MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
DANNY KIRWAN KIRWAN OF FLEETWOOD MAC DIES
Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan ``will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac.'' Fleetwood writes on Facebook Kirwan died Friday in London at the age of 68, but he did not give details. Kirwan played in the band from 1968 to 1972, when Fleetwood Mac was still a blues band.
He played on the original version of ``Oh Well'' and on ``Albatross,'' which was a number-one single in Britain. Kirwan was fired after the release of the ``Bare Trees'' album in 1972. Kirwan released three solo albums before dropping out of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 but he did not attend the ceremony.
EMINEM'S GUNSHOT SOUNDS SCARE CROWD AT BONNAROO
Eminem has not responded to criticisms over using sound effects that sounded like gunshots during his set at Bonnaroo on Saturday night. The Nashville Tennessean reports three separate deafening blasts were used during the song ``Kill You'' shortly after Eminem started his set. Fans screamed and ducked. Some were in tears. Others commented that Eminem has used that effect in live performances of that song for years.
ONE CONFIRMED DEATH AT BONNAROO
Officials confirm a death at a Bonnaroo campground but have not revealed the name. Coffee County Sheriff officials say a body was found Friday. Foul play is not suspected.
The festival ran Thursday through Sunday. The start of yesterday's events was delayed because of severe weather. This year's lineup included Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Khalid , Bon Iver and Sheryl Crow.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN GETS SPECIAL HONOUR
Bruce Springsteen received a special honor at last night's Tony Awards for bringing thousands of people to Broadway. Springsteen says his ``Springsteen on Broadway'' shows have been one of the most exciting things he's ever experienced.
Among the people he thanked were his wife, the people who put on the show and the ``wonderful audiences, who have made these shows so exciting and fulfilling.''
NE-YO CALLS HIMSELF ``THE LOVE SONG GUY''
Ne-Yo was worried that maybe there was not any room for love anymore. Ne-Yo says the music industry has changed since his last album and he was concerned where he fits in. He says it's ``almost taboo to talk about love all of a sudden.'' He says songs seem to be ``about sex and money and how much drugs you sell.'' He acknowledges he's ``the love song guy.'' For his new album, ``Good Man,'' Ne-Yo went with what he knows. He says he ``needed every song to feel like a hug.''
CMA FEST: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
This weekend's C-M-A Fest in Nashville was a chance for country musicians to show their stuff, and show how far they've come. Dustin Lynch says his career exploded after he played ``Small Town Boy'' at last year's festival. Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey says they did a little mash-up set last year that earned them a bigger slot this year. Lee Ann Womack says coming back to C-M-A Fest reminds her of all the past years she played there, as well as lets her showcase the new stuff she's got. Jake Owen says the beauty of C-M-A Fest is that country fans celebrate ``songs that make them feel good and hit home in some way or another.'' This year's festival included Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and a surprise appearance by Garth Brooks.
KANYE WEST HITS NUMBER ONE AGAIN
Kanye West has notched his eighth number-one album. His latest, ``Ye,'' (YAY) moved 208,000 units in its first week. That puts it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone is second with ``Beerbongs and Bentleys,'' followed by Ghost with ``Prequelle.'' Luke Combs is number four with ``This One's For You.'' Cardi B's ``Invasion of Privacy'' is number five.
JOHN COLTRANE'S LOST ALBUM COMING OUT THIS MONTH
A long-lost John Coltrane album will be released,
55 years after it was recorded. The album ``Both Directions At Once'' features his Classic Quartet -- McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones -- recorded on March 7th, 1963. They recorded several songs that were never recorded elsewhere, including ones only known as ``Untitled Original 11383'' and ``Untitled Original 11386.'' It also features Coltrane's first recording of ``Nature Boy,'' vastly different than the version he recorded in 1965. The master tape of the session was never found, but Coltrane kept a reference tape that is still in excellent condition. Coltrane must have been energized from the session, because the next day he recorded the famed ``John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'' album.
``Both Directions At Once'' comes out June 29th.
(The Canadian Press)