's has created in Phish's honour. Last year the company put out a limited-edition doughnut-based ice cream called Freezer Reprise to mark Phish's run of 13 shows at Madison Square Garden.
AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION - K.D. LANG
k.d. lang will receive the trailblazer award at the Americana Honors and Awards. The Americana Music Association's Jed Hilly says lang's ``unwavering artistry has set a new standard for any musician of this current generation.'' The awards are Sept.
12th in Nashville. lang is currently on a tour celebrating 25 years since the release of her ``Ingenue'' album.
JEWEL - ``UNDERCOVER BOSS''
Jewel had to figure out how to sing badly in order to pull off the deception for ``Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition.'' Jewel passes herself off as ``Andrea from New Jersey'' as she looks for musicians and artists to recruit for her Handmade Holiday tour. While trying to get to know two musicians, she fakes a bad singing voice at an open mic night and on a podcast. The episode airs tonight on C-B-S.
GRANGER SMITH - ``THE BACHELORETTE''
Granger Smith will provide the musical accompaniment to a date on the June 18th episode of ``The Bachelorette.'' Becca Kufrin will take one of the men trying to win her heart on a date at a Granger concert. Granger will serenade them with his hit, ``Happens Like That,'' based on his own true-love story.
(The Associated Press)