MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018
TRAVIS BARKER -BLOOD CLOTS
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will not be able to perform for the rest of the month because of blood clots in his arms. The band writes on social media that Barker's doctors have ordered him to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel. Barker will be re-evaluated at the beginning of July. Blink-182 has called off their ``Kings of the Weekend'' shows in Las Vegas this weekend and plan to reschedule.
EDDIE VEDDER - SILENCED
Eddie Vedder has lost his voice. Pearl Jam has issued a statement saying Vedder is on complete vocal rest for the next few days. They had to call off their London show on Tuesday.
The band intends to resume their tour tomorrow in Milan.
JANET JACKSON - HAPPINESS
Janet Jackson acknowledges it took her entire life to figure out what happiness is. Jackson writes in an essay for Essence magazine that as a child, she was happy when her brothers came home from touring and when her mother lavished her with love, but she was unhappy with the way she looked. She says as a teen, she was happy when she performed, but she was pleasing others rather than herself. When she was in her 30s and at the height of her popularity, she struggled with depression, racism and sexism. Now, at age 52, she says the height of happiness is holding her baby boy.
PAUL SIMON - FAREWELL TOUR
Paul Simon will hold the final concert of his farewell tour at the park near where he grew up. Simon will play Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York on September 22nd. He says it's more fate than coincidence that his last show will be there. He says he could have ridden his bike as a kid to the park in about 20 minutes. Simon will donate the proceeds from the show to charity.
The park has not hosted a major concert in decades.
RORY FEEK - BOOK
Rory Feek of Joey and Rory says that most Christian bookstores are not carrying his new book, ``Once Upon A Farm.'' He writes in his blog that his guess is because one chapter is about his daughter, Hopie, coming out as a lesbian and his struggle as a Christian to accept that. Feek posted the chapter online, revealing that he will host Hopie's wedding on his farm. He says he understands that Christian bookstore owners want to stand by their beliefs, but he calls himself ``a father, just trying to love his kids.''
DOLORES O'RIORDAN'S CHILDREN - ``ZOMBIE'' WINDFALL
The band who was collaborating with Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries on a version of ``Zombie'' has given 250-thousand dollars to her children. The band Bad Wolves presented the cheque to O'Riordan's two sons and their father during their New York concert on Tuesday. They accepted on behalf of O'Riordan's two younger daughters. O'Riordan was supposed to record vocals for the Bad Wolves' version of the song on the day she died in January. Bad Wolves released their version with the promise they would give their proceeds to O'Riordan's children. Frontman Tommy Vext says their goal was to give the children a million dollars and the fact that they're a quarter of the way there is ``beyond incredible.''
WALKER HAYES - TOURING
Walker Hayes will resume touring after the death of his newborn daughter. Hayes tweets he will be back on tour next Thursday. Hayes took time off to be with his wife after their daughter was born and died on June 6th.
(The Associated Press)