Dauphin, Canada

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018

 

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A GREAT BIG WORLD - NEW LOOK - NEW NAME

You might notice something different about Ian Axel of A Great Big World: his afro is gone. Axel says about a month ago, he looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a change.

He says he's a new dad and he's making new music, so he shaved his head for a new look. His bandmate is also different -- now going by Chad King instead of Chad Vaccarino. King says he got tired of people saying and spelling his name wrong. He was inspired to change it after reading ``On The Road'' by Jack Kerouac. A Great Big World is putting the final touches on a new album. They recently released a single called ``Younger.''

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U2 - TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY BOURDAIN

U2 dedicated the song ``Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of'' to Anthony Bourdain during their Apollo Theater show in New York on Monday. Bono says a ``lot of inspiring, useful people'' have given up on their own lives in recent years. He says Bourdain had stories he could not tell us. Bono pointed out the song was written for Michael Hutchence of INXS, who died of an apparent suicide in 1997. Bourdain was found dead in France last week, also of an apparent suicide.

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OBIT- THE DOORS BIOGRAPHER - JERRY HOPKINS

The co-author of The Doors' biography ``No One Here Gets Out Alive'' has died. Music journalist Jerry Hopkins died of heart failure in Bangkok on June 3rd, according to his son. He was 82. Hopkins was an early contributor to Rolling Stone magazine.

He co-wrote ``No One Here'' with Danny Sugerman and published it in 1980. The book was the basis for the Oliver Stone movie ``The Doors'' in 1991. Hopkins also wrote books about Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

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EDDIE VEDDER - 7-INCH SINGLES WITH CUBS TICKETS

Fans who buy tickets to the Cubs-Reds game at Chicago's Wrigley Field for July 6th will get an Eddie Vedder record as a bonus. A 7-inch red-and-blue vinyl single of Vedder's Cubs song ``All The Way'' will be the ``A'' side. Steve Goodman's 1984 song ``Go Cubs Go'' will be the ``B'' side. One record will be given with each ticket purchase.

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(The Associated Press)