MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
EMINEM - BONNAROO CRITICS
Eminem's management denies he uses the sound of gunshots in his shows. The Nashville Tennessean reports Eminem's team calls the effect used during his Bonnaroo set Saturday as ``a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom.'' They add that Eminem has used this effect for more than ten years, including at other festivals. Members of the Bonnaroo audience criticized the effect as too realistic after recent mass shootings.
DAVE NAVARRO - TELLS HIS SUICIDE STORY
Dave Navarro is reaching out to anyone contemplating suicide by revealing how close he came to doing that himself _ and how it got better. Navarro writes on Instagram he himself had ``written 'the note,' had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family.'' He says he reached out to loved ones as a last-ditch effort. He got therapy and tried psychiatry, alternative medicines and even hospitalization -- and he's still here. Navarro says reach out if you find yourself in darkness and adds, ``There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you.''
MICHAEL BIVINS - DIPLOMA
BOSTON (AP) _ Michael Bivins of New Edition and of Bell Biv DeVoe has finally collected the high school diploma he should have gotten in 1986. WHDH-TV in Boston reports Bivins walked the graduation stage at Belmont High School on Thursday. His mother, wife, children and former basketball teammate cheered him on. He arrived wearing his school letter sweater before putting on a cap and gown. Bivins left school during his sophomore year to pursue his music career. He says it's never too late to go back to fix something.
IL DIVO - ADELE'S ``HELLO''
The pop-opera group Il Divo had no apprehensions in tackling an Adele song because they knew there's no way they can compete with her. Singer Sebastien Izambard (IH'-zam-bard) says they knew their version would be different because of how they showcase their voices. They just released their version of ``Hello,'' except as ``Hola.'' It will appear on their upcoming album, ``Timeless,'' out in August. Fellow singer Carlos Marin says they were going to do an album of movie songs but decided to do ones they felt were timeless.
PRINCE - MUSIC ROOM DEDICATION
Prince's legacy of music will live on in a Minneapolis middle school. WCCO-TV reports Anwatin Middle School has a new music room that includes keyboards, guitars, percussion instruments and other equipment. It's a gift of the In A Perfect World Foundation, spearheaded by Prince's ex-wife Manuela Testolini and his music collaborator Andre Cymone. Cymone, who grew up near the school, says it's great to play Prince's music, but the extension of that is to give back to kids.
(The Associated Press)