MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
NINA SIMONE HOME GETS PROTECTION
The place singer-activist Nina Simone called home is now in position to protected. The U-S National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the run-down wooden cottage in North Carolina on a list of sites to be preserved. Last year, four African-American artists bought the home where Simone was born in 1933. Now the National Trust will try to develop and find a new use for the three-room house.
DAVID HOGG - BOOK
One of the survivors of the Parkland mass shooting is writing a book. And if you thought David Hogg was put upon by being called a crisis actor, being criticized by the N-R-A and T-V hosts -- forget it. He is almost as tough on himself in the book. He describes himself as ``arrogant,'' ''skinny`` and goes into detail on how girls rejected him. The book also features gripping accounts of what it was like to be at Stoneman High as a gunman opened fire on February 14th, killing 17 -- and the grassroots campaign by survivors that got young people around the U-S to seek stronger gun control.
LEE ANN WOMACK RETURNS TO EAST TEXAS TO REJUVENATE HER CAREER
Lee Ann Womack wanted that feeling she had when she was still a rising country star. That's why she went back to east Texas to record her new album, ``The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.'' Womack says when she was growing up, she was a dreamer and a planner, but a lot of that was ``snuffed away'' during 20 years in the music business. She also incorporated the music she heard growing up there, like traditional country, Western swing, blues and spiritual music. She says she wanted to get all that on one record.
ANDY GRAMMER, CHITA RIVERA, KYLA JADE ADDED TO ``A CAPITOL FOURTH''
Andy Grammer, Chita Rivera and ``The Voice'' finalist Kyla Jade will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. Previously announced performers include Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, CeCe Winans and The Temptations. The celebration will be carried live on P-B-S stations as ``A Capitol Fourth.''
MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL
Michael Jackson: The Musical? It's happening. The late pop star's estate has signed off on plans for a stage musical inspired by Jackson's life, with an eye toward having it hit the boards on Broadway by 2020. The story will be written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, and will feature Jackson's vast musical catalogue. There's no word on a title or potential casting. It's the latest stage project to feature pop stars onstage with their music
-- a list that includes Donna Summer, Cher, Gloria Estefan, the Go-Gos and Huey Lewis and the News.
FORMER 3 DOORS DOWN BASSIST JAILED
Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been granted bond on weapons and drug charges, but has been jailed for violating probation. Harrell was arrested Friday after authorities say they found marijuana and guns at his house while investigating a domestic dispute. The Sun Herald reports a judge in Jackson County, Mississippi, set Harrell's bond at 22-thousand-500 dollars. However, Harrell is on probation for pleading guilty in 2015 to vehicular homicide outside Nashville. He served two years in prison.
LAWYER: XXXTENTACION WAS KILLED DURING RANDOM ROBBERY
The lawyer for XXXTentacion says police believe the rapper was fatally shot during a random robbery. Attorney David Bogenshutz says investigators told him his client visited a bank and may have withdrawn cash before going to a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Monday. Authorities are still searching for two armed men. The rapper was shot while sitting in his luxury B-M-W electric car. The Broward County Sheriff is offering a three-thousand-dollar reward for tips that lead to an arrest.
Meanwhile, fans have left candles, teddy bears and a large sympathy card on the front porch of the newly built home in Parkland, Florida, owned by the rapper's mother.
WILLIE NELSON TO TRUMP: LET'S MEET AT A DETENTION CENTER
Willie Nelson is offering to meet U-S President Donald Trump at one of the detention centres on the U-S-Mexico border. Nelson tweeted through his wife Annie's account that he would meet Trump at a centre -- quote -- ``to better understand what's happening there.'' Nelson's publicist confirms the music legend posted the tweet. Nelson is one of several celebrities trying to end the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border. Others who have weighed in include John Legend, Common, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Mark Hamill.
AS I LAY DYING REUNITES WITH SINGER WHO TRIED TO HAVE HIS WIFE KILLED
As I Lay Dying performed for the first time in five years in San Diego on Saturday. It was also the first time they appeared in public together since singer Tim Lambesis was convicted of trying to hire an undercover agent to kill his estranged wife.
Lambesis pleaded guilty and served two years of a six-year sentence.
Guitarist Nick Hipa says in a Facebook video he had ``blind hatred'' for Lambesis. Hipa says while what Lambesis did should not be forgotten, he's convinced the singer is a changed man. Lambesis says there's no defence for what he did, but he's trying to make amends where possible and put his energy into something positive.
MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL IN THE WORKS
Michael Jackson's life will become a Broadway musical. His estate has authorized two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage to write the story, incorporating Jackson's songs. The goal is to premiere the musical by 2020.
(The Associated Press)