MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY 29, 2016
ALBERTA WILDFIRE CONCERT
A benefit concert for more than 80-thousand residents who had to flee from a wildfire in northeastern Alberta fire is set for tonight in Edmonton.
Proceeds from Fire Aid are to go to the Fort McMurray United Way to support the city's rebuilding efforts.
The entire city's population was forced to leave on May 3rd due to a massive forest fire that spread through the oilsands capital.
About 24-hundred homes and buildings were destroyed.
Artists taking the stage at Commonwealth Stadium include Blue Rodeo, Dean Brody, Randy Bachman and Nickelback.
Alberta honky tonker Corb Lund is co-hosting the event along with Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle.
Lund says he was determined to help Fort McMurray in the one way he can -- by playing music.
He says raising funds is great, but it's even more important to show residents affected by the fire that people care about them.
(The Canadian Press)
LUDACRIS WILL PLAY GUANTANAMO
Ludacris will mark Independence Day with a free show at Guantanamo. The Miami Herald reports Ludacris will perform for U-S Navy staffers and their families at the base in Cuba after the fireworks on July 4th. The concert will be performed inside a restricted military zone, so the public cannot attend. It also will be far enough away that the 89 war-on-terror detainees will not be able to hear the music.
SONGWRITER SIR MACK RICE DIES
The man who wrote the songs ``Mustang Sally'' and ``Respect Yourself'' has died. Sir Mack Rice died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday in Detroit at the age of 82, according to his wife. Rice's original title for ``Mustang Sally'' was ``Mustang Mama,'' but Aretha Franklin, who played keyboards on the demo, suggested the name change. Wilson Pickett made the song a hit in 1966. The Staple Singers turned ``Respect Yourself'' into a hit in 1971, then Bruce Willis did it again in 1987. Rice also wrote ``Cheaper to Keep Her'' for Johnnie Taylor and ``Do The Funky Penguin Part 1'' for Rufus Thomas. Rice also was a member of The Falcons, who had a number-17 hit in 1959 with ``You're So Fine.''
SUGE KNIGHT'S FIANCEE, LAWYERS PLAN TO SHOW SOFTER SIDE FOR HIS MURDER TRIAL
The fiancee of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight says there's a public perception that he wakes up looking for trouble. Toi-Lin Kelly says that's not true. She says his nickname, ``Sugar Bear,'' really describes him well, because he's a big guy who fights for what he loves. Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for running over two men with his pickup truck last year, killing one of them. His attorney, Jeremy Lessem, says Knight was not expecting trouble that day and went into an ambush.
He says Knight turned himself in to authorities to explain what happened.
Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, has died. Moore played on ``Hound Dog'' and other early Elvis hits. Moore was 84. Biographer and friend James L Dickerson says Moore passed away Tuesday morning in his house in Nashville.
Dickerson spoke with a family member of Moore's longtime companion, Gail Pollock, who had been staying in the house with Moore. Pollock died in November 2015. Moore's slashing guitar style and Bill Black's hard-slapping work on a standup bass gave Presley the foundation on which he developed his sound. Sun records producer Sam Phillips paired Presley with Moore and Black in 1954.
OZZY OSBOURNE WISHES ``THE END'' COULD GO ON
Ozzy Osbourne doesn't want the Black Sabbath farewell party to stop. Osbourne tells Billboard magazine he would not mind extending their ``The End'' tour for another few gigs, but guitarist Tony Iommi only wants to do 80 shows. Iommi has been battling lymphoma. Osbourne says he's having a blast with the concerts and the emotional aspect probably won't kick in until the last five shows. He points out he's not the one who wants to retire, but Black Sabbath does. The band recently announced eight more dates in the U-K, which means the tour will wind up February 4th in Birmingham, England, the band's hometown.
AEROSMITH'S JOEY KRAMER PREPARES TO OPEN COFFEE SHOP
A coffee shop owned by Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer will open this week. Joey Kramer's Rockin' and Roastin' Cafe will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. The shop will feature drinks based on Kramer's Rockin' and Roastin' coffee. His drum kit will be in a glass case visible from the road.
JOEY FATONE OPENS FAT ONE'S
For everyone who ever referred to Joey Fatone of 'N Sync as ``Fat One,'' he's decided to try to make some money off that. Fatone has announced he will open a restaurant called Fat One's Hot Dogs and Italian Ice. It will open in Orlando in August.
LAWYERS IN PRINCE CASE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO GIVE INPUT ON GENETIC TESTING
The Minnesota judge overseeing the legal proceedings for Prince's estate is giving attorneys two weeks to give their input on how to conduct genetic testing. In an order made public yesterday, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide says lawyers have until July 8 to weigh in on the DNA testing protocols. Prince left no known will. Prince's sister and five half-siblings are in line to inherit an estimated 300 -million dollar estate. Several others have claimed to be relatives of Prince.
GRETCHEN WILSON PUTS HOUSE ON THE MARKET
Gretchen Wilson is selling her house outside Nashville for 1.7-million dollars. It's got four bedrooms, five and a half baths, two garages and a recording studio where A-list musicians have performed. Wilson plans to take the recording equipment with her but she may part with it if the price is right.
LISA MARIE PRESLEY FILES FOR DIVORCE
Lisa Marie Presley's fourth marriage is falling apart. Court records show Presley filed for divorce from guitarist Michael Lockwood on Friday after 10-years of marriage.
She cites irreconcilable differences. They have 7-year-old twin daughters together.
FIRST BEACH BOYS RECORDINGS WILL BE RELEASED
What was it like when The Beach Boys first recorded themselves? You can find out August 26th when ``Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions'' is released. It's everything they recorded at the Morgans' house between September 1961 and 1962 that survived the decades. It's every take, false start, studio banter and master take, for a total of 62 tracks. It includes the demo, master recording and eight takes of their first single, ``Surfin','' as well as the surviving takes of ``Surfin' Surfari'' and ``Surfer Girl.'' The Beach Boys recorded nine songs in the sessions before signing with Capital Records in 1962.
BARRY GIBB PLANS STUDIO RELEASE
Barry Gibb is about to release his first new music in 15-years. Gibb will put out an album called ``In The Now'' this fall, featuring songs he wrote with his two sons. It's only Gibb's second solo record and the first one he's made since the last Bee Gees album, ``This Is Where I Came In,'' in 2001.
YELLOWCARD ANNOUNCE THE END
Yellowcard will put out one more album and do one more tour and then it's over. Yellowcard write on their website they went into the studio to make a self-titled album with the knowledge that it would be their last time recording together. They call it ``a fitting final creative piece.'' They don't say what they plan to do after the last Yellowcard show, except to say they all will be heading in new directions. The album comes out September 30th. The tour begins today in Nashville.
(The Associated Press)